sapphic steampunk fantasy

Sapphic steampunk fantasy or gaslamp fantasy (Book Unicorn #8)

Have you ever heard of steampunk fantasy? What about gaslamp fantasy? If you haven’t, don’t worry about it–I’m about to introduce you to this rare genre in this month’s Book Unicorn category of the Sapphic Reading Challenge. 

Steampunk fantasy and gaslamp fantasy are both subgenres of speculative fiction (or, to be more specific, of science fiction). The books usually take place in a Victorian-style setting, which gives them a historical flair (think bustle skirts, bowler hats, and goggles). Basically, they are alternate history that explores what would happen if technology and science had developed in a different way, never moving beyond steam power. There’s usually modern or fantastical technology such as time machines or robots, but it’s all steam-powered.

While steampunk centers around alternate developments in technology, gaslamp fantasy adds supernatural or magical elements.

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lesbian fantasy novels

WLW & Lesbian Fantasy Novels (F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge #21)

  This week’s F/F Fiction Crossword Puzzle features WLW & lesbian fantasy novels. Fantasy novels are set in imaginary worlds populated by fantastical creatures and diverse characters that sometimes have magical powers. There’s no limit to the imagination!   You can still solve previous puzzles & win ebooks! If you haven’t solved all the previous puzzles yet, you can still do so! For every solution you send in, you get an entry into the drawing for the grand prize.   So, here’s the WLW & lesbian fantasy novels puzzle: You can either download the crossword grid by right-clicking on the …

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Floodtide by Heather Rose Jones

Interview with Heather Rose Jones, author of lesbian historical fiction & fantasy novels

  Today, I’m interviewing Heather Rose Jones, who writes lesbian historical fiction, fantasy, and historic fantasy. Her most well-known work is the award-winning Alpennia series, which takes place in an alternate regency setting.  Heather is giving away an ebook copy of the latest part of that series, Floodtide, so don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this blog post.    Welcome, Heather. Please tell us a little about Floodtide, your latest release? Floodtide is something of a bildungsroman—a coming of age story—about a teenage servant in early 19th century Alpennia who develops from a good-hearted but disastrously hapless girl …

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Lucky 7 by Rae Magdon is on sale

Interview with queer speculative fiction author Rae D. Magdon

It’s time for another interview with a fellow author of WLW books. Today’s interviewee is Rae D. Magdon, who writes diverse queer romances and speculative fiction. Rae is offering her science fiction adventure Lucky 7 at a discount this weekend, and she also has another surprise for you, so don’t forget to check out the links at the end of this post!   Welcome, Rae. Please tell us a little about your latest release, Lucky 7. Lucky 7 is a cyberpunk novel about a ragtag group of misfits from the future, fighting back against an oppressive system. Each member of …

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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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Lesbian fantasy novels (Lesbian Book Bingo #4)

I know some people aren’t clear on the difference between fantasy and paranormal fiction, so let’s start this post with a definition. What is paranormal fiction? Paranormal fiction is set in our normal world, just with some paranormal aspects added, e.g., werewolves, vampires, ghosts, or shapeshifters exist along with humans. If you take away the paranormal creatures, you’d be left with our current world. What is fantasy? Fantasy novels are set in another, imaginary world that has its own rules. Very often, magical powers and mythological creatures such as dragons play an important role. However, there’s a huge overlap between …

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Lesbian Book Bingo – Frequently asked questions

I’ve had questions about some of the squares of the Lesbian Book Bingo card, so I thought I’d post a short FAQ. Here’s what you need to know about these categories:   LGBTQIA+ character For this square, please try to read books with a main character who is bisexual, pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, or identifies with a letter of the LGBT+ community other than the L (lesbian) since the L is covered by all the other bingo squares already. The category is named LGBTQIA+ because no one would recognize what it’s supposed to mean if I left the L out. …

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