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Today’s Tease…Rebekah L. Pierce

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Rebekah L. Pierce

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Rebekah L. Pierce

Title of the book you are promoting:  Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3XWN82 (ebook); CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4419407 (hard copy)

 Genre:  Historical Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Romance

Welcome  RLP:..I, LH have some questions for you ;

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

RLP: A writer. I have always wanted to be a writer. I used to get into so much trouble as a kid for always having my nose in a book. I’d get lost in the world of the stories I read. I loved to read, and I so wanted to put to paper the stories that came to mind when I’d read those lovely books. It has also saved my life literally and metaphorically. When I was 12, my father left the family and I went through a very dark period. I couldn’t express how I was feeling except on paper. So, journaling kept me going. And now, I am a writer. I am also an English teacher, teaching others how to write. It’s my purpose.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?     

RLP: Okay, this is a loaded question for an English! I’ll try to be brief. I am a huge fan of and grew up reading Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys, Harlequin Romances and Louie Lamar westerns. I am deeply influenced in terms of narration and POV by Alexander McCall Smith’s “No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series. With regards to humor and gum shoe detective stories, I absolutely love the style of Janet Evanovich. And for classic mystery/detective, it has to be Walter Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” series. Of course, for the classics, the period I most identify with and generally love to teach/read, it’s the modernist period in America. Some of those authors are Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, John Steinbeck, etc. The use of imagery and language is powerful as well as the themes of their words: social justice, the loss of faith, redemption, and more. The mother-daughter duo of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft have had a huge impact on my work and my advocacy for women and children and for the portrayal of the frailty of humanity. For theatre, William Shakespeare, of course, Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible) and Aristophanes (Lysistrata).

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

RLP: I am an indie published author with aspirations of becoming a “traditional” published author. But if that does not happen, life is still good. There’s always a way to make your dreams come true.

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies!      Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

RLP: Langston Hughes and I would discuss EVERYTHING with him except food. I want to hear from him personally his philosophy on culture, jazz, the responsibility of literature and art to the community and what it was like to travel the world on a boat. I want to know what and who truly inspired him to pick up the pen. I think that would be an awesome conversation.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

RLP: Yes, I do, and yes, I am. As a teacher and parent, I am very concerned about what is being marketed as “family TV” when it is darn near close to pornography. I know our children need to learn about sex, but at the age of 5? I don’t think so. But because sex is viewed and portrayed as easy and no big deal, we now find ourselves having children having children. So, we must teach sex education early. My son’s school sent the letter of agreement home in the 4th grade. I dang near passed out! But it’s necessary, and as long as my husband and I can confirm what he has learned and answer additional questions within reason and age appropriate, I am fine with it. But, lord!

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

RLP: I’d make racism disappear in a flash. Racism is a learned behavior, not an innate behavior. It’s a socially constructed ideology designed to keep people in a box and confined. It is so crippling to love. And that is all that matters, truly, in this world: love. There would be no hate and ignorance if racism were eradicated because then there’d be no fear. Racism was created out of fear and greed. I’d love to see it go away; then, imagine what a world we’d have!!

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online? 

RLP: I have to disagree with you here. Visual rhetoric is everything. People purchase based on what their eyes are attracted to. I think a good, clear, specific book cover that relates to the storyline is IMPERATIVE to book sales even online. For me, if the book cover looks generic or poorly presented, I won’t take a second glance at it or read the synopsis. It shows a lack of respect and appreciation for the reader. So, yes, you still must have a beautifully, cleanly designed book cover, and preferably designed by a professional – even if that is the writer themselves. Editing and book covers are two keys to success for a writer in my humble opinion. If you want to be taken seriously,

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

RLP:  Yes, I have always wanted to write. As I said before, my ferocious love of reading moved me to put pen to paper. I started writing stories at a very young age – 5, I believe. But it wasn’t until the 8th grade when I wrote and submitted my story to a book fair for middle schoolers that I knew for sure writing was my purpose.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

RLP:  What interests me the most about story is the portrayal of humanity at its darkest, most loving or funny. I look for authenticity and an obvious pleasure in storytelling on the part of the writer. I love imagery and colorful, full language that paints a picture in my mind and moves me to action.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?            

