German speakers can now enjoy my dark vampire romance, The Viscount’s Prey, in their own language. Here you go! I love how it reads in German, but as the author I’m possibly slightly biased.
For English speakers, here’s my latest Julia Leijon release:
Sometimes it takes an animal to show a man what really matters.
Lucas and Ryan are partners in crime: an ex-Marine who can hack any system and a seductive, amoral con man who can talk his way through any door. Together, they relieve underworld moguls and other shady operators of their ill-gotten gains.
Their teamwork cemented through years of friendship, they can handle anything … until the night Ryan is bitten by a tiger while out on a job.
Now he’s changing, growing even more predatory and fearless. Pieces of his old identity fall away, one by one, until his nature has been honed to a fine edge. And this new, sharper Ryan wants one thing above all others: Lucas.
This 20,000 word novella features a fast-paced plot, long-kept secrets, and spicy sex scenes, and makes for a perfect weekend read.
Here’s another title from my Julia Leijon pen name! Will I ever stop finding excuses to write vampire stories? Signs point to no!
Delivered by fate into a dark destiny …
Benjamin, a new lawyer in Victorian London, aspires to nothing more than a quiet, unremarkable life. When he is sent to Transylvania on business, he looks forward to demonstrating his steadfast and reliable nature.
Nothing prepares him for Vlad. The handsome, forceful viscount seems to cast a dark spell over his young guest. And then the dreams begin. Vivid, frightening, but strangely alluring, they are full of forbidden desires … and sharp white teeth at his neck.
Slowly seduced by the castle and its master, Ben must decide if escape is what he really wants. But if he stays, can he ever be more to Vlad than prey?
This 12,500 dark erotic romance features features submission, captivity, and scorching sex scenes, and is a perfectly wicked treat for a night’s reading.
My first book under the Julia ‘make writing fun again’ Leijon pen name, Her Silent Oath, reached the #1 spot in Amazon’s Folklore category last weekend, and a top-ten spot (#8) in the Fairy Tales category at the same time. Not a bad start! So here’s another piece of fluff to enjoy:
Still reeling from her sister’s murder, Merryl retreats to Oregon with her nephew Sam. Building a new life for the pair of them is almost enough to distract her from her grief, especially when she faces the problem of how to help Sam learn what it is to be a bear shifter. With nowhere else to turn and no idea what to do, Merryl turns to her impossibly sexy and unattainable crush, Daniel.
Daniel just wants to enjoy small town life after a violent past, but if anyone can see through his gruff facade and battle scars, it’s Merryl. Helping Sam discover the cub side of his nature helps Daniel rediscover what it means to connect with those around him. For the sake of Merryl and Sam, Daniel will even return to his harrowing FBI work to help solve the murder and find them some peace.
Despite a strong mutual attraction between them, a major obstacle blocks their way, and it’s one that Daniel can never let Merryl know about: while his human side wants to support her as a friend while she puts her life back together, the bear in him knows with absolute certainty that he has found his fated mate.
Knowing how many emotional burdens Merryl is already coping with, Daniel carries this heavy secret alone. But can Merryl convince him that she’s tougher than he thinks, and can make her own choices? After each enduring so much cruelty and hardship at the hands of an unkind world, are the two of them still capable of love and trust?
I’ve decided to make a new pen name, for when I want to write things that are, to quote Jane Austen, “light, and bright, and sparkling”. A chance to go back to writing without any lofty goals or ambitions for myself or the work, just a lot of fun.
So here’s the first title: Her Silent Oath, a novella that starts off with a premise pretty close to a video game I wrote this one time and then veers off into completely its own story, with blood and guts and tea and flowers in it. It’s 99 cents! Woo!
The intensity and loneliness that growing up brings with it has always seemed to Mary Borsellino to be a perfect basis for stories, ever since she was a teenager herself. That age group knows better than anybody the hopes and horrors of society’s potential futures, the flash and glamour of rock stars, the dangerous hunger of the vampire, and the quest to find out who you are.
Mary’s writing career began in her own teen years, when her Lord of the Rings fanfiction Pretty Good Year attracted the attention of academics worldwide. Her next breakout success was the Wolf House series of punk vampire novels, which Vampire Diaries author LJ Smith described as “Electrifying. Chilling. Enthralling. Amazing. One of the truest young voices I’ve ever heard, with a plot that keeps you stuck to the pages and stops the breath in your throat.”
Her first novel to be set in Australia was 2012’s The Devil’s Mixtape, and Mary’s most recent novel, Thrive, sees Hobsons Bay and Victoria play pivotal roles.
My family has lived in Hobsons Bay for generations: my great-grandfather made a lot of the old iron lacework you can still find on houses around Williamstown.
I was born and raised in Queensland, and yet when I wound up in Hobsons Bay at age 22 I knew I wanted to stay there, even before I knew the longstanding family connection to the area.
I’ve been here more than eleven years now, and hope that I don’t leave any time soon.
Do you enjoy playful banter? Because that’s what 85% of this game is. Sometimes it will get a chuckle out of you, or perhaps you’ll find the characters a bit more endearing, but then there are going to be sometimes where you just want to slap the three characters upside the head. It kind of boarders on the “too much” side of snark, but none of the characters feel flat. All three of them have unique histories, and while they may seem cookie cutter on the surface they actually have some deep struggles on the inside. While you’re most likely not going through what they are, you’re still able to connect pretty quickly when they finally open up. While the story is solely focused on the romance between you and one of the other characters of your choice, there is still a lot of dark topics covered by the Psychopomps. It goes from light-hearted teen romance to death and blood pretty quick. The world Psychopomp High is set in isn’t fully explained, nor is it the focus of the game, but you do feel as if the world is completely fleshed out, giving the rest of the game a solid if not a bit surreal base. While gameplay is limited to a few choices you choose on screen, Psychopomp High is a complex story with all the fluff of teen romance and yet all the dark and gritty details of life and death. It’s a surprisingly pleasant mix that you’ll have to try for yourself.
I worked as a narrative and technical tester on Queen at Arms, a new fantasy wartime visual novel by Aqualuft Games. It’s challenging and exciting, and I recommend it highly to anyone who likes intrigue, battle strategy, romance, or just plain old good stories.