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Title: Becka’s Song
Author: Frankie J. Jones
ISBN: 9781594931383
Publisher: Bella Books,
Available From: Bella Books; ,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $14.95 - Pages: 282 pages
Genre: Romance

Christmas, Arkansas, has a unique custom. Starting the last Saturday in September and ending at New Year’s, the entire town converts itself into a Victorian version of a village, including everyone wearing period costumes. Tourists come for miles to shop there and the proceeds support the town for the rest of the winter. Lee Dresher fell in love with the place during a visit years before and opened an art gallery to display her work and that of other artists from the area. She loves her life, with a daughter in college and an ex-husband she never hears from plus freedom to roam the countryside getting inspiration for her painting, but suddenly things seem to be going wrong.

Her daughter wants to come home for Thanksgiving and bring her father. If that weren’t upsetting enough, Lee’s parents want to come, too, and she’s not sure she’s up to that type of family reunion. Someone is shooting animals in the woods for no apparent reason, which may cut Lee off from her walks, and then there’s the new woman in town, Becka James. She seems to be everywhere and related to half of the people, but there’s a secret about her that no one is sharing. Lee finds her more than attractive and interesting, but she’s not sure if Becka returns the feelings. Lee has been hurt before and she doesn’t want to risk disrupting her life for someone who isn’t interested in her.

It takes someone shooting at them at Lee’s house to convince both women to acknowledge what is going on between them. Becka won’t share her secret though and Lee begins to believe that there isn’t any chance for them at all. Things will come to a head at what has to qualify as the family reunion from Hell.

Frankie Jones has been published for more than a decade and, unlike some writers, has not allowed her writing to stagnate into the same old style. She continues to improve on her ability to tell a story. Her character development and use of language are much advanced from her early books and she’s added a flair for writing comedic scenes. Early in the book, when Lee and Becka are just getting to know each other, the women are negotiating a dinner in exchange for breakfast. This is the conversation:

“Can you cook?”
“Not really, but I’ve never poisoned anyone, although now that I think about it, I’m not sure I’ve ever fed the same person twice.”
“That doesn’t say much for either your culinary skills or your relationship skills.”
Lee shrugged, “I’ve never claimed to be good at either one.”
“Then I don’t feel so bad about feeding you a slightly stale doughnut.”

Becka’s Song is full of natural unforced scenes and dialogue like that. While it is a romance, there’s also an air of suspense that hangs over the book as the town tries to solve who has brought killing into their community. All of it ties together very neatly and makes the book very entertaining to read.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce

Title: Dreams of Bali
Author: C.J. Harte
ISBN-13: 978-160282-070-8
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books, Price: $10.95
Pages: 218
Genre: Romance

Can an emotionally bankrupt, power-hungry attorney and a battle-scarred, allegedly straight woman on the verge of an ugly divorce find love with one another? More importantly, can they get to the point of acknowledging it without killing each other?

Madison Barnes lives and breathes her job as a top defense attorney in South Florida. What she lacks in humility, tact, and relationship experience, she makes up for in sex appeal, confidence, wealth, power, and a dogged sense of self-preservation. She may represent some unsavory defendants, but Madison manages to remain on the right side of the law—most of the time, anyway. She takes what she wants out of life: clients pay her dearly, and women go willingly to her bed.

Madison prides herself on satisfying her customers, both in and out of the courtroom—that is, until she promises to spend time with her sister’s best friend, the renowned romance writer, Karlie Henderson. Madison and Karlie have known each other for years and have spent nearly every moment of them spewing venom at one another. Dee prevails upon Madison to show some sisterly devotion by entertaining Karlie for an extended visit. Madison is shocked to discover that the real Karlie behind her biting remarks is not the middle-class New York kid whose mission in life is to find fault with the rich and famous she thought she knew. Karlie had always considered Madison as a vain and egotistical rich kid who walked on people for sport and had sex as just another power trip. What a surprise for both Madison and Karlie when they call a truce and agree to spend a glorious few days aboard Madison’s prized sailboat.

