Unfiltered

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Will be live on September 15th.
Synopsis:

Justine

I never will get my happy ending. With my past threatening to ruin the possibility of love in my future, I keep every man at arm’s length. Nick appears out of thin air, becoming a part of my life instantly, leaving me breathless and wanting more. The pain that haunts me is still present, but Nick is worth the risk. When he promises me forever; can I trust him?

Nick

Justine makes me see that a forever is in reach with her. She keeps telling me she is hard to love; yet I find it quite easy. Once I break down her walls, she finally lets me in. But, I have a secret of my own which can expose her to the demons that destroyed me in the past. However, with Justine, I will do anything and everything to make her mine.

 

Story is intended for mature audiences due to language and sexual content.  Warning: Certain passages in this novel contain depictions of sexual abuse.

Meet Nick:

Justine is my future and I can’t imagine a life without her as my future. She is nervous about the next step yet I won’t let her go that easy. “Are you really that uncertain of us?”

“No, it’s not that. I’m not uncertain of us, I am uncertain of me, of me ruining this by being well, me!”

Leaning forward, with an affliction of righteous anger fueling me, I snap, “I fucking hate when you put yourself down like that Justine,” Her eyes instantly shift in dilation over my brashness, which has never been shown to her.

“Whoa, buddy,” she says as a warning. “Don’t you see? I am scared that I will be the one to screw this up, that is all.” She asks, her hands shaking. I grab them to bring calm to her.

“I am doing all I can to show you I am not like those that abandoned you in the past. Don’t you see that?” I look away, trying to not attach myself to the hurt in her eyes, placed by others, but I am not the one who placed all that crap there. “I haven’t had a lot of long-lasting relationships. You once told me that you suspected Rafe stepped out on you well before you left him.”

She looks down, as if she was silently telling me she hates the direction of this conversation. “Yes, that is true.”

“I think this is affecting you more than you’re willing to admit. And sure, this relationship of ours is moving fast, but I think when you are our age, you just don’t care about the petty shit you do when you are twenty. We have something special, Justine.”

“Yes, I agree.”

“But you’re still scared,” I press for an answer.

“Hell yes, I am scared. You came out of nowhere right when I wrote off being able to love again.”

“You are too damn proud of a woman. You don’t have to act all macho with me.”

“But I have had to do just that for so long. Rafe was a shitty husband and a really shitty dad until Hildy came around. And how do you think that made me feel. He wouldn’t change for the kids and myself but with her, he did. Which I guess is good, she wouldn’t put up with the half-assed dad stuff. But he wouldn’t change for me. So yes, I have been on my own, even during our marriage, on my own.”

“And that has made you the mom and woman you are today. But more so, honey, that has affected how you let someone love you. I am not Rafe and you are not alone anymore.”

“So, what does that mean?” she asks skeptically.

“I’m not leaving you. I’m here and we are going to make this work because I love you. I can’t see growing old with anyone else but you. So please let your guard down when it comes to me.”

Justine is not one to cry but she has let her exterior hardness down and tears were openly flowing. “I never thought I needed to hear those words before, but it is such a relief to hear them from you,” she says.

I kneel in front of her and bring her to the floor with me. “Let me take on that burden. Can you believe me when I say I won’t leave you? No matter how much you push me away; you are stuck with me.”

“Yes,” she says as I embrace her. In that moment, I feel every worry receding from her body because she has found her person and I have found mine.

 

 

Justine will capture your heart with her sass but lovable attitude. Nick only wants to love her. Follow their life together in Unfiltered. Available 9/15 on Amazon!

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Unfiltered

After many years of this dream—Here is the reveal for my first book! I had so much fun writing this sassy character of Justine Hernandez. For more information, check out my facebook page—Succulent and Sassy Reads at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1257849247670788/

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Justine
I never will get my happy ending. With my past threatening to ruin the possibility of love in my future, I keep every man at arm’s length. Nick appears out of thin air, becoming a part of my life instantly, leaving me breathless and wanting more. The pain that haunts me is still present, but Nick is worth the risk. When he promises me forever; can I trust him?

