Sapphic Music Videos

It’s no news that books and girls are some of my favorite things. But this pride month I wanted to share with everyone my love for music too! From Hayley Kiyoko bringing 20gayteen to a new level to Janelle Monáe opening up about her sexuality, this year has been a great one for us. I feel like music videos are kinda filling the void of F/F love stories we still can’t find in movies, especially when I watch videos like What I Need by Hayley Kiyoko ft. Kehlani that just came out yesterday (I mean, how epic was that last kiss??),

I put together a list of some of my favorite music videos where LBPQ+ women are singing about their love for other women and I hope you can blast this playlist for the whole month to make your pride better.

Feel free to tell me about your favorite music videos in the comments! I love finding more songs to listen to.

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What I Need – Hayley Kiyoko ft. Kehlani

We could be bigger and brighter than space
Ain’t no running away
No, real loving is sure
The way that I love, there’s no taking my place
Stare at you, right in your face
No, don’t look away no more

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F/F Books turned into Movies and TV Shows

I’ve been interested in doing a post about F/F books who were adapted into movies or TV shows for a while now and this research proved to be harder than I thought. The only useful article I found was a post by Autostraddle from two years ago. But mostly, my own post was prompted by the fact that we have four new adaptations coming out in 2018 and I suddenly felt excited about it! So I thought I’d make this list with all links included to help the avid readers who like to watch and read both formats of stories.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to watch all of these and can’t tell you which ones end happily or not. But I hope to add most of them to my watch list soon. I’m leaving them in the order of which movie came out first so you can take a look at the history of F/F adaptations in these last years.

What about you? Leave in the comments if you have watched or read any of these stories! What books do you want to see turned into movies next? I’d love to see more YA books and romcoms in the big screen that aren’t so rooted in drama and tragedy, personally.

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Author Interview || Elizabeth Tammi

This November, Elizabeth Tammi will release her sapphic novel Outrun the Wind, based on Greek mythology. Going by the number of asks we see on Tumblr from readers who are looking for books set in Ancient Greece, I’m thinking this is a story that will get people hyped. And hopefully, we can get more historical recommendations soon!

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Interview

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Author Interview || Lee Blauersouth

Lee Blauersouth self-published her superhero YA book this year and we finally got to interview them for the website. I have a feeling Lee’s book about a group of diverse LGBTQAP+ superheroes is the kind of genre many people around here like to read so I’m excited to let them share more about their writing here.

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Interview

Q1: Hi, Lee. Tell us a bit about what’s your superhero book about.

It’s about Opal- whose come to Chicago with the ambition to join a superhero team, the Sentinels

And Issac, whose keeping illegal and high-tech secrets in the high-security Sentinels base of operations.

And Yael, whose supervillainous birthparents are a taboo subject in xyr own household

And Jamie, who wants to save the world but can’t figure out how to save her family.

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Author Interview || Hannah Carmack

A few weeks ago, Hannah Carmack got in contact with me to review her new novella and interview her for the blog and I instantly got interested in this when she told me what it was about. Take Your Medicine is an Alice retelling with a protagonist that has Vasovagal Syncope, something that I also live with my whole life although with different triggers. For those who don’t know what this is, Vasovagal Syncope occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. It was so nice to see a part of me in a book that I’ve never seen before so I’m glad to bring Hannah here to share a bit about her writing.

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Interview

Q1: Where did the inspiration to write an Alice retelling with a protagonist who has Vasovagal Syncope came from?

Ironically, it started with her mother. Having the Queen of Hearts as a Cardiothoracic surgeon was a no brainer, but it had to be relevant. Living with a physical disability, I also knew I wanted to write about a character who struggled with illness. The two kind of met in the middle and blended perfectly.

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After Simon – Where are the YA F/F books?

Love, Simon, an M/M book that was turned into a movie just hit the movie theaters and everyone has been talking about this. But maybe you just got out of the theater wondering: Where are the F/F books for teenage girls?

I’ve decided to do an intro post for the people who don’t know a lot about YA F/F books. Maybe you do know a few books here and there but you or a friend want to read a different genre or a different experience. I hope this post can help you out on how to get started!

In the end, I choose 10 books + 1 bonus. Some of these books are personal favorites and others are books that I’m dying to read. From fluffy to angst, to romance heavy and books with little romance, all these F/F books will give you at least a first start on YA literature for girls who like other girls.

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Guest Post || Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick

Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick authors of Snowsisters.

