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Saturday, July 29, 2006


       Wanna Win?

I've got a PDF copy of Vengeance Due here (my dead hard drive ate the author copies in other formats and I'm not at home to beg Martha to send me other ones).

So I'm going to choose a winner from the commenters to this entry between now (July 29 to Monday July 31 at noon pacific/3 eastern)

Let's see- to make it interesting - do you like paranormals? If so why and do you have a favorite? If not, what genre is your fave?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


       Yikes!

My computer died yesterday. Totally dead, as in couldn't even manage to throw the blue screen of death at me. Sigh. So the lucky guys at the computer store are looking at it (cringes at the thought of something they might see) and I so hope that it's somethng that didn't kill all of my stuff (downloads, WIP, etc)

Anyway, I'm going to have less access than usual (the occasional wireless trip to Starbucks, etc) until I get it back so if I'm not around as much, it's because of that!

Monday, July 24, 2006


       Crazy Train...

I've resisted joining the RWA for a few years now but finally sucked it up and joined a few months back. I can't say my life has changed drastically but I joined Passionate Ink and do now receive my copy of the RWR monthly. I've heard this is like the bible of the industry but I can't really say I've found it to be true. It hasn't been noxious though until this most recent issue.

An issue in which Jan Butler writes a letter extolling the dangers of the homosexual agenda (cue to scary DUH DUH DUHH! music) in the romance genre. Kate Rothwell, who is marvelous on a hundred different levels first addressed this Saturday in her blog. (Smart Bitches, Sybil and Karen S have also now posted about this letter oh and Selah too - if you see it elsewhere let me know and I'll add to the list). This makes me seriously mad.

I'm going to put the bulk of her letter here because Kate posted it at her blog and I don't want to have to type the whole darned thing myself:

. . romance isn't about just any "two people" celebrating "love in its many forms." Organizations such as the Man-Boy Love Association would certainly refer to themselves as celebrating love "two people" (or more) finding love in one of its many forms" . . . while they actively promote pedophilia.

Think RWA can't go down that slipper slope? Think again. Under our present definition, we cannot exclude such "love stories" under the category of "romance". We, as a culture, seem to have forgotten how to say "enough is enough," but RWA can--indeed, must--do better than that. . . .

And, please, spare us the arguments about "censorship" and "inclusiveness." Preference for "one man, one woman" stories represents what RWA has always claimed is romance's target demographic: college-educated, married, middle-class, monogamous, and moral. . . .Only in recent years has a vocal (translate: shrill) minority tried to drive RWA's focus off that path, under the guise of "broadening its horizons." But refusing to define romance according to the parameters it has held for centuries doesn't "broaden" anything . . . it only starts us down the aforementioned slope, and once we're in that slide, heaven help us.

There's an old saying, "Go home with the one who brought you here." What brought romance fiction to its present level of success is a collection of decades' worth of one-man, one-woman relationships stories, in all their richness, variety, and power. RWA should be the first to endorse that, rather than attempting to placate fringe groups trying to impose their standards upon the rest of us. If anyone's in danger of being "censored" here, it's believers in "what comes naturally": one-man, one-woman romance. We in RWA owe it to ourselves not to let that happen
. Jan W. Butler


I'm a college educated, married, middle class moral person and I love to read and write romances with MM contact and with menages or more just as much as I love to read romances with just a man and a woman. The key isn't about which parts go where, but about the connection between the characters. I don't care if Jan doesn't like my books. The simple solution is for her not to read them (although she totally thinks about them, a lot apparently).

But that's not what she wants. She wants to be sure that the books I write can't be bought and can't be called romance because while talking about us imposing standards on her, she's busily advocating that very same thing. Only I'm not trying to stop her from writing and reading what she likes and I can't say the same about her. Just leave me alone to write my books Jan, I promise we don't have to be BFF and braid each others hair now that we're both in the RWA.

Oh and Ms. Butler has the right to say she thinks what I write is immoral and evil and bad for western civilization. She's even entitled to spout hateful, inaccurate rhethoric about gays being pedophiles, the kind of rhetoric that gets gays and lesbians attacked daily. She does not have the right, however, to shut me down. Now that I pay dues, I plan to be even more vocal on this issue.

Just to be clear, using facts and all - NAMBLA is no more representative of gays as a whole as the creepy guy who dresses like Santa to molest the neighborhood children is representative of the heterosexual community. That's just the kind of hateful and lazy lack of decent argument that I'd expect from someone with Ms. Butler's position. Pedophiles are overwhelmingly heterosexual (like in the high 90%). The consistent attempts to try and demonize gays and lesbians with damaging misinformation that they're somehow out to rape our children is irresponsible and hateful and the worst kind of rumormongering. It gets people killed. It has people lose jobs and apartments. And it's not true.

It's my RWA too now. And I'm not going anywhere Ms. Butler. My readers aren't either. Those women and men you've just referred to as uneducated, immoral, gay lovin sluts probably wouldn't be flattered by that. Although I'm totally a gay lovin feminist left winger, so clearly I'm already in your "groups who need to stop making me think of boysmut that makes my naughty parts tingly" list anyway.

