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Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas before the day got away from me. It’s at this time of year we all tend to sit back and think about the year and look forward to the year to come.

This year has been a wild ride for me. At this time last year, I got my very first kindle paperwhite for Christmas. I wanted one because the battery on my iPad only lasted for about 8 hours and I was a reading machine. Eight hours was not nearly long enough. I got that paperwhite and just started reading all day long as I baby-sat various video projects we were working on at the time.

If you told me last Christmas that by this year I’d have published my first novel and would be about to publish my second, I would have laughed. I always admired authors and how they could whisk us to a totally different world for a bit. I loved how the written word could make us feel emotions as if we were right there, living them with the characters. But I never thought in a million years I’d be able to do that.

In January, I started toying with the idea of writing my own book just for fun. Around mid-March I finally sat down and started writing. I would add a little bit to the story here and there and it’s still mind-boggling how the story of Olivia and Alexander came to be. I wish I was blogging back then so I could chronicle the progression. I remember certain parts. I remember getting an idea after dropping the hubs off at the airport to leave for rehearsals for the tour and the entire way home listened to one song on repeat so that when I got home I could write that scene. (It’s in the third book.) At first the Amelia Island chapters numbered just two. And that didn’t make sense to me, so I needed to add some drama and despair, so now the Amelia Island Chapters number around 14 or 15 I think. It’s just amazing how when you write, new ideas come to you and you let the story take you where it needs to. I always say I didn’t write the story; the characters did. And they truly did.

So, on this Christmas, I look back at the amazing year I’ve had and I realize I never would be where I am without the amazing support of my fans. You all picked up and read my book, regardless of the fact that I didn’t have a big publishing house backing me. Thank you for being so passionate about my book that you’ve told your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. Words seem inadequate to truly express how thankful I am for all of you.

A number of fans have commented time and time again how they enjoy interacting with me on Facebook and how they appreciate the time I take to talk to fans through my page. I assure you, no matter what happens, I will always take time out of my day to hop on my Facebook page to post. I refuse to become one of those authors who no longer feel it necessary to interact with their fans because they’ll hit the NYT Best Seller’s list. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but I promise to always make time for my fans. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am.

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart. And Merry Christmas.merry-xmas-flatten

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Book Title: A Tragic Wreck

Author: T.K. Leigh

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 4, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

A Tragic Wreck is the continuation of T.K. Leigh’s heart-breaking Beautiful Mess series.

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“Well, then, what do you want from me, Olivia?” he asked loudly, watching her walk away.

She spun around abruptly and searched his eyes. “I don’t want you to always feel like you have to come and help me, Alex,” she whimpered, her throat beginning to close up again, thinking about the man who was no longer hers. “I just want you to stand by my side while I try to help myself.” Her eyes narrowed, staring at him as he remained silent on the busy Boston street. “Do you think you can do that?” She looked at him as snow continued to blanket the sidewalk, desperately wanting him to say that yes, he could do that. That he would stand by her side. That he would forget all about her running out on him. And that he would do anything he could to make sure she never did the same thing again.

But instead, Alexander just stood there and stared, not saying anything.

Several moments passed, the silence deafening. “That’s what I thought.” Her eyes fell as she turned and continued to walk, shivering from the snow and the last shattered pieces of her heart being stomped on.

Alexander tried to open his mouth to say something. Anything. Tell her to wait. Stop. He made a mistake. But nothing came out. He knew he had just let the only woman he would ever truly love walk out of his life. And he did nothing. He watched his entire world fall apart and he didn’t do anything to stop it. All of a sudden, he felt more lonely than he had ever felt in all his thirty years.

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Announcement Regarding Availability of “A Beautiful Mess” and “A Tragic Wreck”

Many of you have asked whether the e-book of “A Beautiful Mess” will be available at Barnes & Noble in the future. Right now, “A Beautiful Mess” is registered in the KDP select program. With that, I have agreed to make the digital version of “A Beautiful Mess” available exclusively on Amazon for a period of 90 days. In exchange, I get certain perks, like being allowed to have “A Beautiful Mess” be a free download for up to 5 days (which over 40,000 of you have already benefited from that little perk!) and enabling it to be part of the Kindle Lender’s Library.

Now, this 90 day period expires on January 12th. At that point, I will be re-uploading to Kobo and Barnes & Noble FOR AN EXTREMELY LIMITED TIME (two weeks max.) I will make an announcement here and on my blog regarding when that happens.

After the short period of time, I will be pulling the digital format off every market except for Amazon and re-enrolling “A Beautiful Mess” in KDP Select so that I can again offer it as a free download if I so choose.

