Friday, October 24, 2014

SURPRISED BY THE MYSTERIOUS FEROCIOUS MAGICAL WOLF

I was so surprised to discover that Varg, the mysterious wolf, would end up being the most loved side character in The Light Who Shines. It's quite a feat for a character with absolutely no dialogue. But, when I first published, the comments came pouring in.
  • Varg can come live at our house.
  • Can't wait to find out more about the wolf Varg!
  • Varg is awesome - always showing up when needed.
  • Varg needs to be explained more and I would like to order 2 more wolves for my two grandsons!
  • I of course LOVE Varg.
  • There is something about Varg . . . Who/what is he really?
It goes on and on . . . I wasn't lying when I said he was popular! This really made me question, "Why does everyone love Varg so much?" It certainly isn't his witty discourse. But what Varg misses in conversational skill he makes up for in personality.
 
He makes his first appearance from the shadows when Blue's life is in imminent danger and he saves the day. This heroism is repeated time and again throughout the story. His number one job is to protect Blue and he does so with a single minded devotion.
 
Wouldn't we all love having someone in our lives who has our back no matter what?

And Varg is no dummy; let's just say that. He seems to follow discussion and understand direction as though he's on the same level of intellect as we are. He emits growls when the villain is mentioned in casual conversation; he executes on complex instruction; and, he clearly has all the advanced senses a wolf has. This is a wolf who is on top of things.

Who wouldn't love to be able to communicate with their animal companion?

But something is up with Varg. Things aren't quite normal. He seems to have magic powers that I won't elucidate for fear of giving the plot away. But that is the crux of the matter. I think the number one reason everyone loves Varg so much is they can't quite figure him out. How does he do his magic tricks? What is he? Where did he come from? Why did he appear?

So I have to ask, does mystery inspire us more than answers?

Varg has become such a loved character in this story that I felt it necessary to include him with the main character Blue when planning the redesign of the cover. But before I did, I asked my Varg fans what he should look like. They said:
  • Ferocious and Fangy
  • Intelligent
  • Fluffy and Cuddly
That description may be most telling of all. Everyone sees him as a dangerous and perfectly loveable brainy animal. What a dichotomy!
 
On the cover you see Varg walking next to Blue and that is exactly the way the story goes. Varg and Blue go everywhere together. I used to think my girlish fantasies of walking around my neighborhood with a big vicious pet animal next to me was unique. Now, I highly doubt that. Perhaps we all want someone who will comfort us with their presence and keep us safe.

When I started writing Varg into the story, I doubted him. I wondered if it was self-indulgent to include my girlish fantasy. But now, when I imagine the story without him, it seems a dim shell compared to its current vibrancy.
 
Varg adds intrigue, danger, and fun, and somehow he catches our heart.

In case you are wondering where I came up with his name, Varg is Norse for wolf and wolves play a part in ancient Norse mythology.

Lilo

Amazon Link: The Light Who Shines

GHOULISHLY GOOD GIVEAWAY! (and eyeball lollipops)

You may not know this, but Halloween is my favorite holiday. It isn't expensive, it involves copious amounts of chocolate, and people dress up funny. Plus, I have fond memories of getting caught drunk on Halloween by my parents, at a way too young age. (Don't try that at home kids.) Anyway, what's not to love?

Then there are those horrid one-liner jokes . . .
  • What do you call a ghost with a broken leg? A hoblin goblin of course!
  • What does a skeleton order at a restaurant? Spare ribs, rare.

To prevent me from turning your brain into a spongy mush, without further ado, I'd like to share a Ghoulishly Good Giveaway.


12 authors are giving away two prizes each. One prize is a supernatural / paranormal read and the other is a Halloween themed gift. That means there will be 24 winners! I picked a half-dozen gourmet eyeball lollipops as my gift. I soooo want them myself, but I guess I'll give them to a winner. Aren't you just itching to suck on an eyeball?

My prizes are Global. The rest are US, Canada, and UK

Scroll through the pictures at the top of the Rafflecopter to scope out the goods.
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The Rafflecopter ends at Midnight on Halloween.

Happy Best Holiday Ever!

Lilo

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BIBLIOPHILES REJOICE! ANCIENT BOOK THAT OPENS 6 WAYS?!!! AND MORE!

Ohhh, my dear Bibliophiles, have I got a treat for you. I present you with a book that opens SIX WAYS! It can be read SIX WAYS too! Yes, it is true. And there is more. Ohh, so much more . . .

I read the article on this book and saw a link to Erik Kwakkel's blog. I clicked on it and struck gold. GOLD my friends. Erik is a book historian and his blog covers ancient books, naturally.

He has posts on the biggest books in the world, books with feet, books with ivory carvings, books made of fish skin, books with ancient bookmarks, and hand drawn initial capital letters at the beginning of chapters. If I have not sucked you in by now, you probably don't belong on my feed. That is all I can say.

I'm not going to torture you any longer. Here is the link to his blog. Go forth and devour. Don't miss the GORGEOUS library. http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/

I normally don't like to blog this close together, but really, how could I not share this? Thanks to my author friend Lesley Donaldson for sharing the six way book with me which drew me into Erik's blog.

