Leuca

Leuca - The Gods #1

   How could anyone resist when this 6 foot 1˝ inch drop dead gorgeous platinum blonde standing in the middle of a swimming pool completely naked beckons you to join her? None could and everyone at the Brentwood party jumped into the Olympic size pool.

   Leuca, the world’s most sought after clothing model has her own jet plane, her own house on the Malibu coast, makes more money than any other model and she has a secret that she tells no one. Only her closest family members know her secret and they won’t tell because it is their secret as well.

   A private investigator gets curious because of what his girlfriend Marie, Leuca’s housekeeper, tells him in confidence. He tries to find out what the truth is when he stumbles across a story in a tabloid and Leuca decides to quit the modeling business at the same time to go live with her family whom she hasn’t seen since she was two years old.

   The truth of who Leuca really is and where she comes from is stranger than anything any of her friends could possibly imagine. Even those who would like to pry into her secret must be careful because everyone knows curiosity killed the cat and others as well.

   The world’s most beautiful model suddenly quits the business and goes to live in a small village where she was born and orphaned at the age of two. She finds relatives here that she never knew existed and if anyone had told her about them she would not have believed the stories.

   Now all she wants is to rejoin her family and her extended family that she learns is worldwide in its size. When she meets her real father for the first time she is astounded to see this 6 foot 6 man who can only be described as perfection.


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Leuca will not be available through Amazon until after the release date of 7/11/2015.

Chapter 1
Leuca


Everyone came to these parties. Most came because they knew if you didn’t there would be whispers about why you weren’t invited or what the problems were in your life that kept you away. The models were always there because they had to keep themselves in the spotlight so they would not be forgotten since the last photo shoot, except for one, Leuca.

The party had been in full swing for over two hours when Leuca arrived. Actors, models, managers and producers were busy making deals over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. As she crossed the foyer into the Brentwood mansion silence spread throughout as though someone had turned the volume down on the sounds to zero.

Her appearance was legend. Most models were five feet eight inches to five feet eleven inches tall. The taller ones ranged to six feet. Leuca stood six feet one and one half inches. Unusual as her height was it was far from being her most striking feature. Her skin was smooth as porcelain and always appeared to have a light tan no matter the time of year. This skin color was striking and when combined with her hair created a mystique that was unrivaled. Her hair was the purest of platinum blondes. It shined in the sunlight so that it took on a metallic sheen. It was always cut to frame her face in a wispy fashion which extended to the long ends that hung in a straight cascade to four inches past shoulder length. Her eyes were a deep violet color and when it was very dark her pupils would expand to the point where no white was visible.

Spending long hours with beauticians as the other models did was unnecessary because of her flawless skin and the peculiar fact that she had no body hair at all except for her long platinum locks.

Leuca was above all the petty rivalries of the other models. She never needed to audition for a photo shoot. The waiting list to have her model was exclusive and long. Even the top names in fashion had to stand in a line that was usually six months to a year in length.

The first to approach her at the party was her manager, Margaret Shoenburg. Margaret was always happy when she saw Leuca. This was due to the pride she took in representing the world’s top model, currently her only client, and the prestige and power that position afforded her. Of course her commission had a little something to do with it as well.

Leuca had on her business smile as she entered but this changed to a genuine room brightening brilliance when she saw Margaret.

Margaret basked in this greeting that she knew any of the others in the room would give anything to be on the receiving end of. The two hugged warmly as they came together and went arm-in-arm out to the pool area. As they walked everyone smiled at them and said hello as they passed. Leuca politely smiled back and said hello but did not invite conversation. She wanted to talk to Margaret about the coming sportswear shoot scheduled for Big Bear in two weeks.

Margaret and Leuca walked to a table with two chairs a little way from the pool and sat down. A waitress stepped up and asked if they would like something to drink.

Margaret said, “I’d like a Slushy Rum Punch.”

Leuca was eye to eye with the girl holding the drink tray even though she was sitting down. She said, “I would like a glass of distilled water with a squeeze of lime and a cherry please,” and smiled with her eyes open and her right eyebrow slightly raised. She looked as if the girl and she had been friends for a long time even though this was the first time they had met.

Leuca’s bright smile, sing-song voice and friendly demeanor set the young girl’s entire body glowing. The girl made a slight bow and said, “I will be right back with your drinks.” She turned and retreated toward the house looking as though she was floating.

Margaret looked at Leuca and shook her head a little from side to side and said, “The effect you have on people is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. How do you do it?”

Leuca looked at Margaret with her left eyebrow rising little by little as she pursed her lips looking very pensive. After a few seconds she brightened and said in a voice that tinkled like a crystal wind chime, “I don’t think about doing anything special. I just want to be perceived as pleasant and affable. I think everyone needs to see a friendly face every day, don’t you?”