In regards to “A Tragic Wreck” – it will be published to Amazon, Kobo, and B&N when it releases. However, it will only be available on Kobo and B&N FOR AN EXTREMELY LIMITED TIME (2 weeks) and then I will pull that off and enroll it in KDP Select as well, enabling it to be a free download if I so choose.

So for those of you with an e-reader that does not support the kindle app, mark 1/13/14 and 2/4/14 on your calendars so you don’t miss out on your opportunity to download these e-books.

Also, if you don’t always get my Facebook updates, you can follow my blog and be sure to get an e-mail update every time I post something.

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What a Week

So, I know I suck at blogging. I just forget. Or I don’t have anything much to say. I’m trying to get better. I’m sitting in bed in my hotel room in Waikiki, a nice breeze floating through from our lanai. And life is pretty good at the moment. It all got a little crazy last week. I was named to The Guardian’s list of top reader recommended self-published authors of 2013. I was floored. Interview requests came in, as did a few other requests that I’m still trying to wrap my head around. In the midst of all this, the positive reviews of “A Beautiful Mess” keep coming in. Never in a million years did I think I would have this kind of response to my book. So thank you fans for loving Olivia and Alexander and my writing. It means the world to me to have your support.

We are officially under the two month mark to the release of “A Tragic Wreck” and I’m starting to get a little nervous and excited about it all. I will be honest with you all right now. This book is my favorite of the three. I love the entire story and “Gorgeous Chaos” (book three) is great as well. But there’s such an emotional aspect to “A Tragic Wreck” that has always gotten to me. It says something when you, as the author, cry during certain scenes. I’ve read it hundreds of times and it still gets to me. I can’t wait for you all to experience this book as well.

On that note, here are a few little teasers that I’ve posted in the past from “A Tragic Wreck.” And don’t forget, “A Beautiful Mess” is available at Amazon now. Click here!

And be sure to add “A Tragic Wreck” to your goodreads to-be-read list!

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Contest Time!!!!

I haven’t done a contest or anything in a while and I miss it… So I’m going to do one, and it’s going to run for a few weeks…. There will be three prizes… First will be a BETA copy of “A Tragic Wreck.” Second will be a signed paperback of “A Beautiful Mess”. And third will be $10 Amazon Gift Card.

What do I have to do, you ask… Simple. Create a graphic teaser using one of your favorite quotes or passages from “A Beautiful Mess” and PM it to me on my Facebook author page. If you don’t already, like me here. I will leave submissions open until 8 PM Cali time on November 11th. At that point I will collect them all and put them in a photo album on my Facebook page and open up voting on the submissions. (Voting will remain open until November 18th at 8 PM Cali time…) The ones that got the top 3 number of votes wins! (If there’s a tie, Rafflecopter will decide the winner…)

What are you waiting for? Send in your teasers today! (You can submit as many as you want!) And if you haven’t read “A Beautiful Mess” yet, this is a great opportunity for you to win a BETA version of the second book in the series!!!

And here are some examples of what a graphic teaser is…  It’s exactly what it sounds like, it’s a graphic image with a quote or passage from “A Beautiful Mess” on it.

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My Birthday Gift to You!

So, it’s Thursday. (Well, technically I’m writing this on Wednesday and scheduling to post at midnight!) And tomorrow starts my big Birthday Bash celebration on Facebook! If you haven’t RSVP’ed yet! Do it! Here!!!!

As a little additional gift to you before all the fun and prizes of my bash this weekend, for today, October 17th ONLY, A Beautiful Mess is FREE!!!!!!!

(So, this is posting like right after midnight on Thursday, when the Free promotion should be in effect. If it isn’t, give it a few minutes. It’s scheduled with Amazon, so it may take a few minutes….)

Get it here!!!!! #1click that bitch!

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My Amazon Announcement

Hey all! Happy Hump Day!

So, yesterday I made a little announcement on Facebook and wanted to post it on my website as well so everyone is aware of this. Here’s the deal. I have decided to list my e-book of A Beautiful Mess exclusively with Amazon for the next 90 days. I can re-evaluate this decision at the end of 90 days regarding whether I will continue doing so. Now, this is a decision I had been struggling with ever since I published. I hated the thought of leaving anyone out of reading my books, simply because they don’t have a kindle. And honestly, I was surprised at the large percentage of my sales that come from amazon. 97% to be exact. So I made the decision to enroll my e-book of A Beautiful Mess in KDP Select. This program offers a great marketing tool for indie authors who are just starting out. It helps us get our name and our book into the hands of people who may not normally buy it. How? Well, by enrolling my book in KDP select, the book is now part of the Kindle Lender’s Library. So if you have Amazon Prime, you can now borrow my book for free. And here’s another great incentive. Every 90 days, I can offer my book for FREE on amazon for a total of 5 days. That’s right. I said FREE!!! Who doesn’t love free stuff???

