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Author: M. Leighton

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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There's Wild, Then There's You - A Wild Ones Novel

  • Number: 9780425267820
  • Release: 2014-06-03
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary, New Adult & College
  • Publisher: Berkley

He’s someone she can’t trust?

She’s someone he thinks he knows?

Violet Wilson is a wallflower. Shy, serious, and accident-prone, she’s got a bad habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The night she’s forced to pose with her friend might just be the worst time of all?that’s when she meets Jet Blevins. She knows better than to get involved with someone like him, but he touches her in ways she never expected, never wanted before.

On the outside, Jet is a typical rocker, an arrogant lead guitarist who unapologetically lives a wild lifestyle. But on the inside, he’s battling demons and using the stage to escape the troubles of his past and the addictions of his present. Until the night he sees Violet standing at the back of the room. She brings his life into focus. She knows his secrets. She’s the girl he can’t forget, and the one thing he craves more than his addiction.

But can they ever hope to have a future when their very foundation is nothing but lies?

There's Wild, Then There's You

Some Like It Wild - A Wild Ones Novel, #2

  • Number: 9780425267813
  • Release: 2014-03-04
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

First was The Wild Ones. Now, the next book in M. Leighton's Wild Ones series...

How far will a good girl go for the bad boy she loves?

Laney Holt is a preacher’s daughter. A good girl. Her only goal was to get married, have babies, and live happily ever after, just like her parents. Only that didn’t happen. The two people closest to her betrayed her, and Laney’s dreams came crashing down. Now she’s left with an empty space she doesn’t know how to fill. Until she meets Jake Theopolis, a daredevil with a death wish who has heartbreaker written all over him.

Jake has no interest in thinking beyond the here and now. All he wants out of life is the next rush, the next ?feel-good” thing to keep his mind off the pain of his past. His latest rush? Showing Laney there’s more to life than being a good girl?and that going bad can be so much fun. Her only concern now is how she can ever hope to satisfy the wild side of a boy like Jake. She’s looking forward to trying. And so is Jake.

If you love The Wild Ones, you'll be just as wild for M. Leighton's Bad Boys series which includes Down to You, Up to Me, and Everything for Us.

Some Like It Wild

Everything for Us - A Bad Boys Novel

  • Number: 9780425269862
  • Release: 2013-09-03
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.

Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for?a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems?except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape?or maybe even survive.

Everything for Us

Up to Me - A Bad Boys Novel

  • Number: 9780425269855
  • Release: 2013-08-06
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s ?bad boy’ reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.

Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.

Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life?and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.

Up to Me

Down to You - A Bad Boys Novel

  • Number: 9780425269848
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

One girl. Twin brothers. An uncommon triangle.

When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport?twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia.

Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone?a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable and intensely passionate?and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else.

However, Olivia is in for a surprise. These boys have a secret that should make her run away as far and as fast as she can. If only it wasn’t too late. A sensual game between three players has begun, and it’s about to spin deliriously out of control.

Down to You

The Wild Ones - A Wild Ones Novel

  • Number: B00AEDDR8U
  • Release: 2012-11-28
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

Passion as hot as midnight in the South and love as wild as the horses they tame. The darling daughter of a champion Thoroughbred breeder, Camille “Cami” Hines has a pedigree that rivals some of her father’s best horses. Other than feeling a little suffocated at times, Cami thought she was happy with her boyfriend, her life and her future—until she met Patrick Henley. “Trick” blurs the lines between what Cami wants and what is expected of her—and he just happens to be so sexy she can’t keep her hands off him. While they both know that Trick would lose his much needed job on the ranch if anyone finds out, they can’t resist the lure of their scorchingly hot encounters. But when Trick stumbles upon a note from his father, it triggers a series of revelations that could ruin what he and Cami have worked so hard to overcome. It turns out there’s more to Trick’s presence at the ranch than either of them knew, and secrets with the power to tear them apart…

The Wild Ones

Madly & the Jackal - Madly Series, #3

  • Number: B0085ZVOUC
  • Release: 2012-05-25
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

Madly & the Jackal

Blood Like Poison - The Complete Trilogy

  • Number: B0081TUVF6
  • Release: 2012-05-08
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Follow Bo and Ridley in their battle to save a love that transcends time, humanity, and the bounds of both heaven and hell.

Book 1: For the Love of a Vampire

Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo.

In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.

A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late.

The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?

Book 2: Destined for a Vampire

Ridley Heller thought that all her problems would be over if she could have Bo back—back from the dead. But what Ridley didn’t know was that her wish would come at a price.

Bo survived a condition that would have killed a lesser vampire, or any vampire for that matter. The only reason he didn’t die is because of who he is, someone Ridley doesn’t know at all. Someone Bo himself doesn’t know at all.