“I do,” said Margaret, “and especially if that face is yours. I can’t put my finger on it but there is something about you that always brings out kindness and respect in everyone you meet.”

The young waitress returned at that moment still beaming and placed the drinks on the table. She took half a step back, looked at Margaret then at Leuca and said, “Can I get you anything else?”

First Margaret then Leuca smiled and said, “No thank you.”

The girl moved away looking over her shoulder at Leuca with a dreamy smile on her face as she disappeared into the crowd.

Leuca turned her focus to Margaret and said, “I am a little apprehensive about two of the items I am scheduled to wear at the shoot in two weeks.”

“Oh,” Margaret said as her voice went up a quarter octave, “what two items is that?”

“There is a crop top and a pair of capris that have some fringe on them. I was going over some old pictures of similar items and noticed that they looked childish and out of date on me. I would rather they cut them from my wardrobe if you could arrange that on this short notice. And please extend my apologies for doing this at such a late date.”

Margaret broke into a huge toothy smile and said, “That should not be any problem at all. Now that I think about it I should have caught that one myself. I will talk to them this afternoon.” She produced an electronic tablet from her purse and made note of this. She then looked at Leuca and said, “I have to be leaving soon. I have an appointment I must be at in two hours across town. Are you going to stay here for a while?”

Leuca said, “Yes, I will be staying for a bit. I wanted to talk to Marcus and Felicia.”

After they finished their drinks Margaret said good bye and left stopping momentarily here and there to have a few short conversations with some of the people she passed as she made her way to the house.

Leuca sat for a few minutes looking around then decided to go for a swim in the almost Olympic size pool that Marcus and Felicia had built three years ago. She stood and reached the zipper at the back of the long straight pale green dress she was wearing and unzipped it to the waist. All eyes were focused on her as she stepped out of the dress wearing a matching string bikini. She carefully folded the dress and placed it over the back of the chair she had been sitting on. She removed her shoes and placed them on the seat then turned and walked toward the pool.

The entire party went dead silent with the exception of the music which was playing. Being used to such attention she lowered her head just a little and looking at no one and everyone with the most haunting smile imaginable she made her way slow and poised to the pool. In one smooth effortless flowing motion she dove into the water making no splash at all. Her body undulated in a Dolphin kick motion which made her look like a torpedo moving through the water. She arrived at the far end of the pool in what had to be record time if she were being clocked. She instantly flipped backward into lazy backstrokes which appeared effortless belying the speed at which she was moving. Upon reaching the end of the pool she stood arching her back and neck so that her hair flowed back into a single ribbon down the center of her back.

Everyone stood motionless mouths agape as she stood, skin glowing and glistening as the water ran down her body in the bright sunlight. She gave them all a welcoming grin as she waved her hands motioning for them all to join her in the pool.

It was as if someone turned on a switch as everyone started laughing and talking at once. Those who were already wearing swimsuits walked or jumped into the pool and many of the rest retired to change. No one could resist the invitation to join her.

As everyone hurried to join her in the swimming pool she noticed that there were a few who stood at the edge of the pool fully dressed. Leuca smiled at these and said, “Why don’t you join us?”

The group of a dozen or so smiled and one of them said, “We have no swimsuits to wear.”

Leuca laughed making it sound like tiny silver bells ringing and said, “Swimwear is not required. You can come in fully dressed if you are shy or wear nothing but what you were born with if you wish.”

The group started looking at each other somewhat red-faced and giggling.

Leuca said, “You need not be embarrassed,” as she quickly removed her bikini and threw it towards the group saying, “one of you may wear this if you wish.”

The last of them removed their clothes and jumped into the pool laughing and splashing like children. Within an hour most of the party had removed their swimsuits as well and were having a wonderful time.

An hour later Leuca slipped unnoticed from the pool. She dried herself, slipped her dress on and picked up her shoes. She made her way through the house and out to her waiting limousine. As she got in she smiled at her driver and whispered, “Please take me home now.”


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Review


LEUCA by John Sleeper

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, John Sleeper, for an honest review.

Genre: Adult/YA/Fantasy

Plot: How could anyone resist when this 6 foot 1˝ inch drop dead gorgeous platinum blonde standing in the middle of a swimming pool completely naked beckons you to join her? None could and everyone at the Brentwood party jumped into the Olympic size pool.

Leuca, the world’s most sought after clothing model has her own jet plane, her own house on the Malibu coast, makes more money than any other model and she has a secret that she tells no one. Only her closest family members know her secret and they won’t tell because it is their secret as well.

