#newrelease – A Stroke at Midnight

Hey, romance addicts. I have an new book for you guys…from me! A Stroke at Midnight is a BDSM romance that features Mateo and Deja, a couple who have been trying to keep thing platonic despite the heat radiating between them. This book is one in the steam-packed Love & Lust at Lockdown series.

I plan on getting more quick reads (books under 100 pages) to readers, who have asked for some stories they can read at lunchtime.

He will have her before the year is out!

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Natural Inspiration: Finding Tranquility and Creativity in Nature

Hey, romance addicts. Author Gayle M. Irwin shares how she finds tranquility and creativity in nature. She is also giving readers a sneak peek of her book My Montana Love, a pet rescue romance. Welcome, Gayle!

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By Gayle M. Irwin

A 60th birthday celebration at my friends’ ranch last month brought me down their ½-mile graveled lane. As I drove toward the house, two large, lanky birds squawked, jumped, and bowed. I smiled, stopped the car, and watched them. Springtime beckons sandhill cranes to this location, and every March when I visit the same spot to celebrate my birthday, the birds are almost always there to welcome me back, just as the land welcomes them.

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Pandemic Publishing

Hey, romance addicts. Romance author Jailaa West joins us with tips for publishing during a pandemic. She also released a new book in her Savage Security romance series. Welcome, Jailaa!

Pandemic Publishing

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By Jailaa West

Publishing in Private:

Writing has always been a solitary journey. Maya Angelou liked to lock herself in a hotel room and allow no one to enter. She said, “I have a bedroom, with a bed, a table, and a bath. I have Roget’s Thesaurus, a dictionary, and the Bible. Usually a deck of cards and some crossword puzzles.” Lately it feels like this is all any of us have. Covid-19 has made our solitary choice, mandatory. This confinement has produced positive and negative side-effects. Effects that we are all learning to manage during this crisis. 

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#lwlinterview – Author Alana Lorens on Writing

Hey, romance addicts. Author Alana Lorens joins us today. She will share her experience writing and publishing and

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Interesting question. Obviously I want readers to read my books. But I see some authors coming out with a formula book (read: any Hallmark movie plot) every couple months, and I can’t imagine doing that just to get a book out there.

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Loving and Learning from Romance

Hey, romance addicts. Author Fiona McGier is joining us today to share ways readers can be entertained by romance and learn some things along the way.

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By Fiona McGier

Hello readers! I’m Fiona McGier and I write what I call erotic romance, but what others might just call romance. I call it erotic because you get to experience the sexy times  had by the main characters as they are falling in love. 

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#lwlinterview – #holidayromance Author Amber Daulton Talks Publishing and Writing

Hey, romance addicts. Amber Daulton is back with another great book and interview. She joins us to share her writing process and a new Valentine’s adventure romance, My Valentine’s Adventure.

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several
standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now,
and Daulton Publishing, and are available in e-book, print on demand, audio, and foreign language
formats. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

Welcome, Amber.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
Boy, is that a loaded question! I’d modeled my style after what I was reading, only to learn with my first publisher that passive voice and head hopping are now frowned upon. I would love to go back in time and tell myself to do more research into grammar and writing style, and not to read so many romance books written in the 1990s and earlier. The writing and publishing guidelines have changed over the years, and what was accepted back then is no longer accepted now, as least for beginners without a huge following.

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#bookspotlight – Stranger Creatures by Christina Lynn Lambert


Hey, romance addicts. Author Christina-Lynn-Lambert has a paranormal romance series, Stranger Creatures. The set features all kinds of sexy shifters, including a wolf, bear, and tiger.

There is also a giveaway. So keep scrolling!

Wolf’s Challenge
Stranger Creatures Book 1
by Christina Lynn Lambert
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
When Sydney left Seattle two years ago, she was scared, traumatized, and done with men for good. Now she has a good job, a hobby that’s fast becoming a second career, and best of all, she’s adopted a little girl named Angel. Life is good and Sydney’s not about to let charming lawyer Derrick mess that up, no matter how sexy he is, or how sweet he seems.
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#lwlinterview – Amber Daulton, Writing #romanticsuspense

Hey, romance addicts! I am excited to have author Amber Daulton on the Layla Writes Love blog. She is one that likes to keep readers on their toes.

Amber is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in e-book, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. 

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

Amber is going to share a little about herself as a writer and her latest book, Harmony’s Embrace. Welcome, Amber.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends. If I’m in the mood to write and my muse is flowing, I feel energized as I’m burning up the keyboard. I just can’t stop the words or keep back my smile.
Other times, I feel brain dead and exhausted as I’m trying to force out a complete, cohesive sentence. When I have writer’s block, nothing seems to go right, even in my personal life. It’s like a huge weight is on my shoulders, and the only thing I can do is step away from the project to find my zone. I usually have to play video games, read books, or work in the garden to get my creative juices flowing again.

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#MFRWsteam – Preparing for BDSM Play

#MFRWsteam

Hey, romance addicts. Well, I did it. I dipped my “quill” into BDSM. I released A Stroke at Midnight, a steamy BDSM romance just in time for New Year’s Eve.

Deja restrains hers growing desire to jump her Mateo’s bones. In the teaser below, she tries to satisfy herself instead of taking a ride on Mateo, who is sleeping on the living room sofa. Yeah, right, like that’s permeant solution. Enjoy!

*•.¸♡ 𝘼 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙈𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩♡¸.•*

Mateo is through imagining all the naughty things he can do to Deja’s body. Time to put all his kinky plans into action. He assembles his toys, determined to stroke Deja by the time the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve.

Deja knows it is wrong to lust after her dead husband’s brother. She tells herself that Mateo only wants to help raise her son, but she can’t keep ignoring the way he looks at her and how it makes her tingle with desire. She can’t resist the call of his hot body, and she does not want to.

Sexually Explicit Content For People 18+

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Writing in Different Genres

#openbook

Is there a genre you would never try to write? Why?

Hey, romance addicts. I a new Monday, a new blog hop question. This week, it’s about exploring different genres to write. While authors should not feel compelled to extend beyond their selected genre, some may want to venture into new ones.

I recently dipped my “quill” into the BDSM Romance subgenre with the release of my new book, A Stroke at Midnight. Writing something different and the above question had me wondering if I ever wanted to write outside of romance.

Check out my answer in the video my latest video.

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#guestpost-Get Inspired with J. Arlene Culiner

Hey, romance addicts. I am excited that author J. Arlene Culiner is sharing how she finds inspiration and a teaser of her book Felicity’s Power.

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By J. Arlene Culiner

What inspires me as a writer? Absurdity. I love it. Silliness and bad behavior are equally delightful. Why? Because those are the things I need when creating pesky secondary characters or when I want to inject a little comic relief. The obnoxious woman in the supermarket this morning — the one who was picking up vegetables and ripping off bits she didn’t want as though she were in her own kitchen (I did tell her that her behavior was unacceptable and she went off in a huff) — or the neighbor who washes down the road in front of his house with cleansing fluid and a mop are grist for my writer’s mill. They’ll find their way into one of my stories, and won’t I be pleased.

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