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Thanks for dropping by. Below you'll find information on my books, most of which can be purchased in various formats -- print, digital, audio -- via my AUTHOR'S PAGE on Amazon.




“Steven Leiva not only promises but delivers. Bravo!” -- Ray Bradbury





"Blood is Pretty is a wonderful read, a highly entertaining and impressive novel." -- Richard D. Zanuck, Academy Award-winning Producer of Jaws, Cocoon, & Driving Miss Daisy.





"Traveling in Space's humor and refreshing perspective are thoroughly enjoyable" -- Diane Ackerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses.




"Leiva's immense gifts are matched only by his wry, biting wit" -- Paul Provenza; Comedian, author of ¡Satiristas! director of The Aristocrats.





"Ray Bradbury will be remembered as one of the literary giants of the 20th Century. Steven Paul Leiva's book is a perfect tribute to the life and works of this great artist." -- Joe Mantegna, actor.  




"Many of the aliens' encounters with human beings are downright funny...much to think about and I'm sure that Traveling in Space will play on my mind for some time to come" -- Russell Blackford, Author of Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination; Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities, University of Newcastle.





“Steve gives way to impulse. To passion and the heart."  -- David Brin, Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift series.





By the Sea...what a satisfying book it is! Leiva has built his small world perfectly, and each character is so complete and well thought out that what at first seem disparate pieces fit together perfectly by the end. It's a hat trick in perfect proportions!" -- Jo Graham, author of Black Ships, Hand of Isis, and Stealing Fire.




"Steven Paul Leiva is a master wordsmith able to take on any genre or blend them -- USA Today Bestselling author Jean Rabe



This brisk and touching comic novel (Made on the Moon) has mysterious and profound things to say about the price of freedom... Highly recommended!” -- John Billingsley, “Dr. Phlox” on Star Trek Enterprise and a voracious reader.



COMING SOON FROM


BULLY FOR LOVE

THE RELUCTANT HETEROSEXUAL







A CONTEMPORARY SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE
IN THE TRADITION OF H.G. WELLS AND JULES VERNE




When a radical experiment into the nature of time is sabotaged,

the scientific team finds themselves in an alternate universe,

where humans never became the dominant life force. Instead,

dinosaurs evolved into intelligent bipeds, developing language

and societal structures. 




The scientists have to learn to communicate with this alien

species, who view them as unusual pets, and figure out how to

recreate the original experiment in a non-industrialized world,

so they can go back home—assuming there’s a home or even a

a universe, to return to. 




But the scientist who sabotaged them is trapped in this new

world with them. And he’s looking to rise to power, even if his

quest means the death of his traveling companions.



“I had wanted to go to the moon from the time I was an infant,” So declares Stanley Lewis to three mysterious interviewers known only as R and S and T as they sit in a bare, grey room in a grey facility in a grey, desolate landscape and pull out of Stanley the story of his life.

Is Stanley Lewis the ultimate “lunatic” or the ultimate Everyman?


"With just enough satirical elements to emphasize the blurred line between logic and insanity, true fans of Science Fiction will find a kindred attachment with the Stanley Lewis character. It is a hero's journey, a relentless determination to dream the impossible. Made on the Moon by Steven Paul Leiva shows us that reaching for the stars is not just a dream, for some, it is a way of life." -- Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories Magazine

“Leiva has crafted a satire – perhaps a self-satire – with a very warm heart. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying in space or walking on the Moon, you’ll get the point of this story and you’ll love every page.” -- Russell Blackford, author of Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination.


“In a wry and oddly affecting voice that alternates between the parodistic and the plangent, this taut short novel by Mr. Leiva is about Stanley, a disaffected mid-century sci-fi loving American Nerd who would rather be a space taxi cab driver than an accountant (or a gym teacher or a mortgage broker or a podiatrist).  Stanley’s dream, to live on the moon, is very much an American dream, redolent of long-vanished American yearnings: the Westerning impulse: grab your hat and Bowie knife and disappear over them 'thar hills. It’s not an unfamiliar hunger, or loneliness, that is being examined under Mr. Leiva’s microscope here, but in addition to cocking a good snoot at some of the more preposterous aspects of myth-making generally, our author also manages to encase his ruminations in an amusingly Monty Pythonesque carapace: bureaucrats with a mysterious purpose are put to the task of discovering whether Stanley’s particular obsessions just might serve their own dark ends . . .This brisk and touching comic novel has mysterious and profound things to say about the price of freedom, and it is not without relevance to the way new, and disturbingly pernicious, myths about freedom are being propagated every day in Trump's America.   Highly recommended!” -- John Billingsley, “Dr. Phlox” on Star Trek Enterprise and voracious reader.


