Archive for January 11th, 2012

And another one! This one comes out in September and goes with LAID BARE.

From Lauren’s blog —

This is a digital only novella that’ll be out in September!

All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.

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Check out the yumminess of this cover! This is a spin-off of her Brown Siblings series. Book 1, SWAY by Lauren Dane will be in the duology with Maya Banks titled, CHERISHED and TART is Book 2 that will be out in November.

I have no words to express how much I love this cover other than just saying I freaking LOVE this cover! Love it! 🙂

USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane serves up a sweet, sensual, and hot-to-the-touch novel in which one woman’s most intimate desires are stirred by two very special ingredients

Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn’t long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.

That’s not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he’s hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio’s scalding liaisons take them places they’ve never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she’ll have a choice to make when she returns

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Avery, your first novel, UP A DRY CREEK, was published just last summer.

What sort of reactions did you get from readers?

Well after they got done sending me little blue boxes from Tiffany’s…(hey,

even an author has dreams…) Readers have been great! They’ve had lots of

questions about the series and even wanted to know which brother Beth would marry

in A Dry Creek Bed. Everyone seems to have their favorite Layton brother, which, of

course, I think is terrific. Sam and Chris are still out there, ladies!

A DRY CREEK BED has just been published by Evernight, only six months after

UP A DRY CREEK. You have a husband, children, two dogs and another job.

How do you manage to write quickly?

And here I thought I was going slow! If I had my way, I’d be pulling a Nora

Roberts and writing eight hours a day. However, that’s not in the cards for me right

now so I sneak in a few hours in the afternoon and as many hours as I can at night—

unless Project Runway’s on and then I’m glued to the TV.

What are your most common distractions when you’re working?

Oh man, Twitter is always calling me, as are Facebook and e-mail and anything else that can pull me

away. The best cure is to take the laptop to a coffee shop that charges for Internet or kicks me off after 30


Where do you do your writing? Do you have an office?

Yes, I have a very messy office. Really, it’s a pit right now. I’d take a picture to show you but I’m too

ashamed. Just picture IKEA bookshelves filled to the brim with books and a desk with even more books piled

on top of it. Then there are the dirty coffee cups and way too many Post-it notes to myself.

At heart, A DRY CREEK BED is Beth and Hank’s love story, but can you tell us a bit about the mystery

that’s going on around them?

I have to go back to one of my favorite books, Gone With the Wind. In it

Scarlett’s father tells her it’s all about land. In Nebraska, where I grew up and where

I’ve set the Dry Creek stories, that’s true too. My stepfather recently sold his farm and it

was heartbreaking for him. He thought he’d be farming it until he dropped in the

hayfield. That got me thinking about the importance of land and how it can tie families

together. The question that popped into my head was what if the land is the only tie you

have left to your family? What would you do if someone tried to take it away?

From there I developed the villain of A Dry Creek Bed, a mysterious,

untraceable developer pushing people off their land. Beth Martinez is the only person

keeping the deal—worth millions in profit—from going forward. Verbal threats morph

into vandalism, which morphs into physical violence. It’s up to Hank and Beth to

uncover decades-old secrets, revealing that all is not what it seems in their rural

Nebraska home.

You take Beth and Hank to Las Vegas. Your descriptions of the casinos and

some of the hotels make it sound as if you’ve been there. Have you?

I’ve been to Vegas several times but only for work. Isn’t that sad? One of these

days I’ll sneak away for a Vegas vacation.

There are two more Layton brothers. Are you going to leave them high and dry

in Dry Creek or will they have their own stories?

Sam and Chris each have their own stories to share. I’m hard at work writing

Sam Layton’s story. And let me tell you, he’s really met his match in Josie Winarsky, a

tall, platinum blonde, tattooed painter who is hell bent on finding a long-buried treasure.

Dry Creek is based loosely upon the area where you grew up in western Nebraska. Do you get back

there often? How does your family react to your new career?

I get to go back home about once a year and will be heading back this summer for my high school

reunion—which reminds me I need to get on the treadmill. My family is very supportive of my writing. My mom

tells nearly everyone she meets about the Dry Creek series.

You belong to the Washington Romance Writers chapter and the Kiss of Death chapter of Romance

Writers of America. Has that been helpful to you in your writing? Have you been part of critique


WRW and KOD are phenomenal groups. These are the folks who I turn to for advice or a good laugh,

and to help me tone down the crazy. Really, when you spend a good part of your day focused on imaginary

people it helps to have real people around you who understand. I belong to the KOD Lethal Ladies critique

group and they are an amazing bunch of writers. Also, I have two critique partners, Kerri and Kim, who keep

me in line, productive and laughing every time we meet for dinner at Mike’s All American.

Once you begin a novel do your stories unfold according to plan? Do your characters always do what

you want them to?

Oh it goes according to plan, not always my plan, but I’m too much of a control freak to fly by the seat

of my pants.

Do you have earlier manuscripts “tucked away in a drawer” as so many writers say they do? If so,

will yours ever see the light of day?

Nope. Up a Dry Creek was my first finished manuscript and I was lucky enough to have it published. A

Dry Creek Bed is number two. Are there ideas that I have tucked away in a drawer? Oh yes. And someday I’ll

get them out of my head and on paper.

New Year’s Day is just behind us. Who are some of the authors and books you’re planning to read in


I joined The Book Vixen’s 2012 reading challenge and I set my goal at 100 books so I’ll be reading a

ton this year. Yay!!! Who’s up for me? Donnell Bell’s The Past Came Hunting is on the list as is Emma

Shortt’s Ripley’s Reaping, Tara Janzen’s Loose Ends, Dakota Cassidy’s Accidentally Catty, Lori Foster’s

Buckhorn Beginnings, and much more.

Thanks, Avery!



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