At sea, they revisit their tumultuous shared history. “’Safe’ was not a word [Madison] linked to other women, yet she felt safe with Karlie in her arms. She also felt aroused and challenged…Act, don’t think…had always been her motto. Above all else, don’t lose control…” (p. 49). Madison had had sex with a lot of women, but she wanted to make love to Karlie, and this realization unsettled her more than anything in her life.

Karlie’s emotions are already in total disarray as she grapples with her pending divorce. Now she must admit that she’s alternating between loving Madison and wanting to wring her neck. How can she feel so deeply about a crush who rejected her when they were back in college?

Will these two adversaries have to sail all the way to Bali to find true harmony? Are their differences what attracted them to each other in the first place? Is risking one’s heart for love harder than risking one’s life? Set sail with Madison and Karlie to find what awaits them in their Dreams of Bali. Harte adds a nice twist of fate filled with crime, wrongful accusations, and suspense that serve her story well. Dreams of Bali is a worthwhile read with its engaging plot and intriguing characters. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. Harte did not disappoint.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg

Title: Green-eyed Monster
Author: Gill McKnight
ISBN-13: 978-1-50282-042-5
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $14.95 - Pages: 185
Genre: Romance





When an unlikely cast of characters sets out for a lesbian romance in Gill McKnight’s, Green-Eyed Monster, anything can happen, and it does! In this speedy read, McKnight succeeds in tantalizing with explosive sex and a bit of bondage; tormenting with sexual frustration and intense longing; tickling your fancy and funny bone; and touching a place where good and evil battle it out. With love vs. money at odds, readers ponder which will win, thanks to McKnight keeping the stakes high and the action palpable.

Geeky Mickey Rapowski is cheated out of a fortune by Victoria Gresham, the four hundred and ninety-seventh richest woman in America, and she wants revenge. She just has to kidnap Victoria’s girlfriend, Ginette Felstrom, collect the ransom and redistribute some funds. What seems like a simple plan for a computer whiz instead turns into a nightmare when she inadvertently falls for her captive. Ginette turns out to be the worst hostage on the planet, and all hell breaks loose.

Three wicked women become four when they meet up with Bar Jack, aka BJ, who is a pirate bent on getting her hands on Victoria’s millions. A Bold Strokes Books matinee romance only allows for limited time to tell an entire story, but McKnight fills her allocation with humor, drama, deception, and depth for a fast, engaging read. Granted, Green-eyed Monster is sometimes far-fetched, but the plot twists, winning dialogue laced with sarcasm, wit, and charm certainly add to the fun. Green-eyed Monster doesn't take itself seriously and neither should readers. McKnight's characters are not your typical serious, day-to-day, romantic love interests, but Mickey, Vic, Ginette, and BJ are sure to needle their way into the most law-abiding citizen’s heart. Most impressive is that McKnight is able to overcome the stigmas of her characters being a tax embezzler, kidnapper, arsonist, and pirate, making it possible for readers to care about them and to hope that they grow in a positive direction.

I recommend this satisfying read for entertainment, fantasy, and sex that stimulate the brain like caffeine. The writing is clever, thought-provoking, and intriguing as readers see how the characters out-smart each other, yet form permanent bonds. Will Mickey choose money or love? Does Mickey even believe she’s good enough for a beautiful, successful, and talented woman? Will Victoria ever find anyone who loves her for personality and not for her money? Will Ginette ever be brave enough to cut her ties to successful women long enough to find happiness? Can BJ come clean and give up her life tied to a family of crime? Last but not least, can commitment-phobic, double-crossing thieves redeem themselves and ultimately unite? Read Green-eyed Monster and have fun finding out.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg

Title: Porte des Morts (“Death’s Door”)
Author: Ronae McGuire
ISBN: 9780976755807
Publisher: Alpha World Press,
Available From: Alpha World Press,
Price: $16.97
Pages: 322 (Double-spaced)
Genre: Mystery





Sometimes when you read a book expecting one thing, what you discover is a gem that has been sitting under your nose for some time. Then you wonder why you didn’t pick it up and read it sooner so that you could have had this experience earlier. Such was my experience with Porte des Morts by Ronae McGuire.

