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David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie are in talks to star in the live-action directorial debut of Brave helmer, Brenda Chapman, called Come Away.

With a script penned by Marissa Kate Goodhill, Come Away is a fantasy film that is imagined as a prequel to both Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, but with a twist – in this retelling of the beloved fairy tales, Alice and Peter were siblings before he became Peter Pan. When their eldest brother dies, the brother and sister try to save their parents, who will be played by Oyelowo and Jolie.

Angelina Jolie's Maleficent Courtesy of Walt Disney Co. Angelina Jolie as Maleficent  (Courtesy of Walt Disney Co.)

In regards to the director, screenwriter Goodhill said, “Brenda is a singular storyteller. Her decades of experience in creating rich fantasy worlds populated by complex characters make her a dream director for this project, which explores how fantasy functions as a way to cope with…

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ICE

The news this week is especially sickening.

Trump recently threw a hissy fit  and demanded that more be done to keep immigrants out of America.  In response, ICE has begun the needless and terribly cruel practice of separating children from their parents.  The children may be sent off to foster care (already overwhelmed trying to care for children whose parents aren’t able to care for them) or they may be imprisoned in military warehouses.  Many of them will simply be “lost.”   As Newsweek reports:

Migrant children under the care of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while in custody between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released Wednesday from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

Based on 30,000 pages of documents obtained through a records…

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A very interesting read

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Given the recent explosion of the “incel” movement into wider consciousness, this seems like the moment to dive into a topic I’ve been pondering for some time now: male supremacy.

“Incels,” in case you’ve been on a tropical island with no internet for the past few weeks (lucky you!) are the involuntarily celibate. The incel movement is one island in the fever swamp of pick up artists, men’s rights activists, “red pill”ers, and the larger alt-right neo-Nazi movement. Incels claim that they’re upset because they don’t have access to sex, and they further claim that’s not fair.

Thanks to a tenured professor at George Mason University and a columnist at the New York Times, we apparently now have to talk about “sex redistribution” as if it’s a serious idea worthy of consideration.

A few points on that:

  1. Incels claim to merely want sex. But that’s clearly a lie. If…

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Over the past several years more and more celebrities are opening up their personal lives for our scrutiny. Not because they have to but because they want to. By doing so they have given those of us who identify, whether openly or not, as gay an example, for want of a better word, that you can be who you are regardless of who you love.

 

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Robin Morgan said, “I want a women’s liberation movement like a lover.”

All these decades later, I still do.

We will persist.

Picture found here.

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Women and Words

A reader’s perspective on more sense than not. 

Thanks for joining in again! As promised I get to share my remaining two senses: taste and sight. That just feels so weird as if you can taste something just by reading about it, but it goes back to that showing not telling part of writing that so many of our authors do so well. The kind of writing that sinks you so far into the story that you are engaging all of your senses.

But before we begin, since this is addressing the sense of taste, I want to share the directions for one of my favorite deserts. I discovered this desert oh so many years ago when I had an opportunity to live in the South, specifically Arkansas (not sure if that is technically the south, but for a California native it was). One of my friends introduced me to…

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The day was typical for the Pacific Northwest. The brightening sky had stopped sputtering its fine dewdrops for the moment, the wind had blown itself out, and the development where I live came to life. People took advantage of the disappearing dreariness to walk their dogs, scurry to our centrally located mailboxes, or meet their step goals.

I dropped off a copy of New York Magazine in the common room. The cover quoted Melissa Shusterman, who’s running for the Pennsylvania state legislature. “My 16-year-old turned to me after the election and he said, ‘America doesn’t want a smart, qualified woman in office.’ By Friday, I was running.”

A neighbor was bending over the magazine table. “New York!” he said when I lay it down. “Perfect!” He read the quote and turned to me, asking if I’d read a book called The Alphabet vs. The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and…

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Buying gifts for a reader is tricky. Unless your reader is actively supply you with an up-to-date wish list that includes new releases and doesn’t include newly purchased, then the odds are seriously against you getting the right book.

Yes, I agree that it’s the thought that counts when giving a gift, and no decent human being will complain because you bought her a second copy of a book she loves. Still, as the gift giver, you’ll feel better if it’s the book she wants. Otherwise, why spend the time and money getting a gift in the first place?

