Guest Author & Giveaway: Lauren Dane featuring Coming Undone

Tuesday, January 5

***This giveaway has ended.  Thanks for joining in the fun!***

COMING UNDONE is one of my most anticipated reads of 2010.  I have been waiting for this book ever since having had the privilege of reading the first book in this series, LAID BARE (which was one of my top 10 books of 2009).  And Erin, the heroine from LAID BARE was one of my two most favorite heroines of 2009.  Brody has some big shoes to fill my friends.

I was instantly enamored with Brody, even though he played only a small role in LAID BARE and as soon as I finished reading it I sent an email to Ms. Dane begging her for Brody's my great delight she had already written his story and it was well on it's way to publication.  COMING UNDONE (Brody's story) by Lauren Dane is definitely a temptation this new year, and is almost guaranteed to be a hot and sexy read with lots of emotion and great characters.  I have some serious lust for this book, and can't wait to read it! (if I go missing from the blogger world for a few days next week you'll know why)

When I first started writing people said to me I could never write rock stars or sell a futuristic. Those stories don’t sell and no one likes them.  

I’m sort of averse to those sorts of rules because *I* like books featuring all sorts of people with all sorts of jobs and *I* really love science fiction and futuristics. So I sort of blew those rules of and thought, “I’ll try both one of these days.”

As it happens, my big breaks into New York publishing came with futuristics and my first contemporary and most popular title yet, featured a rock star. Look at that.

Now, oftentimes romance gets a bad rap as not being realistic and to that I really must blow raspberries. In the first place, fiction as a whole isn’t always realistic. It’s filled with things and places that don’t exist, or that have been changed to transport readers there in a way they may never likely be in real life. After all, the goal is to write a story about people readers can connect with.

What is real are the emotions characters have, who they are beneath the skin. And it doesn’t matter what they do, or if they’re from a far off universe or New Jersey because the story is about their struggle, their journey.

And that’s the crux for me – the characters. Who are they and why do they do what they do? In every story it takes me a while before I really understand my characters. I build them slowly and they reveal themselves as I go along. I have little epiphanies as I go and at some point I just know them. I can write the synopsis and get the basic story down in advance, but what I never know until I’m in the process, is just exactly who my characters are to the bone.

With COMING UNDONE, I knew the heroine would be a woman in her mid-thirties, a single mother to a young child who was fleeing her past, broken, but strong. I knew she was a dancer (another career I was told lived on the no-no list) and that she would put her child first. Other than that, Elise came to me fragment by fragment until she breathed onto the page and was real to me.

Every book is this way for me. As I wrote Elise, I knew I didn’t want her to be weak, or too perfect either. Something that resonated for me really clearly was her relationship with her daughter. Partly I suppose this is because I’m a mother too and I quite often hate how children are written and portrayed in novels as either accessories you hear mention of to make the character seem one way or another, or as geniuses who never need any supervision or attention.

So that part came first and that part helped me see the rest. Because first and foremost, Elise understands her responsibility as a parent and she is determined to make the best choices she can because of her past. Elise came to me through her connection to Rennie. The way she was set on making her daughter’s life safe and free from emotional manipulation and abuse. The way she was a mother, not a best friend. The way she had to make choices she wished she didn’t because the court made her.

When I wrote Brody for the first time in Laid Bare, I felt like he was totally clear to me. He’s a big man. Physically and emotionally. He is not afraid to love his siblings. He does not resent the fact that as a young adult, he had to take over for his parents and raise his brother and sister. He cherishes that and them. He’s far more a parent to Erin and Adrian than a brother.

He’s self reliant. He knows his mind. He’s strong. Take charge, but also laid back in many ways. The challenge for me was how he’d mesh with Elise, who is, on the surface, very different from him.

Of course really, they’re not so very different at all and that’s what draws them together in the best ways. He can’t help but love Elise and Rennie and Elise, though smarting from some horrible choices in her past, can’t help but love him.

So in the end, it’s not that he’s a tattoo artist and she’s a banged up former principal ballet dancer. It’s not that the book is set in Seattle in a contemporary time. It’s a story about these two people falling in love and in the end, the city, the time, the jobs and lifestyles are flavor to the stew, but the characters, to me, are always the backbone of any story.


Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a nice living, and for the first time in years he’s on his own.

Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina—(and just as many years 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.

More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need—wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need—to what they truly desire.

Read a BONUS excerpt for Musings readers

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Happy Release Day Lauren! You can find out more about Lauren and her books on her website, her joint website with author Megan Hart at Bring Me My Hookah and at The Bradford Bunch.

One of the things that I love about her writing is that she writes such diverse books.  She writes Futuristic Romance in her "Federation Series", Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance as well as Paranormal Romance in her Cascadia Wolves series to name just a few, so no matter what mood I am in I am bound to find a good book to read.  One of her books that is receiving lots of cover attention is INSATIABLE, the next book in the Federation series out in July 2010...and just because I know you are a cover hussy like myself I'm gonna post it for you :)  If I could find the link to the original photo, this guy for sure would make a Monday's Muse post.

