Author Archives: Layna

About Layna

After taking some time off from writing to go back to school and raise a family, I decided to be ambitious and try again. This time I'm embarking on a new journey of writing my first full length novel. Other than that, I originally was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I now live in Northern Ontario with my wonderful and patient husband, my two beautiful daughters and our dog Sasha.

Apologies, new release, and other news! ~ @LaynaPimentel

It’s been some time since I last posted and I’m dreadfully sorry. Shit seems to happen in three’s and my life for the last year has been no exception. That said, I’m back and excited to share a number of things with you over the next few months.

I have a new release!!! My first one in 1.5 yrs and thank goodness for that.

Shadowed By Sin is a Gothic romance around 42k and so full of twists and turns, I have no idea where the concept came for it. Here’s a bit of a teaser for you to chomp on:

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Released in eBook on August 17th, 2015

Liquid Silver Books

Novella – 83 pages

Historical Romantic Suspense/Gothic Romance

ISBN: 978-1-62210-245-7

Warning: This book is intended for a mature audience only, and contains frank language and adult situations.

Reviews:

The twists, diabolical turns and disturbing descriptions had me hooked and wanting more! I couldn’t put it down! ~ Goodreads review

Filled with emotional turmoil, danger, suspense, mystery, deceit, lies, scandal, murder and romance. What an awesome blend of romance with suspense, family turmoil and secrets. Not for the faint of heart… ~ My Book Addiction and More

Where I can usually figure out the intrigue element in most mysteries, I wasn’t exactly left guessing who the bad guy was, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out he had an accomplice! ~ Award winning author Nichole Severn

Blurb:

Every man has a price…

As Lord Benedict St. John and his fiancée prepare to marry, his family is blackmailed by a former acquaintance. Hoping to set things straight, he accepts an invitation to dine at the Blackmailer’s family estate.

But how many should die…

Estelle agrees to accompany Benedict, but nothing prepares her for the mysteries and bodies she stumbles across during her time at Hawthorne Hall.

Before the shocking truth is exposed?

Hawthorne Hall holds many secrets, but will Estelle and Benedict escape to see the day their union is blessed, or will they succumb to an untimely end?

Purchase:

Amazon (CA) (US) (UK) | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Liquid Silver | ARe

Print: coming soon

 

In other news, I’ve been creating a few new series for you to indulge in. All are sexy, full length, and 100% exciting. As I get more information regarding release dates and what not, you can be rest assured they’ll be announced here.

A Gift From Fate will also be re-releasing this year with some added content, so watch out for that novella, too.

Will you be attending Romancing the Capital in Ottawa this upcoming May? I hope so. It’ll be my 2nd year as an attending author, and the line up of authors are amazing. Read more about the event hosted by the lovely Eve Langlais here. The price is super reasonable, and you’re bound to have an amazing time.

Well, that’s it for me for this month. I’ll leave you with an excerpt from my brand new release, and hope you have an amazing Sunday.

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“Pardon the intrusion, my lords. This just arrived for Master Benedict.”

The butler passed him an envelope with the identical wax seal from the note his father received earlier. Only this time, the letter was decorated with intricate designs.

“Thank you, Horace.”

“What is it? Who is it from?” his father asked quizzically.

“I don’t know, Father. I’ll have a look at it later. I’m rather late for a few appointments now. I will check in on you later this afternoon. Do tell Mother I will be asking Estelle to join us for dinner tonight.”

His father groaned yet again. While his parents approved of his desire to marry, they simply did not care for his selection of a wife. The aristocratic snobs that they were, they had expected him to marry an equal, or a lady that came with an extremely large dowry. Estelle was Baron Humphrey’s daughter, and while her dowry wasn’t that of an earl’s or viscount’s daughter, her purse strings and entitlements didn’t bother him in the least.

From the moment he saw her for the first time at the market, he’d been smitten with the petite and exotic beauty. He’d lifted her from the muddy street, and as her deep dark eyes settled on his, she’d bewitched him. Mind, it took several weeks for him to dissuade another potential suitor, not that the lad stood a chance. Estelle was one catch he would never give up, and now he had to find the perfect home for them, but where? She lived in town with her father and widowed aunt in a modest townhouse during the season, and after that, they resided in a country home with a full set of staff and several tenants to oversee. All of which he could match with his inheritance; but for Estelle everything had to be perfect. She deserved nothing but the world, and if he could give it to her, he would.

“Horace,” Benedict called out, reaching for his hat. “See that my carriage is ready post haste. I have to go to town and begin looking at properties.”

“Yes, my lord. Right away.” The butler disappeared around the corner, leaving Benedict alone in the foyer.

He desperately wanted to open the envelope but refused to do it so close to home. He didn’t want his father to worry, nor did he want the servants to speculate on what was the matter. He’d open the blasted thing and read it in the privacy of his carriage.