Now, some of you have ePub formatted e-readers. I do not want to cut you out. So here’s what I can offer you. If you buy an e-book of my work on Amazon, all you need to do is send me a copy of the receipt and I will e-mail you a format of the book that you will be able to read on your e-reader. This doesn’t apply during the free promotional periods, unfortunately. KDP would not be happy if I did this. The free promotional tool is a way to encourage people to buy a kindle. Sorry… :-(

Now, after I made this announcement, people had questions, so hopefully the four points below clear up any concerns or questions anyone may have.

(1) MY BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. It is not nor will ever be taken off amazon.com as 97% of my sales come from them.

(2) I have decided to list my book “A Beautiful Mess” EXCLUSIVELY with amazon so that it can be offered for free for a total of 5 days every 90 day-period. It is also now part of the Amazon Lender’s Library so if you have amazon prime, you can borrow it FOR FREE.

(3) I have made no decisions regarding whether I will do the same with “A Tragic Wreck” or “Gorgeous Chaos.” Although I do LOVE the idea of people being able to read my work for FREE. The economy sucks enough as it is.

(4) If you have a nook or kobo or any other ePub formatted e-reader, if you buy my book through amazon and send me the receipt, I will send you an ePub version of the book for you to read on your non-kindle e-reader. (This does not apply to the Free Promotional periods, unfortunately. Sorry.)

Hopefully I’ve answered everyone’s questions.

Now that’s taken care of, here’s my teaser from A Beautiful Mess that I posted yesterday!

(Contains strong language, etc. 18 and over only!)

 

“So, what’s with the bodyguard?” Kiera muttered under her breath.

“One word. Alexander,” Olivia said. “He can be very domineering sometimes.”

“Oh, I bet he can,” Kiera laughed. “He looks like the type that would be into tying you up and having his way with you.”

Olivia blushed. “KIERA!” she exclaimed, slapping her friend.

Kiera looked at Olivia, her face bright red.

“Oh my God. I knew it! He’s into that shit, isn’t he?” The two girls stopped walking. “I mean, he’s not fucked up and into beating you is he? Because that shit is so not cool. But hell, I’d go for being tied up and blindfolded.”

“I am not having this conversation with you on the street.” Olivia continued walking, a grin on her face, thinking about the previous morning.

“Dude. That is so fucking hot,” Kiera laughed as she ran to catch up with her friend.

“Okay, you’re right. It is so fucking hot.” Olivia’s face was flushed from the memories of Alexander restraining her.

“I bet it is.”

“And he gets turned on when I call him Mr. Burnham,” Olivia said, smiling.

“That’s sexy. I’d call him Mr. Burnham. Yes, Mr. Burnham. Whatever you want Mr. Burnham,” Kiera said breathlessly, giggling. “I so need to find a man like that. I want to be dominated.”

“It’s not like that. It’s almost as if he knows that I need that sometimes. And other times, he’s so sweet and gentle.”

“So sometimes you fuck and sometimes you make love.”

Olivia froze in her place. “No, Kiera. We don’t make love. That would entail…”

“What?” Kiera asked, interrupting Olivia. “That would mean you love him. And he loves you. And it’s true. So the sooner you admit that to yourself, the sooner you can move past it. Stop freaking out. I see the way he is with you. Why do you think he feels the need to protect you? Because you’re some girl he’s banging? Hell no. Because he loves you.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Fine, whatever. Keep denying it. You love him. Deep down. You may not realize it just yet, but you will. You’re in deep already, girly, though I know you’re scared to death to admit it. But you need to realize that your fear of getting close to people is not real. It’s merely a product of choice, of thoughts that your mind has created. So get the fuck over yourself, Olivia, and let yourself be happy for once. Because no matter what happens, you are going to get hurt in life. But it’s so much better to have jumped into the ocean and get stung by a jellyfish than to never have felt the salt water between your toes at all.” Kiera turned and walked away, leaving Olivia speechless.

Olivia walked through the front doors of her building and hurried to the elevator, wanting to get back to her office and some sense of normalcy, even though nothing had been normal about her life since she met Alexander Burnham. He entered her life in a whirlwind and had quickly implanted himself in nearly every facet of Olivia’s existence. She thought about him every second of every day. And Olivia didn’t know how she felt about that.
- A Beautiful Mess, T.K Leigh, Copyright 2013

 

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T.K.’s Angels Street Team

So, now that my book has been out for a little over a month, I’ve been fielding more and more requests from fans about joining my street team. And I suck so I’ve yet to respond to any of them as I’ve tried to determine whether I wanted to add to my street team. After much debate between me, myself, and I, I’ve decided to entertain the possibility of adding a few select fans to my angels.

