Author Archives: Heather

Time for Reflection: What is my author brand?

My kid is home sick from school today, which means I can’t have a normal work day, since I’m going to be fetching and carrying and doing emergency laundry…you know the drill. For now, I have time for a moment of reflection, since he’s napping. While I remain in cat-like readiness, I thought I would mention that I have a couple of reviews up on my new release, Hunting John Doe.

One is from a long-time reviewer and the other from is a new reviewer. However, he has read my sci-fi romance before, and he said both stories had a “gritty realistic setting.” Honestly, I was kind of shocked by that.

After all, aren’t I the same author who wrote a seven-book series about a bakery? Full of mouthwatering pastries? Still, as fluffy as aspects of that series were (The Redcakes) it had some grit in it, too. Most of the heroines were career women, pretty rare in the 1880s and 1890s. And then I moved on to Jazz Age London for the Grand Russe Hotel trilogy. And in that series, all the fun of parties and champagne and dancing is backdropped by the British Secret Service hunting for a deranged Russian bomber. Okay, I guess that’s pretty gritty too. Now I’m writing about Charles Dickens (as Heather Redmond). This was a guy who wandered London’s backstreets all hours of the night, learning the city like an encyclopedia, and he’s solving murders. Hmmm.

Sometimes it takes a new set of eyes to tell an author what their brand is. Thank you to Walter for revealing it to me.

What would you call my brand? “The reality behind the shimmer?” “Gritty love?” “Grit and reality?” “Real love?” Okay, that’s probably been used before.

LOL. Still a work in progress…after a night without much sleep due to the sick kiddo.

New Release: Hunting John Doe by Heather Hiestand, a Dark Science-fiction Romance

 

My novel is out today! Hooray! This is a revised novel that was released in an earlier form as Recreating John Doe by my old pen name, Anh Leod. Delle Jacobs made me a gorgeous new cover and it’s been expanded and re-edited.

It’s an Amazon exclusive for now, so it’s on Kindle Unlimited or you can purchase it.

Blurb:

Once a royal prince, the man known as John Doe now lives the low life as an intergalactic bounty hunter. Avoiding the revolutionaries who need him as their figurehead, he’s chasing his latest contract, beautiful Gaia Marlowe, wanted for the death of her husband.

Long ago, Gaia had supported herself in exotic BDSM clubs. Her path out of that lifestyle only led her to the darker pleasures of the upper class. With two husbands dead, it’s time to take charge of her life as an underground mistress.

John needs to capture Gaia, but she can’t afford to let that happen. If only their connection wasn’t so magnetic. Two people are running for their lives…and a chemistry that cannot be denied.

Disclaimer: Expect sexy adult situations and practices.

 

Cover Reveal! Hunting John Doe, dark science-fiction romance

Coming Soon! A revised version of Recreating John Doe by my pen name, Anh Leod

Once a royal prince, the man known as John Doe now lives the low life as an intergalactic bounty hunter. Avoiding the revolutionaries who need him as their figurehead, he’s chasing his latest contract, beautiful Gaia Marlowe, wanted for the death of her husband.

Gaia once supported herself in exotic BDSM clubs. Her path out of that lifestyle only led her to the darker pleasures of the upper class. With two husbands dead, it’s time to take charge of her life as an underground mistress.

John needs to capture Gaia, but she can’t afford to let that happen. If only their connection wasn’t so magnetic. Two people are running for their lives…and a chemistry that cannot be denied.

Disclaimer:  Expect sexy adult situations and practices.

Cover by artist Delle Jacobs

 

Do You Like Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance?

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Romantic Suspense? Blood Ties is On Sale for $.99!

Amazon has put Blood Ties on sale for $.99! This is an unannounced sale and I have absolutely no idea when it will end, so grab my PG-rated romantic suspense now before the Zon changes their mind. If you can’t get it free through Kindle Unlimited this is your moment to read this highly rated novella for less than a dollar!

Blood Ties blurb:

A romantic suspense novella set during a heat-soaked summer in California…

Roselyn Ridge has always wanted to find her father. When she takes a website DNA test, she learns she has a Pacific Islander grandparent. After she attempts to learn more, strange things start to happen. Drug dealers appear in her quiet Sacramento neighborhood. Someone tries to run her over when she’s out jogging. Meanwhile, her mysterious father’s widow, Healani Chang, invites her for a visit to Hilo.

Nothing interesting has ever happened to Roselyn before, but she’s beginning to think ignorance was bliss. Now, if she doesn’t solve the mystery of her father, she risks not surviving to start a family of her own with the attractive Hawaiian man she’s just started dating.

Purchase link (or read in Kindle Unlimited):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H6DDP8

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602004-the-lei-crime-series?from_search=true

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Help Krinar Revenge win the allauthor.com Cover of the Month contest! I’m number five going into the second week and I need your help!

