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First-Class Villains, a free short story by Lee Winter

Let’s talk writing. Coming up at the end of October for my subscribers is a new short story I’ve had enormous fun writing, First-Class Villains.

Four of my villains accidentally meet in a first-class airport lounge in London’s Heathrow Airport. As the fog keeps them trapped and the alcohol flows, a small bet is wagered: Who among them has done the worst deed? Who is the First-Class Villain?
The protagonists are Requiem/Natalya (Requiem for Immortals), Grace Christie Oberon (Breaking Character), Michelle Hastings (The Red Files/Under Your Skin), and Emmanuelle Lecoq (The Brutal Truth) and short story The Brutal Lie from the After Happily Ever After anthology. (See more on The Brutal Lie below.)
First-Class Villains is a missing chapter from Requiem, that would slot in right before the epilogue. It can be read as a standalone though – if you didn’t know anything about the women, what they’ve done is made clear.
This is part of a special project by fellow author Jae that brings together eight Ylva writers with short stories in a free anthology called Glimpses.

The countdown is on for Hotel Queens, my upcoming book, out November 18, 2020.

Here’s what it’s about:

Ice meets fire in this opposites-attract lesbian romance, as layered, sassy, and smart as its characters. Over one long night at a bar in Las Vegas, two powerful hotel executives meet, flirt, and challenge each other—having no clue they’re rivals after the same dream deal.

Brilliant ice queen Amelia Duxton is a hotel vice president who thrives on control, truth, and efficiency. She’s in no mood for love or the mess it brings. All she wants is to buy the coveted Mayfair Palace—a massive deal that could finally help her land the CEO job in her family’s hotel empire.

Fiery Kai Fisher is charming and chaotic and renowned for closing ambitious deals. Her sights are set on snatching the Mayfair Palace out from under the nose of her hated arch rivals, the Duxton family.

But when secrets emerge and everything starts to fall apart, how can either of the warring women win—especially when they’ve just met their match?

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 After Happily Ever Afterstory 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.

Also included in the anthology is a copy of Love is Not Nothing, the short story sequel to my lesbian assassin crime noir tale, Requiem for Immortals.

Covers of audiobooks Shattered and Changing the Script by Lee WinterShattered, 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! Check out my interview with Abby while you’re at it.
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.

Lee Winter's Pinterest page* 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.


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Every month or two I’ll share any new-release info or other writing stuff I have on the boil in my newsletter. No spamming ever. I occasionally drop free short stories for my subscribers. Each newsletter includes links to previous subscriber freebies, which include:
* An exclusive Angela Dawes-narrated short scene The Ice Queens Meet between two of my ice queen characters, Elena Bartell (The Brutal Truth) and Elizabeth Thornton (Breaking Character)
* Skye Storm’s Invite Absolutely Everyone Ultimate Pool Party (Breaking Character universe).
* Aliens of New York  (The Brutal Truth universe).

New subscribers will get emailed a free new short story set in the Red Files universe, When DC Met Iowa. What’s the story 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.