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Nov 17 2017 12:03pm

Christina Lauren Excerpt: Roomies

Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Roomies (available December 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

So what now?

Ahead of us, Lulu and Mark are trading small talk— about jobs, New York, weather.

Calvin and I are in a weird bubble right behind them. The wind is sharp and cold, and we’re bundled up, heading down the last block to Gallaghers Steakhouse, unspeaking. He’s a nice person, I’m a nice person. As our two dates have demonstrated, we get along just fine . . . but I’m sure we’re both reeling with the awareness that we’re married.

Married. Calvin is my husband. I am his wife.

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Sep 18 2017 1:30pm

Christina Lauren Spill on Autoboyography with Narrator Deacon Lee

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Last week, dynamic co-authors Christina Lauren published their Young Adult male/male novel, Autoboyography, about a young man in Utah who begins what he thinks is, at first, the simple task of writing a book in four months for a Seminar in his senior year of high school. Then a distraction in the form of Sebastian Brother,  the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class, makes Tanner realize that while he's learning how to write a book in Seminar, he may learn something else too—like how to fall in love.

The two authors sat down with Deacon Lee, the man who brought to life other Christina Lauren heroes such as Carter from Dating You/Hating You, Luke from Wicked Sexy Liar, and now Tanner in Autoboyography. They're talking about romance, sexuality, and the Mormon faith.  

But first, an introduction from the authors themselves:

Before they begin production on one of our audiobooks, Simon & Schuster Audio checks in to see whether we have a certain narrator in mind. For our latest novel, Autoboyography, we specifically requested Deacon Lee.

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Sep 12 2017 1:30pm

14 Authors Dish on the Dos and Don’ts of Second Chance Romance

Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection

Today we're thrilled to host 14 of the authors from RWA's Second Chance Anthology. We love second chance romances, but any time you're revisiting a past love there are a few guidelines that may be helpful. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

DON'T rush into anything. Was there a reason things didn’t happen the first time around? He/she might sweep you off your feet, but take a minute to breathe (or have a glass of wine) and think things through.

DO be up front. Make sure you’re on the same page and be clear about what you want—or how you want it. Ahem.

—from Christina Lauren, author of  The Fisher Men: Levi’s Story

DO learn from prior mistakes and aim not to repeat them. Reconnecting with an old love is an unique opportunity to have a 'do-over', and learning from previous missteps will hopefully lead to a better outcome!

—from Cassandra Dean, author of Scandalous

DO keep in mind why you got together in the first place.

DON'T assume he looks back on your relationship the same way as you.  

—from Tina Ferraro, author of One Hot Mess

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Jun 13 2017 12:00pm

Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren on Hate-Love Goals and Fangirling Over Each Other’s Books

The line between love and hate can be very fine, especially when you add in the extra complications of office rivalries! Christina Lauren recently released their office romance Dating You / Hating You and we're head over heels for it—but did you know they're also friends of another office romance author we're crushing on? Sally Thorne's debut, The Hating Game, landed on many Best of the Year lists, and has left us panting for more. Today, these authors are here to dish on all bookish things, love-hate, and office shenanigans. 

Meet you at the water cooler!

Writing often starts as a hobby—Christina and Lauren, even though you’ve been in the business for a while now, we know you’ve been working on this book longer than most people would guess. Can all three of you you tell us about the origin story for Dating You / Hating You and The Hating Game?

Christina Lauren: Dating You / Hating You was initially going to be a ‘standalone spinoff’ from the Beautiful Series, where two young professionals meet and hit it off the weekend before a job interview. They find themselves at the same office on Monday morning, and both meet Will Sumner from Beautiful Player, only to be told that he needs them both temporarily, and the permanent position will be opening at the end of the summer. Cue the competition.

But this outline didn’t last very long, and we adjusted it before we even began drafting in mid-2015.  We wanted the boss to be a bit of a villain, and that would never have worked with our beloved Will.

Incidentally, we’ve been friends with Sally for a number of years, and after she finished a draft called Hating Joshua Templeman she sent it to us to read. Only a few pages in we knew we wouldn’t be able to read it until we’d finished drafting because of the similar concept, but we hooked her up with Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary anyway, and the rest is history.

Sally Thorne: The Hating Game was a present for a friend’s birthday. I said I’d write her a short story and needed a prompt word to inspire me. The prompt word she gave me was ‘nemesis’ and it was a real lightning strike. I could see a man and a woman in a silent office, opposite each other, staring, a sense of tension and animosity between them. I started writing in every spare moment I could grab and couldn’t stop until The End, around six weeks later. It was my first manuscript that I got all the way to The End- everything else I ever started just fizzled out and are in the elephant graveyard in my computer marked ‘archive’ This story really wanted me to tell it- I just never imagined I’d ever publish it. I’m still in a state of shock.

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May 17 2017 11:01am

Christina Lauren Excerpt: Dating You / Hating You

Christina Lauren

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.
But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?
Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Dating You / Hating You (available June 6, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Get caught up and read Chapter 1, here!

Chapter Two

Michael Christopher finds me Saturday morning, paper open on the table, coffeemaker sputtering quietly in the background.

