Pics from KGB

For those of you not lucky enough to enjoy my and Leanna’s EPIC performance at the KGB reading series, there are some great photos up on Matthew Kressel’s Google page.

Just click the photo to enter!

Lee & Lea at KGB

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Leanna Renee Hieber & Alethea Kontis @ KGB, March 20th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul) by Leanna Renee Hieber Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright and author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy series such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the upcoming Eterna Files series for Tor. She is a four time Prism Award winner and her Strangely Beautiful saga is being adapted into a musical theatre production.
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Alethea Kontis is the bestselling author of many shiny books for children. Her debut young adult fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She lately hails from Northern Virginia, and is currently at work on Beloved, the third book in the Woodcutter Sisters series.

Wednesday, March 20th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
New York, NY

Readings are always free.
Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

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Lady Jane’s Salon

For those who aren’t familiar with the AWESOMENESS that is Lady Jane’s Salon, this Popular Romance article (and really great accompanying video) gives a fabulous overview of the venue and a sampling of some of the authors they’ve had perform there (including my dearest friends Leanna Renee Hieber and Dianna Love).

Lady Jane’s Salon from Laurie Kahn on Vimeo.


Here are the details for the Lady Jane’s Salon Event this Monday (May 7th) at which I will be appearing with Katy Kellgren to perform a selection from ENCHANTED!

Lady Jane’s Salon, New York City’s only monthly reading series devoted to romantic fiction, now in its fourth year with three satellite salons nationwide…

Join us in May as we welcome the following five great guest authors: Suleikha Snyder, Zoraida Cordova, Kate Cross, Alethea Kontis, and historical fiction bestseller Sherry Jones (JEWEL OF MEDINA, SWORD OF MEDINA), reading from their latest releases.

Admission: $5 or one paperback romance novel. Net proceeds support an end of year donation to a NYC women’s charity. Previous years’ charitable recipient:

Guest authors’ books will be available for sale and signing on site.

For more information, contact Salon Co-founder, Hope Tarr,

On Facebook: Lady Jane
On Twitter: @LadyJanesSalon

RSVP to the Event on Facebook HERE!

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Princess Time Lord

Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

Name: The Princess
Regeneration: 9
Notable clothing item: Socks
Companion: Leanna Renee Hieber (squee!)
Favorite Word: Syzygy

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Late Night Coffee Time

So…I may or may not be having a chat from 9-11pm tonight over at Coffee Time Romance:

“Once Upon A Time: Magical History, Steampunk, Gaslight and Fairy Tales! Three YA Authors dish on magic, mayhem, curses, princes and happily ever afters!”

With award winning, bestselling fantasy and romance authors Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber and debut author Suzanne Lazear.

Chatting and monkeying around and giveaways and everything! I’m really looking forward to this! Only…they haven’t gotten back to us, and we don’t seem to be listed on the calendar.

I’m going to play this like we’re still on. If you’re free tonight, hiding from the cold weather on your computer at home with a nice warm cup of tea, we’d love to have you! Make sure your Java software is up to date and click on over here to join the conversation.


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Who Do You Love?

It’s no secret that:

1.) Poe was my Emo High School Dream Boyfriend
2.) Tamora Pierce’s George Cooper was my first literary love
3.) I freaking adore Leanna Renee Hieber
4.) I believe in supporting Independently owned businesses

Amusingly enough, this post is going to cover ALL FOUR OF THESE SUBJECTS. “But how on Earth…?” I hear you asking. Well, here’s your answer.

My favorite read so far this Fall season has been Leanna Renee Hieber’s DARKER STILL. (Yes, what you see pictured there is my very own personalized copy of the ARC, but you cannot have it! You may win the other one, though, if you’re patient.) DARKER STILL is not only a gorgeous book (and gorgeously written), but it is also in many ways, Leanna’s love letter to Dorian Gray–one of her own literary true loves. (We fight over Poe.)

Natalie, the main character, is mute–what we read in the pages of DARKER STILL is her diary, the only way she is truly able to express herself as eloquently as she hears herself in her head. It is turn-of-the-century New York City, and there is a particular piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (where Natalie’s father is a curator). It is the portrait of a handsome young gentleman, Lord Denbury, and it seems to be ALIVE.

Probably because IT IS.

What’s that? You can’t wait to read it? Excellent! You won’t have to wait long, because it releases on November 1st. Hooray!

Here’s the best part. If you CLICK THIS LINK, you will be taken to the website of a little independent book shop in NYC called Word Books. And for only $8.99, you will be able to order your very own PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED copy of DARKER STILL. That’s right — Leanna will be personally signing (and inscribing to whomever you wish) EVERY SINGLE BOOK ordered from this bookstore.

I know you hate hearing it, but Christmas is right around the corner. What more perfect gift could you give than a personalized first edition book signed by The Author Herself and personalized to everyone on your list? Plus, there’s the benefit of feeling good that you supported the True American Economy and supported a lovely independent bookshop.

