Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane Interview
Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Dane  to our sites today!  

Lauren's story goes like this:  While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over forty novels and novellas across several genres. Though she no longer has to deal with Polly Pocket and getting those tiny outfits on and off, she still has trouble blocking out the sound of iCarly so she can write a love scene.

Lauren has a very impressive and extensive book list which can be found here: http://www.laurendane.com/books/.  She has four series in Contemporary/Romance - DELICIOUS, CHASE BROTHERS, PETAL GEORGIA and BROWN SIBLINGS, three series in Paranormal Romance - DE LE VEGA CATS, CASCADIA WOLVES and her new series, BOUND BY MAGICK, one Sci Fi/Futuristic series - FEDERATIOIN CHRONICLES, including the mini-series PHANTOM CORPS and a numerous amount of stand alones in all of the genres above, including her Urban Fantasy eBook, "Goddess with a Blade".

Since we can't list all of Lauren's amazing books here, we're going to give you a peek at five of her 2011 releases, including "Heart of Darkness", the first book in the BOUND BY MAGICK series.  Let's get started……

"Heart of Darkness" - Book 1 - BOUND BY MAGICK series
Release Date:  November 1, 2011

From USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane comes a white-hot new series of a dangerous family legacy, and sensual paranormal passions played to the death on the knife-edge of darkness…

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.

Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

"Never Enough" - Book 4 - BROWN SIBLINGS series
Released on September 6, 2011

Gillian Forrester spent most of her life running from who and what she came from. Until Miles came along. From the moment she held the tiny newborn her older sister didn’t want, Gillian stopped running and began to build a life for herself and her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, as Gillian’s sister lay dying, she reveals the father’s identity and makes Gillian promise to find him.

Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. He’s seen and done it all, with few regrets. It takes a lot to shock him—but the bombshell that he has a thirteen-year-old son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up, elegant woman who’s raising Miles snags his erotic and romantic attention.

The last thing Gillian expected was to find herself getting hot and heavy with a person like Adrian. But as much as she wants to open up and give herself fully to this amazing man, she’s afraid the secrets of her past and Adrian’s problems with trusting people may keep them apart for good. If love isn’t enough can they find the trust they need?

"Once and Again" - Book 1 - PETAL, GEORGIA series
Released on August 30, 2011

Seven years ago, Lily Travis was only too glad to see her hometown of Petal, Georgia in her rearview mirror. Thanks to her father running off with a twenty-year-old, though, here she is, trying to pick up the pieces. First order of business: meet with her brother’s teacher in a quest to pull his grades out of a downward spiral.

Nathan Murphy is pretty much resigned to his bachelor status—until he looks up from his desk to see an all-grown-up Lily walking into his classroom. Of all the women who turned out to be totally wrong for him, she’s the only one who felt right. At least until his foolish, immature mistake drove her away.

Lily has to admit that time has been more than kind to gorgeous, sexy Nathan. Except there’s no room on her full plate for another complication. Especially with a man who broke her heart once before.

With a little help from his friends, Nathan has a plan to rekindle the flame. It isn’t long before they’re burning up the sheets. Winning her heart? That’s another matter.

Warning: Hot, sexy high school teacher in denim and boots. Strong-willed females abound. Bad words and naughtiness, too. Come on, you know you want to read it.

"Goddess with a Blade"
Released on June 6, 2011

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.

"Mesmerized" - Book 2 - PHANTOM CORPS series
Release date:  April 5, 2011

When You Least Expect It…

They call him the Shadow. Andrei Solace delivers death on silent feet as an assassin for the Phantom Corps. The perfect weapon in the fight against the Imperium, he’s sent to the same ’Verse he left behind as a youth.

Piper Roundtree is a mercenary prepared for anything—except for being rescued from Imperial lackeys by the man she hasn’t laid eyes on in eleven years. While she remembers every mesmerizing sensation he gave her, she thought they were through. And against the backdrop of an impending war, their passion is reignited.

The girl Andrei once loved is now a fierce woman who can pilot a ship through canyons at high speeds, and drive him wild with equalabandon. As much as Andrei tries to protect her from the darkness inside him, Piper admires his skills and the code he lives by. Now the lovers must join forces—in more ways than one—to save the Known Universe before the enemy hurls it into irreversible chaos…

"Three to Tango"
Release date May, 3 2011

Four of erotic fiction’s most talented authors carry readers away with all-new tales of ecstasy that prove that the most delectable things in life come in threes…

In Emma Holly’s FLIPPING FOR CHELSEA, Shay and Liam shared an unforgettable night with their lifelong friend, Chelsea, awakening a rush of forbidden feelings—feelings they have to reckon with when the three reunite, and the unrequited lust between them is too much to bear.

