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Spooky Legends: Leanna Renee Hieber

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the upcoming Magic Most Foul gothic romance series from Sourcebooks Fire.  The story begins on November 8, 2011 with DARKER STILL.  You have a signed pre-order opportunity for DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul via WORD Brooklyn.  All you need to do is leave any requests in the Comment Field of your order.  It’s a great way to make pre-ordering a book personal! Just click on this link.  Our story is written in the voice of the heroine from DARKER STILL, and features the alligator in the city sewer system urban legend. Want to win your own copy of the book? Check out the giveaway details below.

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In Which Miss Natalie Stewart of New York City (In the Year of Our Lord 1880) addresses a common misconception about subterranean Manhattan creatures:

Hello. My name is Natalie Stewart. I am seventeen years old. I suffer from Selective Mutism due to a childhood trauma and while I’ve been called an “unfortunate”- the world in 1880 New York City has its beauty and its limitations – and I’m sure my options in life may be limited, I choose to believe in things I cannot explain and am currently rather taken with something entirely supernatural. There’s a young man- a handsome, striking, utterly beautiful young British Lord trapped in a painting. And somehow I am involved in his escape. Demons, curses, rituals and nightmares, these are the things of magic most foul. Into these dangerous webs Lord Denbury and I have been drawn. So you can imagine the sorts of encounters I have had on the bustling, darkening gaslit streets of Manhattan… I have seen harrowing nightmares walk among the living.

However I have NOT, contrary to some rumors, seen alligators in the sewer systems. Rats? Well, yes. It is a major metropolis, I suppose rats are inevitable. But alligators? Come now. Be serious. But do wish me luck with the dark magic and the curses.

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About Leanna Renee:

An author, actress and playwright, Leanna grew up in rural Ohio, graduated with a BFA in Theatre, 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 2010 Prism Awards for Best Fantasy Romance, Best First Book and is 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 (11/11 Sourcebooks Fire).

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.

You can visit Leanna Renee around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Leanna Renee Hieber?

The Strangely Beautiful Tale o... The Darkly Luminous Fight for... The Perilous Prophecy of Guard...Darker Still

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This giveaway is provided by Sourcebooks Fire

One winner will receive a copy of Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber

Available on November 8, 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire

About the Book:

The shadows deepen on the gas lit streets of New York City in the year 1880; the year Natalie Stewart first glimpses the cursed portrait of mesmerizingly handsome Lord Denbury. Something mystical – and frightening – is happening to the painting.  Details in the portrait keep changing, and the eyes of the young British lord seem to be imploring her to do something.  Natalie is at a loss and even more disturbed when a doppelgänger of the supposedly dead Lord Denbury walks into the viewing rooms and threatens her.

Drawn into the painting by an unknown power, Natalie discovers that Lord Denbury’s soul has been trapped in the portrait and a creature – or demon – is inhabiting his body and committing unspeakable crimes in The Five Points neighborhood.  More horribly still, every murder, every action the monster takes seem to be part of greater plan.  It’s a race to find a way to free the trapped lord, even while her heart is already hopelessly captured.

Menaced by demons and curses, Natalie must also struggle against her own mute voice.  Unable to speak since the death of her mother, she must discover the courage and fortitude within herself to find her voice, because in order to free Lord Denbury, Natalie must speak.

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Kersten Hamilton and a chance to win a copy of IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT**

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35 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Leanna Renee Hieber

  1. SandyG265No Gravatar
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    I don’t think I’d want to run into an alligator in a sewer.

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  2. Dani NguyenNo Gravatar
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    I agree, I think alligators in NY is a little hard to believe. Don’t they only like warm weather? I’m pretty sure NY winters would be too cold for them. Maybe rats the size of alligators?

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    I always wondered how the alligators would get down there to begin with…especially large ones.

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  4. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    I always wondered if someone actually DID flush a baby alligator down the toilet. That would be too funny, as long as I wasn’t a sanitation worker.

