Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hello March! And Tim Gunn wins best human being award.

Wow! February was a bit of a whirlwind, a lovely Valentine's day with my sweetheart as usual, a lot of hard work and new projects on hand, keeping busy and trying to keep many balls in the air as I juggle. Some moments are more successful than others.

March started off with a bang with our monthly Lady Jane's Salon, featuring Cara Elliott, Louisa Edwards and Mingmei Yip! With such diverse talents, it was, as always, a joy! Stay tuned to the Lady Jane's Salon page for upcoming blogs and re-caps!

Also March 1st began the BOOK-A-WEEK GIVEAWAY via the Strangely Beautiful Facebook page! We're starting off with my 2009 Prism Award winning novella DARK NEST. Each week, the giveaway is open until the following Monday when we turn over to the next book, so become a fan, "like" or comment on the giveaway status update, and you're entered to win. For the schedule of books being given away, check out - and while you're there you can preview what's cooking for the Darkly Luminous contest!

Okay. So this is what this post is really about: Um... what else can March possibly have to offer after having met Tim Gunn?!!! For those of you who may or may not know, I freelance for a New York television studio specializing in satellite media tours. And this week Tim Gunn of Project Runway was in the studio to talk about a wonderful contest he's hosting for people who suffer from psoriasis to make them feel comfortable and fashionable in their own skin. How wonderful is that? How wonderful is he?! So. Wonderful. Seriously. The man shines light and makes the world a better place for his being in it. Not only is he perhaps the most classy, elegant man ever (I know I'm being superlative here but really, I've honestly never met anyone who deserves superlatives more than him) but he is kind, gracious, humble, funny, good-hearted, passionate, talented, and well-spoken (his vocabulary is thrilling), just to name a few good qualities. I think he's pretty close to enlightenment folks, maybe only one more turn around the globe for this one, him and the Dalai Lama are doing pretty well in the "make it work" category. I told him the only other time I was this excited for a guest in the studio was the time I met the Muppets. That's good company. *squee!*

March events: (I know. Everything's utterly pointless and mundane after Tim Gunn) I'm thrilled to be RWA Women's Fiction's Chapter's first workshop! I love teaching this workshop, I've done it for several RWA Chapters and it's fun and energizing: "Direct Your Book!" Theatrical Techniques to a Blockbuster Novel!"

About the workshop: "Crack open a whole new way to think about your fiction by using techniques inherent to actors, directors and other theatre professionals. As an author, think about what it takes to step into the role of actor, director, cinematographer, etc. and feel the lightbulbs go off as you troubleshoot your way towards an engaging, character-rich, one-of-a-kind hit novel." Click here for information on how to participate.

SIGNING: March 13th - Middletown, NY:The lovely Stella Price kindly invited me to a group signing at Borders in Middletown, NY! - 1 North Galleria Drive, Middletown, NY 10941 - 2pm-5:30pm! (As always, my upcoming conferences, events and signings are listed on my BookTour page)

STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL LOVE around the interwebs:
THANKS to Angieville for this lovely Darkly Luminous preview!

THANKS to Smokin' Hot Books for listing The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker as your favourite of 2009 at All Romance's Rom-blog Days of Heart, and for saying why; "I'm an avid Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte fan girl, Strangely Beautiful brought me back into why I started reading romance." - Goodness, thanks K.C.! (I'm a fan girl too)

THANKS to Brooke Reviews for naming Miss Percy under "The Most Beautifully Written" category, wow!

Well, it will be hard for me to top this March so far! What've you been up to?


Mandi said...

I LOVE Tim Gunn!! That is so awesome:)

Edie Ramer said...

I told my husband that since you and Tim Gunn were pals now, there's a two degree separation from Tim Gunn and me. (Unless my math is wrong.) And that makes three degrees for my husband.

We're both "Project Runway" fans, and we think he makes the show so popular. I agree about his vocabulary. I don't know anyone else who says "conundrum."

Hope Tarr said...

Tim Gunn! Quelle coolness. And you both matched in the photo, at least sort of. :)

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Thanks friends, for joining in my joy. He is the real deal and he has my undying admiration.

I fully support your mere degrees from Mr. Gunn. :) And I love his big words.

His classy pinstripe is easy for me to coordinate with, quite thrilling. :)

Sammi Wyatt said...

Today, I realized how close April 27th is.
I cannot wait! :D :D :D
The kills D:
I haven't looked this forward to a book release since... Harry Potter 7?
I'm very excited.

<3 Sammi

Leanna Renee Hieber said...


I know, I can't wait either. :) And being in any way associated with Harry Potter... well, you know how thrilling that is, thanks :)

I'm signing the night of the 27th at the West Chester Barnes & Noble, hope you can make it, would be great to see you!


La-Tessa said...

thanks for posting about the workshop, I'm off to check it out now.