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What's the best lesbian book you've read in the past month?


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Initial post: Aug 16, 2010, 1:57:52 PM PDT
Robin says:
I started this thread after reading other catagories where women commented on their favorite books. I've ordered some of those mentioned. But it's not enough books - we need more women's favorite books! Bring it on!

Posted on Aug 16, 2010, 2:06:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2010, 10:42:59 AM PDT
Robin says:
I'll start. I read all seven of Camarin Grae's novels. Again. I think I like 'The Secret of the Bird' the best ... wait, no, I really really enjoyed 'Paz' ... oops, hold up again, I really loved 'Weds Nights'. Ok, if I were making a list, which I guess I am, all of Camarin Grae's books would have to share the first line on the list. None of them could be second on any list I made. Has anybody but me read her books? (I did read all of them again in one month. These are not little books either.) If anyone responds that she too has read Camarin Grae I want to know your reading list.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010, 10:49:05 AM PDT
I am on a Radclyff marathon. I read the Justice, Honor and ProvinceTown Series...and I am on the individual ones now. Can't go wrong with her writing. Also anything by Gerri Hill.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010, 7:41:01 PM PDT
Cornelia says:
I just finished Barbara Davies' "Christie and the Hellcat" a really fun western. Outlaws, varmints, shoot-outs and a girl with a star...total bliss.
I ordered her other 2 books as I adore fun historicals

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2010, 10:04:35 AM PDT
Robin says:
I liked that one too. Her 'Into the Yellow and Other Stories' was really a good read as well even though I'm not particularly interested in short stories. Another very very good western is Jae's 'Backwards to Oregon'. BTO was originally an online story which is where many lesbian novelist started their careers. Check out the free 'Backwards to Oregon' here:
http://web.archive.org/web/20071011215304/http://academyofbards.org/authors/jae.html
Other Barbara Davies stories can be found here:
http://xenafiction.net/styles/athenaeum_deepblue/author_pages/barbaradavies.html

Posted on Sep 5, 2010, 1:22:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2010, 1:24:10 PM PDT
This is gonna be old news to some, but Valencia really knocked me out. Michelle Tea's freeflow/personable style is totally engrossing! I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally read this book. Now I need to dig up more Michelle Tea. Because she writes about nonconformists and rebels, and I appreciate that. Rent Girl might be next.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010, 3:18:41 PM PDT
I totally agree. She is my favorite.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2010, 1:14:05 AM PDT
Is anyone familiar with this book? Don Juan In The Village: A Novel? Jane DeLynn is an awesome writer and I adore her style. That book in particular is beautifully written. She makes a reference to Jodie Foster -- only she doesn't mention her by name, but she seems to be talking about her. Anyway, recommended book. Great opening sentence too. Jane DeLynn has a way of writing emotionally yet with great style.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2010, 11:49:23 PM PDT
Follow the link below to OUT ON THE SOUND. Here is an excerpt from a review...
"This writer is new to me.I'll be sure to look for her other works. I loved this story.
I moved north 30 years ago but my southern accent started to re-emerge as Decky and Charlie's story unfolded. R.E.Bradshaw knows the Outer Banks area ,women's softball,lesbians,architectural design ideas,bi polar disease,fishing rods and fishing boats,delightful dogs,southern charm,good cooking and love at first sight.
My most important insight is her ability to tell a heartwarming tale. The few moments of schmaltz are offset by the moments of anger and downright terror. You should happily hand over your money for this one. Thanks ,Ms.Bradshaw, for hours of enjoyment."

OUT ON THE SOUND (Adventures of Decky and Charlie)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010, 3:31:06 AM PDT
Aussiewoman says:
Just finished re-reading 'Beautiful Journey' by Kenna White. Love it. Also highly recommend 'McKee The Return' & 'Graceful Waters'

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010, 10:35:14 AM PDT
Robin says:
I LOVED 'Graceful Waters' and have read and re-read it many times. The author, B. L. Miller, wrote 3 more - 'Christal's Heart', 'Accidental Love' and 'The Western Chronicles' -w/Vada Foster. 'Accidental Love' is also a favorite of mine. Good reading.

I just finished 'Branded Ann' a fabulous Pirate story by Merry Shannon.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010, 8:06:56 PM PDT
Aussiewoman says:
Robin, check out 'She's the One' also by Miller/Foster. I have 'Branded Ann' on my bookshelf but have not read it yet. Next up after I finish 'In a Family Way' by Karen Badger, which I am enjoying.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010, 12:41:15 PM PDT
Cornelia says:
"Branded Ann" swashed my buckle;-)
you'll all love "Blue Skies" by Ali Vali; a jet pilot and a navy captain, plenty of action. Nene Adams writes great atmospheric Victorian couples sleuth books the first is "Black by Gaslight" also her pirate "Water Witch" is really good. Really loved "Christie and the Hellcat" a western by Barbara Davies.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:22:45 PM PDT
Love Song

