Fifty First Times

As you may or may not know, gorgeous readers, I’m part of an amazing New Adult anthology that’s releasing on Tuesday, February 25th. It’s called FIFTY FIRST TIMES and contains stories from amazing authors like J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, Lisa Desrochers, Carrie Ryan, Sophie Jordan, Gennifer Albin, Alessandra Thomas, Julie Cross, and so, so many more.


The tales tackle a variety of subjects and types of relationships, but each will relate the story of a first time–what kind or in what circumstances, you’ll have to read them all to find out!

I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a bit about my contribution, which is a short story titled GOING FOR BROKE. It follows Tessa, who after learning her first love is set to marry a girl who is all wrong for him, sets out to break up her very first wedding. It’s a story about growing up, letting go, and realizing that even if love doesn’t last, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it.

Will Tessa succeed? Will Noel realize he will never love his fiancé the way he loved Tessa when they were little more than kids? You’ll have to read to find out, but I promise that either way, the journey will be an interesting one!

You can add the anthology on Goodreads here, or pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, or Kobo.

As ever, happy reading!


Find Out What’s Coming Your Way April 1!

Hey readers! As some of you know, I’ve decided to take a break from the lives and scandals streaking through Whitman University. The series is not finished, and I have promised a book from Sebastian Blair’s point-of-view – I assure you I have no intention on reneging on that!

I felt a little stale, and a lot like it was time to branch out and try something a little bit different. What came out of those feelings is a book that’s not a simple contemporary romance – although there’s plenty of sexiness offered up by my newest hero, Beauregard Drayton – and lets me explore some of the things I love best…history and ghosts.

In short, the first book in my new series, titled LOWCOUNTRY GHOSTS, will release April 1, 2014. It stars a girl whose life has been upended, leaving her a little angry and a lot lost, whose days get infinitely more complicated when she can’t shake a local ghost whose decided they should be best friends.

The title of the first installment is NOT QUITE DEAD. The synopsis is below, and the cover reveal is scheduled for March 1st (if you’re a blogger and would like to help with the reveal, please email me! lylapayneauthor at gmail).

A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.


When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new “I don’t give a crap” attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.


If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.


What do you think? Are you excited to take a new path along with me, because I hope to keep entertaining all of you beautiful readers for as long as you’ll have me!

If the book sounds like something you’d want to read, make sure and add it to your to-be-read list on Goodreads!