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  5. erinf1No Gravatar
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    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I don’t know if I really believe that alligators live in the sewers. The stuff down there is actually toxic and I don’t think any creature could really survive. But… I saw X-files too and I guess you can never truly know for sure :)

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  6. JessiMNo Gravatar
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    Love getting to know Manhattan and Natalie just a little better! I surely wouldn’t want to encounter an alligator in the sewer…

    This book sounds fabulous. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Thats not a gator, it’s a dinosaur….and it looks to be taking a nap. That is awesome. Enjoyed the Legend..don’t like lizards of that size. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    I’m definitely a gator girl…Fl. all the way. Thanks for the tale and the chance to win your book. It sounds really good =)

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  9. Jessica S.No Gravatar
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    Never gave much thought to the gators in the sewers theory. But as a kid I did suspect something lived down there! Also remember the episode of Supernatural where they had the “gators in the sewers”!

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  10. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I wouldn’t want to be in a sewer and the alligator in there is dangerous! Sewers are so yucky and smelly ughh

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  11. Brenda D.No Gravatar
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    I don’t think I’ll have the chance to see if its true or not. I have no intention of going in a sewer. Gross! Thanks for the giveaway! Awesome book choice as usual! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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  12. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the great story and giveaway! I guess I just wonder what really could live in NY’s sewers?!! I suppose some type of baby alligator could get flushed and turn mutant! Stranger things have happened. I just know I never will be going down into a sewer to find out!
    Theresa
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  13. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I accidentally sent the second form too soon. My GFC ID is Barbara E. (not B).

    I enjoyed the post, but I’m not sure that Natlaie is right. Seeing how alligators live, I wouldn’t doubt that they’d actually be pretty happy in the sewer, as long as there were plenty of rats to eat.

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  14. thegirlonfire27No Gravatar
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    I remember hearing this one a lot growing up. Everyone would say baby alligators would get flushed and end up in the sewers! So creepy, and gross. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. marianNo Gravatar
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    i never heard of this one so it was pretty interesting

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  16. Jessica @ Book SakeNo Gravatar
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    This one has been at the top of my TBR list for awhile – can’t wait to read it!

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  17. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard about this and it’s cracking me up because I just watched The Wild with my daughter this morning where they encountered alligators in the sewer that were flushed down the toilet lol

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  18. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    This looks interesting, I like the cover.

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  19. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I enjoyed reading this legend. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  20. MLNo Gravatar
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    This urban legend was short, sweet, and to the point. Like the alligators in the sewer.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  21. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always loved this Urban Legend, it’s so funny, and it reminds me of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, lol. The cover of the book is really awesome, can’t wait to read it.

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  22. AmyS.No Gravatar
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    Great urban legend and I can not wait to read the book.
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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  23. JenMNo Gravatar
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    Ahh, the alligators in the sewer story. As far as I’m concerned, as long as they stay in the sewer, they are welcome to it. I have no plans to go down there, so I should be fine.
    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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    I don’t buy it. Why would they go down there in the first place?

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    I think even they would draw the line at the sewer.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  26. Belinda Wolf-WhitakerNo Gravatar
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    I think it sounds very interesting and can’t wait to read it. I want to know how he got trapped in the painting and if she will get her voice back in time to save him.

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    This sounds very interesting and can’t wait to read it.

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  28. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Oh boy – a gothic! Waaay back in the day, gothics were my gateway ‘drug’ to romance!

    As for aligators in the sewer – it’s an oldie but goodie that people don’t believe, understandable enough. Honestly, it would be the very real rats that would bother me…

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  29. LeesaNo Gravatar
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    I absolutely love this authors writing, it is so different from everything that is out there, like a old world gothic story, she is incredible!!

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    I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them. But i dont mind reading abut them

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    I really enjoyed this one. The writing is just phenomenal! Can’t wait to read more!

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  32. Jennelle SNo Gravatar
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    That was amusing, especially the part about rumors of alligators being false.

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  33. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    if there are alligators in the sewers I have to keep as far away from them as possible.

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  34. Cassandra RuizNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post and giveaway.
    ~ Cassandra Ruiz

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  35. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    Aww no alligators in the sewers?! Well that sucks.

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