Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blogging with Windtree Press Authors this Week

The Windtree Press authors share a blog, and I'm there this week talking about the different kinds of creative endeavors people pursue and how being exposed to them makes a difference in my writing.

I hope you will stop by the Windtree Press blog and let me know what creative things you like to do or observe?

Friday, June 21, 2013

He Belongs to Me by Theresa Rizzo

Today I'm interviewing debut author, Theresa Rizzo.  I first met Theresa when I attended the Crested Butte Writer's Conference in Colorado.  Let me tell you, if you ever can only choose one conference I highly recommend this one. It is in a beautiful setting. The attendance is low which provides for a more intimate experience where you are not lost among thousands. It has great opportunities for one-on-one time with editors and agents.

Anyway, Theresa was my contact for the Sandy contest and for the conference and she is simply a delight to be around.  So, when I heard about her debut novel coming out, I absolutely wanted to feature her on my blog.  First let's learn about this wonderful book.

He Belongs to Me


. . . a tale of betrayal and deception and of a young mother's determination to recover what belongs to her. 

Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son . . . Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin.


Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised. 


Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son — custody he thought she had. 


Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?

Interview

What are your roots?

I’m Irish/Italian. Sicilian Italian to be specific. Yeah . . . we’re not quiet, calm people.

Has your own family story impacted your writing at all?

Aw now, Maggie, you’re gonna get me in trouble here.  All families have secrets, don’t you think? My parents were strong-willed people—not nearly as bad as Eric and Sarah, but they definitely had their opinions and I grew up in a family full of rules. I was engaged at 19 and married at 21 and now, I get why my parents freaked out. I remember vividly what it was like to be a young adult –and I looked younger than I was-- and I remember how adults treated me and my husband in our early 20s. It wasn’t easy.

How do you describe yourself as a writer?

Determined. I’ve been learning the craft and writing for more than a dozen years. I’m finishing my 6th book. Even though I’m a hybrid author—this book is romantic, yet it’s not classified as a romance—I’m determined to put my books out there and see if they have an audience even though they don’t necessarily fit in a neat genre.

Why did you pick this particular genre for your writing?

The genre picked me really. I write about what fascinates me, and apparently people and relationships are one thing that interests me.

Why was it important for you to write this particular novel?

Because I empathized so much with Catherine and Thomas. I read this article in the newspaper about a guy whose baby died and he was accused of shaking it to death and then was later acquitted. Even though he was exonerated . . . how’s that couple supposed to go on? What chance does that relationship have of surviving? The whole situation fascinated me, so I built a story around it.

What was hard for you in writing this novel?

I had to learn a LOT about trials and child custody laws and procedures. I suppose the real challenge was in making such damaged people sympathetic so that the reader would like them and root for them. They made some HUGE mistakes and I needed the reader to stick around long enough to understand what happened and why, and not simply judge them as pathetic losers and not want to read their story.

Are there themes that recur in your work?

Redemption seems to be a reoccurring theme for this optimist.

What are you working on now?

I’m doing one last revision on my next book, Just Destiny, that is supposed to come out in the fall, but won’t be out until early 2014. 

We unexpectedly sold our house, scrambled to find another home that’s being built and won’t be ready until the fall, so we’re moving into temporary housing for several months.

Just Destiny blurb: Jenny is a beautiful young woman whose seemingly perfect marriage to Gabe is shattered by a tragic accident that leaves her husband brain dead. Devastated at the sudden loss, she decides to preserve the best of their love by harvesting Gabe’s sperm for later insemination. 


But her husband’s powerful, grieving uncle, the man who raised him, thinks of Jenny as a gold digger and is willing to risk exposing long-held family secrets in court to stop her.

The prospect of a grueling trial tests Jenny’s resolve, until an unexpected ally comes to her aid giving her the opportunity to win and the possibility of a second chance at happiness. 

What would you like to write in the future?

Whatever moves me. I’ve finished a rough draft of a suspense and then I’ve got a few other ideas percolating.

What three books did you read in 2012 that you loved and would recommend to others as excellent? 

Kaki Warner’s Heartbreak Creek series. I loved the Hunger Game series by Suzanne Collins—though book three didn’t bowl me over the way the other books did.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this interview. Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers of this blog?

