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Monday, October 31, 2005


       So, Wow



Impatient woman that I am, I ordered a copy of Triad from the Ebay store because I had no idea when my author copies would arrive and I really wanted one (I still don't have them so this is really cool).

It came today and when I ripped open the envelope and it fell into my hands I was totally overwhelmed. It's amazing to have a book release, be it ebook or print book. I'm still so proud every time I see my books up at EC or LI.

But holding it in my hands, looking at the absolutely gorgeous cover, feeling the weight of my words, seeing the world I wrote there on the page before me? Wow.

My husband brought me home a dozen long stemmed red roses to congratulate me. I'm looking at the spine of the book at it sits on the shelf and it still doesn't feel real. I'm going to have him snap a picture of me (edit, look up) with it so you can all see what a complete and utter goofball I am over this whole thing.

Yeah. Wow.

Sunday, October 30, 2005


       Don't Forget!!

Don't forget to come and hang out at the Halloween party at the Maverick Authors' Loop! Tomorrow, October 31! Prizes, surprise guests and excerpts galore! Plus, me, Anya and Megan - what more could you want?

I expect we'll get started at about 9 am eastern and go into the afternoon. Don't miss the fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2005


       Fallen Angel Reviews Love

Two very good reviews, one very happy writer!

For the second time in as many months, A Touch of Fae has received five angels and A Recommended Read! Serena says: "Ms. Dane has delivered a wonderful story yet again. I feel that the strength of this story is that a woman with so much power feels powerless compared to her family. I felt it to be a serious topic that was dealt with very well. What happens when the whole family coddles a member? They feel inferior. Em is a great character with great strength. To go to another continent to escape her family took a lot of confidence. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a woman under Con’s expert tutelage. Any man who’s ten thousand years old has got to have a few things up his sleeves. I cannot wait to hear what happens next in this series. I hope there will be more. This world is too fascinating for the series to be done."

And Sarah gives Second Chances five angels! : "Lauren Dane has written an emotional winner of a story. Rori will touch your heart with her sexual and intimate growth with the men in her life. Zach and Jude are two alpha males with heart, despite the mistakes they make along the way. The loving intensity that emotes from both of them in regards to Rori is truly wonderful to behold, making the general tone of this story a sensual and loving feast of the senses. Rori had some heartbreaking decisions to make in her life and at one point in the story, her struggle brought tears to my eyes, always the mark of a wonderful read in this reader’s opinion. Lauren Dane truly has done a wonderful job of creating two distinct relationships in this book without stepping on the toes of either hero. This is one of those stories you’ll pick up again and again because it features a heroine determined to be her own person, two great heroes, and a plot that is unbeatable. I had a great time reading this book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Ms. Dane’s stories."

Yeah, it's a good day!


       Oooh! Lookie!

Okay, so there are a few women who put me quite solidly in "wow, I'd totally love to spend a weekend with her! (naked)" land. One of them is everyone's favorite, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biehl (my pretend celebrity girlfriend) and Charlize Theron is number three.

Now Charlize is in the upcoming movie adaptation of the graphic novel and animated series Aeon Flux. They've got an official website with all kinds of nifty stuff. Go look. She's just so pretty to look at and the sets and costumes look amazing to a sci fi type geek like me. I think I feel some short erotica coming on. Heh.

Friday, October 28, 2005


       Oh dear heaven

gaucho pants are back. Were they not scarring enough for my generation that a brand new generation of women needs to be damaged permanently by their inherent ugliness?

Oh and genie shoes.

You think I'm kidding but I'm not. Genie shoes, flat, pointy toes, are all the rage. And genie pants in shiny material. I'm cringing as I write this.

I ask you, what's next? Knickers? They have to be in that thick, ugly corduroy and worn with knee socks. I hear from my friend, Trish, that Nordstroms is selling a huge amount of knee socks. This concerns me.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


       Dark Justice


This is the face that's greeted me each night when I opened my laptop to work on Dark Justice. Kael Gardener, vampire hunter is the hero. He's muscly like this, tough, wounded. His hair is white blond though and he's older. Ryan here makes me feel all naughty because he looks a wee bit young.

