New Release, Phantom 2.0 by Leah D.W. Interview, Teaser, and Reviews


“I am a phantom. Barely human with the duty to get rid of the possessed. That is why beings like me were created, why we were bred.” 

In a dying city filled with a deadly plague and even deadlier creatures, Déjà hides from a past drenched in blood and the only family she has ever known. She hates what she is and her cravings to spill fresh blood drives her away from anyone that gets too close. Living out her life wearing lace corsets and working in an underground nightclub keeps her secret from hurting others, until a bounty is placed on her head by a mystery benefactor. 
Now she is stalked by an assassin that threatens to steal her heart and discovering a family of powerful beings that hold the key to her past, Déjà has no choice but to embrace what she truly is in order to battle the secrets that the city holds within its shadows. 


“Déjà,” she takes small steps towards me. “Is this why you didn’t come back to work? Who attacked you?”
“I’m fine Jenna,” I tell her, stripping off my jacket. “I fell.”
“You fell!” she grabs the jacket and holds it up for me to see. “This doesn’t look like you fell, this looks like you were mauled by a bear!”
“But I wasn’t,” I grab the jacket back, tossing it onto the couch against the wall. 
“Do you really expect me to believe that?” she places her hands onto her hips. “Why won’t you tell me if you were mauled by a bear?”
“Jenna, there aren’t any bears in the city!” I throw my hands up.
The young girl pouts her smudged lips and then her eyes widen. With a gasp, she grabs my arm and plops me down onto the couch roughly. She then runs into the bedroom to bring back a small vial filled with a black liquid.
“Here, drink this,” she practically shoves the glass vial into my mouth.
“Jenna!” I grab it and step aside. “What the hell?”
“You are infected!” she jumps up, holding my hands tightly. “You are covered in blood!”
I look down at the red on my corset and sigh heavily. “I’m not sick Jen. It is my blood, not anybody else’s.”
The young girl then proceeds to walk around me, her small hands checking my pulse in my throat and brushing my hair aside that is dripping in filth. She then unzips my dress and I grab at the corset as she tries to pull it off.
“OK, now you are going too far,” I tell her, gently pushing her away from me. 
“How can you have so much blood on you without a scratch?” she frowns. “What really happened?”
The look in her eyes is so full of worry I almost tell her the truth. But I can’t and never will. “I took a walk down to the river and fell…into it.”
Jenna blinks twice. “You walked all the way to the river and fell into it.”
“Yes,” I smile innocently.
“The river that is empty,” she narrows her eyes.
I zip my dress up. “I sliced my knee open and used my dress to stop the bleeding.”
Jenna crosses her arms, eyes still narrowed. “So you refuse to be seen naked by me ever, yet you undressed in public to mop up your knee?”
“Exactly!” I turn around and head into the bedroom. “I couldn’t just bleed all over the place. That is just gross.”


5 out of 5 stars

Let me just say that I LOVED Phantom 2.0! I was intrigued from the very beginning. I wanted to know more about Deja and her past and the mysterious Kyra. The storyline is full of interesting characters and keeps you turning the pages. Deja's best friend Jenna is a huge contrast to Deja and I found myself wishing I could be both of their friends. Leah D.W. does a great job at writing a story that I couldn't get enough of. She keeps you guessing about who's friend and who's foe. I could never guess what was going to happen next. When I was done with the book I wanted to immediately ask when the next book will be out so I can read more of Deja's amazing journey.

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! This story is amazing. I was drawn right in from the beginning and didn’t want to put it down. It is a breath of fresh air to read something different, not what everyone else is writing about. Phantom 2.0 is a story unlike any other.  I love the strong characters and all their dynamics. Every time I would think I had it all figured out I was thrown for a loop. I love the fact that it is not predictable and keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Leah’s writing style and storyline was excellent. I felt like I was there with the characters and could visualize each scene with ease.  At the end I was left wondering who in Deja’s life is bad, who is good and maybe there are ones who are both. I find I have a love/hate relationship with some of the characters.  Author Leah D.W. leaves us on such a cliffhanger that it makes us want to beg her for more, and hurry. :-)

Interview Author Leah D.W.