If you read He Belongsto Me , please write a review on Amazon, contact me on Facebook or through my lovely website and let me know what you thought of it.  I’m always eager to see how my book was received and because of the early reviewers comments that they wished I’d written an epilogue . . . that’s on my to-do list after I polish up Just Destiny. 

I’ll write an epilogue to He Belongs to Me and post it on my website.
Happy reading!

My Review 

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect of this book. I always have a little trepedation when reading a book by a debut author.  As anyone who follows my reviews, you know I'm pretty darn picky. Anyone who knows me, knows I love good issues, building and trusting relationships, and definitely forgiveness of all kinds. However, writing that kind of book is VERY difficult and I often find myself disappointed.  Not so in this case.

In HE BELONGS TO ME I found issues, relationships, tragedy and triumph in spades, and none of it was won easily--none of it was tied up in a neat little bow.  I was sucked in during the first chapter watching the setup play out between Catherine, her son Drew, and her parents.  I was crying by the time the chapter was over. Then the involvement of her estranged husband, Thomas, and watching the ups and downs of that relationship kept me turning the pages and hoping against hope that these two young people would find a way to survive their past and move forward.

Adept strokes with characterization, description, a little humor at just the right times all conspired to make me fall in love with this book.  By a third of the way through, nothing could stop me from continuing to read.  This is not a light-hearted book, but it is a book with amazing heart.  Ms. Rizzo slowly tears away the skin of masks, self-deception, and guilt as she takes the reader layer by layer into the families of Catherine, Thomas, and their own tragic beginning with marriage at a very young age.  It is indeed a tearing of skin as each person faces up to his or her past and has to try again and again to find a way to move forward in spite of it.

This book is not a romance in the traditional sense, but the romance between Catherine and Thomas is one for the ages.  Not an easy romance, but one that is so hard fought and so realistic that you truly believe they will make it for the rest of their lives. Even the dysfunctional romance of Catherine's parents is one to carefully evaluate and understand. Though I hated so many of the parents' choices,  I still found myself rooting for them to recover from their own mistakes, to forgive themselves so they could move forward.

Much of the latter part of this book revolves around Catherine's court case to regain custody of her son.  It is through that venue that the author chooses to reveal all of the family relationships and their myriads of interconnections, pain and tragedy--but also to provide healing.  Just as in therapy one needs a third party to help see the truth, sometimes in dysfunctional families it is the court that provides that third party and allows the truth to come out. Unfortunately, learning the truth in court is one of the most difficult ways for a family to recover--many never do.

I heartily recommend HE BELONGS TO ME anyone who has the heart to cheer for three families, in all their brokenness and tragedy, to survive their pasts and somehow find a future together.  As a psychological character study and a romance that becomes stronger, because of survival and forgiveness, this book is a triumph.  A Very Strong 5 Stars!!!





About The Author


Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she currently lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.

Find Theresa On the Web:  Website |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | Goodreads


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Being Part of a Writing Community

I am a member of two primary writing communities, RWA and the Authors Guild.  I've also been a member of my local RWA Chapter, the Rose City Romance Writers for going on ten years.  I very much believe in writer's communities whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro.

I joined Savvy Authors in September 2012.  I must admit, I haven't been very involved with the site due to too little time and too many books to write. However, I do subscribe to their feed and often take a few moments to read an interesting article or learn more about the changes in publishing. Savvy Authors is dedicated to helping writers and I jumped at the chance to be a small part of their blog tour to help people learn more about their new and improved site.  Today I'm hosting Elizabeth W. Gibson in a guest post about her experience with Savvy Authors.

