Vixenwriter: A Seduction In Words


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

       Lisa Renee Jones' - Hurt So Good

Looking for something scorching hot to read? Check out Lisa Renee Jones' newest release from Ellora's Cave - Hurt So Good. I've never been disappointed in anything I've picked up with Lisa's name on the cover.

Kelly Marshall is all work and no play, which has left her with only dreams—visions filled with erotic images. But fantasy becomes reality when she accompanies a friend to a trendy Manhattan bar and meets Mark—a man hot enough to fulfill all those nighttime fantasies.

After spending one incredible night with Mark, Kelly slips away without leaving a way for Mark to reach her.

Kelly's erotic dreams continue—only now they feature Mark, a man who isn't so easily dismissed. But soon she will face him again and this time Mark won't allow her to escape because he plans to win one hot night after the next.

       Stuff And Junk

You know, I do love my husband so very much. He's such a sweetie and so good to me and generally together and a great dad and he brings me home presents and all of that stuff that makes me smile to myself all day long. But once the man is asleep, that all goes out the window with the snoring. Grrr! I love him but the snoring makes me want to put a pillow over his face. And all of my children snore when they're very tired too. Lovely.

On a brighter note, I got a FIVE star review for Second Chances at Ecataromance "Lauren Dane is and extremely talented and creative author. She has out done herself, with Second Chances. Second Chances is emotionally powerful. This story is sensually captivating, erotically pleasing but also deeply moving and emotional. It will spell bind you and endear you to its characters. If you, like me, love reading a story that is spine tingling with a shocking twist, and an ending that you could not ever imagine, then this book is a must read, you will NOT be disappointed."

And Nannette at Joyfully Reviewed gave Triad an excellent review calling it "Explosive": "This story has it all! There is action, drama, interesting characters, an electrifying story line and hot passionate sex. Best of all, Triad is a truly beautiful and sensual story. With Triad, Book 1 in the Witches Knot Series, Ms. Dane has written an explosive beginning to a truly enchanting series!"

Thanks, Di and Nannette!

Oh and writing - got an email from my editor, they've approved my series title as Cascadia Wolves but there's a minor change to the title of the first book and it's just "Enforcer" now instead of "the" Enforcer. Shrug. Okay, no big. Comparing the ease of this to the five month back and forth for the series title of my Charvez Witch books, this is cake and I'm quite happy.

And on the topic of Cascadia Wolves (wow, cool segue!), I'm getting into The Rebel or Rebel (although I may call it something else) now. I was talking to my husband about negotiations and as I was blathering about it all, an idea came to me about how the three characters would meet and who that third would be. At first I'd thought that one of Tracy's men would be a vampire but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I'd have to write around it instead of being able to use it. So they're all three werewolves (yes, I know, it makes me giggle too) but there's a nice twist and the werewolf mafia is back in this one. Hee!

I know that some writers look down their nose at us pantsers (as in seat of the pants) but I like writing this way. I like the process as this living thing that can totally change. Yeah, it's not as organized as thorough plotting, but it works for me.

Off to get some chai. I'm going to be talking about a friend's book that you should all read in just a bit.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

       Woot! Gay Cowboys Again

I know I know, I already talked about Brokeback Mountain when I heard about the movie a while back but really, how much can one talk about Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall kissing until it gets old? I haven't hit that point yet, I'll let you know if it ever happens.

But okay, a different angle to the Brokeback Mountain issue is that my husband won two free passes to an advance screening and so my Pearl Jam buddy and I are totally going and I promise to give you all my review the day after.

My other friend kept referring to it as Bareback Mountain but I had to tell her that I think that is a different kind of gay cowboy movie. Heh.

The new weekly theme is going up today at the Writerbabes blog along with a new contest. Don't forget to check it out.

More later on the next Cascadia Wolves book but I need to grab some more tea. I'll leave you all to ruminate on Heath and Jake, smooching up a storm.

Monday, November 28, 2005

       A new contract!!

I just heard from my editor this morning and they've contacted Cascadia Wolves: The Enforcer! I'm really excited about this, I do so love this book and these characters and she says she *loved* it, which makes me grin because really, making my editor happy pleases me to no end.

