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My lovely friend, Liz, didn’t only hold a launch party for me for my new novel, Killing Me Softly, but she wrote the most wonderful speech. You can see it here at:

http://hannercymraes.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/killing-me-softly.html#links

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful friend who has been on this journey with me.Book Launch 1

Today I’m talking with Louise Reynolds, my fellow Destiny Author and brilliant cook, on her website, Cooking the Books about the value of food in friendships and relationships and how food features in Killing Me Softly.

http://louwrites.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/cooking-the-books-leisl-leighton/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-2

Food is one of the many devices authors use to open conversation, create character and bring our protagonists together.

What are your favourite food moments? Check out Lexi and Daemon’s in Killing Me Softly, available now at Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Angus and Robertson, and of course Destiny Romance – see where love takes you.KillingMeSoftly_cover

KillingMeSoftly_coverI spoke with Carol George, one of Destiny Romance’s fabulous editors, about what brought me to writing Killing Me Softly. http://www.destinyromance.com/news/350939/q-leisl-leighton-author-killing-me-softly

Music is a big inspiration to me. What inspires you? I’d love to hear.

KillingMeSoftly_cover Today I talk on the Destiny Romance website (http://www.destinyromance.com/news/351047/i-ve-got-music-me ) about the importance of music to me and to my characters in Killing Me Softly.

I’m interested in finding out what music speaks to you? Is it a song, an artist? Does it remind you of something – a special moment or place or person? Share you favourite music memories with me.

Yesterday was my official launch of Killing Me Softly. My friend Liz held it at her place – thank you so much to Liz and her husband, Andrew, for volunteering their home and opening it up to family and friends to come and help me celebrate this much anticipated and exciting day. And thank you to everyone for coming along to join in the celebration. You have all cheered me along in my endeavours to be a published author over the years and I truly appreciate it.

Thank you, Liz, for your wonderful introduction speech. It’s been amazing what we’ve been through together, and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend and fellow writer to take that journey with. Also, thank you to Chris, Laura, Denis and Marnie, for helping out by bringing a plate. You have all been stalwarts in my life and in this journey, always cheering me on, comiserating through the downs, celebrating through the ups and being unbelievably excited for me when I got ‘the call’. You managed to make it seem even more special than it already was and I can’t express to you how much I appreciate you all in my life.

Special thanks must also go to my husband, Mark, and my boys, Jacob and Nathaniel, for doing all they did toward yesterday and always being there for me. I love you. Also to my mum and dad and sister, Kirrily – thanks for helping out yesterday by bringing a plate and offering to help. You are always there for me, ready to help me out and be there, filling me with courage even when I felt I couldn’t take another knock. I love you all.

It has been a long time coming (as Liz mentioned in her speech), with a huge amount of work on my writing, many workshops attended, lots of critiques, help and opinions from my writing groups and critique partners, opinions offered from competitions, critiquing and judging other writer’s work which helped me understand what was working and not working in my stories, and one amazing masterclass taken last year with Michael Hauge (which helped me to really understand the idea of internal conflict when he said a character starts in their identity and during the novel, must move toward their essence). The hard work hasn’t ended, it has only shifted now and will continue. I look forward to every step.

I hope Killing Me Softly strikes a chord with all its readers and I hope there will be many more novels in the future to build on everyone’s faith in me.Book Launch 1

Today is the official release day for Killing Me Softly. Yay!

To celebrate, my Monday writing group are throwing me a little book launch party, and I am so looking forward to sharing my excitement with my family and friends.

But for those of you who can’t be there today, you can still find out some more about Killing Me Softly and my journey in writing it and becoming published if you check out these interviews with me on:

RWAus blog http://romanceaustralia.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/author-spotlight-leisl-leighton

aKillingMeSoftly_covernd romantic fantasy author, Bernadette Rowley’s blog http://bernadetterowley.com/2013/06/15/talking-with-leisl-leighton.

Thanks to both blogs for helping my book launch day even more exciting.

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