Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday Sale!!

We're having a Black Friday Sale (plus an extra day) for the Velesi trilogy!  Sale will start Friday morning, November 29th, through Saturday evening, November 30th!  All eBooks will be on Amazon.com for Kindle.

Click on the images to take you directly to each Amazon product page.

The Binding - FREE

The Drifting - $1.99

The Whispering - $1.99

And remember - if you're out and about fighting the mob of shoppers for those great deals, fight for them in your local stores and give your community a boost!  Think small shops with big deals.  :)

Until the next time, good reading to all!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cover Reveal - The Binding

Kelsey Kukal-Keeton with K Keeton Designs did an absolutely beautiful job on the cover for The Binding, coming in print soon.  I am completely in love with this and look forward to working with Kelsey on the covers for The Drifting and The Whispering.

When we were in the process of working out the details, I sent the cover to a few people for their opinion and insight.  I was asked why I choose to go this route instead of going with the existing eBooks covers. Here's why.

When I first started writing The Binding, Jennifer (my sister-in-arms and partner in wanna-be-gansta-like crime) and I were in a small hole-in-the-wall Chinese diner after a rather exhausting workout. It was the night I told her I was writing a book - The Binding. I was nervous, expecting her to brush it off as another one of my "yeah, I'm gonna be a ____" whatever it was I was going to be at that time.  Here's the thing...she didn't brush it off, or laugh, or even roll her eyes at me.  Instead, she asked me what the book was about.  As I sat across from her, telling her about the first chapters, she remained quiet, listened intensely, and as I grew more animated about Lily's first encounter with Tharin, her eyes grew larger with each scene.

And when I was done, she didn't say a word.  Not a "oh my God, that's awesome" or "that stinks, next...".  After a few minutes of silence, I quickly told her it was a stupid idea and had tossed the story the night before.  I told her that no one would want to read, or even like, a story of a girl and her elf prince.  And, it would be embarrassing if someone did read it (like family and friends) and laugh me into never showing my face again.  Here's what she said to me:

1. No regrets
2. Who gives a f*ck?
3. Get rid of whatever brings you down, and
4. Prove everyone wrong.

I still have the napkin I wrote that on. It was July, 2011.

We spent the next hour in that little diner talking about the book, about how it will take the world by storm, and about the cover.  When I started writing The Binding, one of the things I envisioned was what the book cover would look like.  And that night, sitting across from me, Jenn said that she could actually see the book cover - her vision was exactly the same as mine.  Dark forest green background with gold lettering.

Jenn, two years later...and look - dark forest green background with gold lettering.  Thanks for the words of encouragement and keeping me on this journey.  The Binding would have never survived if it weren't for our pigging out after our workout.

Until the next time, good reading to all!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sharing Tharin and Lily

I've been asked many times how I would describe The Binding. My usual response is “The Binding is about an ordinary girl who was saved by an elf prince. He takes her from her simple life to fulfill a contract in the realm of Velesi. The girl agrees to journey with the prince in hopes of finding her missing brother. On their way to the prince’s realm, they face many obstacles and dangers.”

I realize the injustice I have done, not only to myself as the author of The Binding, but to the story as well. The narrative is about people—two very special individuals and the people who love them. Sure, there's mortal threat, deception, intrigue and prevalent evil. There are physical battles and emotional ones of the mind and heart. There are ogres, trolls, and demons.  There are also dryads, witches, wizards and assassins, a first glimpse of the dark elves, and love unrequited. Then there is the hope of reaching heaven...a place called Eirrell. 

And, let's not forget about the cat—ah, the black stealth that will steal your heart and become a part of your world within the Velesi trilogy. 

Within this chaotic and fantastic whirlwind, stand an elf prince and his halfling princess. Each looking for someone to complete them; destine to find what they never knew they were missing. Here is the heart of our story—Tharin and Lily. The Velesi trilogy is about their first meeting, their resistance to one another despite their strong connection, and finally, their acceptance of the fact that their strength lies within their Binding. Throughout their journey, they learn what it means to truly belong. It is a story of perseverance, hope, and most of all, love.

