Writing Team and Best Friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings Discuss Their Latest Book

Published on May 23, 2022

Christina Lauren, the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, will be discussing their book, “Something Wilder,” at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Tuesday, May 24, starting at 7 p.m.

They will be in conversation with Alisha Rai, author of award-winning contemporary romances whose novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus and Cosmopolitan.

In “Something Wilder,” Lily, growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father Duke Wilder, is left without much patience for the profession – or much money in the bank. But Lily is nothing if not resourceful, and now uses Duke’s coveted hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake treasure hunts through the red rock canyons of Utah. It pays the bills but doesn’t leave enough to fulfill her dream of buying back the beloved ranch her father sold years ago, and definitely not enough to deal with the sight of the man she once loved walking back into her life with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails.

Leo Grady knew mirages were a thing in the desert, but they’d barely left civilization when the silhouette of his greatest regret comes into focus in the flickering light of the campfire. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder is all business, drawing a clear line in the sand: it’s never going to happen. But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn’t a gimmick after all.

Christian Lauren writes both young adult and adult fiction. Together, the co-authors have produced 17 New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into over 30 languages.

The event on Tuesday is free to attend. By visiting Vroman’s Bookstore’s in-person event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Masks are strongly encouraged.

For more information, call (626) 449-5320 or visit www.vromansbookstore.com/Christina-Lauren-discusses-Something-Wilder.

Vroman’s Bookstore is at 695 E. Colorado Blvd.

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