Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Book One) by Lily Luchesi
I always, ALWAYS, made up stories in my head. Ever since I could remember. It started with Sailor Moon fanfiction, believe it or not. But when I was in second grade, I had an amazing teacher who encouraged my writing, even when I cried as my hand cramped. She refused to let me quit, and here I am now, thirteen years later. A published author.
My books never start out with outlines, like most authors. In fact, I never write outlines. If I can’t remember it, then it wasn’t worth putting into my story. Stake-Out, in particular, started with an idea. I was watching a crime show last summer, and thought, “What would happen if a cop’s perp turned out to be a vampire?” (Because I love vampires; they’re a lifelong obsession of mine.) So I wrote the prologue, where my protagonist, Danny Mancini, was facing off against Vincent, a murderous vampire who was wanted for rape and murder. I wrote the book between July and August of 2014, adding in characters and scenes as they came to me. Eventually, as I neared the end, I got more and more ideas that couldn’t possibly fit into a single book. So I decided to make Stake-Out part one of the Paranormal Detectives Trilogy.
Vampires are romantic creatures to me, but they’re also dangerous predators you don’t want to cross. I wanted to write a paranormal story where the romance was in the background. It’s there, but it takes a backseat to the violence and criminal psychology of evil witches and renegade werewolves. So while you have Danny and Angelica dancing around their feelings and their shared past, you also have them slicing throats and stabbing hearts.
My two favorite authors are Stephen King and Charlotte Bronte, so you can imagine how I decided to write the story in this manner. My sincerest hope is to receive a note from a reader thanking me for giving them a story that made them forget reality for a few hours. Books are my escape, and I am grateful and blessed to be able to contribute to literature.
The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.
Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call “Gothic”, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover, and will always associate vampires with love, blood and rock and roll. Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and now, at twenty-one, has two contributing credits in anthologies and a debut novel, Stake-Out, is soon to be published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015.
Purchase the Wishful Thinking anthology, featuring Lily’s short horror/sci-fi story, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”: http://www.amazon.com/Wishful-Thinking-Wishes-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00P0L0JCI/ref=asap_B00GBFAE0E_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417128797&sr=1-1
Lily is a published poet in the anthology The Struggle with my poem “Aftermath”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G95Y0A6
Read her FREE debut short story “The Ghost’s Guitar” on: http://peoplewritethings.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/the-ghosts-guitar/
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Keep your eyes open for my review of Stake-Out coming soon.