~ AUTHOR OF THE MONTH ~
Hi Lauren, welcome to Under the Covers! I have to admit I’m SUPER excited to have you here with us today and to have you as our Author of the Month. You were one of the first romance authors I truly fell in love with and started my addiction. So thank you for your wonderful and touching stories.
Thank you for having me! It really makes my day to hear I’ve been able to turn people on to reading romance;)
DRAWN TOGETHER is finally here. Seems like we’ve been waiting forever to get Raven’s story. Was the wait to write it as terrible for you as it was for us waiting to read it?
I have always wanted to write her story but I wanted the time to be right. I wanted the hero or heroine to be right. As we see her through everyone else’s eyes, she’s slowly changing, but I didn’t want to rush it.
When Jonah came onto the page in Sway I knew he was the right one. Their story came pretty quickly after that.
Raven has gone through so much growth throughout the series. How was writing her book different or special from the others?
I wanted it to be perfect. I wanted the reveal of Raven’s backstory to be just right. Not too fast, not too slow. I wanted the way it came across to readers and to Jonah to be organic. It took a lot of time to get that right. I cried—a lot—as I wrote. Raven’s backstory has been with me for years at this point so in some of the scenes with Erin when Raven is panicked and really scared, those were ones I wrote as I ugly cried.
It was really important for me to be true to Raven as a character. She wasn’t going to be a different person at the end of the book. She will always be defensive and blunt and bitchy. But I wanted readers to know why and I wanted Jonah and the way her walls came down to be her personal revolution.
Really, Alexander was the key. It was seeing Raven in her interactions with the kids, especially Alexander who she loves so deeply, where we glimpse her in another light entirely. How she can love so unreservedly because she’s not being judged and feeling uncomfortable.
This story puts the final closure on the Brown Siblings. Will we continue to see more of them in the Delicious series or are we slowly going away from them?
Eventually I will return to the Browns/Keenans/Copelands and write the next generation but that won’t be for a while. Next up it’s the Hurley Boys. A series with HQN that will give Paddy, Ezra and Vaughan Hurley their well-deserved HEAs. Those are out in September and December of 2014 and March of 2015.
It’s also in my plans to do a series for Levi and Jonah’s brothers. But again that won’t be until 2015 at the earliest.
What’s the one scene in DRAWN TOGETHER that you love the most and would never cut? If it’s too spoilery, you can share one from a previous book in the series.
Oh wow, that’s a really hard one. I think it’s the Thanksgiving scene where Raven has dinner with Jonah’s family. I loved her dialog with Liesl Warner and also the way she’s really out of her element but she does it for Jonah and might even have enjoyed herself a little bit.
Every book and character an author writes holds something special and dear. What have you taken away from writing each character in this series?
I love the interconnectedness of these characters as an intentional family. I have loved watching them grow and change. I’ve loved writing them have their own families and take on new challenges. It’s so much fun for me to come back to them as I write the newest book and know they’re in the world, growing and being happy.
LAID BARE is still to this date a book I think about and smile because it was such a beautiful story. Even more beautiful as I re-read. Did you always plan for it to be Todd, Erin and Ben or is that something that happened as you were writing their story?
Originally Ben wasn’t supposed to be a permanent member of their relationship. First it was supposed to be Cope and it was supposed to just be fun. And then Ben came into the story and he sort of pushed into that first threesome and then he didn’t want to leave and it seemed wrong to kick him out when he fit with them and they needed him too.
Do you have a writing process? Do you have to listen to music, have complete silence, write only on a full moon?
I always listen to music. Music is really interconnected with my process. It helps me keep the mood and the feeling of the story. Otherwise, I try to write 3-4k a day. I don’t have a muse or anything.
We are always curious to know what our favorite authors read. Who is your favorite author and what is it about their work that resonates with you?
Impossible to name just one! There are so many authors and books I return to over and over for different reasons. Neuromancer by William Gibson is a perfect book. He doesn’t waste a single word. It’s stripped down to the bones. The world is dark and gritty and he tells me more in those short pages than most people can do in 800 pages. JD Robb’s Naked In Death is such a fantastic leap into this new world with a character who is all sharp edges on the outside but wounds and pain on the inside. I pick it up to re-read at random at least once a month. Frank Herbert’s Dune is a huge, epic world filled with religion and politics but yet the story is also a small one. I love it to pieces. Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation is filled with humor and sexiness from characters I think are brilliantly built. Flawed and messed up but totally compelling and in spots so tender.
You are hosting a dinner party. If given the chance to invite characters from other series, who would you invite?
From another author’s series? Hm. Either Lucas and Sasha from Nalini Singh’s Psy books or Phin and Sophia from Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation.
And what would you be drinking at this party?
WILD DARKNESS is coming out next month (excited squeee)! What can you tell us about it?
Wild Darkness is the final book in the Bound By Magick series and it’s Helena and Faine’s book! The stakes are pretty high as the anti-Other groups begin to clash with Others worldwide. The government is dealing with some important legislation that would rescind basic civil rights from the Others.
So as Senator Toshio Sato works within the law to stop these horrible bills (he’s got a secondary romance in the book too), Helena is doing all she can to protect the Others working to defend themselves. She and Faine are both warriors so they’ve got a heavy duty attraction, but once they act on it, it’s pretty hot and heavy, even as everything they hold dear is threatened.
Lots of action in this one!
Anything you have in the works that you can share with us?
After Wild Darkness in November, I’ve got the next Goddess book, Blade to the Keep out with Carina in December along with the There All Along duology I’m in with Megan Hart. My story is Land’s End and it’s sort of a mash up of The Gunslinger/Firefly/Mad Max only with hot sex.
Next year I’ve got the Hurley Boys series, a new Petal, Ga book, Count on Me and a self pubbed anthology with Vivian Arend and Kit Rocha called Marked. My story is the first in a new series I’ll be self publishing. It’s an earth set futuristic, erotic romance, ménage called All That Remains.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and share with us today.
Thank you! And thanks for making me Author of the Month
MEET THE BROWN FAMILY!
Brown Family # 1
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?
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Brown Family # 2
A new novel of “toe-curling” erotic romance from the national bestselling author of Laid Bare.
After his parents’ death, Brody gave up a promising career to care for his family. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, and for the first time in years he’s alone. Elise has come to Seattle with her daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina-and trapped in a marriage gone bad-she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.
Brody and Elise discover in each other the wild, physical passion they need. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need-to what they truly desire.
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Brown Family # 3
WORTH THE WAIT
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that nearly left her dead, she has spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard-won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it doesn’t mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.
Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidely skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’s been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Cope does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.
While Ella’s sure Cope is just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly, and he reignites something deep inside her. It isn’t long before desire and love turn them both inside out.
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Brown Family # 4
ALL THE RIGHT NOTES…
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?
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Brown Family # 5
All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.
And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.
They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.
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Brown Family # 6
Beauty is more than skin-deep…
Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.
With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.
Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.
But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…
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About the Author
The 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 and USA Today 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.
In honor of our Author of the Month (and the beautiful covers in this series) we are giving away 2 print copies of winner’s book of choice from this series. They’ll look gorgeous in your keeper shelf.
One winner. International.