Lauren Layne – The Butterflies & The Feels

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

My Love Affair With Romance

I often tell the story of how my first summons to the world of #loveromance was at age fourteen with Nora tohaveandtoholdRoberts’ The Reef, followed soon-after by Judith McNaught’s Perfect. In both circumstances, I was snooping on bookshelves I should not have, discovering books that were probably not what my classics-loving parents would have preferred (to give you some idea, my dad had me read Moby Dick when I was in eighth grade).

But the truth is, my love affair with all things romance started before my Nora Roberts discovery. I was maybe ten or so, already an avid reader after discovering The Boxcar Children a couple years earlier. My parents scrambled to feed the reading-beast, taking me to the library a few times a week to stock up on piles and piles of books from the Children’s section, never looking too closely at my haul.

Somewhere along the line, I discovered the Sweet Valley Twins series. I liked it well enough, but I didn’t love it. Not until I got to #43: Elizabeth’s First Kiss. Maybe this is hyperbolic, but I think that one book may have changed the course of my life. I may not have hit puberty yet, but already my heart knew how how to have a crush, and I knew what it was to yearn. Or maybe I just wanted to yearn like Elizabeth did. I can’t remember.

What I do remember is there being a spark—a deep rooted knowledge that I wanted to read more books like that. I didn’t know what the emotion was, I didn’t know it was the romance that I craved, but I chased it for years with mixed results until that fateful day when I stumbled upon Nora and learned that the brief taste of romance I got in Elizabeth’s First Kiss was in fact an entire genre. An endless supply of age-inappropriate Good Girlbooks to give me all the butterflies.

Because really, isn’t that why we really read romance? Not the sex, not even the kissing, but the anticipation of all that. I think that’s why Elizabeth’s First Kiss is such a precious memory to me, one I protect with a little bubble. It’s when I discovered the indescribable feeling of butterflies, the lump in your throat, the way your belly flips when finally, finally, the couple admits their feelings/kisses/more than kisses if the spicer variety.

There are infinite ways to love, all of them as powerful as the next, but there’s something special about romantic love. It’s addictive. It’s all-consuming. It’s nearly impossible to describe. I think it’s why romance has turned into a billion dollar industry. We authors and readers keep trying to capture it—to wrap it up and hold it close so we can cling to that feeling, but the best thing about #loveromance is that it’s intimate, in real life and fictional life. There’s always more feels to be had, and I for one, don’t think I’ll ever be satiated.

Lauren Layne recommends: 

Emma Barry    authoremmabarry.com     (at Amazon)

Christi Caldwell      christicaldwell.com       (at Amazon)

Jamie Schmidt      jkschmidt.com      (at Amazon)


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.laurenlayne-prom

My husband and I are high school sweethearts, which means that some of my earliest and best romantic memories involve him (although if I’m being honest, I did REALLY love the valentine Sam something or other gave me in second grade). But the moment where I think romance really knocked me upside the head involved … pizza sticks. My now-husband and I weren’t quite dating, but he was wooing in subtle ways. Then Valentine’s Day he kicked it up a notch. Lunch period was almost over, we were walking back towards the main building of our high school, and he asked me to hold his pizza sticks (a thing, apparently, at our high school cafeteria), while he went into the front office to get something.

That something? Flowers. My first ever Valentine’s Day flowers, and the first moment that I realized that romance has the power to take your breath away with its sweet perfection. 

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

I need to do a shout-out to one of my best gal pals here, who just happens to be a fellow author. Not only do Rachel Van Dyken and I talk all day every day about the books we’re working on and the books we’re reading, but the day I knew we were destined to be best friends forever and ever?

We share a love for the TV show Roswell. If you’ve never seen it, you must. Of any tv couple ever worshipped, LaurenLayne-RachelVanDykenLiz and Max are the most deserving. The way Max looks at Liz IS romance, but whenever I try to explain that to people, they’re like: “um, an old TV show aimed at teenagers about an ALIEN is your high-bar for romance?!” RVD immediately GOT it. The second I said “Roswell,” she squealed, I squealed, we all squealed. And are now forever cemented in friendship.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

 Whistler in BC Canada. I’ve always been a sucker for “winter” vacations. Twinkle lights, gently falling snow and a crackling fire are so much more romantic to me than beach vacation. Luckily my husband agrees, and took me to Whistler for our honeymoon. Ten years later, I remember the perfection of sitting in a hot tub, sipping a cocktail, watching the snow fall over Whistler Village like it was yesterday.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Probably no surprise here, but Liz and Max from the TV show Roswell. If I had to go with something a bit more grown-up though, I’d probably say Richard Gere and Julia Roberts from Runaway Bride. It’s not even my favorite romantic comedy, but something about the way that romance delivered makes me extra convinced that those two characters are good for each other, and are living happily ever after somewhere. Ooh, I also have to throw in Giselle and Robert from Enchanted. I’m a sucker for fairy tales!

Tell us about your dream date. 

