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Okay, so I'm giving it one more try to post here--LJ has been bugging on me for the last two attempts. You may or may not have heard that I'll have a new book coming out. The Interpretation of Love and the Truth is my own interpretation of traditional lesbian romance (oh well, it's me, right? Expect drama before the happy ending--if there's one at all. *teasing*).


I'm not sure if posting the pic worked this time... And I hope I could ask you for a little click. I'm doing a Thunderclap campaign for the first time, and if you could lend a tweet or FB post, that would be beyond awesome. There's no spam, just this one post that will go out on the scheduled day, on your normal timeline, no PMs.

Thank you all, and have a lovely time leading up to the holidays! :) Wishing you snow if you want it, and as little as possible if not, and everything else you wish for. :))


Email list

Hi there,

I finally caved and started an email list--something very simple for now, and only for new releases and BIG news. I promise I won't bombard anyone with stuff on a regular basis (I know I sign up for things sometimes and then totally ignore them). If you'd like to be on said list, please leave me a message wherever you're most comfortable, or just email me: BarbaraWinkes (at) hotmail (dot) com.

It occurred to me that there are many readers out there who strongly dislike Amazon, and they either go to the sites of all lesbian publishers, or sites that promote self-published lesbian authors. This is kind of tricky, so eventually, I hope the list might help.

What you can expect this year is book 3 of Callie and Rebecca, and another standalone romance (as close as I'll ever get to writing something along the lines of Bridget Jones meets The L Word)--I have a handful of submissions to make soon-ish, we'll see how that turns out.

Thanks & have a great day! :)



Hi! :) Anyone still out there? I finally decided to do a giveaway via this site, so if you're interested in a signed copy, here's your chance.

From the back cover:
"Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist.

A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly."

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Secrets by Barbara Winkes


by Barbara Winkes

Giveaway ends February 07, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

And just for the record, I still love WMC, and Lindsay/Cindy more than anyone should be invested in fictional characters--but there's something really cool about having your own. Subtext, text, it's all in your hands, and you never have to worry about disclaimers and such, because they're all yours. Nevertheless, it's all the experiences in fanfic and the awesome people I met that helped get me here. Thank you! :)

On the 4th annual Women’s Murder Club Day, I’d like to kick off the discussion with a simple question: Where do you think these characters would be and what kind of cases would they deal with in 2012, in their 5th season?

We learned a long time ago that the representation of women in the media is not accidental, but very much intersected with political interests and gender ratio in the places where media is made. Fictional characters are just another expression of these facts, and if you want all of it summed up, I highly recommend the documentary Miss Representation. In 2007, Women’s Murder Club and its themes were clearly ahead of its time. It wasn’t around long enough for feminists to find and love it and hate groups to protest it; sadly it couldn’t really benefit from twitter as much as shows do now.
The idea of women connecting on a professional and private level for change in a setting where minorities were not blatantly overlooked – sounds almost radical in 2012 where there’s a real war on women and their rights.

We can only imagine what this extraordinary show, if it had still been in the talented hands of Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, would look like. That’s what I want you to do. Tell us about your season 5 and what happened in between and, just generally, your WMC story.

(PS: Also check out wmcday and @wmcday1 on twitter).

Thank you!

Legal advocacy by fans, for fans

Edited to say: They are heroes.

Originally posted by kristenmurphy at Legal advocacy by fans, for fans
Advocating for the legitimate status of fanworks is an ongoing battle, and OTW's Legal Advocacy project is at the forefront.

Our legal committee is currently working to renew an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for makers of noncommercial remix videos such as fan vids, AMVs, and political remix videos. In 2010, when OTW joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other like-minded organizations to win this exemption, we knew we'd have to return and defend it again only a few years later. Unlike the copyright expansions of recent years, the DMCA exemptions expire unless they're reinstated every three years.

Legal's chair, Rebecca Tushnet, says that although it's hard to say at this point how different this year's DMCA process is from the previous one, she's certain of one thing: "the MPAA and other organizations took us much more seriously this time, since we were basically ignored until we had a success under our belt."

We're also gaining a valuable network of allies in the larger free-expression, pro-fair-use activist world. As well as working closely with EFF, we've had positive interactions with groups such as the Documentary Filmmakers' Association and USC-Annenberg's Norman Lear Center. Tushnet, who will be testifying at the DMCA rule-making in May and June, points out that "the DMCA affects all sorts of creators, and as we work with them there's a great opportunity for mutual learning."

Although the DMCA exemption has been central in our thoughts and efforts this year, volunteers from Legal have also worked on contributing to the Wikipedia page on legal issues in fanfiction to provide a more law-based discussion of fans' rights; advising fans who have been sent DMCA takedown notifications; and providing assistance on an amicus brief in an ongoing case regarding the right of publicity. Legal is also always at the service of fans who have questions regarding non-commercial fanworks. You can contact the legal committee here.

The OTW is a dedicated champion of fans' rights, with an established track record of success — but there are many battles, large and small, still to be fought. Help us fight those battles — please donate today.

Mirrored from an original post on the OTW blog. Find related news by viewing our tag cloud.


1) German article in 'Hörbucher', Angie Harmon on the cover, interview with Tess Gerritsen

The first season of Blood Ties (still wrapped) region code 2 Sorry, it's gone! :)

All you have to do is pay the postage. Interested? Please comment or send PM.


I Dare You :)

Jane: "Wtf is Women's Murder Club Day?"

Maura: "You know, Jane, it's about very efficient networking that we could possibly adopt..."

Jane: (glares)

Maura: *I win* "I wanted to go to San Francisco anyway."

Disclaimer: Those two lovely ladies used in a little impromptu fic in order to promote Women's Murder Club Day, are the creative property of Tess Gerritsen, Janet Tamaro & TNT.

... to the graphic-making Rizzoli & Isles fans - to get creative and come up with something to remind fellow twangels and beyond that May 13th, we all have a party to attend.
For the upcoming #wmcday, I plan a vid contest and making Angie a trending topic on twitter. Among other things. Raise the fan voice in a good, non-obtrusive way.

Credits for giving me the idea of the TT go to redbossfan and the Poets Of The Fall folks - TT time for #potf is on Saturday, so let's help out.

This is what fandom is really made of, a passionate positive force. <3

Book Giveaway: Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

Okay, folks, here it goes. The first person to comment on this post gets it, condition as new, I just got this double once and wasn't quick enough to return it. You pay just for the postage, the book is for free.

'Blood Trail' is the second in the Vicki Nelson series, fun to read even for someone who, like me, is pretty opposed to all things vampires and supernatural.

I'll do more of these book giveaways over the next few months if I find more on my bookshelf that might be interesting for anyone who's not a shrink and/or can't get enough of the lady detectives.

Rules will always be the same, just shipping to pay.

However, it would be great if you could spare a few bucks for the Teddy Bear project to fight breast cancer via fansofwmc.


Cover for Secrets
House of Demeter

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