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Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake's educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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Leta Blake Hi, Penumbra! Thank you so much for your question! The sequel does focus on Matty and Rob. It continues their story in New York City with Matty pursui…moreHi, Penumbra! Thank you so much for your question! The sequel does focus on Matty and Rob. It continues their story in New York City with Matty pursuing coaching and Rob pursuing Matty's happiness (as always). It's definitely a kinky read and I'm not sure if I should blush or be proud to say that they certainly don't back down from their Training Season sexual shenanigans. :)

I do have other books planned for this universe. I want to write a third and probably final book with Matty and Rob as the main characters, but then I want to do a book on Angus & Bill, Elliot and his future love interest, and even a mixed het/gay book about Ben & his girlfriend and his gay bff and his love interest.

But we'll have to see what time allows. I have this first sequel and then five other books on the menu before I can contemplate that. Possibly six if I do a Smoky Mountain Dreams sequel in there somewhere. Gosh! So many books to write! :D

THANK YOU for the interest! I hope this answers your question for you!(less)
Leta Blake What a great user name! LOL! As for your question, well, I hope to write one, yes. I have one half-planned in my head. I know what the main conflict w…moreWhat a great user name! LOL! As for your question, well, I hope to write one, yes. I have one half-planned in my head. I know what the main conflict will be and how it comes about. The main issue is time. I have a full-time job, plus the mommy gig and the wife gig, and so, despite my best efforts, getting more than two or three books out a year is tough. I've got a line-up of books that I have half-completed and/or entirely complete that will come out first. (The list: Training Season sequel, a four book series that is mostly complete, and a priest/rockstar book I plan to do with Indra Vaughn this year.) But, yes, I do very much hope to deliver a sequel to SMD. Probably in 2016. Hopefully in 2016. Oh, to be able to write full time!!! *sigh* One day. One day, my friend. :D Anyway, I'm utterly thrilled that you'd want one! Thank you for asking!(less)
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Leta Blake’s Top Reads of 2019

In December, I always like to blog about my favorite books of the year. Because I do a lot of editing and beta reading, I recognize that can cause bias, so my only rules for this annual accounting are:


1) I read the book in the prior 12 months, and


2) I had nothing to do with the production of the book.


However, this year, I’m breaking this second rule for one book. Scroll down to find out wh

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“Honey, are you being safe?'
'I wear my seat belt, yes.'
'Does this Rob Lovely wear a seat belt too?'
Matty sighed. 'Mother, seat belts should be worn at all times when in a moving vehicle. Didn't you teach me that?'
'So long as we're both talking about condoms here, then I'll leave it.'
'Consider it left.”
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(Elliot) 'Oh, bitch. You've lost your ever-loving mind.”
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Leta Blake FREE SAMPLE! Will & Patrick Wake Up Married coming soon to Audible, etc. Will be available in .mp3 May 14 for $10 patrons. Check out the sample and find out more here: http://bit.ly/2E2efz1


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Leta Blake writing as Blake Moreno, with her darkest romance yet.

"This is a very powerful book. Dark, gritty, raw, and not easy to read. For an author to start a book out with such horrible darkness. To show us a humanity stripped of all its good and have us endure a Hell not many would survive and then turn it into a happiness we all wish we could feel just once in our lives? That's serious talent. I applaud the author and I do recommend this story." - Diverse Reader Reviews

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"Know that this is a difficult book, but the love story is incredible. Both Russ and Wade are amazingly strong characters. Nothing about what they go through is easy and would break lesser men. I loved this story and it has made it onto my reread list because it brought me to tears and moved me a lot." - Christi Snow, author of the Snowcroft Men series
"This is a great read, difficult at times but the characters' strength and love come out loud and clear." - Crystal's Many Reviewers, 5 star review

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"You're the strongest person I know.”

Wade Maguire and Russ Paulson are in love. After a year of passion and happiness, they’re buying a home and moving in together. Everything is rosy for them—until a jealous and insane ex from Wade’s past puts all of that to the test.