Unlikely Bedfellows


You’ve seen it before.  If not in your own home, on Facebook or Pinterest, the fearless kitten snuggling with the big family dog.  You see it and suddenly you’re in an oversized terry robe you’ve borrowed, along with rabbit slippers, (yup, the ones with the big floppy ears) and you’re holding a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on top.  Plus there’s a smile or maybe a chuckle, whichever, you’re feeling all’s well with the world.  
Okay, perhaps I’m projecting here.  But, the warm and cozies I get with this image of pure heaven is how I feel about online writing communities.   They bring writers with diverse backgrounds, varying levels of experience and a trainload of different genres to bed down together.  Figuratively speaking of course.  Although, romance and erotica writers can get pretty frisky, but it’s all on paper.  But, it doesn’t matter what you write, if you’re published or unpublished the door is open 24/7.
I joined Savvy Authors, around November, 2010 and I’ve spent most of my free time hanging out on the site.  I met my crit buddies in a workshop and we have met online in the chat room every night for the last two and half years.  We sprint, critique, make fun of each other, talk about books, the business of writing or simply support each other to keep going.  In our little group, which we call, Critters, Clubs and Corsets we have different styles of writing and write in different genres.  Nonetheless, we still managed to help each other grow.  In the group, one writer now has a contract with Entangled Publishing and another recently went to a conference and had agents pushing their business cards on her after reading her first page.  As for me, I’ve had an editor ask for a full manuscript.  
Now would any of this have happened without the writing community or the critique group.  Probably.  We’re a determined group, but I believe the environment that Savvy fosters, writers helping writers was a key to our continued growth.  
Another group within Savvy Authors I’m honored to be a part of is the Fantasy Forge.  I’ve been with this group almost as long as the other one.  We formed our own blog for the diverse genres we write in called Speculative Salon.  I considered these women my dear friends too.  
I’ve also been a volunteer moderator at Savvy Authors for two years plus.  For me, it’s a way of giving back the wonderful experiences I have had within their cyber space walls.  Savvy Authors has also giving me the opportunity to co-write a monthly feature interviewing different professionals that might pique the interest of a writer as a profession for their characters.
I suppose, I’m biased regarding Savvy Authors because they continue to give me the warm and cozies.  But let me list the benefits for you:
         1. Learning in workshops with professional writers
         2. Opportunities – pitching for agents and editors
         3. Friendships
         4. Networking

I could go on but I think you get the idea.  Whether it’s Savvy Authors or another online writing community, it’s a place where you can gain your confidence as a writer.  I could sing the little ditty in the Army’s recruiting commercial, but I won’t.  
Do you belong to an online writing community?  If you do, share with me your experiences.
Till next time,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth W. Gibson writes YA Fantasy with romantic elements.  She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, Savvy Authors and YALitChat.  At Savvy, she is a moderator and co-writer of a monthly blog featuring industry professionals.  Over at YALitChat, she is the staff coordinator for Agent Insider.  Elizabeth is also an artist and studied in Paris for four years.  
  
Contact Elizabeth on the Web:
Website | Speculative Salon Blog


Join the Savvy Authors admin and volunteers as we tour the blogosphere in anticipation of the launch of our improved and updated website. We are excited to share our love of Savvy, and all writing communities, with each of you during the summer months. Below is a list of stops we’ll be making – please feel free to stop by and say hello! (and definitely check out the new look of our site)

June 10th – Ella Gray on The Speculative Salon
June 12th - Elizabeth Gibson on Maggie Faire and on Maggie's Meanderings (You are Here!)
 June 19th – SharonPickrel on Pen of the Dreamer
June 21st – Riley Darkeson Writing Secrets of Seven Scribes
June 25thLeslie Dow on A Writer’s Musings 

The Importance of Being Part of a Writing Community

I am a member of two primary writing communities, RWA and the Authors Guild.  I've also been a member of my local RWA Chapter, the Rose City Romance Writers for going on ten years.  I very much believe in writer's communities whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro.

I joined Savvy Authors in September 2012.  I must admit, I haven't been very involved with the site due to too little time and too many books to write. However, I do subscribe to their feed and often take a few moments to read an interesting article or learn more about the changes in publishing. Savvy Authors is dedicated to helping writers and I jumped at the chance to be a small part of their blog tour to help people learn more about their new and improved site.  Today I'm hosting Elizabeth W. Gibson in a guest post about her experience with Savvy Authors.

Unlikely Bedfellows


You’ve seen it before.  If not in your own home, on Facebook or Pinterest, the fearless kitten snuggling with the big family dog.  You see it and suddenly you’re in an oversized terry robe you’ve borrowed, along with rabbit slippers, (yup, the ones with the big floppy ears) and you’re holding a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on top.  Plus there’s a smile or maybe a chuckle, whichever, you’re feeling all’s well with the world.  

Okay, perhaps I’m projecting here.  But, the warm and cozies I get with this image of pure heaven is how I feel about online writing communities.   They bring writers with diverse backgrounds, varying levels of experience and a trainload of different genres to bed down together.  Figuratively speaking of course.  Although, romance and erotica writers can get pretty frisky, but it’s all on paper.  But, it doesn’t matter what you write, if you’re published or unpublished the door is open 24/7.

