Layce Gardner and Saxon Bennett Recommend 4 Books

Layce Gardner and Saxon Bennett Recommend 4 Books in this episode of The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode:

  • Layce Gardner recommends three books she loved
  • Saxon Bennett recommends one book she loved
  • The duo talk about writing dramady and yanking the rug out from readers
  • Their new release Second Chances and the robot character

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Survived by her longtime companion by Chris Paynter

Publisher Companion Publications

Audiobook available No

Synopsis

Hired to work on a biography of the late film star, Daphne DeMonet, Bailey Hampton arrives to conduct an interview with Eleanor Burnett, Daphne’s “longtime companion.” To Bailey’s dismay, she learns Eleanor has set up a co-interview with Bailey’s ex-partner, Chelsea Parker.

Estranged for eleven months, the two women hide their painful memories and strain to be civil to one another. Eleanor startles them by insisting that they take turns reading aloud from Eleanor’s diaries of her life with Daphne DeMonet. Only after the diaries are read in her presence will Eleanor proceed with a full interview.

Once Eleanor discovers that Bailey and Chelsea are ex-partners, the diary readings take on a new meaning for her. Can they learn from the mistakes she and Daphne made as young lovers? Will that knowledge bring Bailey and Chelsea together again? Or is it too late to mend their broken relationship?

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Love Bites by Lila Bruce

Publisher Indie Author

Audiobook available No

Synopsis

The last person Ashley Baldwin expected to see when she walked into Ridgeview Animal Clinic was the gorgeous ex-love-of-her-life, Peyton Maxwell. Their break-up in college had been an explosive one, and now, some twelve years later, Ashley was still picking up the pieces of her broken heart.

Peyton Maxwell knew better than anyone that life rarely turned out the way you planned. After spending more than a decade away from her hometown, she’d finally decided to move back in order to raise her young daughter closer to family. She was just beginning to settle into her new job when Ashley walked into an exam room at the vet clinic and back into her life. Peyton thought she’d put that part of her life firmly in the past, but one look at her former lover and it all comes rushing back. 

Ashley has waited a long time for answers, but walks away from their encounter with only questions. Could it really hurt to pursue a friendly, platonic relationship as Peyton suggests? Or will Ashley find herself rekindling a flame that never really died?

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Just Married? by Natasha West

Publisher Indie Author

Audiobook available No

Synopsis

When uptight British bookshop owner Emily Bartlett goes to Las Vegas to get over a humiliating breakup, she’s expecting to make a few mistakes. But when she meets Ruby Knight, a pessimistic American C-list TV actress with designs on a movie career, she makes a whopper. The pair get so incredibly drunk together that they end up getting accidently married.

In the cold light of day, both women are shocked to find themselves wedded to a virtual stranger. But maybe it’s not such a big mistake? Could Ruby’s marriage to Emily help boost her profile and get her the biggest role of her life, earning Emily a big payday in the process? Only if they can make it seem like they’re really in love. And only if they can navigate the treacherous LA movie scene without tripping themselves up and giving the game away. Or worse, getting carried away with their fake relationship…

But what if they do let themselves feel something? Could they fall in love? Or are they Just Married?

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This Is Devin Jones by Kristen Conrad

Publisher Peckham Press

Audiobook available No

Synopsis

What if your new favorite action movie and your new favorite romantic comedy were merged into one page turning thriller? This is Devin Jones. 

Beverly Hills Police Detective Devin Jones has a problem – No, it’s not the dead body that turned up on the lawn of a washed up drunk Hollywood legend, and it’s not even the fact that she’s been having an affair with one of the biggest actresses in the world who’s flown back into the closet to marry her male co-star. It’s that Devin has been set up on a blind date to the glamorous Hollywood Screen Awards – and not only is her date a dud, but when Devin comes back from a bathroom break during the show, the theater is eerily empty and someone has taken 25 of the world’s biggest movie and TV stars hostage. Including her ex girlfriend. This just got personal. Suddenly Hollywood’s biggest night becomes Hollywood’s biggest nightmare. Alone and unarmed, Devin Jones has to get them out. Or die trying.

With its edge-of-the-seat action, sexy and romantic love story, and laugh out loud humor, This is Devin Jones is about to become your favorite page turner of the year. Written by a successful Hollywood film and TV scribe who also had a humor column in a national LGBT mag – This is Devin Jones brings the movie experience to the reading experience. 