Darkness shrouded the street, as if evil lurked for its first victim of the day. He stepped in, and gave his driver directions to Mayfair. A quick scout of the area would give him an idea of where there might be some opportunities. His future countess deserved the best. After scouring some neighborhoods, he’d collect his lovely bride and return home for dinner.

A few minutes into the drive, he pulled out the letter and opened it.

 

Lord Benedict St. John,

You are formally invited to Hawthorne Hall as a guest of Lord George Cuthbert. Celebrations are expected to last a week, and we hope that you will stay for the duration. Several festivities, including a masque, will be held in honor of George’s return from the continent. We hope you will attend, and look forward to being introduced to your lovely bride-to-be.

Regards,

Lady Cuthbert, Countess of Hawthorne.

 

Nothing made sense. Why would Lord Cuthbert send a letter blackmailing his father, and then invite him and Estelle to attend a party at Hawthorne Hall? It had to be a ruse of sorts, but then again, he could use this as an opportunity to dig more into the situation with his father. Yet, was it wise to introduce Estelle to this particular crowd of society, especially when there were other sinister things being plotted? If anything happened to Estelle while she was in his protection, he would never forgive himself. Nevertheless, if he told her about his plan and what was happening, she might be willing to aid him in freeing his father from the devil’s clutches.

 

 

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Orgasm Denial: Yay or Nay?

Have I got your attention yet? *grins*

So as I stare at my current manuscript that I’m hoping to have finished at some point this year, I’ve reached at a point where I can safely say there’s gonna be some kinky things going on. I thought I would start with something a little fun like orgasm denial. I suspect there will be all kinds of things I need to consider and many other opportunities for naughty things to happen seeing as it’s a novel. I’m just hoping I meet the perfect balance for my readers.

What sort of things do you love about kinky books? I mean, what sort of activities totally have you at the edge of your seat, your knickers soaking, and wanting to go in search of your own action? Wax play, menages, anal? I want to know what turns your crank.

For me, I pretty much enjoy reading anything under the umbrella of BDSM-which is a pretty wide ass umbrella-but I’ve got me an open mind.

Now it’s your turn…fess up!

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF HOLIDAY SURPRISES AND TREATS

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Thought I would share a little funny story from last xmas today.

So last year after all our shopping had been done, and I went over budget, my husband made another huge purchase. He bought a beer machine…I kid you not. I wasn’t at all amused because he normally thinks this shite through, but this time, Oooooh no. He just had to have it.

The hubster felt sooo bad that he gave me free reign to make a personal purchase if I wanted to. I shrugged and said okay, not really sure if there was anything I needed. Then I got thinking the man hadn’t been shocked in a while so I did make a purchase. When he asked what I bought, I simply said he’d have to wait until the package came in.

So you can imagine to his horror when I opened up the package he just about fell over. Can I just say how much fun it was to watch the myriad of emotions splashing across his face.

Can you guess what I bought?

What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve purchased for Christmas?

The first person to guess correctly will win a $10 Amazon eGift Certificate.

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Book Covers: What elements attract you to a cover.

Once upon a time, book covers weren’t as graphic as they are now. And given the times, people still bought those books despite the lack of a graphic content that is sexually appealing. I for one , don’t mind a cover either way.

If that wasn’t enough, I find it even more upsetting when cover artist through some small presses only slaps on two images and says “Here you go!” I’ve noticed some pretty sloppy work lately, and I’m not impressed. Not to mention authors have to pay for changes when the artist is way off?! I completely disagree. If it looks sloppy and the author notices, believe me, so will a reader. Why should an author have to pay for the changes? I mean…if they have to pay for it, then I’m pretty sure one could find a pre-made or source out their own cover artist to carry out the vision. Anyhow…enough of my rambling and pet peeves.

What I will do is show you some pretty gorgeous covers I absolutely adore:

 

 

 

If these beautiful covers aren’t enough, here are two links to two of my personal favorite cover artists:

Jon Paul

Erin Dameron-Hill

Silver Phoenix Labs

Seductive Designs

And…how about a cover I made for an upcoming release in 2015? 😉

One Night of Pleasure

What elements of book covers help sway you into buying said book? I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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Where Has The Time Gone?

A year ago this month, I was ecstatic to have finished up one historical erotic romance series, and was waiting for two more books to release.

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Now, I have nothing scheduled that has a firm day, but I do have a re-release coming later this year. I also re-released my first paranormal short story Hardened Desire. But what about writing another historical romance series? Not to worry. That is also in the works. Midnight Blaze, An Impetuous Lord’s novel is still in progress, and I’m still working on Lost in a Lord’s Embrace.

