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Great Reviews for THE IRON HEART!

Posted by Leslie on February 27th, 2012 | No Comments

Haven’t gotten too many yet, but those I’ve seen have been very positive. Take a look:

Night Owl Reviews:

How does one describe a novel such as this? Creative, daring, a fantastic story written with great imagination will work well. The story is one of Ella and Bennett, two very strong willed individuals who must come to terms with their individual ideals and learn to work together in a Victorian Steampunk setting to stop a crazed killer. Ella is an extraordinary heroine who dabbles in creating steampunk works of art to enrich the lives of the people. Bennett is a noble who has done more than dabble and has created truly amazing works, but takes little credit for them. Each one must learn that they were not what they originally believed in thought. Their lives are crazily entwined together, in a compelling case of mistaken identity, hidden dangers, a ruthless killer, and strong, heart-stopping love. Can they find the killer and stop him before he comes for Ella? Can they overcome their differences to be together in love? Can Ella learn to overcome her aversion to automated beings? Read on to find out.

At once engaging, well written, and charming, this is a great story that will bring great pleasure to readers everywhere.

Reading Reality:

Escape Rating A-: I was up until 3 am trying to finish this. I didn’t quite make it, but I really, really wanted to. I wanted to find out how it ended so badly that I picked it up at breakfast the next morning. I got so caught up in the romance I forgot to figure out who the killer really was. Very well done!

Galaxy Express:

The Iron Heart’s sizzling, steamy (!) romance edges toward a “soft” erotic heat level. Bennett Pierce, Lord Barrington, is a dark and tortured hero whose libido is unleashed by Ella’s bold nature and, of course, her luscious curves. The story is loaded with smoldering glances and raw fantasies. I would characterize The Iron Heart as a slow burn erotic steampunk romance with heavy sexual tension throughout.


Posted by Leslie on February 14th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here’s how this is going to work: Rafflecopter has selected six winners. Each winner can choose a necklace or an ebook. The easiest way for me to do this is first come, first serve. So the first one to COMMENT on this blog post with which necklace they want, will get that necklace…and so forth. So PLEASE read the comments before yours before choosing. If you want a book instead, please let me know that.


Now for the winners:

Barbara B.
Lesley S.
Aurora M.
Linda D.
Tami B.
Sara (broken_tears)

CONTEST! Stay tuned…starts January 31!

Posted by Leslie on January 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments


New Cover Time!

Posted by Leslie on November 9th, 2011 | No Comments

In case you haven’t seen me posting this everywhere, here is another chance to view my newest cover! THE IRON HEART, which is my steampunk/Victorian/suspense/romance will be released on February 7, 2012. I can’t wait!!!!!!! :-)

Isn’t she pretty?! (and bad-ass!)

Long Overdue Update

Posted by Leslie on August 3rd, 2011 | No Comments

Here’s the latest from me as far as my writing goes:

THE IRON HEART, a Romance Steampunk, will be available digitally from Samhain on FEBRUARY 14, 2012. Valentine’s Day! How cool is that? Yeah, expect lots of promo and contests around then!

My Harlequin Spice Brief THE LADY’S BARGAIN is still scheduled for April 2012.

I’ve started a new historical Gothic romance. I’m very excited about this one! The current title is A TOUCH OF MADNESS. I’ll post some (unedited) excerpts now and then as I get further into the story.

RWA 2011 was a blast, although I wasn’t impressed with the hotel set-up and missed seeing so many people I was looking forward to hanging with. Next year’s conference is in California. Should be so fun, except for that pesky time change! ;-)

Another Sale!

Posted by Leslie on May 6th, 2011 | No Comments

Steampunk bookcover

I sold my sexy, Victorian Steampunk novel THE IRON HEART to my current publisher, Samhain! My editor said she loved the Jack-The-Ripper theme. YAY! I don’t have any release dates but the contract has been signed. This will be my fifth contract with Samhain.

Now, I need to write one of the following:

1) Follow up to The Iron Heart
2) Harlequin Spice Brief story (possible trilogy)
3) Historical Gothic

Gothic Love

Posted by Leslie on March 24th, 2011 | No Comments

So I’m thinking of putting the Steampunk aside for a while (unless it happens to sell and the editor wants the sequel). I’m turning back to my first love, the Gothic romance. It all started with Wuthering Heights. Yes, that book wouldn’t be considered a romance in today’s world…not much of a happy ending and the main love interests never ended up together. But the isolated manor, haunting moors, and unrequited love still call to me.

BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST was my first Gothic. I tried to stay true to the genre, by keeping my characters in the isolated manor and limiting their interaction with others. The house itself was in large, confusing, and in shambles. The yard wasn’t much better. Between a spooky house, mysterious noises, and a lurking menace, I hopefully succeeded in making it a true Gothic.

So, I’m brainstorming my next story, trying to write another Gothic. What elements do you like best in Gothics??

Buy a book for 99 cents and get a free book!

Posted by Leslie on March 18th, 2011 | No Comments

I’ve dropped the price of IMPROPER NIGHTS down to 99 cents. How can you pass that up? ;-) And if you leave a review/comment at any of the distributors listed below, I’ll send you your choice of any of my other titles (print or electronic) — absolutely free! {for a limited time}


I have a date!

Posted by Leslie on March 9th, 2011 | No Comments

My editor at Harlequin told me they are releasing THE LADY’S BARGAIN in April, 2012! Just over a year away. Yeah…things move slowly in the publishing business.

Stay tuned for when I get a cover and when it’s listed for pre-order! :-)

Things I am waiting on!

Posted by Leslie on January 18th, 2011 | No Comments

Ok, yes, it’s been a LONG time since I blogged. I just don’t see the need when there is both Facebook and Twitter. But every now and then I’ll have something to say here.

Some exciting things I am (impatiently) waiting on:

1) A full contract from Harlequin for my Spice Brief story
2) New covers from Samhain on my two Jordanna Kay stories, which are being relisted as Leslie Dicken
3) News from Samhain on BEAUTY and a possible foreign sale
4) Request from an editor on a query
5) A follow up to an interview I had about a new job

As I wait, I am (1) judging a contest entry, (2) making final edits on THE IRON HEART to resubmit, and (3) expanding a short story to submit to Carina and/or Samhain.

Oh and I’m making wire-jewelry in there too. ;-)