Nick
Justine makes me see that a forever is in reach with her. She keeps telling me she is hard to love, yet I find it quite easy. Once I break down her walls, she finally lets me in. But, I have a secret of my own which can expose her to the demons that destroyed me in the past. However, with Justine, I will do anything and everything to make her mine.

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Coming 9/15/17

News Letter

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Hi everyone! I have been busy working on my first book for publication. I am very excited to unleash the unfiltered mouth of my main character on the world very soon. To keep up to date on everything Justine; I ask that you sign up for my newsletter at authorleighlennon.com. Along with following the newsletter; you will be privy to give aways and special offers.

I am also getting ready to send The Last Breath to my editor with a tentative release date of November 1st, 2017. If you have enjoyed Julia’s story; I will be posting more information on her release too!

I want to express thanks to all of those that have supported me. This is truly a dream come true seeing my stories in print. As always you can follow me on twitter and Facebook (Succulent and Sassy Reads) in my Facebook group page!

-Leigh

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New Blog

As I continue with this blog; I have started another blog that will showcase the talents of indie writers! I will showcase authors and their books on my new blog and ask you all to follow me while I bring attention to this industry.

You can catch my new blog at intoindies@wordpress.com

Below are the short list of authors I have featured or their review! Be sure there are more to come!

-Leigh

New Release

I want to showcase this new author. I have read her first book and I’m looking forward to this next one! Check her out; this newest book releases tomorrow! (6/22/17)

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Into Indies–A New Blog

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Hey, everyone! It has been a long time since I have posted. I am in the middle of indie publishing. It is not an easy road to travel but like I tell my kids, most things worth pursuing can be hard work.

Anyway, I want to share with all of you a New Blog I am starting to bring focus and light to the indie publishing world. Please check out my blog and if you can, sign up to follow it. It was brought forth with a passion I have for those that go against the norm in this business and publish books on their own. Please help me shine the light on the quality books in the indie market!

You can follow us at intoindies.wordpress.com

-Leigh

The Jouney in Indie Publishing

The Indie Tea

Sometimes you are not aware of what you are supposed to do until you are deep in the trench of warfare. When I was a young expectant mother, I read books about parenting and everything that goes along with it. However, it wasn’t until I was immersed in diapers, burping, nursing and the other thousands of little tasks that were associated with being a mom; did I understand what I really needed to do to calm this new baby I loved desperately.

I used this analogy because I have read books on writing and indie publishing along with resources that would give me tons of ideas to pull from. Just as my parenting story above, I had no idea what I was truly getting myself into as I started this process.

First let me start by saying I have had a lot more experience making mistakes than I have had with making the right choices. I take solace in the fact that I will hopefully have this system streamlined as I start on the second book in my series. It has been a humbling experience as I realize and accept the mistakes I have made and I work through them to bring my dream of being published to fruition.

With that being said, I wanted to spotlight a website that has given me many resources in the past several weeks as I piece together this process for myself. I am a big fan of Aly Martinez. She is an indie author I have been following and I enjoy her books. She is speaking at the Indie Tea Conference and during one of her Facebook chats; she mentioned it would be in Charlotte NC this year. That is in my backyard and so I searched for information concerning this event; not aware of what it even was.

In this little divine intervention, I found a plethora of resources that are as valuable to the indie writer as a stethoscope is to a doctor. Two indie authors, Whitney G. and Nicole London started the sight, wanting to inspire other writers trying to break out in the romance genre and they share what they have learned with newsletters and podcasts. This conference provides workshops and panels hosted by leaders in this industry.

On the site itself, there is a list of cover designers, editors, promotional companies, photographers and formatters. These are all vital services the indie author needs to publish a quality book, even if you aren’t in the romance genre. It has lent me so much information that I feel almost (and I said almost) comfortable now in this journey I have embarked on.

Check them out at http://www.theindietea.com.

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As always, happy writing to all of you!

-Leigh

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