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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.
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.
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.
Want to read more from Leanna Renee Hieber?
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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