Tom and Jen:  Duet, the young adult imprint at Interlude Press, will release our debut novel, Snowsisters, on February 15, 2018. High school students from different worlds are thrown together as roommates at a week-long writing conference. As Soph, who attends private school in Manhattan, and Tess, a public school student who lives on a dairy farm in New Hampshire—get to know each other and the other young women, each discovers unexpected truths about friendship, their craft, and how to hold fast to their convictions while opening their hearts to love.

Tom:  People ask us all the time how we write together and how we began. I live in New York and Jen lives in Rhode Island, but I travel regularly to Massachusetts to attend to my elderly mother, so we arranged to meet for brunch on a rainy Sunday in June, 2015 and talk about writing our first novel. I don’t remember who suggested it first, but we wanted to each take a character and write that character’s voice in the first person.

Jen: Ideas for scenes and story directions pop into my head all the time.  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a good one or a nagging concern. Often, I text Tom from the grocery store, something like: “a high schooler who wants to be a drag queen wins a guest appearance on his favorite show!” Or I’ll just write a scene and send it to him with no warning. He’ll ask where it fits and I will have no idea.   Tom’s pretty good at letting me run.  Tom and I email multiple times daily about our work.  We also talk by phone weekly for at least an hour-and-a-half.  

Tom: Once we have a general outline, we decide who is going to write what and when.  I usually write on weekends, when I can spend several hours at a keyboard.  We talk on Saturdays or Sundays–both when we’re really trying to get something out.  We do our scenes and chapters on Google Docs and share with each other once we’re ready.  When we’re working on drafts, we use “suggested” for editing so that it’s clear what is new and who is inserting or removing text.

Jen: We split the voices, but by the time we are done editing and revising, it’s often hard to tell who wrote what.  And sometimes I’ll have an idea that I want to write down that needs to be told from Tom’s character’s voice. But I always ask him to edit the voice to read the way he wants it to, and we each get final veto on edits to the voice we are assigned.  

Tom and Jen:  We love the back-and-forth of collaborating. Early on, we made a decision not to let writing differences get in the way of our friendship.  Both of us are good at communicating when something is important to us and at letting go when it isn’t. And we have a commitment to the work. If we have a deadline, whether external or internal, we both know that the other will do what it takes to meet it.

We also balance each other out in terms of managing anxiety and stress. If one of us is worried about attending an event, or how a chapter will be received, the other one is usually able to calm fears. Getting a book published takes a lot of courage, a lot of persistence and a lot of time. Sharing all of that makes it much easier.

Tom and Jen: Snowsisters is available now for for pre-order at Amazon, bandn.com and Interlude Press, and will be in bookstores on February 15. We want to caution prospective readers that triggering warnings are posted on the Interlude Press website based on some of the content.  We can’t wait for you to read it!

 

About the authors:

Tom and Jen met in high school in Massachusetts in the early 1980’s and started a conversation which, years later is ongoing. Tom is gay, partnered and lives in New York. Jen is straight and lives with her husband and two children in Rhode Island. Tom and Jen follow all kinds of popular media, especially those with an LGTBTQ youth theme and are voracious readers. Both work as attorneys in their real lives.  They write fanfiction together online.  Snowsisters is their debut novel.

Author Interview || Taylor Brooke

Next month, an awesome soulmate F/F romance is coming out and I can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read such an interesting book. Curved Horizon has so many things in it that I think romance readers will absolutely love it so I couldn’t miss the chance to have the author, Taylor Brooke, sharing a bit about her work on our blog.

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Interview

Q1: How would you explain the Camellia Clock world to someone who’s starting the series from Curved Horizon?