“Leiva brings his delightful wit and facility with language to a tale that feels personal and honest. It unravels in the most unexpected ways, and, as is so often the case in his work, I found both my curiosity and my funny bone tickled. A great read. -- Jeff Cannata, host of the We Have Concerns and /Filmcast podcasts.











As if The West Wing was done as a Twilight
Zone episode.

And you thought our last political nightmare was surreal.



"Steven Paul Leiva is a very bad man. His version of U.S. politics 'Trumps' anything the real world has to offer. Hell you thought the orange one was the only homunculus America had to worry about? You thought wrong. There's always the nuclear option.” -- Steven Savile, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author


“Perfectly sincere Thomas P. Powell’s proper life melts when he encounters a homunculus. Powell, the not-ready-to-be-president president, transforms into a character I wish I had written, and one I’d like to know personally. Steven Paul Leiva is a master wordsmith able to take on any genre, or blend them as in the case of IMP, A Political Fantasia. Once started, I couldn’t stop reading. The tale was just long enough, yet had me longing to read more of Leiva’s prose.” Zoommmmbizzt! I highly recommend this novel. - USA Today Bestselling author Jean Rabe









A modern comic adult fairy tale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas.

"Steven Paul Leiva has written an engaging, thoughtful, and kind book. In this era of unlikable characters and the idea that a "good" book is one in which horrible things happen to horrible people, Leiva has turned that entirely on its head. Even when people act badly, he has told their story with sympathy and grace, with a complete kindness for even the most outwardly difficult characters. By the Sea is long, but it's not fat. It's all muscle. And what a satisfying book it is! Leiva has built his small world perfectly, and each character is so complete and well thought out that what at first seem disparate pieces fit together perfectly by the end. It's a hat trick in perfect proportions!" -- Jo Graham, author of Black Ships, Hand of Isis, and Stealing Fire.

"Leiva writes the story with a great deal of depth and perception as he explores the lives, thoughts, and ambitions of each main character...the book's ending plays upon the they-all-lived-happily-ever-after angle in a quite satisfying but not wholly exaggerated manner. Oh, and by the way, the book is filled with plenty of salty language and sex scenes that are blushingly frank and explicit." -- Stuart Nulman, Montreal Times

By the Sea is a delightfully engaging story about an eccentric community that resides in the foggy environs of Leech Beach...Leiva deftly interweaves character's past and present to create a vibrant ensemble that is immediately engaging...an appealing comic treatise on small-town politics where sexual liaisons abound, on a collection of individuals who live cheek-by-jowl but find to hysterical effect, that they know each other not at all. By the Sea is a light-hearted, clever read. -- Literary Fiction Book Review





A unique first contact novel from the aliens' point-of-view; a 21st Century Gulliver's Travels with Homo sapiens as the Lilliputians.

"Superbly entertaining and unique...thought-provoking." -- The Mindquest Review of Books

"Many of the aliens' encounters with human beings are downright funny...much to think about and I'm sure that "Traveling in Space" will play on my mind for some time to come" -- Russell Blackford, Neworld Review & Metamagician and the Hellfire Club blog.

"A deadpan, laugh-out-loud look at first-contact told from the alien POV (with aliens that are as messed-up as the rest of us). Recommended!" -- Stephen Webb, Physicist, Author of "If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?: Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life."

