Okay, so if you follow my blog, then you know that I’m a huge fan of M. Leighton. Not only because she’s one of my very best friends in the world, but because her writing rocks. It’s got a very clean, witty and smooth way about it that makes it a joy to read. I’ve always known that she’s awesome– but now, the entire world will know.
We went to the Decatur Book Festival this weekend and we were minding our own business, participating in shenanigans at night (see below photo) and sweating our tails off during the day, when we found out the most amazing news. The. Most. Amazing. News. Ever. And I’m talking, in the history of the world. And I’m only slightly exaggerating.
Wanna hear it? This week, M. Leighton is a New York Times Bestselling author! Squeeeeeeeeeee! There has been a lot of screaming, shrieking and bouncing off the walls ever since we found out on Sunday. It’s incredible and awesome. And I wanted you to know.
Her book The Wild Ones is number 34 on the list.
Have you read it yet???
If not, check out the blurb below:
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.
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Want a little excerpt? Here you go:
Reaching into his pocket, Hot Stranger pulls out a couple bills and slides them across the bar. “Another of whatever…” He trails off, looking at me in question, waiting for me to fill in the blank.
“Cami,” I say, trying to hold back my grin.
Smooth way of getting my name. Chalk one up for Hot Stranger.
“Another of whatever Cami is having.” He turns back to me, a wicked gleam in his smoky eyes. “Sorry about your drink. Not so much about your shirt, though,” he admits candidly.
Willing myself not to blush again, I tilt my head. “So, do clumsy strangers have names in this place? Or are you just called ‘bull in china shop’?”
The lopsided grin comes back. “Patrick, but my friends call me Trick.”
“Trick? As in trick or treat? That kind of trick?”
He laughs and my stomach flutters. It actually flutters. “Yep. That kind of trick.” He sobers and leans in close to me. “Cami, can I ask a favor?”
I’m breathless again. He’s so close I can count every hair in the stubble that dusts his tan cheeks. For just a second, his clean manly scent overrides the cigarette smoke and stale beer smell of the bar.
I lose my voice–again–so I nod.
“Pick ‘treat.’ Please, for the love of God, pick ‘treat’.”
Like an idiot, I say nothing. I do nothing. I simply stare. Like a…a…well, like an idiot.
He makes a disappointed noise with his lips then starts shaking his head. “Too bad. Woulda made my night.” He straightens, takes a step back and smiles at me again. “Nice to meet you, Cami,” he says, and then he turns and melts into the crowd.
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So, my biggest, most heart-felt congratulations go out to my amazing friend. This could not have happened to a better person and I’m so, so, so happy for her. I’ve known all along how awesome she is, but I’m SO happy that the rest of the world will see it now too. Love ya, M!!