Taliaschild is now available for sale

I’ve downloaded and read it already and it’s fab 😃
I’ll post a review in a day or two.

Anastasia Vitsky

Happy Spoonmas Eve! Look what’s available at Amazon! I hear Taliaschild is available at iBooks as well. Let me know if you’ve found it.

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Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places…

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Ette-ymology

I’m in full agreement. Let’s get rid of ‘ette’ altogether. Urg!

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Boy: hey dude!
Girl: I’m not a dude, I’m a girl.
Boy: OK, dudETTE!

The feminine suffix –ette is alive and well in the 21st century. It has several entries on Urban Dictionary (I’ve quoted one of them above), and I keep stumbling across it in unexpected places. Like the online magazine Gadgette,  ‘the smart woman’s guide to tech, style and life’. (‘Have you ever been talked down to about tech?’ the editors ask. ‘Offered the pink version of a laptop, or asked to flash your breasts to try a new smartwatch? We have’.) Or Stemettes, an organization dedicated to ‘showing the next generation that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths too’.

These are both feminist enterprises (though only Gadgette actually uses the f-word), and both deserve credit for tackling the problem of sexism in science and technology. But what are they doing with these twee, girly…

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Danika reviews Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story by Jeanne Cordova

This looks interesting. Shame there’s no kindle version 😦

The Lesbrary

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I will admit, I find the idea of lesbian nuns fascinating. I love that there are multiplebookson the subject. It actually makes total sense: historically, at least in the Western world, one of the few avenues that women had available to them if they didn’t want to get married to men and have children was to become a nun. Is it surprising that lesbians are over-represented in that number? In addition to this being a lesbian nun book, it’s also by an author I already enjoy. Cordova wrote a memoir about her activism titled When We Were Outlaws which I reviewed at the Lesbrary previously, so I knew that her writing style agree with me. It also ended up being an interesting prologue to When We Were Outlaws: I wouldn’t have guessed that passionate lesbian activist spent her childhood yearning to be a nun.

This…

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Evolution

Yep! Words matter a lot

In Others' Words...

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

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Someone posted a link to this article on Facebook this morning, and it caught my eye.  As many of you know, I lost my brother in law to suicide almost two and a half years ago.  The article dealt with the manner in which we talk about suicide.  Specifically, it focused on the expression “committing suicide.”  I imagine most of us have used that expression many times, and never thought about its origin.  The reason that “committed” is part of the expression, is that until fairly recently (the last fifty years or so) suicide was a crime.  As in, committed murder, committed armed robbery.

I will not dwell on the sheer jackassery of suicide being an illegal act, as though the notion of a jail sentence would deter someone who is…

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Review: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel by Nadia Hashimi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A NovelAfghan-American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

Wow! What an amazing book: heart-breaking but ultimately up lifting. Fiction, but based in reality.

I had never heard of the bacha posh in Afghanistan and was quite surprised to learn about it. The story was well written and the characters in both time lines were engaging and realistic. I loved how their stories wove together.

I feel so privileged to have been born in a secular, western country in the late twentieth century and hope someday all people have the freedom to do and be whatever they want.

You can find out more information about real women who were bacha posh on the author’s website and also at bachaposh.com

Review: Silver Wings

Silver Wings by H.P. Munro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Silver WingsWhen in 1943, twenty-five-year-old Lily Rivera is widowed, she finally feels able to step out of the shadows of an unhappy marriage. Her love of flying leads her to join the Womens Airforce Service Pilots, determined to regain her passion and spread her wings, not suspecting that she would experience more than just flying.Helen Richmond, a Hollywood stunt pilot, has never experienced a love that lifted her as high as the aircraft she flew…until she meets Lily.

Both women join the W.A.S.P. program to serve their country and instead find that they are on a collision course towards each other, but can it last?

This is a great book. I love historical fiction and it is even better when it contains a sweet, lesbian romance.

The author has clearly done her research and it is well written, with likeable characters and believable scenarios. The way the WASPs (Womens Airforce Service Pilots) were treated during the war was quite shameful.

I would definitely read more of Ms. Munro’s work.

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Review: Mistress, Please

Mistress, Please by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mistress, Please Thou shalt have no other Mistresses before me.When traveling abroad to visit clients, professional Domme Trinity Maddox loses her passport and her job. She has no one to ask for help but Graciela Fairbanks, her former lover and Domme who threw her out for cheating ten years ago.

Graciela tries to forgive, but old hurts and arguments arise on both sides. Trinity is grateful for a second chance with the woman who first taught her about love and submission, but she resents Gracie’s assumption they will return to their old roles. Gracie demands obedience; Trinity needs assurances of love.

Can Trinity let go of her pride to accept Graciela’s forgiveness? Or is submission too high of a price to pay for happiness?

This is the sequel to Mistress on Her Knees, a book I was rather ambivalent about. I enjoyed this one more.

The disaster with Mira is now in the past and Graciela and Trinity are attempting to fix their own, broken relationship. If they will manage remains to be seen. Personally I would not forgive unfaithfulness.

As we learn more about the characters I became more sympathetic to them both. Graciela’s motives seem less vengeful, although it is hard to tell, and Trinity seems more willing to accept her submissive side.

Learning about new cultures is always fascinating and Trinity’s introduction to South Korea is entertaining. The introduction of new characters was interesting and I really liked Rachel and Pierre.

The book does end on a cliff-hanger, so no happily ever after yet, but the author is currently serialising the third book, Mistress’s Release on her blog.

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Blue Book Scavenger Hunt!

Good fun, and the book’s still only 99p if you don’t have a copy 🙂

Anastasia Vitsky

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Boy, do I have something fun for you! Melissa Shirley, one of my co-authors for the Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales, came up with a neat idea for an activity. She asked each of us for a ten-item list of items or symbols from our books. Then she wrote the cutest rhyming clues for you! Don’t give away the answer, but either post an image or a link to an image (one at a time, or WordPress thinks your comment is spam) in the comments. The Blue Book authors will vote for the best answers, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Melissa.

How fun, right? Here is Melissa’s explanation:

Join the hunt to win a prize

An Amazon gift card worth $25

We’ll give you the clues, you figure them out

Answer in pictures, to the net roam about

Be creative and post us a…

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