Monday, February 23, 2015

Pocketful of Sand Excerpt #1

Okay, so for reasons that I will later explain, I have been dying...DYING, I tell you...to share Cole and Eden with you.  You've seen bits and pieces on social media, but this is the first lengthy excerpt.  I really hope you love this book as much as I do!

Excerpt (Cole is in Eden's bedroom while she's pretending to sleep):

Another pause.  Another deep breath.
“I’ve been alone for a long time, and not once have I ever felt lonely. Bereft, yes.  Angry, hell yes. Bitter, remorseful, hopeless, yes, but never lonely.  Not until you. You changed everything.  And I was so caught up in you–in the way you respond when I touch you, in the taste of your body, in the sound of your voice–that I didn’t think about tomorrow.  Or even yesterday as much as I used to.  Most days I’ve thought of you more than Charity.  And I wasn’t prepared for that. I wasn’t prepared for you.  Because of that, I’ve handled it all so, so badly.”
I hear his shaky breath. I feel his sincerity. I want it to matter.  But it can’t.
“Please forgive me. I’ve hurt so many people, but I swear on my life, I never meant to hurt you.  I hope you believe that.”
Another pause.  Cole is quiet, his breathing heavy.  I keep mine even, continuing the ruse.  I can’t let him know I’m awake. I can’t have him here, in my bedroom, so close and so sincere, and expect to resist him. I need time.  And distance.
I feel him lean back, pull away. I hold perfectly still. 
“I’m twenty-nine years old and you changed everything for me.  You made me want to laugh and love and live again.  You made me feel when I didn’t think I could feel anything anymore.  I just wish I could’ve been whole when we met. I wish I could’ve said the right things and done the right things. I wish I could be the type of man you deserve.  I wish I could be the kind of man you could love.”
I hear him shift and then I feel the feather-light brush of his lips on my forehead, the tip of my nose, the curve of my cheek.
“I know you’re awake.  And I love you,” he says quietly, his mouth near my ear.
I open my eyes and meet his.  They’re dark and fathomless in the shadowy night. I say nothing. He says nothing. We just stare at one another, memorizing lines and shapes, angles and planes.
And then he stands and walks away. 

My heart doesn’t start beating again until he closes and locks the door behind him.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

What kind do you like?

Okay, so my poor brain.  UGH!  It is everywhere.  Seriously.  I have author attention deficit disorder (<---not a thing, but it should be) to a severe degree. I like to write about all sorts of things. Funny things, sad things, sexy things, supernatural things. I could give you a list a mile long. But when I look around, I think that normally the majority of authors find a "thing" and stick with it.  So I have a question for y'all.  What is your favorite thing from me?  Do you like the funny, light, sexy stuff? Or the more serious, deep, sexy stuff?  Orrrrrr would you like to see a comeback in the paranormal sexy stuff?

I can tell you that I have 3 independent projects that are on the books for this year and another that I'd really love to squeeze in if at all possible.  And yet another that I'd love to do sometime in the next year or so.  These projects run the gamut.  One is Madly (slated for this year), one is light sexy, one is straight-up funny sexy and the other is bittersweet/mysterious sexy.  You see my problem?

So my question is this:  What do y'all want from me?  What is it you like best?  There's a poll over in my sidebar.  Make your selection as if you could ONLY CHOOSE ONE.  We'll see where that takes us.  I can tell you that I am definitely going to write Madly 4. I owe her and y'all that, so this won't affect whether you get that book or not:)

Thanks for your input.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, a big part of the reason I write is for y'all. I want you to fall madly (no pun intended) in love with the characters that take up space in my head.  Every bit as much as I do:)

Happy Thursday!  Stay warm out there, y'all!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pocketful of Sand- the launch newsletter has been released!

It's just a little over a month until I get to share Cole and Eden with you.  There are so many things I want to say, but I'm doing my best to wait.  Y'all know how hard that is for me, though. I'm nothing if not impatient. LOL

Anyway, you may or may not have gotten the information about the release.  It went out to every blogger friend who has signed up to receive my event notifications. If you haven't signed up and you want to, you can do so here.

If your spam gobbled it up (which it sometimes does, no kidding) and you didn't get it, you can sign up to participate here.

This book is special to me for several different reasons, all of which I'm sure I'll be gushing about here before too long, and I'd love to have your support and participation.  As always, I'm so grateful for it!  I mean that in the most genuine way, too. I really AM grateful.  Every day.  Ever. Single. Day.

Oh and in case you missed the teasers I've been posting, here's one to hold you over for a few days:)  Nom nom nom!

#Cole

Most days he wears nothing but faded jeans, work boots and a tool belt. Sometimes a baseball hat. Rarely a shirt. And if ever there was a body made to go around shirtless, it’s his. But that’s not what pulls me to the window time after time, day after day. It’s not even the tattoos scrawled up his ribs–the one on the left reading “always”, the one on the right reading “never”. No, there’s something else that brings me here to watch him. Something…more.




Sunday, February 1, 2015

Always With You, A Bad Boys serial novel

Well, as many of you know, when I was writing Cash and Olivia's Christmas story, a twist of sorts appeared at the very end. I toyed with changing it and not writing another book for them.  But I realized how very much I love writing about them and how very much so many of you love reading about them.  So I decided to leave it as I wrote it and let A DAVENPORT CHRISTMAS be the beginning of the next "chapter" in Cash and Olivia's journey.  Let me remind you that they're soul mates, meant to be, fated in the stars, but every relationship has it challenges and hurdles to overcome. Theirs is no different.  And I've decided to tell it to you in pieces, writing them in between other projects as I can.

