Zoe Amos

Talk to Me

TTM white border Claire takes a turn for the wild side when she chances into a job at San Diego's KZSD radio to work with Marly, the sharp-tongued lesbian shock jock of Gayline. Under Marly's close tutelage, Claire feels the sparks fly as she learns to screen calls and handle board operations. It's enough that her formerly quiet life has been upended after separating from her husband, and at first, she keeps her feelings hidden. Even as bomb threats force the radio station employees to clear out, Claire's attraction to Marly's charisma, wit, and atypical beauty keeps her coming back. Meanwhile, she struggles to maintain a relationship with her teen daughter while her soon-to-be ex makes it clear he wants to try again. It's two steps forward, one step back as Marly and Claire grow closer and admit their feelings. But will Marly's outrageous "anything goes" attitude be too much? As their on-air shenanigans and romance heat up, Marly's crazed plan to boost ratings threatens their relationship, and ultimately, their lives!

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In the sensitive contemporary romance novel Talk to Me, a woman decides what she wants out of her second act. In Zoe Amos's LGBTQ+ romance novel Talk to Me, a woman who's separated from her husband forms a romantic attraction to her boss.
After having an affair with a woman, Claire realizes that she is more attracted to women than to men. She leaves her husband and looks for work after her long stint as a stay-at-home mom. She winds up at a local radio station, where she's hired by Marly, the charismatic host of Gayline, San Diego's main show for the LGBTQ+ community. While learning how to be Marly's assistant, Claire navigates her new feelings of attraction to women, as well as her husband's attempts to win her back.
The story progresses over the few months it takes for Claire to acclimate to her new job and her new apartment in sunny San Diego. She comes to terms with her newfound lesbian identity, and addresses the fact that her teenage daughter is horrified that she works with an out and outrageous lesbian. Still, Claire's self-determination inspires her daughter's friend to come out later in the book, showing that actions have consequences--sometimes positive ones!
To complement its rootedness in radio, the book is full of lively verbal exchanges: between Marly and Claire, between Marly and her listeners, and between Claire and the listeners whose calls she screens. Loaded with bold imagery, the writing is clean and accessible. Marly's voice is snappy and clever, which intimidates Claire at first. But Claire finds her own voice on the show and begins to discover what she wants out of life. The personalities and voices of recurring callers are consistent; one frequent caller issues bomb threats, leading to an official FBI investigation and a tense atmosphere.
Claire takes months to come to terms with the fact that she is unhappy in her marriage, and that she wants to act on her attraction to Marly. Her development is relatable, and her moments of vulnerability and bravery contrast well with times where she overthinks things and retraces old habits. Further, the slow build of Claire and Marly's romance takes on a life of its own, leading to a satisfying finale. - Jeana Jorgensen, reviewer, Foreword Clarion Reviews

Zoe Amos' new novel delivers the talk radio we've always wanted: iconoclastic lesbians, loyal fans, raunchy humor and a romance budding in spite of itself. I loved her characters stumbling and growing through ex-husbands, stalker ex-girlfriends and right wing bombers...just a regular day at the studio! - Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories

I started reading Talk to Me one morning and couldn't put it down until I'd read the whole thing; I was completely drawn in. Amos has concocted a creative, zany but believable story that doesn't rely on predictable romantic tropes. I loved her lively writing style and word choices--so fresh and readable. The romance zigzags as much as the unpredictable stressors at the radio station where the two women work. This book had it all: great writing, LOL humor, risk-taking drama, well-rounded characters, twists, meaningful sub-plots, and the sweetest, foot-swinging love scene I've read in a long time. I give it five stars! - Suzanne Westenhoefer, comedian

Talk to Me is my kind of book. It's funny, full of ups and downs and "wait-what" turns. You're instantly pulled in by the nuanced writing, pacing and compelling characters. I feel like I know these people. It reads like a film. Amos does a great job of creating a world that's at once familiar and also totally unique. I love a good love story and this book did not disappoint. I didn't want it to end. More please and thank you. - Gloria Bigelow, comic, writer and professional lesbian

This is a kooky, fun read sprinkled with drama that slowly builds as you turn each page. You don't know what's going to happen next. One minute I was laughing out loud, and the next I felt compassion for the main character, Claire, who goes through one thing after another. I couldn't get enough and read the whole thing in no time. The pacing and comedic timing were perfect. Their romance developed into something so sweet. And the ending--so wild--the kind of out-there antics I'd love to see in real life. I wrote for TV comedies and I could totally see this happening. As a divorced mom, I related to what it was like trying to deal with my ex and take care of my son while still having to go to work. It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight because overall, this is a complex, original, well-written story. Get it! - Karyl Miller, Emmy award-winning comedy writer (Lily Tomilin, Mary Tyler Moore)



Zoe Amos emerged onto the lesbian writing scene with a series of short stories published by Alyson Press, Here Media, Cleis Press, and e-books published under her own name. Good Day Media is proud to announce Zoe's first short novel, entitled Superior, available exclusively on Amazon.com.Superior is an appropriate selection for adult and young adult readers.

Back cover: "After the Water Wars led to Civil War II, Superior Protectorate established itself in what is now Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Two young women, Miss Kristian and Miss Rhona, will soon be of marrying age, but that means being tied to a hustand instead of each other--a forbidden prospect. Powerless to change the rules of a nation that supposedly protects them, the young lovers are thrust into a perilous journey in their quest for freedom and a life together."

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Amos' story follows young lesbian love and the trials arising from living in a protectorate. With vivid imagery and diction Amos allows the reader to delve into a new world far from the one we know. While the book is fiction, it parallels modern day struggles found accompanying same-sex relationships. Formally creating characters with depth and hope, Amos engages the reader with suspense that will have you rooting for their survival. ... I would recommend this book to anyone looking for inspiration to live a life beyond the societal constraints they've been born into. - All Things Lesbian

I was interested in...this colder wilderness up north. I got the book and really enjoyed it! It's a really fast read. The writing is pretty interesting. I liked the romance...because it was a little unusual...you see the relationship change and evolve, and go through some nice moments...I found it refreshing to read a book that had a different sort of approach. Good book. Recommended, especially if you find the setting or the concept intriguing and worth checking out for the slightly unusual take on the adventure romance genre. - Mary, Queer Books Please, Audioblog Episode #45

I found this novel to be engaging in both its style and content. It doesn't take too much imagination to realize that a state like Michigan...could be a model for all that happens in this futuristic tale. Citizens of the Protectorate have microchips embedded under the skin so that they can be monitored and tracked. So much easier than allowing the NSA to hack all our phones, right? ... I found the writing and the pace quite engaging. The story is interesting even if you don't draw parallels to present day politics, but I sure had fun doing that. - Bett Norris, author, reviewer for Lesbian.com

Love, romance, climate. A smart, good read. It is a romance, but an adventure as well. It is a slim novel, yet it covers a lot of ground. A love story, tender and sweet, between two very likable young women, some intelligent discourse on climate change and encroaching conservatism. The comfort and danger in being taken care of, of looking to the past as an ideal, of giving away our choices, our power, for safety. It's romantic, it's smart, and it moves at a good brisk speed. I like a romance that engages my mind as well as my heart. This one did both. A well developed plot, fun, without being silly. I think this is worth checking out. I will be looking for more Zoe Amos. - BookishButch.com