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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Helen Scott Taylor

A Midwinter Fantasy anthology, coming November 2010 as ebook and October 2011 in trade paperback.
Leanna Renee Hieber: A Christmas Carroll
Award winning, bestselling author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories.  She graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Miami University, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to London. The Gothic, dramatic, historic, spiritual and paranormal are the forces behind her lyrical, atmospheric fiction.  While performing as a professional actress she adapted works of 19th Century literature for the stage. Her one-act plays such as Favorite Lady garnered national attention and continue to be produced around the country. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic / Fantasy / Paranormal Romance. 
Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful series of ghostly, Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels, landed on Barnes & Noble's mass market and overall Bestseller List. The book was named a favourite of 2009 by 14 genre book review blogs including Publishers Weekly's Beyond Her Book and Smart Bitches/Dear Author's book tournament and won two 2010 Prism Awards for Best Fantasy and Best First Book. The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful #2) and a novella in the series (Strangely Beautiful #2.5) included in A Midwinter Fantasy continue the series slated for four books. The option rights have been sold for adaptation of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker into musical theatre production. Development team includes Tony Award winning talent that brought shows like Memphis, Wicked, Tarzan and more to the Broadway stage.  
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Maureen said...

That is an impressive resume and I will have to check out her debut novel.
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cheryl c said...

How exciting that the option rights have been purchased!
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robynl said...

I'm so happy for Helen that the rights of her debut book, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, have been purchased.


lindseye said...

That would be interesting to see a theater production based on the book.