Blog Tour-Sublime by Christina Lauren





True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author ofShatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read”.

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

Shannon will talk about Sublime on the Mid-October Podcast which can be found here when it is released!

Interview with Christina and Lauren!


  1. We know that you normally write adult books, what made you decide to write YA?

We’re huge readers and lovers of YA. In fact, the book we signed on with our agent was a Young Adult novel. We’d completed two YA novels, the second of which was out on submission when our first adult novel Beautiful Bastard sold. It’s a testament to the speed at which that side of the publishing world works, that we put out four novel and two novellas in the time it took our first YA book to hit the shelves.


  1. What’s the hardest part about writing romance?

We’re romance writers at heart, so any story we tell will always feature the romantic aspect of the relationship prominently. The hardest part is probably keeping it fresh. To date, we’ve published 7 adult romance novels, all of them hitting the NYT bestseller list. It’s important to us that each relationship, character and storyline is different than the one that came before it, not to mention the steamy parts.


  1. The ending of Sublime {don’t want to spoil it} can be seen as controversial. Can you talk a little about that?

It is absolutely controversial, and when we were outlining Colin and Lucy’s story, we agonized over how it would end. We wanted to give them a happy ending, and the truth is this is the version of their HEA that we kept coming back to again and again. Every time we tried to find alternate endings for the book, they felt disingenuous. It was hard to write, and it’s something that we still struggle with, but in the end we gave them the ending that seemed the most “right” for the story.


We actually started writing Sublime in 2011, when we were each still doing non-writerly jobs. Lo was a neuroscientist working as principal scientist for a major pharmaceutical company (which is where the science aspects of Sublime come in), and Christina was knee-deep in the day-to-day drama of teenage love and friendships working in a junior high counseling office. She was seeing firsthand how teenagers come together in a bond that feels urgent, and real, and forever–because that’s how teenagers think and feel. They can’t see what’s a year, or two, or sometimes just six months down the road. Teens aren’t always aware of how the choices they make today can affect their lives down the road, and the lives of those around them. We wanted to explore that, and we also wanted to turn the teenage romance trope on it’s head, playing with the idea of a boy that does whatever he can to be with the girl of his dreams.


  1. Will we see more of Christina Lauren writing YA?

We’ve turned in our second YA, a romance/horror novel with a tentative title of The House. We’re extremely blessed to be in a position where we get to write whatever stories are in our head, whether that be adult romance, or YA.


  1. In five words, tell readers what makes this book a must read.

Sublime is Flatliners-Meets-Ghost




Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

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