Friday, May 11, 2018

Update and Review of: The Tory by T.J. London

Good afternoon everyone,

How have you all been. Like always it has been a long time since my last blog post but here I am and I have exciting updates for everyone. First off I want to say that I have begun working on Eternal Fire and DarKnight: Dawn of the Red Sun. I am hoping those titles and two more will be ready by the end of the year.

2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for me. I am signing at two conventions this year which are: Once Upon a Book in August and Penned Con in September. Along with that I am also participating in an RT even called Cover Model Karaoke. I am super excited about that since it will be my first time participating in a party/event at RT.

2019 is also looking good as well. I already have two signings that year. One if for Wild Wicked Weekend in February and the other is in Dublin in October. Also something I am super excited about. I never thought that I would be doing a singing outside the U.S or signings in general but here I am doing them. I also plan on doing RT as well next year and Penned Con but I am not sure about how those will work out as I still have a day job I have to be at.

Let's cross our fingers and hope for the best shall we. :)

With that being said let's get into this review.

The Tory by T.J London

First off let me start by saying that this is not a typical Historical Fiction Romance. Its not full of dull roses and censorship. This book is like an exotic work of art that delivers in detail and storytelling. With that being said let's move on. 

The Tory by TJ London is an exceptional read. Not only is it well written but it is also full of diverse and well rounded characters that pull you in as you read. Ms. London does a excellent job of giving just enough of history and story to keep you interested in the book. Her descriptions as well done and gives you enough to see picture what is happening but not too much as to bore you with over details. Like I said before this book is not your "typical" historical romance, in fact while it has romance in it and it develops along the story.

This book is similar to the start of a redemption story. You are there with the main character John as he struggles to find himself while dealing with the dark shadows of his past. Ms. London does an excellent job of placing you in her characters shoes so that you feel and can sympathize with them (most of them). Her characters are perfectly flawed characters that you can relate to despite the time and place of the story. You watch John go from spiraling out of control, loosing himself in the slums of the world around him to trying to be something better than the man he was when he was at his best. He is a torment character and throughout the book I found myself saying "aww poor John," although there were some scenarios where he brought it on himself. But you watch him as he begins to grow while dealing with the ghosts of his past. 

Then there is the heroine, Dellis (think I might have spelled her name wrong) who was a bit annoying to me at first yet I understood why it was so important to her to save her people and to be part of what was going on. Just like John you watch her struggle with her position not only as an outside and so called enemy of the towns people and some of her own but also as a woman in general. Although I will say John has a thousand more problems than Dellis does, she is still a interesting character that grew on me the more I read. The chemistry between her and John was like a breath of fresh air in a world of darkness.

Another character that I liked was Alexie (probably spelled his name wrong too) and I am interested in seeing how Ms. London develops him and weaves him farther into the story.

With the way the book ended it is clear that it is only the beginning of this series and I look forward to seeing what happens with this characters, how they develop and how the drama unfolds.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Update and Review: Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

Good evening fellow bloggers and followers,

How are all of you doing tonight? I hope all of you had an amazing and filling Thanksgiving and are excited that Christmas is next week.

As for me, I have been busy still dealing with the house fire that happened in April (yes, I know it feels like forever, but let's hope everything is finished in the next two weeks) and planning next year with regards to new releases, upcoming projects, and signings. I plan on releasing several new titles, two of which are the next books in my Faye and Hound series and the others possible standalones. I also plan on releasing a book I am co-authoring on as well (I'll have more information on that in the upcoming months). Let's just hope my characters talk to me and 2018 won't deal me too many hardships, but either way I will strive to stay on track.

Next, I am excited to announce that I will be starting a Youtube channel. I know I have been talking/thinking about doing this for a long time and I have been hesitant to do it. However, I have finally decided to go forward with my Youtube idea. I plan for the content on my page to revolve not only around my writing but also on my doll repaints that I am going to start next year, as well as my DIYs. While I am nervous, I am excited to start my channel. I plan for my first video to be in either late January or early February and will be of my progress from drawing the concept for my doll repaint to actually paining the doll... Well, that's all I can say on it for now. I pray all goes well.

With that being said, let's move on to the signings and conventions I am planning on going to in 2018. So far I have officially confirmed my Penned Con signing, I am also in the process of getting everything together for Once Upon a Book. I wanted to go to this signing this year but life wouldn't have it that way. So I am giving it another shot. Then there is RT in Reno next year that I am planning on going to. Not going to lie, I am still up in the air about RT, mainly because of the price and the fact I feel that I don't get my money's worth out of it. Of course I always meet new friends and see old ones, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't feel as if I get the bang for my buck. So I may go to Reno for the weekend but not register for RT. We will see.

Whelp that's pretty much it for my updates. So let's move on to this review, shall we?

Here we go...

Review: Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

Little fun fact about me, when I took my classes for literature I took a foreign literature class. Instantly I was drawn to foreign writers and over time foreign literature became one of my favorite genres.