Though Ava left her hard-knock Georgia childhood behind, she never forgot Luca and Angelo. Together they were best friends with a bond that could never be broken. But when she returns, the three must decide whether to face the fires that burn between them, or forgo their desires forever in Lauren Dane’s DIRTY/BAD/WRONG.

In Megan Hart’s JUST ONE NIGHT, fun-loving couple Kerry and Jeremy find themselves in a triangle of trouble when Kerry’s old crush, Brian, returns for a school reunion, and Jeremy gives her his enthusiastic approval to seduce him. But while Jeremy has no trouble sharing Kerry, Brian isn’t sure he can handle what’s coming.

Years ago, Walker walked out on Madeline when she needed him most. Now, the ex-Secret Service agent is back—hired to protect Madeline by her billionaire boss, Tony. Madeline is determined to make him pay for denying her desires—and she’s not above bringing Tony in to sweeten the deal in Beth Kery’s ON THE JOB.

Alrighty, now that you're all more familiar with the books, let's get to know more about this incredible author...


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Lauren!  Welcome to Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION.  We’re very excited to have you here today! 
Lauren: Thank you so much for having me!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books… 
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out
easily on the Internet?

Lauren:  Well, hmm. I collect aprons – honestly they’re so fun and useful and they make me happy. 

I love The Waltons. If an episode comes on I will always stop to watch.

I’m socially awkward

Q2):  What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile and three things that never fail to piss you off?
Lauren:  My kids (also on the piss off list, LOL), listening to Vampire Weekend, a new bag/pair of shoes

Lauren: I really cringe when someone can only respond in negatives – as in “oh my goodness I saw the best movie this weekend” and they respond “I hate movies”

People who talk endlessly about writing as if it’s easy but they never actually do it.

Parents who speed through the school parking lot while on the phone and ignoring all those kids walking around.

Q3):  What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not working, writing or taking care of other business?
Lauren:  I love to read and cook. I love live music and dance performances as well. We do a lot of movie days in my family as well.

Q4):  What's a typical day like in the life of "Lauren Dane"?
Lauren:  I’ve got three kids in school so really the mornings are about me pushing children from their warm beds and out into the world after I chide them to eat, brush teeth, stop bickering, get their homework, etc. 

Then I write usually from 9 – 1 or so – if I’m lucky I can work straight through though I’m usually interrupted a few dozen times. Kids get home and my wordcount plummets. 

In and around all that stuff is business stuff, promotion, emails, mom stuff, making dinner, laundry, errands – the same stuff most people have to slog through ;)

Q5):  What books have you read recently, or that you have on your TBR list?

Lauren: I’m on a Stephen King re-read binge. First was the Shining and now is The Stand. I’m impressed anew at his skills and it’s fun to read his work as a writer. Gives me different insight.

I also have Carly Phillips’ next novella, Kismet in my TBR. That’s going to be my prize for finishing my revisions on Chaos Burning. I love her books and her voice so much!


Q6):   You have written in multiple genres of romance.  Which is your most favorite genre to write in and which is your most challenging?
Lauren:  Really it’s usually not the genre that ends up being my favorite, but a certain story. Some of them are easy, they just flow, and others are like pulling teeth.

Any time you have to build a world like with paranormals and futuristics there’s a challenge to be sure you’re making sense and giving the reader just enough, but not too much detail.

I love worldbuilding. It’s challenging yes, but I love to make stuff up! 

Q7):  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?  Maybe something you absolutely must have with you to get the writing process started?
Lauren:  I don’t have a muse or anything like that. I sit down and write every day, even when I don’t want to (though I’m hoping to have an actual day off every week at some point within the next 12 months)

I do like to write with a title. In fact, it’s hard for me to write without one because I like to weave those concepts through the story.

Otherwise it’s sitting my butt down and putting my fingers on the keyboard and getting to work.

Q8):  What personal dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

Lauren:  I’ve met and become friends with some amazing authors and industry people because of my writing career. I still get a little fangirl squee when I chat with Carly Phillips or Alison Kent (two wonderful women I am proud to count as friends but who are also writers I respect immensely).  I also got to meet Anne Stuart at RWA National one year and I hope I didn't scare her with how much I gushed over her, LOL.

