Series: The Luminara Series, #2
Author: S.J. Molloy
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance (18+)
An emotional erotic heart-wrenching story of lust, love and light
Alexis Evangeline Robertson is young, insecure and daunted with painful memories from her dark, tortured childhood. She has rules, and she has boundaries.
She never lets anyone too close.
Lucca Caruso has the most mesmerising crystal azure blue eyes and a heart of gold. When Lexi meets this Italian God, she doesn’t expect to see him again.
But fate intervenes.
While on vacation at a Villa in Val D’Orcia, near the Chianti hills outside of Florence, she is more than surprised to see Lucca arrive at the very same villa. Lexi begins a journey of self-discovery, helplessly folding, melting and crumbling to the temptation of her heart’s desire.
After the desires of lust …
And the sweetness of love …
Lexi will spread her wings towards the light …
This is the story of one girl’s destiny to find her light from her sinister, dark and harrowing past and the one man who can take her there.
About the Author
SJ Molloy, first time British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child, her family moved and raised her in Lanarkshire, Scotland where she currently resides with her husband, two daughters and her energetic, hyperactive loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled.
SJ is a qualified Fitness Instructor and Health & Fitness Motivator of various fitness styles and disciplines. Music and dance aerobics have always been a pleasure and passion for her. SJ will sporadically make up dance style routines at any hour of the day when a move comes to her or piece of music moves or inspires her. Currently not teaching classes she is focusing her time into nurturing her yearning passion for creative writing, exchanging one visualization for another.
As a child, SJ loved to write in journals and make up short stories and has a flare for all things creative. With an overactive imagination at times, SJ adores to make notes, visualize scenes and settings to create characterizations.
While on holiday with her family one summer reading book after book, she had a flash of inspiration and has had various ideas whirling around in her mind ever since. It was not until she pulled back on teaching classes that she found the courage, time and insight into actually bringing these ideas to life.
In February 2013 she decided to bring that imagination to light by beginning her writing journey with ‘Lussuria’ the first installment in ‘The Luminara Series’ available from late October 2013.
Being a self-confessed book junkie, she loves nothing better than to get lost in an emotional and moving book. A true romantic at heart, her guilty pleasure is reading heart-warming, passionate stories and falling in love with her favorite fictional characters.
With five books already mapped out in ‘The Luminara Series’, SJ’s busy creative mind has already planned two more fictitious novels, both stand-alone romance books and very different in their own right.
When she is not writing or reading, spending time with family and friends or exercising and walking her dog, SJ loves all things practical and creative. Dancing, music, cooking, travelling, good food and wine and painting are her favorite past times along with laughter, lots and lots of laughter.
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What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I love to read and when I’m not reading I love to dance. I have taught dance aerobic and fitness classes over the years so I love to make up new routines when certain music inspires me. Although I have not had a lot of time this year to fit in as much dancing as I would like but I hope to make time to enjoy more of my passion. I love cooking, good food and wine and entertaining. Socialising and meal times are important to us and I love to cook for my family and friends. When I’m not doing any of that, I’m helping my daughters with their homework and walking my energetic dog.
Do you have a day job as well?
My day job is fitness instructing and specialised health, but I have an injury of my own so left my full time position as I was teaching 35 classes a week a few years ago and needed to take a step back and rest. When I started writing it was supposed to be a stop gap while I recovered from my injury, but it’s actually more than a full time job now because I barely sleep, I type day and night but would not change it for the world.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
Three years ago when we were on holiday, I thought about writing YA, and I would not dismiss that idea because I have an amazing idea for a YA series which I’m sure has not be done before. But then after reading fifty shades of grey, I was hooked with Adult books, so I must have downloaded 5 to 8 a week and have spent a few years reading in between doing my classes. It was a no brainner I would write romance but the Contemporary/Erotic Adult genre seemed to fit and fall into place and I wanted to ensure I had a different story all together so after researching I decided change it up a little.
Do you listen to music while writing?
This question really excites me because music is my thing. I love music and music and dance go hand in hand and now writing and music goes hand in hand for me. There is not a day that goes by that I’m not downloading and listening to varied music whilst typing, my playlist is so diverse. From R&B, Country, to Love Ballads, Alternate Rock, House, Dance and Soul. I permanently have my earphones in. That’s what I loved about my classes, I would spend hours picking fresh music, or old remixes searching for a good distinctive beat. When I’m writing I need to listen to music, it seems to get the creativity flowing better if it moves me.
Chips or chocolate?
Chips – Always and forever, it’s my guilty pleasure. I am a savoury girl and have been known to polish off a movie size bag of kettle chips without sharing when I have PMS.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
It’s a mind field. I have spent 2-3 years researching and even that is not enough. Like any industry it’s changing all the time. No matter how much I think I know, every day I’m faced with another challenge. I was always self-publishing from the start but I am rusty to say the least with all things tech – y, so I’ve had to ask, ask and ask again to navigate my way around. It’s a nerve wrecking experience and can be stressful; I take my hat off to other fellow authors who have done it. Every day is a school day as they say.
What project are you working on now?
I am almost finished Book 2, in the Luminara series which will be called L’amore meaning The Love. Then I’m scheduled to start writing book three in the next coming weeks and write book four early next year and book five the middle of next year so I’m going to be a busy lady.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I like to sincerely thank all the readers, fans and bloggers from the bottom of my heart for their continued support and enthusiasm everyone is giving me and my series. I hope you’re all as passionate about The Luminara Series as much as I am and it’s a joy to be able to write and bring my imagination to you all. I’m indebted to you all for your kind words and encouragement I have received and it goes without saying that if it were not for the support from fans, readers and bloggers I could not successfully deliver this series to you. I’m delighted to be able to share this with you and I will always be entirely grateful for your love and best wishes. I am overwhelmed with appreciation and touched by every little message of kind words. Thank you readers, fans and bloggers xxx
Dream Cast –
My ideal Actress to play Lexi would be Mila Kunis,
My ideal Actor to play Lucca would be Adrian Grenier or Henry Cavill .Of course both would need to wear Azure crystal bright blue tinted contacts to fit Lucca’s description.
After I sit down Lucca pulls a beautiful blue orchid flower out of the vase and places it behind my ear, I blush and look down. Lifting my chin up, he kisses my lips chastely.
“You are beautiful, and this colour is striking against your dark hair and skin”.
“Thank you” I barely whisper.
“These flowers are said to symbolise virility, fertility and sexuality”
“Oh” I blush at that realisation.
He seductively grins, “Some think of them as yin and yang, beauty and strength, dark blue testosterone and charming fertile calmness”
“You sure know a lot about flowers” I say still inhibited at the sexual nature of his descriptions
“Yes, Nonna loves flowers, which you’ll notice all around the Villa, she has a flower garden around the back”
“They are beautiful, I love this flower and it’s such a pretty colour”
“It is, like you…Shall we eat?”
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