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Were-Witch Chronicles V3I am so thrilled to be able to share the cover of my 4 book Paranormal Romance series – The Were-Witch Chronicles: Witch, Healer, Blood and Ghost – coming out with Escape Publishing in December. Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the colours, the feeling of magic and mystery and the obvious bond between the woman on the cover and the wolf at her side.

This series has been 4 years in the writing and it is amazing to see all the hard work I’ve put in expressed in this gorgeous cover.

I am hard at work at the moment on the copy-edits and am amazed at how engaged I am even though I’ve already gone over the story so many times – writers often find by this stage that they are sooo over their characters and story from staring at it for too long. That isn’t the case with this world and characters I’ve had so much fun creating and I am so excited to find out what everyone thinks in December when it comes out.

The four book ebook box set is up for pre-order on Amazon now. You can pre-order your copy here. I’d love it if you did and then dropped me a line when you read it in December and let me know what you think.

 

Me and Alex Adsett - super agent

Me and Alex Adsett – super agent

I haven’t posted for a long time, and one of the reasons is after advice from my brilliant agent, Alex Adsett, I became a bit of a writing hermit (when I wasn’t doing family stuff, working or doing presidential things for Romance Writers of Australia!) and was concentrating on finishing the Witch-Were Chronicles so we could go out with them and try to get a publisher as interested in these stories as we are.

And guess what? After a year and a half of hard work, writing my writerly fingers to the bone and wearing out a computer (and frustrating my family when I wouldn’t answer them as I was too caught up in my characters and their problems 😉 ), the wonderful Kate Cuthbert at Harlequin Escape, proved to be just as interested as Alex and I are in this world of Were, Witches, Shifters, powers gone wrong, curses and a prophecy that could destroy them all.

I now have a 4 book contract with Harlequin Escape for the Witch-Were Chronicles – so, really, hard work and being a writing hermit truly does pay off!

You can see Alex’s post announcing this exciting news here:

The Witch-Were Chronicles sells to Harlequin Escape

Or simply read what she said about the sale here:

AAPS is excited to announce that the amazing Leisl Leighton has signed with Harlequin Escape to publish The Witch-Were Chronicles. This four-book series is paranormal romance at its best – brilliant world building, strong heroines, and sexy heroes, with ancient curses haunting the werewolf packs of modern Australia.

Leisl is the much-loved president of the Romance Writers of Australia, and has previously published two titles with Penguin Destiny.

Escape will publish all four books of The Witch-Were Chronicles later this year as a digital box set. This means that Leisl’s fans and new followers can binge-read the whole series in one go – no waiting.

Harlequin Escape is the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia, and this represents AAPS’ first official sale to the Escape imprint.

 

I am really excited that these books, tentatively titled, Witch, Healer, Blood and Ghost, will finally go out to readers later this year and hope that everyone will fall in love with my Witches, Weres and Shifters as much as Alex, Kate and I have.

Happy reading everyone and stay tuned for more news on the Witch-Were Chronicles – I will share publication dates, covers etc as they come to light.

I’m all nervous and fluttery. I’ve just done that hugely difficult thing – pressed ‘send’ to my editors and agent on the novel I’ve been working on for the past year. Blood sweat and tears (both mine and my fabulous critique group – thanks especially to Marnie, my Beta reader on this one) has gone into writing and redrafting and redrafting and redrafting this novel amidst edits for Killing Me Softly and Dark Moon and all the promo blogging I’ve been doing for both. But, finally, it is done.

As all writers do, I felt I could probably have gone over it once again, but I try to keep in mind the very sage words my husband’s friend, and now mine, Mel Scott (MJ Scott, author of the Half-light City series among others) said to my husband one time when he was talking with her about my writing -: ‘Just tell the girl to stop playing with the bloody thing and send it off.’

So, I made myself stop after this last draft, even though the uncertain part of me is screaming at me there were things still to play with, and just sent the bloody thing off.

Now for the nerve-wracking wait to hear what my editors at Penguin’s Destiny Romance, and my agent, Alex Adsett, think of it (sound of teeth chewing fingernails off and stomach gurgling horribly).

I hope, sooner rather than later, I’ll have some good news to share with everyone. But if not, I won’t give up. This is a story dying to be told and I will do my utmost to get it out there to everyone who enjoyed Dark Moon so much.

DarkMoon_coverToday is the day I’ve slaved so hard for – the release day of Dark Moon. Big thanks go to so many people (family, friends, writing groups and critique partners) but especially on this day to my editors at Penguin’s Destiny Romance and my agent, Alex Adsett, who took a chance on it and me and saw something special.

I am so proud of this book because it was the start in a new chapter of my writing. With great trepidation I took it to my writer’s meeting and sent the first few chapters off to competitions in the US hoping to get some decent feedback – but I got far more than that. It immediately struck a chord with judges and with my writing group and it encouraged me to keep trying this new thing I was doing. That all seems like an age ago. But finally it is here and it already has some wonderful reviews written up for it.

5 Star Review on Goodreads and 4 Star Review on Goodreads and BooksnKisses review blog. I’ve had my first bit of fan mail over it on my FB Author page and a great response to the cover and the blurb.

Full moon on Dark Moon's Release Day morning.

Full moon on Dark Moon’s Release Day morning.