You know, I left the Camellia Clock open for interpretation on purpose. I wanted people to find their own footing within a soulmate universe because the term soulmate is so different for all of us. Soulmate could be best friend, someone could have multiple soulmates – there’s room to explore. But to go over the basics: The Camellia Clock is fate. The driving force behind its decision making is unknown, but as it was developed, scientists could track patterns and changes influenced by this anomalous human hormone – the soul. Being able to pinpoint exactly when two lines of energy will meet, or when multiple lines of energy will meet, opened up the discussion for sexualities, gender identities and so on. Even though the Camellia World seems to lean toward a bi/pan mindset, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other Rose Roads, including ace/aro Rose Roads. Because the Camellia Clock is a tether for soulmates, someone who is asexual would be matched with people suited for them depending on where they landed on the spectrum. That goes for aromantic folks as well. After a pair/group reaches 00:00 on their Camellia Clocks, they’re faced with a decision to take their relationship in two directions – Emotionally or Physically. Sometimes it’s a mix of both, sometimes couples/groups lean one direction more than the other, it just depends. There’s room to navigate identities, fluidity, boundaries, trust and so on. That’s really one of the most interesting parts of the story for me – the act of falling in love backward, or forming an intense bond backward. When the characters are presented with their soulmate/soulmates, whether stranger, friend, rival or acquaintance, they’re faced with a future most people would’ve wondered about for a long time. There’s curiosity trying to balance with lust, love trying to balance with friendship. There could also be absence in curiosity, lust, love, friendship, or a significant increase in one or the other. Depending on who is paired with who and how they identify, a Rose Road could be romantic, it could be friendship, it could be companionship. Emotional connection means something different to everyone and so does physical connection. The Camellia Clock doesn’t have stipulations placed on souls. Once the pair/group times out, it’s up to them to figure out how they proceed, what’s good for them, what’s necessary, wanted and encouraged.

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Romanceclass releases Start Here || by Brigitte Bautista

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Romanceclass, a community of Filipino authors and readers of romance books in English, released the anthology “Start Here: Short Stories of First Encounters” last January 27. The HEA-guaranteed anthology is a mix of sweet and sexy, drama and levity. Whatever you’re into, whether you’ve had a smattering of first encounters or venturing out for one, you’re sure to find a story here you could sink your teeth into.

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Cover Reveal + Teaser || Chord by Chelsea M. Cameron

I’m thrilled to bring the cover reveal for Chelsea M. Cameron’s new book: Chord. I love her F/F stories and I’m sure this one will be just as good. And you don’t even have to wait much because this book will be available tomorrow already! Without further ado, here’s the cover and a short teaser.

Chord (OTP Series, Book Two)

F/F New Adult romance

Chord Chelsea

Synopsis:

Chase Hillier has plans, and nothing will cause her to deviate from them. So far, they’re pretty simple: Get through her first year of college with good grades, read a lot of books, and hopefully find a cute boyfriend who could turn into her husband someday. She’s got it all mapped out. No one is going to stand in her way. Not even her roommate, Cordelia Scott.
Cordelia Scott has her own plans: Get through her freshman year without too many panic attacks, figure out what the hell she wants to major in, and meet a guy who finally makes her heart flutter.
Fate has other plans for the two when they end up as roommates and neither of them can stop thinking about the other. They’re both absolutely sure that they like boys and not girls. But their sparks can’t be extinguished and they realize there is a lot more to their connection with each other than either of them thought. How will they navigate a path that neither of them planned on taking?

Teaser:

“I’m just scared that I picked the wrong major. That I’m picking the wrong career, the wrong life,” she said in quiet rush. There it was. Now I had something to work with.

“Hey, it’s only the first day. You won’t know if it’s right until you actually go to your classes. And you might even change your mind after you get your degree, or halfway through. It’s not a crime to change your mind, Chase.” She pushed her waffles around on her plate.

“I know. I just … I like knowing things. I like knowing my routine and my days and everything. Right now it’s all unknown and that scares the shit out of me.” She looked up at me with her eyes wide and I thought she was going to cry. I pushed our plates aside and leaned in.

“Can I give you a hug?” She nodded and sniffed. It was still too early, but damn, I was gonna comfort this girl.

I leaned over and put my arms around her and she put hers around me. I nestled my head on her shoulder because it seemed like the right thing to do.

Her hair smelled like mint and rosemary. I was going to have to steal her conditioner.

“It’s going to be okay,” I said, because what else was there to say? I wasn’t so great at the comfort thing, but I could give her a hug and hold her and tell her nice things.

Her head dipped and her cheek rested on my shoulder. My skin tingled, and I tried to ignore it. I nearly jumped when I realized she was running her fingers through my curls.

“Ouch,” I said when her hand hit a snag.

“Sorry,” she said into my shoulder. Her voice was muffled, and I couldn’t stop the feeling that I didn’t want to let go from this hug.

“It’s okay,” I said back. No one was pulling away and we had passed the acceptable hug period.

But I didn’t want to let go. I wanted to hold her and smell her hair and be like this for a long time. I hoped she couldn’t feel my heart racing. I didn’t know why my heart was racing.

Chase’s phone went off and we both lunged back like we’d been shot.

“I have to go,” she said. I raised one eyebrow. Her first class didn’t start in over an hour.

About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She’s a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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