IndieWritersReview’s Welcomes New Release! Dark Musicals Trilogy-‘Hyde’ by Laura Deluca (Review and Giveaway)


Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.
Hyde – Book 3 in the Dark Musicals Trilogy – Release Day Giveaway
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 Hyde, the final book in the Dark Musicals Trilogy is available now!

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Rebecca Hope has looked death in the face twice and lived to tell her tale.
She and the love of her life, Justyn Patko, land a summer internship at a local dinner theater, performing the musical Hyde. While they are excited about their first paid acting gig, they soon find themselves surrounded by more experienced cast mates, jealous of their success. As if the tension isn’t bad enough, they soon discover that the business might be a front for something much more sinister
When Justyn is accused of a crime that she knows he would never commit, Rebecca must decide if she wants to follow her head or her heart. While trying to prove his innocence, she makes a shocking discovery of her own.
Everyone has something to conceal in the grand finale of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. Rebecca has to look beyond the façade to discover the true Hyde or face her final curtain call.

Be sure to add Hyde to your to-read list on Goodreads!

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If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, now is a great time to get your copy. To celebrate the release of  Hyde,  Phantom is now on  sale for only $.99 exclusively on Amazon through 7/29!

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Phantom, Dark Musicals Book #1
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found  enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play  that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses  “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the  middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.
Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her  character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and  basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely  appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured  artist.
Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are  hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca  receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is  Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca  doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as  she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is  stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be  revealed.

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Demon, Book Two in the Dark Musicals Trilogy, inspired by Sweeney Todd is also on sale for $1.99 through 7/29!

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When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.
It doesn’t help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca’s father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus
Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.

THE GIVEAWAYTo celebrate the release of Hyde, Author Laura DeLuca has put together a Dark Musicals themed prize pack. It includes a signed copy of Phantom, geode  and geode slice, rough crystal points, incense and holder, Gothic style leather key chains, smudge stick with abalone shell, natural stone pendant, seashell, Duffy’s On the Lake Coffee Mug, handmade essential oils, steampunk playing cards, gothic necklace, and gothic ring.

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My friends from The Whimsical Pixie have also created a custom Celtic Heart plaque that is featured in Hyde.
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 Sacred Secrets will be offering a free Divine Guidance Tarot Reading.
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And if all that isn’t enough, my mommy bloggers friends from Mom Powered Media are also throwing in a kindle e-reader!
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One lucky winner is going to receive all these fabulous prizes. To enter,  just fill in the  Rafflecopter  form   below. This giveaway will end on  8/28/13. Open to  the  US only. The   winner will be notified via email and  will have 48 hours  to reply.    Thanks again to Mom Powered Media, The Whimsical Pixie, Sacred Secrets and the author for  offering these fantastic  prizes
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MY REVIEW
I have followed the Dark Musicals Trilogy from the start, and from the very first chapter of Phantom I was hooked! The use of classic musicals as the backdrop for a hip YA novel was new to me! The characters Rebecca and Justyn were likeable and Ms. Deluca portrayed the hesitancy and intensity of young, new love very well in Phantom,that was only intensified by murder and mystery. Then In Demon, Ms. Deluca, was able to once again show her mastery of story telling, by bringing Rebecca and Justyn back again; but this time showing the maturity of not only the characters individually, but that of their relationship as well as the surrounding characters viewpoints of the couple, and what they meant to the other. Now of course throw in some adtl. murder, mystery and magic which continued to make the trilogy a one of a kind! Now with Hyde, Ms. Deluca proved how incredible  her ability to reflect realistic characters and situations, with a supernatural bent; she continues to surprise me.
In Hyde Rebecca and Justyn are back, facing more intrigue, while adjusting to astounding new landmarks in their young lives and relationship! I hesitate on giving away what those landmarks are due to, I do not wish to spoil the last book:O) But I will say that Ms. Deluca was still able in the last book, where many others may have difficulty to “show” any new circumstance that would keep the readers attention, just wishing to “wrap things up”. Well, Ms. Deluca did not do that;just as with the first, Ms. Deluca created a story that intrigue, entertained and kept the reader in tuned and completely in love with Rebecca and Justyn’s love!
Hyde was a extremely well written work, enjoyable characters, I loved Carmen, who was very outspoken and committed to her ideals, beliefs and Tom:) I enjoyed seeing another side of Justyn, somewhat darker which served to make the character well rounded, and realistically reflected this couple devotion to the other. I became sadden, afraid, found humor, and became incensed at all the right moments, where Ms. Deluca masterfully weaved a tale that appealed to all my senses and kept me as a reader totally invested.
So clearly I wish to say Hyde, was well written with a plot that flowed smoothly, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader off kilter. Every loose end was tied and I truly hate to see this cast of characters go. But Hyde was a fitting end, and although the curtain has closed on the Dark Musicals trilogy, I looked forward to great new stories from this author.
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Indiewritersreview’s Music Monday! (Favorite Indie music from movie soundtracks)


A indiewritersreview picHello Everyone its Monday so that means music!:O) Today I am doing something a little different. I am featuring videos of songs featured in movies by musicians that are Indie Music Artists or that began their career as Indie artists and still reflects those roots in their music:O) Also a surprise below from a musician who is best known as a movie heartthrob! So check it out guys!

