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The Wild One by M. Leighton Blog Tour Stop

 

 

Welcome to my stop on The Wild Ones blog tour!

I have an interview with the author that I am honored to show here on my blog! But first, here is a little about the book:

Goodreads Description:

**MATURE CONTENT ADVISORY: May not be suitable for younger readers**

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame.

Camille “Cami” Hines is the darling daughter of the South’s champion thoroughbred breeder, Jack Hines. She has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was pretty happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future.

But that was before she met Patrick Henley.

“Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her. He’s considered the “help,” which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that Trick would be fired if he ever laid a hand on her. And Trick needs his job. Desperately. His family depends on him.

The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and Trick and Cami are drawn to each other despite the obstacles. At least the ones they know of.

When Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, secrets that could tear them apart.

A little about Michelle :

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.

And now for the interview:

  • What inspired you to write TWO? 

It all began with Trick. His name, his personality.  He came first and the rest of the story erupted around him.  The horse aspect of it seemed to fit with his Southerness, and was further solidified by two songs.  Wild Horses by The Sundays and Wild One by Flo Rida.  Trick seemed to tease me at every step for days and days until I gave him his story.  And I’m so glad I did.

  • What were the challenges while writing this book?

There was a lot to learn about horses—wild horses, thoroughbred horses, horse racing, horse training.  I’ve never researched a book like I did this one.  But I wanted to be fair to Trick and Cami and to the world they live in, so I threw myself into finding out what their lives would be like.  To me, it made them all the more real in my mind.

Also, the book is written in a completely different manner for me.  I completely let go of every preconceived notion I’d ever had about writing (which wasn’t a whole lot since I’ve only been at it for 2 years) and I wrote straight from the heart.  I didn’t focus on the proper way to say things; I wrote them just like a Southern person thinks them.  I didn’t focus on one person or aspect; I gave Trick and Cami equal time.  And I didn’t write in the past tense.  I wrote in the present.  For this book, I was 100% in the here and now.  I was letting go in a way I’d never done before and it just felt right to do it in the moment.

  • What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write?

I love steamy scenes!  The passionate side of life is what draws me to romance as a genre.  I love it and I look forward to delving into all those crazy feelings and emotions that come with a first kiss and a first touch and a first…everything.  Those are some of the most mesmerizing, captivating times of life and I try to convey that in my books. I want every reader to feel what my characters feel, to enjoy the ride—the rise, the fall, the highs, the lows—with them.

  • Is there anything you would like readers to take away after reading the book they may miss that you want to point out?

Cami wasn’t a virgin.  I’m not sure why so many people assume she was, but she wasn’t.  I never addressed her virginity directly because it was a non-issue.  In the edited version that I did for Berkley, I fixed that.  LOL  There’s also some…extra material that no one has seen yet, so stay tuned for that.

  • When will the second book release and what can you tell us about it?

I don’t have a firm release date for Wild Child, as I just finished it and am still in the editing phase.  I anticipate it will be the first half of 2013.  I will pass along the release date the instant I get it from Berkley.

As for Wild Child itself, it’s the story of Rusty and Jenna.  Probably not like you would expect either, but in a very good way.  They are both firecrackers and it was so nice to give them more depth and explore the dynamic of their relationship.  Loving someone like Jenna is easy as pie in some ways, harder in others.  But Rusty can’t help himself.  I fell very much in love with him while writing this story.  He’s just an awesome guy!  And so, so HOT!  LOL

 

Thanks Michelle for the interview! I always knew you were an awesome chick!!!

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The Madly Series by M.Leighton Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the awesome Madly Series by M. Leighton hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews. I read this series a while ago and fell in love with it. Completely.

Goodreads Description:

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime.

What did I think?

In this short, first installment in the Madly series, we are introduced to the world of mermaids. I’ve never read a mermaid book before (*gasp* a mermaid virgin) and I am glad to say that I took the chance and read this one. I am now officially a team mermaid kind of gal.

I will be honest and say that I did not know that this was based off mermaids when I picked this gem up. I picked it up because my good friend Autumn at The Autumn Review raved about it and I love the covers (yes I am a cover slut hehe).

Let me tell you that in this short novella, a lot of interesting things happen and you get introduced to a wonderful collection of characters. Madly (love the name btw), Jersey, Aiden, and Jackson (insert swoon here). I love the humor, comraderie and overall loyalty that all these friends have to each other.

Let me just get a quick insert on Jackson. Completely swoon-worthy and the epitome of a man. He smolders. Like whoa. You can tell there is something between him and Madly but it’s forbidden. Which, in my opinion, always makes for a good time (wink wink). Ha!

Madly is a wonderful character and she seems to be a more mature teenager which was really nice. I liked seeing her step up to take action and know that she has the backing of her friends and the strength that she can do it. It was awesome.

Leighton does an ah-mazing job of snapping her fingers and grabbing your attention. She seriously has a way with words and has climbed up to the top of my “most favored authors” list.

