Monday, September 10, 2018

Mega Lesfic Sale on I Heart Lesfic

Hi all! I'm just checking in quickly to let you all know that the giant sale on I Heart Lesfic starts on Sept. 10th - a ton of lesfic books in all genres, at amazing prices. You can get Autumn Leaves, the first book in the Callie & Rebecca series, for 99cts, my urban fantasy RISE and  Insinuations, #2 in the Carpenter/Harding thriller series. (By the way, the Jayce & Emma series is now complete - these stories are always at 99cts).

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Friday, August 17, 2018

I'm back - almost.

 Coming soon!

Even after everything they've figured out together, the future still holds surprises for Jayce & Emma... and some answers lie in the past...


There are still some things to prepare until you get to see the finale of Jayce & Emma's story, but for now, I'm going to leave you with a few lesfic links:

Ends tomorrow! Aug. 18th is the last day to get T.B. Markinson's Confessions of the Heart for free!

Prudence McLeod blogs about her latest release Heir to the Throne.

Now available: Her Sequel by Adan Ramie

Cyprian the Fair (Salvaggio's Light #9) by C.L. Cattano is out now.

Check out QUARTERLING (A Lesbian Young Adult Fantasy): The Story of a Rebel by Natasja Hellenthal.

Authors, have a new release? Contact T.B. Markinson to be included in her I Heart Lesfic newsletter. Want to sign up? You can do so here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lots of Lesfic - for a great summer (vacation)

This will be my last blog before I'm off for a few weeks. Whether you stay at home to read in your backyard, or have some travel ahead, or hang out at a beach somewhere...there are tons of reads available at great prices, only a click away. Hope you'll have a great time, and I'll meet you at the end of August!


This is not where we are going this summer (but I have lots of imagination!).

Since I have quite a few links, there's no theme for today other than places to discover your summer read(s), and not just books of mine.

1) My Lesfic: This is a weekly newsletter that brings you sales in lesfic - and unlike other book services, in lesfic only. This week (Friday, July 27th), my book Rise (an urban fantasy about witches, vampires and such who side with human woman in the fight against misogyny) is in it, available for 99cts only for a limited time, but this is an easy convenient way to get sales every week.

2) Jae's Book Bingo: Summer Reads. Summer Wine, #4 in the Calllie & Rebecca series, is part of the Summer Reads giveaway. Plus, you can discover a ton of awesome books set in summer for this particular square.

3) AJ Adaire kindly invited me for a guest blog this week. Don't forget to check out her other guests, and, of course, AJ's books here.

4) From fellow lesfic authors:

Beneath The Surface by Rebecca Langham 

Riding The Track by Kara Ripley

Quarterling by Natasja Hellenthal

Anne Hagan's Con Sampler (on sale for July)


5) Not a link, but a glimpse at the schedule for the coming months:

August: The Amnesia Project in audio, narrated by the fab T.J. Richards. It's in production at the moment, and I am in awe of her talent!


September: Thank you for your patience - it's time for Jayce & Emma #5!


October: Cypher, a dystopian thriller

Cover reveals to come later:
December: Killer Instinct, a Christmas thriller
Early 2019: Impressions, Carpenter/Harding #8

Happy Summer! See you soon!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Timeless, bold tales.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Timeless which, sadly, was officially canceled not much later. I still think that it's more important than ever to make sure that history isn't forgotten and stories altered as to what is convenient for the power greedy, real life Rittenhouse people - but today, I wanted to talk about another TV show.

Women working for a magazine in NYC, I'll admit it, would not have been my first choice (you know I like the cops, the lawyers, the PIs in the first place). We stumbled across a preview for The Bold Type when watching The Fosters, and we're so glad we did. To our surprise, we liked it right away, and it's only become better since then. This show about three young women is somewhat fluffy on the surface, but packs a punch when it comes to the issues--and they're not afraid to tackle any of the issues: The Me Too movement, white privilege and wealth privilege, women's health issues, coming out, just about everything you wouldn't imagine, but probably should have.



Seeing so many important subjects addressed makes it interesting every single week, but it doesn't have the same gut punch effect that makes me so uncomfortable with The Handmaid's Tale (something we subject ourselves to as well, because, again, good TV and important issues).

If you agree that politics belongs in art (because politics is a part of everything), you might enhjoy  it too. And since those subjects are universal, it doesn't make you feel old, even if you're not in your mid-twenties anymore like the main characters.

Lesfic links for the week:

You can now order directly from Queen of Swords Press.

Quarterling, A Young Adult Lesbian Fantasy by Natasja Hellennthal can now be pre-ordered.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Writer and the Song

For many fellow authors, music is an important part of the whole story, inspiration and company in the day to day writing. I'm always intrigued by their posts, and see which songs speak to them and their characters.



For me, the perfect song often comes along when a lot of the story is already written. I know the characters, crucial scenes, and sometimes, the book is already published. I lean back and in my mind, watch the movie I wish the book could be (knowing that even if I ever had that chance, it wouldn't be 100% the same).