I was first introduced to Mr. Kawabata's writing in my English literature class. I read his novel Snow Country, a enticing story revolving around a Geisha and a wealthy man and their somewhat fruitless love. Snow Country instantly became one of my favorite books in the class (I wrote one of the term papers on it) and Mr. Kawabata's name was added to my list of authors to read again.

Thus, how I ended up reading Beauty and Sadness and while it took my a long time to finish this book, due to how distracted I was by the world around me, I must say that while Beauty and Sadness didn't pull me in like Snow Country it was still a amazing read.

Just like his other work, Beauty and Sadness was filled with (at times overly) detailed and beauty descriptions. Hills, sunsets, the little restaurants and shops were so well described that I (as the reader) was easily able to envision the characters surroundings and feel as if I was there with them.

The characters surroundings were not the only things that were eloquently described, the characters as well were described with a sort of poetry beauty that was haunting beautiful. Even their emotions were described in such a way that the reader was able to picture the characters expression clearly.

Speaking of characters, in Beauty and Sadness, it seems that there are several main character, although when you read the back of the book it seems as if it is two. But as you read the story and get pulled deeper into the world you start to realize that there are three main characters, and then even still you realize (or at least it seemed to me) that the true main character of this book was Keiko, the young and beautiful lover of Otoko.

Otoko is a young woman who had an affair with a married writer named Oki. Their affair is portrayed as both a wirlwind romance that consumes the young and at the same time a haunting true love that haunts both Otoko, Oki, Keiko and all those who come into contact with them. As you continue to read you quickly find out that Otoko and Oki's love affair was torn apart by Otoko's miscarriage. This event is what shapes the world of these characters, making it impossible for them to move on with their lives. Otoko, although she is with Keiko, remains unmarried and seems to only tolerate Keiko because the young woman forced herself on Otoko.

When it comes to Otoko, I found her a bit selfish (something the character points out several times in the story), cruel, and childish. All these traits come out as you watch her interactions with Keiko, while Keiko is a character herself, Otoko's actions, always pinning and longing for Oki, while knowing Keiko's feelings and keeping her at her side, it cruel to Keiko. As the young woman wants all of Otoko's love but it is clear that this is something that will never happen so long as she is attached to Oki.

With that being said, Otoko's actions and emotions are understandable as she is dealing with the loss of her baby, her mothers death, and the book Oki wrote about her that continues to dig up and reopen old wounds. Yet, I can't help but feel as if Otoko gets some type of satisfaction knowing that Oki also is unable to let her go.

As far as Oki is concerned, while he is a main character he doesn't stand out as one. Oki simply fades into the background as the women and their twisted relationship comes to the forefront. Married with two children, he is a boring character and didn't appeal much to me. Even when we are given his point of view and his feelings it feels lackluster.

And then there is Keiko, the most interesting character in the book to me. She comes off as obsessive and manipulating. What I like about Keiko, is that her motives are never really clear. While it is obviously pointed out that she has feelings for Otoko, I question if it is truly love between the pair, or at least on Keiko's side. Affection is there, attraction as well but the love seems to be lacking between the women. Otoko is always pushing Keiko away while at the same time pulling her in. stringing the young and violitie women along. At first Keiko's one objective seems to be getting revenge on Oki and his family for Otoko pain, however, it never seems quite clear (even in her perspective) if she truly means what she says as her actions always say something different. Even so, it is clear this character is a very confident manipulator. By the end of the book I was stil left wondering just what Keiko was thinking and her true feelings towards everything she had done.

At first glance the plot of the book seems simple. An affair with a young girl, something tragic happens, the girl is traumatized and the couple split. Yet when you throw in character like Keiko and they take over the narrative the plot becomes a little messier, especially the twist at the end of the book that left me a little more confused than when I started.

Overall, I enjoyed Beauty and Sadness. I found the characters (not all of them) interesting, others more so. Continually surrounded by beautiful art and surrounding, their inner issues rises to the surface. I see why the title of this book is Beauty and Sadness, because for these character it goes had in hand.

Rating: .3.5/4

Would I recommend? Yes, but I would suggest reading Snow Country first then this just to get used to his writing.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pages of Fear Blog Hop!!! Are you ready?

Hello fellow bloggers and followers,

You have made it to the second round and the second blog!!! 

Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It's a pre-Halloween even celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites you'll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones.

Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have gathered together to give ONE lucky winner signed copies of their books (one per author). You may even find other types of giveaway on their sites so, keep your eyes open. While you're looking you want to locate the secret word on each site. Make a list of the words in the proper order. When you reach the final destination (, you'll find an email address. Send your list to it. The winner will be selected courtesy of

Alright now, allow me to introduce myself for those that are new to my blog and my writing. My name is Layla J. Omorose and i write paranormal romances. For as long as I can remember I have loved the supernatural and paranormal. From classic fairytales to ancient Gods and Goddesses, I have loved them all. 

Speaking of fairytales, let me tell you a little about the book that you will get from me...
This is one of my favorite covers by the way

Seducing the Black Prince is (I guess you could say) a modern day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Although, I do enjoy the Disney version of the twisted tale, I must say that the original story is much more my style. Which is why I tried to stick as close to the original story as I could and at the same time adding my own twist to the story. 