Lilo


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Light Who Shines on Audio (WOOT! HAPPY DANCE!)

So, I submitted The Light Who Shines to ACX, which is a company that acts like a market for authors to find Audible approved narrators for their book. Getting it on audio has been one of my goals for this year.

Then, ACX gave The Light Who Shines a special "stipend" which they only give to books they feel will do really well. (Oh yeah!) It is essentially a bonus that goes from ACX directly to the narrator to try to attract the best talent. Not only did I find a great narrator (Elizabeth Klett), but the offer is now signed, sealed, and delivered!

So The Light Who Shines should be in audio by Christmas! WOOT! WOOT! Doing the HAPPY DANCE!

P.S. Elizabeth did the Prologue in her audition, and I got CHILLS. Serious CHILLS, up and down my arms. It was exquisite. The drama was restrained, but the tension in her voice was breath-taking. My Mom got the chills too. And my sister who is a harsh audio book critic (she listens to audio day-in and day-out) 100% approves of Elizabeth's narration as well. So this is going to be really good. I am so excited.

Ohh, P.P.S. The Elizabeth does a fantastic Irish accent for the Prologue too. (HAPPY DANCE!)

Lilo


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RESPONSE TO ANNE MARVIN'S BLOG POST: PAYING IT FORWARD


Please check out her awesome blog post here: http://www.truthinfantasy.com/blog/paying-it-forward

Anne,
You are a genius. I’m so amazed that you have discerned major portions of my personal life philosophy from a few subtle passages in THE LIGHT WHO SHINES.

Normally, I try not to comment on blog posts about my work, as that seems a bit egotistical. But, in this case I couldn’t help myself. The topic is important.


I believe in a collective pot of community. Sometimes we feed into it, sometimes we take from it.

This is a bit like managing a collective budget. Clearly we (the US) are in a hole now, but we are less in the hole than we were 6 years ago. Why? Because more people are putting in the pot, then are taking out. So we are gaining on our debts.

We can look at this pot collectively, or we can look at our individual pots. When I was a young single parent I didn’t pay much into the pot (taxes) and I received some from the pot (child care credits, education assistance, etc.). But now I’m a very successful corporate employee and on my way to becoming a successful writer, so I’m paying into the pot a lot more than I take out. I’ve more than paid back my “loan” so to speak. However, that isn’t quite enough, as I know that eventually I’ll be retired, and need to take from the pot again. So I’m still “paying it forward,” as you say.

In the end, I’ll pay in more than I take out. Hey, that isn’t fair! But frankly, I don’t care. Some people have the capacity and opportunity to be successful financially and pay more into the pot than they take out, and some people don’t. I’m glad I’m one of the people who can. It is important that we all do what we can.

Of course this happens socially as well. We have a collective pot of “Good Will” and the size of that collective pot, more than anything, determines the general happiness of our society. I try to forgive people and give people grace, knowing that one day I’ll need to be forgiven and I’ll want grace. I have in the past, and I’m sure I will again. Jack Tanner understands this truth.

Now, let’s look at Blue. She has had a raw deal. Her parents were killed by Dark Vampires, many of the Norms hate her simply because she is Gifted, and she deals with breedism (a form of discrimination and prejudice) every day. Yet, she still gives to society by fighting for interbreed peace, often risking her life. She helps even those who hate her. She is paying it forward in hopes of a better future for all. Blue’s deal gets more and more raw as the book continues and as bad as her deal is at the end of the book, her deal is even worse in the future books. But, every day, she holds her spine straight and says, “I’m going to make this world better, if it kills me.” And it almost does.

This fighting for what is right is why people have called her a “True Heroine” you can look up to. But, I’d just like to point out that Blue is modeled after the good that I see in every day people who trudge to work, take care of their kids, pay their taxes, and volunteer in their community. That is why people respond to her so well. She is our heart. She is the best of all of us common folks struggling to add to the community pot of good will. Some of us common folks have the opportunity to be a celebrated hero and some of us don’t. I mean, if we know how to swim and we saw a kid drowning, which of us would not jump in to save them? This heart is in all of us. Reading THE LIGHT WHO SHINES reminds us of those people and reminds us that we are those people.

So when you read THE LIGHT WHO SHINES and your heart shines with joy at Blue's purity of spirit, strength of will, and determination, it is because you are recognizing in her what we all strive to be. I hope everyone reading this will take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Kudos to us all for doing what is right, even when it is hard, and especially when it is mundane everyday life. We are making a richer pot of Good Will for all to enjoy.

Lilo Abernathy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My 10 Best Fans: I Present You With Mitsy


Naturally, as an independent author fully responsible for all of my own marketing, I spend a great deal of time talking about my book. But this author trip (and it has been a trip!) has introduced me to so many wonderful people that I feel an urge to change focus. I'm doing a spotlight on my 10 best fans, featuring one fan at a time. 

