Book Description

City of Lights by Melika Dannese Lux

The Indie Book of the Day for 7th of August, 2013!

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

What would you risk for the love of a stranger?

Ilyse Charpentier, a beautiful young chanteuse, is the diva of the 1894 Parisian cabaret scene by night and the unwilling obsession of her patron, Count Sergei Rakmanovich, at every other waking moment.

Though it has always been her secret desire, Ilyse’s life as “La Petite Coquette” of the Paris stage has turned out to be anything but the glamorous existence she had dreamt of as a girl. As a young woman, Ilyse has already suffered tragedy and become estranged from her beloved brother, Maurice, who blames her for allowing the Count to drive them apart. 

Unhappy and alone, Ilyse forces herself to banish all thoughts of independence until the night Ian McCarthy waltzes into her life. Immediately taken with the bold, young, British expatriate, Ilyse knows it is time to choose: will she break free and follow her heart or will she remain a slave to her patron’s jealous wrath for the rest of her life?

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615708269
  • Publisher: Books In My Belfry, LLC; 2 edition (September 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JQLE2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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I have been an author since the age of fourteen and write Young/New Adult historical romance, suspense, supernatural/paranormal thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, short stories, novellas–you name it, I write it! I am also a classically trained soprano/violinist/pianist and have been performing since the age of three. Additionally, I hold a BA in Management and an MBA in Marketing.

If I had not decided to become a writer, I would have become a marine biologist, but after countless years spent watching Shark Week, I realized I am very attached to my arms and legs and would rather write sharks into my stories than get up close and personal with those toothy wonders.

Now for my novels:

City of Lights: The Trials and Triumphs of Ilyse Charpentier was originally published in August of 2007 and recently received its second printing. It is a YA historical fiction/family saga that takes place in Paris in 1894. My NA paranormal thriller, Corcitura, takes place over the years 1888-1895 in locales across Europe and America. I am beyond thrilled that this novel has finally been released. It was my labor of love for nine years.

I am currently working on the sequel to Corcitura, a collection of comedy/horror/fantasy stories set in Eastern and Northern Europe in the 1800s, and the first book of a planned fantasy duology.

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