Also, not a whole lot on earth beats seeing my book on the shelves at a bookstore or getting a reader letter.

Q9):  Out of the 40+ novels you have written, is there one book that you consider a favorite, maybe one that holds some kind of sentimental value to you?
Lauren:  Oh that’s a tough one. I think I’d have to say Relentless because it really taught me a lot about pacing a story just right. I loved the couple so much, but really I think I learned a great deal about writing in general, and also about my own strengths and weaknesses as a writer. And I think I carried it off – I’m very proud of that book.

I can also say Goddess With a Blade because it was a book that was with me many years and through rejections and “nearly boughts” and all that stuff. Being able to write it for Angela James at Carina was a wonderful opportunity for me. She’s an incredible editor and I trusted that she’d not only work her butt off to edit me, but that she’d make me work my butt off to make it the best book I could as well.  

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to the BOUND BY MAGICK series and other projects…  J

Q10):   Can you please tell us about your new series BOUND BY MAGICK?  What can we expect from the series?

Lauren: Bound By Magick is centered in a world on the verge of discovering the existence of Others. Humans know about some shifters, but the world is changing fast and the witches have to change with it.

Witches on the west coast are dominated by organizations called Clans, run by generations of the same families. These organizations are incredibly powerful and Meriel Owen is the heir to Clan Owen’s leadership seat, she’s been trained practically since birth to take over.

The series will be about different types of Others and witches within this world and the way they face threats against their very existence from the outside.

Strong women. Alpha males. Yes, that’s it in a nutshell.

Q11):  How many books do you have planned for the BOUND BY MAGICK series?  When will the second book be out?
Lauren:  Four total.  The next book, Chaos Burning will be out in July 2012. I’m working on a proposal for the last two books now.

Q12):  What other projects do you have in the works for the remainder of 2011 and for 2012?
Lauren:  After Heart of Darkness in November, my release schedule is open until April, when BENEATH THE SKIN comes out (the next de La Vega Cats book), then May is CAPTIVATED (the last Phantom Corps book), June is CHAOS BURNING (BBM #2), August is SWAY in CHERISHED, a duology I’m in with Maya Banks (BDSM contemporary erotic romance), October is a digital only short featuring Ben, Todd and Erin from Laid Bare, November is TART, the second book in my new Delicious series (Sway is #1).  Oh and in September Once and Again goes to print with some bonus material that’ll also be out as a digital release).  That’s it for now, LOL.

Q13):  Is there a specific message in the books that you’re hoping your readers will grasp?
Lauren:  I like to write strong people who overcome stuff. Heroines who are strong and self-sufficient who may end up with bossy alpha males, but you never doubt they’re there willingly.

There are lots of types of people out there. Most of them deserve a story and a happily ever after. Everyone has baggage. Everyone is broken in some way, but your strength isn’t tested when things are easy.




Q14):  Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked?  How would you answer that question? 

Lauren:  I’ve been asked so many great questions I have to say, not really!

Q15):  Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Lauren:  Just thank you all so very much for the love and support you’ve shown me over the years. This can be a scary business and without the care of your friends and readers it’s a lot harder.

Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Lauren, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us today!  We'd love to have you back in 2012 to help you promote all of your new releases.
Lauren {closing comments}: Thank you for having me and for taking the time to come up with this awesome interview!

To find out more about Lauren and keep up with all those amazing books she has, you can find her at the following sites:
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CONTEST:  Lauren is giving away a signed copy of her new release "Heart of Darkness" to one Book Monster and one Literal Addict.
So don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest as well!! 
To Enter:  Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the "JOIN THIS SITE" button on the top left hand corner of blog apge) and then post a comment to the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

42 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love Lauren's "Brown Siblings" series and I've been wanting to read this new for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway.

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elaing8 said...

Great interview.I love Lauren's books. I had no clue there was gonna be a short story about Ben, Todd and Erin.I can't wait for that.


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Chrisbails said...

Love Laurens books. Loved the Chase's brothers series. Loved Matt & Kyle. I have not read any of her other books but want to check out the Brown series. Would love to win and read this book so please choose me for the giveaway.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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Melissa said...

I love, love ,love Lauren Dane & the Brown Sibling series!!! I can't wait to read this new series also!!! Thanks for the wonderful interview and giveaway!!!

