Leighton Rose

Author of M/M Romance Novels

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Finding Home is LIVE on Amazon!

Okay everyone, Finding Home has gone live on Amazon

I really hope you guys enjoy my boys! Adam and Dillon are quite special to me!

Don’t forget to let me know if you like it!!

Finding Home is Live on ARe!

Okay guys, I just published Finding Home on All Romance E-books, you can get it here

I will keep you all updated when it goes live on Amazon! 

Thanks so much for all of your support ❤

Wow! I really Suck!

Hey guys! 

It’s been far too long since the last time I posted. I have no excuses. I’m sorry I suck!

Finding Home is DONE! It’s been through the pre-readers, the beta readers, my personal edits, and is now with Cool Beans Editing for it’s final copy edit. I’m so excited to be working with these ladies at CBE… they are fabulous and I highly recommend them!

I’m hoping to have the book done and ready to publish within the week but I’ll also be on vacation so that depends on how my week goes! 

Have you all seen the cover? I did a cover reveal on Sid Love’s blog (recently renamed) back in March and I got a lot of great comments on the cover and blurb! Garrett Leigh nailed it again! I’m so lucky to be able to have snagged her as my cover artist!

Here is the cover for anyone who might not have seen it yet: 

 

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For Dillon Turner, home was never a place that meant anything to him. It was simply where he lived until he was old enough to leave. The day he turns eighteen, he boards a Greyhound bus and leaves Chicago behind for what he hopes will be something better.

Upon arrival in Omaha, an unexpected streak of good luck leads him to Banks Motel where he meets sexy tattoo artist Adam Banks. A belated birthday celebration is just the beginning for them, and Adam easily infiltrates the protective wall Dillon has built around his heart and becomes the center of Dillon’s world. Adam and the Banks family take Dillon in as one of their own, and Dillon finds he’s never been happier in his life.

That is until becoming a part of someone’s family proves to be harder than Dillon thought. When caring about other people makes him more vulnerable than he can handle, Dillon’s first instinct is to run. Throw in a meddling ex-boyfriend and it all becomes too much for him.

Can Adam prove that the positives far outweigh the negatives, or will Dillon let his fear of being hurt ruin his chances at finding a real home?

 

What do you think? I’ll be doing some giveaways as soon as I publish and I’ll definitely let you know when I do! I’ve got a couple of guest posts coming up. One will be on Mercy Celeste’s Summer Book Bash on the 12th and I have a Hat Party Interview with Raine O’Tierney after Finding Home publishes!

Well, that’s about all the updates I have for you that I can remember. 

 

xoxo

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Tyler and Alex are sleeping in Mia’s Guest Room!

Hey everyone!! Today, my good friend Mia Kerick hosted Tyler, Alex, and myself in her guest room! We had a fabulous time and the boys even let me interview them for you! Check it out, it’s a fantastic post, Mia is wonderfully creative and a terrific hostess!!

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Don’t forget to follow her blog while you’re at it! It’s a really fun place to be 🙂

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Mia Kerick’s The Red Sheet Blog Tour!

I’d like to welcome Mia Kerick, author of the recently released YA novel The Red Sheet, to my blog today! She’s here to promote her new release and talk a little bit about kryptonite and how it relates to her characters.  Plus there’s a rafflecopter giveaway to enter at the bottom! I hope you guys love Mia as much as I do! 🙂

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Description:

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.
Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.
Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With a foreword by C. Kennedy

Book Links:

Dreamspinner  Ι  Goodreads

Excerpt:

“Dinner, Bry!” My mom called me into the kitchen from where I was busily dusting in the family room. (No heckling from the peanut gallery, please.)

As I entered the kitchen, I uttered, “I just love this feather duster, Mom. It really traps the dirt.” (Again, please refrain from commentary.)

She pulled off her glasses so they hung down on the chain she wore around her neck, rubbed her eyes, and then examined me with no small amount of concern. “Sure, Bryan… whatever you say. Um, you can go ahead and sit down.”

I pulled out the chair and dropped my ass down. “A hamburger… just what I was in the mood for.” I sent her a sly wink, an exact replica of the one Miss Libby had sent me in class earlier this week.

After she sat down, Mom rubbed her eyes one more time and apparently checked to see if it was actually her son sitting across from her. “So, Bry—are you feeling well these days? You’ve been acting a bit… um, strange… this week.”

