From Book to Film by Alyssa Linn Palmer (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016) *GIVEAWAY*...

Jan 22, 2016 by

  Have you seen the movie “Carol” yet? The one with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, and based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith? I ask because I just did, and it’s one of the few lesbian-themed films that I can think of that have made it to the big screen.     That got me thinking about lesbian fiction that had been made into films. What immediately comes to mind for me is Blue is the Warmest Colour, which made a huge splash at Cannes, and internationally. Mind you, the film made me aware of the graphic novel, not the other way around. The BBC has been good about adapting lesbian novels to film. Of note: Tipping the Velvet, and Fingersmith, (written by Sarah Waters), and Oranges Are Not...

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“Notes from the Award-Judging Trenches” by Catherine Lundoff (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 21, 2016 by

  To date, I’ve been an awards judge 4 times for writing competitions in several different genres, which has been a great opportunity to see the best and the worst of the works that writers and publishers hope will be award-worthy. And, of course, quite a few things in between. Mechanical issues like spelling and grammar should be low hanging fruit; if you or your publisher is making the effort to submit a work for award consideration, it should be as free of those kinds of mistakes as possible. Instead, I’ll talk about some of the basic problems that I see a lot, along with a few thoughts on how to avoid them.   Character and place names – this is generally a fantasy/paranormal/science fiction problem. Think about the names you use when you’re...

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A Little More Like Me by Barbara Ann Wright (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 20, 2016 by

  Star Wars, am I right? I bet you’re tired of hearing about it, seeing it, being forced to look at the actors staring at you from every consumable known to humankind. But I’m not tired of talking about the ladies who star in it and the ladies who appear in the background and the ladies who pilot spaceships. I will never be tired of all the ladies. For every woman who ran through the background of a shot, I thought, this movie is including me. It’s taking my childhood fantasies and showing me what they might look like. These heroes are a little more like me than any guy hero could be. And that’s also how I feel anytime I see a lesbian, gay, or bisexual character in the fantasy or science fiction...

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Megan Derr’s Lesbian Recommendations (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 19, 2016 by

  Greetings! Much love to KT Grant for letting me join this event for the third year running, I always look forward to it because lesbian work just doesn’t get enough love, at least not from where I’m standing. And since sharing the love is the thing I most love to do, here is a rec list of lesbian books I’ve loved to death over the past year.     Never too Late by Julie Blair – one of my favorite books period for 2015, a lovely contemporary story about two women who have a one night stand in their youth, then find each other again much later in life. It’s not an easy reunion, not by any means, but it’s engaging every step of the way. I could not put it down. Hurt...

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My Lesfic Universe: Lines That Connect and Diverge Over Time by Cindy Rizzo (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 18, 2016 by

  In 1990, I wrote 50 pages of a novel about three young lesbians who end up in college together. For different reasons, none of them want to be at this particular college, but their paths cross and they click as friends in spite of their different backgrounds and personalities. I liked these girls, but I had no idea what to do with them, so the unfinished novel gathered dust—until 2013, when I finally figured it out The book was a romance between two of the three young women. But it was also a story of their friendship and the lifelong bonds they forge over their four years together at Adams University, just outside of Boston. This story became my first book, Exception to the Rule, which eventually won the Goldie award for Debut...

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Un-Censored by Louisa Bacio (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 17, 2016 by

  A second chance at life When it comes to censorship, it can be easy for those doing the “filtering” to jump to conclusions and use a blanket approach. Having to review material on an individual basis can be time-consuming. At least those are the reasons why I justify for one of my F/F books for being censored. In other words, yanked off the e-retail shelves. It was a few years ago, when paranoia about erotic fiction with underage characters swept online booksellers, and Sex University: All-Girls Academy was dropped because of the hot-button word in the title “girls.” As the follow-up to Physical Education, which centers on a sex school, the title simply implied that it was the all-female school. When there seems to be a plethora of “Daddy” books with dubious consent...

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Not To Be Missed Lesbian Romance Novels (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 16, 2016 by

Some of these are mentioned at About.com Romance Novels:   Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller, originally published in 1969, titled as A Place For Us. Set in the nineteenth century, Isabel Miller’s classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, a painter, and Sarah Dowling, a farmer, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. Ultimately, they are forced to make life-changing decisions that depend on their courage and their commitment to one another.     Prohibited Passion (Bandit Creek #1) by Alyssa Linn Palmer, self-published in 2012. Ruth wants to escape the boredom of Bandit Creek and the strict expectations of her father, the local pastor. Her life changes the day she meets CeeCee, a world-wise flapper, and an irresistible attraction...

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Fan Fiction: Helping Young Writers Self-Identify by Brooke Radley (2016 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event #LFAE2016)...

Jan 15, 2016 by

  For years, fan fiction had been regarded as the black sheep of the writing community. Published authors who got their start in fan fiction steadfastly refused to acknowledge their roots, and stories like My Immortal did little to help assuage the misconception that all fan fiction is inherently bad. But things have been looking up. Articles nowadays are discussing the merits of fan fiction for both writers and readers. It’s free and accessible for anyone with an Internet connection. And best of all, it’s a safe place to discover and explore who you are—as a writer and as a person. When I posted my first story online, I was thirteen and very much your typical narcissistic teenager. I thought I knew better than the other writers in my fandom, so as soon as...

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