For those who have read Tharin's and Lily's story, I ask this one humble request- please share their story with family, friends, the mailman, the lady at the grocery store, the mechanic, your dental hygienist, and anyone who loves a good read. Send it to your Facebook and Instagram friends in Brazil, Jamaica, England, Japan, Mexico and wherever to whomever you write to. Tell them about Tharin’s and Lily’s story…spread the word and share the love!

Until the next time, good reading to all.


Friday, September 27, 2013

A Grown Up Elf

Mellis Lunar???
Thank you for the response on the adult theme for the Alorn/Mellis spin-off.  I've read all the posts and emails sent, and it looks like the majority want a more adult-theme version, but without the hot and heavy panting.  I believe it's a natural progression to move into the over 18 year old category, but I don't believe that gratuitous sex scenes are necessary to tell a story or sell books.  In The Whispering, harsher curse words were used, but only by Frank and Chris Chase.  It was part of their characters.

As for our warriors, cursing is not a part of their characters, so they will remain less crude in their vocabulary.  You will never hear the words "sh*t", "f*ck" or "a**hole" come out of the mouths of the elves from Velesi.  But that's not to say supporting characters wouldn't use such language.  As for steamy scenes, I believe there's a way to create such scenes without being overly graphic to show intimacy.  But trust me, there have been many, many scenes with Lily and Tharin that I had to rewrite to maintain the integrity of their relationships (and consideration for my much younger readers).

Don't get me wrong, one of my favorite authors is Julie Garwood.  And those who are familiar with her work know the intimate scenes between her main characters are tastefully done, but leave you with heaving chest, raised temperature and eventually dropping the book so you can seek out and pounce upon your unsuspected spouse.  However, although the Lunar elves are significantly "male" material, there is a sense of integrity, danger and unspoken promises that are appealing, mysterious and fantasy invoking...and let's face it, something we sometimes crave in our own relationships.

There are other authors beside Ms. Garwood, such as Judith McNaught, Jayne Ann Krentz, Catherine Coulter and many more who are able to create intimate scenes that when read, the edges of the book disappear and we are transported into a candle lit bedroom (a room with a large bed that require a 6' ladder to climb into and lots of candles...I'm serious, lots of candles).  And, with abated breath we watch, with innocent trepidation and curiosity, the sexually animalistic stealth of our lover's measured approach through the eyes of our heroine.  Ah...adult theme, indeed.

So, can we have an adult theme for our warrior elves without compromising their integrity and the integrity of the storyline?  I believe the answer is yes.  I will make this one promise; there will be no man-whore or insta-love in the series for our heroes.  However, I do believe with Alorn there might be more rewrites than there were with Tharin and Lily. 

Until next time, good reading to all.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

City by the Bay or Sin City?

I've been working on The 7th Relic (I made a commitment and this book will get done), but in the meantime have been looking at locales for Alorn and Mellis' spin off.  I've narrowed it from six locales (Oahu, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Maine...yes, Maine), down to two: San Francisco and Las Vegas.

I lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years before moving to Las Vegas, so I know both areas very well.  It's a tough one, both would give great backgrounds for the series.

San Francisco
San Francisco has the advantage of the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other; and connected to its surrounding regions by safety pins called bridges, its most famous being the Golden Gates Bridge.  You have the coastline that can take our heroes to picturesque small towns searching for the UnderRealm escapees, bringing adventures in scenic doses.

Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the city where things happen and remain within the city walls unless of course those who want it be known what their "visits" were like bombard their doings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and whatever other social media means they can get their hands on...*whew*.  But there is so much more to the land of dry heat than just the Strip, although a majority of events ALWAYS happen on the Strip.  The outskirts of Vegas is peppered with desert towns aching to be visited by UnderRealm cruelty, just waiting for our heroes to make a unexpected pit stop.

Let me know your thoughts, here or on Facebook.  I'd like to know which you'd prefer.

Until next time, good reading to all.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Velesi Trilogy Shout Out

I want to give a special "thank you" to Tanya Watt for her shout out of the Velesi Trilogy.  It is always appreciated when bloggers show love and support for indie authors and, for that, they deserve a shout out, too.