We were able to get an interview with Author Leah D.W. just for you. Excellent job Christin and Leah!

Christin:  What was your inspiration for Phantom 2.0?
Leah:  I’ve always wanted to write a story set in a completely different world and Victorian London is my favourite time and place, so I thought of using it as the inspiration for the world in my novel. Once that was set the other pieces of the puzzle just naturally fit. So it was mostly old age London that inspired the story and then when I ‘met’ the characters they inspired the rest of the storyline.

Christin:  I know you also edit books as well. Does it take you longer to write a book because of that or do you just write and edit later?
Leah:  I prefer to write and then edit. Sometimes I would edit a story chapter by chapter so that it wouldn’t be so much work at the end of the day.

Christin:  Are any of your characters based off of anyone you know? If so who?
Leah:  Yes actually. The three main women in the story are the extreme personalities of my best friends. Deja was originally inspired by my friend Guils, who also helped me to plot out most of the story, and her best friend Jenna is my goofy bubbly side. My best friend and almost like a sister to me inspired the character of Odette. Janke, who I dedicated this book to, gave life to this character and added an extra element to the entire story. Lucky for me Janke isn’t as dark as Odette in real life haha.

Christin:  What was the most difficult part about writing Phantom 2.0?
Leah:  I always struggle trying to convey emotion in my novel’s and for Phantom 2.0 it was hard for me to show how vulnerable and alone Deja truly is. She has one scene in the novel where she opens up to the reader and shows how broken she truly is and I only hope I portrayed that correctly.

Christin:  What was the best part about writing the book?
Leah:  I loved adding the extra scenes that are in the points of view of the other characters. Originally the entire novel was just based on the main character’s point of view, but by adding in what two other character’s were thinking and feeling really made the story complete. It was great to explore the thoughts of those characters and it gave the novel a special kind of writing style.

Christin:  What's your favorite genre of books to read?
Leah:  It will always be paranormal romance. I am obsessed with the paranormal so that is the kind of book I would look at first when picking out something to read. I also love to write it.

Christin:  What is your absolute favorite book of all time?
Leah:  Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I absolutely loved that book and have re-read it so many times. I can’t get enough of it! Knowing how much I love that book gives me the motivation to reach that level of writing and have readers love my tales as well and just as much.

Christin:  Do you have a muse?
Leah:  My friend Guils acted as my muse for the three years we took classes together as well as Janke and my family, but my ultimate muse is the voice in my head that loves to throw ideas at me. I know it sounds weird to have a voice in my head (I am not crazy…I think) but I’m sure other authors out there can claim the same. It is just that part of us that never sleeps and is always scheming about new adventures and creatures. That light bulb in our minds that would flash or flicker, causing our fingers to type like crazy. I would suddenly gasp in public or mumble to myself when ideas just hit me and that gets me a lot of weird stares, especially from my family, but I love it!

Christin:  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Leah:  I know this is a cliché but never give up. Even if you are writing your very first novel or number one hundred. Don’t give up on your characters. I almost did two years ago when my laptop was stolen the night I had just finished writing Phantom for the first time (That’s why it is now titled Phantom 2.0). I was so depressed about it that I actually wanted to leave the story behind. I only had a few notes of my thoughts and a blank screen in front of me. But just push through! If I had given up then Phantom 2.0 wouldn’t be here right now and it is better than ever! Believe in your characters and that world you created and give them the chance to show readers and writers alike what you are truly made of.
P.S. make sure to have lots of coffee on hand haha

Christin:  Without giving any spoilers I have to ask. Why did you do that to me?!?!?! I'm not trying to be impatient but are you working on the next book? :)
Leah:  haha I know! I felt the exact same way when I finished writing book 1. Yes, in fact I am already halfway done with book 2, which might or might not be out later this year (shhhhh) I had to know what happens next so I got my coffee ready and wrote like a crazy woman. Trust me there is a lot more to come and what lies in store even shocks me!

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