Gravity, THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Almost two years ago, I was invited to be on the set when Papa Roach shot the music video for their song Gravity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIgtaM7OV4g). The band is from my hometown and the video was shot at a downtown theater. As I listened to them play the song over and over again, this entire book played out in my head. It wasn't your typical sweet love song. No, it was real, it was raw, and it was awesome! I knew it had to be a book. 

This book is my heart and soul. "Provocative Love Stories with a Soundtrack" is my tagline and this story was no different. Music heals my souls and guides me through everything I do. As with other books I've written, I pulled from my own life on parts making it even more personal. I had my own Trevin of sorts years ago and the scene where Lily visits him the first time is exactly what happened when I visited mine in college. Only I didn't have the nerve that she did (no spoilers here.) Oh and mine wasn't a rock star. Damn. ;-)

Though Papa Roach's song Gravity guided me through the book, Adam Gontier (formerly of Three Days Grace and now Saint Asonia) was my muse for Trevin. I have a slight obsession with Adam and his lyrics. Tie that with his the sound of his voice and I'm a goner. 

I went back and forth between this and the idea of Black Widow and I chose to write Black Widow first because of the "shock factor." I thought a book like that would help build my audience more before a book with very little sex would get noticed. But that was my issue. I felt it had to be perfect because there was no sex to hide the story behind. 

Now don't get me wrong, I'll still write sex but I'll never just write sex for sex. To me, sex has to have a purpose, a reason for being there and this story wasn't that type of book. I want to write what's in my heart — some will be super dirty and some won't. ;-)

To say this book almost broke me would be an understatement. I almost released it in July but had to put it on hold when the kids non-profit science museum that I was trying to open really took off and I had to focus more on that. But everything happens for a reason and this was no different. After the museum opened, I was able to focus on the story, perfecting it, filling any holes and giving you what you see today. 

I hope you enjoy and love Trevin and Lily the way I do.

Gravity Coming January 24th!

Reviews are coming in! Check out this 5 star review from April at Read & Share Book Reviews Blog.

5 'This is real. This is us.' Stars

Gravity, by definition, it seems simple enough. A pulling force that grounds. And holy crap you guys!!! The gravitation pull is strong with this one! Once you crack into this book you won't be able to leave its vortex. Sucked in and whisked away to a fictional dreamland that I could not get enough of. After all, I devoured this book twice! Which is a huge deal when it comes to me and books. One & done is my motto. 

There's nothing simple when it comes to words penned by Lauren Runow. This is not your quintessential cutesy childhood friends to lovers romance. Gravity is so much more than I ever imagined it could be. It's truly something spectacular, ONE book that encompasses 99% of everything that I've come to love in books. The highs and lows of love, off the charts angst, inner turmoil and regret, jubilant triumph, depth and emotions that leave you reeling. Add a dash of the rock-star lifestyle and the struggles of alcoholism and abuse, and, well, you've got yourself one hell of a book in your hands! 

'My tiny piece of perfection. The portion of my heart that wanders the earth on the outside of my body. She sees me- the raw, unedited version of me... and she still loves me.

The execution of Gravity was done with such delicate precision. Everything has a reason, no stone left unturned, intertwining to come full circle. Gah! Such an addictive read!

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Unwritten

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. 

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Black Widow's new cover and my favorite scene!

To celebrate Black Widow's new cover, I thought I would share my favorite scene from the book! Enjoy!!!

I turn completely away from him and order a Captain and Seven, which they serve in a tall skinny glass with two small black straws, before we walk over to a black couch with a few people in front of us, who are starting to strip each other.

I can’t help but glance around the room for Eros and I notice he’s still with the same woman, but if I’m reading him right, he doesn’t look too into the idea of being with her.

After Becca makes sure I’m ok, she walks over to join the scene that’s unfolding in front of me. Just like that. She joins them all having sex, like it’s a totally normal thing to do. I don’t have the confidence to join in on a conversation sometimes, and here she is joining a sex ring with people she doesn’t even know.

I sit quietly, shocked at where I am, hoping I’m not looking like the most prude virgin sitting here by myself.