Click on Tanya's photo (a very pretty one at that), and it will take you to her site and on the shout out page.

Again, thank you, Tanya and welcome to the Velesi family!

Until next time, good reading to all

Friday, August 23, 2013

Kabba - The UnderRealm Demon Warden

When I first created Kabba, the demon warden of the UnderRealm, I had a clear picture of what he would look like.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Kabba's background story is that he once was a warrior, a general in Kolinest's army.  When Ka banished his brother to the UnderRealm, he also sent Kabba with him.   At the time Ka was strong enough to imprison both with the help of Sema and the Ancients.  However, while Ka aged through the centuries after the Rendering, Kolinest and Kabba grew stronger in the UnderRealm feeding off their hate for Velesi's "Greatest King".

Imprisoned for millennia, Kabba lost all that he held as a warrior elf and became one of the most feared demon second only to Kolinest.  Twisted by his fate, Kabba swore he would return with his king and wipe out the entire Lunar clan starting with Ka.  Although he reveled in his position, meting out pain and suffering upon other demons, his hate beats within his chest constantly reminding him who put him there in the first place.

When Kolinest shared his vision of destroying the Velesi realm, Kabba agreed without hesitation.  But Kolinest knew the demon warden was unpredictable and volatile; so to keep Kabba on a short least, Kolinest cast a ward on the demon to keep him under his control.  The hold Kolinest had on Kabba was broken by the Unnamed Sidhe, just before he killed the demon warden.

Until next time, good reading to all.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dorlan...Alorn Who?

RPG Crossing Character - Artist:  Air EB (?)
Entered by Jesse (Great Wyrm) - 2010
There is much mystery surrounding Alorn's older brother, Dorlan, the Assassin for the Dark Elves. Is he on a mission for the late King Thilthen? Or has he truly become one with his adoptive race, the Sithide?

There  are many questions in regards to his  relationship to Kalis in The Whispering.  However, when we were first introduced to him, it was mentioned that he is married to the daughter of the queen of the Sithide. Being married to the princess of the Dark Elves has its advantages...like the queen's ear.

There is a great deal of mystery about Dorlan, and we will learn more of him when he goes to Pathen in search of his brother, the Warrior Elf.

Until next time, Good reading to all!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ziri Lunar, The Lithi

By Jackomack 2012-2013
Ziri is Tharin's and Tolan's younger half-brother. Although he has the same moral trait of the twins, his Lithi blood stood him out physically.

When we first met Ziri in The Binding, he was an element to the story that could have gone either way. I am glad he became the character he is and have embedded himself into the Velesi story and into the hearts of readers.

I like Ziri...a lot. There was a time when I played with the idea of having something between Lily and Ziri. However, as his character formed I knew that unlike Alorn, Ziri's personality and character would not have been able to stand up to Lily. As her powers grew so did she. She needed someone with Tharin's stature to teach and allow her to grow into her own, and be strong and mature enough to protect her naivete and insecurities. I didn't feel that Ziri would have been able to keep pace with her developments. However, Alorn is Tharin's twin when it comes to physical and emotional strength.

I also didn't plan on having Ziri in the story until the mountain scene in The Binding.  I wanted to have a personal (family) conflict for Tharin and when Ziri stood up from his sitting position in front of the mountain to face him, I thought...why not?

I'm so glad I did.

The above picture is a rendering by Jackomack of Tom Hardy in the movie Warrior.  I couldn't find an elf warrior rendering that fit Ziri's personality.  This is the closest I could find (unfortunately, without the ears). There's a vulnerability to Ziri that defies his physical appearance.  And it is that one character trait that made Nameth so evil.

Until next time, good reading to all!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Harlu...The Would Be King

Sent in by Ianexio M.
Artist Unknown
There is something to be said when the evil guy in the story was the easiest to create.  I loved fleshing out Harlu and all of his bad-self.  It was fun for me to write about a character who wanted nothing more than to be king...even if it meant killing off the hero, and his entire family, and marrying his own sister to rule a realm.

