When It’s Love, An Excerpt

Professor Sparling, sexiest man alive, comes in late to class.   “I’m sorry,” he says.  “The storm slowed me down.”  He takes off his wet brown coat and hangs it on the back of his chair.  No one has ever looked so insanely hot while hanging a coat.  Every time Professor Sparling moves his hands I imagine them touching me.  I’m completely mesmerized as he smiles at us, his twelve writing students, sitting around tables in a U-shaped formation.  I wonder if anyone can tell how attracted I am to our professor.  Is it obvious that I’m gawking?

Take off your pants, Sydney

Today Professor Sparling is returning our personal essays along with our final grades for the semester.  He’s known to be a tough grader, but I’m not worried about that.  What I’m really anticipating are his comments on my essay, and I’m terrified that he’ll discuss the essays in front of the whole class.  If he talks about my work here in front of the other students, I will die on the spot.

The room is quiet as Professor Sparling arranges his laptop and papers on the desk.  The only sounds are from his sorting of things and rain pelting the windows of Union Hall, the oldest building on the Addison College campus.  “It sure is cold outside, but it’s too warm in here,” Professor Sparling says, delivering the line like he’s straight out of a bad porn movie.

I can’t take my eyes off Professor Sparling as he pulls his olive colored sweater off over his head.  Beneath it, he’s wearing a light blue button down (oh, please take that off that layer, too) and dark tight jeans that make him look more cowboy than professor.  His black hair is still damp from the rain.  That hair…   Every Tuesday evening for the last fourteen weeks I’ve been staring at that hair, dreaming of running my fingers through it.  I have imagined what the skin on his cheeks feels like with just a trace of stubble.  Sometimes when he’s talking during class I tune out his real words and pretend I’m alone with him in my tiny apartment, and he puts his hand under my chin and nudges my face upward to look him right in the eyes.  “Take off your clothes, Sydney,” he says.

In reality, though, Professor Sparling has barely looked at me all semester.

Get To Know Sydney Morrison

There are still a few weeks to go until When It’s Love is released.  Meanwhile, I thought I’d share some fun facts with you about the main character, Sydney Morrison.  Not all of these facts appear in the book, but since I know Sydney pretty well, I’m confident that this is how she’d answer.  So here you have it…


Name: Sydney Morrison

Age: 22

Favorite color: Purple

Things in my fridge: Peanut butter and Diet Coke

iPhone or Android?: iPhone

Cookies or cake: cookies, especially chocolate chip

Hobbies: Moping (getting over that now!), playing with my cats, writing

Favorite breakfast food: Bacon

Sexiest undies?: Black lace thong

Wildest fantasy?: Stripping for my writing professor

Three words that describe me: Traumatized, introspective, changing

Thing I most dislike: Lies

Thing I like best: Trusted friends

Cats or dogs: Cats

Blue or Green?: Green (like Professor Sparling’s eyes)

Worst trait: Insecurity

Best trait: Good imagination

Pickles or radishes?  Radishes

Favorite State: Never been out of Michigan

Worst fear: My dark past

Biggest hope: To overcome the past

Favorite word: Love


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Readers, I’ve thrown my heart and soul into this book.  I hope it shows and I hope it entertains you.  Thank you!

Xoxoxoxo, Emma


WHEN IT’S LOVE: Cover Reveal

When It's Love_EmmaLaurenHello!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I’m thrilled to share the cover of my debut novel, When It’s Love, with you.  It was designed by the fantastically talented, Regina Wamba.  I had the best time working with her and I couldn’t be happier with this gorgeous cover.


When Sydney Morrison learned the dark truth about who she really is, her whole world turned black. Tormented by her identity and deeply depressed, she confides in no one, not even her hot and adoring best friend, Henry.

Henry doesn’t know the horrible secret of Sydney’s past, but he does know about the epic crush she has on her famous writing teacher, Professor Sparling. Convinced she doesn’t stand a chance with the professor, Sydney is shocked when he takes a special interest in her. The two begin a torrid online affair that pulls Sydney out of her shell and makes her feel desired and daring. And as Sydney tumbles into a journey that’s erotic beyond her imagination, her relationship with Henry gets complicated.

Then Sydney’s darkest secret begins to hunt her down just when she thinks she’s escaping it. Suddenly nothing is what is seems to be and Sydney finds herself torn between truth and love.