Monday, March 19, 2018

Video Game + Romance?

Congratulations to "Ada H.", the winner in Lauren's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms Now Available on Audio

Video Game + Romance?

I’ll be straight with you. I’m not a video gamer. Yeah, I love a good round of Mario Kart. I’ll beat you every time in the old school, Super Nintendo game Tetris Attack. But when it comes to all other video games? It's just not my thing. My husband on the other hand, he is a gamer to the core. He’s playing a video game right now, as I write this post. So when I got a job several years ago for a video game strategy guide publisher, he was in heaven.

Over the years, video games became my life. No, I stilled didn’t play them, but they engulfed my work and home life. Hey, just give me a good romance novel and I’ll call it a day. I don’t have time for video games when there are so many romance novels to read. One day, I was sitting at my desk at work researching professional video gamers for a potential sponsorship deal and after a few hours of this, a story started to form. What if a nice, girl next door type suddenly finds herself submerged in all things video games. What if she meant this super sexy but sweet pro video gamer and life just took off? That’s how the story of LEVEL ME UP was formed. I mulled over it for a few months. When I finally talked to my husband about it, he nearly jumped up and down and said “You’ve got to write this book.”

So I did. Then I published LEVEL ME UP and now, it’s available on audio. Some days I can’t believe it. But romance and video games are my life, so write what you know! But I’m super curious, do you enjoy video games? If so, what’s your favorite?
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Can the gamer win the girl in LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms? Dex Roberts falls hard and fast for Morgan Lawson, but the last thing Morgan is looking for while attending Comic-Con, is love. Fans of R.S. Grey and Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey will love this nerdy and flirty story about what happens when a sweet and sexy pro gamer meets the girl-next-door.  Now available on audiobook!

Title: Level Me Up
Author: Lauren Helms
Release Date: February 2018
Narrator: Lacey Gilleran
Series: Gamer Boy #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook, paperback, eBook


The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most... each other.

Listen Now: Amazon | iTunes | Audible

Lauren is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry!

About Lauren Helms:
Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best--video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft. 

Lauren lives in Indianapolis, Indiana sharing her love of books and video games with her own Gamer Boy husband and three little baby nerds who will hopefully grow up to share the things that united Lauren and her husband in their own happily ever after. 

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  1. I am not a gamer, video or any kind. Always have been bookish girl, so books are my weapon of choice :)

  2. Not a gamer either. Back in the early 1990s, though, I used to enjoy PacMan, Super Mario Brothers, and Donkey Kong with my kids.
    Maureen as my email address....

  3. I have enjoyed video games over the years, but not a gamer... just like to play the handful of games I have for my DS... love bookworm, bejeweled, and different pokemon games

  4. I am not a gamer but I think the storyline is interesting.

  5. not a gamer

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I play video games occasionally.

  7. I liked to play a lot more when I was younger - not well (I'm the girl that played the wrong character in MarioKart lol) but I haven't been able to play much now that I have to adult.

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  8. I was a big fan of Super Mario when we got the Nintendo 64. Nowadays, I don't have enough time in a day to play and I'd rather be reading! :) Thanks for sharing your book, sounds like a fun read!

    thebigbluewal77 AT gmail DOT COM

  9. I am not a gamer at all. But I love reading stories with gamers. Weird right?


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