Check out Leanna Renee Hieber's Highly Recommended Novel, Darker Still
Magic of the Most Foul, Book 1
Gothic, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
November 11, 2011
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... New York City, 1880. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing... Lord Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.
Barnes & Noble / Indie Bound
Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Miami University, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to study in London. She adapted works of 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays such as Favorite Lady have been published, awarded and have been produced around the country. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in the genre of Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance.
Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful series, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, was named a favourite of 2009 by 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book), the 2010 Orange County Book Buyer's Best Award (Young Adult category) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production with a team that includes Broadway talent. The Strangely Beautiful series has been translated into several languages and was selected for hardcover editions via national clubs Rhapsody and SciFi Book Clubs.
Ali: Is there an author that makes you go all “fangirl?”
LRH: Living: J. K. Rowling! Dead: Edgar Allan Poe
Ali: If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
LRH: Well, J. K., But I'm not sure I could stop squealing enough to be productive. I do feel I channel Poe in my work, so I already feel as though he's my co-pilot. The only other people I could co-write with would be my best friend and alter-ego Marijo and my beloved friend and fabulous YA author Alethea Kontis (Look for her ENCHANTED in May) because our brains work in parallel fantastical ways.
Ali: What are you looking forward to most about AADNola?
LRH: A) New Orleans! B) Connecting with beloved readers and bloggers like you! C) New Orleans!!
Ali: The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
LRH: The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (he's my ultimate hero)
Ali: Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else’s)
LRH: Mine: Alexi and Percy of Strangely Beautiful and Natalie and Denbury of Magic Most Foul. Others: Severus Snape, Mr. Rochester, Mr. Thornton (from Gaskell's North and South), The Phantom of the Opera - can you tell I like my boys dark and brooding? :)
Ali: Are there any of your secondary characters you would like to give more life to?
LRH: I could spend lifetimes with all my Guard from the Strangely Beautiful saga, and I'd love to spend more time with Mrs. Northe from the Magic Most Foul saga, and also with my Gothic ringleader Nathaniel Veil who you'll meet in the sequel to Darker Still, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart, releasing this November.
Ali: If you friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
LRH: probably "Dramatic" *grin*
*Favorite color: Black
*Favorite food: Pizza
*Boots or heels: Boots
*eReader or Print: Print
*Beer, Liquor or Wine: Absinthe
*Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom: *blush* I'm a reincarnate Victorian! We don't talk about that publicly!
*Favorite TV Show: Please don't make me choose between Fringe, Doctor Who or MI-5
*Favorite Book series (besides your own): Harry Potter
*Pj’s or Lingerie: Corsets
*Vampires vs. Shifters: I prefer ghosts, thank you very much. :)
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