Monday, January 20, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Hemphill Towers by Leona Pence

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 10/25/2013

Riley Saunders has her dream job. As an art director at a leading advertising agency, she works every day with her two best friends, Stella and Birdie. All three have been assigned to ensure that the Grand Opening of the Peterson Art Museum is nothing short of a success.

When a girl’s night out at a hot new Italian restaurant ends with a spilled bottle of wine, it sets in motion a series of events that leaves Stella and Birdie caught up in whirlwind romances, and Riley fearing for her life at the hands of a deranged stalker. But, when the handsome museum curator, Trent Peterson, learns of her situation, he vows to keep her safe.

In a quick-paced tale of fine art, wine forgery, and the Russian Mafia, Riley and her friends soon discover their pursuit of love will require them to expose a crime, thwart a murder, and trust the one thing that has never failed them…their friendship.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
No, I started writing too late in life.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
The synopsis and query letter.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?  I had many who helped inspire me, but a fellow F2K mentor, Maryetta Ackenbom, pushed me often in the write/right direction. We ended up doing one on one chapter critique, and we both have had our books published.

#4 – What is next for your writing? I’ve started a second novel using my characters from Hemphill Towers. I’d also like to try Flash Fiction.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? Oh, yeah! I read a lot. I’m reading a historical romance called The Mistress of Trevelyan by Jennifer St. Giles.  I just finished Becoming Nadia by Cyrus Keith.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: # Hemphill Towers: Art, stalking, wine forgery, and even the Russian Mafia cannot alter the path to love.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?  I’m deaf, so I don’t use either.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? SMS texting

#8 – Public School or Home School? Home School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?  Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback?  ebook

Leona Pence started reading romance novels as a teen. She graduated from Nancy Drew stories to Harlequin Romance, and then to her favorite author, Barbara Cartland and her vast Regency romance collection. Happy endings were a must.
Leona began writing late in life after the death of her husband of forty-four years. They married on her 19th birthday after a three month courtship – and yes – love at first sight really did happen.
She enjoys reading, writing, online pool, and especially being a Mentor in F2K, a free online writing course.

January 21 - The Book Diva's Read - Excerpt
January 22 - D.E. Haggerty - Review
January 23 - A Life Through Books - Interview
January 24 - Books A to Z - Excerpt
January 25 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Excerpt
January 26 - Always Jo Art - Excerpt
January 27 - Unwritten - Interview
January 28 - All About Romance - Excerpt
January 29 - My Reading Addiction - Interview
January 30 - Kawehi's Book Blog - Review
January 31 - Mythical Books - Interview
February 1 - The Frugal Wife - Excerpt
February 2 - All in One Place - Review
February 4 - Pure Jonel - Review
February 5 - My Devotional Thoughts - Excerpt
February 6 - Ashley's Bookshelf - Review
February 7 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
February 8 - Books are Love - Review
February 9 - Andi's Book Reviews- Interview
February 9 - Books Direct - Interview
February 10 - Extraordinary Reads - Excerpt
February 11 - Unladylike Reviews - Review
February 12 - Must Read Faster - Excerpt
February 12-Trinas Tantilising Tidbits-Interview 
February 13 - Trinas Tantilising Tidbits - Review
February 14 -RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

$25 Amazon Gift Card will be giving away at the end of the tour drawn at random from all Commenters throughout the tour.


  1. Best of luck with the tour and the book, Leona! :)

  2. Morning, Leona! :D Have you tried Debbie Macomber's series yet? They're referred to as 'Women's or Chick Lit, but I've enjoyed the Cedar Cove series, and I'm rambling through her Blossom Street series. :)

    Mashed over French Fries? Hmmmm ... that's a toughie. :O

    *Hugs!* Write On!

    1. Hi Benning, no I haven't read that series, but I'll look it up.

      Yes, the potato choice stumped me for a bit. Had they offered cheese over the fries, I'd still be debating that one.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Benning, I used to read her books back when she wrote serial romance.(She was really good at those. A definite stand out.) I'll have to check out her new books. :)

  3. I'd go for the fries if they were diner fries, the real deal. I could eat my weight in those. :) Excellent interview, Leo! I think you should definitely try some flash before the year is out. You have a natural talent for it.

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    2. Thanks, Von. I probably will try flash a time or two.

      I like potatoes any way they're cooked.

      Glad you stopped by.

  4. Leona, your book sounds fantastic! Best of luck with the tour. (BTW, I love Barbara Cartland, too.)

  5. I had fun interviewing the author. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Lynda Dickson
    Books Direct