Join us on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Austin, Texas, for our 10th annual celebration of lesbian fiction!

SRG: Meeting tonight!

Sapphic Reading Group

Join us tonight at Genuine Joe’s as we discuss The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher and A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter! 

If you can’t make it tonight, we look forward to seeing you on September 8. We’ll be talking about:

House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright:

Judit has one duty: to guard the chosen one, he who will unite two warring, star-spanning houses in marriage. Simple, if she wasn’t already in love with the bride-to-be. As far as anyone knows, Annika has been raised to be the perfect bride and future matriarch. Secretly, she’s an assassin ordered to usurp the chosen one’s mind and kill anyone who gets in her way.
 
When the political landscape shifts, murders and abductions threaten to tear the galaxy apart. Judit and Annika race to uncover the source of the strife. It must be someone powerful and bold enough to risk throwing whole star systems into ruin, someone who could change destinies and bring two lovers together, if they survive.

Spark by Catherine Friend:

Jamie Maddox is worried about her grip on reality. Has her consciousness really been transported back to 1560, landing in the body of Blanche Nottingham? Not good, since Blanche, a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I, is plotting a murder. The other possibility that Jamie faces? She’s had a psychotic break that has trapped her in an Elizabethan fantasy while another personality—let’s call her Blanche—has taken control of Jamie’s life and is jeopardizing everything.
 
Jamie is repeatedly zapped back and forth between the present and 1560 (or in and out of that twisted fantasy). Betrayal, murder, thunderstorms, and two doctors complicate everything as Jamie and Blanche battle to control Jamie’s body. Just as Jamie is running out of both hope and time, help—and love—come from a most unexpected place.

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Sapphic Reading Group

Our September meeting will be on August 11. Join us as we discuss:

The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher:

In the port city of Fortaine, two young girls acquire new families.

Four-year-old Eawynn, the unwanted illegitimate daughter of an ambitious noble, is dumped in the temple. When she is old enough, she will be initiated into its sisterhood of priestesses. Meanwhile Matt, the street urchin, earns a crime lord’s admiration, so much so he adopts her as his daughter and heir to his underworld clan.

Nearly two decades later, their paths cross when Eawynn is appointed custodian of the Shewstone, the mystical orb of prophecy. Unfortunately for her, Matt is on a mission to steal it.

A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter:

In book three in the Dark Peak series, things are looking up for Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding. Dating each other seems to be working, their families are behaving themselves, and the worst of the post-Christmas crime wave is over. 

The discovery of a Pakistani girl’s body out on the moors changes all that. No one knows who she is, who hurt her, or how she came to be there. As pressure mounts on East Derbyshire Special Ops for a quick resolution, it becomes ever more apparent that the case won’t provide one.  

With the Pakistani community closing ranks, and threads of suspicion reaching farther than anyone could have predicted, the investigation leaves Sanne facing an ordeal she may not survive.

For our September 8 meeting:

House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright:

Judit has one duty: to guard the chosen one, he who will unite two warring, star-spanning houses in marriage. Simple, if she wasn’t already in love with the bride-to-be. As far as anyone knows, Annika has been raised to be the perfect bride and future matriarch. Secretly, she’s an assassin ordered to usurp the chosen one’s mind and kill anyone who gets in her way.
 
When the political landscape shifts, murders and abductions threaten to tear the galaxy apart. Judit and Annika race to uncover the source of the strife. It must be someone powerful and bold enough to risk throwing whole star systems into ruin, someone who could change destinies and bring two lovers together, if they survive.

Spark by Catherine Friend:

Jamie Maddox is worried about her grip on reality. Has her consciousness really been transported back to 1560, landing in the body of Blanche Nottingham? Not good, since Blanche, a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I, is plotting a murder. The other possibility that Jamie faces? She’s had a psychotic break that has trapped her in an Elizabethan fantasy while another personality—let’s call her Blanche—has taken control of Jamie’s life and is jeopardizing everything.
 
Jamie is repeatedly zapped back and forth between the present and 1560 (or in and out of that twisted fantasy). Betrayal, murder, thunderstorms, and two doctors complicate everything as Jamie and Blanche battle to control Jamie’s body. Just as Jamie is running out of both hope and time, help—and love—come from a most unexpected place.

The countdown begins for the 10th anniversary of the Lone Star LesFic Festival! The celebration includes an action-packed program starring over two dozen of the best lesfic authors on Planet Earth!

10th Annual Lone Star LesFic Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:15 AM to 6:30 PM 

Norris Conference Center, 2525 West Anderson LN Austin, TX 78757

There is ample free parking and a variety of nearby restaurants.

The Lone Star LesFic Festival is one of the few fan-focused literary events. We’d love to see you there!

Remember, the Austin Reading Group meets once a month, all year long. We meet the second Friday of the month at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse. Join us in celebrating lesbian fiction!

