Jae

Award-Winning Author of Slow-Burn Romances between Strong Women

sapphic romantic comedy

Sapphic romantic comedies (Sapphic Book Bingo #24)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category features sapphic romantic comedies, which are also called “romcom”—light-hearted, humorous romance novels that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Often, the line between a romcom and a romance novel with hilarious moments is a bit blurry, so I’m not going to be very strict about this category. If it feels like a romcom to you, go ahead and count it for this category.

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Sapphic book that mentions another sapphic book (Book Unicorn #9)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo, read a sapphic book that mentions another sapphic book or a sapphic book that is mentioned in another sapphic book. For example, Hannah, the main character of my new romance Just a Touch Away, is an avid reader and is seen reading Write for Her by Kim Hartfield. You could read either Just a Touch Away or Write for Her for this category. The book needs to be either mentioned by title or described so clearly that it’s easy to guess which one it is.   Free short story sequel “A Great Catch” Before …

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Sapphic book featuring a character with an unusual job (Sapphic Book Bingo #18)

This week’s category of the Sapphic Book Bingo features sapphic books with main characters who have unusual jobs. You could approach this category in two ways: Either pick a main character with a job that is unusual (or unusual for a woman) in “real life” or choose a main character with a job that you rarely see in sapphic fiction. Some jobs are rare in real life but common in sapphic fiction and the other way around, e.g., cashiers are common in real life but rare in sapphic fiction; famous actresses or pop stars are rare in real life but …

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Sapphic book with a POC character (Sapphic Book Bingo #15)

This week’s category of the Sapphic Book Bingo focuses on sapphic books with a main character who is a person of color. The book needs to be written by an author of color. 

Of course, I encourage you to read diverse books, including books by authors whose race, ethnicity, or culture is different from your own, for ALL categories of the Sapphic Book Bingo, not just for today’s category. You’ll find books with POC characters in all my recommended reading lists for the Sapphic Book Bingo, but this category is all about them. 

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Sapphic books with over 400 pages (Book Unicorn #7)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo square, read a sapphic book with more than 400 pages. There aren’t that many sapphic books that are 400+ pages long, which is why this is a Book Unicorn category. 

If you know the word count, which is more accurate than page numbers, pick a book with more than 130,000 words. If you choose an audiobook, pick one that is at least 13 hours long.

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sapphic books - author's pick

Sapphic books – author’s pick (Sapphic Book Bingo #5)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo post features a special category: author’s picks. 

For this category, choose an author and have them suggest one of their books to you to read.

You can either email the author of your choice and ask for their pick, or you can choose a book from the list of 185 authors I asked for you. You’ll find the list below. 

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Sapphic book that is part of a series (Sapphic Reading Challenge #43)

For this week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge, pick a sapphic book that is part of a series. 

It doesn’t have to be book 1; it can be a book later in the series. 

Some series have the same main characters in each book, while others are more loosely connected and feature a different protagonist in every book.

Most series will have the same author, but there are a few series that are a collaboration of different authors, e.g., Ylva Publishing’s Superheroine Collection or The Village Romance Series by T.B. Markinson, Clare Lydon & Harper Bliss. 

Some books aren’t even marketed as a series, even though they clearly are, e.g., my novels Just for Show and The Roommate Arrangement. When in doubt, contact the author and ask if the books are considered a series or not. 

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Books set in a country you don’t live in (Sapphic Reading Challenge #42)

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge features sapphic books set in a country you don’t live in.

One of the great things about books is that they allow you to “visit” new places, even during a time when you might not be able to travel. For this category, choose a sapphic book that takes place in a country that you don’t currently live in. Depending on where you live, that could mean a book set in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc. Maybe pick a book set in a place that you’d like to visit or one that takes place in a country you don’t know much about. 

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Mistaken identity in a sapphic book (Sapphic Reading Challenge #41)

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge features sapphic books with a mistaken identity theme.

A character is mistaken for someone else for at least a part of the book. Usually, it’s misunderstanding (or at least it starts out that way), rather than one character intentionally lying or disguising herself. The misunderstanding can be cleared up quickly or the other character can play along and start pretending to be someone she isn’t, but the situation didn’t start out as an intentional disguise.

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Sapphic body-positive books (Sapphic Reading Challenge #32)

This week’s Sapphic Reading Challenge category features body-positive books that celebrate women of all sizes and shapes, e.g., a plus-sized protagonist.

The romance novel industry has a reputation for abiding by Hollywood’s standard of beauty. It’s rare to find plus-size characters in f/f romance novels (or any romance, for that matter). Most of the main characters are portrayed as slim, with perfectly sized breasts, and if they are a bit chubby, their goal in the story is probably to lose weight.

So let’s break with that tradition and search out diversity when it comes to how the main characters look. 

By the way, body positivity includes not just fat or plus-sized characters; it also refers to characters who are skinny or flat-chested such as Eliza from Wrong Number, Right Woman or who otherwise deviate from society’s beauty standards.

I hope that going forward, there’ll be more body positivity in romance novels and that women of all shapes and sizes will find themselves represented in a positive way.

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