Monday, April 16, 2012

Simply Ali Spotlights Leanna Renee Hieber!!

Today Simply Ali welcomes Leanna Renee Hieber to

Simply Ali Authors After Dark
Birthday Bash!!

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

Want to learn more about Leanna...

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. :)

Here are some links where you can find Leanna...


The daily prize today is a copy of Darker Still!! Yay!! Don't forget that your comment today not only enters you in the daily giveaway but the Grand Prize drawing for
A Kindle Fire & One AAD Nola Registration!

Tomorrow Simply Ali welcomes another fabulous Authors After Dark Author Jade Lee!


Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I *heart* MI5! Seriously it is that good but then again I am addicted to BBC series. Luther is also really good :)

Great Interview Ali!

azteclady said...

I am not a YA reader as a rule, but this one sounds really really interesting. Plus I really really enjoyed the RT interview in Ms Hieber's website. Thank you!

Cynthia Garcia said...

I love Edgar! I just got the special edition leather bound copy of his works at Barnes and Noble! Thank you!

kog said...

Leanna - I'm pretty sure you're the first reincarnated Victorian that I've ever met. And I'm pleased I did. Your books sound wonderful.

I love your period-appropriate (and slightly scandalous) answers of Absinthe and corsets!

Where do you live now? It seems like you have to live in London.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

The cover of Darker Still is gorgeous and the bootk sounds terrific.

Corsets huh?

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Carol M said...

I agree with Maria, I love the cover!
This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

mittens0831 at aol dot com

Maria D. said...

Loved the interview! I too love MI-5 and Edgar Allen Poe.
I'm wondering if you'll be going to see the new movie "The Raven" - it looks like an interesting premise and I am curious as to how well it does. I've never tasted Absinthe but I'm definitely curious now. The cover for Darker Still is beautiful but I'd have to say that the cover for all of your books are great! Thanks for the giveaway!

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Cathy M said...

Great post. This looks like a book my niece would love to read.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

I have been a fan of Leanna ever since I heard about her Darkly Luminous series, and her atmospheric photos were always a joy to gaze at :-)

She is a lady after my own heart: Mr. Thornton just doesn't get all the recognition he deserves, but maybe it's for the best, that way more for us, right? ;-)

The cover of Leanna's latest release is simply stunning! Congratulations! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Mm, wondering where at in Ohio! I was born in Marietta, Ohio but living across the river in WV.

So it's awesome to see that! Oooh if you like Edgar Allen Poe, band called Omnia that put the poem to music. I actually love it!

Raonaid at gmail dot com

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~ Mad ~ said...

I'm not a YA reader but 2 of my daughters are. Great interview!

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I love Fringe and The Walking Dead. Something about those shows I just love.

Print always print!
Great Interview!


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SusanR said...

I too love Phantom of the Opera - saw it a few times. Those dark, tortured souls are just so yummy.

susanmik AT gmail DOT com

elaing8 said...

Great interview.Darker Still sounds really good.

Harlie Reader said...

You had me at the cover. Great interview and I love the blurb.


Anonymous said...

Hi! I, too, am not a YA reader but your title sounds interesting.

Laura K

bn100 said...

Great interview! I like the Harry Potter series, too.


Mitch said...

Very fun interview - and absinthe? Impressive. I tried it last year, and it definitely is NOT for me. Last time I was in NOLA, there was the bar serving absinthe in Pirate's Alley - that would be a great AAD stop (if it's still there).

kianeeko AT gmail DOT com

JoAnna said...

I have met Leanna at the last AAD and I just adore her clothes. I also saw her in NJ last month but didn't get a chance to say hi.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

marybelle said...

I must start reading the series. Wicked cool!!


Chelsea B. said...

Fun and lovely interview! :-)
I've *just* started watching Doctor Who-- it's AMAZING! Thank goodness for Netflix, haha! ;-)


Midnyte Reader said...

Why did I not know about you before? Especially when I think we are related? I love Poe and NOLA as well. (Heads out to buy your books.)


Limecello said...

Hi Leanna Renee! That is a STUNNING cover! Love it!!!
Oh my gosh - Edgar Allen Poe. I want to see The Raven so badly.

Also aren't there a bunch of like haunted places in Ohio? I feel like I've heard that... or maybe just from some other romance authors who have also mentioned ghosts etc.