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chronicintrovert: hello! my excellent friend Lauren James and i have decided to run a giveaway of both our debut novels, Solitaire and The Next Together!
this week is the publication of This Winter on ebook in the UK/US/Australia and The Next Together in Australia! to celebrate, Lauren and i are doing a giveaway of signed copies of our books … with a twist. both books will be annotated by each other! the winner will receive a copy of Solitaire, signed by Alice and annotated with notes by Lauren, and a copy of The Next Together signed by Lauren and annotated by Alice (with maybe a few drawings too…)
Rules: open internationally. reblog this post to enter. must be following Alice Oseman @chronicintrovert and Lauren James @lauren-e-james. reblog as many times as you like. no giveaway blogs. winner will be chosen randomly on 4th December. winner must reply within 24 hours. good luck!!
I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY. Mostly because a copy of TNT annotated by Alice? I want to keep that for myself tbh.
#giveaway #the next together #alice
4TH NOV 2015
Look at the adorable doodles that @chronicintrovert did in The Next Together for our giveaway! We have one lucky winner! (I Need To Keep It tbh)
#the next together #Alice
7TH DEC 2015
the-art-traveler: Fanart of Matt & Kate, from the very delighting The Next Together by Lauren James. Kate can’t concentrate on anything except on how cute Matt is!
Look at this!!! Gosh!!!! This is so perfect! THANK YOU.
#the next together
6TH DEC 2015
laurenjames asked: Marty McFly!! Extra kudos if it’s a TNT crossover….
(for the ‘Send me one of the following character names, and I’ll give you three paragraphs pertaining to my one of OTPs’ thing)
Marty McFly: time travel + Tori/Michael + Kate/Matthew (from @lauren-e-james‘s The Next Together)
Tori opened her eyes, still with her right hand held out in front of her, the time machine strapped around her wrist whirring. She was sweating badly in her spacesuit and felt weirdly out of breath, but she was alive.
She’d done it. She’d travelled back in time.
Someone screamed “GET OUT OF THE WAY!” and then everything went dark.
The second time she opened her eyes, she was sitting in the back seat of a car.
It was, of course, a very old car, if she was in the year she was supposed to be in, which was 1925. It was going very slowly and making a lot of noise.
There were two people sitting in the front seat. The driver was a woman with auburn hair, cut just below the ears, and was dressed in a brown hunting jacket over a long evening dress. The man next to her had darker hair and was wearing a suit.
Tori had no idea who these people were.
There was nothing for it. She was going to have to speak. “Er, hello?”
The car screeched to a halt, nearly sending Tori flying forward into the front seats – there were no seatbelts. The man and woman turned around, both with fascinated expressions on their faces. Tori realised that she was still wearing her bright orange spacesuit, which was not part of the plan.
“By gods,” said the woman. She had a deep, throaty voice, and sounded like a posh Londoner. “You are a human.”
“We can’t be sure,” said the man. He was quieter and his voice was shaky, which, added to his half-moon wire glasses, gave the impression of him being a very nervous individual. “She could be in disguise.”
The woman barked out a laugh. “Oh tosh! What a coward you are, Matthew. Quite typical.”
“I say – just because I value safety, Katherine, doesn’t make me a coward-”
Tori glanced around her. They appeared to have halted on a country road, so no one else was around, thankfully. On the down side, this probably also meant that she was further from London than she intended to be. She needed to get back there – she had her mission, after all.
“Sorry, what’s the date?” Tori asked, interrupting the couple’s bickering.
The woman – Katherine – blinked at her. “It’s the fourth of August.”
Matthew’s eyes narrowed.
“Yes,” said Katherine.
Today was the day.
He would arrive in London.
She needed to get there. Now.
“Can you take me to London? Are we near London?”
The pair stared at her.
“Certainly-” began Katherine, but Matthew quickly interrupted.
“You’re just going to do the bidding of a child who appears out of thin air in a brightly-coloured-” He paused and sought for the word. “-costume?”
“Well it is the least we can do, Matthew darling, we did somewhat bash into her-”
“I think it was you who bashed into her.”
“You were the one who insisted I needed to practise my parallel parking, I mean, goodness knows when I’m going to use that nonsense-”
“Your lack of regard for general vehicular safety never ceases to astonish and terrify me-”
Tori cleared her throat. “Erm, so, I’m in a bit of a hurry.”
Katherine smiled warmly at her. “Of course, darling. We’ll be in London within the hour. It’s the least we can do.”
Katherine performed a terrible three-point turn – it was more of a thirteen-point turn, actually – and then they were off again.
“Might I ask your name?” said Matthew, coldly.
“Victoria,” said Tori.
“Ah, Victoria,” said Katherine. “Splendid. Like the last queen.”
“And what, Victoria, might you be doing here?” asked Matthew. He clearly did not believe that Victoria was Tori’s real name.
“I have business to attend to.”
“Business?” Katherine sounded intrigued.
Tori rolled her eyes. They seemed harmless so there was no reason to hide what she was doing from them. “I’m looking for a young man named Michael Holden. Around my age. He’s supposed to be in London today.”
“Where are you from?” asked Matthew, still sceptical.
Tori struggled with what to say. “Somewhere far away.”