Along with a signed copy of the book I am also giving away a special gift to the winner. Its a secret so I won't spill the beans on what it is. But, I will give a hint... you can attach it to your keys...

Alright, that is it for me. To whoever the lucky winner is of the blog hop I hope you enjoy and love Seducing the Black Prince as much as I loved writing it. And if we aren't friends on Facebook, please make sure to add me. 

Now, on to the next blog you go. To continue the hop, please go to,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Release Day!!! Eternal Earth

That's right, you read that right. It is the release day for Eternal Earth (I know finally right lol).

I am excited to finally be able to present Adien and Harmony's story to you.

Honestly, this book was a little difficult for me to write, mainly because my characters stopped talking to me for a loooooonnnnggggg time, which is how I ended up writing my other books. But, like I said, I am happy to finally say that Adien and Harmony's story is done and ready for purchase.

Enjoy :)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Update: Life and Penned Con (Continued)

Okay, and we are back. Now that I have filled you in on that stuff, lets get to what you really want... annnnnnnddddd that is updates and releases, yay!!!!!!!!

First up we have: Seducing the Black Prince

Now, I am not sure if I have posted about this book already but if I did well I am just going to do it again. I started this book about a year ago in November for the National Writers Month. I haven'd decided yet if this book will start a new series or not but I did enjoy writing it.

Here is the cover and it is out now on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords:

Yes, I designed that cover myself, pretty isn't it? It is one of my favorite covers so far.

Seducing the Black Prince is my spin on Beauty and the Beast. I thought it would be fun to do a re-telling of the classic tale and I tried to stay as close to the Grimm Fairytale version of this story as possible. Below is the back blurb for the book:


A lesson, Jackson "Beast" Marshal, learned the hard way. Cursed to spend his life as a twisted creature, he has given up on returning to the man he once was. Until he met her... his last chance at salvation.


Life has taught, Sonya "Beauty" Lamar, that fairytales are better left in children's books. As she struggles to pick up the pieces of her world, a mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep. Quickly, she learns that there are worse things than the heartbreak of starting over.


To break the spell of a mad witch, can a prince, who is more beast than man, win the heart of the only woman who could save him from his torment? Or will she damn him to the darkness as the last rose petal falls?

Sounds exciting doesn't it? I have several favorite scenes in this book that I enjoy but because the book has only been out for a short time I will wait before I drop any spoilers.

Second, and I am so proud to be finally bringing this book to everyone, it is the anticipated book 2 in the hound series... yes, you guessed it, Eternal Earth!!! I know it has taken me a long, long, long time to get Adien and Harmony's story to you but these two refused to talk to me until I took care of my personal issues with work and all the stress in my life... now, that I have done that I can finally move on and give you Eternal Earth... I am so excited.
However, you have to wait a few more days until the book will be available. It's release date is (hopefully I can get the formatting complete in time) is Monday, October 9th. In the meantime I will give you the cover, which I designed myself and a excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy. :)

Back Blurb:


For over a year, Adien, Trinity Hound of Earth. has watched Harmony Sonders from a distance. Silently protecting her from his enemies and those who sought her harm, including himself. One look from her is enough to have him longing for the one thing he never wanted...His fated mate, a woman whose touch shook him to his core and had the power to shatter his carefully constructed world.


Harmony Sonders has spent the last few years piecing herself back together after escaping a marriage that nearly killed her. With her life finally where she wants it, the last thing she needed was for another man to come and throw her world into chaos... and that's exactly what Adien Tygerian does. Handsome and wicked temptation all wrapped into one, he awakens a side of her she didn't know existed... a piece of her that demands she claim what is rightfully hers and damned the consequences.


With their enemies gathering their forces and the birth of a new power at hand, can Adien and Harmony break down the walls that guard their hearts and take hold of a love like they've never known or will the ghosts of their pasts devour the world and all those they love with it?

Excerpt: 1st Chapter:

It was rare that Adien, Trinity Hound of Earth, one of the most powerful beings in existence and ultimate playboy, let himself become flustered over a woman. An even longer time since he had sulked in his unwanted desire, instead of finding some big-breasted babe to fuck all night long. Yet here he sat, at the bar, in one of the most elegantly decorated ballrooms he had ever seen, brooding over a woman he had sworn to keep his distance from.

The room’s long tables were covered with soft cream-colored tablecloths that complimented the professionally polished wooden floors. Softly lit candles stood as centerpieces for each table, and were surrounded by a small bouquet of wild flowers. Scattered about were various drapings and other decorations that not only added to the overly priced feel of the room but also Adien’s boredom.

Giving a heavy sigh, he downed the rest of his drink. The dark alcohol burned as it traveled down his throat. Finished, he slammed the glass down on the table with more force than he intended and ignored the bartender’s glare as he turned his attention back to his surroundings. Adien’s gaze scanned the large crowd of bodies as he tuned out the dull music that played in the background.

