Hi Everyone! Okay, first I'm going to be a total fangirl and swoon over the fact that Lauren Dane is here today. Those of you who have followed my own tours know I usually mention her among my favorite authors. This is a true delight for me right now!!
Hi! Thanks so much for coming today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me. Let’s see – the basics, I’m Lauren Dane and this is my eighth year doing this awesome job. I write across several genres – paranormal romance, futuristic and sci fi romance, urban fantasy and contemporary romance. I live in the northwest with my very patient husband and my hellion children.
Tell us a bit about your book.
Beneath the Skin is about two warriors. Mia, who is an Iraq vet who is recovering from a horrible hate crime that happened after she’d come stateside. And Gibson, who is the Bringer for the de La Vega jamboree. Essentially he’s judge, jury and executioner (if need be). They’re both staunchly loyal and courageous and when she saves him after he’s been shot, their attraction is pretty immediate. Only their families have had problems with each other for three generations so it’s complicated. Luckily, love can get people past that sort of stuff, which is good because the threat from the outside grows and Gibson has to face some ghosts from the past.
Carrie Ann: I've read this book and loved it y'all!
Is this part of a series?
Yes, it’s the third book in the de La Vega Cats series (Trinity and Revelation come first)
What did you find the hardest part of writing it to be?
Each book presents its own challenges. Sometimes the opening is snappy fast, other times I re-write it three dozen times before I get it right. But overall, there’s a part in the book where I have my epiphany moment and I know my characters and what they’d do and why. Once that happens things usually open up.
What was your favorite part?
I love the process. I love how organic a story can be. I’m not one for muses or anything like that (not a diss for those who do, it’s just not my process). But for me, all the pre-writing and plotting in the world can’t do it totally. It’s the way, as I’m writing, I suddenly understand why my characters are doing what they do. It all sort of stews in my brain and then comes to me as I work. I *love* that part.
Rate your story in terms of steaminess
Well, it’s erotic romance, so I’d say an 8 J
Who is your favorite romance author?
Oh impossible to say just one! I love Jennifer Crusie’s humor and bent characters, I love Nora’s dialog and characters, I love Nalini Singh’s voice and storytelling, same with Lara Adrian. I think I’ve re-read Alison Kent and Jo Leigh’s category Blazes dozens of times because few do it better than those two.
What is your favorite romance book or series?
Ack! Again, I can’t say just one. Welcome To Temptation is up there. Naked in Death. Slave to Sensation. Dreaming of You. The list goes on and on.
Who is your favorite romance character? If you could go on a date with that person, what would you do? Details please! *wink*
Oh my goodness, you’re killing me. Probably Roarke from the In Death series. He’s so intuitive. He loves his woman and knows what she not only needs, but what she wants. I’d leave the plans to him because he’d choose something perfect for me. Quick trip to Paris? Dinner on his rooftop?
Boxers or Briefs?
I like boxer briefs
What is next for you?
In a few weeks CAPTIVATED, the last Phantom Corps book, comes out. That one is a futuristic ménage romance with BDSM themes.
What were your first impressions of each other?
Mia: He was on the ground in a pool of his own blood. I thought he was heavy and also pretty hot.
Gibson: I saw her naked. That was all I can remember. But it was enough to keep me coming back for more.
What are your favorite parts about each other?
Gibson: Raises brow as he looks Mia over. She’s vicious. Capable. Strong. Intelligent and beautiful.
Mia: Look at him! Don’t tell anyone, but he’s a big marshmallow for the ladies in his life.
What’s next for you?
Gibson: Not much time to relax, the world is changing. Things are getting darker. Hopefully war won’t be the next stop, but I fear it might be.
The story goes like this — Seven years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her brand new second child. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bed-rest with her pregnancy with the tiny monster, Lauren had plenty of down time so her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.”
Lauren had no idea how fabulously wonderful it would feel to actually make a go of her writing and she’s thankful every day people actually want to read what she writes! She’s well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn’t managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of Wizards of Waverly Place so she can write a love scene, though.
Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com.
You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145
A whole world exists…beneath the skin.
Gibson de La Vega is the Bringer, one of the Alpha’s right-hand cats. It is his job to mete out justice and defend the law that holds their jamboree together.
After a contentious meeting with another jamboree, he’s shot—Mia stumbles onto the scene and saves his life. He’s immediately drawn to the female who dug three silver bullets from his body. Even after he discovers she’s a Porter, a family his own harmed grievously half a century before.
Mia has enough in her life. She’s recovering from a vicious hate crime—an attack using silver has affected her ability to do what she loves most. The last thing she needs is a bossy alpha cat like Gibson. A de La Vega no less.
Despite the myriad reasons to stay away, even as they continue to hunt down the would-be killers, their attraction deepens into something else entirely.
The answers they find bring that threat far closer to home than anyone could have imagined and it’ll be up to Gibson to end the mess once and for all. And up to Mia to stand at his side, even as he risks his life…
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And Lauren is happy to give away a copy of CAPTIVATED to a person who asks her a question and leaves their email address! I am sooo jealous right now!