2017 has been an incredible reading year for me. Not only did I get better at finding more Sapphic books that I like, many authors have been reaching out to me and showing me their books, which always delights me. Between ARCs, backlist, and manuscripts, I’ve managed to make this year my best reading one and I couldn’t be happier about it. This list includes my most favorites, books that were fun to read, and stories where I could find parts of myself in it. I hope you find something you like here too!
A Rosa de Isabela by Solaine Chioro
Beyond Your Boundaries by Georgia Claire
Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn
Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton
Out of Her Depth by Pike Martell
The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho
A Short Intro
Around the beginning of November, I decided to make a research on how young and new adults are perceiving the Sapphic (femslash) media these days. Since I had a fun time doing the Sapphic Stories Around the World post, I thought I could go a little deeper now. This research proved to be much more interesting and also a lot more work than I thought at first. But I believe the results you’ll see here are worth it.
My idea was to leave a Google Form open for around a month and let people who identify as Sapphic up to 25 years old to answer a few questions that we are going to discuss next. I wanted to know if they think the representation we are receiving is positive, enough, what is lacking, and where are they finding this representation? I’m focusing on numbers here more than going further into discussing the representation. As in, how many times certain themes and books are mentioned by the random people who answered the questionnaire.
My goal is also to form some bridge between creators and consumers of Sapphic media. Recently, I’ve noticed we have discouraged creators who don’t believe anyone is going to care about their stories on one side, and a screaming audience who is desperate to find representation for themselves on the other side. I hope people who are reading this post realize that we can all work together to make Sapphic literature more inclusive and that their stories matter.
By the beginning of December, I had received answers from 48 people. They could all answer anonymously because I believe this gives them more freedom to be as honest as they could on their opinions and to keep their identities safe.
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A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams by Dax Murray
“For as long as Katya can remember, her partner Ivan, a powerful sorcerer, has given her anything she’s ever wanted. Life is simple, until soldiers escorting Princess Yi Zhen enter the magical woods they call home. When Ivan captures the princess and demands Katya watch over her, she reluctantly agrees, entering a dark web of political grudges spanning centuries. Katya soon finds herself falling for the captive princess — and is pretty sure the princess is into her, too. To make matters worse, Yi Zhen is betrothed to a roguish princen who’s made it their mission to set her free. As forces rally to rescue Yi Zhen or go to war, Katya must take measure of her own powers and decide what she is willing to sacrifice. Will she retreat to the safety of what’s familiar or give up everything she knows to spread her wings and fly?”
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About the Author:
Dax enjoys writing fiction, making music, and writing code. When not doing any of those activities, fey can be found exploring Eorzea, or ranting on Twitter. Dax is owned by three cats & three snakes, and calls the DC metro area home.
N.G. Peltier is publishing a free F/F Christmas short story with Trinidadian characters tomorrow on her blog! To celebrate that we had a little chat about her inspirations and what she’s planning next for this story.
Q1: Your short story has a lot of food references that sound delicious. Tell us a bit about them and what are your favorite Christmas food!
Yes! We Trinidadians love to eat, and Christmas time is no exception. The food is my fave part of Christmas actually. I mention specifically ham and pastelles in the story as these are usually staples meals for that time. Some people simply bake the ham with a glaze on it others will get a little fancy and add some pineapple and cloves like below. Either way it’s delish!
While I enjoy a good ham the pastelles are definitely my favourite! Pastelles are a meat filled, either beef/pork/ chicken or veg stuffed cornmeal dish that we wrap in fig leaf. There’s also olives and capers in there. So to eat, simply unwrap the leaf and dig in! My family always makes this one week before Christmas and we split it among ourselves sooo yummy!
As for drinks my fave is ponche de crème a milky type drink with alcohol. I believe it’s sort of like the eggnog Americans have. My mom makes her quite strong 😉
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Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
“Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.
But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as long as Frankie’s in her head.
Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who’s been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy…under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she’s afraid she might, she doesn’t want to throw Samara’s life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie’s heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.”
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Brigitte Bautista is an author from the Philippines who’s debut novel, Don’t Tell my Mother, was a delight for me. She has a great writing that is funny and heartbreaking at all the right times with interesting and complex characters. I’m sure many people will love to get to know her better in this interview and hope everyone picks up her book!
When I first started looking for F/F books Siera Maley was one of the first authors I stumbled upon. Her YA stories are all super sweet with well-written romances and it was easy to fall in love with them. I’m so excited to have her on the blog today to share some of her inspirations and as a plus, she’s giving away an Ebook AND an Audiobook of her contemporary paranormal novel, Colorblind!
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Winners: Nina A. || Yana S.