Friday, January 15, 2016

Interview & Giveaway with Lauren Smith, author of FORBIDDEN: HER BRITISH STEPBROTHER

Forbidden (Her British Stepbrother, #1)
by: Lauren Smith
Series: Her British Stepbrother
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
An American college student falls for a mysterious British bad boy who brings her deepest fantasies to life, neither of them knowing they’ll soon become step-siblings.
Award winning, and fan favorite, author, Lauren Smith has a brand new, New Adult, series! Love taboo relationships? You’re going to love FORBIDDEN: HER BRITISH STEPBROTHER, featuring a hot and smoldering British man and an innocent college student—neither of whom knows their parents are about to be wed, making them step-siblings!

And more exciting news, FORBIDDEN: HER BRITISH STEPBROTHER is debuting at only $.99! What a steal! Make sure to grab your copy today!

He's her first. He's her everything. He's her...stepbrother.

Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she's a nineteen-year-old virgin who's never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.

Then she sees him walk in. He's tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he's imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . .

*Note to Readers, this is not a first person point of view story.*

Hi, Lauren.  Thank you so much for joining me today.  Okay, confession time....It's taken me a really long time to read a stepbrother romance.  In fact, I've only read one.  My idea of a stepbrother is/was the guy and girl growing up together, thus totally making the relationship a no no.  How or why did you decide to write a stepbrother romance?
It’s funny you say that. I know most people don’t want to read a stepbrother romance because of that. Which is great for me, because my romance story is not set up like that. Tristan, my bad boy British hero doesn’t meet Kat the heroine until he’s 25 and she’s 19. They meet when she’s in college and he’s getting a master’s degree. At the time they meet and start dating, they have no idea their parents have met and are dating in London since Kat and Tristan are in Cambridge. I wanted to write a stepbrother romance that had a hint of that “Forbidden” feel to their relationship but it’s less about them being future stepsiblings and more about the fact that Tristan and Kat have two very different futures ahead of them. He’s going to be titled member of the British peerage which brings certain expectations for who he will marry and how his life will go and Kat doesn’t fit into that picture, yet they fall head over heels in love and have to handle the fallout.

Most books in this genre are told in first person, why did you choose to not write this in first person?
First person is a very particular style that most readers either love or hate. I personally don’t like first person stories. It limits the author’s ability to write more than one character’s point of view, and it restricts an author’s ability to tell a story. It also doesn’t challenge a reader intellectually when they read first person books. They always sound too “Dear diary” style for me when I read them, and writing them is actually uncomfortable for me. I love how third person books can offer a lot more character introspection, and complexity with the plots and settings.

Tell me about the characters of Kat and Tristan.
Kat is a 19 year old American whose parents divorced when she was young and she and her father are close. It’s been just the two of them and he’s moved a lot for jobs so she’s never had the chance to develop roots. When he takes a job in London, she applies for college at Cambridge and gets in. For the first time in her life, she feels like she fits in and wants to grow roots for a change. And then she meets him. Tristan Kingsley, a 25 year old man getting a master’s degree in business. He’s everything a woman dreams about, tall, dark haired, and so sexy he sets panties on fire. Where Kat is new to love and sex, Tristan has had years of experience and Kat’s innocence and sweetness fascinate him. Once they meet, they can’t seem to stay away and the trouble only grows when they discover Tristan’s mother and Kat’s father have started dating and they have to spend the Christmas holidays under one roof with their parents.

What do you love about these characters?
I love Kat’s bravery in stepping out of her comfort zone and trying new things. And I love Tristan’s ability to get past his jaded background and fall in love with someone he knows his father won’t want him to be with. He’ll love Kat at any cost. In a lot of ways they are star crossed lovers with a happy ending and it was wonderful to write through their pain to their happiness.

Forbidden is the first book in the series. Can you tell me more about what readers can expect from this book and the other two books?
This book and the next book Seduction: Her British Stepbrother hang on small plot cliffhangers (so readers please forgive me) but when you reach the third book Climax: Her British Stepbrother, I promise you get a happily ever after for Kat and Tristan. I wanted to write the story in three parts so that way my publisher would keep the price lower so you all could buy the book cheaper at less than 3 dollars instead of 4.99 which would have been a full price book.

What do you think Kat and Tristan would say about you as their author and creator?
I think they’d both want to strangle me for putting them through so much of an emotional roller coaster but then hug me at the end because of how happy they are to be together.

I love that answer.  Thank you for joining me.

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Seduction and Climax are both up for pre-order

Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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