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

Friday, May 9, 2014

2 days until my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society book fundraiser: 4 easy ways you can help for FREE

50% of the Total Royalties Earned On My Novel
Go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Light Who Shines
From: Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18 


You can help even if you don't read urban fantasy; chances are some of your friends do.


Here's How to Help Now
Follow me on social media so that when I post the fundraiser, you can help spread the word to your circles. It's that simple.
  1. Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lilo_Abernathy
  2. Like my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lilojabernathy
  3. Friend me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7789942.Lilo_Abernathy
  4. Add me to your Google Plus circles: google.com/+LiloAbernathy   
I'll give you all the info you need to share on Friday. When the time comes for the fundraiser, I'd like as many people to know about it as possible.

What is urban fantasy? 
It is a mix between:
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Romance (sometimes)
Urban Fantasy, due to the content, is intended for adult readers. The Light Who Shines is high on action, mystery, and suspense. It is also designed to provoke thought on the social injustices of prejudice and hate. For more details, click here: https://sites.google.com/site/lilojabernathy/books  

How good is this book anyway?
Currently the reviews are fantastic. It's holding the following ratings:
  • Amazon: 4.8 stars
  • Goodreads: 4.3 stars

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. 

After three grueling years of chemotherapy, all through high school, she is now a Lymphoma survivor. Yep, that is her above. She was on her way to her first highschool dance after getting cancer and her head was as bald as the day she was born. Normally, I wouldn't want her to wear a dress that low cut at only 16. But we didn't know if she would be well enough to go until last minute and that was the only dress we could find at the store. We couldn't go to more stores because she couldn't walk that far without tiring. One time she fell inside of the video store, because her legs gave out and she just couldn't stand again. Someone had to help me carry her to the car. I wasn't going to risk that again. Needless to say, she didn't dance much, but I'm sure you understand it was very important that she go to that dance.

Let's Stop Blood Cancers!
 
Lilo

Thursday, May 1, 2014

News: Fun, Fun, and More Fun!

Yes, that's three different funs. I'm serious.

Fun 1
Out of the blue (pun intended), my photographer, Ivan Phillips, sent me a bonus photo from the model shoot. (exhibit right) The model shoot for The Light Who Shines occurred almost a year ago and as much as I love the book cover, looking at the same photo for a year can drag on you. So this is a lovely surprise. 

The model, Darlene Nuccio plays the part of Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) on the book cover. Isn't she beautiful? I say that with unearned pride, as though I were in some way responsible for how delightful she is. I am not. Nonetheless, it is a fun photo. I have no idea what effect he used to make it look like an old time tinted photo. I love it. Thank you Ivan!

Fun 2
One of my readers sent me a photo of their copy of The Light Who Shines when it arrived in the mail. She was so excited to get it, but I'm afraid she wasn't nearly as excited as I was to see a photo of my book in someone else's possession. Trust me; I was flipping summersaults in my mind. I would have flipped them in person, but I'm 43 years old and I'm not stupid

I posted her picture on my website and my Facebook page and thus the Shining Lights Wall of Fame was born. Readers have been sending me photos of themselves with their copy of The Light Who Shines and I'm tweeting them and plastering them wherever I can. 
Don't believe me? I can prove it.
Visit the Shining Lights Wall of Fame
Visit my Facebook Page
While you're there, why don't you like my page and friend my personal account as well. Just search for Lilo Abernathy for my personal account.

I have to say that as a writer, nothing is more satisfying than seeing these photos of people who so obviously are enjoying my work.

Fun 3
This book of mine seems to inspire questions. Well, first it inspires yelling
and screaming fits, usually accompanied by the words "When will book 2 be done?!!!" so I try not to take it too hard. Yes, I am serious. I get yelled at a lot.

So, I had this brilliant and unique idea to start a book discussion group on Facebook for people who had just finished The Light Who Shines. Okay, I'm lying. I actually read about another author doing this and stole the idea. However, it was a perfect decision to implement because of the sheer numbers of questions that immediately follow the screaming!
  • What is Varg?
  • What the heck is going on with the Belladonna Necklace?
  • Will Jack and Blue bump the fur, bury the bone, do the nasty?
  • Who is Dragomira really?
If you're interested in checking out reader speculation on these important topics, or seeing a few more exclusive photos from the model shoot, search for this group on Facebook:
Bluebell Kildare Book 1: The Light Who Shines
It is an open group and anyone is welcome to join. However, there are spoilers, so I hope you finish the book first.

Fun 4?
There actually is a fourth bit of fun, but I'm not going to share that today. You're going to have to follow my blog to be sure you catch it later.

Have a fun day!

Lilo
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The Light Who Shines
A novel by: Lilo Abernathy
@Lilo_Abernathy


On Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What is the Secret Underlying Theme of The Light Who Shines?

If you have been following along with my excerpts, tweets, or Facebook page you know The Light Who Shines is a very cool urban fantasy novel about a supernatural investigator named Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue). The world includes paranormal characters like Vampires and magically Gifted people, and if you have read it you know there is a wolf named Varg with mysterious powers.

All of that is the fun and excitement wrapped around the underlying theme of prejudice and hate. The Light Who Shines is an anti-prejudice and anti-hate novel written in a way to be easily accessible and enjoyable to those who don't like reading non-fiction, or who occasionally just like to take breaks with an entertaining read.