Being born second in the 12th House of the Velesi Clans may not have been a bad thing; that is if you weren't touched by a powerful demon "the second" you took your first breath.  Lily may not have had the best of childhoods, but at least she had people in her life that loved and protected her; Lucas, her uncle and, of course, Julia.  What did Harlu have besides foster parents that he eventually killed for no apparent reason but out of pure evil?

Like his sister, Harlu is beautiful.  Unlike his sister, he takes pleasure in the pains of others.  Yet, I've received dozens of emails for "Team Harlu."  There's something about bad boys that some girls are attracted to, but I'd be wary of this one.  He's not very nice.

Until next time, good reading to all!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Dearest Mellis...

Fenrris Pictures - Character form Age 2
By: Yue
It's no surprise that Mellis is a favorite.  He is funny, lovable, loyal, caring, a warrior in his own right and a bad-ass when he needs to be.

He is easily one to fall in love with.  I can see some lucky lady having him for a mate and laughing throughout their entire relationship.  And she would, too, as I can see Tharin's youngest cousin to be a one woman elf.

A reader from Italy sent a personal request to have a spin-off with this favorite elf of the Velesi realm.  She, along with  many others.  It seems readers are more interested to read about his and Alorn's adventures in Pathen than any other story coming from Velesi, including The Dragon Seed series.

I assure you there will be a spin-off for the two warrior elves in the near future.  I do have two other projects I need to get out first, but I will at least have a base story line for our two heroes by the end of 2013.

Until then, good reading to all!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Artist Unknown
So, I have felt the backlash in releasing The Whispering; all of it pertaining to Alorn.  There is an outcry that he should get his own story, that he deserves his own happiness (or at least his pursuit of it).  Which brings me to ask...where have you been since The Binding?  I gave subtle hints to his first admiration for Lily that blossomed to something more as the story went on.  I mean you had to know by the time you were done reading The Drifting, right?

I have received dozens of emails from readers who want to be the one to bring this warrior elf to his knees.  

*Sigh*  It's always the dark, brooding, quiet ones...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thank you...

I had mixed emotions writing this final installment to The Velesi Trilogy, a very bittersweet journey.  Although Tharin and Lily's story ends here, there are so many more from Velesi.  Some of the characters will start their own journey and tell their own stories.  There will be new characters from the Sidhe realm who will emerge and create their own adventures.  And we may even find Tharin and Lily honoring us with a cameo.  They will always be the closest to my heart.  After all, it was their story that started it all.

I want to "thank you" for all the support by purchasing the Velesi books and making it a part of your world, even for a "blink of an eye" in your lifetime.   I especially want to thank those who took the time to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  No matter the ranking, I am grateful for your time.  Without your encouragement and constructive criticism I would not have had the courage to continue writing and complete the trilogy.

Tomorrow, when The Whispering is released, I wish you joy, laughter, sorrow, anger, despair and love.  Whatever the emotion, I want you to feel as you read the final installment.  And remember, no matter where you are and what time of day you read The Whispering, we all have shared a moment in Velesi and we all have loved the same cat. 


P.S.  Don't forget to stop by tomorrow at my FB page and get a chance to win one of three $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.  The give-away will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (PST).

Until next time, good reading to all.
L. Filloon

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Binding - Italy

Great news!

The Binding-Italy version is now available on Amazon!!! Get your copy of the first book of the Velesi Trilogy in Italiano by clicking on the cover to the left.

I want to give a big thanks to Ms. Andromeda Nurelf for her hard work and effort in making the first installment of the Velesi Trilogy available in Italiano. If not for her love and support of the Velesi story, this tremendous endeavor would not be possible.

And a special thanks to all fans of the Velesi trilogy for your  love and support during Lily's and Tharin's journey.  

Thank you!

Until next time, good reading to all.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fun Interview with Alexis and Ashley

Bloggers Alexis & Ashley
I want to thank Alexis and Ashley with "With Her Nose Stuck in a Book" for a fun interview and for showcasing the upcoming Velesi final installment "The Whispering".  Stop by their blog, take a look and leave them a comment.  It is always an honor to have such great support and love from young readers like Alexis and Ashley.

Click on the gorgeous ladies photo to take you directly to their interview page.

