Friday, February 15, 2013

Fabulous Indie Friday: Melissa Lummis

Loti Dupree fears that when her husband died, she lost her soul. Harboring a painful secret, she flees her life in a small Appalachian town for the ashram, the spiritual retreat where she trained to be a yogini. But she is running from more than grief. An ominous nightmare the night before she leaves sets her on a dangerous path of self-discovery that challenges everything she believes – and threatens her life.

While dodging psychic attacks from an unknown assailant, she struggles with her growing attraction to a broody, handsome and completely frustrating vampire. Loti races to understand who and what she is before her anonymous enemy catches up with her.

Loti thought she couldn’t survive her husband’s death, but among healers, witches, and vampires, she discovers not only a future, but a family.

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Our thoughts:

Author Melissa Lummis' debut novel Enlightened is nothing short of amazing. I found myself drawn into Loti's world right off the bat. Her journey was enthralling.I'm a sucker for a good witch/vampire story, this for sure did not disappoint. But be warned, if you're looking for a formulaic story that's been told time and time again, this book is not for you. Be prepared to fall in love with Melissa Lummis and the world she has created. I very much look forward to the sequel to this book, because I have to know what is going to happen next! 5 stars

This was the debut novel by the author and she does not disappoint this reader. I enjoyed the development of her characters as a reader you were able to follow along the story line with ease. Each and every character helped to increase the dramatics of Loti's story. It was hard to put the book down in which to deal with real life day to day activities. So my sons dinner was late mommy was reading. I look forward to reading more in the series to to see what happens next. I especially enjoyed the beginning where Melissa incorporated some of Gandi sayings. It showed that she took the time and effort to research some quotes that helped to give substance to her book. Thank you for allowing me to read your first book and cant wait for more. I highly highly recommend this book by Melissa Lummis. 5 stars

I must say that Enlightened was refreshing. It is a good combination of paranormal, love, mystery and intrigue. I liked how the story had multiple character points of view.
Walking along with Loti as she faces her husbands death and finding comfort in a vampire was an intense journey. Melissa wrote the story beautifully. Loti going on her vision quest and discovering she is a walking myth was an eye opener. Melissa's attention to detail made the story pop and that much more enjoyable. I cant wait to see what happens in the next install of the Love and Light Series.


About the author:

Melissa Lummis considers herself a truth seeker, a peaceful warrior, a paranormal and fantasy writer, an avid reader, a thru-hiker GA->ME '98, a wife, a mother, and a free thinker. She believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer. And if we live our lives as if it is a daring adventure (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.
The author lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute and a myriad of forest creatures. The nature of her mind dictates that she write to stay sane. Otherwise, her fertile imagination takes off on tangents of its own accord, creating scenarios and worlds that confuse the space-time continuum. Namaste, dear friends.

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