Thursday, July 16, 2015

Author Spotlight: Lyssa Layne

About Lyssa

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also the wife to Matthew, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

1. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? How long did it take you to write it?
After finding the world of indie writing in the fall of 2013, I decided to start writing. After gruesome months on a critique site, I finally decided my first book, Love is a Fire, was ready and I hit publish in May 2014.

2. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is trying to not sound repetitious and finding time to write all the stories floating around in my head!!!! Oh and patience!!! Patience to finish, hear back from beta readers, my editor, for reviews, etc...

3. Of all the characters you've written who is your favorite/least favorite and why?
Favorite-Tate James from Fear of Striking Out. Gah, he is one sexy man who looks great in a pair of baseball pants! Not to mention, he's totally sweet and overprotective which always makes me weak in the knees. Grant Adamson from The Right Pitch would be a close second... it must be those baseball pants!
Least-Asher Tomko from Fear of Striking Out is just a horrible man, nothing more really needs to be said.

4. What has been the toughest criticism giving to you as an author? What has been the biggest compliment?
Criticism-When I told my family that I was going to publish a book, two of them said, "be ready for the reviews." It was really disheartening but I did it anyways. Sure, not every review is great but as long as one person enjoys my books then I'm a happy writer. The other tough criticism would be from my mother asking about the sex scenes and making a huge deal out of it. That alone is enough to want to crawl in a hole and never hit publish again!!!
Compliment-Being called Mrs. Nicholas Sparks!

5. What do you consider your best achievement to date? My wonderful Lovers of Lyssa Layne! I haven't won any awards or hit a bestselling list but the L.O.L.L. are my motivation and reason to keep pumping out books for them.

6. Give us five interesting/unusual facts about you....

1. I hate coffee (although most of my characters love it!).
2. My book Everybody's After Love is loosely based around my husband and me.
3. Mia's Reese's S'mores in Fear of Striking Out are the bomb!!! After you've had it once, it's seriously the only way to eat a s'more.
4. I love peanut butter!!!!!!!!!! If you want to know the way to my heart, make me a peanut butter pie.
5. When I was younger, I set a goal to visit all seven continents. I've visited three-North America, Europe, and Africa.

Social Links
Twitter: @layne_lyssa

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Books by Lyssa

Burning Lovesick Series

Love Is A Fire

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house down, you can never tell.” -Joan Crawford

Dr. Katy Malone has sworn off love after losing those she loves most in her life including her father, a member of the FDNY. She has decided to spend her time focusing on her medical research. Her ex-fiancée, and fellow doctor, isn't ready to give up on loving her though.

Firefighter Nick Garrity is on a search for the future Mrs. Garrity. As he pushes thirty, with no prospects in sight, he's afraid he'll never find her. A devoted member of FDNY, he loves the thrill of his job and the satisfaction it brings him. He strives to teach the proby firefighter, Patrick Doyle, the ropes and pass on his passion to him.

When Doyle tries to impress the guys on the crew, he ends up in the care of Dr. Katy Malone. One look at Dr. Malone and Nick knows he's found his future wife but can he convince her to love again?

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Burst Into Flame

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

-Albert Schweitzer

For Dr. Katy Garrity, life is a whirlwind, and the New York Fire Department is the heart of the storm. After claiming so many people she loved, including her own husband, Katy is left adrift, trying to keep up with a busy career, a baby son, and her loving extended family. Her only anchor is Jesse O'Neil, her late husband's best friend. The charming former playboy has put his entire life on hold to care for Katy and her son. It's inevitable that sparks will flare between them, but all of life seems to be conspiring to keep them apart. Especially Katy's own heart, which shies away from trusting another firefighter. Will the flames of passion burst into a lifetime of love? Or will secrets burn away their connection, causing Dr. Garrity to be burned again?

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The Right Pitch

“Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off ... the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases.”
-Rick Maksian

Colie Adger is trying to make it in the big leagues as an athletic trainer. Working in a man's world isn't easy but Colie has the help of Grant Adamson, a veteran pitcher on her team that has her back through the good, the bad, and the oh-so-ugly times.

