OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS set to haunt south Florida bookstores
West Palm Beach, FL) - August 23, 2011 -- During her senior year at Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Shayne Leighton wrote a screenplay she never dreamed would receive a theatrical release. THE INCUBUS, a dark romance shot throughout South Florida, released September 10 at over 15 theaters from Miami to West Palm Beach. Now, the multi-talented Shayne Leighton, is scheduled to do a book signing for her most recent success and release, her debut young adult fantasy novel, OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS: THE VAMPIRE’S DAUGHTER on Saturday, October 1st at Barnes and Noble in CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL from 2pm - 7pm.
Leighton, a 20-year-old, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate received major success in 2010; a dark fantasy feature film entitled, The Incubus, which was produced by S.M.ir.K. Entertainment and Marcie Gorman, former owner of the South Florida Weight Watchers franchise. The Incubus, shot entirely in Miami and West Palm Beach, was released in the fall of last year and went on to play in movie theaters across the treasure coast among major theater chains such as, Regal, AMC, Cinemark, and Muvico. The film also garnered the attention of reporters and reviewers at CBS News, the Miami Herald, Deco Drive, and more. The Incubus is now in negotiation for a distribution agreement. And Leighton is not stopping there!
Now, Leighton is releasing her debut novel, a fantasy for teens set in Prague, Czech Republic about vampires, witches, werewolves, and elves! OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS: THE VAMPIRE’S DAUGHTER is the first book in a planned series of seven. Barnes and Noble in CityPlace, West Palm Beach is hosting a major book signing event for Shayne Leighton on Saturday, October 1st from 2-7pm. The event will include readings from various passages of the book, an appearance from a famed Edward Cullen impersonator, characters in costume from Shayne’s book, and a lot more.
Leighton’s debut novel is already in development for a major motion picture adaptation. Many of the details are being kept under wraps, but so far Leighton has announced the involvement of several celebrities that are attached to the film adaptation of OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS such as former Parkland resident, Cassie Scerbo (ABC Family’s Make it Or Break it, Teen Spirit, Bring it On 4), Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga, Born Bad), J La Rose (Saw III, Saw IV), and Hannah & Hilly Hindi (The Hillywood Show)! Dean Jones, make up artist for Pirates of the Caribbean is also attached to the project.
OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS has already received critical acclaim from Leighton’s fellow authors and readers of the book, previously released in eBook format this past June:
“Of Light and Darkness is a paranormal YA that holds it own among the saturated genre. Original beasts, well known magical creatures like Fae and Witches, and the well-known vampire create add to a world to get lost in. With the blend of contemporary with it’s own world building characteristic of Paranormal YA readers will still fall in love with Eastern Europe, specifically Prague. The truly original but intriguing premise of the book is the relationship between Valek and Charlotte and how it evolves. When I first saw where it was going I was on alert. I just couldn’t see how it work out without be creepy. Nevertheless, the rhythm of writing is so amazing I read on. Pleasantly surprised Shayne Leighton not only delivered but secured a loyal reader by bringing it together and icing it up”.
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