Title: Making Headlines
Author: Erin Brown
Publication Date: 10/7/2014
When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.
Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.
When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.
In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.
Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel. You can follow her on Twitter @erinbrownwrites.
Luke and I end up sitting in the coffee shop and playing Scrabble. It turns out that we are
“Lumos is not an acceptable word,” he says.
“Well, it should be,” I counter. “It’s in Harry Potter.”
“I know where it’s from,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean that you can use it.”
“But it’s a real word!”
“Doesn’t matter,” Luke says, pulling out his phone. “I’m looking it up in the Scrabble
“Seriously? You can’t just let me have this one?”
“What if I trade you something for it?”
He stops and looks up at me over his phone. Now I have his attention.
“What do you have in mind?”
“If you let me have lumos, I’ll let you kiss me.”
He considers it. “No go.”
So he wants to play hardball. “If you don’t let me have lumos, I’ll never let you kiss me again.”
“How do I know that you’d let me kiss you again in the first place?”
“Come on,” I say. “I’m forgiving you for kissing your ex. Clearly I’m going to let you kiss me
“How about this,” he says. “I’ll let you have lumos if you agree to be my girlfriend.”
“Okay,” I say.
“Even though we haven’t caught the Score List culprit yet?”
“We’d be working together on it anyway. And we’re friends,” I say, adding air quotes around
‘friends.’ “This is just putting an official title on what we already know is a thing.”
“Disconcertingly rational,” he says again, shaking his head. “And mine.”
I smile winningly at him and tally my points. “I totally just won this game.”
“Actually, I think I’m the winner,” he says. “I won you.”
“God, that is so barbarian of you.”
“Hey, you’re the one who bet yourself.” I can’t help but laugh. “What do you say we get out of
here?” he asks.
“Where do you want to go?”
“My place. Your place. I don’t care. But I want to do things to you that the good people in this
coffee shop probably don’t want to see.”