Have you stopped drooling yet, eyes back to me please, because I have something that is even better than that cover.  To celebrate the release of Brody's story in COMING UNDONE, Lauren is giving away TWO signed copies of LAID BARE.  If you've not yet read LAID BARE it is a must read, seriously. It made many top ten lists in 2009 (including my own) for a reason.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer this question.  Who was your favorite character from a book you read in 2009, and why is he/she your favorite? (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Bonus:  Post the "Toast to Temptation" widget to your blog or website and earn up to 10 bonus entries on each giveaway that you leave a comment for a chance to earn a total of 50 bonus entries during the course of the event week.
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone as long as you are at least 18 years old
  • The contest will end on January 9th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck & Join me tomorrow with a new "temptation" from Stephanie Tyler!

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mariska January 5, 2010 at 4:37 AM  

My Favorite Character is Sir Gideon Trevithick in Captive of Sin (Anna Campbell)
because He's so handsome *g*, A hero that finally realize that even he has a very dark past, he still deserves to be love and have a passionate relationship with a Lady !

- An old follower

thanks for the giveaway !

Tamsyn January 5, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

I love Cinn Airmid in My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs. She is part goddess and works with plants, creating all kinds of plants - there was one which need sexual energy to grow!

I'm a follower.

*ina* January 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Hi Lauren!
first at all: congrats on your release *hugs* I've followed the contest on your blog and my wishlist is getting bigger and bigger every day ;)

Who was your favorite character from a book you read in 2009, and why is he/she your favorite?
My favorite character was Joanne Baldwin, a weather warden, created by Rachel Caine - in every situation she is strong, she knows her way and she has a lot of humor - that are the things I love about her!

wish you all the best!


Bethie January 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

My favorite character for 2009 was Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern Vampire Series, by Charlaine Harris.

I follow on Google Friend Connect.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

I Heart Book Gossip January 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

+1 My favorite character would have to be Eve from the Angel series by S.J. Day. She's the new heroine/slayer. Modern version of Buffy the vamp slayer.

+1 Google Follower

+10 Posted Widget

+15 Blogged

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Linda Henderson January 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

My favorite character from 2009, Eve Dallas from the J.D.Robb In Death series. I read Promises In Death and loved it just like all the others. Congratulations on your new release.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

Armenia January 5, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

+1 My favorite character in 2009, Sarah from Broken Wing by Judith James. She was a strong heroine that saw through Gabriel's tortured soul, and committed to helping him realize that he deserved love.

I am a follower

+10 posted widget

armiefox at yahoo dot com

jeanette8042 January 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

I loved Anya Kobrin from Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh because she was a strong and kickass character who made it through a lot of hardships and pain.

I'm a GFC follower.

I posted widget in blog:

lilazncutie1215 @

Estella January 5, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

My favorite character is Eve Dallas from JD Robb's In Death Series.
She is tough, but not afraid to ask for help if she needs it.

Spav January 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

My favourite character in 2009 was Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews because she's strong, dangerous, loyal to her friends and has a very strong will.

I'm a follower.


Mary G January 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

Hi Lauren
Don't enter me as I have Laid Bare. One more week before Coming Undone hits Chapters. Read a great review today about it. The reviewer mentioned family. No one else but you writes sexy hot books that includes families so much. Brings me to my fave. I already told you I want to be Polly Chase (of your Chase Brothers series) when I grow up. Happy new Year & best wishes on all your upcoming releases. Lots for all of us to look forward to.

booklover0226 January 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

My favorite character is Asper White of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series by Greg Keyes. Asper is a loyal, honest, rough, gruff, and down-right mean loner... at the beginning. But he falls in love and he's still loyal, honest, rough, gruff, and down-right mean but no longer a loner. I just loved his character and couldn't wait to read the next chapter featuring him.

I am a GFC follower (booklover0226 AT gmail dot com)

Tracey D

Princess Aurora January 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

+1 My Favorite Character this year has to be Merit from Chloe Neill's CHicagoland Vampire Series!
I am a google friend follower
+10 Google Widget Posted on my Blog

Scorpio M. January 5, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

Ms. Dane is a new author to me but I do have her on my "to try in 2010" list along with Megan Hart b/c I've read so many good reviews.

My favorite character in '09 is Harry Pye (hysterical name aside) from E. Hoyt's, The Leopard Prince. I just loved Harry for being an extraordinary uncommon, common man in a genre that favors lords & kings as heroes.

I follow via GFC.


