M. Leighton New Adult Contemporary

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Google Books and Google Play

Good grief! Am I really the last author to do this?  THE very last?  No one else left?  Show of hands.


Well, this is not unusual for me.  I love my job so, so much that I write sometimes to the exclusion of all else, like keeping up with the latest platforms and sites:(  For that, I truly apologize.  But never fear!  I'm finally on board and I'm uploading books after I finish writing each day.  I should have my whole catalog up in a few days.  Thank you so, so much for your patience and thank you to Google for giving us authors another way to reach you amazing readers!  YAY!

Here's the link to my page on Google Play.  Ain't it purrrdy?  :D

Okay, I'm off to update, update, update and upload, upload, upload.  Much love and gratitude!  Enjoy your Saturday:)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A little som'n som'n for my newsletter subscribers

Good morning!  I'm still riding my Sig high from yesterday.  *dreamy sigh*  I'm so happy to see him out in the world, getting so much love.  I'm like a proud mama, sending her baby off to school. LOL

Anywho, today I'm here about some goodies.  The reason?  Well, with social media sites restricting the number of people who see posts, I feel like it's important to be able to interact with you in a more reliable way.  My answer?  The newsletter.  My plan is to send out a letter once a month with an update on what's ahead, some exclusive teasers and (of course, you know me) a giveaway.  I'll also send a notification as a new release nears, one that includes incentives and particulars to my latest book.  

To kick it all off, I wanted to give a special som'n som'n to you lovely newsletter signer uppers.  Because I appreciate you very much.  If you haven't signed up for it and would like to, be sure to do so here.  Tomorrow, I'll be sending out an email with a couple of things unique to the newsletter, including a chance to win some pretty cool things.  (Hint: Some of it has to do with Sig's ARC)  Whoop!

Okay, so to recap:

1.  Sig has a face. YAY!

2.  Social media restrictions suck.  BOO!

3.  Newsletter saves the day.  YIPPEE!

4.  I'll be giving away goodies.  What's new?  LOL

Have a super fabulous Thursday!  See ya out there!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ALL THINGS PRETTY cover reveal and a little som'n extra

Okay, so after eating a shocking amount of what I like to call "writing food" --  a nasty-yet-awesome combo which consists today of beef jerky, Lay's potato chips, Mountain Dew and a few chicken nuggets  --  I thought I'd show y'all Sig's pretty new face.

OMG OMG OMG  I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!!!  September 30th canNOT get here fast enough!  *runs in place*

I've loved Sig from the moment I met him and now?  So. Much. More.  *fans face* Here's a little more about his story:


Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop.  He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible.  What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover. 

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig.  She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone.  Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is.  But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

Stay tuned to my website for excerpts when I post them.  Now, I'm back to the cave.  Happy hump day everybody!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Come and get Laid-back with Leighton

So, I have a confession, an apology and a plan to reveal to y’all.  Are you ready?

Okay, so the confession.  This morning, I was in total distress over social media.  Total.  Distress. I have come to realize that y’all might think I’m ignoring your posts and comments and tags on social media.  Let me assure you, I’m definitely not ignoring you.  Many of you know that I’ve had a tremendous amount of family health stuff going on for two years now.  That has a way of taking over your thoughts and your plans and your whole life in some ways, at least for spurts of time.  After that, you kind of have to just jump back in and pick up the pieces where you left off, but it never feels like you get caught up.

That's the confession part, but there’s more.  This is where the apology comes in.  Y’all, social media is so, so hard for me! It seems that every time I log on, I something mean or negative or something that just rips my heart out.  People can be so cruel and awful to each other, and that’s hard for me to watch, whether I'm directly affected or not.  It's toxic almost.  I’m happy-go-lucky.  Anyone who knows much about me knows that.  The ugly stuff wilts my soul.  Seriously. It puts a dark cloud over my whole day and I just can’t function like that.  But I want y’all to know that I’m sorry, sorry that I’m not better at it and that I miss so much.  You’ll never know how much I appreciate being in your thoughts, appearing in your posts and tags and comments and mentions, and it bothers me that I miss so much.  And THAT is why I needed a plan.  

I think I have a solution.  A Facebook group.  I know, I know.  Not exactly a “new thing,” but this one might be my BEST thing.  It’s just a place where you can post something and be sure that I see it.  A place where you can find me.  That’s all.  If you want to post a picture, a comment, some inspiration, ask a question or just say “Hi!”, I want to give you a place to put it where I’ll see it and I can respond.  My plan is to go in every Friday if not more often.  

I can’t promise I won’t post a story telling you something stupid that I just did or that I won’t post a pic and some exciting passage from a book I’m working on, but that’s the beauty of it. I want it to work both ways.  Sometimes I want to thank y’all for something wonderful, but posting it on my main pages usually means that it will get lost in the fray, swept away by the current.  Drowned by everything else.  And there are times when I NEED for you to know how much YOU affect ME and MY life.

