Genre - Adult contemporary Romance - The Luminara Series by SJ Molloy
'Lussuria', (Lussuria being Italian for Lust)
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.
Excerpts (Choose 1):
“Do you trust me?” he asks.
I can’t believe we are having this conversation.
“That’s not what I asked, and you know it, just answer the question Lexi do you trust me?” He demands.
I pause then tell him the only thing I can, I tell him the truth…
“I don’t trust anybody” then look down at my hands. I have said too much and offended him.
“I am sorry Lucca, I don’t mean to hurt you, it’s the truth, and you said you wanted to know what’s on my mind”. I feel the need to justify my answer. Lifting my chin up, he stares into my eyes, contemplating what I have told him.
“Are you upset with me?” I ask pitifully.
“No I ‘m not upset, now we are getting somewhere if you are telling me the truth, the trust thing is something we will just have to work on” he says with compassion.
“Do you still think of me as a stranger?” he asks.
“Kind of” I say shyly,
“Kind of…? Well we will just have to do something about that and become more intimately acquainted” he grins with that sexy dimple smile before claiming my mouth showing me just how he intends to get to know me better,
Sweet Jesus… his expert tongue assaults mines with lustful passion, carnal hunger and intense seduction.
Fuck File P for Panties will be dropping just directly…
“Doc, we are not having this conversation again as I have claimed you as my own; I can give you whatever I want, when I want and I will do just that. I want you to have these so take the diamonds baby”.
“I want you to know, you already have my heart, it’s yours, I’m falling in love with you Lexi and I will never have enough of you”. I close my eyes and hold him tighter than I ever have, I think it might be the security that I need to hear right now, I just hope he means it because I know I am falling for him in a way I never thought was possible, for me.
“I will accept your heart, but I want to give you my heart in return, for you to hold, to keep, to cherish and to fire up every now and again, I mean I will properly date you, I want to be with you”
You are something special, my something special, and I’m not ever letting go of you. You have just made me the happiest man in the world, your mine now baby.
“Nice underwear, you look amazing lying there, but they are not staying on”.
You will not be requiring any swimwear Doc, It’s just you and I and my pool. I’m glad you don’t have any because I have plans and I require you to be naked, very naked…”
“Ha ha, yes the Doc is very satisfied with her results thank you Mr Caruso; I must have a check up again very soon”. I look at Lucca impishly.
Kissing me harmoniously on my swollen lips he reassures me,
“Lexi, you are something so god damn fucking special, do you know that baby?”
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?”
Voi siete la più bella donna intrigante che abbia mai conosciuto. Tu sei il mio qualcosa di speciale, da sempre e per sempre. Mantenere questa stretta al cuore, ho intenzione di rimanere vicino al mio. Amore Lucca xxx
You are the most beautiful, intriguing woman I have ever met. You are my something special, forever and always. Keep this close to your heart. I intend to keep you close to mine. Love Lucca xxx
“When I saw your eyes filled with dread and fear, my heart nearly stopped, I thought I would lose you, I need you and want nothing more, please trust me Doc, I ….I love you, I love you Dolcezza”.
He claims my mouth with profound longing and as soon as our lips meet the chemistry and energy ignites a burning desire deep in my soul and heart. My body submits to him with his sensitive words.
I’ve folded yet again!
Another tidal wave of water is flooding from my eyes cascading down my cheeks, he has me…
“You love me?” my voice is breaking, my eyes weeping.
“Yes, I love you, I’m very much in love with you. You are mine forever and my something special baby”
My body and mind become weak. I stare into his wide wet azure blue eyes,
“Lucca I…….I don’t know what to say”.
“Then don’t, write it in your journal”.
With these words we melt into each other, passionately kissing in a tight embrace filled with love and traces of uncertain fear.
“I owe you this, I want to tell you”. “No, I want to understand, really I do but it’s better to write down in your journal for me Lexi, I love you so much but I want you to tell me when you are ready. You are not ready now, this is wrong and I’m so sorry about Sunday. I understand now why you shut me out and of your insecurities. It will never change the way I feel about you. You are beautiful and special and your mother is blessed to have you, don’t you ever doubt that, fate has brought us together and I have no intention of letting you go. It just hurts to hear the truth because I care so deeply and I love you”.
I feel his chest contracting heavily against my back, his face buries in my neck surrounded by my long soft tousled hair. He inhales the tropical scent of my shampoo and his hand wraps protectively around my waist pulling me further back into his embrace to kiss my cheek sweetly. I’m safe…
“No baby, stop this. You are not burdening me; you’re giving me hope and love of the best kind. I’m going to love you and help you sort this out. Please just trust me, I making it my mission to bring you into the light Lexi”.
Completely sated, holding one another in our post-coital glow gives me a feeling of intimacy and security I just never want to let go of.
“I am so thankful you have walked into my life, I have never felt so protected, so wanted or special…” my voice tails off.
“I want to give you this every day for the rest of our lives. You are something special and deserve this and more, I love you Doc”.
“Don’t tell me anymore, I just can’t handle it just now baby I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all of it but please believe me your future, our future is getting brighter that I am sure of. I refuse to let you back into that darkness, I’ll do everything in my power to bring you light”.
