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Title: Certainly, Possibly, You
Author: Lissa Reed
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: CB Messer
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Humor/Comedy, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Release Date: 10/06/2016
Sarita Sengupta is in her last semester of grad school and has finally realized she doesn’t have a career plan, a girlfriend, or a clear outlook on life. She works as a pastry shop’s head decorator, but is otherwise drifting without direction until a friend’s birthday party ends with her waking up in the unexpected company of Maritza Quiñones, a pretty ballroom dancer whose cheerful charm and laser focus sets Sarita on a path to making all of the choices she’s been avoiding.
Ten Books that influenced me
I love talking about the important books in my life! Yay! You pulled the right string, but we’re going to be here for a while…
1)The World According to Garp by John Irving. It’s quite a problematic book in many ways. But the concept of finding the lunacy in sorrow is one that has stuck with me since I first read.
2) Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Growing up queer in the Southern Baptist church is no easy thing. Oranges helped me to realize I could reconcile what faith I had with being queer, and I could live without the church as a major part of my life.
3) and 4) and 5) – The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. I think this was an influential book for many an LGBTQ+ person of a certain age, because it might have been one of the first books where we got to see an LGBTQ+ hero. A badass gay mage who survived abuse and his awful family? Sign. Me. Up. And it doesn’t exactly have a completely happy ending, and sometimes the traumas Vanyel went through were exhausting. But it was important to me to know that a book like this existed.
6) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I love this novel. It is a very real story, it covers all kinds of themes that are familiar to me – being uprooted, working out your own sense of who you are as a person, the experiences and people that shape you.
7) It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner. It’s her story of life and love and cancer – it is funny and touching and it breaks your heart. But it is another one of those books that gave me a healthy dose of learning how to cope with difficulty.
8) Scruples by Judith Krantz. One of my very early influences in romance! Scruples is so lush and glamorous and full of wit. Of course it is also entirely a product of its time, with everything that means, but God, it’s such an epic book.
9) The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Actually, no. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams. People malign this book – it is a bit grim. But listen. It has my favorite passage of all time, in any book in it, and this is bananas but I love it. It’s an entire, beautifully written ode to the art of sandwich making. Three paragraphs on making a sandwich, and it might be the most soothing, calming thing ever written.
10) Crystal Flame by Jayne Ann Krentz. I was heavily into romance and sci-fi/fantasy as a teenager, and stumbling across this book that was both was a life-changing experience for me.
About the Author
Lissa Reed is a writer of ﬁction, blogs, and bawdy Renaissance song parodies. She traces her early interest in writing back to elementary school, when a teacher gifted her with her ﬁrst composition book and told her to ﬁll it with words. After experimenting with print journalism, Reed shifted her writing focus to romance and literary ﬁction and never looked back. She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Certainly, Possibly, You is the second book in her Sucre Coeur Series.
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