Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet THE ETERNA FILES - Advanced Reader Copy contest!

Hello friends!

I am so thrilled to have received my beautiful Advanced Reader Copies of THE ETERNA FILES today from Tor, so there simply must be a contest to receive an ARC of your very own!

 
Check out how Tor Books featured THE ETERNA FILES at New York Comic Con this year!
 
 
About the book: (From Barnes & Noble) - And YES - It's available for Pre-Order!

"Imagine The X-Files meets Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series and set in Victorian London and New York City—welcome to The Eterna Files, written by Leanna Renee Hieber, “the brightest new star in literature”(True-Blood.net)

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire's chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes. 
 
Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped—and has a sample of Eterna.
 
Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound—and the immortality it will convey—will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain." (Releasing 2/3/15 in hardcover and digital, both formats available for pre-order across all platforms)

HOW TO ENTER THE ADVANCED READER COPY CONTEST:

Just leave a comment below discussing one of the following: what do you think of the cover? The description? For those of you familiar with my work, now that I'm with Tor Books and will be shelved in adult fantasy, with this being my first hardcover release, what do you think of this new look? Those of you for whom reading my work would be new, what are your favourite things about Gothic / Historical / Paranormal / Fantasy? (Contest open to US addresses only, please, winner will be chosen at the end of October via Random . Org)

Cheers and, as always, HAPPY HAUNTING!

Leanna

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DragonCon 2014 Schedule!

Dear Dragon Con attendees! I'm so thrilled to be returning again for the annual tradition, promoting my latest and forthcoming novels! Here's my exciting SCHEDULE, come say hello and bring a book of mine you'd like signed!

Title: Bending Historical Tradition
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: A discussion ranging from blood herbivores to water pistol protection f...rom blood drinkers to vampires herding humans in a post-apocalyptic world.

Title: Supernatural History
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Zombies, bunnies, and voodoo: see how the paranormal and the "normal" coexist in Alternate History worlds.

Title: Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: A motley band of talented (and costumed) authors offers an entertaining hour of readings, musical numbers, and more.

Title: Folklore & Mythology in UF
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Chastain ED - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Our panel of authors discusses how they employ folklore and/or mythology in their work.

Title: Skye of the Damned: The Making of a Web Series
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Chastain ED - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Two episodes of this web series about vampires and fallen angels in NYC will be screened, with the creator and actors on hand for a Q&A.

Title: Melding the Past with the Supernatural: History in UF
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Not all Urban Fantasy takes place in contemporary times. This panel of authors discusses how they use historical settings in their work.

Title: Crossculture in History
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Augusta 3 - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: Non-English and non-American cultures in history, with a focus on Africa and India.

Title: The Crypto-Historians: Screening
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1)
Description: This Steampunk TV series chronicles the adventures of a band of time travelers as they struggle to protect mankind's destiny, with Q&A to follow.
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LEANNA'S SIGNED BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT LARRY SMITH BOOKSELLERS, Booths 103-105, facing the dealer table area in the Americas Mart expo area. Cheers!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today at the Taco Church: In Which Tequila Makes Leanna (think she is) Genius

Hello Dear Readers,

Today is my day to blog at the Holy Taco Church, a site for recipes and authorly love. Today I talked about the backstory of my piece "Charged" featured in Queen Victoria's Book of Spells (which is up for a Locus and a World Fantasy Award for best anthology!).

Peruse, be amused.

Cheers and happy haunting!

L

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meeting George Takei, my Skye of the Damned debut, and you can PRE-ORDER Eterna Files!

Greetings, Readers!

Apologies for being quieter on the blog front than I'd like. Deadlines, travel, projects... But there's a lot of excitement in the works. I've joined the East Coast team of Jimmy Diggs' House of Diggs production company, which is such a thrill. His projects are very exciting and the wealth of experience he brings from various franchises like Star Trek is inspiring, I am thrilled to be on board as contributing talent in various capacities as a writer, consultant and performer.

The amazing and unparalleled George Takei came in to the media studio where I work to promote his new film To Be Takei, telling his inspiring story and just generally being Oh My wonderful. While he was in the studio I got a chance to pass along regards from Jimmy and our East Coast wing of the HOD team, as George has been a big inspiration to us all.

 
And Episode 5 of SKYE OF THE DAMNED is out now! Come see me be Danae, sassy Queen of the Dark FAE as an epic fight scene erupts at a wake...
Here are some of my favourite screen shots:


 
More updates soon on THE ETERNA FILES - which is now AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! All of the Magic Most Foul saga, especially culminating in The Double Life of Incorporate Things, has prepared us for the intriguing characters and insidious horrors of THE ETERNA FILES, coming 2015 from Tor, this is my first hardcover release so, dear reader, I'll be very grateful for your pre-orders and your support in this exciting new venture.
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Out of the Deadline Cave and Into the Taco Church...