But I replaced my desktop because I finished Dark Justice last night. Yes, I put the last touches on it and it's done! I'll start edits tonight but with a new picture on my desktop and some new tunes on my iPod.

I'm very very pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to introduce you to Simone and Kael's story in the next installment of the Witches Knot saga!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


       OH!

And a few things I wanted to add:

Today is the last day to enter my Big Big Contest! Don't forget to get your entries in before midnight pacific time tonight. The drawing will be held tomorrow.

I'm going to be working on some fun ideas for contests and random chances to win. Entries will be based on posts on my loop (someone won a signed copy of Triad at my loop yesterday) and comments here at my blog. So come out of lurkdom already and say hello because you never know when you have a chance to win something. The readers at my loop already know I like to throw utterly random contests and I have been watching the master, Lisa Renee Jones as she's done so much for the Erotic Romance Authors.

It's release day at Ellora's Cave - there are some excellent books out today! And yesterday was release day at Loose Id so check them out too - between the two there are some excellent books to be read.


       A Few Highlights

Kirra at JERR gives Second Chances FIVE stars in their October 23 newsletter! : "This is a Dominant/submissive love story with strong characters and yummy, yummy sex that readers who enjoy some kink in their love will want to read." Three cheers for kinky love!

The new Details magazine came today with Colin Farrel on the cover. Yeah, I know. In real life I think I might want to scrub down with lysol afterwards, but in my fantasies? Oh yeah, Colin realizes that bad boy was just a dream until I get hold of him. Some men are just delightfully bad, Colin Farrel is one of them. Jude Law is another. I couldn't write a hero as is with Colin's attributes though, he'd have to start out Colin Farrel and then you'd discover his hidden depth of emotion. Goodness knows you wouldn't want either of them in real life but fantasies are just fine.

My son came running into my bedroom at 5:30 am screaming and crying that he'd broken his window. My husband jumped five feet in the air. Turns out it was just a curtain rod that got pulled down. This was followed by feverish Star Wars lego battles between him and his older brother that ended with screams and tears and the intervention of their very annoyed father. This lovely tableau was completed by the wide eyed and eager to join the chaos 14 month old.

I am nearly finished with Dark Justice. I plan to be done tonight and start edits tomorrow. I havet to admit that I cried when I wrote last night. I do like very much the person that Simone is becoming. No word yet on Cascadia Wolves but despite my feeling that it's been weeks, it's actually been just a bit over one week since I sent it in. I am so impatient!

That's it for now. Off to check on why the 4 year old is so quiet...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


       Writing Challenges

So November starts the month where many writers will do the national writing challenge. I don't have a problem with that, it's just that I sort of view every month as my own challenge. I write all the time. If I can, even when I'm sick and tired and bleary eyed, I write every day. It's just what I'm driven to do and also, what I feel I need to do to keep my brain and writing muscles limber.

A writing challenge is a great idea if you're stuck or if you want to get started and you need a reason to do it. And again, I'm not knocking the idea of the challenge, like I said, it gives some folks the impetus they need to get writing. Several of my writing buddies are doing the challenge.

But at some point, you just have to do it. To start. If this challenge is what gets you started, then go for it! Do it.

A few months back, I was out with friends and a co-worker of one of my friends approached us and we all started talking. Of course, the group were all writers and the co-worker said, "well, I'd love to write but I just don't have time."

At the time, I was marginally bothered by the comment but I didn't know the woman well enough to say anything.

Later, my friend said to me, "I hate when people say they don't have time to write. It's like an excuse they use to keep from doing it and facing the potential heartbreak. You're a writer or you aren't."

And I partially agree with that. Most certainly I understand the fear of getting started. When you say you want to write but don't, you can keep that dream unsullied in your head. In your head, you can still imagine that your first book will be a best seller and people will love you. You don't have to face deadlines and revisions and rewrites or rejection.