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Second Chances by Saxon Bennet and Layce Gardner

Publisher Indie Authors

Audiobook available No

Synopsis

Kathleen Patterson’s life came to an abrupt halt five years ago when her wife was killed in a plane crash. Since her wife’s death, she hasn’t left the house and lives the life of a recluse. Her groceries are delivered, she cuts her own hair, and all her shopping is done online. The only person she talks to is her mother.

Janet Miller has had more than her fair share of bad relationships. Unable to put her heart in the line of fire anymore, she moves in with her aging mother and swears off love. Sad and lonely, she eats dinner in front of the TV, and buries herself in her work.

Both women have given up on love. There is nothing that can change their minds.

Until…One day a robot appears on Kathleen’s doorstep. Robbie the robot has been programmed to be a home health aide for the reclusive Kathleen. Janet is the technician who is called to Kathleen’s house each time Robbie blows a circuit. What neither woman knows is that Robbie has a secret mission—to give them both a second chance at love.

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Transcript

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hi there I’m Sheena and this is the lesbian review podcast this podcast is a spin-off of the popular review site thelesbianreview.com where we review the best books movies and music was leading lesbian bi or queer woman the goal of this podcast is to bring you closer to the best queer media and give you access to interviews with people who are behind the scenes in creating it today I’m joined by the fabulous Laci gardener and section Bennett both incredible authors in their own rights and a writing duo – thank you both for joining me today sorry it’s Lacey I’m the one with a southern accent she’s one with the northern accent and you’re the one with the weird accent I’m told it all the time where are you from Lacey Oklahoma you have a lovely accent it’s not quite southern but it’s a cowgirl kögel young girl she just doesn’t have any cows currently currently no currently does that mean at some point you had cows yes I grew up on a ranch oh that’s wonderful I got a cow every birthday until I was 18 that’s a lot of cows I’ve never heard that story my grandpa gave me a cow every birthday and then we ate it throughout the year did you get to name the cow I didn’t name except for dinner I didn’t that’s horrible and then I have today I was vegetarian for 23 years now you beat me up by a couple years I was a vegetarian for like ages well done to you all right so it’s today lazy insects not joining me because they have three books that they want to recommend that you read they are avid readers and authors so let’s get started what is your first book lazy well I first of all because we’re independent writers and have our own publishing company and I love all the indie writers and what it’s doing to the less Vic’s onra and how it is helping us spread out and tell different stories I think when you have a monopoly of a couple or two or three publishers you end up with a really homogenized product which is great I love that product but there are people like Saxon and I who love to read alternative lesbian fiction not just the angst these straight romance that’s good it’s one of the things I love but I like other things so we purposely chose independent writers and we tried to get a little varying selection so the first one I wanted to do is survived by her long-term companion longtime companion by Chris painter and I just recently read it late last week I’m sorry to say it’s been out like five or six years or something and she won some awards for it Chris painter I do not know though I have talked to her just a couple of times on Facebook or something I have not ever had the pleasure of meeting her but from what I’ve interacted with her she’s one of the sweetest nicest people ever and she’s super smart but you can tell in her writing survived by her longtime companion I waited five years to read because of two reasons I didn’t like the cover or the title and I thought it was going to end so sad that I didn’t want to put myself through that you know I get kind of tired of cancer books because there’s been so many and I really don’t like to cry I mean if I’m into a book and I end up crying at the end then I love it but I really have to force myself to read something that I know is sad so that title says this is a really sad book get ready to cry and I didn’t like the title because it kind of foretold that hey somebody’s gonna die and somebody’s gonna survive and I didn’t like the format of the book I had the print copy and it’s one of those really tall ones that I find awkward to hold in his got all this white space on the Mart anyway I don’t like the formatting and that’s just a little personal thing most people probably don’t care but anyway I love the book Chris painter writes so concisely and clearly and she’s one of those writers that her voice does not get in the way of her story and I love that I could totally lose myself in the story without once thinking about why did the author do this or why did the author do that she was not present she I mean she was present of course but it was just a the story was paramount and I loved that and the part I really loved is because I’m fascinated with the turn-of-the-century and with like 1920s and the whole Golden Age of Hollywood and that was half of the book and I found that so intriguing I loved well should I give a brief synopsis yes let’s do that so people know what I’m talking about it starts off with two women who were together for a period of years and they’re both researchers and writers and their jobs take them