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. 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).

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

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

  8. 1. Travel Cross Country

    2. Read every book on my bookshelves

    3. Learn to speak Japanese

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

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

  11. No need to enter me in this contest – I have my own copy 😀
    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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. This is hard!

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

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

  25. 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.