Leslie Smith Dow


As a rock 'n' roll journalist for several years, I interviewed and reviewed acts like Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, BB King, James Cotton, Supertramp, Axl Rose, Tragically Hip, Ria Mae, and many more. Somehow, the weirdness of writing concert reviews at 3 a.m. in an empty newsroom just never left me. That experience, combined with growing up in a very insular but sinful small town, and the strange events that occur during frequent travelling has left me permanently warped. My only outlet is the Badass Bingo gang, who figure prominently in the Badass Hippie Tales series. They have really got a hold on me! Check out Ricki Wilson's Indie Spotlight: http://rickiwilson.com/4/post/2017/03/indie-spotlight-on-badass-hippie-tales-by-leslie-smith-dow-lesliesmithdow.html

I am the author of several print and e-books including the award-winning historical biographies Adele Hugo: La Miserable and Anna Leonowens: A Life Beyond the King and I. Adele Hugo: La Miserable has recently been re-released as an e-book, with a new Afterword detailing the fascinating mystery of a painting which could link Adele and the founder of French Impressionist painting, Edouard Monet.

Read Elissa Barnard's review of the re-issued e-edition of Adele Hugo in www.localxpress.ca at https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/adele-hugo-still-haunts-author-443323. See details of the new Afterword, featuring the mystery of Adele and French painter Edouard Manet at https://gooselane.com/collections/e-books/products/adele-hugo.

I am also a beekeeper, farmer and owner of Red House Honey, which produces all-natural raw, kosher honey on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

AWARDS/JURIES: I received the Canadian Authors' Association Air Canada Award for Most Promising Canadian Author under 30 and the Dartmouth Writers’ Award for Non-Fiction. I was a finalist for the Ontario Trillium Award, the Ottawa Citizen and Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton writing awards. I have received grants for my writing from the Canada Council, the City of Ottawa and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and I have been part of selection juries for writing grants and the on-line poetry magazine, ByWords.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is total lack of opportunity for writers who do not write factory style blockbusters to be heard. Indie writing is fabulous. I write what I want, and I publish it when I want. I wouldn't go back!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh boy! All the weird things that have happened to me are being rolled into the Badass Hippie Tales series. I am now onto Book Four and already Book Five is trying to be born! The Badass Bingo gang is constantly stirring up trouble in town, despite the fact that they are all eighty years old. This idea really comes from my mother's long-cherished dream that she and her two best friends would terrorize the inhabitants of their retirement home when they got old. Sadly, that didn't happen...but I am making it happen for her!
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Where to find Leslie Smith Dow online

Where to buy in print


The Rideau River Mystery: A Billings Kids History Mystery Book One
You set the price! Words: 42,870. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Exploration & Discovery
12-year-old Elkanah Stowell ventures into the wilderness with his Uncle Brad. He’s an orphan, so he has to grow up quickly, helping build a log cabin, plant crops for the upcoming winter & drive log cribs down the river to Quebec. Then he’s left alone with a hired hand & funny things start happening.... Follow the clues and see if you can solve the Rideau River Mystery on your own.
Felix Crumple: The Voice of Desire
You set the price! Words: 18,770. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
From birth, Felix Crumple was marked as special, and his continual brushes with the supernatural mark his adventures into the realm of very original love. His voice is magnificent, and women literally fall at his feel, mesmerized. But that is only part of his strange and original power. The songs he sings embody desire...and when he meets someone whose passions match his repressed longing.
Revelry and Redemption: The Real Story of the Death of Charles Lennox, Fourth Duke of Richmond
You set the price! Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries
Charles Lennox is dying in the barn of the Chapman farm, of rabies contracted from the bite of an infected fox 60 days before. His stamina, for one who has never shown much ambition before, is astounding. He wavers in and out of consciousness & froths at the mouth. The man in charge of Canada is dying of rabies.
The Kill Keppler Club: My Funny Vampire
You set the price! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Percy is a withdrawn, untalented vampire who hates his talented neighbour, Keppler, a wealthy advisor to the king. His perceptions of reality are tainted by his jealousy, and his cravings for raw meat, which he has abandoned at the urging of his therapist, Max. But Percy has made a grave error, and now the Kill Keppler Club is insisting he rectify it by...killing his nemesis.
Anna Leonowens: A Life Beyond 'The King and I'
You set the price! Words: 31,000. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
Anna Leonowens was famous for tutoring the children and wives of King Maha Mongkut (Rama IV) of Siam (now Thailand). Yet she disguised her lowly birth in India and pretended to be an English Governess. In her spare time, she travelled alone to Russia and wrote several books, including the fabulous bestseller, The English Governess at the Siamese Court, which astonished the world.
Magic Carpet Ride: A Badass Hippie Tale (Book 2 of Badass Hippie Tales)
Series: Badass Hippie Tales. Price: Free! Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Jump onto the magic carpet for a little trip around Bridget's home town: "This morning’s edition of The Casket had contained some incredible news. Mick Mac MacGyver’s 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood was for sale: 'At least 4 can serenely trip out in the back seat. Anything more, er, athletic requires the other two non-participating passengers to bump up front into first class. Serious enquiries only.'"
Voodoo Vortex: A Badass Hippie Tales (Book 3 of Badass Hippie Tales)
Series: Badass Hippie Tales. Price: Free! Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Combine sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and throw in a little S & M. Mix with a healthy shot of death--and bingo! Things can get out of hand before you can say "qualudes." Brace yourselves, we’re going on a politically incorrect Magic Carpet Ride through the Voodoo Vortex, complete with forbidden sex in an ashram, lethal doses of chemical pick-me-ups accompanied by an unforgettable 60s & 70s soundtrack.
The Grateful Dead: A Badass Hippie Tale (Book 1 of Badass Hippie Tales)
Series: Badass Hippie Tales. Price: Free! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Badass Hippie Tales are a kind of rock ’n’ roll homage to the bawdy humour of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Trailer Park Boys, an antidote to the smarmy feel-goodness of The Vinyl Cafe, and a one-fingered homage to Rolling Stone magazine's once-glorious gonzo-journalism past. Forget the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test & never mind those Dharma Bums; there's more mayhem in store from the Badassers.
Songs from a Suitcase
Price: Free! Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Stories and poems of unusual lives, strange occurrences and off-beat travel.
The Life and Times of Alice Maude
Price: Free! Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This collection of poems epitomizes the time of innocence before the Great War and after. The setting is bucolic, but underneath, tension bubbles as interlopers of various kinds threaten to change the old ways forever. Will strength bend change to its pleasure?
Diary of Death 1819
Price: Free! Words: 39,520. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Biographical
Did the Third Duke of Richmond become a werewolf? His weird and agonizing death was chronicled by his closest aides, who found themselves powerless to prevent his untimely demise. Their diaries were hushed up by the British authorities to prevent the startling details becoming public. This is the gripping story of the last days of Charles Lennox, the "finest formed man in England."

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