Welcome to a special Thursday edition of Favorite Friday! Today I’ve got a special treat for you. Meet Lizzie T. Leaf – a fabulous paranormal author with a truly wicked sense of humor! Lucky for her readers, that humor always winds up in her books! Read on to learn all about Lizzie and her latest set of projects. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her latest re-release, DEAD Awake. Welcome Lizzie!
Thank you for having me, Lori. Your questions are interesting and some made me stop and think (ouch…have a headache now). I’m delighted to be here and here goes on the questions!
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Currently, I write spicy paranormal mostly with humor and some erotic contemporary. I love building worlds and mixing up various immortals with mortals. This gives me room to put a humorous spin or if the story calls it, get serious.
Tell us about your current series.
I actually have 2 series going now. The one focused in this blog tour is the DEAD series. Musa Publishing is re-releasing 4 books and I have contracted for a 5th one to come out in October, 2012. The DEAD series kicks off with socialite Deb Stein’s Halloween party. She ends up in bed with the hot guy in black and wakes up smelling pine. Much to her dismay, the dirty old man lurking outside the funeral home tells her life has changed…and oh, you’re a vampire. To add insult to injury, she has to get a job since there is no trust fund and she ends up a stripper biding her time until she can get her hands on the one who turned her.
Do you have critique partners?
I do and boy do I ever need a critique partner. We write different genres, but she has no problem holding my feet to the fire and I try to return the favor. In addition, I’m also blessed to have friends who will do fast reads and make suggestions when I’m in a time crunch on a deadline.
What is your favorite dessert/food?
Ice cream! The cold, sweet delight needs a required food group of its own. I’m thinking minimum servings of two per day? What do you think?
What genres are you drawn to as a reader?
I love to read! That translates into I read various genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Always have, probably always will.
How far do you plan ahead?
I try to work with a monthly short term goal, plan out for a year and the big picture goal for around five years. I go back and adjust/tweak as needed.
Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization? Which one? Have they helped you with your writing? How?
I belong to RWA National and two local Romance Chapters, the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and Colorado Romance Writers. I am the 2012 President for Heart of Denver. As for helping with my writing…definitely yes. There are presentations each month by terrific speakers on a variety of topics, and I always come away with some new tip to apply to my work.
Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?
The comments from readers who like my work. My heart goes pitter-pat when I get an email from someone who enjoyed one of my books, or when I’m doing book signings and a reader comes in with a book they’ve read and want it dedicated and signed.
What’s next for you?
A number of things. I just signed two contracts. One is for a new book in the DEAD series for October and the other is a re-release of one of my Christmas stories. In addition, I’m working on a third book in the Magic series. Also, have a YA in the works as well as a Fantasy Women’s fiction. Those two will be under different author names so my current readers aren’t confused.
Sounds good to me! Lucky for your readers, you are one busy author! BTW, I personally adore Vanilla ice cream, and French Vanilla is a true treat.
I hope you all enjoyed meeting Lizzie. Be sure to leave her a comment to enter the drawing for a free .PDF copy of DEAD Awake, the first book in her DEAD series! Read on for a quick sneak peek into the world of Billie Joyce in DEAD Awake!
Waking up to discover you’re a vampire then fainting at the sight of your number one food source isn’t healthy.
Billie Joyce’s dream visit to New York City turned into a nightmare. Now not only is she one of the living dead, but she has to contend with a know-it-all vampire who wants to tell her how to talk. Not gonna happen!
Excerpt from DEAD Awake
Now you listen here, Mister Smarty Britches,” Dovey noticed Billie Joyce didn’t seem concerned about modesty when her temper flared. She leaned forward to glare at Daniel. “You can’t even get a girl’s name right.”
“If the girl would pick one name to use, that wouldn’t be an issue.” Daniel stepped closer to the bed. “Would it?”
“Enough, you two.” Dovey moved to position herself between them. “You can argue over who calls who what later. Right now, we need to come up with a plan to get sustenance into Billie Joyce. She’s going to weaken if she doesn’t feed and I don’t intend to lose my first creation because she’s anorexic.”
Daniel glared over Dovey’s shoulder. “Fine. Aaron and I will go get a couple of thick steaks. Rare meat will tide her over while we work on another plan.”
“I eat my meat well done, thank you.” Billie Joyce wrapped the sheet around her again and stuck her nose in the air.
“As in shoe leather. Maybe we should raid Dovey’s closet instead.”
Leave it to Daniel to be a smart ass. Maybe my foot up his behind would show him real shoe leather.
“Well, I never!” Billie Joyce swung her feet over the edge of the bed and stared at Dovey. “Sugar, are you going to let him talk to me like that?”
Bravo! See what I mean about that wicked sense of humor? Thanks, Lizzie, for being here today. Readers, you can own your very own copies of the first two books in the DEAD series! Click here to purchase DEAD Awake. directly from the MUSA Publishing website! Or, you can Click here to purchase DEAD Faint!
DEAD Faint will also be available August 3rd for Kindle (Amazon), and at All Romance eBooks.
It will be available for Nook (Barnes & Noble) and at other 3rd party sites shortly after.
Connect with Lizzie at: www.lizzietleaf.com
Friend her on Facebook: lizzie.t.leaf
Follow her on Twitter: @lizzietleaf
And keep up with her happenings on her blog: http://lizzietleaf.blogspot.com/
Yes, on the ice cream! Butter pecan or cookie dough or cookies and cream or chocolate or… Okay, I’ll stop.
Great interview! Always nice to learn more about one of my fave people. 🙂
Hello to two of my favorite ladies! I’m hanging in Ohio this weekend but luckily have my laptop. Best of luck with the raising of the Dean, my friend!
Hi Helen, Thank you! Hope you’re having fun in OH! Look forward to your return home.
Hello back to you, Helen! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Ohio! 🙂
Lori, thanks for having Lizzie on your blog. Lizzie, I can always count on you and your books to make me laugh. I have your first Dead book and love it. If I don’t win one of the other Dead ones, I’m sure going to buy them.
Hey lady, great to see one of my fav people here! Glad you loved the first book and thank you for the glowing comment!
It’s truly my pleasure, Karalee. Isn’t she awesome? 🙂
Darn it! I already bought it. Just as well, because I almost never win anything by chance. 😛
Thank you Holley! What a nice thing to hear from somoeone as talented as you!!!
BTW, please email me…need to ask you a personal question.
I always look forward to your books. Can’t wait to read these.
As always, looking forward to your books Lizzie! This was a great interview and thanks for filling us in on your new projects ahead! Thanks Lori for this great post!
Thank you for stopping by, Lisa. And for your support!!!
You’re very welcome, Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Thank you for the interview, Lori! Love hanging out with you!!!
My pleasure, Lizzie! You’re a real inspiration to me and I’m sure to many, many other writers — and readers — out there! You ROCK, Lady!
WOOT! Glad to see the Dead series rising up again. You can’t keep a good book down. And number three in the Magic series is in the works? Getting excited!
Thank you, Jessica. Yes, #3 in Magic is in the works…want it on my editor’s desk before the end of the year. But first, need to get #5 in the DEAD series done!