MUSIC AND MOVIES

INDIE STYLE!

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful (from “The Great Gatsby” Soundtrack)

Robert Pattison from the Twilight Original Soundtrack  ‘Never Think’

Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird American Mouth (Twilight Original Soundtrack)

Lykke Li – Possibility (New Moon Original Soundtrack)

Welcome How (Not) to Kiss a Toad by Elizabeth A Reeves (Bewitching Book Tours) (Review)


Hello Everyone, today I am one of the hosts for the How (Not) to Kiss a Toad by Elizabeth Reeves! (Bewitching Book Tours)
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elzabeth reevesAbout the Author:
Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying “If you can’t find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read.”
In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.
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How (Not) to Kiss a Toad
Cindy Eller Book One Elizabeth A Reeves
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal
ASIN: B00AKR2UCE
Number of pages: 314
Word Count: 51,638
Cover Artist: Angela Nelson
Book Description:
Cindy Eller is a witch with a gift for creating decadent desserts highlighting the exotic and spicy flavors of her native Southwest. However, life isn’t always sweet for this magical baker. All her life she’s been cursed– every man she’s ever kissed has turned into a toad. Love isn’t likely to come her way, she knows.
If that weren’t a big enough problem, her ‘curse’ has come to the attention of the Council of Magic and she may never be able to use her powers.
Enter the perfect man– handsome, sweet, and loves food just as much as Cindy does. It would seem to be a match made in Heaven, or is it?
Cindy isn’t the only one keeping secrets.
With toads, cupcakes, romance, magic and ice cream, life never has time to get dull!
REVIEW
Cindy Eller is a baker, witch and every time she kisses a guy he turns into a frog! How (Not) to Kiss a Toad was  lot’s of fun to read. Simply a light, quirky tale of very likeable characters and scrumptious recipes and dishes that did nothing for my waistline. It had me snacking throughout reading!:O)
The story flowed well, wonderful descriptions, especially the magical elements to an otherwise normal world. Well written and very clean read, I fully recommend How (Not) to Kiss a Toad to anyone who enjoys light, paranormal fantasy and romance:)

IndieWritersReview’s Cover Reveal: Lyrical Muse Anthology!


Welcome to the cover reveal for the upcoming release LYRICAL MUSE  a collection of stories that reflects life’s rhythms through the tales of everyday people. Please take a look below!

COVER REVEAL

LYRICAL MUSE

ANTHOLOGY

Music Heals the Spirit as the Words Give Life.’

                                   

 

LYRICAL MUSE

 Lyrical-Muse (5)

Lyrical Muse Anthology

Publisher: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (3CM Media)

Synopsis

Lyrical Muse is a collection of stories that reflects life’s rhythms through everyday people. Each story is an example of the best and the worst of the Human soul. Every life lived has its own melody, and within these pages, the reader is taken on a journey to the blackest depths of a daughter’s murderous soul to the prickly minefield of a jealous woman’s heart and so much more.

So enter of your own free will and allow our whimsical Muse to lead you on an odyssey which just might help redefine your own reality.

Set to release

August 05th, 2013

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18217475-lyrical-muse

The cover was created by the amazing Joy Stroube

Dreamscape Covers http://www.dreamscapecovers.com dreamscapecovers@aol.com

 

Thanks to the Beta Reader Who Rocks!

Author Emma Meade

http://emmameade.com/

ronda caudill bio picABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

RONDA L. CAUDILL, PhD

I was born and raised in Virginia. Writing has always been a passion
of mine.  I earned Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. The
two writers who inspired me the most are Edgar Allan Poe and H.P.
Lovecraft. My discovery of Mr. Poe when I was eleven years old opened
up an entirely new world to me. It is a world that I have shared with
my daughters. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful
daughters who both inspire me and support me. I am thankful to them
for their love, encouragement, and support (and many new ideas).

http://www.rondacaudillbooks.com/

jamie whiteJamie White

JamieBMusings is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she’s taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May 2012.

www.jamiebmusings.webs.com

CP BialoisC.P. Bialois

CP Bialois completed his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame: The Forging, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.