I have a ton of fans, and I want to preface this by saying I love them all. Some, I interact with every day and others quietly work their magic without me even knowing it until I happen upon some post or blog somewhere. So what makes a best fan? To me, a best fan is someone who loves the book so much that they want everyone in their life to read it, plus lots of strangers. A few fans already meet this criteria, but I can only do justice to them by spotlighting them one at a time. So, let 'er rip . . .
 
Name: Mitsy
Location: Greenville, SC
I met Mitsy on Goodreads and I had a feeling about her from the very beginning. My book was somewhere on her to be read pile, but when I did a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society she raised it to the top of her list. Let's review that. Mitsy supported my support of a charity by allowing me to cut in line. How can you not love that? This sort of positive feedback encourages good in this world.
  
Three Interesting Facts About Mitsy 
 
  1. Mitsy has a cat named Jynx who she loves. (That name kicks butt. I'm totally adding Jynx to my list of potential character names.)
  2. She is passionate about sports and will watch just about any one of them. (No, I have not checked to see if she is single. Sorry.)
  3. Her favorite place is a baseball game. (Again, I don't know if she is single and no stalking allowed!)

She is a Best Fan Because . . .
Mitsy made it to the list of my 10 best fans when I discovered she's been promoting The Light Who Shines to her Goodreads groups every month for the group pick since the day she finished reading it. And every month around the time she promotes it, I have a subsequent surge of sales. That is how powerful a group recommendation is. 
 
She's also recommended it to her Goodreads friends, shared it on Facebook and Twitter, and told her reader friends about it in person. It is this sort of word of mouth support that drives author success. 
 
Mitsy's Top 3 Authors and Books
Mitsy has an ever evolving list of top authors and books, with each year garnering new favorites. 2014 is still in flux, so her 2013 favorites in her words are:
  1. Lauren Stewart: her Hyde series is phenomenal. It's an excellent paranormal thriller. Not only that she wrote the funniest book, No Experience Required. :) Combine the two and she's #1. :)
  2. Matthew Alan: wrote my favorite book of 2013, and one of my favorite ever, with One Degree. His writing just melts my heart and makes me think. He's one of the few authors who can reach deep inside me with his words. I love One Degree and how he writes. :) Oh, and One Degree should be an instant classic. Only way I can describe it.
  3. Rebecca Donovan: she wrote my favorite NA series, ever, with her Breathing series. Her Out Of Breath series final is another phenomenal book. She took risks by taking her characters in a direction nobody expected, in book 3, and created a masterpiece with this series. This is equal to my favorite series ever: Hunger Games series, Fifty Shades series, etc.
Mitsy's Contact Info
Fellow fans are welcome to connect with Mitsy to talk fan stuff. Fan stuff is a mystery to me, but I'm confident you all have it handled.

My Thanks
Mitsy, from the bottom of my heart I thank you. But, since all my love won't buy you more books, I'm also sending you a $25 gift certificate from Amazon. Happy reading!

Lilo 
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Should you be featured on my 10 Best Fans list? 
I've got lots of great fans and I appreciate all of you. If you are promoting The Light Who Shines, please, Please, PLEASE tell me (lilo.j.abernathy@gmail.com). Promoting includes: 

  • Telling your local library / book store about it.
  • Donating a used to copy to your library.
  • Lending a copy to your book store staff.
  • Recommending it for an online group read or a real world book club.
  • Telling friends about it.
  • Blogging about it.
  • Sharing my promotions with the world (Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads).
  • Recommending it for contests.
  • Etc.

Monday, August 18, 2014

THE LIGHT WHO SHINES: New Book Trailer!


I know this is perhaps a TAD bit backwards, but one of my readers from Twitter recommended that I do a book trailer. Originally I didn't do one because I wasn't convinced they sold books. But I polled my readers on Twitter and they almost unanimously told me I should do one. And, being a slave to my fans as I am, I complied. 

I must say that the project was quite a bit of fun, though challenging. Luckily, I have Photoshop Premier Edition so the tools were available to me. However, I found myself wishing I had purchased the additional RAM on my computer before long. Nevertheless, after hours of agonizing over clips and music, I have produced a book trailer.
   
Now, before you watch it, I'd like to go back to my earlier comment. It was almost unanimous. One person didn't want a book trailer because she didn't like to have her image of a character spoiled. So I promised I wouldn't show a picture of Blue in the trailer. And I have not. I do show a picture of another girl who is just an anonymous person.
 


However, when I released the trailer on Facebook, I did get some interesting comments on my voice. Some people love it. Some people said the video gave them the chills (which "Yay!" is exactly what I was going for). A few didn't like my voice narrating it at all. They said it sounded too old for Blue. I suspect that those who had already read the book had Blue's voice in their head and my voice didn't match that. I am not 22, I am 43.

So, if you have read the book, watch at your own risk. If you enjoy it, please pass it along.

I am rather proud of it. I really hope you like it too.

Trailer:  http://youtu.be/_It7AxGUihs

Now, enough with re-edits and new book covers and trailers . . . Book 2 is full steam ahead.

