Book Review: “Playing My Love” by Angela Peach

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After I finished this novel I thought to myself, “how on earth am I going to review it and not give anything away?”

Book blurb from Amazon:

I’d never believed in love at first sight. I mean, it had never happened to me, so I guess I just didn’t think about it. But then… 
Darcy. Beautiful, kind, intelligent Darcy, who showed me a whole new meaning to the word love, and how to live when I thought there was nothing to live for. 
While teaching me how to play the guitar a deep friendship developed between us, but it only made me want what I couldn’t have…or could I? Faced with difficult times and hard choices, Darcy becomes a crucial element in my life. 
I’m hiding something from her though. Something big that could destroy all the trust we’ve built. 
Was it love at first sight? No. 
It was so much more.”

Lesbian fiction author, Angela Peach, has done it again! ‘Playing My Love’ captivated me and I honestly felt for these characters from page one. I felt their happiness, their sorrow, their uplifting spirits, their love, as well as their journeys. This book is categorized as a romantic comedy, but I think it was much more. Deeper really.

“How did she do that? I stared at her in amazement. Without even talking to me, she’d completely altered my mood from depressed and suicidal to hopeful and uplifted.”

It’s true in other reviews stating that this book plays your heartstrings. As a hopeless romantic myself and one who loves stories where love is challenged, fought for, and hoping to be won in the end – this is definitely a book that hooked me. Now, with saying that and not giving it all away, Angela has given 2 alternate endings – one of which you may choose for yourself. To be honest though, I felt it was a bit confusing to have to read one ending and then fall into another. But hey, way to switch it up! My favorite was #2 – you’ll just have to find out exactly what that is when you read it ;)

“No matter where I was, if I wasn’t with Alison, I would always be thinking about her. My feelings for her weren’t ever going to go away.”

Have you ever been in love but couldn’t act upon it? Everyone has their reasons why and Angela really takes you through their individual journeys. I definitely recommend this book. It’s a great easy read that has light-hearted moments, comedic banter, and deeper meanings.

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Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-My-Love-Angela-Peach-ebook/dp/B00GW5RES8

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Kiki Archer: Lesbian Author and an Exclusive Interview!

Kiki Archer is a UK based lesbian author. I came to find her through my Kindle Fire when looking for a new, juicy romance novel. Before her writing career, Kiki was a secondary school teacher (what we know in the US as middle school) then went on to being a full-time mommy. Her and her partner of 7 years have two beautiful children together. What I find so appealing about her is that she’s very down-to-earth and her motherly duties come first over writing. Once her little ones fall asleep her creative juices get going and she gets lost in her element. She states in an interview with G3, “I feel incredibly lucky saying this, but being an author is the dream job for maintaining our style of family life.

Her first novel “But She Is My Student,” was released this year. Amazon’s book description says:

“Miss Katherine Spicer started her first day at Coldfield Comprehensive, confident, enthusiastic and very well qualified; that was until she met the eyes of the student sat hidden in the corner of her classroom. Kat’s final weekend of freedom was about to turn her life upside down and threaten everything she had been working for; how was she to know those mesmerising green eyes would reappear here? Great lesbian chick lit. A cross between Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller and Sugar Rush by Julie Burchill. The novel deals with the many issues of sexuality in a gripping, yet funny manner, pulling the reader back into a world of teenage nostalgia and school day memories.”

If any of you have seen the film Bloomington, this book reminded me of it. The teacher/student romance that is! I got through this book quickly and was so happy to know there was a sequel. “Instigations” was released a few months following the first. Both books are best sellers is their genre, with “But She Is My Student” reaching a #1 best seller on Amazon in the US & UK, Smashwords, Lulu, iTunes Book Charts in the UK & Austrailia.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kiki Archer and share it with all of you. Enjoy!

Which moment/s of “But She’s My Student” or “Instigations” have people expressed they’ve been most excited about? What are your own favorite moments in your books?

When you read the books on a kindle you can see which sections other people have highlighted the most, and they tend to be the bits where Kat is talking about sexuality, or trying to persuade Freya to come out, or just generally being a wonderful advocate for LGBT rights.

I am also told people love the build up of tension between the pair, along with the relationship between Kat and her flatmates.