It's like my dream of learning to crochet. I see people doing it and making beautiful projects and I love to imagine taking a class and learning but I doubt I ever will make the time for it.

And time. Well, heck, I have three kids! I don't have time either. But I give up sleep to write at night. Sometimes I only get 50 words down that I know I'll delete the next day. But I gotta do it. Because sometimes, it's what you delete that's the important part.

Anyway, don't mind me, I'm blathering. I have a sinus headache. But I want to encourage people to take the book from your head, from your dreams and imaginings and put it on the screen. Take the risk. There's an author in there, let her free.

Monday, October 24, 2005


       Chat Tonight

Hey everyone!

I got my dates mixed up and I'll be chatting tonight at Writerspace and not next Monday. SO, please do feel free to come and hang out. It's the monthly EC author's chat ant it's a very fun and quick hour.

It starts at 5 pm pacific (8 eastern). Come on over!


       You're Invited!

To the Maverick Authors Halloween List Day party!

On Monday, October 31 please join Anya Bast, Megan Hart and me as we
invite our characters to join us at our Halloween bash. Come and chat
and hang out and flirt with these very sexy men but don't be surprised
when Rori raps you on the knuckles for flirting with Jude!

I expect that things will start rolling around 8 or 9 eastern and go
until about 2 pm pacific. There'll be prizes and quizzes and other
fun stuff so please join us!

Lauren

Sunday, October 23, 2005


       Writerly Obsessions

So now that Triad is available in print, I have a new obsession.

Like most writers, I had no way of knowing how well my books were doing until I got my sales numbers a month later. So I had to just pretend not to be concerned and do the work of getting the word out there that I had a book released.

But with ebay, you can see the numbers changing as the books get bought. Oh, this is a bad thing. Well no, it's a good thing, it helps my little control freak problem with the instant gratification of seeing results there on the screen. I have limited myself to checking only once a day, LOL.

This isn't about money, although I'd be lying if I said it wasn't nice to have monetary compensation for the worlds I create in my head. No, this is me just giddy about people wanting to read my books. Me excited that my books are in your homes, in your hands on the bus or in your window seats on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It means so much to me. I've been in a state of Sally Fieldsesque bliss for months, "you like me, you really like me!" keeps running through my head.

I'm off to not watch any episodes of Laguna Beach today. This show is like Homer's forbidden donut to me. I chide myself not to watch but it's like crack. It's shallow deliciousness in all its glory. Silly girls with too little body fat and too much money and time on their hands, boys with too much testosterone and money chasing them and being chased. Oh. It's glorious to a snarky girl like me.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


       Blarg!

I'm so very coherent today! So I'm working on creating the graphics for bookmarks and bookplates. You know, the bookmarks are hardest because as I look around at different graphics I think, "too sweet" or "too scary!" (like the very cool real skeleton heads that had been x rayed). I think I found one thing and I'm gonna play around and see what I see.

Got a very good review from Trang at The Road to Romance for A Touch of Fae: "Not only is this a wonderful story of a woman discovering herself, it is a sensual delight. Con and Em are most definitely compatible in that area! Their encounters are sizzling, steamy and super-charged. Touch of Fae is another delightful, sexy story from Ms. Dane, filled with wonderful characters, suspense, love and lots of magic."

Dark Justice is cooking along. Got another 2500 words down in a big pivotal scene last night. It left me sad after I finished.

Friday, October 21, 2005


       Triad -Now Available in Print!

Thanks to one of my readers who just pointed out that Triad is finally up on the Print page for EC!! I am so very excited. This is a few weeks earlier than the November 5 date I had originally.

I'm going to be running a contest just to celebrate this after the Big Big Autumn contest is finished at the end of this month so keep an eye out for it at my webpage.

If anyone wants me to sign their copy, mail it to me: Lauren Dane PO Box 45175, Seattle, WA 98145-0175 and include a self addressed, stamped envelope and I'll be happy to do it! I'm looking into creating some bookplates as well.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


       Wanna Hang Out With The Writer Babes?

