But abilities it seems are given for a reason, and in Leanna Renee Hieber’s strangely beautiful series, the abilities I've described are given to fight the darkest evil man has ever known. In her first book, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, we’re introduced to The Guard. Six mortals bestowed with very special powers. When the book was released, I spoke with Leanna and she described their purpose by saying:


The Guard is essentially a group of six Ghost Busters in Victorian England that deal with spectral phenomenon unbeknownst to the populace of Victorian England. The book is set right around the time of the Jack the Ripper murders and it’s clear to The Guard that Jack is not a human occurrence. There’s a supernatural threat that London has not seen and that they have not had to deal with. Early on in their duties, they’re given a prophecy that their group of six will find a seventh member and a seventh member is critical in dealing with this mounting danger.


That prophecy is fulfilled by 18 year old Persephone (Percy) Parker. Percy looks very much like the ghosts she’s able to communicate with—white skin, white hair, and eerily blue eyes. Despite outward appearances, Percy embodies a tremendous power she will come to know and harness throughout the series.


This series is an epic tale of good versus evil and of a love that has traveled through time. The author has created remarkable characters that have heart, soul and a ferocity about life. The prose is as eloquent as the story is rich. The characters grow from one book to the next as does the love between Percy Parker and the head of The Guard, Alexi Rychman. This is a potent, romantic, fiery saga that will leave you breathless.

Percy doesn't find communicating with ghosts all that strange, the question is would you want the ability to communicate with ghosts?


P.S. If you love romance Melanie always has a lively discussion happening at Romantic Reads.


Until next Thursday, lay off the chocolates.




Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader an award winning television producer

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎05-27-2010 12:19 PM

Hi, Maria. And yet another series I'll have to explore.

No I would not want the ability to communicate with ghosts, too many possible volatile emotions to deal with.

And what do you mean lay of the chocolates, they are their own food group you know.


by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎05-27-2010 01:40 PM

Hi Deb -


Yes this is a series you should definitely explore.  Totally worth it.


And - chocolates aren't the only food group I know - I'm familiar with the food groups of 'twizzlers' and 'popcorn' - all three food groups go well with reading!:smileyhappy:

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-27-2010 05:05 PM


I was fascinated with Heiber's first book - and I have the second book just waiting to be read. I agree the series is epic in its scope and I'm particularly fascinated by the time period she sets the series in.  As for ghosts, I don't have the courage Percy has so if they don't bother me and I won't bother them!  


I'll lay off the chocolates, but I can't promise about the twizzlers. 

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎05-28-2010 09:32 AM

Maria, you know I've been dying to read these books! Great post!

by on ‎05-29-2010 08:16 AM

For a limited time, the first in the series is a free eBook. I added the link below to Paul's Free Friday blog. The blog contains a link to the eBook on Barnes and Noble.



by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎05-29-2010 07:14 PM

Thanks for the link pen21.  This is an opportunity readers should not miss out on.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎05-30-2010 08:37 PM

Sorry I'm late - if you ever get the chance to meet Leanna at a book signing or elsewhere, make the effort to do it. You won't be disappointed - she is WONDERFUL!