“I say, Victoria,” said Katherine. “This Michael Holden. We could help you find him, if you’d like?”
Matthew snapped his head towards her in alarm. “I beg your pardon?”
“Oh do lighten up, Matthew darling. It’d be an absolute lark.”
“Were we not going to the theatre this evening?”
“Yes, to see another one of your silly operettas.”
“My operettas aren’t silly. They’re a refined art.”
“If you say so, darling.” Katherine continued speaking before Matthew could protest any further. “So, Victoria of the Orange Costume, what do you say?”
Tori had not been listening to most of their quibble. She had been looking out of the car toward the field they were driving past. In it, she watched as a young man riding a horse galloped through the grass, his face steely and determined behind large, owl-like glasses. His hair was curly and a light oak colour, and his limbs were long but not gangly.
It was him.
It was Michael Holden.
“You know, Katherine…” said Tori. “Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ve already found him.”
WHAT is this okay good lauren au thing solitaire au solitaire my writing sprolden the next together lauren-e-james this was just me having fun with kate and matt arguing why did they put tori in their car honestly idk
04 Dec 15 · 13 notes
God!!!! This is amazing!!!!
#The next together #Alice #I’m not sure I survived reading this #It’s life changing
5TH DEC 2015
jumble-bumblr asked: “Send me a character” meme: Will Turner – siding with pirates to save a loved one
“No way,” Matt said firmly. “Absolutely no way.”
“Come on,” Kate said, patting him reassuringly on the bicep and readjusting her false moustache. “It’ll be fun.”
“In what possible way is mutinying against the captain fun?” Matt threw up his arms, and then paused as the captain pulled out a thumbscrew and approached a tied up Tom with it. “On second thoughts …”
#the next together #jumble-bumblr #character meme
4TH DEC 2015
dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: OhmyGodpleasedotheonewiththestreetracinggang. *heart eyes*
Dominic Toretto: street racing gang
“So where is he?” Kate whispered to the burly Harley-Davidson rider standing next to her. “The brutal gang leader who everyone is terrified of? Galloway something?”
“Don’t say his name,” the biker hissed, looking around nervously. “He has spies everywhere.” He gestured towards the cluster of motorbikes surrounding a pimped out green camaro, tattoos on his forearm flexing. “That’s his ride.”
Kate balanced on her toes, peering over bald heads to try and make out the fearsome Matthew Galloway. She caught a glimpse of lean limbs, fluffy brown hair curling up the wind of the underpass, and a set of long fingers pushing up the rim of his glasses.
“That’s him?” she snorted. “He looks like a primary school teacher.”
“Trust me,” the biker said, still looking around for eavesdroppers. “He’s scarier than he looks. I feel sorry for whoever he’s racing tonight – that engine is unstoppable.”
Kate grinned toothily. “Don’t worry. He’s racing me.”
#the next together #THESE ARE SO LONG #I’M GETTING TOO INVOLVED IN THIS #dragonwingsandtimetravel #character meme
3RD DEC 2015
chronicintrovert asked: Cher Horowitz 🙂 🙂 🙂
Cher Horowitz: one of the pairing is a spoiled, rich kid
“I’m sorry,” Matthew said, peering over his Chanel-brand glasses at Katy. “But you’re leaning against my Merc.”
Katy didn’t move, but folded her arms and settled in against the driver’s door, chewing her gum thoughtfully. “You’re seventeen and you’ve got a car? And it’s a mercedes?”
Matthew’s cheeks flushed the slightest shade of pink. “Don’t be a snob. It’s my dad’s.”
Katy grinned at him. “I won’t be a snob if you take me for a spin. You’re Mattie, right? Upper sixth?”
Matthew’s eyebrows rose. “I’d prefer if you called me Matthew.”
“Alright, Matthew,” she leered, delighting in the way his blush increased. “I’m ‘Katherine’. Let’s go to Shakeaway. We can get the millionaire’s milkshakes, with gold flakes.”
#matt is just gansey in this I ADMIT IT #this is about a car because MY DRIVING TEST IS TOMORROW #the next together #alice #character meme
3RD DEC 2015
#kate would make matt wear this #the next together
28TH NOV 2015
themortalbooklibrary: 10 Reasons to read ‘The Next Together’ by Lauren James
1. The writing is beautiful!
2. The cover and description of the book is amazing.
3. The different time periods.
4. Kate! She’s an amazing character, I want her to be my best friend.
5. Matt! He’s such a sweetie! He’s Kate’s soulmate and he’s just an amazing guy! (New addition to the book boyfriend list!)
6. The plot line!
7. The mystery!
8. Kate and Matt moments!
9. There are more books coming! (More Kate and Matt!!!)
10. Lauren James is going to be the next big author! She seriously killed-it with her debut novel!
I love this! 💖
#the next together
24TH NOV 2015
I do not use the word home lightly.
So when I sigh it into the crook of your neck,
Believe that your spine is a timber frame,
Your kiss a welcome mat,
And your enveloping arms my front door
#the next together
17TH NOV 2015 SOURCE: ESEKAO 67,075 NOTES
thenightvalepost: Tip: If you do not believe in reincarnation, just wait until your next life. Maybe you’ll feel it more then.
