Spotlight and Interview: Blood & Lillies (Bloodlines Series) by Lyn Croft

Blood and Lilies


First in the Bloodlines Series

Once cast from Heaven, Zillah has vowed to destroy God and overtake his kingdom. But a key is needed to open the gates between the two realms.
The Key to the gate walks the earth in the form of a woman…young, innocent and completely unaware of her importance in the battle between good and evil. Once her blood is shed, Zillah can open the portal to release her father…Lucifer himself.
Cara, a college sophomore, is quickly thrown into the world of the supernatural, as well as learning of her true ancestry. Vampires, werewolves and the Nephilim are now a part of her reality. As the beings struggle to protect her, she fights to keep her sanity as her mortal realm is crushed.
Secrets are revealed that could shatter Cara’s new found love, as well as lead to her ultimate death. A family is torn apart as the battle to save the key leads them down a road of betrayal and heartache. Loved ones are lost, lines are crossed, and nothing is as it seems. Lies and truths twist and turn, leaving us with only one question…
Could you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?


The evening sky pulsed, hues of deep purples and blacks engraving blurry lines above the earth. The night echoed its cries, carried by angry breezes through the hills of the land. The cemetery, cascaded in carved tombstones that sprouted from the ground, laid empty and dormant, except for the busy, yet silent whispers of the dead.
The ground, wet and damp, gave way beneath Cara’s bare feet as she trudged through the mud pushing between her toes. Her eyes traveled towards the ground to study her soiled feet, finding her body was draped in a simple, yet elegant white dress which graced her pale legs just below her knees. The plunging neckline stopped just beneath the cleft of her breast as the thin silk straps hugged the tops of her shoulders, exposing her bare delicate skin.
She scanned around her, alone and frightened, like a young child strayed from its mother. It was so dark, and the crested moon, swarmed by rolling darkened clouds, offered no safe haven of light to guide her way. Slow and unsure, she stepped cautiously, waiting blindly for an edge that would send her spiraling down into a never-ending abyss, swallowing her whole. The shadows danced in front of her, playing tricks on her unfocused eyes as her feet took her step by step.
Where was she? How did she get here? She could hear faint whispers of the dead crying out to her from the spirit world. Their words made no sense as they all jumbled together like a soft but unmelodic hum in the air. Her ears strained to make out parts of the words, hoping to piece together some language so she could better understand why they’d brought her here.
Realization struck. The voices had guided her here. She turned around to where the whispers grew, louder and more needful. She followed them as they increased, vibrating through her head as if they were coming from inside her brain, instead of churning in the air around her. The darkness frightened her, yet she still continued, following the only guidance she had.
She could hear it now. Through the vast echo of the whispers, she could make out her name. They called to her, begged her to come near. She obeyed.
Something hard struck her toes, shooting instant pain up through her legs, like lightning igniting through her to her very core. Her body flew forward as she reached out to stop her fall. She expected a large stone to split her head. Or perhaps the tip of a metal cross would impale her through her chest and end it all, without her knowing or seeing it in the darkness before her. But there was nothing as her body hit the soft ground beneath her.
Grass laced itself through her fingers as she looked up to the gravestone in front of her. The clouds that had hugged the moon so well broke, lighting the etched carvings before her so she could see. What she read on the engraving shook her to the core. Her eyes couldn’t process, couldn’t comprehend what she was seeing.
Cara L. Chadwick
Beloved Friend and Student
We will miss you always
Oct. 18, 1992 to Dec. 21, 2012
A cry escaped her lips as Cara pushed herself up from the ground as fast as she could, stumbling backwards. She wanted to turn away, run and never look back. There was no way in hell she was going to stay here to hang out with her own tomb. And the date…it was this Friday’s date…or had it already arrived and was now in the past? Cara realized she had no idea of what time it was, or the day, but she needed to escape and get out of this place as fast as her bare feet could carry her.


Blood and lilies teaser

~What are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m wrapping up Blood & Council – book 3 in my Bloodlines Series

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write as much as you can and do it because you love it. Don’t worry about what the end product will be. Just tell the story.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I wish I was organized, but I’m a scattered mess. I’m still trying to figure out how I pull it all together in the end.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I try to plot out my stories, but new characters and plots always seem to develop or change along the way.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

I like to have the TV playing in the background while I write. There’s something about the background noise that helps keep me in the zone.

~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?

I have writers block all the time! I try to distract myself by working on other projects and hobbies till my muse is done taking her break.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

I try to focus on one story at a time, but I usually have two or three books that are born during the process. I’ll summarize my plots for new ideas, write them down, and then shove them in the drawer till I’m done with my current work in progress.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

Horror. Especially in the Paranormal realm.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

I actually haven’t received anything wacky yet. I’ve had sweet cards, letters, and pictures; but nothing weird or crazy. I’m still waiting for that…

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I love playing video games and making jewelry.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

The most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much she cries, no matter how much she begs, never feed her after midnight.

~Favorite quote?

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

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Posted on October 5, 2015, in Author Interview, paranormal, Romance, Spotlight and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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