Friday, October 21 we'll be hanging out and hosting the Ellora's Cave Reader's Chat all day long! Come on over for fun quizzes, prizes, excerpts and loads of gossip and chat!


       RWA Defines Romance

So, the RWA finally got around to defining romance. Aren't you all relieved that now someone can tell you what you write! (did I say that out loud? Oops)

Now, I happen to love Jenny Crusie. I love her books and I think she's handled all of the bizarre antics of the RWA in the last year really well. She's smart and funny and usually quite tolerant to the different voices in the romance writing community. I also have to say I am not in love with the definition of romance created by the committee she chaired.

Now, in a total shift into bizarro world, I actually find myself liking TTQ's spin which is this: "a romance is a book wherein the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying." This is satisfyingly vague and open. It allows freedom to include same sex romance, menage stories and maybe even an ending where the H/H don't end up together but end up happy and satisfied.

What I don't like is this comment: "the main plot of the romance must concern two people falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work." Mainly because she says, two people, which means Triad isn't considered romance. Also, it makes me wonder about stories where the couple is already established and have fallen in love.

Further: ""The conflict in the book centers on the love story.

"The climax in the book resolves the love story.

"A writer is welcome to as many subplots as she likes as long as the relationship conflict is the main story," says Crusie."

Uh, okay but what about those of us who don't always write romances where the hero does something stupid and they spend the next 200 pages finding reasons to be mad at each other and doubting their relationship until the end where someone ends up knocked up or something similar and true love is declared and all is forgiven? Is this what romance is going to be then? The same template story over and over?

What about books with external conflicts? Oh and thanks for the permission to have subplots.

Seriously, I confess to being agitated that so much time was spent on this. It's so Gladys Kravitz. All of these people trying to peek into my house to tell me what I'm doing is or isn't acceptable. Does this not just continue to reinforce negative stereotypes about the genre? I don't write science fiction or mystery but do their author advocacy organizations spend their time on stuff like this?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


       Oh my naughty muse...

So last night I picked up Witches Knot and started working on it. I referred to Dark Justice for something, meaning for it to be quick and I've been sucked back in. I couldn't put it down.

So, I am going to listen to her and finish Dark Justice. I'm already 40 thousand words in so I'm not too far from finishing. I was a goner really when I opened it up and saw Simone walking through the evening in New Orleans. For a few months I've felt hesitant to write about New Orleans but Simone coaxed me back.

So, Witches Knot will stew a bit in my brain as I finish DJ, which is actually before WK in time anyway.

What else? Hmmm, oh, my one year old has now taken to throwing herself on the ground when she can't get her way. I'm such a bad mom because it makes me laugh. Although I do not laugh in front of her, I do still have great "court" face. My middle kiddo FINALLY potty trained and he did it in just a few days (this after a year and a half of attempts, sigh). Man, I will throw a big party when diapers are no longer a part of my life. (I know, you all thought I had such a glamorous life!)

I just read that Charlaine Harris is staring a new mystery series. I love her writing. Aside from the Southern Vampire books (which I adore) her Shakespeare Arkansas/Lili Bard books are wonderful too. I need to check the release dates for this new book.

I also need to see when Rachel Caine's new Weather Warden book comes out. She's another writer that I adore. I keep picking up her books and thinking, "surely this one can't be as good as the last one" and it's better. Same with Kim Harris in her "dead" books.

Oh, tomorrow is the last day to answer the question for week 3 in my Big Big Autumn Contest! So get on over to my website and check the "goodies" page.

I watched Laguna Beach last night. Please someone, won't you help me before it's too late? I think I may need to find a Twelve Step program for this shallow and yet totally addictive show.

Monday, October 17, 2005


       Some Stuff

Let's see:

There's a scene from Second Chances up at Ecataromance as the Smooch of the Day! Go and check it out. It, together with my scene from A Touch of Fae will be up for Smooch of the month for October starting November 1 so if you like it, I'd be ever so grateful if you tossed a vote my way.

