~Author Spotlight~ Layla Stevens

The Spotlight is on Layla Stevens today!

Layla has published numerous books – all of which are currently available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

I’m really happy to be able to share a bit about Layla and her writing with you today!

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What would you like your readers to know about you?

That I’m not your regular cookie cutter author. I write out if the box and love it.

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What inspires you to write?

My aunt Sheila was my biggest fan. She loved me no matter what. And she loved to read, then she had a stroke that left her blind and paralyzed. So my work was for her. She’s the one telling me what to write.

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Is there a genre you feel drawn to write or do you see yourself tackling a variety
of genres in the future?

I’m game for anything.

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Can you describe your writing space?

I write a lot from my cell phone. I know that sounds crazy but it’s worked for me so far.

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Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?

I actually dream about my books before I write them. As I said earlier, my aunt Sheila tells me what to write. I know this going to sound a little crazy but she visits me in my sleep. She’s passed away but I can still feel the connection

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What is your go to snack when writing?

Beef Jerky and sun flower seeds

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Are any of your books or characters based on personal experiences or people in
your life?

Yes.  Broken Love and Damaged Love are based on the life of someone very close to me.
Love Thyself, my transgender book, is based on a close friend.

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Do you have a favorite character or book you have written?

My favorite book is Love Thyself because I met my soul mate writing that book. And my favorite character is the one who is screaming at me the loudest

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Any hints as to what readers can expect next?

I’m writing a book called Casey’s Song which will be about a girl who finds out she has Cancer. It’s very close to home as I’m a 3 time cancer survivor.

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Tell us about your Street Team and or Reader Group and let us know how
interested readers can join.

My street teams name is #thisaintyourmommasromance
Come find me..

https://www.facebook.com/groups/layla.stevens.author/

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For new to you readers, what book would you suggest they read first?

Broken Love and Forever Bound

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When not writing your own books, who do you like to read?

OMG I’m a huge fan of my Co-Author RHONDA REUTHER. But as long as its a good story I’ll read it

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Share a random fact or two that readers don’t know about you.

I hate chocolate.
And, I’m scared to death of frogs

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Fun Facts:

Celebrity Crush? P!nk

Favorite Beverage? Sweet Tea

Sweet or Savory for snacks? Savory

What type of music do you listen to? I like it all but Jazz and classical

Favorite tv show? The Fosters and Wentworth

Do you have any pets? Yes, I have 4 dogs

Biggest pet peeve? I can’t stand a thief and a liar

Favorite vacation spot? Seattle, Washington

Morning or Night person? Night owl

Favorite sports team? Oklahoma Sooners

Hobbies? I love to color

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Expect the Unexpected

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Good news first or bad news first?
Would the good soften the blow of the bad?
After receiving the best news ever, Rebecca has to swallow the pain she feels from learning she’s lost the love of her life.
She has to pick up the pieces and move forward, but no matter how hard she tries, the sadness remains. Living without her love will prove to be the greatest and roughest challenge of her life, but what she has to endure will either break her or help her to realize just how much her life is worth. Will it be too much for Rebecca to handle or will her new found strength give her hope to push on?

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Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2wqZHEb

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Fallen Soldier, Risen Pride

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The Marine Corps defined Justice. She lived by the honor and knew nothing else. But redefining herself after a life altering injury will prove to be her greatest victory or her toughest defeat. 
Will she reconnect with the solider she once was? Can the help of someone so unexpected help or will she just be lost forever?

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Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2vNC7zH

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Love Thyself

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Have you ever felt like you were different, like you didn’t belong? 
Kellie Kingston knows that feeling all too well. She’s not who she pretends to be, instead from the inside out, Kellie is actually Kaleb. 
For years, Kaleb has wanted to break free from the reins of Kellie’s lifestyle. He knows he was born in a female’s body, but with a soul of a man. 
What happens when skeletons are forced to be kept in dirty closets? No one should judge a person by the gender of their body, but the passions found within their heart. 
Will the people of Kaleb’s community ever be able to accept him for who he really is? 
Will Kaleb ever be free to truly love himself or will southern socialite secrets keep him hidden forever?

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Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2vNdpPZ

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Forbidden Love Trilogy

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Claiming Claire synopsis: 
Longing for companionship due to her loveless marriage, Claire aches for a revival of her dead sex life– a real orgasm. With secrets not many are aware of, Dana is not your average doctor. Yet lately, Dana has been bored– until one day, SHE walks into her office. Dana NEEDS to claim her. Will Dana be able to open Claire’s eyes and prove that real love does exist? Or will her claim be denied? 
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Loving Claire synopsis: 
Claiming one another’s love has always seemed to be easy; however, loving one another through the good times and the bad is proving to be difficult. 
Will Dana and Claire have their happily ever after or will they allow forces to rip them apart forever? 
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Leaving Claire Synopsis:
This is love you don’t read about in fairy tales. Is there really a such thing as happily ever after? Proving that the challenges in their lives are worth everything just to be claimed, owned by one another. Dana and Claire will forever and always belong to one another, even if their love was considered to be forbidden.
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Trilogy Buy Link:  http://amzn.to/2wmAzAl
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Bound the Ultimate collection

