Monday, July 5, 2010

Take You to Another World Contest Day #15: Lauren Dane

Today, Lauren and I pulled a little switch. I'm over at her blog talking about Dark Embers and she's over here talking about Insatiable. Make sure to comment today for your last chance to win the Grand Prize bag of Tracy Wolff books and swag. It's also your last chance to comment for the mega prize, a $100 gift card to BN, from Lauren and me. We'll announce the winners tomorrow. Thanks so much for playing along with this contest for the last couple of weeks and come back soon!

What a fun two weeks this contest has been! Thank you to everyone who participated in the daily contests. There have been a lot of great answers and responses and of course now my TBR pile is even larger with all the guest authors and the recommendations from the commenters.

I'll be announcing the my grand prize winner at my blog today, so be sure to check to see who wins! My Grand Prize is: My entire Federation Series in trade paperback: UNDERCOVER, RELENTLESS and INSATIABLE along with the iTunes tracklist for INSATIABLE. As well as a digital copy of TRINITY and a digital ARC of REVELATION. I’ll toss in a signed tote bag, a LD water bottle and various and sundry other swagadelic stuff.

On top of that, Tracy and I are giving away a united grand prize that we'll announce at both blogs tomorrow - we'll take all the comments from her blog and mine and choose a winner from them!

So tomorrow, the third Federation Chronicles book and the first in the Phantom Corps mini-series - INSATIABLE-- will release. I'm beyond thrilled about this book - first because I have fallen in love with this futuristic world and I'm always pleased to revisit the characters, but also because the book has two unlikely characters as the hero and the heroine. Writing Insatiable was not a smooth experience. It was probably the toughest novel I've written so far because I wanted very badly to be sure the characters were exactly right.

Daniel was the easier of the two because I'd written him in RELENTLESS and I knew him better. But he's an assassin. He kills people and he does so knowing it's for a greater good. But I wanted to include that darkness in him. I wanted to not ignore the struggle that would have to exist inside any person who had a job like Daniel's. I wanted to do justice to the journey he took and to the way he worked hard not to lose himself to the darkness of it. To the sort of unfettered power he has.

And then there was Carina who is the hardest character I've ever written. Or, rather, the process of writing her as a character was the most difficult process I've had writing a book. I knew in my gut what I wanted her to be like. How I wanted her to experience Daniel and the events she went through. But it was easier to feel it than to get it right on paper. She's all sorts of things and I wanted that balance right or she could have been too much or too little and neither would have been right for her or for Daniel.

I wrote, waiting for her to unveil herself to me completely and it didn't happen until later in the process than it normally does so I had to go back and revise. But in that work I think I was truly able to know her and see her and grow to absolutely love her. And I think it makes her connection to Daniel come to life.

In other words, the work was hard but in the end, I truly believe it was worth it and as a result I find myself very proud of how it turned out. And really, I can't ask for much more than that.

So here's the cover again, because I love it so...

And the blurb:

Desire is the most dangerous sensation of all.
With tensions between the Federation and Imperial `Verses rising, one woman may hold the key to victory. The dangerous mission to smuggle her out of Imperial Territory falls to Daniel Haws and his team, the ultra secret Phantom Corps. This elite squad of the Federation Military is the only one trusted and skilled enough to remove her from under the watchful eye of her father, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial `Verses.

Carina is used to wearing a mask. Her father and his men think her little more than a pretty prize to be won by a man more ruthless than the rest. When he announces his intention to marry her to one of his henchmen, a man known for his cruelty, Carina knows she has to move as soon as possible to get out. But getting secret information to the Federation has served her well for years and she appeals to them for help.

She expected rescue from a man who'd been her enemy. But she wasn't prepared for just how intense her attraction to Daniel Haws would be. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive-by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable..

Again, thank you all so much for playing along and to Tracy for doing this contest with me! I hope you all enjoy INSATIABLE. If you'd like to read an excerpt, you can head over to my website and check it out.

Make sure to comment on Lauren's fabulous new release for a last chance to be entered in the contest. And thanks so much for following the Another World contest with us!

70 comments:

  1. Congrats on your "any minute now" release. I'm excited about this series.

    Also, thank you for the fun contest. I enjoy the contests you have with Tracy; I always discover at least 1 new author and end up buying a lot of books.

    Which reminds me, where is my credit card...

