“Steven Leiva not only promises but delivers. Bravo!” — Ray Bradbury
THANKS FOR DROPPING BY
"Bully 4 Love is definitely not your typical romance novel. And that's the best part about it. There's nothing schmaltzy within these pages. In fact, Leiva tears out the wires of the romance genre and scrambles all the circuits, which leaves the reader with some tears, but mainly tears of laughter. It has a sort of Mel Brooks tone to it that will first make you utter 'Huh?' and then switch to 'Ha Ha'. So if you want a rom-com story that breaks all the rules (stucco face-shredding and all), then ditch the Harlequin Romances! Bully 4 Love is the beach and balcony read for you. — Stuart Nulman, Montreal Times.
"I am envious. This isn't a book I would have picked up off a shelf. It's "literary," and has romance in it. I am more of a blows-up-real-good kind of gal. But I have loved everything I've read from this author, and so I read this, too. And now I am envious. It so sooooooo well written. There are pages I went back and re-read just because they were that good. It has twists and turns and excellent dialog and I am envious that I cannot write something like this. So naturally, I am recommending it, as I like to recommend good books. If you're a writer, it's good for study, too, as Leiva's technique is exquisite. You'll be envious, too." -- Jean Rabe, USA TODAY Bestselling Author.
"I really enjoyed reading this story. It brings you through the full range of human relationships. This book at times made me laugh and at other times made me cry. This is a contemporary tale that you really won't want to miss. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading deeply personal stories about how the simplest of things can be the catalyst to forever alter the course of someone's life." -- Mom Kat Reads Blog.
"I will say this definitely lived up to the title - it's odd. Not bad odd, and definitely interesting. I was captured from the first page, and the unique style kept me turning pages until the end. Above all, this story is about connections. Connections to each other, romantic, platonic, professional. I'm not sure if I'd call it a romance necessarily, and if you're looking for your typical romance story, you'll be sorely disappointed. If, however, you want something that is off the beaten path, and a bit unique, then this is exactly what you're looking for. A must-read." — Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faeire Review
"(Seamus Dever) hits the tone just right--he's close to going over-the-top without ever slipping into parody. It's clearly funny material, but he plays it straight. Still, he sounds like he's having fun--and it's hard not to join in. And Juliana Dever nails the character of Kathy (and her alter ego)...Give this one a shot folks, I think you'll be glad you did." — H.C. Newton, The Irresponsible Reader Blog
"Creature Feature is a fun fast-paced old-timey horror flick with plenty of humor. I enjoyed it for the one-line jokes, the crazy situations, and the odd the characters all tossed together in a completely unexpected situation. Kathy, who at times does come off as a vain self-involved woman, has her moments to shine as a woman of action. Meanwhile, Gerald's years as a science fiction lover and tech nerd have finally paid off - in the form of a supped-up Vespa! Haha! I love the imagery." — Dab of Darkness Book Reviews
"On a warm June night, I sat on my patio with my Kindle, which will play audiobooks, let my dogs frolic in the yard, tipped back my head, and listened to Creature Feature. MARVELOUS. TRULY MARVELOUS." — Jean Rabe, USA Today Bestselling Author
"If you are an audiobook lover, snap this one up! You'll be so pleased....The narrators are stellar...The whole thing is absurd, hilarious, and just a ton of fun to experience."— The Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile Blog
"Overall, a very entertaining listen, with some splendid music and a few special effects thrown in. The way the book is read elevates it from a straightforward audiobook towards something that feels a lot more like a full-cast drama, the range of voices Seamus Dever brings to the piece being so diverse. Juliana Dever is no less talented and, even if she plays just the one part, she does it so well that working together 'Creature Feature' whips the listener along towards its thrilling, if worrying, conclusion. Highly recommended." —Neale Monks, SFCrowsnest. "I recommend Creature Feature to anyone who loves classic horror, full of monsters and otherworldly weapons with ultimately a light-heartedness that keeps the intensity at bay without lowering the stakes. I definitely recommend the audiobook version which is well-produced and entertaining and really brings out the story's playfulness and late-night horror TV and radio traditions. — Laura's Books & Bogs
THERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE HAPPENING IN PLACIDVILLE!
It is 1962. Kathy Anderson, a serious actress who took her training at the Actors Studio in New York, is stuck playing Vivacia, the Vampire Woman on Vivacia’s House of Horrors for a local Chicago TV station.
Finally fed up showing old monster movies to creature feature fans, she quits and heads to New York and the fame and footlights of Broadway.
She stops off to visit her parents and old friends in Placidville, the all-American, middle-class, blissfully normal Midwest small town she grew up in.
But she finds things are strange in Placidville.
Kathy’s parents, her best friend from high school, the local druggist, even the Oberhausen twins are all acting curiously creepy, odiously odd, and wholly weird. Especially the town’s super geeky nerd, Gerald, who warns of dark days ahead.