Each installment will be published for free right here on my blog.  After a couple of days, it will be removed and posted on Amazon.  This satisfies those who want to read it here for free, as well as those who want to download it to read on their device, but it does so without me having to wait for possibly weeks to get it on for free.  This way, everyone should be happy.  Plus, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can get it for free anyway.  Seems like it's win-win from pretty much every angle.

So, if you don't follow this blog, you should!  LOL But if you don't, keep an eye out. I'll be posting the next installment in April.  Eeeeeeeep OMG I'm so exciteddddddddd!

Until then, here's A Davenport Christmas's face (RAWR) and the link to purchase if you missed it over the last month.  Happy reading!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winner of the Gloriously Massive Giveaway

First of all, I'd like to thank y'all for your incredible support.  On top of an already-difficult market, these Facebook changes could give an author something else to stress over. But I'm not going to do that.  Your response to this announcement was overwhelming and it gives me some peace about the days ahead.  Faith is the word of the day, and I'm going to have lots of it.

Now, for the winner.  The Rafflecopter machine has spoken and it whispered Laura (dancin_momma@yahoo.com).  Please email me at m.leighton.books@gmail.com within 48 hours to collect your prize or another winner will be drawn.

Thank y'all so much for your participation and for giving a girl some hope in this crazy, crazy world:)  See you on the flip side!

**I'm so sorry to be late posting this.  I was with my mother at the hospital yesterday.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone for your prayers for her yesterday.  You'll never know how much that means to me!  **

Monday, December 29, 2014

Facebook changes, where to find me and a GLORIOUSLY MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!

Happy post-Christmas, everybody!  Do y'all feel as fat and lazy as I do?  OMG I seriously did NOT want to get up this morning!  Phew!  Talk about exhausted...wow!  But now New Year's is just around the corner, so I decided I'd better get some work done before another celebration knocks me flat. hehe But I digress.  Let me tell you what I'm doing today.  Other than editing:)

With 2015, there will be some very significant changes to Facebook.  Many of you have probably already heard the rumblings, but few of you will be affected. It's mostly those who use Facebook for their business that will be hit hard.  Those people like authors and small business owners, entrepreneurs and most artists.  I am one of those people.  I fall into all of those categories.

Starting in January, things that I post to my author page will no longer reach you in any kind of reliable, predictable way.  We will be expected to boost our posts, which costs money and STILL isn't nearly as effective as the good old days when you liked a page and then could see those posts.  So, in an effort to retain contact with you, I'm urging you to pleasepleaseplease follow me here on my blog, on Twitter and InstagramTsu and Goodreads and, most importantly, to sign up for my newsletter.  

As a thank you, I'm doing a giveaway that's exclusive to you, my wonderful readers.



Up for grabs will be a SIGNED PAPERBACK COLLECTION of my Bad Boys series, my Wild Ones series, my Pretty series, my Madly series, my Blood Like Poison series,  Fragile and the hard-to-find Until I Break.  To be entered to win, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter.   You get 5 points in the Rafflecopter Giveaway for subscribing, but you can increase your odds of winning by following me on Instagram (3 points) and following me on Twitter (2 points).  If you're already subscribed or following me, you're still in luck!  Just list your email address for your subscription and your Instagram and twitter names for confirmation of following and you'll still get the extra points:)  Technology is so awesome sometimes, isn't it?

I really hope that you'll do all three of those options because while the newsletter is a great way for me to get information to you, it's harder for us to actually interact, which y'all know I LOVE doing.  It has inspired me and encouraged me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me hang on and keep keeping on when I worried that I couldn't.  I VALUE you!  So please, look me up on Twitter and Instagram!  Hearing from you makes me happier than you know.

I'll draw a winner on January 12th at midnight and announce it here on my blog (as well as post it on the Rafflecopter), so keep an eye out!

If I don't talk to you before then, have a safe and amazing New Year's celebration.  I'll be raising my glass to you in a toast to the most incredible year yet!  Here's to 2015!  May it be infinitely better than any year before!  <3


Monday, December 15, 2014

Cash and Olivia are back!

Y'all, I'm so, so happy and excited that the Davenport Christmas story is only ONE WEEK AWAY!  OMG OMG OMG!  I think I'd forgotten exactly how much I FREAKIN' LOVE these two until I got reacquainted with them.  *dreamy sigh*  Cash is just...just...yeah.  It's like that:)  hehe

Anyway, my wonderful publisher has sent me 10 Down to You paperbacks to give away for Christmas.  They'll be signed and personalized however the winners would like.  How do you win one?  Well, there are literally several dozen of the most wonderful bloggers I know who are posting over the next seven days.  Enter in the rafflecopter of as many of them as you can, post and tweet every day if you'd like to increase your chances of winning.  The more Cash love the better!  But if you can't find one of them, you can enter here.  And be warned that I will be adding a little something special to each of the ten packages that I mail out.  *wink wink*  So be sure to spread the love to the amazing bloggers who are participating.

Okay, y'all, let's enjoy the week that leads up to the posting of the story on December 21st because at that time I'll also have a Cash-related announcement to make.  Eeeeeeeeeep *bounces*  I think you'll like it:)

Happy Monday, everybody! And my wonderful blogger friends, don't forget that by participating you're automatically entered in a special giveaway that's just for you:)  <3

p.s.  If you've forgotten how much YOU love these two or if you haven't read about them, maybe this will make you swoon as much as it does me.  #LoveCashAndOlivia







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