“Things are improving every day.” I had a momentary qualm of conscience about eating what had once been a living, breathing mammal with a cute cow’s face, but since Mom, who wasn’t exactly Rachael Ray, had gone to the trouble of making this delicious burger for me, I pushed past it. “How are things with you? How’s work?”

I didn’t know just how many times the woman could muster up the energy to gape at me with such incredulousness, but she managed to do it one more time, as if I’d never asked her about her work before that very moment. “Things are… fine, Bry. Just fine.” She took a bite of her own burger. “Your father called me last night. He’d like to see you.”

I shuddered with revulsion. Can you say kryptonite?

My father was my own personal kryptonite. I just knew it.

Dear old Dad, who’d left Mom and me back when I was in second grade because he’d found a woman who was younger, hotter… better, seemed to be the only subject about which my heart hadn’t softened.

My single weakness.

“I don’t want to see him.” He’d hurt Mom… he’d hurt me… he’d been so wrong.

It was as if she’d read my mind. “He hurt us, yes, but he is still your father.”

I have to hold on to my anger, ’cause if I don’t… if I don’t….

“No.” I sounded like Scott when I’d asked him for a second chance.

“I really think it will be good for both of you to get together.” She placed the french fry she was holding back down on the edge of her plate and looked at me with sincerity. “I’m over the pain of what happened, Bryan. Please understand that it will not hurt me if you see him.”

“No… uh, no, thanks.” I wasn’t going to be rude to Mom because of him.

“Jonah wants to see you too.”

Shit! It isn’t my younger half brother’s fault that our father is an asshole.

“Mom, I just can’t….” I sucked down about half of my chocolate milk in an attempt to calm down. If there was ever a time for a topic change, this was it. “So, guess what! I got a B+ on my English paper.”

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We all have a personal Kryptonite.

Kryptonite is a fictional material from the Superman story; it is the ore form of a radioactive element from Superman’s home planet, Krypton. It is also the Achilles’ heel, or single weakness of Superman. Kryptonite causes Superman to be vulnerable to the draining of his power, and even death. Likewise, Bryan Dennison, the main character of The Red Sheet, my recent Superman-themed YA release, has a single area of weakness that he considers to be his “personal Kryptonite.” The one weakness to Bryan’s be-a-better-person/look-on-the-bright-side/give-peace-a-chance persona is the very existence of his father, Allen Dennison. You see, Mr. Dennison left Bryan and his mother when Bryan was merely seven years old in favor of what Bryan considers to be a “newer model” (younger) wife. The pain at his father’s perceived abandonment of their family has long plagued Bryan’s heart, and this lack of forgiveness constitutes the only area in which his heart remains unchanged after he experiences his miraculous overnight personality improvement. The residual hurt from his father’s abandonment still claws at Bryan’s spirit causing what he calls “white hot pain.”

Scott Beckett, the other main character in The Red Sheet, ironically perceives Bryan to be his personal Kryptonite. Bryan’s past behavior constitutes the single vulnerability to Scott’s hardened heart. As the story progresses, Bryan grows to realize that Scott is facing his own weakness in dealing with himself. So Bryan acknowledges that it is time that he, too, face his own Kryptonite: his father.

We all have people, places, and things that constitute our vulnerabilities. Personally, the mere thought of a certain woman who lives in my town possesses the power to emotionally bring me to my knees, as I have long felt ill-equipped to deal with her behaviors. And you, I’m certain, have your own private weakness. It is in facing these vulnerabilities, though, that we grow the most, as completely avoiding Kryptonite is not always within the realm of possibility.

“Kryptonite”

Three Doors Down

I took a walk around the world

To ease my troubled mind

I left my body lying somewhere

In the sands of time

But I watched the world float

To the dark side of the moon

I feel there is nothing I can do, yeah

I watched the world float

To the dark side of the moon

After all I knew it had to be

Something to do with you

I really don’t mind what happens now and then

As long as you’ll be my friend at the end

If I go crazy then will you still

Call me Superman

If I’m alive and well, will you be

There a-holding my hand

I’ll keep you by my side

With my superhuman might

Kryptonite

You called me strong, you called me weak,

But still your secrets I will keep

You took for granted all the times

I never let you down

You stumbled in and bumped your head,

If not for me then you’d be dead

I picked you up and put you back on solid ground

If I go crazy then will you still

Call me Superman

If I’m alive and well,

Will you be there a-holding my hand

I’ll keep you by my side

With my superhuman might

Kryptonite

If I go crazy then will you still

Call me Superman

If I’m alive and well, will you be there

Holding my hand

I’ll keep you by my side

With my superhuman might

Kryptonite

Yeah!!

