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Jan 5 Edition: Top Sapphic Books, SD Simper, Freebies, and More

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We’ve made it to another Friday and it’s time to celebrate!

In today’s post you’ll find out the top 3 sapphic books with the most clicks this week. All of them are recent queer fiction releases. We’re starting 2024 with a bang with some cracking new reads!

Lesfic author SD Simper is our 5 Random Things peep and the facts are fantastic. SD’s wife has something in common with Miranda. It involves historical costuming and ruining movies. TB feels your pain SD.

Sapphic author Jeannie Levig shares an adorable dog picture that melted our hearts.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end of this post for good news about Estonia. The country became the first former Soviet-ruled country to do something we fully endorse.

Top 5 Sapphic Books of 2023

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We’ve been asking readers to share their top 5 reads of 2023 and now it’s time to reveal them, which we’ll be doing daily.

Here are the most recent top 5 lists.

Victoria unveils their top reads that include authors Sunny Alexander, Michele L. Rivera, KJ, Penelope Douglas, and Rita Potter.

Find out Victoria’s top 5 books right here.

Andi divulges their top reads that include authors Molly J. Bragg, Rien Gray, Lexa Luthor, KJ, and Brey Willows.

Find Andi’s top 5 books right here.

Now For Friday Fun!

Please remember that sale prices listed in today’s post are valid for a limited time only and may change without notice. International prices may vary. Always check the price in your local marketplace before purchasing.

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5 Random Things is our way of helping readers to get to know top sapphic book authors all the while having a bit of fun.

Here are five random facts about SD Simper.

1. I have extensive music training and can sing virtually any aria you throw at me. Also, though I’m hilariously out of practice, I have played piano since I was five and have experience in most families of instruments.

2. I once worked for a fundamentalist religious school as a musical theatre director, and of course stayed DEEPLY closeted, because my predecessor had been fired for starring in the musical “Gypsy” (because a musical written in the 1950s was too scandalous for my boss).

3. Though I’ve had to slow down in my adult life (lest I not have a career), I’m very much into gaming and was a moderately hardcore gamer in my youth. Video games were a way I bonded with my dad growing up, which also tangentially inspired a lifelong love of fantasy in me (since it was mostly the Warcraft and Diablo series).).

4. I have an irrational fear of (some) Muppets and dogs that look like Muppets. This is unfortunate because my favorite movie is A Muppet Christmas Carol (which realistically inspired the fear).

5. My wife is an expert in historical costuming, which means every movie and book has been ruined for me. Tell me your favorite historical movie/book and I’ll tell you why it’s wrong – or, if you’re lucky, I’ll gush on why it’s right.

Have you read The Sting of Victory yet?

Have you read The Sting of Victory yet?

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Pet of the Week!

Meet Jackson Dean!

Meet Jackson Dean! #1 Jackson can eat absolutely anything, including inedible objects, and not have stomach trouble. #2 And he is a cliche in that he HATES delivery people of all types. Submitted by author Jeannie Levig.


It can seem sometimes like all the news these days is bad. We won’t deny there’s a lot of troubling things going on, including a rise in hate crimes. But it’s not all terrible out there! We want to do our best to highlight good news, because while it may seem like the world is filled with hate, there are many individuals who are living their best lives with a rainbow in their heart.

This week’s good news involves Estonia.

Starting on January 1, 2024, same-sex couples can legally marry in Estonia.

It became the first former Soviet-ruled country to legalize gay marriage. Back in June of 2023, the Riigikogu (Estonia’s parliament) voted for marriage equality. The vote was 55 for and 34 against. With the start of the new year, couples can now file the paperwork to marry!

Since 2013, civil partnerships and cohabiting partners have been legally recognized in Estonia, but now same-sex couples have achieved marriage equality. Woot!

As lovers of love, we applaud this major milestone for the region. Here’s to more countries following suit.

Read more about it here.

That’s all for today.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Friday!

Miranda & TB

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