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Cover Reveals, Strange Fate & Other News

I know that I haven’t been updating this blog regularly and I apologize for that, but things have been happening behind the scenes that have kept me from blogging.

One of the things is that Forgotten has been updated with over two thousands words added to the story. I will be contacting Amazon soon and hopefully they will make it possible for everyone that has already purchased a copy to be able to get the updated version. I will let everyone know when the update is available and how to get it.

Another new thing is that the book also has a new gorgeous cover (which you can see below). As much as I loved the original cover, I decided that something was missing so I hope that everyone adores the new cover as much as I do.


Speaking of new covers, here is a sneak peek at the cover of a Novelette that I will be releasing within the next six months (hopefully sooner). I will release more details regarding this project nearer to the time, although what I will say is that this Novelette is set in the same “world” as the In The Shadows series but is part of a separate series.


As you can see the series title is omitted from the cover. I will reveal that later along with other details (as I stated above).

Strange Fate News

I see in my stats that I get a lot of people searching for Strange Fate and the only news I have at the moment is that the paperback/hardback will be released in the UK, Canada, Germany & France on 31st December 2013. I searched for the availability in the US and the only date I got was 1st February 2014.

Anyway, this got me thinking; Would anyone be interested in a giveaway of Strange Fate in paperback along with some some other prize(s) early next year?

More details to come. 🙂

Other News

Last year I promised I would blog behind the scene posts and the next one up would have been about my werewolves. I apologize for this post never being posted but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I lost most of my notes regarding my werewolves family tree which is making it hard for me to do the post I originally wanted. At the moment, I am going back through the notes I have to recreate all the lost information. I am truly sorry if anyone was looking forward to that particular post but it will be posted as soon as I am able to, although I can’t give an expected date at this moment in time.

The moral to all this is always back up important information because it will save you hours of trying to look for it on your computer as well as a few sleepless nights.

Happy Reading!



Welcome to Canada & Brazil

Christmas is coming and Amazon gave Kindle authors a present by opening two brand new stores in Brazil & Canada. This brings the total up to nine Kindle stores now.

*Blatant promo ahead*

ForgottenForgotten is a YA paranormal that revolves around two sisters. It has action, mystery, drama, vampires, werewolves, & even a cute fluffy bunny. What more could you ask for?

If you liked Fear Street, Nightworld or Point Horror you’ll love this!

*End of blatant promo*

You can buy Forgotten from the following places:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain
Amazon France
Amazon Japan
Amazon Canada
Amazon Brazil

I also have to tell you all that, sadly, my paperback won’t be released before Christmas. Something that I thought would be in place fell through but, rest assured, when the paperback is released next year I will announce it here on this blog along with on my twitter, Facebook & website. I have also been asked again when Masquerade, aka book two, will be released. As I mentioned in my first edition of Ask Cat (which you can find here) there are no firm dates as of yet, although I can say it won’t be ready before February 2013. In the meantime, I do have something that I will make an announcement on soon which I hope will be a pleasant surprise for those who are waiting patiently for the next book in the In The Shadows series.

I have noticed that I get a lot visitors looking for the release date for, Strange Fate, book ten in the Nightworld series by L.J. Smith. So, I thought I would give another update on the status because if other fans are like me then you’ll be eager to know how the series is going to end. Below are the dates I found on a couple of the Amazon websites. I hope that this helps anybody who is interested. 🙂

Amazon US

Paperback – No date given
Hardback – 31st December 2030 (yes, that does say 2030, it isn’t a typo)
Kindle – 31st December 2030
Audio – 1st April 2013

Amazon UK

Paperback – 31st December 2013
Hardback – February 2014
Audio – April 2013

Amazon Germany

Paperback – 31st December 2013
Hardback – 31st December 2030
Audio – April 2013
Kindle – 31st December 2030

Lastly, for those of you who are waiting for the Behind The Scenes peek at my werewolves, your wait is nearly over as the post will be up within the next couple of weeks. Just when I think I have finished, my werewolves want to reveal more of themselves; they will do anything to out do my vampires!

Anyway, as always, thank you for your patience & your continued support. It is always appreciated.

