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Author Summary:

Leah Petersen lives in North Carolina manipulating numbers by day and the universe by night. She prides herself on being able to hold a book with her feet so she can knit while reading. She’s still working on knitting while writing.

Impact Velocity, the final in the Physics of Falling Trilogy.

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Jake has finally found peace and a family with the man he loves. But when the unimaginable happens, Jake finds himself on the run with his greatest enemy and the man who betrayed them both.

If he can’t find a way to bring down the man who now wields the power of an emperor, he’ll lose not just his own life, but his daughter’s as well.bald with earings crop



Cascade Effect, the sequel to Fighting Gravity.


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Jake has married his emperor, but happily ever after is for fairy tales.

The empire is restless. The nobility isn’t hiding their distaste for Jake, the unclass who married the emperor. The unclass see him as proof that they can be more, and they’re not going to sit by and wait any longer.

And someone is trying to kill Jake.

As friends become enemies, and enemies become allies, Jake has to discover the catalyst that has his world cascading into chaos, and protect those he loves, even the ones he doesn’t know about yet. And he has to do it before the empire comes crashing down…or the assassin stalking him succeeds.

Reviews for Cascade Effect:

Petersen’s CASCADE EFFECT is an intense, slow-burning read, perfect for a long evening on the couch or a rainy, hazy afternoon. Readers will be sucked to the far flung rim of the galaxy where two leaders must struggle to hold the edges of a class and caste-torn society together. Their relationship, initially a comfortably domestic love, is stressed to its limits by the jagged edge of their society and a rebel leader willing to risk everything to maintain status quo. Jacob, haunted by the remnants of his tattered past, clings to his love and his life, as the sands of circumstance pour through his clutching fingers. Petersen’s dialog moves the story along at a brisk pace, inviting the reader into reading just…one…more…chapter… until the story is suddenly, overwhelmingly concluded, leaving you wanting more.

K.D. McEntire, author of Lightbringer

A list of stops on the Cascade Effect blog tour, starting April 2013:

April 4: Blog of J.M. Frey
April 12: Blog of Dorothy Dreyer

Fighting Gravity

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Novel Summary:

When Jacob Dawes is Selected for the Imperial Intellectual Complex as a child, he’s catapulted from the poverty-stricken slums of his birth into a world where his status as an unclass is something no one can forget, or forgive. His growing scientific renown draws the attention of the emperor, a young man Jacob’s own age, and they find themselves drawn to each other in an unlikely, and ill-advised relationship. Jacob may have won the emperor’s heart, but it’s no protection when he’s accused of treason. And fighting his own execution would mean betraying the man he loves.

Reviews for Fighting Gravity:

Leah Petersen’s debut book is touching, emotional, and a comfortably domestic love story set against the backdrop of politics in an empire that spans the Galaxy. Our narrator, boy-genius Jacob Dawes, is an oddly mature child who “steps between a punch” at six, is chosen for relocation to the Imperial Intellectual Complex at eight, and “makes love” at fifteen.

Fighting Gravity is sweet, slow love story; a fantasy life for science geeks rounded out by the preciousness of an honest attraction and a careful courtship, and stuffed with the thrill of illicit encounters, and the horror of a world where serious social missteps come with serious consequences.

J.M. Frey, author of TRIPTYCH, a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2011

FIGHTING GRAVITY was like if Ursula K. Le Guin and Orson Scott Card could co-author a book without exploding!

Michelle Ristuccia, reviewer for #SFFWRTCHT

More reviews here.

The author will be interviewed on the popular #sffwrtcht June 27, 2012.

The FIGHTING GRAVITY blog tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions runs from April 16-May 11, 2012 and includes the following stops:

April 16: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
April 17: Dawn’s Reading Nook
April 18: Guys Like Romance, Too!
April 19: Wickedly Wanton Tales
April 20: The Book Monsters
April 23: Rogues Angels
April 24: Wake Up Your Wild Side
April 25: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
April 26: LASR: SFF Guest Blog
April 27: Realmantic Moments
May 1: Logikal Blog
May 1: STOP #2 Kool Queer Lit
May 2: Have Novel, Will Edit
May 3: Lindsay’s Scribblings
May 4: Francesca’s Mindstream
May 7: Welcome to My World of Dreams
May 7, Stop #2: The Reader’s Roundtable – Infinity and Beyond
May 8: It’s Raining Books
May 9: Beyond Romance
May 10: Wendi Zwaduk
May 11: Kacey’s Konnections