Sunday, December 30, 2012

Up to Me Playlist

One more week, y'all!  One. More. Week.  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep  In the meantime, get in the mood with some tunes from the Up to Me playlist.  It's right over there----> on my sidebar.  I'll come back and match up the scenes after the book releases, although some of them won't need any further explanation.  *winks*  I hope you enjoy it:)  Also, have a happy and safe New Year's Eve tomorrow.  2013, here we come!  Yippppeeeeeeee



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Up to Me Teaser #3


How about a little visual aid to go with this one?  Just picture Charlie Hunnam, my celebrity Davenport, with sinfully dark brown eyes.  *sigh*  Delicious!






EXCERPT THREE

Cash’s back is to me. I see him run his fingers through his hair and I hear him sigh again.  “I’m asking you to trust me, Olivia.”  He turns to face me.  “Trust in what you know about me.  Because I know, if you stop listening to your fear, you know who I am.  Deep down.  You know me, Olivia.  You know me.”
His voice is sincere. His expression is urgent.  I close my eyes against his face, his handsome face, the face that haunts both my waking and my sleeping world.  I open them again when I feel warm hands cup my cheeks.  Cash is a breath away, his eyes oceans of midnight, drawing me out into the deep.
“It’s me,” he says softly.  “Stop listening to everything else.  Remember the way you feel when I’m kissing you and touching you.  Don’t think with your head.  You know me.  And when my lips are on yours, you trust me.”  As if to make his point, he dips his head and brushes his mouth over mine.  Sparks fly between us.  As always.  “You trust me, when my hands are on your skin.”  He runs his palms down my arms and then over to my waist where he pushes them up under the edge of my shirt.  Chills break out down my back.  “You trust me when you turn your mind off, when you just feel.”

ALERT:  Down to You will be available for only $0.99 until the release of Up to Me on January 6th! If you haven't read it or know friends that you'd like to recommend it to, take advantage of this low price:)  And I'd love you forever if you'd help me spread the word.  <3   Thank you!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas, Leighton style

I hope y'all had an amazing Christmas!!!  Mine was...different, but it all turned out well, which means I couldn't ask for more.

It all began on Sunday as I was packing my car.  I was wearing heels and the grass was wet.  When I came through the front door and hit the hardwood, my feet flew out from under me and I fell.  I thought I broke my arm and possibly my ankle, but, after much tender moving, decided I hadn't.  I was happy to avoid the ER and feel terrible for all those out there who weren't as fortunate.  ER before a holiday SUCKS!

The next day, I got to go to an alpaca farm to shop for some authentic alpaca wool scarves and hats.  They're named after the animal from which the wool was obtained.  There are "Coco Chanel" colors, "Nugget," "Roosevelt," "Granny," "Star," and many, many more.  59 more to be exact.  And they're all different and beautiful!  Even better than that, though, I got to meet some adorable alpacas!  Aaaaaaaaaaa, they're so cute!  One of them tried to nibble my fingers and kept following me along the fence.  She was so freakin' precious, I thought for an instant of bringing her home.  As I studied her, however, I realized she wouldn't fit in my car and my dog might have a heart attack.  Plus, when I got a whiff of her...farmy smell, I figured she'd clash with all my perfume.  hehe  So, I left her with her family. I'm sure she was relieved.  LOL

After that, I spent the evening with my family.  The next day as well.  I ate way too much, collected far too many presents and then traveled home early to avoid tornadoes in the area.  All in all, though, it was a wonderful Christmas, my family and the alpacas being the highlight.  That AFTER, of course, the birth of Jesus.  Without Him, there would be no Christmas:)

I hope y'all had much less drama and at LEAST as much fun and happiness to fill your holiday.  I'm posting pictures of some of my new friends.  Tune in tomorrow for the third Up to Me teaser and a little surprise;)

Much love!!!

Finger nibbler. So sweet!


I'll call this one "stink eye" since that's what he was giving me.

I love the dark brown one with the black face.  Gorgeous!

This is Star, the father of all the others in these pictures.

See?  She's already watching me, getting ready to follow me and my fingers.

