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?


  1. thanks for the hp and then the book and goddies are great for the giveway

  2. I think true beauty is anything capable of uplifting and or inspiring. Thank you for getting naughty with us. :)

  3. Thank you for the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like this might be a very inspiring story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Oh and to answer your question, true beauty is the beauty that comes from within and shines through on the outside. It's pretty hard to find now though. :)

  5. I think true beauty comes from the heart. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. True beauty is not what we see on the outside but what a person has on the inside. A person's heart is the window to their soul. How they treat others goes a long way to showing what is truly in their heart.

  7. True beauty glows from the soul. They say that eyes are the windows to the soul and I so believe it. I love your Skin Deep story, and I love the way Rick sees the beauty that literally glows and shines within Em. I cried practically through the whole story as the emotional link grows between them. Definitely at the top of mine forever keepers collection...its about time to read it again...*S*

  8. True beauty for me comes from within. It's not what we see physically but what we feel from the person. Their actions define their beauty for me.


  9. True me is seeing that person for who they truly are.
    Accepting that person for who they are is also true beauty!

    Luv 2 laugh 82 at verizon dot net

  10. to me true beauty is how a person is on the inside and has nothing to do with physical appearance. things that a person does show their true beauty.

    ame1184 at gmail dot com

  11. To me true beauty is how a person treats others. That they are respectful, helpful, caring, etc.
    Loved the excerpt!
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  12. True beauty is a simple smile..

  13. For me true beauty is accepting others as they are without judgement.


  14. true beauty is being able to see beyond the surface ... just because someone is or isn't beautiful on the outside doesn't mean that on the inside they are the same ... there are some very beautiful looking people that so superficial and there are some not so conventionaly beautiful people that are simply amazing ...

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

  15. I think true beauty is more than just physical traits. It's attitude, confidence and how you treat others :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Ashley A

  16. True Beauty, is something that moves you. Be it a person, place, phrase, spoken word, or an object :) Thanks for signing up and for the giveaway!

  17. *smiles* What wonderful replies so far! Thank you ladies! And I'm looking forward to putting up a few comments myself! Thank you for stopping by ...

  18. Such a great question to put out there :)

    True beauty is free, nonjudgmental, caring, sincere, warm, pure and flows freely without influence. Like a butterfly. But that's just what I think.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. A kindness in their heart and a willingness to help!

  20. True beauty is a persons ability for compassion, forgiveness, and kindness. It true the saying that it's what's on the inside that counts. :) Thanks for being part of the blog hop!
    goodblinknpark @

  21. I think true beauty is on the inside!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D

  22. True beauty is what's within, not external.

    author_shannon_leigh at hotmail dot com

  23. Crazy end to a busy week! Sorry for the delay in picking a winner. I will do so and announce the winner no later than tomorrow.

  24. All right ... I know I am late in announcing a winner and my sincerest apologies for the delay! To make it up to you, I am going to include a $15 GC as opposed to the $10 ...

    First, let me say that all of the answers were quite beautiful in and of themselves ... thank you all! You are ALL beautiful ladies!

    And the winner is (chosen randomly by Chance)... Lynn!

    Congratulations and I will be sending you an e-mail ASAP!