Review of Where the Light Glows by Dena Blake

When I first saw Where the Light Glows by Dena Blake on NetGalley I thought it sounded interesting and that I could stand to read a light-hearted romance after the heavier books I have been reading recently.

 

Here’s a short blurb if you want to read it:

 

Izzy Calabrese wants to make her restaurant a success. She has a passion for cooking and life in general. Romance is the furthest thing from her mind when she finds Mel Thomas crying after being abandoned by her husband…again. She tries to distance herself from Mel, but she keeps showing up.

 

Clients know Mel Thomas as the CEO of her own consulting firm. She’s smart, engaging, and successful. Anyone who knows her would never think she’s insecure, but she’s more fragile than anyone knows. Her marriage on shaky ground, she doesn’t know how, or if, it can be salvaged. All she’s ever wanted in a relationship is someone’s attention. She thinks she may have found the person who can give that to her. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect it to be Izzy.

 

I had really wanted to like this book but unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me. But despite that, I really enjoyed the first half of the novel. Dena Blake is an incredibly beautiful writer. Her novel flows beautifully, especially since this is her first book. I also like she describes Izzy’s view of nature it is beautifully poetic. I also enjoyed the sexual tension she built up between Izzy and Mel it was realistic and incredibly sexy. There were defiantly some sploosh moments.

 

The bad happened when the drama hit. I thought the Izzy and Mel were a realistic couple until they failed to communicate about their problems. It seemed like they caused drama that didn’t really need to happen and that’s where it lost me as a reader.

 

If you’re willing to look past the drama this book could be for you. There is plenty of ultra-sexy smexy time and the characters are relatable. It was just not the right book for me.

 

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this one.

 

If you would like to read this book if can be found at Amazon.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Today I will be participating in the bi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. This year the read-a-thon is in honor the life of Heather Croxon a fellow blogger.  I have participated in this event for the last two years both in the spring and fall.

 

The goal of the event is to read as much as you can in a 24-hour period.

 

For this event, I’m not keeping a page count or anything like that. I’m just planning on cleaning up my to read list a little bit.

 

I’ll be on Twitter tweeting about my progress throughout the read-a-thon.

 

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/

Heathers Blog: https://bitsnbooks.wordpress.com/

 

Are you participating? Let me know how it is going for you?

Interview with JamieLynn Boothe author of Nightmares and Dreams

I just finished reading Nightmares and Dreams by JamieLynn Boothe , and I have had the opportunity to interview the author about it!

Who or what inspired you to start writing?

I started writing poetry many years ago, as a early teenager and fell in love with writing. I have always been a lover of reading and as long as I can remember I wanted to be an author. It came natural to me, but have to say that my sensitive heart and compassion is what truly inspired me.

 

What made you want to write Nightmares and Dreams?

In 2012, when I originally wrote it, there was a lot of news concerning the LGBT community. Mostly, degrading Transgender people and Gay Marriage. There was violence against them and it sickened me. I wanted to write a story about someone who was not only part of the LGBT community, but strong and could overcome a horrendous event in her life.

 

Who is your favorite character from your story and why?

That’s a tough one. Obviously, I love Christy since she is the main character and with everything she went through and survived, but I also love Tracy. Another strong woman who had to rise up in the middle of a real nightmare. I am very proud of these two ladies.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

At the moment, I don’t have a favorite place. When I lived in Colorado there was an incredible bookstore/coffee shop that I loved. I would love to find something similar. Or, at least a comfortable coffee shop.

 

What is your writing process?

This is going to seem unordinary, but I don’t actually have a particular process. I have tried outlines, but struggle with them for some reason. So, I simply write. When I have an idea I start from there and allow the characters to take over. I allow my muse to work. So far, I feel I have been very blessed with my work. I am most comfortable working this way.

 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I have learned a lot since that time and met a lot of great authors who have taught and helped me along the way. My style and writing itself has greatly improved since then.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

So far, hiring a Personal Assistant. I hope to have a publicist at some point as well.