There is definitely a mystery at the heart of this story. Carly McCray’s yacht blew up in front of her, killing her lover Susan, and Carly suspects it wasn’t an accident. As the president of a very successful software company, Carly can afford to hire a detective to investigate discreetly into what happened and her lawyer sends her to Jesse Ferren.

Jesse has been roaming around the country with her dog Harley trying to escape from a tragedy in her life, but she hasn’t been very successful at it. She doesn’t really like Carly when she meets her, but Jesse is running low on funds and the job seems pretty first.

As the investigation proceeds, Jesse is constantly frustrated by a client who won’t tell her the whole truth, people who keep turning out not to be what everyone thinks and someone who is attempting to kill Carly, but keeps hurting Jesse. The story develops in a “Big Bang” scenario as Jesse uncovers evidence of computer fraud, embezzlement of huge sums of money, false identities and an ever increasing number of Carly’s acquaintances who just might want to kill her.

What bothers Jesse more however is her increasing attraction to Carly and the realization that Carly feels the same way. Neither one of them wants a relationship and certainly not with each other, but they’re having a difficult time fighting their feelings. As they come to know and understand each other, it becomes clear that they might have a chance for a future, if someone doesn’t kill them first.

Porte des Morts is a well told story with a plot that flows smoothly and characters that are interesting and appealing. The best parts though are the very funny scenes that spring up unexpectedly and add a little twist to a rather serious tale. Without giving away too much, the reader will want to watch for a discussion about tomatoes that is a classic in misunderstanding what is going on and there is a story about the dangers of having a guinea pig for a pet that is hilarious.

The only true negatives to the book are some that seem to be recurring for books from Alpha Press. The company uses a larger font and double spaces between lines, which is easy on the eyes, but it means the story isn’t really 322 pages long. The other problem is that there are sentences where words are left out, most often “the,” and a couple of places where the paragraph suddenly jumps down a line. Though this doesn’t ruin the book, it is a little jarring to be reading along in a good scene and have the tempo disrupted when you realize something is wrong. Alpha World is publishing some good new writers. These people deserve to have a better production job done on their work.

Porte des Morts is listed as the first in the Jesse Ferren series. If the rest of the books are like this one, a very promising new series has arrived in lesbian literature.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce

Title: Run to Me
Author: Lisa Girolami
ISBN-10: 1602820341 - ISBN-13: 978-1602820340
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $14.95 - Pages: 184
Genre: Romance/Lesbian

Even when you’re running away, you might be running toward something. Beth Standish comes to San Francisco from Los Angeles to run a half-marathon. The run is symbolic of Beth’s running away from the pain she is experiencing from a breakup.

In a chance happening, Beth ends up rooming in an old Victorian instead of booking into a hotel as she had planned to do. However, everything happens for a reason, and during her stay, she meets the popular and attractive Mary Watson, a firefighter in the City by the Bay. Beth is both wildly attracted and put off by Mary at the same time. Her painful breakup also adds to her confusion about her feelings for Mary, who is also a runner.

In an on-again, off-again relationship over a few days leading up to the run, the two women must come to terms about what they feel for each other and the direction in which their lives are going. Beth would rather run in the marathon, then run home to LA. Mary seems to be running in circles with her life and the demands made by friends. Somehow, the two must decide if they want to run into each other’s arms.

Interesting characters live in the old Victorian, and the owner of the house, a woman named Alder, takes a particular interest in Beth and seems to know more about her and her needs than Beth herself does.

