New York's Finest, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: July 28, 2015
Number of pages: 385
After a photograph of Luc Moretti saving a tourist hits social media, he instantly becomes New York's most famous and beloved cop. When a major network decides to run a special on the "American Hero," Luc's boss gives him no choice but to cooperate in the name of good exposure for the department. Luc doesn't mind the celebrity status-what he does mind is the gorgeous brunette journalist who's been assigned to follow his every move. Especially since she also happens to be the same knockout that rejected him rather publicly the week before.Excerpt:
Ava Sims is a woman who gets what she wants. And what she wants is to be CBC's lead anchor-but to get there, she'll need to nail the fluff piece on the playboy cop. Luc Moretti is everything Ava knows to stay away from: a stubborn charmer with a hero-complex. But the more Ava gets to know Luc and his oddball family, the more she realizes that beneath the swagger and the blue uniform is a complex man who makes her heart beat too fast. Soon, Ava's doing the unthinkable, and falling for the best of New York's finest ...
Luc stifled the smile, letting his former scowl resettle on his face. If Lopez thought he was being played, there was no way he’d go for it.Interview:
“Hey, so Cap said the hot reporter would be doing ride-alongs with us. That’ll be cool,” Lopez said.
“Seriously? You hate ride-alongs,” Luc said.
Lopez held up a finger. “No, I hate the dippy, I-wanna-be-a-cop-someday type of ride-alongs. Those stupid kids are always offering advice when they don’t know shit about shit. But Ms. Sims will be a nice kind of ride-along. Just sitting, observing… looking fine…”
Luc withheld the snort. If Lopez thought Ava wouldn’t be offering plenty of unsolicited advice, he had an unpleasant surprise. He doubted mind your own business was in her DNA, not to mention it was a blatant contradiction of her job description.
“Hot or not, same rules apply,” Luc said, just to set the record straight. “She can come on the tame ride-alongs. That’s it.”
“Shit, and here I was planning to bring her to a shoot-out,” Lopez mused.
Luc flung the paperclip back at his partner, nailing him in the forehead. “Hey. So, I need you to be my wingman.”
Lopez rubbed the red spot to the right of his temple with a knowing grin. “Ah, so you do want a piece of Miss Media.”
“Let me rephrase,” Luc said, sitting back in his chair. “I need you to be my reverse wingman. Do whatever you need to keep that plastic, nosy diva away from me.”
There was a light tap on his shoulder before a female voice spoke up. “Gonna be hard when this nosy diva is hell-bent on getting all up in your business.”
“Nice job, Wingman,” Luc said with a glare at Lopez, whose grin indicated that he’d definitely seen Ava approaching and had opted not to mention it.
Luc pivoted around in his chair so he faced Ava. Only he was sitting, and she was standing, which put him exactly at eye level with Ava’s slim hips.
Generally speaking, Luc liked a little more curve to his women, but apparently his preferences were shifting, because he couldn’t help his sex-starved brain from thinking that Ava Sims’s hips were the perfect size for his hands to wrap around, his fingers holding her still as he prepared to plunge into her…
The fantasy dissolved into a million pieces when she opened her sassy mouth again.
“You know…” her voice was considering, her finger tapping idly against her lips. “I’d always heard that the whole man-in-uniform thing was supposed to be a turn-on. Guess it’s an acquired taste.”
Today, we welcome Lauren Layne to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a big Geeky welcome!
Hi, and thank you!! gives geeky wave* I’m going to be honest, super happy to be here right now. We authors spend a lot of time in the writing cave muttering to ourselves, so any time we get to interact with humans, we bust out our best lipstick and bra, even if this is all over the interwebs.
Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with a round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?
*Cracks knuckles. Sips wine*
Writing SpecificIs your writing style more plotter or pantser?
Plotter, definitely, although there have been a couple stories where I’ve gone “off book.” Generally speaking, I find I write much faster when I know where I’m going. And with as many releases as I have, writing fast is a must!’
When is your favorite time/place to write? Do you write structured or patchworked?
The mornings, definitely. It used to be that my creative juices were used up by about 3pm, but now I swear they’re gone by noon! This means I keep getting up earlier and earlier to get my word count in ☺ And I’m definitely structured all the way.
How involved are you with Social Media and self-promotion?
Oh gosh, this is a great question, and one I’ve been wrestling with quite a bit lately! Honestly, I think all authors hate self-promotion. It’s uncomfortable to have to pimp yourself. Unfortunately for me, I’m also pretty uncomfortable on social media, even when *not* doing promotion. I LOVE interacting with my readers, but sometimes I want to throw myself at their feet and beg them to email me so I don’t have to go on Facebook ☺
How did you choose the genres you write in?
You know, I’m not sure that there was ever a choice?! Even before I knew romance was an actual “thing,” my favorite stories were the ones with a romantic element. And then I randomly picked up my mom’s Nora Roberts book, and it was all over. My reading and writing destiny was locked down ☺
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Toughest criticism by far is when people don’t like my heroines, citing them “unlikable and unrelatable and unrealistic,” only unknown to them, this often in reference to a heroine where I’ve taken a risk and put some of my own qualities into her, so it feels a bit like the reader saying they don’t like ME, even though, of course, they don’t mean it that way. Best compliment is always when a reader tells me that I made them laugh. The “funny” bits of my books are always my favorite part to write, and I love connecting with a reader over the humor.
Fun StuffWhat was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
Jurassic World in theaters. Honestly, I didn’t love it. Don’t hate me!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
A little cliché, but how freaking handy would it be to be able to fly?!
What was the name of the last book you read?
1776 by David McCullough. Actually, I re-read this one! I’m a sucker for history/political books.
What is your bigges pet peeve?
Whining (especially when someone’s complaining about a situation that they haven’t even tried to fix!)
What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Spinach! My husband and I go through spinach like crazy (we add it to our scrambled eggs, smoothies, salads), which is good because it’s healthy, bad because it takes up so much room!
Think FastElvis or Sinatra? Sinatra!!
AM or PM? AM, definitely. Count me out after 8pm.
Mountains or Sea? Mountains.
Italian or Chinese? Italian (I’m married to one, so I have to say that, right?)
Summer or Winter? Winter. I love me some snow.
Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
Thanks so much for having me!!! As for final words, I don’t know if they’re particularly wise, but I’m going to throw throw them out there anyway … Surround yourself with people who not only have big dreams, but who have the courage to act on them. If you’re constantly hanging out with people that do a lot of yapping and not a lot of doing, it’s easy to get dragged down with them. Look for people who have sparkle!
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair
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