Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Charlie Ashley, or Mr. Ashley as his clients know him, is a high-end male escort who gets paid thousands for whatever services his clients require. He’s lived the last ten years alone, not letting anyone in, enjoying his success and provocative lifestyle.
Allison Hayes has no idea the man she is falling in love with is a male escort. She connects with Charlie through their love of music, playing a taunting game asking herself if she loves him, hates him or if she is going to save him.
After meeting Allison, Charlie enters a world where everything he knows no longer makes sense, leaving him too scared to move forward, yet making it impossible to look back. But can he give up his entire life for love?
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Lauren Runow is a lover music and songs that speak to her or make her dance. She is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and lives in Northern California with her husband and two wild and crazy boys. If she’s not at her local CrossFit, reading or working on the community magazine her husband and her publish together, she’s at the baseball field with her boys or taking them to the skatepark. You can connect with Lauren at Twitter and Facebook.
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Unwritten, in Five Words
Sexy. Charlie is a man that woman paid for sex. Who wouldn’t want a professional who knew exactly how to please a woman?
Music. Charlie and Allison connect through their love of music and he sends her songs trying to tell her how he feels.
Twist. If I told you more here I would give it away but let’s just say it has some OMG moments.
Sweet. I love how Charlie falls for Allison and he is so sweet to her once he gives in.
Smile. No matter how many times I’ve read it I still find myself smiling as I read it.
Lauren’s Favorite Quotes
“So, is this love…?” I pause to see her response. Reaching closer, I whisper in her ear, “Because I’m definitely not the answer…” – This is when they are discussing the song “Savior” and I love the flirtatious and playful way her warns her using the lyrics of the song.
“What took you so long? I gave up on you,” she says with sleep still in her voice.
“Please don’t ever give up on me,” I seductively whisper. – I just felt so much for Charlie here and what he’s going through. This is the first time he starts to let down his guard.
Allison takes a deep breath in but before she can say anything I speak up, confessing, “Don’t ask me to come in…” I look to her to gage her reaction, my eyes pleading for forgiveness. She sits with a blank expression on her face so I continue, “I don’t think I could say no, and I just can’t.” – I love this line because he’s trying to tell her how much he wants to be with her but he just can’t so he’s begging her to not make it harder on him.
“I just want our first time this intimate to be real. I want to feel you like I feel your kiss. Deep inside, making my world turn upside down. I don’t want you to hear me cum, I want you to make me cum.” – The phone sex scene was so much fun to write!
Moving so slowly, I kiss her as I make pure love to her. No games, no money, no role-playing. Just love. – This is the moment he completely gives in and for the first time in his life makes love to a woman. It just felt so real for Charlie and I loved it.
Alex leans in, getting close up shots from every direction; his face, my face, our embrace, our lips so close but not touching. The click of the camera and our pounding breath is the only thing keeping us from being lost forever. – Everyone should have that moment where you are so close to each other, wanting to devour each other but know you can’t. It’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s intense!
Unwritten, the Story Behind the Story
I’m a huge believer of everything happens for a reason and there are signs everywhere… Before I told anyone that I was writing a book, I started thinking about what I would do if I had to travel as an author and wondered if my husband could handle our kids by himself. I thought to myself that I would ask one of our family members, Kamii, to help with the kids and the next day she came up to me telling me about her dream where I asked her to watch our kids and she took them to San Francisco where my youngest jumped off the pier. I was shocked! Needless to say I won’t be asking her to watch my kids, even though I love her dearly!
When I finally told my husband that I was writing a book I’ve never blushed so much in my life. I don’t know why I was so nervous to tell anyone, especially him. He was very supportive and came back with, “What’s it going to be about, your four friends who get together and CrossFit while listening to Unwritten Law?”
I about died laughing when I said, “Well, yeah, kind of.” I love how he knows me so well!
Though all of the characters in the book are fictional, the names are real. Sonia is my best friend, Allison is a good friend who encouraged me in high school to write a book, Lacy and Megan are my good friends as well. Jason is my husband’s best friend and Jen is his wife. Mason and Leighton are my sons names, the CrossFit coaches are my actual coaches, and Nichole was originally Amber – my sister – but people were thinking I was actually writing about her so we changed it to Nichole which is her middle name. She has a much bigger part in “Rewritten” so you’ll see why when you read that. The only names that were completely made up were his clients, Andrea, Gina, Shannon, Jacquelyn and Ms. Devine. Because come on, I couldn’t name those characters after people I knew. Mr. Ashley is a personal joke between my husband and I 😉
Once the first draft was final, I had my mother-in-law Judy help me edit it. She helps us with the magazine we publish so it seemed fitting. She came back with, “Girl, where do you find the time? Where did you get this imagination? And I want to ask you something else but it’s my son!”
I laughed so hard and agreed that she shouldn’t ask.
This book is a lot of my life. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I grew up in Vacaville. I’m a huge fan of CrossFit and am probably Unwritten Law’s biggest fan. The restaurants they visit are some of my favorite. My husband and I were married at Glen Alpine Falls in South Lake Tahoe. My mom has always said, “Music is the Doctor,” and I actually went to the Paramore concert at the Concord Pavilion when I was writing the book and knew once I heard the song, “The Only Exception” that I had to write the entire concert into the book.
Everyday my friend, Sonia, and I would drop our kids off at school and hang out at our car discussing the book. She would make suggestions and I would run with them. You can thank her for the phone sex scene. When I sent the written scene to her she laughed saying, “Wow, I’ve had phone sex before but now I see I’m doing it all wrong!”
She is also my fashionista friend so she planned all of the outfits for me, except the opening scene at the Unwritten Law concert. I actually own that shirt. Sonia added the Red Bottom heels though! In other scenes I would literally write the scene and put (Sonia, insert outfit here) in the middle of the sentence.
The day after I signed up with Wordsmith Publicity I entered a CrossFit competition where I won $250. So it was perfect timing that I won money from CrossFit to put toward promoting my book about CrossFit!