Until next time, good reading to all!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

There have been times when I would start on a story, get really into it and then become distracted by my everyday life; I would put it away and forget about it.  There have been many times I have sat in front of this very screen, staring at it for hours before a single sentence is created.  It's a tough gig, I tell you.
Several times I wanted to quit on The Binding (Book 1 of the Velesi Trilogy), but continue to find myself sticking with it.  It was my first completed novel that I self-published in December 2011.  I was so happy and ecstatic, that I couldn't feel my feet for about an hour.  Unfortunately, once the euphoria passed, I was thrown back to the old familiar world of self-doubt and worry.  I was worried no one would even care to read what took me months to put into words.
It was tough in the beginning because I was clueless of what I needed to do to market my first novel.  I did learn a valuable lesson, and if I ever give one advice to new authors, it is this:  Get an editor.  Seriously, it will save you such headaches, heartache and keep you from going ninja on every reviewer who gave you a not so nice review.  By the way, good or bad, reviews are only opinions – don’t let it keep you from writing.  You can only improve and become a better writer, but ONLY if you stick with it and don’t let opinions not worthy of you to get under your skin.  Toughen up…life is too short not to live it your way and be happy doing it.
But, yes, it was all trial and error with the first book, and yes, people did pick up The Binding and read it (after a good thrashing from my editor - love her).  I also have just completed book 3 and looking forward to a few new projects waiting to come to life.
And with that said, I am eager to start on my next book, The 7th Relic, a YA urban fantasy and my Thomas Kane books (for middle-grade readers).  Very excited.

The 7th Relic:
The fires of Earth are dying.  The ancient Keeper of the Flame is blind and weary.  She waits for the Light to reignite the Flame of Life and heal her energy to remain as Keeper.  But the Light was kidnapped at birth and marked by the ancient Skytes.  Her memories of who she truly is are lost to her through their cruel methods.

Grace is seventeen and on the brink of graduating from high school, not that anyone would notice.  Her mother, an abusive alcoholic, who, for reasons Grace could never understand and had given up trying, hates her.  The kids from her school seem to ignore her, giving her a wide berth when she passes by.  Her teachers are either bothered by her looks and withdrawn attitude, or love her for her artistic and brilliant artwork.  But even the ones who are impressed keep their distance.  All Grace dreams of is to win the San Diego Museum Art contest and receive a full scholarship for one of the most prestigious art programs in France.  It is through this drive to win that brings her face to face with an ancient Skytes prince and the Protector standing between them, Andrew Teo.

Andrew must get Grace to the Keeper before time runs out.  But in order for her to reignite the Flame, she needs seven relics that will create the means to do it.  She and Andrew must depend on their small group of friends, allies and each other if they intend to keep Earth's fires burning.

The 7th Relic - Coming Fall 2014

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book 3 of The Velesi Trilogy: The Whispering

Introducing the final installment to The Velesi Trilogy:  The Whispering by L. Filloon
Scheduled for release on July 27, 2013 - Available through Amazon (Kindle)

Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit.  Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies.  To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together.  It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding...or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so...maybe not.

Artwork by Char Adlesperger @ http://wicked-art.wix.com/wicked-cover-desing#!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Whisper From The Past

Author/Artist Unknown
Ever find yourself sitting alone (reading of course), letting go of your reality while losing yourself in someone else's fantasy?  Sure you have.  We all have at some point in our lives.  Whether as children being read a Dr. Seuss' book or in middle school reading about young sleuths figuring out the mystery of a neighborhood cat gone missing.  Or as young adults discovering worlds beyond our circle of family and friends.  And, as adults with eclectic tastes in books that can still include those from our childhood.

I find there are still remnants of all the books I've read.  I may not remember the entire story from a book I read in middle grade, junior high or high school, but I can picture the hero in my head as I once visualized them back then.  I say back then because if I read the books today, I may not see them with a youth's eye, but with a jaded one from tons of books read since.  There are times when I find myself in a situation that seemed like deja vu, a slippery memory that I can't get a grasped on...a whisper from the past.  And it can be from either my actual past, or from a past reading.