Ms. Butler, honey, you need a hug. I'm serious. You need to stop worrying so much about everyone else's heart and mind and worry for your own. It's a big genre, I can always braid Megan Hart's hair.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


       Holy Wow! Giving Chase Gets a Gold Star Award




I'm stunned and beyond thrilled! I was in Eastern Washington to see a concert (in 116 degree weather, man did that suck. More about the whole awful experience later) and I knew the JERR mag came out today and had a review for Giving Chase in it. I saw it in the "reviews in this issue" promo they did last week. My cover was up in the promo and I said to my husband, "wouldn't be cool if it gets a great review and like a silver star," just jokingly but I knew it probably got a good review because the other time my cover was in the promo I got a five star review for Second Chances. Anyway, it came today and when I returned from the hell that is The Gorge (which I shall never return to, even if it is Pearl Jam), I went to look and WOWOWOWOW!!


KayleeMarie Walker said in part:

"When you read a Lauren Dane book, you know to expect the best and that's exactly what she delivers with Giving Chase, the first installment in the new Chase Brothers series. This wonderful erotic romantic suspense is enthralling and literally begs not to be put down once you've picked it up. The storyline is emotionally charged and the character development is evident throughout." (...)

"I'd have to say that this is one of my favorite Ms. Dane books to-date and I have no problem recommending it. Giving Chase is definitely deserving of a Gold Star Award!"

What a nice thing to come home to!

Saturday, July 22, 2006


       Tagged by that Minx Anne...

When did you start blogging and why? October of 2004. I started out just wanting to sort of mark my journey as a writer.

What don’t you talk about? I'm an incredibly opinionated person (I know! Shocked aren't you?) and I'm very passionate about certain political issues. I generally don't talk about most of them here. Or religion.

Are you and your blogging persona the same person? Pretty much, yes. I'm more blunt in person when people can see my face and hear my tone of voice. But it's pretty much what you see is what you get.

How do you use blogging to build friendships? I've met a lot of people online and some of those people are folks I consider to be very good friends. It's like anything else, you meet people and get to know them. Some are fun and I chat from time to time, others I talk to several times a week.

How would you describe your writing style? My blogging style? Uh, I'm sort of like one of those crazy assed jello salads my grandma's friends brought to church socials - usually it all works together but sometimes there's weird shit in there like raisins or shredded carrot. (Just as a totally unrelated side note - Once, my father-in-law's wife (a very unpleasant woman) served jello with spaghetti noodles in it, I'm not kidding and neither was she. )

Who shall I tag?
Anya
Megan
Lori
Shelli
Lacy
Shelley

Friday, July 21, 2006


       Oh! And...

I'm going to be having a List Mom day at the EC Reader Chat on Tuesday July 25 - Powerful Paranormal Women - to celebrate the upcoming release of Witches Knot Book Three: Vengeance Due on August 2! I'll be manning the board from 8 - 1 pm pacific/11 - 4 eastern!


Simone Charvez admits she’s high maintenance, but she’s also more than the pretty piece of fluff everyone seems to take her for. When Kael Gardener walks into her shop, tattoos, piercings and bad boy attitude she knows she’s in for trouble. For Kael, the news that not all vampires are like the monsters that slaughtered his entire family is nearly as hard to take as his all encompassing attraction to a witch with a family that includes one.

Simone fights to get Kael to let his guard down and love her and Kael fights to keep his emotional distance from a woman he’s sure he has nothing to offer to. All of this as they race to find and kill the Oathbreakers who threaten not just all of New Orleans but Simone’s very soul.






I'm pretty excited about this one, it's the first new Witches Knot book to be released in a year!

Anyway, I'll have great excerpts and sneak peeks from upcoming books and other fabulous EC authors like: BJ McCall, Tawny Taylor, TJ Michaels, Shelley Munro, Jory Strong, Rod Casteel, Katherine Kingston, Cynthia Williams and Anya Bast. So Save the Date! July 25 from 11 - 4 eastern time/ 8 to 1 pacific!


       Blech!

I don't claim to not be opinionated. I have strong beliefs about a lot of things, most of which I try to keep off this blog but one thing, as a writer, I won't be silent on is censorship and this strange compulsion by certain groups to attack what they haven't even seen, read or heard.

From this month's Details magazine comes this little factoid:

ZERO: The number of the 4,211 complaint emails the FCC received about an episode of CBS' Without A Trace that were sent by people who had actually seen the show. The messages came via the Parents TelevisionCouncil and the American Family Association in response to a brief "teen orgy" scene. (The FCC has sought to fine hte show $3.3 million for indecency).


You know there are several things that bug me about this - firstly the glaring fact that none of these people saw the show they're complaining about but are complaining about it. WTF is that all about?

Secondly, if the people who actually SAW the show didn't complain, not a one, where's the problem? Doesn't that mean that the show is in its correct time and place?

If our society gives in to this terrorism, and it is terrorism when bands of people who have no first hand knowlege or even offense at something will get together and complain about something they never even saw to censor things for the rest of us - if we give in, we're losing the very thing that makes us special.

