Heat Up With When It’s Love

When It's Love_EmmaLaurenTo 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 order to step up the promotion of When It’s Love, I’ve formed a street team, Team Love, with my amazingly loyal fans.  Please email me if you’d like to join!  emmalauren86 [at] gmail.com
Meanwhile, it’s cold out there!  And When It’s Love is hot.  Reading it today is a no brainer.
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When It’s Love Release Day

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!


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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



When It’s Love : Emma’s 80’s Playlist

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



Get to Know Emma Lauren

When It's Love_EmmaLaurenHello, Readers!  I am SO excited… When It’s Love will be released in less than a week.  Yay!  Thanks so much to all of you who have supporting me as the launch approaches.  You guys are simply the best.

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.

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


I’m thrilled to be joining the community of indie writers.  I want to get to know all of you, so please friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and Pintrest or contact me here.  I would love your support getting word out about When It’s Love and I would like to read your books and share them, too.


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.