First up some promo, which I saw on the GLBT promo blog:
I'm not sure if this is pure erotica or what it is exactly, but I've read and enjoyed all the authors who contributed to this book, so I'll probably buy it.
Torquere Press- $2.99
What is it about tattoos that make them so sexy? This Toy Box answers that question for the ladies, with three hot stories.
A Bucket List Tattoo by Adriana Kraft finds just past fifty and freshly divorced cardiac nurse Natalie Gardner who decides it’s time to create her personal bucket list. On the top of her list? A tattoo -- but she’s nervous about the pain. Maybe Cindy McGraw, the hot young physical therapist she often lunches with, can help her out. Next on her list? It may be too much to hope for, but she’s definitely angling for more than tattoo advice from Cindy. Would a taste be too much to ask?
In Lipstick Prints by Kissa Starling, an online baker's site provides an introduction for Tessa to Maria, a bisexual wife and mother. Their friendship builds through daily discussion, phone calls and eventually an in-person meeting. That moment in time becomes a catalyst for change in Tessa that she never thought possible.
Finally, Beth Wylde brings us In My Skin. Melissa is a tattoo artist whose girlfriend has a serious phobia about needles. Kendra finally decides to confront her fears and let Melissa tattoo her, but just stepping into her lover’s shop leaves her shaking. Will Melissa be able to pull off the impossible and put her name in Kendra’s skin? It’s going to take some smooth moves and fast talking to get it done right.Next up is an interesting post by a predominantly m/m writer Sean Kennedy:
Yes, Virginia, there is a place for lesbians in M/M fiction!
edited- heh, my bad, I've been informed that Sean Kennedy is a man, and not a woman as I presumed. I guess it's hard to tell these days with so many female m/m authors with gender neutral or male names. So, if Sean has come across this post by some remote chance, I do apologize. And for the record, I didn't change any wording in the following part, just the she's to he's. :-)
He wrote a m/m book Wings of Equity that featured a lesbian couple in that book. Apparently, from the reviews and what people have been saying, these lesbian characters and the minor story line of them, are amazing. In his post Mr. Kennedy honestly talks about some of the issues around females in the m/m genre and writing f/f and asks why there a subtle diss of women in m/m. It's a very good post and it's nice when a m/m author doesn't just jump on board with the general diss of female characters in m/m, but tries to integrate them by creating compelling characters that are amazing in their own right.
I read the review at Jessewave's review blog by Kassa and the fact that she spends a fair amount of space talking about the two lesbian characters in her review and in such a positive light considering that most m/m readers dislike any female characters in m/m, tells me that these are characters I want to read even if they are in a m/m. Now I do read m/m. It's not a totally favorite genre, but I do have my favorite authors whom I do read. But I do hope that if these lesbian characters are as compelling as stated, that Sean Kennedy does venture into f/f land.
The section from Kassa's review that talks about these characters. Click on Jessewave to see the full review.
Jazz’s girlfriend, Lady Bart, offers a more feminine and softer female presence but she’s equally delightful. Although featuring a lesbian relationship within an m/m romance is a chance, it’s one that pay offs entirely. There is no onscreen sex so don’t worry. The only sexing is hot and heavy between Ezra and Icarus but the relationship between Lady Bart and Jazz enhances the story in many ways. Not only is Bart instrumental in the action and plot but their caring give and take help shape Ezra and his thoughts on relationships. The great characterization afforded these women creates a wonderful and memorable dynamic. If there is any stumble it is in the characterization of Icarus."From reading that review and from reading Sean Kennedy's post, I bought that book just to read those lesbian characters. Even if they are part of a m/m and there's no sex between them in the book, I'd rather read amazing characters no matter what the storyline they are in. I don't know if I'll review it here on LVLM, but if they do blow me away, I will talk about them.
Here's a recent article I saw on Yahoo or somewhere that I found interesting. This is like the 5th or 6th article that talks about this phenomenon of older women switching sides or being open to a romantic/sexual relationship with another woman.
Women are embracing lesbianism in their thirties, according to research indicating that shifts in sexual orientation may be more widespread than previously thought.
"While “late-blooming lesbians” are not uncommon in history – the married writer Virginia Woolf had an affair with the poet Vita Sackville-West – the phenomenon of mature women switching sexualities is now attracting academic scrutiny"
"One study even indicates that as many as two-thirds of women who feel lesbian attractions may have changed their sexual orientation over time."
"She added that late-blooming sexuality was often wrongly dismissed as repressed lesbians finally coming to terms with their true feelings."