A Tavern in Venice

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’ve been getting a lot of reader interest in Corcitura lately (Thank you!), and thought it was time to share a short excerpt. This scene comes from one of my favorite chapters in the whole book, and was actually one of the first scenes I wrote before being a good little author and writing the book in order from the beginning. Working chronologically…what a novel concept, eh? 😉

I hope you enjoy it!

Cheers,

~Melika

Short Excerpt

Taken from Corcitura, Chapter 8, A Tavern in Venice

    “A toast to you, my brother,” he said, lifting his glass. “May your eyes be opened on this night, and may you see as you have never seen before. Knowledge is a very powerful thing. Drink and be free.”
    Red light shot through the glass, red light reflected from the candle guttering in its holder above my head. My eyes darted up toward the ceiling. First impressions are tricky things, and mine had been wrong—horribly wrong. There were no angels in these panels. What had I been thinking before?
    Demons cavorted in a pit of rocks and shattered skulls. Fire licked their hellish bodies as they danced through one torture scene after another. In the center panel, a huge, black-winged beast devoured something that was still kicking as it was being forced down the devil’s gullet.
    How could it still be kicking? Or, more importantly, how could I see it kicking?
    The figures in the panel were moving.
    Their movements were slow, tortured, dreamlike, but real—undeniably real. I watched, entranced, unable to turn away, as one poor soul after another was raked across hot coals or had its ashen flesh stripped by one of the devil’s overseers.
    I put my hand to my mouth, but still my eyes remained riveted to the ceiling. The other panels did nothing to cure my nausea. Eleven horned beasts—looking like crosses between satyrs and devils—formed a circle around a giant creature, half dragon, half man, that held a severed head aloft in its clawed hands. Blood dripped from the stump, falling into the waiting mouths of some of the beasts, as the others caught the liquid in black chalices.
    The fresco was blatantly hellish, but its living replica was even worse.
    I had lied to myself from the very beginning, deceived myself into believing that I was being fanciful and overly imaginative. Surely such monstrosities only existed in nightmares? Yet I had lived through a nightmare these past months, and that was no dream at all.
    I was still fighting against the awful truth, not wanting to give in, searching my mind for a logical explanation—but there was none. And the most horrible realization of all was that I had known, somewhere deep inside, ever since the day I first set eyes on that silver-tongued devil in Paris.
    Plague carrier.
    Living death.
    Drainer of life.
    The phrasing did not matter. No euphemism could strike fear into the hearts of men the way that single word could.
    Vampire.
    And for me, the uninitiated, that single word meant death.

(c) 2010, 2012, 2017 by Melika Dannese Lux

News & an Updated Author Page

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Hello!

Wow! Was the last time I posted really almost three years ago? I have a good reason for being away so long, actually, and, of course, it has to do with books!

I am happy to report that after almost 2 1/2 years of writing, my third book is nearly complete! I only have about four chapters left to finish the inaugural book in a series of four dark fantasy/mystery/supernatural/historical novels that serve as prequels to a fantasy trilogy I started writing back in 2003. I can’t wait to launch this first book in the series into the world! It is the best thing I’ve ever written. Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂

In other news, I updated my “About the Author” page to incorporate the changes in direction my writing has taken. I no longer write YA or NA novels, but now prefer to create stories that will appeal to everyone, regardless of their age or genre bracket. And as for Romance? I will have elements of it here and there in my novels, but it will no longer be anywhere near as plot-specific as it was in City of Lights. Regarding that book, and also Corcitura… In the coming months, there will be an exciting announcement about both of them and their radical new “looks.” And by looks, I’m not only talking about cover overhauls. Curious? Well, you will just have to sit tight until 2017 to find out what I’m hinting at. 😉 I can’t wait to share the news with you when the time is right, though!

As always, please feel free to contact me through this site. I love keeping in touch with my readers! 🙂

All the best,

Melika

Corcitura visits Because Reading is Better Than Real Life!

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Corcitura feature @ Because Reading is Better Than Real Life 12-2-13

Huge hugs and a big thank you to Michelle for having me back on her blog to chat about the origins of Corcitura! Think the vampire genre should have been staked long ago? Well, I beg to differ, and if you head on over to Michelle’s blog, you can read an article about how I wove werewolf & vampire mythology together to create an entirely new species of undead. And while you’re there, don’t forget to read a spooky teaser excerpt from the POV of Corcitura’s only female narrator!

Enjoy! 😀

All the best,

Me Sig!

