Shira Glassman is a queer Jewish feminist and author of The Second Mango, Climbing the Date Palm, A Harvest of Ripe Figs, The Olive Conspiracy, and the short stories, f/f fairytales currently available from Amazon & coming soon to other places books grow. These novels feature women being supportive of each other and also include a Yiddish-speaking dragon.
The Mangoverse is a fantasy series starring a nerdy young lesbian queen and focusing on feminist themes, family of choice, and all the different types of female (and sometimes male) strength, not just physical prowess. The setting is a world with dragons, wizards, magic spells, and shapeshifting witches, and most of the characters are Jewish.
I recently got the rights back because my publisher started keeping my royalties, so this page is a little bit in flux. Most of my blog content lately has been book reviews — mostly LGBT and/or Jewish SFF or historical fiction, so if you’re looking for more books like mine you may want to check them out.
I also just got back the rights to my musician romance novelettes Fearless (f/f violinists) and Lioness in Blue (m/f oboists) and my f/f paranormal short “Wet Nails“. Also for sale is the m/m short story “The Artist and the Devil” and the Quebecois m/f “When Daisies Choose a Vase.”
All artwork is Safe For Work (unless your workplace is anti-gay.) Art by Jane Dominguez, Rebecca Schauer, and others; art is labeled with its corresponding artist.
Family of choice • The Second Mango book poster • Closeup of poster • Rosh Hashanah at the ice cream parlor • Resting by the creek from Chapter 3 • Rivka shows Shulamit the inscription on her sword • Shulamit showing off one of her country’s most unusual crops to the other characters • Isaac showing off his wizard powers during Kiddush • Rainbow pride Passover • Shulamit doesn’t miss matzo • Friendship and femslash can coexist • Playful sparring in Aviva’s kitchen • Family portrait • The four lead characters in Purim costumes • It’s great to shop with your best friend when she’s also your bodyguard! • The sunset Shabbat scene from Chapter 11 • Cuddling in the rain • Rosh Hashanah 5775 • Sharing latkes • Firebreathing dragon lighting menorah • Going out for Chinese food on Christmas • Reading to the baby princess while the dragon listens •
Queen Shulamit, the early years
Introducing Princess Shulamit • Childhood memories of Passover • Princess Shulamit trying to come out to her father (contains mini-prequel ficlet) • When Shulamit gets lonely and sneaks into a book • Queen Shulamit sitting shivah after her father’s death • Shulamit in the style of a certain major Western animation studio • Princess Shulamit tubing on the Itchitucknee
Shulamit and Aviva
Life is an adventure (riding a giant flying swan) • Detective Shulamit/Shulamit and Aviva embracing by the passion flower vines • Shulamit and Aviva kissing • Romantic poster art (“She would find love even if she had to fly across her kingdom on a dragon”) • Their union is blessed • Aviva confronting aliens • Shulamit’s gluten intolerance gets the better of her • Aviva coming home from market • Two girls in love who bought more than they needed at the farmer’s market • Food is love • Stolen moment in the life of lesbian royalty • Romance in the herb garden • I love you but I’m sleepy • Lying in the grass daydreaming together • Feet in the water on a hot day • Your flame lights mine (Chanukah) • Cuddling in bed in pajamas • Sending gift citrus • Aviva with her arms around Shulamit • Shulamit uses her scarf to pull Aviva closer for a kiss • Relaxing by a riverbank • Ladies in love • Aviva protecting Shulamit from the Gluten Monster • Moment of intimacy • Shulamit and Aviva with their baby • An elegant couple • Love scene in Aviva’s kitchen • Aviva and the baklava • Chibi cuties • “Whatever you face, I’ll help you” • Aviva’s salad recipe • Sukkot femslash • Kissing chibis • Hugging • Chasing butterflies • Gluten-free afikomen magic carpet ride
Rivka (“Riv”) and her Dragon
Introducing Rivka / Rivka poster art (“She will rescue you, if you need her”) • Riv & Dragon • Introducing Dragon • Fierce and powerful Rivka with a lizard on her shoulder • Rivka hates knitting / Rivka knitting bag (Zazzle link) • Within the dragon’s wings, the warrior sleeps • Rivka’s treasured memory (learning to swordfight) • Guest artist’s vision of Rivka and her Dragon • Rivka in a scene of hetero passion • Leaping from the Dragon to fight • Isaac believes in Rivka • Isaac’s warrior crush • Dragon lighting the shamash (Chanukah art) • Even wizards get backaches (Rivka rubbing Isaac’s back) • Isaac the wizard, video-game style • Chibi style “power couple” • Portrait of Isaac • Rivka’s strength being admired by her Dragon • Little girls who grow up to love dragons • Rivka and Isaac flirting during target practice • The warrior’s prize (Rivka’s first kiss) • Rivka hugging her dragon • Romantic scene from the flashback (spoilery!) • 8-year-old Rivka • Rivka and Dragon bellyrub • Storytime with Isaac • Dragon guarding etrog • Rivka and Isaac in graphite • Isaac admiring Rivka’s biceps • Isaac’s thorny rose •
Climbing the Date Palm characters
Opening scene • Farzin and Kaveh in graphite • Farzin speaking truth to power • Rivka at Kaveh’s bedside • Aviva gives Kaveh a cooking lesson • Kaveh and Farzin in love • Jahandar and Aafsaneh • LGBT family day at the zoo (modern AU/two moms and two dads) •
A Harvest of Ripe Figs characters
Royal family listening to Esther’s private palace recital • Esther as a Florida Disney princess surrounded by Everglades wildlife • Micah, the trans teenager •
Blog commentary hub
Ladies rescuing ladies: my guest post on Muse Rising Strong women, strong friendships between women, and feminist romance
The queer female gaze and breasts What it’s like to grow up attracted to women in a world where “nice girls” don’t do that (a line that is obviously so much bull)
Rivka as a different type of golem Jewish mythology’s role in the story and how Rivka represents multiple types of protection, including emotional
Dancing in lavender – the importance of proper identity terminology
Ten years – how my marriage has affected the way I write my f/f couple
My complicated relationship with Richard Wagner ** SPOILER WARNING **
Developing the characters and central relationship in The Second Mango, due out from Prizm Books on August 21 A gay woman, a straight woman, and a dragon? What?
Today in the Comfy Chair – Shira Glassman She asked me what I think makes a good villain and why, out of all genres, I chose to write fantasy
Guest post on BA Tortuga’s blog about my book, “The Second Mango” Describes the inspiration for The Second Mango
Top 2 Bottom Reviews interviewed me about my novel “The Second Mango” Contains discussion of my motivation for writing
Cathy Hird and I interview each other One of Prizm’s other new authors and I discuss our works
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