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CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

I've never heard of her books before, but would love to give it a try! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Heather said...

Great interview! I look forward to trying Lauren's books!

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Barb P said...

Hi Lauren! Love your books! I can't wait to read the new book. It has been on my TBB list for a while. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

Maria D. said...

I love Lauren's books especially her Phantom Ops series...I have this book on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Scorpio1974 said...

Lauren is a new author for me but after looking at all her books now I'm definitely adding them to my need to purchase list. =) Thank you for the generous giveaway! Good luck everyone!!!! =)

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alainala said...

Man ever since i heard about this new series ive been itching to read it.. would LOVE the chance to win!

(and aprons? ive never even used one.. hmm)

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ronandstacee said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book.
Peace!

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JessS said...

Awesome interview. I haven't read any of her books yet but the Brown Siblings series looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway! (um is it international?)

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Victoria said...

I first read Coming Undone and was hooked. I love the Browns and am now adding your other books to my TBR. Thanks for tall the good reads.

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miki said...

totally new author for me but after this interview i would gladly try her book

please enter me
thank you for this giveaway

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mnjcarter said...

Haha!!! That's pretty funny about your make me smile, piss me off list. My 4 kids run in both catagories here also!! Love the Cascadia Wolves series, those were some serious badass women and Alpha men!!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Eli Yanti said...

wow.. all the book's cover looks yummy =D

thanks for the great giveaway

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Shrouded Heart said...

Awesome interview :) I'm a big fan of the Chase Brothers and Brown Siblings Series'. Can't wait to read the Short story for Ben, Tom and Erin!

Shrouded Heart said...

Forgot to put my email address... Shroudedheart(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anna said...

I LOVE your books! :) Great interview! I'm always happy to hear what you have to say.

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REGINA ROSS said...

i LOVE Laurens books :)

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Audra said...

Lauren is a new author to me -- I would love to read her new book -please enter me into the contest
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KhelseyJackson said...

I love everything that has Laurne Danes name on it!!! Thank you for a awesome giveaway! Good Luck Everyone

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rainie72 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lauren Dane's writing. I can not get enough. Have read both the Chase Brother series and the Brown Siblings and I crave more of what her writing has to offer. Just picked up "Once and Again" from Samhain website. Could Not wait to get back to Petel!!!

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Bonnie said...

Wow, with so many books out there I don't know how I missed you. I am going to have to check them out Especially Goddess with a Blade and Heart of Darkness. They both look good.
Thanks for the great interview and fabulous giveaway
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Amy said...

I just reading the Brown Siblings....Brody is my favorite, want more of him.
Im hooked now on Lauren Dane and will be moving on to Chase Brothers soon :)
Great giveaway and interview!!

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Cathy M said...

Love all the great scoop in the interview, and I am already a big fan of Lauren's stories.


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Amy said...

Great interview!
All of Lauren's books have such hot men on the cover. Would love to read her books!

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Na said...

Fun interview. Congratulations to Lauren on her latest release, which happens to be on my wishlist.

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Barbara said...

I LOVE Lauren's books. The Chase Brothers and Brown siblings...I've read every one of them or should I say DEVOURED! I can't wait to get my hands on this new series...I know I'll love it too!

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Trish said...

Thanks!

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CrystalGB said...

Great interview. I am a big fan of Lauren's books. Thanks for the giveaway.
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DebbieB said...

I loved the Chase bros series. This book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway. Great interview.
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Pamk said...

sounds like another read and I can wait to read it
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Sheree said...

Not only are these good reads but the covers are great!

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Jolene and Family said...

I have yet to read anything by Lauren Dane, but all her books sound amazing and now I'm thinking "What's wrong with me" I need to get started!!!! I love all these covers, smexy :)

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AmyS. said...

great interview. I have not read any of Lauren's books yet but they are on my TBR list.
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Jewel said...

I've read nearly ALL of Lauren Dane's books. My favorites are the Chase Brothers Series. Would really like to read this book as well. Thanks for the chance.

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Cecilia said...

Awesome interview, yet another author to add to the must check out list!

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Amberia said...

I've heard of Lauren before but have never read her books. A lot of them sound so interesting! Can't wait to read them!

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donnas said...

Great interview. I have been looking forward to this book since I first heard of it.

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Sebrina said...

Everything sounds and looks so good! Gah, TBR list is getting bigger faster than I can read! I need a vacation just so I can sit and read for 2 wks straight...lol...
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