RLP: I firmly believe in the power of the muse. My stories are given to me by my muse. There are stories that must be told and artists/writers must be open to telling them. I have to tell the story, no matter how ugly or painful it may be. For example, in both of my novel series, Murder on Second Street and Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, the protagonists are troubled individuals. Both suffer from PTSD as a result of horrific things done to them or experienced in their past such as abuse, murder, etc. So, writing about the frailties of humanity and demonstrating strength of dignity even in the moment of despair – that hope is always there – motivates me. I do the same for my plays. I don’t do happy endings because life is not over for these characters or for us. We do not know the ending yet. But I also do that because it’s probably who I am as a teacher. I am always s teaching, and so I want to readers to walk away affected by what they have read/seen to the point where they begin to evaluate their own lives in relation to what has been witnessed, and hopefully, come out the wiser and more connected for it.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?                                                                             

RLP: Yes, I am working on the following: 1) a second book in the Sy Sanford series (Murder on Second Street) and the re-release of Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, which was originally a novella, but I have since added book 1 & 2 together to create a novel in two parts. Super excited about that release coming in the winter of 2013. I have also released a collection of 6 of my short plays called, On the Cusp of Humanity, so if you love plays, then this book is also a great purchase. Several of the plays have been performed on Off Broadway and are award-winning pieces. So, I hope to produce more of those plays for the stage as well as my full length plays.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

RLP: I write because that is what I was created to do. I love what I do, and when you love what you do and understand your divine purpose, then money will come from that love. That’s how the universe works. It gives in response to love. I know, I’m on a whole other level. J

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

RLP: Well, not everyone is going to understand your vision in a work. I learned that a long time ago. What’s important is that you stay true to the story you were given to tell. My mother gave me the greatest gift when she said to me after I left her read one of my erotica stories and a play about transgendered males, “I never told you what you couldn’t write.” This is HUGE for me because we grew up strict Pentecostal. My mother was the First Lady of the church. What I write is not what many church folk want to hear, let alone read because it ain’t “Christian-like.” But I write what is given to me by the universe – I call him God. We aren’t supposed to preach only inside of the church walls and only church stuff. We are to go out into the world and minister. That is what I do in my work: I tell the stories of people on the outside…without judgment.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

RLP: No, not really. And I say this because I teach my students to practice free-writing. That is, just write on the page what comes to mind, even if it’s, “I have no idea what to write.” That opens up creative energy. Writing, or rather storytelling, is an exercise – a voluntary act. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are participating in the act of writing every day. But when it comes to creative writing, you just need to understand that it is voluntary; you do not have to open up to the creative energies of the universe. But if you want to be used by this energy to share tell your story, then you will relax, breathe and let the energy – the muse – deliver to you what it wants for you to have. You are voluntarily opening up to it. So, there is no “writer’s block” if you are open to what the energy wants, not necessarily what you want.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

RLP: My advice to aspiring authors is to: 1) Learn your craft. Writing is a skill that needs honing and protecting. 2) Hire an editor for your team. Yes, you need a team to help you produce credible, quality work. That team could include: beta readers, editor/copywriter, PR/Marketing, book cover designer, etc. 3) Create a solid, clearly defined platform. Who are you? What do you stand for? 4) Have a strong support network. I call them the Crying Angel Network. These are the folks who keep it real with you and keep you uplifted in prayer not because they’ll get anything out of it, but because they believe in a higher power which guides our lives and purposes us for greatness. Finally, never give up, and be realistic. When that rejection letter comes in, and it will, don’t let it knock you down. Read it, take from it that which is true and go back to the work and make it better. Keep trying, keep writing, keep revising! Remember why you write: because it’s like breathing for you.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

RLP:  Nothing! Everything is as it should be. I am where I am supposed to be at this moment in time. The past helped to shape this moment. To wish to change something about my life is to regret, and I have learned to let that kind of thinking go because it holds one hostage to what was, what could have been, etc. I live in the present moment – the NOW. It’s a gift, and I want that gift.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

RLP: If I could have a conversation with someone from the past, it would be my ancestors. I would tell them “thank you” for holding on to what could be, what was promised to them. It is through their faith and self-sacrifice that I am here – that we are here. And I think it’s imperative to our present and our future that we honor our past: that we give thanks.