 Despite living in NYC, home of some of the best restaurants in the world, my ideal date actually involves staying “in.” I like nothing more than getting dressed up to stay in, sipping champagne while my husband and I cook together (well okay, I chop a few things, he cooks), listening to Michael Buble, and then lingering over a ribeye and buttery potatoes, or whatever’s on the menu. The key is making an effort to not let it feel “every day.” Put on a cocktail dress, or light a candle, or open a better-than-normal bottle of wine to trigger the sense that it’s a moment worth celebrating.

Lauren Layne is generously giving away 1) an ebook or print version of TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to one US reader, an ebook bundle of the Stiletto series to one reader (open to everyone) and 3) one title,winner’s choice, to an international  reader.

 To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST August 17, 2016.  ***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing.  Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

 


LaurenLayne-Headshot-CropLauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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  • “We authors and readers keep trying to capture it—to wrap it up and hold it close so we can cling to that feeling, but the best thing about #loveromance is that it’s intimate, in real life and fictional life”: so true! Thank you so much for your post. And, by the way, I’m so with you about Liz and Max! Totally romance those looks!
    (Marinella from Italy)

    • Lauren Layne

      Another Roswell fan! Hi! Were you as upset as I was when Max and Tess got together?!

    • Ada H

      Hi Marinella, you have been chosen as Lauren Layne’s winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at ada@readaromancemonth.com and we’ll put Lauren in touch with you. Thanks and Congrats!

      • Thank you so much! I’m very happy to have won a book by Lauren Layne!

  • Sue G.

    I love pizza…it’s my favorite food and for our first married Friday he surprised me with a heart shaped pepperoni pizza! It was awesome! He drove 20 minutes to get the thing but it was adorable!

    • Lauren Layne

      Awww, I LOVE that!?!!!!!

  • Linda Henderson

    I discovered romance books at the library too. I started out with Emily Loring and Grace Livingston Hill and then worked my way up to The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I knew I’d found my home. I’ve been hooked ever since.

    • Lauren Layne

      Oh, The Flame and the Flower … such a classic!

  • Carol Opalinski

    I’ve never seen Roswell, but I may have to change that soon. I love your books–Cuff Me being at the top of the list at the moment. My youngest lives in Seattle and when we go to visit him, we also plan a side trip further north, I will have to be sure Whistler is put on the list of must-see destinations.

    • Lauren Layne

      Thank you!!! Cuff Me’s a favorite of mine as well … the scene with Vin and the donut is one of my favorites.

      • Carol Opalinski

        The donut was priceless!! And the “ugly” flowers. lol!! Poor Vin. I love him and will be rereading over and over!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Your post touched me. My husband and I were high school sweethearts too, and your post brought old memories to the surface. Thank you.

    • Lauren Layne

      🙂 High school sweetheart stories are my favorite, for personal reasons!

  • ANNETTE

    Lovely post. I have never seen Roswell, but I believe that if there is true and wonderful love, the intense looks will touch hearts. It is pretty evident, you are inspired to write love stories ’cause you live with a very romantic guy.

    • Lauren Layne

      No argument here — my guy DEFINITELY inspires my stories!

  • Lisa Filipe

    I finally just got started on Supernatural….now I have to go back and re-watch Roswell! Love the pizza sticks V-day story!

    • Lauren Layne

      I haven’t done Supernatural?! Should I?

      • Cheryl Hastings

        Yes!!

  • donnas

    the Anticipation can really be one of the best parts.

  • cheryl c.

    I “discovered” you a few months ago, and you have quickly become one of my favorite authors.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I am a new fan, via Lisa Filipe! Runaway Bride & Enchanted are really good movies! I am a sucker for romantic books and movies. HEA a must!

  • Pamby50

    I have to thank Kindle Gal for introducing your books to me. Sorry they are gone but they opened my heart to new authors. Lovely picture of you and your husband. When you talked of dream date, we had our kids right away. So a friend took the kid for a sleep over. That night it wasn’t even getting dressed up, it was Luther Vandross, slow dancing, adult conversation and pizza. Next month it will be 35 years.

  • Shana Galen

    Love the idea of getting dressed up to stay in. I am all about staying in since I run around doing the carpool thing all day.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I loved Roswell and was very disappointed when it ended! I have to say, my favorite date is staying home, too. I love that commercial with the woman who dresses up to stay home for date night…I just don’t bother with makeup 🙂

  • Molly

    I loved Roswell and I like to stay home too.

  • Meghan Stith

    I love Liz and Max from “Roswell” too! In fact, I loved that show so much I made sure my friends and I stopped by Roswell on our cross-country road trip.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you so much for your post. Isn’t it wondeful when you find a friend who understands you!!

  • mariannewestrich

    High school sweethearts! How wonderful to share all that history with the one you love! I didn’t find my forever man until my 30s, so we’re counting every anniversary in dog years to get them to add up faster! 😎

  • Kim

    I enjoyed Perfect by Judith McNaught, too.

  • rebecca moe

    You and your husband are too adorable! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    I liked your post. 🙂

  • Mary McCoy

    Love the pizza sticks!

  • H Dee Swan

    Love it! Thanks!