Hi, everyone! My name is Leisa Rayven, and I’m an actor, author, guacamole enthusiast, and believer in true love.
My day job is as an author of swoony books about life, love, and all the ways we screw up those simple concepts. My latest book has just been released, and in case you’re interested, here’s the lowdown:
Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be … for a price.
As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is an escort with a difference. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, a bad boy with a heart of gold, or a sexy biker, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.
Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.
Desperate to protect his anonymity, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.
Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist Max’s romance-novel personas, but when he admits he’s falling for her, she must decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
“Mister Romance is officially one of my Top Reads of 2017! It was phenomenal!” – About That Story
“I think Max Riley may have reached a new level of book boyfriend that I didn’t know was possible.” – Paperback Reverie
“Move over Romeo! Max Riley is EVERYTHING and MORE. What a freaking unique story – from the plot to the characters. The writing is absolutely gorgeous. If you did not believe in true love, romance and HEA you will now. Mister Romance is no doubt one of the best books of 2017.” – AC Book Blog
“Leisa Rayven has penned one hell of a phenomenal story here, one that I’m so completely smitten with. With such complex and intricately laid out story line, the execution of Mister Romance had me salivating. It’s pure genius! Pure. Freaking. Genius.” – Read and Share Book Reviews
If you’d like to check out the hotness of Max for yourself, here’s where you can find him:
Amazon US: https://goo.gl/h0YRdE
Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/a1Wdga
Amazon AU: https://goo.gl/9fcSjX
Amazon BR: https://goo.gl/sViY5Z
Amazon DE: https://goo.gl/1btIjP
Amazon FR: https://goo.gl/IVW1Qg
Amazon IT: https://goo.gl/s3eRHn
Apart from my two main past times of writing books and eating guacamole, I’m also a huge fan of cake decorating shows. Me and my two boys, Kyan and Xander, are obsessed, and we’ve even tried our hands at making our own creations. They may not be as fancy and complicated as those made by professionals, but it’s an activity we love doing together, and even if it turns out terribly, we’re happy to dispose of the results afterward (in our bellies.)
Here are a few of our most recent attempts:ARK CAKE
This was one of our first, and represents the logo for Xander’s favorite video game at the time. (You’ll notice there’s a definite theme of video games in these cakes.) We were rushed for time on this one so we kept it simple. Still, Xanny’s friends were impressed.
This was done primarily by the boys, with me just guiding them and doing the lettering. Once again, not terribly complicated, so it didn’t take long. Two slab cakes stacked and carved, then dirty iced and covered in fondant.
(*NOTE: This may be TMI but I feel it needs to be said as some kids can become distressed the day after eating a cake covered in black fondant. Why? Because it turns poo BRIGHT GREEN. Like, seriously. We’re talking a fecal version of Elphaba from Wicked. You have been warned.)
MINECRAFT DIAMOND SWORD
This one may look simple, but making it an exact replica of the actual sword, along with having to measure all the tiny squares precisely was a total time suck. Still, Kyan was busting with pride over the results, and every single kid at his party whined that they wanted a diamond-sword-cake for their party, so I think it was a hit.
HEROBRINE FROM MINECRAFT
This one was by far our most popular, purely because of the size (it was almost as tall as Xanny), and added technology. If your kids aren’t into Minecraft, you may not know who Herobrine is, but basically he’s this supposed glitch in the system – a ghost version of the game devoloper’s dead brother. The urban legend is that he appears behind you in the game, usually in shadows so that his glowing eyes can scare the bejesus out of you. Then, you run for your life. (You know how kids love this kind of creepy stuff.)
Anyway, in order to facilitate his glowing eyes, we inserted small battery-powered LED lights into the sockets, and covered them in translucent plastic. Needless to say when we turned out all the lights and only his eyes were visible in the darkness, all the kids screamed their heads off. Ahhhh, good times.
Well, that’s about it from this amateur cake decorator. Huge thanks to the lovely Karin for inviting me to share. If you want to know more about me or my books, (or even my cakes), you can find me all over social media, as well as my website:
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!