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Books nominated for the “Goldie” awards

Golden Crown Literary Society is an association and annual conference for lesbian writers and readers. They also sponsor literary awards known as the “Goldies” for the best of lesbian publishing in a given year.

The conference came to Portland, Oregon this year. (I am blogging this from the first night ice cream social of said conference.)

Below is a list of “Goldie” finalists. I will add links to excerpts from the novels and update with notable encounters, observations, quotes etc from the conference.

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

 All That Lies Within  Lynn Ames  Phoenix Rising Press
 Broken Trails  D Jordan Redhawk  Bella Books
 Does She Love You?  Rachel Spangler  Bold Strokes Books
 Etched in Shadows  KG MacGregor  Bella Books
 Every Second Counts  D. Jackson Leigh  Bold Strokes Books
 Give Me A Reason  Lyn Gardner  Self Published
 High Desert  Katherine V. Forrest  Spinsters Ink
 Letters Never Sent  Sandra Moran  Bedazzled Ink
 The Tropic of Hunter  Cheyne Curry  Blue Feather Books

Anthology/Collection (Fiction)

Amor and More: Love Ever After Radclyffeand Stacia Seaman (eds) Bold Strokes Books
Best Lesbian Romance Radclyffe (ed) Cleis Press
Beyond the Trail Jae Ylva Publishing
Dykin’ 2: Short Stories Neledi Tafari Lion-Hearted Press
Odyssey of the Butterfly Fran Heckrotte Novel Ideas Publishing, LLC
Survival Skills Jean Ryan Ashland Creek Press
Three Ann McMan Bedazzled Ink
When the Clock Strikes Thirteen Lois Cloreac Hart, L.T. Smith,
Emma Weimann, Erzabet Bishop,
Joan Arling, Diana Marina, R.G. Emanuelle
Ylva Publishing


Debut Author

A Venomous Cocktail Jody Valley Bella Books
Angel’s Touch Siri Caldwell Bella Books
Exception to the Rule Cindy Rizzo Self-published
Hell’s Belle Marie Castle Bella Books
In Between Jane Hoppen Bold Strokes Books
Laughing Down the Moon Eva Indigo Bella Books
Laughter in the Wind SL Harris Bella Books
Like Jazz Heather Blackmore Bold Strokes Books
Saving Morgan MB Panichi Bella Books

Dramatic/General Fiction

In This Small Spot Caren J. Werlinger Corgyn Publishing
Leap Z Egloff Bywater Books
Letters Never Sent Sandra Moran Bedazzled Ink
Picking Up The Pieces Brenda Adcock Regal Crest Enterprises
Remember Me Syd Parker Syd Parker Books
Step Into The Wind Bev Prescott Blue Feather Books
The Reunion Susan X Meagher Brisk Press
Waiting for Harper Lee Lea Daley Bella Books


At Her Feet Rebekah Weatherspoon Bold Strokes Books
Coming Together: Girl on Girl Leigh Ellwood (ed) Coming Together
Gospel Nat Burns Regal Crest Enterprises
Hot Line Alison Grey Ylva Publishing
Nocturnes JD Glass Affinity Ebook Press NZ Ltd
Provenance Debra Hyde Coliloquy, LLC
Switching Gears Rhavensfyre Sapphire Books Publishing
Wild Girls, Wild Nights:
True Lesbian Sex Stories
Sacchi Green Cleis Press

Historical Fiction

A Delicate Refusal T.T. Thomas Bon View Publishing
Fervent Charity Paulette Callen Ylva Publishing
Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl Kate McLachlan Regal Crest Enterprises
Passion for Vengeance Patty G. Henderson Blanca Rosa Publishing
Reflected Passion Erica Lawson Blue Feather Books
She’s Gone Santa Fe Maida Tilchen Savvy Press
Silver Wings H.P. Munro H.P. Munro
The Legend of Pope Joan, Part 2. Athens Rachel Dax Self-Published


A Venomous Cocktail Jody Valley Bella Books
Battle Axe Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books
Jump the Gun:
Book 4 in The Gun Series
Lori L. Lake Regal Crest Enterprises
Point of Betrayal Ann Roberts Bella Books
The Killer Wore Leather Laura Antoniou Cleis Press
Turning the Tide Jenna Rae Bella Books
Weeping Walls Gerri Hill Bella Books
Yellow Vengeance Liz Bugg Insomniac Press


