Leanna Renee Hieber here, author of the Strangely Beautiful series and the forthcoming Magic Most Foul series from Sourcebooks Fire, beginning with DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul
I write Gothic novels. That means books containing high drama, major spook-factor, passion, danger- and in my Gothic novels it means ghostly, magical goings-on starring ladies in pretty dresses surrounded by dashing gentlemen, all of them dealing with some sort of paranormal emergency threatening their lives and the city they love. My books are all set somewhere in the 1880s because that's the decade I've been obsessed with since I was a teenager. My debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (basically Victorian Ghostbusters blended with some Greek Mythology) won some awards last year and is currently being adapted into a musical theatre production with a Broadway-based team here in New York (which is the most delightful and unexpected thing to have ever happened to me as an author, and it's thrilling to see how the show is unfolding in its early stages of development).
I am really excited now to debut in YA fiction with my same spooky, Victorian flair. I have always wanted to write a haunted painting tale in honour of one of my favourite novels; The Picture of Dorian Gray. I've also always wanted to write an epistolary novel (a novel written in letters, and/or diary entries, newspaper articles, etc) and so DARKER STILL and the Magic Most Foul series is a dream come true for me to write.
As a member of the Apocalypsies debut YA team, I'm one of the first in the group to go up for publication, with DARKER STILL releasing in November of this year. I'm very flattered that the Advanced Reader Copies have been in high demand, though it hasn't left me many to raffle off. However, I managed to squirrel one away for one of you, dear readers, so we're holding a contest here at The Nightstand where I am thrilled to hold court with my talented fellow authors in this genre!
More about DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul
From the back cover:
The year is 1880, New York City...
“I was obsessed. It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen. Everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike. There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide.
He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.
I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked- bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get darker still..."
If you'd like to read more, The first 30 pages of DARKER STILL are available on my website...
I'll also soon be introducing you to my companion on my book tour, "Lil' Wilde" who may appear to be a mere finger puppet version of Oscar Wilde but to me he's so much more...
Now! Contest time!
Leave a comment to enter and please state any +1 entries in your comment:
You get +1 entry for the following:
+1 if you follow Leanna on Twitter @LeannaRenee
+1 if you join Leanna's FB page
+1 if you follow The Apocalypsies on Twitter @Apocalypsies
+1 if you join The Apocalypsies on FB
Entries will be compiled and winner will be drawn via Random.org on Wednesday, July 27th.
Cheers, best wishes and happy haunting!