Okay. So if you follow my blog, you know that M. Leighton is my BFF and I love, love, LOVE her. But aside from my personal feelings, I can tell you that she is a fabulous, amazing author. AND, I realized the other day that I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed her for my blog. What the heck? So, she’s gracious enough to be here today so that I can probe her genius brain.
Me: M, I think it’s safe to say that you are best known for your Bad Boys series (Down to You and Up to Me) and The Wild Ones. Do you have a favorite? Do any of your books hold a special place in your heart for a particular reason? (I personally still love your Blood Like Poison series. Oh, Bo. *sighs*)
M: hehe I love me some Bo, too!! Actually, I love all my leading men. To me, they’re all yummy in their own way. Cash and Nash are certainly no exception. Whew! *fans self* But if we’re strictly talking ones that hold a special place, I think I’d have to say Hardy from Fragile. For some reason, he really got his claws into my heart. Then again, they all do at some point or another. LOL That’s one of the best things about this job, a job which is also known as THE BEST JOB EVER!
Me: My husband is an identical twin. So when you first told me your idea for The Bad Boys series, I was super-excited. And you pulled it off in a big, big way. What gave you the idea for that story?
M: It came to me as I was actually writing the brothers. I thought how cool it would be if Olivia’s dream man was split into two physically identical people. And then…not.
Me: What is your idea of the perfect day?
M: A morning spent spilling out tons of wonderful words onto “paper” followed by lunch and shopping, then topping it off with a calming drink, a great dinner, a decadent dessert and a movie with my hubby. Sprinkle in some family and friends and I think it just doesn’t get much better than that. Unless it’s summer and there’s a grill and the beach involved. But that’s a whole other perfect day;)
Me: Here’s the setting: You and I wake up in a Las Vegas jail (Hey, we’re going there in August. It could happen). How did we get there?
M: It all started with JoJo the stripper and his pet ostrich named Flamingo. Evidently speeding tickets are not reserved to modes of transportation that possess wheels AND it’s strictly forbidden to race ostriches in downtown Vegas. Who knew?
Me: Tell us a fun fact that people don’t know about you.
M: I couldn’t remember the name of a pecan until I was, like, six or seven. I called them “bald nuts.”
Me: Do you have a favorite mantra?
M: Next book! Next book! It keeps me from resorting to drastic measures when the stress gets high.
Me: I know that’s true… you tell me that all the time! Lol. Can you tell us what you’re working on now?
M: Actually, I’m writing the third book in The Bad Boys series. And I am LOVING it so far!
Me: Eeeep!! Tha’ts going to make SO MANY PEOPLE excited!!! And last but not least, a few quick questions:
Black or white? Black. Always black.
Coffee or tea? Coffee. Tea? Ack!
Chocolate or strawberry? Chocolate unless the strawberry is dipped in chocolate, but I think that’s sort of cheating.
Coach or Gucci? Gucci, but my budget is strictly Coach
Sunshine or rain? OMG sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine!!!
Vampire Diaries or Walking Dead? The Walking Dead. I hate love triangles!
M, Thank you for being here today. I heart you forever and ever!
M: Thank you for having me, my wonderful friend! I adore you above all others! :)
Okay… now if you haven’t taken a peek at Up To Me (book two in the Bad Boys series) yet, here’s your chance! Check it out:
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.
Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.
Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.
Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.
And an excerpt!
He squeezes me and presses his lips to my shoulder. I can barely feel them through the lapel of my robe.
“Can I take this off you?” he breathes. “I want to feel your skin against mine.”
A pang of desire zings through me at the thought of him holding my naked body against his. It was only a few hours ago that we had sex for the fifth time today, but it feels like an eternity ago. So much has happened since then, so many emotions have come and gone, that it feels…different.
“Yes,” I whisper in response, answering him before my mind can talk me out of it.
I start to sit up, but Cash stops me. He leans up on one elbow and pulls my hair away from my face and neck, bending to press his lips against the soft skin beneath my ear.