AFTER THE KISS: Sex, Love and Stiletto Blog Tour

AFTER THE KISS is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fangirling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

AFTER THE KISS: Sex, Love & Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne
A Loveswept Contemporary Romance
On sale August 26, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-345-54725-5

Book Blurb:

In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love.

Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn't know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

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Lauren Layne
  Today’s guest is Lauren Layne. Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it. 
Today’s guest is Lauren Layne. Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career, she decided to quit talking about writing and actually do it.

A Seattle-native, Lauren's also tried on the Bay Area, Orange County and Manhattan for size. She's currently writing from the Pacific Northwest, but is always looking for the next place to call home. Texas? The South? New England? Suggestions welcome.

Lauren Layne Guest Post: Which concept came first? Stiletto Magazine or the character of Julie Greene? 

The idea to write about columnists at a women's magazine came to be before the actual columnists themselves did.  I knew that I wanted to write about women who considered themselves experts on men, only to have everything turned upside down on them when they met their men!

The decision to make my setting a magazine was two-fold. The first part was practical: I didn't want to get too close to Sex and the City by making it a newspaper column! And the second motivation was more whimsical -- as many reviewers have noted, Stiletto is based loosely on the actual Cosmopolitan magazine. Or my glamorized vision of what it must be like to work for such a sexy, fun magazine :)

And so Stiletto was born.

(However, it should be noted that it took forever to come up with the name of the magazine! I have pages and pages of brainstormed titles, but I knew Stiletto was "it" as soon as I wrote it down. Stiletto precisely captured the vibe I was going for: sleek, modern and fun.)

The three main columnists came to me pretty quickly after coming up with the initial premise.. I knew I wanted the flirty one (Julie), the classy one (Grace), and the sexy one (Riley). A fourth lady wiggled her way into the mix eventually, although you won't meet Emma until book two.

As for why I started with Julie? Easy. She was simply telling her story the loudest when I sat down to write!

And here's a little trivia for you. I'm pretty sure my subconscious gave Julie the last name Greene after Rachel Green from Friends.  I definitely had Jennifer Aniston's California-girl look in mind for Julie, right down to to that famous hair. And being a long-time Friends addict, I suspect a few of Rachel's mannerisms snuck into Julie as well. She's flirty, fun, and knows how to get what she wants! 

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