I don't have any info about release dates or anything at this point, I have to get the contract in and signed, etc. But I'll continue to update as I go.

Friday, November 25, 2005


What a day yesterday! We took our family to my lovely friend, Christi's house for the day. It was every bit as wonderful as I'd imagined it would be. Christi and her husband are warm hosts, their home is welcoming and comfortable (oh and also, looks like it should be in a magazine) and another old and dear friend was there too which was the icing.

Consumed some magnificent wine, ate yummy food, had great conversation with old friends and new. Christi showed my book to everyone who walked in the door, which made me laugh but was very sweet.

The kids were pretty well behaved. Before we left my husband lined them up and said, "okay, we are NOT going to be the Simpsons going over to the Flanders'!" and for the most part we weren't. The four year old however, is like one of those little dogs that doesn't realize he's not a great dane and tried to be an alpha kid which led to some fights and a bit of separation from the other kids for a while. The baby spent her time being cute and swiping stuff off my plate and my oldest just played Sly Cooper all day.

It was a lovely day and it was a perfect reminder of just how fortunate I am in that my greatest reasons to be thankful are my friends and family (and some pie)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

       Tuesday Hello

So I'm out of sugar. I could go to the market and get some but I'd have to wake the baby up, bundle her and my 4 year old up and me too and trudge up there in the dense fog and eh, I'd rather complain about it in the warmth of my house.

Writing. I am, I swear. I'm still editing WK, tweaking it and hopefully improving it. I've gotten into the next Cascadia Wolves book, The Rebel. This is Tracy's story and she gets a menage. Why? Well, why not I say! Actually, this ties in some stuff I set up in The Enforcer. She gets a werewolf and a vampire. Because I'm all about sharing the love.

I made the mistake of watching television and caught part of this reality show about Danny Bonaduce. What is up with this show? I felt dirty after finally managing to change the channel. It's worse than a normal trainwreck type of reality show. There's some major trouble happening, substance abuse, physical and mental abuse, potential infidelity and confessed past infidelity. And all of this seems to be televised in their counseling sessions. It was disturbing and it makes me wonder about the ethics of a counselor who'd let all of that be on television. I'm all for the shaudenfraude of reality television but there are children involved here and real serious stuff like steroids and all sorts of major anger issues. Ick! Danny Partridge has big big issues.

Oh and I have won the Nigerian lottery and my penis can be larger so I can "Get the Chix!" Woo! Thank goodness for the internet. Rich and a big penis.

Monday, November 21, 2005

       This Is Some New Sh..uh, Stuff

Sorry to those of you who don't share my deep love of Missy Elliot, I've been listening to Under Construction while editing lately.

Anyway, what's happening with me? Hmm. Oh the next question for my Threes Contest is up at my website on the "goodies" page.

The newsletter has gone out so don't forget to get those entries in for the Good Stuff.

I got the books out to those of you who won copies of Triad so expect to be seeing them sometime soon.

I finished Nora's, The Black Rose. I love that the heroine was in her late 40's and she and Mitch had a lot of chemistry but it often felt in the beginning 100 pages that the connection between them wasn't utilized enough. I do love the backstory of the ghost and I'll definitely be picking up the last book next month.

I have something even better though in my TBR pile, an ARC of Blood of the Damned by Anya Bast. Cause it pays to know secrets about other authors so they send you their books before publication, LOL! I can't wait to get started on it.

Still editing. I'm getting into the next Cascadia Wolves book, which I like very much. Just cooking along.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

       Dogs Of LA - Part One

The Dogs of LA – Part I
I've started this one in my newsletter and my husband suggested I bring it over here to share and so I will (cause he's smart that way). The Dogs of LA is a soap opera about Los Angeles and a big important family and the lives of its sons. Only the family are werewolves. Sort of like Dallas or Knots Landing with fur and better sex. So, without further ado...

Los Angeles – where rock stars stand in line at Starbucks with wanna
be actors and dog trainers. In the midst of the grit and glamour
people live their lives. They eat the best tacos in the country off
trucks in parking lots, banks get robbed, music videos get made and
kids go to elementary school.