Take Care,



Author Interview: Barbara Winkes

Autumn Leaves coverTitle: Autumn Leaves
Author: Barbara Winkes
Publisher: Eternal Press (November 7, 2012)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 1615727973
ISBN-13: 978-1615727971

Books And Bites: Congratulations on the publication of “Autumn Leaves”! Tell me a little about it—what’s your pitch?

Barbara Winkes: It’s the story about women with a very different background who become friends and eventually develop feelings for each other that go far beyond that. Rebecca is a married mother of two, Callie an out lesbian writer who came to town to finish her latest work. Their curiosity and discoveries lead to changes not only for them, but in the social dynamics of the small town Autumn Leaves. Not everyone is accepting of these changes, and while help comes from unexpected sources, they have to question whom they can trust.

BAB: No two authors seem to take the same route to publication, but almost every author has an interesting story about their journey. Care to share yours?

Barbara Winkes: It was always a dream of mine to get there eventually, but I got more serious about it when I started writing in English and sharing stories online. The internet made a big difference, too, enabling me to connect with other writers all over the world, hear about their experiences. I had established a writing routine before I even started thinking about submitting. When I was ready, I was lucky to hear that Eternal Press was actively looking for lesbian-themed books, and I thought “Autumn Leaves” would qualify. I’m glad it was accepted.

BAB: How did you get the idea for your novel?

Barbara Winkes: I wanted to explore the world of someone who has adopted stereotypes without meaning to, and their reaction to being confronted with a different reality. For some, it can cause unease and even fear, and it depends on many factors how they handle those emotions. Rebecca doesn’t just have to correct some preconceived notions, she has to re-evaluate everything she thought was for certain in her life. It’s a turning point where people either move forward or stagnate, laying the blame on someone else.

BAB: Do you have another book in the works?

Barbara Winkes: Yes. While Autumn Leaves works fine as a standalone novel for the reader, the concept is for a series, and I’m on to book three at the moment. For the upcoming year, there’s also a mystery on the schedule, taking place in a fictional town in the province of QuĂ©bec.

BAB: How did you get the inspiration for your characters?

Barbara Winkes: Rebecca and Callie in particular evolved from following the discussion about marriage equality in various parts of the world. Why would anybody be against it, or uncomfortable with it? How would stereotypes influence a person and hinder them in living their lives authentically? I’m looking for answers as a psychologist, but also as someone who was able to get legally married in my wife’s country of origin, and I like to explore them with my characters. What’s important for me to show is that individual stories differ as much as they do with straight people, and they can have happy endings.

BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?

Barbara Winkes: I’d say Rebecca, because she has to go through so many changes and comes out stronger on the other side.

BAB: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Barbara Winkes: I’ve always been writing–poems, short stories, longer ones. I got serious about attempting to get published in the past few years. There were some big changes in my private life: I got married, and moved to another country, circumstances that allowed me to concentrate on this goal more. Instead of squeezing in some writing time after work and on the weekends, I can do it fulltime.

BAB: In writing “Autumn Leaves” what was your most surprising discovery?

Barbara Winkes: I was taking part in NaNoWriMo for the first time back then, in 2010, working two jobs. It was a great experience to have that I could actually do it, no excuses, and there were some unexpected turns in the story. It’s always fun when the characters seem to take it out of your hands and tell you what happens. Your only job is to type fast enough.

BAB: What’s your writing routine? Do you write in the mornings, nights, daily, or when the mood strikes you?

Barbara Winkes: I try to do an average of 2,000 words a day, with a little leeway on the weekends (when it’s not NaNoWriMo time). Ideally, I start at about 8 a.m. When I get to 2,000 depends on where I am in the story–at the beginning, it’s faster. I keep a notebook around for when the mood strikes.

BAB: What experience did you have with your publisher? Good? Bad?

Barbara Winkes: Very good! Since this was my first time getting published, I had no idea what to expect. It’s been exciting to learn about the process of a manuscript becoming an actual book, and great to work with people who care about the outcome as much as you do. It mattered to me to have a publisher who has a GLBT section and would bring out a print copy along with the e-book. I’m old-fashioned that way, and it was always the dream to actually have a book of my own to hold.