I didn't see the show. I don't know if it had a teen orgy scene in it. I highly doubt it, but again, I didn't see it. But neither did a single one of those 4200 people who may get the show fined over 3 million bucks.

There's something really wrong with that.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


       Thankful Thursday

I usually do this at my loop but I thought it might be nice to bring it over here from time to time.

1. A release date for Reluctant (9/27)

2. A release date for Tri Mates (11/08)

3. Nearly done with Taking Chase! (1/30/07)

4. Pearl Jam in two more days!!!!

5. My vacation with my husband is quickly approaching, yay!

6. Wonderful reviews of my books

7. Great friends

8. Continued ability to come up with new ideas

9. Being down to just one kid has given me some really nice quiet
time with my husband!

10. My sons having a great time with their grandparents

11. My husband, who is seriously the most wonderful man in the world
and my very best friend.

12. Cupcakes, sigh.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


       Release Dates!

COMING SEPTEMBER 27 TO ELLORA'S CAVE!

Layla Warden had a ten year plan and it sure as heck didn’t include a mate. She had her flashy car and her corner office and all was right with the world until Sid Rosario sat down at her table and turned her life upside down.

Sparks fly right off as the two werewolves flirt over dinner and it’s no surprise to either of them when they end up back at his hotel room, naked and sweaty. But what is a surprise is that Sid is her mate and they don’t figure it out until the bond is sealed.

Angry and off balance, Layla asks Sid for some time to think and he gives her a day and a half to get herself straight. Any longer than that and the lack of the anchor of the tri-bond, the stabilizing third bond for a werewolf female, will begin to take its toll on the female mate’s sanity.

Layla, driven by confusion and fear, heads out of contact while a frantic Sid looks for her. What comes next helps a reluctant wolf find her way to acceptance




COMING NOVEMBER 8 TO ELLORA'S CAVE!!

Werewolves mate for life. For every wolf, there’s a mate out there. So Tracy Warden is thrilled when she discovers Nick Lawrence, the sexy Enforcer for another Pack is her mate.

But sometimes, lucky wolves get to double dip in the form of the extremely rare Tri Mate Bond. And so it is when Tracy discovers that her Anchor bond with National Pack Mediator, Gabe Murphy is far more.

Suddenly Tracy finds herself with two Alpha males whose hunger for her never seems to wane. But their bliss is marred by the heavy hand of Warren Pellini and the werewolf mafia and his reach goes very high up indeed.

Money laundering, kidnapping, assault and other general mayhem can’t mar the intensity of their bond but it sure can threaten their lives.


       Maverick Day July 20 At Ecataromance!

Anya, Megan and I will all be at Ecataromance tomorrow, July 20, so come and join us!

I'm sure it'll be the usual hijinks, prizes, excerpts, all sorts of fun.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


       Condoms In Contemporaries

I'm having a really interesting discussion with several authors at Romance Divas about condom use in contemporary erotic romance.

My personal belief as an author and also as a reader is that it's something that should be included in contemporaries, if not, an explanation of why not should be there.

Now you don't have to put in a big thing every sex scene, just something that lets the reader know even once at the beginning of the book, that condoms are being used is enough. In Giving Chase there's a point when Kyle and Maggie have been together for many months and they're living together and both have been tested for STDs that they stop using condoms and I mention that.

I know it's fiction but with contemporararies there are real life rules that IMO, shouldn't be ignored. I can't have my heroine swallow poison and not get sick or eat a nail either. For me, AIDS and STDs are a big enough tragedy in real life I'd feel irresponsible not to have condoms in my books.

Some folks feel like it takes away from the fantasy to use condoms and that writing in condoms is giving in to some kind of pressure to be responsible for readers' choices.

In paranormals, I'm freed of this, I can explain away STDs and pregnancy, which is why they're so much fun, but contemporaries are grounded in a certain level of reality that I find inescapable. I think this is especially the case with my erotics.

what do you all think?

Monday, July 17, 2006


       Monday Again

This weekend just flew by! I got soooo much writing done on Saturday, my best writing day ever, 9500 words done on Taking Chase! I'm now 45K words - about 20K left go to although this one might edge toward 70K.

Had lunch yesterday with another Romance Diva, Lacy Danes and it was a blast. It's nice to have folks in the area that are also writers and moms - she's got FOUR books coming out from Aprodesia between April of next year and the end of 2008 and she told me about them - historical paranormals! I can't wait to read them.

Let's see, whate else? Hmm, oh, I'll be at Novelspotters tomorrow with the Samhellions chit chatting. My time is noon eastern/9 am pacific. I may post a sneaky peek of Taking Chase. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Novelspotters/

Megan, Anya and I are holding court over at the Ecatareader chat all day on Thursday! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CataNetwork-Readers/ Come by, hang out, chat, win stuff, read excerpts. The usual.

Oh and on June 25th I'm having a LM Day at EC to celebrate the upcoming release of Vengeance Due! I'll be there from 8 am pacific/11 eastern until 1 pacific/4 eastern. Please come and join me! I'm also doing another day on August 14 all day for part II!