 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

That they love my work, naturally. Also, that Nightmares and Dreams should be made into a movie. The best thing I have heard though is how one of my novels has touched their lives in a positive way and how it helped them.

 

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

The Angels Walking Series by Karen Kingsbury

 

The most important question how do you take your coffee?

If it’s hot, I like it light and sweet, but if it’s iced coffee I like a caramel swirl, light and sweet 😊

Review of Nightmares and Dreams by Jamie Lynn Bothe

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When I first read the description of Nightmares and Dreams by JamieLynn Boothe on Goodreads it sounded interesting even though it’s quite different from my normal historical fiction. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the drama thriller that Boothe brings to the table.

Here is a blurb from Goodreads:

Nightmares have haunted Christy for years. Over the years pain has taken its toll, until she finally has had enough and moves back to her hometown of Moneta, Virginia to be with the woman she loves. After being away for six years, facing her fears and being in Heather’s arms again gives her hope for a normal life.

Christy deals with the mental fears as well, and seeks professional help. Everything begins to fall into place. Christy has reasons to smile again…until a horrendous hate crime is committed which specifically targets homosexuals.

Men, who are nothing short of monsters continue their rage by kidnapping Christy and taking her off into the hills. Christy is faced with a life or death situation. With her fears becoming reality, can Christy overcome the odds stacked against her, or will the monsters kill her before she can return to Heather’s loving embrace?

The book started out in quite a shocking manner with a brutal rape scene that I was not expecting. Once I got over the shock of the initial chapter I fell in love with the main character Christy and her partner Heather. The novel focus on the life of Christy before and during her abduction by the evil Billy. The way the Boothe wrote the story reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds and I was hooked.

The book was an emotional rollercoaster and the characters were extremely likable. I felt that the relationship between Christy and Heather was very realistic. You could feel how much they truly loved each other. The book is not afraid to show the raw gritty emotions that are felt by all the characters even the motives for the reasons why Billy acts the way he does. There were times I had to put the book down because there was so much happening and I needed to process what was about to go down.

The beginning of the novel had a few awkward sentences but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. This novel also contains some very graphic rape scenes that would not be suitable for every reader.

This gripping drama/thriller is one of my new favorites. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes drama or thriller.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an host review.

 

Review of Bittersweet by Nevada Barr

I really enjoy historical fiction so when I saw Bittersweet by Nevada Barr on my recommended kindle books I decided to take a chance on it. I mean what could be better than lesbian romance and historical fiction.

 

Here is the Goodreads blurb if you are interested:

In her very first novel, award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.

 

I was not disappointed by Nevada Barr first novel even though it was not what I originally thought that it would be. I was expecting more of a classic romance novel with couple scenes of lesbian smexy time set in the old west. You will get no smexy time from Bittersweet. The novel focuses on the lives of Imogene, a spinster teacher, and Sarah, her young student, and their struggles to build their lives together in the old west.

 

I thought the characters were very relatable and their story was engaging. You couldn’t help but feel for Imogene and Sarah. Every time it seemed that their life was finally going well you could expect something to happen that would ruin the little life that they were able to build for themselves. The book is very emotional. I might have shed a tear or two towards the end.

 

I thought the book would have been better if it made it clear earlier on how Sarah truly felt about Imogene. It was confusing trying to guess if she saw her as more of a friend or a lover. It also has some very graphic rape scenes that are not suitable for every reader.

 

This touching historical novel is now one of my new favorites. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that likes historical fiction. But if you are looking for a traditional romance novel this might not be the novel for you.

Introduction

Hello everyone. My name is Melissa and I wanted to start this blog because there is a lack of blogs focusing lesbian novels. As a lesbian I love to read books that relate to my life and I am sure that there are others who feel the same way. I plan on reviewing all genera of lesbian fiction. My goal is to post one novel review every week. I am always open for book suggestions so feel free to leave me a comment with your suggestions. My first review will be of the novel Bittersweet by Nevada Baarr.

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