I’m both very thankful and extremely upset with this rule that I can’t join in. Then I wonder how is it that I can be both upset and thankful for the same rule? If there wasn’t this rule could I really just walk up like Becca did and join them?

The answer is no. I couldn’t. I’d never have the guts to do that. The thought saddens me more than I’d like to admit.

What am I even doing here?

I bring my fingertips to my mouth and start to slightly tug on my lower lip when I suddenly feel the heat of someone sitting next to me. When I turn I see it’s him. Eros. And he’s alone next to me. Where did the other woman go?

I drop my fingers from my lip and start to play with the straw in my drink, looking forward, watching the show unfolding in front of me.

There are three guys and three girls. Two of the girls have been stripped of their clothes and are starting in on one of the man’s clothes. Becca is lying down on the bed. One man is stripping her clothes while she already has another man’s dick in her mouth. She’s up on her elbow, leaning to the side, working his dick between her lips as the other man finishes taking off her skirt.

She’s completely naked now and the man leans in, licking her folds and the familiar ache in between my legs heightens as I continue to watch.

I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Right in front of me...

I close my legs tightly, shifting in my seat, trying to ease the need I’m feeling.

Heat starts to overwhelm my body and I realize it’s Eros; he’s sliding closer to me, pushing his body against mine. A shy smile slips from my lips before turning my attention back to the scene.

Becca is still on her back but now a female is straddling her face and the guy who was licking her before is now doing her slowly as he watches her devour the female. My vision locks on him as he slowly pushes himself in and out of her while she licks the woman who she doesn’t even know.

I’m shocked.

I’m mortified.

I’m more turned on than I have ever been in my entire life.

My chest is tight and my stomach starts to ache as my breathing gets so erratic, I can’t hide it anymore.

To change my focus and try to calm down, I look around the scene to see the other two guys with one girl. They’re sitting on a couch with the girl bouncing up and down on one guy while sucking on the other who stands next to them. He’s leaning down, rubbing her breasts as the other guy rubs her clit.

I hear her moan in ecstasy around the guy’s dick and I feel myself get wetter than I ever thought was possible from just watching people.

I can’t just sit here. I have to do something.

The glass I was holding is still in my hands so I open my legs just wide enough to slide the glass down in between my thighs, suddenly very thankful that Becca made me wear this short skirt.

The feeling of the cold glass up against my soaked panties is pushing me further than I imagined. The coldness along with the hardness of the glass pressed against me is causing my clit to tingle, releasing pure ecstasy.

Slowly I move my hips from side to side, trying to hide my movements and not make what I’m doing obvious to anyone around. With my vision stuck on the body of a woman I don’t know as I watch a man’s dick slide in and out of her, I feel myself start to almost drool from my lips that are slightly parted.

I think I’m getting away with my own private little scene until Eros slides closer and I hear him whisper in my ear, “Let me help you.”

I jump, surprised to hear his offer and embarrassed that I was caught. “I’m sorry. It’s the rules. I can’t do anything but watch.”

“It’s not breaking the rules. Just keep your panties on. Then it’s no different than kissing, really.”

I take a deep breath, agreeing with his logic as I move the glass and open my legs a little wider, inviting this stranger to touch me once again. I don’t know why but just his presence comforts me. In a place where everyone is wearing masks that shade their eyes, his are a piercing blue that shine through like they’re lighting my way.

His sexy smile sends tingles down my spine as he slides his fingers across my lap. Chills cover my entire body as I shiver before taking a sharp breath in to calm my nerves.

Tightness in my chest is making it hard to breathe and I’m dying for him to move faster to his point of interest. He doesn’t though; he takes his time rubbing my leg, my inner thigh, my lower abdomen, the top of my mound, everywhere except the one place I am yearning for.

So I don’t get more frustrated from the sexual charge his fingers are causing, I look up to watch the scene in front of me some more for a distraction.

Becca is now on all fours with her butt in the air. A guy is behind her, doing her hard while smacking her butt just as hard. She sucks on the other guy’s dick while he holds her hair back so he can watch the view. The other two girls are with the last guy. He’s laying on his back while one is sucking his dick and the other is straddling his face, rocking her hips back and forth while rubbing her breasts and tugging on her nipples.

