April 16th, 2009
Book of the Day: Taking Care of Business



One conference, two friends, two men who know how to take care of business.

After leaving the wrong man, Leah Griffin’s not ready to look for the right one. All she wants is to survive the conference she’s planning and spend some time with her best friend Kate Edwards. She’s not expecting the conference services manager to be so tall, dark and handsome…or so eager to please. It’s Brandon Long’s job to make Leah happy, but after a scorching interlude in her hotel room, neither can deny business has become pleasure.

Smart, driven and successful attorney, Katherine Edwards has spent her life making the right choices. Directly counter to those right choices, she’s involved in a long distance, secret love affair with a co-worker. Charles Dixon is a bad choice she can’t help but make – over and over. A conference and a promotion bring Kate back to Pennsylvania and suddenly, Dix wants far more than a few nights in random hotel rooms. He wants something permanent and Katherine has to figure out if sometimes a wrong choice isn’t exactly what a woman needs.

You can find Lauren:

Web Site

Author bio: The story goes like this – A few years ago, Lauren Dane decided to quit her job and stay home with her brand new second child. As a result, she had lots of conversations in a sing-song voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. While on bed-rest with her pregnancy with the tiny monster, Lauren had plenty of down time so her husband brought home a second hand laptop and she decided to “give that writing thing a serious go.”

Lauren had no idea how fabulously wonderful it would feel to actually make a go of her writing and she’s thankful every day people actually want to read what she writes! She’s well aware of her good fortune and loves every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie’s dresses back on over and over again. She still hasn’t managed to figure out how to shut out the sound of the Backyardigans so she can write a love scene, though.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? I started writing seriously in 2004 because I was on pregnancy bed rest. My husband brought home a second hand laptop and I gave it a go. The first time I wrote “the end” I was hooked.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? My favorite genre to write is paranormal. I love to make stuff up, I love building worlds! But I do also love to write contemporaries and futuristics as well. I’ve often wished I had the voice for historicals but I just don’t.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? I’m working on a new series idea. Currently it doesn’t have a title but I can tell you it’s set in a small town in Tennessee! Coming up? Well let’s see – I just had Always release from Samhain on the 14th, but on May 1, I’ll have What Happens in Vegas…After Dark from Harlequin Spice along with the ever so fabulous Anya! And then just three days later on the 4th, RELENTLESS, my follow up to December’s Undercover, will release from Berkley Heat.

4.) Anything else you’d like to share? Just my thanks that you’re having me today and a thanks to the readers! I’d love to extend a welcome for folks to check out my blog and website for all current and upcoming news.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants.

Name three things you want to do before you kick off into the great unknown – places to visit, things to accomplish:

Lauren says:
1. Be the best mother I can be
2. Travel as much as I possibly can all over the US and the rest of the world
3. Make the NYT Bestseller list

Okay, blog readers, name three things YOU want to do before you kick off.

75 comments to “Book of the Day: Taking Care of Business”

  1. Graduate.
    Get married.
    Have children.

  2. hummm 3 things this is kinda hard to pick only 3

    Visit Ireland
    Build my dream business with my husband
    see my children have sucessful lives

  3. sleep in an ice hotel
    run a marathon
    write and publish a book

  4. o0o wow i never thought of that that would be pretty sweet stayin in an ice hotel

  5. see my daughter happily married
    spent several weeks touring Australia
    have a horse of my own and learn how to ride it well enough to enter it in shows

  6. 1. To graduate with my PhD
    2. Have a book published
    3. Have a child

  7. get married and have a child (these kinda go together for me)

    travel to Scotland and Ireland (kilts and accents, yum!)

    read all the book in my TBR pile :)

  8. 1. See what sort of great women my wee nieces become
    2. Meet and date someone I really enjoy spending time with
    3. Be deeply, profoundly happy

  9. Watch my children graduate college
    Visit Scotland
    Have my DH to myself after # 1 on this list happens. :)

  10. See my children graduate college, have successful careers and find that one person who makes them as complete as my husband makes me

    See my children have children – the ultimate revenge so my mom says

    travel with my husband when he retires

  11. 1 see my children grow up to be successful, productive and happy adults

    2 travel to as many places as possible

    3 Realize I can’t control/change everything and just except some things as they are

  12. 1. Fall in love with someone who loves me for me and have a deep, lasting relationship

    2. See the world (and try to remember to take some pictures)!

    3. Help animals in need.

  13. 1. Travel to every continent and country at least once.
    2. Finish crocheting afghans for our entire family.
    3. Read all the books in the world.

