Blog Tour: 4 Star review + Q&A with Lauren Rosolino to celebrate her new released – Running to Stand Still




Title: Running to Stand Still
Author: Lauran Rosolino
Genre: NA Romance

Collin was who he was: simple and easy.
Me? I was jagged and complex. I wanted everything.
And despite how he made me feel—safe—it was clear to me that we’d never work out in the end.
That divide between us would always be there.
Because I’d never ask him to give up on the things he wanted.
And, while I sometimes wished I could be that person, I wasn’t.

Just seven more months. Then Jamie Benson can leave this goodbye town behind her and start her new life in Chicago. She can leave this place of broken glass and cracked sidewalks and rusted fences. This place that holds nothing good. She can leave the ghosts and spinning rooms and shattered promises in her rearview mirror and never look back.
But all the stories she’s been telling herself are threatened when, one night, while tending bar at her father’s hole-in-the-wall dive, she meets Collin—a boy who is good and honest and sincere in a world where everything is harsh and cold and detached. A boy who makes her feel safe. A boy worth staying for.
Will Jamie be able to untangle the truths from the lies? Or will the sins of the past swallow her whole?

My Review:

4/5 Stars!

This is a beautiful coming of age story of second chances and finding love when and where you least expect it.

All Jamie wants it to get out of her small town and move to Chicago.  Life has not been good to her and she sees Chicago as her escape, her chance for a life on her terms.  Then she meets Collin.  Sweet, honest, kind and loving Collin and suddenly, she’s not so sure what she wants anymore.

Rosalino has written an honest story of relationships, letting go and self-discovery, and love at its purest.

Q & A with Lauren Rosalino

I read in your bio on your website that you have been a life-long reader.  What was the first book you fell in love with?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To commemorate the new release (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), I’m rereading the whole series now for the first time in I can’t remember how long. In the inside cover of my copy I wrote…
To: Lauren
From: Daddy
Year: 2000
Age: 8
For: doing good on report card
That’s where my love of reading and writing all began. The books are going by much faster now than I remember them when I was eight. They’re still so amazing though. So many feels.

Any books you have read lately that you would recommend?

Consulting my Goodreads list now…
The Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry. My dad (yet again) got me hooked on the series when he bought me the first book, Patient Zero, last year for my birthday. The series is Sci-Fi Thriller and even if that’s not your preferred genre, I’d encourage you to give the series a chance. The writing just blows me away. It’s brilliant.

As a fellow Swiftie, I have to ask do you prefer Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift, or 1989, Taylor Swift?

Oh, good question! I’m going to have to say 1989. I didn’t become a hardcore fan until Speak Now. As an artist, I really appreciate Taylor’s dedication to the growth of her music. She changes and evolves with each album and I love that. I love that she doesn’t stay stuck in the past just because it’s been proven successful. She stays true to her music, to what she wants to say. And she’s just a phenomenal performer. At her concerts (I’ve been to two in Detroit), you feel like you’re there with her, connecting with her, even in a stadium full of people.

Do you have a writing ritual, like a specific playlist or type of food you must always have on hand?

Coffee. Always coffee (that I drink out of my Gilmore Girls Luke’s cup) I do create playlists for whatever I’m working on at the moment. If I have a hard time getting into a scene, I like to play the music that helped inspire the scene to get me started. If I’m not stuck, I either can’t listen to music at all or like to listen to what I call coffee shop indie rock: Death Cab for Cutie, Olin & the Moon, Wake Owl (just discovered them), or The Vampire Diaries music playlists on Youtube.

My son was reading your website bio over my shoulder and saw you were from Detroit.  He would like to know Michigan or Michigan State?  

Tricky question. I attended Michigan State for my freshmen year, but my family all supports U of M. Ann Arbor is a cool town and in another life I would’ve really liked to attend U of M, but from my own personal experience I’m going to have to say Michigan State. Go Green! (says the most unenthusiastic, apathetic sports fan there ever was)

Running to Stand Still sounds like a tear-jerker.  Was there something in particular that inspired you to write this book?

Oh, yes. I think this will be my most emotional, autobiographical book I will ever write (many, many more posts on that on my blog). I drew so much from my personal experience of growing up in the suburbs of Detroit–the sights, the smells, the sounds, the texture of life there. And also, the experience that I think a lot of people can relate to of being somewhere you don’t want to be, wondering to yourself, how did I get here? When did this become my life?

On your website, you list some of your all-time favorite books and many of them are fantasy.  Would you want to write a fantasy novel someday?

YES! Sorry, I cannot contain my excitement. I have plans (very serious plans) to write a paranormal series centering around witches. I’m very excited about that, though I’m not exactly sure when that is going to happen. And as for writing epic fantasy of Melanie Rawn proportions, I think I’ll be ready to tackle that when I’m about 70 years old. 🙂 But yes, creating my own fantasy realm is definitely on my writer’s bucket list.

One last question.  Travis Maddox spent a very long time at the top of my book boyfriend list, until I read Dirty by Kylie Scott.  Suddenly, Vaughan Hewson was shoving poor Travis out of the way.  Who is at the top of your book boyfriend list?

Am I allowed to say my own characters? Ha! Because I’m seriously in love with both Logan (from The Charm Necklace) and Collin (from Running to Stand Still).

My favorite Maddox brother was Trenton. But I’d say my favorite book boyfriend, is Julian from Lady Midnight, the new Cassandra Clare series. He’s just so gentle and caring, but can also be downright ruthless when necessary. I love that dichotomy.

Thank you so much, Lauren, for taking the time to answer my questions!  I have to say, that after reading Running to Stand Still, Collin has made his way into my Book Boyfriend Top 10.  My son would like me to tell you that he wholly approves of your MSU choice!  I look forward to reading your books in the future (especially a series about witches!).  Congratulations on the new release!

Author Bio

Author of The Charm Necklace and Running to Stand Still. Writer of stories about finding beauty in brokenness.
She is a storyteller. Adventuer. Partner. Coffee drinker. Magic believer. Rebel with a gypsy soul. Lover of the woods and books, the woods and walks.
Born and bred in Detroit, Lauren grew up reading Harry Potter, watching Gilmore Girls, listening (and dancing) to a lot of music, and wondering why people do what they do. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Psychology. Lauren lives with her husband, dog, cat, and bunny in Charleston, South Carolina.
To find out more and read her blog, Wonderstruck, visit


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