Lilly Luchesi: A Bloody Legacy Release!

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Give in to the darkness within.
Rebecca Renfield and her best friend Johanna Seward are reopening an old sanatorium to start their psychology practice when Bec discovers old recordings from a John Seward pertaining to someone with her surname. What she finds in the recordings are unnerving, but their new night-shift doctor promises to provide the distraction Bec needs.
Victoria Draconis is a mysterious, beautiful woman who opens doors into levels of pain, pleasure, and submission that Bec had never imagined existed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.
Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one.
Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda’s Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four, Right To Silence, was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released on January 17th, 2017.
She had a short story, “Undead Ever After” in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, “Have No Fears”, was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, “The Devil’s Dozen”, in the Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. Her horror short “Too Young To Kill” was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016.

 

 

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Seven’s Pub and Plundery: The Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour

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Welcome to the first stop on The Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour! Your stop today is

Seven’s Pub and Plundery

from The Supernatural London Underground Series

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Setting up the series for you:

It’s been two decades since an attempt to eradicate the supernatural forces in the city under the guise of understanding them began, and about seven since it ended in chaos. After their escape, four twentysomething housemates try to learn what being human means, as the hidden part of the city starts to rebuild itself, and they must open their world up to a daft American girl with a dark secret, and potential for their cause. There is only one way for Romarin to become part of the Supernatural London Underground: Can she be the one who challenges the misfits to put down their ghosts and demons and make their world together?

 

Long before our Misfits living in Whitham Castle met the troublesome Romarin, they have been going to their favorite haunt, Seven’s Pub and Plundery.

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When visitors walk down the London alleyway that leads to Seven’s a feeling of doom and paranoia hits them.

“We twisted through an alley as the sky grew significantly darker around us. The narrow pathway between buildings gave me a creepy feeling, and I frequently glanced behind me, when I was not staring at my feet, worrying that my heels would get stuck in between the worn cobblestones.”- Book One, A Mirror Among Shattered Glass.

When you are able to brave the alley, you quickly find that Seven’s is one of the safer parts of London for paranormals, and that every supernatural subculture is represented there. It’s s safe place for people like Romarin to drink blood, without causing extra attention to herself.

Travis and Audin take Romarin to Seven’s as a kind of peace offering, because those guys are not so trusting and have secrets to protect. Romarin meets another cast of characters out at Seven’s, and the pub continues to be an important setting throughout the rest of the two books.

Though the pub is the social hub of the world, it’s not as safe as you might think. Characters fight and even die there, as there is still more than a fair share of danger in London. The best part? Even though this is modern London, it still has a working jukebox.

On Halloween for her first year in England, Romarin is invited to go to Seven’s for Halloween. Her friends won’t tell her what Flapdragon is, but won’t take her with until she agrees to play in the traditional tournament. If she wins, there is a pretty good prize involved. So what is Fladragon (Also known as snapdragon), you ask? Here’s a quick visual… and some swearing?

Tell me in the blog comments if you would play this Halloween Game at Seven’s! Be sure to comment  on this entry so your entry for the grand prize is valid!

To read the full Halloween chapter, it’s my gift to you, here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/4856bb_ceb95d7f145148b49ce2a9b0f8bb4815.pdf

Thanks for being here to celebrate the release of Wanions of the Wicked with me!

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Thank you for visiting my stop! Enter the giveaway at: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/851cc3d65 , and comment on each daily stop to validate your entry! You can find additional daily entries by tweeting through the Rafflecopter page.

A directory of the stops will appear in the main image of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1290412891008262/ or the landing page.

Stop hyperlinks will be posted daily. Join us for author takeovers on April 30th in the facebook event. Good luck!

Have you entered into the Barnes and Noble Gift Card giveaway for the Pub and Restaurant Book Blog Tour yet? (Ends May 1st)

Mark your calendars for a flexible virtual event, and the chance to with $20 to Barnes and Noble! I want to give you the gift of books for celebrating the release of Wanions of the Wicked with me!

Visit each daily author hosted stop from April 24th-April 29th to win! You can even enter now for more entries!

Tour schedule (all times EST):

April 24th: Romarin Demetri– Seven’s Pub and Plundery

April 25th: Lesley Donaldson— Bath and Barrel in London of The Queen’s Viper

April 26th: Debbie Manber Kupfer– Victor’s Dining Hall in London P.A.W.S.

April 27th: K. L Roth– K.L.’s Pub in The world of Royal Lies

April 28th: Lisa Emme– The Lodge and Ice House

April 29th: Lilly Luchesi- Crowley’s Pub in the Paranormal Detectives Series

Event landing page link: https://www.facebook.com/events/12904…
Here is the rafflecopter link to enter as a tour participant: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/disp…

You can send tweets through the rafflecopter form every day for until the contest closes for extra entries! Any link you need will be posted in the description of the main image in the facebook event. You have until May 1st to visit all of the daily stops! Hope to see you there!