So, I was already feeling really positive about it, but then this morning I got up at 5.30am to write and one of my sons woke up around about 6.30am and came into my ‘office’ (the loungeroom where my desk is set up) to say goodmorning and give me a hug when he said, ‘Mummy, look at the full moon. Isn’t your book about the full moon and what it does to the werewolves and witches?’ I looked out the window and sure enough, there was the full moon glowing in the dawn sky. It felt like a good thing, given my son was right (he actually listened to me rabbit on about it! – go figure) and the full moon features prominently all through the book, and in the rest of the series, which I am currently writing. So I quickly took a photo of it (excuse the bluriness, I was being bumped my Mr 8yrs who still wanted a mummy hug)

And, as of today, you can get Dark Moon at:

Amazon

Kobo

Destiny Romance

iBooks

Google Play

and other eBook retailers. I hope you all love Skye and Jason’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I revealed my new cover the other day and now I have my lovely official blurb for my novel. So here it is – my first ever published urban paranormal, the first in my Witch-Were Chronicles.  It will be out on March 15th. Enjoy.

DarkMoon_coverLately, Skye Collins has been unable to shake the feeling that she’s being watched. After a lifetime spent hiding her true nature, she knows that any unusual attention is something to be wary of.  And the only attention she’s been receiving lately is from the intense and attractive Jason McVale.

Jason claims to know things about Skye that can’t be true, and it’s obvious he’s hiding secrets of his own. Yet despite herself, Skye can’t resist the attraction between them, and her surrender will set in motion a chain of events that will have consequences for everyone she holds dear.

Gradually, Jason convinces Skye that she has to trust him if she is to solve the riddle of her past and learn the truth about her power.  But believing Jason means that her entire life has been based on a lie.

As her enemies gather strength and the danger increases, Skye is forced to accept who she really is. Will she risk everything and fight for those she loves? Or save herself and let them be destroyed by the forces of darkness?

 

I’ve had a really unusual weekend for me this weekend – I’ve actually been out for dinner on Friday and out for lunch today and neither of them were with family or for a family thing.

I was out with friends.

It’s not that I don’t get out, but it’s not something that happens a lot and for it to happen twice in one weekend and not be a family thing is really quite amazing.

Friday night I caught up with some old school friends. It has been 25 years since we were at school together and we have made an effort to keep in contact and catch up at least 3 or 4 times a year. Sometimes we’ve gone to see a movie, sometimes out for dinner, sometimes for a party, but it is always fun and amazes me how easily we slip back into that knowledge of each other. We all do such different things and lead very different lives, and yet we have that thing in common (all those years at school together) that help us to relate on a level that means it doesn’t matter how long it is between seeing each other, it will always be comfortable and fun. Shia and Marianne had both been to America on completely different kinds of trips, so much of the chat centred around their trips, but we all talked work, hobbies, kids, family, movies, books… managing to get through an amazing amount in four hours as we always do and we didn’t even cover everything.

One thing is certain when old friends get together – there is no end to the chat.

The Melbourne based Destineers - (back row from left, Madeline Ash, Sasha Cottman, Mary Costello, Edwina Jagleman, Emmie Dark, Sarah Fairhall, front row from left, Carol George, Louise Reynolds and me - missing from photo Elise K Ackers and Nicole Hadow.)

The Melbourne based Destineers – (back row from left, Madeline Ash, Sasha Cottman, Mary Costello, Edwina Jagleman, Emmie Dark, Sarah Fairhall, front row from left, Carol George, Louise Reynolds and me – missing from photo Elise K Ackers and Nicole Hadow.)

Today I was out with a group of new friends (the Destineers – fellow writers published by Penguin’s Destiny Romance) and while the dynamic is completely different from when you’re with old friends, it was still stimulating and fun and I had a really lovely time and was sad when we all had to wrap up and get back to our lives.

The fun thing about making new friends when you’re older (once you get past the terror of wondering if you’ll fit in and if you’ll have anything in common and will anyone like you – no, none of this changes from how it was at school as you get older, I think you just get better at covering up the insanity that is social uncertainty!) is that you’ve got all this stuff to learn about each other and there are endless topics of discussion and the discovery of people’s interests and the things that you’ve got in common and what you don’t have in common but are fascinating anyway.

With the Destineers there is of course the bond of us all being authors and trying to figure out how to be a writer in the ever shifting sand that is publication today, and an outsider would imagine that this is pretty much all we talk about – but they would be wrong. We all write different genres – contemporary, rural, novellas, paranormal, historical, chic lit, erotica, suspense – so while there are things we can talk about, I’m not about to yammer on about my Witch and Were characters to someone who doesn’t read or write paranormal, just like I wouldn’t do that to my old schoolfriends. And they don’t yammer on to me about what they’re writing – it’s not that it wouldn’t necessarily be interesting, but we discuss writing issues with each other in our FB group. We don’t need to do that face to face.

So, what do a group of published writers stand around talking about if not 100% about writing? Well, just like my old schoolfriends, we’re a group of women, and the idea of sticking to one topic is just impossible. We covered travel, food, moving, families, camping, sports, Scrivener, sex and erotica (not to mention the unfortunate use of goldfish – something none of us are going to be able to forget without having a horrified laugh) books, movies, TV shows, favourite YouTube clips (I have to look up Luke Ball dancing on YouTube according to Mary and Carol – apparently pretty sexy), social media, holidays and more that I can’t even remember now. Nobody really talked about their WIP’s or about the book they’ve got coming out, but we did talk a little about the industry and how changeable and volatile it is at the moment, but how exciting that makes it too.

Everyone bought something to eat and drink, so we had a really yummy nosh and some good wine (I’m still full) and I feel completely relaxed (even though my boys are running around yelling and doing a great impression of wild beasts) because I had a lovely catch up and time out not once but twice this weekend.

I think I need to do this more often. 🙂

 

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