Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Sale!


Due to changes on Amazon's promotional guidelines - please note the date and time changes.  Thank you!

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I just realized that tomorrow is the first day of Spring...yes! I love Spring and everything that comes with it. Including, you got it, Spring Cleaning. Funny how this time of year my family always seem to disappear. Hmmm, the two can't be related...

In honor of this wonder season The Velesi Trilogy eBooks will be on sale! BUT, for only two days. 

Friday, March 21st through Saturday, March 22nd. 
- The Binding: FREE!!  
- The Drifting: $1.99
- The Whispering: $1.99

Sales starts FRIDAY am and end Saturday evening. So, if you would rather sit back, relax and read a book instead of the whole cleaning thing - head over to Amazon.com for this limited time offer. And share the love! If your family and friends have not read about Velesi yet, do a nice thing for them and tell them about the trilogy.

Remember - Books are meant to be sipped, not gulped. Savor the moments, it's the best way to escape.  YYY

Until the next time, good reading to all!
LF

Thursday, January 30, 2014

First Fan "Cast" Video

An awesome fan sent this to me via email. It's the first "fan cast" video that's ever been done on the trilogy. She actually beat us to it. Our official trailer is in the works and with an estimated release date in March. She did an awesome job!

Check it out and "share". The more it's seen, the better chances of it being discovered! She did an awesome job using most of the actors that we've discussed. There's one or two that I've never heard of, but other than that...it's pretty awesome! Love the music, first time hearing it...anyone know who the artist is?

And by the way, I welcome more "fan" videos...I just love it!   



Until next time, good reading to all!
LF

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Finally...The Binding!

I am excited to announce that The Binding is now available in print. It will not be available on Amazon for another week, but it is available at the Createspace Store now. 

Here is the direct link to The Bindings page. If it doesn't pull up, simply search for L. Filloon. It has been a journey, and I just want to say thank you, everyone, for making this possible! So very excited - SHARE and spread the word! Much love to you all!

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=l.+filloon&sitesearch_type=STORE

Again, thank you so very much!

Until next time, good reading to all!
LF

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!
LF

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!
LF

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.
LF

     


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.
LF

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.
LF

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
LF

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.
LF