Monday, May 3, 2010

The Darkly Luminous Haunted London Blog Tour & Contest!


"The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker is made of all kinds of awesome and is just as exciting and romantic as the first book. Not to be missed."

"Leanna Renee Hieber's writing voice shines brightly. I love it...a lush love story and an enthralling tale about good vs. evil."

I'm delighted to have Leanna Renee Hieber here to guestblog about The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, her second Darkly Beautiful novel, and to share an excerpt.   She's also offering a copy of either of her novels in a contest, so read to the end for information.  Welcome, Leanna Renee!


The final tour stop! I am so thrilled to be back here at Vampire Wire again, talking my favorite subject: Ghosts.

About The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker

“Death-pale Percy Parker was a beacon for Fate. True love had found her, in the tempestuous form of Professor Alexi Rychman. But her mythic destiny was not complete. Foretold by ghosts with which she alone could converse; a war was coming. Victorian London would be overrun by a spectral host. Yet, within mighty Athens Academy, alongside The Guard who shielded mortals from the agents of the Underworld, she counted herself among friends. Wreathed in hallowed fire, they would stand together, no matter what dreams or nightmares—may come.”

About the Haunted London Blog Tour

I’ve been busy telling ghost stories here on this tour to celebrate the freshly released sequel in the Strangely Beautiful series of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels; The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker. And we’ve come to the part of the tour where I share some of my own ghosts that I’ve made up along the way. All the London ghosts within the book – save for my ghostly residents of the fictional Athens Academy and the grim Whisper-world- are taken from real, documented London haunts. But here at Vampire Wire I want so show you a glimpse inside the ghostly Whisper-world I’ve created – and the unpleasant force you find there…

From The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker

Chapter Two:  The Whisper-world was in a state of unprecedented chaos. Not that Darkness didn’t like a certain amount; he thrived in it, enjoyed creating it. But everything has a scale, and every scale must have a fulcrum. Darkness fancied chaos of his own making, carefully orchestrated and meticulously controlled, with crafted conflicts, builds and climaxes, a well-made play that he, as director, could change at will. There was an art to chaos. Not this. This was not his, and this was not art.

The battle cries of his sworn enemies echoed down the endless halls, they having escaped their prison tower. He would, of course, round them all up again. But it was surely her fault.

He glided through the careening forms of once-human energy, spirits too agitated to obey him or offer appropriate deference. His shadow reached out as he passed, black phantom limbs that lengthened to shove spirits out of his way while his body remained gracefully still and erect, tossing spirits toward the river to drown, smashing their fragile heads against stone. His jaw ground with pleasure as he heard each satisfying crunch of bone and gorgeous keening that was the last of a humanity draining away, a pathetic cry of pain and dust, its owner never to plunge from these purgatorial shadows deeper into hell, or even to cross into the mysterious Beyond.

He glided toward a rectangular slate door that hissed, molten liquid bubbling around its edges. The haste and force with which the portal had been closed was evidenced by a few finger bones caught in the corners. Ash was everywhere. It filled what served as Darkness’s nostrils as he moved to touch the door still rumbling with residual tremors.

The Groundskeeper appeared, cursing the mess everyone was making of his riverbank, his gravestone gardens, his fountains of mist and trellises of bones. At the mouth of the corridor, he paused, staring into the inscrutable shadows that rose tall and smothering: the lord of the land, himself. The Groundskeeper bowed and scraped, his long coat brushing the wet ground. “Ah, hello, Master,” he sputtered. “The crash sent me runnin’. Something dreadful’s gone…” He stopped and bent down to examine a heap before him, some of which became discernable as body parts made of ash, still hissing with vanquished heat. He cried out, voice cracking, and raked hands through his shock of calico hair. “Oh, no! My sweetie-snaky-lassy, my Gorgon-girl. What’s this? What’ve you gone and done?” His voice shifted accents as he spoke.

Darkness stepped back, repulsed. This pile of ash was what remained of the Gorgon that had been his spy, his emissary and best soldier. And where was the dog? If the dog were in pieces, this place had not yet seen his anger.

“I’ll put you together again, my lovely,” the Groundskeeper crowed. “You’ll be as good as new, just let me just bottle you up! Indeed, Master?”

“Indeed,” Darkness replied. “But you’ll have to commence another Undoing. The seals must be open. Pour the restless onto the earth until they drag her back!”

“But, Master.” The Groundskeeper trembled. “The pins between worlds are sealed fast again.” He held up fingers blackened with blood.

“Undo. Them. Again,” Darkness growled. “As often as it takes.”

“But Master, my lovely needs me! The longer she’s in pieces, the less of her I can—”

Walking Haunted London: 25 Original Walks Exploring London's Ghostly PastDarkness’s shadow arms pounced, twisting the Groundskeeper’s wrist and binding with his royal crimson cloak the creature congealed from a hundred spirits who’d once served human masters. Clutching the bloody and sore patches of his servant’s hands with one preternatural grip, he held a razorlike nail to his throat with the other. The Groundskeeper squealed like an animal as the nail cut deep, and the sound was caught up in the vast stone chambers and amplified, a warning that the Master was not in a mood to be trifled with.

“Why do you punish those loyal to you?” the Groundskeeper gasped, pleading. “Because I can’t get my hands on who dearly deserves it,” Darkness growled. He threw his servant to the floor and kicked his pathetic form for good measure. “Put my best soldier back together, then. Undo. The. Seals!”

“Yes, Master, of course,” the Groundskeeper sniveled, crawling off to procure supplies. As he did, he began an awkward singsong rhyme: “Lucy-Ducy wore a nice dress, Lucy-Ducy made a great mess…” ---

(End of Excerpt)

Leave a comment to win one signed copy of either Strangely Beautiful #1; The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker or The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2). Specify in the comment which one you’re entering to win!  The contest runs through May 10, and a winner will be selected at random.

