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Friday, September 30, 2005


       Whew! Week's End At Last...

And what a week it's been! Second Chances released on Tuesday and on Wednesday I began to hear feedback and I'm so touched and proud and pleased at the reception. I wanted to write a BDSM book that was about the depth of emotion between partners, writing a story that was more than just flogging and spanking and based on people's reactions so far, it looks like I was able to do that. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write me and also to write about SC in their blogs and in other places.

A Touch of Fae seems to be doing well also. My sales figures only included one day (as it released on the 31st of August) so I won't know for sure until the end of next month but the feedback has been really good and I couldn't be happier that you all responded so well to the Charvez women and I can't wait to get back to them when I finish up with Cascadia Wolves.

Speaking of Cascadia Wolves, I'm about 10,000 words away from completing it! This one is going to EC, my first werewolf book for them. I'm really pleased with this book and where it's going and I can't wait for you all to meet Lex and Nina.

Ah! And to celebrate the release of A Touch of Fae and Second Chances, I'm having a Big Big Autumn contest! The details are at my webpage. Check the "goodies" page but also stop in to see excerpts of my books and other goings on as well.

That's about it for now! Have a good Friday, everyone.

Lauren

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


       Second Chances is Now Available!



Hey folks! Second Chances, my contemporary BDSM novel, is now available from Loose Id. There are excerpts up at my yahoo loop and my webpage as well as at Loose Id.

Monday, September 26, 2005


       I Know You Want My Goodies

Heh.

New and shiny: Yesterday we made some updates and changes at the website including adding a free Lauren Dane screensaver should you be so motivated to download it. The winners of the Loose Id scavenger hunt are up and tomorrow, at my loop at the Second Chances release party, I'm going to announce a new contest that I'll be posting at my website later in the day.

Tomorrow is the last day for the Vixenwriter contests so if you haven't gotten those entries in to me yet, get on it! You must be a subscriber to enter but subscription is easy and free and I won't pelt you with stuff. You can read the last two issues at the site and the details for the contest are listed at the end of the September issue.

I'm going to be chatting tonight at Writerspace with a bunch of other fun EC authors. It starts at 5 pacific time (8 eastern) so come on by and say hello! It's a really fun, slightly chaotic hour.

Tomorrow is the big day, Second Chances releases from Loose Id. Look for some new excerpts at my yahoo loop before you can buy it!

Saturday, September 24, 2005


       Cool Reality...

Some things take getting used to. And hey, it's not like I'm complaining about that. There are just days when I forget that I'm actually a published writer. I'll be stumbling along and wham! something happens that jolts me.

I took out some banner ads at TRS. One is the absolutely gorgeous banner that Ann Vremont made for A Touch of Fae (she's not only a great writer but really talented with graphics too!). Since they were having a cool sale I did three so the others are the very cool banner Scott Carpenter created when he did my cover for Second Chances and one that my husband created for Triad. Anyway, I'm tangenting - the point is that I clicked over to TRS and it was MY banner at the top of the page.

I had one of those moments, then. Warm and surprised and happy and above all, thankful that I'm able to live this dream I've had since I was old enough to hold a pencil.

Good reviews are one of those times, too. I've gotten a few this week, which is thrilling. It's so nice when you get the feedback that lets you know that people *get* your book.

I'm blathering, it's early. But aside from my one year old burning her hands this week, it's been a good week!

Friday, September 23, 2005


       Hey, Dude Check My Star!

Marissa at Novelspot says: "Ms. Dane has proven herself yet again with this, her second book to be published by Ellora's Cave. I highly suggest that you keep an eye on this new star. I have a feeling she's going to be around for a long time to come."

Thank you, Marissa!

Thursday, September 22, 2005


       Reading...

I have a huge TBR stack and no time to do any "r"ing. I am fortunate enough to be critting/beta reading something for Megan Hart and I swear to you all that this book is gonna kick your butts. It's so damned good that if it doesn't get bought there is no justice in the universe.

I have Iron Council (China Mieville) up next and some Mary Janice Davidson, too. I hear there are some good new vampire books out so I'm gonna be checking them out in a bit.