And here she is for a little more Leighton.  Her muzzle is soft like a horse's.  Seriously, she almost got  alpaca-napped;)



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I hope y'all have a happy, safe, wonderful Christmas!  It's my sincere desire that you have an overwhelming amount of blessings to count:)  *big huge hug*

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:


Haven't read Down to You by M. Leighton? Get it now before Up to Me comes out January 6th. http://tinyurl.com/ceu8zkt #12DaysOfMLeighton 


You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 1:  A signed set of all my paperbacks!  That's 11 of my books that are published in print, including Blood Like Poison books 1-3, Madly books 1-3 (books 1&2 combined), Gravity, Fragile, The Reaping, The Reckoning, The Wild Ones and Down to You.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 1 WINNER IS
KATHRYN GRIMES


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:


Haven't read Down to You by M. Leighton? Get it now before Up to Me comes out January 6th. http://tinyurl.com/ceu8zkt #12DaysOfMLeighton 


You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 2:  Down to You and The Wild Ones signed paperbacks, as well as swag packs

DAY 2 WINNER IS
BRANDI BRADFORD

Sorry I haven't been around much today.  The holidays have me by the...well, you know;)  hehe I'll be back in full swing on Wednesday, responding to tweets, messages and e-mails. Until then, I'll still be doing contest tomorrow.  Hope y'all are enjoying the season!  Much love to you!! 







Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:


Haven't read Down to You by M. Leighton? Get it now before Up to Me comes out January 6th. http://tinyurl.com/ceu8zkt #12DaysOfMLeighton 


You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 3:  Down to You t-shirt, a signed Down to You paperback and Down to You swag

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 3 WINNER IS
LYNDSIE_NITE

Several entries were rejected because they're using the phrase from earlier in the week. 
Be SURE to use the new phrase!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 4:  Signed copy of The Wild Ones, The Wild Ones swag and a full-size signed M. Leighton book poster

Good luck and Merry Christmas!


DAY 4 WINNER IS
@TARATATERBEANS

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 5


Welcome to Day 5 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 5:  Pink BoCabulary t-shirt and a signed paperbacks of all 3 Blood Like Poison books

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 5 WINNER IS
HEATHER FARRINGTON

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 6 and Up top Me Teaser #2


Welcome to Day 6 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 6:  Signed Down to You paperback and Down to You swag

And now onto teaser number two.  Wahoooooooooooooo

DAY 6 WINNER IS
NAARAH SCHEFFLER


EXCERPT 2:


I walk over, stopping at the bar across from her.  I watch as she wraps the last bottle and puts it back on the shelf.  She looks around, making sure everything is done and the bar is clear before she turns to me. “Have I ever told you how beautiful you are?”
Shyly, she looks away for a heartbeat before she brings her eyes back to mine.  She’s still not quite comfortable with compliments, which shocks me.  How someone who looks like she does could ever feel less than drop-dead gorgeous is beyond me.  Yet she does.  In a backward way, that makes her even more appealing.
“You might’ve mentioned it once or twice before,” she says coyly, biting her lip in that way I love. It makes me want to carry her into the back room again.  But it would have to be quick.  And a quickie isn’t what I want with this girl.  Unless it can be followed up with something much more…thorough.
Watching me from the corner of her eye, she turns and starts walking slowly toward the cut-out. With the bar between us, I walk with her.
“That’s right.  I did mention it before.  I remember telling you how amazing you are.  I think we were in front of a mirror.”  My dick twitches behind my zipper just thinking about sliding into Olivia from behind and coming inside her in the ladies’ bathroom at Tad’s. “Does that sound familiar?”
As she walks, she glances up at me from the corner of her eye.  I see the flash of hot desire.  I know she remembers it just as perfectly as I do.
She clears her throat.  “Um, yeah.  That seems vaguely familiar.” Her grin is playful.
God, what a tease!
“Vaguely?  Maybe I didn’t pound it into you hard enough.”
“Oh, I think you pounded it in plenty hard.”
“Maybe I should’ve taken the time to give you a good tongue-lashing, too, then.”
“Oh, I think the form of communication you used was very effective.”
“So it’s all coming back to you now?”
“Yes, it’s all coming back to me.”
“If you’re lying, I could sweat it out of you, you know.”
“I’m not lying.  It’s etched into my memory. Permanently.”
“Maybe we should revisit it, just so you’re clear on everything we discussed.  I want to make sure it’s in there.  Nice and deep.  So you never forget it.”
Finally her grin turns into a giggle just as we’re nearing the cut-out at the end of the bar.  When she rounds the corner, I’m there blocking her way with my body. 
“I doubt there’s anything you could do to get it in there any deeper.”
“Oh, I can think of one or two things.  The only way we’ll know for sure, though, is to try. And I don’t know about you, but I’m committed to this.  Invested.  And I’m nothing if not thorough.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 7


Welcome to Day 7 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 7:  Signed paperback of The Reaping and The Reckoning

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 7 WINNER IS
MICHELLE NICOLE

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 8


Welcome to Day 8 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 8:  Down to You swag pack. All the goodies!

