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







Purchase links:

Amazon   Barnes&Noble    iBooks    Kobo    Google Play    Signed Paperbacks

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ramblings about why I love my readers

I was just thinking about y'all this morning, counting the numerous reasons I love you.  I think it goes without saying that you had a hand (a BIG one!) in changing my life, in making it possible for me to FINALLY have a job I love.  That's probably the most obvious and...humongous one.  But there are other reasons, too, like the fact that so many of you make me smile on a daily basis and so many of us who love the same television shows, so many of us who have the same affinity for shoes and purses (and perfume and all things shiny and sparkly).  But we also share the love of people.  Fictional people.  Men and women in books who feel as real as that chick who works in the next cubicle over or the guy who jogs by your driveway every morning.  We love them, we have that love in common, and it ties us together. It gives us something to swoon over, someone to commiserate with, another universe to dream about when the troubles of this one overwhelm us.

But for me, it goes even deeper.  When y'all fall in love with someone from one of my books, I feel so close to you, even though we've never met and are often thousands of miles apart.  We share that love as though we're neighbors who have coffee together every morning.  Or old high school friends who laugh and drink wine when we get together for lunch twice a year.  That's a very special feeling to me and I treasure it.  It's like this big, worldwide sorority of the earth's most awesome ladies, bound by my books.  You can't imagine what that means to me.

So if you ever wonder how it makes me feel when I hear from you, know that I LOVE IT!  If you ever think it might bother me or that I might just blow it off like "another day at work," you'd be tragically mistaken.  Y'all give me a network of friendship that spans the globe, transcends time and defies the laws of physics.  I could never thank you enough for that.  Keep it comin'!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pocketful of Sand-- Cover and Blurb Reveal

I seriously cannot tell y'all how excited I am right now!  OMG OMG OMG  This book... GAH!  I have something to share with you on how the story came about, but that can wait until another day. Right now, I have the cover and blurb for you.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

German/French/English Down to You paperback winners!

I have some winners!

Betul E, Elena Lim and Kelly Morin, please contact me within 48 hours at m.leighton.books@gmail.com so that I can get your book to you.  If I don't hear from you, another winner will be chosen. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  I love it when we can all share some Cash love:)





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Random things, Germany, Brazil and a giveaway

First of all, I have to get a few random thoughts off my chest.

1.  Why is it that when you put shredded cheese in hot chili, no matter how much you stir, it all ends up in a big glob in the center of the soup?  It's like the shreds suffer immediate separation anxiety and find their way back to each other. Not that I object to a blob of chili-coated cheese, but that's not the point.  #OneOfLifesMysteries

2.  My husband has this crazy spider sense that notifies him about three seconds in advance when I'm about to give him a wedgie.  Let's move past the fact that, yes, in my house wedgies still happen so that we can focus on the important things.  Like the fact that no matter where he is or how sneaky and quiet I am, he ALWAYS manages to clench his butt cheeks riiiiiiiight before I yank. It's very frustrating. Just sayin'.

3.  I really don't know how to connect directly with YOU, my foreign readers, but I really, really want to.  To thank you, to include you in giveaways, just to find out more about who you are and what you like.  So until I can find a better way, I'm going to use my blog:)

Over the last year and some change, my traditionally published books (the Bad Boys series and the Wild Ones series) have been translated into many, many languages.  I'm so grateful and so honored that people from all over the world want to read my books.  I could make a whole blog post just gushing about that alone. I mean, seriously. I'm WOW'd!  So. Freakin'. Grateful.

The thing is, because of your love for those series, I'm getting offers for my other books (indie books) as well.  You'll soon be seeing the Pretty Series and Fragile in bookstores across the globe. You just CANNOT imagine how humbling and thrilling and just awe-inspiring that is for me.  But if it weren't for YOU, my readers from other countries who gobble up my stories, that wouldn't be happening.  See how powerful you are?  When you create a demand, someone comes along to fill it.  And you demanded MY books and for that I'm deeply, profoundly grateful.  I hope one day to come to a city near you so that I can meet you in person and give you the heartfelt THANKYOU and hug that you deserve.

But until that day, I'm going to do random giveaways here on my blog for signed copies of my books in YOUR language.  Not every publisher sends me copies, so they are limited and not available in every language into which my books have been translated, but I will give away the ones that I have:)  And of course, I'll always include one for this country, as well, since my readers here were instrumental in making my most treasured dreams come true.  Today, I chose the German and Brazilian paperbacks, along with an English one.  So here's how it will go:

Up for grabs:  


  1. Signed paperback of Down to You in English
  2. Signed paperback of Addicted to You (Down to You in German)
  3. Signed paperback of Louca Por Voce (Down to You in Portuguese)


To enter:


  1. Comment below with your favorite Cash moment
  2. Follow my blog

I will draw the three winners on Sunday, Nov 23 and announce them here on my blog, so be sure to check back!

Oh also, December is going to be a huge month for me in many ways.  The first big thing will be a cover reveal for my upcoming novel, POCKETFUL OF SAND, on December 3, so IF YOU ARE A BLOGGER and have not signed up and want to, please do so here:


As always, thank y'all for being glorious.  I'm blessed beyond measure to have you in my life.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The holidays are coming WINNERS!

Let me first say that it is SO nice to read a list of beautiful gratitudes. It reminds me to count blessings not troubles:)

Okay, so via Random.org here are the winners of the gift cards from my previous post:

Mary Mooney and Donna Reynolds

Please email me at m.leighton.books@gmail.com within 48 hours to collect your prize.



Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment. It made for some wonderful reading!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!

Is it weird that I just channeled Paul Revere?  Probably.  But I'm a nerd, so...why is anyone surprised?     hehe  *snort*

Anywho...

I'm here today because I was thinking <----dangerous, I know.  God has blessed me with yet another day, another YEAR of good health, a loving family, a wonderful husband, and amazing friends.  To me, that's worth celebrating, so I thought I'd do a little giveaway. The holidays are coming up and I know they're a source of stress for a lot of people for one reason or another.  A lot of smiles turn into worried frowns, and, although it's not much, I thought this might brighten a face or two as we head into Thanksgiving.  My wish would be for all of you to have so many things to be thankful for that you can't count them all, but today all I'm asking for is one.  Here's the deal.

Up for grabs:

  •  $25 Wal-Mart gift card  (both cards will be sent via email, so open internationally)
  •  $25 Target gift card


How to enter:

  • Make sure you're following this blog 
  • Comment below with something you're thankful for today


I'll draw two winners on Friday, Nov 14 and post the names here, so be sure to check back!  In the meantime, have an amazing week and try not to worry about what lies ahead. It takes too much away from the joy of today:)  <-----I tell myself this all the time because I was born a worrier, so I speak from experience. hehe