I love her take on the normal fairy tales and her twist on them. It makes for an unbelieveable story. I cannot WAIT to read more of these 4 in the next installment.

Favorite Quote:

“Jacksonm what if I fail?”

Cobalt eyes searched mine and I saw a softening-ever-so-slight though it was-in the glittering depths.

“I won’t let you fail.”

~*Madly & Wolfhardt*~

Goodreads description:

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

What did I think?

After reading Madly, there really was no stopping me. Leighton does an amazing job of making her books completely addicting. Her characters are loveable and funny and her writing is fantastic.

In this second installment, Madly must save her world from the Lore. Madly must find Wolfhardt and capture him to save her city.

I loved, loved, LOVED Leighton’s twist on the whol Red Riding Hood story. I didn’t realize that the Lore they were talking about really was fairy tale lore. It was a fresh new twist on an old story and it was so fascinating.

Along the way, we learn more about Madly and what she is capable of. I liked how the water and magic is worked into finding Wolfhardt and capturing him. Jackson and Madly are a great team and it shows.

Speaking of Jackson and Madly, their connection sparks all over the pages.
There is definately something there and it’s hot. I mean, you only get a small taster of Jackson in the first novella but there is plenty in this one. Oh man *fans self*. Jackson is one of my top ten fictional hotties.

Leighton’s writing just gets better and better the more this series goes and I cannot wait to read the next one. I flew through this. Like, F-L-E-W!! I devoured the book. Every. Single. Page.

Aiden and Jersey are ever present and add the perfect balance to the action, tension and angst in this book. Leighton has trapped me in this world and I do not want to get out of it.

Favorite Quote:

When his eyes searched mine, I knew that he saw the truth of my words. There was no denying it, no arguing about it. He was mine and I was his, and our future, whatever it held, was meant for both of us. And we’d face it together. Always.

 

~*Madly & The Jackal*~

Goodreads Description:

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

 

 

What did I think?

This picks up EXACTLY right where Wolfhardt left off. I mean there really is no stop to pause and take a breath. It’s crazy.

I will freely admit that I adore this series. Completely adore it. There is no way you cannot love it.

Starting this book, I had NO idea where Leighton was going to take me. I thought Wolfhardt was bad ass. Boy was I wrong. The Jackal totally creeped me out. Seriously. I am amazed at this woman’s storytelling time and time again. She take my breath away.

Leighton’s twist on lore and fairy tales is a fresh and interesting take. It really surprised me and made me fall in love with her yet again. She amazes me to no end and she is a fantastic person to boot.

Madly and Jackson are yet again against the world to try and save Atlas. They are up amazing obstacles and just keep overcoming each one. I loved the twists and dramatic turns this book had to offer.

There were so many things in here that I was not expecting to happen and event though some of them broke my heart, there were so many points that my heart soared.

Jackson is seriously all hot. H-O-T-T. I can’t get enough of him. Let me tell you. One word…. SHOWER. Keep that in mind as you’re reading this and you will soon find out why that is a big scene.

Leighton truly has a give of storytelling and is a captivating writer. She pops out these amazing characters that you cannot get enough of.

I reeeeeeeallly cannot wait to see what she pulls out of her sleeve for the next installment in this series. The ending left me on a cliffhanger and I am DESPARATELY waiting to read the next one. You see that?? DESPARATELY!!!

If you haven’t started this series yet, I strongly enourage you to pick this up ASAP. I never thought I’d be into mermaid stories but Leighton has changed my mind. Read it up!

Favorite Quote:

“There are two things I was born to do. One is to protect Atlas,” Jackson began. He paused, tracing a fingertip from my temple to my jaw. “The other is to love you. If you don’t believe in anything else, believe in that. Trust me. Trust in me.”

 

 

 

 

SWOON Thursday 7/19/12

The lovely ladies over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.  Here’s how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.


Twitter Approved
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A deep mmm rumbled at the back of his throat. “I know that taste. And I miss it,” he breathed.

 

Bloggy Version:

 

He tugged and I released my hold on his fingertip. He raised that finger to his mouth and tasted it. He closed his eyes. A deep mmm rumbled at the back of his throat. “I know that taste. And I miss is,” he breahed.

When he opened his eyes, they were ablaze. I remembered that look. I’d always remember it. It turned my insides to lava and made me forget the world.

 

Hackaroo’s Haul 6/24/12

6/24/12

Blech….thanks YouTube for making the still shot unattractive LOL

Purchased:

What A Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn

Easy by Tammara Webber

Inhale by Kendall Grey

Madly by M. Leighton

Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

Madly & The Jackal by M. Leighton

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Wishing For Someday Soon by Tiffany King

Gio by Elizabeth Reyes

Good For You by Tammara Webber

Shades of Blood by Samantha Young

Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Between The Lines by Tammara Webber

Blood Past by Samantha Young

For Review:

Shark Bait by Jenn Cooksey

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia

Awesome People:

Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

April @ Sim Sational Books

Autumn @ The Autumn Review

 Leave your linky in the comments do I can check out your book haul!!