in different directions so they break up it’s amicable it’s not really any animosity they just can’t find time to be together anymore because their jobs take them so far apart and so then they both end up and here’s where you have to have the willing suspension of disbelief they both end up interviewing the same person to write a book about and having to show up at the same time and interview this older woman who’s probably in her late 80s and was the lover of a famous Hollywood movie star so as they’re interviewing this woman she tells about her love affair that began in like the 30s and how they lived in Hollywood in secret except within the Hollywood community and all of the trials and tribulations that they had to go through to remain together and it’s a beautiful love story between these two women covering like 60 years of their love affair and yes one of them does die in the end you know that at the beginning it’s not a spoiler but it’s not sad instead it’s almost rejoiceful that they have this time together and then you have that running parallel with the story about the two riders and they’re apart right they broke apart but they slowly start getting getting back together so at the end – there’s a happily ever after between them I think it went a Goldy and I think it won like the whatever they call that the and Bannon choice whatever it is the whatever for the fans vote I actually really loved the book I had a great time reading it I read it really slowly because I was savoring every aspect and I loved the two older women part of it the two younger was like okay but I loved the older women in the movie stars nothing it was exciting she didn’t she do a fabulous job with that yes thank you sex that’s why I love her flattery will get you everywhere so it’s the second-chance romance and there’s a bit of like Hollywood glam assets yes – cool and I think really it’s palatable for everybody if you like the just romance books you’ve got it right there if you like the angsty it’s there if you like the kind of slow bird even those two women getting back together it’s there she kind of covered all the bases with it and she’s a very good writer and you can tell she’s a really smart writer she researched a lot and did a great job fantastic sounds awesome sexing is the next one you were recommendation then yes mine is by Lila Bruce and it’s called love bites and I love the cover of it because it’s got obviously a dog on it and any book for me that has a dog on the cover I know that I’m gonna love I love dog books yeah it’s just and you know in the end it’s gonna be kind of sad in a dog book but in this one with Lila Bruce it wasn’t it was actually a delightful story and it started in a very inventive way because the dog is the narrator in the beginning so we don’t meet and Payton until later now Payton is the vet that and Ashley is the one that owns moose who happens to be a wiener dog so in that case you automatically are laughing once you find out that moose is a wiener dog and so he hangs around with a pack of dogs so they have all these conversations about the human about the human condition essentially and they completely don’t understand human behavior but Ashley takes moose to the vet and Payton is the vet now they’ve been lovers before and did not break up amicably so Ashley is freaked out when she brings moose into the vet and moose consents that something’s wrong with Ashley because she’s got all these like a really you know intense emotions going on and then we switch to Ashley so we get Ashley’s point of view mooses point of view the other dog’s point of view and person’s point of view I love the dogs born a bigot oh it is so hilarious and you know and I really am into romantic comedies and I think that what I really need with them is I need the opportunity to laugh because well as you know in our country things are kind of tough so I think that comedy really does help help people that way and I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and Love Bites does end up happily ever after because I really do want to happily ever after I know that it’s coming but I really wanted and I’m really anticipating it uh-huh I like the journey toward the happily ever after it’s like we all know how it’s going to end it’s the getting there that’s so much fun definitely highly recommend Lila versus table she also has little lies which is more of a detective novel it has the same sort of quirky humor in it so my lab versus one of my favorites yeah I grab her books each time one comes out I wish she’d write faster I really you’re listening to the lesbian talk-show the lesbians auction your hub of podcast information do you guys do the quickie rom-com type stuff too don’t you yes did you say quicky quicky oh [Laughter] yeah yeah we do the quirky because um well be truthful with you we can’t write any other way with try I would love to be you know the next Melissa Braden or Jerry Hill or something but I don’t think it’s in our makeup I don’t think we can Katie McGregor asked us that once are you ever going to just write like a straight romance and I’m like you mean we haven’t been we are an acquired taste that’s one thing we have realized but it is it’s like when we wrote a series the Trueheart series I really thought that we were writing drama and I came out with new drama D yeah drama that’s what we call it I’m like you know I like to make people laugh and while they’re laughing yank the rug out from under their feet and they’re like oh crap what just happened that’s so sad you know so and then we’ll put the rug back and make them laugh a while longer that’s why we try to do hence comic relief and hence why um you want me to segue now into my next Goforth that’s a very good segue there hence why I love Natasha West