Lilo

Monday, August 4, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Light Who Shines gets updated!

Friends, I am so excited to reveal the updated cover. The previous cover is beautiful and I consider it fine photographic art. But I felt it needed a splash of color to stand out on the Amazon page and a bit of a fantasy feel. I also felt it was missing a crucial element, namely the wolf Varg.
 
Varg, with absolutely zero script, is the most loved side character of all. I had no idea he would create such magic and even held doubts about having him in the book. I felt it was a bit of personal self-indulgence because I would love a huge wolf with mysterious magic powers as a guardian! But my readers seem to want him too. So much so, they have not only offered him a home in their abodes, but they have actually created a hashtag demanding I create Varg T-shirts. I shit you not. (Who came up with the saying anyway? And why? Err . . . Let's not digress.) The hashtag is #VargTshirt should you feel the urge to use it.
 
Without further ado, here it is!


Isn't it lovely?

As much as I love the cover, there is something else I'm possibly even more excited about. Only a true bookworm would understand this adoration. Along with the new book cover, I also reformatted the interior file. The title and chapter headings are in the same Gothic Celtic fonts you see on the book cover, and each chapter has a dropped initial cap block! What is that you ask? Let me show you!
 
 
How can you not appreciate those initial cap blocks?!!! I had an insane desire to color them deep blue or red, but I restrained myself. (Barely!) That will have to wait until I'm traditionally published and, well, famous, and able to produce an "Anniversary Edition" of some sort. Besides it would have added to the cost and I didn't want to do that.
 
Is that it? Nope! This update also includes a round of tightening. The book went from 136K to 130K. The changes were made to reduce some repetition and unnecessary adverbs. No major parts were removed. Finally, it was proofed by an English professor so I expect it to be in tip top shape.
 
With all of these excellent updates, you might be wondering how it has impacted price. Well, the Kindle price stayed the same and the print price actually went down by 3 dollars. This is because I lost 6K and my new fonts take up less page width. As a result, my page count went from 470 to 370 so the print costs were reduced. Win, win!
 
I have one more piece of exciting news. I know, it is so exciting already you probably can hardly handle it. (Smile!) But, with my new cover on the book, this happened!
 
 
And that is the last of the happy news.
 
It is my greatest desire to produce a product that is high quality and enjoyable across many levels. I do hope you love the new changes as much as I do.
 
The Kindle version is out now! The revised print version may not be available for a day or two yet as Amazon is still processing it. But it has been approved so it is just a matter of time. 
 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy
 
Lilo 

Update! The print version is now live on Amazon.
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Author Tip: Pin Your Promo Tweet Daily! Here's Why...

Here is my promo tweet for the day. The rest of the pictures in this article are ugly, so I'm just sticking this in for effect. (wink) Now on to business...

Why Should You Pin a Promo Tweet Daily?
Let's say I retweet you. I might, I retweet a lot of authors, particularly in the Urban Fantasy and similar genres, because my readers like that. Anyway, curious person that you are, you go to my Twitter profile to check me out. The very first thing you see is my pinned promo tweet. There is it, in full color, pinned right to the top of my Twitter profile page. You don't have to scroll through pages and pages of retweets. You can easily thank me for retweeting you by retweeting me back. I love that by-the-way.

Now let's say you retweet me. I, reciprocal retweeter that I am, go to your Twitter profile page. I scroll through pages and pages of retweets and can't find your promo tweet. I leave dissatisfied and you just lost a retweet. Missed business opportunity...

Don't do that!  Pin a new promo tweet daily to your Twitter profile! Why daily? Because once I retweet it, I can't retweet it again, unless I unretweet it first.

How to Pin Your Tweet
1) Tweet it. Clearly it has to exist before it can be pinned.
2) Find it. Look in your Tweet feed.
3) Click on the "..." link or the "More" link (depending on if you opened the tweet or not.
4) Select "Pin to your profile page."

Devices
The only bad news about this is that you can't do it from many phones. I hear that you can do it on I-phones, but I'm not too technical, so I can't guarantee anything. Check it out.

This will make it so much easier for authors who want to reciprocate and for your fans to retweet you. Including me!

If you found this article helpful, feel free to go to my profile and retweet my current promo. It will be easy to find, I promise you that. (Smile)

https://twitter.com/Lilo_Abernathy

Lilo

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Great News: WOW WOW! and HOLY COW!

My news is short and sweet. So short it is hardly deserving of a blog post, but I must mark the moment.

Today, The Light Who Shines hit 4.9 stars on Amazon! 

I am so excited; naturally I'm doing the HAPPY DANCE! However, I'm writing this post with some trepidation. I worry that sharing this great news will inspire a troll to leave a bad review. Even knowing the risk, I'm braving it because I think, I hope, that most of those who read this will just be happy for me, and with me.

Part of what amazes me about this is I know my book isn't perfect. I know of at least two editing errors remaining, and I just paid for another round of proofing and editing to tighten it. I have the changes, but I haven't reviewed and pushed them yet. Still, the book seems to make people happy, as is.