 

 

 

 

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City of Lights Featured @ Because Reading is Better Than Real Life!

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COL Feature @ Because Reading is Better Than Real Life 11-25-13

A colossal thank you to Michelle for featuring City of Lights on her wonderful blog! To find out how Ilyse’s story was born from a song, and to read a special “backstage” excerpt, just click on the screen capture above.

Enjoy! 😀

All the best,

Me Sig!

 

 

 

 

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Corcitura visits the Emerald Isle!

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It’s official. My vampires have gone international! How about that? 😉 A HUGE thank you to the lovely and talented Emma Meade for featuring Corcitura today! To learn more about what inspired Corcitura, how I mapped out and created a 700 page “startling new take on the vampire mythos,” and also what made Emma say that my featured post was probably “her favourite” so far on her blog, just click on the link below!

http://emmameade.com/2013/11/04/guest-post-by-melika-dannese-lux-author-of-corcitura/

And be sure to read the comments, too! They’re fantastic! 😀

All the best,

Me Sig!

Last Chance to Win a Copy of Corcitura Before Halloween!

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Many thanks to the fabulous Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction for featuring Corcitura this week—and creating such a spooktacular giveaway banner! And speaking of that banner…if you click on it, you will be taken to Jesse’s site, where you can read some behind-the-scenes info about Corcitura and also enter the giveaway for your chance to bring my vampires home! In a completely literary sense, of course. You wouldn’t want them to show up in the flesh. Trust me on this one. :}

Good luck! 😀

Best wishes,

Me Sig!

Exclusive Excerpt: Madelaine and the Vampires

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*drum roll* Well, here it is! I’ve been wanting to let Maddie have her say for the longest time, and, today, she speaks! Be sure to stop by Oh, For the Hook of a Book to read this never before released exclusive excerpt and “be there” as Maddie has a conversation with death and sees something familiar in the eyes of a wolf:

http://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/exclusive-creepy-excerpt-of-teaster-chapter-from-melika-luxs-corcitura-a-gothic-vampire-read/

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/OTg4YjQzMDA1MjEzZWRlNTcyNmZkNjQyMzFkYjE2OjM=/

Best wishes,

Me Sig!

Learn the history behind Corcitura at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

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Today, I am beyond excited that the lovely and multi-talented Erin Al-Mehairi of Oh, For the Hook of a Book! is showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at how Corcitura was created. Wondering why the book takes place before Dracula was even published? Then head over to Erin’s blog to find out that—and more!

http://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/melika-lux-shares-article-how-she-wrote-her-unique-gothic-vampire-story-corcitura/

And make sure to check back tomorrow for a never before published excerpt from the POV of the only female narrator in Corcitura, Madelaine Dennison. Writing Maddie’s part of the story from her vantage point was a wonderful experience, most especially since that was the first time I had written in first person present tense. After that, I was hooked on that wonderful and immediate writing style, which I plan to utilize much more in the future.

But wait, there’s more! 😉 While you’re getting a peek into Maddie’s world tomorrow, be sure to enter the Corcitura giveaway for your chance to bring home a Kindle copy of the book just in time for Halloween!

Don’t miss out!! 😀

Best wishes,

Me Sig!

Corcitura is part of Paranormal Palooza! :D

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A big thank you to the fabulously talented Ruth Silver (author of Aberrant and Moirai) for hosting Corcitura today as part of the month long, blog-wide Paranormal Palooza event! Head on over to Ruth’s site to learn what my top 10 fave books are (plus a few extras!), read an all new interview, and enter the Corcitura giveaway for your chance to bring home a Kindle copy of the novel, just in time for Halloween! And, really, what’s more Halloweeney than vampires, I ask you? 😉

Here’s the link!

http://writeawaybliss.com/corcitura-by-melika-dannese-lux/

Please continue to spread the word! 😀

Best wishes,

Me Sig!

Craving a fangtastic vampire read? Then enter the Corcitura giveaway!

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Many thanks to the lovely Ren @ A Little Bit of R&R for spotlighting Corcitura and hosting a giveaway today! Make sure to enter within the next twenty days for your chance to bring home a Kindle copy (US only) of Corcitura—perfect reading for this time of year. Hybrid vampires, werewolves that are so much more than what they seem, supernatural mayhem and mystery…and a little boy who cries blood. Sound like a great Halloween read? Then what are you waiting for?!

Here’s the link: http://alittlebitofrnr.com/spotlight-giveaway-corcitura-by-melika-dannese-lux/

Please spread the word! 😀

Best wishes,

Me Sig!