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Steena Reads: Tosca Lee

Can we talk about author-crushes for a moment? We all have them. We follow them on social media, read everything they write, laugh at their jokes, share their funny memes or images, and hound them for news about their upcoming novels. Whenever we hear about an author signing or an event where they might be, we wonder how we can get there and if there is a way for us to actually meet them, we go over that meeting, what we would say, over and over and over and over.

Am I right?

I have a few author-crushes. One of them is Tosca Lee. The fact I’ve been able to chat with her – not just about books but about life – hits me every time I see our messages on FB or in my email. The first book I read from Tosca? Demon: a Memoir. Talk about thought-changer. Then I realized she was co-writing a series with another amazing author I loved – Ted Dekker – called The Book of Mortals.

I’ve read all of her books. I’ve loved them all as well. But when I read the Progeny…I was sucked into a story that would not leave me alone. I loved the concept, the imagery, the setting and the history. Her first page drew me in until I was curled up in my chair, a bowl of chocolate covered almonds on the table beside me (milk chocolate though, sorry Tosca…) and told my husband he had to figure out dinner. I distinctly remember not writing that day.

I loved her book so much, I even wrote to her…nervous as all get out that I was about to do this…and kind of begged for a chance to write in her world if it ever opened up (you know, like Kindle Worlds or how James Patterson is doing his Book Shots with other authors…I thought for sure she was going to laugh at me. Instead, I got the honor of reading FirstBorn early and even blurbing it.

Guys…I LOVED it! Honestly! And I’m so excited to feature her here for you to discover her (in case you haven’t seen all my FB posts or sharing of her books or…). Please…check out her books. Pick one up. Fair warning…Be prepared to fall in love with a new author and expect to devour all of her books!

Below is my blurb to prove how much I love this series
(she even used it on the front cover…OMG I need to frame that! My blurb on my favorite authors books! Bucket LIST!)
Then it’s about her latest release
and then…A GIVEAWAY!

“The Queen of psychological twists, Tosca Lee weaves a supernatural tale of a world you wish were a part of. Progeny is the kind of story that takes over your dreams and Firstborn takes over your life. “ (NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Steena Holmes)




Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything—including her memory—to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.

With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last—all while running from the law and struggling to control her growing powers.

With the help of a heretic monk and her Progeny friends Claudia, Piotrek, and Jester, Audra will risk all she holds dear in a final bid to save them all and put her powers to the ultimate test. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.


Say you have a secret stash of treats around the house. Where would it be and what would you hide?
Haha. It’s like you know me or something. I stash dark chocolate and almonds in the back of the cabinet, homemade potstickers and Korean ribs in the back of the freezer, and hide my favorite bacon under the vegetables where no kid would ever look for it. (Steena says: Is it any wonder I love Tosca so much?)

What would be the perfect food and drink pairing for your book?
Coffee, Croatian style—in a tiny cup with a shot of water. For food, Hungarian Turo Rudi bars—a perfect pairing with coffee. They’re very hard to come by out of Europe, but here’s a recipe I found: https://atdownunder.com/2011/10/27/dotted/

(Steena says: You know I had to look this up, right? When I saw it dipped in chocolate, I needed to know how to make it. Then I discovered Quark. What is quark you say? It’s like cream cheese but NOT cream cheese BUT it’s also really easy to make. And now I want to make these and try them with a cup of strong coffee and re-read Firstborn!)

Do you collect anything?
I’m a notorious thrower-outer. It gets me in a lot of trouble when people go looking for things. One thing I always keep: notes from people. I have a whole drawer of homemade cards and notes from my kids and husband, and a bin each of cards and letters from friends/family and my fans.

What’s one word your friends would use to describe you?

Tell us one secret behind the writing of your latest book:
Ahhh—here’s a couple. All the locations are real. The tunnels beneath Buda’s Castle Hill are real—and it’s also true that the map went missing about a hundred years ago. Also, scarily true: I learned I was distantly related to the Blood Countess during the writing of the first book. (Steena says: SHUT UP! That is so cool!)


