Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Gilded Chain by Lauren Smith Giveaway & Interview

Cowgirl Callie Taylor is swept away by the mysterious art collector, billionaire bad boy Wes Thorne when he takes her to Paris to seduce her and offer her the world and her dreams.

Roam the streets of Paris, the City of Love, with Callie and Wes and fall in love as Lauren Smith takes them on an erotic adventure in THE GILDED CHAIN.

Explore a hidden world of erotic fantasies, where the greatest pleasures are stolen and the fiercest passions are untamed. . .
For years, Callie Taylor has been obsessed with two things: a man she can never have and escaping to Paris where she can follow her artistic passions. But everything changes when Callie meets Wes Thorne, a wealthy, mysterious art collector and famous dominant. Despite all the nights she’s spent dreaming of another man, it is Wes’s predatory gaze that suddenly consumes her every thought and sets her body on fire. One touch from him promises unforgettable passion, but Callie knows that passion often comes with a price…

From the moment he sets eyes on Callie, Wes is intrigued by her artistic talent and her delightful innocence of all things erotic. A stolen kiss leaves him aching and desperate to claim her in a way he’s never wanted any woman. But first he must convince her to surrender her control. And what better place to seduce an artistic soul like Callie’s than Paris?

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About Lauren Smith:

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 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in the third grade. I realized I wanted to change the Titanic movie’s sad ending to a happy one where Rose and Jack live together. So I realized as a writer, I could change the ending!
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Short novellas I can write in about 1.5 months. Longer books I need 4 months at least.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I typically have to work on my day job as an attorney from 8-5pm. But I’ll get up at 5am, walk my dog, do a run, then work on writing or editing before I have to leave for work, then I resume writing or editing when I get home around 5:30 and I work straight through except for dinner till about 9:30 or ten pm.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have to write my rough drafts entirely by hand with a five star notebook with tons of paper. I also am really picky about what pens I use because they have to flow easily but not smear on my hands.
5. How do books get published?
For me, I am traditionally published and self-published. For my traditional books, I submit either a few chapters, or a completed manuscript to my editor and they usually offer me a contract. If I have a unique idea that doesn’t have a special place at a publishing house, I’ll self-publish it.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas are always pretty random. They really just come to me out of thin air, but there have been rare times when I’ve been researching something for another book and it spurs me to an idea for a new book.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book in the third grade but didn’t finish it. My first complete book was in college when I was 20, it was a huge epic fantasy novel.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
         I love watching movies, walking my dog, having dinner with my friends, or reading.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
       They are wonderfully supportive. My father reads all of my books and my mother helps me edit them and come up with plot ideas and marketing strategies.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing was how much goes into a book from start to finish. Not just the writing, but the promotion you have to put into launching a book and getting readers to find it.
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
By the end of this year I’ll have written 10 books. It is tough to pick a favorite, but if I have to….i’d say The Gilded Chain because the character Callie is a lot like me emotionally. She falls for a man she can’t have, and then gets swept away by a man she shouldn’t want to be with. It’s a wonderful conflict she has to get through and I drew upon a lot of my own experiences when writing her story.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Research! I can’t say that enough. You need to know exactly what type of book you are writing, genre and subgenre, what the industry expects as a word count, and then you need to read the bestsellers in that genre and find out what makes them so good and learn to emulate in your own way what makes them good. I don’t mean copy, but figure out what makes them good. Like in romance, we love our alpha heroes, so don’t write a gentle, boring beta if you’re going for Alpha readers.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have several fans that contact me almost daily. It’s a lot of fun to chat with them! The best things they say are when after finishing a book they had to process it for a whole day because it so affected them, in a good way. And then they demand to know when the next is coming out. It’s a great feeling.
14. Do you like to create books for adults?
I do. I love children, but I don’t have any of my own, and I don’t fully feel I could write for children right now. I like the conflicts and storylines that are better suited for adult readers.
15. What do you think makes a good story?
Characters, hands down. They are the most important thing. Setting, plot, all of that can change and be dynamic in different ways, but the characters have to be the most crucial thing. Story-telling is what we use to connect with other people, so if the story isn’t about strong characters, readers lost interest.
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A paleontologist
17. What Would you like my readers to know?
I’d love for them to know that all of my books are fun reads with powerful emotional storylines with laughter and excitement along the way. Every book is an adventure.

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