What the hell am I doing here? He thought for the hundredth time. Why had he allowed his bastard brother to drag him out from the pair of lean legs that had been wrapped around his waist? He had been in the middle of some serious fondling when Radien and his dark aura showed up. An instant mood killed if he ever saw one. One glance at him and his company was dressed and out the door quicker than Adien could take his next breath.

Damn it and damn him.

His brother had cost him a much-needed release.

Why did they have to bring me here?

Nothing good would come from this… nothing good at all.

Adien spared a quick glance over to the opposite side of the room, wondering just how long it had been since he had last seen her. A year if he wasn’t mistaken. Three hundred sixty-five days since he had last seen his golden-eyed obsession. Fifty-two weeks since he had last felt a flutter in his chest or true heat in his veins. From the first moment he had seen her, his life had taken a turn for the worse.

Damn her.

After all this time, thoughts of her still consumed him. The feel of her warm skin against his continued to linger in his senses while her earthy scent remained engraved in his mind. The only time he felt anything like his old self was when he thought of her… of holding her, touching her… fucking her senseless on the ballroom’s hardwood floors.

With a heavy groan, Adien turned back towards the bar. He was going to need a few more drinks if he was going to make it through this party. Maybe, if he got wasted enough, he could ignore the thick erection pressing against the fly of his slacks.

“Let me get another round,” he told the bartender, who continued to glare at him.

Too distracted to care about the overweight man’s unexplained hostility, Adien waited for his drink. His mind wandered back to that night a year ago when he had first seen her… more like stalked her from her closet. Back then he hadn’t had time for tact. The life of his brother’s mate had been at stake. While he and his brother weren’t on the best of terms, Adien couldn’t sit back and let an innocent woman suffer. The one time he decided to take the higher road and be the better person, his world was turned upside down.

Beautiful… mine…

That’s what he had thought, his hormones consuming him, until her birthmark, several shades darker than her skin tone, caught his attention. Feeling like a pervert but unable to stop himself, Adien had taken a peek under her towel and froze. There, covering her side and twisting down her hips was a mark identical to his. Panic had consumed him, flushing out the desire he had felt.

The Fates had played a cruel prank on them. A mate was not something he wanted. Not after what happened with Persephone, who was not only married to Hades, Lord of the Underworld, but was the reason for the bad blood between the god and Radien.

Sour thoughts continued to consume him. All too clear the images of how she had used him, pretended to care about him only to get to his brother, played in his mind. Like a fool, he had fallen for her lies. Their selfish actions had haunted him for over a millennium.

There was only one person who deserved his trust, and that was his sister-in law and his brother’s mate, Melody. She was the only reason the relationship between him and Radien had improved. They no longer wanted to kill each other… just beat each other to a bloody pulp occasionally.

Yet even with all that had occurred, there was a part of Adien, a part of himself that he hated, the part of him that secretly wanted the bond his brother had found with Melody. Adien was tired of the revolving door of women that entered his life. The stream of nameless women that groped and threw themselves at him, claiming to want him when all they wanted was his status, bored him.

But to get what he wanted he would have to open himself up again. He would have to place his heart in the hands of another person, and that was something he was never going to do… ever.

“Here,” the bartender’s harsh tone drew Adien from his sulking. Giving the man a quick once over as he practically slammed the small glass down on the bar top, Adien was unimpressed with what he saw. Fat and balding, wearing clothes that were too small for him, reminded Adien of some type of nasty goo. However, that did not excuse the fact that the man had pissed Adien off.

Giving the worn man a chilling stare of his own, Adien fought for control over his rising temper. It wouldn’t be wise for him to kill the man in such a public place. Although, if he didn’t get control over his hostile emotions and do his damn job, Adien couldn’t be held accountable for his actions.

“Drink up.” The man sneered at him. Before he could think better of it, Adien was reaching across the bar, gripping his hostile host by the collar and pulling him in. Several patrons at the bar turned to see what was happening but quickly went back to their polite conversations and drinks when Adien gave them an angry sneer.

“If you value your life,” Adien growled, his powers suddenly coursing through him, begging for release, “you will shut the hell up, control your fucking attitude, and happily serve me my damn drinks.” His eyes narrowing dangerously, he dared the man to say something. “If not, you and the glass mirror behind you will have a nice, long, conversation about server hospitality.” The man’s face drained of color. “Understood?”

The man nodded.

“Good.” With that Adien released his hold, watching with dark amusement as the male stumbled to catch his balance. Saying nothing more, the bartender headed over to the other end of the bar, leaving Adien to his thoughts.

It’s really been a year…

From his brother’s mating to his mortal enemy’s release, it felt much longer than a year. Or maybe time seemed to be dragging thanks to the long nights where he woke up in a cold sweat, his body rock hard from having wild dreams of him and his obsession tangled in a ball of sweaty limbs.