Thanks for the great post.

alba January 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

Hi Lauren I follow you on your blog too.
Who I enjoyed as a character is Josephine Willan & Nicholas Argeneau in Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands the 10th book in the ARGENEAU FAMILY SERIES
Jo firmly believe in Nick Knew he was not Killer even when he and every family member believed he was, She stuck by him from the beginning.
I loved Nick for being the strong loving man kept her safe when the someone was out to get her. Loved this story Love the series IT MY MUST READ......
Have a good one

ck.twilighter January 6, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

My favorite character in 2009 was Bones from Jeaniene Frost's books!!=)
WoOOoOO Weeeee!! Hot hot!!!

I am a follower via GFC and I posted the widget in my sidebar:

Jessica January 6, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

The first book I read of 2009 was the last Harry Potter book so it's got to be Harry Potter. I mean it's Harry how can you not like him.

I do follow you.


Dorthy January 6, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

My favorite character from 2009?

Sammy Divine from the Nicki Styx series by Terri Garey.
Why? because he is such a bad boy that really does seem to want to do good but is stuck in the bad boy role. He does have his own series coming out in 2010 though, so I can't wait to see what happens.

Contest Entries:
+1 - answered quest
I'm a follower
I posted something on my Facebook about this, so hopefully someone comes in and says that I sent them.

dorthyn @ email . com

Dorthy January 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

Oops! forgot to post my link to facebook where I posting something about this contest! Here it is:

Lauren Dane January 6, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

First - thanks so much for having me at your blog!

Mariska and Tamsyn - thanks for the answers! I'm going to be keeping notes from the comments, LOL, so I can check out the books I haven't read yet.

Ina - I LOVE Joanne! The Weather Wardens books are some of my favorites.

Bethie - Love Sookie! Have you tried Charlaine Harris' other current series? The Grave books? I really like those too. Harper is a great heroine.

IHBG - LOVE Syl's UF books. Eve is a great character, I totally agree.

Linda and Estella - oh Eve, yes most definitely a great character!

Armenia and Jeanette - thanks ladies, for the suggestions

Lauren Dane January 6, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Spav, Booklover and Princess Aurora - oh nice recommendations! Thanks.

Scorpio - Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite historical author discoveries of 2009.

Mary G - thank you! I love family and I love to write it so I'm always thrilled when I get the chance to do so.

Alba, CJ, Jessica and Dorthy - great recommendations! Thank you!

Eva S January 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

My favorite character was Acheron from the Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon, I had been so long waiting for his book!

I'm a follower

eva.silkka at

kalynnick January 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

Who was your favorite character from a book you read in 2009, and why is he/she your favorite?

My favorite character from a book I read in 2009 has to be Madeleine Van Rowen in the If You Deceive by Kresley Cole. She was so strong and funny and just loveable overall.

I'm also follower!

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

justpeachy36 January 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

My favorite character from 2009 was Julian Kane from Teresa Medeiros' book, The Vampire Who Loved Me...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

justpeachy36 January 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I am a follower.

Pamk January 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

favorite character from last year. Hum sorry can't do it cant pick just one. Too many good books. I love all of Ilona Andrews characters in both series lol. and htere are so many old favorites that I can't think of one but those are some of my new ones.

+1 for answer
+1 for signing up via GFC
+10 posted widget
+15 posted giveaway on blog post with widget

blog is and my addy is scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  January 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM  

loveed imogen form hard and fast byerin mccarthy

goole account
great interviews
congrts on teh great reviews

Stuff Rhys Likes January 8, 2010 at 2:32 AM  

I've read so many great books that it's hard to pick one favorite character. I guess I'd say one of my top favorites was Felicity from 'Lord of the Highlands' by Veronica Wolff, because she was intelligent, likeable and honest.


flchen1 January 8, 2010 at 3:46 AM  

Hi, Lauren!

A favorite character from 2009 is Kyra Beckwith from Ava Gray's Skin Game--she's such a different character, and has a such an interesting prickly relationship with the hero. I love stories where the characters are a bit off the beaten path and where their journey to HEA is not so smooth :)

f dot chen at comcast dot net

I'm a follower and posted the widget and a blog post about today's visit here:

Anonymous,  January 9, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

+1 My favorite character would have to be Del-Rey from Lora Leigh's Coyote's Mate. He was adorably carefree and playful with the heroine, yet at the same time could instantly revert to a smoldering and intense hero too. There was such a complexity in his character that made him feel truly realistic. His charismatic personality and mouth watering looks I guess could summarize him up though. :D

I'm a GFC follower!

+15 Posted:

Anna ♥

CherylS22 January 9, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

My favorite character this past year was Aibileen from "The Help". She was a black maid that was an integral part of the story & was a very wise, loving person who knew the ways of her world & knew how to get around many of the road blocks thrown in her path.

I follow in GFC

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Razlover's Book Blog January 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM  

My favorite character this year was Roarke from J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series.

I posted your widget here:

I blogged about the giveaway here:

Thanks for the cool giveaway!

Carol January 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

My favorite character was Fielding Grey from seduce Me (DeHart). He was a sexy, caring treasure hunter. Perfect. (I am a follower.)

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

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