And the Delacourte Clan rules. The biggest werewolf pack in the
United States is ruled with the iron fist of its Alpha, Marius
Delacourte. His sons are legion and include CEO's, a tailor, an FBI
agent, a hoodlum, a chef and a musician.

Part I begins with Gabriel, the second oldest son and the musician
of the family…

Gabriel Delacourte looked out the smoky windows of the limousine. The lights of the marquees on Sunset were muted through the darkened tint but still bright enough to signal the vibrant energy of the long strip of clubs, businesses and restaurants. Humans packed the sidewalks.

Even though he was on his way to see the most magnificent looking female to ever walk the earth, he couldn't help but admire the long legs and short skirts out there in the evening.

Soon they left the bright lights as they ascended into the hills overlooking the city. Petra's drive was long and winding and she was standing in her large double doorway wearing a smirk and very little else.

"Pet." Gabriel unfolded his long body as he stepped out of the limo.

"Gabriel. I do think I've insisted you not call me that. And I also think I told you not to bother to bring your mangy ass up here anymore."

Petra Cassidy was easily six feet tall with caramel colored hair that fell to her waist. She should have seemed masculine at such height but there was an air of female seduction around her. Her
light green eyes were almond shaped, lips curved in a perpetual half smile. She was truly the most beautiful thing Gabriel had ever laid eyes on. And he'd seen her naked and sweaty, too.

Only now, her eyes sparked with fury and her arms crossed just under her breasts, thrusting them up out of the very low cut camisole she had on.

"You have to let me explain." He kept his voice reasonable. He knew if he could get inside and explain, she'd forgive him.

"No. No, I don't Gabriel. I'll let you live, but only because the Alpha says I have to. But you can take that cocksure smile and that big dog swagger right back down that hill."

"You spoke with my father?"

"Yes, yes I did. I did when you fell off the face of the earth for three weeks and didn't call and I thought you'd been killed. Turns out you were just in Venice. Too bad you couldn't be bothered to call. Now, get out of here before I forget my promise and rip you to shreds." With that, she leveled a glare at him that froze his guts and spun, sauntering back into the house, slamming the door behind her.

"Shit." Gabriel kicked the dirt and stalked up to the door. "Come on! Petra, let me explain!" he yelled as he pounded on the door.

But there was nothing except for after a few minutes, all of the exterior lights were turned off. Not that he needed them to see, but he realized then, the true depth of the hole he'd dug himself into.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

       So I Won And Other Various Announcements

My Smooch scene from A Touch of Fae won the Ecataromance Smooch of the Month! Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I'll post the scene here later this weekend.

And my delightful husband unit suggested that I put up the soap opera that I've started writing in my newsletter here at the blog after I post it in the newsletter. And I think that's a fine idea. So look for that too!

Friday, November 18, 2005


Woooot! I dodged the turkey bullet! So some of you already know this but there are few things in life that intimidate me and cooking turkey is one of them. I hate hate hate sticking my hand into the icky, frozen turkey cavity (and ugh, is that the grossest way to put it or what?) to pull out the bag of turkey innards. Shudder. I hate never knowing how much to buy, I hate the whole thawing process and how much time it takes to cook and the entire thermometer process too. I mean, WTF? But as I am the only one in my immediate family who likes ham, it's turkey on Thanksgiving and I hate it. My mom always made it look so easy too, getting up at O Dark thirty to start cooking. She never looked daunted by the turkey innard grab. But my mom can lay a concrete sidewalk, sod and build a six feet high wooden fence without much consternation too. (and she toll paints, sheesh)

BUT, my lovely friend Christi has saved the day and allowed me to remain a coward for another year by inviting me and my motley band of monsters to her house for the day with some of our other friends. Yay~! I'm sure it'll be lovely, she's one of those people who has the perfect house for entertaining and is just an overall wonderful person with the cutest Texas accent ever. Plus, her son has a snake and a tarantula so my boys are in heaven.