The women of Run to Me are multi-dimensional and the running metaphor is well placed throughout this tale. Girolami has given us an entertaining story that makes us think—about relationships, about running away, and about what we want to run to in our lives.
Reviewed by Anna Furtado

Title: Second Time Around
Author: Linda Kay Silva
ISBN 978-1-935226-03-1
Publisher: Spinsters Ink
Available from: Bella Books,
Price: $14.95
Pages: 219
Genre: Science Fantasy

Second Time Around is Linda Kay Silva's second book in the Across Time series. All of the wonderful characters from the first book, Across Time, are back, and on this second meeting, even more fleshed out. Jessie has matured, and is now in college and studying history, Druids, and all the links to her past that she can find. As the book opens, she is being visited by Captain Spencer Morgan, a pirate from the days of Elizabethan England. Jessie again travels through time to right wrongs, and to visit with the Druids of old: Cate, Maeve, and Lachlan. As she travels she learns that "When souls are connected across time, they know when they discover each metamorphosis...each being carries within them the memories of another life."

Silva uses her ideas about past lives and travel through time to bring her readers a great story. She's done her homework well, and her descriptions of court life, ships, etc. bring a realism that adds truth to her story of adventure, treachery, and greed. Second Time Around is a great read!
Reviewed by RLynne

Title: Side Order of Love
Author: Tracey Richardson
ISBN-10: 1594931437 - ISBN-13: 978-1594931437
Publisher: Bella Books,
Available from: StarCrossed Productions,; and Bella Books,
Price: $14.95 - Pages: 251
Genre: Romance/Lesbian

Take one lesbian, minus her zest for life, and one butch golf pro devoid of commitment. Mix thoroughly during a major golf tournament. Throw in a concerned friend and business partner, a cousin who is also a golf caddy, and garnish with an appealing older aunt who gives the story a flavor of wisdom, age, and grace. This is the recipe for Side Order of Love.

When a burned-out celebrity cook named Grace Wellwood travels to a secluded New England island to lick the wounds of her unfulfilled love affair with a married woman, she meets Connie, a senior citizen and resident artist. Grace is on an extended vacation after a painful breakup at the encouragement of her business partner and friend. However, Grace’s vacation time is cut short when her business partner agrees to take on a last-minute catering engagement for a women’s golf tour banquet.

When Grace meets golf pro Torrie Cannon, the two engage in a difficult relationship where they spar in order to guard themselves against their attraction for one another. Torrie has a reputation for one-night stands and lack of commitment. Grace is looking for just the opposite—and not until sometime in the distant future, after she’s healed from her newly broken relationship. However, Torrie is a difficult woman to resist, and while Grace is trying to do just that, Torrie is wrestling with the much deeper feelings that have unexpectedly blossomed for Grace.

Once the banquet is over, Grace flees back to the seclusion of the island only to find that Torrie also has ties there. After a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, the two women separate under unhappy circumstances, never to be reunited….maybe…maybe not. It all depends on whether or not both women can come to grips with their own faults and fears. Will Torrie realize that she might have misinterpreted the circumstances over which she and Grace parted company? Will Grace finally heal from her previous relationship and move on with her life?

Tracey Richardson has given us an enticing love story by pairing some unlikely characters. These are couched in a story that gives us insights into life in two fascinating celebrity worlds while entertaining us with a tale of two personalities to whom we can all relate. The characters have depth and make us want them to succeed. Side Order of Love is a recipe for a tasty read!
Reviewed by Anna Furtado

Title: Sistine Heresy
Author: Justine Saracen
ISBN: 9781602820517
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books,; Bella Books,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $15.95 - Pages: 252
Genre: Historical romance

Justine Saracen has combined historic fact with fiction to create a rich story set in the time of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Borgias. Although much of the plot is manufactured, it is so accurate in its detail and tone that the people come alive and it could pass for an actual record of the period.

Adrianna Borgia lives balanced on the edge of a sword. During the reign of Pope Alexander VI, she led a privileged life as the widow of one of his sons and the mistress of the other. His death brought a change in attitudes in Rome, however, and now Adrianna must be constantly careful about what she says and who she is seen with. She flits on the edge of society with friends who are still important, not the least of which is Michelangelo, but Pope Julius II is not fond of her and the Inquisition is threatening to come into Rome, led by a Dominican cleric who is determined to destroy her.