#the next together
14TH NOV 2015
The Next Together was included in an Australian subscription box @theyachronicles for the October theme of ‘time and time again’! It came with River Song’s journal, a time turner and some ‘timeless hearts’ bath melts and honestly it just looks incredible! I’m a little jealous!
Pics by Snowflake books, Bedazzled by books and clairereadsbooks on instagram.
#the next together #blog #nice people
4TH NOV 2015
ofools: you know what i don’t get? when like, people write romance stories where two characters are so in love w each other its all magnetism, but they? don’t even have fun together? or are even nice to each other sometimes?
“our love could level a thousand mountains and conquer a million cities”
ok but… are you even… like….. friends????
#Matt and Kate #BEST FRIENDS #the next together
4TH FEB 2016
#go best friend #this is matt #the next together
3RD FEB 2016
GUYS i’m writing something TNT related today! i’m so excited! i can’t wait to tell you all about it!!
#the next together #i’m bad at keeping secrets
1ST FEB 2016
THE NEWS IS OUT! The Next Together is being published in the US by Sky Pony Press, edited by Alison Weiss!
I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. I’ve been keeping this a secret since MAY so I’m going to be talking about it a lot now that I finally can! I’m really excited to work with the wonderful Alison and the team at Sky Pony to make the most beautiful American editions of my duology that we can. Both books are going to be coming out in 2017, so there’s not too long to wait after the UK release. It’s going to be a hugely exciting year. Bring on 2017!
#the next together #sky pony press #deal announcement
15TH JAN 2016
To make things a bit easier to find, I’ve added all of the extra scenes and short stories that I’ve written about Kate and Matt to Wattpad. You can now read Chapter 1 from Matt’s POV, a medieval short story, some deleted scenes and a ton of…
To make things a bit easier to find, I’ve added all of the extra scenes and short stories that I’ve written about Kate and Matt to Wattpad. You can now read Chapter 1 from Matt’s POV, a medieval short story, some deleted scenes and a ton of drabbles.
#the next together
11TH JAN 2016
The end of my debut year is here! It’s been an incredible twelve months: I’ve made tons of new friends, gone to amazing events all over the country, and got to know some incredible writers. So here’s some of the amazing things I’ve done over the last year.
It’s here! I’ve been dying to share this with you for ages now. Find out what storyline you’d live in The Next Together by doing the Buzzfeed quiz here. Reblog with your result!
#the next together
18TH DEC 2015
Anonymous asked: Hey, I don’t want to give the wrong impression here but on your buzzed quiz one of the answers to question 3 is “He would love me for myself” but what about queer women? ( Or straight guys!) I am a massive fan of your book but maybe you could make this a bit more inclusive?
All of the answers in the quiz are references to The Next Together – like the jobs, which are that the characters have or would like to have (Matt and Kate are scientists, and Matt is desperate to be a farmer), and the prized possessions are their favourite things in each life (Katherine keeps a diary, and Matt loves his fountain pen).
In that case, ‘he would love me for myself’ is a punchline to a conversation in the book here:
Kate’s ‘Disney quiz’ to Matt here is what actually inspired me to make the buzzfeed quiz in the first place, so I had to make sure the punchline was part of the quiz. 🙂
(And don’t worry about inclusivity, the sequel is a lesbian love story…. I’ve got your back. Hopefully you can forgive this one answer not being diverse enough!)
#the next together #Anonymous
19TH DEC 2015
At YALC this weekend, I gave a seminar on Social media with the wonderful Alice Oseman. This blog post is adapted from that seminar, for anyone who missed the workshop.
Alice and I have both been using social media since we were kids. However, since we’ve become authors, we’ve noticed a difference between our place online. It’s very different interacting in an online space as an author and as a fan.
folded.between.pages.of.books: “I’m glad that I met you. I don’t regret coming here, and keeping you for a few more days, even if it led to this. I would return over and over if it gave me a little longer with you.” – The Next Together 💕
#i love this so much #had to reblog it #the next together
22ND JUL 2016
littlebundleofbooks: “@laurenjames Foyles really likes you!
OH MY GOD!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!
#Thank you hannah!!! #The next together
4TH APR 2016
Grand giveaway! (Open INT)
So… it’s exactly three months today until The Last Beginning is released. Whaaaaat. NO, WHAT? Can you believe The Next Together came out ten months ago?! Time travel is definitely involved. Probably.
ANYWAY. To celebrate the imminent publication of my second novel, I’m holding a GRAND GIVEAWAY. Three prizes, for the three months until The Last Beginning comes out. And it’s open internationally! Here are the prizes:
A signed and embossed copy of The Next Together + A signed postcard + A signed bookmark
I will send you ALL OF THE FREE THINGS. ALL OF THEM. Plus a signed copy of TNT, also embossed using my special press.
AND THIS IS JUST THE RUNNER UP PRIZE.
A query or first chapter critique + A signed postcard
If you’re an aspiring writer, I will read and give feedback on a query letter or the first chapter of your novel. I’ll also send you a signed postcard. (If you win this prize and you’re not a writer, I’ll send you a signed copy of TNT instead.)