Laguna Beach, my terrible crack TV addiction is over for the season. The final episode had to be one of the most anti-climactic episodes ever. In short, it was lame. Lots of weeping and hugging and moving to LA. And I just want to say, I grew up in LA and Laguna Beach is not like 19 hours away for god's sake! It's just up the road a bit and it's not like these people live across the country but you'd have thought they were heading to Peru or something as they drove off, weeping in their seventy thousand dollar SUVs. No fights, no stupid attempts at wisdom by LC but wait, she's getting her own show called, "The Hills." Ugh. I am in pain at the thought. There is only one character less interesting on the show and that's Big Face Dieter and because he's LC's guy BFF, I'm guessing we'll have to seem him too.

Oh, gotta go, the baby is eating crayons. See what a superior vision of motherhood I am? Turkey phobic and a crayon eating enabler. Sigh.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

       Looking for A Cool Holiday Gift Idea?

Aside from being one of my dearest friends and a person who I just absolutely love to death, Megan Hart also happens to be an amazing writer. Right now, she's selling her books in print, complete with an autograph. I want to urge you to check her out if you have not already.

One of her books in particular is a big favorite of mine - Passion Model

Here's the blurb:
Passion Model: SF Erotic Romance

When Recreational Intercourse Operative GMMA 03271971 drags a PSSN-M model pleasurebot to an inspection station to check for a faulty ignition, she doesn't expect his lovemaking to send her over the edge into the most explosive climax she's ever had. But what she really doesn't expect is to find the handsome bot is really a man. Declan has a secret, one that could get Gemma fired from R.I.O, or worse...maybe even killed.

Here are some details from Megan herself:
Autographed books make great gifts. I’m selling off my stock now at reduced prices…Order your copies now and save…! Not only are all prices $2 less than buying directly from the publisher, but I’ve included shipping, handling and tax! One price covers all (plus my autograph, which you know is worth…a lot…erm….)

Order for yourself or for friends, family, etc.

How to order: send me an email: authorm AT meganhart DOT com telling me what you want and how many copies. Some quantities are very limited. I’ll tell you how to make payment and get your address and all the important information from you and ship your books media mail rate. First class shipping is available for a little extra, if you can’t wait long enough. ;)


       A Little Something New In The Newsletter

So the newsletter is nearly finished but since I'm in the middle of editing and don't have anything releasing right away, I thought I'd try something new.

So, inspired by the truly fun round robin that Megan and Anya and I are doing and Anya's truly fun serial story from earlier this year, "Fury" I'm going to start a story in chapters called "The Dogs of LA" a paranormal tale. Part one is...well, I'll let those of you who are subscribed find out when I send it out later on today.

If you aren't subscribed yet, get on over there while you can, I'll be aiming at about 5 or 6 my time (pacific). Oh and there's a contest too.

Sign Up Here

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

       A New Contest

To celebrate Triad's release in paperback, I'm having a new contest at my website! Go check it out and good luck!

Monday, November 14, 2005

       Smooch of the Month

Hey all, there are two of my kissing scenes up for Smooch of the Month at Ecataromance - Vote here.

If you enjoyed either book, I would most assuredly appreciate your vote for one or the other. If you'd like to read them before voting:

Second Chances.

A Touch of Fae.

Thank you all in advance!


       365 Days of Lauren Dane

So, a year ago today I got the letter from my editor (I originally remembered it as being from Raelene but I went to look and it was from the fantabulous Ann) that started:

Dear Lauren

After reviewing your submission, TRIAD, Ellora's Cave would like to extend to you a contract for publication.


And my life hasn't been the same since then. It's been an amazing year filled with very high highs and some low lows too, but overall, it's been so incredible and living a dream that I've had since I was old enough to make up my first story is indescribably wonderful.

In the last 365 days I've:

  • Edited and had Triad release in ebook and now in print
  • Written, edited and had A Touch of Fae release in ebook format
  • Written, edited and had Second Chances release in ebook format
  • Written and submitted Dark Justice
  • Written and submitted Cascadia Wolves: The Encorcer
  • Written and submitted Witches Knot
  • Written and and still editing Enclave
  • Written and still editing Wolf
  • Set up a website, an author loop, joined two different author cooperatives, chatted, blurbed and edited.
  • Gotten fan mail and what a joy that is, thank you all!