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 8 WINNER IS
KARENA SCHROEDER

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 9 and Up to Me Teaser #1


Welcome to Day 9 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 9:  Down to You t-shirt and Down to You ebook (Kindle, Nook, Smashwords)


Now for my first Up to Me teaser.  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep OMG OMG Here ya go!


EXCERPT ONE
He squeezes me and presses his lips to my shoulder.  I can barely feel them through the lapel of my robe.
“Can I take this off you?” he breathes.  “I want to feel your skin against mine.”
A pang of desire zings through me at the thought of him holding my naked body against his.  It was only a few hours ago that we had sex for the fifth time today, but it feels like an eternity ago. So much has happened since then, so many emotions have come and gone, that it feels…different.
“Yes,” I whisper in response, answering him before my mind can talk me out of it.
I start to sit up, but Cash stops me.  He leans up on one elbow and pulls my hair away from my face and neck, bending to press his lips against the soft skin beneath my ear.
“Let me.”
DAY 9 WINNER IS
RHIANNON RITCHIE

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 10


Welcome to Day 10 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 10:  Madly t-shirt and all 3 Madly ebooks (Kindle, Nook, Smashwords or iTunes)

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 10 WINNER IS
TWILIGHTGRANDMA

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 11


Welcome to Day 11 of my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.

To enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

I'll announce the winner right here on this post tonight at 9 pm EST.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 11:  Black BoCabulary t-shirt and Blood Like Poison Trilogy ebook (for Kindle or Nook)

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

DAY 11 WINNER IS
AMBER MCALPINE CALHOUN!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of M. Leighton, Day 12

It's Christmas time! Wahoooooooooooooo I feel like Snoopy at Christmas for some reason, like I should be running through the snow, giggling uncontrollably with my ears flapping in the wind.  Only I don't have ears that flap, thank God.  LOL  Anyway, I digress.  Today is the kick off for my Christmas celebration, called THE 12 DAYS OF M. LEIGHTON.  It's my way of wishing you each and every one a very merry and extremely blessed Christmas.

So, let me explain what I'm doing.  Each day for the next 12 days, I'll be posting a different giveaway.  The prizes will start small and end BIG, like an entire set of my paperbacks, signed.  That's 11 books, people!  And until then, there will be all sorts of goodies I'll be giving away.  And did I mention there will be teasers thrown in?  Oh yeah. I'll be posting several Up to Me teasers throughout the next couple weeks, so be sure to come visit for those.  *rubs hands together*  Now, to enter the giveaway, the only thing you have to do is tweet the following phrase:

Love always wins in M. Leighton's world.  Read a book, play to win.  #Giveaways  #12DaysOfMLeighton

That's it.  Easy peasy.  You get an extra entry for tagging me with this phrase on Facebook.  You must be 18 or older to win and the giveaways are open to international participants.

Each evening at 9 pm EST, I'll be announcing the day's winner on my blog.  You'll have 24 hours to respond to me via e-mail (m.leighton.books@gmail.com) with your mailing address and any particulars I need (sizes, inscriptions, etc).

DAY 12:  A signed set of bookmarks and postcards, along with 3 silicone bracelets (Hooked on Jackson, Anything for Love, I Pick Treat)

Okay, y'all.  Ready, set, go!  *fires gun in air*

THE WINNER OF THE DAY 12 PRIZE IS 
NICOLE ASHCRAFT!  


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Up to Me Cover Reveal

OMG OMG OMG OMG  It's almost time!  I get super excited when it's cover reveal time because I know that after a couple of very short weeks, the book will be out! Out into the worlllllllllld!  *echo, echo*  And this one is killing me!  I'm so anxious to bring you this book!  GAH!  I'm sure images of Charlie Hunnam aren't helping :-D  LOL  #SoHot  Anyway, I guess you're here to see the cover, right?  Right.  So let's get this show on the road.  My lovely friends, I give you Up to Me.







