We are delighted to welcome Layla Dorine to Sinfully as she celebrates not one, but two of her recent releases, Spider Webs & Cover Art and Roadhouse Reds.
Greetings and salutations, it’s a pleasure to have a chance to pop into the blog and talk about Roadhouse Reds and Spider Webs and Cover Art, as well as the theme of rootlessness and drifting that seems to run rampant in my novels and short stories. In fact, I was joking as I finished submitting my short for Wayward Ink’s Age is Just a Number anthology, that all of the couples in my short stories have met because one of them has been wandering for one reason or another. The same can be said for my debut novel, Guitars and Cages, really, in the way Asher tends to take off on his bike and leave home and family behind whenever things get rough. Now in Roadhouse Reds, there is Jason, who is torn between the desire to stay and a restlessness he can’t fully explain while in Spider Webs and Cover Art, Jace is left dealing with the fact that in choosing to leave home to pursue his music, he left his younger brother with the responsibility of helping to care for their disabled father at the expense of his own dreams.
I think the reason that travel and drifting is so prevalent in my writing is because of how much I love being out on the open road, seeing new places, experiencing new things. If I have a full tank of gas it’s a chance for an adventure and quite a few of my stories were started as hasty ramblings in a notebook in between driving from place to place.
My folks were military, so travel was nothing new to me growing up. Add in the fact that I always hated sitting still and I can easily see where the restlessness in my characters comes from. I’m not one to just kick back and watch a movie without having something else going on. Getting outside and heading to the woods, or a backroad, or making plans to visit a town, or research a haunted place, or photograph an old cemetery, these are the ways that I fill my time.
When I was in high school I was in a band, my dream was to hop in a van and travel from town to town playing our music and seeing the country one tiny venue at a time. It wasn’t a dream we were able to achieve but writing allows me to live it, vicariously, through characters like Jace. I’m less than 10 states away from my goal of seeing them all and I’m sure those adventures will find their way into stories too.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.
::: FREYA’S REVIEW :::
SPIDER WEBS & COVER ART
Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to a conversation about suicide and mental illness. A trip to visit an old friend who runs the tattoo parlor where he got his first tattoo soon nets him a conversation piece, in the form of a semi-colon tattoo, but the pain of grief is still overwhelming. Reconnecting with his band is an obstacle he’s not sure he can overcome. It takes some time away with best friend and fellow bandmate Troy Paulus to finally get him to open up and accept that the things he’s feeling are normal parts of the healing process. And if along the way, the two grow even closer, than that’s just a bonus right?
About the author
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
Prize: $10 WIP Gift Card