Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Women: Chase and Rowan by Rhavensfyre

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It's that day know what it means! For this week's Wednesday's Women, Chase and Rowan stopped by for an interview. You know them from Rhavensfyre's novellas "Life is not a Country Song", "Love is not a Romance Novel" and "Life, Love and Loyalty". By the way: You can currently enter a giveaway on Goodreads (ends Oct. 13th) to win one of two paperbacks, and you have the chance to meet Rhavensfyre at the GCLS event in Provincetown during Women's Week. But now, on to Chase and Rowan...

Take it away, Ladies!

Interviewer (I): Hi there! Today we have Chase and Rowan with us. Ladies, thank you for taking some time out of her very busy schedule to meet with me. I will try not to take up too much of your time.

Rowan (R): No problem. We are in between groups right now.

I: Would you like to explain the groups to everyone?

R: I think Chase would be better at that, since she is the one in charge.

Chase (C): Um, Hi. Yes, we run a therapeutic riding program for troubled youth. Generally, they are ones in the foster system, but not always. The program helps give them a sense of accomplishment and responsibility.

I: Responsibility?

C: Yes. When they arrive here they are assigned a horse and they are responsible for that horse the entire time. Feeding, watering, all the grooming and pucky picking.

I: Interesting. Now, while I still have you. I heard that you two met in quite an interesting way. Something about a beat up old pick-up truck?

R: Oh, God! That pick-up truck. I still wonder if you would have made it here with that thing.

C: Well, I would have tried. But, in answer to your question. It was an interesting first meeting. That old truck meant a lot to me, but not as much as Smoothy here. It was the first vehicle I bought with my own money and it took both of us to a lot of shows when I was first starting out in the circuit. (Pause) It actually looked better under the hood, you know.

R: (Laughing) Oh! Now I want to try and get it back. I know you have a love for old jalopies.

C: It was worth it. I got more out of leaving that old truck behind then I ever expected.

I: Aww, that’s sweet.

R: Hey! You are so lucky we like you.

I: I should point out at this time that Rowan, Chase and I have been friends for a while now. I was fortunate enough to score an interview with Dee St. John, Rowan’s father, earlier this summer where he insisted on putting me on a horse’s back. That’s where I met Chase, since you can’t meet one without the other her on the Flying S. (Pauses) Now Rowan, I have it from an inside source that you prefer country music …

C: … and that you sing badly.

I: (coughs) …but no one seems to know what Chase listens to. Care to share, Chase?

R: You told her!

C: Not me. I bet it was Rob. But, you do sing all the time.

R: It would be like Rob to try and get his two cents in.

C: At least he didn’t tell her about how you decided to serenade me while we were driving cross-country.

R: No, but you just did!

C: Oops.

I: Alright, ladies. Let’s get this interview back on track. How about I just get on to the next question?

R: Okay.

C: Sure.

I: You two have been quite the talk of the town, should I say…an item. Any word on what you two are planning next? Any wedding bells in the future?

C: Um….

R: Hey, that’s my line. (grins)

(PS: I'm all for the wedding bells...just saying.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sneak Peek Sunday: Spring Fever

When their story starts (Autumn Leaves) Rebecca Lowman hasn't been personally confronted with homophobia until she, in her late thirties, falls for another woman and dares to be who she feels she truly is.
A world of expectations is crumbling: From her community, her family, her circle of friends, and, lastly, herself.
From the first excitement of falling in love, there's a feel of confusion, homelessness, in book 2, Winter Storm. Callie and Rebecca are together, but they still live in somewhat separate worlds, or so it seems. When most of what you believed to be true, isn't anymore, where do you belong?
They work through all those questions and doubts, even after the confrontation with Callie's ex, and some unfriendly townspeople, and when Spring arrives in Autumn Leaves, an evolution has taken place. Rebecca has learned to listen and learn, and she gets over the guilt, but also over feeling intimidated by Callie and her friends who came out at a much younger age. In realizing that this community is hers too, despite the differences in background and experiences, she manages to handle diversity from strangers and even her husband differently.

Before Rebecca, Callie has had serious doubts that she'd find a woman who would stay with her--or she could stay with. After the abusive relationship with Nicole, on and off "beneficial" friendship with Asha and some in between, she has to believe that Rebecca not only turned up her own life upside down to be with her, but wants to stay.

