MY BOOKS


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

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Welcome!


THANKS FOR DROPPING BY




My Latest Novel

Coming September 21, 2020 from my own imprint Magpie Press





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


COMING SOON FROM MAGPIE PRESS





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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.

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


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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.




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The Wild Trips Novels

Journeys through space, time, and dimensions



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International Amazon Science Fiction Bestseller



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
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.




"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 Journey to Where 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. — Author Donald J. Bingle




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“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.

“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 a 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.

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POLITICS AS UNUSUAL


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.




"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


"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



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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.
"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



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The Love, Sex,
and the Pursuit of Happiness Novels


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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.





"Steven Paul Leiva has written an engaging, thoughtful, and kind book. In this era of unlikeable 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 characters' 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



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Adolphus Seruya is a happy, middle-age, unambitious, bachelor, and History professor at a prominent community college. Then suddenly SHE walks into his classroom. Lavinia Carson is beautiful in a unique yet compelling way. And radiant almost beyond description. 

Thus begins a very odd love story.

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Robert Leslie Cromwell and Sandra Smith are both intelligent, creative, not unattractive, rich, married to each other, and in love. And yet their procreating bodies might as well be standing on a savanna in Africa in the late Pliocene Era. It’s the sometimes comic conflict between ancient bodies and modern culture.

Can there possibly be a happy ending?



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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.
"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
"Blood is Pretty is set in Hollywood, it's funny, it's kind of dark and has it has a lot of biting things to say about Hollywood. I urge people to check it out." — Jeff Cannata, DLC Podcast


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


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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.

"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
"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.

"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 textPhil Nichols, BradburyMedia blog.

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My Award-winning Novelization



              


Dogs, Christmas, Kids!

Now available as a novel based on the screenplay written by Kieth Merrill, this story is destined to become a classic for young readers during the holiday season.
The film centers around 12-year-old Emma O'Connor as she is sent to live with her "aunt" in the small town of Doverville. Emma soon finds herself in the middle of a "dogfight" with the mayor and town dogcatcher. In order to strike down their "no-dogs" law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups, and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant. The 12 Dogs of Christmas is a fun, heartwarming story, featuring a diverse canine cast and is perfect for all those who love dogs, kids, and Christmas.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas was first introduced as a picture book and board book with companion CD written by then 8-year-old, Emma Kragen. Now with over 500,000 books sold, the story has been expanded into a feature-length film.

"Leiva recounts the story in a very crisp, snappy style of prose which is full of humor and warmth...it's on it's the way to becoming a Christmas standard." —Stuart Nulman "Bookbanter" on CJAD, Montreal




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