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

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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:

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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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Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 Week Seven



How I did on last week’s goals:

As I’ve seen happen to many others participating in RSW, my goals had to change when I got comments back from my CP! This is on THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN–the second book in my Arcana series that I already turned into my editor. Luckily, I still have plenty of time to make edits on it, so I just turned in a draft to make deadline, and now I can take my time polishing it :).

I met my other goals by putting aside GONE WITH THE WIND briefly to read THE DARKEST MINDS–I missed that series somehow when it first came out, and now I’m obsessed. So, I’ll probably be reading book 2 of that series this week.

My goal(s) for this week:

1. Edit 5 chapters of ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN

2. Read another book

3. Help the kids with reading

4. Exercise at least 3 days

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revise:

These are a few lines my CP highlighted while reading THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN as ones she liked–it’s a bit of sibling banter between the main character (Lucy Sinclair) and her older brother (Robert Sinclair):

I glance away. “Surely you don’t want to hear about all that. Tell me of officer’s training at Cambridge.”

“Shooting practice, marching, rigorous physical exercise. There. Your turn.”

“I believe this dance is about to end,” I say. I stare at the symphony and will them to cease playing.


The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Switching gears from one MS to another, but this is nothing new!

Something I love about my WiP:

With ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN, I loved being able to return to the same world as ARCANA, only with a focus on Lucy (the younger sister) instead. Lucy is caring and kind and completely obsessed with art and fashion, so it’s been fun being in her head.

Ready. Set. WRITE! 2015 Week 6


How I did on last week’s goals:

My husband was on vacation for a week, so our days were filled with doing fun stuff with the kids, and our nights were filled with either going out to eat or catching up on shows. I’m one of those moms who always forgets to take pics, so I have very little to show for our adventures–luckily, we usually had a grandparent or two around and they more than make up for my lack of photodocumenting :).

I’m still reading GONE WITH THE WIND daily, but I’ve made very little headway even though I enjoy it–only about 25%! Any recommendations for a short, fun read to go along with it–something I can actually finish in a day or two? :)

My goal(s) for this week:

1. Continue working/plotting my WIP

2. Read another book

3. Help the kids with reading

4. Exercise at least 3 days

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revise:

In light of how horribly hot and muggy it’s been lately, I love how the MC reacts when she realizes just how hard it’ll be being in the year 1862:

Her words take a minute to really register in my mind, but when they do, I come to the sudden and terrible realization that there’s no running water here. I can’t just go into the bathroom and turn on a faucet for a shower or a bath—they don’t even have toilets.

This realization hits me even harder than the lack of AC, and my breaths start to come faster and faster. I can’t stay here. I can’t. Already, the room feels like a sauna—muggy and thick—and this is in late spring. God help me if I can’t get out of here by summer.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

With my husband on vacation, I basically gave myself a free pass as far as goals–no regrets in this regard though!

Something I love about my WiP:

I love how potentially relevant it is with the turmoil that’s going on in the South right now about the Confederate flag and anything to do with the Confederacy. But for the same reason, that’s what makes this WIP such a challenge!

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 Week 4



How I did on last week’s goals:

I haven’t made a ton of progress on my WIP, but I’ve decided not to push myself too hard since I’m still technically on break after meeting deadline for THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN and completing another book while I wrote ORDER.

I finished P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU and loved it–maybe not as much as the first one, but I just find Lara Jean’s voice so addictive. I also finished reading THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, and I can see why everyone is raving about it–I love the setting and lush descriptions, but for a while, the dialogue was driving me nuts–particularly between Shazi and her handmaiden. It didn’t feel very authentic, particularly because I doubt a Thebian slave would speak to her calipha that way upon first meeting, but the story is just so beautiful and rich and full of conflict that it didn’t bothered me enough to stop reading.

The kids have been spending a lot of time reading, and I more than met my exercise goals–so yay for staying on track there!

My goal(s) for this week:

1. Continue working/plotting my WIP

2. Read another book

3. Help the kids with reading

4. Exercise at least 3 days

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revise:

I like these lines from the end of the chapter where the MC realizes she’s traveled back to the middle of the Civil War.

