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#WOTR24 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight – Leigh Taylor

Leigh  Taylor

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hey y’all! My name is Leigh Taylor and I write romance with southern charm. I am a proud native Texan and my love of all things Texas, cowboys and true southern gentlemen shines through in my novels. When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy spending time with my rescue pup and attending Kpop concerts.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The others after it! I enjoy writing serial stand-alones so that readers can pick and chose titles if they want. I actually really love the first book because it sparks all the spin off storylines in my head. But keeping up with important details, leaving fun easter eggs for full series readers and the balance of making sure new readers understand the storyline thread without boring the series readers can be a real balancing act. You have to develop good timelines and take lots of notes to go back and study even though you created the story.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

For me, being able to explore different characters in the same world keeps it fresh. It’s fun for my to explore how the same events could be seen through multiple characters’ perspectives. I think as a writer it’s very refreshing to be able to envision what a small town, for instance, feels like across an entire group. People have such different experiences that shape them and I like seeing where characters take me during those types of world building exercises. I think readers are also drawn to being comfortable in a familiar world or storyline but with new insights or ideas. I also really love hiding little secrets or fun tidbits for readers as well. I hope they enjoy it too!

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid to work at your own pace. It can be difficult to see some authors releasing a book every 2-3 months and feeling like there’s no way you can keep up. It’s hard to write a book and it’s really hard to write a good book while also working, raising kids, caring for family. There may be times that you don’t have the time or emotional bandwidth to write and that’s okay. Do what you can on a schedule that heals your heart rather than breaks it. We’ll all reach our goals when it’s the right time!

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Weekdays are harder for me because I work a full time job. I try to devote my lunch hour to things like rough edits for grammar or refining scenes. When i’m in a good writing mode, I try to devote 2-4 hours on weekend days to just get chapters built out. Sometimes I’m lucky and can get 1 or sometimes 2 chapters finished on a weekend and then clean them up during the week.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Beatrice Remington, hands down. Bea is a central character in my Worth the Wait series. She’s actually an important link between a lot of the characters in the series. The more time I spent on Bea’s character development, the more I realized I had reflected a lot of myself in her. As a writer, you leave a bit if yourself in every character but I left huge pieces of my heart to Bea. I really hope that any reader who struggles with anxiety and balancing their mental health will read Bea’s story and find a lot of strength in her character.

What is your definition of success?

This writing gig is hard so I try not to dream too big. I know we’re supposed to say we want to make best sellers’ lists and have our books turned into movies. But for me, knowing readers are experiencing my books and interacting with my characters is really fulfilling. My biggest success is when a reader reaches out to let me know they loved a book and are looking forward to my next release.

What are your social links?

https://www.instagram.com/leightaylorbooks/

https://www.facebook.com/LeighTaylorBooks/

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

https://www.amazon.com/author/leightaylorbooks

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#WOTR24 #SeasonedRomance #Teacher #Nurse – Lesson Plans by Lainey Davis

She’s totally off limits…and she’s also kind of mean. He wants her anyway.

Doug Rogers has it all planned out. He just needs to teach summer school and be the TA for one tiny class at the nearby university and Doug can pay for his masters in education. Hard work, big rewards, right?

But he wasn’t planning on Amy Peterson. The almost-nurse in his comp class seems mad at the world, and particularly mad at Doug. She’s one class away from her nursing degree after five long years of hard work, and she doesn’t have the time or the patience for her optimistic instructor. The more he tries to talk to her, the more he seems to shove his foot in his mouth.

When a work accident brings Doug to the emergency room, he sees Amy in action and knows he’s a goner for her. Will he ever win her over? Should he even be thinking this way about an undergrad?

Lesson Plans: An Education in Romance is a steamy prequel to the Stag Brothers series and the Bridges and Bitters series. Readers have loved Doug and Amy from the sidelines in both series. See how their story begins in this novella.

Lesson Plans originally appeared in Happily Ever Afters for Hope, a charity anthology to benefit UNICEF efforts in Ukraine.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I bought this book.

I have not read this author before.  I wanted something short and sweet so I could get a sample of her writing.  I grabbed this book off her website for a couple bucks when I had a free afternoon to read.

The characters in the story are older and I love this.  Amy isn’t a fresh faced college co-ed finishing her nursing degree.  Doug isn’t an old professor.  He too is finishing his degree.  The two meet and there is some attraction, but hello teacher/student romance would be frowned upon.

Doug is going out of his way to help Amy with her studies for sure and she is kinda stuck in a pity party about missing classes.  When Doug is at the ER and he sees Amy he kinda calls her on her stuff. He wants to know why she is blowing off school.

I liked the couple.  They both had realistic real-life issues and concerns. Being a person who went back to school in my late 30’s I get the issues of life stopping your dream/drive to finish something.

