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:
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.
This has been a long road requiring courage and determination. But you’ve done it! And though not a paranormal or romance reader, I have read the first book in this series and know it will hit the spot with fans of both genres. Well done my friend. 🙂
Thanks Liz. It’s thrilling that you loved it when you read it – it gave me courage to think it was well worth sending out. It’s lovely your faith in my and my writing has been rewarded once again. 🙂 And even lovelier that soon we’ll both be published authors – in the same year and all. Good times.
Leisl, so very thrilled for you. xx
Thanks AJ. Can’t wait to say the same to you (hopefully some time soon!)