A query or first chapter critique + An exclusive annotated, signed and embossed copy of The Next Together + A signed postcard + A signed bookmark
All of the previous prizes, PLUS this signed copy will also include annotated notes on the pages, such as behind the scenes details about Katherine and Matthew, little doodles and (hilarious, obv) jokes. One of only two to exist in the world! HOW DOES ALL OF THAT SOUND? PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT? RIGHT? OKAY, LET’S GET TO IT. LEMME SHOW YOU HOW TO ENTER.
Leave a review of The Next Together or Another Together on Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones, iTunes, your blog, and any other retailer site of your choice.
Send links to the review(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each site that the review is posted on counts as one entry. The same review can be posted on multiple sites. Pre-existing reviews can be used. Reviewing a book, good or bad, continues to be the best way to support authors. And as Another Together is a free novella, anyone can enter this competition, regardless of whether they own a copy of The Next Together. It’s free! Download it and read away! Open Internationally.
The three winners will be chosen at random on 6th August 2016.
You have a month to enter. GOOD LUCK.
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Another Together: Goodreads | Amazon Kindle | Kobo | iTunes | Amazon US | Amazon ANZ | Amazon DE
#giveaway #competition #free stuff #reviews #books #ya #the next together #prizes #author #another together
6TH JUL 2016
dragonwingsandtimetravel: right listen up it is time for some well overdue fangirling
Reasons You Should Read: The Next Together by Lauren James (@laurenjames)
set across three (well, four) time periods so there’s something for everyone
Kate’s Official Lesbian Nanas
Flo and Nancy are legendary and make no decisions even in times of crisis until they’ve made everyone a nice cup of tea
basically the book most of tumblr is looking for
bits of it are set in the future and in this future Scotland is the hero
Kate and Matthew keep running into each other throughout history. Is it fate? Is it reincarnation? Is it time travel? IS IT ALL THREE???
variety of ages, from teens to mid-twenties
sees your need for AUs and pUTS AUs IN THE BOOK
Kate and Matt: The Students of Science Edition
Kate and Matt: The One Where She Dresses as a Boy
“You’re not a goose egg” “Thanks for the reassurance”
The One Where’s She’s a Lady, He’s a Servant and Oh Look Rebellion
and my personal favourite, Kate and Matt: THE TUMBLR ERA
“I should never have married him, he has no respect for the sanctity of Netflix”
partially told in post-its, diaries, powerpoints, texts, emails and drunk blogging
like Outlander but with the humour of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
even high level conspiracies and Drama™ can’t get in the way of the fact that Kate and Matt have a healthy, consensual relationship
“You are ridiculous and I love you.”
their relationship is sex-positive!
Kate is all sass. All of her. Every version
Matt is adorkable. At one point he wanted to be a farmer???
Kate uses tumblr to document both her relationship and her discovery of a secret that could potentially cause the apocalypse
“WHAT IS THIS LIFE AND WHY IS IT DOING IT TO ME IN PARTICULAR.”
a cross between a book and the insane crackfic you wrote when you were 14
“in a voice she hoped was sexily husky and not just reminiscent of someone suffering from a bad cold”
frankly liberal use of the flipping tables emoji
“WE AREN’T THE COOL KIDS WE GET FIRED FOR SEXUALLY HARASSING A DESK”
Matthew, on his ideal Disney Prince: “He would love me for myself”
Katherine, on her choice of uni: “I only came here because a girl at a careers fair told me they did good field trips”
why yes, the fate of the world does rest on the shoulders of people who make these kind of decisions
Kate is (as they would say in ye olden times) Very Forward and is comfortable with her sexuality and making the first move
“Shut up. There isn’t anything wrong with a healthy interest in crop rotation”
TOM!! HOW have I not mentioned Tom yet
Tom is Matthew’s hot hacker brother
the only person who possibly loves Tom more than I do is Kate
“Stop talking about my brother when we’re in bed together!”
Lauren has sworn Tom is even hotter in the sequel. I am holding her to this
there’s a sequel which is good because I STILL HAVE MANY QUESTIONS
The Last Beginning: A Sequel, this time featuring EVEN MORE LESBIANS
the heroine of The Last Beginning (out October 2016 from Walker Books) is Clove and she is Very, Very Gay
her girlfriend Ella is also Very, Very Gay
LGBTQ rep! queer ladies who live!
Time Travel Romances: They’re Not Just For Straights Anymore!!
“I miss his stupid face” #truelove
I have read this book approximately 463 times and it still cracks me up
the duology tumblr would write if everyone clubbed together and threw plot at the metaphorical storytelling wall just to see what would stick
and of course: “King William furious as Scottish government confiscates Balmoral”
#THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN #the next together
30TH JUN 2016
#m- m -Matthew #The next together
28TH JUN 2016
bechdels: a pleasant thought: gay grandparents will soon be commonplace
#the next together
13TH MAR 2016
I copied a cute idea done by @themackenzilee to compare the differences and similarities between her books. So here’s the things in both The Next Together and The Last Beginning (out in October!). 😶
#the next together #the last beginning
12TH MAR 2016
In one timeline we kiss but the stars don’t come down. In another you set a world on fire for me but I perish in the flames. Another and we’re strangers on a busy street, brushing by close enough to send each other reeling off balance but not stopping. Somewhere there’s a final space where your hand on my face is the punchy climax to an epic saga, where the way our mouths meet takes the breath right out of people’s throats. One universe has us right, of all the millions stacked on millions. So it’s not this one. I can live with that. The world is full of wonders and a hundred years ago the moon was too much to dream of touching. Look how far we’ve come. Turn over your shoulder and just look. Maybe we’ll come across each other at the turning of the century, racing across the breaches between worlds. I’ll build my life on that maybe.