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As we move into the final stretch of 2014, I thought I would share a few of the things I’ve been working on. I’ve been eagerly working on my sensual Gothic romance for an upcoming pitch session. I’ve also been working on some contemporary pieces as well. Those particular books will be self published, and if you thought Stay With Me was naughty, One Night of Pleasure is an eruption of sexiness waiting to happen.

In addition to all this sensual writing, I’ve taken up creating covers, and freelancing graphic work. Here’s an example of one of my first covers, and it just happens to be one of my indie releases in the Spring of 2015. I do have another, but that one is still very much under wraps.

One Night of Pleasure

 

Aside from that, I’ve been plugging away at life, and researching my butt off.

My question to you is, what are you reading? Read any new hot and short reads? Leave me your recommendation. I’m on the hunt for some reads that are less than 150 pages.

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Winner Announcement & Love Spanks 2014

Before we get started today, I wanted to congratulate Eva P on winning a digital copy of Stay With Me. I’ll contact you shortly.

Thank you to everyone who commented. I loved reading your experiences! And now to loop you in on an upcoming online event. 😉

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When two grown-ups love each other, someone might get a spanking!

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How about free stories from award-winning authors?

This Valentine’s Day, you can participate in a short story extravaganza! F/F authors will showcase romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and spanking fiction for your enjoyment. Chat with your favorite authors, meet new-to-you authors, find great new books, and meet new friends!

Want to become a Love Spanks ambassador and earn an extra prize entry? See below!

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Plus, the first 50 Love Spankers will receive a copy of The Bodyguard by Saranna DeWylde!

 

Free book! Vampire’s Bard by Kate Richards

 


Many authors also will offer a contest on their individual blogs.  Your comment on their blogs automatically enters you in both the main contest and the individual contests!

What’s the catch?  Absolutely nothing!  We love writing for you and want to thank you for your readership.  Perhaps someone might get a spanking or two, but that’s a reward rather than a catch, right?  😉

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  1. Visit each blog between Friday, February 7 and Sunday, February 9 to read the posted stories and excerpts.
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    Deadline is midnight EST (UTC -5) on February 9!!
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  5. If you are a F/F author or thinking of becoming one, please add “FF” to your comments. That way, your name will be entered in the special F/F author prize drawings.
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LoveSpanks2014Like these events? Want to support your friendly F/F authors? Become a Love Spanks 2014 Ambassador! In exchange for promoting this event, you will receive one extra prize entry, AND you are still eligible to participate and win prizes!

 

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Sex store hi-jinx and giveaway!

woman-biting-mans-lipAh! Inspiration is everywhere; in books, music, movies, even in real life. For shits and giggles I decided to check out some toys that might play a theme in a book I’ve been outlining. Needless to say, I ended up not writing anything down, and did a little shopping myself. 😀

I’ve been feeling particularly adventurous as of late, and can’t wait to see the expression on my husbands face, when my purchases arrive.

But then  I began to think of the heroine in my new release. Poor, poor, Mercedes. Boy does she get an eye-opening experience with toys, stocks, and well, kinky sex altogether.

Have you ever ventured off to a sex store with friend or spouse? What kind of funny stories do you have? For one lucky commentor, you’ll win a digital copy of my latest novella.

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Here’s a sample of my latest release Stay With Me:

Mercedes popped an eye open to see the candle nearly burnt out. I don’t remember lighting this last night. Oh! The weight of a large arm wrapped around her, and the sheet hung off the edge of the bed. Alex! He spent the night.

He groaned into her ear as she adjusted her position. As she did so, there was a knock at her door. Mercedes gently lifted his arm and rolled out bed, grabbing her silk robe from behind the bedroom door and glancing at the time on the digital box, which read eight-o’clock.

Who the hell could be visiting so early? She’d paid the landlord three months in advance, and she hadn’t really met anyone to expect house calls.

From behind the door she called out “Who is it?”

“It’s me, dummy. Poppy and Brian.”

Shit. What now? “Poppy, it’s not really a good time. I was sleeping.”

“Just open the damned door. We won’t take up too much of your time. We just want to make sure you’re okay.”

Mercedes sighed. Reluctantly, she did as she was asked, and they made their way inside. “I’m sorry I don’t have any coffee, guys. I haven’t even been here long enough to go grocery shopping.”

“That’s all right, sugar. We only stopped in to see how you were holding up after last night,” Brian spoke up.

“I’m fine. Really. Though it was a shocker that Poppy would even think to invite me. But, as you can see, I made it home safe and sound, eventually.”

Never mind the fact that she had walked into a sick joke by Alex’s ex-sub—or whatever the heck she was called—Mercedes wouldn’t  forget last night any time soon. The moment she had a chance to take up the issue with Poppy, she would. But not until they were alone.