Greetings, Dear Reader! Those of you who follow my goings on know that I've been a bit under a rock on  major major book deadline(s). I've come out briefly for things like one day at the Steampunk World's Fair and one day at Book Expo America, but the most important thing of late has been getting THE ETERNA FILES ready for your delectable consumption come this fall with a teaser novella and early 2015 with book one's magical release, as I shift my writerly career into the hands of Tor Books, a transition I am very excited to make.

I've also been working background on the HBO show Boardwalk Empire lately, I'm so proud I've worked every season of the show. ANOTHER TREAT was the thrill of seeing myself featured in the James Gray film The Immigrant, a 1920s period drama that's a really amazing film. I'm sitting next to Marion Cotillard (Ewa) as she watches Jeremy Renner (Orlando the magician) wow the Ellis Island audience with his performance. My hair is in a bun, I'm in glasses, and you see me several times in those shots and I'm really thrilled, as working that particular Ellis Island scene as well as working several days on the whole production, was a really wonderful experience, especially as a historical novelist, their eye to detail and care for us as a group was great.  

I'll ALSO be featured in the upcoming episode of the Urban Fantasy web-series full of kick-ass fights and general genre fabulousness, SKYE OF THE DAMNED, episode 5, in which I play Danae, Queen of the Unseelie FAE. I know, ME? Queen of the dark fae? No. That so doesn't suit me at all. *grin* So stay tuned for that episode launching next week!

If you haven't caught up with my books and want some insight into THE ETERNA FILES, as I'll be taking some of the darkest plot threads of the Magic Most Foul saga and making it all A WHOLE LOT CREEPIER (I know, it's hard to do, because it's damn creepy already, but in my coming works, the creepy expands on a far grander scale), please check out the Magic Most Foul series and in book 3, The Double Life of Incorporate Things, I introduce some of my Eterna Files stars.

ETERNA will launch a teaser novella with Tor this fall and we'll have an early 2015 debut, so STAY TUNED! (And catch up on Magic Most Foul. It certainly isn't a prerequisite, however if you like Gothic Victorian Paranormal Fantasy, well, then, you're in the right place as that's entirely what I do.)

IN THE MEANTIME - THE HOLY TACO CHURCH and PHOENIX COMICON!

The amazing Kevin Hearne, who might be one of the most utterly delightful gentleman on the planet, as fabulous an author as he is a human, has organized an amazing author group that I'm very tickled to be a part of. Follow our religious love of food (particularly Tacos and Margaritas) alongside the goings on of our books. I'm holding down the Vegetarian quotient of the Holy Taco Church as Our Lady Pico de Gallo and will be offering up some of the ways I taco it up without dead carcass. My first post goes up June 12th, but please check out the site and our fabulous authors and sign up for our mailing list.

If any of you are in the Phoenix Comicon area, a great deal of "The Church" will be in attendance so come see us! I'll have all three Magic Most Foul saga books available via the wonderful Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore to sign over in our Author Alley, if you have stock of any Strangely Beautiful editions that are now out of print (But not for long as everything begins it's new and shiny re-issue next year thanks to Tor!) feel free to bring them along and I'll love to sign those too! Cheers!

Here are my favourite BEA pictures taken by the lovely Alexis Daria! The first is of me side by side with my beloved Alethea Kontis, we celebrated 5 years of being Kindred Spirits this BEA, and Alexis got the next picture of me during my signing at the Science Fiction / Fantasy Writers of America booth. Cheers and happy haunting! 




Friday, April 25, 2014

In Which Leanna Sings Opera

Dear Readers,

While you may or may not know I am a trained performer on stage and screen, some of you also may or may not know that I'm a singer. In between my book releases, I thought I'd do a little sharing of things I do that aren't related to my books, but still related to storytelling and performance.

Presenting Part 1 of my husband's operetta he composed; WHEN I THINK OF HOME, with text by his mother Carolyn Wille-Rivera. Carolyn wrote this text while living in Puerto Rico dreaming of her childhood up north. Presented and also performed by the talented Orfeo Duo on violin and piano, presented as a part of Upper Manhattan's "Oh What A Neighborhood" concert series.

I'm the one singing. ;)

Blessings and enjoy!

For more about Marcos & La Guagua, check out his website!

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Novelists' rebuttal to "The Novelist"... A humorous answer to Elle Magazine.

When Elle Magazine did a spread of a wardrobe feature of a "Novelist" (with a total price-tag of about $7k)... Some of us novelists reacted, (read: laughed), and author Lynne Kelly gathered our responses. Here is our rebuttal. I promise it shall amuse, enlighten, and entertain.

The Author's Wardrobe For Real

You'll note my offering sticks out like a great, black hole. *snicker* I am infamous for my Victorian Gothitude. But even all my corsetry combined would not add up to a $7K outfit (which would wipe out more than one of my advance checks in one fell swoop). No, the working author is not living Sex and the City style, that's Hollywood. (No way could Sarah Jessica Parker have afforded that beautiful Manhattan apartment on a columnist's salary alone). We're living, working, struggling artists, and while I'd not trade the author's life for anything in the world, let's be real about it.


But, writing aside, all this does make me think I need to start my Gothic Style Guide feature I've been meaning to do for quite some time...