So I’m creating a happy place for us.  I hope the name will actually be descriptive of the environment.  Not exactly catchy, but that’s not the point.  Hehe  I wanted it to speak for itself -à  Laid-back with Leighton. It’s for anyone and everyone who wants to reach me.  As long as you don’t come to be mean.  That’s the quickest way to get ousted.  LOL 

An example of why I sometimes need a place to say thank you happened just a little while ago.  I will only use first names, but I hope you two lovely ladies to whom I'm referring know who you are.  I got two packages in the mail today, both contained cards.  Both told me the story of how my books had helped them through a rough patch in their life.  The timing could NOT have been more perfect, so I want to take a second to thank Donna and Becca for reminding me (on a day when it was beginning to look a little bleak around the ML house) WHY I do this and how much I love it.  You two also showed me that this group will be good for me, too.  It’s not a street team, nor is it a place to moan and groan, to bust out the claws or focus on the negative.  No, this is a place where all things happy are on the agenda, all day every day.  That’s all I want—to be able to interact with y’all in a safe and fun environment.  I pray that this will work out as well as…no, EVEN BETTER THAN I hope. 

So, if you want to reach me, here’s where you can find me. 

You can add others who have read my books and want to come by and share or ask or just be.  I’m pasting the rules below, too, so you’ll know up front what to expect. 

For those who don’t like groups or are like me and just aren’t good with social media, please know that whether or not I ever get to address YOU personally, I’m soul-deep thankful to everyone who has ever picked up a book of mine.  It’s for you, because of you readers that I want to find a way to meet in the middle—the girl who’s allergic to social media and everyone who I can only reach ON social media.  LOL  Sounds like a conundrum, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.  So, will, meet wayJ

Rules for being laid-back with Leighton:

Rule 1:  This is a happy place.  There’s a whole wide world and a whole wide web where people are rude and mean and critical and negative.  Pot-stirrers and drama queens will probably hate it here. LOL  I want this to be the one place on the planet where NO ONE is anything but happy and nice and polite.  Maybe I should change the name to UtopiaJ 

Rule 2:  No men allowed.  This is a place where we can talk about how hot they are and what we like and what we think Jake or Trick or Cash would look like in real life, all without fear of being overheard by the penisesJ

Rule 3:  No posting of nude pics.  That gets hairy (no pun intended).  People get offended.  Facebook gets angry.  It’s just not good, so please don’t do it.

Rule 4:  This is not a place to promote pages or blogs or politics or things like that.  And believe me, I’m doing you a favor.  People get tired of that in a hurry and it can actually work against you.  I’m saving you from getting hate mail.  LOL

Rule 5:  Rulebreakers will be removedL  Sorry!

Rule 6:  Have fun.  Tell me a scene that you loved in the book you just read, ask me a question about why I pick strange names or if I’m ever going to write about crop dusting.  If you have anything (not mean, of course- hehe) to say to me or ask of me, go for it!  That’s what I’m here for!  That’s the ONLY reason I’m here!

As always--always, always, always--thank you.  For everything.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Until We Fly by Courtney Cole

Well, it's finally here.  I've been so, so excited for Brand to get his own book and Courtney did NOT disappoint!  Awesomeness!  I can't wait for you to read it!  It's live today for the very special price of $3.99 so be sure and grab it while you can!

You can purchase it here:  Amazon  B&N

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good. 

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.   

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on.  And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore. 

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again.  It’s not worth the pain.  Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof. 

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from.  A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain.  Reasons he tried hard to forget.    

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again. 

Why?  Because home is where Nora Greene is.  A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past.  A beautiful, feisty thing.  When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.   

But she’s back now. 

And she wants Brand, scars and all. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Madly 4- Please don't kill me!

I know every author writes "to the beat of a different drum" and I sometimes wish I was one of those who didn't require inspiration or "feeling" to write a book.  Unfortunately, I'm not.  I have to be in the mood, in the groove, feeling it, inspired, whatever you want to call it.  Y'all have no idea how much I want to write Madly's fourth book and give you the next part of her story.  Keeping you happy is very, very important to me.  But.  (<---you knew there was one) I am just not feeling it right now.  I think it's because I have two books that I NEED to write and I'm very focused on those, which is a good thing. I think my books are infinitely better when my whole heart and soul are on board.  

I want to give you more Madly and Jackson. I want to find out where their story goes next, but I'm just not going to be able to put it up on here like I'd hoped. Like I'd planned.  My brain simply won't let me write a little and then write something else, write a little and then write something else. I'm an all or nothing kind of girl, and when I sit down to write Madly and the Sea Witch, I want to dive in, wholeheartedly, and give her all I've got. 

(pause for a nod to Scotty-- "I'm givin' it all she's got, Captain!")

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. I wish I could just magically whip out all these amazing ideas in my head, including Madly, but I can't.  And I think you wouldn't be happy with it if I did.  What I WILL do, however, is put everything I have into every project. I want us ALL to fall in love. Every. Single. Time.

Y'all are wonderful and amazing, and so, so supportive.  And I'M so, so grateful.  

Here's to "what's next":)

Happy Thursday!  Friday, where we come!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

There's Wild, Then There's You video tour

Less than a week to go until THERE'S WILD, THEN THERE'S YOU!  June 3rd will be here before we know it!  *jumps up and down*  What do to until then, though?  Well, how about a teeny tiny taste of Jet?

In this video tour, 6 blogs will be revealing short clips of Jet going about life and business, and handling the rumor mill.  Each one is about 45 seconds.  They're but a brief glimpse.  A taste.  A little nip.  As a whole, they chronicle his journey from selfish, unapologetic, wild rocker to...something more.  Here is where you can find them as they are exclusively revealed:

May 27- Maryse's Book Blog
May 28- The Sub Club Books 
May 29- A Book Whore's Obsession
May 30- Vilma's Book Blog
May 31- Three Chicks and their Books
June 1- The Rock Stars of Romance