You may ask what would be expected of you as a member of my street team. Well, that’s fairly simple. You’re going to help promote my books! This can be done online (through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and on the streets (hanging promotional items up in coffee shops, libraries, etc.)

What do you get out of it? Free stuff! Well, kind of. I’ll send you all the promotional items you want. (I’ve got these really cool bookmarks and door hangers and I’m working on more.) You get the first dibs on ARCs of my upcoming releases. You get sneak peaks into the beta versions of my manuscripts. And you get to join an amazing group of girls who love to read and share their passion for reading all over!

So if this sounds like something you’re interested in, go ahead and fill out THIS FORM!

And then maybe you’ll be an angel too!!!

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Airplane Teaser

So I’m sitting up here at 38,000 feet on my way back to LA. To make the time go by a little quicker, I decided to give you all a little teaser. What can I say. I’m enjoying sharing this book with you. I posed a question on my Facebook page. Whether you wanted a steamy or sweet teaser. And if steamy, dark or not so dark. So I’ve decided to go with a some-what sweet steamy that borders on dark. Make sense? Hehehe…  Enjoy…

He gently nipped at her neck, tracing a line down her jaw and tugging at her earlobe. “You are one incredible woman,” Alexander said. “God, I love being inside of you, Olivia.” She ran her fingers up and down his back, her touch sending shivers through his body. “Just one touch and I’m ready to lose my mind, Love.”

“Faster, Alex. Please,” she begged as she wrapped her legs around his waist, desperately bucking him with her hips.

“No, Love. I want you to feel me. Do you feel this?” he asked as he continued his slow movements, the closeness almost unbearable.

“Yes, Alexander. I feel it.” And she knew he wasn’t just talking about his erection inside her. He was talking about something else entirely.

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Voice

Happy Tuesday all!

I’m in New York right now. I’ve been on the east coast this past week visiting with the fam. The hubs is in NYC for work, so I piggy-backed a trip to see the fam and the cutest little niece in the entire freakin’ universe onto his work trip. So I’m sitting on a tour bus right now, blogging and reviewing my book. The ARCs should be ready to send out today. And after that I’m hoping to do one last review and then hit that little publish button on Amazon and Smashwords.

So, today I wanted to blog a little bit about voice in a book, otherwise known as Point of View. This is a subject that seems to have gotten a little bit of discussion lately on a bunch of blogs and facebook pages that I follow. And I wanted to throw in my two cents.

Everyone has their preferences regarding what point of view they prefer to read when picking up a book. What I hate to see is when someone says they refuse to read a book based on the point of view. I hope that’s not what’s happening. I really do. I saw so many people say they prefer first person. And for some stories, first person may work better than third. In my humble opinion, I don’t know if point of view is what is going to make or break a book for me. If I can connect with the characters, feel their pain, feel their joy, that’s all that matters. A well-written book will be a well-written book regardless of whether it was written in first or third person.

And that’s been my answer to this question. I don’t care what point of view as long as it’s well-written and a great story.

My book is written in third person. When I first sat down to write it, it started as 1st person. But there is a HUGE suspense element and any of my betas who read it can attest to the fact that this book COULD NOT work in 1st person. Another comment I see a lot of is that people prefer first person because you get a glimpse of what is going through the main character’s head.

If a book is written in third person, and written well, I would argue that you get the same thing, plus some. Not only do you get a glimpse into what one character is thinking, in third person omniscient, you get a glimpse into what EVERY character is thinking. Not just one.

There’s a new chapter in my book that I just wrote a week or so ago. It’s toward the end of the book. And we really see a HUGE struggle between my two main characters. And we know what is going on in each of their minds because it’s written in third person. I know there are many books out there written in first person with alternating POVs, but that won’t work in every situation.

I love the question about what point of view people prefer. I really just wanted to add my opinion on the matter. Who cares as long as it’s written well.

On that note, it’s Tuesday. So here’s a little teaser for you all.

And don’t forget to add my book “A Beautiful Mess,” to your Goodreads TBR list. It should be out soon!!!!

And also, don’t forget about the kicka$$ giveaway going on right now over on my Facebook page. Up for grabs: (1) Kindle Fire HD 7 inch, (1) $50 Amazon gift card, (1) $25 Amazon gift card, (3) $10 Amazon gift cards, (5) Kindle e-Books of “A Beautiful Mess”

Without further ado…

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