Happily ever after doesn’t come easy.  But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms.  He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest.  Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time.  And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back.  Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises.  Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well.  She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option.  And this is one of them.  If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life.  But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

COMING JANUARY 6, 2013


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Announcing Indie ReCon



I'm so excited for this and so, so, SO honored to be a part of it.  Read the announcement below, from the super awesome and amazingly talented S.R. Johannes:

Hi guys!


Do I have a surprise for you! :)

A small group of indie writers has pulled together and is hosting a FREE online conference on everything INDIE in Feb 2013!

Welcome to the first INDIE ReCon - Make Indie Publishing a Mission Possible

Are you curious about Indie publishing, but don't know where to start?  Or, are you already a published Indie author looking to boost your sales or expand your reach?  Then you'll want to attend a new exciting online conference happening in 2013 - INDIE Revolution Conference.  Or as we like to call it, INDIE ReCon.

INDIE ReCon is happening online from February 12-14, 2013.

INDIE ReCon is a FREE, ONLINE conference that is modeled after the awesome annual WriteOnCon. It is designed to help any writer or author who is curious about the ins and outs of Indie publishing. 

However any author or writer can attend because we cover topics all of you may want to know more about (marketing etc)

Everything from the pros and cons of Indie publishing, essential aspects in creating a high-quality book, successful online marketing, and expanding into International markets. 

We will feature over 30 guests that include industry experts as well as some of the bestselling adult and young adult authors in the publishing industry today including: Bob Mayer, Hugh Howey, M. Leighton, and Samantha Young (just to name a few).  

For three days, INDIE ReCon will highlight new topics every hour (sometimes every half hour) for 8 hours a day which will include interviews, blog posts, vlogs, and live online chats.  You'll receive advice from authors, bloggers, marketing partners, cover designers, editors, and more.  You can check out our line up of topics and guests on our website.

Did we mention it's FREE and ONLINE? Well, there's more. Tons of Giveaways! There will be awesome giveaways from each and every speaker and partner. This will include books as well as services like free book designs, free editing, book development services, marketing prizes, and more. 

So mark your calendars for Feb 12-14th!

But, more importantly, sign up now with your email and we'll be sure to send you updates, news, and reminders as the conference gets closer so you won't forget. 

You won't find this much information (or excitement) about Indie publishing anywhere else. The hosts, partners, and presenters are all giving their time and knowledge for free for one simple reason: they're excited about being Indie and they want to help you decide if it's right for you too.  

You can already sign up on the home page to receive updates and news.

We hope you join us at INDIE ReCon - where we'll help you make Indie publishing a mission possible!

See you there!

Founders/Hosts:

Special thanks to our partners:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez--Dream Cast

Today, I have my friend Bethany Lopez.  She has recently struck literary gold with her story entitled Make It Last.  For those of you who've read it, you'll be interested in seeing the pictures below.  For those of you who haven't, seeing this delicious cast will make you want to go straight out and buy this book.

Without further ado, here it is!


 MIL.jpg



In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.


Now, here's the cast as Bethany sees them:

Briana - Long brown hair, brown eyes, delicate features. 5'4". Short order cook, wants to be a Chef. I saw this picture and thought she was the perfect amount of sweet and sassy that I wanted for Bree.


Briana?

Colin - 6'1", dimples, football player. I had a harder time finding someone for Colin than the rest of the characters. I picked this picture of Wes Bently, because he had the brooding look that I thought fit Colin in much of the book. Plus, I thought he looked really hot in this picture. :)

Wes Bentley - Colin?

Kara - Blonde waitress and roommate to Bree. Kara has a rough past and loves men. She has fun with them, but doesn't trust them, until Pete.

Kara

Pete - Bartender at the Bar & Grill. Red-haired and sweet as hell. He's in love with Kara and will do his best to win her over. I picture Pete as a young Eric Stoltz, from Some Kind of Wonderful.

Pete

Kent - I love Kent. He and Rich are the reasons that I had to make this a trilogy. Kent is 6 ft, blonde, and can come off as cocky, but he is loyal and a sweetheart of a man.

Justin Hartley - Kent?