BAB: If you had to pick one author as your favorite, who would it be?

Barbara Winkes: Do I really have to pick just one? J.M.Redmann, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, Stieg Larsson, Karin Slaughter and Ken Follett have all created incredible female characters. That is what I go for as a reader and admire most as a writer, when you care so much about characters that you almost forget they are not real. It’s the ultimate goal.

BAB: Finally, thank you for taking part in this interview. Before you go, what message would you like to send to your fans?

Barbara Winkes: Thank you! I’m grateful for this opportunity to live my dream and everyone who shares the world of Callie and Rebecca with me, and you’re welcome to come by to chat on my blog any time! www.barbarawinkes.blogspot.ca

Autumn Leaves is available at Amazon in Kindle & Paperback and at Amazon UK in Kindle & Paperback.

A video trailer for Autumn Leaves can be found on Barbara’s Amazon author page.

Author Interview: Lee Chambers

Title: The Pineville Heist
Author: Lee Chambers
Publisher: MISFP Publishing (Pineville Heist Inc.)
Hardcover: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 0986494313
ISBN-13: 978-0986494313

Books And Bites: Congratulations on the publication of “The Pineville Heist”! Tell me a little about it—what’s your pitch?

Lee Chambers: Thank you and thank you for having me on Books and Bites.

Okay well, The Pineville Heist is a good fun, fast paced thriller with twists and turns and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action.

It is about 17 year old Aaron, an everyday high school teenager, facing the everyday challenges of growing up and fitting in, with the added pressure of being the rich kid in town. He and his father share a fractious relationship, especially after the death of his mother.

Trying to prove himself to his father, Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a $5m bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron witnesses the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos that ensues he escapes with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to his drama teacher, Amanda Becker. However it doesn’t take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up and in the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.

BAB: No two authors seem to take the same route to publication, but almost every author has an interesting story about their journey. Care to share yours?

Lee Chambers: What is an unusual approach, The Pineville Heist commenced life as a screenplay I co-wrote with Todd Gordon and is currently in the funding stages of being developed into a major movie, with Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater from the Twilight series) having signed on to play the lead role of Aaron Stevens.

As the movie process can take a considerable amount of time, I decided to adapt the screenplay into a novel. As a filmmaker it has kept be energised and passionate about the story and also allows me to share the story and build a fan base with readers, rather than having it collect dust.

BAB: How did you get the idea for your novel?

Lee Chambers: The idea came about from a time when I was about 10 years old. I was at an elementary school summer camp and we were playing hide and seek. I hid under a canoe and could see all the action going on from underneath my hiding spot. I was never found.

I am a notorious note writer and came across the note several years back and thought, “What if a kid witnessed a murder while hiding underneath a canoe”, that is how the idea came about and I developed it from there.

BAB: Do you have another book in the works?

Lee Chambers: My second novel, The Sum of Random Chance was published in July of this year. The story was developed from a script I co-wrote with Kris Ketonen and is more of a magical mystery story, with a touch of romance.

I am also in the process of adapting another screenplay I worked on about 10 years ago with Olly Perkin and Ra-ey Saleh into novel. This one is a comedy and good fun, which will be a good change of pace and genre for me.

BAB: Your current novel, “The Pineville Heist”, is marketed as a young adult novel. Did you originally set out to write a YA novel?

Lee Chambers: The original screenplay had quite a bit of swearing in, so we made the conscious decision to tone it down so that the story could be marketed to both the Young Adult market and the New Adult market. There is violence, although not gratuitous, and there is sexual tension, which doesn’t cross the line, so the story appeals to all markets.

BAB: How did you get the inspiration for Aaron/Amanda/Mike/Chief Tremblay/Gordie/etc?

Lee Chambers: What about Carl and Chuck? I just love Chuck!

The inspiration for Aaron came first, the story started off as a short story, a long time ago, of someone being murdered and him witnessing it. The other characters then developed from there, each with their own uniqueness and also their different relationships between each other; such as the relationship between Tremblay and Aaron, or the relationship between Carl and Amanda, they each have their own defining relationship and character.