Saturday I'm going to see Pearl Jam, oh yes I am! Woooooot! Then out and about getting ready for family vacation and solo vacation time and then back home! whew!

Anyone do anything fun this weekend?

Lauren

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Is it wrong of me to be amused that one of the search terms that brought someone here was "ass whore?"

If so, I don't want to be right. Cause really, I'm snickering now. The "sister seduction" search last week was creepy enough, but "ass whore" ahh, comedy gold.


       Saturday And It's All Good

Taking Chase:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
35,000 / 65,000
(53.8%)

So I finished writing the first big sex scene for Cassie and Shane and well, it led into another one inside the house, in front of the mirrored doors in his closet. I think sex is done for now and there's some more revelation coming up soon.

Vengeance Due is coming out August 2! The cover is up on the EC coming soon page! Yay. I love that point, it begins to feel real when your cover shows up on the site. I'm going to have a big List Mom Party on August 15 (as I'll be on vacation with my husband on the 2nd) and in the days approaching the 2nd, look for some fun contests at my loop, website and here.

My print galley for Giving Chase arrived yesterday. I need to look it over this weekend and turn it around. Chrissy is on the ball! I don't know when the woman gets any time to sleep.

Oh, and just a tad of "nanny nanny boo boo" I've been fortunate enough to have critted Megan Hart's three books for Spice. I just finished the last chapter of the last book, Perfect, yesterday. People, the women kicks ass. I've loved Megan's writing for a while now, but she really hits it out of the ball park with these books. When they hit the stores next year, be sure to run out and snap them up. The first one comes out in January - Dirty, and the cover is just gorgeous and the writing is amazing.

And more on the fabulous writing front, I've also been critting Anya Bast's, Witch Fire, her first Berkley book and boys and girls - it's amazing too. Jack, whooo! Is Jack ever hot. It's good stuff and I've only seen two chapters so far. I'm addicted. This is a summer release for 07 so don't forget. Oh, that's all right, I'll remind you.

Okay, my marvelous husband is home from a very long business trip so I'm off. Have a great Saturday!!

Friday, July 14, 2006


       TGIF

D'you know how some people cannot say anything positive to save their lives? Ugh. I know someone like this. She's not someone I'd say was a friend but I swear that the only comments she ever makes to me are negative. I won't hear a peep for months and then she'll swoop in to deliver some odd backhanded compliment - on my author pictures she made a comment about how she liked more makeup in pictures and some other stuff that was basically a burn but I was like, "ooookay, well thanks then" and then, okay, I love shoes. If you've read my books you'll probably know that I love lingerie and shoes. I'm a shoe whore, I admit it. So anyway, I posted pictures of my newest shoes because I'm sick that way and she made this odd comment aboud how they looked great with pants but she wouldn't buy them because the strap took away from the long leg effect.

Now, I'm not Miss Manners or anything, but I do understand some basic rules about posting to people when they put up pictures of something shiny they just bought. If you think something is ugly, you just don't comment. Unless you're a good friend and you can IM your friend and find some way of telling her the shorts make her ass look gigantic or the dress is slutty, whatever. But you don't make critical comments to someone you don't really know. It's not about you and frankly, I don't care what you would buy, they're my shoes, I bought them.

LOL, god, I'm bitchy.

On to something nicer. The ever so wonderful Ciar has a really fun thing at her blog and I am totally going to rip it off and use it here, because I think it's wonderful (and it's her idea, I want to give her full credit here)

SHOW YOUR LOVE - Essentially the gist is this: Is there someone(s) that deserves your thanks, your love or a kind word for something they've done for you? A crit partner, agent, editor, friend, spouse? If so, lay it on me. Tell them here and let them know.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


       Woot! 4 1/2 Kisses for Giving Chase

Loribelle at Romance Divas gives Giving Chase 4 1/2 kisses and says in part: As usual Lauren Dane delivers an entertaining, fast-paced, and hot story in an emotionally charged tale of two people coming together not just for steamy sex, but friendship and respect. Maggie is sweetly independent and really comes into her own, and Kyle is more than willing to go along for the ride. The rest of the Chase family is fantastic. I'm already addicted to this series!

Thank you, Loribelle!


       Writerly Stuff

I don't often talk about craft type stuff but today I'm gonna... This may be of no interest to anyone but I'm writing it anyway. Just a warning up front...

I'm writing the first major sex scene between Cassie and Shane in Taking Chase. This is a very difficult scene to write. Not because I don't like to write sex, I do. But because of who these people are.

Cassie was in an abusive relationship for four years, the last two of which involved serious physical control/abuse and some forced sex/rape. She finally left and divorced him but after the divorce was final he found her and shattered the bones in several of her fingers with a hammer (she was a vascular surgeon) and then with the broken handle, stabbed her fourteen times in the back and neck, nearly killing her.

This was all a year before you meet her and there's been a coma, major hospital time, the loss of her career, a trial and he skipped bail between the judgment and sentencing. So essentially he's out there and she's on the run.