Are DNF reviews really all that helpful?

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This post is full of some hard truths.

When I became and author I made the decision to not leave “Did Not Finish” reviews, and will not currently leave anything less than 3 stars. Yes, reading is subjective, and not everyone will love your story, but the problem I see with DNF reviews is that a reader didn’t actually read through your whole book. Should they post about something they don’t know? That’s the question today.

As a writer, you’re going to catch a reviewer on a day that’s not–how shall I say it– good, and sometimes low stars and DNF reviews happen because a scapegoat is needed, and sometimes, you are the projection of their bad day. Other readers can spot these easily. Still, you spent months writing the book and are responsible for putting it out there, regardless of how people will react to it. You did this as a writer and you knew this day would come. It’s not like every single person will read it correctly either, don’t believe me? if you don’t know what I’m talking about yet, there is a review out there just waiting for you.

Some bloggers will give it to you straight and tell you if they post these types of reviews, but some won’t.

Sometimes it’s not straight forward. I once had a blogger tell me a book wasn’t for them and that they would post for a release day spotlight, and instead they left a DNF review. I also have great (and *cough* perfect) editorial reviews, so I guess it evens out in the long run. It was unprofessional for that reviewer to change their mind, and I think of book bloggers as professional people. Yes it’s a hobby, and yes they don’t get paid, but they spend so much time meticulously crafting a professional website, that it’s a shame to see a crack in the facade.

A DNF review to me says, “do not read this book, and though I couldn’t take the time to read it all, I decided to take time writing this review… for some reason.” I view the behavior as petty, which is the hard truth I am expressing today. It makes more sense to to spend your time writing about something you like a maybe boosting your affiliate income to keep your blog going. DNF reviews aren’t helping anyone in the long run, and if you post them, you’re wasting your time. It’s vindictive. I also think they chip away at your credibility and make you seem like a curmudgeon. If you like to save time by picking your battles, don’t be posting DNF reviews.

Not leaving a review says more than a DNF. By not mentioning the book at all, you really send your message home. No attention. No wasted words. And look at you being professional.

So what to do when you can’t finish a book? I’m thinking about 8/10 authors will tell you it’s okay to fill out a contact form or message them if you see errors, or if there is something you’re not following. I have a hard time with this myself, but am trying to be more honest, and the authors who want to improve will take your advice. If they don’t take your suggestions or hear you out, they’re not opening to growing, and then, maybe you have a very valid point.

Readers, do you post about DNF books and why?

Authors, do you like when readers politely point out errors?

Wanions of the Wicked is here!

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A treaty of protection. An end-all prophecy. A forbidden love. A family curse.

A wanion is an oath, a wish, a promise, or a vendetta, and in the third installment of the Supernatural London Underground, London’s favorite group of supernatural misfits are forced to come to terms with theirs.

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The chance to free London from supernatural suppression was never a choice for Romarin Demetri, or for her friends and housemates, who shared a horror she has only heard about in a few unguarded moments. When an elite group of assassins is contracted to thwart their plans of liberating people from another experimental laboratory, their ultimate goal is forcibly stalled— allowing time for pleasant distractions, other worldly experiences, and situations that can’t help but make them feel human. Now that her friends finally have to face their horrible pasts, Romarin finds herself willingly walking into an insidious trap that plays out her own worst fears.

 

It’s sweet, addictive, and a little wicked, and it’s here now! Book three is available on Kindle, Nook, and Amazon in print! If you pre-ordered, it was sent directly to your Kindle. Own the trilogy and enter the world of The Supernatural London Underground today! Learn more here.

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I am overwhelmed and delighted by all of the support I have had for the series so far! There are readers that get what I have to say, and see the message of resilience that’s in this work of fiction. We read books like other people watch sports and go to concerts–to escape, but also have the opportunity to experience a form of art or entertainment along with others, regardless of where they came from themselves. Thank you for supporting something that wouldn’t have been possible without the network of Indie authors and the choices that we now have in publishing on account of technology. Amazon and Createspace knew how many authors were out there, despite not being represented by a publishing house or agent, and Indies continue to climb the best-seller charts. Thank you for continuing to see where this series is headed.

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The release event tonight is so awesome and has a great turn out every time, because I get to interact with readers, and am not preoccupied with posting things! Prizes up for grabs include ebooks, signed paper backs, a coffee mug from the series, and even a copy of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark! Contests will be open through Friday for you to enter!

To get the grand prize of power player, make sure you tag and share the event graphic in the Drama Free Community group! Events often come down to extra tags and shares.

Mirror is .99 again, so get it while it lasts!

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HURRY while it’s only .99! http://amzn.to/2fTkgAl

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Join me for some radio tonight at 8pm EST! Off the Chain with Yvonne Mason.

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I am so happy to join Yvonne Mason On her show Off the Chain on Blog talk Radio tonight! Tune in a 8pm to listen to us talk creative projects! Yvonne writes true crime and fiction, and is an author in addition to being a radio show host! I hope you will be joining us tonight.

You can find the archive of the show right here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yvonnemason/2017/04/14/author-romarin-demetri#.WPAmPQLz4-U.facebook

While you’re at it, give her Facebook page a like here: https://www.facebook.com/BTROFFTHECHAIN/

Cover reveal: “A Bloody Legacy” by Lilly Luchesi!

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A Bloody Legacy
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Apr 10th
Give in to the darkness within.
Rebecca Renfield and her best friend Johanna Seward are reopening an old sanatorium to start their psychology practice when Bec discovers old recordings from a John Seward pertaining to someone with her surname. What she finds in the recordings are unnerving, but their new night-shift doctor promises to provide the distraction Bec needs.
Victoria Draconis is a mysterious, beautiful woman who opens doors into levels of pain, pleasure, and submission that Bec had never imagined existed.

 

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.
Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one.
Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda’s Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four, Right To Silence, was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released on January 17th, 2017.
She had a short story, “Undead Ever After” in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, “Have No Fears”, was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, “The Devil’s Dozen”, in the Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. Her horror short “Too Young To Kill” was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016.
 

 

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The Frost Bloom Garden is whisked off to a book contest!

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Book 2 has been entered into the Annual Book Award Contest for 2017! It’s going in as Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban.

I love Readers’ Favorite because they review virtually any type of fiction, regardless of how it was published. A chance to be reviewed objectively as an independent author is sometimes difficult, and they continue to help us be heard!

Good luck to everyone who entered this year!

You can read the 5 star review at this link, or  get details about the Frost Bloom Garden here.

As an author, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this! Thanks for your continued support!

Cover reveal + cover song for book 3!

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Pre-order for 4/20/2017 now available

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A treaty of protection. An end-all prophecy. A forbidden love. A family curse.

A wanion is an oath, a wish, a promise, or a vendetta, and in the third installment of the Supernatural London Underground, London’s favorite group of supernatural misfits are forced to come to terms with theirs.

The chance to free London from supernatural suppression was never a choice for Romarin Demetri, or for her friends and housemates, who shared a horror she has only heard about in a few unguarded moments. When an elite group of assassins is contracted to thwart their plans of liberating people from another experimental laboratory, their ultimate goal is forcibly stalled— allowing time for pleasant distractions, other worldly experiences, and situations that can’t help but make them feel human. Now that her friends finally have to face their horrible pasts, Romarin finds herself willingly walking into an insidious trap that plays out her own worst fears.

 

Spiritual. Not Religious. A look into the Acceptance of Others.

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I am supposed to be editing, but I was asked a specific question today that was now on the front on my mind and I need to write it out before I complete the final story arc of book 3.

I have a few posts saved and sitting in my wordpress after the election last year when people got very political and religious with their views.Yeah, you were there too, weren’t you? That’s why I may or may not post them. This entry, however, was a specific questions asked of me today, and I wanted to share it.

The posts details my journey through religion during the past few years. I hear the term “spiritual” but not religious used more and more, and I am speculating as to why that is.

My family is Catholic, and I am not, so If I go to Mass, I can’t take communion with them, which makes me feel awkward. It’s just how I feel, because I am going for them and with them, but I can’t partake in communion with them, which is the most important part.

I should also say that I particularly enjoy Pope Francis and don’t have disdain for anyone who is Catholic or otherwise based on their religious views. I think religion is here to help people through hard times and unify them.  I completed Service Learning at a homeless and womens’ shelter that was faith based, and I think it made such a wonderful difference in helping people move forward with their lives.

The main point in going to church is to take communion, and I will admit that I have not found a speaker that is relateable, symbolic, and can keep my attention. Maybe I plan to leave a service with more information than I had going in, or perhaps It could be that I’m looking for a college professor to be at the podium and I’m expecting that kind of delivery. At the last mass I went to (that is not at the church I will take anecdotes from) the priest made a joke about how people who ride motorcycles are going to hell, and my husband has one, so that was really strange… the main point is : If I can’t take communion even though I believe in the same God, why am I going?