She tries to find quiet comfort in the company of people like the beautiful young castrato Domenico Raggi, who sings in the Vatican choir, and Silvio Piccolomini, who has too much fascination with the philosophies of the ancient Greeks and the new science that is sweeping across Europe.

The person who could spell disaster for her, though, is Raphaela Bramante, a talented painter who stirs strange, ungodly feelings in her. When Michelangelo begins painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Adrianna convinces him to take on Raphaela as an apprentice disguised as a boy. With intrigue among the Cardinals, scheming by the upper classes and religious zealots looking for any reason to burn people at the stake, the slightest misstep could get all of them killed. Navigating this minefield of politics and religion requires consummate skill and at least one of them will fail tragically. In such an atmosphere, Adrianna and Raphaela have to decide if their relationship is worth their lives, literally.

Justine Saracen shows that she did a tremendous amount of research into the Renaissance period. Little tidbits about the culture of the time that are dropped into the story give it a feeling of reality. The strength of the story, however, is in the character development. The figures step out of the pages and become living creations. The emotions and interactions are so well drawn that it’s impossible to tell the real people from the ones that were manufactured for the book. Knowing how vicious the Inquisition could be and how manipulative the times were keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense as to whether these people will be able to survive the forces around them. For history buffs, Sistine Heresy is a thoroughly enjoyable book. For other readers it’s a book that is hard to put down.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce

Title: Taming the Wolff
Author: Del Robertson
ISBN: 978-1-933113-96-8
Publisher: Intaglio Publications,
Available from: StarCrossed Productions,; and Bella Books,
Price: $16.95 - Pages: 246
Genre: Historical Fiction

Kris Wolff rules the seas from her ship the Wolfbane as one of the most feared pirate captains. Her ruthless reputation is well earned and she is extremely successful at taking ships and making her crew wealthy. If her crew knew that she was a woman, though, she would be in danger, because, despite her ability, they would surely kill her.

Everything is thrown into disarray when she attacks a ship on its way to the Spanish Americas and kidnaps Duchess DeVale and her two daughters. Her intention is to hold them for ransom, however, the oldest daughter, Alexis, proves a complication. Alexis is headstrong, daring and beautiful and Kris isn’t quite sure how to deal with her. The fact that they are drawn to each other doesn’t make matters any easier because Alexis thinks Kris is a man.

Unfortunately, Alexis is doing everything she can to undermine the pirates’ plans while winning the captain’s trust. She succeeds in having her mother and sister escape, but when Kris is wounded, she feels compelled to help her. While she is nursing Kris, Alexis discovers she is a woman which sends Alexis reeling. Alexis finds herself being both drawn to and repulsed by the idea of a relationship with Kris as she is drawn deeper into the adventurous life of the pirates.

Perhaps, if she could make Kris settle down, something might be possible between them, but forces are working against them. There is a traitor in the crew who is trying to betray them to Captain Jackson, the captain of the ship from which the DeVale family was kidnapped and the man who is hunting them. Sword fights, sinking ships and political intrigue swirl around them as Kris and Alexis try to decide if there is a place in the world for them, providing they survive.

Del Robertson has scored a winner in her first novel. She has a story that is full of adventure, action, drama and romance, which means she can appeal to almost any reader. The story is extremely well written with good character development and the pace is set at exactly the right speed. Robertson effectively captures the feel of the times and the conditions of life at sea, though, like any work of fiction, a certain amount of reality has to be suspended. There might be a question as to how long a woman could hide her sexuality from a crew of men on a ship when quarters were so tight and privacy nearly impossible, but the idea of a female pirate captain certainly comes directly from history.