As she sat across from her company in the armchair, Mercedes clenched her butt cheeks and relaxed them. She couldn’t  get comfortable with the damned plug in her ass, and squirming or pouting wasn’t going to make it go away any time soon. Shoot! I forgot that was still there. “Is there any reason why this conversation couldn’t have waited ’til a more decent hour? Christ! It’s Saturday, and I had a long night, if you hadn’t  noticed.”

Brian smirked and peered around her to look on the dining room table where Alex had left his jacket. “You never told us you had company.”

“Well, that’s because you never asked. Last I checked, I didn’t realize I had to inform you.”

He snorted, patting Poppy on the knee. “You’re a cheeky one. I can see why you and Poppy get along so well. We’ll be on our way.”

“So soon? I thought we might all go out for breakfast,” Alex announced from the bedroom door, wrapped in nothing but the bed sheet.

Mercedes flushed like a child caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Great. Now, everyone knows the kind of things we’ve been doing together.

“Christ, Mercedes. There’s no need to be shy. We’re all adults here. Now, come in here and get dressed so we can go out for some food. After that, I’ll take you to the grocery store.” Alex nodded to his friend. “Brian, how about you and Poppy meet us at Alessandro’s family diner?”

Mercedes was so embarrassed by the chance meeting between her friends and lover that she couldn’t meet his eye. I can’t believe he just did that. He might as well have stood there naked. Mmm…now there’s a thought.

Alex prancing around her apartment in the nude made for perfect entertainment. Who needed art to hang on the walls, when one swift look at his impeccably well-kept form was pleasurable enough? Just how did I get so lucky? If someone would have told her a week ago, that she’d move back to her hometown and find herself in the arms of a handsome, built, and uber sexy gentleman, she would have called them a liar.

She wasn’t exactly the perfect zero, or whatever the preferred size of women was these days. She was a healthy size twelve, with large boobs and a generously curvy butt.

For years, she had struggled with weight loss and trying to keep up with the social norm. But no matter what fitness center she joined, or fad diet she tried, her svelte body always came back. She’d practically given up thinking that anyone would accept her body for what it was. That is, until now.

Ugh. Must think positive thoughts. Alex…naked…

She imagined reaching forward and yanking the sheet from his body. Damn. Today is shaping up to be a good one.

BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. When she isn’t devouring salacious romance novels or writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology, weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.

Layna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, creator of the Romance Author at Large blog, and is a monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut. For updates on her upcoming releases, or to leave her a comment, you can find at:

Blog: laynap.wordpress.com

Website: www.laynapimentel.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LaynaPimentel

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLaynaPimentel

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The many names for…

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FELLATIO.

Do I have your attention now?

In this position, what do you think she’s doing? Or, who for that matter. Is it a guy, or a girl, who is reaping the benefits from how perfectly posed she is.

Is there another guy or girl positioned behind her for some threesome action…who knows? All I know, is that the act of fellatio has so many names.

Today, I thought it would be fun to get you the reader, to share the different names that you might have come across to describe the act.

 

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Help wanted: I need character names peeps!

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Use this as a writing prompt too, but I’m needing some ideas for character names for a new contemporary.

It’s a BDSM series (4 books), and this couple is who the first book is about. Hero is a cop, and my heroine is a massage therapist.  Sounds like good times, eh? I know.

What do you guys think?

 

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BDSM: The Truth v.s. Fiction, or does it even matter?

Catchy enough title, eh?

So, here’s the thing; I’m an erotic romance and erotica fan. As an avid reader, I look for plots that aren’t stale, covers that make me gawk, and over course hero’s that totally rock my world. But often I’m reminded of how fake some of these fictional situations are. Or, are they really fake? How does one really know.

Personally, I don’t give a rats @ss whether the situations are real or not. If it’s hot, and the reader is left wet, frustrated, and ready to go, why should it matter.

I have friends in the lifestyle, and as it stands what goes in one club, might be a faux pas in another. While there’s similar ground to all, I think it’s a matter of finding what works for you.

I try not to over analyze the reality of a book. I happen to think that sometimes authors/publishers stress too much on “It isn’t real?”, “Don’t expect your book to sell like FSoG”, or “The scenarios are unrealistic!”.  Porn is fake, and guess what, it still sells, and at a ridiculous rate.

Before I go, I recently received a reviewers copy for author Ann Mayburn’s Ivan’s Captive Submissive. If you’re looking for a new BDSM novel to read, you’ll need to add this book to your list when it releases in November. Check out my review here: http://wp.me/p3ncbN-5Q, and if you subscribe to Hawt Reads & Dirty Talks blog, you’ll be in the loop of more recommended reads

Do you think about these things? Or, do you completely leave it to your imagination.

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