I'm also a realist and can't expect the rating to stay this high as it continues to expand it's reach. Right now I've sold 871 copies and I've received 61 reviews. I attribute some of that rating to the fact that I've marketed it to the correct genre audience. Eventually, people outside of my target audience will read it and I can't expect such good reviews from the expanded crowd.

For now, I'm going to try to bask in the glory. I'm not really a basking kind of person, so we will see how that goes. 

Best,

Lilo

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/VGJHL3
#UrbanFantasy #Paranormal #Mystery #Romance #Vampires #ebook #Kindle


Note: I've corrected this post. Previously, I stated that I'd sold between 300 - 500 copies. I just did an actual count and it is much higher than I had thought. I've corrected it to 871 based on my sales reports.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Review: The Sanctum Trilogy: Book 1: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock (5 Stars)

This is ABSOLUTELY a most Kick-ass Book!

We have The Sanctum, an organization put in place by the Gods to rule and protect. However, where power exists, so often does corruption. The leadership of The Sanctum is sick and twisted.

We have The Sanctum warriors. They are honorable and highly trained warriors. Unfortunately, they follow orders blindly. The exception are three of our four main characters, Wyatt, Ryker, and Jools who see with clear eyes the corruption in The Sanctum. Yet, they feel honor-bound to defend it, for what it was in it’s better days and with the hope that it will shine again.

Finally, we have Dev, The Girl. She is a hybrid of demon and angel and she is being hunted by The Sanctum. Her crime? Being born.

When Dev and Wyatt meet, the two mortal enemies feel an instant connection, and Wyatt does the unthinkable. He defies The Sanctum for the very first time.

This book is filled with thrilling action and kick-ass scenes. There are battles, torture, healing, despair, triumph, love, but most of all, friendship. The story is a coming of age for these four main characters as they step into leadership roles and act as the catalyst for the righting of decades of wrongs. The story leaves you on the edge of your seat and you will love it. I promise. By the end of it, you will come to care for the characters.
 
I want to take a moment to speak about Ms. Blaylock’s writing style. She is a skilled writer who carries a rhythm in her written words. It’s not a lyrical style, but rather you can hear the ups and downs of tone and the quickening and slowing of pacing as though she were reading it to you.  With grace and style, she will sweep you along the journey with her.

I give this book five stars.

You can purchase it here: Amazon Link

Lilo Abernathy
Author of The Light Who Shines

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares and Visions Event!

Join author Lilo Abernathy
Games, Prizes, and Giveaways
The party has already started and there will be over a dozen authors in all. Each author will have a different events planned, though most will have giveaways as part of their event. You can stop in any time to visit any author's time slot.
Lilo's event will feature games and giveaways, as follows: 

Amazon Gift Cards

Free eBooks

Book 1 Memorabilia

Maud's Southern Beverage Recipe Cards
Raspberry Lemonade Ice Tea (with Blackberry Kicker)
Mint Julep (with Bad Day option)
Sparkling Lemonade (with Extra Sparkle)
    Keepsake Image of Character Letter from Blue to Jack

Book 2 Sneak Peak
Win a chance at an exclusive draft of the Prophecy of Illustrissima!
"The DARK ONE spreads her plague across the land..."
(This is a beautiful scroll image, with the prophecy written on it,
and celtic knot font accents.)

When and Where
Join our Facebook event to be part of the fun: 
   
Lilo's events will be:
Friday, June 20, 8:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. EST
Each event lasts for 1 hour
   
Massive Rafflecopter Giveaway
Win a 6 x 9 print copy of The Light Who Shines 
HUGE MASSIVE LIST OF GIVEAWAYS



Friday, June 13, 2014

Character Letter From Blue to Jack (in The Light Who Shines)

June 1, 2022, Red Ages 


Dearest Jack,

I am writing because I find myself a tad bewildered about our personal relationship. But first I feel compelled to address your professional attitude toward me at work in my role as an experienced Supernatural Homicide Detective.

I may not be a Light Vampire skilled in the art of swordplay and able to move faster than the human eye can observe, but I can dispense Holy Water and snuff out Dark Vampires with the best of them. I confess, I am not a strapping specimen of male strength with magical skills that lend themselves to blending in the dark. However, I have my wolf, Varg, who lends me his strength, ears, eyes, and nose. Although I am female with the seemingly benign gift of being a sensitive, you may find it somewhat relevant that I can SENSE SOULS, and therefore am unlikely to be surprised by any perpetrator I track.

In addition, I believe my exemplary record of caseload success proves that I should not have to report to you every five minutes. Somehow, I find this to be a smidgen overprotective. Since, you don't require my colleagues to report to you on such a frequent basis, I think we should reflect on why you single me out. Is it because I am a female?

Please loosen up! I expect to be treated as the competent, intelligent, successful agent that I am.

Now on to personal matters…

Perhaps it has occurred to you that when you stand well within my personal body space and do such gentle things as tuck my hair behind my ear, that it might have an affect on a healthy female libido? Alternatively, it may strike you as a tad outside of normal professional behavior to get me in a state of half-undress on the belfry? I don’t recall a course on interoffice undressing during my initial training seminars. Did I miss that?

