THE RED BIKINI Won a Literary Fiction Award!

holt-AOM-MSYay! The Red Bikini was selected by reader judges as a HOLT Award of Merit recipient for outstanding literary fiction in the Mainstream / Single Title category.

Very cool!

As a HOLT Award of Merit recipient, my name and book title will also appear in a full page ad in the September issue of RWR (Romance Writers Report).

My little book isn’t breaking any sales records, but I’m really proud of all of its great reviews and accolades!  

Great Library Event!

Had such a great library event on Saturday!

Here was my view as I was speaking. I asked everyone to wave:

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I talked about my my Oprah moment that started me on my romance-writing journey and my road to publication, offered some tips I learned along the way, shared my “bag of writing secrets,” and answered questions.

My mom brought cookies for everyone, and my SIL Denise brought raffle tickets (we did two raffles, one for The Red Bikini, and one for Ten Good Reasons). Denise also brought a cash box and helped me sell a bunch of books!

Then I signed books and said hello to a lot of friends who came to support me. It was so fun.

Here’s me and my SIL Barbara (my brother’s wife), who helped with photo-taking:

Barbara and meSigning lots of books:

5-4-2015 1-41-09 PMAnd me and a bunch of friends from high school, believe it or not! The library event was very near our old stomping grounds, so had a lot of VHS friends show up with their moms, who I grew up with also. So fun:

5-4-2015 1-45-16 PMI had such a good time!

Keeping Up Appearances …

4-17-2015 3-23-58 PMSo I have appearances this week! I’ll be at the Brea Library this Saturday, talking about writing and publishing. It’ll probably be just me, my mom, a few friends, and their moms, but we’re sure to have a good time! I told my 15 yo son I wasn’t sure what to talk about, and he told me he thinks I should speak entirely in cliches: “Don’t give up. Follow your dreams. There are many roads to choose. Take the path less chosen. …” He made me laugh.

If you’re local, though, I’d love to see you at 11 a.m. at 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea. The best place to park is the underground parking structure accessible from Birch St. The parking structure entrance is located between the Civic Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel. You can park and take the elevator up to the lobby level.

If you just want to meet up virtually, I’m also over on the Harlequin Junkie blog this week, telling my very favorite scenes from TEN GOOD REASONS. (Can you guess what they are?) Come check the excerpts out and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway if you wish. Just click here: Lauren Christopher on Harlequin Junkie.

Hope to visit with you all soon!

My Books on Pinterest

Do you like Pinterest? I’m all over that stuff, man. It’s like catnip to me, and if I’m not careful, I can go down a rabbit hole over there and be gone for hours.

(Luckily I also do Pinterest for my work during the normal workday, so I get my “fix” pretty much then.)

Anyway, in addition to all my personal boards, like the obligatory “Christmas Decor and Recipes,” “Fall Decor and Recipes,” “Table Settings,” “Places I’d Rather Be” and such, I have 2 new boards for my books! There I’m posting pictures of how I envisioned my characters, photos of the real places that inspired fictional scenes in the books, and videos of coastal activities that take place in the books.

If you’re a Pinterest person, click one of the boards below and come follow me there! Let’s have fun!

Follow Lauren’s board THE RED BIKINI, Book 1 on Pinterest.  Follow Lauren’s board TEN GOOD REASONS, Book 2 on Pinterest.

THE RED BIKINI: Where to Find ‘Fun Facts,’ Videos, and More

Want to read some fun “behind the scenes” info on THE RED BIKINI? I’ve got a whole page devoted to each book on my website. Here’s how to get there:

Go to my website any time,, and look for the “Books” page in the top left:

Books page

Once you click on that, you’ll come to a page where you can see all the books. Hover over the one you’re interested in, and click on the “magnifying glass” icon that should appear over the book cover:

Books page inset

On THE RED BIKINI’s page, you can find all kinds of fun stuff (fun stuff will be added to others, too, as we go along!). Right now I have reviews, testimonials, fun facts, videos, and photos for THE RED BIKINI:

Fun stuff

You can also find Book Club Discussion questions, and Chapter 1:

Book club discussion questions

And at the very bottom, you find all kinds of links to articles on other sites that share fun factoids about the book, including a song playlist and my top surfer movies!:

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I hope you have fun getting lost back in Sandy Cove!

See? “Fin” wants you to have fun:


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