The October issue of Vixenwriter is now out! If you aren't subscribed, head on over and do so! You can read this month's issue directly from the board. There's a sneak peek of Cascadia Wolves in it, some contests, news, reviews and the usual stuff.

I received news on Friday that Triad is now available in paper at the warehouse! I'm beside myself with joy about this and I can't wait to hold it in my hands. I'm waiting to hear back when it'll be available to the public and I'll let you all know when I hear.

In related news, A Touch of Fae will be available in paper March 5!

The Erotic Romance Authors are hosting "A Whole Lot of List Mom" on Friday, October 21 at the Ellora's Cave Reader Chat. There are 10 of us so expect lots of excerpts and prizes and a good time!

The Mavericks are hosting a Halloween party on our loop. Paranormal themed excerpts, prizes and special guests abound so please come and hang out!

That night I'm chatting at the monthly Ellora's Cave author chat at Writerspace.

I finished the edits on Cascadia Wolves and have sent it to my editor, more as I hear more! I'm really excited with how it turned out.

Now back to Witches Knot!

Sunday, October 16, 2005


       Author Pictures

At Agent007's blog, she talked about author pictures on the back of books and also linked an article about the importance of author pictures.

This always bugs me - why is it important to see a picture of the author? I mean, okay, if you want to see me, I'll post a picture, but does it make me a better writer? Does my picture make you want to buy my books?

Conversely, does a bad picture make you not want to buy a book? Agent007 refers to does the author look like they should be writing this kind of book as one of the things she asks herself when she picks up a book - this confuses me to a certain extent. I mean, what on earth does someone look like who writes erotic romance? Mystery? Sci Fi? Is there a context I'm missing?

Okay I get it if we're talking about certain narrow subgenres - if I'm writing about my life as an aboriginal in the outback as a biography piece and I'm not, that makes a difference. But other than that, I don't see any correlation between what I look like and certain book genres.

So tell me, what do you think about author pictures?


       Heroes

So I've been thinking on heroes a lot. One of my beta readers hated Con from A Touch of Fae with a passion but most of the rest of the readers have loved him. Another reader commented on my loop the other day that she didn't like Aidan from Triad.

It gets me musing about the nature of likeable heroes and just what makes a hero to begin with. I've talked about how I hate the Alpha Asshole You Want to Fuck type of hero. I don't equate abusive natures with strength or heroic natures.

I like strong men. I like men who are sure of themselves and their allure. I love smart men, well read men, witty men (nothing sexier than a smart, funny man). Personally, I'm not really in love with the metrosexual man but I do think that a man who does basic maintenance on his appearance is good, I just don't want him to be hairless (unless he's a swimmer or it's that way naturally) or have more personal care products than I do. In any case, the situation with his hair and his eyebrow shape doesn't concern me overall.

What does bother me is the idea that a man isn't A MAN unless he's an asshole who emotionally abuses the heroine and then "redeems" himself at the end by telling her he loves her or somesuch. I don't think men who force sex are heroes. I don't think any man who'd call his partner a slut or a whore is a hero. And please don't get me started on books where the "hero" infantalizes the heroine (who will invariably be tiny and he is very large) and is her strict daddy instead of her partner.

A hero is in the details of his interaction with the heroine and the world. A hero is honest and forthright. He is brave but not stupid. He is in love, without a doubt, with the heroine. He would not hurt her intentionally. He does not force her into sex or call her names. He does care about her feelings because she's his partner and he loves her.

If this makes him somehow a "shero" I say, better a shero than an asshole.

A great entry on this issue is also over at Smart Bitches.

Friday, October 14, 2005


       Words (again)

You know what word I really hate? Anus. Blech. Blech. Blech! Seriously, it's such an unsexy word. Anal is nearly as bad but for me, it also has creepy ass porn connotations. Heh, I can't believe I just typed the words "creepy ass porn connotations." I love my life.

Anyway - anus is icky. But what else can you say? So I stick with words that are a bit purple like "star" or "furl" or "rosette" or the ever generic but non yucky "rear passage"

But why use butt sex at all? I don't know. I don't use it in every book but sometimes a book and a set of characters likes it down and dirty and in every way possible.