And a lot more, but those are the big highlights. I have to tell you all that I would not have those things to list if you were not behind me, supporting me through everything, sending me notes of encouragement, commenting here and at my loop. It's incredibly special to me that you all take the time to tell me how you felt about my books.

Now, I'm off to sniffle a bit and snuggle with my kiddos and enjoy the warm glow.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

       Wanna Win Something?

My fellow Writer Babes and I are starting a new, fun weekly tradition. Each Thursday the Writerbabes blog is going to have a weekly theme. Sometimes it'll be tied to a release that one of us has or is coming up, other times it'll just be something fun and random.

And each week there'll be a different kind of contest and prize. This week's theme (and we decided to have this first week be two weeks, LOL) is Shapeshifters. Look for fun posts and pictures on that theme all week long.

For details of the contest, head on over to the blog! Good luck!

Friday, November 11, 2005

       Assorted Rockitude

My oldest son got the Sly Cooper game for the PS2 for his birthday. It's a fun game, it's fun to play and not so hard that my 4 year old can't at least win part of it. What I love most is when I do some move and my sweetest boy will say, "momma, you're so cool! I love it when you teach me new stuff! You rock."

No, what rocks is that my eight year old tells me I rock. I taught him to do the devil horns so now when something cool happens he flashes them at me. Megan Hart would be proud, I need to get a picture of it to send to her. (she's one of the few people who loves the devil horn enough to co-create an international emoticon symbol for it. In fact, Megan, Anya Bast and I have made up quite a few of those and Allie McKnight helped. Yeah, sometimes trouble is fun)

I got a review of Triad today from TCM, which is a new outlet for reviews of erotic romance. It's a nice one and I like that every once in a while, something from Triad will pop up.

I heard from an old friend today, and she's well and I may end up seeing her this month, which is nice. I don't see enough of my friends these days.

That's about it. Have a nice Friday evening, everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

       Another Reading Recommendation!

It was an excellent release day at EC yesterday and instead of jamming two books into one day, I thought I'd do Shelley's yesterday and Dawn's anthology today. For those of you who aren't familiar with Dawn's writing, she's wonderful! Even after you pick this one up (and Ari and Katherine are really great too), don't forget to circle back to try Destined, which is fabulous!

Here's a blurb for Dawn's story in the anthology - Crash Course:

When Chiliad-Kai Jayrt'ian, rogue space pirate, crash-lands on the desert world of Chebrri, he meets the planet's only upside…

Val. She's beautiful. She's clever. She's constantly trying to blast extra holes in his anatomy.

Val, a young cadet-warrior on the Amazonian colony Chebrri-Taj, found the strange…appealing…male adrift in the desert sands. She's captivated…

Chiliad is the first man she's ever seen. He's a barbarian. A domineering, aggravating barbarian. And she can't stop thinking about how good it feels when he kisses her.

Fighting a forbidden passion, Val must lead Chiliad back to his ship before all hell—and a bunch of angry Amazons—break loose.

       On Wolves and Wolverine

( You've found my shapeshifter for the Writer Babes Contest!)

Recently, I finished my first werewolf book aimed at Ellora's Cave, Cascadia Wolves: The Enforcer. I love to read werewolves and shapeshifters. The weres in many of my favorite authors' books are big and sexy and very Alpha without the jerk factor.

But it struck me as I was helping to prepare our Writer Babes weekly blog theme, that weres in books are far sexier than weres in movies. Looking around online for pictures of movie werewolves gets smaller men (Michael J Fox, Michael Landon, the Dr. Pepper guy from American Werewolf in London) or evil dudes that are all gross and snarly.

There are a few notable exceptions - Scott Speedman in Underworld 1 and the soon to be released Underworld Evolutions; and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine are two. But Wolverine is more of a genetic monster and I suppose that's what Scott Speedman's character is as well.

Weres in books are sexy and big and yummy. I wonder why there's that gulf between the two mediums?

Perhaps it's all the trigger issues that books delve into - in weres you have a man who is still very close to being an animal. He's exciting and dangerous and yet, utterly safe when it comes to dealing with his mate. He's raw and feral and sexy to everyone but he belongs to her and her only.

