Calling all Fantasy fans! I have the lovely Shayne Leighton here today to talk to us about her upcoming book, Of Light and Darkness, along with a chance to win! First, let’s see what this book is all about:
Shayne Leighton's stunning NA debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered contemporary fantasy where Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus meets Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles in a story about a girl caught between two societies . . . two sides . . . and two loves.
Raised by a Vampire in a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.
Charlotte knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches draw spells of enchantment, Shifters throw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin.
As genocide and war threatens her life and her home, Charlotte will not allow her one true love to be destroyed. Fighting for her adopted coven of rogue monsters, she will do whatever it takes to save them...and she'll do it before the sun comes up and light takes over forever!
Guest post by Shayne Leighton
The Stunning New Fairy Tale You Probably Never Heard Of…
I’m a published author. By Amazon standards, I’m even considered a bestselling author. But recently, after re-reading my debut novel, I decided something was missing. After five years of working with a small press, publishing three full-length novels and one novella, I was still left feeling like I owed my characters something more. I’d poured my blood, sweat, and tears into a story that was simply sitting on a virtual shelf…collecting dust. The fantastical world I’d spend so much time living in deserved my attention…again.
Of Light and Darkness has been hailed by Diane Alberts (USA Today Bestselling Author) as “imaginative” and “sure to leave you thirsting for more!” My editor, Kerry Adrienne, even told me, as she read my book, that she pictured the story as an intricately costumed ballet.
The story is something I’m so proud of, and so I’m sure it confused my small (but very dedicated) readership when I’d decided to rip the first edition off the (dusty, virtual) shelf, with the endeavor to revamp my vampires!
The choice to (re)self-publish my once traditionally-published book was confusing and difficult in the beginning, but after getting my hands dirty with redoing the cover, reformatting, and building more upon the characters and scenes I already love so much, I found the process cathartic and gratifying. I finally sculpted my story into the thing I always wanted it to be…magical! And I’m so excited to extend it to readers who’ve never heard about it to begin with.
Of Light and Darkness is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo now and will also be available in paperback and audio book, too! (Not gonna lie…mostly excited about the audio book!)
At the end of the day, I really hope readers become as invested (or…reinvested, if you’ve already read it) in this story as I am. My goal is to submerge you into a magical world you can fall in love with the same way you fell in love with Hogwarts and Narnia, though I am VERY aware that those are some pretty big shoes to fill!
If you want a sneak peak at the NEW Of Light and Darkness, the first three chapters (titled Autumn: An Introduction) are available as a permafree title on Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, and wherever eBooks are sold. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018MTAJSS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
I am also working exclusively with Xpresso Reads to offer a giveaway of a signed ARC copy! Can’t wait to see who wins!
Thank you…I hope Of Light and Darkness casts a spell…
About the Author
LEIGHTON is a national recording artist signed to SPECTRA MUSIC GROUP, as well as an accomplished actress and the bestselling fantasy novelist of the Of Light and Darkness Series. Over the course of her career, LEIGHTON has amassed a community of highly dedicated fans and followers. Her debut album (produced at Power Station Studios) released worldwide April 7th, just two weeks before embarking on her national ‘Rock It Like A Redhead’ tour, hosted by How To Be A Redhead. Shayne will also perform live at the kickoff of the 2015 Orlando International Fashion Week! Her first single INVINCIBLE, a reboot of the Pat Benatar classic, charted at #2 on the Independent Music Channel’s Top 10 Countdown (LA), and #1 on ReverbNation (Miami)! LEIGHTON has been featured in print in LaPalme Magazine, Vogue Bambini, PureGrain Audio, Vents Magazine and more! LEIGHTON is also a sitting board member of April Is For Authors in Palm Beach, which hosted James Patterson as a keynote speaker in 2014. She also speaks to students at various high schools around the country about creative writing, and her career in the arts. Her anti-bullying music collaborative, REMEMBER, has been submitted to the 2015 Grammy Awards. LEIGHTON and her husband, actor and model Frantisek Mach, travel to the Czech Republic every year to visit family. Her time in Czech inspires her fantasy novels.
Thanks to Shayne, I have a SIGNED ARC of Of Light and Darkness to a lucky winner! Open to US and Canada.