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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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SRG: August & September books

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.

It’s time for our July reading group meeting :)

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!

Come join us for our April reading group meeting!

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!

November SRG meeting

Thanks to the Sapphic Reading Group members for a wonderful discussion on Friday, and a huge thank-you to Lacey Schmidt for joining us!

Our next meeting is Friday, November 11. The two reading selections are a supernatural story and a historical romance.

November 11 Meeting:

Demonology for Beginners by M.K. McGowan.

All relationships face challenges, but for Wilhelmina Harker and Lucy Drake, trouble is just beginning. Four years of marriage sees boredom creeping in. Until…

One dark and stormy night, a beautiful stranger bites Drake. From there, life takes a frightening turn as Drake comes face-to-face with deadly immortals, mad scientists, and murderous thugs. Or, as Drake learns, the family.

When Drake goes missing, Wil has to face the possibility that her wife might be turning into a vampire. Throw in a cranky police detective, Drake’s infatuated colleague, and one super surly feline, and things get really interesting. When the in-laws from Hell show up, well, suddenly, boredom doesn’t sound all that bad.

Alaskan Bride, by Jordan Redhawk.

Finding a husband after the American Civil War isn’t easy.

When twenty-two-year-old Bostonian Clara Stapleton discovers the address of a likely bachelor in the wilds of the Alaskan bush, she throws caution to the wind and sends him a letter. Soon she’s on the adventure of her life, leaving the comfort and stability of a well-to-do family for a man she’s never met and a life of uncertainty.

Callie Glass isn’t happy with her brother Jasper’s proposal to a mail-order bride, though she knows it’s not her call. And when a tragic accident takes Jasper Glass’s life, Callie doesn’t hesitate to call off the wedding in a letter to Clara. Callie is soon surprised to find a strange woman settling into her cabin, a stranger who had never received news of Jasper’s demise.

While Callie insists that the other woman should return home, Clara digs in her heels. If Callie can live without a man in this isolated land, why can’t she? Both headstrong women struggle in the ashes of their dashed hopes and dreams, slowly coming together to forge an alliance for which neither is prepared.

SRG: September recap, October/November selections

We’d like to thank Reading Group members Gloria and Susan for facilitating our very first Skype session. The Reading Group discussed Locked Inside with author Annette Mori. Our other selection was Just Enough Light by AJ Quinn.

 

October 14 Meeting:

We are pleased to announce that author Lacey Schmidt will be at this meeting as we discuss Catch to Release.

On the verge of finally releasing her own record label, lesbian folk-rock star Shay Greenaura finds herself caught up in more than just her music. When the threats she receives turn deadly, her manager contracts a security firm for protection.

Addison Weller, a former Diplomatic Security Services agent, is called in to assess the threats against Shay. Can Addison overcome the setback of her previous security detail and save Shay? Or will their undeniable attraction, brewing silently between them, prove a distraction and be the fatal catch?

 

We’ll also be reading Above the Law by Carsen Taite.

DEA Agent Dale Nelson paid the ultimate price for her service when her wife was killed by drug dealers. Now she’s assigned to a task force investigating the suspects, and she doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful but infuriating reporter Lindsey Ryan. Despite her initial resistance, Dale discovers that Lindsey is as talented and capable as she is attractive. Will she get a second shot at love, or will the peril of her job rob her of the chance at happiness again?

Investigative reporter Lindsey Ryan will do whatever it takes to get the truth. As a favor, she agrees to anchor what is supposed to be a puff piece on the DEA. However, despite the reluctance of the striking Agent Nelson to share any information, Lindsey learns power and politics are at play, and exposing the truth could not only be dangerous, but could jeopardize her chance at love.

 

November 11 Meeting:

Demonology for Beginners by M.K. McGowan.

All relationships face challenges, but for Wilhelmina Harker and Lucy Drake, trouble is just beginning. Four years of marriage sees boredom creeping in. Until…

One dark and stormy night, a beautiful stranger bites Drake. From there, life takes a frightening turn as Drake comes face-to-face with deadly immortals, mad scientists, and murderous thugs. Or, as Drake learns, the family.

When Drake goes missing, Wil has to face the possibility that her wife might be turning into a vampire. Throw in a cranky police detective, Drake’s infatuated colleague, and one super surly feline, and things get really interesting. When the in-laws from Hell show up, well, suddenly, boredom doesn’t sound all that bad.

September Reading Group Meeting

We love women, we love books and we love fun. If you do too, then come join us on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 W. Anderson Lane (just east of Burnet Road) for the Lone Star Literary Society’s Sapphic Reading Group. Contact us here for more information.

This month we’re reading:

Locked Inside by Annette Mori:

How much does the power of love matter to someone who has overcome obstacles greater than most people face in a lifetime?

Carly, a beautiful and vivacious young woman, sees something in the semi-comatose Belinda, and they form an unusual bond. Can Carly help Belinda break free from her emotional prison? Will Belinda’s fears allow their relationship to evolve into something deeper? Find out in this wonderfully evocative romance that is sure to touch your heart.

Just Enough Light by AJ Quinn

Kellen Ryan has taken the survival skills she learned on the streets and used them to create an elite search-and-rescue operation, as well as the first home she’s known in forever—a sanctuary in Haven, Colorado, high in the Rockies. 

A small mountain town was the last place Harvard-educated Dr. Dana Kingston expected to find herself. Still, when she’s offered an opportunity to partner with Kellen’s operation and develop a medical triage center, Dana follows her heart.

Dana falls hard and fast for the enigmatic Kellen. But she quickly realizes Kellen’s heart is as carefully guarded as her past, and breaking through will take time. Except time is the one thing they may not have, because a deadly threat has returned, and this time he plans to finish what he started.

And for October (meeting is October 14):

Catch to Release by Lacey Schmidt

On the verge of finally releasing her own record label, lesbian folk-rock star Shay Greenaura finds herself caught up in more than just her music. When the threats she receives turn deadly, her manager contracts a security firm for protection.

Addison Weller, a former Diplomatic Security Services agent, is called in to assess the threats against Shay. Can Addison overcome the setback of her previous security detail and save Shay? Or will their undeniable attraction, brewing silently between them, prove a distraction and be the fatal catch?

 

Above the Law by Carsen Taite

DEA Agent Dale Nelson paid the ultimate price for her service when her wife was killed by drug dealers. Now she’s assigned to a task force investigating the suspects, and she doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful but infuriating reporter Lindsey Ryan. Despite her initial resistance, Dale discovers that Lindsey is as talented and capable as she is attractive. Will she get a second shot at love, or will the peril of her job rob her of the chance at happiness again?

Investigative reporter Lindsey Ryan will do whatever it takes to get the truth. As a favor, she agrees to anchor what is supposed to be a puff piece on the DEA. However, despite the reluctance of the striking Agent Nelson to share any information, Lindsey learns power and politics are at play, and exposing the truth could not only be dangerous, but could jeopardize her chance at love.