Christina Lauren (the pen name of writers Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) is the New York Times best-selling writing duo behind the "Beautiful Bastard" series. They released their first adult standalone contemporary romance, "Dating You/ Hating You," this week. We met up in New York City the weekend of Book Expo and BookCon to discuss their method, their fierce heroines, strong characters falling in love, and progressive romance.
I met with writers Arianna Rebolini and Katie Heaney in New York City’s Bryant Park to discuss their debut novel, Public Relations. Heaney and Rebolini, both former editors at BuzzFeed and mutual aficionados of boy band One Direction and its frontman Harry Styles, collaborated on the story that details the blossoming relationship between a savvy young PR agent Rose Reed and her internationally famous British pop star client, Archie Fox.
Multicultural romance is not new…but the majority of players in the proliferating and ever-popular Romance genre agree that stories of love need to feature “people of all colors, religions, abilities and sexual orientation” (thank you, #weneeddiversebooks, for trailblazing). As stories of race and prejudice blare and glare from national headlines, authors and readers of this popular genre agree about one powerful, life-changing/life-affirming message: Love Transcends.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".