Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: Autumn Leaves, Winter Storm, Spring Fever and...Summer Wine!

Coming soon!
From March 15th to March 18th, the story of Callie and Rebecca will be back with new covers and a new--the final--part, Summer Wine. All books will be available through Kindle Unlimited.

It's been a long road with some unexpected detours, and I apologize to the readers who have waited this long--I hope the conclusion will be worth it. Autumn Leaves was my debut novel back in 2012, and a lot has changed since then. I finally created my thriller series with the Carpenter/Harding books, as I always wanted. I even wrote urban fantasy (RISE).

Publishing Summer Wine has always been part of the plan, and I'm happy that the wait is almost over.

Autumn Leaves is a coming out story. Not all of my books are, as characters are in different stages of their lives. However, I do think that this type of story is still relevant. It continues to be until it is safe for every LGBT person to come out, and be out, no matter where they are.



For the occasion, I plan to do a Facebook Author Takeover event. (Lesfic Romance and Summer Wine). If you're an interested reader, or an author who'd like to promote their work in a one-hour-slot, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brandi Kennedy Blog Hop






About Brandi:
Brandi Kennedy is a romance novelist who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world and through adulthood, that love of words has never changed. Brandi is now a contemporary romance novelist and poet with a deep love of writing and a curiously adventurous desire to someday write in several other genres.

A woman of varied interests, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of
Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer, bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.







Bibliography:
Fat Chance: The Kingsley Series #1



 

Prescription for Love: The Kingsley Series #2




 

Wrestling Harmony: The Kingsley Series #3







More than Friends: The Kingsley Series #4









Selkie I




 

Selkie II






Fighting for Freedom






Courageous (a short standalone novella)







Where to Find Brandi:
Twitter: @brandikennedy84
Instagram: @authorbrandikennedy
Snapchat: @brandikennedy84
**For some exclusive fun, different and exciting new information as well as an extra monthly flash fiction, join her for as little as $1 at:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

RISE. Escapism and Politics, and a sale.



Politics and Escapism

Do they go together? Can we ever separate them?
As an author, I’m working on making a living. I tell the stories that mean something to me, and, fortunately my readers, about women fighting the odds…As a woman and lesbian, I believe all of those stories, not just mine, carry a clear political statement, and that’s a good thing.
We don’t have to go back in history—homophobia and misogyny are well and alive, and I’ve always believed that fiction can open people’s mind, move them, move all of us forward despite the ever predictable backlash. On the big screen (Katniss, Lisbeth, Wonder Woman), on the small screen (Supergirl, The Fosters, etc.) and with each of us individually.
I chose these days specifically to put RISE on sale, because I want to put it into the hands of as many readers as possible, for both selfish and unselfish reasons.
It’s about escapism. It’s about politics. Oh, and vampires and angels.
I think that’s a good recipe for fighting the odds.
Hope you enjoy reading about some badass females assisting human women in the revolution, and if you’re marching this weekend, stay safe.

RISE is $2.99 on Amazon.com until Sunday: smarturl.it/RiseBW


Sometimes it's easy for us to  give in to the pressure to market our books, sales and book-related blogs that the reason why we wrote a particular story can get lost in the messaging. Of course I hope you'll check it out, at the reduced price, at the original price, or in Kindle Unlimited/Prime.

Aside from the business aspect, I just love these characters. I imagine them in the kind of action movie that I hardly ever get to see, with women as the leads--women who work together towards a common goal, with all the rewards and complications that come with that.

It's fun, it's sexy, but there is more to it. In real life, there's always the danger to fall for the "divide and conquer" scheme from the other side. Even paranormal ladies have to consider this when they try to come up with what's the best way to get rid of patriarchy.

For a shifter and a vampire, vigilante justice isn't such a big deal. Angels, fairies and witches are not necessarily on board with that. How far will they go to teach humans, and is there a point where said humans would turn against them rather than join them?
Daphne, a vampire, and Madina, a witch, have maintained their relationship in spite of their peers subtle disapproval, but now they need the support of both Daphne's clan and Madina's coven, and not only that--they are trying to convince witches and vampires around the world to join the cause.
Cass, a shifter, is married to a human man, and she'd prefer for him not to find out about her true nature, but is that even possible when they are trying to change the ways of millennia?
Skylar is aware that her fairy skills and her contribution in the fight will be different from Cass's and Daphne's, and sometimes she's not sure they are of equal worth.
Rafi, the archangel, watches over her friends as they are trying to introduce a new paradigm to more or less willing humans, while not losing who they are at the same time.

So while there comes a moment when we think of sales and downloads and reviews, what comes first is the characters and their story.


PS: If you loved Madina and Daphne's love story, you can find a bit more about them in the short story Genesis, in the Spank or Treat 2016 anthology (there's no spanking in the story though, and there's only one other F/F story).
smarturl.it/spankortreat2016

If you'd like to learn more about the characters first, you can do so on this blog, starting with Rafi http://barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca/2016/09/rise-rafi.html (you'll find the other links there).






Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Sales!


Escape a little with 99cts/p sales, The Interpretation of Love and the Truth and Secrets on Amazon US, and The Design of Everything Perfect on Amazon UK. Only this week!




The Interpretation of Love and the Truth: smarturl.it/InterpretationTruth
 Chelsea and Gail are engaged to get married. Their relationship is safe, comfortable, and without conflict. According to Tonya Gray, it also lacks the passion one should feel for the person you commit to for the rest of your life. Chelsea might not trust her because Tonya broke her heart three years ago. As the date nears, Chelsea has to figure out if love means what she has with her fiancĂ©e, or what she could have with the woman she couldn't forget.



Secrets: smarturl.it/SecretsBWinkes  There is nowhere to run: Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what's left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn't her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist. A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets...some of them are deadly.


The Design of Everything Perfect: smarturl.it/DesignPerfect:

Rose, a detective with the NYPD, tries to battle her frustration from a family visit in New Orleans the only way she knows how: With a one-night-stand. She doesn’t find out until later that the other woman is New York-based designer Payton Smith. They see each other again and the attraction flares once more, but things soon get complicated: Rose isn’t out in her workplace and doesn’t want to be. Payton is out and proud, but she carries issues with her she evades with the help of beautiful designs, and sometimes, a bottle. They both have a long way to go. Can they make it together?

During and beyond these sales, you can always borrow these titles (and others) via Kindle Unlimited/Prime. Hope you enjoy, and have merry & safe times, and a good start into 2017!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kindle Unlimited: Welcome Australia!



A few weeks ago, Amazon informed us that Kindle Unlimited is now available to readers in Australia! I'd like to thank everyone who has already used KU and tried one or more of my books that are in the program. For all of you, here's a list of my KU books in various genres, romance, suspense and urban fantasy--always with women at the center. Whether it's beginning to look like winter or summer where you are, it's always a good time to curl up with a read that takes you to other worlds. Happy browsing & Happy Holidays!


Urban Fantasy:

Rise: smarturl.it/RiseBW



Suspense:

The Carpenter/Harding thriller series:



1. Indiscretions: smarturl.it/CarpenterHarding1

2. Insinuations: smarturl.it/CarpenterHarding2

3. Incisions: smarturl.it/CarpenterHarding3

4. Intrusions: smarturl.it/CarpenterHarding4 


Jayce & Emma (romantic suspense):

1. Halfway Home: smarturl.it/HalfwayHomeBW

2. Familiar Places: smarturl.it/FamiliarPlaces

3. New Rooms: smarturl.it/NewRooms

Secrets: smarturl.it/SecretsBWinkes (standalone thriller) 




Romance:

The Interpretation of Love and the Truth: smarturl.it/InterpretationTruth

The Design of Everything Perfect: smarturl.it/DesignPerfect




 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Due to unforeseen events...A new release date (and a cover reveal)

...I have always written what I wanted to see in the world. In my debut Autumn Leaves, a woman stands up in church to reclaim what has always been a safe space for her, and confronts her bullies. I write about women who hunt down serial killers, because for me, this genre has always been a metaphor for fighting patriarchy. Amber Alert is about a straight woman who is beginning to understand what her lesbian sister deals with in a hetero-centric world, when her niece is kidnapped. I write about women loving other women. Women who are friends and respect each other in a private and professional context, women who succeed. My latest release, Rise, was, of course, about the paranormal allies stepping in to help human women end misogyny once and for all.

I have always believed that equality is the end game, and that humanity can get there, if not in my lifetime, at least at some point--and that the media, fiction in movies, TV and books, can speed up the process by opening hearts and minds. These days, I am not at all certain that all of this is still true--but life must go on somehow. I've decided to move up the release date of Intrusions, the 4th Carpenter/Harding novel.

You will be able to purchase it or borrow it through Kindle Unlimited/Prime at the end of this week.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

What about now?



It's Day 2 after, and with most of the rest of the world, we've been shocked at the outcome of the US elections. This is not what we had hoped for, so hard, for a lot longer than the past eighteen months.

Writers are often cautioned not to talk about politics (too much). If you're a woman, a lesbian, married, and put a focus on characters like this in your fiction, for many people, it's already political.

Frankly, I can't imagine that anyone who likes these stories, would have any illusions about where they can find me on the political spectrum. My wife and I were deeply disappointed and saddened, still are, but mostly we are worried about the many people, mostly strangers, some friends of ours, whose basic rights are on the line. The names that are floated for the future administration look like a nightmare for the LGBTQ community and other minorities, as well as women who refuse to live in a dystopia along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale. That is not an exaggeration. It's based on those people's records.

And we are dealing about our own emotions about how the world is not going to see the first female POTUS now, a woman we admire for her life-long fight for women's rights--the signal sent instead is alarming for women and girls. We have concerns about what this means for the world stage.

But we are also determined. Everyone must do what what they need to do for their self-care, part of mine is to continue the same stories I've always been most interested in.

I continue to be greatly inspired by "nasty" women, and one in particular.