I just wish the vocabulary was better.


       Smooch of the Day

Hey everyone, a scene from A Touch of Fae is the smooch of the day at Ecataromance!

If you are so inclined, there will be a chance to vote for the October smooch of the month starting November 1 which I'll ever so kindly remind you of in November.

There's some new content up at my website as well if you want to surf around and check it out!

Thursday, October 13, 2005


       Oh Let's See

So much to talk about that has nothing to do with my own writing but satisfies my need to comment on all the "big blog stories/flaps"

The Scarlet Boa issue - What I want to say most is that the way the contest is structured is going to create a situation where authors ask for votes. And why shouldn't they? I'm not saying anyone should bribe or beg or coerce, but as an author, I see nothing wrong with telling my readers that I have a contest entry in and can they check it out and if they like it will they consider tossing a vote my way. To me, that's just promotion. It's how I got three books published. BTW, I do not have an entry in the SB contest.

The contest is inherently less fair with regard to the published and unpublished authors being in the same category because as someone (I think it was Dakota) pointed out, the published authors who use scenes from already published books which have been edited. Being edited really polishes your work and so there should be a difference.

I don't think Sarah's contest is bribery but I do love Shi and her opinions anyway. I'm just saying their names here because everyone is not saying them but both Sarah and Shi are talking about it openly and I don't see why either of them should be ashamed to be named. Neither is doing anything wrong.

Next issue - Oh, Brenda Coulter's post where she admonishes reviewers to be nice to romance authors because they are senstive and it's hard to write a romance. Not to knock Brenda, she has a right to her opinion and she seems to be a very nice person, but I think it's attitudes like this one that do a big disservice to romance as a genre.

We ALL cringe when we get a bad review. But that's the way of the world when you put something out there for others to see. The attitude that we should get special treatment is why no one takes romance seriously. We're all sensitive, our books are our intellectual babies. But you need a thick skin or you need to keep your books in a drawer.

Unfair reviews are one thing, asking for special treament because romance is hard to write and we're delicate is just offensive and patronizing.

Sure it's hard to write a book (of any genre), but so what? It's hard to lay brick, too but there are loads of shitty contractors out there doing a bad job of it. A good review, even if it isn't a postive one, will stick to the book - what worked and what didn't and why. I don't want special treatment although I do love good reviews and I'm sensitive, too.

I think Booksquare has an excellent entry on this issue that is worth a read (and Booksquare is worth a read on most days)

Agent 007's recent entry about what she looks for when she's in a bookstore. Now, I like her blog and I find many helpful and interesting tidbits in it but I have to say the emphasis on things which are utterly superficial like the author photo and things out of my control as an author like the cover are disturbing. Also, as a reader I can say that author blurbs are not very important to me but it's certainly edifying to know that an industry professional looks at them with a critical eye.

Smart Bitches has a hilarious entry about 15 things that only happen in romances.

That's about it for now.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


       Two Words: Gay Cowboys

Is it just me or does that new gay cowboy movie with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall look mighty tasty? Dude, if it means I get to watch these two very tasty men make out for any good portion of the movie I am so there. Add a bit of grinding, some Dude/Dude action? Oh yep, count me in!

Let me ask why hasn't Hollywood recognized the potential of this goldmine before? No, not in a gay porn cowboy way, which is just skeezy and not very attractive. But in a high quality film, very handsome actor way.

I say now that we've had gay cowboys we need gay NASCAR racers and perhaps a few gay Navy SEALs. Don't laugh! I'm serious.

In fact, I think Suz should do her next SEAL book with two very hot men. Okay, throw a woman in if you have to, I volunteer just to be patriotic and all, but I think there should be more M/M action in erotic romance, sensual romance - whatever you want to call it.

I'll let you all know what I think when I come home from the gay cowboy movie (after I jump on my husband of course).