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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  2. Congratulations Lauren! I can't wait to read Insatiable.
    It was a fun 15 days, I'm looking forward to
    picking up some of the books featured :-)

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  3. Congrats on its release Lauren.
    I love that cover,I could drool over it all day :)
    enjoyed the blurb.

    Thanks Tracy and Lauren for the fun contests,I have added a few new titles to my leaning tower of books :)

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  4. I love following Lauren on Twitter. So funny! And she shares yummy covers like that one! Love the blurb!!!

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  5. I just read 'Insatiable' (won a PDF ARC from you) and it was spectacular -- just like i knew it would be! :>]

    ~Lindy

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  6. Congratulations Lauren for the new release!!! I cannot wait to read Insatiable. And you've been blessed with amazing covers, this is just another proof of that! =)

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  7. Congrats Lauren on your newest release!!!

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  8. This is such an amazing cover! Big congrats on the newest release a day early, can't wait to read it! :)

    Thank You to you and Tracy for a great 2 weeks of contests and fun!!

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  9. Congratulations Lauren on the release of Insatiable!! woohoo! :-)

    I agree, the cover is yummy! and I also love the title, this word always makes me think of good, exciting things :-D

    Thank you both of you for all these interestinga nd fun posts, we had a blast! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. Congrats to Lauren on the release! tWarner419@aol.com

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  11. It's been a great time leading up to the release of the books. I have been looking forward to Daniel's story ever since I finished Relentless. I love your worldbuilding and characters and appreciate the struggle you undertake to make it so good for your readers!

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  12. Congrads on the new release. This has been fun. I love the cover of your book well actually all of your books. Cannot wait to read this one.
    Sue B

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  13. Hi Lauren
    Happy release day tomorrow. I know this book will be just as amazing as the rest and the awesome cover is icing on the cake.

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  15. Thanks for the great giveaways these past 2 weeks. Congrats! I want to read INSATIABLE badly!!

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  16. The book sounds awesome and the cover is just yummy!!
    Thanks for all the great contests!
    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  17. Congratulations on your new release. That is one HOT cover. I am anxious to read this book as soon as possible. Thank you both for the great giveaways.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  18. Congratulations Lauren on Insatiable's release. I loved the other 2 Federation books and have been patiently waiting for the 3rd to come out. (fabulous cover by the way) Thanks for the contest and giveaways.

    gotdragonz-69@yahoo.com

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  19. congrats on the release. I have read all the federation books and really look forward to this release! Thanks for doing this contest. i have so many new authors to add to my TBB pile! Happy release day!

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  20. Congrats on the new release. The series sounds wonderful. Thanks for the contest.

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  21. Congratulations! It must be a real rush to create a new world totally from your own mind and see it come to life!

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  22. Congratulations on the new release. Now I am wishing I was off for one more day since I pre-ordered this for my kindle. Thanks for the great contests!!

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  23. Congratz on your new release and thanks for doing this hugely fun giveaway!

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  24. This has been an awesome contest to celebrate such a great looking release. I am really looking forward to reading Insatiable and some of the other books I've learned about here.

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  25. Congrats on the new release. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to try our chances at all the fun giveaways over the last week or so. Following you at this site and so many others over the course of the past week, I've read and re-read the blurg and excerpt of Insatiable and I CAN NOT WAIT for it to come out!
    It is beyond anticipation!
    Thanks again!

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  26. Congratulations on your new release. The story sounds fantastic. (The cover is very HOT too!) Thanks for the amazing event!

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

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  27. Congrats on your new release!

    I love this series and the cover is very hot! Can't wait till it comes out!

    Thanks for the great event for the last couple of weeks!

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  28. Congrats on the release of Insatiable. I'm looking forward to checkout out the Federation Chronicles series.

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  29. Congrats on the release Lauren. I am excited and can't wait to read it!! That cover is just HOT!!

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  30. I have no idea what you sacrificed to the cover gods but it was totally worth it. *drool*

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  31. I just got done reading Insatiable totally LOVED IT!!! you have become one of my favorite authors I have read 7 of your books in the last 3 months and can't wait till your next one comes out. YOU ROCK!!!