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

RLP: Well, I already have two screenplays sitting on the desk of a buyer in Los Angeles. When I first got the call, I nearly passed out. It is what an artist longs to hear, but it can’t stop me from creating more work. It’s nice that they want to make my stories into film or made for TV, but I ain’t gonna hold my breath and not move on. Things take time, and we must not live only for that moment. So, yeah, I am super excited, but I’ve got to keep working. As for who I told first, my momma, of course! I know, I am a total momma’s girl! J

Thank you for that fun and informative interview RLP…Now… for the fun stuff! 

Favorite Beverage? Sweet tea & Diet Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE!!!!

Dogs or Cats? Neither

Favorite Food? French Fries and Cheeseburger

Favorite Song? “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” by Whitney Houston
Favorite Movie? Last Holiday – Queen Latifah & The Mummy – Brandon Fraiser

Favorite Car?

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Um, let me think about this…BOTH!!!

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

RLP: If I could go anywhere for one week, it would the island of Oahu with Hugh Jackman – lord have mercy, Jesus! We walk on the beach holding hands, consume fruity drinks, watch the sun set and rise, eat tons of food and laugh our behinds off. And it wouldn’t hurt for him to have his shirt off the entire week. Yes!!!

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of  Rebekah L. Pierce’s 

Murder on Second Street: The Jackson Ward Murders

at

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3XWN82 (ebook); CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4419407

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My Podcast with Ellen Dominick~Take a listen!

Take a listen to me on this podcast with Ellen Dominick! NOT for the faint of heart as I read an excerpt from Killing the Desire 😉
http://ellendominick.com/erotic-voices/2013/8/30/erotic-voices-03-killing-the-desire-by-leanna-harrow

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Today’s Tease is BACK! Today’s Tease…Me, Myself & I

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Leah Marie Stephens, Thompson, Thompson, Turner, Tate aka Leanna Harrow *catching her breath*

Title of the book you are promoting:  My Comedic Debut “Me, Myself & I…The Funny Fights I Have With Me, Myself & Well….I” 

I’ve also penned the books “A Beautiful Liar”~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series, “Maggie’s Men”~Book 2 of the Maggie West Series, “Killing the Desire”,”A Collection of Short Stories by Leanna Harrow from the Fun to the Fearsome” under the nom de plume…Leanna Harrow (She’s the Kinky part of us)

 Link to purchase your Book: We can all be found at…  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=leanna%20harrow

 Genre:  Comedy and Erotica

Welcome er…uh…Me, Myself & I…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

Me, Myself & I: Most days I don’t know my own name…or what to answer to, but, you’ll have to understand…We are all going to provide answers. There is just no other way to do it 😉

I’ll start by explaining what I mean when I say “we” as I am a multi faceted…not a multi personalities person! My mother had me tested 😉

“Me” is the hot headed dominant side of the person that I am.

“Myself” is the level headed rational part of my crazy person.

“I”…well I is the little girl in me that has an ever present sweet tooth.

So lets get this started as this should be fun! I have asked that for this short period of time, they refrain from fighting with each other but, I cannot guarantee anything 😉

 

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Me: I wanted to be a race car driver, tightrope walker or cliff diver…I’m an adrenaline junkie!

Myself: I wanted to be an attorney, detective or a judge.

I: I just wanted to survive those other two!

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

Me: I would never publish with a publishing company again if I were give a 20 million dollar advance! The bullshit that you have to go through, the freedom you give up and the way you’re left helpless is ridiculous I tell you!

Myself: Listen to you! For 20 million you’d blow the 83 year old president of the company! Who are you kidding! Seriously, being and Indie gives you so much more say in what and how you do things that it’s the only way to publish. Leave the big boys to crap like Dr. Phil…

I: Oh Snap!

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

Me: Well, okay, if we want to get serious, Johnny Depp because well, he’s Johnny freaking Depp, Mariska Hargatay because she’s freaking awesome and Ted Bundy. Now, here’s my thinking. I’d have the most amazing actor to look at…the most beautiful, bad ass detective on TV to protect me and the most fascinating serial killer to probe…and there would definitely be some serious probing going on *wicked evil grin* and we would not discuss what took place at that dinner…I know, I’m just not right.

Myself: No, you’re not right! You’re a twisted freak! I’m so glad you’re not allowed to talk back to us today! I would invite Angelina Jolie and not discuss sex or politics.

I: I would invite Nancy Drew and not discuss the Hardy Boys *makes a God awful face*

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. It’s kind of ironic as we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted?