I mean, take Graham in Christine Warren's, Fur Factor - oh my, the sexy Alpha ladies' man who is felled by the sweet school teacher? Hot damn, what a way to use all of those stereotypes, turn them around and make it really hot.

Weres can give us the excitement and yet safety all at once. The ultimate alpha male without the cheating and the abuse.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

       Looking For Something To Read?

Shelley Munro has a fabulous new shifter book releasing from Ellora's Cave today! In case you don't already know this, Shelley is marvelously talented and writes wonderful books. I'm going to put a blurb up in case the cover isn't enough to sell you:

Emily Scarlet’s husband left her for his secretary and died in a car accident—all on the same day. Now, six months later, Emily has emerged from her chrysalis of painful memories. And to prove she has what it takes to attract a man, she’s determined to experience one perfect night of passion.

Feline shape shifter, Saber Mitchell has a problem with his four boisterous younger brothers. They’re out of control. It’s too late for him, but he hopes to get his brothers mated and settled, and a ball is the place to introduce them to marriageable women.

Unbridled sex is the last thing he plans on, but one glimpse of Emily Scarlet changes his mind. Sex with her is a necessity. They dance. They make love. One thing is clear—a single night isn’t enough. Saber must have her for his mate, but Emily isn’t so easy to convince...or trust.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

       Five Things You Should Never Say To A Woman

My husband subscribes to Men's Health Magazine. Quite frequently they have funny content that I rip out to send to someone or to refer to later (oh and I pull out the ads a lot to put in my hero material folder but that's another post). There's something so fascinating with reading how men view women.

So here is one of my favorites from this month - Five Things You Should Never Say To A Woman:

Thing One: RELAX

Oh how I hate this word! I must say up front that my husband knows better than to ever utter it to me but I've noticed over my life that when men say it to us, it's always when they're trying to get us past something unpleasant. "Relax, it's just a phone number in my back pocket, it's meaningless!" "Relax, she's just a friend!" or this one, just for Megan, "relax, you'll like it in a minute."

Thing Two: I Love You (during a fight)

I have a theory about this. In my opinion, men who use this are easily distracted themselves and so they figure we are too. But we're only easily distracted by pretty shoes and bags and certainly not during a fight.

Thing Three: It's Up to You (otherwise known as whatever you want to do/eat/wear is fine with me)

I wouldn't be asking you if I wanted you to to just throw it back on me. You know what "it's up to you" says to me? I'm too lazy to decide so you do it and I'll get to complain later about it because I take no responsibility for it. We hate that.

Thing Four: You Knew I Was This Way When You Married Me (started going out with me, etc)

Oh, why should I have to be responsible for my repeated bad behavior when I was a total tool when you met met? Eye roll. Yeah, I knew you left beard hairs in the sink, but I love you anyway. Doesn't mean I don't want you to knock it off.

Thing Five: Nothing

Don't do this. There's nothing more annoying than a man who stands there silent during a fight. When you don't talk to us, refuse to give us feedback at all, it feels totally disrespectful.

Monday, November 07, 2005

       We Have A Winnah!

I told folks at my loop that I'd be doing random contests drawing names from people who commented here and over there.

The first winner of my bloggy type contest, drawn randomly is: Jane (ozbear)

Jane, you've won a pretty little purse atomizer for whatever perfume or essential oil you'd like and it comes in a black velvet pouch. Email me your mailing address and I'll get it on the way to you! Laurendane @ laurendane . com (no spaces)

Congratulations and I'll be doing another contest soon!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

       Ruminations on Sex and Gender (thinking aloud here)

Writing sex often brings you under the fire of everyone. Like this tight assed person/s who complained to Ebay to have EC books removed. But also, sometimes people I considered allies before have been upset with me for writing sex and romance. I've been accused of selling out for writing romance and I've been accused of ruining romance for writing sex into it.

Here's the thing - I write what I write. I don't have some grand plan (although I wish I did! How cool would it be to have some sort of evil plan hatched? I wish I had time to hatch evil plans but I have to fold laundry instead. Perhaps instead of plotting books in my head, I should plot evil plans. I have to work on the hand rubbing and maniacal laughter). I just have these people in my head and they demand to be written about and they all like to have sex.

