Music Monday: Songs You Might Want to Hear / Latest Book Sneak Peek

I started working on my book cover and blurb over the last few weeks. I find many book covers either: too busy, too cartoony, or too sexy. I am a minimalist at heart, so my covers tend to lean that way. I may be missing out on a proven marketing strategy, but if you can’t please everyone, you might as well do something that you like.

I also am formatting my manuscript so I can give it out as an ARC (Advance Reader Copy). If you are interested, the contact info is at the bottom of the page. You can leave any comments too.

I’m also debating whether to go KDP (Amazon), or wide (Kobo/Google/iTunes etc.) this time.

So without further delay [drumroll]:

Thomas sets out on a hike he has done many times before. Taking only what he needs for the three or four hours he expects to be gone, he passes a vehicle in the parking lot. The handwritten note on the dashboard read: Not Abandoned.

The view at the end of the trail was not what he expected—neither was the friendship.
Two people with adventurous spirits, heading off into the unknown with only their physical fitness and combined knowledge to get them through everything they may encounter.

(Coming Spring 2022)

There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it.

Maybe you will find a new favorite.

I went to a songwriters workshop once (remember those days when people interacted in person?) and after playing one of my songs there were several comments about how some lines had too many syllables, that the rhyming was a bit off at times, which prompted a discussion about how to craft a song that would get airplay.

A few days later I remembered this song which goes against what many of the people were saying. I wish I had remembered it then. At times, his lines keep going on much longer than you expect, the rhymes are sporadic and . . .

And, that’s what makes it a good song. Listen carefully to the story. it’s a good one.

I hope you enjoyed this piece.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

6 thoughts on “Music Monday: Songs You Might Want to Hear / Latest Book Sneak Peek

      1. Man, you’re doing great on the guitar. I specially loved that lullaby one… the moment i began listening, my mind began to think of my childhood. Don’t know how sometimes instruments invoke old sweet memories. Keep playing more, Leon. I believe you’re doing better than many out here.

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