I enjoyed the book and am looking for another short read by this author to fill in another few hours this evening.

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USA Today bestselling author Lainey Davis lives in Pittsburgh in the USA with her 3 feral sons, 2 rescued rabbits, and 1 tired husband. Her books feature brooding heroes, feisty heroines, steamy love scenes and happily ever afters. Learn more at laineydavis.com

#NewRelease #Review – My Anti-hero by: Tijan

My Anti-Hero by Tijan is now live!

shouldn’t have agreed to this. What was I thinking?
Appearing on a local news show? Just because something happened to me?
I live mostly in isolation on purpose.
But here I am.
I was so nervous that I needed the make-up chair, twice.
And then I walked past his room.
He’s a giant—no softness, all muscle.
And a rich beard that made me want to rub myself all over it.
He made me see stars, literally because the second time I saw him, I tripped.
Or I would’ve, but he caught me, and the cameras were rolling.
Soon, that clip will be trending because he wasn’t just another guest on the show.
He’s Brett Broudou, the Kings’ newest football star.
We couldn’t be more opposite.
The only special thing about me is the reason I was on the show.
Brett, the Super Bowl champion, and me, the survivor who helped bring down the infamous Midwest Butcher.
Brett might not think he’s anyone’s hero, but he’s about to become mine.
A/N: This is a 140k standalone.

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I received an arc from the Author for an honest review.

I absolutely love Tijan’s writing so when I saw this one I jumped at the chance without reading what the book is about. I do not usually read or listen to True Crime or dark. I was a bit nervous when I started this and realized what it was about. I have to say I LOVED everything about this book. Billie and Brett both pulled me in so fast and deep it was hard to set this book down.

Billie has been through so much in her lifetime. Always losing those she loves. Being in the house when she lost her best friend and survived the Midwest Butcher. Then loosing her mother and brother within the same week. Billie is a loner likes her life of solitude with her chickens but every year since the killing of her best friend she is tossed into the limelight that she wants no part of. Billie decides to do her first TV interview about surviving the Midwest Butcher, when she stumbles into the one and only Brett Broudou the newest rising football player.

What can I say about Brett Broudou. I loved him really he is a famous football player and always in the media. However, he is not one to search out the fame. To be honest when these two came together I was not sure how it would work. Brett and Billie make the perfect pair. He is so protective of her looking out for her wanting to make sure she is safe. The date he takes her on knowing her love of animals it was perfect.

I felt so many emotions while reading this book. It was like being on the best rollercoaster there were great happy moments, then there was some oh crap now what moments and in between we had sweet and funny moments. I enjoyed seeing new characters and seeing some of the characters from other books of Tijan’s. It’s always nice to see someone you knew and liked. I would love to learn more about some of Brett’s teammates now that we have seen them.

A few of my favorite quotes:

“She left her digits for you.” I snatched it up. “I got her number?” “You got her number.” He studied me thoughtfully. “First time I’ve seen you like this.”

For all the chaos in the world, there was also magic. I didn’t know how to explain it, to understand it, but as Brett drove up the driveway, it was there, Magic. A calm in the storm.

Meet Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing after college and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Fallen Crest series, Ryan’s Bed, Enemies and others.
She is currently writing many new books and series with an English Cocker she adores.

Connect with Tijan

Website: http://www.tijansbooks.com/
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Cover Reveal – My Anti-Hero by: Tijan

Tijan has revealed the gorgeous cover for My Anti-Hero!

Releasing: February 8, 2024

I shouldn’t have agreed to this. What was I thinking?

Appearing on a local news show? Just because something happened to me?

I live mostly in isolation on purpose.

But here I am.

I was so nervous that I needed the make-up chair, twice.

And then I walked past his room.

He’s a giant—no softness, all muscle.

And a rich beard that made me want to rub myself all over it.

He made me see stars, literally because the second time I saw him, I tripped.

Or I would’ve, but he caught me, and the cameras were rolling.

Soon, that clip will be trending because he wasn’t just another guest on the show.

He’s Brett Broudou, the Kings’ newest football star.

We couldn’t be more opposite.

The only special thing about me is the reason I was on the show.

Brett, the Super Bowl champion, and me, the survivor who helped bring down the infamous Midwest Butcher.

Brett might not think he’s anyone’s hero, but he’s about to become mine.

A/N: This is a 140k standalone. 

 Pre-order today on Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo!

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Barnes & Noble Paperback: https://bit.ly/428BcKT

Audible: Coming Soon!

Add to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/47e1zjE

Meet Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing after college and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Fallen Crest series, Ryan’s Bed, Enemies and others.
​She is currently writing many new books and series with an English Cocker she adores.