And for those who have read “Instigations” I am constantly told that their favourite line is: “Your hands are wet. Have you been chopping the veg?”

My own personal favourite moment is from the end of “But She Is My Student” where Freya appears at Kat’s door when she is least expecting it. (I am a soppy so and so!)

What do you hope people will get out of reading your works?

I just hope they can relate to it. I hope they feel that they can connect with the characters and see part of themselves somewhere in there. I hope they get what I get out of reading a good book – a feeling of satisfaction, with a smile of memory, or regret, or amusement.

After the books were published, did you ever feel like you should’ve revised certain parts of it? Why or why not?

“But She Is My Student” was criticised for ending too quickly. People wanted to have more of the fairytale. They wanted to see what happened next. And I must admit, it was a rather abrupt ending. But on the plus side, this meant that I wrote the sequel “Instigations”, where I explored their ‘ending’ for a whole further novel! The raunchy les fic readers out there also said that “But She Is My Student” was a bit tame – (however I did write it for the young adult market, so I think it was appropriate) – but I did give in to them and sauce up “Instigations” …slightly.

Being that I live in the U.S., what do you think is the most obvious difference between lesbians in the U.S. and lesbians in U.K.?

I’m not sure what it is like over there in the US for lesbians, but here in the UK, sexuality seems of little importance anymore, especially for the current teenage generation. Being a lesbian isn’t something that defines you, it’s just something that lets people know a little bit more about you. Plus, it’s true what they say – All the cool girls are lesbians! But I do think my books are very ‘British’ in style. The schooling. The language. The humour. But regardless of where you live in the world, women fall in love with women and I guess that’s why my books are so relatable, because they simply follow the ups and downs of two women in love.

What gets your creative juices going?

Meeting new people actually, and getting to know them. Finding out about their lives / loves e.t.c … I am a very big people watcher and I believe that everyone has a story – you just have to ask the right questions.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Power Ballads. Trashy TV. Gossip magazines. Turkish Delight. (In no particular order … but preferably at the same time, with a gang of girl friends!)

Kiki Archer’s official site is http://www.kikiarcherbooks.com/

To buy her books visit Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Kiki-Archer/e/B007GNTTN8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1353251114&sr=1-2-ent

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Parent Support

We already know how tough it is when we are dealing with coming out, but what we don’t realize is that our parent’s and families have a coming out process as well. My mother recently told me she wanted to write about her experience when I was coming out, how hard/easy it was to accept, what the adjustment was like, etc. Luckily my mother accepted me with open arms. Sometimes parent’s and families aren’t very open and can possibly shut you out because they ran into the same closet you just came out of. Right? It sparked my idea to inform parent’s and families that there ARE support groups, websites, and books to help you through it and to give you a better understanding of your children.

http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=209

PFLAG which stands for Parent’s, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. This website is very informative. It has extensive support, advocacy &  issues, education & programs, an online news room, and also a place for you to take action. This website even has a page dedicated to LGBTQ terminology. This site is one of my favorites and one I hope you take the time to read.

http://www.gayfamilysupport.com/

This website was created by a woman and a mother of 2 gay children. She writes from her own experience, what her children went through, and how she felt during the process. I love that her website has many links to different books you can read. Whether you’re a child getting your parent a book for extra support, or you’re the parent looking for support, there are many options for you to look into. She has a link to personal family stories which lets you know you’re not alone. Other parent’s are right there with you feeling the same way. You can even see what famous people are gay/lesbian! Check it out.

http://www.kidspeace.org/healing.aspx?id=1186

This is an article that I came across and really loved. The woman who wrote it has been a teacher and counselor for over 20 years and a therapist for 25 years. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Parenting gay children can be challenging, rewarding and ultimately life changing. The level of acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity by fathers and mothers can detract from or expand a child’s healthy growth and development in countless ways. Too many of our LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender) youth face emotional isolation, rejection, and complete withdrawal from parents that lead many to depression, drugs and alcohol and even homelessness.”

These are just a few of the resources out there. Parent’s, please take the time to check out these websites. And if you’re a child who has a parent(s) or family that needs support, help them out. Go out and get them a book, or maybe print some of the information off of these sites and leave it for them to read. Let’s support each other!