Has Kathy entered a zone in the twilight? Did she reach the limits that are outer? Has she fallen through a mirror that is black? Or is it just—just—politics as usual!
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR CREATURE FEATURE
“VIVA, Vivacia! CREATURE FEATURE is a treat for everyone who grew up watching vintage sci-if and monster movies on late-night TV, presented by your favorite local horror host. This book tickled my funny bone while gnawing on it with razor-sharp fangs. As the Vampire Queen might say, it’s ghoul-tastic!” —Greg Cox, New York Times Bestselling author
“CREATURE FEATURE is a weird, funny, twisty romp through the creepier parts of the American landscape. Highly entertaining and highly recommended.”— Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and V-WARS
“Creature Feature reads like a comedy, has the weirdness of a Twilight Zone episode, and just enough monsters and mayhem to keep the readers on their toes and eager to turn the page. Where the author truly shines is in the comfortable dialog between both primary and secondary characters. Often flirting with but never breaking the fourth wall, it is a joy to see characters who seem to recognize the silliness of their own archetypal roles but shrug it off and encourage the reader to tag along for the fun. So, curl up on the sofa, and dim the lights and pull the blanket up close because it’s going to be a chilling ride. Steven Paul Leiva’s fast-paced Creature Feature: A Horrid Comedy will take you back to those late-night fright fests with just enough humor to appreciate the writing while remaining loyal to the horrors we grew up with and expect.” — Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories Magazine
"Leiva has such a vivid imagination -- not to mention a vast knowledge of the baby boomer world -- and it shows up on every page of this book. Inspired by all those movies, comic books and late shows, Leiva gives the reader such a roller coaster ride of a read that would certainly belong in pages of Amazing Stories magazine but taken to a whole new level. And even the scenes with the proliferation of the creatures on the streets of Placidville has a tinge of timeliness to today's headlines that it will have you guessing what the parallels are."—
"Leiva is witty and engaging, stylistically striking an immediate generational middle ground. At face value, the novel would seem nothing more than a boomer’s nostalgic wet dream, but Leiva imbues the novel with an accessible comedic edge...Leiva, somewhat of a polyglot of entertainment mediums, employs that mastery as he moves the novel forward in an incredibly charming way. A perfect mix of dynamic action and dry dialogue keep readers turning the pages...“Creature Feature” holds enough rich nostalgia for all of us. It’s a tender ode to Cold War-era technological anxiety and is a delightful read for a less than delightful time. It’s escapism for the gentle masochist, leaving a real-world of trauma for a fictional one of catastrophe." — Areyon Jolivette, The Daily Californian
“Creature Feature by Steven Paul Leiva is a perfect story for those who love horror B-movies. It’s complete with ugly and slimy creatures, wild adventures, a little comedy, and an unaware beautiful damsel in distress. I hung on to Steven Paul Leiva’s every word as Kathy and an unlikely local nerd hero try to save Placidville’s townspeople from fire-breathing dragons, a demon with an ego this big, and slimy blobs of nastiness. Creature Feature is action-packed and loaded with monsters galore, gadgets out of this world (Leiva really needs to patent his Interdimensional TV idea!), and an exciting climax worthy of any 5-star B-movie midnight horror-comedy flick. I’m looking forward to reading more from Steven Paul Leiva.” — Joanie Chevalierm, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
"CreatureFeature: A Horrid Comedy by Steven Paul Leiva. By the way, this guy has supercreds. I advise you to look this book up and the author because he's got RayBradbury praising his prose...this is such a fun book. As a kid, I would have loved this just for the prose and the situations alone. As an adult, I love the nostalgia part of it. I thought it was a ton of fun. If you like Elvira, if you like Invasion of the Body Snatchers if you like Slither you're going to dig this book. It is so much fun." —
I've always been an eclectic reader finding pleasure in a mix of genres including literary fiction, science fiction, mysteries, comic novels, and historical fiction.
And so, I've become an eclectic writer.
"Steven Paul Leiva is a master wordsmith able to take on any genre or blend them — Jean Rabe, USA Today Bestselling author
And my favorite readers are eclectic readers willing to taste the various flavors I offer. For convenience, I have grouped my books in categories to guide you as you look over this menu
My books, most in various formats including print, digital, and audio, can be purchased via my AUTHOR'S PAGE on Amazon. And at other fine online bookstores.
