Spotlight & Giveaway: Laid Out by Sidney Halston

Posted August 20th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 34 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Sidney Halston to HJ!


Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Laid OutCain, Violet, and Jeremy grew up together in a military base. From the time they knew how to crawl, they were inseparable. When tragedy strikes, Cain is unable to admit to Violet that he’s been in love with her his whole life. Instead, he decides to do what he does best—run away. When he finally comes back to find that Violet’s been stuck in rut, unable to move forward, he tries to put his feelings aside in order to help her start dating again. But, helping the woman you’re absolutely and helplessly in love with date other men, doesn’t quite work the way he’d hope. When Violet finally makes her feelings known, he must decide whether he can let go of all the guilt he’s been carrying around for over a decade.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

“Hot and sweaty sex, that’s what you need,” Jamie Lynn, better known as JL, said as she threw clothes on Violet’s bed.
“Hot sex. Hot sex.”
“Shut up, Bird!” Violet’s hands were on her hips as she tapped her foot and scowled at her annoying parrot, appropriately named Bird.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Vale Tudo is a real form of underground fighting. It’s really bloody and gritty and there are no rules. It’s very common in Brazil. The translation is literally “everything goes”.
  • I cried when I wrote a lot of this book. It definitely has the humor of the other books in the series, but has a lot more angst then any of the others.
  • It was very difficult to write a character that barely spoke. Cain is my favorite hero and this is my favorite book of the series, but it was also the most difficult to write because of Cain’s lack of verbal skills.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Ohhhh I know. There’s one particular scene that they (Violet and Cain) don’t actually touch but I found to be very sexy and the tension was definitely there. If my dream actors can pull off the sexual tension in this scene, they’d be good to go for the rest of the novel. It’s a scene where the very shy and inexperienced Violet watches a few minutes of porn with Cain as part of his lesson on dating. Now that I summarized this, taken out of context it sounds strange but it went well with the story—promise.

Here’s a snippet.

The reddening of her cheeks went down past her neck and down to her cleavage, where her nipples were pebbled out in two pointy and enticing nubs. Her chest heaved up and down and he could see the vein on her neck pulse. When she had turned and looked at him almost shyly from under those long eyelashes, he’d almost thrown the laptop aside and attacked her lips.
She probably didn’t know what a turn-on that innocent look she gave him was. She wasn’t doing it on purpose; she really was that innocent. And he was going straight to hell, he had no doubt about it. His dick was so hard at the moment, he was afraid it would jut out and cause the laptop to fall down.
The small room suddenly felt smaller. The air was thick with sex, lust, and want. And like a moth to a flame, he continued the delicious torture by asking, “What’s turning you on?”
She took a deep intake of breath. “I’m not—”
“Do not lie to me.” His tone came out gruffer than he planned, so he reached for her and ran the back of his hand down her cheek in an effort to make her understand he wasn’t trying to be harsh. Her eyes were focused on the screen, where the actor….


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Sometimes there’s just no way to move forward until you forgive. LAID OUT is a story of forgiveness. Not just forgiving someone else but forgiving yourself. Understanding that you can’t change the past but you can change the future if you take the plunge and decide to move forward.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I just finished writing Jamie Lynn/Enzo’s book, Fighting Dirty (Book 5 of Worth the Fight series) which comes out late 2015. I’m currently writing the final book of the series, Travis’s book, which should be out in the early part of 2016.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

As an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.

Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.

Meet the Author:

Sidney HalstonUSA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It”–Nike. And that’s exactly what she did.

After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader first and a writer second. When she’s not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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34 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Laid Out by Sidney Halston”

  1. Mary Preston

    I rarely forget or even forgive. Like you it takes a lot to bring me to that point though.

  2. lavendersbluegreen

    Forgive and forget… ALOT. Then I am at a point where I am like… “hmmm, I think we have done this one too many times.” That is that. If you have peeved me to that point…. whew!

  3. Tuesday C

    I’m a bit of a grudge holder as well, not a trait I am proud of but I also am very good at trying to see things from others perspectives so it usually takes quite a few transgressions for me to hold a grudge but I do eventually get over things, because it just takes too much energy to be mad.

  4. marcyshuler

    My father was verbally and physically abusive to my siblings and I, and while I was able to forgive him before he passed away I will never be able to forget.

  5. Jen B

    I’m not really sure, I’d like to think I could forgive, but I think I’d have trouble forgetting and trusting again.

  6. belindaegreen

    I’m sort of like you. I let you hang yourself. It takes a lot to make me go there. Once I get there It’s tough for me to forgive and forget. Trust is broken and tough for them to get it back. That’s why I try to find avenues around that step. However, I’m no pushover. I do give lots of warning signs— ignored them?….well.. 😀


  7. Amanda Thompson

    I’m not much of a grudge holder. I’ve tried to hold grudges but it never works. I guess I’m too much of a happy person.

  8. debby236

    I am not sure if I am a forgive and forget person but rather let’s move on and never forget.

  9. kamundsen44

    Childhood trauma is something that you can’t forgive atleast I can’t but I do go on with my life. Awake I’m ok. Sleeping well the brain never lets me forget.

  10. glam009

    well I forgive but no forget, it hurt. but I try to forget, try to not carry that heaviness in my heart…but is very hard….deep I hold grudge.


    Thankbyou for having me here, HJ. I’m reading all the comments above. I’ll let you all in on a secret, I wrote the book, and yes it’s about forgiveness but personally no one can hold a grudge like I can. I can learn a lot from Violet.

  12. mrsmac19

    I tend to forgive most minor transgressions pretty quickly, but I don’t forget them! I don’t typically hold a grudge, but it’s difficult for me to trust again.

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