I believe I have multiple personalities.  All of them authors from books I've read.  Driving home during traffic hour, my Stephen King comes out, plotting demises for the idiot who can't keep up with the speed limit or the dumb-ass who can't stay off my bumper trying to pass me.  If I'm with someone I barely know who goes on and on and on about something that dulls my brain, my Ken Kesey will emerge with Nurse Rached quietly waiting in the back ground to perform a lobotomy.  Quiet whispering of imaginative solutions to the everyday humdrum.

Wow...I have issues.

But not all my personalities are those of the dark and insane (and I say that while fighting the urge to give into my Cheetos craving).  There's Jane Austin, Alexander Dumas, Nathaniel Hawthorne (if you haven't read The Scarlet letter, you should...Hester breaks the rules and lives with consequences that not only make her a pariah in her community, but becomes the epitome of a woman who endures and continue to endure ostracization because of the result of an adulterous affair.  It is such a good read).  And those are just a few that come to mind, including Tad Williams, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher (so love him).  And lets not forget Dr. Seuss (I had to a school project based on one of his books in drama...aced it!)

Stories can be told in many ways; in front of a camp fire, in movies or TV series, radio, gossip at the water cooler, in any format you can think of.  For me, books are my preferred medium in seeking, finding and getting lost in a story.  I want to imagine the hero based on his description to be the one I conjured in my head during the entire book, the same for the heroine.  I want to see the monsters the way they were terrifyingly drawn with words between the pages as I would imagine them to be.  I want to see a world created in my mind's eye as I cringe with fear or explode with awe and wonder formed by strings of words that bring them to life for me.

Don't get me wrong.  To see books on film is an amazing thing, and we do want someone to bring our beloved stories to life on the screen.  But for me, from that point forward all thoughts and imagery of the story will be in the form of the director's vision, not mine.  And we're all guilty of comparing the written version to the one on  screen.  Most times we regret seeing the movie, but once in a great while...they get it right, if not better.

What of you?  Any personalities based on authors from books read in the past?  Or better yet, characters from some of your favorite books?  Oh, in that case I have so, so many...and they all whisper in my ear when I find myself in situations similar to their own.

I just wish they wouldn't do it all at the same time.  ;)

Until next time, good reading to all!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book 3 - Teaser #2

It's been a long couple of weeks.  Despite everything going on with the move and my daughter's wedding, you've all been very patient.  So, as a thank you, here's a teaser from book 3.  Enjoy!

“Sorry,” she says, giving me an apologetic smile. She does not realize it’s her touch that caused me to wince, not the wound.

She slips her fingers into my waistband and gently moves it lower to see the wound fully. Without realizing the effect her touch has on me, she continues to gently prod and touch, causing sensations that have nothing to do with the burn. When she moves her hand around my waist to my back, the coolness of her touch on my heated skin is too much. I take another breath and raise my hands to interlock them behind my head.  By doing so, it will prevent me from following my basic urges and forget about the prophecy and its Virgin Queen.

“Tharin, I think you should lie down. It will be easier for me to heal you if I’m above you,” she says as she moves aside. The innocence of her words leads my thoughts down a path I struggle to keep at bay.

I move to the bed and slowly lower myself, lying back with my head against the headboard so I can watch her work. With hooded eyes, I watch as she takes a sudden breath when she finally sees me since she entered the room. For a moment, she’s frozen, glued to the spot as her eyes roam slowly along the length of my body. I smile inwardly when I see the color rise in her face and find comfort that she’s struggling as much as I am for control. 

Lily shakes her head as if coming out of a trance and takes another breath. She moves closer to the bed, and with a slight effort, concentrates once again on the wound. She places her hands over me, but unlike Tolan when he administers his healing, Lily actually lays her hands directly on me. The physical contact causes me to hold my breath at her light, cool touch; the soothing effect is instant. I wait for the initial pain that comes with the process, but there is only the soft whispering of Lily’s healing. I close my eyes and let her energy work its way around the burn area, putting out the fire. Everything about her energy is clean and pure, and the sensation of being out in the cool breeze slips along my skin, making me feel light, almost weightless.

I open my eyes slowly and realize I’m floating a foot off the bed. Lily still has her hands on my stomach, her eyes closed and she sways in place. A gold light comes off her and I watch in amazement as it pours gently onto me. The next second I drop to the bed and I am reaching out to catch her before she hits the floor. Lily is out cold. She has used up all of her energy to heal me.

