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Book 1 Playlist and The Jimmy Star Show

Hello to everyone again!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week! I was having a discussion with some of my fellow authors and even some readers, and everyone had some very interesting things to say about the growing trend of “novel playlists” among authors especially in young adult literature.Β  I know Of Light and Darkness Book 1 has not been released yet, but I thought it’d be a lot of fun to post the soundtrack for my story on the blog today. I hope it will intrigue you and get you excited about what’s to come! After you’re done, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it – whether it’s guessing why I chose to include a particular song (seriously would love to hear theories about the plot…haha), if you’re more excited, or your own thoughts about the usage of novel playlists. Let me know!

Let me preface by explaining how I did this. These songs are listed in order of particular events/happenings in the book, but are not listed according to chapter necessarily. Next to the song and the artist, I have also listed (in itallics) which character’s point of view that particular song is from and possibly a few notes to go along with it. Okay…here we go.

  1. Blood Lust by Lauren Shera – (Charlotte): This is sort of my theme song for the entire book.
  2. In My Arms by Plumb – (Valek): This song is for the moment when Valek finds Charlotte abandoned in the streets of Prague and decides to adopt her. *not a spoiler because this is in the first chapter which I’ve already released for your previewing pleasure1* πŸ˜‰
  3. Stripped by Shiny Toy Guns – (Charlotte & Aden)
  4. Good Enough by Evanescence/Amy Lee – (Charlotte)
  5. Our Last Fight by Scala Choir – (Charlotte & Valek)
  6. Welcome Home by Coheed and Cambria – (Charlotte & Valek & Evangeline)
  7. 9 Crimesby Damien Rice – (Charlotte & Valek)
  8. Blinding by Florence + The Machine – (Charlotte)
  9. Look After You by The Frey – (Valek)
  10. The Sharpest Lives by My Chemical Romance – (Valek)
  11. Together by The Kin – (Valek)
  12. Escape by 30 Seconds to Mars – (Valek & Aden)
  13. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos – (Charlotte)
  14. Gone With the Sin by H.I.M. – (Valek)
  15. Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine – (Charlotte)
  16. Help I’m Alive (Edit) by Metric – (Charlotte)
  17. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) by Concrete Blonde – (The Rogue Coven)
  18. Howl by Florence + The Machine – (Valek)
  19. Mi Mancherai by Josh Groban – (Valek)
  20. Numbers by Great Northern – (Valek & The Rogue Coven)
  21. Tautou by Brand New – (Charlotte)
  22. Night of the Hunter by 30 Seconds to Mars – (Valek & Aden)
  23. Running Up That Hill by Placebo – (Valek)
  24. Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars – (Valek)
  25. Alibi by 30 Seconds to Mars – (Valek)
  26. Lucky by Biff Naked – (Charlotte & Valek)

Okay guys…that’s it. I hope you enjoy the songs and I hope I showed you some new ones to add to your own library! Have any plot/character theories? Thoughts on novel playlists? Comments or questions about a particular song? Let me know! πŸ™‚

Also…coming up tomorrow at 3pm ET…

The Jimmy Star Show Logo

Shayne Leighton on The Jimmy Star Show – Author of Of Light and Darkness to Guest January 12 2010

Shayne Leighton to guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio show to discuss her new book, the arts and entertainment. Listen live online worldwide Wed Jan 12 2011 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at Radio | Visit for details
I hope you’ll stop by and check out the show! Can’t wait to hear/read your thoughts!

Official Cover Art!

So thrilled! Woke up this morning to my finalized cover art in my email inbox. The design is still my original, but is now perfected by Fiona Jayde with the Decadent Publishing flag in the corner (which really makes it official)! I love it! What do you guys think?

That’s all for now. Not a long post today. Just felt like sharing with you all! If you haven’t already, find the title on GoodReads!

Much love,


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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….



Welcome to our world


Welcome to our occult town…where you will learn the happenings in the world of Of Light and Darkness. Stay up to date on the recent orders of the Regime, what’s going on with Valek and Charlotte, and the next thing Aden has up his sleeve…

This is a page for fans to participate in discussion with the debut novel series from Shayne Leighton.