Friday, April 4, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Lauren Dane

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:



Goofy,

Lively,

Ambitious,

Hardworking,

Serious



Five people and or things that inspire you:



My husband,

My Kids,

Gerard Butler,

Music,

Love



Five of your favorite authors:

Margaret Atwood,

Frank Herbert,

William Gibson,

Richard Morgan,

Kim Harrison



Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:



Dahlia Baker from Stripped – She’s smart and ambitious and loves vintage clothes. She’s shy but dances in a burlesque show! She can be self conscious but she’s self assured when it comes to her business degree and her ambitions. She’s got a lot of contradictions and Nash can’t get enough.

Melanie “Minx” Rodriguez from Celebration For The Dead – She’s a woman who lost a great deal at an early age. All she’s known for many years is her self made family of hunters and hunting down and exterminating vampires. The irony of falling in love with a vampire is something that amuses and frustrates her.

Connor Bell from Celebration For The Dead – He’s a natural vampire, tall, gorgeous with an Irish accent and sexy eyes. He’s been quite happy to love a lot of women over the centuries but he’s truly and thoroughly snagged by the beautiful Melanie. He loves her strength, her perseverance and the vulnerability that lies deep inside her.

Nina Reyes from Enforcer – Nina’s one of my favorite heroines! She’s a total wise-ass, snarky, silly but she loves with a fierceness and protectiveness that makes others very loyal to her. She adores Lex and her family even if she teases them relentlessly. It took her a long time to accept her happiness but once she did, she’ll do what it takes to keep it. Lex started to fall for her the moment she held a shotgun to his balls. They’re a lot alike!

Tate Murphy from Making Chase – I loved writing her because she’s got a huge challenge to face inside when Matt Chase starts to pursue her. Like many women, she’s got body image issues but she’s not self loathing! She’s strong and she loves her siblings and nieces and nephews and the allure of a family like the Chases is too much to resist. She’s a great match for Matt because she doesn’t let him cruise on his looks. He likes that she loves him for all of who he is and he’s head over heels for her.

Five reasons to read your books:

1 – Strong Heroines! And I don’t mean they’re all of the kick butt variety but they all have a backbone and over the course of the story, they learn things about their own strength.

2 – Strong Heroes! Be they Alpha males or men of the Beta variety like Matt or Kyle Chase – all my heroes would move mountains for their women

3 – They’re romantic. No matter the story or the circumstance – I love romance so all my characters get their HEA

4 - Steam!

5 – Warm families or friend groups. I love to write big families – be they werewolves, witches or small town humans – I love to write families.



Extra! Extra! A lucky commenter today will have a chance to win their choice of one of Lauren's eBooks.

18 comments:

azteclady said...

*waving* Good morning, Lauren!

Romantic heroes--yes yes and yes! Gotta love them.

(Please don't enter me in the contest, as I won one of Lauren's books recently)

Lauren Dane said...

Hi Dannette! Thanks so much for having me today! And hey, Azteclady, good morning.

acdaisy95 said...

Hi Lauren, Just wanted to say hi while I'm work. :) I enjoyed your fantastic fives esp your top reasons to read a book.

Happy Friday!
Amelia

danetteb said...

Welcome Lauren!

Your big family reason caught my eye, its fun reading books that have close family ties in them, I get reminicent of my family back home.:)

Happy Release Day!

Hugs, Danette

Diana Evans said...

Great post Danette...I love her answer number 4 to read her books...steam...cute!!

Have a wonderful day...oh and by the way...that children's book you sent..."Mongoose, Mongoose, Stop! don't run" is Cole's favorite book ...he just loves it...and I love it too....we read it about 3 times a day...lol...he laughs and laughs and says Mongoose...heheheh

Thanks

Diana

limecello said...

Hi Lauren and Danette!
I always love the 5s - and hehe, Lauren, I love that Gerard Butler made your inspirations list.

danetteb said...

Hi Diane,

That's so cute, my kids love the Hawaiian Heratige books too. Their favorites are Limu and Momi,ones about a turtle and the other is about a mermaid :)

Hugs, Danette

Jadesymb said...

Romantic heroes!!!

Pamk said...

okay now I know if you list the two characters in this book as two of your fav that I defintely need to read this one soon. I loved minx in the other stores and I just bet there will be some angst between her and Conner before they work things out. A vampire hunter and a vamp sounds good.

Cathy said...

Hi Lauren, your top 5 reasons are exactly why I love your stories.
Happy release day, too. Love your vamps in the Witch's Knot series.

Lauren Dane said...

Aww thanks, everyone!

And Dannette, I love writing families because I love family I suppose. I just love the warmth families can create as well as the emotion too.

And limecello - who isn't inspired by Gerry? Mmmm! The accent, those eyes, that wicked smile? Yum.

Tina said...

I loved reading this!!!!! lauren always nice to read more about ya!

Cherie J said...

Hi Lauren,

I loved your answers for the Fantastic Fives especially the reasons to read your books. So true!

april s said...

i love to read Lauren's books because she makes her plots kick a&& and sooo romantic!! Sitting down to read Lauren's books is like eating rich chocolate over and over -and NOT gaining weight LOL

penny said...

I agree with your strong families comment - I enjoyed the Chase books!

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Hi Danette & Welcome Lauren, I am happy to see you here with us. I loved your answers for the Fantastic Fives. Danette asked some great questions and your answers were fabulous :-) I would love to be entered to win a book by Lauren Thanks.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Hugssss
LindaH

Caffey said...

Hi Danette, Hi Lauren!!
So love your books. I must check the authors you mentioned you like. I've only read Kim Harrison out of the list. What genres you like to read? Do you read erotica romance too Lauren and what was one you read recently?

Lauren Dane said...

Tina - thank you!

Cherie - that one question is hard to answer because everyone reads for different reasons so I'm glad you liked my answers.

April - wow, that's a fabulous compliment, thank you!

Penny - thank you! I loved writing the Chases.

Linda - thanks!

Cathie/Caffey - I love science fiction and futuristics, I love romantic suspense, mystery, romance (usually paranormal and contemporary but in the hands of the right author I'll read most anything), urban fantasty, cyber punk - I just love to read.

And yes I do read erotic romance. Let's see the most recent one I read that I wasn't critting was Maya Banks' Sweet Surrender. I also got an early look at Megan Hart's upcoming Spice brief, Layover too!