Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5 SECRETS (What No One Knows About My Book)

Our guest author today is Leslie Sartor, who is going to share some tidbits about the writing of her book that no one knows--until today.

Multipublished and Best Selling Author L.A. Sartor began telling stories around the age of four  when her mother, at L.A.'s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them.  As an adult she writes suspense and action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation!  She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date.  L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should  embrace the journey.  She has a blog: She is also one of the Five Scribes at She has two new books releasing in 2014. Please contact her at using the "contact me" page and sign up for her newsletter. All sorts of news and promotions comes out generally near the release of a new book, or promotion.
Five Secrets About Stone of Heaven
1) Stone Of Heaven (SOH) was first an award winning script, and Rhoades Rader's (Heavy Duty Entertainment) assistant--a woman--loved the story and the fact the adventurer was a woman, a twin no less.  She insisted Rhoades read it, but alas, nothing more came from that.  Maybe he'll take another look now that it's from a Best Selling Author…HEY RHOADES!!!!
2) The story was first going to be set in China, and finish in the Yucatan, but since it was a script, the cost of locations especially from an unknown writer,  was way high, and  made me rethink that. So I set in all in Mexico.  And while Tori and Reid traverse the country, most of the shooting could be done in one spot.  The magic of film.
3) When I decided to write the book, I realized all my characters had to have an internal narrative, and I was stuck for months.  I had to get out of my screenwriting mode and get into writing a novel.  That was amazingly hard.  And then the research for setting.  In screenwriting, you set a place, but add few details, don't have room for it. Completely the opposite in a book.
4) Why twins in the story?  Honestly? You're the first to know this!!  Because I thought it would add to the pitch worthiness of the script for an actress to play both parts.  A recluse and an adventure junkie.  Fun, opposite type roles.
5) VIKING GOLD, Book Two in the Carswell Adventure Series was going to be set in  Bath England, but Reid's last comment in Stone of Heaven kept calling me, so Tori's twin, Abby, and Hermann, (you meet both in SOH) are the central characters in Viking Gold.  Along with Reid, Tori and Alfred.  This secret will be released in August J Go to to sign up for my newsletter and find out the moment it's available.

For the Adventurer and the Romantic in all of us.
Book One of the Carswell Adventure Series  
The Recluse …Tori Carswell treasures her solitude and simple life.  Her identical twin, Abby Carswell, is the polar opposite, seeking increasingly risky adventures.  Now Abby has put herself in mortal danger, captive of an ancient Mayan cult.  Her only hope?  Woefully under-prepared Tori.
And the Treasure Hunter …Reid Hunter, good-natured and currently broke, aims to beat his ex-partner Abby to the fabled blue jade known as the Stone of Heaven.  But when reclusive, aero-phobic Tori overcomes her fear of flying and tracks her sister to a well guarded tomb deep in the Yucatan rainforest, he realizes Abby is in serious trouble.
Can Opposites Accomplish the Impossible?
Abby no longer trusts Reid. Can Tori risk doing so now, and join forces with him to save her sister?  Or will Reid put riches before life and love?

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Thanks for checking out Leslie and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions, Leslie will be around to answer them today.

And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more author secrets about their book. 



  1. Beverly, thank you for hosting me today. I love the concept of 5 Secrets but thought at first, I'd nothing to post about. Wrong! I hope your readers enjoy the post and the novel. The next book in the series is scheduled for August. VIKING GOLD.

  2. What an interesting post. I have thought about screenwriting but know that it is very different than writing. Thanks for sharing your secrets! I wish you the best on your books!

  3. Great post! I love the idea of twins - especially twins that are polar opposites. Gotta love the creative mind that can write stories keeping the characters in their own personas. Leslie, you say this book is the first of a series? Will all the books be set in exotic places? I love reading novels that let me experience places I'll probably never get to visit.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for sharing your five secrets, Leslie. Your book sounds like a must read. I love the cover!

  5. Melissa, thanks so much. I have an incredible mentor Robert Gosnell, who is a multi-produced screenwriter. His book, The Blue Collar Screenwriter is out and gives incredible information about the craft, the industry and busts some myths to boot. Check it out on Amazon. And if you have more questions about screenwriting, email me at

  6. Audra,
    Thank you so much for visiting. Yes, Viking Gold is set in Norway, talk about polar opposites, the heat and humidity of the Yucatan to the cool, humid environs of Northern Europe.

    This time we get to follow Abby and Hermann, and I so hope you enjoy it. Out in August.


  7. Rose, you are so kind!
    I love the cover as well and wait until you see Viking Gold. I hope you get to read Stone of Heaven, it will definitely take you on an adventure. And if you wish, please sign up for my newsletter at and go to the contact page. I only send out a few a year, but they're packed with info and usually promo info.

    Thanks for reading my post.