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

SRG: Friday meeting

Sapphic Reading Group

Join us Friday at Genuine Joe’s as we discuss A Date to Die by Ann Laughlin and Playing with Matches by Lacey Schmidt! Lacey will be joining us for our discussion.

A Date to Die by Ann Laughlin:

Kay Adler is a hardworking Chicago detective who seeks justice for the victims of murder. She has one close friend, no lovers, and a difficult family. Her life is her work. If she drinks enough on her off hours, it suits her just fine. 

When people she knows start dying, her team works to track down the killer. He’s a master of disguise and impossible to find, and she must look at uncomfortable parts of her past to find a suspect. She finds two. She’s removed from the case because of her personal involvement and is replaced by Detective Jamie Sidwell, a woman with whom she has a troubled relationship. Their uneasy alliance takes them places they never would have guessed, but their bond is tested when the killer turns his sights on Kay.

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Playing with Matches by Lacey Schmidt:

Dr. Augusta, Gus, Stuart has devoted her adult life to supporting the mental health of disadvantaged children. A move to head a new clinic in San Antonio prompts her to realize she should do something to build her romantic well-being. Her foray into the world of Internet dating dashes her hopes of finding a reasonable happy-ever-after partner. Desperate for one good date, she lets a friend set her up with her “perfect” match. That date, with the very contrary Callia Alexana, proves to be the most vexing of all. Their prickly debates are somehow as unexpectedly fascinating as playing with matches, and Gus reconsiders what preconceptions she is willing to burn to find true love. But will she get burnt instead?

 

If you can’t make it tonight, we look forward to seeing you in January!

 

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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.

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!