A. J. Leavens

Biography

A love of reading as a kid allowed me to explore worlds with dragons, spaceships, robots, and antiques cars. I've always had stories in my brain, and I've finally had the time to let them out onto the page. I'm a father of 4 who's been married for 15 years, and is more and more in love everyday.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to write the stories that are flying around in my head. Once I had the manuscript for Death's Twilight finished, I decided to try traditional publishing. I sent my pride & joy to a few of the big publishing houses, and only heard "Thanks, but no thanks." It sat on the shelf for over a year until I made a New Year's Resolution to get it published SOMEHOW this year. Researching companies that helped self-publishers, I came across Smashwords. I spent nearly a week reading every bit of data that I could get my hands on, including the Smashwords Style Guide. Getting my ebook published is a tremendous feeling of success, and Smashwords is a big part of that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love looking at ebook stores. Usually, it's the cover that draws me in, and then a great little blurb. I've found some great series by getting hooked on a single cover. The Sword of Truth series was like that for me. Great cover on Wizard's First Rule, and I was hooked from the first page. I love the "sample" portions - they're a great way to find out if you're going to like it.
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Where to find A. J. Leavens online

Twitter: @AdamAuthor
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Books

Death's Twilight
Series: The Meechan Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 61,330. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
In the future, Nuclear War has ravaged the planet. Beset by hurdle after hurdle, Slade Meechan crosses the world to fulfill his government-issued mandate. But what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? Slade will have to use all of his skills and all of his connections to stay ahead of the one who wants him dead. But is there more to the story?

Smashwords book reviews by A. J. Leavens

  • Every Hidden Thing on July 31, 2014

    A Great Chase! Set in the decades following World War II, Every Hidden Thing tells the story of Aristide Meyer, a Jew orphaned as a teenager by the Nazi Party. Growing up in France and Scotland, sheltered by a family loyal to the resistance, Ari pursues his education, and accepts a teaching position at Sorbonne in France. When he suddenly stumbles across the man who killed is father many years later, doubts mix with desire for revenge, and Ari must decide which path to follow. Concluding that the truth must be know, Ari and a small group of acquaintances gather information to take down the Teflon coated “Patron”. Vivid descriptions and quirky characters, weave a believable tale set in amazing locations - Venice and France among them. I could feel the water-taxis skimming through the canals, and smell the foods prepared throughout the book. With a surprise twist near the end, Elaine Young has written a tale that will hook you from the first words and keep you wanting more till the end. As a person who enjoys a good chase, a good love story, and a great historical story, I was well-rewarded with some of each, cleverly woven together. My only critique would be that there were some parts that felt a little rushed and were difficult to comprehend. I had to read some parts two or three times to fully understand what was going on. Despite that, I truly enjoyed the book, and I would be willing to read more by Ms. Young. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thriller or a historical novel. Thank you for the opportunity to read Every Hidden Thing.