Monday, August 27, 2012

A few things, a GIVEAWAY, and some TRICK extras

This week is going to be a hectic one.  I will be leaving for Atlanta on Friday morning to spend the weekend at the Decatur Book Festival. I'm so freakin' excited! OMG!  I'm also trying to make some significant progress on my new book this week before I go.  I still don't have a title for it yet. That usually comes to me from something in the book itself. I do think I have a cover for it, though, and I must say I'm extremely excited about it. Holy moly!  I can't wait to show you! 

Anyway, something I've been thinking about lately is my blog.  I plan to be spending more time on it.  FB as well.  For that reason, I've decided to celebrate when I reach 750 followers.  And here's what I'm doing:

GIVEAWAY:  I'll be drawing randomly from my followers and giving away a signed copy of The Wild Ones as well as a TWO swag pack, which will have all my new TWO swag in it.  Squeeeeee! I'm so excited to show you my Trick goodies!!!

LOST PAGES OF THE WILD ONES:  I'll be posting what happens between Trick and Cami after he proposes to her. 

Sound like a plan?  I hope I get there soon, because I'm really excited for you to read those pages. And that's saying a lot when there's also a giveaway going on. Y'all know how much I love a giveaway:)

Happy Monday, everybody!  I hope it's blue skies and smiles all the way around:)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Blood Doll by Georgia Cates

So today, I have the last of my awesome string of cover reveals.  This one is from the uber amazing Georgia Cates. If you haven't read her, you need to!  This is the third book in her Vampire Agape Series and it's due out in early 2013.  Enjoy!

Blood Doll (The Vampire Agápe Series #3)

Solomon Alexander has faced huge obstacles during his existence, but they’re nothing in comparison to the one he’s about to hit head on. As leader of The Savannah Compound, part of Sol’s new position in the Coven of Landra is to guide the transition of fledgelings, newly turned vampires. It’s his job to save the unsavable. Being a Landra is what he’s done for over a century and he’s damn good at it, but everything he knows, practices and teaches is threatened when he is forced to drink from Avery Ferrand, a Blood Jewel.

The Blood Jewel is enshrouded with mystery, but one fact is known. There’s never been blood more desirable or addicting than Avery’s and there are consequences for any vampire that drinks it...including Solomon Alexander. Although he adamantly denies his need to feed from her, Avery suspects he’s lying but she has secrets of her own about the night he drank from her. She wanted him to and now she finds herself being drawn to Solomon in a way she shouldn't. As Avery’s desire to be closer to Solomon grows, she finds herself considering something more dangerous than being found by the dangerous covens hunting her...asking Solomon if she can become his Blood Doll.

Expected Publication Early 2013

Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekend Sale!!!

**All titles available through Amazon.** 
**Some are available through B&N and Smashwords, as well**

BLOOD LIKE POISON: For the Love of a Vampire, M. Leighton- FREE

MADLY, M. Leighton- FREE

MEANT TO BE, Tiffany King- FREE








SIGNIFICANCE, Shelly Crane- $0.99

AWAKEN, Sarah Ross- $0.99

13 ON HALLOWEEN, Laura A. H. Elliott- $0.99

STAINED, by Ella James- $0.99

ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, Sarah Ross- $0.99

TRANSFER STUDENT, Laura A. H. Elliott- $0.99

Cover Reveal: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

Lookie lookie what I got!  The newest thing (coming in 2013) from the lovely Shelly Crane!!

A girl.
                   A coma.
                             A life she can't remember.
          When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
          Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?
                                                                        Expected Publication : Early 2013


Someone was speaking. No, he was yelling. It sounded angry, but my body refused to cooperate with my commands to open my eyes and be nosy. I tried to move my arms and again, there was no help from my limbs. It didn't strike me as odd until then.
          I heard, "All I'm saying is that you need to be on time from now on." Then a slammed door startled me. I felt my lungs suck in breath that burned and hissed unlike anything I'd ever felt before. It was as if my lungs no longer performed that function and were protesting.
          Then I heard a noise, a gaspy sound, and my cheek was touched by warm fingers. "Emma?" I tried to pry my eyes and felt the glue that seemed to hold them hostage begin to let go. "Emma?"
          Who was Emma? I felt the first sliver of light and tried to lift my arm to shield myself, but it wouldn't budge. Whoever was in the room with me must've seen me squint, because the light was doused almost immediately to a soft glow. My eyelids fluttered without strength. I tried to focus on the boy before me. Or maybe he was a man. He was somewhere in between. I didn't know who he was, but he seemed shocked that I was looking up at him.
          "Emma, just hold on. I'm your physical therapist and you're in the hospital. Your…" he looked back toward the door, "parents aren't here right now, but we'll call them. Don't worry."
          I looked quizzically at him. What was he was going on and on about? That was when I saw the tubes on my chest connecting my face to the monitors. The beeping felt like a knife through my brain. I looked at the stranger's hazel eyes and pleaded with him to explain.
          He licked his lips and said softly, "Emma, you were in an accident. You've been in a coma. They weren't sure if…you'd wake up or not."
          Of everything he just said, the only thing I could think was, 'Who's Emma?'

