#BlogTour #Giveaway – LEGALLY CHARMING by Lauren Smith



A workaholic lawyer comes home during a Halloween party and finds a princess sleeping in his bed. Find out what happens next in LEGALLY CHARMING, first in Lauren Smith’s newest #contemporaryromance #newadultromance series, Ever After!



 Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…


 Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.


 Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published

I started my journey into publishing officially back in 2008. I had just started law school and was earning two different Juris Doctorate Degrees (one from a US law school and one from a Canadian law school). Let’s just say I was a glutton for punishment by double classwork and my number of finals each semester. So of course in the midst of this intense school work, I decided to jump into pursuing my publishing career.

I had been writing epic fantasy novels since college but a fellow writing pointed out to me that I should write romance. I was aghast! I’d never even read a romance novel. Cue a montage of me vigorously devouring a dozen romance novels in the next month and realizing my judgment of the genre had been so wrong. So I immediately started to write romance novels, or rather several novellas which were rejected a few times but I learned how to write short and long stories.

By the time 2011 hit, I had to put my writing career on hold to study for the bar exam. I spent 6 agonizing months without touching my writing notebook which about killed me. But once I took the bar, I jumped right back into writing and by early 2012 I had signed my first agent! Before signing with my first agent I had a whopping 87 rejections on my first real manuscript but I didn’t’ give up. I started winning writing contests, joined the Romance Writers of America and for 2 straight years I took 1 or 2 workshops on craft and marketing a month! By the time I signed my agent I was in the middle of really figuring out how to approach writing as a business and not a hobby.

Unfortunately within 4 months, the agent had a mental breakdown and left the business, dropping all of her clients.  I made a very foolish mistake then of signing another agent immediately without doing any research on her even though I had two other offers on the table.

I spent the next 4 years tied down to an agent that didn’t listen to me, and didn’t work hard for me. I had to contract my own books, sell my own books to houses and basically be my own agent all while losing money from each royalty check that went to that previous agent. It was tough. After 15 books I was ready to make a change, so when my agency contract finally expired, I worked in secret to research new agents and found a new set of agents to query. When I finally signed my new one a few months after terminated my previous agent, I felt like Snow White in the forest, with animals dancing around me while I was singing.

I had a rocky hard to get published but I never stopped, never gave up. Even now after 21 books, I’m still pushing myself, learning to hone my craft and figuring out how to be better and better at everything! Writing is a career that evolves constantly and it’s so important to learn how to adapt. Once you’re ready for that, you’ll find the joys of writing are incredible!



Lauren_Smith_2014Amazon 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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