Thursday, April 27, 2017

#MeetCute Collection!

Boy meets girl. It’s the way romances usually begin . . . and while we all love a happy ending, it’s the #MeetCute that wins our hearts.
How did you two meet?
The #MeetCute Books each have a unique answer to that query. Some might make you swoon, others might make you giggle . . . and some may make you blush.
Twelve authors. Twelve stand-alone contemporary romance novels. Twelve stories that will make your heart beat a little faster.
Because it’s all about the #MeetCute.
We are excited to announce the #MeetCute Books!
Starting on June 27th, we'll release one #MeetCute Book a month for a year. The release months and featured authors (and titles if available) are below. Please visit all the authors and get to know them, if you're not already a fan--this is a treasure trove of romance talent right here!
July: Rene Folsom BY CHOICE (A Playing Games Spin-Off Novel)
September: K.S. Thomas
November: Sylvie Fox WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
December: Lyssa Layne DEUCE OF HEARTS
January: Anne Conley KISS OF FORTUNE
February: Lisa Hughey
April: Violet Howe
Visit our website to find out about the latest releases, cover reveals and more! Like our Facebook page to keep up. And sign up for our #MeetCute Books Breaking News so that you never miss a release or update--or a special prize!
The first release under the #MeetCute Books logo is FIFTY FROGS by Tawdra Kandle. More information about this book will be on our website and newsletter on May 2nd . . . and the awesome cover will be revealed on May 16th.
(But psssst . . . it's already up for preorder on iBooks. You can read the blurb there!)
Until then . . . keep it #cute!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wicked in the Quad Cities Signing~March 2017

Well, another signing is in the books for 2017, two down and five more to go! My mini-PA and I loaded up in the car and headed to Rock Island, IL for Wicked in the Quad Cities yesterday. If nothing else, we got cool points for the awesomeness of #twinning we had going on while we rocked our Lyssa Layne shirts and red Converses. 

We didn't realize there was a parade in town. We didn't get to see it but my mini-PA loved the decorations!

One of the best part of signings is catching up with old friends. Michele Shriver and I have been writing buddies since our charming days of Florida Georgia Line edits. I finally got to meet her last July at Writers on the River so it was great to see her again! Then I got to meet Amy Manneman who both her and Michele are in my upcoming box set, Luck of the Draw. We had a great time chatting and I'm pretty sure I accidentally made an inappropriate comment about "pulling out" in front of Amy's daughter so I apologize about that!

 My mini-PA was a great helper at first... until she found a friend to play with then she deserted me! Or she'd come back to hand out swag to readers but then she started trying to give my books away, too, and I was like, "No, baby, that's buying our dinner!" She was kind of like a Sour Patch kid, "first they're sweet then they're sour!"

At one point, she ran past me at Michele's table and was holding my book. I stopped her and asked what she was doing, she told me she was just reading one of my books aka looking for sight words. #thankgoodnessnaughtybitsarentsightwords

Emily Pearson's daughter and her split their time between the movie theater under Emily's table and the dance floor in the room beside the signing. It was funny to walk by Emily's table and catch sight of either my mini-PA's hair or shoes hanging out of her table. Thank goodness the book community is part of our village!

OMG! I was super pumped that Angie from Writers on the River was there! She sported a Lyssa Layne shirt and volunteered at the event. FYI-I have a couple tickets to give away to Writers on the River in Peoria, IL on July 8 so if you're interested, hit me up!

Aubrey Wynne had these adorable turtle bookmarks that my mini-PA was eyeing from the moment we got there. Since she did so awesome during the event, I let her buy one which she promptly wore as a necklace!

Then as we were walking back from the bathroom before we left for the day, I caught sight of a photobooth and yelled at Angie to come jump in the pic with us. 

Overall, it was a good afternoon! I got to see some great author friends, reunite with bloggers and readers, and the best part is that I'll see them all again in just a few months at Writers on the River!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Love & Famiglia: The DiDominzio Novellas by Yours Truly

Love and Famiglia
The DiDominzio Novellas
Lyssa Layne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date of Publication: 3/13/2017


Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 157,013

Cover Artist: Amanda Walker

Book Description:

Meet the DiDominzio family—fiery, loud, Italian. Francesca, Antonia, Gianna, and Carmine were raised by their strict, old school Italian father. Each sibling has their own journey but how they find their happily ever after definitely isn’t easy.