Sunday, August 19, 2012

WOW moment

I can't say that I've wanted to be a writer since grade school or that it's been my life's ambition to author a book.  All I've ever really wanted was to love or even just like my job.  I waited years and years and years to find "THE" job and I worked dozens and dozens of jobs until I found it.

But then I did.

And now I'm a writer.  By occupation, by divine machination, by SOUL, I'm a writer.  To be able to pay my bills was the main goal.  And God saw to that.  But I never once thought for a second that I'd be able to pay my bills with my PASSION.  And yet, here I am doing exactly that.  Anything above and beyond that is just icing.  Beautiful, wonderful, delicious, gratifying icing.

Thanks to y'all, I'm able to do what I love every single day of my life.  You can't put a price tag on that.  And you can't quantify how profoundly grateful I am.  But in the midst of all this that has happened in the last year and a half, another dream has taken shape.  This one isn't a matter of survival. It's a personal thing.  It's like the 40-year old swimmer who has already won gold at the Olympics.  He or she doesn't need to go back to win gold; that's been done.  He or she wants to go back to satisfy a personal quest, something that money can't buy and few people understand.  That's the kind of thing today represents to me. 

It's been a quiet, deeply personal dream of mine to crack the Top 25 on Amazon.  I'm not there yet, but I hope I will be.  It happens in baby steps.  But today, I got to see my book sitting in the company of two authors I've read and admired for the majority of my adult life.  I'm in no way comparing myself to them or their greatness. I'm just saying to see my work there amongst them is the most surreal thing I've ever experienced.  Surreal and wonderful.  It was one of the best WOW moments I've had over the past 18 months.

Thank you to every blogger, every reader, and every friend for being with me all this time.  I love you and value you more than you will ever know.  EVER!  From the bottom of my heart, I hope you get to see your dreams come true one day.  Truly.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quinn is a 32 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order.  She lives in beautiful North West Arkansas with her husband, son and Nora their Doberman Pinscher. She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favorite book are Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter. 

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Shadow Slayer by Laura A H Elliott Cover Reveal

Shadows will do anything to become human.

You see their influence everyday. You say things you don’t mean or do things that aren’t like you. You look different and become inexplicable, at times. Friends you’ve known forever suddenly never call.

Planet Popular was just a part of the Shadow World, where our alter egos merely exist. These shadows want nothing more than to become human so they can finally exercise their own free will. There’s a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When shadows invade Roxie’s high school, she’ll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends and discover she alone is the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. Oh yeah, there’s an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words.

Shadow Slayer releases September 18th!

13 on Halloween, (Shadow Series #1) is FREE on Smashwords and is now available as an audiobook on iTunes, Audible or Amazon.

Click here to enter the Shadow Slayer Cover Reveal Giveaway & a chance to win two Shadow Series necklaces (one for each book), a 13 on Halloween audiobook, and a Shadow Slayer paperback.

Laura loves writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. Find out more about Laura’s books at or find her on Facebook!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Wild Ones book trailer

Y'all, I just have to post this here.  The awesome Rosette with Literati Literature Lovers put together this amazing trailer for The Wild Ones.  They are featuring this as well as some other truly cool and unique M. Leighton / The Wild Ones things over at their blog.  Please go by and check it out.  These ladies have just done a bang up job of making me feel like I can fly!!

Check out the trailer

A big huge THANK YOU to each of them and to each of you who has spread the word about this book and left me a lovely review for it.  There just aren't enough words to tell you what it means to me!  I hope y'all know how much I love and appreciate you:)  <3

Have a phenomenal Thursday!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Get Stranded With Hotties Scavenger Hunt

It's August, it's summer, it's hot... but how much hotter would it get if you were stranded on a deserted island with nothing but some swoon-worthy fictional characters to help you survive? Come visit the blogs below from August 13th to August 17th to collect items from a group of true hotties. Then enter your 'gifts' into the entry form on the sidebar for your chance to win a fantabulous grand prize - a Kindle and a pile of books to load onto it!

Now... we can't promise you this group will have the most traditional of survival gear for you. In fact, we can't promise you that you have a hope in Hell of surviving this ordeal. But we can promise... we can promise.. sorry, distracted by the twelve hot guys, waiting...  

The Rules:

    Visit each blog beginning August 13th, 2012 at 12:01am EST
    Collect the 'gifts' from your favorite fictional hotties Complete the entry form, listing each 'gift' you picked up  Cross your fingers!