Turning back around, Adien once again scanned the crowd, looking for the only thing that would bring him peace. He found her on the far side of the room, surrounded by a small group of suit-wearing men. His gaze focused intently on her, he tried his best to ignore the way his heart skipped a beat from a single glance at her. Breathtakingly beautiful, she shined in her floor-length gown. By the way the dress hugged her toned body, Adien knew it was custom made. The V-cut neckline showed just enough of her pushed-up cleavage to have his mouth watering for a taste. Her once-short hair was cut into a short bob, where the hair in the front was longer than the back. With the hairstyle leaving the sensitive flesh of her neck exposed, he imagined taking his tongue and running it along the length of her slender neck to her collarbone and then even lower to the swells of her breast. Picturing her in his arms again, but conscious this time, made him groan and down another shot to calm his raging hormones.

She must have felt his gaze on her. Slowly, without breaking her conversation, her eyes sought him out. Their gazes locked, and Adien felt his world shift once again. For a long moment, he found it hard to breathe as she continued to hold his stare. Mesmerized, he envied the way she was able to keep her calm while he felt as if he were going to jump out of his skin. When she broke their connection, another guest demanding her attention, the feeling of loss settled in his chest. Despite that, Adien continued to watch her as she greeted those gathered around her. Each time she smiled, even though he somehow knew it was false, desire rocked him. Longing assaulted him as he wondered if she would ever smile at him. Not that fake smile she gave everyone around her, but a real smile that made her eyes sparkle.

Really, Adien… sparkle? This is business…

“Yeah, business… there’s nothing business about this,” he grumbled, all the while watching her.

“There you are,” the familiar voice came from beside him.

Dragging his attention from his obsession, he focused on the woman approaching him. At seeing her, he couldn’t help the smile that spread across his face as she navigated her way towards him.

Melody, the Trinitymate of Light and Radien’s mate, was beautiful in her midnight-blue gown. With her, now, snow-white hair pulled into a tight bun, she practically glowed. Adien watched her, noting the numerous pairs of male eyes that followed her. The fact that her belly was large and round made no difference to the men that looked over her with hungry eyes.

Their desire angered him. The blatant disregard of the fact that she was clearly with child or the large diamond ring on her finger that indicated she was married made him want to bash them over the head… repeatedly.

“Adien.” It was obvious from her labored breathing that her pregnancy was taking its toll on her. “Thanks.” She smiled up at him.

“Not a problem.” Like always, when he was around her, he found his spirits lifted and he was able to smile easily. “We wouldn’t want your oversized protector causing a scene.”

Her laugh was filled with warmth and took his thoughts away from his own horrible situation.

It never ceased to amaze him how close the two of them had become within the last year. Melody was the sister he had always wanted. He would gladly trade both his siblings for her if he could.

“Adien.” She sighed as she hobbled onto the stool beside him. “You promised to cut back on your drinking.”

“And I have.” He paused before saying, “For the most part.”

She rolled her eyes, and he groaned in defeat. “Cut me some slack, Mel. I’m barely holding on here.”

“I can see. Are you drunk?” she asked him just as the bartender returned.

“No,” Adien dryly responded.

Drunk? He wasn’t drunk, far from it. He was too focused on his obsession as she chatted with the men that hovered around her like vultures. Watching men who weren’t in the same league as her laugh and throw flirting smiles her way made Adien more jealous than he cared to admit aloud. Each lustful gaze or subtle touch to her bare shoulder or arm spiked his anger.

“You better get used to that. She gets that kind of attention everywhere she goes.” Taking the water she ordered, Melody wobbled her way to her feet.

Quickly, Adien held her steady as she moved from the bar stool.

“You okay?” Her harsh breathing bothered him. Just where the hell was his brother?

“Yeah, thanks.” She smiled at him. “If I’d known I’d be this tired, I would have taken up Radien’s offer to carry me around. Well, behave yourself. I’m off.” With a wave of her hand, she made her way through the crowd of people, leaving him alone with his thoughts and raging libido.

Growling low in his throat, Adien turned away from the sight in front of him and barked at the bartender to fix another drink.

“This is going to be a long night,” Adien whispered to himself as he gazed back over his shoulder. His gaze lingering on her, he once again took in her enticing body and felt himself harden even more.

It was going to be an extremely long night.

Harmony Sonders was many things but aloof and naive was not among them, especially when it came to men. At least she wasn’t anymore. That was why she knew the moment his eyes focused on her. From across the room she could feel the heat of his gaze as it traveled along her body. Feeling suddenly exposed, her cheeks flushed a light red as she chatted with the head advertiser of her company. Halfway aware of what he was saying, she watched her admirer from out of the corner of her eye. There was a familiarity about him that she could place. Like she had met him before, not too long ago, but for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out where she had seen him. She was sure that she would remember someone whose presence demanded the attention of every woman, and some men, in the room. Even she had snuck a peek at him when he had first arrived.

