Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lauren Dane is Here to Visit with Beneath the Skin!!

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.
E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com.
Blog www.laurendane.com/blog.

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!


  1. WIll there be more books in the De La Vega series?


  2. There was an interview??? All I saw was a cover shot of one hotttttttt guy.

    Great job.

  3. I love your de la vega series. I first fell in love with your writing when I found your Cascadia Wolves series. In fact, your books were the first paranormal/shifter books that I had ever read.

    Do you plan on adding to your cascadia series or any of your other older books?

    Thanks! pinkelmo3 AT gmail DOT com

  4. I found a new series and author. Going to add too my TBR! Great interview and the cover is freakin smexy!


  5. Love your cover--instantly grabbed my attention.
    I haven't had the pleasure of reading your books, but I'm going to change that. Your books and characters sound fantastic.

  6. Hi! Thanks for this chance! I would love to know if you had any said with the cover design? It's stunning/awesome and the Yummy!!! I love the tattoo and the fact that we can see the animal print too!!! I want one! On my TBR pile for sure!



  7. Love the interview! An Iraqi vet and a victim of a hate crime? Did you do research/interviews to work on her character?


  8. I've only read the Brown siblings. Loved them. This looks really good. I'm looking forward to the heat these two will make :). Thank you.


  9. Great interview! I love the cover!!

    If you were making this into a movie, who would you cast as your characters?

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. Hello! I love these books!

    What is your fav scene in Gibson's story, and what was the hardest scene to actually write in the book?

    Thank you :)


  11. I just love Lauren's Phantom Corps series. I cannot wait to read Captivated! Will you be more books for thi series? Thanks for having this giveaway!!

    kandj7299 at Verizon dot net

  12. The book sounds great and I love the Gibson's line when he first saw Mia. How many books are in the series and do you have to read them in order?

  13. Do you have a favorite couple from your books that you wish you can write more of there story?


  14. Love Lauren's books. Love the Chase Brothers & Petal series. Also liked Second Chances & Believe. Going to check out the Brown series.
    My questions for you are: Do you prefer the stand-alone or series? What is your favorite genre to write? Any favorite characters or series that you wrote? And lastly who is your favorite author/authors?
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. I LOVE Lauren's books!! They are so amazingly hot they scorch your hands!! My question to Lauren is : How do you juggle writing, family, and the characters that just will not stay calm so that you can tell their stories? I am a stay at home mom with 2 teenage girls and a 5 year old son and I don't see how you do it!!! You are amazing!!

  16. Lauren,
    I love your books, I have read the Witches Knot and Chase series and have recently started the Brown Siblings.

    Where do you draw your inspiration for story arcs and characters. One of the reasons I love you books are the characters and their interactions.


  17. Lauren,

    I own so many of your books (both paper and digital) I'm not sure I could say which one is my fave! I'm trying not to be TOO fan girl here...

    Do you plan on writing any more books with another author like you did with Megan Hart?

    Will there be any more Petal, Georgia books?

    I loved Reading Between the Lines! Was it difficult to write with all the magic, Ogham and the ancient Celtic texts?

    Thank you so much for writing and for offering us a chance to ask questions and to win your book!


    teresa dot miller at tigerblossom dot com

  18. Thanks so much for having me today, Carrie! And thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments.

    Let's see: Teresa - yes, Megan and I just sold a duology of futuristic stories to Berkley Heat. Our stories aren't connected though.

    Yes, there will be more Petal books. Lost in You is Beth's book and it's out in March of next year.

    As for all the Celtic stuff - it's a joy to write that stuff. I love mythology and all things Celtic so I really loved writing that book.

    Suzie - My inspiration really comes from all over the place. A dream, a snippet from a song or a movie, something I see on my way somewhere or when I'm traveling. I always want my characters to be three dimensional, so as I build them I think about them like they're people. What's their damage? What do they listen to when they're sad or happy? Do they like this or that ice cream, whatever.

  19. Hi Lauren, I looove your books! My question is how did you do your research on BDSM to write CAPTIVATED? On the Internet? In books? With interviews?
    Thanks for the chance to win! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
    Kanya :)

  20. My inspiration comes from all of you and what you write. True fantasy and romance. I can say i an a FANatic! ...loL! thank you ..great site :) LeslieStockton

  21. Tamara - some major, history changing stuff is about to happen in Chaos Burning. Since that world is shared with this one, I have to be mindful of that timeline and how it will change. So, I'd love to do more books, but I have to figure out if I can!