So, in reflection, you might understand my confusion when you make powerful statements like: 
“Don’t even think of me. I am nothing but a boss keeping an eye on an employee who is working on a dangerous case.” 
I don’t think it is too much of a stretch for me to conclude that at least some element of our relationship has passed the bounds of the normal boss and employee relationship. Do you?

I’m sorry, I have to run. Varg senses someone on my balcony and I need to investigate!

In haste and confusion, 

Blue

Bluebell Kildare

Inspector, Homicide Unit

Supernatural Investigation Bureau


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

Imagine my surprise as I plug away at a well debated third chapter of the night, when Madhuri Blaylock tags me in the "Meet My Main Character Blog Tour."

One quarter of the way through reading her post, I had to laugh out loud at her use of this line to describe herself: "Blunt as shit. There is no shame in my game."

Three quarters in I said to myself, "Damn. I can't believe I haven't read this book. MUST READ!" I don't usually swear. It is all Madhuri's fault.

I dare you to read her post and try to walk away without wanting it: The Sanctum Trilogy: Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

At the end of the post I realized that I was up next and she was already linking to my blog. It also occurred to me that my current blog post was decorated with a pink and purple third grade clip art bat with the words "spoiler alert" across the front of his shirt. This was, perhaps, not ideal and it naturally follows that my next thought was "Holy Shit!" (That swear word is Madhuri's fault too, in case you're wondering.)

However, I'm thrilled to talk about Blue. In fact, I could talk about Blue until I'm, well, (you know it's coming), blue in the face! I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist.

Let'er rip...

The Light Who Shines
1. What is the name of your main character? Is she fictional or a historic person?

Supernatural Inspector Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) is a purely fictional character, but I like to think she embodies a little of the best of us. While physically vulnerable, she makes up for it in spades with her intelligence, assertiveness, and will of steel. Her standout features are the blue streak in her hair, her abnormally blue eyes, and a bright glowing aura. These are all natural traits that mark Blue as one of the magically Gifted, whether she wants to be marked or not.

2. When and where is the story set?

This story is set in the Smoky Mountains in contemporary times, but with an alternate history. Technology is sometimes on par with ours, but sometimes it's a bit behind. The world relies a lot on magic for everyday things. Firefly lanterns are lamps filled with magically lit flakes of quarts that swirl around, lending a soft ambiance to any room. Chimerators are rings that flip open to project the image and voice of the person you're speaking with. Charms and potions are used for most everyday illnesses, with standard medicine reserved for surgeries and such. It's an exciting world with many possibilities. The scenery is quite beautiful and eerie at times.

3. What should we know about her?

Blue is a sensitive and gifted empath. While these traits seem benign, they are actually quite useful. Her empathy skills allow her to detect feelings to such an extent she is practically a walking lie detector. Her sensitive skills can detect the presence or lingering vibrations of magic. These skills are extremely well fitted with her role as an Inspector.

She can also sense souls...

And she has the hots for her sexy Vampire boss, Jack Tanner.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

The story starts out at the scene of the crime where a teenage boy was found horrifically tortured and murdered. The plot follows the investigation of that crime and unfolds from the alternating first person perspectives of Blue and Jack.

At the crime scene Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire. Other parties seem very interested in the key and Blue becomes the hunted as much as the hunter.

The main societal conflict present in this world is prejudice and hate. While the typical prejudices we see in our reality don't exist in this world, the story flips the lens of prejudice to focus on the three different breeds of humans: Norms who are regular humans as you and I know them, magically Gifted humans, and Vampires (Dark and Light). The culture is strife with tension as these three breeds deal with a bloody history and lingering hate.

5. What is her personal goal?

Orphaned by the death of her parents at the hands of Dark Vampires, rejected by her grandparents because of her magical heritage, Blue is accustomed to going it alone. After all, she survived bullying, hate, fear, and ostracism in the orphanage, yet still managed to maintain her moral compass.

As an Inspector in the Homicide Unit of the Supernatural Investigation Bureau, Blue fights for interbreed peace and justice every day. She believes in this job with all her soul, despite the ungrateful Norms who harass her at every turn.

Did I mention she has the hots for her sexy Vampire boss, Jack Tanner? (Wink)

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Yes! It's called The Light Who Shines.

You can read more about it on my website.

The first ten chapters are available as a free excerpt. It's currently getting a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and has been positively reviewed by Kirkus.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

It's published already and is available at Amazon: (click here)

The three books that finish out the series have already been outlined and the draft of book two is in progress. The entire series will be:
  • The Light Who Shines
  • The Light Who Binds
  • The Light Who Burns
  • The Light Who Destroys

And now it’s my turn to pass on the favor!

I’d like to invite some of my favorite writers to take part in this blog tour. I would have invited others as well, but my good friend Joy was also tagged and she called them first.

Lee Miller: She's currently blogging the process of writing. We have future plans to write simultaneous blog posts on the weird shit we Google. (You guessed it. That swear word was Madhuri's fault too.)