 Back to Blue  Dillon Watson  Bella Books
 Hell’s Belle  Marie Castle  Bella Books
 The Awakening: Book One in the
Sisters of Spirits Trilogy
 Yvonne Heidt  Bold Strokes Books
 The Horde  Linda Kay Silva  Sapphire Books Publishing
 The Lone Hunt  L.L. Rand  Bold Strokes Books
 The Rarest Rose  I. Beacham  Bold Strokes Books
 True Nature  Jae  Ylva Publishing
 Under the Midnight Cloak  S.Y. Thompson  Regal Crest Enterprises


 Chopper! Chopper!  Veronica Reyes  Red Hen Press
 fur(l) parachute  Shannon Maguire  BookThug
 Light Light  Julie Joosten  BookThug
 Midnight Musings  Shawn Blackhawk  Regal Crest Enterprises
 Roses Read  Various, edited by Beth Mitchum  UltraVioletLove Publishing
 The Finely Human Experience  Monique Finley  UltraVioletLove Publishing
 The Immaculate Chaos of Being  Kathleen Wheeler  KatWheelerBooks
 Sisterhood  Julie R. Enszer  Sibling Rivalry Press

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

Code of Honor Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books
Desolation Point Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books
Exit Wounds VK Powell Bold Strokes Books
First Down JJ Greene Bella Books
Mountain Rescue: The Ascent Sky Croft Regal Crest Enterprises
Rush Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books
The Gemini Deception Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou Bold Strokes Books
Web of Obsessions Diane Wood Bella Books

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Deep Deception Cathy Pegau Carina Press (Harlequin Enterprises)
Fractured Futures S.Y. Thompson Regal Crest Enterprises
In the Midst of Tribulation Mary Griggs Bella Books
Magical Echo Linda Kay Silva Sapphire Books Publishing
Saving Morgan MB Panichi Bella Books
Shell Game Benny Lawrence Bedazzled Ink
The Edge of Rebellion Andi Marquette Bedazzled Ink
To Sleep Paula Offutt Regal Crest Enterprises

Traditional Contemporary Romance

Broken Trails D Jordan Redhawk Bella Books
Cut to the Chase Lisa Girolami Bold Strokes Books
Etched in Shadows KG MacGregor Bella Books
Every Second Counts D. Jackson Leigh Bold Strokes Books
Homestead Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books
I Remember Julie Cannon Bold Strokes Books
One Fine Day Erica Abbott Bella Books
Sea Glass Inn Karis Walsh Bold Strokes Books

Young Adult

 Laughter in the Wind  SL Harris  Bella Books
 Orphan Maker  D Jordan Redhawk  Bella Books
 Secret City  Julia Watts  Bella Books
 Secret Lies  Amy Dunne  Bold Strokes Books
 Stealing Second: Sam’s Story
(Book Four in the Clarksonville Series)
 Barbara L. Clanton  Regal Crest Enterprises
 Swans & Klons  Nora Olsen  Bold Strokes Books
 The Road To Her  KE Payne  Bold Strokes Books
 The Second Mango  Shira Glassman  Prizm Books

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I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia


Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

“I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this —But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it.”
― Vita Sackville-West, from a letter written to Virginia Woolf

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Margaret Cho on Michelle Shocked

After former queer community icon, Michelle Shocked, drove fans away with an on-stage anti-gay rant that included telling the San Francisco audience “You can go on Twitter and say Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.” Which not surprisingly is exactly what the audience did. Most fans simply walked out and since then a number of venues have cancelled the performer.

Michelle Shocked’s “coming out” interview in Outlines, May 1990

Shocked’s not so apologetic apology for her recent hate speech is simply to insist that the remarks weren’t meant to be anti-gay. The apology sent to the press can be read here:

But the best thing to come out of the bonfire of ticket returns and betrayed fans is impassioned queer responses like this one from Margaret Cho.



From Margaret Cho’s official blog

March 20th, 2013



Well, Michelle Shocked, I am actually totally shocked. What the hell?! It’s freaky to me, the whole business of going from a queer icon to someone who would actually say that God hates us. When the shock wore off, I found people were super angry but I just got scared. I think that as a queer person of color, I have been scared my entire life, and I get over it bit by bit, enough to get by and live, but then something like this happens and it’s like that feeling of getting gay bashed all over again.