"I need to figure out if there’s a way to move past this. For both of us.”

After being kidnapped and tortured by his deranged former lover, Wade loses his ability to engage with his own sexuality or with Russ. With the help of a psychologist, EMDR therapy, and a sex plan, they work together to overcome the damage inflicted. In the process, they discover wells of love they’ve never known before.

“You never deserved what happened to you. No matter what you’ve told yourself. You only deserved love.”

As passion is reborn and their sex life reignited, Wade realizes a need to re-experience certain events in Russ’s loving arms. For Wade, the difference between pain and pleasure is love, and the difference between rape and rough sex is consent.

Dark, and yet ultimately hopeful, this story of true love and rape recovery contains many emotional and graphic scenes of two men making love, as well as some intense scenes of torture. Proceed with care.

The Difference Between is a 78,000 word steamy, graphic, intensely emotional novel with a strong happy ending. No cheating and no cliffhangers, just two men who fight for their love. STAND-ALONE


Mistress Book Lover Thank you Author Leta Blake for accepting my friend request :)

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SURPRISE! Happy Late Valentine's Day! Training for Surprises (4,000 words, Matty/Rob). For $1+ levels at Patreon: http://bit.ly/2l6fCCp


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Leta Blake I have a public post over on my Patreon account asking for advice about goals. Check it out!

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Leta Blake I've started a Patreon account where readers can score rewards like that access to works in progress (I plan to post the first chapter of my next book by the end of the week), access to my entire back catalog of books, access to future books and possible audiobooks, etc. In addition, there will be character discussion, book discussion, etc. Not every reader will want all the extras about the books, but for those who do, please check it out!

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Leta Blake Hello! I just wanted to drop a note about Peter from 'Pictures of You'. He is guaranteed a happy ending (a happily ever after) by the end of the series. I just wanted everyone to know that. In case anyone was worried. :D Thanks for being such wonderful readers!


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Leta Blake Y'all! Crystal is giving away ANY one of my books to a winner at her blog. Go comment if you want a chance to win! :D http://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/...


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Leta Blake Book recommendations, por favor! What I'm looking for specifically includes any of the following:
1) Your absolute go-to m/m book.
2) Good effeminate character in a m/m book.
3) Favorite nerd/jock trope, yay!
4) Favorite comfort read.
5) Best m-preg because I'm a contrarian and when people hate something, I gotta have some of it.

Anything else you think I need to check out! I've got a ton of books on my e-reader right now, but for some reason none of them are really speaking to me. I need to spend some money. :P


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Leta Blake Ingela wrote: " Nice to be friends Leta!

I just wanted to tell you that I liked your new book soooo much. Will finish a review tomorrow. ~ Have a great weekend!"


Aw, yay! I'm glad to have you as a friend here, Ingela. :) And I'm so happy that you liked the new book! I've been nervous about it since it's so different from Training Season. Makes my night to hear that you enjoyed it! <3


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Ingie Nice to be friends Leta!

I just wanted to tell you that I liked your new book soooo much. Will finish a review tomorrow. ~ Have a great weekend!


message 20: by Leta (last edited May 13, 2014 03:21PM)

Leta Blake Okay, Goodreads is so glitchy right now. On the main page, it shows The River Leith with 4 ratings, when I click that open, it shows 3 ratings, and when I click ratings details it only shows 2 ratings. That's the same number of ratings since Saturday, despite the other numbers changing over the last few days. The two it shows are a 5 star and a 3 star, but the average is 3 stars since Saturday, too? I dunna even know, you guys. So weird. And vaguely more stressful than just knowing that someone gave it 1 star or something. I should stop looking! *nods* (Psst, I probably won't. But I should.)


message 19: by Leta

Leta Blake Jeez, found more than a few typos in the ARCs of The River Leith that went out. *sigh* Lead/led even! Fixing these for the final. If anyone with an ARC sees something and feels generous enough to let me know, now would be an awesome time! THANK YOU!


