She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]

I don’t know where I have been (under a rock, maybe?), but I haven’t found a lot of good LGBT books that aren’t about love and/or tragedy based on gayness, so it’s been nice to read some of these new books that have LGBT main characters that are in different genres.

This was one that I wanted to read immediately, because I love a good mystery/thriller, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on. Continue reading “She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]”

Lessons from a Plantser: 2016 was a big one!

When this year began, I had a couple of goals in mind. I knew I wanted to grow my readership, publish at least three books, and start some new habits that would help me toward my ultimate goals of being a full-time author with a healthy body and mind.

But as we know, even the best laid plans can sometimes go awry, and I’ve never been much of a planner anyway. So, even though I had a basic idea of what I wanted to do this year, I tried winging it… with mixed results.

Lessons from a Plantser

One of the biggest lessons I learned this year came relatively late, but I think it’s pretty important, so I’m throwing it up front. I got the notice that my domain name would be expiring in October, and had to decide what I wanted to do. Would I simply renew it, and stick with the plan I had through WordPress.com, or would I change to a new service?

The easier way would have been to stick with WP.com. I already had it set up. I had a following. I had posts and pages from two years of trying to make this website thing my online home. I even had a theme I liked relatively well.

So, naturally, I decided to change.

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The Opposite of White, Cis, Straight Men in Fiction with Author G Benson [Interview]

What first made me want to interview lesbian fiction author G Benson was the fact that, well, she wrote fiction about women who love women. I dig that. I’m a woman who likes women. (To my wife, who will read this one day: just you, baby. Just you.) And I love reading fiction that reflects my life, the same way other people like to see themselves reflected in the fiction that they read.

But what made me sit up and listen to her words was the very real “bury your gays” uproar that was made more noticeable this year with the death of Lexa from The 100. (We’ll discuss that later.)

So when I got a chance to interview her, I had to do it to find out what else she felt strongly about, and how it reflected in her fiction. Her answers might surprise you.

picture of author G Benson kissing her orange cat

Welcome, G! Sell us to yourself in a paragraph.

Benson is an Australian currently living in Spain, travelling as often as budget permits and writing as often as possible. Snowboarding is a passion that has led to a lot of humiliating falls, but this is quickly remedied with a beer. She´s been a nurse, a teacher, a nanny, apparently an author, and a backpacker. She wrote All the Little Moments and the recently released Flinging It.

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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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