Amazons: Warrior Women in Fact and Fiction by Catherine Lundoff (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 13, 2014 by

 The legend of the Amazon, a warrior woman who fought as part of a tribe of warrior women, has been with us since the ancient Greeks. She appears in art, in Homer’s poetry, in Shakespeare’s plays, in television shows like Xena, in comics like Wonder Woman, and finally, in archaeological evidence. She has one breast, two breasts, armor, a bow and arrows, a sword, drives a chariot or rides a horse. She may even carry a gun or no weapon at all. Regardless of whether or not the burial evidence supports the reality of a society of amazons organized the way that early stories describe them, the term “Amazon” stays with us, becoming synonymous with female warriors. Women warriors are the stuff of epic poetry like Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso and Spenser’s The Faerie Queen...

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Five Famous Lesbians I’d Like to Meet by Jessica E. Subject (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 12, 2014 by

  Hello and thank you for joining me today during the 2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event. For those who don’t know me, I write science fiction romance (some contemporary, too) with some titles that are lesbian romances. I am published with Decadent Publishing, and just this past year, I self-published a couple of titles as well. Sometimes I find it hard to come up with topics to blog about. But, I recently had a guest on my own blog who talked about famous people she would like to meet. So, I decided I would blog about famous lesbians who I would like to meet. Heck, I’d love to meet these women, lesbian or not. They are all very inspirational. Ellen DeGeneres – She is an icon, very funny, and she loves to dance. Jodie...

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From Chilly Blue to Hot Pink by Cheryl Dragon (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 11, 2014 by

  Back in 2007, I wrote a novella called Sorority Girl Pledge Time. A lesbian erotic romance…I love a writing challenge and wanted to see if I could. Just look at the variety of genres I write, I’m ADHD for sure.   At the time, I was a newly contracted author and had sold to Ellora’s Cave. I loved my editor there but when I asked about subbing that F/F, I was told they didn’t accept F/F. It didn’t sell. Now, epubs are businesses just like any other business. What inventory they want to carry is their choice so I’m not criticizing. Still I was surprised and even checked a level up to be sure. Nope…no lesbian stuff. So I began shopping it elsewhere. The story went to Loose Id and did better than...

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Feminism and Lesbian BDSM by Paisley Smith (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 11, 2014 by

  I read a lot of articles online bashing bdsm fiction by women who claim to be feminists. These women maintain that bdsm fiction is misogynistic, stopping just short of shaming anyone who enjoys either participating in the lifestyle, fantasizing about, reading, or writing bdsm fiction. Many of us grew up in a time where women’s sexuality was shamed and repressed, subjected to double standards where men enjoyed the freedom to explore while women were shamed for acting on their desires. For me, writing and reading bdsm fiction is liberating and healing. I write bdsm erotic romance where two (or sometimes more) characters engage in a sort of sexual healing and also find love within the context of a bedroom bdsm relationship. What happens between these characters is always consensual with the submissive character...

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Linda Kay Silva on Writing Supernatural Stories (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 10, 2014 by

. . Reporter Jones: So Linda Kay… It looks like you are starting another series. What is it with you and all the supernatural stores you write about? LK: When I was born, I was clutching a Marvel comic book in my teeny tiny little fist. I have quite a comic collection as it is, and I love all things supernatural, paranormal, and superhero-ish Reporter Jones: I guess that explains the full sleeve tattoo of various pictures of storm from the X-Men. LK: not really… That just explains what a weirdo I am. In all honesty, I think the supernatural is very much alive and well and living on planet earth. There is so much evidence pointing to the fact that the world around us is not as it seems… I like playing in...

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Peeling off the Label by Louisa Bacio (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 10, 2014 by

  “What is gay? Am I gay? Are you gay? Ah, the wondrous questions of a 7-year-old who has been watching “Glee.” It’s one of the reasons why I’ve liked the show. It breaks down stereotypes and crosses society’s boundaries. “I saw two boys kissing,” she added. Fantastic. Now, I know not every parent will feel the same way, and some will think I’m exposing my children to material that’s too adult. That’s fine. In day-to-day life, I have friends who are in same-sex relationships. It’s good to see reality reflected on television. At a recent baby shower, she asked about one lesbian couple afterward. “Why was she calling her hon?” I explained they were in a relationship. “Oh, that’s why she called her ‘partner.’” The parts come together. The night before I was...

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Jess Faraday on Lesbian Historical Fiction (2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event)...

Jan 9, 2014 by

  The following for historical fiction is small, but our love is mighty. The same goes double for lesbian historical fiction. For every breakout like the unspeakably brilliant Fingersmith, there are so many more stories equally deserving of recognition. For Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites over the years, and how they correspond to my own writing journey.   Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon (1997 Pressgang Publishers) I read Beyond the Pale before I’d even considered writing stories of my own—and a good thing, too, because if I’d have read it at any other time, I’d have been so intimidated, I’d probably have put down my pen. This is one of those rare historical stories where the plot, characters, and setting are all so expertly done,...

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