A brief glimpse at him and her body had come to life. The cool gray three-piece suit he wore had been perfectly tailored to his body. The black shirt and red tie he wore complimented the golden-brown hue of his skin, while the red pocket square added a little touch of sophistication to an already elegant ensemble. Standing out in a sea of black suits and boring smiles, he was by far the most enticing man she had ever seen. Then there were those eyes… those bright-green eyes that were focused so intently on her that it made her weak in the knees.

Absently, Harmony wondered whose guest he was. Her party was invite only, and she had personally sent invitations to every person. She had conducted business with more than half of the people here, and the rest were potential partners. So, to see such a powerful looking man at her party sparked her interest and added some excitement to an otherwise boring party.

“Ms. Sonders?”

Reluctantly, she turned her attention to the gentleman in front of her. “I’m sorry, Jack. My mind wandered off. What were you saying?”

Jack Whitfield, her oldest and most-trusted advisor, smiled at her and continued with what he was saying. “The new line seems to have made a great impression overseas and was well received by the consumers. There’s no doubt that we have secured the buyers for our new line.”

At the end of his statement, he touched her arm, a light and fleeting touch that meant nothing to her, but she swore she heard a growl echo from the handsome stranger over by the bar… or maybe her mind was playing tricks on her.

Because what kind of man gets jealous over a woman he doesn’t know. Stop being so self-centered and focus. Harmony chastised herself.

“Did you hear me, Ms. Sonders?” Jack touched her shoulder again, and another growl vibrated through the air around her.

Did she hear him? Was she listening? No, not really. While she loved hearing the good news about her newest line, he wasn’t telling her something she didn’t already know. The phone call she received that morning told her exactly what she expected to hear.

“Yes, I did. I expected nothing less from your hard work.” She smiled sweetly at him. Growing bored with their conversation, Harmony looked for a polite way to end it.

“Harmony!” The familiar call of her name grabbed her attention. Looking past Jack, a wide smile spread across her face as she spotted her youngest sister, Melody. Shock and excitement made its way through Harmony as she excused herself from Jack’s presence.

It had been a few months since she had last seen her sister, thanks to the complications of Melody’s pregnancy. Although she said she would come, Harmony didn’t expect to see Melody. Not when it looked like her sister couldn’t walk without the support of her new husband.

“Harmony!” Melody called as she struggled to make her way through the thick crowd of people.

As much as she wanted to run and knock people out of the way and embrace her sibling, Harmony couldn’t be that rude. The people here were some of her top benefactors and pissing them off would do nothing but hurt her reputation. Instead she excused herself with a polite smile and carefully made her way to her sister, acknowledging those who waved at her with a smile and a “thank you for coming.”

“Melody,” Harmony called over the voices of the crowd. Reaching out, she embraced her big-bellied sister, careful not to put too much pressure on her stomach.

“Where have you been?” Harmony asked as they separated. “You look like you’re ready to pop. Here”—she grabbed her sister by the hand—“come with me to my private table. We can catch up there while you rest your feet.”

“I’m fine,” Melody said as she pulled her hand free. “I’m used to it.”

Harmony raised a brow, not at all convinced by her sister’s words, especially when she looked like she was ready to fall over. But, Harmony wouldn’t press the issue. If she had learned one thing about her baby sister, once she made up her mind she rarely changed it.

Sighing, Harmony dropped the topic. “How is everything? I heard you handed your company over to your vice president not too long ago.”

“I had no other choice. With the pregnancy, I just couldn’t keep up anymore. I figured it would be best for me to step away for a moment.” Melody paused.

Harmony frowned, not sure why a sudden flush came to her sister’s face.

“Besides, Radien is too much of a distraction at work.”

Ah, so that’s the reason. Harmony shook her head. “It’s supposed to be a work place, Mel. Not your own private after hours’ spot.”

“I know, I know, but… I can’t help it.” The last part Melody mumbled, and Harmony gave an amused chuckle under her breath.

“Your exhaustion probably has more to do with Radien than the babies.” With that, Harmony gave a pointed stare at her sister’s outstretched belly, which Melody rubbed a manicured hand over while her face flushed a deeper scarlet.

“Something like that.” The smile that spread across her sister’s face was one of pure adoration. It was a smile that appeared every time she spoke of Radien.

“So, where is Mister Mom?” Harmony couldn’t suppress the laugh that escaped her at her sister’s frown.

Teasing Melody was something Harmony had taken a liking to. She couldn’t help it. The handful of times she had seen Radien, he had been hovering over his wife like some over-protective parent, which had, she admitted, scared her when she first met him. His presence alone was intimidating, and add to that the fact he was well over six feet tall and had a build that could nearly block out the sun, he was downright frightful.

For a moment, Harmony had questioned her sister’s sanity for marrying someone who looked like they could punch an elephant through a wall. But after seeing them together, the way his gray eyes softened when he looked at her and the tender way he held her, catering to her every whim, Harmony had relaxed a little in his presence. She might have even developed a small sisterly bond with him. Although, she was pretty sure if he heard her referring to him as Mister Mom, he would kill her.

“I resent that comment.” Harmony jumped at the sound of Radien’s voice as it thundered from behind her.