So then you say:  Be a good sport and go support the family, regardless, and do good!

I did try, but here is the thing… If you don’t connect with the people in a place of worship, than it’s probably not the place for you. You have to find and worship with people who believe what you do. And this is what I have found over the past few years…

Volunteer kicked out over a dream

Many years ago at this specific church (as we will call it “Church”) a volunteer who is a Judge in her county, was kicked out of volunteering to help the teens in the congregation, because the youth group leader had a dream in which God told her that this Judge was a bad influence. I heard this news outside of the Church, by people who didn’t treat it as gossip or say anything bad about the group leader. They were stating a fact, that is all. I’m sure God talks to some, but my impression is that this is done in a silent voice, more shown than told through miracles, reminders, and joy in life. I don’t know what a dream is, and science doesn’t all the time either, but I do suspect that a dream takes place in one’s head. If that is the case, then kicking a volunteer out of a group on account of a dream is a misuse of power. I’m not sure what I have done as a parent with a child in that youth group.I guess it’s a life lesson than people will abuse power, however, I probably would have pulled mine until the leader resigned.

The Macabre Memorial

There is also a monument in this Church that doesn’t exactly alight with my values as a human being. It is a gravestone enclosed in a glass window, dedicated “to the innocent victims of abortion.” I think the inscription is accurate, but I find the use of the gravestone macabre and inappropriate for the situation. I studied monuments during a course in British and Irish literature from the 1900’s, and we talked about how every detail of a memorial is important. I went to Kent State University, and we had our own (and extremely detailed) memorial to study and learn about. I think a statue of a small child with a religious figure, or an angel, or patron Saint of children, would be more appropriate for the memorial than the horror of a grave stone. I think the statement is insensitive, and a regular grave stone is so generic that it appears only to be there for the shock factor. I made the choice to unfollow a member of the Church on facebook during our 2016 election, because she thought it was appropriate to describe stabbing a baby in the head with a pair of scissors over social media. I just don’t think that is helping anyone… and while this is a whole other issue, I think social institutions should aim to help listen and not speak over people who are going through difficult times. Or perhaps do something positive and hold and adoption drive if they are so concerned? Just a thought.

So by now, you might see how our views don’t line up. Many people tell me that they don’t agree with every little thing their church says. More recently, two more things happened to add to my reasons of why this place isn’t for me. People have their own experiences and loyalty, and if they have different views than mine, that is okay. The main thing is that we are not hurting each other, even if we aren’t exactly helping each other.

Women are banned from volunteering

I wanted to volunteer around Christmastime at the Church, because if I couldn’t be an active member, perhaps I could help out with community causes. Unfortunately, some of the tasks were already full by the time I thought to ask, but I settled on the task of moving donations for people. When I read the bulletin for volunteering, that task was reserved for high school boys and men only. It was as if women were not strong or capable enough to do physical work as volunteers, per the program director. Weight training and martial arts and wanting to be a strong woman didn’t matter to this Church. A more tactful way would have been to add “must be able to lift fifty pounds,” on to the requirement, as to not ostracize anyone based on their sex. If you are running a community organization, attention to word use  and the diversity of your community is required.

Priest Makes Political Statement as Part of Wedding Ceremony

The last thing that drove the point home, was a wedding that I attended at this Church. The priest gave the couple a beautiful prism that reflected a rainbow, and in explaining the symbolism of the gift, he brought up an extraneous subject that had nothing to do with the couple being married. The priest explained that “some people misuse the rainbow today,” and if you are living in the 21st century, you will catch that the priest is contesting gay marriage during the wedding of two people of opposite sexes. I found that to be extremely distasteful and unneeded. A wedding isn’t the time to press your own religious or political ideas. People have different experiences, but honestly, this is supposed to be the happiest day of someone’s life, and you’re going on about something completely unrelated?

I don’t suppose I have found the place I belong to yet, but in time, I know that it’s the people that make a place what is it, and if different people come along, I will consider sitting for mass and not taking communion. Until my ideas align with a large group, which probably won’t happen, I have resolved to be content with my own spirituality. I am also trying to be open to attending church holidays with my family.

Many people my age are coming to terms with “religion” and describe that they don’t feel that they belong to religious institutions because they can’t compromise on the things they believe.”Typical” people with typical gender identities and sexual orientations might still be typical, but they are meeting others who are not, and they are met with science and research and are open to learning things because there is a constant flood of information in the world. Accepting diversity opens our world up, and perhaps selfishly, we decide that we don’t want to go to a place that doesn’t align with every single one of our views.

Do you think we’re selfish in being “spiritual” instead of religious? Or do you think this is a movement of acceptance, tolerance, and peace that is here to stay?