By the Sea

The architecturally eclectic Briers Hotel is situated on Leech Beach, a not particularly inviting beach, being often fog-bound and always scruffy. But it’s the perfect setting for our Cinderellas, male and female, who put up with the scruffy-ness of life while striving to make it through their various personal seaside fogs. A merry tale with a multitude of happy endings. More

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About Steven Paul Leiva

Steven Paul Leiva toiled for many years in the hills and valleys of Hollywood as a producer and writer, working with the great and the not-so-great, who were often one and the same. He produced the animation for Space Jam, pairing the witty Bugs Bunny with the sweaty Michael Jordan. His play, Made on the Moon, had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His novelization, The 12 Dogs of Christmas, based on his own film adaptation of the best-selling picture book of the same name, won the Scribe Award for the Best Young Adult Adapted Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Miranda, who are known collectively as the Andas. You can contact the author at

Praise for Steven Paul Levia & Blood is Pretty

“Steve Leiva not only promises but delivers. This is a fine first novel. Bravo!” — Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

“Blood is Pretty is a wonderful read, a highly entertaining and impressive debut novel.” — Richard D. Zanuck, Academy Award-winning Producer of Jaws, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and Tim Burton’s Alice in wonderland

“Steven Paul Leiva takes a dash of James Bond, the ghost of noir, a splash of Hollywood and stirs it into Blood is Pretty, an adventurous, fast-paced first novel.” —Melodie Johnson Howe, Edgar-nominated author of The Mother Shadow

“Blood is Pretty is a light, breezy page turner that actually had me laughing out loud. The Fixxer is an engaging character and so are the supporting characters around him. After reading Blood is Pretty I wanted to devour more of the adventures of the Fixxer.” — Peter Anthony Holder, Host, Holder Overnight, CJAD, Montreal

Editorial Reviews

The Fixxer has the mystery of the Shadow, the sophistication of James Bond and the street smarts of Sam Spade.” — Stuart Nulman, Book Banter/CJAD, Montreal

Fixxer is a fascinating character. Intrugue; murder; mayhem in a fast paced action filled adventure. A truly great first novel. — E. V. Le Roux, Silver Moon Magazine

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