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Lauren Dane Is Here to Chat and a Giveaway of Relentless!
Monday, April 27th, 2009

Please join me in welcoming talented author Lauren Dane! I just met her for the first time at RT and saw her win the best erotic futuristic award for Undercover. Lauren is here to talk about her writing today and the book that begins where Undercover left off, Relentless! Leave Lauren a comment or ask her a question, and you’ll qualify to win a signed copy of Relentless tomorrow (Tuesday) morning!

relentless

In this erotic universe, passion knows no rank…

Since the first settlers came through the portals from Earth, fifteen Families have held the rule of the Federated Universes in their hands. There’s never been a better time than now to throw out the old and usher in a new order. Give voice to the unranked. Abbie Haws has spent her life battling the system. A fighter, she’s always been too busy and driven to pay much attention to finding love. But when she’s granted audience with Roman Lyons, the head of House Lyons, who stands for everything she hates, her instant attraction catches Abbie off-guard…

It’s common knowledge that the Known Universe revolves around Ravena—and that Ravena revolves around Roman Lyons, bred to lead since birth. Roman dreads his meeting with a defiant—if stunning—rabble-rouser. But, sometimes, headstrong personalities in the conference room make for hot-and-heavy, guilty trysts in private….

Now, Abbie will show Roman the parts of her world he wouldn’t otherwise get to see. And he’ll give her a glimpse of the Families’ age old tradition and unleash a sexuality he’d never given rein to before.

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Reviews

Top Pick from Nightowl Romance: Fiery, erotic, and rich with plot, this book is definitely a keeper on my shelf.

4 1/2 Stars from Romantic Times Booklovers: Dane delivers yet another erotic story with a quick-moving plot, detailed worldbuilding, emotional conflict and impossible love that will tug on the heartstrings. Pulled in from page one, readers will enjoy the delicious sensuality between Abbie and Roman and crave it long after the story is over.

Recommended Read from Jo at Joyfully Reviewed: Relentless is a do not miss, stand in line when the bookstore opens book. It is also Joyfully Recommended by me to you as one you won’t want to miss.

Chrissy Dionne gives RELENTLESS 5 Blue Ribbons at Romance Junkies: Emotionally charged, passionate and at times volatile RELENTLESS once again proves that Ms. Dane is a first class author who is fully capable of delivering exactly the sorts of storylines that readers crave.

Mad at Novel Thoughts says of RELENTLESS: RELENTLESS is a definite keeper and one I know I’ll reread many times. Filled with everything I (and other romance readers) want in a romance book, RELENTLESS is a MUST read!

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Lauren’s Interview

BK: Thank you for joining us, Lauren!
What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

LD: LOL, probably my kids, maybe my husband. Household stuff like laundry and dishes. If we’re just talking about goofing off, it’s likely to be IM with friends, etsy.com or youtube.

BK: What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

LD: I just took a small break after finishing up Coming Undone (January 2010 from Heat). But I did work on a proposal for a new series, sort of like my Chase Brothers books with a twist. I started Trinity, a spin off from my Cascadia Wolves ““ that’s out in October from Samhain. Next releases coming up are What Happens in Vegas…After Dark from Spice and Relentless, a book that takes up after Undercover ends, from Berkley Heat ““ May 1 and May 5 respectively.

BK: What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book? I like it when people tell me the book was not what they expected and they liked it. I love it when people fall in love with my characters and their families. Family is a huge theme in my books so it pleases me when other people notice it and enjoy it. Aside from that, I got called masterful in a review not too long ago, it made me blush.

BK: If you could time travel to any time or place—the past or future—where and when would you go to, and why?

LD: Hmmm. That’s a hard one because I like where I am now. But I love turn of the century America. So much promise, the world was changing so dramatically. Women were beginning to attain more rights and independence. I have to say, I am a huge sucker for Brenda Joyce’s Deadly series because it’s one of the few that does that time (and now you, so keep it up)

BK: I’m always interested to hear about the different strains that go into the creation of an author’s fantasy/futuristic world. What was the genesis for your development of the Federated Universes in Relentless?

LD: I have a long and abiding love for epic worlds and futuristics give me the opportunity to play around with themes very much important today but in a different context. So I can write about class, about caste systems in a way that doesn’t make people defensive because it’s in some far off future. I can make it about other people, which I find so much fun.

So when I wrote Undercover, it was because I had this idea about second chance love between different classes, but I wanted the heroine to be a warrior on some level. The scene where Sera walks into the barracks in the opening of the book came to me without much effort as I started to write. I love building worlds, it’s why I have so much fun with paranormals and futuristics. I can make stuff up. It’s my world and my rules. Of course then it becomes my job to be sure the world makes sense. I wanted them to be related to humans on some level so I knew I had to bring Earth in somehow. Once I had that I had to figure out how they came to be there instead of Earth. That of course cascades into travel in general, which I’d originally planned to do via space craft. But it didn’t feel quite right, so I ended up with portals being a mode of movement from one universe to another.

Essentially, the book is about how worlds are made up, who governs them and why ““ I just had to give that all a context in this world. But I really like gray areas so while the Imperialist Universes are non-democratic and fascistic in nature, the Federation is freer, with democratic notions, but it’s oligarchic in nature. So the past (ancient Greece) connects with some far off future because humans on Borran are not so much different from humans in Greece.