I joined Savvy Authors, around November, 2010 and I’ve spent most of my free time hanging out on the site.  I met my crit buddies in a workshop and we have met online in the chat room every night for the last two and half years.  We sprint, critique, make fun of each other, talk about books, the business of writing or simply support each other to keep going.  In our little group, which we call, Critters, Clubs and Corsets we have different styles of writing and write in different genres.  Nonetheless, we still managed to help each other grow.  In the group, one writer now has a contract with Entangled Publishing and another recently went to a conference and had agents pushing their business cards on her after reading her first page.  As for me, I’ve had an editor ask for a full manuscript.  

Now would any of this have happened without the writing community or the critique group.  Probably.  We’re a determined group, but I believe the environment that Savvy fosters, writers helping writers was a key to our continued growth.  

Another group within Savvy Authors I’m honored to be a part of is the Fantasy Forge.  I’ve been with this group almost as long as the other one.  We formed our own blog for the diverse genres we write in called Speculative Salon.  I considered these women my dear friends too.  

I’ve also been a volunteer moderator at Savvy Authors for two years plus.  For me, it’s a way of giving back the wonderful experiences I have had within their cyber space walls.  Savvy Authors has also givin me the opportunity to co-write a monthly feature interviewing different professionals that might pique the interest of a writer as a profession for their characters.

I suppose, I’m biased regarding Savvy Authors because they continue to give me the warm and cozies.  But let me list the benefits for you:
         1. Learning in workshops with professional writers
         2. Opportunities – pitching for agents and editors
         3. Friendships
         4. Networking

I could go on but I think you get the idea.  Whether it’s Savvy Authors or another online writing community, it’s a place where you can gain your confidence as a writer.  I could sing the little ditty in the Army’s recruiting commercial, but I won’t.  
Do you belong to an online writing community?  If you do, share with me your experiences.
Till next time,
Elizabeth

Elizabeth W. Gibson writes YA Fantasy with romantic elements.  She is a member of SCBWI, RWA, Savvy Authors and YALitChat.  At Savvy, she is a moderator and co-writer of a monthly blog featuring industry professionals.  Over at YALitChat, she is the staff coordinator for Agent Insider.  Elizabeth is also an artist and studied in Paris for four years.  
  
Contact Elizabeth on the Web:
Website | Speculative Salon Blog

Join the Savvy Authors admin and volunteers as we tour the blogosphere in anticipation of the launch of our improved and updated website. We are excited to share our love of Savvy, and all writing communities, with each of you during the summer months. Below is a list of stops we’ll be making – please feel free to stop by and say hello! (and definitely check out the new look of our site)

June 10th – Ella Gray on The Speculative Salon
June 12th - Elizabeth Gibson on Maggie Faire and Maggie's Meanderings (You are Here!)
 June 19th – SharonPickrel on Pen of the Dreamer
June 21st – Riley Darkeson Writing Secrets of Seven Scribes
June 25thLeslie Dow on A Writer’s Musings 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dark Musicals Trilogy - Phantom and Demon, Books 1 and 2 by Laura DeLuca

Who doesn' t like Phantom of the Opera?  I know when I saw the play on Broadway I was mesmerized, then memorized most of the music.  Now comes a thriller trilogy of stories inspired by musicals of that type. The first two books in the trilogy involve young actors putting on the musical and running into mysterious problems. First is Phantom of the Opera, and the second is The Demon Barber of Seville. I'm dying to know what the third book will be titled. Are you? In this Book Blast, Laura DeLuca is featuring the first two books in that trilogy in a Book Blast today.

I have to say they definitely intrigue me and I will be adding them to my TBR pile.


PHANTOM

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


Buy Links: Amazon * Smashwords * Barnes & Noble

 

DEMON

When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.


Excerpt from Demon


“What the hell are you looking at?” Livy demanded.

At first Rebecca just ignored her hostility. She walked back to her cubbyhole and opened it to stowaway her bags until practice was over. She was going to forget the whole stupid idea and just walk away. But Livy was still standing there, leaning against the lockers, looking just as sad as she did angry. Rebecca couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She was reminded of how horribly everyone had treated Justyn during the production of Phantom and thought perhaps Livy was just as misunderstood.

“Livy,” she started, “can we talk for a minute?”

