Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Wild Seasons Series by Christina Lauren: Author Spotlight Interview & Series Paperback Giveaway


Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)



Blurb:

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.


 



Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons #2)




Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

 



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About the Authors:

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @beautifulbastrd.

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Interview with Christina Lauren:

Lauren, thank you for sharing a bit of your father's story in Dirty Rowdy Thing. It was a touching tribute the way that you incorporated your relationship with your father into Harlow's story. What made you decide to share such a deeply personal story?

We drafted this book in the eight weeks surrounding my father’s death; it was the whole of the drafting experience for me—being inundated with amazing memories but also so much grief. It’s a tribute, I suppose. I mean, these books are fluffy and ridiculous, but writing them is what we do with our lives now, what we spend our time on, and our lives are not necessarily fluffy. They are brilliant and heartbreaking and stunning and consuming and amazing and stressful, and this book is wrapped up in losing my Dad, for me. I didn’t want to forget that.

How much of yourself and your real-life experiences do you put into your books?

Every book has—some more than others—a tiny bit of us, or people we know. In writing Beautiful Beginning for example, we actually asked a few of our besties for some of their wedding day disasters, and used versions of those, as well as some of our own. That book felt like a little love letter to the people who’ve been along for this crazy ride. Dirty Rowdy Thing has a lot of our family in it: Alexander Vega, of course, but also Finn and Harlow themselves.

Where do you get the inspiration for your characters? Are there any real life Bennetts or Ansels out there that we should know about? If you find them will you give them our address, thanks.

Ha! Sure thing! Sometimes the idea for a character comes before the actual story. Max is an example of this (and was based slightly off a friend of Lo’s from Leeds). He took shape before we even how Beautiful Stranger would unfold.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, real or fictional, who would it be and why?

Wow, that’s a great question. We’re sure this is a lame answer but our lives are pretty great, and we can’t really imagine trading places with anyone. That being said, I’m sure a day spent being kissed by any of our guys wouldn’t suck.

Which authors inspire you as a writer?

So so many. We admire Sylvia Day so much; she’s one of the smartest businesswomen we know. But also, she’s lovely and a tireless champion for women writers. Jojo Moyes writes in a voice that tears from the pages, Jandy Nelson makes English feel like a new language, Tabitha Suzuma makes us enjoy pain, Colleen Hoover gets better with every damn book, Alice Clayton has us falling on our asses with giggles, Tiffany Reisz can make us blush and hurt like no other, J.K. Rowling inspires us to tell stories and Nora Roberts is a powerhouse who has stood the test of time.

Follower-Submitted Questions

From Kris Melissa Young: Is there an author(s) that you fangirl over?

If Lo ever met Wally Lamb we’d have to pick her up off the floor. Christina met Susan Ee at Yallfest this fall and it was sort of embarrassing to watch her flail.

From Krista Ricchi: What was the first book you read that you fell in love with and why? 

The book that’s probably stuck with Lo the most and reread most often is I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. Also, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes has completely owned her brain for the past year.

From Brenda Gayle Massey: You two write books that are seamless, and have such a close relationship. Can you give us any tips for our relationships as how to keep communication open even when you may become frustrated with the other or how you are able to work past miscommunications or disagreements.

Christina is answering this one so I can give a little nugget of wisdom from our Lo. She once said that she wouldn’t want to be in a relationship (any kind) with someone she didn’t feel she could argue with, and this is so true. A relationship has to be strong enough to weather disagreements, and we have to assume the best intentions on the other’s end. That being said, we’re bound to see things differently from time to time, and we always talk it out. Nothing tense remains unsaid; it just can’t. We might have the occasional kerfluffle, but it’s never a Big Fight or over the actual writing of books, and usually it happens when we’re juggling fifty different things on deadline, or away from home too long. We genuinely love and respect each other, and even if we weren’t doing this together, we’d still be soulmates/braintwins/besties. We’re each other’s Chosen Family; it’s like a marriage: the love just goes deeper than any disagreement could.

From Kristy Piercey: Out of all the male characters you both have written so far, which one was your favorite to write? And which one was your hardest?

Christina feels like she could write Ansel fanfiction all day, but has to work a bit harder with Bennett. Lo could write Bennett in her sleep but Niall and his overthinking is a bit trickier.

From Maurica Lilich: How do you decide what situations to place your characters in?
Have you ever went to bed and had an inspiration in your sleep or dreams and had to jump up and write that scene right away?


All the time! Lo is famous for being up at 1, 2, 3 o’clock in the morning writing away on her phone. She writes on her phone so much she got the 6+ so she wouldn’t go blind. Christina will sit up and type something, and the next morning have absolutely no idea what the hell she was thinking but it always makes for hilarious text conversations while we try to figure it out.

58 comments:

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