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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sub-lebrity by Leon Acord - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Leon Acord and his new book, “Sub-lebrity”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Leon and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

by Leon Acord


GENRE: Memoir



A droll, oddly inspirational memoir from the actor Breitbart once called "a gay leftist activist," SUB-LEBRITY by Leon Acord (Old Dogs & New Tricks) is an honest, sometimes bitchy but always sincere story about growing up (very) gay in rural Indiana, achieving acting success outside the closet, and generating headlines with his very-public smackdown with Trump-loving Susan Olsen (Cindy, The Brady Bunch).



I’d never listened to “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” before.  But some friends had, and they urged me to reconsider.  Sheena was a big-hearted liberal, but she was also soft-spoken and new age-y.  Susan [Olsen] was a loud, rabid Trump fanatic.  I was walking into a trap, they warned.

I checked out Cindy’s – I mean, Susan’s – Facebook page.  Whoa.

While I felt confident I could hold my own, I shared my concerns with Sheena.  She promised she would moderate and not allow the discussion to de-evolve into a shouting match.  While it had at times been difficult to continue the show with Susan, she said, she had lots of practice dealing with her good friend.  Nonetheless, Sheena told me she expected me to “play nice.”

Before the show, I crammed on the facts like a pre-law student studying for the bar exam.

I arrived at the LA Talk Radio studios prepared and calm.  Sheena greeted me in the lobby.  She warned me Susan invited a friend – a fellow Trump fanatic – to appear on the show opposite me for “balance.”  Uh oh.  Instead of interviewing me about my thoughts on politics, they clearly wanted me to debate politics.

I suddenly felt like Rosie O’Donnell on her last day at The View.

Sheena walked me into the booth and introduced me to Susan’s friend.  We waited for Susan, who was dangerously close to being late.

Susan eventually rushed into the booth in a flurry, a fountain of apologies. Migraines had caused her to oversleep, she said – never mind that it was just shy of 5 p.m.  She didn’t hear her alarm because she’d been sleeping in a metal helmet that Larry King’s wife had given her.  Mrs. King guaranteed sleeping in the helmet would rid her of headaches, Susan explained – but it just wasn’t working!

As the “On Air” light switched on, I thought to myself, Cindy Brady is nuts.



Some of My Favorite Items in My Office!

I'm always fascinated by people's desks. You learn much about a person by his or her workspace. It’s a sneak peek into their brains. One of the writer magazines, back in the day, had a monthly feature where they'd feature the desk of a new well-known writer each month. I always flipped to that page first when my copy arrived in the mail.

So, I was thrilled when Fabulous & Brunette asked for a photo of my workspace with a legend of the most meaningful items that surround it.

In no particular order, here are some treasures (and why) you'll find on my desk.

Even though I have a desktop PC for most uses, my MacBook is never far away. I use it for editing movies, prettying up photos, and for those other "arts" tasks that Apple simple does better. But when it comes to writing and business, I need my big keyboard, a big screen, Word, Excel and all the rest of it.

There are show posters and other memorabilia from my career all over our two-bedroom apartment, but the most meaningful artifacts hang above my desk:  various graphics from my TV series Old Dogs & New Tricks (watch it on Amazon Prime), including its first DVD cover, our NoH8 photo, and news of the show's Indy Shorts screening in my hometown newspaper; the poster for The Butterfly Effect, a fundraising benefit I produced and hosted for my late friend Jeffrey Hartgraves when he was battling cancer; a floral painting by actor Johnnathan Korver; my favorite photograph by David Wilson from almost 20 years ago, and my "chair back" from my days on film sets.

I must have a bulletin board. It keeps important stuff within reach, while livening my workspace with mementos that make me smile.

Like every other actor and actress today, I have a ring light. I'm still not a fan of self-tape auditions, but it certainly comes in handy for all the Zoom meetings and cocktails for late.

I'm publishing Jeffrey Hartgraves' wonderful script to the stage comedy Carved in Stone (in which I was lucky enough to perform in both SF and LA) next, so I have a stack of my favorite published plays to study for layout and style.  He bequeathed to me the rights to the play, so I want the world to read his brilliant work!

A Wonder Woman toy or two, just to stay in touch with my inner child (Heck, if I were any more in touch with my inner child, I'd be arrested!) And a "love bear" from my husband Laurence.

Speaking of WW, I have Wonder Woman postcards handy for all the thank-you notes I've sent since SUB-LEBRITY came out!

My favorite snapshot of two of my nieces as little girls (they're both over 30 now!) next to my current journal, datebook (yes, I still use paper!) and to-do list.

Down below are books I'm reading (currently, Erika Atkinson's wonderful travel journals) and newspaper articles I'm saving for … something! Also, office supplies, a box of my book, files, binders, electronic wipes, hand sanitizer, journals, old calendars and stuff I've not gotten around to filing.

I never drank coffee my first 55 years.  I've made up for lost time the past couple years! I've been cutting back. Now, to get over that afternoon slump, and to reward myself for a good day's work, I allow myself one ice-cold bottle of Mexican Coke around 3 or 4pm. Aren't I wicked?

But now I'm worried. What did you learn about me from my workspace? I showed you mine! Now you show me yours!



Leon Acord is an award-winning actor and writer who has appeared in over 35 films you've never seen and 30 plays you've never heard of. Possible exceptions include the digital TV series Old Dogs & New Tricks on Amazon Prime Video (which he created, wrote & co-produced), and the stage hit Carved in Stone (in which he played Quentin Crisp in both SF and LA productions). His memoir, SUB-LEBRITY: The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote, is now available in paperback & e-book on Amazon. He wrote his one-man show Last Sunday in June (1996) and co-authored the 2014 play Setting the Record Gay. He was a "Take Five" columnist for Back Stage West throughout 2009 and a former contributor to Huffington Post. He has also written for San Francisco Examiner and the journal Human Prospect. He currently lives in West LA with husband Laurence Whiting & their cat Toby.  Learn more at www.LeonAcord.com and at the links below.





Old Dogs & New Tricks TV Website:




Goodreads Author Page:

Goodreads Book Page:

Amazon Author Page:



Amazon Kindle eBook:

Amazon Paperback:

The Book Depository Paperback:

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:



Leon will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Leon ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your exciting new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

  3. Thank you FAB! And thank you for helping us spread the word!
    I LOVE how this blog looks! I love the colors!

  4. Congrats on your new release! How exciting!