Book Tour Launch Event on Aug. 16 Begins LIVE IN LOVE Celebration Ahead of Aug. 18 Release

First Announced Book Tour Event Moderators Include Amy Brown and Hoda Kotb

Lauren Akins has rescheduled her book tour and taken all events online to most safely celebrate her upcoming memoir LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes (Ballantine Books), out August 18. Current ticket holders’ tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored for the virtual events and all ticket holders will be contacted from their point of purchase with new information and refund options. Additionally, fans across the country can now attend any virtual tour date, regardless of the events’ host location, as well as attend multiple unique events. First announced event moderators include Amy Brown (8/16) and Hoda Kotb (8/24). For a full list of dates, to purchase tickets and for moderator updates, visit

“From the minute we announced, I've heard from from so many of y’all about this book,” Akins said. “While I’m disappointed my first tour won't look how I had hoped, I’m going to roll with it as we’ve pretty much all been doing for all of 2020 and plan some fun ways for us to connect to be sure we make the most of enjoying this crazy journey."


Sunday, August 16—Nashville, TN, 3pm CT Co-hosted by Parnassus Books, powerHouse Books, The Country Bookshop, A Cappella Books, and Carmichael’s Bookstore In Conversation with Amy Brown

Tuesday, August 18—Tulsa, OK, 7pm CT Hosted by Magic City Books In Conversation with TBA

Friday, August 21 - Birmingham, AL, 7pm CT Hosted by Books-A-Million In Conversation with TBA

Monday, August 24—Dallas, TX, 7pm CT Hosted by Dallas Museum of Arts In Conversation with Hoda Kotb

Thursday, August 27—St. Louis, MO, 7pm CT Hosted by Left Bank Books In Conversation with TBA

In LIVE IN LOVE, Lauren shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, LIVE IN LOVE takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.

LIVE IN LOVE is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.

Ballantine Books is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Lauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife and philanthropist who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Country super-star Thomas Rhett and their three little girls Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon. Lauren has been a passionate supporter and active volunteer for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International.

Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Times bestselling co-author who is dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift.