How Reading and Writing Romance Changed Author Laurelin Paige’s Life

A touching and important guest post from debut author Laurelin Paige (scroll to the end for her info, darlings!)

I’m a girl who bloomed early, so to say. I was into hearts and flowers and sex from the minute I discovered what it was. My Barbie dolls only got dressed so they could undress each other and have sex.

Such precocious antics were frowned on in the conservative religious town I grew up in. I learned to feel “dirty” about my sexual thoughts. So despite my natural tendency to be a sexual being, I stifled my impulses and tried to fit into the culture of my upbringing.

I didn’t lose my virginity until I was twenty with a guy I picked up at a party. It wasn’t how I’d wanted it to happen, but after so many years of stifling my sexual identity, I lost control. And I felt dirty because that’s how I was taught to feel.

This was how my sexual experiences went after that: get turned on, have sex, feel guilty. I hated myself for anything sexual I did.

Even after I was married, I wasn’t comfortable with sex. It deeply affected my relationship with my husband. Our sex life was, um, not good.

Until I started reading romance novels.

No joke. Reading and then writing romance changed how I felt about sex. It changed how I felt about me. My confidence soared.  And it one thousand percent changed my relationship with my husband for the better.

I think about my experience and the similar stories I’ve heard from other women when I write. I feel a responsibility to betray sexual relationships as honestly and naturally as possible, and in detail, even. Because I know that the books I write have the power to change people.  Hopefully I’m giving back to others what was given to me—confidence and pride in, not only my sexual self, but in myself in general.

Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency. Her debut contemporary romance FIXED ON YOU is out June 24.

Website: www.laurelinpaige.com

Twitter: @laurelinpaige

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurelinpaige

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7056140.Laurelin_Paige

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Book Description:
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.
But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.
Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.
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Cover Reveal – HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE by the fabulous Mina Vaughn!

I met my friend Mina Vaughn right around the time I started getting ready to publish NA, and she had her silly, dirty, BDSM manuscript on submission. She is sweet, sassy, and pretty dirty, too. I love her to bits. 

Well, guess what? That silly dirty manuscript about schoolteachers and vampires SOLD to Pocketstar (Simon and Schuster!) Time flies, chickadees, and today is that book’s cover reveal! I can’t WAIT till this little gem hits shelves.

Here’s all you need to know:

Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit
being a Domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can
keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her
demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the
time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just
when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to
vanilla relationships, or be alone forever–she meets William, who
wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a
geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he
uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even
rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with
canned goods.

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange
things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide
extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to
leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s
over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when
he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise
discovers she’s become domme to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s
known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a
whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a
hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give
him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take
everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and
learn to be vulnerable.

 Doesn’t that sound AWESOME??? 

And now for one of the coolest cover reveals I’ve ever seen – a quick little vid! (If you can’t watch the vid, I pasted it below, don’t worry.) Without further ado….

Bio:

Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin-up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, coming out August 19, 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star.

@minavaughn

http://www.minavaughn.com

Pre-Order for only $1.99.  That’s less than your morning coffee!  Trust me, the buzz from this will last a lot longer.  😉  http://www.amazon.com/How-Discipline-Your-Vampire-ebook/dp/B00BSBVHDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369072422&sr=8-1&keywords=the+schoolteacher+and+the+submissive

Or add it to your Goodreads TBR:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6984807.Mina_Vaughn

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The Perfect Picture

A few weeks ago, I chose my avatar to post on Amazon and Goodreads. I sifted through picture after picture to find one that would work, but I finally settled on this:

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I realized I chose it because it encapsulates all the things that are my idea of me at my “Perfect-” My gorgeous red hair, lots of natural light, the peace and calm to write, and, of course, being in bed (come on, you guys knew it was coming.) Yeah, I’m super foxy, and those are all the things that make me feel like it.

SO why am I gloating all about this perfect, perfect picture of me? Because I’m wondering if you’ll let me see yours.

I want to see your Perfect Pictures. The pictures that make you most proud of your body, your work, who you are. I want to see you in evening gowns or footie pajamas, sports uniforms and gardening clothes and hijabs, hiking boots or lingerie or sweats.

Perfect Picture

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Show me skin, or don’t, I don’t care. I’ll think you look perfect, because it’s your perfect picture. (Just no private parts, please, my publicist will have a heart attack.)

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Licensed for Creative Commons Use by Rachel A.K.

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Send me your perfect picture (to authoralessandrathomas@gmail.com), and if you can, tell me why you love it so. Tell me what it says about you, what it makes you feel about  yourself.

I’m gonna pick the ten that make me cry the most (because I’m a crier, you guys,) and then my gorgeous readers are going to pick their five faves. I’ll be giving out copies of my debut New Adult novel, PICTURE PERFECT, as well as some other goodies, as prizes.

Thanks for playing. I can’t wait to see YOUR perfect pictures.