Our monthly Reading Group meeting is on Friday night at Genuine Joe’s. This month we’re reading and discussing Secret Hearts by Radclyffe and The Last of the Loudens by Robin Alexander. We’ll also hear from group members who attended the GCLS conference in Chicago last week. Come join us!

Our monthly Reading Group meeting is on Friday night at Genuine Joe’s. Come join us to discuss Amounting to Nothing by Karis Walsh and Breaking the Silence by J.M. Dragon!

See you Saturday!

It’s almost Festival time! Here are some hints about the goodies and giveaways in store for you on April 1st! In the goodies department, we’ll have catered refreshments in the morning courtesy of Bold Strokes Books, and beverages in the afternoon thanks to members of the Sapphic Reading Group

Early birds who register from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. will have the opportunity to win free books donated by Affinity E-book Press and Bold Strokes Books. The first drawing will be held after the program announcements. At the conclusion of the Festival, the door prize will be drawn from the total pool of registration cards. The lucky winner will receive a box full of novels from Bold Strokes!

Comfortable Shoes Press will be giving away free book bags to attendees. They’re also having a drawing for fans who sign up for their mailing list. The winner will have choice of an Amazon Fire Tablet or an Amazon Echo Dot. Visit their website for details.

Other goodies include the silent auction, the book table, and the raffle. The silent auction is loaded with a variety of wonderful items. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on books donated by Bold Strokes and Affinity E-book Press. There’s also gourmet chocolate from the Chocolaterie Tessa, a gardener’s tool basket, a $25 gift certificate from Nature’s Treasures, and much more. The book table will have over 125 novels for LesFic lovers to purchase for the bargain price of $3.00 each.

17632410_1251946694902448_6289962491138414612_oThis year’s raffle prize is a stunning American turquoise necklace with a sterling silver Navaho feather pendant. The necklace was donated by our friends at the Turquoise Trading Post, which is located five minutes from the Festival site at 6103 Burnet Rd. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. Proceeds from the raffle, silent auction, and book table go toward funding the 2018 Lone Star LesFic Festival.

Join us for a Texas-sized celebration of lesbian fiction!

2017 Festival Schedule!

The 2017 Lone Star LesFic Festival is just 6 weeks away! Join us on Saturday, April 1, at the Norris Conference Center. We’ve got a packed schedule with some of your favorite writers of lesbian fiction.

8:45 – 9:15    Registration (Refreshments courtesy of Bold Strokes Books)

9:15 – 9:30    Welcome: Announcements, Giveaways: Yvette Murray

9:30 – 10:30  What’s Your Favorite, Standalones or Series? (Group Discussion)

Carrie Carr, JM Dragon, Carsen Taite, Ali Vali, Barbara Ann Wright (Stacia Seaman, moderator)

10:30 – 11:30  Mysteries: The Art of Clue Dropping

Renee MacKenzie, VK Powell, J.M. Redmann, Lacey Schmidt (Erin O’Reilly, moderator)

Readings, Group A

Ali Spooner, Stacy Reynolds, Melissa Brayden, C.F. Frizzell

11:30 – 12:30  Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Kris Bryant, Taylor James, Melanie McGowan, Laydin Michaels, Jaycie Morrison (Carsen Taite, moderator)

Readings, Group B

Barbara Ann Wright, Lacey Schmidt, Ali Vali

12:30 – 1:30     Lunch On Your Own

1:30 – 2:30    Period Fiction: Somewhere in Time

Linda Crist, JM Dragon, C.F. Frizzell, Del Robertson (Lacey Schmidt, moderator)

Readings C

Julie Cannon, Carsen Taite, Renee MacKenzie

2:30 – 3:30    Sci Fi/Fantasy: Creating Alien Worlds & Preternatural Societies

Stacy Reynolds, Ali Spooner, Ali Vali, Karis Walsh, Barbara Ann Wright (Maggie Dane, moderator)

Readings, Group D

J.M. Redmann, MJ Williamz, VK Powell, Annette Mori

3:30 – 3:45    Break (Refreshments compliments of the Sapphic Reading Group)

3:45 – 4:00   Autograph Session: ALL AUTHORS

4:00 – 5:00   Romance: Creating Those Sparks

Melissa Brayden, Taylor James, Annette Mori, Karis Walsh, MJ Williamz (Julie Cannon, moderator)

Readings, Group  E

Laydin Michaels, Del Robertson, Jaycie Morrison, Kris Bryant

5:00 – 6:00   Book Reviews: How Important Are They? (Group Discussion)

Julie Cannon, Erin O’Reilly, J.M. Redmann, Stacia Seaman, Ali Vali (Barbara Ann Wright, moderator)

6:00 – 6:30    Closing Announcements:  Silent Auction Results, Raffle, Grand Prize Drawing (Yvette Murray)