I don’t need to ask him what year it is.
I already know.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Being okay with taking a little hiatus from writing! I’m almost ready to get back into it, but my mind still needs a little vacation–I need time to “refill the creative well” I think.

Something I love about my WiP:

The fact that I can do all the research for it in my own state–can’t wait to take some field trips to nearby plantations! Why didn’t I think of this before?? Pretty sure it’d be a tax write-off ;).

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 Week Three


How I did on last week’s goals:

Much better this week! All that rest after meeting my deadline did me some good, and I went back to my WIP with the words flowing easily again.

I haven’t finished a book since I was in the middle of reading PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG when I finally got my hands on P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU, and then I basically dropped everything to start reading it–I’m finding it just as addictive as the first one!

As for helping the kids with reading, my agent was awesome enough to send a care package with a bunch of amazing books, and the kids (even the 15-mo-old) have been reading them like crazy!



My goal(s) for this week:

1. Write another chapter on my WIP

2. Read another book

3. Help the kids with reading

4. Exercise at least 3 days

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revise:

I like these lines because it’s when the reader realizes the story isn’t just about a Southern girl with an overbearing mama.

I lean around the horse to get a better look, and a man dressed as a Confederate soldier steps into the light. My first thought is that it’s just one of the men from the reenactment, but then I really take in his features. His face is haggard and gray, his body gaunt and skeletal. The fine hairs on my arms stand up, and a chill washes over me as though someone suddenly put a wet washcloth on the back of my neck.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Making myself write–now that I’m not under a deadline and daily word count quota isn’t a necessity, I’ve been slacking.

Something I love about my WiP:

The challenge. The Civil War is not something I really wanted to write about, but this idea just refused to leave my head.

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 Week 1


How I did on last week’s goals:

Not bad considering June is the busiest month for me (two birthdays, Father’s Day, and our anniversary–all within days of each other). I finished two books (DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver–yay for agency sisters! and THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER by Sarah Dessen) and met my exercise goals, but I totally slacked off as far as writing–but wait! I have a good excuse! I actually just finished drafting THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN after working on it every single day for months, so I needed to take a break or my brain would explode.

My goal(s) for this week:

1. Write another chapter on my WIP

2. Read another book

3. Finish beta reading for a friend

4. Exercise at least 3 days

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revise:

I love the opening line of my new YA set in the South–the MC’s mother is a Confederate-flag-waving die-hard Southerner, and she has a nasty attitude hidden beneath her sweet Southern belle facade.

“Why’d you have to invite those damn Yankees?” Mama asks for the hundredth time. She bats away a lazy fly that’s been slowly moving closer to her face.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

Laziness! I need to get back into a daily writing routine.

Something I love about my WiP:

It’s set in the South–I’ve always resisted writing a book set here, but this story just wormed its way into my head and wouldn’t let go.

Ready. Set. Write! 2015 Goals


I’m so excited to be participating in Ready. Set. Write! again this year–I found it so helpful last year to stay on track with my writing and publishing goals, and I hope it’ll be equally as helpful this year. I’m late with the goal-setting post (it was supposed to go up yesterday), but better late than never!

Summer Goals:

1. Write at least 50k of my Southern story

2. Read a book a week

3. Exercise 3x week

4. Complete any edits my editor may require


If you haven’t heard of RSW yet, it’s a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at with our writing projects—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing.  This year, our RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and Katy Upperman.

Giveaway for Valentine’s Day: Books to Fall in Love With



I’ve teamed up with some truly amazing authors for an enormous giveaway! Visit each of our websites from February 9th-February 14th for your chance to win FABULOUS books and prizes. I’ll be giving away three separate copies of Arcana: a signed hardcopy, an ebook copy, and an audiobook copy. I’ll also be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card just for fun and in appreciation for all my readers.

Here are the clickable links for all the participating authors: Margo Kelly, Amber Hart, Eliza Gordon, Lauren Sabel, Sharon FisherVanessa Barneveld

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The Next Book in the Arcana Series!