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  32. thanks so much to both of you for the contest - I had a lot of fun :)
    Lauren, congrats on the release!!! I've preordered your book and can't wait to get my hands on it!!!
    greetings, Ina

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  33. This new book is a great sounding additionto the sereis. I like the mix of steam and suspense and would love to read it.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  34. Congrats to both you ladies!! I commend you for the awesome job you do at writing the stories that we fall in love with!!!!
    Lauren, congrats on your new release!!!
    You ladies rock!!!!
    Thank you for this awesome contest!

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  35. Congrats on the release of "Insatiable," Lauren. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you.

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  36. Wow, look at all these responses - thank you for taking the time to comment.

    Thanks for the compliments on the cover, I adore the cover and I can't stop looking at it,LOL!!

    And for those of you who've read it and commented - thank you - I'm pleased to hear it (takes the edge off the pre-release jitters!)

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  37. Thank you so much Tracy and Lauren for a great contest and letting us celebrate with you on your releases. Lauren, I am so looking forward to reading Insatiable.

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  38. Yeah for Lauren! This contest was great! I had a lot of fun participating in them. I can't wait to read this book.

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  39. Cannot wait to get my pre-ordered copy of "Insatiable." Congratulations on its release, Lauren. I know it will be fabulous. Now, is the cover scratch-and-sniff or lick-and-taste? Regardless, it's a winnah!!! Thanks!!

    Amy B. adbluvsjbj6518@aol.com

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  40. Congratulations Lauren on the release of Insatiable. Sounds great. I love the cover.

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  41. Congratulations Lauren! This is my first day entering. I cannot believe I missed the others. Sounds like it has been great fun. Good luck to all :)

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  42. Congrats on the release! Like so many others, I do love this hot cover

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  43. Congrats on the release Lauren!

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  44. Congratulations Lauren! I can't wait to try this series, am sure it will be as good as the others since you have yet to do me wrong! *hugs*

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  45. Congrats on the new release, Lauren. Haven't had a chance to read the series yet, but it is on my wish list.

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  46. Have had fun these last two weeks and have discovered a couple of books that I did not have. Best wishes for a fabulous release day.

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  47. I need that guy on the cover damn he is fine... congrates on the release

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  48. Hi Lauren - I think I've become a little obsessed with this book - in a good way of course. Congrats and merry happy release day!

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  49. I loved the other two books in this series so i can't wait to read this one too. Congrats on the new release. I really enjoyed this contest and reading about other authors. So Thanks to both of you.

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  50. Whoot! I am SO looking forward to reading this!

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  51. Thanks for a very fun two weeks, Lauren,and congrats on your new release. I love this series and can't wait to read more about Carina.

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  52. I'm eager to read the new Federation Book. I love many urban fantasy series but really enjoy non-urban speculative fiction.

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  53. Can't wait to read it!! Thanks for the contests! My TBR list has grown too =)

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  54. Yay! Congrats on the release tomorrow! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  55. I am looking forward to reading Insatiable.

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  56. What a cover! Congrats on your release! I'm looking forward to it!

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  57. Congrats on the new release. I haven't read the rest of the series, but I love assasin heros, so I may just have to start with this one. Thanks for all the great giveaways also.

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  58. Thank you for offering these wonderful contests.

    Good luck with your new release.

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  59. Hooray on Insatiable, Lauren! Can't wait to add it to my collection of Lauren Dane keepers :)

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  60. Congrats on the new release !
    I'm soooo want to have one of your books :)

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  61. It seems like we've waited forever for Daniel's story. I can't wait to see how his story unfolds.

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  62. Congrats on your release! I can't wait to read this book.

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  63. wow congrats on the new release. I am so looking forward to reading insatiable Love this series.

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  64. Thank you both Tracy and Lauren for having such great guests and hosting the giveaways..it's been icing on the cake while waiting for both of your books to be released. I can't wait to finally get a copy of Daniel to have for my own viewing pleasure :)

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  65. Congrats Lauren on the release of INSATIABLE! Anya Bast was kind enough to do a giveaway for INSATIABLE which I'm happy to say I won.

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  66. Thanks for having these contests, they've been fun. I now have even more books to add to my TBR pile. :)

    Can't wait to read this book too!

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  67. Insatiable is on my list. That cover is HOT for a start. Congratulations!!

    marypres@gmail.com

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  68. Congrats on the new release.hope you had a great 4th of july.Looking forward on reading your new book.

    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  69. congrats on the release and thanks for a great time :)
    Chris

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