As Ridley gets closer to finding out Bo’s true identity, she discovers that loving him could also come at a price, a price much higher than she ever could have imagined. The question is: is there any such thing as a price too high to pay for Bo? For his love, for his safety, for eternity in his arms?

Book 3: To Kill an Angel

Ridley Heller thought her life would be perfect and trouble-free once she had Bo back. Unfortunately, she couldn’t have been more wrong. Learning Bo’s true identity has left them with their most difficult decision yet. They have two options. One, they can run away together and spend eternity looking over their shoulder, hiding from both God and Sebastian. Or, two, they can find a way to kill Sebastian. Ridley feels like there’s really only one choice, but killing Sebastian has a major down side for her—it will leave Bo mortal and her a vampire. She’ll be doomed to walk the earth alone for all eternity.

What will they choose? And who will have to die in order to see their goal accomplished? Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Blood Like Poison series, To Kill an Angel.

Blood Like Poison

Fragile

  • Number: B007S6DB2S
  • Release: 2012-04-06
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Contemporary, Young Adult, Love & Romance
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?

Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand. His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player. It doesn't seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him. But it's not. At least not until his miracle comes along.

The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head. And he didn’t. Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.

Miracle’s sick. Very sick. And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered. How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love? For just a little more time? For just one more chance? Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs? Or is it Hardy that needs saving?

*Contains mature subject matter. May not be suitable for younger readers.*

Fragile

Beginnings

  • Number: B007H9P7K0
  • Release: 2012-03-04
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, + Anthologies / Collections, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

From the star-crossed tale of Madly and Jackson to the heart-wrenching story of death and revenge in Blood Like Poison, this collection spans the spectrum of love and loss. Catch a killer and a soul mate in Wiccan, learn to wield elemental powers and find happiness in The Reaping, and choose your destiny with Cat and Tegan in Caterpillar. Come along for a wild ride through the twists and turns of M. Leighton’s imagination. Happily ever after is just a few pages away.

Beginnings is the first book in five M. Leighton series, compiled into one thrilling anthology. The tales are:

Madly (Book One in the Madly Series)

Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire (Book One in the Blood Like Poison Series)

Wiccan (Book One in the Wiccan Series)

The Reaping (Book One in the Fahllen Series)

Caterpillar (Book One in the Nine Lives Series).

This young adult paranormal romance collection is a great way to experience M. Leighton's work at a low price or gift a friend with hours of mind-bending, soul-searing entertainment. Sequels for several works are already available and many more are currently in progress.

Beginnings

Gravity - The Eclipse Series, Book 1 of 2

  • Number: B007AHH76G
  • Release: 2012-02-16
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Love is irresistible. Gravity is undeniable.

Holy men have foretold their birth for thousands of years. Supernatural creatures have awaited it for thousands more. Now, in the presence of an eclipse, three souls mature for a single purpose—to fight. They must fight for their lives, for their freedom and for the liberation of everyone possessed of a second nature.

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Peyton Giles’s world is turned upside down when she learns that everyone in her life and in her school is much more than they appear, she most of all. Peyton is the one person in all of time and history powerful enough to bring peace to the darkness and to the light. Not knowing that her powers could kill her, however, Peyton nearly loses her life only to have her brother’s best friend save it. Drawn to him in ways she can’t explain, Trace is the one person that she literally can’t live without. Her soul is tethered to her world through her connection to him. Without it, she will die.

For the most part, Trace Kramer has always steered clear of his best friend’s sister. Until now. He never would’ve expected that Peyton would hold his life and his future in her hands the way she’s always held his heart. But she does.

Peyton and Trace soon learn that love and fate aren’t easier than duty and destiny, at least not when you’re being hunted. Together, they are more powerful than any other creature on the planet—and more valuable—but apart, neither can survive to fight for freedom, for the only life they’ve ever known and for the lives of everyone they’ve ever met.

Their need for one another is undeniable. Their love for one another is irresistible. But can it endure all that they must suffer?

Gravity

Madly - Madly Series, #1

  • Number: B0064P9O34
  • Release: 2011-11-07
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural, - Short Book / Novella
  • Publisher: Independently Published

*This is a novelette that introduces you to Madly*

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

Madly

The Reckoning - The Fahllen Book 2 of 2

  • Number: B0061G3JJQ
  • Release: 2011-10-30
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Carson Porter thought she’d had one of her most challenging years to date when she began her transformation into a reaper, but little did she know her battle had only just begun.

Faced with changes in her boyfriend, Derek, the fear of her sister being able to steal her powers through mirrors and having to fight her every step of the way to rescue even one soul, Carson is ready to throw in the towel. Only she can’t. During a visit from an angel, Carson learns that her destiny is far more important than even she realized—and far more deadly. Can she dig deep within herself for the strength and the perseverance that she’ll need to carry out her mission? And will she have to do so without Derek or can she recover the man she’d once loved so desperately? Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Fahllen series, The Reckoning.

