Welcome to DAY ONE of
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming the wonderful Leanna Renee Hieber and her Magic Most Foul series to the blog. Darker Still, the first book in the series released last November with Sourcebooks Fire and follows young Natalie Stewart as she discovers she has a strange connection to the enchanted portrait of a handsome young man. Channeling Doyle, Wilde and Austen, Hieber creates a fantastic Victorian-era world full of intrigue, danger, romance, murder and magic.
The second book, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart is due out this coming November, and we can’t wait to get our grabby little hands on a finished copy of this book. Four months is a long ways away, huh? However Leanna and Sourcebooks Fire have graciously agreed to let us post a teaser of Twisted Tragedy just for the blogoversary. Aren’t they just fabulous?! <cue standing ovation> And not only that, but Leanna herself is performing the excerpt!
So, please, sit back and enjoy a bit of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart…
A little bit about Leanna…
An author, actress and playwright, Leanna grew up in rural Ohio, graduated with a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to study in London. She’s adapted 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country. Her novella “Dark Nest” won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in the “Strangely Beautiful” saga of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels (Barnes & Noble Bestseller), named a favourite of 2009 by 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and was optioned for musical theatre adaptation currently in development. Her new Historical Paranormal YA series begins with DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, set in 1880 New York City, and is named an INDIE NEXT title; a recommended buy by the American Book Association.
Leanna is a proud member of member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers. She is a proud co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon Reading Series in New York City.
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 and film. When not writing or on set, she loves a good Goth club, singing soprano in choir and adventuring about her adopted hometown of New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit Persebunny.
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Prize Pack #1 (US/CAN):
– Signed paperback of Darker Still
– One vintagey cameo necklace
(An oval framed cameo of a lovely lady in white relief on a navy blue background is the focal centerpiece of this necklace. The frame is over an inch and a half tall, the cameo is 18x25mm. The necklace is brass with a lobster claw clasp, 18 inches in length.)
– One Darker Still magnet
– One Willful Impropriety postcard
– One signed Strangely Beautiful series bookmark
– Two LRH promotional postcards
Prize Pack #2 (INTL):
– pre-order of The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart
I’d miss the ability to leave and get some fresh air and sunshine!
I’m am so unbelievably excited for this book!
Riz Bulatao says
I would miss the my environment. I would miss the familiarity and feeling of my Home.
Thanks for the giveaway! So excited to read this.
i’d miss all the delicious food! 😀
Definitely Food and Coffee!!!
Ron C. Nieto says
I’d miss an internet connection. I’d not be able to come accross jewels like this if I hadn’t one!
Okay, okay, I’d also miss my guitar. And cookies. Let’s not forget those.
Thanks for sharing this great excerpt, and for the giveaway! You’re great!
I would miss the ability to move around, go different places, experience new things.
I’d miss being able to read.
Leslie Dover says
CHOCOLATE!!!!! I would definitely be missing my chocolate.
Alice Priday says
i think i would miss books, the sunshine, the internet, my cats
cannot WAIT for this book
I’d miss my freedom.
Randi M says
My books, of course!!! Unless I were in a painting of a library…then perhaps I’d stay!
Tobi H says
Hmmmm junk food maybe I’ll have books in there right?
OH! Paper Pages says
Food, books, showers, and my bed.
Jessica T. says
I’d miss my laptop, my cat, and food! And a bunch of other stuff.
Danielle B! says
I’d miss food. I wouldn’t miss books because I would be trapped in a painting of a HUGE library.
Victoria Zumbrum says
I would miss my computer, coffee and food. I am very excited. I can’t wait to read this series. Tore923@aol.com
All my books!
All my books, my laptop, and my music.
Mary Preston says
I’d miss my freedom!!!
I’d miss blogging..:)
Food, books, my laptop, and music.
Lisa Richards says
I think I’d miss books and reading of course! And skittles!
Being able to eat:(
April Alvey says
Food, books, my laptop, my freedom, music, sex defiantly sex also wanted to let ya know the Video isn’t working.
My internet connection!
Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm says
BOOKS! and being able to go places!
Colleen Kosinski says
Being about to travel to a different background.
chris bails says
I would miss being able to read books and talk to others.
Samantha Deen says
Doing whatever i want whenever i want. And my job at the teashop!
Jaime Lester says
My dogs, books, Edy’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! And tv, my Jeep, certain activities with my hubby that shall not be named. It would also truly suck to be stuck in one place. I have a tendency to get very antsy after a while in the same place!