The reader will care about Kris and Alexis and probably will be inclined to hope there is a sequel for their story. One of the interesting parts of the plot is seeing how Alexis comes to the realization that she’s interested in another woman and how she struggles with the social and religious implications of that. Taming the Wolff is one of those books that you won’t want to put down until you finish it and you’ll wish it was longer so that you could enjoy it more.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce

Title: The Middle of Somewhere
Author: Clifford Henderson
ISBN 10: 1-60282-047-3
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books,; Bella Books,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $15.95 - Pages: 280
Genre: Romantic Adventure

Eadie T. Pratt dumped her girl friend, left San Francisco, and set out for the freedom of the famed Michigan Women's Music Festival. Unfortunately, her ancient T-bird broke down in front of the Rauston Baptist Church in Rauston, Texas. With this beginning, Henderson grabs her readers in a firm grip and never lets go. The Middle of Somewhere is a wonderful laugh-out-loud read filled with pathos, hope, and new beginnings.

Rauston, Texas is a dust-filled small town which Henderson populates with real characters, not cliches. Whether she's describing the bully, the minister, or the con artist, she uses words which help the reader understand rather than dismiss.

Henderson also describes the panhandle of Texas so her readers can feel the heat, the dust, and the poverty. Rauston is a place where church serves as a community gathering spot, and where news is passed along at the local grocery store. The radio stations play either gospel or country music, memories are long and secrets are deeply buried.

It is in this setting that Eadie finds hope, friends, and herself. This is a very good read.
Reviewed by RLynne

Title: Thief of Always
Author: Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
ISBN-13: 978-1-60282-049-4
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books,
Available From: Bold Strokes Books,; Bella Books,; and StarCrossed Productions,
Price: $15.95 - Pages: 280
Genre: Suspense

Thief of Always is the second novel in the Elite Operatives series. The protagonist, Mishael Taylor, had a cameo role in the first novel, Lethal Affairs.

Thief of Always takes the reader to Venice and to Holland. Dutch countess Kristine Marie Louis van der Jagt has just inherited her father's rundown mansion, his pile of debts and the Blue Star Diamond. Mishael's assignment is to steal the diamond and return it to its owners, the Afghan government. In doing so, she must contend with Neo-Nazis, Afghan terrorists, and the beautiful troubled countess.

Baldwin and Alexiou are skilled at fleshing out their characters and in describing the settings. Whether their protagonist is dodging bullets in Venice, Holland, or Afghanistan, their descriptions are accurate and take the reader into the action. Fast paced, with dazzling scenes that stir the heart of armchair travelers, Thief of Always grabs the reader on the first page and never lets go. Cameo appearances from Lethal Affairs' Domino only add to the fun. Thief of Always is a rich, wonderful read that leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
Reviewed by RLynne

Title: Who’ll Be Dead For Christmas
Author: Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 9781935216001
Publisher: Intaglio Publications
Available from: StarCrossed Productions,; and Bella Books,
Price: $16.95 - Pages: 224
Genre: Mystery

Kate Ryan strikes, um, bumbles, um, stumbles, oh heck, Kate is having her usual run of luck. She thought she made a really good deal when she bought a renovated brownstone in her old neighborhood in Chicago, then she learns it was such a steal because the previous tenant was murdered there. Poor Kate. All she wanted was a nice place to bring her lover Dr. Maggie Winfield, but strange things begin to happen almost immediately and she’s sucked into a mystery against her will.

She discovers a journal hidden in the floor and a CD in a secret compartment in the fireplace that seem to indicate the former tenant was involved in some kind of medical experimentation that was connected to the government; then someone breaks in and tries to bash out her brains with one of her own dining room chairs. Kate hears footsteps in her apartment; someone drugs her and there are two attempts on Maggie’s life. All of this concerns Kate, but none of it scares her as much as trying to find the courage to say “I love you” to Maggie. If she doesn’t find out quickly what is going on and why people seem to be spying on not only her but Maggie and her new friends who are the other tenants in the building, she may never get a chance to say those words.