With five books currently out, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.

http://cpbialois.webs.com/

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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a New Adult/Young Adult-Paranormal Author. Her titles include a YA Novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy and upcoming novel Chrysalis.
She is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interviews Indie Authors and Musicians.
Michelle has been married for 18 years and has a 15 year old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.
Another love is writing. Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she is creating on paper is how she loves spending her spare time.
Oh, and one final secret about Michelle is that she believes that she also has a secret power, but if she told, she would have to zap ya!

http://michellecjordan.wix.com/author#!

Big Hug and Much Gratitude to the very awesome hosts of today’s cover reveal!

Listed in no particular order

Lyrical Muse Hosts

Sheryl Steines

Eden Baylee

Cherie Reich

Shay West

Alex Laybourne

Sharon C. Williams

Mysti Parker

Evan Bollinger

Kerry Taylor

Xuanire Javed

Jamie Marchant

Teshelle Combs

Blakely Chorpenning

Marianne Spitzer

Susan Finlay

Dorothy L. Abrams

Beth Walker Armstrong

IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! The Music Behind ‘Lyrical Muse Anthology!’


3cm (3)Hello Everyone! It’s Monday so that means music:) Today I am doing something a little different. In approximately  an hour a cover reveal blast will be launched for the soon to be released Lyrical Muse Anthology! (3CM Media) This anthology is a team effort between myself and several very talented authors… Lyrical Muse is a collection that reflects life’s rhythms through the stories of everyday people.

So I thought it might be fun to share some of the music that inspires the authors of Lyrical Muse🙂

So enjoy and allow the Muse to lead you on a musical journey:)

Also please make sure you check back to see the fantabulous cover designed by the talented Joy Stroube!

ENTER THE WORLD OF LYRICAL MUSE

                                                                                 

CONTRIBUTORS

Authors

Ronda L. Caudill PhD, Jamie White, C. P. Bialois and Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

‘Music Heals the Spirit as the Words Give Life.’

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I was born and raised in Virginia. Writing has always been a passion of mine.  I earned Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. The two writers who inspired me the most are Edgar Allan Poe and H.P.  Lovecraft. My discovery of Mr. Poe when I was eleven years old opened up an entirely new world to me. It is a world that I have shared with my daughters. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters who both inspire me and support me. I am thankful to them for their love, encouragement, and support (and many new ideas). http://www.rondacaudillbooks.com/

“The song that is inspirational to me is ‘Gone With Sin’ by HIM  which is such an inspirational song to me because it is darkly romantic and very haunting, just like the books I write. This song just reaches down and touches my soul.” 

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Jamie White

JamieBMusings is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she’s taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released in May 2012. http://www.jamiebmusings.webs.com.

“This song is so dark and haunting. It’s a great story song, filled with highly-charged emotion and it got me thinking of a story possibility. I decided not to go nearly as dark as the song does, but I listened to it, and many other related songs, during the writing of this story to get me in the right mood.”

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C.P. Bialois

CP Bialois completed his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame: The Forging, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.

With five books currently out, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse. http://cpbialois.webs.com/

“it’s Life Won’t Wait by Ozzy Osbourne. It’s a mix of aggression and calmness that helps to get me motivated as it reminds me there may not be a tomorrow to do everything we want to do.”

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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a New Adult/Young Adult-Paranormal Author. Her titles include a YA Novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy and upcoming novel Chrysalis.  She is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interviews Indie Authors and Musicians. Michelle has been married for 18 years and has a 15 year old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures. Another love is writing. Michelle has been writing about as long as she has been a bibliophile! Losing herself in a fantasy world that she is creating on paper is how she loves spending her spare time. Oh, and one final secret about Michelle is that she believes that she also has a secret power, but if she told, she would have to zap ya! http://michellecjordan.wix.com/author#!

“I enjoy all types of music. But lately I have really enjoyed the darker sounds of Lana Del Ray. Her haunting lyrics that goes straight to the heart and rips away all masks and pretensions of what society might feel is right. In my opinion, Lana’s music has the rhythmic quality to appeal to a mass audience, but her subjects speak about passion in all it’s forms: love, hate, sadness. I enjoy listening to her songs, when I need to feel deeply when writing a scene”

IndieWritersReview’s Review of Forbidden Fruit by Ronda L. Caudill


ronda caudill bio picHello Everyone! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on Forbidden Fruit  by Author Ronda Caudill!

