Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ALL THE PRETTY POSES is live everywhere!

I'm so sorry to be late in posting, but here are all the purchase links:)  I hope you adore this story as much as I adored writing it!  And as always, THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart!  Y'all continue to make my dreams come true with every day that passes!

Amazon US

Barnes and Noble

Amazon UK




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ALL THE PRETTY POSES- Chapter one teaser

I wanna be the girl who struts out on stage and totally FLOORS a guy like Reese...and then walks away with his heart.  This is the last half of chapter one, when Reese sees Kennedy for the first time in fourteen long years.

I’m thinking of making my excuses and leaving when the music changes yet again, stopping me.  The sexy thump of Madonna’s Justify My Love strikes me as an interesting yet odd choice for a dance, and it draws my attention back to the platform.
From the left side of back stage, a girl emerges.  She walks slowly along the runway.  The spotlight follows her and I see that she’s wearing a man’s dress shirt and tie.  And nothing else. 
Her legs are long—with the stilettos she’s wearing, even longer—and perfectly toned. Dancer’s legs.  Strong.  Graceful.  Sinful. 
Each step she takes is a sexy, sensual movement of them.  Slow. Deliberate.  I sit up a little straighter in my seat.  I’m immediately catapulted from mildly interested to extremely intrigued and I don’t really know why.  I’ve seen hundreds of dancers do hundreds of dances.  But I’ve never seen this one.  And something about this one has all my senses on point.
As she draws closer, I can see that her rich brown hair is covered by a hat that sits at a cocky angle on her head.  In her hand is a shiny black cane.  When she gets to center stage, she stops, swinging the cane once before propping it out in front of her body.  In one excruciatingly measured movement, she stiffens her legs and bends forward, showing off the length of her perfect thighs as they ease into the curve of her perfect ass.
Before I’m finished looking, she straightens, twirling the cane up over her head and taking one end in each hand.  She arches her back, forcing what looks like some luscious tits up and out. Then, still moving slowly, she eases the cane down the front of her body.
Each action is smooth and unhurried.  Each movement is sexy and fluid, her body melting from one into the next in perfect time to the music.
I glance up at her face.  Beneath the shadow of her hat, all I can see is her mouth.  But damn, what a mouth it is!  Her lips are painted bright red and are probably the lushest ones I’ve ever seen. They’re what I’ve always called dick-sucking lips—plump, pouty and perfectly formed to slip down over the head of my cock.
Not having been overly enthused about coming tonight or about the entertainment, I’m surprised that my dick twitches when she pulls her lower lip between her teeth and bites down.  But damn if it doesn’t.
I feel a groan build in my chest when she drops slowly to her knees, sliding the cane away from her body like she’s doing a push-up, slinking down onto her stomach.  After a few beats, she abandons the cane and eases over onto her back, her hips turning last, like a cat that’s getting ready to stretch. I can almost feel the purr.
Legs flat on the stage, she runs her hands from the tops of her thighs to her stomach, pulling the hem of her shirt up just enough to give a teasing glimpse of what she’s wearing underneath before moving on to her breasts and throat.  Her nimble fingers work loose the tie, dragging it slowly from around her neck.  Purposefully, she twists her hands, winding the silk around her wrists. 
For a few seconds, it’s just me and this girl.  Alone in this room.  With nothing between us but this music.  And that damned tie.  All too clearly, images of me tying her up with that scrap of red material flit through my mind, making me throb behind my zipper. 
Languorously, she stretches one leg straight up into the air, the other lying flat on the stage.  She reaches up and grabs her ankle, skimming her bound hands to her knee, pulling that leg toward her face.  Her thighs widen into a perfect split that reveals little black, satin panties.  When I see them, all I can think about is kneeling between those legs and kissing that silky material.
I see her lips pucker as she puts one chaste kiss on her knee. I’m enthralled.  But it’s when I see her tongue flicker out that I feel like I could punch a hole through the bottom of the table with my hard-on.  There’s something about her that’s so understatedly sexy.  It’s like she doesn’t even know we’re here, like she’s lost inside her own head. And God, how I’d love to be part of what she’s imagining! 
I feel a hand on my arm, interrupting the scene.  I’m instantly aggravated by the intrusion. I jerk away, not even bothering to turn around until I hear a voice.
It’s my brother.  And he’s determined to get my attention.  Finally, I turn, not even trying to hide my agitated glare.
“Can you take us back home?  Sloane’s not feeling well.  Something she ate earlier maybe.”  He gives me a meaningful look. It takes me a second to fully disengage from the girl that had me so rapt, but eventually (reluctantly) I do.  And I remember that Sloane didn’t drink her shot of tequila.  Then I remember why.  Hemi told me she’s pregnant, but that they haven’t told her family yet, so he asked me not to say anything.
“Oh…right,” I respond a bit too sharply.  “Yeah, I can take you.” 
Hesitant to leave just yet, I glance back toward the front of the room in time to see that the dancer is on her knees again, throwing off her hat.  A mane of silky chestnut curls falls down.  I only get a brief flash of her face. Her hair swirls around to obscure her features.  But not before I get a glimpse of one pale green eye. And the way it widens when it meets mine. 
Instantly, I’m transported back in time. Years and years ago.  To the soft grass of a clearing in the woods.  And the smooth skin of the girl beneath me. 
I remember those eyes.  That mouth.  I remember a slightly ganglier, less mature version of this woman’s body.  How it felt to touch her, to hold her.  How she laughed, how she tasted.  How it ended. 
And how I could never forget.
Holy god! 