I’ve been ridiculously happy and excited to have so many people who read Arcana ask me if there will be a sequel, and I’m pleased to announce that there WILL be! The next book, THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN, will focus on Lucy, Katherine’s sister. It’s due out Spring 2016, which is a bit of a wait, I know, but bear with me! :)


Here’s the official Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:




Grand Finale Blitz for Arcana

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

It’s the GRAND FINALE for
Arcana by Jessica Leake
To be released November 18th.

This was a fabulous tour! The book was set in a beautiful historical world with a little bit of magic and a good dose of romance. If you didn’t get a chance to read the reviews, learn more about the author, or find out more about the setting and this book, feel free to go back and check out each stop. We’ve summarized them for you here as well…

Share something about you that is unique – maybe about how/where you write… or favorite snack foods… or a favorite hobby?
Before I made writing my career, I was a psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital. Writing was already a big part of my life, and I found a background in psychology is wonderful for characterization! I’m also a stay-at-home mom to three little ones, all preschool age and younger.

MI Bookshelf – Excerpt
The horse?s hooves thunder across the hillside, and my heart pounds with each bunching of his muscles. My hair breaks free of its pins, pale strands sweeping across my cheek. Though the wind breaks through the thin barrier of my breeches and tall boots, the smile never leaves my face. Mild discomfort is a small price to pay for a journey unhindered by the heavy skirts of my riding habit.

Coffee Books & Art – Excerpt
?It only reveals a page at a time, so it may not say anything,? I warn as I open it. For an instant, the light shines as brightly as the sun reflecting off water and then it fades away.

Pieces of Whimsy – Review & Interview
“I love historical romance and I love fantasy, in fact these are probably my two favourite book genres, and I will read almost anything these genres have to offer. Arcana is a brilliant mix of both these genres. The setting is wonderful, as are the characters, and the magic just adds that fun, exciting element to the story.”

What was the best part about writing Arcana?
The research! Endless Downton Abbey marathons, anyone? ;). I also loved all the world-building required by the Sylvan realm and Katherine?s arcana. It was so much fun to imagine what the Sylvan realm might look like?especially the spirit fox J.

Kelly P’s Blog – Things Lord Thornewood Noticed about Katherine…
3. Our sharp banter was the highlight of my miserable week. It was no secret that I vastly preferred my country estate to my cold, dreary London townhouse, and the constant harassment by scheming mothers had made me consider abandoning my promise to Lord Sinclair on more than one occasion. If Katherine heard my complaints on the subject, I have no doubt she’d say, “Oh yes, how trying it must be for you to be introduced to so many beautiful young women.” And that is one of the many reasons I love her.

Lilac Reviews – Review
“I liked how smoothly this author worked in things about the characters, the culture of the time and the mystery behind Arcana. . . . Between the love story, the Arcana conflict and the colorful characters there was much to keep your interest. I hope there will be a sequel.”

Typical Distractions – Review
“Arcana is able to couple the fantasy with romance and history in such a way that it creates greater depth. As the reader you cannot help but be drawn into the world of the London high society and irresistible magic. This story left me smiling. Jessica Leake has raised the bar for historical fantasy fiction and I am excited to see what she has in store for us next. Arcana is an incredibly written and fascinating debut that has put Jessica on the list of authors you need to know!”

A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review
“And the book itself? If the five star rating didn’t give it away- absolutely 100% BRILLIANT! . . . Needless to say, for fans of the YA genre, the Adult one, The Historical Romance one or the Paranormal one- Arcana is THE book for you!”

Colorimetry – Excerpt
Katherine, it whispers in my mind.

With a jerk, I take my finger from the rune, and the lovely vision fades.

My Life, Loves and Passion – Review
“Historical books are some of my favorites right along with fantasy. This story was a great mix. You felt like you were being transported back in time. It was so well explained. The magical part was there but did not overtake the book.”

