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 with more than two POVs (Book Unicorn #11)

For this month’s Book Unicorn, read a sapphic book that is told from more than two points of view. That could mean that not just the two main characters, but also at least one supporting character gets their own perspective in the book. Books with more than two POVs are a Book Unicorn because most sapphic books, especially sapphic romances, are told from the points of view of the two main characters or, sometimes, just from the perspective of one protagonist.   15 recommended sapphic books with more than two points of view: Here are my book recommendations for the …

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Giveaway Just a Touch Away

“Cuddle Romance” Giveaway

My latest sapphic romance, Just a Touch Away, which pairs a workaholic ice queen with a professional cuddler, has been out for more than two months now, so I thought it’s time for a giveaway!

I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Just a Touch Away, a paperback copy of The Cuddle Sutra (a guide on cuddle positions), and a cute T-shirt that says “free hugs.”

To enter the drawing, fill out the giveaway form that I linked to in the post!

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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 not set in the US or UK

Sapphic book not set in the US or UK (Sapphic Book Bingo #17)

Most sapphic books, like most books in general, are set in the United States, and there are also a lot of sapphic books that take place in the United Kingdom. For this category of the Sapphic Book Bingo, I’d like you to read a book that is set in a country other than the US or the UK.

I’ll share 15 book recommendations below. For more books set all over the world, check out the “country you don’t live in” post of last year’s Sapphic Reading Challenge.

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Classic sapphic books

Classic sapphic books (Sapphic Book Bingo #11)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category, read a book that is considered a classic sapphic book—one of the trailblazing books published in the 20th century or before, at a time when most mainstream publishers wouldn’t publish LGBT+ literature and sapphic characters often didn’t get a happy ending.

Today, we are lucky to live in a time when more sapphic books are published every year than most of us can read, across all subgenres, and we owe it to these amazing authors who blazed the trail for us. 

For the sake of this reading challenge, I would considered any sapphic book that was first published before the year 2000 a “sapphic classic.”

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Sapphic book that is out of your comfort zone (Sapphic Book Bingo #10)

For this week’s Sapphic Book Bingo category, read a sapphic book that is a bit—or a lot—out of your reading comfort zone.

It can be a genre or subgenre you don’t usually read, a trope or topic you normally avoid, or a format you don’t usually read. If you stick to reading novels most of the time, you could try a short story, a biography/memoir, poetry, nonfiction, or a graphic novel. If you normally read ebooks, you could read a paperback or try an audiobook. If you mostly read contemporary romances, you could try a historical romance, a paranormal romance, a mystery, or book of another genre. 

If there’s a certain point of view that you usually avoid, you could search out a book written from that point of view for this category–that’s what I might be doing. 

Below, I’ll give you some resources and suggestions. 

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Sapphic books featuring an established couple (Sapphic Book Bingo #7)

This week’s Sapphic Book Bingo post features sapphic books with an established couple, meaning the main character needs to already be in an established romantic relationship at the beginning of the book. 

There aren’t that many “established couple” books within the romance genre because, by definition, the plot of a romance novel revolves around two (or more) characters falling in love. The central question is whether they’ll end up with getting their happily ever after. But while the “happily ever after” is the end of a romance novel, it’s not the end of the couple’s story. Sometimes, readers would love to see how the couple handles problems life throws at them or whether they start a family. 

So for this category, read a book in which the characters are already together at the start of the book. The book can be part of a series, with the characters getting together in an earlier book, or it could be a novel that isn’t a romance at all.

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