From the desk of Lee Winter
When I’m not writing, I’m in the garden. Dave the quenda, pictured left, a marsupial similar to a bandicoot, visits me often. I post a lot of pics of him on Facebook if you’re interested in following what he’s up to. He’s even more adorable “in person”, and has a sweet tooth for apple.
So, let’s talk writing.
If you enjoyed Elena Bartell’s adventures with the Aussie reporter Maddie Grey in The Brutal Truth, then you’ll want to check out my short story sequel, The Brutal Lie. It’s in an anthology featuring all sorts of awesome short stories from Ylva authors, called After Happily Ever After. It’s a bargain price and out now.
My story answers the burning questions of who proposed to whom, and how, and how did Elena and Maddie’s relationship become public.
Plus, there’s a little bit of empire building going on, too, because, come on, it’s Elena Bartell, media mogul, fashion-editing god, and all-round legend.
Shattered, my sci-fi tale about a strong, beautiful WOC lesbian superhero who’s had it with humanity, has been turned into an audiobook that is out now, narrated by the amazing Abby Craden. She deserves all the awards for pronouncing a cyclone in Arabic, called Iiesar Tashabalaan, not once but three times!
Meanwhile, Changing the Script is out now as an audiobook. The narrator is Australian Claire Alain. This book is a spin-off to Breaking Character. What’s it about?
LA-based indie filmmaker Alex Levitin finds herself in New Zealand to save the “worst movie ever”. Things might go easier if she didn’t almost run over the standoffish local cop, Sam Keegan, and if the film wasn’t being sabotaged. As Alex and Sam reluctantly join forces to find the set saboteur, attraction flares. A funny, small-town lesbian romance about clashing cultures and daring to dream.
* Want to know where my characters live, work, how I saw them, and all the other trivia that filled my brain when writing my books? Readers can now check out the inspirational and/or research pictures I’ve posted on my new Pinterest page. So far Changing the Script and Breaking Character are up, but I expect more to follow.
Right now my publisher, Ylva, is offering something cool for my readers if they live in the northern hemisphere and want a signed paperback copy of my book/s.
It’s not quite a signed book but it’s the next best thing – exclusive signed bookplate stickers. If you buy any new paperback copy/s of my book directly from my publisher (just email Astrid at Astrid.Ohletz@ylva-publishing.com), and ask her for the signed sticker/s, they’re yours. Here’s Ylva’s post all about it. The offer’s only good until the bookplate stickers run out. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand and want to buy a signed paperback directly from me, you can email me at any time: email@example.com.
On The Record is out in the Ylva shop. It’s all the Ayers and King universe stories – novels The Red Files and Under Your Skin, and the short story Flashbang, in one bargain e-book boxset. Really worth it for the price. The Red Files is my first novel and starts with a newspaper mystery in LA, as Catherine Ayers and Lauren King are forced to work together to get to the bottom of a weird story.
Under Your Skin is the sequel, when they’re planning their wedding in Iowa, and a new mystery begins to unfold as figures from Catherine’s past emerge and threaten to derail everything. Flashback is a sexy, erotic tale set at the end of The Red Files about Catherine surprising Lauren at Lauren’s last LA work function.
Are you aware I have a newsletter? You can subscribe on the Home page or Contact Me page of this site.
What’s my newsletter entail? Every few months I’ll say hi and share any new-release info or other writing stuff I have on the boil. No spamming ever, Scout’s honor. And I occasionally drop free short stories for my subscribers, most recently one from the Breaking Character universe. Sometimes there are other goodies, such as an exclusive Angela Dawes-narrated short scene between two of my ice queen characters, Elena Bartell (The Brutal Truth) and Elizabeth Thornton (Breaking Character).
New subscribers will get emailed a free new short story set in the Red Files universe, When DC Met Iowa. What’s it about? It’s the day after Lauren and Catherine’s wedding. Mega DC bitch Cynthia Redwell wakes to find she’s maybe slept with Suze, the beer-pong-loving Iowan softballer.
It’s a funny old morning, that’s for sure.