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Feb 24 Edition: Sapphic Book News, Alicia Gael, 10 Books on Sale, Caturday, Guess the Author Reveal, and More!

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Happy weekend!

Before we get to today’s news, we just wanted to update everyone that Miranda is back home from the hospital and is healing nicely. She appreciates all the well wishes and hopes to be back to 100% soon.

Saturdays are when we curate all the sapphic book news and queer happenings of the week into one convenient location. Think of it as your personal reading directory! After all, we know the weekend is when so many of us are able to unwind for a minute and want to get lost in a good woman loving woman book. What could be better?

In today’s post, you’ll find cheerful LGBTQ+ news stories to combat all the negative ones bombarding our screens.

Sapphic author Cindy Rizzo submitted a Caturday photo of two sweet sisters.

One of the things we love about the weekly lesfic author selfie is getting to know the personality behind the words. Check out sapphic fiction author Alicia Gael with the book Murder on Castaway Island. We love how Alicia celebrates a new release!

Finally, scroll to the bottom of the post to see photos of Jae’s new release.

Guess the Sapphic Books Author GraphicBefore we get to today’s post, it’s time to reveal the identity of this week’s 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.

In case you missed them here are the clues:

1. My high school guidance counselor in Dublin, CA, told me I wasn’t college material and should think about getting a job after graduation. I went on to earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and became a college professor.
2. In my twenties, I was a preschool teacher, a school bus driver, and I worked for three different pizza places. (Not all at the same time.)
3. Ireland is my favorite place to visit. (I’ve been there three times.)
4. I’m publishing my debut novel this year at the age of 65.
5. My debut novel is a sapphic take on the highest-selling mystery of all time. The author was my grandmother’s favorite.

Now it’s time to reveal their name. Drum roll please…

This week’s author is Alicia Gael!

Check out Murder on Castaway Island, Alicia’s new release!

Cover of Murder on Castaway Island

A diverse group of women are been lured to a private island; then one of them dies.

Ten women arrive on Castaway Island to find things are not what they expected, and there’s no way to leave or contact the mainland. After dinner, one woman dies, another the next morning, and another that afternoon. It quickly becomes apparent one of them is a killer. Will anyone survive?

Get Murder on Castaway Island here.

Alicia’s bio:

Alicia Gael (she/her) has a Creative Writing Certificate from UC San Diego Extension, a masters in criminology from CSU Fresno, is a graduate of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s writing academy, and is a member of the Coastal Dunes chapter of the California Writers Club. She is also a retired probation officer and criminal justice professor.

Her short stories have been published in The Bangalore Review (Deception) and The Quiet Reader (No Time For Stories.)

The first chapter of her yet-to-be-completed historical fiction novel, The Journey, was published in the 2022 CA Writer’s Literary Review anthology.

When not writing, you’ll find her reading, kayaking, or playing the ukulele. She lives near the California central coast with her wife, Donna.

Visit Alicia’s website.

Monday kicks off a fresh Guess the Author game!


If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, below you’ll find 10 books on sale.

Need more choices? Check out the BookFinder, which has more than 5,975 books for you to choose from, ranging from steamy sapphic romance books, ice queen wlw romances, lesfic audiobooks, queer superheroes, best friends to lovers lesbian romances and so much more!

Don’t see your favorite women-loving-women book in the I Heart SapphFic database? Let us know by filling out this form. We’ll take it from there!

Without further ado, let’s get to all the weekly queer news!

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TB is determined to spread good rainbow news during 2024, which let’s face, is going to be a rough year. There are a lot of elections all over the world, which means we’re in for a lot of scaremongering. While it’s important to stay informed, it’s also vital not to lose sight of all the kindness in the world. Below are the happy queer stories that made TB smile this week. They’re queer news links worth clicking!

Influencer “repurposes” hateful anti-LGBTQ+ comments into beautiful poetry — what a great attitude!

LGBTQ+ bar turns to GoFundMe to keep doors open & gets an outpouring of support — love the rainbow support!

Out WWE star marries partner in moving ceremony & gains two daughters — we wish them all the best!

Pedro Pascal’s trans sister Lux lands big movie role in new thriller — wonderful!

Cate Blanchett’s Borderlands character, Lilith, has been revealed – and sapphics are going wild — we’re swooning!

Meet Chloe and Sadie!

Meet Chloe and Sadie! Chloe is busy cleaning her sister, Sadie. They are a bonded pair. Submitted by Cindy Rizzo, an author.

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Please click on the images for the details for each announcement.

Character with the same or similar job as you (Sapphic Book Bingo #5)

Have community news you want included in a future edition of this section? Click here for submission details.

Great SapphFic Bargains

Please note, sale prices may change without notice, so please check the price before clicking a buy button. International prices may vary.

Alicia Gael Author Selfie

Have you read Murder on Castaway Island by Alicia Gael yet? Here’s the tagline: A diverse group of women are been lured to a private island; then one of them dies.

TB and Miranda love exploring places near and far, almost as much as they love a good sapphic book. Follow them on their travels and find out what sapphic books they’ve brought along!

TB here.

As you know, we’ve been avoiding the public because of Miranda’s surgery. She didn’t want to catch an illness right before.

Last weekend, I started to feel trapped, so I went for a drive. I visited the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner’s Falls. It wasn’t crowded inside, so I slipped on a mask to snap some photos of Bachelorette Number Twelve, Jae’s latest release. These are the animal photos. I may not have the best common sense in the world, but I do know not to ask a moose for a photo.

There’s a river next to the Discovery Center with a walking path. Along the river is a stone business and I loved their yard, especially the car with stones for tires.

On the way home, I stopped to stretch my legs next to a lake that’s frozen over. I happened to remember there’s an ice queen in Bachelorette Number Twelve and I just had to snap photos of Jae’s book with the frozen lake in the background.

Here are the photos and both Miranda and I highly recommend Jae’s book.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!

Miranda & TB

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