ANYWAY, so it's been a year and she's been sort of seeing Shane for about two months, seriously for a few weeks and they're going to have sex. There's been a sexual interlude between them once before, and she trusts him but her issues are still there - A) she hasn't told him about the last attack and she's ashamed of the scars and doesn't want him to see them; and B) she was married to a man who had pretty much devastated her self esteem to the point where she has body image issues.

There'll be a "reveal" about the last attack in a few more scenes but he can't see the scars just yet, which sort of plays into the whole hesitancy on her part of him seeing her.

So they're outside at night, in a garden in the moonlight and she's still got a camisole on. I'm going to have her keep it on. It buttons down the front so he'll open it that way and see her breasts. I'm taking it slow, writing the scene bit by bit because while she's broken, I don't want her to be irreparably so. She's a survivor. It's just a different way to write sex for me because my heroes generally tend to be, uh, big dominant men. And he's a very big man but he's being gentle for her.

There's a line here, this scene is one of those sex scenes that is way more than just hot sex but a big moment of revelation for both people. He's been a casual sex man and she's anything but casual. He's going to realize many things in this scene, probably more than she will.

Anyway, this is today's writing challenge. I like this kind of thing because not all books are the same, not all women feel the same comfort level with their bodies and with sex and some people have wounds in their past that make them approach intimacy differently.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


       Hump Day Hello!

Hey Campers! So my house went from six people to two this morning when my parents left with my boys. I miss them already. Goodness is my house quiet. Moo is napping now and I don't know if it's been so quiet in this house during the day in a very long time. I was surprised by how sad I was when they drove away. I couldn't shout, "I love you" after I told them and smooched them into the car because I didn't want them to see me cry as they drove away. But once inside I let it go. Sheesh, I'm excited for them to go but still, it's hard to see my babies leave, even for just a little while.

Anya's Tempted By Two released from Ellora's Cave today! If you don't have it yet, you should!

I also saw that Bachelor #4 from the fabulous Megan Hart has been tearing up the reviews lately. Congrats, Sparkles.

It's cold and rainy here today. Odd summer this year but thank goodness not a whole lot of really hot days. I hate the heat!

I'm about at the halfway point for Taking Chase. I didn't get much done last night. The boys were bouncing off the walls excited about leaving with my parents and Moo split her lip open when she fell holding the lid to a sticker container that she stole from her brothers so she was clingy. I'm expecting a long nap today because of that.

Anyway, Cassie and Shane are going to really have sex for the first time but he won't see the scars on her back yet. I'm trying to figure out how to do that in a believable way. She's got issues about her body anyway so she may leave her camisole on. They're outside as it is, I think there may be some lovely action on a blanket under the moon. Heh.

I have a stack of books three feet high that I need to read. Sigh. They call to me! I read one really fun Blaze (romantic suspense by Jo Leigh called Closer) and another fun and hot one by Alison Kent (Kiss and Makeup) - basically, I love both Leigh and Kent's books and those are most of the Blazes I read. I tried a new author but I was not impressed. There are a few others that I quite enjoy - Isabel Sharpe is one. Some others are on my TBR list but I've read them in other lines and liked them too. I'm working on an outline for a romantic suspense Blaze. I think I can do the voice well, we'll see after I finish Taking Chase and Battlefront.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


       Tuesday Morning At The Galley of the Damned

This morning I spent nearly two hours at the Department of Licensing to get a new driver's license. My two year old got into my wallet and while I managed to track down all of my credit cards, etc, I could not find my license.

So I head down there first thing because the website said their busy times were afternoons. I walk in and it's standing room only. I get #30 and it's on #14. But there are also numbers in the 200's and the 600's.

I wanted to plot and I had a book and a pad but it was too chaotic. Plus, people talk to me. Doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing, people talk to me. I don't know why, I'm really not that nice a person. Still, I had a conversation with a weepy mom with her 16 year old getting her driver's license, an elderly woman who complained about "foreigners" but was otherwise delightful and two men who kept making small talk about how long it was taking. Sigh. One was nice enough, one of those people who talks to everyone, the other shut up after I made sure to show my wedding ring a few times as I sat there.

I understand that it wasn't the fault of the employees there. I really wanted to turn around and smack the crap out of the guy behind me who kept yelling, "Our tax dollars at work!" over and over like he had a tic or something. I mean, yeah, I was frustrated, but I can't imagine what it's like to have to work at the DOL, I'm not gonna add to their misery. And so I just gave up hope as I sat there, just glad my kids weren't with me.

I envision hell as the DOL.

Anyway, the new picture looks better than the old one taken about two years ago when I was eight months pregnant and a giant ball of pissed off, sweaty pregnant woman.

Oh and Anya Bast's Tempted By Two releases tomorrow from Ellora's Cave. Don't miss it!

Monday, July 10, 2006


       Monday!

Yeah, Monday again. I thought I'd have more time today but Ms. M stole my driver's license and I must go and deal with a replacement, my middle kiddo has an eye infection and I had to pick up medication for my oldest who is going to his grandparents for several weeks. So I'm running around and dealing with stuff and doing laundry and not getting as much writing done as I'd like although I am consistently putting out 3K words a day, which is very nice.

