Daughter4254 coming 11.07.17

Leigh Statham

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

2017

Oct 24th – Provo City Library

DAUGHTER4254 Pre-Launch party

Oct 27th – Barnes & Nobel Signing

7pm Idaho Falls, Idaho

Nov 7th – Release date: DAUGHTER4254

Nov 10th – DAUGHTER4254 Launch Party

7pm Flyleaf Books

Chapel Hill, NC

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AUTHOR VISITS

If you would like to schedule a school visit or game of scrabble, please email me at leighstatham23 at Gmail.PanelLS

I enjoy spending time with students of all ages. My books are best for middle school through high school and I have
several options for presentations, or I’m happy to work with any curriculum you may be using. I prefer to visit in
person, but am happy to skype anywhere in the world. Speaking fees are negotiable depending on travel and school budget.

Title 1 schools are dear to my heart.

Sample presentations:

Creativity – Why We Shouldn’t Neglect Our Right Minds
Many school districts are removing art, music, and creative writing from their standard curriculums from kindergarten through high school. There is scientific evidence proving this will be detrimental to future generations, but the only way to stop this trend is to educate those who will listen and those who care, starting with the youngest of our citizens. This presentation can be altered to fit any amount of time or any audience.

Getting Creative with the Past – The Birth of Steampunk / Mixing Fact with Fiction
A great class for readers, writers, history buffs, or general populations. We’ll talk about fact checking, why it’s important and when you can bend the truth in your own writing. Plagiarism, finding reliable sources, and Wikipedia will also be discussed.

Plotting – How to Get Away with Everything
Class covering the seven basic plot structures with previews of other, less used plot possibilities. Best for a creative writing class of any age.

Conquering Writer’s Block – How to Finish What You’ve Started
A pep talk with examples and built in writing time. Best for a creative writing class or students interested in writing novels.

Custom Presentations
Is your school or class working on a specific theme or topic this year? I’m happy to incorporate that into my presentation. Jsut give me some advance notice and let’s work together.

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About the Author

ohp-leighstathamLeigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho but found her heart in New York City. She worked at many interesting jobs before settling in as a mother and writer.

She now resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, eight chickens, a fluffy dog, and two suspected serial killer cats.

Leigh is currently working on an MFA, has written countless short stories, and is the author of lots of mediocre poetry. She is also the winner of the 2016 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Prize for her short story “The Ditch Bank and the Fenceline.”

You can follow her on TwitterFacebook, or Wattpad.

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Books

DAUGHTER 4254

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Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit until she is left to rot in prison and realizes there is far worse.

When she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive, she finds a shred of hope. Together they plot an escape, knowing they ll die if they fail. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for government use.

When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secrets of the rebellion to better the world she hates and following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.

 

 


 

THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH-TOO-SPONTANEOUS GIRL

October 2016 Month9Booksperilous2coversmallTHE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE MUCH TOO SPONTANEOUS GIRL ( THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT SO INNOCUOUS GIRL #2)

 

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates, and soldiers.

 


 

 

THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL

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March 2015 Month9Books * Buy IndieThe Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl

17th century New France (Canada) was constantly under attack. Young King Louis XIV quickly realized a larger population of family settlements, rather than single men, was the fastest solution. He began vigorously recruiting young women to join their countrymen across the sea, where they could marry and build the population up against invasion.

Nearly 1,000 of these “Daughters of the King” were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land. The greatest reward being that the marriage arrangements were lady’s choice. Sixteen-year-old Lady Marguerite lives a life of luxury but finds no solace in her future prospects.

When Claude, her only true friend, leaves for adventure in New France she tries to resign herself to marrying the most boring man alive or attending a school for “difficult” girls. She never considered crossing the sea as a Daughter of the King herself, but now it seems her best option.

Marguerite plans on going alone but finds herself surrounded by an unlikely group of supporters: an automaton, a simpering neighbor, and the annoyingly attractive Captain Laviolette.

As the voyage progresses Marguerite learns that life outside her father’s estate is full of bullies, illness and disappointment. And when their aership is attacked by pirates she begins to think she’s definitely made the wrong choice. But the cogs of fate have been set in motion and Marguerite’s life isn’t the only one dependent on her becoming more than a spoiled rich girl.