       Nearly Done

I am soooo very close to finishing Cascadia Wolves! I got 4k written last night and have started writing the foundation for the finale. I have one big scene to write before I do the end but it'll all happen on the same night so I expect to be done by Friday. I love when things just sort of unclog and the writing comes like that. Some days I'm lucky to get 400 words so I'll gratefully take 4,000.

The sex scene I wrote last night turned out really well. Sometimes they're steamy, sometimes there's something really deeply emotional and special about them. Last night's interlude was the latter and I think it really creates a feeling of connection between Lex and Nina that I was aiming for. I love it when that happens.

Don't forget, today is the last day to answer question two in my Big Big Autumn Contest! at my website. The question is on the "goodies" page so check it out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


       Something Other Than Review Talk

I'm nearly done with Cascadia Wolves. I have two big scenes to write, some edits and then it's off to my editor and I can get back to Witches Knot and then back to Dark Justice. I'm hoping to be done with the latter two projects by mid December but we'll see how things go.

I always get antsy at the end of a book, I don't know why. CW started as another book but I put it down for several months when I was editing and then Dark Justice bit and when I picked it up again, Nina was a different woman - funny how that works. Anyway, I like the book's direction now. It's basically the same as I'd envisioned it before (in January for an anthology as a novella) but more full and rounded and with more humor. I'm pleased at that.

Hopefully that magic will stay with me when I pick up Witches Knot again to expand it and get it ready to send out. I have to think up a new title (I hate that part) because EC has the title as a series title. Perhaps a good replacement title will come to me when I'm working on it.

After Dark Justice and WK, I think I'm going to either write Jayce's story (and start a Fae series) or Minx's story (and start a vampire series - both offshoots of the Charvez universe). Of course, we'll see, I might end up writing Cade's story if I need a werewolf break in the midst of all those vampires and witches.


       Another One - this one from JERR

This one is from JERR, where Mireya gives A Touch of Fae four stars and says in part: "Lauren Dane's A Touch of Fae is the second book of her Witches Knot series. Though part of a series, the plot begins where Triad left off, and most definitely can be read as a stand alone without problems, although chances are that, if you have not read the first one yet, you will want to go back to catch up with the first one. In A Touch of Fae we get to meet a vulnerable yet strong heroine, who after years of being essentially in the shadow of her older sister, finally finds her own voice and comes to appreciate her own strengths. As to the hero, he is fae, he is gorgeous, and so into the heroine that you can't help but feel his love for her. One thing that I have come to appreciate in Ms. Dane's writing style is how nicely she matches the tone of the book to the characterization, particularly to the way she depicts the heroine. In this story, the love between the two main characters is drawn out beautifully, though there is a suspense subplot, what definitely draws the reader is the interaction between Em and Con and their sensual erotic encounters. I am looking forward to Ms. Dane's future titles."

The part about this review that I love the most is the comment about how my writing style matches the tone of the book to my characterization - it's so thrilling to have something like that be appreciated and noted. So thank you, Mireya!

Monday, October 10, 2005


       Wow, A Very Full Platter!

I'm continually staggered at the generous way people receive my books - staggered, flattered and deeply touched. Thank you, each and every one of you who take the time to review my books and/or to write me personally, it means so much to me and it makes this all so special.

This last ten days I've received some truly excellent reviews for all three of my books. Novelspot reviewed Triad and A Touch of Fae

Triad - "You'll want to make sure you've got the time to read Triad in one sitting; you won't want to put it down. There are enough magical beings, witches, wizards, and vampires, running around to keep even the most rabid fan happy. The developing relationship between Lee and Aidan, and later Lee, Aidan, and Alex, is the part that kept me reading. (...)
Ms. Dane did indeed debut with a splash with Triad and I have no doubt that she'll keep making waves."


TOF- "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."

Joyfully Reviewed said of SC - "Second Chances by Lauren Dane is an emotionally gripping book. It will take you on a journey of love, heart-break, and redemption. Sure, there are moments where it's painful, but anytime the heart is involved, that's a risk. But oh my! The rewards are great! Second Chances reaches out and grabs your heart. What a beautiful love story!"

