Author: Shayne Leighton
Young Adult- Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
When one human stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of overcoming them in this coming-of-age modern fairytale may result in war between light and darkness.
Abandoned as an infant in Prague, naive and strong-willed Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by one of the last Vampires left alive. As a human, she knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches drew spells of enchantment, Phasers threw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin. Charlotte has lived her life in the dark with her Guardian, content to having him to herself and reveling in his attention, until she's realizes she wants more...
Resident medical doctor and Vampire, Valek Ruzik fears the day his ward would come of age and blossom into a fine woman, and he is forced to confront his own motives as time is of the essence once his past catches up to him, and their lives become endangered...
As genocide and war threatens their secret society, the dictator in power is ready to wipe out Valek's race, but Charlotte will not allow that to happen. Fighting for the only one she's ever loved and truly believed in, she will do whatever it takes to save their love...before the sun comes up and light takes over.
“Maybe...maybe you’re not quite so ready to change from being my innocent little Lottie after all. Maybe you are not as ready as you think you are.” Anger and guilt boiled up from his stomach and into his throat, rolling around with the pre-existing sadness in this nauseating twist of emotion. He balled his hands in his hair, his eyes pricking, washing red, as his gaze darted about the dusty floor. He could hear her thoughts going wild as well, though he wasn’t paying much attention to them. Or rather, he was afraid to. “Charlotte,” he began. “I do not know how to love you,”
He heard her mind fall completely to silence with his words. Her thoughts abruptly changed direction. It was as if he’d flicked a switch, and suddenly all that resonated from her was a confused sort of sadness. But her emotions seemed lighter.
“You do,” she said quietly.
“It will be all right.” He hushed it. “It’s going to be okay.” He patted the side of its jaw.
Sarah grunted and crossed her arms over her chest. “Take your time. Great idea! You know, I’ve honestly never met a humanitarian Vampire before.”
“Sarah, if I do not keep the animal awake, it might die, and you’ll have to come up with an alternate plan. Let me do this my way,” Valek argued before he bit down on his wrist, and watched the blood slide from the puncture wounds down his arm. He held his wrist up to the horse, but it only turned its massive face away.
“Well, you can lead a horse to blood....” Sarah chided.
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. Now, Leighton is excited about the release of her debut NA paranormal series, Of Light and Darkness, set in modern-day Prague.
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