If you liked the cover of my book, The Krinar Chronicles: Krinar Revenge (Kindle Worlds Novella), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor! I am grateful for all your support!

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Favorite Historical Mysteries, a new Pinterest board

I track most of my reading on Goodreads. Generally I don’t put in the middle grade books I read every day with my 3rd grader (sooo much Geronimo Stilton), but just about everything else is in there. I went through the past six months or so of my reading and started to build a visual representation of my favorite historical mysteries on Pinterest. I’d love to know your favorites, and hope you enjoy my reads! I started writing historical mystery in late 2016, and my first Heather Redmond tale will be out this July…

I’m Dreaming of…a Newly Furnished Living Room


I'm Dreaming of...a Newly Furnished Living Room
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Do you dream of the perfect reading nook?

Last year’s holiday season brought a drum kit into my living room of eleven years. This prompted a historic reimagining of where our Christmas tree would live this year. All of which, coupled with the fact that I’m working on a Charles Dickens Christmas mystery right now, made me think of my living room past, present, and future.

Once upon a time, I had a blue corduroy high-end recliner in one corner of the bow window. Next to it was an antique piecrust table with two levels, that I’d purchased or inherited somewhere along the way. I framed a photo of a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in a white wood frame, so I always had a touch of spring, and placed it on the bottom level of the table. Intermixed were candles and family photos, nicely framed. A tall lamp added illumination.

It was my happy place.

On to the present. Someone rearranged my living room. The chair broke. The table broke. The lamp broke. I had a toddler so no more candles in the living room. The flowers disappeared. Now, in another part of this large room, I own a brown corduroy chair, not nearly as plush (but made in America), a cheap lamp from Target, and an unfinished wooden table with a big pile of middle grade books perched there. The sense of peace and pretty are gone.

What might my future reading and writing nook look like? I’m going to dream, using www.arhaus.com. Come imagine your new favorite spot with me!

First of all, I must have the Easton 33″ Upholstered Tufted Recliner in Elmont Ink-. It’s so elegant. It would probably be the nicest piece of furniture I ever owned, and bonus – it’s made in America!

I’ve written a trilogy set in the 1920s, so I think I need this table along the wall behind my recliner. I love the mirror finish. It can hold a nice stack of my research books for Christmas Carol Murdered, with a side of mushroom books for my next Krinar story.

I need a table to the left of my chair. It will hold my water (I’m drinking lots these days), a kid book or two, my bullet journal, my phone… I don’t think I can resist the iron console table, even if it is probably too large. I’m researching trains for…reasons…and this will remind me about that project.

Of course I need a nice lamp, preferably one my father isn’t afraid will explode on me one of these days. I always buy floor lamps, but my console table will have room for a table lamp if I want to go that route for once. Here are some prime options. The Marla floor lamp has a lovely period feel, and I like lamps with a “hang” to them that I can turn around to refocus on whatever I’m doing. The Domino table lamp is a good fit for me. It reminds me of both the geometry of 1920s designs, and Native American baskets. It’s nice to put hints of both my hobby (basket weaving) and my heritage (Delaware/Cherokee tribes among many other ethnicities) into my home décor. Arhaus has many unique lighting pieces to accent a reading nook. 

This basket is nicer than I’m capable of making, and it might look nice on one of my new tables. It harkens back to the table lamp.

On the other side of the room, I might hang this Rain at Sea framed print. It would be a nice way to let my eyes relax after long hours at the computer, and looks appropriately Pacific Northwest.

What do I think? Did I build myself the perfect space for creative work and relaxation? What do you need in your special space?

Here is my Pinterest board! https://www.pinterest.com/heatherhiestand/dream-living-room/

Counterprogram Your Holidays with this Summery Romantic Suspense! #newrelease

While searching for her true identity, an innocent woman falls into the path of a drug kingpin.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077H6DDP8

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602004-the-lei-crime-series?from_search=true

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So Many Sales! Pick up the Redcakes at Sale prices now. #Victorian #romance #Rakesandcakes

Catch up on my delightful bakery-based Victorian romance series right now. Six of the seven Redcakes stories are on sale, some for as low as $.99. If you want a Christmas read, start with Christmas Delights, but otherwise, the first book is The Marquess of Cake. If you’re a fan of my Grand Russe Hotel series, His Wicked Smile will give you some hints about my hotel characters!

Series link on Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0159I828Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-taste-of-scandal-heather-hiestand/1116110218?ean=9781601831125

ITunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-taste-of-scandal/id672375745?mt=11

KOBO:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/one-taste-of-scandal/Ci1zW7u1kUmjCnIqkwqXkw

Happy reading, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at http://www.heatherhiestand.com. A link to a free historical romance is in the first newsletter you’ll receive.