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Shayne Leighton’s Debut Vampire Fantasy Novel Get’s Publishing Deal!

Of Light and Darkness is a young adult fantasy Vampire novel set in modern-day Czech Republic. Based on the feature film, currently in development.
Leighton is excited to announce that as of December 31st 2010, Of Light and Darkness has been officially acquired by publishing company, Decadent Publishing ( and will be released sometime in 2011! Leighton releases this book noting “it will be the first in a series of five”. She believes that after the conclusions of other popular teen fantasies such as Harry Potter and Twilight, that her independently-published stories just might stand the chance of contending with the “big guys” and draw people in to fall in love with a whole new cast of characters and creatures.

Of Light and Darkness

Abandoned as an infant in Prague, Charlotte Ruzikova was adopted by Valek, one of the last Vampires left alive by ‘The Regime’. Nearly twenty years later, genocide and war conflicts their secret society nestled in the center of Eastern Europe. But when the dictator in power becomes threatened by evil lurking in Valek’s past and the retaliation he plans for the future, Charlotte must find a way to fight for the only one she has ever loved, and the only thing she has ever truly believed in – and all before the sun comes up.

The Book has a Blog: 

And a Trailer

About Shayne Leighton

When Shayne Leighton graduated the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr., School of the Arts in 2009, she did not anticipate the success to which her first feature film, The Incubus would grow. After meeting mentor and fast friend, Marcie Gorman, at one of the high school’s productions of Fame, (in which Leighton starred) the two decided to produce what would become Leighton’s launch into the world of entertainment and the written word. The Incubus obtained limited theatrical release in South Florida among popular theater chains such as Regal, AMC, and Cinemark and is now in syndication online. ( Now, almost two years after writing, co-directing, and starring in her second feature film, Leighton receives her first book deal! Leighton is also one of the starring cast members of the fantasy action film “Legend of the Red Reaper”, where she plays the younger sister of the Red Reaper.

Contact Information [Shayne’s official website with links to blog and Facebook.] [Of Light and Darkness Official Blog] [Official website for Decadent Publishing]

Shayne Leighton's Debut Vampire Fantasy Novel Get's Publishing Deal!


Happy New Year! Of Light and Darkness is a Decadent title!

Hey guys! HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! 2010 was one of the best years of my life! I was lucky enough to see my first original work play out on the big, silver screen! I laughed. I cried. I pulled all of my hair out. I cried some more…and then I remembered how thankful I was for everything in my life, and laughed again. I hope you all had an amazing year as well and I wish all of you many new blessings for 2011. I feel it. It’s going to be a good one! πŸ˜‰

My new year has already started off with a bang! I am so excited to announce Of Light and Darkness has been acquired by Decadent Publishing and I could not be more thrilled! It has been a long road of about five years total that it has taken me to write, edit and seek publishing for my debut novel. I really hope that you’ll read and enjoy it. I’m a HUGE advocate for independent film, music and now books. I always have been. I think there really is something special about the smaller, more intimate projects. The big guys are great, but once in a while you find those gems when sifting through the obscure. Everyone works so closely with each other and there’s just something really endearing about “grass-rooting” your project. So I really hope that if anyone is reading this, you pass the word along and give independently produced projects as much of a chance as the major ones. πŸ™‚ Because good things can be found anywhere.

Okay, I am getting off of my soap box now. πŸ™‚ Hehe…

So I hope you’ll follow Of Light and Darkness as it begins on its journey to your book shelves at home. There’s going to be a lot of different, exciting things that will hopefully begin happening now. So, if you aren’t sick of Vampires (don’t be…because mine are awesome!) and if you love dark fantasy, shape-shifters, magic, evil, and a good adventure that takes place in an ancient city that actually exists…I hope you’ll get excited about this!

Also, I received some fan questions today in my facebook inbox…and as requested by her, I’m answering them here. πŸ˜‰ These questions are from Jerilyn. So here goes:

1. know you enjoy singing and stuff.
Is it actually hard to maintain acting, singing, planning and keeping up with everything at once?

Normally, I have to be honest and say that it is not so difficult. I know it seems like I’m doing a lot at once, but normally my projects tend to lead me in only one direction at a time. For instance, right now I am working on a few writing projects. The first being Of Light and Darkness as well as a few scripts, such as a retelling of the classic Phantom of the Opera called, Masque. I’m sure after I finish up a few of these projects, I’ll get called off to focus on something else. πŸ™‚ It’s all about finding a balance, and since I am very passionate about everything I do, that comes very easily to me. I tend to focus on one piece of a project at a given time, and when I feel that I can move on to something else, I do. Eventually it all get’s accomplished.

2. Have you become more popular since The Incubus?

The Incubus has definitely helped me in so many ways. It was a great project (that is still on-going…I have a few surprises for Incubus fans up my sleeve πŸ˜‰ ) and continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. I’ll go back to what I said earlier about independent projects. The Incubus was very much and independent project that we grass-rooted the whole way. Yet I am so blessed to see that the wonderful team of people working on it have made it so successful. It’s helped a lot of us and I’ll never stop being thankful for that. πŸ™‚ As far as the surprise goes…you’ll all just have to wait and see….



Of Light and Darkness is a GoodRead

Have you read the first chapter? Are you eagerly anticipating news on the novel’s release? I’m gearing up to release some awesome news about the first book in the series…but before I do that, I’ve got to tease you with some other announcements…

If you have read the first chapter and loved it, I invite you to check out this awesome site,! It’s kind of like a facebook for readers, your favorite authors, and your favorite books. I loved browsing through this site because it’s a great place to review and share my thoughts about other popular reads – hence the name! If you’re an avid reader,Β  I really recommend that you check out this site. Not only will you be able to discuss books you’ve already had the pleasure of reading…but this site makes it very easy for you to discover new ones too!

So check out Of Light and Darkness’ page on GoodReads by clicking here!

Another fun tidbit for the day is the song that inspired the Charlotte character – our protagonist. At first listen, non-folk fans may shutter. (I’m a rock and roll person myself.) But if you really listen to the gorgeous lyrics and pay attention to their double meaning…as well as Lauren’s melodic vocal line, you may understand why it inspired me! So I’m leaving you with this for now. More soon!