I got two more excellent reviews of Sudden Desire today!

4 1/2 stars from Contessa at Romance Junkies: Lauren Dane has crafted a magnificent and highly erotic summer-time fun read with SUDDEN DESIRE. My attention was instantly absorbed from the start with Tess's explosive and much deserved actions towards Trevor. Here is a woman after my own heart. A person can only be pushed so far before she/he comes out fighting. I can certainly say that I would not have taken that much attitude for as long as Tess did. Trevor needed to be knocked down a peg or two. But, what surprised me the most was how much my attitude changed toward Trevor once he turned on his charm - no wonder he was so popular with the ladies. The sexual encounters between Tess and Trevor were scorching-hot and deliciously passionate. SUDDEN DESIRE is a great, short novel to enjoy on a hot summer night.

And 4 cups from Susan at Coffeetime Romance: Ms. Dane is one of my favorite authors and this terrific story is another example of why I enjoy her work so much. The characters are fascinating and easily believable. I like a good strong heroine and Tess is definitely that. I recommend Sudden Desire to anyone who likes a good solid story with plenty of smoking hot sex.

Not a bad way to start the week, eh?

Okay, I think I'll be done with Taking Chase by the end of the month! Yay! Then on to Battlefront, which I hope to have done by the end of August and then it's on to some stuff I'm working on for NY - a romantic suspense I'm targeting at Blaze and something I may target at the new Nocturne line. Cause I'm just gonna keep hitting until someone bites!

How was everyone's weekend?

Lauren

Sunday, July 09, 2006


       New Reviews for Sudden Desire!

Today's Issue of the JERR newsletter had two new reviews for Sudden Desire!

Kirra Pierce gives it 4 stars and an H! And says in part: Trevor starts out a little, okay, a lot, clueless when it comes to Tess, but once he notices her, things heat up quickly. I have to love a woman who could look into the purely gorgeous male face of a guy she’s had a major crush on and still tell him to shove it. Tess has backbone! (...) For a fun summer read, I recommend some Sudden Desire.

And KayleeMarie Walker gives it 4 1/2 stars and an H and says in part: Lauren Dane proves once again that she has a way with words with her short story, Sudden Desire. This quick contemporary erotic romance has good pacing throughout and while the plot may not be what one might consider original, it is certainly sexy entertainment at its best. It’s a pleasure to read because the characters are refreshingly lifelike when it comes to their emotions and faults.

Thank you Kirra and KayleeMarie!

Saturday, July 08, 2006


       Release Date and Stuff

Just learned that the release date for Taking Chase is January 30! It seems like a ways away but really it's not. Essentially I've got a book coming out every 4 - 6 weeks between now and February of next year. Not too shabby.

Friday, July 07, 2006


       Yadda Yadda Yadda Blah Blah Blah

I've now broken 20K words in Taking Chase. Tonight I'll write a big emotional scene between Cassie and Shane - and that'll lead in to some other emotional stuff for Cassie. The middle of the book is a big emotional obstacle course for her but she'll survive. She's a survivor.

This book is about a woman who was nearly killed by her ex husband. I used to work with domestic violence survivors and their children as a legal advocate at a shelter. I wanted to write a woman at some point that encompassed the best parts of some of my old clients. Strong, scared perhaps but they never lost hope. This story isn't about her being a victim of DV, but her being a survivor. She's moving on and now she has to learn to trust. And it's hard - especially when the man is big and bad and wants to protect people like Shane Chase. This is an issue. They both need to learn a lot.

I cheated and stayed up extra late the last two nights to finish Fistful of Charms. I'm not sorry. I LOVED it. I'll do a review of it later on. My parents are here and things are insanely busy.

I hope everyone is planning on a great weekend.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


       Reviews!!

Two new marvelous reviews for Giving Chase that I'd like to share with you!

The first one is from I Just Finished Reading - and it's so wonderful I don't think I can do it justice by blurbing it.

"Giving Chase has everything. Romance, suspense, character growth, family, hot beautiful sex, good friendships. Watching the love bloom out of friendship between Kyle and Maggie was lovely. Maggie's inner strength grew and her character blossomed under Kyle's love and caring. She learned how to stand up for herself - not only to stand up to her stalker, but to her family as well."

There's more, it's a wonderful review and I'm just thrilled with it. Thank you sooo much Lori.

And this one is from Gail at Amazon!

"Dane does it again, weaving a tale of a spunky, independent, strong woman with a fractured past. The leading women in her books always represent how, no matter what your past, you can overcome, and through it all, still deserve love and passion. It isn't hard to fall in love with the men in Dane's books either. Beyond being beautiful, the level of adoration and abandon they display in their love is breathtaking."

"Giving Chase will take you to the edge, bring you down and ramp you right back up again. Although the sexual content comes far later than expected, that is part of the enticement and anticipation. This is a book that feeds the Lauren Dane addict."

Thank you Gail!


       Samhain Reader Appreciation Week!

(I'll be there on Monday and Friday and a stint on Saturday too! I'll be giving away fun stuff and doing some excerpts so please stop in!! Samhain has some amazing authors in all sorts of genres and the next week will be a great opportunity to find some new favorites!)

