Sunday, September 25, 2011


     After a short hiatus from Six Sentence Sunday, I am happy to be back. This go around I am posting six sentences from my ongoing weekly FREE read (a new installment every Wednesday) at Secret Cravings Publishing, entitled My Soul to Keep, an erotic contemporary paranormal (ghost). 
     In this snippet, Val is dealing with the ghost of the man she killed in the field (and subsequently left her for dead for a few moments) and who is now her nemesis of sorts.

     Val kicked the door shut behind her, not even bothering to turn the lights on. These days she wasn't afraid of the dark...she knew what lurked in the shadows.
      Tossing her canvas tote onto the chair, she walked towards the kitchen, lights from the street illuminating the interior of her apartment.
       It wouldn't kill you to turn a light on, the Port Newark ghost commented from the well-worn brown leather couch in the living room.
      Val ignored him. The last time he'd materialized, she noticed his appearance had changed somewhat; the bullet hole between the eyes still visible but not nearly as gruesome.

     If you'd like to catch up on this story, visit Secret Cravings Publishing for your FREE weekly download.

     And be sure to visit Six Sentence Sunday link to check out all the other SSS offerings!

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Hello all! It's time for Six Sentence Sunday and this is my second contribution. These six sentences are from Skin Deep as well and take place after Rick paints a stunning piece of body art on Emily. Hope you enjoy ...

Still shaken from the overt sexual reaction to his touch as well as the sight of the breathtaking canvas of her back, she let him guide her back to the table and help her up. With legs swinging nervously over the edge, she watched anxiously as he dipped the brush into the powder, tapping it against the side of the jar before returning to stand before her.
Her feet stilled as the brush swept over her breasts again and again until she lost herself in the resultant rush of heat, responding with a soft cry before stopping herself.
"God, Em…you're driving me crazy."
"I…I could say the same." Her voice caught and made a small noise that sounded almost like a purr.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Hello all! First, thank you for stopping by today! This is my first attempt at Six Sentence Sunday. Be sure to check out the other writer's offerings!

Choosing the first six sentences to post wasn't easy, but this is from one of my favorite scenes in Skin Deep - Emily and Rick's first kiss which happens after an unexpected, and emotionally painful, run-in with her ex-fiance ...

"Don't…don't kiss me because you feel sorry for me," she said, her voice barely a ragged whisper.

 "I'm not about to kiss you because I feel sorry for you." His warm breath danced across her lips. 

This is what it should feel like…the earth shifting under your feet…butterflies in your stomach…heartbeat quickening…that shiver in your spine…a stirring deep within your very core?

When Rick slipped his arms around her waist, a shiver coursed through her as their bodies touched, now face to face, chest to chest, thigh to thigh. A slow heat simmered just under the surface and she wanted to feel more. Reaching up, she moved her hands through his hair before wrapping her arms around his neck, urging him closer, melting into him. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


With Memorial Day just a few days away, I thought this would be a perfect time to host a contest for a chance to win several prizes including a couple of copies of my erotic contemporary novella, Skin Deep, a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Secret Cravings Publishing, a $10 iTunes Gift Card, and ... a "Surprise Bag" (who doesn't LOVE a surprise?!? *winks*) filled with lots of goodies and swag!

All you need to do to be entered for one of these prizes is leave a comment, but not for me.

Instead, I want all who participate to leave a comment for our beloved and brave servicemen and women, past and present. Consider this a special place to leave a message in honor of, or on behalf of a loved one, or to any of our servicemen/women in general. Take as much space as you need ... there's no limit one can put on words from the heart!

I'm going to 'gather' all the comments at the end of the contest and put together a booklet to include with a package of books I am sending to a wonderful servicewoman through Operation Paperback! (

The contest will run through Friday, June 3rd and end at midnight. Winners will be announced and notified over the weekend. Be sure to leave your e-mail address at the end of your comment so I can contact you if you're a winner! Winners will be chosen by!


Skin Deep - Secret Cravings Publishing -
10% of my royalties from the sales of Skin Deep will be donated to The Scleroderma Foundation.

“SKIN DEEP left me speechless. It swept me away, left sweet tears in my eyes and a smile on my heart.”

“… a beautiful tale that will warm your heart and light your fire.” Michelle R

If you have a moment to watch the trailer for Skin Deep …

Want to read an excerpt or two … I have one Sweet and one Sexy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I’m pleased to announce that I am a member of Truly, Madly, Deeply Romance Authors … a group of 26 authors each dedicated to putting out FREE reads twice a year!
I’m very excited about this project and honored to be among the talented writers that have been gathered for this project.

Hello all! It’s a balmy Sunday night in Jersey (for us, 40 degrees IS balmy *winks*) and it’s the perfect night to share the upcoming release of my first novella, an erotic romance entitled Skin Deep, available at Secret Cravings Publishing on February 9, 2011!

10% of my royalties from the sales of Skin Deep will be donated to The Scleroderma Foundation.


True beauty wears many faces and is said to be in the eye of the beholder. I make it a habit to look for the ‘beautiful’ in each person who comes my way … whether a sparkle in lovely eyes; or an infectious laugh; a genuine smile; a giving heart; a kind word for someone else; a sharp mind, and even an equally sharp wit; a wry sense of humor; all these traits and more are what define beauty for me.

What is true beauty in your opinion?

E-mail your answer to me (no more than 50 words or so, but if the Muse strikes, feel free to run with it!) at with either SWEET or SEXY in the subject line.

I will add you to my mailing list BUT I will not flood your inbox with e-mails; instead you’ll receive the Premier Issue of my upcoming semi-annual newsletter.

Contest will end Midnight, February 14th and winners will be announced/contacted February 15th!  Two (2) winners will be selected by, and ideally, I’d love to share the winner’s entries (with your permission, of course!)

One prize will be SWEET$25.00 Sephora e-Gift Certificate

One prize will be SEXY Kama Sutra Chocolate Lover's Body Paints


Emily Monroe, a statuesque high school English teacher, is convinced that getting a tattoo to cover the remnants of her brush with Morphea is the only option left to open the door to self-acceptance, allowing her to finally move on with her life after the devastating diagnosis left more than physical scars in its wake.

Rick Sutton, owner of Skin Deep, a successful tattoo shop, has his own cross to bear. Crippling guilt and the specter of unrequited justice overshadow every aspect of his life, trapping him within the haunted corridors of his heart and soul; until the day Emily walks into his shop.

Instantly, he recognizes a kindred spirit in Emily, and a tenuous bond is formed. When the intimidating yet teddy-bear of a man offers her a glimpse into his passionate side, she is moved by what she sees and takes a leap of faith. Together they traverse the physical and emotional journey of freeing themselves of their perceived flaws, an erotic undertaking that proves to them beauty is only Skin Deep.

Take a moment to watch the trailer for Skin Deep …

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Layla Hunter

Secret Cravings Publishing – Every Night Erotica – XOXO Publishing