Sunday, February 2, 2014

*BLOG TOUR* - When It's Love by Emma Lauren

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. 

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.


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When It's Love is contemporary new adult fiction like you've never read it before.  Sexy from page one, this book follows college student Sydney Morrison as she tries to break away from the dark truth about who she really is. As she unexpectedly tumbles into a torrid online affair with her professor, she exposes herself in ways she never imagined.

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.

This book contains explicit content and adult situations. 17+


What was your main inspiration?

I had the characters of Sydney and Professor Sparling rolling around in my head.  I thought I’d write a short story about them, but I quickly realized I could weave a much longer story around them.  When I decided to write a novel, I knew I wanted to write a book that people could connect to and that had the elements I love in a book: romantic, sexy, funny, and moving.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know that I have a specific style, but I do try to be concise.  I wouldn’t mind being a little more verbose!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I suppose if there’s a theme in the book, its identity.  What makes you who you are?  That’s the question Sydney grapples with.  And, moreover, are you the person you seem to be? 
Since When It’s Love is the first thing I’ve written under a pen name, the work was an exploration in my own identity.  Could I have written the same thing under my given name?  I don’t know.  Having a masked identity allows for a certain freedom…

What books have most influenced your life?

As far as classical books go, Wuthering Heights, which I first read in 9th grade, is as good as a romance novel gets.  But for contemporary influences, I’d have to say 50 Shades.  I say that not because of the writing or the storyline, but because the 50 Shades books mainstreamed steamy romance novels.  Suddenly it became okay to say, “Oh, yeah, I was up half the night writing about oral sex.”
What book are you reading now?

Teresa Mummert’s Perfect Lie

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My cats count as family, right?  So I’d have to say Nespresso.  What would I have done without the coffee capsules?!

Do you see writing as a career?

I work full-time as a writer and editor in a different genre.  I would be thrilled to be successful enough in the romance world to be able to write romance novels full-time.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think so.  Perhaps I’d make it a bit longer.  I feel like it works as is, though.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Since I first put pen to paper around the age of five, I’ve been writing stories.

Who designed the cover for When It’s Love?

Regina Wamba of Mae I Design.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest thing by far was finding peace and quiet to write.  I have a very full and active home life which I’m extremely grateful for.  But, since I wrote When It’s Love in addition to a full-time job, it really came at the expense of family time/sleep/exercise.
As far as the actual writing went, writing about Sydney’s past was difficult.  I wanted readers to really feel her pain.  And if you’ll allow me to be very frank, it’s hard to write an orgasm.  It’s not just that the vocabulary is limited, but it requires the right sentence rhythms, otherwise it falls flat.  And no one wants a flat climax!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned the importance of plotting and of figuring out where the book should go in advance.  In other fictional writing, I’ve always let my characters guide me to the end.  They surprise me, and I don’t know how a work of fiction is going to end.  That was still true of When It’s Love.  I definitely did not know what Sydney would decide at the end of the book until I got there, but in order to get to that last dramatic scene, I had to do some serious plotting.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Get it out as soon as it pops into your head!  And don’t get discouraged by rejections or bad reviews.  Just keep going until you find your audience.  Thanks to the simplicity of self-publishing and social media, writers really can get their work out there and reach the people who will be interested in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading.  I kid you not, every time someone buys a book, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude!
What were the major challenges in bringing your story to life?

The characters have been rolling around in my mind for a long time.  I just really had to crack down on myself to make the time to write.  It wasn’t easy, but I did it!  So now all I can do is cross my fingers and hope that readers enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.  And, of course, I need to keep working on the sequel, When It’s Over.  I plan to release it in the spring.

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Twitter: @emma_romance

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~About the Author~
Emma Lauren has lived in Texas and Michigan. She met the man of her dreams when she was only 18, and 7 years later she married him. They now have three rambunctious kids who keep Emma on her toes. Emma loves animals, romantic stories, 80s music, chick flicks, and cupcakes. When she's not writing she's probably doing laundry. 

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