The Wild Trips Novels
Journeys through space, time, and dimensions
International Amazon Science Fiction Bestseller
A CONTEMPORARY SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE
IN THE TRADITION OF H.G. WELLS AND JULES VERNE
"A deftly crafted, inherently interesting, and thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, Journey to Where impressively showcases author Steven Paul Leiva's genuine flair for originality and a distinctive, reader-engaging narrative storytelling style. While unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of SciFi fans that Journey to Where is also available in a digital book format." — Midwest Book Review
"The author’s true strength is in storytelling. The attention to detail is spot on, providing just enough visual imagery to fill the reader’s perception without diluting the setting with unnecessary clutter. Throw this in with a strong cast and a nicely paced plot, and by Steven Paul Leiva is a fun read sure to entertain fans of the classics." — Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories Magazine
Science fiction can be a lot of different things: science-y, thinky, adventurous, fun, philosophical, bizarre, allegorical, and laden with commentary on current affairs, but rarely does one volume provide a dollop of all of these things while at the same time featuring realistic characters and realistic sentient dinosaurs. Recommended. — Donald J. Bingle, Author of the Dick Thornby Thrillers
“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.
Thomas P. Powell’s ascension in politics was both unusual and yet very American. From traffic cop to Vice President of the United States, his climb up the ladder of public service was often due to the push of random acts and not-so-happy accidents—although Thomas held the opinion that it was due solely to his singular innate moral authority. What matters is what’s within, that’s the Powell political philosophy. Then, on the cusp of his grasping the last rung on the American political ladder, something truly within suddenly appears. A horrible homunculus, an impetuous imp, climbs out of Thomas’s right ear to bedevil his nights and confuse his days and take him on a crazy, wild, nauseating, and nuclear journey.
It’s The West Wing meets the Twilight Zone.
"Anyone who is able to produce such a book as this has an innate ability and considerable talent. This isn't something you can learn and as an author, I wish I had the ability to wield the written word so effectively. The book is a mix of genres, comedy, supernatural, suspense and drama, with a U.S. presidential setting. Comedy is the overarching content however and I was left chuckling along at the behavior and attitude of the main protagonist. It's a strong story and a very entertaining read. Well done Mr. Levia."
— 5-Star Amazon review by PsychicSnail
International Amazon Science Fiction Bestseller
A unique first contact novel from the point-of-view of the aliens.
The last thing the factfinders —who call themselves Life—expected to find while traveling in space in "The Curious" on a mission from their planet, The Living World, was "other" life. But one day they stumble upon the third planet out from a backwater sun and find it teeming with a vast diversity of life including one sentient and cognizant if primitive, species that they dub: Otherlife.
Being not only from "The Curious" but inherently curious themselves, they begin to study the Otherlife and their alien culture, discovering such strange things as marriage, intoxicating drinks, weapons of minor and mass destruction, the gleeful inhaling of toxic substances, two-parent families, layered language, genocide, non-nude bathing, and—the strangest thing of all—religion.
This first contact between Life and Otherlife, disconcerting for both, has moments of humor and moments of horror—and neither escapes the encounter unchanged.
"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.
"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.
The Love, Sex,
and Pursuit of Happiness Novels
A modern comic adult fairy tale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas.
Instead of a kingdom by the sea, our story takes place in and around a residential hotel by the sea. The architecturally eclectic Briers Hotel is situated on Leech Beach, a not particularly inviting beach, being often fog-bound and always scruffy. But it’s the perfect setting for our Cinderellas, male and female, who put up with the scruffy-ness of life while striving to make it through their various personal seaside fogs. Theater; art; antiques; old movies; sex; more sex; death; fast and slow cars, chicken shit and cow poop; military bearing and erotic emissions -- not to mention the wicked witch, the sea serpent by the seashore, the village ogre, the village idiot, and several Prince Charmings -- all figure into this merry tale with a multitude of happy endings.
The Fixxer Novels
It’s the late 1990s—and Hollywood wants to take over the world!
What those in the know in Hollywood really know is that if they need a dark deed done, if they need a sticky personal or professional problem “fixed,” they can call upon the mysterious and dangerous Fixxer. With wit and aplomb, he works the fruitful fields of Hollywood fixing the sins and correcting the stupidities of the denizens therein.
BLOOD IS PRETTY
"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.
HOLLYWOOD IS AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY
“Leiva’s immense gifts for mystery and suspense are matched only by his wry, biting wit in skewering the Hollywood he clearly knows so well.”— Paul Provenza; author of ¡Satiristas!, director of The Aristocrats, host of Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza
“At last, Steven Paul Leiva has given us a second Fixxer adventure. Ever since I read Blood Is Pretty a few years ago I’ve been eagerly anticipating more fun, exciting, and riotously entertaining travels with Leiva’s Bond-like character. This time Leiva mines his firsthand knowledge of the community he has toiled in for much of his life, Hollywood. And he does it with the same wry humor, intellectual insight, and terrific storytelling that are the consistent signatures of his work. Once you start this novel you won’t put it down.” — Ken Kragen, legendary Hollywood producer/manager
“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
Eight personal essays on Ray Bradbury
Includes the title piece written for the Los Angeles Times, and "The Man Who Was Himself," my memorial 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 this 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