Me: Hmmm conflicted…Of course! It’s not only Hollywood, it’s the media in general but it’s also called parental control. We, as parents, don’t have a lot of control anymore. My parents made us go outside and play. My grandmother would make me go out and cut my own switch for a whipping! No need to say, I was a good little girl *wink* No TV, computers, tablets and cell phones all damn day. We lost parental control when we weren’t allowed to spank our kids and make them go outside and play anymore. *can just hear it now…as she laughs out loud* Ironic isn’t it?

Myself: I knew it was childhood issues! Yes it’s conflicting. I think that’s why we throw comedy in there…try to balance it out. Sex and violence are part of life but there is such a thing as too much…

I: You have no idea…

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

ME: I’d have to go with stiffer punishments for heinous crimes…You have a confession and/or DNA…you’re done. Cut off a hand, they won’t steal. Cut off a penis, they won’t rape. Put them to death, people won’t be so quick to kill…no more 10 years of appeals and 10 years on death row…zap..it’s done. Think of how many billions we’d save…not to mention lives, children, peoples belongings and their dignity.

Myself: Holy crap! You are so extreme, good thing I’m around…I’d have to say legalize marijuana and use it stalks for the tens of thousands of household products it’s good for. Our founding fathers did it…

I: I’d want cookies…Chips-Ahoy please!

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

Me: I have been writing since I was little…I used to write on paper, the refrigerator and the walls…once in poo…or so I was told…

Myself: You would…Jesus! Yes, infact, while cleaning out a box of pictures and mementos the other day, I found a poem I had written to my mother when I was in the second grade. I don’t remember writing it, but for being so young, it was pretty good 😉

I: I’d rather sing…*grimaces as she recalls she can’t carry a tune in a bucket*

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

Me: I want to not be able to put it down. I want to be spellbound. I rarely find that anymore. I can’t even recall the last book that “did it” for me. That’s really sad.

Myself: I have to see myself in the main character. I also must like the plot. I like to be left with the “I so did not see that coming!” feeling.

I: I like strong, funny characters. The funnier the better. Helps deal with those two and their constant bitching!

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

Me: I write to shut the other two up…they make it impossible to even think sometimes but when I put on the headphones and get into the “zone”…I can’t hear them!

Myself: I do it for fun…nothing better than reading the finished product 😉

I: I do it because they let me have cake when we’re done!

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

Me: Fuck em if they don’t like it!

Myself: Sweet Lord! I’d expect that from her…I told my daughter that if her friends judged her for my past…they were never her friends to begin with. It’s really very simple. If someone is there for your struggles, you keep them around for your success.

I: True dat

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

Me: OMG…That’s a good one…”Writers don’t want to” I love that…that’s exactly what we get…and we get over it, when we get over it.

Myself: You just walk away. It’s like a fight. You can go over it and over it and over it. It’s not going to change until you go about it another way. Sometimes that way is to just walk off and come back to it later.

I: I just do what they tell me to…

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

Me: I truly believe that if I had not walked every single step of the path that is my life, I would not be who and where I am today and I like this place I call my life…I would not change one second..Not one crazy, happy, sad, angry, wild, scary, abusive, destructive, joyous, amazing second… I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Myself: Amen to that…especially the crazy part…

I: I’d ask for more cookies 😉

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

Me: I’d go back and tell the first guy I slept with to go fuck himself…

Myself: I’d love to see that! I’d go back and tell the first guy I slept with that he sucked…

I: I would go back and tell the people at Hostess to fill Twinkies with chocolate cream filling…

LH: I would freak out if I got a phone call saying they were turning one of my books into a movie as I’m actually painfully shy. What would you do?

Me: I’d send a text to my kids telling them I’d send them a forwarding address and disappear…

Myself: As if…We’d buy a house on the Central Coast of California with a pool table and indoor pool where we’d spend our days swimming, honing our billiards skills and watch the sun sink into the Pacific each evening…

I: Yeah..what Myself said…and we’d take the kids with us!

Just for you guys…Cause you’re special 😉

Turn on’s?

Me

Honesty: I’d rather hurt and be hurt with the truth than a lie any day

Exotic looking men: Came into that late in life but WOWZA

Certain smells: Scented candles, coffee, some aftershave…I’m the one you’ll find in those aisles just standing there with my eyes closed inhaling…*sighs just thinking about it now*

Myself

A sense of humor: I love to laugh

Honesty: I detest liars

Scents: I’m with me in the coffee aisle…

I

Random acts of Kindness: They just melt my heart!

