Freebie Day #18 – Guest Author Lauren Dane!

A little housekeeping first…

Winners from this week will be announced tonight. Also, I’m doing a book signing today in the Eugene/Springfield Area from 2-3pm. If you’re in that part of Oregon, stop by and say hi. I’d love to see you.

Book signing details:

Thurston Book Exchange
5505 Main St.
Springfield OR

Okay, now on to the fun stuff. Only 14 more days to enter my big STOLEN HEAT release contest…

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Today’s freebie guest author is the beautiful, talented and saucy Lauren Dane!

Unexpected Desire…

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn’t in the cards just yet…

Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin’s past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd’s best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed—and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?

What people are saying about LAID BARE:

“In a word, this book is amazing. All three characters are magnetic and thoroughly realistic. They’re expertly woven into a roller-coaster story that will have you crying one moment, aroused the next and laughing with glee at each triumphant step along the way. With menage and some mild M/M scenes, this is Dane’s best story yet!”
–RT Magazine, 4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick!

“Every once in a great while, a book comes along that moves and surprises you in all the best ways. LAID BARE is one of those books for me. I was blown away by Dane’s brilliant rendering of this emotionally-charged, deeply erotic tale of second chances and redemption. I can’t say it enough: I loved this book!”
–Sylvia Day, nationally bestselling author of Eve of Darkness

Please help me welcome Lauren to the blog!


1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
I read across many genres! I love science fiction and futuristics, mysteries, thrillers, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, biography – essentially I love voices. If an author has a voice I love, I’ll follow her around, LOL.

Everything I read has an impact on me as a writer I think. Partly because each time I read a book I learn things about my own style and voice, I learn about different ways to tell a story. Reading, just like watching movies or traveling, is great creative input. All these different voices, different stories, the lives of that author and her characters – all these things add to the sum of human experience that as a writer I can tap into.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
I’m working on INSATIABLE, it’s the next futuristic in the Federation Chronicles series for Berkley Heat, set for July 2010 release. It’s Daniel’s book and it takes readers into a Known Universes on the brink of war.

August 4, I’ve got LAID BARE, a contemporary ménage erotic romance (whew what a mouthful!) from Berkley Heat. It’s my first contemporary with Heat and I hope folks enjoy it! In October I’ve got TRINITY, a paranormal romance from Samhain and then in January it’s COMING UNDONE, the sequel to LAID BARE.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
When the books sell or I make a list it’s always awesome. When I get a new contract it’s always awesome.

But it’s the comments from readers I’m so very touched by. First of all, people have really busy lives so when they take the time from their day to find an address for me and write to me about one of my books, that is a great compliment. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received many wonderful compliments, but some of my favorites are comments about how they love the way I create family or a community in my books.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
This has been a crazy year, but the entire time I’ve been writing, I’ve had small children so I haven’t had the daytime really to write. For years I’ve written in the evening, from about eight to midnight. I write every day and take off two weeks in the summer. That isn’t going to happen this summer, LOL, but my baby is off to full day kindergarten so I’ll have the daytime hours to write!

Essentially, like I said, I write every day for about three and a half to four hours. I try to get in about 3K words daily, some days it’s more, some days it’s less.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a hard one. I’d say I’d like to be one of the Chase wives, because hello, hot husband, great family, wonderful small town – what more could you ask for?


Lauren has graciously donated a copy of LAID BARE to one lucky commenter. To be entered into the drawing, we’re turning one question back around on you, the readers. Simply tell us…

What’s one character from any book YOU’VE read that you would like to be and why?