Jessica Leake
Jessica Leake / Writer of romantic historical fantasy
Author of ARCANA, a romantic historical fantasy novel to be released November 4, 2014 by Skyhorse/Talos Publishing


It’s finally time to share the cover for BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE with you! This cover has been perfection from the very beginning, and I have been dying to share it with everyone! YA Books Central was kind enough to host the reveal, so click on the link following the cover reveal to enter to WIN one of three ARCs of BEYOND.


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For the giveaway, be sure to visit YA Books Central!

Publisher’s Weekly Announcement!

I can’t believe I didn’t put this on my website yet! Actually, I can. I was in full-on editing mode for the past 6 weeks or so, and when that happens, everything that isn’t essential (like housework, feeding myself, etc) falls by the wayside! BUT I AM SO EXCITED to share this!









The hardest thing about making a sale like this is WAITING. This is news that’s definitely hard to keep to yourself, and, admittedly, I did tell any friend or family member I could corner long enough to listen, BUT…it’s hard to wait to share it with EVERYONE and shout it at random people on the streets (I didn’t do that).

This is a book I’ve really, really enjoyed writing–set in one of my favorite countries (Ireland) during the time when Vikings were raiding its shores.

I can’t wait until it’s out in the world!

The Order of the Eternal Sun Launch Party



I can’t believe it’s already time for The Order of the Eternal Sun to be out! It seems like I was just writing it! The official release date is August 23rd, but I’ll be at my favorite local indie bookstore, Fiction Addiction on Saturday, August 13th signing copies. Drop by if you’re in town! Almost as good as the books is the fact that there will be FOOD. :)

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Cover Reveal for Remember Yesterday

When fellow Writers House author Pintip Dunn asked if anyone wanted to join in her cover reveal, I jumped at the chance because I love cover reveals. There’s just something so exciting about seeing the birth of a new book, and this one is really beautiful. You can check out the cover for Remember Yesterday below–brought to you by YAReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang:

Remember Yesterday -eBook

Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)

Author: Pintip Dunn

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Sci-Fi


Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.


The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.


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ForgetTomorrow_500Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) Book Synopsis:


Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.


In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.




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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”


Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at

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Our DIY Built-in Bookshelves Project



With an office already overflowing with books (and a bookshelf in the living room threatening to collapse with kids’ books), I’ve been toying with different ideas of how to increase our bookshelf space while taking advantage of unused wall space in our living room.

And then I came across this post on turning Billy bookcases from Ikea into built-ins–“I could totally do that!” I said. “It’ll be easy!” I said. Well, it wasn’t too hard–not with so much help from both my dad and husband–but it was definitely time-consuming. The end-result, though: SO worth it.

IMG_1135This is a shot of the wall before, and I wish I had another picture to get the full wall–I left out the corner bookcase overflowing with books, but basically, it’s a boring wall with a mess of wires from the TV in spite of our attempt to hide my husband’s many gaming system connections with shelves.

The first thing I did was research cheap bookcases–Billy bookcases would have been perfect, but the nearest Ikea is in Charlotte, and I didn’t have the time or the inclination to make the trip. Shipping costs would have been more than the 4 bookcases I would need, so that was out.

But then I found these on Home Depot’s site: South Shore 5-shelf Bookcase.

It was perfect for what I needed: cheap and easy to assemble. So I ordered the 4 bookcases, had them delivered to the store, and we picked them up a week later. Once my husband assembled the first one (while I kept the kids literally off his back), he was able to put the second one together in about 20 minutes or so, and I finished the last two.

IMG_1111 But that’s when we encountered the first problem: the baseboards and shoe molding. If we wanted the bookcases to be completely flush, the baseboards would have to go. I still wanted to use the baseboards, though, so we made plans to put them on the front of the bookcases. My dad’s the one who devised the platforms we’d build to raise the bookcases to the height of the baseboards (5 1/2″). The bottom front edge of the bookcases (essentially the bottom shelf) were 4″ tall, so we knew we had to build a platform 1 1/2″ tall.

I made a sketch of the wall (which I won’t post here because it’s ridiculous looking and discernible only to me), and figured out that we could fit two bookcases on either side of the TV. I also really wanted storage and a way to hide those hideous wires, so I found another post where tcabinetshe person had, in a stroke of brilliance, just used pre-made wall cabinets to add storage to their built-in bookshelves (post is here if you’re interested).

I found these 30″ wall cabinets at and knew they’d be perfect:

Based on the wall measurements, we realized we could fit two bookcases on one side of the TV, two cabinets side-by-side beneath the TV, and two more bookcases on the other side. We could have made one giant platform for everything to sit on except for one small snag: the cabinets, being wall cabinets, were designed to hang on the wall and therefore had no bottom edge to attach a baseboard to. Also, on the floor, the doors would drag, so they’d have to be elevated either way. Why not just use floor cabinets? They’re much more expensive.

So we knew we had to make 3 separate platforms: 2 for the 2 pairs of bookcases, and 1 for the pair of cabinets.

We bought all the lumber we’d need to make the platforms: a piece of 1/4″ plywood, several 2 x 6 boards, and big 2 x 12 boards for the cabinet platforms. IMG_1122

With my husband working long hours at the pharmacy all the time, my dad and I had to get started without him if we wanted it ever done! We channeled my woodworking grandfather as we cut plywood and boards and assembled the platforms.

My contribution was to screw shit together–yay me! IMG_1130






Here’s what it looked like when we finished:



And, after watching a YouTube video of an interior designer assuring me it’d be super easy to remove the baseboards by simply prying them from the wall, I managed to do it: IMG_1126

IMG_1128Success! The platform and the removal of the baseboard allowed the bookcase to be shoved flush against the wall–perfect for what we’re going for (and for safety). IMG_1127

And here’s a shot of the platform from the front, with a bonus shot of Jude Baby giving Scout kisses.






IMG_1134This is how it looked when we got all the bookcases completed and mounted on to their platforms. Next up was putting together the two cabinets (I actually did that! But I had to call in Husband’s help to work on those European hinges) and building the platform for the cabinets–this was thanks to Dad, and it must have been cold that day, or else I was chasing kids, because I have exactly zero pictures of that process. But he built it in nearly the same way as he did the bookcase platforms, only he used bigger boards.

Probably one of the most inventive things is what Dad came uIMG_1172p for (and Husband helped build) to hide the wires for all the gaming systems while still providing shelf space. I dubbed it “The Contraption.” It was basically a box with shelves, but the innovative part was the fact that they drilled holes at the top of the box and fed PVC pipes through the holes. The PVC pipes, once painted white, would hide the wires coming down from the mounted TV while being able to float to different shelf levels and feed right to each gaming system. Again, I failed at capturing the process of it, but here’s what it looked like installed:

The whole thing was looking pretty put-together at this point, but it needed trim, crown molding, baseboards, and shoe molding. Mom’s the painter in the family, so when we got everything mounted and installed, she went to work with extra white semi-gloss paint. We finally finished everything up, and here’s the final product:


















We are SO happy with the results! The bookcases allow for the display of favorite pictures and breakables, there’s plenty of room for our books, and the shelves and cabinets have space for all of Husband’s gaming systems and games.

Arcana Paperback Giveaway!



The paperback of Arcana with its newly redesigned cover has been out for a few weeks now, and if you haven’t had a chance to get a copy yet, now’s your chance to score a free one! My sweet and thoughtful editor, Nicole Frail, is giving away two Arcana paperbacks via Rafflecopter, and the entry form is super easy:


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