For What It's Worth

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 3: The Crossroads Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway! Joy Preble & Leanna Renee Hieber

Today I’m interviewing Joy Preble and Leanna Renee Hieber for The Crossroads Blog Tour!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a KINDLE – preloaded with books from all the Crossroads Tour authors! (details at the end of this post!)



Karen: Welcome to the blog Joy! Your Dreaming Anastasia series is described as a genre blend of "fantasy, folklore and romance". Is it difficult to combine those genres into one story?

Joy: Yes. I like to say that if I’d known what I was doing when I first envisioned this series, I might have had second thoughts. But stories have a way of luring in to write them how they need to be written.

haunted_cover_smallKaren: In Haunted, Anastasia is haunted by a malevolent mermaid - which does NOT sound like a very good thing but is there a ghost that you wouldn't mind be haunted by?

Joy: I guess it might be fascinating to be haunted – at least briefly—by the ghosts of famous historical figures. Like what would Abe Lincoln say if he popped out of the ether and sat down next to me on the couch. Hmmmm… I think there may be a book in that.

Karen:  What are your upcoming projects?

Joy: I have a different paranormal YA mystery, THE SWEET DEAD LIFE, coming out next year from Soho Press in the inaugural line of their new Soho Teen imprint.  It is set here in Texas and is the story of Jenna Samuels and her stoner brother Casey… who returns from a fatal car accident as her guardian angel, all his many flaws still firmly intact. It is funny and bittersweet and I hope you will all love it. The follow up book, still untitled, comes out in spring 2014!

Author links: Website | Blog | Books



Karen: Thanks for being here today Leanna. You're an author, actress and playwright. Which one of those creative outlets is the most challenging for you?

LRH: I’m a born actress and storyteller. I love writing novels, plays are the hardest for me because I have to be so concise with my words and I’m just not a very concise person.

Karen: When did you first know you could be a writer?

LRH: It was always something I did. I didn’t think of making a career out of it until I was working as a professional actress and realized all I really wanted to do was work on my novels. That’s when I knew I had to make a career shift, and I haven’t looked back. Thankfully, I’m doing both, acting and writing and I’m very happy doing so. (You can find me playing Deputy Kellion in the wizarding web-series Auror’s Tale: )

the-magic-most-foul-saga-continues-now-available-for-pre-orderKaren: What were your early stories like?

LRH: All about lonely souls trying to make friends. All my stories are about people who are sort of outcasts in one way or another finding friends, love and purpose in life.

Karen: One last Halloween inspired question to close out the interview!
If you could mix a magical brew, what would you make? Why?

LRH: I would mix a magical brew that could teleport me instantly to my friends’ houses. I have so many beloved friends scattered across the country I’d really love to be able to visit them in an instant.

Author links: Website | Twitter | Books


Grand Prize and How the Crossroads Tour works:

Each day of The Crossroads Blog Tour, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors. Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour.

Answers are to be emailed to tour host, Judith Graves by October 28th at MIDNIGHT. Winner of the grand prize will be announced on OCTOBER 31st – HALLOWEEN.

The GRAND PRIZE you’re vying for? A brand new KINDLE, preloaded with a title from each of the participating Crossroads Blog Tour Authors. That’s right folks, a free KINDLE preloaded with 13 free titles from the participating authors!

Crossroads Blog tour: Main page | Twitter
Twitter chat hosted by Mundie Moms on Monday 1/29 from 8-9 CST/ 9-10 EST

Participating bloggers:
Late Bloomer Online
A Simple Love of Reading
Scribing Shadows
For What It's Worth
Confessions of a Bookaholic
Mundie Moms Book Reviews
Most-Wanted Monsters
A Life Bound by Books


  1. I love the transportation-to-friends'-houses magical brew idea! I could definitely use that to see a few of my favorite people. :-)

  2. Nods head in agreement with Tiger and traveling to friends homes :)

    1. Tiger & Julie -

      Imagine if we could do that! I bet we would all be zipping around visiting people :-)

  3. Sigh...two series that I keep meaning to read. Especially Joy's series.

    1. Haunted has a gorgeous cover!

      Both series sound great.

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    1. They do! SO many books to read and this tour just adds even more authors to try lol

  5. I do love the transport idea too, would be so needed