Cover Reveal & Giveaway for The Vampire’s Hourglass

Today we’re excited to reveal the cover of the newest book in the Of Light and Darkness series by bestselling author Shayne Leighton.  The Vampire’s Hourglass is schedule to be published by Decadent publishing the end of this year or beginning of next.

Book Description:

After narrowly surviving a near-death experience in an effort to save Valek from yet another showdown with Aiden, Charlotte awakens inside the forsaken, crumbling walls of the Regime Palace. Though she finds herself surrounded by her closest friends, she is conflicted over her feelings of the sudden absence of her Vampire guardian from her life.

With Nikolai there to console her, Charlotte cannot shake the undeniable chemistry she feels for this familiar stranger. But they are running out of time. Charlotte’s peculiar ailment will return and Sarah, the witch, will sacrifice her youth and beauty in order to save her best friend, unless they find the secret, Dark City.

Charlotte, Nikolai, Sarah, and several other favored characters travel down to the underbellies of Prague to find Valek. But what they end up discovering are the dark and nasty secrets the elder Vampires have been hiding for centuries. Charlotte must overcome her mortal limitations to win back the heart of the one she truly loves and escape the gates of Abelim with her throat intact in this enthralling, highly-anticipated third installment of the Of Light and Darkness Series.

Exclusive Excerpt:

           “Does it hurt? You know…when I’m around?”  
       He was talking about the scar that still thrived at the side of her throat. The
one that appeared there after Valek left his first, initial bite months ago in
Francis’ home. The one that had ailed her since and nearly killed her until she
unwittingly saved herself by stabbing a hole in her own chest. Not her empty,
openly bleeding heart and her feeling of abandonment and being alone, but a
literal hole that she created herself some snowy weeks ago when she attempted
to end it all to prove herself as something more than just an expendable mortal
in this game of light and darkness. She wanted to finally be recognized as a
hero, nearly having killed herself for the sake of saving her friends from
Aiden. Knowing the tainted taste of the blood from her ruptured heart would
drive him away.
            But what did she have to prove for it now? Another giant scar. And more than that,
her nightmare came true. Valek was nowhere to be found, no matter how hard she
looked. After everything he did, and everything that had happened because of
his carelessness, she wasn’t sure how badly she wanted to find him. That
thought made her heart constrict. But then again, Aiden had disappeared as
well. At least there was that. 

       “Not really. Not as much as the emotional
pain underneath it,” she finally answered Nikolai’s question honestly. “The
heartbreak hurts worse than the scar ever could.”

About the Author:

In Shayne’s first year out of high school she penned, co-directed, and
starred in the feature film ‘The Incubus’, a paranormal romance, which
obtained distribution and screened in over fifteen theaters across South
Florida among major theater chains such as Regal, AMC, and Cinemark.
‘The Incubus’ has also obtained a passionate fanbase of over 100,000
girls online and has garnered the attention of reporters from the Miami
Herald, CBS News, and NPR Radio. Leighton also starred alongside Scream
Queen, Tara Cardinal, in the film ‘Legend of the Red Reaper’ which made
its world debut at the 2012 AFM in Los Angeles. Twenty-Two-year-old
Leighton is excited to release her debut young adult novel series, ‘Of
Light and Darkness’, set in contemporary Prague, as well as developing
the film adaptation of the novel series. Recently released songs can now
be heard on with a full-length album in the works.
Leighton is currently named #35 on the pop charts in Miami, FL. Named
#26 in Boca Magazine’s “Top 100 ‘It’ People” for 2011. Shayne Leighton
lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with her husband and key inspiration, Frank
and travels back and forth to the Czech Republic often. Find out more
about Shayne at:

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Book Blitz & Author Interview for Now or Never


Now or Never by A.J. Bennett

Now or Never

Publication date: June 19th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Book Description

Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work.

Read an Excerpt

Grayson’s stomach flipped when the dark-haired man pulled up a stool beside her. She had no idea what her sister had said to the blond, who in turn had brought this sexy stranger to her side. Thankfully, the bar was dimly lit so he couldn’t see how red her face was.

He leaned towards her resting his forearms on the table holding her gaze steadily. “What’s your name?”

Grayson froze, she didn’t want to give her real name. She looked around for inspiration, and then glanced down at the amber and carnelian bracelet around her wrist. “Amber.”

“Amber.” He rolled the word around as if he was tasting it. “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Todd.”

Grayson raised the glass to her lips finishing her drink, and then pushed it to the side to pick up the next. She wasn’t sure why she’d lied about her name, but it was too late now anyway. Maybe if she pretended like she was someone else, she could actually go through with the madness?

Interview with A.J. Bennett

Now or Never is your debut novel how long did it take to write?

I worked on Now or Never for several months. It was a slow process. I’ve been intrigued by the New Adult genre. I love that sex is not taboo in the genre. And the age bracket is  great. The college years are about finding yourself and experiencing life without the boundaries of your parents.

What are you currently working on?

I’m almost finished with my second novel. It’s going to be called Unintentional Virgin. It’s been fun to write and can’t wait to release it. After that I’m going to start on a book about Luna the twin sister in Now or Never. Because I’ve had so many request to find out what happens with Grayson and Derrick. I thought that would be a good way to see where they are and also learn more about the free spirt Luna.

Do you have a favorite writing snack?

Popcorn. I LOVE popcorn.

Where do you prefer to write?

I really enjoy writing in cafes. There is something relaxing about that environment. Not to mention it’s a great place to people watch.

Some authors still hand write and then type on the computer. What about you?

Goodness no. My handwriting is terrible and I probably wouldn’t be able to tell half of what I’d written. I’m all about the laptop. I love to move around while I’m writing.

How would you describe your two main characters?

Grayson is a bit lost and confused. She recently got out of a horrible relationship and has never experienced any other men so she goes a little overboard. And she does it for the wrong reasons. She is really drawn to Derrick but not ready to believe he could possible be the one for her.

Derrick is hard to figure out. He had been hurt in the past. The only woman he ever loved cheated on him with a friend  of his. So for the last few years he’s been unwilling and uninterested in settling down. When he meets Grayson he knows he’s going to fall so he keeps her at a distance.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read, go hiking and hang out with my husband.

 Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write everyday was the best piece of advice I’ve received. Even if you don’t feel like it. It’s good to get your brain in the routine.

About the Author

A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.
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