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Leta Blake Round Two for January Author of the Month and somehow my name is still on the list! :D Vote for me here: http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.... *boogies down*


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Leta Blake Has anyone with a Nook version of Training Season had trouble with it? I've had to friends tell me they're having a specific problem and I'm trying to decide if it's some bizarre fluke with just them and their Nooks, or if I need to get in touch with my formatter about this. Let me know!! Thank you!


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Leta Blake I wanted to add Chimpanzees I Have Loved by Jane Goodall to my currently reading list but, alas, it's not listed here on Goodreads and I'm definitely not going to take the time to add it. It's great, though, and my kiddo is rapt!


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Leta Blake So pleased that my blog is finally updating here on Goodreads again! Wonder what the dealio was?


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Leta Blake Why isn't Goodreads importing my blog posts anymore? It's so odd because when I got to edit the blog, put in the feed again, it shows all my newest posts and asks if this is correct. I click yes, and...poof! The new posts disappear and only the old posts still show. So bizarre. Guess I should make time to try to figure that out? Argh.


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Leta Blake Solange asked me Five Award Questions and I gave Five Awkward Answers! Read the awkardness here!


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Leta Blake Bev wrote: "Thanks for the add Leta, and the nice freebie bondage chapter. Loved it. x"

So happy to have someone to read that chapter! I was sad when it had to be axed. :) Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!


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Leta Blake Bev wrote: "Thanks for accepting Leta. x"

Thanks for asking, Bev! Glad to have you 'round these parts and totally thrilled you enjoyed Training Season so much!


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Bev Thanks for the add Leta, and the nice freebie bondage chapter. Loved it. x


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Bev Thanks for accepting Leta. x


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Leta Blake Because some folks don't like reading the light letters on dark at the Cup o' Porn site, I went ahead and loaded the kinky, deleted Training Season scene (flogging, bondage, blindfold, yay!) HERE. I also added a second chapter showing the deleted morning after scene. So, there's more for your bang at that link for those who can't get enough of Matty and Rob.


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Leta Blake Hola! Super-hot Training Season deleted scene is on Coffee and Porn in the Morning today. Check it out! :)


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Leta Blake I'm excited to get to know you better, Jenni Lea! :) Thank you for adding me!


Jenni Lea Leta wrote: "Oh, my goodness! Thank you to all the amazing readers out there! Training Season has now broken even. That means that 10% of any sale going forward goes to the Gay Games! A truly inclusive event fo..."

Just when I thought I couldn't love you more I see this. You are an amazing person. Thank you so much for the friendship. ♥


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Leta Blake Oh, my goodness! Thank you to all the amazing readers out there! Training Season has now broken even. That means that 10% of any sale going forward goes to the Gay Games! A truly inclusive event for athletes!

Holy smokes, y'all! I'm amazed and honored! Thank you so much!


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Leta Blake Leta wrote: "I was thinking about Calling Pomegranate today with regards to the ridiculous dispute about whether or not women should write (gay) men. I think that anyone who read [book:Calling P..."

I love Calling Pomegranate. I still think about it every couple of weeks or so.


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Leta Blake I have officially had too much coffee. My emails are typo ridden and my hands are shaking. Off to see Frozen with my daughter. I've heard it's a good one! :)


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Leta Blake I was thinking about Calling Pomegranate today with regards to the ridiculous dispute about whether or not women should write (gay) men. I think that anyone who read Calling Pomegranate would find it indisputable that Nisha-Anne D'Souza has captured a male voice in a way that is at times amazing and appalling. (It took me awhile, but I have found my affection for Sean.) If you want to read a woman writing a decidedly male voice, give it a look. I'll warn you that it took me 25% of the way in to really feel anything other than appalled by Sean and his thought processes, but it was worth getting there. I think this book will end up being the one I think about the most in 2013 for many reasons.


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