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Beyond The Page: “Beneath the Skin” by Lauren Dane

Jan 23
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Beneath The Skin coverFans of paranormal romance, today is your lucky day! Lauren Dane, author of “de La Vega Cats” series, is giving away an eBook of “BENEATH THE SKIN“. 😀

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CABR: Did the idea for Gibson and Mia’s story evolve from the previous “de La Vega Cats” books or did it ‘come to you’?

LD: I knew from the moment Gibson appeared on the page in “Trinity” that I wanted to write him a book, but I waited until the right idea came to me, which it did toward the end of writing “Revelation“.

I had the bare bones earlier on, I knew he needed a warrior like himself, but in her own way. I knew she needed to be strong enough to hold her own with a taciturn alpha male protector like Gibson, but also with her own wounds.

Beneath the Skin” refers to several things about this story. The shifter element, yes, but also the two different worlds on the outside yet very much the same underneath for both Gibson and Mia. Their families have this beef with one another, but they both love and respect family and jamboree.

CABR: Were you inspired by any songs or albums while writing BTS?

Lauren Dane picLD: Definitely. I have a tracklist with each book I write. A few of the songs I listened to a lot are Robin Thicke’s Lost Without U, Ladytron’s Predict the Day, Duffy’s Mercy and Eurythmics’ Here Comes The Rain Again.

CABR: I love that Eurythmics’ song! 😀                                                                      Tell us about your ‘aha’ moment? That plot twist that made everything come together.

LD: These days I contract books on proposal. A short synopsis and sometimes a few chapters. Most of the time the book isn’t quite what I imagined it would be in the synopsis stage. The book is organic in that the more I write, the more I understand the characters and their story brings me new details I didn’t know at the start.

This one was more about a subtle build up. One chapter built into another, and so on. It wasn’t so much that I had an aha moment (though I do have them in books all the time), but an okay so this makes sense to do toward the end thing.

CABR: I get that 🙂 Can you give us a hint about what’s coming in book 4 of “de La Vega Cats“?

LD: I really don’t know yet. I’m working on the last “Bound By Magick” book, which shares a world with the de La Vegas so the timeline will be altered. And then I need to write the next “Cascadia” book, which happens before “Beneath the Skin” – so there’s some tricky continuity stuff I need to deal with before I can get to what I think will be Armando’s book (in 2014 at the earliest, as my 2013 is packed)


FrangosCABR: Chocolate or fruits?

LD” Depends on my mood. I do love fruit (right now it’s orange/Satsuma season, which is a favorite. But I also have a box of dark chocolate Frangos in my living room. I tend to snack on fruit with protein (oranges and pistachios or almonds is a favorite) but when I need a treat, I grab a little bit of chocolate.

CABR: I love mint chocolate but did not know about Frango. Will have to try it 🙂 Coffee or tea?

LD: Both. Daily.

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

LD: Hmm, that’s a difficult one because there are so many people I admire throughout history. Still historically significant women tended to have tortured or tragic lives (like Frida Kahlo for instance or Josephine Baker).

So perhaps Anna Pavlova, who was an incredible ballet dancer. She was revolutionary for her time. Changed ballet in ways we still see today. She did things her own way, which especially for that time were revolutionary. She was ballsy and talented.

Beneath The Skin coverCABR: What was the funniest fan reaction you’ve had?

LD: To be honest, every time I go to a conference or a signing and I get the “OMG you’re Lauren Dane!” reaction it’s so thrilling to me.

I remember the one were I was in an elevator and you know at conferences you tend to look chest level at people’s badges and that’s what was happening and we were all chit chatting and suddenly a woman standing across from me actually squealed, “You’re Lauren Dane!”

She grabbed my hands and jumped a little and giggled and it was lovely and awesome. Then she had to tell me she was upset at me for what Raven had done to Elise in “Coming Undone” (which is cool that people connect with my characters in such a way – thrilling to me)

CABR: LOL. That’s awesome Lauren. Thanks for stopping by CABR.

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CONNECT with Lauren Dane:

Website – http://www.laurendane.com/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1609289331/

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beneath-the-skin-lauren-dane/1109129888?ean=9781609289331

The Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781609289331

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