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Blog Bash Day 7 with Leanna Renee Hieber + Giveaway

Aug 9, 2011


Ever since I read The Picture of Dorian Gray, it has remained with me, it haunts me with its hidden layers, its sensuality, its bold darkness and paranormal threads, its controversy and beauty, it captured my imagination and since then, I've always wanted to write a haunted painting novel. And finally I have, as my November YA release, DARKER STILL: a Novel of Magic Most Foul combines many of my great Gothic loves as they mix their way onto my page in new and original ways.

Dorian Gray, a handsome young man, receives a beautiful painting of himself from his good friend Basil Hallward. In the same moment, a new acquaintance, Lord Henry, introduces Dorian to the ideals of youthfulness and hedonism, of which Gray becomes immediately obsessed. Meanwhile, the painting in Dorian's possession serves as a constant reminder of his passing beauty and youth, driving his obsession.


Why this? Well, each of my series has attached to it a specific tea that I drink while writing (I'm a bit of a tea addict), and the tea is evocative of my hero's scent. For Alexi of the Strangely Beautiful saga, he's clove tea. I drink it while working on the series because it brings me closer to him in a sensual way. And for Jonathon Whitby, Lord Denbury, the hero of my Magic Most Foul series, he's Earl Grey. I am a huge fan of Earl Grey tea. I also quite enjoy a good martini. What could be bettern than an Earl Grey martini??!!

1 teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves
2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers gin
white sugar, for rimming
1 wedge lemon
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger fresh lemon juice
2 fluid ounces simple syrup

Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna's upcoming release
a Novel of Magic Most Foul:
(From the back cover):

New York City, 1880:

“I was obsessed. It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen. Everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable-- utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked- bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get darker still..."

 Releasing 11/11 from Sourcebooks Fire, read the first 30 pages on the Darker Still page of Leanna's website:

*~* GIVEAWAY *~*
answer the following question to win 
a signed Strangely Beautiful series book,
the winner's choice as to which of the three.

I write Historical Fantasy, specifically Gaslight Paranormal Fantasy. So, if you fancy yourself a time-traveler as I do - WHEN in the past would you most like to arrive? I myself am a reincarnate Victorian, 1880s Vintage. You?

Cheers and blessings!

*** Giveaway ends tomorrow night 8-10 at midnight, winner named here

Don't forget to check out the
above, for all the giveaways, and ways to enter to win
prizes all week and all month

28 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

BLHmistress August 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM  

I would like to time travel back to either Highlander 1600 -1700's or 1800's in America (Civil War)


Texas Book Lover August 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM  

I am the worlds worst about history...I get the eras all messed up. Let's jut say I want to go to whenever I could where the dress on the cover of your book! It is stunning!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Na August 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

I would like to visit Medieval Scotland around 1550s. I would love to visit the castles then, see what a fortress was really like.


Barbara E. August 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

I think I'd like to visit the US in the 1920's, it's less scary than times past where there is no sanitation or medical care.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Victoria August 9, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

Because I have a thing for flushing toilets and running water I'm going with the roaring twenties.

elaing8 August 9, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

I'm with the others,I need indoor I'd guess I'd go with the 50's.Poodle skirts,rock'n'roll and the leather wearing bad boys.

Jen B. August 9, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

Am I a short term visitor or do I have to stay? I would love to see early civilizations. I mean King Tut, Inca Empire or the Scottish highlands before the wars with England. But only for a short stint. If it was long term, then I will stay put, thank you.

Anni August 9, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

California, late 60s early 70s. Oh yeah . . .

fitzbellatrix AT gmail DOT com

Angel C @ Mermaid Vision Books August 9, 2011 at 8:37 PM  

I would want to travel to 1876 and see Regency England!

Thank you for the giveaway!

RFTC Blog August 9, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

I would love to have been a passanger on the Titanic. I would time travel out before it sank though. I've always had a fascination with everything pertaining to the ship. I would have love to have seen it in all of it's glory.

Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

Michelle Bledsoe August 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

I would like to go back to the Victorian era. Say late 1890's early 1900's. I would have to be rich though so that I could enjoy all the good books and chocolates.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  August 9, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

I think I'd like to go back somewere between 1890's and 1900's.


Denise Z August 9, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

I would love to travel to the time of the great Highland clans. I am sure my mind has romanticized the era, but the books are so wonderful :) Thank you for this really wonderful giveaway opportunity.


Dinda August 10, 2011 at 12:49 AM  

I would like to go back to England, 1800's.

donnas August 10, 2011 at 1:11 AM  

1920s flapper era - Great Gatsby time period.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

~Gem~ August 10, 2011 at 2:02 AM  

While I adore the Victorian way,
I think I'll have to say Pompeii
To revel in the great display
That featured in the city's heyday.

But I'd like to leave, if you please,
Before being trapped in a volcano's sneeze.


Janhvi August 10, 2011 at 4:21 AM  

I would like to time travel in the 1800s as I'm really curious about that period of time.

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

buddyt August 10, 2011 at 4:44 AM  

I would like to travel to the Renaissance period in Italy.

It was a time of such an outpouring of new ideas in all the arts and sciences.


Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Carol L. August 10, 2011 at 6:27 AM  

Definitely back to see the Highland Clans during the 1500's and 1600's.Would love to see some Highlanders and the beauty of Scotland way back then. Your book sounds fantastic. It's on my TRL. I loved the story of Dorian Gray.GFC follower under Lucky47
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Tore923 August 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM  

I would like to time travel back to the time of King Arthur and Camelot. I think that was a magical time. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

Anne August 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

If time travel is like it a romance novel, any time period would be interesting. However, the practical side of me would keep myself right where it is with equal rights (more or less) and good health care.

xander_316 August 10, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

I would have to say 1788... when the convicts first arrived in Australia :)

Qandthebooks August 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

I suppose around the Enlightenment period in Europe~


Pamk August 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

If I went back in time then it would have to be sometime with indoor plumbing and sanitary medical practices lol. Maybe the 50's or 60's.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Maria August 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM  

I have always had a thing for swing dancing, so I would want to go back to the 50s. I think it would be fun to dress the way they do and go out swing dancing. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Andrea August 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM  


I'm looking forward to seeing you at Dragon*con.


Amy August 11, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

I think I would like to go back to ancient Greece and see all its glory.

GFC follower: Amy

JoJosBookCorner August 16, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Sorry for all the delays as i was at AAD for a few days!

First Thank you Leanna for partying with us! And thank you all for stopping by!

And the winner is:

Carol T - buddytho@....

Please email me at jojoATjojosbookcornerDOTcom
with what you won in the subject line and your info.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

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