Saturday, 18 October 2014

BLOG TOUR EXCERPT POST ~ MAKING HEADLINES by ERIN BROWN



MAKING HEADLINES by ERIN BROWN


When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.
Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.
When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.
In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.

“Having fun over there?” Sophie asks.


“What?”

“You’re grinning.”

“Oh,” I say, feeling stupid for not realizing what I was doing. “I just helped Sarah out with some fact-checking that was holding up layout approval. I guess I’m feeling proud of myself.”

“Cocky,” she says as an admonishment. But all it does is make me feel cocky in a completely different way.

“You want to go find a deserted area and make out?” I ask, trying my luck.

“Yes,” Sophie says definitively. “But not until I finish this draft.”

“You have ten minutes before I pick you up over my shoulder and carry you downstairs.”

“Challenge accepted,” she says.

I refresh my email again and see a response from Sarah.

Thanks for this. I should have sent it to you in the first place. Out of curiosity, has Sophie said anything to you about the Maxim article?

“What?” I say aloud.

Sophie looks up. “I didn’t say anything.”

“Sarah just asked me if you’ve said anything to me about the Maxim article?”

“Oh that,” Sophie says. “I’m not doing it.”

“What the hell is it?”

“Maxim is interested in doing a piece about The Score List. The writer contacted all five of us asking if he could set up interview times. According to the voicemails he’s left me, I’m the only one who isn’t participating.”

“Why didn’t you say anything about this before?” I ask.

“I didn’t think it mattered since I wasn’t doing it.”

I shake my head. “You should’ve told me.”

She purses her lips. “Why?”

“Beside the fact that you’re my girlfriend? We’re supposed to be a team, Sophie. You didn’t think that the fact that a national magazine is interested in doing an article about the website was important for me to know?”

“Sorry,” she says. “You’re right, I should’ve said something.”

“Do you know if it’s in consideration for the cover?”

“No idea,” she says. “They did mention possibly flying us to New York for a photo shoot, so, I guess it could be. But I doubt it. Don’t they normally feature busty blonde starlets in bondage gear on their covers?”

“Yeah,” I say. “But five girls on a cover are better than one.”

“Not if no one knows who they are.”

“You are obviously not the Maxim demographic.”

“You wouldn’t like me if I were,” she says quickly, making me laugh.

“Are you done with your draft yet?” I ask impatiently. She grunts her displeasure and begins typing frantically.

I wait another minute. “Time’s up.” I jump up, grabbing her hand and leading her to the staircase that goes to the basement.

“Our stuff,” she says in protest.

“No one will mess with it.”

“You don’t know that.”

“Sophie, there are only two other people who have been in and out of that study room all day. Our stuff is fine.”

Finally, we reach a row of books that has no one in or around it. I back Sophie up against the shelf and kiss her. She immediately opens her mouth to mine and I let my tongue explore. Her hands tangle in my hair and I move my mouth to kiss the soft skin on her neck.

“This is pretty hot,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to hook up in a library.”

“Only going to get hotter.”






Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel. You can follow her on Twitter @erinbrownwrites.


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