Guest Post: It all started with… by Laydin Michaels and a book giveaway

I know it’s not technically Friday, but since it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow in the US, I decided to take a five-day weekend. And I need it. A little over a week ago, I moved from Dublin to London. To be blunt, I’m exhausted and a long weekend is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Before I take a break, I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Bold Strokes Books author Laydin Michaels.

She’s giving away two copies of Captured Soul. One winner will receive a paperback copy and the other will get the e-book version. More details about the giveaway are below.

Please welcome Laydin Michaels.


Life is a journey. Sometimes the road is smooth and effortless, sometimes it’s full of bumps and pot holes, but it always ends in the same place.

My journey has been full and fluid. I look at the bumps as challenges overcome and the road ahead as bright and wonderful. Some of my friends sigh and roll their eyes at my outlook, but I’ve always believed that life is what you make of it. That’s how I feel about my writing, as well.

When I wrote my first manuscript, I was so driven to get the words down that I failed to even put in chapter breaks. I just had to write it down. As you can guess, this sorry file of words never saw the light of day, but it led me to the next smooth section on my life’s road, my home at Bold Strokes Books.

My novels aren’t for everyone, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, you’ll love them. I do my best to create villains who make you cringe, but whose motivations make sense in a dysfunctional way. I want you to feel their angst and know why they do what they do. You won’t love them, but you’ll love hating them.

I write for me, there’s the simple truth. I see something strange, like a suitcase in a garbage can where it shouldn’t be, or a bag falling from a moving trailer and my mind starts going “what if?” Then I’m gone. I create the world and players in my head and let my imagination have free reign. It is a great feeling to bring that all into a book, to see my wild imagination brought to life on my computer screen.

Then my editor chimes in and what was fun and exciting becomes work. Hard, painful, but rewarding work. With the skillful help of my editor we mold my fantasy into a complex and vivid story that grabs the reader and won’t let go.

If you have the will and courage to read one of my books, you’ll know what I mean. I only ask that when you do, you remember that it all started with a bump or a dark hole or a black bag slipping from a moving trailer…

My latest release, Captured Soul, is set in New York, centering on the art world. I hope you’ll take a chance on it.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for the opportunity to share, T.B. Markinson.



E-book $9.99
Paperback $16.95
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Intrigue & Thriller / Romance

Kadence Munroe heals her broken heart by painting, and she’s about to have her first big gallery show. The excitement is dampened by the fact that Sheva, the woman who destroyed her last relationship, is also showing at the gallery. Sheva’s bronze figures are amazing, so lifelike and enthralling, but something about them repels Kadence.

Gallery director Mallory Tucker is still struggling to win her mother’s approval, and this new show might just be the key. Her rocky relationship with Sheva is the only aggravation. Mallory knows she should just end it, especially as the new artist, Kadence, has sparked her interest.

Sheva knows she has a gift. It’s undeniable that her bronzes are captivating, imbued with soul. She’s found the perfect way to capture the essence of human emotion, and it’s a secret no one can ever know.

Bold Strokes Books / Amazon US /Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon AUS


Laydin Michaels is a native Houstonian with deep Louisiana roots. She finds joy and happiness in the loving arms of her wife, MJ. Her life is also enriched by her son, CJ, and her four fur children. Her love of the written word started very early. She has been a voracious reader all her life.


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  • 2 winners
  • Value:
    $9.99 (e-book) or $16.95 (paperback)
  • Prize:
    1 signed copy of CAPTURED SOUL; 1 e-book copy of CAPTURED SOUL

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Thanks so much Laydin for stopping by today.

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

For all my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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