    Have a great day.

  14. 1. To get married and have kids
    2. To be in a place to financially help my parents so they wouldn’t have to work so hard.
    3. To travel as much as I can

  15. l. Visit Hawaii
    2. Buy a new home.
    3. Finish all my books in my TBR pile

  16. Have a family of my own.

    Win the lottery.

    Read all the books that are in my TBR pile that keeps growing *g*


  17. Have a release with a NY publisher

    Visit Scotland

    Build a home with my own library/office.

  18. I want to

    1. Marry the man I love and have it last

    2. Be a better parent to the one child I have left.

    3. Pay off all my debts

  19. 1. Find that kind of passionate and caring true love what we always dream about. :)
    2. Stay to gether and have our happily every after.
    3. Find the job, in what i can find myself and what makes me happy.

  20. 1. Have children
    2. Travel to Scotland and England
    3. Make sure my family members are well provided for and financially secure

  21. 1. Travel to Scotland
    2. Read every book I own
    3. Write a book

  22. 1. vacation in Hawaii 2. skydive 3. win the lottery

  23. Have children
    Visit Hawaii
    Get my dream job

  24. Only three things? Sheesh. That’s hard.

    1. Find the love of my life.
    2. Travel all over the world.
    3. Publish a book.

  25. 1. Have grandchildren…my kids are 6 and 8 so I have a while to go :grin:

    2. Visit Africa….I’ve heard that it is a very life changing experience.

    3. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt me.

  26. 1. Meet the man of my dreams
    2. Travel all over the world
    3. See my daughter become the successful woman I know she is destined to become.

  27. Travel to other countries
    Open my own business
    See my son grow into a happy & healty adult

  28. 1) Become a mom
    2) Step foot on every continent.
    3) No for certain that we aren’t alone in the universe.

  29. 1. raise my child to be a happy confident person.
    2. travel with my husband
    3. publish a book

  30. My three things?

    1. Yeah, it sounds silly, but oh well. Finish my story. I won’t call it a book because who knows if it will ever get published into an actual book form. Then, get all the other stories out of my head so they quit keeping me up at night.
    2. Raise three kids to be happy, healthy and make good lives for themselves.
    3. Travel. Visit every continent preferably.

  31. 1. Take care of my mom like she took care of me when i needed it
    2. pray i raise my children right, the world is scary right now.
    3. have a honeymoon that we did not get to have 20 years ago when i married my husband.

  32. Here are my 3 things…

    1. Travel to Scotland and Australia
    2. Find the love of my life
    3. Watch my kids become successful :wink:

  33. 1. Publish at least one novel
    2. Learn a foreign language
    3. Be the best person I can be

  34. I want to go to Italy, meet a real vampire and live in a castle

  35. 3 things…hmmm
    1. Be around to see my first grandchild grow up and see my 2 daughters continue to blossom into confident and happy young women.
    2. Visit every state in the USA for at least a week each.
    3.Go on a honeymoon with my husband of 20 years.

    Rhonda :cool:

  36. 1. See both of my kids living successful lives.
    2. Travel to Europe and Australia.
    3. Live in a cabin on a lake.

    There are a lot more, but you only asked for three!

  37. Visit Ireland
    Get married
    Have kids


  38. 1. Find an awesome person to spend my life with
    2. Find a job that pays me what I think I’m worth (ha!)
    3. Travel to Paris and stand on the Eiffel Tower :lol:

  39. My 3 things would be:
    Get married
    Buy a house in Maui
    Take care of my parents

  40. 1. Go to Paris with my husband for our anniversary
    2. Organize my genealogy research and make it into a booklet for the family
    3. Be my niece and nephews’ favorite aunt

  41. visit Hawaii
    read braille quickly and easily

  42. 1. Get an advanced degree
    2. Buy a house
    3. Travel the world(maybe a world cruise)

  43. 1. Visit New York, Hawaii and Europe
    2. Win the lottery
    3. Own my own business

  44. 1. Graduate
    2. Move/live in New Hampshire.
    3. Meet my true love and have tons of kids!!

  45. 1. To visit my on-line friends and Minions who have been so incredibly great to me!