once again I don’t know who that is I don’t I only know her name and I mean I’m even assuming she’s female I guess I don’t know Natasha West and I because I’m big on Kindle unlimited I read so much I occasionally buy but my mainstay is Kindle unlimited and she’s on K you and I thought well that looks interesting a first book I thought that looks like a romantic comedy which I really love romantic comedies especially as palate cleansers in between really heavy books I read a lot of nonfiction so I like to go from a non-fixed mainstream nonfiction to something that’s a palate cleanser and just pure escapism and Natasha West I forget the name of the first book she wrote but I was hooked after that I’ve read every one of her books and like I get it the day it comes out and though I’ve never talked to her anything and I prefer it that way like the mystery of that I can concentrate on this story instead of the author because what if I didn’t like her or something then it would ruin the magic of the stories for me so I prefer to just read books and not know the authors what did I say I was gonna tell you about hers just married I have to admit I have not read like her last four books she’s writing so damn fast I can’t keep up and it’s like she started putting out one every month or two and I just I’ll read them but I just can’t keep up just married is funny once again we start with a premise that you have to buy into that’s the key to all of her books you have to buy into the initial premise or the whole book will not work so the willing suspension of disbelief just buckle your seatbelt and said okay this is I’m going for it but this is about two women that accidentally get married in Las Vegas and they’re both have you know things that have just happened to them that drive them for a vacation in Las Vegas and they accidentally get married and to tell you sir that I can’t remember how it accidentally happened but I bought it okay and they hate each other so it’s one of those where they just hate each other and yet they’re married and here we have another Hollywood starlet that doesn’t want anyone to know that she’s gay and oh maybe she’ll come out a little bit and then there through the course of it guess what happens at the end they fall in love it’s just such a wonderful it’s hysterical and I find um well she’s British so her well the sense of humor is the same but I also enjoyed reading something from Britain because well the language is different a lot of the situations are different I really like that even the way she formats her books is totally different from the way I do mine and I really like that I like things that are different I always go towards something that’s different and really liked it and I say if you’re looking for it just a good escapism and just pure-d entertainment Natasha West is your author so I highly recommend anything but Natasha West I fully agree I relatively recently came to discover a Nitesh West and I have been glomming through the her books like they’re going out of fashion I’ve just finished reading just married it’s very cute totally agree with that recommendation but I like that every book of hers is a little bit different you’re not gonna get the same thing again and again but now she is a different type of writer than say Chris painter where I said Chris stays out of her story her voice well she’s more about the story and I read a Natasha West because I love her voice every way that she tells the story I adore I love her terms of phrases I love her sense of humor I mean I actually laugh out loud at her and every time I put the book down I feel good I’m like oh thank you you just recharged my batteries and made me feel like going out and doing battle again you know it was just like you know we need that sheena that’s why we write comedy is because we need that we may never be the number one top sellers in the world but we get letters from people that are like I was in the hospital and I read your book and felt so much better and it’s just it laughter really is the best medicine and when you get a letter like that from someone that says I was so depressed and I was actually you know considering like ending at all and I read your book and started laughing then I read another one and somehow is able to dig myself out of that hole I’m like it’s all worth it now no matter you know what kind of money you make or awards or non awards nah not awards it’s so good to know that what we’re doing is useful to somebody you know no Philly we just love to make people laugh and to brighten people’s lives that’s in speaking about brightening people’s lives you’ve just come out with a book called second chances by the two of you both of you together second chances is this a second chance romance yes I think it is and again we got a little you know you have to buy into the premise it’s like an alternate reality where it’s the same time as now but it’s an alternate reality where there are robots now that help people and we use the robot not only as comic relief but as a tool to get two people together that have both sworn off love for different reasons and the characters you know they really learned that they need to leave off their past because one character lost her wife and then the other character has had really really bad luck with love so they’re both pretty much done with that only to discover through the help of the robot that they really are capable of loving again and they find that within themselves because of you know the robot that they’re able to express themselves again and get over like her wife’s death and be able to she was a hermit and Agoura for a phobic and then she was able to that doesn’t sound like a comedy at all does it she mayn’t to me how the robot comes into this the robot