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Would you like your own copy of Firstborn and some sweet Tosca Lee swag?

Of course you do!

Let’s make this really easy – tell me one place in Europe that you would love to visit...
Comment below to enter! GO!

(I will contact the winners by Tuesday, May 9th and they will be announced in the next #SteenaReads feature)


Our winner’s from last month’s#SteenaReads newsletter

Tammy Hooper
Cori Risner
Gail Hurt

(**winners have already been contacted**)

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66 Responses to "Steena Reads: Tosca Lee"

  • Meghan Finley
    May 7, 2017 - 11:42 am Reply

    I’d love to visit Switzerland

  • Jackie Wisherd
    May 6, 2017 - 10:40 pm Reply

    I would like to visit the Scandanavian countries.

  • Caryl Kane
    May 5, 2017 - 2:04 pm Reply

    I’d love to visit Ireland and England.

  • lori byrd
    May 4, 2017 - 7:55 pm Reply


  • Debra Simning-Chapman
    May 3, 2017 - 10:18 pm Reply

    Would love to go to Scotland and Ireland

  • vicky brinius
    May 3, 2017 - 9:12 pm Reply

    Pescara Italy where my great grandmother was born

  • Audrey W.
    May 3, 2017 - 7:52 pm Reply

    Paris! I’ve seen so many pictures, and though I was in France one time, I didn’t make it to this amazing city. Oh, one day! Until then, I travel through what I read . . .

  • Michelegg
    May 3, 2017 - 2:42 pm Reply

    Ireland is definitely at the top of my bucket list. My Sweetie has traveled all over the world and he says Ireland is the most beautiful place he’s ever been. So I think I need to see that with my own eyes

  • Patricia Maia
    May 3, 2017 - 1:24 pm Reply

    I’ve been to a few places in Europe… I’m from Portugal.
    I’ve been in Spain and Switzerland but I would love to go to Italy!
    Next year I will be attending RARE18 in London, so that’s one off the list 🙂

  • Ashley F.
    May 3, 2017 - 5:47 am Reply

    I would love to go to the Uk. Among other places.

  • Lee Elliott
    May 3, 2017 - 2:35 am Reply

    I would love to see the Eiffel Tower! Also,it would be cool to see Vladimir the Impalers Castle, since he is supposed to be the real Dracula, and they say he haunts it! Finally, I just adore Wuthering Heights and I’m mostly of Irish/Scottish descent, so it would be awesome to see the spots where the movie was filmed. I think one of those spots is the White Cliffs of Dover? Anyhow, Steena, I also love Tosca Lee, and would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  • Tanja Dancy
    May 3, 2017 - 1:56 am Reply

    I would love to visit England.

  • Ren Maxey
    May 3, 2017 - 12:46 am Reply

    I was lucky enough to cross the top of my bucket list off 2 years ago, when I traveled around Ireland! Fabulous trip! I’ll pick Florence, Italy for my next obsession.

  • Joanne Monfort
    May 2, 2017 - 11:04 pm Reply

    So many places to choose from I really don’t have one special place. A dollar and a dream now it going be two more times the dreaming in Aug in our state of NY Iam more of Island person Puerto Rico been mine dream Many friends of mine are from aussies kiwis I don’t know if I want to go that far across the ocean excited but frightening same time HOME SWEET HOME

  • Judi Burns
    May 2, 2017 - 9:44 pm Reply

    Maybe to Ireland.

  • Diane Pollock
    May 2, 2017 - 9:07 pm Reply

    I would love to go to France and visit the Louvre.

  • Linda Smith
    May 2, 2017 - 8:35 pm Reply

    Just about anywhere. I have been to Paris, Austria, Bavaria, Wales and parts of England. That leaves an awful lot of places to see. However, if I was given only one to go to, it would have to be the Alhambra. I could spend a week there and not see it all.