The Goth just gave her a dirty look. “I don’t know what we could possibly have to say to each other.”

“I just wanted to apologize about what happened at the party,” Rebecca spoke with as much sincerity as she could muster. “No matter how we feel about each other, I never meant to … to embarrass you the way I did.”

Rebecca had never seen the cliché of flashing eyes come to life like it did at that moment. “Don’t you dare!” Livy spat. “Don’t you dare pity me!”

“That’s not what I meant,” Rebecca tried to explain, though she knew she was fighting a losing battle. “I just regret—”

“Do you want to know what I regret?” Livy interrupted and actually shoved Rebecca against her locker. “I regret not ripping every strand of hair out of that pretty little head of yours when I had the chance. This isn’t high school, Becca! We aren’t going to be friends. And I’m not going to stop until Justyn is mine and you run back to New Jersey with your tail between your legs. Is that clear enough for you, deary? Don’t try to make nice with me again.”

Livy stomped away, and Rebecca just stood there, feeling shocked and a little stung. She couldn’t believe how vicious Livy could be. So much for olive branches. Instead of trying to hand her one, Rebecca should have shoved it straight up her….

“Wow.” Frankie came up beside her, shaking his head. “It’s girls like that who give PMS a bad rep. I seriously think the next play she should star in is the Taming of the Shrew.”

“There’s no taming that one,” Rebecca replied, still shaking her head.

Buy Links: Amazon Smashwords * Barnes & Noble



If you haven't read the first book in the series, now is a great time to get your copy. To celebrate the release of Demon, Phantom is now on sale for only $1.99 exclusively on Amazon!


About the Author

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon. She also has short stories featured in two anthologies called HerStory and A Celtic Tapestry.

Catch Laura on the Web:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Pinterest


* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

Laura will be awarding to a US Only Winner: a signed copy of Phantom with original cover, crystal geode, rough crystal point, stone pendant, sterling silver pentacle pendant, mini Buddha figurine, smudge stick with abalone shell, 2 Gothic style key chains, incense set with leaf holder and lavender purification bath salts to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow The Rest of the Tour Today!

Be sure to check in as many places as possible to increase your chance of winning the prize.  Here are all of the stops happening today!



1:  My Love For Films And Novels
2:  All in One Place
3:  Fantasy Powered by Love
4:  Welcome to My World of Dreams
5:  It's Raining Books
6:  Books in the Hall
7:  Straight from the Library
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10:  Lindsay's Scribblings
11:  Rookie Romance
12:  Love, Laughter, Friendship
13:  Author Jinni James
14:  Woody's Favorite Books
15:  Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog
16:  Bunny's Review
17:  Farm Girl Books
18:  Maggie Faire
19:  Maggie's Meanderings
20:  Beckstar Reviews
21:  Nickie's Views and Interviews
22:  Margay Leah Justice
23:  Sandra's Blog
24:  Out of the Lockbox
25:  Frankie Blooding's Bookshelf
26:  Hope Dreams. Life... Love
27:  Reading In Twilight
28:  Andi's Young Adult Books
29:  Imagine a World
30:  Jacqueline's Reads
31:  Andi's Book Reviews
32:  Charity Kountz
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34:  Queen of All She Reads
35:  Pen and Muse
36:  Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog
37:  The Write to Read

Dark Musicals Trilogy Books 1 and 2 by Laura DeLuca

Who doesn' t like Phantom of the Opera?  I know when I saw the play on Broadway I was mesmerized, then memorized most of the music.  Now comes a thriller trilogy of stories inspired by musicals of that type. The first two books in the trilogy involve young actors putting on the musical and running into mysterious problems. First is Phantom of the Opera, and the second is The Demon Barber of Seville. I'm dying to know what the third book will be titled. Are you? In this Book Blast, Laura DeLuca is featuring the first two books in that trilogy in a Book Blast today.

I have to say they definitely intrigue me and I will be adding them to my TBR pile.



PHANTOM

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


Buy Links: Amazon * Smashwords * Barnes & Noble

 

DEMON

When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.


Excerpt from Demon


“What the hell are you looking at?” Livy demanded.

At first Rebecca just ignored her hostility. She walked back to her cubbyhole and opened it to stowaway her bags until practice was over. She was going to forget the whole stupid idea and just walk away. But Livy was still standing there, leaning against the lockers, looking just as sad as she did angry. Rebecca couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She was reminded of how horribly everyone had treated Justyn during the production of Phantom and thought perhaps Livy was just as misunderstood.