Wishful Endings – 10 (Mostly Random) Facts about the Edwardian Era
1. The fashion at the time? S-bend corsets

The Wonderings of One Person – Interview
How has this story touched your life?
At its core, Arcana is a story about family?something that is extremely important to me. I admire Katherine?s willingness to be self-sacrificing and do what she needs to do to protect her brother and sister.

SBM Book Obsession – The Cover Process
I’ve had so many compliments and interest on the cover of Arcana. It was a surprisingly hands-on process for me, which is pretty unusual in the publishing world.

My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – Review
“There are so many great characters in this book. Both main and secondary. I loved them all. Well, some were more slimy than others, but they were all great characters. I truly love it when an author makes me interested in more than just the “main” characters. It really makes the story come more alive for me.”

The Book Lovers’ Lounge – Review
“I really had a great time reading this book. . . . Another thing I love about Arcana is the strong personality that is Katherine, which shows even right at the very beginning of the story.”

100 Pages A Day – Review
“I loved the premise of this book, a girl born with magic fueled by the sun who must be careful with how she practices her magic, or be called a witch. Katherine, or Wren, is a great character.”

The Written Adventure – Debuting in the Edwardian Era
One of the central events in Arcana is Katherine’s debut into high society. During the Edwardian Era, this meant being summoned to the Court of King Edward and Queen Alexandra.

Beck Valley Books – Excerpt
Mama, lend me your grace, I think like a prayer. I close my eyes for a moment, and I can almost hear her voice, telling me, as she always did, that there was always strength within me if I would but reach for it.

The queue of debutantes moves forward until I stand at the threshold of the Throne Room. Royal guards in scarlet line one side of the room, prominent members of the Court on the other. At the end of the long room are the king and queen, seated upon their thrones, but I try not to focus on anything but the veil of the girl in front of me.

Katy’s Krazy Books – Review
“While this is a historical fantasy novel, not all the details are thrown at you at once. It makes it much more interesting.”

My Devotional Thoughts – Excerpt
?My lord,? I say through clenched teeth as I tug my hand free, ?I didn?t say yes.?
?You didn?t say no, either,? he says and takes his position beside me.
Leaving him on the dance floor, though satisfying, would only cause a bigger scene. I sigh as I go through the steps of the waltz.

Avid Reviews – Review
“I was pleasantly surprised by how easily this novel captured my attention and ignited my imagination. Arcana is a story that both emotionally involves the reader and contains a thrilling plot. In addition, Katherine is an incredibly sympathetic protagonist, and a refreshingly strong female character.”

Into the Written Word & Welcome to Book City – Review
“The speech is quite fantastic. It seems right for the time period. It?s proper and a bit verbose. Exactly how I imagine London all those years ago.

I also like the magic. It was nice. A bit confusing on what arcana was exactly. But still pretty fascinating.”

Book Enthralled – Review
“I enjoyed this, the magic was interesting, it was beautifully written and the characters were well drawn out. I really enjoyed the romance and I remember myself saying ?now that was a make out scene!? I also really like the historical side of things, the coming out, the balls, the parties etc. I would really like to read more from Jessica Leake in the future.”

by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome ? or dangerous. Through her late mother?s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine?s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the fa?ade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

Purchase a special personalized/autographed copy of Arcana from Fiction Addiction HERE, or at one of the following sellers:
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About Jessica Leake

I?m a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (two toddlers and a newborn, in fact, so I think you can begin to see why my blog may be a bit neglected) and author of Arcana: A Novel (Skyhorse/Talos, November 4, 2014), my debut historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance. I have a particular obsession with blending different genres, but almost everything I write has an element of fantasy and romance. I?ve been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy (I can?t even count the number of times I watched Pride & Prejudice?the A&E version, of course!!) I?m represented by the fabulous Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and I live in Greenville, SC.

Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I?m a proud alumna of St. Joseph?s Catholic School and Winthrop University.


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– $25 Amazon gift card & personalized hardcover of Arcana (INT)
– Two personalized hardcovers of Arcana + swag (US only)
– One ebook of Arcana (INT – Mobi or Epub)
Ends November 23rd

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