Friday, August 23, 2013

Secret Cravings Publishing Blog Hop


Needless to say the picture above certainly stirs some romantic and sensual ideas. I love the way one picture, one song, one scent or one flavor can just as easily create a memory as it can resurrect it. There are times I hear a song and it transports me right to the moment I first heard it. The same with a scent or a pierogis. Everytime I taste them, I can picture myself with my grandmother sharing a plate after school.

I know there are many 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, Whisper Sweet Nothings, an erotic contemporary short story, as well as a $15.00 Secret Cravings Publishing Gift Certificate to purchase a few more new books!

All you need to do is share with me your favorite sense -- either taste, sound, touch, scent, etc., for a chance to win!

The contest will run through Midnight, Sunday, August 25th. Winner will be announced and notified by Monday evening. Be sure to leave your e-mail address at the end of your comment so I can contact you if you're a winner! Winner will be chosen by!

Be sure to visit all of the authors participating in the

Here's a peek at Whisper Sweet Nothings ...

     Sarah Cole never expected to find herself divorced and nearly broke at the age of thirty-four, no less working part-time as a phone sex operator for Whisper Sweet Nothings.  

Solely responsible for the care of her grandmother, she's willing to do whatever she needs to care for the woman who raised her, even if it means foregoing her dream to sing.

 News of his impending deployment turns Lt. Samuel Meade's world upside down, and he finds himself alone to face the unknown when unexpectedly abandoned by his girlfriend.  

 Eager to help him shake the blues, friends set him up with Whisper Sweet Nothings for a little fun before deployment. Not wanting to seem ungrateful or endure the merciless ribbing of his buddies, he goes ahead with the call, expecting the worst.

 Instead, he finds Sherry (aka Sarah Cole), a kindred soul as seemingly lost as he is.

Neither could have imagined the instant bond forged that night, the foundation for a friendship that would span nearly a year. Sharing heartfelt letters with a woman he's never met, Sam finds himself falling for her.

 Scarred in more ways than one during his deployment, Sam returns stateside suffering from PTSD and a painful leg injury. Convincing himself that he is as broken as his dream of pursuing her, he gives himself over to despair. 

 Unbeknownst to them, with the help of a friend, they find themselves face to face, embarking on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and a once in a lifetime love.


Here's an excerpt ...

Sarah jumped when the phone finally rang, staring at the console like a deer caught in headlights, unable to move. What the hell was she doing?  This was insane, an introverted, thirty-something, afraid-of-her-own-shadow architect-wannabe trying to pass herself off as a phone sex operator? She'd lost her mind.

"Are you going to get that or what?" Rachel chided. Sarah looked helplessly to her designated trainer.

 "You can do this. Remember why you are doing this, sweetie. It makes it easier. I'll be nearby," the woman reassured her.

Sarah nodded, adjusting her headset and reaching over to press the flashing button—the button that would lead her down a path she'd never pictured herself traversing, especially not at this point in her life.

When she began training, she'd been asked to pick a name for herself and had chosen Sherry. It had a sweet, girl-next-door quality to it unlike her actual name. Her eccentric, literary-minded mother had thought it a wonderful idea to name her only daughter Scheherazade, although most of her friends called her Sarah. Tonight, though, she was Sherry, a sexy voiced seductress on the other end of a telephone entertaining horny men and perverts and…

Stop! You can do this Sarah. If you could live through one of the most brutal divorces in recorded history, you can do this.

"Hello, this is Sherry. Welcome to Whisper Sweet Nothings…have you called us before?" she asked sweetly even though her hands shook and her heart pounded painfully within her chest. Quickly, she glanced at the computer screen to scan a few details about her caller.

 "Uh, no…this is…well, this is my first time calling."

Given she was new she'd been told she would get the undecided first-timers or the clients who wanted a more vanilla experience. Most of the women here had a specialty…BDSM, fetish, gay/lesbian, etc. As she trained, she could add to her repertoire if she chose which would increase her moneymaking potential.

"Not to worry. That's why they put you in my very capable hands. I will take care of you. What's your name?" she asked, pulling out the scripts she had studied ad nauseum.

"Sam. My name is Sam. Know what…this was a mistake. I…I should go. I'm sorry, ma'am…I didn't mean to waste your time and…"

 She could hear his voice trembling and her heart went out to him. He was as nervous as she was. "Sam…listen to me. I probably shouldn't tell you this, but would it make you feel better to know that this is my first time too?"

 She caught the look of disdain from Rachel who shook her head from side to side, obviously a mistake and likely not to be her first. Sorry, she mouthed, turning her attention back to Sam.

 "I think you are just saying that to keep me on the line."

 She smiled. "No, this really is my first time. I'll make you a deal. We take this one-step at a time…together. How does that sound?"

There was a moment of silence and she thought she'd lost him. Her heart sank.

 "That sounds fine."

 "So tell me…what is it you were looking for when you called me tonight?"

Thank you again for stopping by and be sure to tell your friends about Secret Cravings Publishing Blog Hop! As always, the more the merrier!

XOXO Layla Hunter XOXO


  1. My favorite scent is lavender.I love spraying it on anything.It's a relaxing scent for me.

    1. I have to agree! My daughter and I both use it to help us unwind before bed and fall asleep a little faster!

  2. I'd have to go with Sight first because everyone loves a visual on things, next Smell. I love the smell of a clean man and certain flowers. Lastly, Hearing. Love to hear an aroused man talk. That deep raspy voice is such a turn on ...

    caiidynsmommie at gmail dot com

    1. Oh my ... I have to agree with you on that one.

  3. I think Scent is the most powerful; it can bring back long-forgotten memories. I'm also with Chynarey on hearing a man in love speak!

    1. Scent can transport you right back to memories.

  4. But the smell of pierogis doesn't bring out your sensual side, does it? LOL. I'm a fan of clean, fresh scents--wintergreen, eucalyptus, citrus. I also love the smell of coffee even though I don't drink coffee (and never have).
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. *LOL* Hmmm ... no, cant' say that they do BUT the sight of my husband cooking them for me could stir up a little something *winks* Ahhh ... coffee ... nectar of the Gods *winks*

  5. I think Scent is the most powerful; it can bring back long-forgotten memories. I'm also with Chynarey on hearing a man in love speak!

  6. I already have whisper sweet nothings in my tbr pile. But, scent is my favorite sense. When I snuggle into my honey's neck and smell the subtle scent of his cologne, mixed with man, I could just eat him up!

  7. I would say touch ..I always seem to get lost when I am touched

    1. The power of touch! It's an amazing sense -- from the lightest caress to a strong massage.

  8. Thanks to all who stopped by today!!!

  9. It's so hard to pick but I would have to say touch because I enjoy feeling different textures and how they compare to others :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. I know ... each sense is such a wonder. But touch is one of my favorites! Thank you for stopping by!

  10. I have Whisper Sweet Nothings in my TBR already and can't wait to get to it. I think the sens that I would pick is touch!


    1. I hope you like it! Touch is one of my favorites too! Amazing how a hug can change your day.

  11. First, the book looks great, hope I win!
    Second, my fav hard!! I will have to go with the one I use most and that is sight. But hearing is a very close second! I am a photographer/artist and would be lost without my eyes.


  12. Sometimes we take these things for granted! Thank you for stopping by!

  13. And the winner is ...

    Catherine Lee! I'll send you an e-mail shortly.

    Thanks to ALL who stopped by. I truly enjoyed reading your replies!