Until the next time, good reading to all!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

If HE is playing Ka...I want to be Sema!

Velesi Fan Rebecca sent me an email earlier this week suggesting that Viggo Mortensen would make a great Ka.  It took some serious thought to imagine Mr. Mortensen as the role of the "Greatest Velesi King", but when you think of it...it kind of fits.  Ka is a force to be reckoned with, and as he told Tharin on the dark path to the Tower, “Don’t let this old dog fool you, son.  I’m as bad as they come.”

Let's face it, the man is beautiful.  I've been a huge fan of his since the 80's - I mean who doesn't love a Rennaissance man who writes poetry?  Here are some images that I found to help imagine him as Ka (okay, the last one is for me...)  

Let me know what you think or if you have another suggestion for the "Greatest Velesi King".  Thanks, Rebecca, this one was fun.  

Until next time, good reading to all!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Super Fan Madelyn sent me an email suggesting that AnnaSophia Robb would make a great Julia.  So I pulled up her images read a little about this amazing beautiful young actress.  She could definitely pull off the tough but heart of gold Julia.  Check it out and let me know what you think.



She was amazing in Soul Surfer in her betrayal of Bethany Hamilton, the 13 year old who continue to compete in surfing despite losing her arm in a shark attack.  She showed she has the athletic juice to play the part not only in that movie, but in her five year stint in gymnastic.

I like her for Julia as well. Thanks, Madelyn.

Until next time, good reading to all.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Potential Lily?

Jennifer Benedick Milan, a fan of the Velesi Trilogy loved the idea of Jennifer Connelly for the role of Senestra.  She also thought that Katie McGrath of the Merlin TV series would make a good Lily.  Here are some shots of Ms. McGrath, and I have to say...having the green gown helps picture her as our young Willow queen.



I like her for it, although, of course, she would have to wear tinted lenses as Lily has light amber eyes. It also helps that she resembles Ms. Connelly with her dark hair, light eyes and flawless skin.  I can see the mother-daughter scene between the two.  

Thanks, Jennifer, for the suggestion.  

So, what do you think?  Do you have someone in mind that might fit the role of Lily?

Until the next time, good reading to all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book 3 - Teaser #1

July is five months off...waayyy off.  So, thought I would give you the first teaser from Book 3.  Enjoy!

"I see the fire in her eyes and the determined set of her mouth. She points a finger at my chest, a habit she has, and says, "I don't care who you are or what I'm going to be in your life. I will leave whenever I feel like it." 
Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman - Marvel/Paramount's Thor
She turns to go, but I catch her by the arm. She attempts to struggle from my grip as I pull her to me, catching her lips with my own. She's still for a moment, and a moment is all it takes as she leans into me, allowing me to support her weight. I savor the moment, and a relief overcomes me that is so great it almost knocks me off my feet. And my world is right once again."
Tharin - Book 3 of The Velesi Trilogy

Until next time, good reading to all!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Senestra of the Willow Clan

I've been asked many times of who I thought would play the characters from the Velesi trilogy.  To be honest, I am at a lost who would play the seven main characters (Tharin, Lily, Tolan and Julia, Mellis, Phoris and Alorn).  However, I was with a friend when Jennifer Connelly's name came up as a possible Senestra.  So, we pulled up images of Ms. Connelly, and I have to say, I truly like her for the role as Queen of the Willow Clan.

In the garden scene when Lily is about to meet her mother for the first time, along with these lines, "She appears from the darkness like an angel in flight.  She rushes forward, throwing her arms around me, holding on fiercely."  It is Ms. Connelly's face that I see.

I have visions of what my characters look like.  It's interesting trying to put actual faces to those of fantasy and fiction.  Quite fun.

Until next time, good reading to all.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Community Bookstop

I am honored to be featured in the Community Bookstop.  I want to thank the ladies at the Community Bookstop for accepting The Drifting sent to them by Stormi Johnson and a special  thank you to Paula for an amazing review.

You can read the review here.


Until next time, good reading to all!