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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SJ Molloy – Lussuria, The Luminara Series
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a qualified fitness instructor and a wife and mum. I live in Glasgow, Scotland with my husband, my two daughters and my dog who I absolutely adore. I previously lived in Melbourne Australia also having lots of family and friends there. Australia will always hold a special place in my heart. I absolutely love reading and writing. When I’m lost in reading or writing I can go days without resting or taking a break, or sleeping. I love to laugh, have fun and I am outgoing adventurous. I have a quirky, playful sense of humour but I reckon it’s healthy and keeps me young at heart. I am also fairly spiritual and I love yoga, relaxation and mediation when my mind is not overactive. I’m a hopless romantic deep at heart and quite a sensitive soul and find comfort in loving my friends and family.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve had the inspirational ideas for my plot and characters whizzing around in my head for around two years now. Christmas 2012, I read a new book everyday over the holidays and would make lots of notes in a journal about my characters and every Monday, I would wake and say ‘right today is the day I start writing’. Then every time I sat at my laptop I would shiver with nerves and shy away. This went on until Valentine’s Day 2013, my husband came home from work with beautiful flowers and one striking blue coloured orchid caught my eye and then I said right enough is enough, I’m taking the leap of faith and going to spread my wings. I sat at the laptop and have barely moved since. So maybe it was a sign, a push in the right direction.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, I did probably more with the second book because I introduced more characters and the plot deepened, so there was much more thinking and elaboration. When I get writers block, I take my dog out for a walk for some fresh air or do some exercises and stretches in my living room.
9. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Yes I work with an outline, I like to have things mapped out. I made loads of notes and ultimately I have scripted the start, middle and end of the series but when I started typing things will change because something just comes to me and I find it’s a better way to work when something inspirational grasps me. I still have the main idea but just let it flow naturally.
10. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
As a child my prize possessions were the Enid Blyton famous five box sets and Roald Dahl box sets. I kept them for my children and actually found them recently in my attic. As a teenager I loved period classics like Shakespeare, Emily Bronte and Jane Austin. As an adult I love to read lots of various genres, styles and authors work. I enjoy a cryptic Dan Brown, Mario Puzo, James Patterson and John Grisham book and also love Khaled Hosseini in between reading the more adult, romantic novels. I also loved the hunger games, for something fresh and exciting. If I enjoy a good book I’ll read it several times and I love to be brought to tears when reading a story. Of recent my favourite authors are SC Stephens, Sylvain Reynard, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Katie Ashley, Katy Evans, Samantha Towle, Mia Asher, Jasinda Wilder, J.C Reed, J.A. Redmerski, L.D Davis, Molly McAdams, Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire to name a few.
11. 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.
12. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
When I was nearly finished the first book I had so many thoughts going through my mind, like maybe I should have done this, done that, changed this and changed that. The reality is I read it back so many times that I knew it was working the way I intended and I would end up frazzled if I constantly changed too many things. If I could have changed anything it would be to have forward planned better with the publish side of things and have everything booked in adequate time. I discovered that people are booked way in advance and this being my first time I had to estimate, so it’s been a learning curve.
13. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Social networking via the book bloggers is a true god send. It’s been the biggest form of marketing I could have possible have and reaches so many book groups, pages and blog sites. I find this works best but as it’s still early days I may consider other avenues to market in the future through the press. Around two years ago I joined , liked and still continue to follow mostly all these pages and sites. Every book I purchase or download is based on the reviews and teasers from these incredible bloggers sites/pages. I always trust fellow readers especially with this type of genre and base my choices on what’s trending and what has the best exposure, interest and feedback.
14. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No. The Luminara series is my debut Series, I did write when I was younger although I’m sure most of my journals and printed MS documents are long gone from my parent’s attic.
15. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
It’s all purely imagination. The plot, characters and scenes are all based on imagination and are fictitious although the dog Doris is actually based on my own dog. I found it easy to describe and write about her watching my own dog run away with my slippers when I was busy typing and not paying her any attention. The dog actually gets up to a lot of mischief in the second book.
16. What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
That’s a hard one, there were so many chapters I enjoyed expressing and creating. I enjoyed writing the chapter ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, when Lexi meets Francesca for the first time, Lucca gets drunk as is struggling to cope and after a night of debauchery Lexi runs away from him. It was very intense writing this scene as it was the first chapter that Lucca does not come across as being perfect. My heart was thumping writing it actually because I did not want to portray him as being bad, but still wanted enough controversy that he failed with unacceptable behaviour and would crumble at the thought of losing Lexi and beg for her forgiveness. I found it very emotional and wanted that point in the story to have something raw and emotionally disturbing with a little shock value. I also loved Hazel cartwheeling down the hallway, I smiled writing that and when Marissa walks in on Lucca and Lexi and nearly catches them in an intimate moment. I also loved the scene Cameron reads her journal and they cry together and embrace, oh and when Lucca turns up at the night club in Firenze. I could go on and on…
17. How did you come up with the title?
Lussuria is the Italian word for Lust and the theme of the series is Lust, Love and Light. In the early days I actually planned to call it something else and it was not until the book was completely finished that I eventually changed the name as it was much more fitting. My Cousin, Husband, Editor and friends also had a lot of input and gave me endless ideas to eventually help me to decide what was right for this book.
18.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.
19.Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I’m pretty happy with all my characterisations and theme. I spent a great deal of time thinking of how I could theme it to work in with branding, story and content etc. The second book will explain the characters in more depth, bring her group of friends back into it and many new characters will be revealed some friendly, some not so much. We will explore her family in book 2 also. I tried to imagine if this were on screen, how the large circle of family and friends would be personafied and visualised in the settings and scenes.
20. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I think it goes without saying that we all like different things in life and as writers we won’t please everyone and there is always going to be mixed opinions with anything. It’s difficult sometimes to accept negative critique because we try hard not to take it personally. A very kind fellow author told me at the very beginning not to read any reviews wither they be good, bad or indifferent because it can really affect your enthusiasm and mood and the main thing is to stay level headed and focused. My toughest criticism has to be that family and friends know it’s of a sexual content. In a light hearted way, they have teased me about it, which I try to rub off the best I can although it does secretly embarrass me. I’ve also been told I am very descriptive. My best compliment has to be that my husband and kids and friends tell me that they are very proud of me and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.
21. 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.
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