Second Chances releases on Tuesday from Loose Id. Check my yahoo loop for new excerpts.

Monday, September 19, 2005


       Whew! Check This Review Out!

Keely at Ecataromance laid five stars on A Touch of Fae! Thank you so much, Keely! She says in part:

A Touch of Fae by Lauren Dane is, well, astounding! I start that bouncing-in-place-in-my-chair-to-hold-in-the-excitement-and-delight at about page five and do not stop until the last page. Before you even think of cracking this one open, plan on a cover to cover read without stopping and have plenty of ice-cold liquids to drink because you are going to be entranced from the first page. The love scenes alone warrant a gallon of icy refreshment to keep you from burning to a crisp. It has been a while since a book caused me to laugh in excitement and joy until the tears run down my face; but, Ms. Dane accomplished that and more with apparent ease.

Ms. Dane has brought her characters to such skillful life that I can "see" them in the room with me as I read. Conchobar is just scrumptiously finger-licking good. (Wonder if he has a single brother that would not mind living in Mid-Western U.S.A.?) Emily is just absolutely lovable with a capital L. All the secondary characters are so real to me that I find myself longing for their stories, especially that sexy fellow faerie warrior Jayce MacTavish. The villains bring me a smile of wicked delight because they are perfectly despicable and deliciously hate-worthy; my favorite kind of villain. I fervently hope we do not have to wait long to join Ms. Dane in her world for another delicious adventure.

Sunday, September 18, 2005


       Want To Read Some Great Short Erotica AND Help Katrina Victims?

Loose Id has set up a page at Live Journal filled with loads of ways to help. There are many things being auctioned off - from custom stories written by LI authors to manuscript edits and critique from their editors.

Check it out!

Friday, September 16, 2005


       And Now For Something Totally Unrelated To Writing


Well, other than my fantasies anyway. I went to see Pearl Jam on 9/1 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Eastern Washington. It was truly an amazing show, probably the best PJ show I've ever seen. Anyway, with the download of the official bootlegs they send you pictures from the concert as well so I had to post this one of Ed Vedder, who is looking quite healthy these days. Enjoy the fantasy fodder...

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


       Blather Blather Blather (part three)

I've been neck deep in edits for Second Chances but the light is there, just up ahead. The final ms is due on Friday and so my editor and I are moving as quickly as we can. Things are shaping up and I'm quite satisfied with how it's looking.

Anya Bast, Megan Hart and I are hosting the FAR Chatters board tomrorrow so please come and hang out for part of your day with us. The usual fun stuff, excerpts, prizes and of course, we like to think we're pretty entertaining as well.

Oh and don't forget that today, Comstock Films, is donating the ENTIRE purchase price for all DVDs bought and preordered. I reviewed one of their fabulous movies, Xana and Dax not too long ago and I highly recommend them! Your partner will thank you and you've done something positive for the victims of Katrina. Oh and he tells me that their ISP is matching and so it's DOUBLE the purchase price going to relief.

Okay, back to work on Cascadia Wolves now (which, by the way has turned into a menage story, my perverted muse has struck again!)

Saturday, September 10, 2005


       Another Review for A Touch of Fae

Stacie at The Romance Studio gives TOF 4 hearts and says in part: "Lauren Dane gives a great tale of the Fae world and what happens when a Fae falls in love with a mortal woman. The struggles and triumphs throughout this book will keep you reading page after page. This a story of love and the battle of good versus evil. There is just the right amount of dialogue in this book so that a reader knows who is talking and what they are feeling. A book is always good when you can feel the emotions of the characters and Lauren Dane has accomplished in this book.


Thank you Stacie for the great review!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


       Print Date

Triad will be out in print November 5! I just got the news earlier today. Heee! Happy dancing, here. More later, back to edits...


       First Review for A Touch of Fae

Annabelle at Joyfully Reviewed says: I loved the first book in this series, Triad, and was eager to read A Touch of Fae. I had high expectations, and am happy to say I was not disappointed! Readers will identify with Em and cheer her metamorphosis from timid scholar to powerful and brave witch. Con is male perfection; gorgeous, powerful, protective and so devoted to Em. Their devotion to each other is moving, beautiful, and ever so romantic. A wonderful love story with
an imaginative and fast moving plot, A Touch of Fae is a wonderful addition to the Witches Knot series.


Thank you so much Annabelle!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


       And Yet Another Way To Help

This from Tony Comstock:

Mrs.C, myself, and the rest of our brood returned from two weeks of no e-mail, voice-mail or news reports to see that Katrina was lining up on the Gulf Coast and gaining strength. I'm an amateur hurricane watcher, so it was with increasing dread that I watched her climb from a cat. two to cat. three storm. Then my dread turned to horror as she went cat. four, then five. Even still, I was unprepared for what we've all seen unfold in the week since the storm slammed into the shoreline.

Comstock Films is setting aside Wednesday, September 14th as our day to respond to this tragedy. On that day we will donate the purchase price of all DVD orders and pre-orders made from the ComstockFilms.com Web site to the American Red Cross. When Mrs. C started looking for the most transparent way to make this donation, she discovered our ISP is offering dollar for dollar matching of any donations, so we'll be using their "portal" to maximize the amount donated.

What that means is for every copy of Marie and Jack: A Hardcore Love Story and Xana and Dax: When Opposites Attract sold on that day ($24.95), nearly $50 will go to the Red Cross. For every DVD pre-order, nearly $26 will go to assist the people of the Gulf Coast in this terrible time. (Please note: Pre-orders made on September 14th are
non-refundable.)

If you've been telling a friend to check out Comstock Films, on September 14th they can buy a great DVD and send nearly $50 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts. Buy two DVDs and you'll be sending $100 to help people who are in desperate need. If you've got a copy of your own, buy one for a friend or pre-order one of our upcoming titles.

We'll be sending out an e-mail announcement on Tuesday, and I'll be posting this to my blog, but I don't want this to be bunch of Comstock Films hype, so we won't make another announcement until Sept. 13th. I'll leave it to each of you to decide for yourself if this feels like an appropriate gesture. If it does please pass this along or repost as you see fit.

Yours very sincerely,
Tony Comstock


Comstock Films
Real Life, Real People, Real Sex
http://www.comstockfilms.com
(212) 956-3226

(Folks - Tony and his wife make great movies that are worth watching even if you weren't helping out those whose lives were devastated by Katrina. So maximize your enjoyment, buy some great romantic movies with hot hot sex on September 14 and help someone)


       Another Way to Help

Another way to help Katrina victims - http://www.romancedesigns.com/reliefcontest.cfm Romance Designs is running a contest to help raise money for the American Red Cross relief efforts due to the devastating destruction of Hurricane Katrina.ALL Proceeds from this contest will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for thousands of displaced families.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


       FAR's Book Drive

Please forward and circulate.

Dear Fellow Readers,

Fallen Angel Reviews is coordinating an effort to collect books for children and adults, including coloring books and crayons, to be donated to the people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

A few weeks ago, my family and I moved to Houston. As you know, many of the people displaced have been evacuated to Houston. Like so many others around the world, I want to do something, anything, to help. After talking to some friends and JoAnn, the co-owner of FAR, we wondered if donations of books and coloring books might be appreciated.

I’ve made several calls and each time my enquiry was greeted with enthusiasm, and I was given details about where to drop off the items. We will be sorting the books so that they are appropriate to the shelter they are being delivered to. Used books are acceptable, but coloring books should be in new or like-new condition.

We hope to be able to deliver at least the first books within a week, but we will gladly accept donations through September 30th.

If you would like to be involved and contribute either money or books, email me @ jaymi@houston.rr.com or email JoAnn @ joann@fallenangelreviews.com.

Friday, September 02, 2005


       Want To Help

I love New Orleans. It's a magical place and the seed of my Witches Knot books. The footage of the unfolding tragedy breaks my heart.

A place to start trying to help is Network For Good