“I—” Turning around, she began to explain herself. Before she could open her mouth further, she was scooped into a bear hug that had her feet dangling in the air.

“Radien… I can’t breathe.” She coughed.

Laughing, he placed her back on her feet.

“What took you so long?” Melody’s voice penetrated through his laughter.

“My beauty.” Instantly, Harmony found herself forgotten as Radien turned his attention to his wife. Closing the distance between them, he wrapped her in his arms.

Watching them, Harmony felt a small piece of longing for someone who would look at her as if she were the only one in the world.

Been there, done that, and what did it get me? A concussion and three weeks in the hospital. Harmony shook her head, blocking out the unwanted memories. While she was happy for her sister, Harmony knew that type of happiness was out of reach for someone like her. Life had made sure to drill that point into her head after her long years of marriage to her ex.

Again, she shook her head, refusing to go down that road again.

“I’ve missed you.”

Harmony turned away from the couple just before Radien crushed his lips to his wife’s.

“I see you two need a moment.” Knowing when she was a third wheel, Harmony left the loving pain and headed towards the bar. A hard drink was what she needed to put unwanted thoughts back to the back of her mind where they belonged.


I hope you all enjoyed that excerpt and look out for Adien and Harmony's story next week.

Before I go I wanted to share my plans for releases for next year, and they are as follows:

Book 2 in the Faye Princess novels: Darknight: Dawn of the Red Sun

Book 3 in the Hound series: Eternal Fire

Book 1 in the Crescent Moon Saga: SnoWolf

Possible Standalone: Symphony of Sun showers

Possibly another Fairytale story called: Dancing with the Dragon King

Lastly, I am part of a spooktober blog hope so make sure to keep up... which means you will be getting a post from me once a week, yay!!

Make sure to add me on Facebook: Author Layla J Omorose.

Until next time XOXO

Update: Life and Penned Con

Good morning everyone,

How are you doing?

It has been almost a year since my last blog post and I am sorry about that. This yeah has been one of the weirdest and craziest years I have had in a long time. You know, one of those life changing years that force you to grow and make decisions you have been sitting on for far too long. Between getting in a car accident last August, that resulted in two surgeries at the end of the year, then my grandmother dementia getting progressively worse, I thought what could happen next. Well, I learned be careful with you ask for. As I finally made the deicision to leave a very toxic day job because I finally realized it was taking a toll on my writing and I started a new job, my house caught fire. Yup, talk about having a suck ass year... but what can I do?

I remember I got the call from work and rushed home. As I watched the fireman struggle to put out the fire, I stared a the house, watching it burn and was numb. I had already spoken to my mother and she told me that everyone was okay except for the dogs. My aunt lost her dog and I almost lost my oldest dog, Bear. But he is okay now and back to his old self, just a little more clingy. After that things moved so fast that only now (about 6 months later) am I finally sitting down and processing everything that happened. It still feels surreal but every time I pass by my house (they are repairing it) I am reminded that it did happen.

I wont go into a lot of detail of what happened in these last few months for me, but I will say that I have come to realize just how much writing and the writing world means to me. I didn't cry when the house burned, I didn't cry when we lost one of the dogs, I didn't cry as I watched the fireman work to save Bear, because there was one single thought that jumped to the forefront of my mind... my books. Not just the books I have written but my entire library of books, my flash drives... the things that offered me comfort and gave me the motivation to keep going... the thought of losing that is what shook me the most. Thankfully, while I couldn't save my computers, I did save all of my flash drives with all my information on it (I dug under all that soot and ash until I found the case I kept them in). The fire destroyed most of the house yet somehow managed to miss my books and movie collection that I kept in the case. I didn't care about my clothes, my shoes... but my books, they are my world. Once I managed to save all of them (that's right all of them in the case) I was okay and went to work taking care of business and getting ready for Penned Con, because now I have to start from scratch.It was hard, but it forced me to do what I needed... and with that being said, let's get to the good stuff... Penned Con and my latest releases.

Needless to say, while I do enjoy going to RT and seeing all my friends, Penned Con has become one of my favorite things about the year. As you may or may not know, last year's Penned Con was my first signing ever and I had such an amazing time and met such wonderful people that I had to come back a second time. However, this time around I knew I couldn't show up with the same two titles I had last year. While I am normally a slow writer because of all that was going on in my life, I managed to get two of the three books I wanted to do done (I will tell you what they are in a few moments. Trust me you will say finally and be really happy lol).