Colie's elated when big time pitcher Jace Richards, her former crush, comes back into her life. This time, he wants it all, with Colie front and center.

Grant thinks Jace is too good to be true and doesn’t trust his rival with the heart of his trainer. Voicing his opinion, Grant steps to the side and lets Colie follow her own path. Colie is torn between Jace's lavish attention and the common sense of a solid friend.

Throughout the season, Colie must figure out how to make the best decisions for all the men in her life—both on and off the field. As good as she is at making decisions for others, can Colie figure out her own heart and hit a homerun off the right pitch?

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Fear of Striking Out

Shortstop Tate James has been traded from the all-American town of Milwaukee to the trendy City of Angels.

Pink hair, manscaping, dogs in purses... not his thing. This ball player is less than excited about his new hometown. That is until he crosses paths with beautiful Mia Tomko. She lets him know that not all L.A. women are just after fame and fortune.

As Tate and Mia find that their interest in each other isn't the only thing they have in common, neither are prepared for what their future holds.

When someone from both of their pasts arrives, will it tear them apart or make them closer?

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Everybody's After Love

Jules Rossi’s world is about to be turned upside down when her big brother, Paulie, announces his engagement. Having been raised by her brother after their parents died, she’s used to him being her knight in shining armor and isn’t ready to share him with anyone else.

Throughout all the wedding festivities, Jules’ path continues to cross with Paulie’s future brother-in-law, Bentley Ladner. Bentley soon begins to take on Paulie’s role in Jules’ life, which neither of the Rossi siblings is too sure about. Can Jules cope with the secrets Bentley is keeping? Or will she lose his support when she finally decides to give love a chance?

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My Favorite What If

One year after Jacob "Smitty" Smith is stood up at the altar, his good friend Jules encourages him to redeem his honeymoon package before it expires. Reluctantly, he agrees, and finds himself sitting beside free spirit Sloan Talbott, who is attending her sister's destination wedding at the same resort. Both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?

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Until You Fall In Love

Single mom Jordan Glastetter doesn't know how she'd survive without her best friend, Abram Tomko. He's the father her son never knew and he's the rock she's always leaned on. When Abram's father suffers a heart attack, it's Abram's turn to depend on Jordan, finally seeing her as the woman she's become and not the little girl he grew up with. Will they risk their friendship for a chance at love?

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Coming Soon!!!

Loved By The Linebaker 
Releasing: August 4th, 2015

***This is a continuation of the novella Loved by the Linebacker in the Score One For Love Boxed set.***

In a man's world, Camila Lemos is one of the top sports agents in the market. The athletes beg for her attention, not just for business, but in the bedroom as well. However, feisty Brazilian beauty Camila is more than meets the eye and refuses to become involved with any of her clients, no exceptions.

Linebacker Evan Purser is the newest man in his family to join the NFL. Guided by his older brother and fellow teammate, he signs with Camila. Once the agent and the linebacker meet, anything but sparks fly.

As the tension rises, so do the feelings for one another, but neither will admit it. Evan can’t let go of the past. Camila’s not sure she can risk her reputation for love. When the walls are broken down, will a touchdown be scored or will it be yet another fumble for both?

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Another at Bay
Releasing: October 2015 

Pitcher Jace Richards had it all. Fame, status, money, and the perfect girl but it wasn't enough. Unable to curb his gambling addiction, he lost everything. Now banned from the MLB, he's struggling to get his feet back on the ground.

Laurel Darbis is the mom to ten-year-old Grey. Her son is her world and she'd do anything for him, including putting up with her cheating ex-husband, Adam. He doesn't make things easy on her but with her friends and family by her side, she has a strong support system to help her deal with his petty drama.

Grey is about to start baseball with his friends but their coach backs out at the last minute. All of the parents are thrilled when the new coach arrives, everyone except Laurel.

Can the former bad boy tame his ways for the sake of his players? Will the protective mother let down her guard? Either way, no one will ever expect what happens when the two match up.

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