Louise White: She's the author of The Calling, a story that features a feral magical girl, no less. Don't you love it? I'm so mad I didn't think of the idea first.

Keith Fritz: Author of Man Hunt, which recently hit best seller status across several Amazon categories. I know this because I saw it and reported it to him while he was driving home one day. He was very responsibly not texting and driving.

Todd Thiede: Author of Time Killer and Lies to Die For. He's a #1 best selling Amazon thriller author and has been a friend since childhood.

Lee, Louise, Keith, Todd, tag, your it!

Lilo

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Light Who Binds: Spoiler Alert!

My Dear Readers,

Since I hear on a daily basis how eager you are for book two, The Light Who Binds, I thought to keep you updated via this blog post.

Right now the outline for the entire series is complete, and I'm turning the book two outline into the first rough draft. As I complete chapters, I'll list them here. Chapter names will change and order will switch around. When it's complete, I still have many revisions and refinements to go.

Lately, I've been writing one chapter a night, but it will vary. With that said, here is where I stand.

Last updated: 6/13/2014  1:34 a.m.
Total words written: 23,690
Goal word count - 1st draft: 80,000
Goal word count - final: 100,000

Chapters in order:
  1. Dark Rays of Sunshine 
  2. Three Deaths 
  3. Seeking Wisdom 
  4. Foreboding News 
  5. Mystery Beneath Mystery 
  6. Circle of Fire 
  7. In The Dog House 
  8. Synchronous Burning
  9. A Diseased Tree
  10. Difficult Explanations
  11. Double Trouble 
  12. Immigration Issues 
  13. Interception
I'm not entirely sure if this will ease or tease your curiosity, but I hope you enjoy it either way!

Bookmark this blog and check for updates. I'll try to update it nightly.

Outline (check!)
It is a rough plan of what happens to whom and where. Each day of the story has many scenes and each scene is a chapter. In my outline, each chapter only gets one bullet (paragraph) describing it. It allows me to think of the plot at a high level.

Rough Draft (in progress)
A rough draft is really the bones of the story. These are full chapters and expound on everything in the outline. Sometimes I have to stray from the outline when a chapter contains too much and needs to be broken down. Every chapter should have a logical focus and end point. But I don't spend time on intricate descriptions or characterizations. My focus is on flushing out the plot.

P.S. If you stumbled on this blog post without having read book one of the Bluebell Kildare series, The Light Who Shines, you can check it out here: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy

Lilo

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BookCase Big Giveaway: Books, Books, Books!


Win ebooks, print books, even autographed copies.

Free to enter: http://tinyurl.com/qcofsaf

Try your luck!


These are the books involved:
Dead Medium 
by Peter John
Dark Comedy, Ghosts & Haunted Houses
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Medium-Peter-John-ebook/dp/B00B000O8C
  



The Light Who Shines
by Lilo Abernathy
Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal Romance
http://www.amazon.com/Light-Who-Shines-Bluebell-Kildare-ebook/dp/B00HYH3ZU4
  


Dead Shambles
by Chris Raven 
Comedy, Horror
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Shambles-Stage-Amateur-Vile-Horrors-ebook/dp/B00HX4LQJK
  



Coast to Coast Paranormal Investigations: The Journey Underneath
by Carolyn Bennett
Contemporary, Mystery
http://www.amazon.com/COAST-PARANORMAL-INVESTIGATION-JOURNEY-UNDERNEATH-ebook/dp/B00D82BNLC


Man Hunt
by K. Edwin Fritz
Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction, Dystopian
http://www.amazon.com/Man-Hunt-K-Edwin-Fritz-ebook/dp/B00BFC657O
 

 

Woman Scored
by K. Edwin Fritz
Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction, Dystopian
http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Scorned-Hunt-Edwin-Fritz-ebook/dp/B00JQN7II4/
  



Tainted Lies
by Shemeka Mitchell
Romance, Urban
http://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Lies-Love-Loyalty-ebook/dp/B00EGIT6BQ
  



Everlasting Love
by Shemeka Mitchell
Romance, Urban
http://www.amazon.com/Everlasting-Love-Lies-Loyalty-ebook/dp/B00DOVTENG
  



Blind Trust
by Shemeka Mitchell
Romance, Urban
http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Trust-Love-Lies-Loyalty-ebook/dp/B00FNS5UL8
  


Vindictive
by Shemeka Mitchell
Romance, Erotica
http://www.amazon.com/Vindictive-Shemeka-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B00J5HUXRE


 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review Causes Author to do The Happy Dance at Warp Speed!

Friends,

I just got this glowing review of The Light Who Shines. This is by a reader named Jazz, on Amazon, who is unknown to me. The most exciting part is her comparison of my main character, Bluebell Kildare, to urban fantasy favorites: Mercy Thomson, Kate Daniels, and Harry Dresden.

