Saturday, January 7, 2012


One lucky winner will win a physical copy of "A Marked Past" and another lucky winner an will win an ebook. Thats right, this giveaway will have two winners and it's INTERNATIONAL!

There are no super complicated rules in order to enter, all you have to do is read my interview and comment on what you thought about the interview, GFC Follow, and follow Leslie Deaton on Goodreads. Thats it!

Register here for the A Marked Past Give Away

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Creating Characters

I can admit when I am spoiled and after living in Northern Virginia for almost twelve years. I am spoiled. *My Ohio friends and family may want to skip over the next few lines* The temperature rarely gets below 20 here. For the most part, I can cruise around in the winter with a heavy sweater, a scarf, and some gloves, but this week it’s cold. Like in the teens cold and I am freezing. Ok, whining over, and on to book stuff.

I’ve been getting some reader questions about where the characters of A Marked Past came from so I wrote up a guest blog about them. Check it out!
Leslie Deaton Guest Post: Creating Characters

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Weighing In

It’s that time of year, the new year, when we all dust off our ‘what should I try to do differently’ and pull on our ‘I’ll try to be better at’. I’m not one for resolutions, but even I find myself considering change on the first morning of 2012.

What will I do differently? I will walk more. Healthy hearts are few and far between in my gene pool and I need to work on keeping mine in shape. You can do anything for 30 minutes. Walk, run, stretch, sweat, whatever, commit 30 minutes 3x a week and just do it. I am.

What do I want our country to do differently? Look internally for solutions. Stop routing my calls off shore, route them to small towns in the South where well mannered, polite, AMERICANS can help me resolve my banking, insurance, or IT issues. Also, when we come home from a place, bring our funding too. We need it here.

What do I want the world to do differently? Live among one another. Acknowledge difference but ignore, forgive, abandon hate, whatever it takes, just let the other guy be the other guy. Also, focus on making your little world the best it can be, achieve more, fight less, unless there’s a bad guy, then ban together and take him out.

In the meantime, I'll keep working, writing, and walking. Here’s hoping we can all make a small difference in a big world.