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Broken Love & Forever Bound Synopsis

Kayla Ashby has a problem in real life dealing with her demons but at night, while she is sleeping she is no longer the scared little girl she once was. Are her dreams telling her who she really is? And can she break away from her fears to become that person or will she be forever bound by her past? Her heart is bound to another. She has loved him from the very beginning, but is she worthy of him and his love? Is it possible to overcome all those thoughts and dreams that hold her back and move on? Can Kayla overcome her abandonment issues and discover what it is like to truly love? Garrett Winters holds his feelings close to his heart. Keeping his true feelings deep inside, hidden from those who surround him, including the one who he wants nothing more than to capture. Lovers come and go, but no one else comes close to doing what they do for each other their bond is immeasurable. Will fate bring him to his true love or will he forever be bound to finding his heart? When they cross paths again, can their love overcome or will they both be forever, broken.

 

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/2emPzUX

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Damaged Love & Forever Bound synopsis
All Kayla has ever wanted is to feel loved. She has lived her life with the Stantons, feeling scared and unwanted. She has always wondered about her birth parents. How could they have given her up? Should she search for them? If she found them, would she be able to forgive them? Senator Seth Stanton’s image portrayed his love for his family. He has the perfect life—a loving wife, twin sons, and an adopted daughter. What more could he ask for? His life isn’t what it seems, and soon what should have stayed behind closed doors comes bursting through. His family is falling apart, and it’s all his fault. With the help of Dr. Patrice Doyle, Kayla has managed to cope with her demons. Dr. Doyle knows she has her work cut out for her, and she can see there is something special about this young lady who was once so broken. Can Dr. Doyle help convince Kayla she is more than damaged goods? With suicide, weddings, and new discoveries in the picture, will Kayla be able to heal? Or will she be forever damaged?
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Buy Link for the Series:  http://amzn.to/2vNx8Pr
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Tonight Only

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Addyson McNyte has recently graduated from the Police Academy, and will be starting as an undercover officer in Albuquerque New Mexico. She moved there after the death of her twin Athan. The night before she starts as a rookie, she wants to be carefree, and have one last hoorah. She wants to live just one night with No regrets, that is until she wakes up and can’t remember the night before. Can Addyson let loose enough to have one night only of carefree living? Kalen Drake is a super sexy U.S.M.C., he was wounded in action. But has chose to become a local cop who trains the new undercover rookies…
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What the Heart Wants

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Don’t ask. Don’t tell.” That was the policy in the military. Not only did Anthony have to live by it in his career but he also had to hide his inner desires from his wife. Not being able to love yourself, how can you really love anyone else? Living with this buried deep inside, Anthony soon finds his true passion needs release in more ways than one. All of Anthony’s feelings and pinned up emotions came to surface when he’s faced with his trigger…Trevor. Concerned by a loveless marriage and destroying the life he’s built upon, Anthony fears what effects his inner fervor may create.
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About Layla Stevens

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I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1996. I have a huge family who I shocked them when I told them I was writing my first book. I have had a love a reading since I was young. Reading has always been my escape. I can read and be a princess or a warrior. Reading for me was always something magical. And I hope to pass that on to you all. 
I’m very opinionated and have no filter. I speak my mind without thinking of the consequences. Does this get me in Trouble? Yes it does every single day. But I will not change. I march to my own beat. My mom says that I can be a one man band.
I am always willing to help out anyone who is in need all you have to do is ask. I never knew that writing a book would show me so much about myself. I have learned so much in a short amount of time. And I can’t wait to learn more. 
This past year has truly blessed me in so many ways. I was nominated on several blogs for best LBGT author, and guess what? I won on Coast to Coast Book Besties. Needless to say I’m over the moon excited because I’m firm believer in Equal Rights. So in my books you will find a little bit of everything. I’m not ashamed to step out of the normal cookie cutter box. I like to push the limits, and I love to be different. 
“Always remember to let your Faith be bigger than your fear.” ~ Layla Stevens 

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Connect with Layla:
Instagram @authorlayla 
Pintrest authorlayla 
Google + Layla Stevens 
Tumblir @authorlayla 
Twitter @authorlayla 
Like page 
Amazon page 
Buy Links Amazon 
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Layla,  thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me!

I love spotlighting authors and sharing the amazing work that they do.  You have an amazing catalogue of books to choose from!

Readers, make sure you drop by and visit Layla Stevens at her social media sites and pick up one of her books to read this weekend!

Have questions for Layla Stevens? Leave a comment and I’ll make sure she sees it!

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