The Thing About Mistletoe & Mr. Right

You may recall that last year, about this time, I released an ebook with Bloomsbury Spark called Mistletoe & Mr. Right – some of you have even read it! Now, here I am all pumped and excited about…the same book?

Not quite.

This pretty new HARDCOVER version of Mistletoe & Mr. Right does includeJessica and Grady’s story in Fanore Ireland. It also includes Christina and Cary’s story – one that takes place in London and follows two people who fell in love as teenagers try to figure out if they can do it again…or if they ever stopped. That second story is called Sleigh Bells & Second Chances, and it’s part of this beautiful book that you can go and find in real stores in your town.

I’ve published a lot of books, you guys, but I’ve never done this before now–seen my book on a shelf at a national bookstore chain. Never had readers sending me pictures from those same stores in their hometowns.

It’s a special day, and as always, I want to thank you so much for stepping onto this journey with me.

Below are buy links if you want to grab the ebook, or grab a hard copy online. I may be a bit biased, but I think it would make a great holiday gift for all of those romance readers in your lives!

Lyla Payne


Don’t forget to preorder Not Quite Clear (Lowcountry #5) – out October 27th!


Need a Little Christmas in Your July?

***Heather Markowski is the winner of my ARC! Thank you everyone for entering AND for sharing your stories – I’m almost in the holiday mood, now!!***


So, I don’t know how the weather is where YOU live, but here in the middle of the USA it is swelteringly, meltingly, humidly, BOILINGLY HOT. Now, I’m not much of a winter person, myself, but even those of us who hate bundling up on those cold winter days might be dreaming of a little frost, cocoa, crackling fires, and dinners with family about now.

What better time to give away one of my paperback ARCs of Mistletoe & Mr. Right (Two Stories of Holiday Romance)?? 


That’s right – there are TWO novellas combined in this hard copy version, and guess what else – Kirkus says “These fluffy yet sexy romances will wrap readers in warm blankets.” (Romance. 16-20)


Okay. In order to enter to win the paperback ARC, tell me the Christmas/Holiday tradition that you look forward to the most – especially when you’re sweating in the summer heat! I’ll choose one winner at midnight on July 26th so make sure and enter before then!

I’d also appreciate some shares if you have the time! Happy Christmas in July!


It’s time for one of my favorite things in the writing process, y’all – a cover reveal! For those of you who haven’t heard, Bloomsbury Spark is publishing my Christmas novella set in Ireland in less than a month!

Here’s the description:

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…but lust refused to settle in for a long winter’s nap.
She might be all nestled, snug in her bed, by why, oh why, do visions of the wrong guy dance in her head?

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they’re destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after. 

But it turns out his family–and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend–don’t feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most…and least.

USA Today bestselling author Lyla Payne wraps up the perfect holiday novella, ties it with a ribbon of romance, and tops it with a light dusting of snow. Perfect to curl up with under the tree. Just add hot cocoa!

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd THE COVER!


You can preorder Mistletoe and Mr. Right on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and it will be available November 20th on those platforms, as well as iBooks and Kobo!

So, I think it’s totally adorable – what about you?! Are you excited to meet Jessi(ca)??