10 tips on how to complete your Lesbian Book Bingo card when you don’t like speculative fiction

I’ve had several readers ask me: How can I ever complete my Lesbian Book Bingo card when I don’t like speculative fiction? Speculative fiction is an umbrella term that includes fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal fiction. If you, too, struggle to fill your Lesbian Book Bingo squares for these genres, here are a few tips for you: 1. Keep an open mind First off, I think being “forced” to read something that is a little out of your usual comfort zone can be a good thing. Keep an open mind—you might just find that you don’t really dislike that genre after all …

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Doctors & veterinarians (Lesbian Book Bingo #3)

I know many of you have been waiting none too patiently for this list. Medical romance novels have been popular not just since Callie & Arizona from Grey’s Anatomy. Maybe it’s their great bedside manner or their white coats that makes women in medical professions such a hit with readers. To make this square of the Lesbian Book Bingo even more interesting, I’ve added a handful of veterinarians to the mix. If you need to brush up on the rules of Lesbian Book Bingo, check out the rules post. 15 GREAT LESBIAN MEDICAL ROMANCE NOVELS I’ve put together a list …

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Lesbian historical fiction (Lesbian Book Bingo #2)

If you haven’t heard of the Lesbian Book Bingo before now, it’s not too late to join! In short, it’s a year-long reading challenge where you’re trying to read one book for each square on the bingo card—and you can win great books while doing it. If you need to brush up on how Lesbian Book Bingo is played, check out the rules. I’ll post suggestions for a new square on the first and third Thursday of each month. Today, I’ll be covering the “historical fiction” square. Part of the fun and the challenge of the Lesbian Book Bingo is …

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Review — “Jericho” by Ann McMan

  Bedazzled Ink Will be published in September 2011 412 pages Syd Murphy, a librarian, relocates to the little town Jericho in Virginia after her almost-ex-husband cheats on her. A flat tire stops her before she even reaches Jericho, and she’s rescued by Maddie Stevenson, Jericho’s doctor. Maddie has returned to Jericho after her father, the local physician, died two years ago and she took over his medical practice. Syd and Maddie become fast friends, and Syd, who has only planned on staying for eighteen months to set up a library in Jericho, becomes more and more involved in the …

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Review — “Strange Bedfellows” by Q. Kelly

  Ride the Rainbow Books August 2011 75,000 words Frances Dourne is the daughter of a pastor and the president of “Gay is a Choice,” an organization that wants to “help” gay people choose a straight life, just like Frances did many years ago. But Frances has stopped believing in the principles of her company long ago. Now she’s preparing to come out to her family and to the public. She hires a prostitute, Elena, to have a sounding board for her coming-out plan. At first glance, these two women couldn’t be more different, but if you look more deeply, …

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Review — “Just Like That” by Karin Kallmaker

  Bella Books November 2005 284 pages 31-year-old Syrah Ardani doesn’t want commitment, and she’s not enthusiastic about her best friend’s plan to settle down. All Syrah wants is to focus on her family’s winery instead. But then she finds out that her aging father made the winery a corporation and is now deeply in debt. Toni Blanchard, a corporate turnaround specialist, is sent to assess the situation. Toni’s lover of two years just left her, and she has no romantic notions left. When they meet, they don’t trust each other. Syrah is downright hostile at first since she thinks …

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Review — “Storms” by Gerri Hill

Bella Books July 2011 264 pages Carson Cartwright hasn’t seen her family for twelve years. After her mother died and her father basically threw her out because he blamed her for her mother’s death, she spent years pretending to be satisfied with one-night stands and her rich friends. Now her twin brother calls to tell her their father is dying and their brothers are running their family ranch into the ground. When Carson reluctantly returns home, she meets Kerry Elder, who is just starting her own consulting business and wants to convince Carson’s brothers to turn the ranch into a …

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Review — “Wild” by Meghan O’Brien

  Bold Strokes Books June 2011 288 pages I really liked Meghan O’Brien’s Endgame and Battle Scars, but while Wild isn’t badly written per se, I didn’t like it as much. It didn’t have enough world building to work as paranormal fiction. Selene is the only shape-shifter/werewolf around, and she doesn’t even seem to wonder if there are others like her. It’s more of a romance than a paranormal novel, but even the romance didn’t fully convince me. For someone who avoided emotional attachments for many years, she let herself enter into a relationship a bit too quickly. If you …

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Review — “Reluctant Hope” by Erin Dutton

  Bold Strokes Books June 2011 288 pages Songwriter Brooke Donahue’s best friend, Diane, just died of cancer. Brooke is still full of unexpressed grief and anger and wants nothing to do with Diane’s support group or anything else related to cancer. To honor Diane, she participates in a fundraiser for cancer research and has to work with Addison Hunt, a survivor of breast cancer. Even before Diane’s death, Brooke closed herself off, afraid to let herself feel too deeply, and now she doesn’t want to fall in love with someone she might end up losing. The author took a …

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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 …

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