Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Naughty After Dark Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I am so excited to be participating in the
Naughty After Dark Blog Hop.

Visit the either of the Blog Hop Pages for quick links to all the blogs!

My first novella, Skin Deep, an erotic contemporary romance is now available at Secret Cravings Publishing and explores the adage, is beauty only Skin Deep?  

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.

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

Since this is a Naughty After Dark Blog Hop, here is an except from Skin Deep (18+ Please!)

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.
"Do you trust me, Em?"
He rid himself of the jar and brush. Then, placing the pillow behind her, gently urged her back against the table until she was lying down, all the while searching her gaze for any sign of dissent. Apparently confident she wanted him to proceed he sat on the stool and rolled himself into position in front of her.
Those large hands hid the gentler truth of a tender touch as he eased her legs open, sliding his palms underneath her backside and raising her towards him.
As his tongue grazed the sensitive flesh of her inner thighs, she drew in a sharp breath before releasing a deep sigh, followed by a deeper moan.
"It's been a long time Rick." You just might want to let me dust the cobwebs off first, she was tempted to suggest but remained quiet, curious.
"That's a real shame. You don't mind if I remedy that unfortunate situation," he replied playfully, lowering his head between her thighs.
About to protest, the first rush of warm breath against the silky fabric of her panties quieted any objections. Moving his mouth along the outline of her mons, he seemed in no rush, intent on exploring her fully. Following the contours of her outer lips, he gently nipped and pulled against the fabric, rousing a scintillating need within.
A soft cry escaped her lips when he nuzzled her, his nose brushing against the swollen pearl nestled in damp folds. Undulating waves of warmth and wanting rippled over her from head to toe and her hips arched instinctively as the ache for something more began to grow.
Damn, it had been so long, too long. The intimate feel of his mouth refreshed her memory, reminding her first and foremost of the passionate woman within, before revealing with stunning clarity that she was still sexy and desirable, despite her perceived flaws.
Reaching down, her fingers moved through his hair, his locks slipping over her skin, tickling as if she’d just passed them through a spider's web. When she urged him against her, he stilled, lifting his head.
"Rick…" Her voice filled with an almost desperate pleading and when he didn't respond immediately, she panicked, the old fears creeping back in to steal this moment from her.
Lifting herself on her elbows, she looked into his eyes, her gaze searching his.
"You want more, Em?" He grinned at her mischievously.
She smiled despite herself. "Yes! Tease.”
 The Romance Review gave SKIN DEEP by Layla Hunter a 5 Star Review and it’s a Top Pick!

 “SKIN DEEP left me speechless. It swept me away, left sweet tears in my eyes and a smile on my heart.” Michelle R
I know there are many blogs to visit, so I won't keep you long. I'm happy you stopped by and if you'd like a chance to win a PDF copy of my e-book, Skin Deep, an erotic contemporary novella, as well as a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Secret Cravings Publishing, leave a comment below to my question ...

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?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

With Love, Valentine's Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the
With Love, Valentine's Day Blog Hop!
My love of romance began at age of eleven when my Nanny (referred to lovingly as 'Nanns') slipped me a couple True Romance comic books, along with my first romance, and it was love at first sight. Before long, I was writing my own stories and have been doing so for over three decades. 

I am a hopeless romantic ... always have been, always will be!

Although Valentine's Day is purportedly a day for 'lovers' I personally enjoy viewing it as a day to reconnect with the one's you love, whether they are your partners, friends, family, etc.

I believe letter writing is becoming a lost art, replaced with e-mails, texts, and posts on the walls of Facebook. I don't know about you, but when I receive an actual letter or card in the mail, it makes my day. There is a nostalgia in the act of reading anothers personally penned words and sentiments.

I've been cultivating a little known hobby of mine recently. Over the years I've been collecting love letters from WWI and WWII but I'm open to letters from any era. With a letter being the only way to communicate with a loved one, the detail and emotion contained within these long letters is rich in its intimacy. Reading these long lost letters is an experience unto itself.

Regardless if you are in a romantic relationship or not, use the day to tell someone you care about how much they mean to you! Pick up a pen ... pick up card, or better yet, make your own Valentine ... and WRITE them a little note (or a long one)! Sure, you can send an e-mail if that is the only way to connect with them BUT if you can write something, it's my suggestion you do just that.

I know there are tons of blogs to visit, so I won't keep you long. I'm happy you stopped by and if you'd like a chance to win a PDF copy of my e-book, Skin Deep, an erotic contemporary novella, as well as a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Secret Cravings Publishing, leave a comment below to my question ...

When was the last time you physically wrote a letter to someone near and dear to your heart?
or ...
If you had a choice, would you rather receive a love letter via e-mail or one penned on paper?


And speaking of Secret Cravings Publishing, join us for an ALL WEEKEND CHAT on all weekend chat on our Facebook Readers page for tons of give-aways, chatting and fun! I will be there all weekend partaking in the merriment and the giving of booty! *winks*

Find us at!/groups/256038187798868/

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Be sure to visit the hundreds of other participating author's blogs for a chance to win
tons of prizes!

Visit the Blog Hop Stop Event Page for quick links to everyones blogs!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

With Love Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Join me for the With Love Valentine's Day Blog Hop! Stop by the Blog Hop Spot for a complete list and links to all 265 participating authors!