Posted on Nov 4, 2010, 9:08:49 AM PDT
Laurel Mills says:
I recommend my new novel, "Taking Flight" by Laurel Mills, published by Intaglio Publications. In Taking Flight, a woman caught in an abusive marriage risks everything by falling in love with another woman. You can see reviews on the book's amazon.com page. One reviewer said, "This novel wraps romance, mystery and a serious social issue into a great read. I highly recommend it!" Hope you enjoy the story.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010, 9:49:31 PM PDT
Rainey Days by R.E. Bradshaw...great mystery even better love story. She is new to the lesbian fiction world and I believe she is a new upcoming author to watch out for...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2010, 4:32:59 AM PDT
I'm not a woman, but the best lesbian book I've read in the past month is Susan X Meagher's newest, Doublecrossed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2010, 10:21:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2010, 10:22:29 AM PDT
Robin says:
But but but but ... R. E. Bradshaw is only available on Kindle! and I don't have one. (I'm old fashioned - I like books.)

Posted on Nov 6, 2010, 11:14:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2010, 11:15:24 AM PDT
Dawnofday says:
None! I would f*ing love to find some good lesbian fiction but most of it is soppy romance or "mysteries" that are thinly disguised soppy romance. Mind you, I like some romance in the course of the story when it is what would happen but most of it is just sex scenes thrown in or mistaking me for someone who would read a Harlequin Romance if I were straight.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2010, 9:50:23 AM PST
Robin says:
Dawnofday;
I was hoping you HAD read something I hadn't that was not 'our' version of a Harlequin Romance but here are a few of my favorites that are real books first, starring lesbians second; each is very different from the other and not in a particular order;
1. Magdalena by Sarah Aldridge
2. The Secret in the Bird by Camarin Grae
3. Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
5. Red Audrey and The Roping by Jill Malone
6. Branded Ann by Merry Shannon
7. Malicious Pursuit by KG MacGregor
8. Backward to Oregon by JAE
9. Greetings from Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer by Mari SanGiovanni
10. Stranded by Blayne Cooper

I have all the novels written by these authors except for JAE and Cooper's other works which tend (to me) to be Harlequin like. The plots are a mix of modern times, pirate, 1800's old west or British types since I just like an excellent plot with excellent writing. What I've listed isn't all I've read that meet your (or my) criteria but definitely a place to start for you.

Backwards to Oregon can be read on-line at;
http://web.archive.org/web/20071011215304/http://academyofbards.org/authors/jae.html
Malicious Pursuit can be read on-line at;
http://xenafiction.net/styles/athenaeum_deepblue/author_pages/kgmacgregor.html

I bought both books after reading them on-line so I could have them in my collection.
Happy Reading

Posted on Nov 12, 2010, 8:55:41 AM PST
Rebecca Hall says:
I was very impressed with Lady Knight by L-J Baker. Nightshade by Shea Godfrey was smokin' hot, for those who love great love scenes and sexual tension in their books. Both of these are romance/fantasies. If you love brilliant fantasy/sc fi with lesbians featured, than Griffith' s Ammonite is excellent, along with my favorite A Door Into Ocean. Sometimes I want a sweet and hot romance in a fantasy setting, then a book like Nightshade fits the bill. Sometimes I want brilliant world-building sic-fi or fantasy with women who,ove women as the main characters, and that calls for books like Door Into Ocean.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010, 7:38:53 PM PST
Joann Lee says:
I just finished K.G. MacGregor's fourth book in the shaken series, "Motherload". It's truly beautiful and I loved it. My all time favorite lesbian romance novel is "Accidental Love" by B.L. Miller.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2010, 7:14:50 AM PST
Just finished Nevermore by Nell Stark/Trinity Tam Loved it Gorgeously written Rampant sexual tension Delicious!!!

Posted on Nov 14, 2010, 7:47:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2010, 7:48:57 AM PST
Rebecca Hall says:
Not recommended: Someone recommended Eldin of Yashor as a good lesbian amazon fantasy. I gave this the one every benefit of the doubt until the first rape scene. When a woman is savagely sexually brutalized, in graphic detail, it better be intrinsic to the plot and character development. But it wasn't. Her journey through that ordeal was not well developed. Few things irk me more than poor character development. Then the dialogue, which at first I choose to view as consciously campy, was revealed to be just plain.....well, bad. "Verily" bad. The central issues around the conflicting male dominated vs female dominated societies had potential. I appreciated the lack of utopian vision in the matriarchy, but the problems with the book made this not worth the read. There are s many better options out there folks. Like Catherine Wilson's When Women Were Warriors. Or read the classic[[ASIN:0425050971 Motherlines] series.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010, 1:31:25 PM PST
Cornelia says:
If you all want a laugh I recommend Monica Nolan's "Bobby Blanchard; Lesbian Gym Teacher" a fun recreation of the pulps (with a happy ending). This was my 2nd reread & I loved it just as much if not more. She's a very skillful writer too.
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