Lyn Taylor Interview

The book jacket designer and artist, Lyn Taylor, talks to us about her life and creative process from the land down under, in Australia.

Lyn Taylor is a digital artist specializing in creating book cover artwork. And, just as you would expect from looking at her photo, she is funny, vivacious and has that bubbly personality of a go-getting Australian.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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June Round-Up

Hi All,

Just to keep you up to date with what’s going on here at Kissed By Venus, if you haven’t stopped in a while. You can find new fiction, reviews, and interviews for your reading pleasure.

First up is the heart-breaking contemporary romance, ‘FOREVER’ penned by newcomer, Rebecca Swartz, sometimes, we just don’t have forever! And while you are at it, don’t forget to read the hot erotic short story, ‘THE PACKAGE’, by Lee Redford.

New reviews include:

LETHAL AFFAIRS by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
SEEKING SARA SUMMERS by Susan Gabriel
BETWEEN THE LINES Bobbi D. Marolt
EASY STREET by Elizabeth Sims
TALON by J. P. Mercer

And new interviews include me talking to authors:

Bobbi D. Marolt
Colette Moody

And what’s more, catch BSB author Colette Moody’s ‘Guest Column’ for her take on life, writing, and the Tampon Manifesto!

Also don’t forget, you can subscribe to email updates alerting you when new material is posted by signing up with Feedburner. Look out for the subscription logo in the top right-hand above the adverts!

Enjoy!

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Lethal Affairs

Title: LETHAL AFFAIRS
Author: Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
ISBN: 1-60282-022-8
Rated: 4 Star
Genre: Thriller/Romance

Elite operative Domino is no stranger to peril and impossible situations. Trained all her life to be just as comfortable fighting terrorists as mixing with the gala crowd, she is proficient at playing any role necessary to accomplish her objective and believes the cause sanctifies the means. But her latest assignment to investigate journalist Hayley Ward will test more than her skills, ingenuity and courage, because this time she faces the ultimate dilemma: a choice between loyalty and love.

To quote off the back cover: “Love is never more lethal!” Is a fun way to sum up this fast-paced, action-packed thriller and first outing for newcomer, Xenia Alexiou, writing with her seasoned partner, Kim Baldwin. Who, if you read a great deal of lesbian fiction, has several action-packed novels already under her belt. Lethal Affairs is an excellent first outing for this pair of long-distance writers, collaborating on a new series that looks like it will offer up a great deal of fun, fast reads.

This one isn’t without its flaws, no first book ever is, but minor, and I stress, minor plot holes and considerations aside, Lethal Affairs holds up well, so well I read it twice within a matter of weeks. Something I don’t do often. What keeps this one together is the deft writing well grounded in a sense of reality, the fully fleshed out corpulent characters (even the minor characters) including their personal foibles and weaknesses. And a story that (for the most part) hauls you along at such a well-constructed pace, that you just have to turn the page over and read the next chapter.

My only quibble, and it’s a personal one, was that I would have liked a bit more depth to both the love-interest, Hayley Ward, and the antagonist of the piece, Senator Terrence Burrows. Other than that, I think Kim and Xenia did a fantastic job of pulling all the strands together, and giving us, the reader, a thoroughly credible thriller, laced with enough innuendo and romance to heat up all the action.

Over all, this one is up there with the best of them.

REVIEWED BY ALEXANDRA WOLFE

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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Seeking Sara Summers

Title: SEEKING SARA SUMMERS
Author: Susan Gabriel
Publisher: Wild Lily Arts, 2008
ISBN: 978-0615222073
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Literary

Novels about mid-life crises or, more specifically, about women who dump their husbands, change careers, go back to school, hit the road, or “come out” as lesbians, bisexuals, transmen or members of a BDSM community tend to be interesting studies in personality development. Considering that few people really change completely in middle age, an apparent change is usually based on the re-emergence of passions that have been buried for years. Since the birth of Second Wave feminism in the 1970s, coming-of-middle-age novels by and about women have sprung up as a variant form of bildungsroman, or novel of development. One U.S. critic named this type of women’s novel a reifungsroman, or novel of ripening.

Jean Roberta

Jean teaches English in a Canadian prairie university, where she is also a consulting editor for the literary journal.

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When Is Fiction Considered Lesbian?

So what makes great lesbian fiction? I think we can all probably agree on what makes it good.

Likeable characters are nice to have, preferably ones that have interesting and believable dialogue. It’s also appreciated when the story itself is compelling. For example, a story about two lesbian accountants going over tax returns together sounds abysmally dry — unless they’re doing it naked. Or perhaps if the one who finishes with the most deductions gets to make the other do whatever the winner asks, provided it involves a ripe nectarine, crotchless underpants, and a shoehorn. (See how your level of interest changed?)

Colette Moody

I'm an author of lesbian fiction for Bold Strokes Books and amateur mixologist.

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