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Freebie Day #26 - Guest Author Leanna Renee Hieber!

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Today's guest author is Leanna Renee Hieber!

Award-Winning author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio where she invented elaborate ghost stories at an early age. A scholarship to London and a focus in the Victorian Era set the stage for her Strangely Beautiful series. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Leanna is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Horror Writers Association (HWA). She is very proud to be a co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon Reading Series. A member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Leanna works often in television. When not writing or on set, she loves a good Goth club and adventuring about her adopted hometown of New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and her beloved rescued lab rabbit Persebunny. Visit her at

Leanna's upcoming release is THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, which hits shelves August 25, 2009:

What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Hidden in the dark heart of Victorian London, the Romanesque school was dreadfully imposing, a veritable fortress, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met its powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadows, of the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She saw simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gift. This arched stone doorway was a portal to a new life, to an education far from what could be had at a convent—and it was an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death...

"Tender. Poignant. Exquisitely Written."
- New York Times Bestelling Author C.L. Wilson

"A strangely beautiful tale indeed! An ethereal, lyrical story that combines myth, spiritualism and the gothic in lush prose and sweeping passion."
- USA Today Bestselling Author Kathryn Smith

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Please help me welcome Leanna Renee Hieber to the blog!


1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
- Historical novels, suspense and fantasy novels. My books are a blended breed of my favourite genres. I certainly had to immerse myself in Victorian literature to be able to think, create and write in the 19th century, however trimmed it may be for a modern audience. Blending Victorian vernacular with fantasy tradition feels natural and delightful to me.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
- I’m working on the rough draft of Book III in the Strangely Beautiful series and edits for Book II in the series, The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, which releases May 2010. I’m also working on a short story for an upcoming horror anthology and my agent is shopping out a Historical Paranormal YA series. I’m keeping busy.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
- I’ve had a continuous stream of readers/reviewers say they skipped meals and/or stayed up really late to finish The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. C.L. Wilson’s cover quote with the word “exquisite” nearly made me cry when I saw it for the first time. When I met her she told me how much she meant those words and loved the book. For that to come from one of my heroes felt incredible. I’ve had the delight of hearing several reviewers say I maintain a sense of fairy tale enchantment throughout my book.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
- I write as often as I possibly can, in mad fits and starts, some weeks more productive than others. I need to have a chunk of uninterrupted hours to get significant work done and within that stretch I stay focused. My goal when I write is around 4 thousand words a session and I usually meet that.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
- Miss Percy Parker. Hers is the book of my heart, my love-letter to the world. Despite the myriad, terrible trials and unusual qualities I’ve given her, just to experience the magical waltz she has in the moonlit foyer of Athens Academy with Professor Rychman… Why that would be worth all the troubles in the world.

Thanks for having me here, Elisabeth! Can’t wait to dive into Stolen Heat!


Leanna has generously donated an advanced copy of THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER to one lucky commenter. To be entered into the drawing, simply answer this question...

What's your favorite historical time period to read (or learn) about?

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Blogger kalynnick said...

Never read anything by Leanna Renee Hieber so I will give her try.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Laney4 said...

I don't have a favourite time period. I read them all and enjoy them all!
Thanks so much for a great interview and providing a giveaway too!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Refhater said...

I like them all, butg prefer books set in current times.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

I love the medieval period, and regency...Can't really decide.

Thanks for the interview!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I used to love stories set in all time periods, but now prefer current timelines. Those stories, like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, which combine modern and ancient, are among my favorites. Here we go again with mythology!!! lol

10:38 AM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

I love the Regency time period the most.

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11:49 AM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Well I do love the regency, but my fav is 11th to 12th century England, and Scotland. Oh and Wales and Ireland some hundreds of years before that

12:20 PM  
Blogger Kainani said...

I liked to learn & read about aceint Rome & Greece. However I prefer books set in current times. I enjoy some Sherrilyn Kenyon's books because it's set in current times with flashbacks of ancient Rome & Greece.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I love reading medievals because it was a fascinating time of political intrigue.

12:48 PM  
Blogger *ina* said...

Hi Leanna,
great interview! I haven't read your books yet, but I will catch up on them ;)
I love the medieval Scotland, but like the others I love stories which have both aspects.
Good night (here it is in the middle of the night *lol*)

1:09 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

It doesn't really matter to me, but I like books that are in this time period

4:40 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I've never read historical fiction but I've heard good things about the Regency period.


7:18 PM  
Blogger lrwirum said...

I love the 16th & 17th Centuries. :-)


8:52 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I like medievals, Victorian, Georgian and Regencies best for historicals, and those with any type of paranormal or pyschic elements. This sounds good, will have to try it out.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Angiegirl said...

A magical, moonlit waltz? Count me in! I read a lovely review over at Darque Reviews and can't wait to read it. Thank you for the interview and giveaway. My favorite historical period to read about is the Victorians. Most recently I have loved Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series.

9:44 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

I havent read anything by Leanna yet but this sounds like a great book.

I love contemporaries but for a past historical period I like stories in medieval periods.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

I honestly don't have a favorite time period. I love reading about all times and it sometimes depends on what I'm in the mood for :)

Your book sounds very interesting, Leanna! Something I'm definitely going to need to read! :)

11:26 PM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Great interview. I have two favorite time periods I love to read. Regency England and American Old West.

6:30 AM  
Blogger joder said...

I like anything around the Civil War or medieval periods.

9:55 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I'd have to say mine would be the Wild West era!

9:57 AM  
Blogger CheekyGirl said...

I really enjoy the Victorian period, but I'm trying to branch out and recently read some medievals.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone! I love hearing about everyone's favourite time periods! Mine, of course, considering my Strangely Beautiful series, is Victorian. :)

If anyone has any questions, I'll be popping in and checking, as the contest continues until the 14th, so don't be shy!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Armenia said...

I love the Regency period the most.

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12:38 PM  
Blogger alba said...

I love the 13 through 15 century highlands
The Celt's have always been my favorite.....

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Amy M said...

I generally read ones that are current, but I am reading one right now set in the 1930's. From reading the information on this book, sounds like something I would enjoy!


Amy M

4:25 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I've been reading a lot of regency romances lately, and enjoying them. Then I read my first medieval romance last month and was swept away!

7:00 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

love the Victorian period with all it's balls, gowns, ladies and gents.

8:45 PM  
Blogger SiNn said...

regancy and victroian englan but i love love to read and learn about the 30s or the wild west im pretty versitile

11:30 PM  
Blogger Karen H in NC said...

I love historical novels and focus my reading on the Regency era but I also like American Revolution, American Civil War and English & American Victorian.

kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

12:29 PM  
Blogger Razlover's Book Blog said...

I like to read books in 1800 Victorian England or back in Egyptian times.

12:26 AM  

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