PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: “Love Sucks Anthology”

Hello, everyone! I am sorry for my radio silence on WP, but I have been hard at work on my upcoming debut novel, Stake-Out (coming May 19th from Vamptasy Publishing for those of you who might not already know).

But I have a second announcement!

My short vampire story, “Undead Ever After” is going to be a part of the Love Sucks Anthology, which will be published on June 13th from Crushing Hearts And Black Butterfly Publishing (the owners of Vamptasy). I am very excited to share all of my work with you! Thanks to everyone who follows me, who reads my tweets, likes my Facebook posts and generally supports me! Looking forward to sharing these and many more vampiric stories with you in the future! (The image attached is a promo photo you can use to help promote Love Sucks, not the actual cover, as that has not been revealed yet!)

xoxo LL

PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: “Love Sucks Anthology”

TEASER PHOTO: Angelica Cross from “Stake-Out” (releasing 5/19/15)

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TEASER photo for Stake-Out, which will be released on May 19th, 2015 by the wonderful people at Vamptasy Publishing! Please share this and help me spread the word about my debut vampire novel! I know it’s far in advance, but you can never promote too early or too vigorously!

Stake-Out is the first book in the Paranormal Detectives Series.

This photo depicts my heroine, Angelica Cross, the lead agent from the FBI’s top-secret Paranormal Investigative Division tracking rogue vampire Vincent, who is on a killing spree in Chicago.

Original photo credit: patrisyu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net (edits by yours truly)

TEASER PHOTO: Angelica Cross from “Stake-Out” (releasing 5/19/15)

Meet the Writer: Lily Luchesi – Author of Stakeout, coming to your shelves in May 2015

Lily Luchesi:

Thank you for featuring me on your blog today, Ms. Treharne! :-)

Originally posted on Tea Talks: Home of Helen Treharne, Writer and Reviewer:

Today, I’ve been lucky enough to be given a break from writing to host up and coming novelist Lily Luchesi. Today, she guest blogs about her debut supernatural novel, Stake-Out, and her writing process…….

I’ve been a lifelong lover of vampires. My mother often recalls that, when I was two years old, I’d sit in front of the TV, entranced, at the vampire episode of Scooby-Doo. When I was seven, I picked vampire bats to write a report on in science class.

So, it makes sense that my debut novel is about vampires, too.

It’s called Stake-Out, and it’s the first book in the Paranormal Detectives Series. It will be released on May 19th, 2015 by the wonderful people at Vamptasy Publishing, and here is a little insight about my characters, the story and why I wrote it.

Danny Mancini is a venerable detective with the…

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Meet the Writer: Lily Luchesi – Author of Stakeout, coming to your shelves in May 2015

BLOG HOP: Seven Facts About Me (Lily Luchesi)

(NOTE: This is an ORIGINAL BLOG HOP, not a BLOG TOUR. This is an entirely ORIGINAL post, not shared/third party material.)

“This blog hop is designed to show our readers a more personal side. We list seven interesting facts to help cast light onto that tough writer’s persona we all like to project.”

Rules: You post 7 (seven) facts about yourself and then links to 15 (fifteen) blogs (or as many as you can!) that you rate and recommend.
See  Laurie Starkey’s blog for more info.
If your blog is tagged/recommended you don’t have to participate but it would be great if you do. The  more the merrier!
Thanks to Helen Treharne for inviting me to join!

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:

1. I finished my first novel at the age of fourteen and still have plans on getting the revised version published one day. It’s about a nineteen year old girl who’s next door neighbor turns out to be a vampire under a malevolent spell to kill her and rule the world. Yes, I love vampires!

2. I love to write to music. Usually I try to go for silence when working, but one day I put on a fast-paced CD called Smash The Control Machine by Otep and, before I knew it, I was writing sometimes as fast as she was singing/screaming/rapping. I put away a record of ten thousand words that night. I’ve never hit that high again!
I also get inspired by music in general. Sometimes its lyrics, but a lot of the time it’s the emotion in the singer’s voice that hits me. I wrote a make-up scene in an as-yet-unpublished romance novel based solely on the fact that the tone of a singer’s voice made me regretful and want to cry.

3. I love two things that surprise people: crime dramas and sports. Danny, the main character in my upcoming novel Stake-Out, was inspired by Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: SVU and Oscar Vega on Motive. My mom and I will sit down together abd watch NCIS marathons all the time.
I play almost every sport. I love to watch hockey and baseball (go Blackhawks and Cubs!) and there was a time when I toyed with becoming a professional soccer player. I also love to watch the WWE (I do consider pro wrestling a sport, though I know some don’t). An aside: my favorite wrestler is Dean Ambrose.