One time, in the car with my wife, the song "Amazed" was on the radio, and I said it would be great to hear this from a woman's POV (pronoun-free songs always are great when you write stories with two people of the same gender in a relationship). I eventually found a version by Rachel Kramer, and wow, does it ever work for the way Jordan feels about Ellie. She's constantly amazed about Ellie's approach to life which is so different from her own waiting for the next shoe to drop (the next, not the other, because there's always something more in her experience). Another song I listen to in order to make these two come alive in my mind is "My Kind Of Love" by Emeli Sandé, and then, "Exes And Ohs" by Elle King (the latter, I first heard on an episode of Grey's Anatomy, and it's because of that context that it works for that pairing, not because of the lyrics).

 (an excerpt from Indiscretions)

And sometimes a song opens up a different perspective on a character. Adele's "Hello" is obviously about two people who were in a relationship. I always loved the drama and build-up, but for me, the lyrics could mean something other than a love story. It made me think about Jordan's relationship with her biological mother (sometimes, supporting characters take a whole lot more room than you thought they would).

Would you like to hear more about songs I worked with? A while ago, I was interviewed by Toe Six Press, and part of the interview was my "soundtrack" for The Amnesia Project.

I think part of the reason why many of us use music at some point during the process is this: We always chase the "perfect" imagery, try to put on the page exactly what we see in our minds. If we're lucky, we get close, and we bring those results to the reader. And try harder the next time. Music gets us that much closer.






Tuesday, July 10, 2018

An introduction to Carpenter/Harding (excerpt)

Not, it's not time for the Friday blog yet...but  the7th Carpenter/Harding book came out not long ago, and I realized it's been a while since I've shared an excerpt from Indiscretions (book #1)--so why not?

This is the series I always wanted to write, and what would be my dream TV show. The inspiration for the first book came from watching too much HGTV House Hunters, an episode where a couple visited a house and found a trap door under a carpet. I wanted a fast-paced story with characters that face high stakes and difficult obstacles, danger and attraction...and along came Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding.




“He’s been lying to us from the start,” Ellie said when they were on their way to Gleason’s house. “I can see him going off the deep end over all of this. Maybe he started out wanting to punish his wife, but then got into the killing. Whatever. He’s in the hospital now, so he can hardly harm me or anyone else.”
Jordan let her ramble on before she undid Ellie’s argument. “Eleanor Campbell was killed long before Lori disappeared, and besides the M.O., there’s no connection between the two.”
Ellie groaned. “I’m so tired of this. Even Dr. Roberts thinks he’s the one, and isn’t she supposed to be the expert?” Not a good idea, she reflected, bringing up the third party between them. Jordan looked unhappy, her shoulders tense.
“I’ve been on this case since we found the first body. She hangs out with the PD in Seattle, learns some facts and doesn’t even tell me? I hate this bureau-cratic shit.”
If the situation hadn’t been this serious, Ellie might have congratulated her on the pun. As it was, she was trying hard not to overreact to what they had learned from Sheila.
“Either way, it’s shitty of a husband to get someone to kidnap and torture his wife,” she offered. “Even if they were—” She stopped herself short of saying “cheating”. Ellie didn’t think the reminder would be welcome. Speaking of which. “Can you come over tonight? You’ve had a rough day. I could cook you something.”
It wasn’t likely, but she had to try. First of all, once reality sank in that her attacker might have been a serial murderer on the prowl for his next victim, she’d freak. In that case, Ellie would rather be with someone. Second, the sex they had made her feel amazing. She wasn’t ready to give up on it yet. Certainly not for the sake of Bethany who was scornful and patronizing even after Jordan had survived a confrontation with an armed and dangerous man.
“I don’t know,” Jordan said. At least she was honest.
How can you stand her? Ellie wanted to ask. She held back the question, knowing her judgment was clouded by hormones, fear and something that was too early to determine. She was well aware she was walking a fine line. Her new no holds barred approach to life wasn’t supposed to come with heartbreak. “I understand you said you wanted to move out, but how are you still together?” It wasn’t diplomatic enough.
“You’re right, it’s been a rough day. I’d like to get this done and head home. There’ll be an officer in front of your house. If there ever was another guy, and I think it’s a possibility, he might be tempted to make an appearance.”
Ellie leaned back in her seat, trying to get a handle on her disappointment.
“We don’t know if he ever planned to come back for me.”
“That’s right. I don’t want to take that chance.”
“I’d feel safer though if you were with me,” she hazarded.
Jordan shook her head. “No way. We’ve crossed enough lines. Your safety is no joke.”
“Oh, so that other thing is, a joke? I feel so much better now.”
“Ellie.”
“You’re right. We’re at work. This is not the right time to discuss these things.” She avoided Jordan’s gaze, startled when, at the next red light, Jordan laid her hand over Ellie’s.
“Either way, I’ll clean up this mess,” she promised.
Ellie didn’t know what to say.

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Intrigued? You can find all the Carpenter/Harding books and more at www.amazon.com/author/barbarawinkes