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by Gina Noelle Daggett
Soul mates from their first meeting at age eleven, Harper and Grace know better than to fall in love. Yet they do. And are too much in love to care. But formidable powers control their lives: shame, fear, and especially money. Potent forces that will challenge their love to its very limits. This breathtaking debut novel is a feast for the senses, an erotic, melodic, lushly-detailed coming-of-age story that erupts with conflict and passion.
Gina Daggett is best known as “Lipstick” of the columnist duo Lipstick & Dipstick, and as an award-winning writer and successful blogger. Jukebox is her first novel, and is in pre-production for a feature film.
GCLS Goldie Awards
Jukebox - Finalist, Lesbian Traditional/Contemporary Romance; Finalist, Lesbian Debut Fiction
2011 Lavender Certificate
Jukebox: 2011 recognition to promising new writer from the Alice B Committee of Arizona.
The Lesbian News
Teresa DeCrescenzo - February 2011: What a charming love story with a message -- two messages if you count the song titles that tie into the book chapters, and in turn, to the relationship between Harper and Grace. The important message to take away from this lush coming of age story is that the closet is toxic... It's hard to believe that this is a first novel.
If there is anything Daggett [a.k.a. Lipstick] knows its romance with the ladies. So, needless to say, we'll be picking up our copy today.
Daggett's characters were well thought out and very true to life, making them dance off the page to the beat of the music that rises and swells through each chapter of their lives.
This novel goes through the life long friendship and love of these two women starting off very young all the way to college. It speaks of brief moments in time and slows time down for more detail of singular moments in life that profoundly change a person.
Daggett's voice is new, her take her own, her characters courageous and fresh. Together, they elevate Jukebox beyond the usual formula and make it a story worth sharing.