My breath picks up as Eros finally reaches his destination. His fingers run on the outside of my panties, rubbing up and down my mound on either side but not hitting my lips or my clit. The feeling is pure torture, but oh so good.

I tilt my hips, hoping to guide him exactly where I want him to be but he stops his movement instantly. Dejected, I look at him as he shakes his head, telling me I can’t do that. The smile that is covering his face is telling me that he likes this little game, too.

I take a deep breath, turning my attention back to the show in front of me, trying not to explode from desire.

Though I’m trying to stay still, it is incredibly hard with his fingers so close to heaven. They’re right where I need them but he’s not giving it to me. I tilt my hips again and swiftly I’m picked up, moved between his legs and stabilized to where I can’t move, my back to his front. Now I’m stuck as he holds me tightly between his thighs.

This man, who I don’t know, and in any other situation I would be terrified, but here and now, there’s nowhere I’d rather be. All I feel is comfort wrapped around me like angel wings keeping me from floating away.

I’m so freaking turned on right now that I would let him do me right here. Shoot. Becca was right. I’m about to beg him to do me right here.

I lean back, whispering in his ear, “Please.”

He lets out a small laugh, “I love to hear a beautiful woman beg for me.”

He holds my hips tightly between his legs and finally touches me. Sliding his fingers up and down my slit. My clit is so engorged it’s giving him easy access and he teases it through my panties. Rubbing up and down before pressing hard against my clit.

He whispers in my ear, “Give it to me.”

I explode, throwing my head back on his shoulder, twitching internally from my orgasm, feeling like I’m releasing around every inch of my body. I can’t even begin to hide it as I scream out in pleasure.

It’s been years since someone else has gotten me off and I’ve forgotten how unbelievably amazing it can be.

After I catch my breath, Eros picks me up, turning me around and kissing me even harder than before. 

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Are you wondering why everyone is completely in love with Paul saying things like, "PLUS, not only do we get Charlie, we get Paul also! Two book boyfriends in one book? Yes, please!!" and "HOT!!! HELLO Paul!!!! If I have my way, at some point, we will have more of these characters." Click here to read my favorite scene between him and NIchole on Alexandra Iff's Advent Calendar for Adults! 

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What's in a Name?

A lot of this book is my own life. I grew up in Vacaville, graduated from Academy of Art in San Francisco and am a CrossFit addict. I tell everyone I drank the “kool-aid” and love every second. Some things are exact details of actual events. I’ll leave that up to your imagination of what scenes were true. ;-)

     Most importantly, I wanted to pay homage to all of the most important people in my life. Though their characters are not meant to actually be them or portray actual events in their lives, I used names that were near and dear to my heart. Sonia, Allison, Lacy, Megan, Nichole, Paul, Jason, Jen, Mason and Leighton are all people near and dear to both my husband and myself. Nichole was originally Amber, named after my own sister. When people read it they actually thought I was talking about her so we changed it to Nichole, which is her middle name.

     Charlie was unique. I did not want to name him after anyone in particular but every time I pictured him, I pictured my own husband Chris, I would even explain clothes he wore. Though I was not going to use his name, I wanted it to be close to his name, something that started with Ch and could be shortened, i.e Christopher – Chris, Charles – Charlie. And Mr. Ashley is a personal joke between my husband and I so I had to name him that. So there you go, Mr. Ashley came to life.

      The names used at the CrossFit box are the names of my actual coaches. Sadly I couldn’t use the names of every coach I have, but I still had to pay homage to the people who have changed my life through fitness. If you are looking for a new fitness routine I encourage you to check out your local CrossFit (search for the closest one next to you at www.map.crossfit.com). No matter what level you are, the right CrossFit box will work with you, giving you modifications, working with you to achieve your personal goals. It’s a kick-ass workout but so much fun! The best part… after having two kids I am now in the best shape of my life and I love the fact that my husband can’t get enough of grabbing my ass!

      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.