"I can't praise this book highly enough. It was absolutely riviting. I have read thousands of books in my life and this one is one of the best. The only negative comment I can make is that I now have to wait for the next one in what I hope will be a very long series. I wish I could gobble up the whole story immediately. If you like urban fantasy (or even if you don't usually) this is a must read. Blue is up there with Mercey, Kate and Harry D. as a wonderful character already along with the rest of the cast in this delightful book. If you are looking for the next big thing in urban fantasy you have just found it."

I am in love with this review, and YES, I actually did the Happy Dance!

Thank you Jazz, whoever you are. You've just made my day.

Review link: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2R39IONAO7Z69/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HYH3ZU4 

Lilo

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Light Who Shines: Leukemia and Lymphoma Fundraiser - Numbers Are In!

We sold 33 books this weekend with the fundraiser!
Total royalty donation = $104 USD!

Right now the Leukemia and Lymphoma research is on the cusp of many great therapies that will save lives. Sometimes the society also helps with things like taxi's to the hospital for treatment for those who have no transportation or paying co-pays for medicine for those below the poverty line. 

Every bit helps.

I want to thank you all for helping me in this effort. I met a lot of wonderful new people and got to hang with some of my friends.

You all got to know a little more about me and my daughter. Plus, there are 33 more people out there now with The Light Who Shines in their hands, hopefully reading as I type!

This was my first internet fundraiser and I also had some lessons learned. Next time I do this, I'll fill the event with fun, like quizzes and games and giveaways to build excitement that way. I'll also make the duration shorter so we can keep the excitement high.

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey.

Lilo Abernathy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Light Who Shines (Urban Fantasy) 4.8 Stars!

magic • murder • mystery • mayhem 
vampire • wolf • romance

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy
  
TEASER
When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire. 

Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high, and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's Blue’s growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?

Danger lurks in every corner, and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.

MEET THE CHARACTERS

  • Agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue)
    She's a smart and gritty detective, determined to catch her perp., regardless of the price. But, when the stakes are raised to protecting the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire, how high of a price will she pay?
  • Jack Tanner (Blue's boss)
    He's a lethal day-walking vampire who tries to keep Blue out of trouble. But with his broad shoulders, burnished gold curls, and predatory green-eyed stare, is he creating a different sort of danger altogether?
  • Varg (Wolf)
    Blue is joined on her hunt by her faithful companion and oh-so-clever wolf Varg. Wait! Is Varg really just cunning or does he have mysterious powers?
  • Maud (Eccentric Friend)
    Don't forget Maud! She may be retired, but she is feisty with her kaleidoscope hair. Is it fuchsia, peach, blue, or scarlet today?
     
ADULT CONTENT 
Due to a few scenes that have explicit sex and violence, this book is intended for adult readers. 

GREAT NEWS !
If you purchase any print or ebook version before midnight on 5/18, EST the author will donate 90% of the royalties to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fundraiser! 90% of Royalties Go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society #Fantasy #Mystery #Thriller #Romance

News: I've upped the donation to 90%, buy before midnight!

The Light Who Shines
Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18 
Please Share if You Care
Amazon Link: (click here) 

I'm the author and I pledge 50% of the total royalties earned on my novel, The Light Who Shines, from the start of Friday, May 16th, 2014, to the end of Sunday, May 18th, 2014, on any versions (print or ebook) in any country or webstore that Amazon distributes it. The donation will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

What kind of book is this? 
The genre is Urban Fantasy, which is a mix between: 
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Thriller 
  • Romance 
It is genre-crossing and will also be enjoyed by lovers of:
  • Action
  • Crime Thrillers
  • Detective Stories
  • Paranormal
  • Animals
Due to a few scenes with explicit violence and sex, this book is intended for adult readers. 

How good is this book anyway? 
So far the reviews have been fantastic. It's holding the following ratings:


What is this book about?
When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
 

Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high, and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's Blue’s growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
 

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
 

Danger lurks in every corner, and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim. 

For more details, click here:
https://sites.google.com/site/lilojabernathy/books  


What you may not know about Leukemia and Lymphoma.

They are blood cancers and often target children, even infants, even babies in the womb! Blood cancers are the most common type of cancer children face.  
  
My daughter was one of them. 
 Here she is at Cancer Camp. Yes, I'm both happy and sad to report there is actually a camp for kids with cancer. Happy because it exists, sad because there is a need.

 
Here she is as bald as the day she was born, ready to go to a highschool dance. I was very worried she would fall as she had collapsed recently in a video store. One of the chemotherapies attacks muscle. But she made it through okay.

Here she is at the homecoming game. She was probably in need of a blood transfusion at this point, her skin was so pale. She couldn't walk across the whole field.


Here she is at her sweet 16th birthday party. Her hair was just growing in. Little did we know a massive bloodclot was growing in her brain, due to the chemotherapy.

Here she is with me at a restaurant. She wore these little tees so that the nurses could access a port that was embedded in her chest to inject the chemotherapy directly to a main blood vessel. 

Here she is now. You see that tattoo? 
It covers the scar from where her port was embedded and it reads:
Survivor!

Not all of her friends from cancer camp were as lucky as she was. Let's Stop Blood Cancers!
 
Lilo