For me, I like writing futuristics that are reflections in some sense, on who we are or were as humans. It’s the best of both worlds.

BK: Fascinating answer, Lauren. Thanks so much for chatting with us today, and best of luck with Relentless!

Be sure and leave Lauren a comment and you’ll qualify to win a copy of Relentless!

71 comments to “Lauren Dane Is Here to Chat and a Giveaway of Relentless!”

  1. Sandie
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Lauren, I enjoyed your interview, and I love your books. I just got Triad last month and it was FANTASTIC. I
    ‘ll have to get Undercover next. As an old sci-fi fan, I am fasinated with the sound of your Relentless.

    You refer to it as “this erotic universe”, but you don’t explain that any further.

    What makes it an erotic universe, and apparenly an erotic book too???

    Sandie



  2. Caffey
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren!!! SOOO Beautiful on the reviews for this! I so hope it brings you a bunch of readers who haven’t had the joy to read you yet!

    I love those DEADLY series too by Brenda Joyce! I so hope there will be more in the near future to settle that trio of Fran, Rick and Cadler.

    Love this world you created for the series and that there will be more! And great reading your interview.



  3. Lyoness2009
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I’m relentless….for “Relentless!” he he! Looks fabulous and hoping to win!



  4. Kim S.
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Just wanted to say “Hi Lauren!!” and………

    OMG, I can’t wait to read Relentless!!

    I sooooo LOVED Undercover!! Mmmmmm, Ash!!! Brandt!!! *sigh* Sera!!

    Undercover was THE BEST book I’ve read in a while!!



  5. Larena Wirum
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 10:51 pm · Link

    This sounds like such a great book. I love that cover. :mrgreen:



  6. Afshan N
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 11:02 pm · Link

    Hey Lauren!!
    I just wanted to say Great Interview.
    And Relentless sounds like my kind of read!!

    ~Afshan



  7. Lynda
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 11:09 pm · Link

    Hey Lauren, I really loved Taking Care of Business. Now I need to get reading some of your other books!



  8. Pam P
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      · April 27th, 2009 at 11:21 pm · Link

    Great interview. I have other books of Lauren’s but haven’t started this series yet, love to be entered, reading more sci-fi now.



  9. Karin
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 1:05 am · Link

    Great interview! I like the idea of the new world you’ve created and I look forward to reading more about it since it fascinates me.



  10. Maija P.
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 1:39 am · Link

    Recently I’ve had this interest in reading futuristic/sci-fi romance books and your books would be perfect for my TBR-pile 🙂



  11. Yvonne
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 2:57 am · Link

    Wonderful interview and will definitely check the books out….



  12. Frana
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 3:54 am · Link

    Hey Lauren and Beth!!
    I just wanted to say what a Great Interview.
    Relentless sounds like my something I would enjoy reading!! 😆



  13. wanda flanagan
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 7:17 am · Link

    Just popping in to say hi,great interview and hope you are having a wonderful week



  14. Lori T
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 7:26 am · Link

    Hi Lauren and Beth~

    Great interview and Relentless sounds great! I hope that you had an amazing time at RT…I bet it was so much fun.

    Have a great day.



  15. Christine
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 7:49 am · Link

    great interview can’t wait for Relentless to come out



  16. Lauren Dane
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 8:16 am · Link

    Kaly – I LOVE that cover. It’s just so pretty and sensual without being tacky.

    Amy S – thanks! I hope folks think so.

    Melissa – thanks! Trinity will be Jack’s story.

    Amy M – Thank you!

    Pam – thanks! Me too and I’m always happy to be able to write more.

    Sally – thank you.

    Sue – thanks, I was thrilled!

    Terry – thank you, I’ll definitely try.

    Sharmi – what a wonderful compliment, thank you!



  17. Lauren Dane
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 8:19 am · Link

    Sandie – the whole erotic universe tag wasn’t mine – it’s the marketing team at the publisher making sure people know the book is erotic.

    The Federation Universes are many universes that exist side by side in space time – like a deck of cards. Citizens use portals to travel between.

    So a regular universe, with erotic stuff going on in the book’s storyline.



  18. Lauren Dane
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 8:22 am · Link

    Caffey – thank you. I do visit Brenda Joyce’s website from time to time to see if there will be any more Deadly books. She says there’s one more but she doesn’t know when she’ll be able to get it out there.

    Kim- wow! Thanks very much.

    Larena – thanks, I think the Berkley Art Dept is pretty darned awesome too!

    Afshan – thank you!

    Lynda – So glad you liked TCOB!!

    Pam – Thanks for stopping over to say hello!

    Karin- thanks, I loved creating it too.

    Maija – it’s one of my favorite genres to read so I hope you enjoy it as well.



  19. Lauren Dane
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 8:31 am · Link

    Yvonne – thank you, Beth’s really the one who did all the work with the questions!

    Frana- Thank you!

    Wanda – hello and thanks for stopping in!

    Lori – it was! I think it was my favorite RT so far.

    Christine – thanks!



  20. Teresa Warner
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Would like to be included, looking forward to this one!



  21. Hockeyvampiress
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      · April 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Grats on the new release!!! Would love to get ahold of it!!!



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