“Glad you didn’t try to drive home.” His voice is broken-glass scratchy, and when I look up, I grin at the sight of him in a blue velvet bathrobe hanging haphazardly open over a faded T-shirt and a pair of striped boxers. Atop his head, his hair reaches a campfire peak.

“Morning, Mr. Hefner.”

He swears roundly when his foot locates a handful of Legos buried in the fluffy kitchen rug.

[Read the full Dating You / Hating You excerpt...]

Sep 6 2016 8:45am

Beautiful: Exclusive Excerpt

Christina Lauren

Beautiful by Christina Lauren

The tenth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard.

A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Beautiful (available October 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.



I’ve tried not to be too bitter about the close friendship between clarity and hindsight.

Such as, only once you’re sitting for your final exams do you register that you might have studied a bit more. Or perhaps, staring down the barrel of a gun held in your face, you think, Gosh, I really was quite a wanker.

Or maybe you’ve just happened upon the white, thrusting bum of your idiot boyfriend as he shags another woman in your bed, and you muse with a touch of sarcasm, Ah, so that’s why he never fixed the squeaky stair.

It was the Pippa alarm.

I threw my purse at him mid-thrust, hitting him squarely in the back. It sounded like a hundred tubes of lipstick hitting a brick wall.

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Feb 1 2016 12:00pm

Wicked Sexy Liar: Exclusive Excerpt

Christina Lauren

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot...

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Wicked Sexy Liar (available February  2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

THE PLAN IS to meet Luke at Tourmaline Surf Park at two. Any other day this would sound like a suicide mission, but knowing it’s going to be packed gives me a small measure of comfort: maybe with a crowd of people around I won’t do anything stupid. I’ve gone so far as to make a list of goals for the day:

1. Don’t let Luke drown.

2. Don’t ogle Luke in his board shorts.

3. Don’t accidentally have sex with Luke.

I’m definitely going to focus on goals one and three. The only way to get to Tourmaline is by a road that winds down from La Jolla Boulevard and empties into the parking lot. It’s almost always crowded and I’m about to give up and park on the street outside, when on my second pass I spot someone leaving. I put on my blinker to thwart off any would-be thieves, and pull in as soon as it’s open.

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Sep 13 2015 11:00am

Dark Wild Night: Exclusive Excerpt

Christina Lauren

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense not to consummate their drunken Las Vegas marriage. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

…Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now…and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life…

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Dark Wild Night (available September 15, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He gives me his tiny mysterious smile and goes to the rug in the middle of the room and lays down in a giant sunbeam. The panel shows the girl, staring at the boy, her skin covered in licking, blue flames.

Oliver tucks his hands behind his head, crosses his legs at the ankle, and closes his eyes.

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Apr 14 2015 11:00am

Fling to a Thing: Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren

 Beautiful Secret by Christina LaurenToday we're thrilled to have Christina Lauren on the site to introduce you to the The Beautiful Series. The latest book in the Beautiful Series, Beautiful Secret, comes out today, and continues the series featuring high-powered men and the women who put up with love them! Christina and Lauren (fun fact: yes, it's two separate people) are here today to talk about the series that started as just a standalone project. Thanks, Christina and  Lauren!

When we signed a two-book contract with Simon & Schuster's Gallery in 2012, we wondered what in the world we should do to follow up Beautiful Bastard.  Writing Chloe and Bennett is a bit like watching cartoon characters take a swing at each other, and quite simply they’re a ton of fun to write. But even though we’re both fans of series that follow a specific couple’s journey over the span of several novels, we weren’t sure that was the right road for these two hot-headed lovers. As far as we were concerned, their story had come to a natural conclusion, and there wasn’t enough material for another full-length novel.

But we weren’t ready to let them go completely, either. So, we reasoned, what if Bennett had a friend—in this case that friend was Max Stella in Beautiful Stranger—and we got to tell a new story, while still giving readers a window into what was happening with our Beautiful Bastard.  

[So Beautiful...]

Nov 4 2014 10:45am

Dirty, Rowdy, Fun: 5 Awesome Tumblrs

Today we're joined by the writing duo of Christina Lauren, whose Dirty Rowdy Thing is released today. Christina Lauren's books are sexy, set in contemporary times, and the heroes and heroines are just as sexy and contemporary. So of course the authors who write them are interested in pop culture, from movies and television to books and other fun stuff. We asked them just what inspires them—and maybe will inspire you, too (or at least offer a really great timesuck). Thanks, Christina!

Mention Tumblr and some people may cringe. Another social network? Another timesuck? For most, this is the exact opposite of what they need. But for us, Tumblr is different. While we love twitter and FB for interacting with readers, writers, and friends, Tumblr is the one place where it’s not really up to us to supply the content. We can of course—through original music, text, photos or drawings—but it’s the way posts are shared on Tumblr that makes it amazing. We remember seeing a photo of Harry Styles dressed as Miley Cyrus for Halloween with over 400k notes. FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND. Ideas go viral and take on a life of their own, all with a single click of the reblog button.

Whether you’re into music, movies, books, clothes, cute boys (or girls), hedgehogs wearing beanies, whatever, Tumblr has something for you. We use Tumblr for getting info to readers and to follow the goings on in the world, but we also use it for inspiration. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that saying has never been truer than here.

[Truer words have never been spoken...]