Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Making ourselves at home with Christina Lauren...plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Melissa Amster

Ever since I picked up Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, I have become a fan of Christina Lauren's novels. I think I learned shortly after finishing it that Christina Lauren is the combined first names of two authors. They write so seamlessly together that I truly thought they shared one mind. Since finishing Josh and Hazel, I've also enjoyed My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Roomies, and their latest (out today!!!), The Honey-Don't List (review coming soon). I'm excited to check out their other novels that I missed the first time around. Thanks to Leo PR, we have one copy of The Honey-Don't List for a lucky reader, whether they are devoted fans or new to Christina Lauren's writing.

Left to right: Lauren and Christina

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fifteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, been inducted into the Library Reads Hall of Fame, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine, and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, The Unhoneymooners, and Twice in a Blue Moon.

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, 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. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She lives in Utah with her husband and daughter, thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter. (Bio adapted from Christina Lauren's website.)

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Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together...
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

What have been some rewards and challenges with writing books together?
One of the joys of co-authoring is that we have each other for the highs AND the lows. We get to write and create and travel with our best friend, and no matter where we are in the process, the other person is usually right there. The largest challenges are probably geography and different writing speeds.

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
If someone says that we gave them an escape from real life for a few hours we completely feel like we've done our job.

Which TV series are you currently binge watching?
We're always watching Survivor. Christina is waiting for season two of The Kingdom. Lo is watching Next in Fashion.

What is your #1 guilty pleasure?
We don't believe in guilty pleasures. Love the things you love and who cares what anyone thinks. Christina loves BTS and will talk about them to anyone who will listen. Lo loves to cook. Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday because there's nothing she loves more than cooking for the people she loves.

If you could put something in a time capsule to represent 2020, what would it be?
A giant burning dumpster? LOL it's only March, so we'll give it some time to turn it around.

Thanks to Christina Lauren for visiting with us and to Leo PR for sharing their book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends March 29th at midnight EST.


Nancy P said...

I could write a book on the worst boss I ever had. Vindictive, cruel, petty & so much more. Can't even think of the worst thing she ever said or did to just me....it was all horrible. She is a miserable human being. What others have said about her was much worse & sadly true.

Nina W. said...

I'm so excited for this book! The worst job I had was in high school and I had to make calls to collect outstanding debt from people. It was painstaking to make each call!

traveler said...

The worst boss was a dictatorial, narcissist who yelled constantly and was extremely unreasonable and demanding.

Jeanne said...

Micromanager to the extreme. Really if you’re going to hire a person have some faith that they are capable of doing the job. Six years and when I left they asked for pens, pencils, post-it’s to be returned. Really!?! I’m sorry I used them. I pulled some out from home and left those as I ran away far and fast.

Linda May said...

I worked for a printing company as a receptionist and I was there 5-1/2 years. It was owned by 3 brothers and 2 sons, the head of the company was very cheap and we had no sick days, no personal days and he thought he was perfect in every way. The only advantage I got was that I learned how to operate a computer which led me to a much better paying job with great benefits. Thanks for your great generosity.

Mary Preston said...

I had a boss, female, who thought she needed to be extra tough to get ahead. It was hell.

dstoutholcomb said...

The worst boss I have had was truly awful. Mean, condescending, racist, misogynist, liar, etc...

diannekc said...

The worst boss I ever had knew nothing about the trucking industry and thought did and he didn't know how to treat the girls in the office. He didn't last long.

Rita Wray said...

I worked at a day care center. The kids were great but the woman who ran it was not very nice to the employees. She thought a part of our job was to clean her house.

Nancy said...

The worst job I ever had was one summer while I was still in college and I worked in a retail clothing store in a mall.

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ArtemisG said...

I had a boss who she was absolutely useless and couldn't do her daily tasks without making mistakes or requiring help from me or a coworker.

Linda Kish said...

The worst job I ever had was folding pants in the men's department of a large retail store. It was so very dull. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

jtmswim said...

Of course it would be a respirator mask. Thanks for this giveaway. 💕📚😷📚💕

Donamae Kutska said...

The daycare ownercame everyday and you never knew who she was going to fire. One day she said good things the next she'd get rid of you. Hard place to work. The kids were awesome.

JeanneK said...

I’m retired, but was pretty blessed to always have good bosses. They were actually pretty amazing, kind, considerate and easy to work with. All except one when I had a part-time job for awhile! She was a monster to everyone and finally management transferred her to a new location that she hated. Maybe that was karma??

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Seasidebooknook said...

The worst boss was one that was bipolar and would change quickly. Very loving and carriage to raging in a flash.

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rubynreba said...

Worst boss had favorite and I wasn't one of them!