I first met Layna when she interviewed me September 2011. At the time, she was in the process of writing and publishing her books, and I’m happy to finally return the favor. Her gorgeous first book is A Gift From Fate, and just earlier this week, she released Hardened Desire.
Layna is a fellow Canadian, a gracious woman, and an extremely supportive author. Please make her feel welcome and learn more about her books.
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What is Layna working on next?
I’m working on the second installment of my Pleasure Garden Follies series, A Sinful Education. The series takes place in the regency era and is going to be super hot. The first book Scandal at Vauxhall will be releasing this July, so make sure to stop by my site for latest updates.
Read about Hardened Desire here.
Now, let’s discover Layna’s debut novel, A Gift From Fate.
After colliding with a stunning vision in white, retired Staff Sergeant Brent Daniels offers to drive the beautiful stranger to a hotel for the night, but instead discovers he’s with one very lost creature. He’s bewitched by her sinful curves, her dark and mesmerizing eyes, and the pull at his soul with each minute passing. Nevertheless, he can’t shake the feeling she’s hiding something.
Melpomene, daughter of Zeus, finds her handsome rescuer resembles the man who has continuously haunted her dreams. Before long, she’s in his arms, wanting more. Knowing their days are numbered, desperation leads her to reach out for help by an unlikely ally.
Just how far will these two lovers go, and what will they sacrifice to be together?
“My name is Melp—Mel Pomene.” She’d nearly given herself away. Zeus, her father, would have heard had she whispered her name. Her father. Heavens, he’d turn the mortal realm upside down if he suspected she was here. And right now, she desired nothing more than to stay a little longer. With any lucky, I’ll return before he notices.
“Well, Mel, it’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Your last name is rather unusual. I assume you’re not from these parts?”
His question silenced any thoughts drifting through her mind at that moment. A new kind of tension rose within her. She couldn’t disclose her origins or who she was. Guilt settled in her stomach for leaving her sisters behind, but she wasn’t given a choice. The Fates dropped her here, only mentioning an experience for three days…provided Zeus didn’t find out. Only the Gods knew what he’d do if he found her cavorting around without a proper escort.
“Earth to Mel? Are you all right?”
“Yes, I am. I’m just thinking of home, which is Greece. I’ve come to the United States for an adventure, it would seem.”
He chuckled before she’d finished speaking.
“What is so amusing?”
“The mere mention of seeking adventure after getting lost is rather comical, nothing else, sweetheart.” He removed his right hand from the wheel and petted her knee. The warmth of his hand stirred an unfamiliar emotion within. This was the man from her dream. Those hands had touched parts of her body no mortal would have dared, and here she sat, wishing he’d do more than pat her.
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Inside Layna’s Mind
[eden] Happy you’re here Layna, and congratulations on both your books! So tell me …
What turns you on creatively? Sexy images; slow, deep and sensual music; my husband in his chef uniform. What can I say? He’s got a nice ass.
[eden] Haha! Sweet.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is having the opportunity and freedom to pursue my dreams.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? For the sake of keeping things brief here is just a few examples: “had”, “that”, “was”, “just”. Oh, wait, I can’t forget the word “it”.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Hmm… that’s a tough one. I think a man who has the courage to express his ‘feelings’ is one to be admired the most. Sometimes words don’t come easy, but a simple touch can go a long way to show their affections.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? The strength to move forward on their own. Whether a woman is leaving a relationship and taking her children with her, or simply breaking gender roles with employment, there’s much to be said about the courage it takes to break free.
What is your greatest regret? Not seeking out the advice of a freelance editor much sooner. They’re worth every penny they quote.
[eden] Agree. A good editor should be included in every writer’s toolbox.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing. If I changed anything, then I wouldn’t be unique. I’d like to think my family would agree, though they might wish for me to lose my OCD tendencies when it comes to folding laundry and the way the dishwasher is loaded. LOL
What is your greatest fear? Other than snakes and spiders; I dread being alone.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I always did want to go back to school for Archaeology. I have the utmost fascination with museums and researching things of the past.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Okay, so this is totally going to be funny for some people and for others not so much. A flogger. Yes, I said flogger. To be the instrument of bringing someone immense pleasure would be an honor. But then again, wouldn’t chocolate have the same effect, sans the welts?
[eden] You’re the first person I’ve interviewed to give this answer!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My daughters.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Negativity. I love to surround myself with optimistic, yet realistic people. I don’t believe in fluffing up ugly truths, and I’m not saying you have to be happy 100% of the time. At the end of the day, we’re all responsible for our own happiness. And if you aren’t willing to come up with a solution, then one can shove that negativity where the sun don’t shine.
[eden] Nice, spoken like a true optimist.
What is your greatest extravagance? My books first, and then my shoes.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I would LOVE to travel to Europe and visit all the great castles. Maybe even camp out a night or two, in any supposed haunted castles.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? I adore Sarah Brightman. She’s fascinating, versatile, and incredibly powerful. Did you know she’s been approved recently for cosmonaut training? Pretty fantastic, I know!
[eden] I did not know that!
What are some of your favorite curse words? I’m Portuguese, so the obvious words would be: Cabrao, Foder, Puta, porra. Ordinary, but they’re used frequently.
[eden] Did you know I live in the Portuguese area of Toronto? You must come visit for some BBQ Churrasqueira,
Tell us your motto. You only live once, so just do it.
[eden] Well said Layna. Thanks so much for granting me this interview. It’s been a pleasure to learn more about you.
Readers, please say “hi” to this lovely woman and connect to her. She’s a great addition to your social network.
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Connect to Layna
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, and is a monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut. For updates on her upcoming releases, or to leave her a comment, find her at all her virtual homes:
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