Nicole - Beautiful, busty blonde. Comes from a rich family, but gave it all up to live on her own terms. Hostess at the Bar & Grill.

Nicole?

Rich - Brown hair, hazel eyes, cleft chin. Colin's best friend. The only one still in school, we just see him when he's home on break.

Rich?

Roni - Roni is Kent's twin sister. Tall, blonde, strikingly beautiful. She has a painful past.

Roni

Book 2 in the Friends & Lovers Trilogy, I Choose You is coming soon. I am planning a Dec 13th cover reveal and a Jan 8th release.

Find Make It Last here:




Find Bethany here:


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More about Up to Me

I'm pleased to tell you that Up to Me has an official release date.  JANUARY 6, 2013.

Wahoooooooooooooooooooooo!

*throws confetti*

The cover reveal will be December 12th and the next day I'll begin the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways, where something different will be given away each day on my blog.  Oh, and did I mention I'll start doing teasers, too?  Because I totally will:)  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

In the meantime, here's another pic of Charlie Hunnam (my Up to Me vision of a devilish Davenport) to keep your mind's eye stimulated until I bring you the book.  Ready the bibs, ladies!!!  hehe  Enjoy!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Jingle All the YA

Call me crazy, but when I think of the holidays, I think of those little sampler boxes of candies and cheeses and coffees and different treats that you can get for people.  You know the ones I'm talking about, right?  I love those!  I almost always find a few new food and drink loves when I get those things.  Well, in honor of the holidays, some fabulous author friends of mine and I have put together a sampler for you.  AND IT'S FREE!!!  There are samples of 14 bestselling Young Adult titles.  Now, that alone should be a pretty cool thing, right?  Well, we've gone a step farther.  Reading our little pack of goodies could help you win a brand new Kindle Fire HD!  Holy crap, right?  Right.

Okay, so here are all the details:

Here's the book. Isn't it lovely?



You can download it on Amazon, Apple and Kobo.  Sorry if your format isn't supported.  Not all sites were able to put this up for us:(

Here's the description of contest

WIN A KINDLE FIRE HD ($199) or ereader of your choice up to value of $200

It's easy to enter!

1) Download the free ebook, 
2) find the secret phrase (hintL there is one character in each book bolded)
3) Enter secret phrase (14 characters) into the contest link embedded in the ebook.

Contest ends on Dec 31st. Winner announced on Jan 7th

Here's the description of the book


Curl up this holiday season and sample 14 bestselling young adult books. 

14 YA authors compiled this special gift for their readers. The holiday sampler includes excerpts from YA's bestselling books - all wrapped up in one neat little package. 

Whether you like paranormal, romance, mythology, or thrillers, "Jingle all the YA" gives you a taste of it all.

This sampler includes:

Chelsea M. Cameron - Nocturnal (When seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan meets a mysterious boy in a cemetery who isn't human, she'll have to decide whether a relationship with him is worth the risk to her own mortality.)

GP Ching - Grounded (A modest seventeen-year-old girl discovers she's the product of a government experiment, when her father's illness causes her to leave her isolated community.)

Shelly Crane - Significance (Because you are my significant, my soul mate, and I'm yours.)

Chelsea Fine - Anew (Sometimes love is meant to be, but sometimes...love is the death of you.)

Jessie Harrell - Destined (When Psyche destroys the one relationship she can't live without, she must journey alone through ancient Greece and face the wrath of the gods if she wants to reclaim an immortal love.

Ella James - Here

S.R. Johannes - Untraceable (When Grace's forest ranger father goes, missing, she fights officials and nature to find out what happened, uncovering a conspiracy that changes her small town forever.)

Tiffany King - Forever Changed

M. Leighton - Fragile (Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?

Addison Moore - Ethereal (An entire faction of earthbound angels wants 16 y/o Skyla Messenger dead, at least she still has Logan, a boy who shares her gift of telepathy, or does she?)

Jessica Sorenson - Ember (What if you knew when someone was going to die?)

Raine Thomas - Becoming (When Amber Hopkins discovers that ancient gods, avenging angels and other beings of myth and legend all exist, she doesn't realize that her life is only going to get more complicated from there.)

RaShelle Workman - Exiled (Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.)

Samantha Young - Smokeless Fire (One girl's fiery battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.)