“Damn it,” Callie swore as the zipper of her dress got stuck again. There was a reason for her to be nervous. She could do the small town life in reasonable doses—brunch, church, the occasional restaurant visit. Today, almost everyone in town would be present. Roz was born and raised in Autumn Leaves, and her new business would attract lots of attention—hopefully buying customers too. Rebecca stepped in to solve the zipper problem, laughing softly.
“Don’t worry. I swear, this time, neither of us is going to be the center of attention.” Callie smiled at their reflection in the mirror—the warm touch going a long way to calm her nerves. It was true. They had walked in each other’s world—Callie, when she’d sat in church, witnessing Rebecca telling the truth to the whole congregation. Rebecca had accompanied Callie to a book gala earlier this year—a beautiful time unfortunately overshadowed by Nicole’s return. The separation didn’t exist anymore. There weren’t any two worlds, just the one they shared. The realization made her tear up.
“Yeah, I know,” Rebecca said. “That’s a lot of progress we made. Today is Roz’s day though. She really earned it.”
“You had a part in it too. You gave her great promotion materials.”
“It was fun to do, but now, I think we should get the girls and actually go?” Callie cast a rueful look at the immaculately made bed.
“It will be fine,” Rebecca assured her. “Just think of ways to work off all that cake and champagne we’re going to have.”
“You think Miss Romano will be there?” Callie asked, her cheeks burning. The change of topic was on purpose. Otherwise, there was a chance they’d never leave this room.
“I hope so. I want to know which parent in Maggie’s class is harassing my child, and once I do, I’d like to have a private chat with them.” “Yes, me too. Okay. Let’s go meet the townspeople.” Rebecca was right. There would be no more talk behind their backs than usual. It had gotten a lot less in the past few months, and eventually, no one would care.

From the first irresistible attraction, to some sobering realities, to the present in Spring Fever, Callie and Rebecca's relationship has become stronger, and they need that certainty to deal with the challenges they face...until their story becomes full circle in Summer Wine (coming 2015).

On Amazon or directly from Eternal Press. (use promo code 20EPdb14 at checkout to save 25% on all EP titles).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Women: Delphine Bouchard by R.G. Emanuelle

Hello hello! The Wednesday Women are back in town, and to kick off the season, I bring you an exclusive interview with R. G. Emanuelle's Chef Delphine Bouchard. Thanks R.G. and Delphine for joining us!

R. G. Emanuelle

Interview with Chef Delphine Bouchard (main character of new novella seriesunnamed as of yet)

Hello, Chef Delphine. Thanks for talking with me today.
Thank you, Barb. You can call me Delphine, or Del.
Okay, Del. You are a celebrity chef. What’s it like to live in that kind of limelight?
That’s the thing about being a celebrity chef and having a successful restauranteveryone wants a piece of you and sometimes the real you gets lost in the hype. I have been written about a lot over the years, but much of it has been distorted.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems being in the limelight. I’ve grown accustomed to it. But my food is my top priority. People can say whatever they want about me, but as long as the quality of my food remains high and people continue to enjoy it, then I’m happy.
What kind of food does your restaurant serve?
It’s what I call French fusion. I take classic French dishes, add touches of other cuisines and apply different techniques to come up with things that are like the traditional dishes but something new. Sometimes I stay true to the tradition and serve dishes in the classic way.
You are French, right?
Yes, I am. My parents immigrated from France when I was very little.
You have this larger-than-life persona that fascinates people. I’ve heard that reporters have tried to find records of your life and have been unsuccessful. It’s as if you never existed. What’s with the mystery?
Um, well, while I do enjoy the limelight, I’m also a very private person. My food and my restaurants are part of my public persona and I don’t mind being ‘out there.’ But where my personal life is concerned, I’d rather keep it private.
But that doesn’t explain why no one’s been able to find anything out about you.
Well, that’s their problem. Next question, please.
You have this steampunk, with a little old-school punk, look going on. Do you think that your appearance scares some people away?
I don’t think so. I think my food speaks for itself. I worked for years to hone my craft, and people appreciate them. Well, usually. Besides, when you become a so-called celebrity, people don’t really care what you look like. All they care about is that they’re with someone famous. And if anyone has an issue with my appearance, again, it’s their problem.
You’re a darling of the food mediamost of the critics love youbut you have been attacked on occasion. I wont name names, but theres one particular writer who seems to have it out for you. How do you respond to that?
(sighs) I know who you’re referring to and he’s just hates me for some unknown reason. Maybe his reason is unknown even to him. All I can do is my bestmy best to create good food and run a tight restaurant. If someone chooses to rip me apart, I can’t do much about it.
What’s your favorite food?
Vegetarian cassoulet. It’s traditionally made with meat, but if done in the classic French style, it’s a bitch to prepare, but it’s so worth it.
That was going to be my next question. You’re a vegetarian. How does that work out if you’re a chef?
I have an exceptional staff that I trust completely to handle all the meat-based dishes. I taste meat dishes when I have to. Plus, I’ve been at this a very, very long time and I know what I’m doing.
So, I take it you’re not a fan of hunting.
Hunting for sport, no. But animals hunt and we’re animals. As long as it’s a genuine need for sustenance, it’s justified. People hunt without that genuine need, and that’s not something I’m down with. But I think we all need to hunt in some way for what we need.
What’s your favorite drink?
You’re one of the most eligible women in the U.S.
What have you heard?
(Laughs) Oh, I’ve heard things. I’m blushing just thinking about it.
Is there someone special in your life?
I’ve started seeing someone. It’s too soon to say whether this will be something long term. I’m very fortunate to have fabulous friends, and I consider my staff my family.
Do you have anything planned for the future?
Yes. I have plans to open up another restaurant in the near future, and possibly a third, but I’m not sure yet. I’ve been approached to do a cookbook and a TV show. The cookbook I’m definitely starting to think on. The TV show….well…I’m not sure that’s something I want to do. It will take me away from my restaurant too much. But we’ll see.
If you were on a desert island and could have one CD, what would it be?
Edith Piaf. It reminds me of home.
Wow, that’s really old school. Do you think you’re an old soul?
Del, thank you for joining us today. Best of luck in your new projects. I hope they go as you plan.
Thank you very much. All you need is some patience, and I’ve got lots of that.

