Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Review: THE GIRL (Urban Fantasy, Action, Romance)

The Girl
The Sanctum Trilogy: Book 1  
by Madhuri Blayloc
#UrbanFantasy #Action #Romance #Warriors

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 

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, 


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!


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: