(Gothic Historical YA)
The shadows deepen on the gaslit streets of New York City in the year 1880. Curses and spirits, demons and rituals, blood and faith, love and danger; such is the stuff of Magic Most Foul. Find your voice... or else. -- "This smart novel will have wide appeal." - Booklist
For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger. But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each other in their dreams, but they can't escape the darkening shadows. Amid spontaneous explosions, friends turned enemies and dangerous secrets revealed, there's still a demon who has Natalie's scent, and someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil. - Watch Leanna read an Excerpt - More Excerpts and trailers!
"Just when we think our nightmares are over, the Society has invented a new horror. Around every corner a shadow, behind every whisper a demon. If we don't end what the devils began,
we will die haunted..."
The finale in the acclaimed Magic Most Foul trilogy: The trauma and the terror of the Master's Society has only escalated for the dashing Lord Denbury and brave, feisty Miss Natalie Stewart, and a new terror has been unleashed in Manhattan. Together with their stalwart friends and unlikely heroes, they take the fight directly to the Denbury estate, where new evils have awakened. But are they prepared for all the sacrifices that shall be asked of them? With their very lives and the sanctity of their mortal souls at stake, Natalie and Jonathon are past the point of no return...
$12.99 Trade Paperback (Barnes & Noble)
COMING FEBRUARY 2015 from TOR Books, a new quirky, character-driven Gaslamp Fantasy saga set in 1882 following a paranormal arms race for immortality between New York City and London. A huge cast of larger-than-life characters fight for hearth, home and the cure for death. Including but not limited to: mediums, chemists, healers, spies, uncanny detectives, royalty, magicians, sword-fighters, robber barons, mutants, psychic vampires, visionaries, prophets, excellent book-keepers, fearsome civil servants, covert operatives, unorthodox espionage, one poor skeptic and a circus. And that's just book one.
Winner of the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in published works of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance in the Novella Category
Length: Novella, 107 pages
Publication Date: 4/08 from Crescent Moon Press
"Chief Counsel Ariadne Corinth has just found out her long-time lover, the powerfully gifted Chief Counsel Kristov Haydn, has died. Newly evolved psychically gifted humans have been sent by the Homeworld on a space mission aboard two distinct “Nests”. Relationships between the Light Nest and the Dark Nest have faltered and Ariadne is sure there’s something insidious behind it. In a matter of hours, Ariadne must find out what really happened to Kristov, unite her people to discover vast new powers the Homeworld denied them, or else submit to genocide." -- Maria of RomanceNovel.tv says: Here's a fresh new voice on the scene. This romance fantasy novella hits all the right notes. Leanna has created a world that is so descriptive it will dance before your eyes. Set in the future, newly evolved psychically gifted humans are sent by the Homeworld to charter new territory. But as they discover betrayal, they also realize their true potential. I say pick this one up."
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Publication Date: 3/11 from Crescent Moon Press
Genre: Futuristic Fantasy
"Captain Temesia Elysse has just steered her ship through almost certain death. With the help of her gifted crew, the Dark Nest has survived. Her newly evolved psychic people are targets of Homeworld genocide. Hundreds have been killed aboard the Light Nest. Back on Homeworld soil, her people are being hunted and she knows her lover may be dead, the gifted teacher Taryn Wolfe. It will take all Captain Elysse’s restraint, with vast new psychic powers available to her and her people, not to let anger get ahead of them. But there must be a rescue mission for those still alive. There must be justice. There will be a reckoning. And the Homeworld council has no idea their persecuted victims are alive, or just how powerful they’ve become."
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DEAR READER, Due to the collapse and failure of Dorchester Publishing, the Strangely Beautiful saga is no longer in print. These titles will reissue with a new publisher as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you are interested in the Strangely Beautiful saga, please support your local library! Please sign up for Leanna's mailing list so she can let readers know when these titles will again be safely, legally and fairly available via her new publishing house. Someday there will be a Strangely Beautiful #4 but that will come after the first 3 are reissued. Cheers and blessings.
The ghostly, Gothic Victorian fantasy quartet begins! A Barnes & Noble Bestseller, first in the Strangely Beautiful series, recipient of two 2010 Prism Awards for Best Fantasy Romance and Best First Book...
THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Publication Date: 8/09 From Dorchester Publishing
Price: Currently out of print.
What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
4/14/10 OPTION RIGHTS SOLD to Mt. Clair Entertainment for adaptation of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker into legit musical theatre production. Development team includes talents that have brought shows like Wicked, Tarzan, Memphis and more to the Broadway stage. Read more.
"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
"Its pages are like the petals of a rose: a many-layered tale gorgeously told." - New York Times Bestselling author Alethea Kontis for Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show
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THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER
Length: Novel (340 pages)
Publication Date: 4/10 from Dorchester Publishing
Price: Currently out of print. Re-issue coming fall 2012.
With radiant, snow white skin and hair, Percy Parker was a beacon for Fate. True love had found her, in the tempestuous form of Professor Alexi Rychman. But her mythic destiny was not complete. Accompanying the ghosts with which she alone could converse, new and terrifying omens loomed. A war was coming, a desperate ploy of a spectral host. Victorian London would be overrun. Yet, Percy kept faith. Within the mighty bastion of Athens Academy, alongside The Guard whose magic shielded mortals from the agents of the Underworld, she counted herself among friends. Wreathed in hallowed fire, they would stand together, no matter what dreams or nightmares—may come. Read EXCERPTS - Critical Acclaim: - True-Blood.Net, Original Fansite for HBO's True Blood - Raves about Hieber and Darkly Luminous
A MIDWINTER FANTASY
Length: Anthology - "A Christmas Carroll" novella
Publication Date: 11/10 from Dorchester Publishing
Order: Currently out of print. Re-issue fall 2012 or early 2013.
Join Headmistress Rebecca Thompson and Vicar Michael Carroll as they star in "A Christmas Carroll" (Strangely Beautiful #2.5). This novella features Percy, Alexi and the entire Guard coterie. Rebecca and Michael are put through harrowing spectral paces, as familiar Athens Academy spirits take them dangerously through their pasts to make a better "Christmas yet to come..."
Publication Date: 5/11 from Dorchester Publishing
Length: Novel (360 pages)
Currently out of print. Re-issue in late 2012 or early 2013.
2012 PRISM AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FANTASY
In the beginning, there were lovers: a winged deity of power and light, and a queen of grace and beauty. Phoenix was murdered, his beloved stolen away to the Whisper-world. But their passion inspired the Muses. Through great sacrifice, it could live again.
There are always six, mortal hosts for the divine. Battling spirits through the ages, they defy Darkness, Lord of the Dead. In 1867, a shadow rises. The tide turns against them, and all hope falls on a child of prophecy, an eerie, snow-white girl yet to be born. But her path must be cleared. A Great War is coming, and song, wind and stars whisper that the eighteen-year-old Beatrice Smith must give everything to prepare.
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