    LCD - I'm pretty much finished with Cascadia, though I may revisit in the future with Dave and Akio's books

    Proserpine - I'm really rather fortunate that Samhain listens to my input about my covers. The rest is the fabulous talent of the folks who make them like Angela Waters (who did this one)

    Skye - the hate crime Mia endures is because she's an Other. Sadly, one doesn't need to look much farther than the front page of the newspapers to find hate crimes. As for the Iraqi vet part - I did talk with some vets who did multiple tours in Iraq. The fact is, a significant portion of our population are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan so I like to see vets as characters in books :)

    Mel - Gibson is a cross between Gary Dourdain and Jason Momoa. Mia is a little bit like Brooklyn Decker

  22. Becky Jean - hmmm - favorite scene and hardest to write - hardest to write was at the jamboree when Mia tells Gibson about the attack. I wanted it to be right. Not too much, but genuine. Favorite scene is hard to choose because I loved writing these two so much. Probably when she goes to his house and they're talking about the challenge and she's really made at Gibson over it.

    kandj7299 - I do hope there will be more futuristics set in the Federation world. I really want to write Wilhelm's book!

    Linda - 3 so far and while they are standalone, there's a lot of pack/jamboree stuff and overarching story arc stuff that I think reads best as a whole series.

    Analiz - oh that's a hard one! I really love Lex and Nina from Enforcer, Abbie and Roman from Relentless - but really I love them all. Since I write series, I'm often fortunate enough to be able to revisit couples from previous books for at least a glimpse :)

  23. Christine - I enjoy writing series because I can tell two kinds of stories - the smaller one about that couple and then a larger one that can span several books.

    I really don't have a favorite genre to write. I'm lucky enough to be able to write across several so I never get bored and have several ways to tell my stories!

    Favorite authors? Hard one! William Gibson, JD Robb, Lara Adrian, Megan Hart, Jenny Cruisie, Frank Herbert, Rachel Caine

    Melissa - I treat writing like it's my job. So now that my kids are all old enough to be in school that time is my work time. I have a daily word count goal and I write until I hit it. Of course it gets hectic and busy - so then I just write at the margins, when and where I can. When they were smaller I gave up sleep to write at night when they all went to bed. I have a notebook with me wherever I go and I also use timed writing for sprints which helps.

    My family is always my first priority, but I have no problem demanding that they leave me alone when I have work to do (and sometimes it works, LOL)

    Kanya - I've been writing BDSM for many years now. The thing I find most interesting about writing D/s is the mental process. Why people like what they like. What it makes them feel like. That's what I focus on and that's why I think it works. For me, it's not about kink for kink's sake, but WHY the characters do it, why they like it. I never choose to write anything humiliating, non-consensual, or things I find unpleasant. I find a lot of people have a lot of opinions about what BDSM is or isn't, but none of that interests me because there's no one true way for anything. I write things that are genuine for those characters. There's plenty of info out there, just keep in mind that sexuality is like a snowflake, it's going to be different for each person, so your characters are people, what works for them?

  24. How many more books will there be in this series? And how do you find those cover models?


  25. I am so reading this book! Thanks for sharing and so nice to meet you!

  26. Hi Lauren, how do you first begin your books? Do you outline, web or just start writing?
    Thanks for the chance to win one of your books. Always up for this type of contest because my wallet can never keep up with my reading addiction, lol.
    Liz Bancroft

  27. Lauren, this series sounds awesome. My TBR list is growing by leaps and bounds!

  28. Fantastic interview and the book sounds really hot....Looking forward to reading it.

  29. Sounds like a super interesting series. Great interview and thanks for sharing!

  30. Great interview! What's your favorite book that you've written?


  31. I just wanted to say that is about the hottest cover I have ever seen. Good job Lauren!

  32. Great interview. I love this series. I am a big fan of Ms. Dane's books. Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. BN - favorite book? I'd have to say it's a tie between Relentless and Chaos Burning. But they're all special to me!

    Rhapsdyb - most of the time I have an outline for my editor and then when I sprint I try to block chapters or scenes in advance (sometimes it's detailed, other times it's more like, "big fight, she breaks down" or whatever that motivation is)

    Alex - I don't know at the moment. With my Samhain books I go back and forth between Petal and paranormal. I have another series I'm going to be pitching to them so it's all going to depend. As for the cover model, Angela Waters is my cover goddess and she found him. He's pretty isn't he!