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You can buy it!

Posted by l_smith21 on July 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Harley's Angels is now available to buy in papaerback from Amazon UK, EU and USA! 

The kindle version will also be online soon! 

The Book of Secrets - New book!

Posted by l_smith21 on July 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Even though Harley's Angels isn't quite ready yet, I thought I would unleash another book onto the internet and have decided to release The Book of Secrets which is now available to download for free from Jottify. Head to the My Books section of this site for a link to your free download. 

The Book of Secrets was a project that I started when I was fourteen and has been through several changes, revisions and drafts ever since. I was inspired by Harry Potter, and I wanted to make my own adventure story staring mystical beings and grave danger, obviously, nothing is ever going to be as good as Harry Potter, but I gave it a go and I  am fairly proud of what I've managed to pull together. 
Ideally, I'd like this to be the first in a series, I know where all the characters end up and what they're all doing... but you know, we'll see if I actually manage to finish it. 

Please download it and have a read and let me know what you think! 

Available as a free ebook now! 

Being a reviewer is awesome when...

Posted by l_smith21 on June 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Stuff like this happens!

I love it when authors actually read my reviews and then post them themselves! It makes my heart go weee! Like super weee! Because, I don't actually review things because I expect people to read the reviews, I do it because I like reading books and then flailing about them afterwards, but the fact that people like the things that I write about their books is kind of an added bonus! You should check out the confessions series because it's well good.

Off air

Posted by l_smith21 on June 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I doubt anyone cares, like at all, but if you do, then you would have noticed that there was no Leah Looks Back on Saturday, there is also no live Lock In tonight and no Leah Looks Back on Saturday either. 
This is for a couple of reasons, the Saturday shows are currently on a tiny hiatus because of live outside broadcast week, Luke and the team are broadcasting live from different festivals that happen to fall on those two Saturdays meaning that I get a two week rest! 
As for the Lock In, illness and recovering after Download Festival have gotten to us so that show will be back next Wednesday, now, continue with your day! 

All kinds of excited flailing.

Posted by l_smith21 on June 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This might end up being a bit photo heavy... Sorry I'm not sorry!

Today was a good post day. The reason today was a good post day was because I received a couple of awesome things in the post. First awesome thing I got was business cards. That's right, business cards, the Journal now has business cards and I feel all professional and stuff having a little bit of card with my name and job title one!
Then, later on when I got home I found more exciting things, like my copy of Wreck It Ralph and a new satchel. And. And. I ONLY WENT AND RECEIVED THESE!

That's an actual book. An actual book that I wrote with my actual name on it! I'm still in a bit of a daze about these, I can't quite get my head around the fact that they exist, they exist and they are in my house and soon, they can be in other people's houses too. Like, wow. And they smell so good! And they're shiney and feel smooth and just oh my god. I can't even. I've lost the ability to even. 

That's not all though, Harley's Angels which has yet to be properly released is also actually appearing in lists on goodreads, check this out!

If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that I really love the A Beautiful Mess App. 

Hopefully, the next time this gets updated it will be to reveal where you can buy the book and how much it'll be! WOOOP! 

It's gone to print!

Posted by l_smith21 on June 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Harley's Angels has gone to print! It's actually being printed as we speak! This means that in a few short weeks you guys will get to read it! Hopefully you'll be buying it from one of the many shops that I'll list when it's confirmed, but like, if you want to read it for free, then going into your local library and requesting it would be ace!

You can have a look at the cover and a number of prequels over on goodreads, they're all up now so go and check it out!

In other news, the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Journal (which I write for and stuff) is now using social media, so please go and follow their twitter and their facebook please and thank you. 


Posted by l_smith21 on April 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Because I will be releasing Harley's Angels as an actual book pretty soon I've decided to post a load of character prequels over on Goodreads to celebrate the release! 

The first one is up now and is about Harley, the lead character so go and check it out!

Prequel One

Top 25!

Posted by l_smith21 on April 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It's a little known fact that I started this year as an intern at a publishing company called Ether Books. Since leaving there and going to work for the local press, I started writing for Ether as one of their authors and I've found myself in the top 25 free downloads!
I'm rather excited about this, so like, check out the Ether App on Android and iPhone and get my stories.

Also, I've found myself in the staff picks too (the perks of knowing the people who chose them!)
So I'm just casually hanging out with Paul McCartney and Lionel Shriver! Woo!

Long time no see

Posted by l_smith21 on April 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been forever. 
Let's do an update shall we. 

So, I'm no longer interning, I know, that didn't last long, I'm now a full time writer with a local paper which is very exciting but doesn't give me much time to do much else. 
I also have a book coming out, I know an actual book! The details can be found on Goodreads, it's the story that I originally wrote for the SVFM six week challenge although with a lot more editing and some updating. The cover is being designed by my good friend, Laura who is an incredible artist. So far I've seen a couple of her character sketches and I am so excited about seeing the whole thing!

Here's the illustration of the main character, Harley:

How good is that?!

So, if you're in the local area, then do pick up a copy of the Journal and look at all the lovely things I've been reporting on and then head to goodreads and check out my book. Awesome. 

Why Hello There!

Posted by l_smith21 on February 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

So, I've been gone for a really long time. 
It's because I've been interning at a publishers (no, really) and doing a great many other projecty type things, here's a drop in to say what I've been up to recently!

1) Interning.
But, I don't really have much to say on that. My internship has ended now and I'm starting a new job at a local paper doing some writing and other little jobs which I'm very excited about. I love writing and I'm really looking forward to being able to use those skills properly. 

2) Well, writing!
I told everyone about Harley's Angels when it came out but since then I have been editing and fine tuning it ready for the paper back release (I don't have a specific date on this yet, I guess it could be any time!) The cover is being designed by a friend of mine and I'm very excited about how that's going to turn out, I have every faith in her, she's seriously amazing! Other than that, I've started my next book which isn't going too well at the moment, but I'm hoping to at least have a finished first draft for people to comment on in the next few weeks. 

3) Making videos!
My friend, Luke and I tried very hard to make a short film to promote a new initiative at Somer Valley FM to do with finding employment. Luke ended up having to finish it off because I got a bit busy, but here is the finished result!

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4) Radio in general.
Doing four hours a week is much harder now I actually have to supply content!! 

5) Reading!
I've long loved reading books so I decided to keep my writing up to practise by starting a literary blog where I would do book reviews and features, it's gone really well so far, and I'm kind of amazed at how many followers I have over at wordpress now! It's amazing! I have started getting Advanced copies from publishers and I feel kind of special every time I get a new one! So, if you're going on holiday or whatever, check out the blog section at the top of the site and see if there is anything you like the sound of to take with you!

That's all for now. Hopefully, I'll be back soon!