Foreign Men: OMG! Love accents!

Sweets: Smother me in chocolate and I’m yours…

Turn off’s?

Me

Liars: Been there, done that and wrote a book on it 😉

Judgmental people: That’s not our job in this life

Organized Religion: I have lots of  issues 😉

Myself

Liars: See above

Certain smells: I know…it makes no sense lol

Cruelty: There’s no reason for it

I

Racism: There’s no reason for that either

Liars: See above

Peas: OMG…I don’t even like to see them!

Thanks for that crazy and insightful interview…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Me: Sweet Iced Tea Myself: Sweet Iced Tea I: Sweet Iced Tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Me: Super Hot Shower  Myself: That wasn’t an option!  I: Oh Snap!

Favorite Color? Me: Any Shade of blue…Myself: Ditto I: Me too!

Take out or Dine in? Me: Dine in Myself: Dine in I: Take out

Camping or Hotel? Me: Hotel! Myself:  Hotel! I:  I go where they take me…

Sports or Chocolate? Me: Is chocolate eating a sport? Myself: If not it should be…I: It’s most certainly chocolate 😉

Dogs or Cats? Me: Neither…Myself: Hater! I: Here kitty, kitty, kitty

Favorite Food? Me: Alice Springs Chicken from the Outback Myself: Oh yes…Alice Springs Chicken! I: Is chocolate considered a food?

Favorite Song? Me: Holy Shit! That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child! It’s an impossible question to answer! This week it’s “Slut Like You” by Pink…next week it’ll be something else! Myself: She’s right it’s rough but my all time favorite is “New Kids In Town” by The Eagles I: “Natalie” by Bruno Mars…I just love me some Bruno Mars 😉

Favorite Movie? Me: A Fish Called Wanda Myself: The Note Book I: Razing Arizona

Favorite Car? Me: 65-67 Ford Mustang Shelby GT’s Myself: Oh yes…65-67 Ford Mustang Shelby GT’s I: Yessss 65-67 Ford Mustang Shelby GT’s!!

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Well duh…BOTH 😉 preferably with sex before, during and after 😉

All authors may not be crazy but there is now proof that I am 😉 Now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

Me: I would go to Greece, find me some Greek God’s to do wonderfully wicked things to until they dropped…

Myself: I would take my friend, who is a paraplegic, up in a helicopter, and I’d take him places he’ll never be able to see. We’d stay in places that he’d never go on his own and we’d have a blast!

I: I would go to Disneyland for a whole week and leave those two at home!

Thank you for spending this time with us and make sure to get your copies of

Me, Myself & I…Funny Fights I Have With Me, Myself and Well…I

Killing the Desire

A Beautiful Liar~Book One of the Maggie West Series

Maggie’s Men  

A Collection of Short Stories by Leanna Harrow from the Fun to the Fearsome

and 

Maggie’s Misery coming in November 2013

at my Amazon.com Authors Page…or by clicking on any of the books below!

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Check out the Reviews for “Killing the Desire”

Check out the Amazon.com reviews for “Killing the Desire.”

It’s an erotic thriller guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end!

By demeter94 on February 8, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

Life is tough for Rose Harlow: She finds her mother murdered in a bathtub full of bleach, and she has to deliver the news to her siblings and the estranged father. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with for one woman, she falls hard for the detective on the case. He is attracted to her as well, and one thing leads to another. However, the future of their relationship is uncertain, especially when Rose begins to suspect that Detective Mason and the killer might be one and the same.
Fortunately, Rose Harlow is tough too.

Leanna Harrow’s Killing the Desire is a fast-paced and enjoyable read, with a heroine who doesn’t take no for an answer, in her personal and professional life. She’s a law student, but not always going by the book during her own investigation into her mother’s case. And then there’s the blazing hot affair with the detective which could cost him his job–or Rose her life.
There were twists and turns in this book that I didn’t see coming (which as an avid reader of the thriller genre, I probably should have), which is always a plus.

I liked that even though Rose honored her mother’s wishes for her, and proudly so, she also dared to make different choices and trust her instincts. She takes control of her life and sexuality. Eventually, the pieces fall into place just like the pieces of the puzzle that is Becks Harlow’s murder.

Killing the Desire is highly entertaining from the thriller reader’s point of view (I read it in one sitting), but if you’re in it for the erotica, Harrow delivers as well.