"What prejudice?" and "What hate?" you might ask. There is no racial prejudice and no homophobia in this book. Not a drop. I've completely removed it and instead have flipped the lens of hate to be between the different breeds of humans. Here the hate runs rampant.

Why? So that people can read it from a non-defensive stance and from a non-offended position and see it separated from the places where we normally see prejudice and hate. I want readers to feel a touch of what it is to be a minority demographic through their experience as Blue, the heroine. I hope you see the pain it causes the characters and the destruction it causes the society with unobscured eyes. I want it to feel personal, but be about non-personal subjects.

Yet, I wanted it to be a pleasure to read and not resemble a lecture in the slightest. It should simply be thought provoking.

So far the novel is getting excellent reviews and has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, so I hope that means I've begun to achieved my goal.


Please share this post with anyone you think would be interested in an urban fantasy novel with deeper underlying meaning.

Lilo
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The Light Who Shines
A novel by: Lilo Abernathy
@Lilo_Abernathy


On Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mini-excerpt: The Light Who Shines: Chapter 02. Slipped at the Cock and Bull Tap: Part 02

I snatch up my ID and run out the side door with my pack jostling on my back. One sweeping look across the parking lot tells me none of the cars looks occupied. I hope the man is still nearby. Flipping open my phone, I dial Gambino. He answers on the first ring.

Hoping he is still close by, I say “Gambino, a man wearing a cloak that could match the thread found in the boy’s fingernail was seen leaving the Cock and Bull Tap a few minutes ago. I’m searching the vicinity right now.”

Gambino doesn’t miss a beat. “On my way.”

Holstering my phone and unholstering my Glock in one smooth motion, I step out to the street. It looks still with nothing to indicate which direction I should take. I follow my gut and run to the right, set on checking out the entire block anyway. At the first intersection, I check all directions but see nothing. I round the corner and run down toward the end of that side of the block with my boots clicking loudly on the sidewalk with each step. Cripes! I need rubber sole boots if I am ever going to sneak up on someone!

When I’m almost to the second corner, my eye catches a flash of red disappearing behind a warehouse to my right. I cut across the lawn and run between two warehouses toward the center of the block. Just before passing beyond the shelter of the warehouses on either side, I stop. Peering behind them as much as possible, I assess my options. The warehouse on my right has stacks of empty pallets in the shipping yard. The warehouse on my left has an empty yard with only one large, stationary eighteen wheeler. Regardless of which side he’s on, it’s clear I will be wide open and an easy target while trying to reach either the truck or the pallets. I pull out my sixth sense, looking for a trace of a soul to guide me, but I feel nothing. Shoot! Where’s a little help when a girl needs it?

With my gun pointed ahead, I rush around the corner to the right. I place my back to the warehouse, feeling the rough bricks scrape my back through my thin shirt and vest. My thrashing heart feels ready to burst in my chest. I strain my eyes, looking for the smallest movement. My sixth sense is still at high alert, and I feel a slight tug from the left. Turning in that direction, I notice a little spot of red under the truck. As soon as I swing my gun toward it, a loud noise blasts my eardrums. Boom! Boom! Chips of brick fly around me as two bullets narrowly miss my head.

I aim my gun at the red spot and shoot as I rush to the first stack of pallets opposite the truck. When I’m halfway there, I hear return fire. Boom! Boom! Boom! Three shots echo off the buildings. I dive through the air as the bullets fly around me. Curling into a ball, I land, rolling head over foot, but my backpack brings me to a quick stop. Just barely behind the pallets, I jump up and sideways to take cover. Holy smokes, that was close!

Ignoring my scratches and bruises, I peer around the right side of the pallet stack. I want to get this guy so bad I can taste it. From this angle, I can see more of the deep red cloak peeking out from behind the rear tires of the truck. I crouch and try to identify the shooter, but all I can see is the truck’s shadow and the red fabric.

I fire two more shots under the truck. One bullet ricochets off the bumper, and the other tears a hole in one tire close to the spot of red. A sharp hiss fills the air, and the truck sinks slightly.

I pull several pallets off the top of the pile I’m hiding behind and position them on their sides in front of me to afford better protection. I aim my gun under the truck and shout, “Supernatural Investigation Bureau! Come out with your hands up!”

Three shots whizz toward me, tearing up the pallets with splinters of coarse wood flying in all directions. I crouch down again, ready to aim carefully this time, but as I peer across the space to the truck, I see Gambino coming from behind the truck with two officers following him. I quickly shoot two more tires on the right side of the truck, and the hisses tell me I aimed true. Unfortunately, the semi has eighteen wheels, so three flat tires lack the desired effect.

Gambino has his gun unholstered and aimed at the red spot. Hoping to distract the perpetrator, I fire some shots wide into the ground to the right of the truck. The man returns one oddly wild shot back at me. It misses the pallet stack entirely. I aim for two more tires toward the rear, thinking that if I can get the back of the truck lowered, the man will be crushed or at least trapped.

Gambino yells, “Come out with your hands up!”
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Excerpt from: The Light Who Shines

By: Lilo Abernathy 

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eL48yy