***Pro-Tip: If your friend does this, complains because you bought her the wrong book, or wrong anything really, it’s probably time to re-evaluate that friendship. And by re-evaluate, I mean break up. Maybe.***

And yes, gift cards for her favorite bookshop is never a bad idea. Who doesn’t like…

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From Charlotte Demescko in Lesbian Books, writers, readers on Facebook

 

Tropical Storm by Melissa Good (1st book in the Dar and Kerry series)

http://www.merwolf.com/ffiction.html

Dar Roberts, corporate raider for a multi-national tech company, is cold, practical, and merciless. She does her job with razor-sharp accuracy. Friends are a luxury she cannot allow herself, and love is something she knows she’ll never attain. Kerry Stuart left Michigan for Florida in an attempt to get away from her domineering politician father and the constraints of the overly conservative life her family forced upon her. After college she worked her way into supervision at a small tech company, only to have it taken over by Dar Roberts’ organization. Her association with Dar begins in disbelief, hatred, and disappointment, but when Dar unexpectedly hires Kerry as her work assistant, the dynamics of their relationship change. Over time, a bond begins to form. But can Dar overcome years of habit and conditioning to open herself up to the uncertainty of love? And will Kerry escape from the clutches of her powerful father in order to live a better life?
Madam President by T. Novan and Blayne Cooper

http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/a/advocate_tn_madampresident.html

Devlyn Marlowe, the first woman President of the United States, has just been elected. Breaking with the tradition of hiring a political writer to chronicle her administration, President Marlowe selects one Lauren Strayer, a professional biographer with a reputation for absolute honesty. There’s a slight problem with Devlyn’s plan, though. Lauren wants nothing to do with what she sees as a political hack job. It takes some serious persuading, but the Commander-in-chief is an eloquent negotiator, and Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the job, provided she truly has editorial freedom. So, armed with her computer, her incredibly ugly Pug and fair bit of trepidation, Lauren finds herself in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

The Dalton Family Saga: Book One: The Road to Dencotte House by Jenny Frame

http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/j/jennyframe_theroadtodencottehouse.html

London – 1950. Elizabeth Bentley sets off towards a new life, leaving her small countryside village of Ambleton. There she meets the Mysterious Lord Dalton, who introduces her to friends and a way of life that she could never have dreamed of. Meet the characters and read about the places that will change Beth from a shy naive young girl into a woman.

 

The Growing by Susanne Beck, T Novan, Okasha

http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/thegrowing/index.html

It’s 2012. Do you know where your androids are? In the near future, the world will grow complacent and a brilliant, if misguided, mind will seek to capitalize on that complacency by providing the common man and royalty alike with just the convenience he needs to aid him in his day to day labors. But what if suddenly those companions were to turn on their masters, sowing the seeds of destruction and death across the land? What if man’s helper became his killer, and no one knew why or how to stop it? The Growing is the story of such a post-apocalyptic vision, and of the brave men and women who give everything they have to save the world from its eventual destruction. It is also the story of two lonely hearts, bitter enemies at first, who learn to trust and to love again in a world falling down all around them. Koda Rivers is a Lakota veterinarian and shaman whose roots run deep in her culture and in the soil of her native Black Hills. Kirsten King, Ph.D., is a brilliant cyberscientist and the sole surviving member of President Hillary Clinton’s Cabinet. Each drawn by her own mission to destroy the androids, they meet in fire and blood at the North Dakota facility where the insurgent machines are manufactured.

 

The Dark Side of the Moon by BadSquirrel
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/badsquirrel_tdsotm1.html

The product of an emotionally bereft childhood, the only things Sarah Wylie has going for her are her drive and ambition. She has a plan for her life and every step she takes serves a purpose. Though it turns out to be rather unconventional, the job posted in the Student Union seems like the logical next step in the life she is building for herself. But her new job and employer will challenge every aspect of her character and the dreams she has fought so hard to achieve.

 

Exposure Series by T. Novan and Fanatic (with Tonya Muir)

http://www.ausxip.com/exposure/season1.html

“Exposure” follows the adventures of TV news magazine reporter Kelsey Stanton and her producer, Harper Kinglsey. Sounds tame enough, doesn’t it?

The series is laugh out loud funny, emotionally wrenching, sweet and romantic, often in the same episode.
The Claiming of Ford by T. Novan
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/cf/index.html

This is the story of a powerful warrior and commander and second in line in a royal house…she is know as Lord Kurruthian or Garron Ford to her troops. Ford is a war hero. Marra is a slave girl in an age where slaves have no rights, are not citizens. A turn of events – a battle and it’s aftermath bring these two extraordinary women together – destined to be one.

 

The Deal by M. Ryan 

http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/deal.html

Set in the cut-throat world of the TV news industry….The best news director in the business, Laura Kasdan goes hand-in-hand with winning ratings in whatever market she’s employed so when she’s involved in a little…altercation, her employers decided to move her rather than lose her. After cutting a deal she can live with, Laura takes the reins of the news room at WBFC in Burkett Falls where the transition is made a lot less painful than she expected by a lively staff and one friendly little journalist in particular… Grateful for the opportunity to work with the infamous Laura Kasdan, Chris Hanson is a hardworking reporter and anchor possessed of a natural charm and an almost unreal knack for attracting trouble. Drawn into an unlikely and even puzzling friendship, Laura and Chris soon find themselves working together at every opportunity – discovering an attraction neither can quite deny despite the almost certain heartache it promises to bring.

 

Driven by Susanne Beck and T. Novan
    http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/beck-novan/driven01.htm

The world of women’s basketball is the background for this riveting story.

Lucifer Rising by SL Bowers

http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/l/lucifer.html

It is the story of fallen DEA angel Jude Lucien and the Miami Herald reporter determined to unearth Jude’s secrets. When an apparently happenstance meeting introduces Jude to reporter Liz Gardener, the dark ex-agent is both intrigued and aroused by the young woman. A sniper shot intended for Jude strikes Liz, and the two women are thrown together in a race to discover who is intent on killing her. As their lives become more and more intertwined, Jude finds herself unexpectedly falling for the reporter, and Liz discovers that the agent-turned drug-dealer is both more and less than she seems.

Meridio’s Daughter by LJ Maas
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/m/Meridio.html

Tessa (Nikki) Nikolaidis is cold and ruthless, the perfect person to be Karê, the right-hand, to Greek magnate Andreas Meridio. Cassandra (Casey) Meridio has come home after a six-year absence to find that her father’s new Karê is a very desirable, but highly dangerous woman. Set in modern day Greece on the beautiful island of Mykonos, this novel weaves a tale of emotional intrigue as two women from different worlds struggle with forbidden desires. As the two come closer to the point of no return, Casey begins to wonder if she can really trust the beautiful Karê. Does Nikki’s dark past, hide secrets that will eventually bring down the brutal Meridio Empire, or are her actions simply those of a vindictive woman? Will she stop at nothing for vengeance…even seduction?


Redemption by Susanne M. Beck (Sword’n’Quill)
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/r/redemption.html

Set in a modern-day women’s prison known as the Bog…. Told from the perspective of a young woman named Angel serving a sentence for murder, the story follows the daily drama of life in a setting where violence is the predominant state of affairs, the struggle for survival consumes most of the hours in a day, and despair holds the soul in a vice like grip. Bright, friendly and determined not to give in to that despair, Angel carves a niche for herself within the prison, surviving some initial encounters with its most violent denizens to become a respected inmate known for her skills at procuring things for the prisoners. It’s a skill that will bring her to the attention of infamous repeat offender Morgan Steele when the legendary prisoner better known as “Ice” returns to the Bog. The minute Angel looks into the woman’s icy blue eyes, she is drawn like a moth to a flame, sensing a connection she cannot explain and is not particularly interested in denying.

Second Son by A.K. Naten
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/ak_naten_ss1.html

A Medieval-era tale that follows the story of two people who are brought together under less than ideal circumstances, and must learn to adapt to each other, as well as their new lives. Deception, heartache, and twists of fate complicate feelings and alter futures, and relationships struggle between bouts of love and despair.

 

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When I sent in the proposal for Cash Braddock, my publisher was like “yeah, cool, here’s a contract for four books.” Which was batshit because, you know, I only pitched one. I included titles and half a sentence about books that would maybe follow that one, but I swear that’s it. The result of this madness is that I’m currently writing book three in the series. It’s titled Cash and the Sorority Girl and it involves Cash. And a sorority girl. (See what I did there?) When I pitched it, I wrote “Cash and the Sorority Girl looks at the abuse of young women who drink the wrong thing at the wrong party.” Basically, in the summer of 2015 I knew book three would look at sexual assault on college campuses. Obviously, I had no clue that 2017 would launch the #metoo movement to it’s current heights. I’m…

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