October 27, 2016
So, as I was entering the date in the subject for this Weekly, it occurred to me that it’s the last weekend in October. And I’m part, “How the heck did that happen?” and part, “Yay!”
Because the end of October means it’s nearly November, which means … holiday season is right around the corner! (Yeah, I’m totally one of those people who really struggles to make it to Thanksgiving before listening to Christmas music).
But, first things first … Halloween! It’s not usually a holiday I get into. In fact, a few years ago I gave up on even pretending that I was going to make an effort. This year though … I’ve got something up my sleeve!
Mind you, I won’t actually be leaving my house on Halloween—I’m not that into it. But let’s just say that our quiet Halloween will be … themed!
That’s all I’m telling you until I have pictures in next week’s issue!
Book Signing This Weekend!
Today’s packing day, because I’m headed to Maryland for … a book signing with Nora Roberts!
We decided to make a weekend of it! We head to Maryland tomorrow (Friday), which is a mostly new-to-us state. We’ll probably do a little exploring, and in all honesty, I have lame plans to make an overdue stop at a post office, because the post offices in Manhattan are *extra* miserable.
Then on Saturday (10/29) it’s … the signing! If you’re in the Maryland area, I’d absolutely LOVE to meet you! The event’s at Turn the Page bookstore in Boonsboro from 12-2pm.
Here’s the store website, and there’s also a Facebook event for the signing.
I’ll be signing alongside Heidi Hormel, Carla Neggers, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Tiffany Snow, Grace Burrowes & Michael T. Myers, and of course … Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb!
After the signing, we’ll be making our weekend adventure complete by heading to Virginia to visit some very dear friends from college (and their new bay-bay!), before heading home to spend Halloween in NYC!!!
I HAVE NEWS!
I found out yesterday afternoon that To Love and to Cherish hit the USA TODAY bestseller list at #67 — extra exciting, because this was my best spot on the list ever!
I can’t take much credit though—the list is all about sales, and sales are all about … YOU GUYS. Huge thank you to everyone who bought To Love and to Cherish and told your friends/family about it!
What I’m Working On
Still drafting Walk of Shame, which I think I fall in love with a little more each day.
I’m trying something a bit different this one (not saying what yet, in case I change my mind), but it feels very new and fresh, and just … fun!
Andrew closes his eyes for a moment. “You really are ridiculous, Georgiana.”
“So does that mean you’ll stay for dinner?”
“What?! No. I swear, the lack of logic in your thought progression never fails to astound—“
I reach out and snatch the briefcase from his hand and take a step back.
His face is menacing. “Georgiana.”
I hold it up. “I’m holding it hostage. Until after dinner.”
He takes a step closer. “Stop acting like a child.”
“Stop acting like an asshole,” I fire back. “Have a drink. Eat some food. Make some friends.”
I’m ... in Love
I’m very happily married.
If Michael Buble ever proposed, well … *hurls wedding ring over shoulder*
(It's okay, Mr. Layne knows this about me. We have an understanding.)
I’ve never been the type to get celebrity-obsessed. I mean, I remember having a passing crush on JTT back in the day, was sort of in love with Max from Roswell, but I’ve never been the type to have New Kids on the Block posters on my wall (I feel like I’m really aging myself here), or Pinterest boards dedicated to Henry Cavill.
But I have a longtime obsession with Michael Buble. Generally speaking, I don’t really enjoy live music, I find concerts completely obnoxious, but I’ve seen Buble live four times, and next time he comes to NYC, I’ll be making it five.
You get the idea.
So it goes without saying that I was ALL OVER the release of his newest album last week. If there are any other Buble fans out there, you can listen to the new album on Spotify!!!
Ask Lauren Anything
The Wedding Belles series isn’t really over … is it?
Who asked it
Pretty much everyone.
Sadly, guys, yes, To Love and to Cherish was the end of the lovely Belles. I know some of you have been wondering about Jessie, and though I love the friendly Belles’ receptionist as a secondary character, I don’t have any plans to write her story at this time.
FINE, then what is next?
Someone Like You is next on the Lauren Layne release schedule!
“By all means, get a cat or a dog, but you deserve more than that,” he said quietly as he walked towards her. “Give this guy a chance. Promise me.”
She laughed nervously as he came nearer. “Didn’t I already say that what I was going to do?”
