Title: In Vogue
Author: Lucia Laurent
Word Count: 108k
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Publisher: Ink & Smith Publishing
Release Date: September 29, 2016
King of New York fashion and editor-in-chief of the prestigious Couture magazine, Miles Brodeur loves his demanding job and a routine that means he always knows what’s coming next. Deeply involved in the magazine’s content and culture, Miles doesn’t have the time or the desire for a relationship.
Alexander Mackenzie is a former model turned magazine editor who is just learning about the politics that exist at the intersection of high fashion and publishing. He’s always dreamt of turning Miles’ head and one night, at a glamorous party, his fantasy becomes reality. But Miles’ workaholic nature conflicts with Alexander’s belief that “there’s more to life than what’s printed on the pages of a magazine.”
Despite their fundamental differences, Alexander can’t help but follow Miles back to New York, and once there it becomes clear their association could be addicting–and possibly life-changing.
Set in a world where the beauty of art and the written word collide, Miles is confronted by a fundamental question: is someone ever worth slowing down for?
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
Since guest posts almost always involve some kind of a text about how the author came to write their book and what struggles they faced, and you’ve probably reads tens of these already, I thought I could spice it up and offer you something a bit different. So here we go, here’s ten things you probably didn’t figure out until you’ve become a published author.
- It’s all about knowing the shelves you put your book on. Is it romance, fantasy, crime, thriller? How do you see your book? It’s all about having a clear vision in order to find your audience.
- Writing is the easiest part. Editing is slightly more painful, depending on who you work with and how much you’re willing to say goodbye to. Regarding this, I’d say to have an open mind. Sometimes people see what you can’t because you are emotionally too involved. The hardest part by a mile is promoting it. You wrote a book? Awesome. So did hundreds of thousands of others. What are you gonna do about it?
- Reviews are your friend. Go get ’em. Be nice when asking, give away free copies for honest reviews, figure it out. They are the best way to pursuade people to buy your book.
- Social media. Talk about your book. But talk about other things too. Find your voice, relate to other authors, figure out what your place in the community is. The same old “Buy my book, it’s out on XX/XX/XXXX” will get you nowhere. And it’s boring in nowhere.
- Don’t burn any bridges. Got a bad review? Rant about it to your friends in private. Never post your bad emotions online. Be graceful and yell on Snapchat to your closest people who won’t tell.
- Writing is a business. And you should treat it as such. Hard work on all the steps – writing, editing and promoting will eventually pay off. You just have to keep going.
- How else are you going to get a glimpse of other people’s worlds? Connect with them, give them feedback! They’ll appreciate it as much as you do when someone does the same for you! Plus, it’s the best thing in the world.
- You’ll feel like you didn’t do enough. And that’s actually great – it means you still have that spark to keep going! So push forward, and do more! Great thing about this era is ebooks exist and you can get your book to be a huge success at any time, not just right after the launch!
- Go beyond your core readership. Your mind should be set to getting everyone to read it, not just the people you’re sure would enjoy it. Don’t settle.
- Your book probably won’t become a bestseller and that’s okay. It’s your baby, and as long as you are happy with results, you did great. If not, consult tip no#1 and try some more.
Lucia lives in Europe, often switching it up between cities and people. She’s a fan of all things fashion, music and pop culture as well as a firm believer in studying your way to excellence.
Lucia thinks she’s a really good organizer when in fact her apartment is way messier than she’d like to admit. She spends way too much on shoes and plane tickets. Her soft spots are desserts, but a good meal of any kind will always get a “yes, please.”
In Vogue is Lucia’s first novel. Hopefully, it won’t be her last.
“Is that why David Beckham has been featured multiple times on the pages of your life’s work? Does your criteria seriously consist of one thing—a man’s ass?”
“Well the ass is a man’s best asset,” Alexander smirks, holding the martini glass up. “And don’t call the magazine my life’s work. There are far more important things in life, Miles Brodeur, than what’s printed on the pages of a magazine.”
“And what might those be?” he presses, although whatever Alexander comes up with will never convince him. He already feels the arousal slightly leaving his body, even though Alexander is looking at him the way he hasn’t been looked at by anyone in a very long time.
Pages of a magazine. And this man called himself an editor. No wonder Miles skipped London Fashion Week. It seems to be made out of cotton candy fluff.
“Love,” Alexander shoots back, his eyes wide and sincere. Staring directly at him, as if Miles’s whole life story was written behind his eyelids.
“Ah, the classic answer.” After letting out an audible sigh, Miles slightly bows his head, signaling the end of the conversation, an act he mastered years ago. He feels like someone’s poured ice water over his head. He should have realized Alexander would be the kind of person who looks for a partner who will reach for the stars with him.
“If you’ll excuse me, I see my friend waiting for me. Thank you for the interesting conversation, Alexander.” His smile doesn’t quite reach his eyes when he looks at the young man before him. Zia, Miles’s longstanding best friend and Couture’s creative editor, has been lounging by a different bar, waiting patiently for Miles for the duration of this conversation. Miles shouldn’t use him as an excuse, but he does anyway.
Confusion is crystal clear on Alexander’s face, but that doesn’t stop Miles from turning on his heel and making his way toward that bar, Zia, and relative sanity.
Miles’s mind races, droplets of sweat forming on his forehead. The blue lines of his suit form a beautiful contrast to the ivory color of the floor as he strolls elegantly across the enormous hall, avoiding the tables filled with people interested to hear him speak. It’s not that he feels bad; only too much. His brain is in overdrive once again, and the alcohol he consumed not making it any easier for him to physically process it all.
Love was Roberto Luciano’s spring couture collection for Dior in 2009, which Miles oversaw Zia shooting in the gardens of Versailles.
Love was the thousands of hours of work that went into producing a one-of-a-kind bustier beaded with ivory pearls and a full skirt, evoking the classical romantic femininity of Dior’s silhouette. Miles still remembers the words Roberto said to him after he had shown the collection.
“It is our job to make people dream.” His Italian accent still rang bells in Miles’s mind, as if he was hearing him say it for the first time.
And to fall in love, Miles always added to the quote whenever he recalled that moment. Hopelessly, foolishly in love.
It’s what Miles always took for granted, knowing better than to question it. The Earth’s population might as well be divided into dream makers and dreamers. And dream makers don’t get to experience dreams. Artists don’t get to see happiness, because for them regularity isn’t optional; it is to be avoided at all costs. The list goes on in Miles’s head, always ending with the same conclusion. Some get to choose love, some get to choose their dreams. Only the lucky few get to have both. Miles has never been one of them.
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