Review — “Keeper of the Piece” by Lesley Davis

Windstorm Creative November 2000 200 pages   Tatum “Tate” Belan is the “Keeper of the Piece” (and no, that’s not a spelling mistake), which means she’s the guardian of the mountain Turrenoc. She’s also the keeper of a secret: She’s an animal adept, who can talk to animals. When her previous lover found out what Tate is, she left her, and Tate has lived a reclusive life ever since. Dr. Lorrah Gilden is an adept too, but she’s a plant adept. Her skills include feeling the healing potential of plants. She works for Estros, a large and powerful research company. …

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Review — “Firestorm” by Radclyffe

  Bold Strokes Books July 2011 288 pages “Firestorm” is the second book in Radyclyffe’s First Responder series. 30-year-old Mallory “Ice” James is the captain of a smokejumper crew and about to train a new group of rookies. A year ago, she lost two of her people in a fire and she’s determined to keep control this year. Under no circumstances does she want to have even friendly feelings for another firefighter. Her well-ordered life is interrupted when a new rookie is transferred without her knowledge. Jac Russo is the daughter of a senator and determined to prove herself. When …

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Review — “Damaged in Service” by Barrett

  Affinity e-book Press July 2011 250 pages 39-year-old Special Agent Zeke Cabot has a lot going on. She just wrapped up an undercover assignment, investigating the murders of homeless people in Chicago. While she managed to catch the killer, she was injured and is now experiencing symptoms of PTSD. On top of that, she’s also worrying about her mother who shows early signs of Alzheimer’s. She retreats to New Mexico for a vacation, but bad luck seems to follow her when she gets hurt in a hiking accident. Anne Reynolds, a local nurse, finds Zeke and takes care of …

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Goodreads

I confess that I never really got into the Facebook thing. But now I have discovered Goodreads, and I really like it, so I thought I would blog about it. Goodreads is a social-networking site for readers all over the world. Currently, it has more than 5.4 million registered users. As a reader, you can keep track of the books you have read, are reading, and want to read in the future. You can post reviews and rate books (Goodreads uses the five-star rating system). Like on Facebook, you can “friend” other members or you can become a fan of …

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International Day of FemSlash

The online community is celebrating the 4th International Day of Femslash today. For those of you who have never heard of it: Femslash is fanfiction featuring relationships between two women (who, most often, are straight in the canon universe of the tv show/movie). This weekend, the FemSlash Con is taking place, an online convention that discusses various fandoms, pairings, and writing-related topics. Watch the promo on youtube I’ll participate in the publishing panel, which starts tomorrow (Sunday, July 17) at 4 p.m. (Eastern US). Last year was the first con, but I missed that one, so I’m curious to see …

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Cocktail Hour

I’ve been a guest on the Cocktail Hour last night (well, evening for me, but early afternoon for Andy & The Rev). In their fun podcast, they discuss lesbian fiction and fanfiction. Sometimes, they have the author of the book they discuss on the show. And they always have a cocktail (or two, or three :-)). This show’s cocktail was the Sweet Tight Pussy– okay, this blog is now rated NC-17 because of a cocktail :-) My own cocktail was much more tame in alcohol content and name. It’s called “Police Control” (pineapple juice, cream, coconut syrup, grenadine, and chocolate …

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It’s a writer thing

Hello, my name is Jae and I’m an addict. Okay, my name isn’t really Jae (you did know that it’s a pseudonym, right?). But I really do have a strange obsession with office supplies. For a long time, I thought I was the only one who browses office supply stores with the same enthusiasm with which other women browse shoe stores. But once I started talking to other writers, I found out that it’s quite a common addiction among writers. As a writer, can you really ever have enough notebooks, pens, folders, binders, post-it notes, highlighters, notepads, pencils, staplers, paper …

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Revising True Nature

I’m in the middle of revising my work-in-progress, True Nature. And I don’t mean changing a sentence here and a comma there. I’m talking about the gory, elbow-deep-in-plot-problems kind of revisions. At times, it’s frustrating, but I’m also learning a lot, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned so far. The old saying really is true: Writing is rewriting. If you think your first draft is a perfectly publishable book, think again. And again. And again…   If you have several beta readers or test readers, you’ll get conflicting advice, e.g., “I thought the end was dragging” vs. …

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Books read in 2011

Here’s a list of the lesfic books I have read so far in 2011. # 1 — Rum Spring by Yolanda Wallace Rebecca, an Amish teenager, falls in love with Dylan, an “English” girl. Fairly good and refreshingly different, even though it could have dipped deeper into some of the issues. # 2 – Jericho by Ann MacMan It has been ages since I read online fiction, but for some reason, I stumbled over this one… and I’m glad I did. It’s a story with great character development and witty dialogue. # 3 – Out of Love by KG MacGregor …

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