— elisabeth hewer
#The next together
10TH MAR 2016
albus-dumbledore asked: Hi Lauren! I really liked The Next Together and I just wanted to ask, don’t you think the song Avalanche by Walk The Moon FITS THE BOOK SO WELL. They’re my favorite band and after reading your book I couldn’t listen to the song without thinking of Katherine and Matthew. The song has lines such as “You’ve got a look in your eyes / I knew you in a past life” and “I don’t want to wait till the next life” and “Sometimes the past echoes in the future / Starting long before we were born” LIKE REALLY
oh WOW. I hadn’t heard this and HONESTLY. It’s so perfect! thank you for sharing it. it’s going on my playlist.
#the next together #claflin
23RD FEB 2016
Extract from The Next Together
As it’s Valentine’s day, I’m going to copy the lovely Kate Ormand’s idea and post a little romantic extract from my book! After you’ve read about her Flo and Jett being cuties, here is Katy and Matthew being cuties too. If you prefer, you can read it on Wattpad here.
Varna, Bulgaria, 1854
Katy had never felt such relief as the first time she managed to clean herself properly after the voyage from Southampton. It was the evening of their first day back on land, in the camp at Varna in Bulgaria. Their tent was dark and small, with only a single tiny cot, but it afforded
the privacy she needed to unwrap her chest, and it felt like a wonderful luxury. She scrubbed her skin until it was pink and the bowl of water Matthew had collected from the pump was brown and soapy.
When she finally felt clean again, she went outside to where Matthew was waiting. They were sharing the tent, just as they would have been if she really was his manservant. They couldn’t ask for another and, besides, Katy had been sleeping in a hammock next to Matthew and dozens of soldiers for weeks now, so she didn’t think it would be awkward.
“I’ll fetch you a fresh bowl of water,” she said. He nodded wearily. It had been a long journey from the steamer to the encampment, which sprawled outside the city of Varna, along the edge of a huge lake. Once they had arrived, they’d had to collect their tent and erect it. They were both exhausted.
As Katy walked to the pump, she passed the campfire where soldiers were cooking the meagre rations they’d managed to get. Katy felt a pang in her stomach. They hadn’t had any food since arriving and probably wouldn’t until the next day.
When she returned to the tent, Matthew was inside, shaving, having developed a layer of stubble during their voyage. She wouldn’t call it a beard exactly.
“Thank you,” he said, washing off the soap with the clean water she’d brought him.
“You’re welcome.” She sat on the cot and ran a brush through her hair, wincing at the build-up of tangles. She was going to need to get it cut soon. She’d kept it closely clipped ever since some of the other servant boys had teased her for her curls, saying they made her look like a girl. Now her hair was starting to curl up around her ears, and while she was androgynous enough to pass as a boy, it would be just asking for trouble to have long curly hair.
She sniffed at herself. Since she’d washed she had become very aware of the smell of her dirty clothes. “Do you think if I wash my clothes they will be dry by morning? I don’t think I can stand to wear these again. They smell horrendous.”
Matthew shrugged. “If they’re still damp then you can borrow some of mine.”
She looked up in surprise. Although she knew that he’d forgiven her for lying about her gender, this new kindness was unexpected. “Thank you,” she said softly.
He nodded, and returned his attention to shaving with an air of quiet embarrassment.
She tugged at the loose hair on the brush, admiring the mix of strands, her ginger and Matthew’s brown.
“Can I borrow some now? A shirt or something, to wear tonight?”
Matthew focused more than was necessary on washing the soap off his razor. “Yes. Take whatever you need out of my bag.”
Katy swapped her dirty shirt for Matthew’s clean one with relief. Matthew, who was washing his face, carefully kept his back to her. When she’d changed clothes, she sniffed herself again, but all she could smell now was a lingering trace of Matthew’s scent on the clean material.
Katy then tried her best to clean her clothes with just a small bowl of water and cheap soap. By the time she was finished, and the wet clothes were hung outside the tent to dry, it was dark.
Katy took a sheepskin off the cot and laid it on the floor, before making a pillow from a brown linen coat. The dirt floor didn’t look appealing, but she told herself it was better than sleeping outside, or on a ship, and settled down for the night.
“What are you doing?” Matthew asked. Arms crossed, he looked like a man on a mission. He would have been quite intimidating, if it hadn’t been for the way his hair curled around his face as it dried.
“I’m going to sleep?” she said.
“No. Stop it.”
She raised her eyebrows at him. “We’ve had quite a long journey. I think I deserve at least a nap.”
“I’m not going to make you sleep on the ground. Obviously you will take the bed.”
“We could always … share it,” she said. “Aren’t people supposed to huddle together for warmth in hostile conditions?”
He rolled his eyes, but a hint of a blush rose to his cheeks and the tips of his ears. He began violently brushing out his hair, sending water droplets flying. “That’s in the Arctic. I don’t think you’re in danger of getting frostbite here.”
