Friday, March 30, 2018

March Madness: Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

Today I've got the wonderful Audrey Coulthurst on the blog talking about her favorite f/f couples in fiction! :D

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Title: Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars, #.5)
Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: March 6th, 2018!

From Goodreads...
Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

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Top Ten Fictional Couples (f/f edition)

Sherrill & Keren from the novel Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey 
These two are secondary characters but will always have an important place in my heart as the first f/f couple I discovered in a fantasy book. Plus, Keren is a riding instructor kind of like Mare from Of Fire and Stars!

Yorkie & Kelly from the “San Junipero” episode of the television show Black Mirror
I am not going to lie—this episode of Black Mirror messed me up badly. The juxtaposition of innocence and experience, of lives lived, passed by, and lost, and the incredible romance between Yorkie & Kelly is life-changing to witness.

Liza & Annie from the novel Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Annie on My Mind was the first lesbian love story I ever read. I’ll never forget the thrill of watching Liza and Annie fall in love and finally seeing characters like me in the pages of a YA contemporary.

Ash & Kaisa from the novel Ash by Malinda Lo
Malinda Lo was the author who made me realize it was possible to write fantasy worlds that weren’t beholden to the homophobia in our real one. I wish I’d had this beautiful f/f Cinderella retelling when I was a teen.

Bo & Lauren from the television show Lost Girl
Lost Girl is the perfect combination of fantasy and humor with a kick-ass, sex-positive bisexual heroine. Bo & Lauren are not my only favorite pairing from this amazing show, but Zoie Palmer plays one of the most nuanced lesbian characters I’ve ever seen onscreen and her chemistry with Anna Silk is undeniable.

Lynet and Nadia from the novel Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
This novel took me by surprise last year and now ranks as my all-time favorite retelling of Snow White. As if the feminist take on a favorite fairy tale wasn’t brilliant enough, the tentative and lovely romance that develops between Snow White and the castle surgeon is breathtakingly poignant and real.

Cosima & Delphine from the television show Orphan Black
Okay, okay, this one is a little bit toxic, I know…but their chemistry is just so good I can’t help rooting for them even though it’s all a hot mess. Forgive me!

Emi and Ava from the novel Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
This book is just so layered—a rich, complex story of love and discovery that I’ll never forget.

Sue and Maud from the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Fingersmith is one of my all time favorite f/f books, as I love historical fiction and no one tells a story quite like Sarah Waters. There’s some toxicity here, yes, but the tenderness and beauty of what Sue and Maud feel for each other will surely win over your heart.

Ruby & Sapphire (Garnet) from the television show Steven Universe
Without a doubt, Ruby & Sapphire (collectively Garnet) have one of the most beautifully-rendered f/f relationships I’ve ever seen on television. This show will sneak up on you with its seemingly innocent storylines until suddenly you realize you’re sobbing into your cookies over a deep emotional truth revealed by the characters and their struggles.

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Audrey was kind enough to offer up a signed copy of Inkmistress to one lucky US winner, so be sure to enter it along with the event's giveaway! :D

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