Connect with Tijan

Website: http://www.tijansbooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4851199.Tijan

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tijan/e/B00DJG52QE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tijansbooks/

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/tijansreadergroup

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#review #wotr24 #attendingauthor #mmromance #fakerelationship —Once Upon A Christmas House by: A.D. Ellis


Ivyrson is the quintessential Scrooge when it comes to anything having to do with the holidays. However, the chance to win a hefty chunk of money and free repairs on his old home is enough to entice the man to take part in a holiday-themed reality game.
Emory has had a crush on his older brother’s best friend for years. When the chance to help Ivy possibly win a reality game comes along, Emory doesn’t hesitate. After all, that’s what friends are for.
The two men have known each other forever, but living together and pretending to be a couple means getting to know each other on a whole new level. Can they convince the viewing audience their fake relationship deserves to win the grand prize? Or will Ivy and Emory get swept up in the holiday magic and find themselves falling in love for real?

Once Upon a Christmas House is a steamy, forced-proximity, fake relationship, M/M Christmas romance between a grumpy Scrooge and his best friend’s cheery little brother.

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Review by Twinsie Tenise

Emory is an openly gay man with a huge crush on his brothers very straight best friend, Ivy. When the 2 of them end up in a fake relationship on a Christmas reality show competition, nothing could possibly go wrong, right?
Riiiight…
This book had the perfect amount of comedy, angst, and Christmas magic. It was just what I needed to get me in the holiday spirit.

Escape into addictive, sexy, emotional M/M romance.

A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing teens, and wondering how she and her husband of over two decades haven’t driven each other insane yet. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.

She loves chocolate, hot tea, sweet wine with friends, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.

A.D. uses she/they pronouns.

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#Review #ya #suspense #standalone —Monday’s not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

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Review by Twinsie Tenise

Claudia’s BFF Monday is missing. No one seems to notice nor care except for Claudia. Things aren’t adding up. Claudia is driving herself crazy trying to figure out where her friend has gone and why she wants nothing to do with Claudia. It seems no matter who she asks, no one can even recall the last time they saw Monday. Nothing makes much sense and as Claudia digs deeper, she begins to uncover things that may have been better off hidden. Mondays not Coming took me on an emotional roller-coaster. I read this book in less than a day a month or so ago and I still find myself saying “omg seriously?!?!?!” when I think about the ending. 5 pulse pounding stars!

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves most likely multitasking.

#Review #Suspense #YaFiction —Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?


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Review by Twinsie Tenise

5 STARS

I’m at a loss for words right now. I had several working theories about how things went down but I kinda had the wind knocked out of me with that ending! Allegedly kept me engaged from start to finish. Tiffany is a new to me author who came highly recommended by a friend. I’m now going through her backlist to see what to read next.


Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves most likely multitasking.

#review #wotr #attendingauthor #mmromance #friendstolovers —The Hidden Door (Open Doors series) by Vinni George



Life is tricky…especially with a hidden identity.

In a word, Brody’s life is complicated. He has enough secrets—and enough reasons to keep them—to fill the back of his Volvo station wagon. But something about the marine biology nerd who works at the smoothie shop has the things he’s kept hidden begging to be set free.

Phin has never been one for complications, which is why he’s always avoided relationships. Hookups? Yes. Relationships? Definitely not. So why, after striking up an unlikely friendship with Brody, can Phin not seem to get the hot surfer with the pink surfboard out of his head?

When circumstances force Brody and Phin together, will Brody’s new feelings be enough to convince Phin to build a relationship with him, or will Brody have to share parts of his past and present that no one else knows about to keep his man?

The Hidden Door is the final full-length novel in the Open Doors series featuring a marine biologist who loves to teach, a SoCal surfer with a hidden identity, and an unlikely friendship forged over a shared love of tide pools, tacos, and vinyl records.

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Review by Twinsie Tenise

There are secrets in Brody’s life but after he meets Phin and thinks about the possibility of “MORE” he wants to come clean about some things. Some pretty major things.

Phin has always avoided relationships and he is content with his life. If that is so then why the sudden obsession with the older surfer? He cannot seem to banish thoughts of his sexy surfer with the pink surfboard.

I have waited, sort of patiently, for this book. When Brody was first introduced, I knew I wanted to know more about the mysterious surfer. Phin was his perfect match. I loved everything about these 2 men together and even though I mentioned my love for Brody above, he had me beyond mad on a couple of occasions. I had some not-so-nice things to say about him but I’m better now. All the anxiety and emotional turmoil this book put me through was well worth it because like it or not, this was the perfect story for Brody and Phin.


Vinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When not writing her own stories, she can be found helping to polish other people’s novels. In her spare time, Vinni dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.