  • Deborah Bates
    May 2, 2017 - 8:08 pm Reply


  • Mary Preston
    May 2, 2017 - 7:36 pm Reply

    I’d love to see it all beginning with Paris.

  • Burma Turner
    May 2, 2017 - 4:22 pm Reply

    I have always wanted to visit Paris ever since high school French! Maybe someday 🙂

  • Jacqueline Robertson
    May 2, 2017 - 4:17 pm Reply

    I would love to visit Greece.

  • Bonnie K.
    May 2, 2017 - 3:47 pm Reply

    I would love to go to Boar’s Hill in England. It’s near Oxford. My mother grew up there and miss the bluebells. My great-grandfather taught at Oxford University. I would like to see where my mother lived and see her childhood home. That home is still there and owned by my aunt.

  • Morgan
    May 2, 2017 - 3:41 pm Reply

    Specifically I would love to go to Rome to see the Colosseum, and other ruins, but I’d like to visit Greece too and just about every where else in the world really!

  • Joscelyn Smith
    May 2, 2017 - 3:38 pm Reply

    I would love to visit Scotland.

  • Vicki Hancock
    May 2, 2017 - 3:04 pm Reply

    Only naming one? Probably Paris but there is not too many places in Europe I would not like to go. My bucket list that I can only hope happens. I read any/all books I can find that take place in other countries. In fact I probably read more that take place elsewhere than do in the US.

  • Penny Moore
    May 2, 2017 - 2:57 pm Reply

    I’d love to visit Ireland.

  • Lisa murray
    May 2, 2017 - 2:18 pm Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to France and Italy. Took 4 yrs of French and know a lot of its history art and cuisine. But being half Italian. Well let’s say I’m a pasta lover at heart

  • darla
    May 2, 2017 - 1:39 pm Reply

    I’d like to go Greece

  • Latifa Morrisette
    May 2, 2017 - 1:04 pm Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Spain and Italy

  • Linda Romer
    May 2, 2017 - 12:52 pm Reply

    I would love to visit the Kremlin in Moscow! Thank you

  • Saira M
    May 2, 2017 - 12:49 pm Reply

    I would love to visit the Parthenon in Greece
    The Palace of Versailles in France
    The French Riviera and Mount Vesuvius
    Oops guess I got carried away! Thanks for the chance.

  • Robbie Bauldree
    May 2, 2017 - 12:02 pm Reply

    I would love to go to Ireland.

  • Denise
    May 2, 2017 - 11:43 am Reply

    Scotland and England

  • Charlene
    May 2, 2017 - 11:24 am Reply

    I’d love to go to Istanbul!

  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    May 2, 2017 - 11:23 am Reply

    I would love to visit the literary sites in England. I would also like to visit: Ireland and Scotland, in the warmer months.

  • Darlene
    May 2, 2017 - 11:17 am Reply

    I would love to go to London

  • Talena Winters
    May 2, 2017 - 11:16 am Reply

    Okay, I’m sold! The series sounds fascinating! I would love to visit ALL of Europe, and had a dream of teleporting to Paris last week. But Ireland would probably be highest on the list.

  • Judy Tucker
    May 2, 2017 - 11:12 am Reply

    I would love to visit London. I’ve read so many books set there, so would like to visit.

  • Andrea Stoeckel
    May 2, 2017 - 10:57 am Reply

    I was in Germany as the Wall came down. I would love to go back but France is my bucket list

  • Laura-Lynne Smith
    May 2, 2017 - 10:43 am Reply

    I’ve only been to Ireland & France but I’d LOVE to make it to Venice! It just sounds so magical & romantic.

  • Leona Jack
    May 2, 2017 - 10:30 am Reply

    Tuscany is one place I would like to see

  • catslady
    May 2, 2017 - 10:30 am Reply

    I would love to visit Sicily – all my ancestors came from there including all 4 grandparents and older. My niece went last year and said it was beautiful.