In case you miss the link at the back of the book, you can also enter via the rafflecopter on my sidebar.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go download this sampler and get that code word!!  Good luck and I hope you find some great new books by some great new authors:)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Super Spectacular Fisher Amelie

For those of you who don't know Fisher Amelie, I'm here to tell you that she's awesome.  Plain and simple.  She's one of the most diversely talented people I've ever met.  This girl is "artsy" in its purest form.  Among her many creative skills is her ability to capture emotion.  In her writing, she does it with breathtaking ease.  You can even see it in the few short sentences she's included in the trailer for her new book.  I'm telling you, it's pretty amazing.  Take a peek and see if this doesn't make you want to go and buy the book right this minute.





Now, I've only gotten to read the first few chapters of this book, but let me tell you--WHAT A HOOK!  I can't wait to read the rest!  This is edgy and emotional and sexy and dark.



If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

***


“Hold me tighter,” I whispered against his teeth. He clutched me closer yet not tight enough. “More,” I demanded.
He drew me firmer against him and I felt every ridge of his body.
“Is that close enough?” he laughed into my throat.
“Perfect,” I told him.
 


Here's where you can find Fisher:
Look for VAIN at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Christmas Day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mia's Heart by Courtney Cole

So, the fabulously talented Courtney Cole has just released, a bit early too I might add, her new book, Mia's Heart.  It's the second installment in her young adult series, the Paradise Diaries.  In my opinion, it's the best one yet.  I just love, love, love Mia!  She's got some sass and some spunk and I think her story is an awesome one.  Did I mention there are hot guys galore?  Well there are.  Oh me, oh my!

Without further ado, meet Mia.


My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.

 This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.

Yeah.  I have amnesia.  Messed up, right?

You don't know the half of it.

 Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn't feel right. Or, if what they're saying is true and that really was me, I'm not sure I like that person very much.

 And then there’s my love life.  Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated.  But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults.  He knows me inside and out—the real me.  Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell.  Sounds perfect, right? 

 But then... there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American.  His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.

 Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?!  I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.

I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in.  And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left. 


You can purchase Mia's Heart on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  You can find Courtney on her blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Up to Me- first look

Okay, I was going to wait to post ANYTHING about Up to Me, the book to follow Down to You, which will be out in January.  BUT, I decided to go ahead and give you a little peek into what's going on in this book.  You'll have questions when you see this, such as why the long hair?  Why the goatee?  But I can't answer those. You'll just have to read it and find out.  But let me assure you, you will LOVE it!  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I'm so excited!  I broke my cardinal rule and told my sister all about what I have in store for the books.  Rather than ruining it, I think it just made her that much more excited.  She asks me every day if it's ready for her yet.  LOL  That is a very, very good sign;)

So, here is your first visual for book 2.  Charlie Hunnam, the celebrity face for my twins.  Enjoy!!!


Friday, November 9, 2012

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

I don't know how many of you have ever had a truly terrifying and very significant health scare, but if you have, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about here.

I'm sure many of y'all have wondered why I've been so quiet or why it has taken me so long to respond to even simple things.  Well, since last Wednesday, I've been living under the very real possibility that I might have cancer.  As far as worst fears go, that one is pretty much the top of the list for me, right along with being severely maimed and / or decapitated.  It's amazing how much something like that affects your life.  And I mean every area of your life.  Nothing is without the shadow of that big, huge looming IF.

For the most part, I kept this to myself.  It dominated my thoughts for nearly every minute of that time, though, making it very hard to concentrate and to do the things that I normally do so effortlessly.  I guess I sort of withdrew.  Anyway, none of y'all out there knew what was going on, how upset I was or where my head was at, but the funny thing is, you know me well enough to know something was wrong.  Very wrong.  Over the last week, I've gotten tweets saying you miss me, emails saying you hope everything is all right and messages telling me you love me and are thinking of me, all without knowing that I was living in hell week.

So my answer to the question WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY is this:  You've brightened some of the darkest days I've ever had, you've shown me love and support without even knowing how desperately I needed it and you've been all around amazing with no discernible reason to be.  It's just the way you are.  And I thank you.  Every single one of you, I thank you!  You can't imagine what it has meant to me to have you in my life.

I'm a pretty grateful person anyway, but this has really given me a much-needed adjustment in perspective.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in the things that don't really matter, and I suppose I had.  But today, the day after getting some of the best news EVER, I feel like I have a little better handle on things.

