Guest Blog & Giveaway: Leanna Renee Hieber & win THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART

November 13, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 38

Today we are very excited to have Leanna Renee Heiber visit us on her Twisted Tragedy Blog Tour. Her newest book in the Magic Most Foul series, THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART (Published November 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire).  Want to win a copy? Check out the giveaway below.

Guest Blog

Foul Magic


Leanna Renee Heiber

  • Foul Magic:  In DARKER STILL, Natalie steps through a painting and discovers that magic and demons exist in 1880 New York City.  Find out what makes a story have just the right amount of magic, mystery and suspense as Leanna lets us in on key elements that make her stories so thrilling.

My love of historical fiction was always entwined with my fascination with fantasy and the paranormal. The Victorian era is a perfect time to entwine spirits, ghost stories, magic and more because the time period was so fascinated with those topics. So I’m tapping in to a part of the Victorian psyche just by infusing my tales with fantastical themes. The trick is always balance. One aspect of the novel can’t entirely dominate over the other; my world-building on the magical sense can’t outweigh the development of characters, suspense aspects can’t get in the way of growth for a character, characters have to grow within their circumstances and I have to find the most tension-filled way to do so while still making it “believable”. If the magic, suspense and mystery can all work together to flesh out the historical world, to reveal character and to keep the plot humming along then I’ve created a finely-tuned novel. All the elements of a book have to take turns and pass the relay torch of the journey smoothly and equally.

A lot of help comes in the editorial department, and my editor was key in really helping me trim off the extra fat that didn’t further the plot or tension. A good book requires a few good exterior eyes that can see to the meat of the novel and bring it forward. I’m very good at taking direction and I think that makes me not only a better writer but also someone an editor wants to work with. Also, knowing your characters intimately; what makes them tick and also what makes them scared, it helps draw the reader along in suspense when the character dynamic is viscerally strong. I think the way Natalie’s nightmares play into the Magic Most Foul saga gives the reader a very intimate view into private fears and horrors, and that helps ratchet up the tension from one chapter to the next. My favourite genres as a reader are Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, and I’m not invested in the story if there isn’t a romance somewhere within the plot. I merely have blended all my favourite genres together into one series, and because I want to give each genre equal play, it ends up balancing out.

Photo credit: C. JohnstoneRaised in rural Ohio and obsessed with the Victorian Era, Leanna’s life goal is to be a “gateway drug to 19th century literature.” A three-time Prism Award winner for Fantasy Romance, her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, is being adapted into a musical theater production. An actress, playwright and bestselling author, she lives in New York City and is a devotee of ghost stories, a finely tailored corset and a good Goth club.



Giveaway provided by Sourcebooks Fire

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)


Published November 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire


For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger. But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each other in their dreams, but they can’t escape the darkening shadows. Amid spontaneous explosions, friends turned enemies and dangerous secrets revealed, there’s still a demon who has Natalie’s scent, and someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil.

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38 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Leanna Renee Hieber & win THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART”

  1. Breana M.

    My favorite gothic tale is the Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  2. Angie @ Pinkindle

    The only gothic books I’ve read are the first three books in the 13 Gothic Memoirs series by Rebekah Armusik. I do have Darker Still on my shelf though. 🙂

  3. Nora-Adrienne

    Other then some movies I’ve seen at one time or another, I’ve yet to read anything that I would call a Gothic Tale. Hopefully if I win this will be my first.

  4. erinf1

    thanks for the great post and congrats to Leanna on the newest release! I’m gonna go w/ a classic and say Jane Eyre 🙂

  5. Kirstin

    I’ve never read I book that I truly consider to be a gothic novel, however I may have the wrong idea about what is considered to be “gothic.” When I looked on Goodreads to see what books were tagged under the category, I was kinda shocked at what I found…and according to the Goodreads site, I was VERY wrong at some of the titles listed.
    Some of the titles listed – that I’ve already read – were: The Caster Chronicles-all 4 books & the suplemental 2.5 novella, The Raven Boys, Anna Dressed in Blood and also the entire Fallen series.

  6. Erika

    I’m new to the genre that I know of so this might be my first! Thanks for the introduction!

  7. Keslynn

    I used to read a ton of Victoria Holt books, many of which were Gothic. I can’t remember any particular title unfortunately. I really need to revisit those books. Hopefully they’ll be as good as I remember them.

    Anyone have any Gothic recommendations? I’ve been wanting to get back into the genre.

  8. Cyn

    I haven’t read many. Umm…I cant think of one right now, but I hope this will be it.

  9. Barbara Elness

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is the first gothic I can remember reading, and I read many more over the years, including Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

  10. alicia marie

    I’m not sure what really makes a book a gothic book, so I’m not sure what I’ve read that qualifies 😛 This book sounds amazing, though, and can’t wait to read it!

  11. Josephine

    When I was a teenager, I went through a Victoria Holt phase – I am not sure I could pick one in particular 🙂

  12. JenM

    Does The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, and its sequels count? That’s the most recent gothic type tale that I’ve read.

  13. Penni

    Well by goodreads standards of gothic my favorite and first one I ever read would be Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

  14. Eva

    not exactly but Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance based upon Jane Eyre and, also, Jane Eyre!

  15. Bonnie Hilligoss

    I read a lot of Victoria Holt when I was younger and always re-read Poe every couple of years.

  16. Samantha D

    My favorite gothic tale/mystery would have to be Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hallow! I love how dark the movie is! 😀

  17. Denise Z

    I cannot think of a recent gothic tale I have read, I have been reading a lot of UF and para. Much like the above comments where Victoria Holt is mentioned, I did read a lot of her work, many years ago, but it has certainly been a while.