    2. To travel to Scotland and Ireland

    3. To finish several of the WIP that I have that swamp my brain

  46. Ooh, only three?
    – Know my children are generous, contributing members of their communities
    – Get through my TBR (this alone could take more years than I have!)
    – Declutter the house–really, not just have things strategically crammed into corners and closets (this will take up any other years I might have ;))

  47. finish college
    get a great job-make lots of money!
    visit Norway, My grandparents were born there

  48. 1. Be able to walk again
    2. Find the love of my life
    3. Get through my TBR

  49. Have grandchildren
    Visit Scotland
    Get my dream job

  50. 1 – have a sweeping romance
    2 – finish law school successfully
    3 – get out of debt

  51. 1. Win the mega lottery (so I have more than enough to pay off my family’s bills, my bills and student loans, buy dream homes, open my own law/business firm, etc., and still have enough left over for investments and future generations)
    2. Be happily married with children
    3. Travel the world on a luxury cruise WITH the whole family (starting with places we have never been too i.e. Greece and Ireland, but also making sure to stop and revisit places we have already visited that we enjoyed i.e. France, Italy, Spain, etc. and taking our time to truly enjoy it all).

  52. 1. See one of my novels in print and on the shelf at my local bookstore!

    2. See all my children become parents themselves!

    3. Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary!

  53. Watch my grandchildren grow up.
    Visit every state in the Union.
    Take a college class.

  54. 1. Make my own quilt
    2. See the Grand Canyon
    3. Take a tour of Italy

  55. 1.Watch my children grow up and see my grandchildren, and hopefully great- grandchildren.

    2.Travel to Italy and Ireland

    3.Retire with enough money to live and not really stress about bills and be able to enjoy my retirement.

  56. 1. Would love to kick around long enough to see my grandkids.

    2. Travel to Ireland

    3. Finish the remodel of our house (please, please)

  57. 1. Be as happy as I can be despite circumstances beyond my control
    2. Read more books
    3. travel more

  58. 1. Travel Cross Country

    2. Read every book on my bookshelves

    3. Learn to speak Japanese

  59. Travel the world, retire to live in a beach house, finish all my books lazing at the beach in that beach house.

  60. 1. finish college
    2. find the love of my life
    3. go to paris

  61. No need to enter me in this contest – I have my own copy :D
    But! Top 3 list?
    1. World Tour
    2. Be published (as an author – not as editor etc.)
    3. Be a US Senator!

    Haha. Who knows. Maybe I’ll knock off at least one of those before I “kick off.”

  62. see my children settled
    my husband and I retired
    love to be on a cruise anywhere

  63. Go on a road trip through USA
    Become a famous photographer
    Win the lottery

  64. 1. Visit ancartica
    2. Become a grandmother
    3. Learn the runes

  65. 1. get my masters degree
    2. get another tattoo
    3. win the lottery

  66. Go to Hawaii and Australia
    Win the lottery
    Travel the world

  67. 1) Have kids
    2) Tell my family and friends how much they mean to me
    3) Travel the world and see the sites.

  68. 1. Find love
    2. Dream home
    3. Travel to other continents

  69. This is hard!

    1. Be a grandma
    2. Learn to knit
    3. Travel to Scotland. So want to visit some castles

  70. 1. Travel to Egypt and check out the tombs.
    2. Find love and get married
    3. Dream home and car

  71. I’d love to finish my education and land a fun, high paying job.

    Then w/ that fun, high paying job I’d love to buy an awesome house big enough for 3-4 kids, all our many pets, and have room for more if we so desire.

    Lastly, to be a supportive wife and mother to my husband and our daughter and to, hopefully, 2 more children that we can’t seem to get pregnant with.


    I’d love to travel as well but that would have to wait until the above has been accomplished.

  72. See my children grow into the happy and healthy people I know they will be.

    Travel…I never really get to go anywhere and I would love to do some traveling.

    To be truly happy.

  73. Be the best mom I can be
    Be the best teacher I can be
    find an organization system that works for me and looks less chaotic

  74. visit scotland
    do more traveling around the US
    learn more about my ancestry

  75. 1. Get healthy.
    2. Visit Scottland, listing to the scottish brogue by one of those hunks. Oh and seeing some haunted castles, maybe the guy giving the tour will have a nice scottish brogue. It’s just too sexy.

    3. Be a happier person.