Join Samhain Publishing and its authors as we celebrate Reader Appreciation Week July 10th through July 16th. Be prepared to add to your wish list as authors share excerpts from a variety of genres including romance, fantasy and suspense. Come to chat, come to win one (or two) of the MANY prizes being offered throughout the week, come to chat with your favorite authors and make new friends.

Monday through Friday, authors will pop in to the Samhain Cafe throughout the day to chat, share excerpts and blurbs from their books and post contests. Each day is dedicated to specific genres of fiction/romance.

Monday July 10th - Suspense/Mystery/Thriller

Tuesday July 11th - Fantasy/Sci-Fi-Futuristic

Wednesday July 12th - Paranormal

Thursday July 13th - Historical/Western

Friday July 14th - Contemporary/Chick Lit/Comedy

Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th , Two authors every hour will share blurbs, prizes and excerpts. The party starts at 9 eastern and goes until 9pm Saturday and Sunday so be prepared for non-stop action on these days!

You can sign up for the fun at www.samhaincafe@yahoogroups.com This event will take place on the Samhain Cafe, not the chatroom, so be prepared for a high volume of emails. You can choose to go digest, no mail or special notices and read and participate directly from the board, if you are someone who doesn't like a large number of emails to come through your inbox.

We look forward to seeing everyone and helping us celebrate the fabulousness that is our raders!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


       Danse Macabre

this is a spoiler heavy post so I'll try and make it the same color as the background so you'll have to highlight the spoilery bits if you so choose...

I did not hate this book. I enjoyed it actually and thought it head and shoulders above Incubus Dreams on many levels. I do get sick of hearing people bitch about LKH. It’s like it’s become a pastime to cast around and look for reasons to be offended by her books. Seriously, life is too short to purposely cast around looking to be offended. The market is filled with paranormal books of all kinds to read if LKH isn't flipping your switch anymore.

Okay, onto the review (first the positives and then the negatives): First and foremost, Anita is actually growing and learning as a person. She admits when she’s wrong! LKH fleshes out Jean Claude a lot more as well as Nathaniel and even Asher.

Yes, Asher is still a bit pissy in the book but LKH actually gives him a reason for it, character motivation! Which is very nice and has been absent in the last two or three books. Richard is even not a stupid, whining ass in DM. He says a lot of things that make sense and even Anita realizes this.

There’s also evidence that she’s been edited this time out as well. Her ideas are much more fleshed out and there aren’t as many story threads dangling.

This is not a mystery really. It’s pretty much a diary of two days in Anita’s life. As such it’s more “we ate ice cream, we had sex, we slept, we knifed some people, we wrapped Meng Die in a cross wrapped coffin, we had sex” etc. In that way, it’s fine but it’s not that compelling.

The sex is written FAR better than it was in ID. There’s generally a reason for (most of) it and it’s almost all with people you know. I think LKH likes to write sex and that’s fine, she needs to work on it a bit harder though. She tends to overuse phrases (although I didn’t notice her using spill once). This is a common thing, I do it too. But my editor will call me on it and make me fix it. I don’t know if her editor told her and she ignored it or what.

Clearly LKH likes dominant men. And hey, good, cause I do too and I write them as heroes a lot as well. This is nothing new or unusual, authors do this all the time.(spoiler ahead:) Nathaniel ordering Anita to suck his cock was pretty fucking hot. So sue me.

OH and there’s BOYSMUT! YAY! (more spoilers ahead) Jean Claude has anal sex in a threeway with Anita and another man when they feed the ardeur. And it works. It was however, not Asher, which annoys me. I’m not sure why LKH did it that way, perhaps it made it easier for Anita. There was a bit of self reflection on Anita’s part about JC and Asher, which I appreciated and I’m hoping to see a real threesome in a future book, heh.

I’d give this book a 6 of 10 where I gave ID a 3.5. It’s a much better book although it’s not nearly as good as Blue Moon.

Now onto my problems with this book – story holes. Not so much like in ID where there was a set up for a mystery and you heard nothing until the end and it was solved like an afterthought, but stuff that I could not see the purpose at all for.

There’s a mermaid/siren with some odd incestual stuff which squicked me and frankly, I didn’t even see why it was included. It took page space from the Mother of All Darkness storyline which actually IS interesting and I wanted to know more but she didn’t give much.

The Auggie storyline was pointless except to provide the boysecks scene. As such I was fine with it but I didn’t think LKH did enough with it. He provides some backstory about The Mother of All Darkness but not enough to warrant his presence.

There’s also a vampire dance troop thing that is utterly senseless. It was interesting for the moment and everything (and gave her another reason to have a three way in the car with Jason and Nathaniel). It brought some dream sequence thing with the Mother but again, there wasn’t enough story to warrant their presence.

I used to love Damian. But Damian has become the Anita Blake version of Kenny. “You’re killing Damian!” “Feed or you’ll drain Damian!” He’s a shadow and he calms her down, big whoop.