  • Sonya Gusman
    May 2, 2017 - 10:18 am Reply

    I’ve never been to Europe but I’d love to visit London, Italy, Greece, Scotland, Ireland just to name a few lol. However, I’d probably start with Scotland since I traced our family ancestry back on my Mom’s side to Scottish Royalty in the day of The Bruce. Then I’d have to go to Ireland and trace the Irish ancestry on my Dad’s side of the family.

  • Darlene Rose
    May 2, 2017 - 10:04 am Reply

    Traveling is hard for me I used to take week long road trips in the USA by myself. But RA has put a stop to that. But if I could visit a place in Europe it would have to be Ireland. I would love to see the land where my Grandma Callahan came from and soak up the atmosphere of the place and people.

  • peggy clayton
    May 2, 2017 - 9:45 am Reply

    I am disabled so traveling is not in my sites but Germany would be a place I would love to visit. My dad was from there and I would love to see the castles and all of the culture. Thank you for bringing a new author to my door sounds so good,.

  • Kelly Stokes
    May 2, 2017 - 9:34 am Reply

    I’d love to go to Greece or Italy!

  • Donna Hepburn
    May 2, 2017 - 9:24 am Reply

    Haven’t been to much of Europe but I’d love to visit Italy and Greece. And Paris. And I wouldn’t mind revisiting London, with my husband this time.

  • Deborah Favorito
    May 2, 2017 - 9:24 am Reply

    I would love to go back to Paris.

  • Christina Delay
    May 2, 2017 - 9:06 am Reply

    I LOVE Tosca Lee!! Next place I want to visit in Europe? Portugal!

      • Patricia Maia
        May 3, 2017 - 1:21 pm Reply

        🙂 I’m from Portugal!! Loved to see this!!! <3

  • Janine
    May 2, 2017 - 9:04 am Reply

    I would love to visit Wales. I have a really good online friend who I talk to every day and I would love to meet her in person.

  • Laura Davis
    May 2, 2017 - 8:55 am Reply

    Would love to go to Italy…..sigh

  • Celia Fowler
    May 2, 2017 - 8:46 am Reply

    I would love to go to Prague — from everything I’ve seen, read and heard, it is a magical city ~

  • Celia Fowler
    May 2, 2017 - 8:44 am Reply

    I would love to go to Prague — from everything I’ve seen heard and read, it is just an amazing and magical city ~

  • Teresa Kander
    May 2, 2017 - 8:40 am Reply

    So many places in Europe I’d love to visit, but Paris is definitely at the top of the list.

  • Glenda
    May 2, 2017 - 8:37 am Reply

    I have a trip to Paris on my bucket list as you know😀 But I would also like to go to Prague and visit Georgia and the Black Sea. I met a few people from there and it sounds beautiful!

  • Marion Feld
    May 2, 2017 - 8:31 am Reply

    Hi I would love love love ! To go to Barcelona

  • Betul E.
    May 2, 2017 - 8:26 am Reply

    I live in Europe and there are so many places I still need to visit. High on my bucket list is the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. And I would love travel through Italy and visit the Rome Coliseum in particular. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Steena Holmes
      May 2, 2017 - 8:27 am Reply

      Betul, I fell in love with everything about Neuschwanstein including the area! I hope you get to see it one day!

  • Anne L. Rightler
    May 2, 2017 - 8:19 am Reply

    I would like to visit Italy. My daughter lived in England for 3 years so we got to visit a couple places but not Italy.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Diane Lochala
    May 1, 2017 - 11:58 am Reply

    I would love to go to Vienna some day! I have all of Tosca’s books and enjoy the drama and fast pace of Progeny! Her book Havah was heartbreakingly haunting.

  • Tina Myers
    May 1, 2017 - 11:08 am Reply

    I’ve never been out of the USA ex pet for Canada. But I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. My great grandfather came over to the USA on a boat and I would love to take my father there to see where his father came from..

    • Tina Myers
      May 1, 2017 - 11:09 am Reply

      Except not ex pet.. lol

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