If I go crazy then will you still

Call me Superman

If I’m alive and well,

Will you be there a-holding my hand

I’ll keep you by my side

With my superhuman might

Kryptonite

Oh, whoa, whoa

Oh, whoa, whoa

Oh, whoa, whoa

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About the Author:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:

Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them.

Author Links:

http://miakerick.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mia.kerick

http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Kerick/e/B009KSTG9E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1389575652&sr=1-1

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!!

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Interview Questions for Tyler and Alex!

The adorably sweet and wonderful Mia Kerick has invited me to come to her blog next week and stay in her guest bedroom, where I will be conducting an interview with Tyler and Alex. It’s going to be a slumber party and I need your help! I need some questions to ask the boys and I thought it would be a great idea to get your questions and ask them! So, you can either post your questions in the comments or feel free to e-mail them to me at leightonrose83@gmail.com.

I’m excited to see what inquiring minds want to know! The boys are pretty open about their relationship, but remember this is a YA/Adult blog so we can’t get too crazy! Thanks everyone!!

xoxo

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Get Back to You in Paperback!

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GUESS WHAT!!! *happy dance*

Back to You is now available in paperback!! You can get it from Amazon or directly from CreateSpace 🙂 I’m so excited about this! I’m not actually expecting anyone to buy the book in paperback, but if you were to happen to want it, that’s where you can get it! It’s the most amazing feeling in the world to be able to hold it in my hands. G.D. Leigh created an amazing cover for the paperback and I think you will be amazed at how beautiful it is in person!

 

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I’ve ordered some extra copies of it and will be doing a giveaway here on my blog soon so come back and visit!

And while I’ve got your attention: I got the cover back for Finding Home! I’m hoping to do a cover reveal on one of the review blogs when I get closer to finishing the book. But let me tell you, it’s GORGEOUS! G.D. Leigh did it again! She’s bloody brilliant! 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Leighton

Be My Prism Valentine Facebook Party!

Hey guys! I’m going to be over on the Be My Prism Valentine Facebook Party page today at 2-2:30PM answering your questions and just generally chatting with you all! Come stop by and see what’s going on! I’m sponsoring a giveaway of the winner’s choice of a $20 giftcard to either Amazon, Dreamspinner Press, or Totally Bound! Check it out!!

The Novel Approach Guest Blog and Review

Today I’m doing a guest blog post over at The Novel Approach, talking a little about myself and why I’m so in love with second chance romances and giving away two copies of the book. You can find that post HERE

Jackie also posted an amazingly awesomely fabulous 5 Star review of Back to You on TNA today. She totally ‘got’ everything I was trying to do with this book and her review made me cry! ❤ Check it out HERE She totally made me cry…

Dean Crying

 

And lastly, but never least, sandwiched in between the posts about Back to You is the amazing cover reveal for my new awesomesauce friend Sid Love for his debut book Holding on to Hope which can be pre-ordered at Dreamspinner right now and is on sale for 25% off! Check that post out HERE and find the links to pre-order on the page!! I’m so excited about this one…

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Thank you to Lisa and the fabulous folks for such an amazing day on their blog ❤

So Much Good News!

So, I’ve got several things to tell you all tonight!!

I got an e-mail today from All Romance E-books! Back to You has made it’s way onto the Bestsellers list! (It’s 48 out of 50 but hey, I’m not going to complain considering I just got it up there last Wednesday!) So yay! That’s all thanks to the great people out there supporting me and my book! I can’t thank you guys enough!!

I also got an e-mail today from the lovely people over at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews! They have reviewed my book and the post will be going up on Wednesday! I am so very excited about that! There will be a giveaway to go along with that and I promise to put a post up when I find out that it went live 🙂

On the 25th, I will be a guest on The Novel Approach along with them posting a review of Back to You and we will be doing a giveaway there also!

There are loads of opportunities coming up to give you a chance to win a copy of Back to You!

On a different note, things with the new story are coming along nicely and I’m very excited about this!! I hope you guys will like Dillon and Adam as much as I already do!!

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