Angel Leya loves creating fiction with a touch of magic and romance. She's a wife and mother, and spends her days trying to tame the madness, both in her house and her head. In her spare time, she dabbles in all things books, though she especially enjoys creating book covers. Feel free to connect with Angel Leya, and don't forget to sign up for the Legion newsletter and become an Archangel!
Do you have any Halloween stories?
Though not specifically about the holiday, I recently released my short story, Raven. It's a dark fantasy set in an alternate earth. A tribesman happens upon a song-bird-woman while on a hunt to secure a bride and his family's position within the tribe. But the creature may not be the good fortune he thinks she is.
It's a little darker than my normal stuff, but I love the story - and it was a Finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Competition! I decided to publish it for Halloween, and thought it would be a special treat for my readers to make it free. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Stay tuned for my forthcoming novella, Running Toward Illumia! It's a high fantasy story about a girl who must escape her home in the land of Mist before she runs out of time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Poetry in Composition is a compilation of all the angsty poems I wrote as a teenager, as well as a few that I wrote as an adult. I felt everything through my poems. Love. Hope. Disappointment. Depression. When writing in my journal wasn't quite enough, I'd put my feelings to rhyme or rhythm. Whatever came to mind. I've largely gotten away from poetry as an adult, but it still holds a special place in my heart.
I published the poems to my blog a couple times, and got some great response. So, I decided that it would be fun to create a book, and after I discovered Unsplash.com, I knew I had to pair the poems with photos. I'm pretty proud of the compilation. It's raw and real and it's my heart, in a way.
A young woman in a tribe of Banned only wants to fit in, but doubt has plagued her her entire life. She tries to prove her loyalty by bringing in a unicorn to feed the starving tribe, but all who eat unicorns will become cursed. Now she must fix it, and in doing so, she finds herself in the middle of something much larger.
Astrea would do just about anything to feel like she belongs--even hunt a unicorn to feed her starving tribe. But when her guilt and the promise of a curse gets the better of her, she'll do everything in her power to free the unicorn. Now it's a race to escape and a struggle to put everything right.
And Astrea is running out of time.
Astrea is closer than ever to her destination of Illumia, but she's never felt further from what she wants. Can she make it out of the Mist in time, and what's waiting for on the other side of the dragon range? Or underneath, for that matter...
Marked is part 4 of Running Toward Illumia (Banned - 1, Lost - 2, Drenched - 3).
Unraveling secrets are unraveling Astrea, and with her new knowledge comes unforeseen obstacles. The mountains are within reach, their pursuer is still near, and everyone has something to hide. Astrea's hope of making it out of the Mist is quickly dwindling, along with the last of her strength. Continue Astrea's adventure today!
Astrea's strength is waning, and as the lies surrounding her begin to unravel, she finds herself more and more entangled in the politics of Illumia. It’s everything Astrea never wanted.Though she longs for home, how can she ever go back?
Where do the Banned go when home's no longer home?
The lyrics of the old village tune haunt Astrea, who wants nothing more than to feel like she belongs in the redhead Rudan tribe. To prove it, she captures a unicorn who has wandered into the Mist, the first hope of meat in their famine-ridden land.
But unicorns are magical creatures, and anyone who kills or eats one will become cursed.
Ever wonder if mermaids are real?
Skye sure believes. She is one, and she's recounting their history for the young mermaids.
It's a history full of heartache and bad choices, in which a tribe--once holders of the sea's secrets--become a part of her.
Mermaids are real, but what Skye wants to know is if humans are everything she's dreamed of.
An unexpected encounter with a creature of song may have the power to change his fate.
Fans of Chanda Hahn will enjoy this dark fantasy short story that transports YA readers to an enchanting alternate Earth where wonders are not always as fantastic as they seem.
I should've let him drown.
Now I have to decide. Is it worth risking everything I've ever known, everything I've ever believed, to follow my heart? How can I say yes?
But how can I possibly say no?
Readers of clean young adult fantasy will enjoy this contemporary sweet romance with all the charm of The Little Mermaid.
A Crime of Honor
on June 26, 2017
In an asian-inspired country, High-Prince Surr must make the dangerous journey to the Inner Kingdom to assassinate Emperor Sarizen. The task is difficult, and could cost Surr everything, but if he doesn't accomplish his goal, the Emperor's hatred may cause irreparable damage to the nation.
The author did an excellent job imbuing setting and character in such a short story. You get a sense of the magic that runs through the land (we start out in a burning forest that is never consumed) and the stakes for Surr (as he remembers the promises he made to his family).
The action is reminiscent of Asian movies, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or The Forbidden Kingdom. An enjoyable short read for fantasy and Asian fiction lovers.