If you haven’t noticed by now, When It’s Love has a brand new, hot, and sexy cover. The cover was done by the very talented Regina Wamba of Mae I Design, just in time for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the new cover release and the most romantic day of the year, I’ve teamed up with #1 Bestseller MJ Summers, author of Break In Two, for a special giveaway.
We’re giving away two Sephora gift cards. Enter below for your chance to win a $50 Sephora Gift Card or a $25 Sephora Gift Card.
Break In Two and When It’s Love offer up some of the hottest book boyfriends around. Why not enjoy them – and some great new makeup – now?
To celebrate When It’s Love’s climb into Amazon’s TOP 100 in contemporary romance, I’m hosting an Amazon giveaway. You guys made this achievement possible and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Thank you, dear readers.
In honor of Sydney’s sexy Christmas Eve, I’m giving away a free copy of WHEN IT’S LOVE!
Release day is here! This is a huge milestone in my life – the release of my debut novel, When It’s Love. Writing this book was a giant effort, and I’m really proud of myself for pulling it off. It was a lot to tackle on top of family and a full time job!
I’m thrilled and honored that my first readers have enjoyed When It’s Love so much. Here’s what other authors are saying about it:
“WHEN IT’S LOVE” is an engrossing story full of passion and secrets. I devoured it in one sitting.” – New York Times Bestselling Author Teresa Mummert
“Emma Lauren is an amazing new voice that you must read. Her writing breathes fresh life into the new adult genre. I can’t wait to see what she does next!” - New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye/ Kate Laurens
“Enticingly erotic, WHEN IT’S LOVE will have you up all night!” – USA Today Bestselling Author Melody Grace
“WHEN IT’S LOVE is a gripping story that I just could not put down. It kept me up until 4:00a.m. I can’t wait to read more from Emma Lauren.” – Bestselling Author Missy Johnson
Those of you who already know me are probably aware that I’m crazy about 80s music, especially 80’s love songs. So, naturally, I got writing inspiration from the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Wham, Tears For Fears, Madonna, INXS, Duran Duran, U2… And since When It’s Love takes place during the days just before Christmas, I listened to Wham’s Last Christmas A LOT! I have loved that song since junior high. It brings back memories of my childhood unrequited love. I also listened to Feed the World. Do you guys remember that song? (Or if you’re younger than me… Have you ever heard it?) Gorgeous Christmas song.
My favorite love song of the 80’s (or maybe of all time), IMHO, is Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time. The lyrics are so simple and the melody is so romantic.
Some other songs from my playlist include:
They Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson.
Crazy For You, Madonna
Save A Prayer, Duran Duran
Never Tear Us Apart, INXS
With Or Without You, U2
Careless Whisper, Wham
Wherever I Lay My Hat, Paul Young
I Love You Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel
The Glory of Love, Peter Cetera
Professor Sparling is so out of my league. What he could he possibly see in me? But he sees something, obviously, because he reached out to me, and I don’t want to lose his interest. What I feel for him is pure passion and I’m exploding with it. Of all the intense emotions I’ve experienced in life– rage, fear, depression and frustration – this passion is the only one that’s felt impossible to contain.
My hands are shaking as I type: Professor Sparling, I wanted to impress you because I’m drawn to you.
If only I could write just how drawn I am to him. But that would come across either way too romantic, or way too forward. It’s not like I can just write to my professor that I spent half of the time in his classes thinking about either kissing him for two hours straight, or unzipping his pants. I can’t even say that I’ve been waiting fourteen weeks for him to really notice me. But most of all, I can’t tell him that he’s the one I believe can lead me out of the dark places where all I feel are shame and grief. I want to end my internal ache, push the pain away, and live the life of a normal college student. College years are supposed to be carefree, but I haven’t gone to any parties. I never even go out for dinner unless the Harts invite me over to Ottawa Estate, or Henry drags me somewhere. All I’ve wanted to do at Addison is be at home alone with my cats. My most social activity is watching movies with Henry. This little online flirty exchange, though, is giving rise to the part of me that has been totally shut down. Apparently along with the sadness inside my body lives a full-fledged diva, and these emails are waking her up like a kiss from Prince Charming. The diva’s voice is nothing like that of my withdrawn, anti-social persona who always dresses in gray and thinks she can’t compete with the Melanies of the world.
I stare at my computer screen waiting for a reply. It comes within seconds.
Sydney, Please call me Paul. And tell me, to which part of me are you drawn?
Call him Peter? No way. I can’t think of him as Paul. Not yet, at least. Part of the appeal, after all, is the fact that he’s my professor. I bet he’d like it if I dressed up as a schoolgirl in a teeny pleated, plaid skirt. I’m sure he would teach me a lesson or two!
I can’t believe this is happening. I am flirting with Professor Paul Sparling, man of my dreams, or at least man of my sexual fantasies. I wished for this a million
times, but I never expected it to come true. And I never imagined it would begin with email.
I know I’ve been a little tight-lipped (the time constraints have kept me from blogging as much as I’d like to – family, day job, and late night book edits…). But now, here I am, ready to share as much as you want to know… well maybe not that much LOL!
Some basic things about me: I’m totally devoted to my family. For me, family comes first, second, and third. Nothing else even comes close. I consider motherhood the greatest blessing, the most important job, and my husband is a wonderful partner in parenting (and in all aspects of life). I feel deeply fortunate, and not a day goes by that I don’t feel blessed.
I’m also totally animal crazy. I love all things cute and cuddly, but kittens take the cake. I adore cat videos and pics, so share them with me on Facebook and Twitter and you will totally make my day!
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a kid. I like most genres. I’m not into science fiction, but other than that, I’m very open. I love poetry, short stories, novels, cookbooks, and few things better than curling up in bed with a romance novel.
I have a wicked sweet tooth that can get me into trouble. Cupcakes are my favorite. I love chocolate, especially peanut M&M’s. I think Hershey’s kisses are the cutest candy ever. I like to drink wine, especially red, but I hardly ever drink any other alcohol. I’m such a lightweight, LOL.
I love sunny days and warm weather. I’m not that into fashion because I have a hard time finding a flattering fit in anything. But, I love jewelry. I don’t care about expensive pieces. I just like my jewelry to be special. Aquamarine is my favorite gemstone, although green is my favorite color. We live in an apartment, but if we ever move to a house, I would like to paint the walls in bright colors. I’m not sure how my husband feels about that!
I wish I liked to exercise, but alas, I don’t.