“I heard what you said. I need you to mean it. For my own peace of mind.”
She looked into his eyes and read the subtext of what he wasn’t saying. *Give yourself a chance with this guy, because you don’t have one with me. Don’t wait for me.*
To ward of the stab of pain, she glanced at the clock on the nightstand. “Oh my gosh, is that the time!” She turned towards her closet. “I need shoes. Lipstick. Do you think red, or pink, I can’t decide—“
Lincoln reached for her, strong fingers wrapping around her elbow, and she stilled heart in her throat, and started to turn back towards him.
His fingers tightened, preventing her from turning, even as he stepped closer. “Your zipper.”
“Oh,” she said, a little breathless. “Right. One of the perils of single life. It can be done, you just have to like, stretch first, and—“
“I’ve got it.”
Daisy’s eyes closed as she felt brush of his fingers at the base of her spine. He stepped even closer as he slowly dragged the tab upward.
Things I’m Loving
I have no idea if dark blue nails are “in” or not, but I’ve been loving this shade from L’Oreal’s Gel line: Elegance is Innate.
It’s sort of muted dark blue, somewhere in between navy and denim. Using a gel top-coat, I got a solid week with no chips!
I stumbled across this line when I was looking for comfy, inexpensive sweaters. Usually I stick with H&M, Target, Old Navy, but I wasn’t loving what I was seeing, and on a whim I checked Amazon (because really, what CAN’T you get on Amazon?!).
What started out with one skeptical purchase of a PattyBoutik sweater has now turned into … five purchases.
I haven’t put any through the wash-test yet, but so far the material feels thick, the fit flattering and best of all, NONE of them have been more than $40.
A note on fit: I recommend sizing up. A few reviews mentioned that the line runs small, so I hesitantly ordered a medium, when I usually wear a small/4 and I’m SO glad I did. The medium is fitted without being clingy.
Another note on fit: one of the things I like most about these is the length. Nothing annoys me more than constantly tugging at a shirt that feels too short (both in the torso and the sleeves). This shirt is WONDERFULLY long, and the first top in a forever that feels like it properly fits my 5’7 self. BUT … if you’re on the shorter side, I could maybe see these being too long? Maybe. You’ve been warned.
Day Designer - 2017 Edition
I haven’t yet decided on my 2017 planner (I keep hoping that someone will come out with one that DOESN’T have split-weekend days sharing a page), but I’m leaning towards sticking with the Day Designer, which I switched to in 2016 after years of Erin Condren use and LOVE. They recently released their 2017 designs, but they’re selling out fast!
2017 Release Schedule
A couple of you have noticed that usually by late October I’ve released my entire release schedule for the upcoming year. But so far I haven’t mentioned anything past June 2017, and you guys are wondering if I have a lighter release schedule next year ...
I will most definitely have some books coming out in the latter half of 2017, I just haven’t announced them yet! My agent and I are working on it daily, I promise!
In the mean time, don’t forget that you can pre-order the ones I HAVE announced ...
LL Weekly Archives
I’m not sure why the heck it’s taken me so long to get my act together, but for those of you who are new to the Weekly and are looking for past issues, I’ve finally gotten around to posting them on my website in an easy-to-find place!
What I’m Reading
I actually haven’t started either of these yet (I just finished re-reading Julie Ann Long’s What I Did for a Duke for the fourth time!) but these two are next up on my TBR pile:
For Writers - NaNoWriMo
It’s nearly November which means … NaNoWriMo!
Now, if you’re plugged into the writing world at all, chances are you probably already know that November is National Novel Writing Month.
But because we’re all new at some point, and because we all have to hear about it somewhere, for any of you that have wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start …
The idea being that you commit to writing 50k words in November (which is a either passable first draft, or at least a VERY decent start on a novel).
Now, if you’re thinking, “Whatever, I could write a book any old month, and November’s busy.” I get it.
But the cool thing about NaNoWriMo is the support—you sign up, and get emails/prompts/progress tracker, and community support. It can make a big difference, especially if you’re a newish writer!
(Also: there’s no such thing as a “good time” to start writing a novel. There is no one more skilled at procrastination as the aspiring writer, and the BEST advice I can give you is to not allow yourself a single excuse. You MUST simply dive in and start writing. Might as well be in November!)
Until Next Week!
Where there may or may not be pictures of LL in costume ...