Jen: Today we welcome Leona Bushman to Romancing the Book. Leona, will you share a short bio with us?
Leona: Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most common one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes, that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.
She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Leona: Looking to make a steampunk, and was in a mood for mystery…sort of just grew from there.
In a world where the old remains and is integrated with the new, Victoria struggles escape from those who wish her ill, or worse, dead.
What if the American Revolution never happened? Follow the timeline to the year 2011 where Duchess Victoria is waiting for her birthday to inherit the rest of her titles as well as her fortune. Then her father would lose his control over her and cease sending any more men to try to dupe her into marriage. If she married before she turned twenty-five, Victoria would lose most of her inheritance.
Enter a dashing undercover agent sent by the King of Americas to spy on Victoria’s father. When she meets Bill, Victoria is tempted by him more than any other man. As they travel cross-country via private traincoach, it becomes apparent things aren’t what they seem in ways Victoria doesn’t want to acknowledge.
Victoria and Bill must work together to find the culprit responsible for sabotage and murder, but this is only the beginning. Can they keep their wits before one of them is killed? Join them in the first of many adventures in the steampunk serial, The Shot: Traincoach of Death 1.
And a short excerpt to whet your appetite:
The idea of her being married off started a slow burn in him. They’d reached the upper levels by now, and he looked around for prying eyes. No one paid them any more attention than the next person.
Bill pushed her up against the glass dome. With the sunset falling behind her, her hair looked like flaming fire, reflecting how he’d started to feel about her. He’d already admired her on paper. Since meeting her in person, he felt like he rode the express train to ever after and didn’t know how to get off—or if he even wanted to.
He put a hand behind her neck and drew her in. Surprise flashed across her features as he dropped his lips to hers and then the fire from the sky spread through him. Their tongues dueled and his free hand brought her body close to his, seeking her fire. In response, she wrapped her arms around his neck and met him thrust for thrust, causing him to see and feel each second, each movement in slow motion.
Now he knew. Time slowed so that each whisper of their lips lasted as a hurricane, each heartbeat a lifetime of promise. Then time returned to its normal flow, and his body responded to the soul’s fullness. His ears buzzed with lust, and he wanted to lift her skirts right there and then and complete the act of becoming one. However, it occurred to him she didn’t know the truth about who he was, and it killed his libido faster than a cold shower.
He kissed his way up her cheek, placing a final kiss on her forehead. She relaxed her head against his chest, and he held her close as the sun set.
Something wasn’t right on the Louisiana Rail and Engine Company. The King showed his great knowledge and wisdom once again when he sent Bill to the Hastings’ holdings, and he hoped to live up to the king’s expectations.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Leona: Unique, emotional, different
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Leona: Ancestry dot com has been my friend… LOL
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Leona: Right this minute, that I have two releases scheduled (makes three for the year as I had a release in an anthology in January), and one is going to print. I’m still old school enough for this to be SWEET.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Leona: I haven’t done much but dance, or sometimes, I’ll upscale my lunch so I sit down to eat with a waitress instead of McDonalds… But, recently, with the signing of the last one, I decided, I am going to make something of the next one. And the next one. And the next one…
Jen: What’s next for you?
Leona: Murder by Succubus, published by Passion in Print, come July/August.