Bury Me When I’m Dead

Bury Me When I’m Dead by Cheryl Head is a good old-fashioned whodunit, starring a cast of well-developed characters that help to ground its complex plot. Before I begin, a caveat or two: The protagonist of this novel isn’t lesbian, she’s bisexual, and that adds a little something extra to the plot (more on this later). Also, I haven’t read a mystery in a LONG time, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Do these things have a formula? Still, Read More …

21 Questions

21 Questions by Mason Dixon is a fast-paced, contemporary romance featuring Kenya Davis, a successful thirty-six-year-old professional on a quest to find love. Kenya is in search of a traditional love, the kind that’s built upon trust, honesty, and mutual respect. But, there’s a catch. She wants a woman that matches her financial prowess, and she refuses to settle for less. Kenya thought she had found Ms. Right upon meeting Mackenzie Richardson at a speed dating event in South Beach Read More …

First Bloom-Stories of Blossoming Black Lesbian Love

  Love is such a complex emotion it sometimes defies explanation. It can inspire someone to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone. For others, it prompts contortions to avoid causing pain or discomfort to those who they care about. It can make someone run toward a burning building or walk away from a life of comfort. First Bloom-Stories of Blossoming Black Lesbian Love is a collection of stories edited by Saydeah E. Howard that provides literary examples of all the Read More …

Happiness, Like Water

I love short story collections. They offer readers a chance to walk a mile in so many different shoes. Each story is an opportunity to be someone different, and experience reality through the eyes of a character completely opposite in every way imaginable. The mark of a great collection is one where no matter how many characters dwell within its pages or the scenarios they experience, the reader can see herself or understand their choices. Happiness, Like Water flows with Read More …

Callaloo & Other Lesbian Love Tales

Callaloo and Other Lesbian Love Tales is an impressive collection of short stories by LaShonda K. Barnett, who you may recall is the author of Jam on the Vine, reviewed on the The BLLC Review earlier this year. All of the stories focus on various aspects of love between women, and the stories are set in various time periods, (some historical), and locales.  A caveat: the collection was written in 1999, so at times it feels a bit dated, but Read More …

The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni

April is National Poetry Month so it would seem appropriate to sing the praise of Nikki Giovanni. The force behind classics such as Ego Tripping, Cotton Candy on A Rainy Day, and I Wrote a Good Omelet earned her place in the poetry pantheon many times over. While her poetry creates and celebrates wonderful what ifs, her prose addresses a world of what is. The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni is a collection of essays pulled from three of her Read More …

Here Comes the Sun

So much can be said about Here Comes the Sun, a story that weaves beautifully written prose through the ugliness of colorism, religion, racism, homophobia, servitude, and neocolonialism— along with other social inequities that plague the Diaspora, particularly in early 1990’s small-town Jamaica. The novel opens with 30-year-old Margot, a prostitute, employee, daughter, sister, mistress, and lover, though she compartmentalizes her identities in a web of secrets, lies, and deception. Margot will do whatever is necessary to ensure her 15-year-old sister, Read More …