A private investigator gets curious because of what his girlfriend Marie, Leuca’s housekeeper, tells him in confidence. He tries to find out what the truth is when he stumbles across a story in a tabloid and Leuca decides to quit the modeling business at the same time to go live with her family whom she hasn’t seen since she was two years old.

She suddenly quits the modeling business and goes to live in a small village where she was born and orphaned at the age of two. She finds relatives here that she never knew existed and if anyone had told her about them she would not have believed the stories.

The truth of who Leuca really is and where she comes from is stranger than anything any of her friends could imagine. Even those who would like to pry into her secret must be careful because everyone knows curiosity killed the cat and others as well.

Myths and legends are fascinating things. When investigated they always appear to have roots in fact. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to find that someone you know or maybe even yourself could be related to mythic heroes or gods? Would you know if you were a direct descendent of such people? How would you react if someone pulled you aside and said you were a descendent of what you were always told were mythological gods?

Chances are you wouldn’t believe it but… what if they offered to prove it to you? And if they gave you some small but compelling evidence on the spot? Can you say you would tell them to get lost and walk away? No, you wouldn’t… would you?

Opinion: This story is a bit difficult to explain without giving the entirety of what happens away to potential new readers, but alas…here is my attempt to do so, as your faithful book pusher. As this has been my first read in over a month (I know, I can’t believe it either) due to an insane work/school schedule, this book was something different to get me once more into the mode of becoming a hermit and escaping back into “book world”. Leuca gives the reader an interesting look at the beauty and terror that engulfs the human race, but also combines the mythical fantasy of Olympic Gods that we all grew up learning about.

Leuca is the world’s top model, and various designers are on a list that goes out two years just for the chance to work with her. With a close to perfect physique and spectacular personality, Leuca is loved by all she comes in contact with. But soon a modeling opportunity in Greece turns Leuca’s rather unique lifestyle into an even more exciting discovery. She soon finds her long-lost family and the truth about herself and why she is so different, she is immortal and comes from the bloodline of Olympian Gods. While Leuca learns of her family history and new skills that she hadn’t realized she had before, she is also put in various dangerous situations and is forced to see the uglier side of humankind. With the world falling deep into horrible human acts such as animal cruelty and terrorism, the Olympic Gods are forced to decide the fate of the humans due to the Gods being their creators. Readers follow Leuca as she learns about herself and the history of her family, while also trying to find a solution to what to do about the species that she spent her life growing up with.

The entire time I was reading Leuca, I don’t think I ever once wondered to myself “Oh, I know where this is going”. Something I have always enjoyed about reading, is when an author isn’t EVER predictable in their storytelling. Nowadays it can be rather impossible to find a story in the Fantasy genre that doesn’t have to do with vampires, wolves, faeries, or some kind of angel and demon. Though we all are still obsessed with reading about these creatures, I can now only truly appreciate the tales that blindside me and go in a completely sideways direction than where I was prancing my excited little feet towards. In this case, John sleeper has done a WONDERFUL job of ensuring that I was a blinded passenger just along for his fantastical ride into a realm where Olympic Gods walk among humans.

The pace throughout the story is even and very easy to follow, but the way in which each character converses is probably my favorite quirk about how this author writes. Our main character, Leuca, is told to the reader to have traits where her voice is melodic and enchanting. Most might agree that being told this by the author is enough for the reader to understand that the characters voice makes her desirable and demure sounding, but OF COURSE this author takes it a step further. He binds Leuca and many of the other Olympic Gods to speak in a very “old-timey” and proper fashion. I adore the fact that the author put that extra step into the character development by ensuring that they sound highly educated and that their personalities emit worlds and millennia’s of knowledge.

Another amazing aspect in this story is the outlook the author gives the reader about our fellow humans. I think the author did a great job of showcasing the uglier side of humans and what they are capable of, while also giving the Olympians the opportunity to decide their fate. I do feel as if the ending was rushed through, and wish that this could have been a little bit more elaborated on. I was able to witness the Olympians discuss the fate of the humans and the various options as to what could happen to them, but then all of a sudden the decision was made and that was that. It felt rushed to me, and I wish the book could have been a little bit more drawn out with a conclusion that really made me feel like I was in awe. More descriptions and elaborations are never a bad thing in a story, ESPECIALLY when the genre falls into Fantasy!

All in all, this is a very unique fantasy story. I think this was a great book to get me back into my reading mode, and the originality of it is definitely going to be a book that I will be telling others about. I highly suggest you guys give it a try and see that there are other Fantasy books out there that AREN’T just about demon slayers and teenage girls that have obsessions with mythical creatures. This is something different and refreshing and I think you guys will really enjoy it!

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