The Stops:

The Grand Prize:

1 Kindle - Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
ecopies of:
Anathema, and Asylum (Causal Enchantment #1 & 2) ~K.A.Tucker
Dante's Girl ~ Courtney Cole
The Wild Ones ~ M.Leighton
Stained and Here ~ Ella James
Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series #2) ~ Laura Elliott
The One ~Heather Self
The Childe & Dark Days ~ C.A.Kunz
Forever Changed ~ Tiffany King
Awaken & Echo of an Earth Angel ~ Sarah M. Ross
Audiobook of 13 on Halloween (Shadow Series #1) ~ Laura Elliott


Make sure to visit us beginning Monday, August 13th to make some new fictional boyfriends, meet some new authors, have some fun, and possibly win a fantastic prize! You'll find the entry form and posts at that time, plus any additional information on the scavenger hunt & giveaway

If you're in the Atlanta area on September 1st-2nd and want to meet these fantastic authors, come visit them at the Decatur Book Festival!

For those of you who don't know Trick, let me introduce you.

Trick is tall with dark hair, greenish-gray eyes and a grin to die for!  He's smart and funny and he says things like this:

“Wow! The hair of a devil, the face of an angel and the voice of a phone sex operator.  You really are the perfect woman.”

AND this:  (Trick's POV)

“Well?  Are you gonna make me beg?”

Trick raises one brow and my heart stutters in my chest.  I wonder if he knows I’m almost to that point already.  Only it has nothing to do with hearing his dream and everything to do with him kissing me.

“Not tonight,” he says softly. 

AND this:  (Cami's POV)

A thumb brushes my right cheek.  “God, that’s sexy,” he whispers.  Against my will, my eyes fly to his face.  His smile has died to a lopsided grin that is devastation in its purest form.  “I’ve never made a girl blush before.”

AND this:  (Trick's POV)

“I don’t mind a little competition”

“You don’t?”

“No, but I hate to lose.”

“Do you lose often?”

I lean down, my face only inches away from hers.  I watch those incredible eyes as they flit between my mouth and my eyes over and over again.

“Never,” I whisper.

Now, if you wouldn't mind getting stranded with this delicious guy, then make sure you take the cowboy hat he's offering to you.  *wink wink*  Trick doesn't want you to get faint from too much sun.  If you get too hot, he wants to be the reason for it;)


Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Wild Ones Paperback Giveaway #1

I'm pretty sure everyone likes a good old fashioned print copy of a book.  Am I right?  There's just something about being able to hold it in your hands and flip through the pages and put it on a shelf.  Well, in light of that, I'm going to do a contest.  Yes, another one:)  Probably the first of many.  Here are the deets:

The Prize:  A signed paperback of The Wild Ones along with a signed TWO swag.

How to enter:

Option1:  As you read The Wild Ones, tweet me your favorite line (to @mleightonbooks) along with the hashtag #TheWildOnes and I'll randomly pick a winner from all the entries on Friday, August 10th at 9 pm EST.  I'll announce the winner on Twitter.

Option2:  As you read The Wild Ones, post your favorite line along with the hashtag #TheWildOnes (I know there are no hashtags in FB, but I am a rule-breaker!  Take that hashtag police!!) on your Facebook page and tag me in the post

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter 
  • Open internationally
  • You must follow me on Twitter or be my friend on Facebook
  • Multiple entries allowed

If you don't have it yet, you can get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  It's only $2.99, which is wicked cheap for a book AND for hours of entertainment.  And a hot guy, of course:D  hehe   So go now!! Hurry, hurry!

If I had a gun, I'd fire that sucker in the air and announce GO!  But I don't, so...  Actually I wouldn't even if I did because I'd be arrested and thrown in jail in short order and y'all, I DO NOT look good in orange OR stripes!!!  So let's just stick with... GO!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Wild Ones and all my paperbacks

Okay, sooooo I got the proof for the print copies of The Wild Ones.  Look!  Aren't they so pretty? 

Yes, there's a glare on the top one and my finger in the bottom one, but you're not supposed to see any of that.  You're only supposed to see lovely Trick and his lovely back side.  Of the cover I mean;)  hehe

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that paperbacks of The Wild Ones will be available by Monday August 6th here on my blog, on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble and on CreateSpace, as all of my paperbacks are:)  If you've never bought one from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, the link to the print copies is listed on the digital copy page.  You can't miss it.  If you do, though, and you ever have a question about where to find or how to get a copy of one of my books, shoot me a quick e-mail.  I'm always happy to help:)

Now, on to the giveaway.  *gasp*  Giveaway?  Yep, giveaway:)  Eeeeeep! Y'all know how much I love to do these:)  Yep, yep, yep.  Okay, so here's the deal.  The first print copy has a misspelled word on the back cover (long story), so I had to fix it and order another.  For that reason, the proof I have now, the one pictured above, is the ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND.  It is a truly original hard copy of the book.  I'm going to sign it along with some bookmarks and give the package away.  What do you have to do to win it, you ask? 

** You must be at least 18 years of age
** You must follow me on Twitter ( @mleightonbooks )

** You must tweet me the name Trick gives his wild horse along with the hashtag #TheWildOnes (don't forget the hashtag) and you'll be entered into the drawing.  After a random selection tomorrow night at 9 pm EST, I'll announce the winner on Twitter.  That's the plan.  Sound do-able?  Yes?  Yes!  Cool!  I'm excited!!

All right, let's get to it!!