Sassy's Blogiversary Bash Day Eleven - Lesa Howard + MEGA INT GIVEAWAY!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I am featuring a very special author! Her books was one of the first books that I featured on my blog and I absolutely loved every single bit of it. If you haven't already read my review, you can check it out HERE!

Enjoy the lovely guest post that Lesa created and please do show her some love and don't forget to enter the giveaway! :)

Title: Phantom's Dance
Author: Lesa Howard
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Thriller
Release Date: April 6th, 2014
Publisher:  Boot in the Door Publications

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Christine Dadeys's family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.

Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.

Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.

1. Do you like your handwriting?

Nope. Not even a little. I deal with dysgraphia and one of the characteristics is messy handwriting. 

2. What is the hardest thing about writing?

Focus. Making myself sit still. Focus. Making myself sit still. Focus.

3. Why do you write?

This isn’t easy to answer. I mentioned the dysgraphia, which when looked at as a whole would make a person wonder why I would get into writing considering the obstacles it causes, but I think it’s because of my ginormous, colossal, stupendous, out-of-control imagination. I treasure it. It’s a gift from God that has been my constant companion for as long as I have memory. So I’d have to say my writing springs from my relationship with God’s gift to me.

4. Other than Phantom’s Dance, what have you written?

In 2006, under the name Lesa Boutin, I wrote and published (before the ebook craze) 2 YA novels about a girl named Amanda Noble who lives in a zoo in Florida. They’re kind of wacky. Think Animal Planet meets Ace Ventura. You can find Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire & Amanda Noble, Special Agent on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The third book in the series, Amanda Noble, Swamp Thing, is sitting on my laptop’s virtual shelf. Along with a middle grade novel I dearly love and hope to get published. 

5. Are you working on anything now?

Yep, a YA called Holly’s Boys. If you join Wattpad, which is free, I’m posting it chapter by chapter. Just keep in mind it’s a draft, not a finished product.  
Here’s the pitch for Holly’s Boys: 

It’s the me decade and Raynor Davison, a young man born with a sense of entitlement bigger than the truck he drives, is all about the me in that phrase. It’s also the decade to see the first International Women’s Year, and Holly Galloway is coming of age at a time more choices are available to women than ever before. And in this bittersweet love story, neither Raynor nor Holly is prepared for the fact that having more choices doesn’t necessarily mean knowing which one to make.  

Thank you so much Lesa for creating such a fun guest post with random facts about yourself! Guys, if you haven't checked out her book, Phantom's Dance you should! It is a such great read! 

I'm not the typical author. I didn't always enjoy reading or writing. While in school, I found it to be a chore I'd just as soon skip. I would rather have been daydreaming, my favorite past time. It wasn’t until I grew up and didn’t have to, that I realized reading was fun. I soon discovered that reading fueled my daydreaming. 

So, remembering a short story I'd written in high school, I began imagining expanding that story into a book. Before long I found I had loads of ideas for not just the short story but other books and stories as well. Fast forward a few years, a lot of studying about writing, practicing my writing, studying some more, taking classes from people who knew what they were doing, studying and practicing yet more, and ta-dah, author! In the same way I had learned I loved reading, I learned I loved writing, too. It’s just that writing is a lot harder than reading.

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Happy reading!


  1. I love how she really sees her writing as a gift from God and that she keeps up with it! I certainly have to admire her for that, especially as she struggles with it a lot. Great interview ^^

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  2. Great interview! Love how she grew to love reading and writing. It's amazing what you can discover to love realizing how it connects with something you enjoy to do.

    And I've added her retelling of Phantom of the Opera to my TBR list. My list seems to keep growing everyday, lol!


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