The King and the Pawn - Francesca, the baby of the family, wants nothing more than to fulfill her dream of being a fashion designer. Unfortunately, Papa DiDominzio will stop at nothing to squash her dreams and lead her toward the traditional career of the women in their family. Francesca concocts the perfect plan to bring home a man her father will hate in hopes that he’ll make a deal so she can still reach her dreams.

Not in Love - Antonia, the sexy second to youngest DiDominzio, exudes nothing but sex appeal, especially with her non-traditional blue eyes. After dating one man after another, Antonia thinks she’s finally found the man of her dreams until she realizes the one she really wants has been right in front of her since they were children.

One Day as a Lion - Gianna, the eldest DiDominzio sibling, is the only one that has followed Papa’s wishes by marrying an Italian man and working in his restaurant. While her brother and sisters suspect something isn’t right with her marriage, none of them can prove any differently. However, there is one man that will do everything in his power to save Gianna from the man she calls her husband.

Destined For You - The only male sibling, Carmine is more like a second father to his sisters than their brother. There’s only two things that are important to Carmine-his family and his club. Keeping up with his sisters and running his successful business leaves him no time to find a mate. As luck would have it, fate falls into his lap, changing his world, in more ways than one… and not necessarily for the best.

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  “But, Papa, this is the opportunity of a lifetime! Do you know how many aspiring fashion designers have the chance to build their own line of clothing at only twenty-four?”
Desperation. Yes, there’s definitely desperation in my voice, but there’s nothing left. I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve cried, but nothing has broken my father’s old-school Italian demeanor. This is a last ditch effort to convince him to sign off on the trust my Noni DiDominzio left for me so I can fulfill my career aspiration of my own women’s fashion wear. My boss is moving to France and has offered me to take over his line, giving me free reign on designs. All I have to do is come up with three months rent and it’s mine.
“Francesca, in nine months, the trust will be yours to do as you please. However, I suggest you look at how your siblings used their inheritance. Their money was used to buy a house, a car, even start a business which is how Noni intended for you children to use it.”
I throw back my head and let out an exasperated sigh. Lifting my head up to look at my father, I take a deep breath, knowing that I’m walking on thin ice. My father, Andrea DiDominzio, is Italian through and through. He’s got the full head of dark hair, the olive skin tone, brown eyes, and the man sticks strongly to his Italian beliefs despite the change in times. My siblings and I look exactly like our father, except for Antonia, my middle sister, who has blue eyes. However, we all share the loud, feisty attitudes which we’ve inherited from our father, his father, and his father’s father. Being the baby of the bunch, I have to fight louder than the others to be heard, but it still doesn’t mean I get my way.
Speaking calmly, I nod, “I would be doing the exact same as Carmine. He used his money to buy the nightclub. I’ll be starting my career with Noni’s money. Papa, this is just the beginning of what I can do with my skills.”
Papa leans back in his plush leather chair on the other side of his desk, his fingers steepled together. He’s not smiling with his lips but I can see it in his eyes. “Francesca, you know I don’t agree with your choice of profession and I can assure you Noni wouldn’t either. When you turn twenty-five, the money is yours so you can do as you please then.”
“But, Papa, the opportunity will be gone by then and I’ll be out of a job!” I stomp my foot like a child not getting their way.

“Mia figlia, you know that you always have a job at the restaurant which would be an excellent place for you to meet a good Italian man to settle down with.”
He’s smirking. The man is seriously smirking at me while he stomps all over my dreams. I’m not even going to entertain his suggestion. Turning my back, I grab my jacket off the chair and mutter under my breath in Italian.
 As I open the door, my father calls to me. “Francesca, ladies don’t speak that way. I’ll see you in a few days at our Christmas celebration weekend.
 With a huff, I slam the door to his office and let out a scream. My father is infuriating but I’m not giving up on my dream. One way or another, I will have my clothes in a show in New York Fashion Week. Just wait, Papa, I’ll make you proud despite not having your blessing.

About the Author:

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story.

Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

All About the Indies~Arlington, VA

Whew! This author momma is exhausted! We just spent a whirlwind trip in Arlington, VA for All About the Indies Multi-Author Event. I'll get to the event itself but first, all the fun things we did...

One of our first stops was Sprinkles  for cupcakes! The judge from Cupcake Wars owns the shop. 

We mastered the Metro and it only took us two full days to find out that I didn't have to pay for my Mini Me to ride!

We did a Monuments by Moonlight tour. Someone was asleep before we found the last monument but the weather was gorgeous for hanging out outside.

Then Saturday was the event! My helper stayed with me the entire time and was such a good helper handing out swag.

She even took this picture of me which I think turned out pretty awesome! You'll probably notice it as my profile pic.

I was surrounded by amazing indie authors!!!

And even had an ad to get my name right there with the itinerary!

Was this not a completely adorable idea? Event coordinators, you need one of these at your next event!

Dionda Fugitt wrote Adjust Your Crown for young ladies. I bought AR and I a copy. Dionda's girls were so great entertaining AR. I can't wait to start reading this book, I think it'll even have some tips in it for me!

Reese A. Stephens was my awesome neighbor! I loved chatting with her and the email she sent me afterward just gave me chills because I love when I meet women who have been through the same thing I have and I just love hearing their wonderful success stories.

So there you have it, another great signing in the books! Sade Rena did an amazing job putting this event together and is an awesome member of the indie community. Thanks for all your hard work, Sade!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hurricane Matthew & Indie Book Fest

Well, Indie Book Fest 2016 has come and gone and I wasn't there. WAH!!! Damn, Hurricane Matthew cancelled now one but TWO of our flights to Orlando. Our original flight was Thursday night and I got an email that it was cancelled on Wednesday morning. I changed our flight to Friday, going through Dallas, and missing the entire Friday of IBF but by the skin of my teeth if all the stars aligned and our flights were on time, I would make it to Fanfar Friday night. As luck would have it, I got an email Thursday morning saying our Friday flight was also cancelled. At that point, I had to concede because I knew there was no way I would make it to Orlando in time for the Saturday signing at 3PM plus it wasn't logistically worth it since we would be flying back to MO less than twenty-four hours later. Luckily, I had sponsored the nametags so my logo was all over AND my mom drove to Orlando Saturday afternoon and manned my table for me. So not all was lost although I really missed seeing familiar faces that I'd been looking forward to seeing for OVER a year. I'm thinking we need to have a mini-reunion sometime before next year's event... just putting that out there for everyone to stew on...

So let's talk about Matthew for a minute... I'd planned on sharing this story at IBF this year although some already know this. Let's rewind to July 2015, my first author event-Indie Book Fest 2015... I was so pumped to attend, scared out of my pants, but so excited! My goal was to sell one book, meet my author buddy, Karina, and hopefully learn something. I walked away from that event having far surpassed my goal, connecting with someone I'd never spoken to before (online or IRL) that had read my books and loved them, and friendships with fellow authors and readers that only flourished throughout the year. I was seriously on cloud nine... then I came home. In a quick summary, kind of like a vague Facebook post or end of a book that you can't even understand, I came home from IBF, my husband didn't speak to me for a week then told me he wanted to get divorced. I won't go into details but it was for the better for everyone so don't feel bad or say sorry, it just is what it is. Now, just because it was for the better doesn't mean it was easy by any means. I survived though, and I'm stronger because of it, thanks in part to some of the amazing people I met at IBF and my beyond awesome support system back home. Now, we can fast forward to IBF 2016... I was pumped to see everyone again, having more signings under my belt and having cultivated and grown both working relationships and friendships with a lot of these people. I'd been looking forward to this event for MONTHS as was my daughter and my mom who were going to attend with me. Then, up and came Hurricane Matthew... Matthew, my ex's name. Oh, the irony isn't lost on me...

Amazing job on the event to Tawdra and Mandie, I can't even imagine all the stress they had but the event looked like it was a success... minus me, of course! ;-) Thank you to my momma for stepping up and channeling your inner-Lyssa Layne for me! Thank you to Catalina Egan for helping out my mom and thank you to the amazing book world that gathered in Orlando this weekend, you all rock!!! Until next time... and I'm totally serious about a reunion before IBF 2017!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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