THE GILDED CHAIN
By Lauren Smith
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Crystal: Today I am thrilled to have a chance to visit with Lauren Smith. Welcome Lauren! I'm so happy to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
Lauren: Hi! I’m an attorney by day and an author by night. I love writing romances and I’m from Oklahoma. I’ve got three pets, a black schnauzer, a chinchilla and a cat who assist me in writing my books!
Crystal: Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Lauren: This is my favorite scene of Wes and Callie having a sweet moment. We get to see Callie vulnerable and how Wes, the brooding dominant man opens up to care for her.
Wes blew out a measured breath, trying to ignore the male part of his body that came to life. She was such a temptation to him and she had no idea how much he wanted to strip her bare and press her deep into the bed and pound into her until they both nearly died from the pleasure. He needed to put some space between them or he’d lose control.
“I’ll be in my room if you need anything.” He got off her bed and walked back to his room. He stripped out of his suit coat, tossing it over the back of a chair and then he kicked off his shoes and pants and fetched a pair of cotton pajama pants from his dresser. He had a hard-on but there was no way he could deal with that right now. She’d hear him in the bathroom if he tried to see to his needs. Maybe with a little luck he could will it to go away.
He pulled back the covers of his bed and climbed in. Only a few minutes passed as he lay there and mastered his arousal before a quiet voice drifted to him from the doorway to his room and made him look up.
“Wes…” Callie stood in the doorway between his room and their shared bathroom. She wore a large t-shirt with a faded ranch logo and a pair of plaid boxers. Her hair was loose and tumbling around her shoulders.
He sat up and tossed his covers back, ready to get out of bed if she needed something.
“What is it?” he asked. Her eyes were round and the moonlight made them gleam with a reflected brightness.
She didn’t immediately speak, but when she did, her voice was still soft and quiet, too shy.
“Can I stay with you tonight? You said I could.” She took a hesitant step across the threshold, entering his domain. It took a lot of bravery on her end to do that.
He reached over to the empty side of his king-size bed and pulled back the covers in silent invitation. She needed him, his body heat, his presence, nothing more for now; he understood that. But the primal creature inside him growled in possessive pleasure as she padded over on bare feet and climbed into bed with him. She settled deep into the covers, her face angled toward the window. He lay behind her, fascinated by the moonlight that seemed to make her cheeks glow like alabaster with a hint of rose. A lock of her hair lay across her cheek and he delicately swept it behind her ear. She shivered a little and rolled on her back to stare up into his eyes.
“Wes…it still hurts.” Thick tears pooled in her eyes and he used the pads of his fingers to brush them away. “Part of me still feels like…like I’m dying. How is that possible?”
He didn’t want to talk about Fenn, especially not about her feelings for him, but it was unavoidable.
“First loves are often the hardest to forget. They cut deeper into a soul. You can’t forget them overnight, but…” He stared back at her, solemn. “You can move on. Fill your days with other things, new things. You might wake up one day and realize what you felt was more a shadow of something greater you will feel someday for someone else.” He wanted her to forget Fenn, but that wouldn’t happen. She would someday find a man to love, a better man, but he didn’t want to think of that either. He wanted her, here, now, while she was just like this, a woman about to explore the world. He would be her first in many ways.
Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for your latest release?
Lauren: It came from the concept related to the first two books in the series before The Gilded Chain. A kidnapping that affected the lives of four boys when they were young. Each hero grew up differently and I wanted to show how each man lived with the demons of the past. With Wes, he would open up to a woman who was the opposite of him. Callie isn’t jaded, she’s open to life and eager to live, she just doesn’t know how. Wes is the perfect man to show her how.
Crystal: What are you currently working on?
Lauren: I’m currently editing a new series coming out January 2016 called Forbidden, Seduction and Climax a three part serial about a 19 year old American college student who falls for a 25 year old hot British man who will be an earl someday. When they discover their parents are dating, they soon realize they’ll be stepsiblings.
Crystal: Do you have any special routine that you follow when you are writing?
Lauren: I always have to write my rough drafts by hand. I prefer a specific type of pen and I always like to have a five subject Five Star brand notebook college ruled. It gets my creative juices flowing to have a black page rather than a black screen.
Crystal: Did you have to do a lot of research for this book or any other? If so do you have a fascinating fact that you have learned you would like to share with us?
Lauren: I didn’t have to do a ton of research. I’ve been to Paris three times, however it was fun to look back through my tour books and check out places I’d been. I have a scene where Wes takes Callie on a private night tour of the Louvre and I let them see all sorts of amazing things that I didn’t get to see in person when I toured. It was fun to research things I hadn’t gotten to see.
Crystal: Who are some of your favorite authors that you like to read?
Lauren: Oh gosh, that’s always tough to answer. But if I have to pick: Christina Dodd, Lynsay Sands, Johanna Lindsey, Molly Harper and Laurann Dohner.
Crystal: Is there a genre you haven't written that you would like to try?
Lauren: I’m really interested in writing Sci-Fi romance. I’ve got a great cyborg romance storyline I’d love to work on but I need to finish some other projects first.
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.
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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