Independent bookstores are like an endangered species nowadays. We can’t let them die. BIBLIOPHILES, UNITE!

Here’s that link again. Click on over an order your book. Then pop back here and let me know in the comments that you’ve done so, and I’ll enter you to win that pictured signed copy of Leanna’s THE PERILOUS PROPHECY OF GOD AND GODDESS.

Sound like a good deal? Awesome.I’ll see you back here in a minute.

Thanks, guys!! xox


PS – Who is YOUR literary true love?

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Last Day to Win a Unicorn!

That’s right! At midnight EST tonight, my dearest bosom companion Leanna Renee Hieber will be randomly drawing from the commenters on THIS BLOG POST to see who wins a copy of John Skipp’s DEMONS anthology, autographed by MOI! (I hear there are some other pretty decent authors in this anthology as well. Like this Neil Something.)

All you have to do is click over and tell Leanna one thing you love about Fall. That’s it! Just one thing! That’s easy, right? Of course it is. Because EVERYONE LOVES FALL.

Bonus entry points are gven if you follow me on Twitter. (And once I get to 2000 followers, *I* am going to give away an autographed collection and a box of books…so it’s a win-win-win-win-win situation!)

October is Halloween Awareness Month. It’s All Hallows Read. It’s even Friday, which qualifies this as a #FridayReads. You are covered on ALL BASES. So what are you waiting for? Click on my picture of the story below, go on over there, and comment.

Happy Friday!


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BBF — SFWA Schedule

For those SF/F geeks, you can find the complete schedule of SFWA-related activities for the Baltimore Book Festival at this link.

Just remember, Leanna and I are both booked solid from about 3pm until 7pm, which means you’ll have to hunt me down at whatever I’m doing to see me. (And if you bring a granola bar, I’ll be your best friend for at least five minutes.)

See you there!

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Baltimore Book Festival

Leanna Renee Hieber and I will be teaming up with our fellow SFWA authors and participating in the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday, September 24th.

The festival is located on Charles Street in Baltimore, which will be closed to traffic for the festivities. Click here for driving directions.

Click here for a list of all the fantastic presenting authors! (And why Kelly Link isn’t on our Steampunk panel, I have no idea.)

Here is our Schedule for Saturday (subject to change, but I doubt it will):

Saturday, September 24

3:00 -4:00 pm Alethea & Leanna man the SFWA booth/table
I will have midi-sized copies of AlphaOops: H is for Halloween available, as well as a few copies of Magic & Monsters and exclusive Janet Lee prints from our upcoming A is for Alice! I will also be giving away all those bookmarks that I forgot to bring to Dragon*Con.

4:00 pm. Group signing, chat, raffles
Join authors Brenda Clough, Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Heiber, Catherine Asaro, Alan Zendell, and Allison Pang to chat, have your books autographed, and win prizes.

5:00 pm YA fiction in science fiction and fantasy
Panelists K.D. Hays, Catherine Asaro, Leanna Renee Heiber, and Alethea Kontis talk about the biggest selling genre in fiction. Why do “young” adult books such as the Harry Potter series appeal to all age groups?  How do we define YA and how can you break into that market?

6:00 pm Victoriana and Gaslight Fantasy: Everything that’s old is new again
Panelists Brenda Clough, Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Heiber, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail talk about one of the hottest new genres in speculative fiction. What accounts for the current fascination with steampunk and Victoriana?  Just what exactly is Steampunk? Panelists will talk about the genre as a whole and discuss their favorites.

7:00 pm Readings
Come hear readings from Leanna Heiber and Alethea Kontis, two of the hottest, bestselling authors in paranormal and steampunk fiction.

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She’s Back, Baby!

That’s right — I’m back from Dragon*Con, the Internet is back up, and now my website is cooperating so I can post again!

Of course, I still have that pesky bookstore day job (and Fairy Goddaughter the Elder’s Birthday) so you won’t get all the info at once…but you’re okay with that, and I thank you for your patience.

Here’s a seriously great interview that K. Tempest Bradford did with Leanna Renee Hieber and me the Saturday of Dragon*Con between the Yule Ball and the Time Travelers Ball (that’s right–we were ball-hopping). In it, Leanna and I chat (in more of a conversation-chat than a Q&A presentation, which is lovely) about the wonders and difficulties of being SF fans and pros at the same time. I also make a secret announcement about an as-yet-unannouced project I am very squeeish about. You can check it out here.

Not only Dragon*Con happened over the weekend — on Friday, the only other Books-a-Million in the area announced its closing–on top of the Borders closing–so over the holidays our tiny little store is going to be the only game in town.It’s not even Halloween. Yes, I am scared. But only so many customers can fit in our store at a time, so I’m not *that* scared…

But I may need to start looking for another job. Like, yesterday.

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