“Oh, I wasn’t talking about me,” she said. “Me, I’ll be fine. I was talking about you. You’re so thin you might freeze completely through.”
“I think I can handle sleeping on the floor.”
“Well, don’t come crying to me if you’re a cold dead corpse tomorrow morning. You’re a delicate flower. I don’t think you can handle the floor.” Then when he didn’t respond, she added more firmly, “Matthew, I’m not making you sleep on the ground. I’ve caused you enough trouble as it is. Besides, I bet that cot is full of bedbugs. The ground is probably cleaner.”
“I’m not giving in, Katy.”
He started a brief staring contest, which was apparently his new method of persuading her to agree to his point of view without the hassle of actually yelling. She always squirmed under his steady gaze, but she was determined not to be the first to look away. However, this time Matthew was even more determined. She rolled her eyes, conceding defeat by overdramatically throwing off the blanket. It actually was quite cold on the floor, though, and she shivered involuntarily.
Matthew punched the air. “I win!”
“We will alternate nights. I’ll have it tonight and you can have it tomorrow. Otherwise we are both going to end up sleeping on the ground, aren’t we?”
“We are going to have the same discussion tomorrow, because I’m never taking the bed from you.”
“I’ll have a whole day to think of arguments,” she warned him.
“So will I.” He smirked.
Katy felt a rush of affection for him. She usually enjoyed their exchanges, and would have replied with something cutting, but today − in their new tent with a completely stationary floor and a proper bed, and not even one snoring soldier in here with them − she just wanted to be nice to him. He had been so forgiving and lovely to her since finding out that she was a girl, and she had never had the chance to return the favour. She’d have to wash his clothes for him and maybe find food for them both first thing tomorrow. It didn’t look like they’d be getting rations from the army any time soon. A sudden impulse overtook her and she stood up and wrapped her arms around him.
“Good night,” she murmured into his ear. He was tense, but he relaxed slowly, finally pulling her tight against him and pressing his face into her hair.
“Night,” he said back, a touch of something like surprise in his voice.
She stepped away, pulling down the shirt which had ridden uncomfortably high on her thighs. Then she climbed quickly into the cot and pulled the blanket over her.
“Matthew, thank you, really,” she said. “You’ve been so good to me.”
The corner of his mouth turned up. “It was a small matter.” He paused, and then added, “As the girl said to the soldier.”
Katy let out a thrilled, too loud laugh, and Matthew settled into the makeshift bed on the floor with an unmistakable air of self-satisfaction.
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#the next together #blog #extract
14TH FEB 2016
This time next month the US edition of The Next Together is finally released! It’s been a long road to get here (my original US publisher shut down before the book could be released – hence the long wait!) but it’s almost here now.
I don’t have any…
This time next month the US edition of The Next Together is finally released! It’s been a long road to get here (my original US publisher shut down before the book could be released – hence the long wait!) but it’s almost here now.
I don’t have any copies of the lovely hardback to show you yet, so for now, here is the dust jacket. I’m still not over that beautiful sunset.
Out with Sky Pony Press on June 13th
16TH MAY 2017
evecoffn: character concept: two people who have been reincarnated for thousands of years and have always found eachother but instead of being in love they just fucking hate eachother
simonlevvis: @laurenjames this would be one hell of a next together au
Someone…..write me this. 🗡🔫
#the next together
24TH APR 2017
Anonymous asked: If you were to write Katherine and Matt’s wedding scene, what would it be like and why? (ps. love your books ❤ <3)
omg. WELL first off in 2056 kate proposes to matt. i know this is obvious, i barely need to say it. she does the whole monica thing and fills a room with candles, courts him until he’s blushing etc.
on the day, Matt wears a tuxedo and is so nervous that he’ll get the words wrong that he gets drunk before he even puts the suit on
Kate dips Matt when the vicar says they can kiss.
she doesn’t wear white (”i did that last time”), she wears something shiny like this:
her ‘something old’ is a tortoiseshell hair clasp from carlisle in 1745, her ‘something borrowed’ is clove’s watch with the rainbow strap (so spart can be part of the ceremony – matt insisted, “since you brought us together after all”).
her something blue is a tattoo of matt’s name written in blue fountain pen ink which she gets done drunk on her hen night. jen got a tattoo too: hers says ‘st andrews university
tom has this whole melodramatic joke about it. at the rehearsal dinner he tells every. single. person. that he’s not jen’s first love and he might never recover from the heart break. clove has to move to a different table because he’s so embarrassing.
oh, clove! Clove is the maid of honour. ella is technically her date but officially the ring bearer (”why do you want to be the RING BEARER?” – clove “we don’t have them anymore! i want to hold the cushion!” – ella. “if you lose the ring you are time travelling right out of that church to buy another.” – clove)
on the day, ella arrives in some futuristic dress that clove absolutely refuses to let her wear (”is that – is your dress made of clouds? are you FLOATING? No. no way. how did you think you would get away with this without anyone noticing?!”) so meg lends her a dress that looks like this:
the wedding is the first time meg and ella meet and that goes as awkwardly as you would expect.
kate and matt’s wedding song is come on eileen.
ella lends them her skim for their honeymoon. they go on a tour of all of their lives. they’re gone two years but they time it so they come back after 2 weeks. no one notices how long they were really gone. even though matt has started going grey.
they have a baby boy six months later, and clove is the best big sister in the entire world. tom and jen enjoy being aunt and uncle and taking a less active role in the parenting (”you’ve got enough grey hair for both of us, i don’t need more stress in my life” – tom to matt. “if that were true you wouldn’t demand to babysit once a week” – matt to tom “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, DON’T STOP HIM!!” – kate to matt)
Summary: all my favourite power couples have a gr8 time
#the next together #this was so fun thank you for the ask!! #unofficial epilogue to tlb i guess?