Moreover, I am at a loss to understand how writing women who enjoy sex and own their sexuality is bad from any perspective. Sexually empowered women are strong women. Our sexuality is just another part of our personalities but for so long, women have been taught and expected to hold that back, to pretend that we don't think about sex as often as men. Okay, so we don't, who can? Men think about sex every three seconds. I don't even think about chocolate every three seconds. But the point is, owning your sexuality is exciting and freeing and important.

The way I see it, what I write is important and empowering not because it's earth shattering and of nobel prize winning weight, but because it takes the personal and makes it political (ooh, I still have those chops!). It's subversive to a certain extent to write as normal, something which has been treated as abnormal. Women aren't supposed to like sex for any reason other than to please their partners. Women aren't supposed to enjoy sex for sex sake! Those women are the other, culturally, those women who enjoy sex and treat it like a delicious part of their lives that they are worthy of have been labeled "slut" or "whore." And it's a supreme act of self loathing on the part of women to bandy about those terms as casually as we do.

So, despite those who label what I write porn and those on the other side who sneer at any romance in their erotica I have to shrug and tell you quite kindly, to mind your own business and worry about what you do and say instead of being so all fired obsessed with what everyone else does and says.

Saturday, November 05, 2005


New Look. New Title. YAY!

So I finally got a template to work. I like this one a lot. I've been meaning to change the title of this blog for some time now to join it with my newsletter so now I can.

More later, there's Pokemon action going on in the other room that I need to keep an eye on.

Friday, November 04, 2005


I absolutely hate it when I'm not good at something. It drives me insane. Keeps me awake at night. I've accepted that I won't ever be a math whiz but this took me over thirty years.

"Lauren, what the hell are you talking about?" you all ask.

Blogger templates! GRRRR! Okay, so I can handle the ones that blogger has, I can jig with them and put up a new background and change the size of the fonts, etc. But I wanted to put up an outside template, a pretty one that I hadn't seen three hundred times. I found several and I have spent more time than I have trying to get them to work.

I enlisted the help of a friend who is marvelous at such things and she couldn't get one of them to work because there appeared to be missing code. Okay, so instead of bugging her again, I've tried two other templates and each has had problems in different areas.

I WILL NOT LET THIS BEAT ME!! I swear on all that is holy that I will get this to work.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

       EC Books Banned at Ebay

Yep, that's what I said. Several EC books sold through the Ebay store were removed and the authors told they were banned due to being "misclassified according to their mature audience guidelines"

I don't know what EC is doing about it. I've asked on the author loop where I know several editors are subscribed. They need to be active on this and I suspect they will be given that one of the books pulled was Jaid Black's. The absolutely wonderful Tawny Taylor's, Private Games was also pulled from sale. However, should you all want to strike a blow for freedom of expression AND buy a good book, you can still order it in paper via email at

The ebay store is still up. My book is still there but IMO, they have to push this hard and immediately. In the first place, erotica is sold at ebay not in the adult section but in the literature section. In the second place, if they'll suspend sales and refuse to let some books be listed at EC's store based on customer complaints, this leaves us all open to having our books pulled and we know how active the right is on those kinds of things. Lastly, the listing says the book is rated "erotic" and if you don't know that a book with three naked people embracing on the cover rated erotic sold from Ellora's Cave is going to have sex in it, you're the one who should be banned from using a credit card for heaven's sake.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

       Chocolate Hangover

Man did it rain here last night! The kids were soaked to the skin when they got home but still had a great time as only kids can, LOL.

I spent yesterday hanging out with my two partners in crime: Anya Bast and Megan Hart at our Maverick Author loop and we had a great time. The excerpts flew hot and heavy and I was reminded what amazing authors both Anya and Megan are.

After everyone got cleaned up, dry and dressed for bed, I snuggled in myself and picked up the glorious television crack pipe that is Laguna Beach. Oh, do I love this show. I snicker more in that half an hour than I do the whole day. It's gloriously shallow and hilarious without meaning to be, which makes it even better. Perhaps I'll include snarky recaps of LB to this blog, just for fun.