December 2021 Update

Owl About Yule in the Owl Star Witch series came out this month, and so far it’s gotten . Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to rate and review it! It was my first Christmas-themed para-cozy, and I was a little nervous about it’s direction, but I’m very glad you liked it. I’m currently writing Owl Melt with You, a Valentine’s Day-themed mystery. For just a few more days, the full 8-book Magical Midway series will be available in a .99 bundle in all markets on Amazon. January 1, 2022, it will return to its regular price so grab it quickly if you want it at the holiday season price. Next year will see 6 more releases in the Owl Star Witch series currently scheduled for (roughly): 2/10, 4/14, 6/16, 8/18, 10/20 and 12/22. Have a great rest of the year, and a happy holiday!

November 2021 Update

Owl About Yule should be out in a week or two, it’s just getting polished and primped for its debut. This is a Christmas-themed entry in the Owl Star Witch series, and as such it will be a bit different. While there’s still a mystery to be solved, it will also borrow a bit from Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as Astra struggles with her lack of belief in the Greek gods that have given her Archie and the star power. I’m beginning work on Owl Melt with You on Monday, a Valentine’s Day-themed mystery. For the rest of 2021, as a holiday treat, the full 8-book Magical Midway series will be available in a .99 bundle in all markets on Amazon. January 1, 2022, it will return to its regular price of $19.99.

October 2021 Update

Heavy Meddle Magic (Book 4) was released a couple of weeks early this month, and some of the reviews actually made me tear up a little, people. Specifically, Butterflies and Birch Reviews said: Leanne Leeds is an author that’s great at translating a moral of the story in her books. Few cozy authors convey the “heart” of a book better than Leeds. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a fan. This book was especially deep with lots of ideas to contemplate. and I had an “Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww” moment. Thanks so much! I’m sending out a survey this month to my readers to better understand ya’ll’s preference on the speed of series releases vs. the variety of series options. If you could swing by and fill out the anonymous survey, that would be awesome.

More Final Thoughts on Sudowrite & Other AI Tools – an update

Okay, I lied. The last post wasn’t the final post. It’s been a few months since I delved into AI, and I’ve branched out from just using Sudowrite into trying some other tools, so I thought I’d give an update. Sudowrite I still use it, but not nearly as much as I used to. It’s much more useful at the beginning of a book than in the muddy middle or ending, but it’s also really dedicated to what it knows—and I sense it didn’t read a whole lot of funny books. Describe tends to produce sentences and descriptions that are more flowery, metaphoric, and serious. Since my writing tends toward concise (I aim for easy reading) and funny, quippy, and so on, it produces things that don’t fit with how I write more than I’d like it to. I also don’t tend to get writer’s block—sorry—so it’s not as useful to me. I do still subscribe to it and will continue to keep it around, but other tools have moved into the “it girl” position. I’d love to see checkboxes that give the AI direction – simple, descriptive, non-descriptive, dialog, first-person, past-tense, and so on. I know Sudowrite is still in Beta, and I know there are text directives I could give it that would probably produce better suggestions—but honestly, I’m not that patient. I don’t want to learn a new tool’s language. I just want it to do what I want it to do simply, easily, and without a whole lot of curve on my part. I think for some styles of writing, though, this would work great. Quillbot Quillbot is probably my current it girl. I have Quillbot Premium, though I barely use it at the length allowed. Quillbot is a paraphrasing tool that utilizes machine learning and ai to rewrite the text. It has multiple modes, but the one I use the most is Fluency. Fluency mode is used to fix grammatical mistakes and punctuation and doesn’t modify the meaning of what you give it much at all—I gotta tell ya, this thing is top-notch at whacking out passive sentences. Yes, Grammarly does that and I do have Grammarly Pro. But I find Quillbot’s sentences have a much better flow than anything “corrected” by Grammarly. Its phrase and word thesaurus options are great. The tool itself is very easy to work with. You can edit what it gives you in the app, click a button to copy the whole thing or individual sentences, and it shows you which parts have thesaurus-like options. The learning curve is almost non-existent. Cons? Dialog can confuse the hell out of it. This has helped me get the first rough draft down fast because I don’t have to stop and find a way to say something in a new way every time. My character can look up ten times in a chapter and I can edit/change it later with Quillbot super fast to say that ten different ways. and So, …

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September 2021 Update

Heavy Meddle Magic (Book 4), is just about done. I’ve got one more chapter to do, and then it will be off to the editor for a spit and polish. Heavy Meddle Magic (Book 4) will be out in time for Halloween, so no worries. Thank you for all the kind words that we’ve received for Book 3. I greatly appreciate your feedback and am happy to hear that you liked it! I’m always grateful to be able to make my living doing something I love. Writing these books is like the dream job that I have always wanted, even though I didn’t know it was a dream job until I had it! Until next month, stay safe!