Each character is kept as separate as possible, but the closeness of the relationship between them all and how the effect of a $5 million robbery has on them is developed. As a writer, poof you invent something powerful, an event to give each their own voice and their own motivation and their own life.

BAB: Who is your favorite character? Why?

Lee Chambers: You’ve gotta give the edge to Aaron. He’s the main character who goes through the most growth. He goes from a kid who can’t stomach hunting deer with his father to having to fight for his survival and that of his teacher. He’s also on that journey of growing up, a journey we can all relate to, no matter how old we are, as we are currently experience it or have experienced it. He’s the living breathing piece.

We all love our villains too, they are always fun and we need them to give dimension to the story and the other characters.

But Chuck well he is a favourite!

BAB: When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Lee Chambers: I have always loved telling stories, it’s my passion. There are always different stories and ideas going through my head. Although as a director, and having created many award winning short films, I portray stories visually and tend to see them in screenplay format, which is more like an architect’s blueprint or plan. It was quite a challenge for me to get my head around the craft of novel writing as it was a format I hadn’t experienced before, but am enjoying the challenge.

BAB: In writing “The Pineville Heist”, what was your most surprising discovery?

Lee Chambers: I’m not sure if there was quite a surprise discovery, but maybe some advice for other writers; write what they like, so as a writer you have something good, maybe not great to start with. Then rewrite, redraft, make the story better by polishing and filling in potholes, times and events. Listen to advice, but don’t necessarily accept all advice. Spend time making your draft remarkable; it is time consuming, it takes energy but embrace the challenge in order to finalise your story and make it go from good to great.

BAB: What’s your writing routine? Do you write in the mornings, nights, daily, or when the mood strikes you?

Lee Chambers: When it comes to writing, I can definitely be a procrastinator, it’s a bit like doing housework, it’s to easy to put off if you let it. So I have a strict routine in that I set myself a target to write so many pages a day and before I know it, the novel is completed.

BAB: There are many beautifully written scenes in the novel; one that I particularly liked was when Aaron was running for his life back to the school, with the image of Steve preying on his mind. Would you care to share any of your favorite scenes from the novel?

Lee Chambers: All of them! I’m biased, l can’t have just one, I want all of them.

One thing about The Pineville Heist is it isn’t like most books, the scenes are action packed, it is also a quick, concise story that doesn’t deviate or go off tangent or track, everything is there in the scenes.

BAB: What experience did you have with your publisher? Good? Bad?

Lee Chambers: Ahhh well I would have to say good… I published through my spinoff company MISFP Publishing.

While I would have loved to have gone traditional publisher, I received dozens of regret letters after submitting The Pineville Heist, and then I was finally accepted by a publisher…. Cool beans! Except then I was told there would be a four year wait… huh? That wasn’t going to work for me, so I decided to go down the self-publish road.

Interestingly, when I was presenting at a Canadian lit festival back in June, I got talking to two of the writers there that have traditional deals, and they admit the advances are getting smaller and both were quite envious that I am able to control my books 100%. There are pros and cons with being both published and self-published, although having a publisher would be good!

BAB: If you had to pick one author as your favorite, who would it be?

Lee Chambers: I would say Betty Woodcock, she wrote a book called The Pram. She is also my Aunt, from the UK and I’m really proud of her.

BAB: Finally, thank you for taking part in this interview. Before you go, what message would you like to send to your fans?

Lee Chambers: Live long and prosper…. No wait that’s been taken… hmmmm…

Enjoy reading, brush your teeth and get a good night sleep!

(Oh and if you are after a good fun thriller, get yourself a copy of The Pineville Heist)

The Pineville Heist is available at Amazon in Kindle, Paperback & audio book and at Amazon UK in Kindle, Paperback & audio book.

It is also available at Barnes & Noble and on the Nook.

Also available from Lee Chambers:

Title: The Sum of Random Chance
Author: Lee Chambers
Publisher: MISFP Publishing
Hardcover: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 0986494356
ISBN-13: 978-0986494356

Available from Amazon & Amazon UK. Also available through Kindle & Kindle UK.

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