Not even a glimpse of Jamil. I was hoping she’d fuck him because he’s hot. Not enough wolves although we do get a lot of lions for some reason.

Oh and the pregnancy thing. Here’s the deal, I don’t buy books with pregnancy in the title unless it’s Erin McCarthy. I don’t mind pregnant characters or even babies but if it’s going to be used in a book, do it. It was so clearly a gimmick here that it was teethgrindingly annoying. I thought Richard’s response was really good though and there was some great back and forth dialog between Richard and Micah that made me laugh. “Stop being so perfect!” Exactly. I won’t tell you the outcome, though.

Oh and fuck, I believe Anita will soon be God’s intern. She’s now got three animals in her system, a few animals to call, some vampires, a new triumvirate with Nathaniel and Damian and (spoiler ahead) she was almost the “Regina” to the “Rex” of a werelion pride. Everyone wants to fuck her. All women are jealous of her. It’s just annoying. And pointless.

Which brings me to my biggest annoyance with what the series has grown into. They’re pointless books now. We’ve got so many characters that she’s left the ones you really care about by the wayside. Each book she gives us 20 new ones. What about Edward? What about Shang Da and Jamil and Sophie? Belle Morte? They’re all shadows now and we’ve got these new people who are all about Anita. No one seems to be a strong enough character in the books now, they’re all about Anita 24/7.

The strength of the mysteries has faded and she’s lost focus on anyone but Anita’s pussy. And Anita’s pussy is boring.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


       Books This Week!

Today is release day at Samhain! The ever wonderful NJ Walters releases a new chapter in the Jamesville series, The Way Home! I LOOOOOVVVVEEE NJ's books. It joins the TBR pile that I plan to devour when I finish Taking Chase. Shelley Laurenston re-releases an expanded version of Pack Challenge and Sydney Somers releases, Say You're Mine. All excellent books!!

Tomorrow at Ellora's Cave - Kate Pearce has a futuristic that I've been waiting for for a while, Planet Male and Mackenzie McKade's, The Charade. Kimberly Kaye Terry, Marianne LaCroix, and Tracey Cooper-Posey also have releases that look really good!

Thursday at Cerridwen Sharon Horton's, My Shadow, My Love releases (contemporary romance). (If you haven't read Sharon's stuff, you should)

Coming up on the 12th of July, Anya Bast's Tempted by Two comes out. And this one is really, really hot. I don't have to wait because I have a copy that has been taunting me but if I take a peek I won't be able to put it down. I love Anya's books, if you haven't checked her out yet, you should.

Monday, July 03, 2006


       Monday Stuff

It's Monday again! But it's not nearly as hot as yesterday which is nice. The boys are out back playing in the sprinkler and Ms. Thang is here in the house with me and my mom. My parents have been spoiling my kids totally rotten, which is fun to watch, LOL. Course it won't be fun to deal with later but that's what grandparents are for.

Went to Ben and Jerry's yesterday and had key lime pie ice cream. Oh yes I did. And it was delicious! But I only had about half of it because Moo ate the rest with a big grin on her face.

I have all these great books to read but I need to finish edits first! I'm nearly done with Reluctant edits and then I'll get to finishing up Taking Chase and then back to Battlefront. My EC editor says I'll be getting edits on Thrice Bound soon too, yay!

I just want to nap all day, sigh. Not gonna happen I don't think, LOL.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


       Junk and Stuff

Let's see... I went out to dinner with my husband last night and it was quite lovely. I got to wear my new black stilettos with the scary pointy heels with my 50's style black dress. And it was just the two of us, we had drinks and browsed through the bookstore afterwards drinking a chai tea latte and seeing that A Touch of Fae will be arriving at that Borders "within 3 - 5 days" which made me very happy. We rarely have time alone and it was just wonderful. Happy sigh.

Went out and did errands with my mom and the boys during the afternoon. God, my kids can be such monsters! Especially the 4 year old. He's just got so much damned energy, he's not maliciously bad, but he's just wild. He's got a sweet heart and he's a snuggler and a lover but man, does that kid wear on my last nerve sometimes. I think my dad believes I'm having a nervous breakdown. I don't think he realizes that my entire day is made up of me trying to keep 3 wild people from killing each other and themselves. I'm like, "hell, I barely even yelled today!" Luckily they love their grandparents who adore them which is good for everyone.

This afternoon we'll all take a walk up to the new Ben and Jerry's Scoop shop they put in at the shopping center. Yes, that's right, my life is now taunted by the presence of a Starbucks and a freaking Ben and Jerry's within a fifteen minute walk of my house. Damned ice cream anyway, why do you have to be so delicious!

Got my final turned in for Tri Mates with the blurb. I hope to see a release day soon. Now I'm working on edits for Reluctant and then it's a quick look at my proposal for GWAB and back to Taking Chase and Battlefront.

Oh and I bought the new Kim Harrison yesterday, along with the new Jo Leigh Blaze and the new LKH. I'll write up Danse Macabre later on in the week. Got the new Dixie Chicks and have been listening a lot to it and She Wants Revenge which my husband brought home late last week.

SO, all in all, a good few days! And you?