Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Everything for Us- the first review is in- RT!

I know I should wait to share this, but I CAN'T!  I JUST CAN'T CONTAIN IT!  So I'm sharing.  What can I say? It's in my nature:) hehe

This is RT Book Reviews thoughts on Everything for Us.  Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Preorder Here:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Down to You and On Dublin Street Signed PB Giveaway

So, as many of you know, I attended several awesome events the weekend of June 28-30, one of which was called Meet the Passionistas.  I won't go into too much detail. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Just head on over to the USA Today Happy Ever After blog post and you can read all about the trip and the hardships we faced.  *snickers*  But what's more is that I got 2 SIGNED On Dublin Street paperbacks from Samantha Young and she got two of my Down to Yous and we are doing a giveaway.  Here on my blog, you can enter via the Rafflecopter on my sidebar----->

You can either follow me on Twitter, like my FB author page or tweet the tweet I set up in Rafflecopter.  Or you can do all three!  Up to you.  You can also enter on Sam's blog, too.  The contest will run through Wednesday, July 17th at midnight and I'll post the winners here by noon on Thursday.  So what are you waiting for?  Go enter!  Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

**THE TWO WINNERS WERE SELECTED VIA RANDOM.ORG AND ARE:  BOBBYE HOPE BOOTH AND HEATHER REED.  CONGRATULATIONS!!  I've sent e-mails to both winners. If I haven't heard back from them to collect their prizes within 48 hours, alternate winner(s) will be selected**






(unabridged)

It’s a Hard Life!

There are times when being a writer is the hardest job in the world!  Well, at least it can feel like it.  Writer’s block, rewrites, plot holes, lost threads—any combination of these can feel like the largest of stumbling blocks.  And then, of course, there’s the occasional hand cramp that can arise from our vigorous signing.  Like here.  Look at us, hard at work.  *snicker snicker*


This was Samantha Young (left), New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street, and me (right- the only other person in the picture- LOL) at the first annual “Meet the Passionistas” signing at the Barnes and Noble-Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.  It was a grueling day, filled with tears of pain and hardship.


See how miserable we look?  *more snickering*

At one point, I found myself telling Sam that if I didn’t get some coffee, I might not be able to survive.  For some reason, I get the impression she didn’t believe me.



But then came the surprise that Janet Wallace, founder and creator of this lovely event, had warned us about.  
Holy.  Moly.


Turns out “it” was a he.  And oh what a he HE was!  I stared.  A lot.  For quite a few uncomfortable minutes.  Well, uncomfortable for him.  Strangely, it didn’t bother me one bit. 
His shirt was buttoned when he arrived.  I know this because, much to my dismay, he walked right in and sat down beside Sam.  Dang it!  Why did I have to pick the first chair???



See?  Shirt buttoned. I’m not sure what miracle of God happened that made that thing come unsnapped, but I won’t question it. I’ll simply be thankful and move on.
The “surprise” was none other than Collin Patrick.  Cover model.  Hunky guy.  Great sport.
I’m sure you can imagine the begging that ensued. I tried and tried to get Sam to switch seats with me, but I’m not that lucky.  Fate had already dealt me the cruel, cruel hand of being last in the row.  *sigh*  What’s a girl to do?
Well, this girl decided to take matters into her own hands.
Literally.




As you can see, he tolerated my petting very well.  And yes, in case you’re wondering, that skin is rock hard and soft as a baby’s butt.
*drifts off*
*eyes glaze over in blessed memory*
Oh. Sorry.  Where was I? 
That’s right.  Barnes and Noble.   A public place.  Ahem.  So, before I could get too carried away sampling the goods, Sam was instructed to come over and save the day, which she did with much grace and beauty, as always.


She managed to rein me in enough that I agreed to share with the others.  For a minute anyway.  But I
wasn’t giving up my spot next to the abs. I mean, next to Collin.



Eventually, my place was usurped.  *sigh*  Like all good things, my Collin time had to come to an end.



What can I say about this day?  Well, I met some of the most amazing readers and authors on the planet, I got to touch a hot model’s abs and I spent two hours sitting beside one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. 

Thank you, Sam, for tolerating my crazy nature with such admirable aplomb.  Thank you to my husband for knowing you’re the only man for me (but letting me touch the abs anyway).  Thank you, Janet, for including me with such incredible talent.  Thank you, Collin, for wearing a shirt that snaps.  And thank you, Barnes and Noble, for being made of awesome.  It was truly a magnificent day.  And I was happy as a clam:)





Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Everything for Us, Galley style

Let's get ready to... galley?

Okay, so this mysterious box of goodies from Berkley shows up at my door.  Let me just stop right here and say that I love to get mysterious boxes of goodies from them.  It almost always ends in jubilation around my house.  Anyway, this cardboard square contained several galley copies of Everything for Us.

*beeeeeeeeep*

We interrupt this message to...

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Okay, back to the point of this blog post.  So, now I've got these few galley copies that are burning a hole in my foyer floor (well, now my office closet floor, but I digress) and I'm dying to give a few away.  All you have to do is tweet me a pic of your sightings of Down to You out in the wild (ie, the stores) and use the hashtag #WildCash and you will automatically be entered to win a brand spanking new, SIGNED galley copy of Everything for Us, due out September 2nd.  The winner will be drawn via random.org at noon on Wednesday, July 10th.

Not a bad deal, right?  All you have to do is cruise by the books section of your store or by the romance section of your local book retailer and snap a quick pic.  Easy peasy.  What you don't understand is how something so simple can make me so deliriously happy.  I love seeing my books on the shelves.  It's like watching your baby take his or her first steps. Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but it's pretty dang close!  Every time I pub something, it's like giving birth. Minus the need for an epidural or copious amounts of vodka.

Okay, maybe there is occasionally copious amounts of vodka involved, but still, I digress.

So, as you're out and about, keep your phone close so you can get the pic and be entered to win book three of The Bad Boys series.  Don't forget the hashtag!!!  #WildCash

Happy hunting, kittens!!!

xoxoxo

Monday, July 1, 2013

Need More Cash? Giveaway winners!

Y'all, I"m so sorry this is late in posting.  I had so much fun this weekend, I'm like a little lost, very tired, very addled puppy:D  I'm like, "Real life?  What's that????"  LOL  So today, I'm recovering.  And doing laundry. Tomorrow?  World domination!  Or maybe just some writing and socializing. I could settle for that;)  hehehe

Okay, so here are the 4 winners of the giveaway that ended today.  I'm not sure how a fifth one showed up, but I'm going to include it anyway, so...  LOL  I really CAN count:)  hehe  Please contact me at m.leighton.books@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize.  Oh and CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

Tara H
Jenn Sanchez
Amy J
Vika S
Tina Post

Also, don't forget that the official print release of Down to You happens tomorrow, July 2nd.  I won't even tell you how bouncy-happy-giddy I am.  LOL  But if you'd like to spread the word, I wouldn't ask you not to.  hehe  In fact, I might love you forever.

Okay, I really WILL love you forever.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, lastly, I'll be starting another giveaway next week.  Stay tuned, lovely people!  Also, thank you for being a part of this awesome literary world and for helping me to be able to do what I love. Getting to meet some of y'all over the weekend just reminds me how amazing you are.  And I'm forever grateful.

Much, much love!!!!

xoxo