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LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
So, what have you written?
I’ve been pretty busy these past three years, starting with Guitars and Cages, and moving on to Desolation Angel, Roadhouse Reds and Broken Prince, Mismatched Eyes. All four are full length novels available through Wayward Ink, the last release being Roadhouse Reds. In addition, I’ve got a short story available through MLR press called Spider Webs and Cover Art, as well as several short stories available as part of Wayward Ink’s Collars n’ Cuffs, Mix n’ Match, and Age is Just a Number anthologies. More recently, however, I’ve been working with Encompass Ink on the release of a short story, which is due out on March 24th titled: The Art of Displacing Nero, as well as a snake shapeshifter novel titled Serpent’s Kiss which is set to be released on April 7th.
How many books to your series? (if it is a series)
Guitars and Cages is designed to be a trilogy, with the second book having already been accepted for publication. Broken Prince, Mismatched Eyes also has at least one sequel planned while Desolation Angel has a sequel in the works. The rest of my novels are intended to be stand alone pieces with no intention at the moment to revisit those worlds, though I would like to revisit Nero in The Art of Displacing Nero and write a series of short stories featuring him and Vance.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I believe that Advanced Reader Copies are helpful, when given to reliable review sites with a good reputation. Having reviews come out around the time of release has helped some of my novels greatly, and I am always pleased when a review site takes the time to review my work and share their review. I have in the past done giveaways, one digital copy of each novel during the blog tour, once during a facebook takeover event, as a sort of thank you for those who took part. Those are the only times I give books away for free. I do publish shorts on my blog, flashes that revisit old characters, things of that nature that are bonuses to those who follow me and like to see what’s going on with characters they have enjoyed, but all in all, I believe that giving away free novels sort of conditions people to think they should not have to pay for my work. It’s been hard at times, seeing my novels pop up on pirate sites, knowing that is money I won’t ever see from copies downloaded and thus things I can’t do for my house or my kids. It’s important to me to make a career out of my writing and that means I have to get paid.
How has your writing evolved since your first book?
Wow, when I look back at Guitars and Cages the thing I remember most is the fear, both of first person and being able to maintain that POV throughout an entire book, as well as subject matter and content. I was afraid of the dark places I went to and I feel like, looking back, I could have dug deeper and pushed further with the topics I touched upon and the relationships that were taking place. I felt like I censored myself a little too, which isn’t the case any longer. I let my characters take a story where they want it to. The other thing that has evolved about my writing is I’ve learned from the things my betas and editors have told me, I’ve gotten better at self-editing, be more consistent with POVs and maintaining them, learning to edit my word choices and seeing where there are plot holes and things that need to be delved into a bit more deeply.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
It used to be the love scenes. I have to admit, I blushed like crazy every time I wrote one. Eventually, however, they just started flowing and rolling so naturally that they became like any other scene to write, there is a comfort level there where I don’t question how long it runs or what takes place in it, I just let the characters go. My current struggle is actually in the flow of an action scene, keeping it from reading too much like an instruction manual on the initial read through, especially if it’s a fight or if it’s a race or something of that nature that is supposed to be really fast paced I want it to read that way, like the reader is watching it on video.
What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd? They tend to be slow burns, they tend to not follow a formula of romance early and quick sex scenes. My characters always seem to need to work for it, and my books, while having romantic elements, aren’t necessarily focused purely on romance, the romance is ever evolving, and it takes place because circumstances put those characters in each others paths and showed them that there was a spark there they could build off of. I think my books tend to be more outside of the norm, in that they aren’t really sweet and they aren’t really fantasy either, they are real people who don’t necessarily express themselves the best, struggling to make connections with others.
Latest Book Release
Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8PGj9Q-DGs
Guitars and Cages
Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.
When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.
When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.
Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.
Broken Prince, Mismatched Eyes
All of his life, Caden DeMott’s mismatched eyes have made him the target of superstition and scorn. Though he is the son of a nobleman, he’s been allowed to run free over the hills and moors, mostly ignored by his family. No one ever thought to inform him that he had been betrothed since infancy, until the day his fiancé, Prince Rhys Gwyther arrived to marry him.
Rhys is the prince of the small island country of Mauritania, a land rich in gems, rose oil, and pearls, but poor in skilled artisans and seeds to grow crops. In order to further cement the trade route to the mainland, he’s been sent to marry a man he’s never met, and bring him back to Mauritania. Unfortunately, an accident years before has left Rhys with a lot of emotional baggage and very little trust in strangers.
But trust is exactly what Caden and Rhys are going to need if they are to make a life together, and help unravel the mystery of who’s been smuggling valuable gems and pearls off the island. Add in the realization that Caden’s stepmother, Mildred and her island representative, Maxwell, have been importing inferior goods for years, forcing Mauritania to become more dependent on them, and trust becomes even more difficult.
Caden possesses the knowledge to finally allow Rhys’ father to unravel the plot to ruin Mauritania, but only if the king and his son are willing to put their faith in Caden’s loyalty to his new home. Something that is difficult to do after Caden is accused of cheating on his marriage vows to Rhys with his guard, Luc. Will Rhys believe him innocent? Or will their marriage be over before it truly has a chance to begin?
Dare gets lost in music only he can hear.
Since childhood, it’s rolled through his mind, drowning out the rest of the world. When he comes back to himself he has the notes and lyrics for the songs his band plays. But he wonders if such talent is worth it, when the rest of his life is such a mess.
All Sionn ever wanted was Dare’s attention.
But that won’t happen as long as Dare has his ‘musical dreams’, so he keeps his attraction a secret. Too bad it’s impossible to keep anything secret when you live with your three best friends. When Sionn’s temper reaches breaking point, he sets Dare on a quest to ‘fix’ himself, in the hopes of gaining the love of the man he adores.
But Fate has a funny way of twisting things.
And ‘normal’ is just a state of mind, isn’t it? While Dare struggles to change, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the band is offered the chance of a lifetime. Can they pull themselves together fast enough to take advantage of it, or will Dare’s desire to be ‘normal’ unravel all their lives?
Spider Webs and Cover Art
Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to a conversation about suicide and mental illness. A trip to visit an old friend who runs the tattoo parlor where he got his first tattoo soon nets him a conversation piece, in the form of a semi-colon tattoo, but the pain of grief is still overwhelming. Reconnecting with his band is an obstacle he’s not sure he can overcome. It takes some time away with best friend and fellow bandmate Troy Paulus to finally get him to open up and accept that the things he’s feeling are normal parts of the healing process. And if along the way, the two grow even closer, than that’s just a bonus right?
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