EXCLUSIVE Excerpt from Kristen Proby’s, Seducing Lauren! Meet…Emily Valentine

Posted August 14, 2014 by Holly in / 0 Comments

I’m beyond excited to share this fabulous excerpt from Kristen’s upcoming release, Seducing Lauren, AND introduce everyone to one of my newest favorite secondary characters. In the excerpt you’ll learn that Lauren is not just an heiress as we previously believed. She’s got a thriving career along with an amazing friend to share in her journey. Not only is this friend close to Lauren’s heart, something tells me she’s close to Kristen’s as well. I think she’s pretty awesome too.
Read on for the excerpt and be sure to enter to win an eCopy of Seducing Lauren (I’ll gift that once it releases) <3


In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.
Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

EXCLUSIVE from Seducing Lauren

My phone vibrates in my pocket and I grin when I read the display.
“Hey, Em.”
Emily Valentine is my closest friend. A fellow author, she lives on the other side of the country in Virginia, but we speak almost daily. We met at the beginning of our publishing journey, and we spend many hours brainstorming new ideas for our stories as well as just talking about books, her kids and my crazy ex husband.
“Hey girl. What are you up to?”
“I’m walking,” I reply with a smile.
“Walking?” She asks. “Walking where?”
“Just going for a walk through town. It’s a nice day.”
“Huh,” she responds, clearly stumped. “That’s new. No swim today?”
“I skipped the pool this morning.”
“Okay, hold up. Who the hell are you and what have you done with Lauren?”
I laugh at the sarcasm in her voice as I cross the street. “I thought I’d switch things up a bit today.”
“You sound happy this morning.” I hear her shuffling papers.
“I feel happy.”
“Good. I’d feel happy too if these characters weren’t pissing me off.”
“What’s up?” I ask with a frown.
“I hate it when I plan out exactly what I want to happen in the story and then the damn characters decide to be assholes and throw a wrench in it.”
“Uh, Emily, you do know that you control them, right?” I ask with a wide grin.
“Don’t accuse me of being mentally unstable, Lo. It doesn’t become you.”
For the next half hour we talk about the characters in Emily’s story, brainstorming and working through the kinks.
“Oh, I like this so much better,” Emily says excitedly. “Thank you so much.”
“That’s what we do,” I respond.
“So, what’s up with you? Who’s the guy?” She asks, almost casually.
“I can’t just go for a walk and be in a good mood?” I respond.
“You’re not just happy, you’re chipper, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard you say you were going for a walk in the time I’ve known you. Spill.”
“See, this is why you write romance novels. You see a love story everywhere.” My voice is dry, but she laughs.
“No, we write erotic romance, Lo. We see a love story and the potential for lots of sex everywhere. So tell me all about it and use all the dirty words.”
“Oh my god, you’re so funny!” I laugh loudly as I wave at Mr. Hart, who is mowing his lawn. “Okay, so there might be a guy.”
“Is there might-be-sex?” She asks excitedly.
“Not yet. Maybe eventually.”
“Jesus, don’t hold out for too long. Trust me, life’s too short for that.”
“You’re a perv,” I accuse her.
“You’ve read my books, Lauren. You already knew this.”
I laugh again, enjoying my friend. “So, he’s a guy that I’ve known most of my life. Grew up here in the same town as me.”
“Is he hot?” She asks, cutting to the chase.
“Girl, you have no idea.”
“Pictures. I need pictures. Naked ones.”
“I’ll see what I can do,” I respond as we both laugh. “He’s a nice guy, which automatically makes me wonder when the other shoe will drop and his asshole side will shine through.”
“God, you’re so cynical. Maybe he’s just a nice guy.”
“Yeah, the last time I believed I’d met ‘just a nice guy’ I ended up divorced with a first class jerk on my hands,” I reply sarcastically. My breath is coming a little faster now, but my legs are loose and the exercise feels fantastic.
“There are kind people out there, Lauren. Does this guy have a reputation for being an ass? Is the town littered with broken hearts thanks to this person?”
“No.” I chuckle as my stomach loosens. “I’ve never heard anything like that about him. And you could be right. After all, I met you.”
“You did, but I’m not gonna have sex with you,” she replies with a smile in her voice.
“You’re no fun,” I tease her.
“Have you been on a date with him yet?”
“No, but he said he’s interested. We’ll see. It might fizzle out.” I shrug, although she can’t see me, and turn down another long residential block. The sound of lawn mowers and children playing fills the air.
“Keep me posted.”

Seducing Lauren releases on August 19th but you can pre-order from the following retailers

And don’t forget about the first book in Kristen’s Love Under the Big Sky Series! 

 About The Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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