The Strangely Beautiful saga will continue again with “A Christmas Carroll” (Strangely Beautiful #2.5) novella in Dorchester’s A Midwinter Fantasy anthology this October!

Please join me via any of the sites below for ongoing updates, contests and more! And thanks to Marta’s announcement, you heard that The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker is being turned into a musical! Follow me and track the progress; it promises to be interesting!

“Strangely Beautiful” Blessings!

Leanna Renee Hieber

Learn more about Leanna Renee by reading my Q&A with her, and by visiting her sites:
Watch the book trailer for The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker.


I'll look for GVDs that reflect the Victorian theme of Leanna Renee's books.


JenM said...

After reading all of the excerpts, I'm really excited to start this series. I already have book 1, so if I win, I'd like to get The Darkly Luminous Fight.

Bethie said...

I would love to win the first in the series. I have read such great things about this series.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Marta said...

Hi, Jen and Bethie, I should have added links to some great reviews of these books. My fave was one that said that Leanna Renee's books take her to the time when the touch of a hand could be as thrilling and erotic as anything else.

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Woo-hoo! Oh, Marta, I love all the pictures and goodies you add to your posts, it just makes it so extra special and awesome - thank you! And thanks for making time for me and the tour today, you're so awesome!

Marta said...

Hi, Leanna Renee! It was lots of fun looking for pictures of spooky London. However, I don't recommend doing a google image search for "bloody hand" or "death claw."

angeleyesak said...

I'd like to win Strangely Beautiful

Anna Dougherty said...

I have heard such fabulous things about Miss Percy Parker and I would love to win the first book. Ghost stories are so much fun and even though I am a total wimp, I love being frightened. London makes such a great place for a spooky tale and I loved hearing that Leanna used real haunts as well as her own made up ghosts.

And a musical too! I can only hope that it eventually comes to a city near me:)

Good luck with book 2!

SandyG265 said...

Since I haven't read this series yet I'd like a chance to win the first book.

Toes in the sand with a book in my hand... said...

I love the history behind it. The excerpts are wonderful! I want this book so bad! I can't wait to read it. This is my last chance to win "The Darkly Luminous Fight..."

Rosie said...

I'd love to win the first book in the series to get started. Thanks!

angie said...

I have heard so many great things about this series I really need to get on it and start reading them. I would love to win the first book so I could do just that:)
bangersis at msn dot com

Dot S. said...

Oh, Wow! How have I missed these books??!!! I would love to win Strangely Beautiful.

van_pham said...

I haven't read this series yet, thanks for giving us the chance to win it! Would love to enter for Strangely beautiful book1.


Zita said...

I would like #2, as I already have #1. Thank you!

Chelsea B. said...

I skipped the excerpt because I've never read the series, but I would love to be in the drawing for the first book! I adore the covers;they are definitely some of my favorites!

Ladytink_534 said...

I would LOVE to be entered for The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker.


Rebecca @ DSB said...

I'm glad I caught the last stop on the blog tour. I'd like to enter for a copy of book one, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. That's a fabulous title, btw.

Martha Lawson said...

I'd love to be entered to win book #1. It looks terrific.

I follow on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Hilda said...

Great post - I've heard so much about these books! Read the F&Q's which were great too! :]

Please enter me for either book
hildakullberg (at) gmail (dot) com

mariska said...

I've been trying so hard to win this book ! please count me in for Strangely Beautiful #1 since i haven't read any of Leanna's books :)

uniquas at ymail dot com

Anika said...

I'd like to enter for book #2 - I already have the first one.
exacta_mondo at yahoo dot com

writtenwyrdd said...

I love hearing the thought process behind the world building, especially when it's as detailed and logical as the one you describe! Thanks for sharing!

And your book sounds like a good story.

throuthehaze said...

Great excerpt! This series sounds so interesting :)
I would love to win The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Andrea I said...

I would love to win the first book as I've not read any of them.

Dani said...

i would love to enter for a copy of the first book: The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker.The book sounds frightening,I hope to win and read it - dani.prmr(at)hotmail(dot)com

SaraC said...

I was so excited when I heard this might be made into a musical! Would love to win The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker.


Books and Bane said...

Strangely Beautiful #1


YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

I have heard so many great thins about these books! Please enter me for "Strangely Beautiful #1; The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parke".

Thank you!
Kate(aka YzhaBella)

Mama Bookworm said...

I have the first book so I’d be interested in winning the next book in the series.


Julie said...

These books sound really good. If I win, I'd like the first one since I haven't read the series yet.


Toystory said...

My interest is now piqued... I must have Strangely Beautiful #1 to start reading from the beginning.

Debbie F said...

I haven't read any of this series so I want Strangely Beautiful #1; The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker


dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Linda Henderson said...

I like reading book series from the beginning, so I would like to win the first one.

seriousreader at live dot com

Yesenia said...

Great interview. I'd love to win Book 1 as I am new to this series but I looked it up and I was happy to see so many good customer reviews. Thank you!
Yesenia, Silly Little Game Called Life

Natasha said...

I haven`t read this series yet, but I`ve heard good things! I`d love to win this!!


mbreakfield said...

I'd love to win The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2). Congrats on the book and the play.

Aik said...

I'd love to win Strangely Beautiful #1 - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Hey Leanna! *waves*

This Haunted London Tour is so entertaining, it was a brilliant idea!

Please enter me, I would like to win Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2).

And congrats on the musical! It sounds exciting, I would definitely like to see it and hear the songs! :-)

Don't know if I have already told you this or only thought it every time I saw your books mentioned: I LOVE the titles! They are so unique and evocative, reminds me of fairy tales! :-)

Thank you,

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com