Support Indie Authors

Hey everyone…I just wanted to give a heads-up that I’ve created a special page for indie authors who are struggling right now due to the coronavirus. Some have lost jobs, or their spouses or significant others have lost jobs, or they are struggling in some other way because of this situation. I’ll be adding more books as I hear from other authors, but in the meanwhile, I hope that if you’re looking for a new book to read, you’ll consider checking out these books!

Buying from these authors will help them out in this crisis, and you may discover a new favorite!

If you’re a struggling indie right now and want to be included, comment below with a link to your book or author profile on Amazon and I’ll add you!

Check out the list here!

Live inspired, with a touch of madness!

J. Leigh

I am now on Patreon!

Hey everybody! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just…JUST…launched my Patreon! This is going to be a super exciting way for me to give you an inside look at the writing of a novel from start to finish…with extra goodies and bonuses along the way! You can either follow the progress of my Patreon exclusive WIP, or, if you’re a Madness Method fan who’s read books 1-3, you can follow the writing of The Hollow King (and beyond)! Or, if you’re really interested, you can follow both.

Hope to see y’all there!

Website makeover!

Hey everyone… You may have noticed that I’ve been updating the website.

It’s a work in progress, so, your patience is appreciated.

I haven’t added a lot of new content just yet but you may notice some shiny new graphics and streamlined content…but I will be trying to keep this site more up-to-date with news, excerpts, ramblings, and other fun and exciting things.

I did add some new art, so, check that out if you haven’t seen it yet.

More trouble

But for right now, I have to go feed these annoying dogs.

Updates and such things…

Hey everyone! Time for a few updates! So, as you may already know, A Sea Like Glass is finally out! Woohoo! I know, I know, it was a long time coming, but you can now find it on Amazon in all its glory. I hope you enjoy it! If you do, please consider leaving a review! It really helps us authors out when you do! 🙂

Also, in case you missed it, The Madness Method now has a Wiki! Check it out here! It’s a work in progress, but it’s also openly editable, so if there’s stuff you want to include that’s missing, go ahead and add it! Or ping me and pester me to add it for you. 🙂 But it’s got lots of juicy tidbits about the world and people of the Madness Method, so, hope you find some interesting stuff!

Finally, I’m hard at work on the Subverter: Extended Edition, which I hope to finish up before the end of 2018.

And stay tuned for the title reveal for Madness Method #4!


2016 Exit Stage Right

2016 Exit Stage Right

Well, here we are at the end of another year.

2016 has been a really, really good year, all told…though if you just read the news and look at all the people who have died this last year, it was pretty rough. I know that more than a few times I heard myself saying, “Badly done, 2016. Badly done indeed.” But for me personally, a lot of amazing things happened that I can reflect back on and be grateful for. And guess what? I’m going to make 2017 even better!

So, since today is the traditional day we look back on the things we have accomplished (or neglected to accomplish) and look forward to all the things we’re going to do better in the coming year, I’ve decided to share with you my 2016 Top Ten Moments, and my 2017 Top Ten Goals.

2016 Top Ten (in no order of awesomeness):

  1. texas_state_guard_logo-svgI joined the Texas State Guard. I got sworn in back in March, and it’s been an amazing adventure ever since. I always had dreams of joining the military but life and other things got in the way, but in the TXSG I have a great opportunity to help out in times of disaster and emergencies. (You can learn more about the TXSG here if you’re interested!)
  2. I started nursing school. Back in May, I started a fast track BSN nursing program that will end this May. It’s been intense, emotional, exhilarating, sometimes terrifying, and always fulfilling. I’ve made some amazing friends, taken care of some wonderful patients, and learned a lot about myself as well as about nursing.
  3. I was able to run two miles for like the first time in my life. (And then I hurt my back. Bleh.)
  4. I was both bridesmaid and choir member in the wedding of one of my very best friends. So much yes.
  5. Worked on an awesome project. Can’t really talk about it, however. Sorry.
  6. Went to Los Angeles (right before nursing school started!) with my amazing sister, S.K. Valenzuela, who won the Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. We had the most epic time ever.
  7. Had a FABULOUS time at Dallas ComicCon, hanging with S. Usher Evans, Julia Byers, Christina McMullen, and S.K. Valenzuela.
  8. Got to see the Tallis Scholars in concert. Renaissance music HEAVEN.
  9. Learned how to navigate using a compass and topographic map. EVEN IN THE DARK. Heck. Yeah.
  10. Cut my hair shorter than it’s ever been…possibly since I was born. It rocked. Then I decided to grow it back out.

2017 Top Ten Goals:

  1. Graduate nursing school! Please dear God let me survive my last semester…. 😉
  2. Once I get my BSN, I should qualify to go to Officer Candidate School for the State Guard. Woohoo!
  3. I’m finally going to get my orange belt in Krav Maga…and, if I work very hard, perhaps my green belt too. Orange belt is long overdue (couldn’t test because of aforementioned back injury. Bleh.)
  4. I’m going to go on a medical mission down on the border with my nursing school. Sweet.
  5. I am going to run in a Spartan race. I am.2e0eb9183e61de18175493bf031215e7
  6. PUBLISH A SEA LIKE GLASS!!!! There, happy? Maybe I’ll be able to finish Perilous too, finally. AND I’m going to do a better job of keeping this blog updated. Yeahhh…that’s the plan.
  7. This year I want to WIN the Writer’s of the Future contest! Made semi-finalist in the last quarter of 2015, so here’s hoping this year will be even bigger.
  8. Get a job. You know, like, a real job. Heh. Preferably in the emergency department. Or PACU. Or OR. Possibly pediatrics? Who knows!
  9. Be able to turn a pirouette in ballet without looking like Mr. Collins. (Yes. I’m starting ballet. Because why not? It goes perfectly with Krav Maga…;-P)
  10. Go to as many cultural events as possible. Got three lined up already. Promise I’ll tell you about them afterwards.

How about you? What were your highlights from 2016? Are you glad the year’s over or sad to see it go? What are your big goals and plans for 2017?