Kate Sweeney has provided another opportunity to spend some time with her accident-prone detective Kate Ryan. This time she is surrounded by a new cast of characters. There is the aging hippie couple, Summer and Todd Lockwood, who own a natural food store and see conspiracies behind everything. Ironically, this time they prove to be correct. Living across the hall are Jerry O’Neill, who owns a research company, and his partner Matt Johnson, a restaurant owner.

Matt insists on speaking to Kate as if he were in the Medieval Age and likes to compare Kate and Maggie to Tracy and Hepburn. They provide a nice complement to Kate’s confusion.

As usual, Kate tries to solve the mystery without anyone else getting hurt and they all end up in the soup. This plot is more complex than the previous Kate Ryan mysteries and it’s not clear at the end exactly who the “bad” guy is. In fact, there seem to be several different ones. The resolution of the case gets bogged down in the cross purposes of certain government agencies and private interests and following who did what gets a little muddled, but, as usual, it’s fun getting there with Kate. Who’ll Be Dead For Christmas should provide some reading fun for a few hours.
Reviewed by Lynne Pierce

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Anna Furtado
Anna is a Book Reviewer for Just About Write, The East Bay Voice, and The L-Word Literature section; and Author of The Heart's Desire Book One of The Briarcrest Chronicles, a 2005 GCLS Goldie Award Finalist, and The Heart's Strength, Book Two of The Briarcrest Chronicles,

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Lynne Pierce is a life-long resident of Virginia who has spent the last thirty-two years trying to convince high school students that history is relevant to their lives and leading them through the process of learning to think for themselves about issues. Her main hobby since the age of five has been reading and she has spent the last ten years consuming every work of lesbian fiction that she can get her hands on. Lynne's reviews also can be read at
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RLynne lives in the high desert of California, next to Joshua Tree National Park, with her partner of 24 years, and various four-footed friends. A semi-retired educator, she’s been reviewing books since 1992. Her reviews have appeared in various gay rags, including Mega-Scene, The Lesbian Teachers Network, Lesbian Connection, and others.

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Cheri Rosenberg is a reviewer for Just About Write, Queer Girl Talk, Midwest Book Review, The Independent Gay Writer, The L Life, Lambda Book Report, and other venues posting book reviews for the lesbian community. Check out Cheri’s Corner at

Published under the pen name Cheri Crystal, her short stories can be found in Lessons in Love: Erotic Interludes 3, After Midnight: True Lesbian Erotic Confession and many other anthologies of short fiction. She is currently writing her second novel while adding the finishing touches to her first.

When she is not working as a Consultant Dietitian, she is reading, reviewing, and writing lesbian fiction. Cheri is an "activist reader," a wife and mother to a wonderful husband and three terrific children, and she maintains that if more heterosexuals would read the works of lesbian authors they would realize they are talented, intelligent, articulate, admirable, and their books are equally as praiseworthy as anything published for the mainstream market in the literary world. Cheri hopes to enlighten the world and make it a more tolerant place where lesbian fiction is every bit as respected as straight fiction.

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Author Bios

Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou
Kim Baldwin retired from a twenty year career in network news. She has published five solo novels with Bold Strokes Books, and four of her books have been finalists for Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. She has also contributed five short stories for Bold Strokes anthologies. Her eighth novel will be released in August, 2009. Kim lives in the north woods of Michigan. Her web site is

Xenia Alexiou is Greek and she lives in Europe. She enjoys travel and photography. She is currently at work on Missing Lynx, the third novel in the Elite Operative series. Her web site is

Lisa Girolami
Lisa Girolami has been in the entertainment industry since 1979. She holds a BA in Fine Arts and an MS in Psychology. Previous jobs included ten years as a production executive in the motion picture industry and another two decades producing and designing theme parks for Disney and Universal Studios. She is also a counselor at a mental health facility in Garden Grove, California. Writing has been a passion for her since she wrote and illustrated her first comic books at the restless age of six. Her imagination usually gets the best of her, and plotting her next novel during boring corporate meetings keeps her from going stir-crazy. She currently lives in Long Beach, California.

