My new release, Boyfriend Maintenance, might not be about hot gamer boys, but it stays true to my tagline, Nerdy and Flirty. I wanted to highlight a few things I totally nerded out to in the book. There are few definitions for the word nerd, but I like “a single-minded expert in a particular technical field” the best. With that being said, the following topics that are absolutely nerd-worthy from Boyfriend Maintenance…
The popular arcade game is so much fun I have to play it whenever I’m someplace that has it. The carnival, any arcade, the bowling ally (yeah I know, but honestly, I’d rather Skee-Ball than bowl). I don’t remember how my love for Skee-Ball came up in a group chat between myself and the other 425 Madison authors, but somehow I was challenged to write Skee-Ball into my story. Challenge accepted. The whole premise of Boyfriend Maintenance starts and ends with Skee-Ball.
2) Grilled Cheese
I love giving my characters a favorite food. The only downfall to this is because I write about the food obsession I end up obsessing about it as well. In this case, Emmy King was utterly in love with the toasty, cheesy sandwich. But this girl, well, I went on a Grilled Cheese kick and ate one every day while I was writing Boyfriend Maintenance. Emmy and I nerded out so much that we (Emmy and I) researched the best cheese and bread to use and experimented until we found our favorite combination. I even hashtag it and include a recipe at the end of the book! #EmmysGrilledCheese
3) Popular & Sexy Male Performers
I stand by my statement, “I will marry Justin Timberlake someday.” Don’t worry, my husband is aware, he knew when he married me that this was the case. So it only seemed fitting that Emmy has her own dream of marrying the sexy celebrity someday too. Truthfully, it wouldn’t be a Lauren Helms book if there wasn’t at least one mention of a sexy male performer I adore.
4) Pokémon Go
I’ll admit, I’m a nerd for Pokémon Go. It felt fitting that Emmy, my NYC girl would carry the same addiction to the mobile game. You will find several times throughout Boyfriend Maintenance where she is playing the game, even a few times at the expense of looking straight up crazy. Side note though, to be safe, I changed the name to Digitbot Go. But you’ll see all the similarities.
5) Good Old Romance
The only thing I nerd out to most is romance. I can’t get enough of the genre, both with books and movies/television. Because of this, I wanted to make sure Emmy and Jake’s romance was swoony and realistic. There’s just something sweet about a romance that could happen in real life. When I write, I imagine the story play out as a movie, and I adored Emmy and Jake’s romance so much. My favorite yet!
425 Madison Avenue Book 5
My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for
my brother’s wedding just to keep the vultures at bay. I’ve noticed Jake
around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job.
The thing is, I don’t actually have what I promised in return for his help,
but I don’t want this to end.
I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but that doesn’t stop me
from taking her up on her offer and upping the ante. I have rules,
however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get
Her lie made her more like me than I ever thought possible. Too bad
liars don’t do it for me.
A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long way…
After all, 425 Madison Ave is the perfect place to fall in love!
*Each story is completely standalone, but you’ll want to read them all.
Romance Contemporary [Self Published, On Sale: April 25, 2019, e-Book, / ]
About Lauren Helms
Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWriMo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!