Anonymous asked: Kate and Matt have A SON?? CLOVE HAS A BROTHER??? WHAT’S HIS NAME?????
I didn’t know until yesterday that they had a son, but YES THEY NOW DO. They didn’t get to raise Clove after all – they’ve never done the parenting thing!
His name is probably Alfie? That’s a nice name.
(Who’s gonna start the petition for a third book about him? I WILL SIGN IT)
#the next together #Anonymous
17TH JAN 2017
dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: I’D READ ABOUT ALFIE. What’s he like? *narrows eyes* Has he inherited a penchant for time travel troublemaking…?
i guess this is a THING now, okay. I HAD THINGS TO DO TODAY BUT OKAY.
Alfie Galloway is ginger. He’s not as clever as Clove and he feels bad about that sometimes. He LOVES trains. Anything about trains, he’s not picky.
Kate’s instagram is entirely made up of cute pictures of Matt and Alfie asleep together. Like, she posts one every single day. Sprawled on the sofa. Cuddling over a bedtime story. In the back of the car on long trips.
When he’s four he accidentally time travels himself somewhere with Ella’s skim and everyone freaks out. They manage to track him down in the end.
He doesn’t realise Spart is a AI and talks to him in a very serious voice like he’s a tiny man trapped inside all the computers.
He has a pet axolotl.
He worships Tom. Like, Tom is his favourite person in the entire world. He rides around on his shoulders and laughs at his jokes so hard that he cries.
Kate and Alfie make pancakes every Sunday morning while Matt has a lie in.
Matt and Alfie make chocolate cake on the days Kate works late.
When he’s six he starts reading the Harry Potter books and decides that he’s Ron Weasley. He makes Clove knit him a jumper with a big ‘R’ on it like Molly makes Ron, and wears it every single day until it’s too small for him.
#dragonwingsandtimetravel #the next together
17TH JAN 2017
ahsburkes asked: this thing i hear about what ella and clove’s engagement would be like….i’m afraid i’ll need to know more
Anonymous said:Please write Clove and Ella’s engagement scene!
Okay guys. LET’S DO THIS. After school, Clove does a degree at St Andrews while Ella finishes her degree at her home uni. Then Clove moves to Ella’s uni for a masters in theoretical morality, while Ella starts a PhD in classical history control potentiality. They live together in a tiny terraced house with a back garden, which Ella turns into a vegetable patch. It produces approximately 3 Brussel sprouts and a cucumber every summer. That’s all.
When they both finally graduate with a million degrees between them, Clove goes back to St Andrews to start running tests on the time machine with Jen, who now runs the St Andrews Physics department. Ella moves back with her. She commutes using her skim to a theatre company, where she works to gather accurate details about ancient greece for their productions, using her Skim.
They adopt a rescue dog, who Matt babysits during the day, because he works from home with Tom (they started a business together. they argue constantly.) Alfie, kate and matt’s three year old son, cries every day when Clove picks up the dog after work. Alfie hates goodbyes.
When Ella turns 25 she gets really nostalgic for how she and clove met (she reads a lot of fic written about them. Clove kinkshames her. It’s a Thing.). They drop the dog off with kate and matt and alfie and go on holiday to 1745. They hang out with 1745 Katherine and Matthew, and then Ella takes Clove on a picnic by the river, at the exact place where they met. The picnic is the same as the one Ella brought then, except there’s smoky bacon crisps too, this time.
After they eat, Clove naps with her head on Ella’s stomach. When she wakes up, there’s a bouquet of violets resting next to her. She laughs when she sees it, hysterically, and Ella gets offended that she finds her romantic gesture funny. Then Clove reaches into her bag and pulls out a box. She hands it to Ella.
Inside, there’s a ring.
“I guess we both had the same idea,” Clove says, blushing bright red. “You gave me a violet once, a long time ago. I thought it was about time I repaid the favour.“
Ella’s eyes flick down between the ring and Clove. “Are you…?” she says.
Clove nods. “Elenore Walker. Will you marry me?”
Ella bursts into tears. “You weren’t supposed to propose for another two years!” she yells. “It’s in your autobiography!!”
Clove grins. She’s been planning for a while that when she gets around to writing her ‘autobiography’, she’ll include some lies. Gotta keep Ella on her toes somehow. “Surprise?”
Ella says yes, they get married the next summer, it’s very stressful for everyone involved. The wedding photos go viral on Ella’s social media. Obviously this is their wedding song.
#the next together #the last beginning #simonlevvis #obviously as soon as they get home ella pulls out a ring she bought before she even officially met clove #she saved up her pocket money for it
9TH FEB 2017
#Kate would do this to alfie #tom would love it but matt and jen would refuse to have any part in it #the next together
14TH FEB 2017
∟ books read in 2016; the next together by lauren james
‘’I love you. In every life, I love you. I love you so much.’’