When people say that God hates fags, there’s this idea that it’s okay to kill us, it doesn’t matter if we die, because if God hates us, the supposedly one loving force in the world, the one who is supposed to love everyone and everything, the one, the only whatever whenever, if he hates us, then how are we to exist? Also, if he hates us, why did he make so many of us?

When someone like Michelle Shocked, formerly a beloved 90s alt queer muse and maker decides that it is ok to hate us and lets us know that God does too, I am truly sickened, as she of all people should know what this means.

I made many mixed tapes with that song “Anchorage” – which was always for me a lesbian anthem. That song played in the big old car with an 8 track cassette converter, this gas guzzling behemoth of a Buick I used to peel out of a dirt parking lot behind a country roadhouse, with tall corn and grass on all sides, to get away from this scary dude who suddenly appeared out of the dark shadows of the cornfield wielding nun-chucks, or it might have been a belt with a heavy buckle, or maybe it was a tire iron.

Fear clouds my memory, because when you are being chased by a crazy man calling you and your girlfriend “you fucking dykes” and you are just a teenager, in the middle of night and nowhere and he is whipping something around, knocking the “ick” off the “Buick” on the back of your car, it’s hard to remember what was in his hands, because you are not looking at him, you are looking to get away. I didn’t turn back, I kept going, maybe to keep this girl safe, as I might be butch after all, but really because I was too scared to turn back.

If you ever are terrorized like this – RUN. Don’t look back. Don’t be a hero. It’s not like the movies. Just get out of there. Hatred and homophobia can never be underestimated. And the effect of someone saying “God hates fags” can never be underestimated either. It’s a license to kill. It’s a death sentence. It’s not funny. It’s not ok. It’s not something I can let go easily because I know what it truly means.

The violence and hopelessness behind the statement keeps me up at night and will haunt me just like the tragic memory of a young gay man who was murdered in front of my family’s bookstore in the 70s. He was beaten to death – because these men who were never caught nor punished believed that God hated him, and in my nightmares I find his teeth all over the ground and I try to save them and they keep falling out of my hands and pockets and then I realize that he is dead and has no use for them anymore and I wake up sweating, my screams waking everyone in the house.




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Coming out Cake… uh, Gayke

Thanks, Judith, for pointing me to this one.


A 15-year-old lesbian named Laurel — whose Tumblr name is Ellende-Generes — has discovered what might be the most delicious way possible to come out to one’s parents… by baking them a cake! Or, as Laurel refers to it, a “gayke.”

On January 27, Laurel posted this photo with the simple caption: “left this for my parents.”

As you can see, the aptly named gayke does the hard work of saying the words Jodie Foster couldn’t. But just in case her parents needed additional explanation, Laurel offered up a disarming, pun-filled letter to accompany the news. My favorite lines have got to be those pointing out that “it’s hard not to love someone who baked you a cake,” and her wish that her parents, “much like this cake, are not in tiers.”

Later on Sunday, Laurel posted this picture of a half-eaten cake, along with this happy update:

“My mom saw [the cake] and cried of happiness. We giggled and cried together. Then, we all ate the cake and talked. I am very lucky to have such supporting parents and to have so much support from you guys. Thanks everyone! Have a gay day!”

If only all coming-out stories were this delicious and well-received.



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Okay, She knew she was “coming out so she baked a cake. Baked a cake. Baked a cake.” Anyone else remember that song?

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Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf


“For who shall measure the heat and violence of a poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body?”

–Virginia Woolf, born Jan. 25, 1882 (d. 1941), in the feminist manifesta “A Room of One’s Own”


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Love of women

tumblr_mcvp16lNHi1qfcyz0o1_1280update: I found the translation and source of this beautiful preraphael, (intentionally or not) lesbianic image.

L’amor che muove e sole e l’altre stelle

The love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

It is Italian, and it is from the last chapter of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. As a matter of fact, it is the last verse.

It is therefore the final word on the subject of heaven and hell. (The ultimate reward for righteous living?)

It is appropriate then that we seize it as our mantra, the banner our side waves in an unjust war. A stupid cultural war, a bloody civil war on truth, beauty, love, nature, history and the actual agenda of any “loving god” worshiped in human history. How appropriate then that the angels are on our side of the fight for marriage equity.


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December 8, 2012 · 11:17 pm