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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Leeann Betts, Contemporary Suspense


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UNBALANCED by Leeann Betts

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015.  Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, released this month, with more planned for later dates. Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold. You can follow Leeann at and Donna at All books are available at in digital and print.

Welcome, Leeann. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
As a pen name, I love nail polish, and often paint my nails in different colors. If I could reach my toes and keep my hand steady, I’d do the same with my toenails. As it is, I pine for a pedicure.

Also as a pen name, I am quick with the comebacks, always on point, and sharp as a razor blade.

Describe yourself with three words.
I’m going to let my real life persona, Donna Schlachter, do that, because she does it so well: Leeann is cute, perky, and all the things I’m not.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love almost everything about writing except editing. However, I think the thing I enjoy the most is coming up with the idea and asking the What If? Questions.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Unbalanced.
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, is happily planning her son’s wedding, when she sees a bank robbery that nobody else saw. Soon the story ends up on the local and then the national news, mocking her report and calling her credibility into question. When her husband’s long-lost brother shows up and then quickly disappears, leaving his young son behind, Carly has her hands full. And when somebody seems intent on making certain the wedding doesn’t happen, she jumps in to all three mysteries. Can she figure out what’s going on before she loses all ability to testify at a big upcoming court case?

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook personal page
Facebook author page

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Where can readers purchase Unbalanced?

Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this post will win a print or eBook copy of Unbalanced--the winner can choose. IF YOU COMMENT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. by James Samuel Davis and Susan Page Davis is rubynreba, I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! Book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me and is available at Amazon. Also, a boxed set of the complete series in eBook is available at Amazon.


  1. Hi Jo: Thanks for including me in your great blog. I'm looking forward to "chatting" with many of your readers. Don't forget to leave a comment and perhaps win a book.

  2. Sounds like a good read. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

    1. Kim, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

    2. Hi Kim: Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawing.

  3. Enjoyed the interview and the book sounds like one I would really enjoy. lacy1942(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview with Leeann. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Hi Ann: Thanks for your very kind words. Best of luck in the drawing.

  4. Lots of action! Good interview Jo and Leeann.
    Weddings are fun, but stressful to plan,
    who needs to witness a robbery at such a
    time? :)

    1. Diane, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    2. Hi Diane: And that's the exact question Carly is asking herself. Of course, where Carly is, there is always a mystery! Good luck in the drawing.

  5. Sounds like a great book!

    1. Hi Karla: I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it! Good luck in the drawing.

  6. This sounds like a book I would love to, read. :-) I'm adding to my wish list! pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Hi Patricia: Cozy mysteries are a lot of fun to write and to read. Good luck in the drawing.

    2. Pat, thanks for leaving your comment.

  7. Thanks for this fun interview.
    Jo, I am your follower!

    1. Connie, glad you enjoyed the interview with Leeann. Thanks for commenting and following my blog!

  8. Hi Connie: Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing!