Christmas Time Cheer

Dear All -

We’re already into December and most of us are thinking about Christmas Holidays and buying presents and trees. Well, we have the perfect distraction for you to take a break, sit down, and read author Colette Moody’s latest column about Unicorns And Custard, and the state of lesbian fiction.

And just to give you ideas about what books to buy for friends and loved ones this year, why not stop by our Book Reviews section and read up on the latest entries. Reviewer, Jeanne Nicholas, puts in her two cents worth about Radclyffe’s supernatural romance, Secrets In The Stone, but there are also plenty of others to choose from.

There’s also new short fiction coming your way later this month, so don’t forget to sign up for our FeedBurner email service, to get the latest notifications. It’s free and what’s more, safe and secure.

To one and all, have a safe, happy holidays; the team and I will see you all in the new year, till then: Merry Christmas!

Alexandra Wolfe

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

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Secrets In The Stone

Title: SECRETS IN THE STONE
Author: Radclyffe
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, 2009
ISBN 10: 1-60282-083-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-60282-083-8
Rated: 3 stars
Genre: Romance

Three women caught in a web of secrets and dark desires—

Rooke Tyler lives a solitary life in a small town on the Hudson River, carving intricate headstones in an exclusive cemetery for the county’s wealthy families. At night she pours her dreams and desires into the figures she sculpts—waiting for the woman she senses in the stone.  
 
Adrian Oakes knows there are things in life that defy rational explanation—she has spent her life avoiding casual contact with others, because sometimes what she feels draws her into a world of dangerous attractions and dark desires.  
 
Melinda Singer, a beautiful seductive art dealer, wants both women and will stop at nothing to have them. When fate brings the three together, passion and destiny ignite.

This book caught my attention with the paranormal tilt of ‘touch-telepathy’ integrated into the main character, Adrian. She can see a glimpse of images and feel some emotions from a simple touch. Her own emotions and sensations flow raw and ready through her body as she spends more time around Melinda and Rooke. I love the way Radclyffe builds her good/bad or hot/cold characters and in Secrets in the Stone there is no exception. Melinda is a sensual creature who seems the exact opposite of Rooke’s cold demeanor. But the outside examination of the two women just doesn’t do justice to the complexity and suffuse of imagery Adrian finds on the inside.

Alexandra Wolfe

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

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Of Unicorns and Custard:

OR, ADVICE FOR THE DISENCHANTED READER!

Want to stir up a little shit? Let’s talk about the quality of lesbian fiction. It’s a topic that comes up a lot and people seem to be somewhat divided on it. Some readers love it and scramble to collect it as though they’re gathering blooming daffodils. To those of you who fall in this category, I’ll take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of all lesfic authors and publishers. Your enthusiasm sustains us when little else does.

Now, you other readers— the ones who complain about the state of the genre and do so loudly— let’s grab this bull by the horns and see who gets gored. (After all, it could very well be me. Honestly, I never know where these columns are going. Your intuition is correct.)

Colette Moody

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

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