was kind of my idea so if anyone doesn’t like the robot it was my fault but it’s it’s sort of like instead of as our society ages especially in the United States that the idea of being able to use a Romo robot for home health care so that people could actually stay in their homes was where I had gotten the idea because the robots could actually do things like clean houses you know take care of the people make sure they take their medication so it was along that line so I think sometimes the book gets taken before people react relieve eat it as more of a science fiction which it’s not it’s an everyday use of artificial intelligence it’s about 10 years out so that I think that people if they if they view it from that way because we have a robot that you know it talks it doesn’t talk in contractions necessarily all the time and it takes a really different look at humanity because it’s looking at it really from a literal sense not it not a figurative sense of anything because it doesn’t really understand that and the robot in itself learns about human emotions so that in some cases it it knows what’s what’s better for the characters than the characters know themselves okay and the robots a lesbian well no the robot actually does say so for people who don’t know what this is about the when character is stuck at home she’s a recluse she gets the robots the other woman is the technician who fixes the robots and that’s how they meet so the so the robot apocalypse falling apart on purpose harming herself in order to get the technician over to put those two together and see they don’t know but the robots main mission was to get them to fall in love because she was hired by the agoraphobics mother did you guys just spilled it your book is that a spoiler is that what you find out right at the end after and it’s it’s like a slow burn romance yes you know okay fantastic I know we went off the rails a little on that one but like I said if you buy the premise then it’s fun one of my biggest goals in life is to find books with the most outrageous premises that I can buy into I like reading outside of the box I like reading things that I have never read before you want to know another good book I thought man I should can I give a fourth one because I thought man I should have done this one and I don’t think it was well-received at all in the less fit community I don’t know why and it was some woman from Canada and anyway I think she’s only written one book called this is Devon this is Devon Jones yes I’m sorry I loved that book loved it loved it I thought it was hysterical it’s so it’s it’s a parody it’s a spoof on this type of thing and I loved it I loved that book so I’m much you read list all right I won’t give you any spoilers I won’t tell you that she actually dies in the end and it’s a really good book though Detroit tell us what it’s about Devon Jones us some kind of I don’t know she’s a like a double okay it’s been a couple of years since I read it so I don’t remember but she was when she like a double-oh-seven typist by working for the FBI or something and she’s a woman and I mean she just kicks ass all the way through it under coming these things and she has like I don’t know just take a double-oh-seven but it’s a woman in heels kicking ass and that’s what it’s like but it’s a parody at the same time and she really pokes fun at lesbian she pokes fun it you know all of our foibles and everything is funny it’s just a spoof and a parody and it’s funny and I think it’s brilliant writing I think she’s also I think she writes movies or something – so she’s got a good grasp of story it’s great it does help all right so we can people find you online because you have you have your own podcast we can they find that pod being so I think it’s Lacy and Saxon at pod bing.com it’s called getting small with Lacey and Saxon we’ve got like 18 episodes and all it is I mean it’s not informative like yours is it’s just us sitting and talking about really crazy stuff and it’s kind of like eavesdropping on – I don’t know two dykes sitting around talking about nothing that’s why we say but you know it’s kind of funny so they can find us their own pod beam but we have websites Lacey gardenerd.com Saxon Bennett wordpress.com we’re on Amazon that’s the only place we sell our books though print and when we have audiobooks do I think we have 12 audiobooks yeah we do a little bit of everything we stopped writing blogs mostly though yeah because I think people are definitely going towards the podcast yeah I think they’re getting most of their information from podcasts now instead of blogs that’s where we’re all over the place we have I don’t know 40 or 50 books goodness yeah we’ve been writing our asses off for a while no Saxons been writing since the beginning of nayad press I mean she’s been right and lesbian fiction for 18 years or something well high five today one of you know foremothers so I’ve gotta go with that you know and I’ve been writing like eight years thank you both for joining me today Thank You Sheena I loved it thank you this has been the lesbian review podcast you can find this and other awesome shows by searching for the lesbian talk show anyway you get your podcasts we’re even on Spotify now find more information on our cast in the show notes as well as links to what we spoke about on this episode and if you’ve enjoyed this podcast and want to see us creating more awesome content then consider becoming a patron not only does this mean we can keep on doing this but you will get exclusive podcasts that do not appear on the channel you can find out all about it’s on patreon.com slash the lesbian talk show the link is in the show notes that’s all for this episode bye [Music]

Sheena

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