Release Blitz [Guest Post/Giveaway]: Climax: Her British Stepbrother by: Lauren Smith

Can Kat overcome the now taboo relationship with Tristan and have her own happily ever after or will she forsake her shot at love because of society’s expectations?


It’s time for Kat to face the truth. She can’t resist sexy playboy Tristan–he’s too deliciously seductive, and much too good at making her melt, body and soul. With photographic proof plastered all over London, the whole world now knows she’s fallen for this British bad boy.

There’s just one problem. Their parents got married and now Tristan is her stepbrother. They shouldn’t be together, but Tristan always gets what he wants, and he wants her more than anything. Behind closed doors, this only makes every moment they spend together hotter, every kiss deeper, as the passion between them blazes higher . . ..

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Guest Post by Lauren Smith

Writing Modern Day Fairy Tales

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved fairy tales and the idea of a prince coming to the rescue. Now, granted, I’m a self-proclaimed feminist who loves to be my own woman, and be strong. So how did I find a way to reconcile those two seemingly at-odds sides of myself? I figured out I could write modern day versions of the stories that captivated me as a girl and shaped how I viewed the world.

Unlike a lot of my friends, I never read romance novels when I was a younger girl. Bu I did play with Barbies and dress up like the Little Mermaid. I was fortunate to have a mother who worked and had post graduated degrees to see as role model. Because of her, I had a wonderful and special blend of feminine and feminist influences in my life. The end result is when I finally discovered romance novels during law school, I got hooked. I loved the characters, the strong women, not just the strong men, gave the story life and showed me all the things I’d loved for a girl. The need to be rescued, but also that princesses didn’t just have to sleep in a tower to get kissed, they could grab the guy and kiss him first. It occurred to me that romance novels are in a way a great guide to being a strong, powerful, confidant woman. And I wanted to tell my own versions of fairy tales to balance out that “asleep in the tower” syndrome. As much as I loved the old stories, they didn’t show women being all that confident or proactive.

In my Her British Stepbrother series, I tackled the modern fairy tale and wrote a powerful, confidant young woman who falls for a man with a title to an earldom in his future. It’s a “peasant girl and prince” sort of story set in modern day Cambridge. Kat, my heroine, realizes that falling in love with the hero, Tristan, won’t be easy and that she’ll have to work at it to make a relationship last. Tristan too must learn to sacrifice things in his life in order to have Kat be with him. I wanted to show readers, especially younger readers who are just now starting their foray into romances, that good relationships, even the fairy tale ones require love, dedication, hardwork and sacrifice, and a magical kiss or two.

Lauren_Smith_2014About the Author

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 Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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