New Release: Sight for Sore Eyes

JoanLeacott_SightForSoreEyes_200pxAnnouncing the release of the second book in the Clarence Bay Chronicles.

Love isn’t blind; it’s just near-sighted.

Emma Finn once dreamed of being a photographer, capturing exotic landscapes and poignant vistas. Then a series of tragedies tore her life apart. All she craves now is stability—reliable, boring, safe.

Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale left big city life when his ex-wife took his young son away. When he met Emma, he pictured her as the centre of his new life in Clarence Bay. So why is he encouraging her to resurrect her old dream and go gallivanting around the globe? Dare he ask her to stay?

If Emma goes to India, will she be able to heal, or will she regret her choice?

Carpenter ants, a rescued Pirate, and a pair of scheming seniors help Emma and Asher to see what really lies before their eyes.

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Celebrating Firsts

It’s been a long time coming. Learning curves have been steep enough to toss me on my back. Family crises have intervened. Distractions abounded. But I made it! YAY!

Massive hugs to all the amazing people who helped me get here.

These images now hold pride of place on my Wall of Fame.

My First Sale

I found this in my inbox the day after the release of ABOVE SCANDAL.

Joan's First Sale

My First Review 

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Joan's First Review

Enough celebrating. Now back to the business of revising and editing the next story; SIGHT FOR SORE EYES to be released on November 23rd.

We Have a Launch!

Cover for Above Scandal by Joan LeacottI’m so excited, and exhausted, and EXCITED! My debut novel, ABOVE SCANDAL, is now available for sale at these fine retailers!

Champagne anyone?


Cover for Above Scandal by Joan Leacott

I am SO excited. I’m jumping up and down and showing all my friends.

I got the cover for my soon-to-be-released debut romance novel Above Scandal. That’s it over there on the right.

Isn’t it beautiful?

With recommendations from Deborah Cooke and Mary Buckham, I contacted Kim Killion to design the cover.  Kim and her staff at The Killion Group were so patient with newbie me. I have a print-out of the cover on the wall in front of my computer. Every time I look at it, I sigh with delight.


Also on Team Leacott  😀  is The Romantic Editor, Kristin Anders. She has a real talent for spotting tricky passages and suggesting the perfect fix. She truly “gets” the romance genre and me as a writer. I’m so glad I found Kristin.


Above Scandal is the first in a series of full-length contemporary romances  set in Clarence Bay on the rugged shores of Georgian Bay, Canada. That’s the real bay behind Cathy and Ryan on my cover. I spend my summers there, cottaging and boating near the real town that inspired the home town of my heart.


Secrets and Scandals

Three generations of Rossetti women are hoarding secrets.

Cathy Rossetti’s secret is Hayley, an outspoken ten-year-old who’s about to meet her family for the first time. Sadly, it’s taken a terminal illness to bring Cathy back to her hometown.

The elder generation of Rossetti women guards a thirty-year old secret with the power to rock Cathy’s world. Will her mother take their secret to her grave, or will her aunt break her punishing vow of silence?

Hayley hates secrets, so she’s sleuthing around Clarence Bay looking for her daddy. Is it her new BFF’s father or mayoral candidate Ryan Chisholm or Ryan’s handsome campaign manager?

Ryan has a secret, too. He’s still in love with Cathy, his high-school sweetheart. For a man running his election campaign on a platform of honesty, this could cause problems. Will dumping his popular fiancée cost him the election? And if Cathy still loves him after eleven years’ absence, she’s not telling.

To share the thrilling approach of my very first release date, please sign up for my newsletter. I’ll let you know as soon as Above Scandal is available for pre-order. Above Scandal will be available in most e-formats and as a print-on-demand edition.

The neighbours promise to keep your secrets.

I can’t wait. I’m so excited. SQUEEEE! Sigh.  😀

To visit Clarence Bay, meet some of the neighbours, and read Ryan’s take on his home town, pop over to my Clarence Bay pages.

© Joan Leacott,2013