The Reckoning

The Reaping - The Fahllen, Book 1 of 2

  • Number: B004LGS772
  • Release: 2011-09-18
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Every hell has its devil. And Carson is about to become intimately acquainted with hers.

Seventeen-year-old wallflower Carson Porter has always dreamed of being something special, but what she gets isn’t exactly what she signed up for.

Yeah, a girl’s supposed to change as she gets older, but this is ridiculous! Shiny skin, greener eyes and a run-in with the flesh-eating dead are just a few of the changes Carson has to adjust to, not to mention the arrival of the very hot and very dangerous Derek Hrolf. If all that wasn’t enough to turn her once hum-drum life into something unrecognizable, a twin sister that haunts her from the shadows and a wheeling, dealing collector of souls will definitely do the trick. The question is: what will her life become? And what will she become?

**This book contains graphic scenes and some sensuality**

The Reaping

To Kill an Angel - Book 3, Blood Like Poison Series

  • Number: B005KOIVCA
  • Release: 2011-09-01
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Ridley Heller thought her life would be perfect and trouble-free once she had Bo back. Unfortunately, she couldn’t have been more wrong. Learning Bo’s true identity has left them with their most difficult decision yet. They have two options. One, they can run away together and spend eternity looking over their shoulder, hiding from both God and Sebastian. Or, two, they can find a way to kill Sebastian. Ridley feels like there’s really only one choice, but killing Sebastian has a major down side for her—it will leave Bo mortal and her a vampire. She’ll be doomed to walk the earth alone for all eternity.

What will they choose? And who will have to die in order to see their goal accomplished? Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Blood Like Poison series, To Kill An Angel.

To Kill an Angel

Madly and Wolfhardt - Madly Series, #2

  • Number: B005CKHYDE
  • Release: 2011-07-12
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Madly and Wolfhardt

Destined for a Vampire - Blood Like Poison Series, #2

  • Number: B0053HOIA8
  • Release: 2011-05-30
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Ridley Heller thought that all her problems would be over if she could have Bo back—back from the dead. But what Ridley didn’t know was that her wish would come at a price.

Bo survived a condition that would have killed a lesser vampire, or any vampire for that matter. The only reason he didn’t die is because of who he is, someone Ridley doesn’t know at all. Someone Bo himself doesn’t know at all.

As Ridley gets closer to finding out Bo’s true identity, she discovers that loving him could also come at a price, a price much higher than she ever could have imagined. The question is: is there any such thing as a price too high to pay for Bo? For his love, for his safety, for eternity in his arms?

Destined for a Vampire

For the Love of a Vampire - Blood Like Poison Series, #1

  • Number: B004XJ555O
  • Release: 2011-04-20
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo.

In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.

A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late.

The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?

For the Love of a Vampire

Wiccan

  • Number: B004P1J1MI
  • Release: 2011-02-22
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Where does evil live? Is it in the heart? Or in the blood?

Nearly-nineteen year old Mercy Holloway has a gift. Long ago murders play out right before her eyes when she passes over a place of death, but Mercy never thought that her unusual ability would interfere with her having a normal college experience. Until today, that is.

On her way to school, Mercy witnesses another murder--only this one's different. And Mercy's the only one who can do anything about it. Out of time and out of options, Mercy takes what little information she has to the police where she meets Detective Caleb Grayson. Grayson doesn't necessarily believe Mercy, he's just better at hiding his feelings than most. It's not long, however, before Grayson has no choice but to believe her.

As the two embark on a mission to solve a murder, Mercy starts having more visions. Only these contain messages. And they're meant for her. This powerful, evil killer knows things about Mercy that she didn't even know herself, things she never wanted to find out.

Body by body, Mercy discovers that her gift is not a gift at all, but a curse. And it's one she can't escape. It runs in her veins. Can Mercy and Grayson catch a killer and capture love? Or are they destined to fail...at both?

Wiccan

Caterpillar - Nine Lives Series, #1

  • Number: B004M18ZRI
  • Release: 2011-02-03
  • Author: M. Leighton
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Paranormal Romance, Horror
  • Publisher: Independently Published

Atlanta Realtor Cat Deen’s average life gets axed when she discovers that demons are real— and they know her name. Though some take human form, they can’t hide their wicked souls (or the nasty things they do) from Cat. One can even turn her insides to mush… but in a good way.

Blue-eyed Detective S. Tegan makes Cat’s pulse race. But she can see in his mind that he’s hiding something—and fangs are just the tip of the iceberg. With bodies piling up all around her, Cat needs his help to break her family’s curse. Only she can’t afford to trust just anyone, especially when she doesn’t even know his first name.

**This book contains some gruesome scenes--hope you like a little horror with your romance

Caterpillar

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