I know God has a reason for the things He allows to happen, and I'm not sure why He answers some prayers the way He does, but I sure am thankful for the way He answered this one!  Things could've gone much differently and I'm more grateful than I could possibly explain for the way this has turned out.  For those who don't get the good news, for those who have to fight for their life every minute of every day, I am deeply, deeply sorry for what you're going through.  To everyone else, I can say this:  TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!  Not only will you one day wish you had, but there are people who love you that will be devastated if something happens to you.  Enjoy every day.  Live it to the fullest.  And I say these things as a reminder to myself, too because it's so easy to forget and to fall right back into the same old mindsets.  I don't want to take things for grated anymore. I don't want to take two healthy lungs, two healthy legs, a healthy heart, a brain that works (for the most part) for granted anymore.  I'm thankful for every single one of those things.  And more.  And I should be thankful every day.

It sounds so cheesy and cliche to say "every day is a gift," but it really is.  When it seems like you might not have many more left, every minute of each one you have takes on a whole new meaning.

I know I'm rambling now, so let me end with a huge THANK YOU!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  For those of you who I've missed on FB or Twitter or even an e-mail that might've slipped through the cracks, please know that it's not intentional.  I've been distracted and consumed lately, but not so much so that I don't smile over your tweets and your wonderfully kind words.  In all your life, you'll likely never know how much they've meant to me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My friend, Shelly Crane

I can't say enough good stuff about this woman.  She's just an amazing person and a powerhouse of an author.  She recently got some bling-ity bling (no, that's not a thing, nor does it really make sense here, but it just felt right at the time) for her Collide series in the form of some fab new covers from Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.  See what you think.







The first book in the series, Collide, is still FREE here on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.  Go say hi to this awesome chick on her blog here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Incendiary by Amy Bartol

Okay, for those of you who don't know, I love me some Amy Bartol!  She is amazing in every possible way and now the fourth book in her epic Premonition Series is getting ready to release on November 30th.  Holy moly.  Take a look at this awesome cover and description. And if you haven't read her work then get on it!  She's beyond fabulous!  Check this out:



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick or Treat- Halloween with Trick and Cami