The Romance Studio gives SC FIVE hearts! "Lauren Dane’s brilliance as an author truly shines. We knew that Jude felt confused about his feelings for Rori; being possessive, protective and jealous for the first time in his life. Now the reader can feel his pain as he denies his love for Rori to himself because of the fear of changing his personal dating and life habits and loses her, only to watch her fall passionately in love with his friend and fellow Dom, Zach.

And we fall in love with Rori and Zach Helm. The passion between them is so hot and so beautiful, that I have read passages over again and again. The love and trust reflected are so skillfully done that I can almost forget they are about fictional characters.

The growth of the man, Jude, when tragedy strikes is awesomely depicted by Ms Dane. He becomes more human and more real. I just did not want the book to end because I really have learned to love Jude and Rori. Lauren Dane has given us all some really great new friends in Zach, Jude and Rori."

A Romance Review gives a Touch of Fae four roses: "A Touch of Fae is a spectacular follow up to Triad. Wonderfully witty, sinfully sexy, and perfectly plotted—who could ask for more?"

The Best Reviews says of Second Chances: "SECOND CHANCES by Lauren Dane is totally awesome and is the perfect title because the book is filled with second chances, from when Rori first meets up with Jude and meets Zach after their breakup to when she gets together with Jude again. Ms. Dane does an awesome job with the relationship between them. Both Zach and Jude are dominant men who are looking for a sub and Rori is the person who fits into that world.
SECOND CHANCES is a BDSM story, it is also very hot and erotic and just might fry your circuits. Also be prepared to stay up late, because I didn't go to bed until I was through. "

The Best Reviews says of A Touch of Fae: "A TOUCH OF FAE by Lauren Dane is just as good if not better then TRIAD. Con and Em sizzle from the moment they run into each other and nothing short of death will tear them apart.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


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Monday, October 03, 2005


       Some New Reviews!

So this fabulous review of Second Chances just went live at Romance Junkies. I'm on vacation but I had to post this quickly...

RJ and Chrissy gives SC FIVE RIBBONS! I'm still stunned at what a great review this is!
Chrissy says: "SECOND CHANCES is a heart-wrenching tale that will have you taking leave from your own life and living victoriously through Rori, Jude, and Zack. Emotionally charged, this story will have you laughing, and crying and experiencing all the emotions depicted throughout the tale. I alternately cheered Rori’s determination not to be a doormat, pitied Jude for letting true love slip through his hands due to his own stupidity, and fell in love with Zack’s gentle demeanor and demanding bedroom antics. I was left with a beautiful impression of D/s relationships and the power of the feelings the partners would have for each other to obtain that degree of trust. Lauren Dane’s SECOND CHANCES is definitely a book you’ll want to make room on the keeper shelf for. The characters stay in your memory long after you finish reading and even now I tear up thinking of how bitterly sweet this powerfully moving story is."


I also got news today that Fallen Angel Reviews has given A Touch of Fae FIVE Angels and made it a RECOMMENDED READ!

Contessa says: "Lauren Dane is back again with a fabulous sequel to Triad with A Touch of Fae. Readers if you liked Triad then you are in for a treat with A Touch of Fae. This story packs quite a punch in the action department. I found myself eagerly turning each page anticipating what would happen next. I took great pleasure in reading how Emily flourished into a daring and powerful witch once she discovered love with Con. Con brought out the best in Emily and he gave her confidence to become the passionate woman, from within. Con turned out to be all that Emily dreamed of and more – he was down-right sexy, powerful beyond belief and totally committed to her. What more could a girl ask for? Oh yeah, the sex was ultra-hot! The delicious sexual encounters between Emily and Con were extremely passionate, electrifying and very stimulating in nature. I am very delighted to bestow A Touch of Fae with five magnificent Angels and a Recommended Read. A+ to Ms. Dane!"

Yeah, even though the baby has been sick and we haven't had our anniversary date yet, this has certainly brightened my day!


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Sunday, October 02, 2005


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