About the author:
R.G. Emanuelle is from New York City and spent more than 20 years in publishing. She is co-editor of Skulls and Crossbones: Tales of Women Pirates, All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Erotica and Romance, and Unwrap These Presents. Her short stories can be found in numerous anthologies, including several Golden Crown and Lambda Literary finalists.
When she was a child, a neighbor called her a vampire because she only came out after dark, so it’s fitting that her first novel, Twice Bitten, is about creatures of the night. Her 2013 romantic novella, Add Spice to Taste, stars a love-burned chef, but she is always summoned back by the things that go bump in the night.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to my street team: The Leading Ladies

I decided to try something new in terms of marketing and go with a street team, created by the Smexy Fab Four. It's up and running, and if you'd like to check it out, take a look at our FB group.

Why leading ladies? I think it says something about the stories I write. The genre will differ, but there are always women characters at the center, most of the time but not exclusively lesbian. Thank to Sheri for creating the awesome button:

PS: Don't forget you can still enter the Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Spring Fever, book 3 in Callie and Rebecca's love story. The giveaway ends August 30th. Good luck!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spring Fever is here...with a Goodreads giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Spring Fever by Barbara Winkes

Spring Fever

by Barbara Winkes

Giveaway ends August 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Good luck! If you'd like to catch up with Callie and Rebecca, you can find the other books in the series on Amazon or purchase directly from Eternal Press.

And don't forget the Wednesday Women will return after their summer break! See you soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

SPRING FEVER is coming:

Are you too excited to wait for August 1st? You can pre-order the paperback now on Amazon, or be a lucky winner of one of the upcoming giveaways. All you need to do is either

- sign up for my mailing list at BarbaraWinkes at hotmail dot com. I promise you won't be spammed. This is only for big news and the occasional exclusive giveaway.

- or join my brand new street team, the Leading Ladies:

Can't make it this week even though you'd love to? Come to my Facebook event on August 10th. More chances to win, and lots of fun:

Spring Fever (Callie & Rebecca #3)

From Eternal Press, August 1st 2014:

What doesn’t kill love…makes it stronger.

Callie has a hard decision to make when her ex Nicole tries to blackmail her with an old secret. The timing couldn’t be worse as Maggie still suffers from nightmares that appear to be related to previous traumatic events.
Andy, a new resident, is eager to make friends and promote the prejudice Callie and Rebecca have grown tired of. They have learned that trust is the most important thing in a relationship, and when you have it, hate can’t touch you.


Eternal Press: (book pages include excerpts)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Women: Fanfic Month: Women's Murder Club

Hello and welcome to the last Wednesday Women before the summer break! We'll resume with more awesome authors in September. Next week I'll give you the masterlist of the ladies who have visited, but for now, let me tell you a story...

I picked up James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series with the first book and haven't missed one ever since. I've always loved the idea of women working together instead of competing, being allies instead of "frenemies", friends instead of backstabbing mean girls. When the series came to TV, I was curious and skeptical. What I saw, made my jaw drop. This was a TV show tailor-made for me, beautifully and unapologetically feminist.

If you heard about it, you probably know it fell victim to many circumstances--the writer's strike, but more so the lack of vision from TPTB. It would enter its 8th season this year, and probably successfully though, but in 2007, before The Good Wife and other shows proving the audience likes stories about smart capable women...not possible. A maybe even bigger blow was when the original showrunners were replaced with a producer who didn't manage to bring the same depth to a beautiful concept.

At this point, a small but dedicated fandom had formed, and if the network wasn't willing to give us any more of our favorite show...Well, we could created it ourselves. With the talent of amazing contributors, writers, artists and beta readers, the Virtual Seasons were born, as an homage to the actresses and the creators of the show and book series.

These "episodes" continued for two years and were created with lots of love.


Season 2

Season 3

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort, esp. co-producers inspectorboxer (who wrote 7 episodes) and grumpybear1031 (who created all the banners, lots of promo materials and kept the site running). See all credits on the website.