“Livy,” she started, “can we talk for a minute?”

The Goth just gave her a dirty look. “I don’t know what we could possibly have to say to each other.”

“I just wanted to apologize about what happened at the party,” Rebecca spoke with as much sincerity as she could muster. “No matter how we feel about each other, I never meant to … to embarrass you the way I did.”

Rebecca had never seen the cliché of flashing eyes come to life like it did at that moment. “Don’t you dare!” Livy spat. “Don’t you dare pity me!”

“That’s not what I meant,” Rebecca tried to explain, though she knew she was fighting a losing battle. “I just regret—”

“Do you want to know what I regret?” Livy interrupted and actually shoved Rebecca against her locker. “I regret not ripping every strand of hair out of that pretty little head of yours when I had the chance. This isn’t high school, Becca! We aren’t going to be friends. And I’m not going to stop until Justyn is mine and you run back to New Jersey with your tail between your legs. Is that clear enough for you, deary? Don’t try to make nice with me again.”

Livy stomped away, and Rebecca just stood there, feeling shocked and a little stung. She couldn’t believe how vicious Livy could be. So much for olive branches. Instead of trying to hand her one, Rebecca should have shoved it straight up her….

“Wow.” Frankie came up beside her, shaking his head. “It’s girls like that who give PMS a bad rep. I seriously think the next play she should star in is the Taming of the Shrew.”

“There’s no taming that one,” Rebecca replied, still shaking her head.

Buy Links: Amazon Smashwords * Barnes & Noble



If you haven't read the first book in the series, now is a great time to get your copy. To celebrate the release of Demon, Phantom is now on sale for only $1.99 exclusively on Amazon!





About the Author


Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon. She also has short stories featured in two anthologies called HerStory and A Celtic Tapestry.

Catch Laura on the Web:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Pinterest


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Laura will be awarding to a US Only Winner: a signed copy of Phantom with original cover, crystal geode, rough crystal point, stone pendant, sterling silver pentacle pendant, mini Buddha figurine, smudge stick with abalone shell, 2 Gothic style key chains, incense set with leaf holder and lavender purification bath salts to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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2:  All in One Place
3:  Fantasy Powered by Love
4:  Welcome to My World of Dreams
5:  It's Raining Books
6:  Books in the Hall
7:  Straight from the Library
8:  Long and Short Reviews
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10:  Lindsay's Scribblings
11:  Rookie Romance
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14:  Woody's Favorite Books
15:  Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog
16:  Bunny's Review
17:  Farm Girl Books
18:  Maggie Faire
19:  Maggie's Meanderings
20:  Beckstar Reviews
21:  Nickie's Views and Interviews
22:  Margay Leah Justice
23:  Sandra's Blog
24:  Out of the Lockbox
25:  Frankie Blooding's Bookshelf
26:  Hope Dreams. Life... Love
27:  Reading In Twilight
28:  Andi's Young Adult Books
29:  Imagine a World
30:  Jacqueline's Reads
31:  Andi's Book Reviews
32:  Charity Kountz
33:  fuonlyknew
34:  Queen of All She Reads
35:  Pen and Muse
36:  Jodie Pierce's Ink Slinger's Blog
37:  The Write to Read

Saturday, June 1, 2013

First Book Available in Ebook NOW! Print on June 8th.

Surprise! First book, Chameleon: The Awakening, is now available throughout the World in ebook for 99 cents.  That price is only good for June though. So get your copies because then it goes to the normal retail price of $4.50.

For my FB and Twitter fans in Europe you can pick it up in your own currency on Apple, Amazon, Kobo, XinXii and several other places. For My UK fans, it is at Amazon UK, WH Smith, and Barnes and Noble UK in pounds sterling.

The print book is "officially" available June 8th.  I haven't even received MY copies yet, though I understand they will be arriving any day now. :)  But I did see a few places that had it in print ready to purchase.  So, I know they are out there.

Book 2 is looking more like release June 15th or so. I'll keep you posted. 

Thanks everyone for your great support.  I'm hoping to start seeing some reviews soon. Saw my first one on Amazon today. Thanks romancehound!

Buy Links:
Windtree Press | Jan's Paperbacks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | XinXii

Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble UK | WH Smith