Cami’s told me a thousand times how much she hates to be scared.  The thing is, she loves scary movies.  She loves to watch them through her fingers or over the edge of a blanket, so I know it’s not entirely true when she says she doesn't like to be scared.  I think she just likes to be scared a certain amount and no more.  She likes to control it.
Well, not this year.
I’ve already got it all planned out and Rusty and Jenna are game. Of course.  There’s very little those two won’t do.  Very.  Little.
Timing will be key, but I really think we can do it and it’ll work out perfectly.  Without delay, I set things in motion.
“So, Rusty’s gonna come over tonight to shoot some pool while you and Jenna watch the movie.  Is that okay?”
“Are you sure you’re not mad that we aren’t having a costume party?” she says, looking up at me from her spot on the couch, her violet eyes wide with concern.
I bend down and kiss her forehead.  “I’m positive.  I’m not feeling very Halloweeny tonight anyway. My back’s sore from moving all that hay yesterday.”
She pushes her lower lip out in a pout.  “I’m sorry, baby.  Want me to cancel with Jenna so I can give you a massage after a nice, long, hot bath?”
Oh, damn! 
I have to think long and hard about saying no to that.  But this is just too good to pass up.  And maybe she’ll want some soothing herself after it’s all over.  I could be in the midst of a true win-win situation.  What kind of an asshole would I be to let such an opportunity pass? 
A dumb one. 
“Nah.  That’s all right. You’ve already got your plans.  Maybe tomorrow,” I say with a casual smile.  Inside, I’m rubbing my hands together anxiously, dying to scare the shit out of my lovely mate.  “I’m gonna go stock the fridge downstairs.  Send Rusty down when he gets here.”
“Okay,” she says, tipping her head back for a kiss, which I’m all too happy to give her.  When I feel her tongue hit my lips, it makes me rethink my decision.  A night in the bathtub with Cami?  And I’m passing it up?  I must be nuts.
But I do.  I manage to tear myself away from her luscious mouth and head downstairs to await Rusty and Jenna.  When they arrive, I hear the heavy clomp of Rusty’s footsteps across the hardwoods upstairs, followed by the high-pitched chatter of Cami and Jenna.  Within a few seconds, I hear the basement door open.  The thumping gets louder as Rusty descends the steps.
“Damn, you’re loud!”
“But I can be quiet when I need to be,” he says with a wicked grin.  “Muwahahahaha.”
“Shhh.  I’m counting on it,” I say, offering my fist, which he bumps.
I turn on the music,and Rusty and I actually shoot some pool for a while.  After about twenty minutes, Jenna comes to the top of the steps and hollers down to us.
“You boys sure you don’t want to watch ‘Halloween’ with us?  It’s just now starting.”
That’s our cue.
“Nope, we’re good,” I reply.  I look at my watch to mark the exact time.  There’s a particular spot in the movie that I need to use and I know precisely how many minutes it is from the opening credits, which is what Jenna just alerted me to.
I glance at Rusty across the green felt table.  He’s grinning.  I am, too.  I feel like a kid again.  “Man, you’re evil.  All this to scare Cami?  What’s the matter with you?”
“She’ll love it.  You just wait.  She will.”
I’m confident.
I think.
I hope.
Exactly forty-two minutes later, Rusty and I put on our masks and he takes off out the back door and around to the kitchen window. I walk to the bottom of the steps.
“Hey, Cam.  Do we have any salsa in the fridge up there?”
In my mind’s eye, I can see exactly what she’s doing.  She’ll look at Jenna and roll her eyes, pick up the remote and pause the movie.  She’ll get up and trudge to the kitchen and open the refrigerator to look for the salsa she knows we have, because she just bought it the other day. 
Only I took it out and brought it down here.
Moving as quietly as I can, I tiptoe up the steps and through the door, which Jenna left open per instruction.  In my sock feet, I ease silently through and slide down the hall to the kitchen doorway, which comes up right beside the fridge. 
As I suspected, the door is open and Cami’s bent over looking inside.  For salsa.  She can’t see me where I’m hiding behind the door.
Right on cue, Jenna comes into the kitchen. She asks Cami what she’s looking for, gets Cami to look in her direction.  When she does, she can see the window just past Jenna’s shoulder.
I know the instant she sees Rusty, who is standing outside the kitchen window wearing a Michael Myers mask.  Cami screams her head off. A few seconds later, Jenna does, too.  Just for effect.  Cami backs up just enough the she can see me standing behind the refrigerator door, wearing my own Michael Myers mask. 
The look on her face is priceless. I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone get that scared and not pass out.  She jumps back and slams right into Jenna, then screams and jumps in the other direction. 
At just that moment, Rusty bursts through the front door and yells, making Cami scream yet again.  He walks toward her, as if he’s gonna grab her. 
I expect him to start laughing, like he usually does.  But bHefore he can, Cami picks up a knife from the counter and stabs him right in the center of the chest. 
I feel the world drop out from under me. 
Holy shit! Holy shit! She just stabbed Rusty.  Oh my God!
I jerk off my mask when I see Cami bring her arm back to stab him again.
“Cami, no!  It’s Rusty!”
She turns to me, looking confused, and stares at me for a few seconds before she drops the knife onto the floor. It clatters loudly as she covers her mouth with her hands, obviously shocked.  Rusty crumbles to the ground and lies in a motionless heap in front of the dishwasher.
Jenna runs to him and falls to her knees beside him, crying and screaming and touching him all over, like she doesn’t know what to do, where to touch or how to help.
“Oh my God! What have you done?”
My head is spinning as I rush to Rusty to see how bad the damage is.  When I bend over to check him out, I hear laughter coming from behind me.  Cami’s laughter.
Rusty, very much alive, awake and unharmed, sits up and points to her.  “Dude, that girl’s meaner than you are!”
I turn to look at Cami, who’s standing behind me, holding what I can now see is a prank knife.  She’s grinning like a hungry man who just ate a steak dinner.
“Go on,” she crows.  “Admit it.  I just made you my Halloween bitch.”
I’m dumbstruck for a few seconds while I digest what just happened.  Then, slowly, I rise to my feet.  “You are evil and you must be punished.  You’ve got a three-second head start.  One.  Two.”
Before I get to three, Cami takes off down the hall, squealing and laughing at the top of her lungs.  Another thing she says she hates but actually loves?  Being chased. 
And I’m happy to chase her.  Every day, for the rest of my life.