I’d miss my bed, tv, and laptop
Maegan Morin says
I think that I would miss my laptop… just saying lol
What would I miss besides friends and family? Oh, heaps of things! I’d miss my dog, my cat, my home, my music, my books, my favorite foods (ice cream!) and my laptop… just to name a few.
Thanks very much!
Rachel Chan says
I would miss being books and would be extremely bored while stuck in the painting. Reading’s pretty much all I do in my spare-time!
Natalie Cleary says
Id miss the freedom and my books Thanks for the chance.
Christy @ Captivated Reading says
I’d definitely miss the grub!
I already have Darker Still and I would love to win the second instalment.
I think I’d miss Pepsi. I’m addicted to it.
I would miss pizza!!!! And books!
So, awesome, I love Leanna! =)
Amanda Morganne says
If I were trapped in a painting, I think I would miss technology the most. Because then I couldn’t read books or listen to music and watching movies would be out of the question…it would be kind of sad.
Amy S. says
So many things really. Fast food and my computer/tablet the most. I love being able to read just about any book or get any information with my computer. I’d really miss those. The author said she is an actress, and I could tell by the way she read her excerpt. I really want to read these books now!
Lisa Cox says
I’d miss chocolate the most, then books. Hopefully, the painting would be in a museum so that I could watch and hear the people going by.
I would miss reading all of the books that I am excited to read.
I´m definitely going to miss my books, music and video games!
Emily Bedwell says
I would miss knowing the new technology and new things happening in the world!
I would miss being outside, in nature and feeling of the wind!
julie rimpula (@LadyjuLierz) says
food! I’m such a glutton!
I’d miss books, music and being able to go places.
Amanda Ray says
I would miss not being able travel anywhere I want cause I’m stuck in a painting
Beth W says
I’d miss being able to change my clothes. It sounds superficial, but if I were trapped in a painting I assume I’d look the same all the time- same clothes, same hair, etc. I’d get very bored, very quickly, with that sort of repetition.
Chocolate. Because who knows if there is chocolate in these magical painted lands? And that would be quite unfortunate.
I would definitely miss the beach and being able to read!
Rachel @ theJeepDiva says
I would miss my warm shower in the morning. It is like my coffee. I would also miss my two cats.
Jennifer Haile says
I would miss the ability to travel to other places besides the world in the painting.
I would miss music
Happy Blogoversary! And thanks a lot for the giveaway.
Reading books, of course!
i will miss my cats and my book’s collection ,,,,;p
thx u so much…
Andrea @ Reading Lark says
I would miss my books!
Happy Blogoversary! I just added you to the favorite blogs section on Reading Lark. I’ve really enjoyed your site.
Andrea @ Reading Lark
i would miss my books, food and TV
Food, the feel of living things around you i.e. trees flowers and the smell of them! Totally miss it
Mare S says
I’d missing living and achieving my goals. So much I want out of life and that would all disappear.
Hmm…. What would I miss the most honestly it depends on the painting but I think that I would miss food the most :)!!!
I would miss being outside, in nature and the feeling of the wind! Thanks for this chance!
alicia marie says
i would definitely miss my iphone and books and if i was alone in the painting i’d miss having friends!
Christina K. says
I’d miss freedom! Being able to go anywhere:)
Brandy @After Dark says
Oooh hard one, Definitely food and books, I love to eat and read but freedom would probably top it all.
I love how Leanna did the excerpt in video, so cool! I got my fingers crossed for that ARC!
kelsey d says
I would miss not having anyone to talk to. I honestly can’t wait to read the sequel. I love how she shared the excerpt on video! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Maria @ Fantasy's Ink says
Food and reading!
I’d miss reading and surfing the interwebs!! Also probably food; food is good.
Thanks for the giveaway, and yay for blogoversaries!
Jolene A says
coffee and food!!!!
Food and BOOKS!!!!
Ashley snyder says
books. and food. 😀
whoa. right before i was about to send that and the comment right before he has the exact same thing…..freaky……sending anyway. 😀
Tiffany Webb says
I would miss reading, blogging, and FOOD!!!!! Just imagine being stuck in a painting and watching everyone do what you want to do. That would royally suck.
Nicole@ The More the Merrier says
So many things books of course, but also chocolate and video games. You know the essentials:)
Courtney Pierce says
I’d miss my books, can’t live without them. thanks for the giveaway!
May Abraham says
Writing, food and books
Kara D says
I’d miss my books and my pets.
Lis @ The reader lines says
My books and my telephone!
Being able to move?