Just like my first Penned Con, it was very well organized and welcoming. Once again I met new and amazing people, authors and readers like. I even managed to sell out of two titles, which I didn't expect to do so that made the entire trip for me. Although, I wasn't as prepared as I wanted to be and while there were tons of reasons to keep me from going, I couldn't not go. I knew that if I quit now, I would miss out on something amazing. So I packed my suitcase with my few books and went to work. At first I felt a little defeated as I looked at everyone else's tables and banners. The fire had set me back and my main focus had been on getting out the books that I didn't have the time or the money to get any stands or banners done. I didn't have the fancy book stands or anything like that. It was me and Deadpool, so I did the best I could. Although it was an awesome signing, I could help my self doubt as it bubbled up inside of me. But as I sat and listened to the keynote speakers and my friends as they encouraged me, I felt better. I realized that, while I may not be where I want to be, I am moving forward. Even if those steps are small, I am still putting one food in front of the other... I can't stop... I wont stop because there is nothing else I want to do with my life other than write and share what lives inside of me. (and to top it all off I caught a cold the day before I left for Penned Con -__-)

My goal for next year is to add at least one more signing to my list other than Penned Con, I really want to do Once Upon a Book. So let's hope I make it there. :)

Here are some pics from Penned Con, I didn't take a lot but I did take some.
My Table

Like I said I love Penned Con, and Rick and Amy do an amazing job every year and I hope I am able to come back for 2018. 

Now, because I feel this post has become kind of long... I will continue my updates in the next post... so come on and follow me over :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Update and Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey there fellow bloggers, how is everyone doing tonight? 

I've just finished making dinner and am now at the keys. This month is NaNo and this month my goal is to not only finish Seducing the Black Prince but also Eternal Earth, which I am picking back up on tomorrow after work. Lets hope Adien is talking to me. 

With that being said, I do have another review for everyone. As you all know The Girl on the Train is the newest movie that is creating a lot f buzz (well it was before it came out). After I saw the trailer for it I was interested in seeing it. However, instead of watching the movie, I brought the book and now I have no desire to see the movie (for reasons I will explain in a second). So lets get to it shall we?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:

When I brought this book I dove right into it, reading most of it on the plane and the last few chapters once I reached home. At first I was excited about the book and this urge to read it until the end consumed me. I just had to know who committed the murder. And I admit the ending caught me off guard as I was not expecting it.

This book for me, is in a sense very similar to Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Not really plot wise but in the sense that the book starts off with the crime commited and works its was backwards to go forwards to untanlge the event that led up to the murder in the first place.

In this novel the reader is given three different point of views: Megan, Anna and Rachel, whose view you get the most of. Through their views and lives the story is told. Their lives interlocking with each other. Between them there is this common bond that forever changes their lives.

The impression the book first gives is that this will be the crazy ravings of a delusional drunk, who is unable to move on with her life after her husbands infidelity and divorce. With her inability to move on affecting her life, she begins to project her unstable emotions and desires on to a random couple she sees everyday from her seat on the train. As the plot and the lives of these women unfold, the reader is pushed into several directions as to who committed the crime. However by the end of the book and the reader has found out what actually happened and its aftermath, they are left caught off guard and thinking why didn't I see that coming?

Ms./Mrs. Hawkins did an excellent job of keeping the reader from figuring out who the real killer was and their motive. Which, in my opinion, was the highlight of the book. I must say that for me the characters weren't all that complex or interesting for that matter, except for the couple that Rachel watched from the train window. The mystery that surrounded their lives provided the little spark the book was lacking otherwise. 

Truthfully, by the time I finished the book any desire I had to see the movie had faded. Not because I knew the ending but because (to me) it just wasn't memorable enough to be made into a movie. With that being said let me give you a break down on the characters' perspective.

I will state with Anna. While I could call her a homewrecker, the truth is you can't take something that doesn't want to be taken. But I might have felt the most sorry for her by the end of the book. She has this arrogant attitude about her and she is even a little bit o f a bitch, but she is naive to some of the most obvious things around her. Granted, there were times when her actions surprised me but still she was probably one of the weaker character perspectives in the book. In truth I am not sure what her point of view did to add to the story. I think without her point of view the story would have still been the same. 

Then there is Megan or Jess as Rachel named her before she actually knew her name. At first we get a description of what she may or may not be like from what Rachel see from the train window and her imagination. To me, Megan provided to be the more interesting and complex of the characters as there isn't much known about her or her past. While it is touched on in the book, it isn't fully explored. So the reader (at least I was) was left in a state of limbo about who she really is. I do wish a little more time was spent on developing her and telling a little more about her and her marriage but then again it may be better that it was left out. While she could come off as a bitch, the reader is left to watch her struggled with trying to figure out the cause of her problems. In doing so, there are many surprises that pop up along the way when it comes to Megan. She is definitely my favorite view point to read. 

Last but not least is Rachel. I have mixed feelings about her. Sometimes I like her and other times she comes off as a nosy drunk who doesn't know when to leave things alone. Listening to her whine and complain about her ex and then make up an entire fantasy life about the couple she watches from the train and then get mad when they turn out to be a normal couple who right and argue was annoying at times, However, Ms. Hawkins did a great jog of making her and using her flaws as a way to propel the story and keep you guess as to what was really going on. When the reader finally finds out the truth of things the reader is left with a different view of Rachel and may even understand her actions. While she still came off as a nosy neighbor who didn't leave well enough alone, she was essentail to finding out what really happened and I was glad to see her evolve and finally begin to move forward with her life.

Rating: 3/5

Would I recommend? Maybe, I am not too sure yet