Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Friday, May 2, 2014

Guest Post with Author Lauren Layne and Giveaway

Meet Lauren Lynne, author of Just One Night.

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Fine Lauren at:

New York for Newbies

Confession time: I didn't set my Stiletto series in New York City for the obvious reason that it was the most logical place for a fashion/beauty magazine to be based. The truth is I decided I wanted to write a series about NYC, and then I fit the plot/characters to the city. Manhattan was my true inspiration for the whole series!

I was living in NYC at the time I wrote the books, but I'd never even visited NYC before my husband and I came out of the Lincoln Tunnel and pulled up to our new apartment.

In other words, I'm SUPER qualified to provide a crash-course in the nitty-gritty stuff you need to know about visiting (or living in!) NYC.

The subway system: You can get by using the maps located in every station, but you'll be MUCH happier if you take the time to download an app on your phone . And make sure you do it BEFORE You go into the tunnels, since you're not likely to get reception down there! Don't have a smartphone? Don’t worry about it, just ask the locals which train to get on. They're not as unfriendly as people claim. Heck, even if you DO have the app, ask the locals. You're much better off getting terse directions to The Met than taking the wrong train to The Bronx.

The bodega: I had no idea what this word meant before I moved there, but it's a word for "corner stores" with water, snacks, etc. Sort of like a term for a 7-11, NY style.

The pizza: I'm not going to say that they all taste the same, but I am going to tell you that every person you run into will have a different opinion on which place is the best. Don't waste too much time debating where to get the iconic piece. There's no one right answer.

Times Square: See it if you must, but don't spend a lot of time here. I talk to so many people who say they hate NYC, only to hear that they never really left the Times Square area, which is a crazy, crowded jumble of chain restaurants, picture-taking tourists, and pushy sales people. Honestly, the locals will walk 5 blocks out of the way just to avoid this area. It is NOT "real New York." Go to the Village for great restaurants, Meatpacking District for drinks/clubs, Brooklyn for a neighborhoody feel, or Upper West/East Side for museums and Central Park. Basically, go anywhere except Midtown!

The taxis: If it's raining, you're not likely to get one. Buy an umbrella from one of the bodegas (see above) and walk. Really. Also, the cab drivers aren't going to rip you off. I don't know where that impression got started, but it's just not going to happen. You're going to get the same (city-approved) rate by climbing into any yellow cab.

New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.

Riley McKenna knows sex – good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

Purchase: | Amazon | B&N | iTunes |


Check out what's up for grabs.
Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Lauren Lynne Prize Pack with eBook copies of the Stiletto Series, Loveswept Tote + Mug
  • 1 $15 eRetailer Gift Card

To Enter: 
  • Please leave a comment or question for Lauren.
  • US shipping ONLY.
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Good Luck! 

Special thanks to Lauren Layne + Tasty Book Tours for sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I adore this series and Lauren Layne's witty writing style. I would recommend these books to anyone!

  2. Great post, I hope to make it to New York at some point in my life. :)