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Jan 12 Edition: Top Sapphic Books, Patricia Spencer, Guess the Author, 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. Two of them are recent queer fiction releases and one is on sale for 99c.

Lesfic author Patricia Spencer is our 5 Random Things peep and the facts are fantastic.

Sapphic author Jaye Rothman shares a sweet dog picture that melted our hearts.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end of this post for good news about book bans. We definitely need some good news on that front!

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.

Kim unveils their top reads that include authors E.J. Noyes, Jen Lyon, and Jae.

Find out Kim’s top 5 books right here.

Nicole divulges their top reads that include authors Emily Noon, JC Rycroft, Alli Temple, Victoria Arrow, and Rachel Lacey.

Find Nicole’s top 5 books right here.

Erin Wade’s selections include authors Jen Lyon, TB Markinson and Miranda MacLeod, Kris Bryant, and Radclyffe.

Find Erin Wade’s list here.

Lori’s selections include authors Milena McKay, K. E. Lane, J. J. Arias, Claire Highton-Stevenson, and T. B. Markinson and Adrian J. Smith.

Find Lori’s list here.

Guess the Sapphic Books Author GraphicBefore we get to today’s Friday Feels Fun post, it’s time for Guess the Author

Every week, we’ll provide five clues about a sapphic author. This game helps readers get to know their favorite authors while having fun.

Here is today’s clue:

Clue #5: I came up with the idea for my newest release while I was listening to Taylor Swift’s Midnights album for the first time. I had no idea what I wanted the book to be about, but I knew I needed a scene based off of the song “Question…?”

Find Clue #1 here.

Find Clue #2 here.

Find Clue #3 here.

Find Clue #4 here.

Don’t forget to check out Saturday’s post for the answer to this week’s Guess the Author game!

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.

Most Clicked Books:

Random Things:

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 Patricia (“Patty”) Spencer.

1. In 1988, when there were virtually no lesbian films available (and no theatres that would screen them), I made a feature length movie on video with the help of folx in my city. As you can imagine, a feature movie made with $5,000 had little room for artistic merit. However, as a ‘sisters are doing it for themselves’ project, it was proof that it could be done.

2. I am half Puerto Rican. I grew up on the island and speak Spanish fluently.

3. I have done many things to earn a living, mostly writing (e.g., newspaper reporter, IT requirements analyst). I also have farmer’s skills and I was a nurse (end of life care).

4. My cockapoo’s name is Zulu. To her, I’m Alpha 😉

5. I have many fragile people in my circle of beloveds so when I write I’m always trying to rush and get it done before someone needs me and pulls me away from it.

Have you read The Hum of Bees yet?

Have you read The Hum of Bees yet?

Free Books:

Pet of the Week!

Meet Molly the Collie!

Meet Molly the Collie! Molly after visiting the groomer. She’s a rescued New Zealand Heading dog. Submitted by author Jaye Rothman.


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 Book Bans.

Illinois is the first US state to ban book bans.

If a school or library does ban a book, they’ll lose their state funding.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new law in front of an array of books that have been singled out by those who want to ban stories.

This is fantastic news and we hope more states take action.

Read more about it here.

That’s all for today.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Friday!

Miranda & TB

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