#I LOVE THIS SO MUCH #the next together #GOSH #THANK YOU
3RD DEC 2016
taxloopholes: me applying for any job: so here’s the false identity I’ve constructed to appeal to you,
#lmao #Katy #the next together #crimea
30TH OCT 2016
New Kate & Matt short story – SNAILS.
My old university, the University of Nottingham @uniofnottingham asked me to write a short story for their alumni magazine recently!
As one of the timelines in The Next Together is set on the University of Nottingham campus in 2039, I decided to write about Kate and Matt during their time at the uni.
The short story is set somewhere between Kate and Matt’s first meeting, and the point when everything goes to hell. So… Chapter 2? :’)
If you’re a Nottingham uni alumni, you can enter a competition to write a 1000 word short story set at a Nottingham campus, to be judged by me! Details here.
“So,” the Head of the School of Life Sciences said, eyeing them both over the rim of her glasses. “Why don’t you tell me how this happened?” “Kate?” Matt said, in a strangled voice. “Why don’t you explain?” Kate grimaced. “Well- I mean- I guess-” “Please.” The Head massaged her temples. “Just tell me how the fire started.” Kate swallowed. “I suppose it started with the snails.” Beside her, Matt slowly sunk lower in his seat, deflating like a very embarrassed balloon.
The @chronicintrovert art prints should have started arriving today! Has anyone got theirs yet?
#alice #the next together #the last beginning #the loneliest girl in the universe
13TH SEP 2018
flyflysstuff asked: Hi Lauren! I was just reading your great piece about the publishing process and how excited you were, trying to motivate myself with edit 3 of what I’ve written. I was just wondering if you had done the same kind of account for when you were trying to find an agent. Reading about peoples real experiences is really helpful. I had a look but couldnt find anything. If not no worries, I know you’re busy. Love your books btw and so excited for TQATEOTW 😁
Good luck with it!!
#the next together #flyflysstuff
23RD JUN 2018
Anonymous asked: Hi! Are any of your books been translated to any other languages? ❤
Yes! Here are the ones published so far:
První konec (“The First End”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)
Em Nossa Proxima Vida (“In Our Next Life”) – Brasil (HarperCollins)
Bir Sonraki Hayatımız (“Our Next Life”) – Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)
Любовь И Другие Катастрофы (“Love and Other Catastrophes”) – Russia (Ripol)
Forever Again: Für alle Augenblicke wir (“For all our moments”) – Germany (Loewe) | Audiobook
Poslední začátek (“The Last Start”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)
Son Başlangıç (“Last Start”) – Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)
Forever Again – Wie oft du auch gehst (“How Often You Go”) – Germany (Loewe)
#the next together #the last beginning #Anonymous
13TH MAY 2018
phoneus: *holding clipboard* hm…. *kisses your cheek* interestning… *writes down results on clipboard but the results are a drawing of us holding hands*
#kate and matt #the next together
15TH MAR 2018
dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: Oh, I would love to see Kate’s responses to questions 19, 20 and 21…!
19. what is your favourite thing right now?
Kate: My newborn son, Alfie! He’s a little terror but he’s young enough that even when he’s having a tantrum it’s still kind of new and exciting – I never got to do that with Clove!
20. what is your hidden talent? (example: memory, double joints, etc. )
Kate: I can sense and uncover any chocolate cake hidden in any building, like a truffle pig.
21. what is the best dream you’ve ever had?
I once woke up from a pretty wonderful dream about my friend Matt actually being my husband in some kind of castle during a siege…..turned out that was actually a memory? It was a fun dream, though.
#the next together #thank you!! #dragonwingsandtimetravel
27TH FEB 2018
Anonymous asked: Is it bizarre to you that next year’s gonna be 2019??? THE 2019
I know!! Somewhere out there right this minute, new graduated
Katherine Finchley is applying to jobs in labs. And Matthew Galloway has no idea the new employee at CSL is about to storm into his life and kiss him in supply cupboards.
#the next Together
16TH JAN 2018
Thank you to everyone who came to Romy’s second lift off tonight! I can’t believe I got to do this all over again. Will post lots of pictures tomorrow but for now – look how far we’ve come, @ajgraingerauthor! 2015-2017. Let’s hope we’re still doing…
Thank you to everyone who came to Romy’s second lift off tonight! I can’t believe I got to do this all over again. Will post lots of pictures tomorrow but for now – look how far we’ve come, @ajgraingerauthor! 2015-2017. Let’s hope we’re still doing this in twenty years time, @walkerbooksya.
#the loneliest girl in the universe #the next together
12TH SEP 2017
For anyone who has read The Next Together series and is wondering if they’ll like The Loneliest Girl: here’s your answer, statistically and qualitatively.
#the loneliest girl in the universe #the next together #the last beginning
1ST SEP 2017
avocavo: turn on: a very nice pen with an even flow of ink
#Matthew #the next Together
23RD JUL 2017
Talking of art, some pretty outstanding pictures of my books have been popping up recently. Here are some of my faves. You guys are all so clever!
#the next together #the loneliest girl in the universe #the last beginning
14TH JUL 2017