By C.Alexander Newkirk on January 24, 2013

Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase

This is one saucy number that will have you drenched with equal parts suspense and passion. A little bit of Carolyn Keene meets Zane with just a touch of E.L. James makes for quite the interesting romp on the hotter side of erotic suspense. You definitely want to give this author a shot.


Format: Paperback

This has sex in it but is not in the realm of the other two books. This reads exactly like what it is a murder mystery with a bit of spice. Not your Momma’s apple pie spice either. Leanna is a very descriptive writer and pulls the audience into the scene. We can taste it, touch it, feel it and live in the moments with her characters. I was very sad during some scenes and heated with lust with others. The ending was perfect in my opinion so I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 with a heat rating of 7.
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy twists!!!, May 4, 2013

When I started reading this book, the first thought out of my mouth was “WTF”!!!! The beginning is a part that just seems to drag you in and it makes you want to find out more. The twists and turns that Rose is feeling during the course of this book was so well written, that you couldn’t help but want to read more.

I really enjoy the real life aspects that Leanna puts in her book, the anger that Rose has towards her father for example. That gives the book a more personal touch. Just because this book has an erotic sense to it, that doesn’t mean everyone’s lives are great.

This book has enough twists and turns that it will leave you wanting for more. You will want to finish reading because you just have to find out what happens next!

3.0 out of 5 stars 3.0 out of 5 stars A Murder Mystery, May 4, 2013

Killing the Desire begins moments after Rose’s mom, Becks, is killed. We get to spend a few chilling moments with her murderer before meeting Rose and the rest of the characters. When Rose comes home to find her mother dead, she becomes determined to find the killer.

That’s when she meets Detective Dave Mason, and falls head over heels for him. After a sad family reunion and joyous funeral party, Rose and Dave have a six hour sex-athon. Then Rose finds some evidence on her mother’s laptop that pinpoints Dave as the potential murderer.

Is he the murderer? Well, I can’t spoil the plot for you, now can I?

The book shocked me from the very first line, but I only wish that level of tension continued throughout the whole novel. Right after the opening scene we get a few chapters of backstory before the plot gets moving again. I get that Harrow wanted us to understand Rose’s family, but it would have been better to get that as the plot continued rather than all at once.

>”Yes, Rose was a scrapper and you didn’t want to mess with her. ”
Rose is a spunky character. She’s not going to take any guff from anyone. While I liked a change from all of the weak and helpless female main characters I’ve seen in erotica recently, she’s still another stereotype. Fans of anime and manga might recognize her as tsundere, or the tough chick with a heart of gold. There isn’t much to her that wasn’t predictable.

The same goes for the rest of the characters. If you love perfect and beautiful main characters, then Killing the Desire delivers. Rose is smoking hot, with a great ass and boobs. Dave is a big hunk of rippling six-packs in a police uniform. Sweet. But if you like a little more originality in your characters, you may be disappointed.

The sex didn’t work for me. Many times It just seemed too unrealistic and rushed by too quickly. Rose was a orgasm machine, and even she lost count of how many times she orgasmed. It seems like she can cum at the drop of a hat. I wish I had that skill, but I am not so lucky. I do like that she takes the reins sometimes during sex, and doesn’t just sit back and let things happen to her.

>”Those gorgeous eyes fixed on him. Those gorgeous, brilliant, blue eyes! They were deep, soulful, kind eyes. They were mesmerizing and captivating eyes. ”
Sometimes the style in Killing the Desire could be a little rough. It could be repetitious, like in this quote. The dialogue often felt unbelievable particularly in the scenes with the police officers. But the scenes with Rose and her siblings were dead on in dialogue and feeling. I even found myself smiling and thinking about my siblings as I read these moments.

Harrow also falls into the old writer trap of telling when she should be showing. We get that the eyes are gorgeous. But show us how gorgeous they are, don’t tell us.

Overall, Killing the Desire was an interesting ride. There are lots of twists and turns that I can’t write about, and you’ll just have to read the book to find out. Although there are certainly some areas for improvement, it can delight some lovers of mystery with a bit of sexiness thrown in.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.

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4 Days Left of Christmas in July!!

4 Days Left to get “A Beautiful Liar~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series”

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~News Flash~

It’s Christmas in July at Coffee Time Romance!!

Eternal Press Books will be HALF OFF the entire month of July!

They have both

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