Romance Among Friends: The Next Installment

I promised my email subscribers that I would be posting excerpts from my newest lesbian romance novel this month, and I try to always keep my word. In the spirit of giddiness about my new release, here’s a big, fat excerpt – the first two chapters – from Sweat (Moving On #2).

cover of Sweat by Adan Ramie

(No time to read the whole thing right now? One of the free gifts you’ll get when you join my lesfic romance constant readers group is a PDF of the first three chapters of Sweat.)

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A complicated routine isn’t the hardest thing these two will learn. [Book Review]

I love looking through the selection of books Netgalley offers. There are so many intriguing descriptions, covers, and titles in all genres, and I often request more than one (sometimes four or five) at a time based on those.

Today’s book is one that immediately caught my attention. Anyone who follows my blog regularly knows I love a good LGBTQIA/SAGA book, and this one did not fail to please.

cover of LGBTQIA/SAGA romance Finding Your Feet

Book Description

While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sight-see and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.

Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.

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When BFFs turn lovers, not everyone is keen on the idea. [Book Review]

Though most readers probably know me from my horror and thriller stories, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a sappy romance. (I’ve even tried my hand at writing a few, and will definitely be writing more, along with horror, thriller, science fiction, etc., in the future.)

So when lesfic author E. A. Kafkalas agreed to let me review her book, I was excited to see what twist she had put on the familiar best-friends-turned-lovers storyline.

cover of lesfic romance Out of Grief by EA Kafkalas

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Happy birthday, Frank Sinatra.

black and white image of a young Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra, one of the most talented performers of modern times, was born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Italian immigrants. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” was one of those singers that makes you stop and listen, and his acting wasn’t half bad, either. He died in Los Angeles, California on May 14, 1998 after a heart attack.

Today would have been his 101st birthday.

Happy birthday, Frank! Thanks for everything.

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan [Book Review]

This book cover caught my eye right away. I love the rainbow and I love the obvious depiction of love between two girls.

Despite being an out and proud queer, I didn’t read a lot of LGBTQ fiction until I was an adult, so I’m still catching up on everything I feel like I should have read growing up. That’s why, even though YA isn’t my normal reading fare, I decided to give this book a shot.

cover of LGBTQ coming out book Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Book Description

The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love. 

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.

My Rating

I wish there had been books like this readily available to me when I was a teenager. I think the road I traveled would not have been near as hard, nor would I have been as confused, or felt so alone.

Lena’s a normal, boring girl living a normal, boring life. She’s got all the trappings of a typical teenage life, and she never wants for anything more… until she meets a new girl named Juliet, and she starts questioning everything.

This is one of those coming-out stories that is more about the individual than the people who love her, and that made it a little different from the kind of things I normally read or hear about. Sure, she has strife with the people she loves when she finally decides to go public, but her real struggle is an internal one. Lena must learn how to accept that she is the one in charge of her own life, not her friends and family, so that she can finally live the life she wants.

It’s a bittersweet story, but it’s full of hope. I love the side characters of Scott, Lakyn, and Georgia. Scott is the GBF all little lesbians and bi girls need. Lakyn is a quiet stream that runs quite deep and dark. As for Georgia, she is not your typical teenage girl; she’s got a little girl who she’s trying to co-parent while finishing high school. And she’s great at it.

I did think this book could have been a little shorter. It got a little repetitive near the middle, closer to the end. But it picked up and finished well. I give it four of five stars and recommend it for anyone looking for an inside perspective of LGBTQ teenage life in America these days.

 

 

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Fate, the Universe, and HEA with Jo Jennings, author of Forever Friends, Hearts Entwined

“And they lived happily ever after.”

How many stories ended that way when we were children?

We are told for years that princes rescue princesses (we won’t go into that), the boy gets the girl (or boy gets the boy, girl gets the girl, etc.), and everything is A-OK now that the bad guy (or girl, or monster, or government) is safely locked away…

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