Free Book Friday Oct 7: Early Reviews / An Interview

Here are some early reviews for The Second View

“I had dearly loved the first book by this wonderful author, in the same series. This one appealed in many ways as well to me. It was beautiful, with its own contrast. I could not put this down, I was deeply moved.”

“When I saw there was a second installment of The View From Here, I had to grab it immediately! The first book was so excellent and the second did not disappoint . . .The description of everything is so excellently worded, I really truly felt I was there, the world I created in my mind was so vivid. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the third book, although I am going to be sad to see it end. This author really has a way with words.”

“This is a beautifully written, very enjoyable continuation of the previous story! I love all of this! The characters & the idea I found really lovely! What a super adventure! Something I would love to do as well! A really pleasurable way to pass a few hours! I do recommend all I have read by this writer!”

That’s what make writing enjoyable. 

Haven’t read The View from Here yet?

Itsy Bitsy Book Bits

Sometimes I have to spend money. As an indie author it is necessary to find ways to get your book in front of new readers.

I have used Itsy Bitsy Book Bits before and they do have some free books and giveaways for readers.

Here is an interview I did in conjunction with my latest showcase:

Author Interview With Leon Stevens by Itsy Bitsy Book Bits

For those new to your work, please tell us a bit about yourself, your books and your genre/s

  • I started writing song lyrics and poetry, then turned to my favorite genre, science fiction. I have published two poetry collections, a short story sci-fi collection and the first two books of my sci-fi trilogy.

What lessons have you learned as a writer?

  • For me, I learned to write what I like to read. It’s more enjoyable that way.

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

  • It depends how much, I suppose. What is the tipping point where you can take care of other’s needs as well as your own? Everyone’s is going to be different. I would want to be able to live comfortably, but not extravagantly before I could think about spreading the wealth to family, friends, and charities.

In your everyday life how do you give back to the world?

  • I just try to be the best person I can be.

If your life was a song what song would it be and why?

Name two authors you wish more people knew about

  • If you want to learn about Canadian history (and who doesn’t, right?), you can’t go wrong with Pierre Burton. Kurt Vonnegut is another favorite writer of mine.

What are some of your hobbies?

  • When I’m not writing or composing, I try to keep active by running, cycling, or paddling.

When reading reviews, what is something you love to see written?

  • I like to see that I have entertained a reader, or have written words that have connected with them. Sometimes, especially with poetry, the writer can put into words what others cannot.

What are you currently working on?

  • The final book of my trilogy.

​What books are currently in your to-read list?

  • Oh, I don’t have one of those …

What is your favorite book made into a movie/tv show?

  • I thought Ready Player One was well done. Many things were changed from the book, but not detrimental to the essence of the story.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

  • The last time I was asked this I said I had run several half-marathons barefoot and I haven’t done anything extraordinary since, so let’s go with that.

When did you first know you wanted to write …was it a childhood dream or a later in life discovery?

  • I only started writing 6 years ago. Writing poetry and song lyrics for me was therapeutic. I then decided that what I wrote could help and entertain others, so I decided to publish.

What led you to the particular genre(s) you write?

If you could slip into the life of one of your characters, would you? If yes, who and why?
If no, why not? 

  • Some people say I am a character.

Do you find it difficult to create when you have deadlines or does that help push you to do your best?

  • When I blog, I often write my post at the last minute, and my first novella was crafted during National Novel Writing Month (yes, I didn’t quite make the novel length), but I prefer to write on my own schedule.

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.

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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.


Published by Leon Stevens

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.

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