4. My favorite author is Stephen King. Sixty-eight books and counting and his talent hasn’t waned, in my opinion. He’s managed to give me goosebumps, nightmares, and made me care about people that aren’t even real. I aspire not just to frighten like him, but to create characters who are as real to the readers as his are.

5. When writing, I’ve been known to ignore everyone around me. I specifically remember a moment a few months ago when I was deep in the zone and, apparently, held an entire conversation with my mother without even remembering what was said!
There are times I’ll ignore all social media for weeks and have people asking me if I’m okay haha.
For me, writing is everything. It’s what I can do. It’s my only skill (along with reading, editing and watching TV, that is) and if I couldn’t write there’s a chance I’ll lose my mind.

6. A more personal thing about me that actually does have a little to do with my writing: I’m a chronic sufferer of depression, two types of anxiety, insomnia and PTSD. I was officially diagnosed at seventeen after being inside of a burnng room (my room; the house was on fire). I’ve wanted to die so many times, but I’m here. I’m here because I refuse to give up. If I do anything in my career, I hope I inspire others to keep pushing through whatever issues they have.
We are never given anything we can’t handle.

7. I’m an anime and paranormal lover! I watch Studio Ghibli films all the time, use a Dragon Ball Z purse, and have a tattoo for the TV show Supernatural (which was also made into an anime).
I’ve been obsessed with anime and ghosts my entire life (and have had quite a few paranormal experiences). My first novel (out May 19th, 2015 from Vamptasy Publishing) is paranormal crime, and I believe most of my work well center around the unusual. It’s just who I am.

GREAT BLOGS (also include the two I posted above):

Kelly Smith Reviews

A Life Among The Pages (Robert Zimmerman)

Books Make Me Happy (Jennifer Morris)

Desires In The Dark (Sheila Hall)

Vanessa Finaughty

Stephen Kozeniewski

Lisa Kessler

The Bogfather

BLOG HOP: Seven Facts About Me (Lily Luchesi)

PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: “Wishful Thinking”

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Hello, readers! I am so very excited to be announcing the official publication of the anthology Wishful Thinking from Fireside Press, the first in the Wishes series of books.

In Wishful Thinking, you will find my horror/sci-fi short story, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”, about a young man who wishes people would just be kind. He gets his wish, but it all quickly goes horribly wrong…

I was inspired to write this story because of two things: one, the state of this absolutely crazy world we live in and two, a quote I heard a few years ago, about wanting kindness to be a normal thing instead of a rarity. This is my favorite story I’ve written to date and I am so glad that Fireside Press picked it up!

Below you will find the Amazon link (the book is only $0.99!). Please purchase it and leave a review, helping the indie writer community that came together to make this book possible. Most of all, ENJOY!

I grew up surrounded by books, and to know that my story is out there, in a book, for people to enjoy at the leisure, it amazes me. I am so grateful and thankful to God and to everyone who believed in me and encouraged me through this journey. My mom, for one, has always been just the best. She;s the reason I keep pushing onwards. But I have so many friends who keep me going by being supportive. You all know who you are.

Enjoy everyone! xoxo LL

You can purchase Wishful Thinking by clicking HERE!

PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT: “Wishful Thinking”

Burden (a poem)

Take that little piece

It’s okay

Take it

Take it far away from me

Keep it

Burn it

Throw it away

I don’t care

Just take it with you

I don’t want it anymore

It’s such a burden

Such a heavy thing to carry around

You know?

Like an albatross around my neck

A ball and chain

That thing I never noticed

Suddenly became everything to me

Such a noticeable thing I can’t go a day without thinking of

There is always a reminder

Here, there

Every-fucking-where

I can’t get away

So take it

Let your pets eat it

Stomp it under your Converse shoes

Damnit, I don’t care

Just don’t let me keep it

Make me one promise once you have it

Whatever you do with it

Don’t take it for granted

It’s such a burden to have

A heart in love

Burden (a poem)

A Century (a poem)

I thought I was mistaken

Never thought I’d see you again

I watched you die

Slowly, your mortal body

Wilted before my undying eyes

I walked away

Didn’t have the courage to change you

Didn’t have a heart to watch your smile

The light in your eyes

Fade away

When you left you took

A little piece of me

Away with you to Heaven

You promised me you’d see me again

Baby, I just wonder when?

Because immortality is no fun

If I can’t spend it with you

And now you’re here

Back again

But you’re not the same

You don’t know me anymore

A familiar face, the same place

But a different heart inside

A century went by

I barely noticed

Missing you

And now I miss you more

You’re here but you’re not the man I knew

Your heart is hardened

And I don’t know what to do

Can I make your mortal heart open up?

Can you make my immortal soul love again?

A Century (a poem)