C.J. Harte
C.J. Harte was born in New York but lived in many places while growing up. After her family finally settled in the South, she attended college in the Deep South where she obtained her degrees as well as a significant Southern accent and an unrelenting sense of humor.

During her residence in the South, C.J. was a political activist while maintaining a full time job in health care. She edited a women's newspaper, wrote political editorials and satire, and was a speech writer for political candidates. She eventually climbed down the corporate ladder and moved out west, where she works in health care and continues to write from her Cheyenne home.

She and her partner have homes on two continents since they live on opposite sides of the ocean much of the year.

When not working or writing, C.J. Harte is either commuting between continents or spending time with her four-footed friends in her beloved Wyoming, looking out at the mountains and blue sky.

Clifford Henderson
Clifford Henderson lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her partner of seventeen years. Together they run The Fun Institute, a school of improv and solo performances. Her work has been published in Romantic Interludes 1, Discovery, Porter Gulch Reviews, and The Bear Deluxe.

Frankie J. Jones
Frankie J. Jones, who also writes as Megan Carter, is an award-winning artist and freelance nature photographer. In 2007 she was a Lambda Literary Finalist for her book The Road Home. Her hobbies include woodworking, metal detecting and genealogy. She likes to rummage through flea markets and junk shops looking for items that need to be repaired. Becka’s Song is her fifteenth novel. She can be reached at

Gill McKnight
Gill McKnight is Irish and moves between Ireland, England, and Greece in a non-stop circuit of work, rest, and play. She loves messing about in boats and has secret fantasies about lavender farming. With a BA in Art and Design and a Masters in Art History it says much about her artistic skill that she now works in IT.

Green-eyed Monster is Gill's second novel. Her first, Falling Star, was also published by Bold Strokes Books. She has contributed short stories to several anthologies, including the award-winning Best Women's Erotica 2008.

Tracey Richardson
Tracey Richardson is a daily newspaper editor who lives in the Great Lakes region of Ontario Canada. She is the author of The Candidate, published in 2008, and wrote several novels in the 1990s for Naiad Press, Inc.

In her spare time, Tracey enjoys playing sports such as ice hockey, golf and skiing. She also enjoys the tasty benefits of her partner’s wonderful culinary skills (which is why she has to play so many sports!)

Del Robertson
Del Robertson and her partner live, work, and play in San Antonio, Texas. Taming the Wolff is her first published novel. It is the winner of the 2009 Alice B. Reader Lavender Certificate.

Justine Saracen
After teaching German Language and Literature at Stanford University, Queens College, New York, and Rochester Institute of Technology, and publishing Salvation in the Secular (a book on Thomas Mann), Justine Saracen left academics and began writing fiction.

She operates out of Brussels, Belgium, where she lives with her Egyptologist partner. Her interest in ancient Egypt led to the Ibis Prophecy books. Her first novel The 100th Generation, which deals with mummies, temples and theological issues, was nominated for the Ann Bannon Reader’s Choice Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society and was a finalist in the Queerlit Competition. The sequel, Vulture’s Kiss, focuses on the First Crusade and the fall of Jerusalem. She is currently at work on Mephisto Aria, a Faust tale, set in the opera world and WWII. She can be contacted at her Web site at

Linda Kay Silva
Linda Kay Silva has written nine published novels. Her series featuring Officer Delta Stevens was published by Paradigm Publishing Company and by Rising Tide Press. Linda Kay lives and works in Arizona where she teaches high school.

Kate Sweeney
Kate Sweeney was the 2007 recipient of the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Author for She Waits, the first book in the Kate Ryan mystery series. The series also includes A Nice Clean Murder and The Trouble with Murder.

Sweeney also has dabbled in the paranormal with her other novels Away from the Dawn, Residual Moon and The O’Malley Legacy.

She was born in Chicago and lives near there where she is an office manager. Her web site is at and her email is