It’s Kennedy.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ALL THE PRETTY POSES blog tour and giveaway

Okay, so this is the first leg of the blog tour, hosted by the beautiful and gracious Kelly Simmon with Inkslinger PR.  I hope you'll follow along and check out each of these amazing blogs.  Also, there's a giveaway going on that begins today.  What's up for grabs?  TWO $250 Visa Gift Cards!  How do you enter?  Well, that's easy:)

Via the Rafflecopter posted here and on each participating site, you may:

·         Like the M. Leighton, Author Facebook page (5 points, can only do once)

·         Follow @mleightonbooks on Twitter (5 points, can only do once)

·         Share the giveaway graphic on Twitter along with one reason that you’re excited to meet Reese (10 points, can do once per day)

·         Tag three different friends in the comments under the graphic on the M. Leighton Author Facebook page with one reason you’re excited to meet Reese (10 points, can do once per day)

The giveaway begins at 12:00 am EST on January 14, 2014 and ends at 12:00 am EST on February 3, 2014.  Winners will be randomly selected by 5:00 pm EST on February 5, 2014.  For a complete list of rules, please see the “Rules” section of the Rafflecopter. 

And finally, here are the fantastic participants who had me from the word GO.  Give them some love when you stop by:)

All the Pretty Poses Tour
Jan. 14

Jan. 15
Love N. Books-Dream Cast

Jan. 16
I Read Indie-Playlist

Jan. 17

Jan. 18
Comfort Books-Excerpt

Jan. 19

Jan. 20

Jan. 21

Jan. 22

Jan. 23

Jan. 24

Jan. 25

Jan. 26
Movies, Shows & Books-Author Interview

Jan. 27
The Geekery Book Review-Fun & Different Idea!

Jan. 28

Jan. 29
2 Bookaholics-Excerpt

Jan. 30

Jan. 31

Feb. 1

Feb. 2
Mia’s POV-Review
Book Addict Mumma-Book Trailer 

Monday, January 13, 2014

ALL THE PRETTY POSES-- Cover reveal, blurb and excerpt

I feel like I've been waiting for years for this day to arrive!  OMG  When I wrote Hemi and Sloane's story, I knew that Sig would be popular and I knew that I would write his story, but it was Reese who took my breath away right from the start.  Once I dove into his story, I knew I was right.

Reese is like a cobbler of some of my favorite things.  He's strong and confident, teasing and flirtatious, successful and driven.  He's a bit naughty and a bit possessive, and when someone steals his heart, it's hers forever.  He was deeper than I thought he'd be, more complex than I could've hoped and he gave me the most amazing ride!  OMG  I'm still reeling!  I've waited for weeks to be able to share bits and pieces of him and Kennedy with you and today means that I can start.  Wahooooooooooooo  Beginning with the cover and blurb, and a little teaser to get the week started.

The cover is a picture of Kennedy.  Reese turned her world upside down once, threw it into darkness, and it took her years of clawing and climbing to find her way back up to the bright light of day.  Still, she never recovered from the love of her life quite as much as she thought she did.  There's still a piece of her that is broken and vulnerable, and seeing Reese again reminds her of that.  She's a broken dancer, just like this girl.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and feel free to share any of this out in the world.  I'd love nothing more than to see y'all fall for Reese and Kennedy as hard as I did. It's a weird author thing. hehe  It's like introducing you to my children and finding out that you love them as much as I do:)

Okay, so here we go!  ALL THE PRETTY POSES, releasing January 26, 2014.


He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.

It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it.  But she did.  Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater.  Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to reach her goal.  

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse.  In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe.  All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese.  That sounds easy enough, right?

Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy.  Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one.  It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he has a plan.  It’s simple:  Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life.  That sounds easy enough, right? 

But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her.  To save her.  Even if he has to save her from himself.

Add to Goodreads here

Now, below is a graphic teaser.  It is one of three you might find scattered across the amazing blogs that are helping me to reveal this cover. I hope you enjoy them all!  And a special thank you to the wonderful bloggers who participated today.  You'll never know how much I love and appreciate each and every one of you!!!

That's it for today.  I hope y'all have an amazing Monday!