Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tour Kick Off: Secrets Don't Make Friends by @Lyla_Payne #giveaway

Date Published: 11/17/2015

Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect. 

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her…unless her controlling, threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She’s floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there. 

Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they’re not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all – until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right. 

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? Definitely! It’s my full time job and I treat my writing career like a small business (with the hope that one day it may be a BIG business).

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? The hardest part of the process for me is digging into the first round of big revisions. It’s like staring at this quilt, and sure, it might not be perfect but it’s this WHOLE THING you created. A developmental edit letter is asking you to start pulling at threads until all you have is a pile of pieces to put back together. It always makes the book better, but it’s very daunting at the outset.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? I have two critique partners who have been instrumental in helping me start, build, and maintain my career – Denise Grover Swank and Leigh Ann Kopans.

#4 – What is next for your writing? I’m always working on something new! The second book in this Secrets series comes out March 15th (Secrets Don’t Make Survivors), I’m on book 7 of my Lowcountry Mystery series (my secret favorite!) and I’m writing a young adult book for my agent to try to sell.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? Of course! I’m currently reading (and loving) my first Ruta Sepetys book (Out of the Easy) and a research book, Ghosts: A Natural History. 500 Years of Searching for Proof.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:  Secrets Don’t Make Friends is a dark thriller about the bonds of friendship. Goodbye Earl meets Practical Magic.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? TEXT.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Paperback.

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series and the Lowcountry Ghost stories. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. 

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction--science fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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  1. The suspense aspect of this book intrigues me the most!

  2. This book is so worth the read! I was apprehensive with the DV aspect, but it is over fast and the rest really explores personal growth. I loved it!

  3. the secret they share intrigues me the most. it sounds very interesting

  4. My youngest sister loves both mysteries and suspense boos so this is a book I know she would really like

  5. This is a new author for me and the book sounds very intriguing, so I'd love to learn more!

  6. The blurb. Thank you for the chance!

  7. The blurb. Thank you for the chance!

  8. I am most intrigued by the intense and interesting story line and the complex characters. Totally looking forward to reading this book!

  9. This made me intrigued as to what kind of secret they share. Makes my wheels start turning lol.

  10. I'm intrigued to know what kind of secret could bind two girls together, who even after living together for two months aren't friends?