About this author
Ronda L. Caudill grew up in the small rural town of Glade Spring, VA and married her high school sweetheart. They have been happily married for 24 years. She has two wonderful daughters. Ronda earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. She is the author of Birthright (A Nobleman Novel), The Choice (A Nobleman Novel) and short story A Night at the Bishop House.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT
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Forget everything you thought you knew about Jack the Ripper. Forbidden Fruit is a twisted tale about Jack the Ripper. The murderer dubbed Jack the Ripper prays primarily on women of the night but is anyone safe from the Ripper’s blade? This twisted tale will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be amazed at who Jack the Ripper really is.
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REVIEW
Forbidden Fruit is a tale that twists what we  as a society may believe about the Serial Killer called Jack The Ripper!  The novel set in Victorian England in 1888, follows the tale of  a  young and beautiful servant named Lucinda. The book opens with Lucinda, avoiding an attack by her employer Judge Whitman who was known as a cruel man, and at the beginning of the story, set out to force himself sexually onto the young servant. Lucinda does escape the judge, running into the street bruised and bleeding. She falls in the path of a carriage which stops, and the owner rescues Lucinda and bring her into his home, Dr. Wellington becomes the kind benefactor of Lucinda. Soon, she becomes a part of the Dr.’s home, treated kindly by his staff especially the head housekeeper Ms. Poe. Lucinda discovers that the Dr. is extremely kind and soon grows fond of him and his household.
The only challenge Lucinda has, is the actually house, a Victorian mansion that although lovely becomes eerie and dangerous at night. She is instructed by the Dr. and Mrs. Poe to lock herself in her room at night, and not to come out until morning. This confused Lucinda, until she began to hear strange noises and scratches outside her door at night. She also sees shadows underneath her door, this continues for awhile, until she confronts Dr. Wellington and he explains that the former owner was also a Dr. but he was evil performing cruel experiments and practiced necromancy. Lucinda was informed that the house held an evil presence, possibly due to the patients of the former Dr.who died in the house or the practice of Necromancy.
Other than the fears at night, Lucinda continued happily, with Dr. Wellington’s kindness and she grows very fond of him, not allowing herself to be disturbed by his late nights at his lab, where he says he performs “special research”.
Forbidden Fruit continues with the Dr. presenting Lucinda to society by having a lavish party with London’s elite. Among the guests, the Judge, her former employer, and his family are in attendance and shocked at Lucinda’s transformation.
The night of Lucinda’s party, a gruesome murder happens at the mansion to one of the socialites and the investigation proceeds with no real suspects, Lucinda is sent to a finishing school and her relationship progresses with Dr. Wellington to the point of engagement.
At Lucinda’s new school, another murder happens- a stable boy’s body is found after he tries to attack Lucinda.
The story heats up as the murders in White Chapel begins; some see the previous murders related to the prostitute killings, but nothing is for certain!
 Forbidden continues on a twisted journey where no one is who they seem!:O)
I have always loved the stories set in the Victorian era, relishing in the Gothic tales of the lives of those that inhabited the huge mansions and the events in their society. Throw in  a mystery, a little suspense and of course the ghost and I am hooked.
Now Forbidden Fruit had all  of these ingredients plus the sensational plot of the Jack The Ripper phenomenon:) This added an intriguing element, bringing the thrill of seeing a fresh version of  “what if” in this classic tale.
I found Forbidden Fruit extremely enjoyable! I was intrigued from the start, with the writing style which was reminiscent of  writers such as British
Author  Eleanor Hibbert, who wrote under many pen names including the Victorian Romance author pen Victoria Holt of which I am a huge fan!
I found Forbidden Fruit engaging, there was a wonderful building up of Lucinda’s world and each player within it. The writing was clear, flowed well, with the suspense building with each chapter. Each time I thought I knew what was happening and who Jack the Ripper was, I was wrong!:)
The story held me and I had no choice but to keep turning the page to find out what would happen next. I truly enjoyed this tale and I was completely shocked at the end! I recommend for anyone who enjoys a good mystery or that enjoys Victorian era romance then this is a must read! Due to some violent scenes I would rate this as 16 years old and up.

IndieWritersReview spotlights! Cover Reveal: Creatura by Nely Cab


XpressoBannerToursHello Everyone! Today I am participating as a host for Xpresso Book Tours! I am one of the host for the Creatura by Author Nely Cab cover reveal!

So check it out below!

Nely

About this author
Nely Cab was born on December 9, 1974, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. Putting her Computer Accounting skills to use, Nely worked in banking for several years. In 2001, the author relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To conquer the world. While she aspires world domination, Nely continues to work on her debut series Creatura.
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Creatura by Nely Cab
Publication date: August 6th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Synopsis:

Isis can control her dreams. Or she could-until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn’t bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he’s not a monster and he’s not a dream.

A sacrifice for love, a shocking discovery and a jealous ex-boyfriend blur the lines between reality and dreams, making it hard to tell who the real monsters are.

Who would’ve known…that sometimes love is lethal?