                                                                                                                                  
 "A unique spin of science fiction... With much humor and much to think about...not to be overlooked" -- Midwest Book Review.                                                                                             
In 'Traveling In Space', we have a book of three parts. It starts with the humorous meeting of two civilizations followed by the contemplation of the rights and wrongs of each one...I'm not going to divulge too much more here as I'm running the risk of revealing spoilers. What I will say is that it's a good ending. A satisfying ending, in fact...It's well worth a read. -- Andy Whitaker, SFcrowsnest



The Fixxer Novels













Meet The Fixxer
With wit and aplomb, he works the fruitful fields of Hollywood fixing the sins and correcting the stupidities of the denizens therein. In perfect Hollywood-speak, it's:
The Player meets The Saint -- as introduced by James Bond.

"Steve Leiva not only promises but delivers. Beautifully written. Bravo!" -- Ray Bradbury.
"Blood is Pretty is a wonderful read, a highly entertaining and impressive debut novel." -- Richard D. Zanuck, Academy Award-winning Producer of Jaws, Cocoon & Driving Miss Daisy.
"Steven Paul Leiva takes a dash of James Bond, the ghost of noir, a splash of Hollywood and stirs it into Blood is Pretty, an adventurous, fast-paced first novel." -- Melodie Johnson Howe, Edgar-nominated author of The Mother Shadow
The Fixxer has the mystery of the Shadow, the sophistication of James Bond and the street smarts of Sam Spade." -- Stuart Nulman, Book Banter/CJAD, Montreal
Fixxer is a fascinating character. Intrigue; murder; mayhem in a fast paced action filled adventure. A truly great first novel. -- E. V. Le Roux, Silver Moon Magazine
A fast-paced thriller with more twists than a box of Rotini pasta. Leiva ratchets up the action to a nuclear level, following his first Fixxer novel, Blood is Pretty. -- L. Dean Murphy, The Big Thrill Magazine

"Blood is Pretty is set in Hollywood, it is really funny, it's really kind of dark and has a lot of funny things to say about Hollywood, it's very biting...I urge people to check it out. I think he's a really fun writer and it's a really great book." -- Jeff Cannata, DLC Podcast




Eight personal essays on Ray Bradbury
Includes the title piece written for the Los Angeles Times, and "The Man Who Was Himself," Leiva's appreciation of Bradbury commissioned by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America for the Winter 2012/13 edition of their quarterly magazine, The Bulletin. Other pieces were originally written for Neworld Review, KCET.org and Leiva's personal blog.
With a special foreword by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, David Brin.

Searching for Ray Bradbury is a delightful book, written and made in the loving spirit of Ray himself. Sure, you could read almost all this material online for free, but it's a fine thing to have it gathered in one place, preserved for posterity in a physical book. Ray Bradbury loved books. OK, that's both obvious and an understatement. He didn't have much time for the online world, but now you can read Steven Paul Levia's tribute in the way Ray would most have appreciated. Who could resist? -- Gary Dalkin, Amazing Stories Magazine
A brisk read, partly because it is a slim volume, but also because of Leiva's essay-writing skill. Because of his initiation of so many Bradbury tributes, there is a danger that this collection could place Leiva at the center of events, and inadvertently become self-aggrandizing . But what lifts the book above this is precisely the way he finds the object of his search: hidden in plain sight, right there in Bradbury the public persona, is Bradbury the humanitarian, Bradbury the author. Leiva finds the true Bradbury by connecting anew with Bradbury's text.  -- Phil Nichols, BradburyMedia blog.
"Steven Paul Leiva's personal and deeply moving tribute to his friend, Searching for Ray Bradbury, shines a loving light upon some little- known aspects of this intricate and deeply passionately man... In keeping with Ray's own style, Steve gives way to impulse. To passion and the heart" -- David Brin in his Foreword
"Ray Bradbury will be remembered as one of the literary giants of the 20th Century. Steven Paul Leiva's book is a perfect tribute to the life and works of this great artist." -- Joe Mantegna, actor/producer-narrator of Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey
"In Searching for Ray Bradbury, Steven Paul Leiva helps us negotiate Ray Bradbury's transition from a vibrant life to an enduring legacy. His trenchant observations effectively summarize the profound range of Bradbury's voice and vision, and reveal how his influence extended from large public audiences and a vast readership to generations of individual students and writers just beginning to negotiate the great wide world." -- Professor Jonathan R. Eller, author of "Becoming Ray Bradbury" and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts.



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