The Story
Sep
17
2014

I sent this out with my newsletter last month, but I wanted to post it here too. My little story about how The BEST KIND OF TROUBLE came about…

 

The story –

The story of how this book came to life and the sale of the series is sort of cool. Okay, I think it’s really cool and it had moments that sort of felt like how I’d imagined the life of a writer to be when I was a kid.

My agent had pitched the series right as I was heading off on a once in a lifetime trip with my family to Europe. Looking back at this point, I’m glad my schedule had been so hectic right before we left so I couldn’t obsess on the pitch.

We made the trip from Seattle to London and London to Prague without a hitch. Prague is one of my favorite cities. It’s beautiful, the people are welcoming. There’s a swirl of time and history everywhere you go. My kids loved it, picking up enough Czech to strike up conversations with people.

Castle walk

But in Venice the first exciting call happened. An offer from a house I was thrilled over to work with an editor I knew and trusted would push me to be the very best I could.

Anyway. Where Prague is majestic, Venice is magic. I didn’t know what to expect from Venice. I was a little intimidated by the layout, like my brain didn’t have the translation key to figure out how to get where I needed to go.

A friend told me to let myself get lost. That I would get lost but that was part of the charm of Venice.

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As it turns out, she was totally right. Here’s my tip. Take a water taxi directly to your hotel. Many have docks where you can be dropped off at the door. Check in. Stow your stuff and then get lost.

Then eat at that little osteria in the courtyard with the overflowing window baskets because after you’re done eating they’re going to bring out some cookies and house made lemoncello. (My favorite was Osteria Ae Sconte).

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This is how I lived for several days. And what made it even better was this exciting deal in the works.

We headed down to Rome. Rome is an exciting city. Every few steps there’s something else amazing to see. Waiting to cross the street? To your left is a thousand year old fountain. Next to that, the bank has a giant piece of an ancient edifice in its lobby. We ate amazing food and continued our quest to try as many types and flavors of gelato as we could to see what was best.

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Paris. What a wonderful surprise to me this city was. Though why I’m not sure. Paris is a city that loves food, wine, espresso, art, architecture, music and does so with relish. What’s not to like?

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Paris had some challenges to this story. Enough that my last night there needed four cuba libres for me to relax enough to unclench my jaw.

I also finally got to see Winged Victory, which I’ve loved since I was a little girl so to stand on the steps at the Louvre and see it in person, it still blows me away -

 

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But this story has an HEA – as well as a lot of tangential threads!

London was our last stop. By this point, each one of my kids had hit the travel wall and dissolved into a weepy mess—all at different times naturally—only to bounce back the next day. We all had a second wind and wandered the city, taking tours, going to museums and parks. They were expecting a royal birth at the time so the city near Buckingham Palace teemed with people. We took black cabs and now I get the “red light indicates doors are secure” line from the Arctic Monkeys.

 

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And then, my husband came back from Marks and Spencer with champagne. While drinking it and looking out over the tops of nearby buildings, the call came. The real, the deal is done and you are go call.

The call that I’d just made this awesome deal came to me via transatlantic call while I was drinking champagne in my hotel. DUDE.

My life is normally picking up and dropping off kids, messy ponytails and no makeup and there I was having one of those super cool movie star moments. (I have to tell you I put the glass down and was using my hands excitedly as I talked to my agent that I then sent that glass flying and it broke – which is how I roll, LOL)

And now, here it is. The Best Kind of Trouble, that book I sold last summer, is now out in the wild.

This has been more than I could have hoped. I’m proud of this book. Of the work I’ve done. I’m thrilled with how much support Harlequin has given me with a great cover, fantastic marketing and absolutely top notch editing.

I hope you all love Paddy and Natalie and their friends and family. Well, probably not Natalie’s family, but Paddy’s ;)  For me, these books and stories will always be connected to a trip that changed my life in so many important ways. And I think that’s pretty cool.

 

Jul
28
2014
It’s Monday….

And we’re now less than a month out until the release of THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE!

 

As August closes in, summer’s end is in sight. I haven’t done much exciting stuff as I’ve been dealing with being sick – but we’ve Read More »

Jul
27
2014
Another Peek at THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE

 

Spent some time this weekend working but managed some movie time with my brood, which is always fun! Last night Serenity was on – always makes me cry, but I watch it every time. Do you have any movies Read More »

Jul
25
2014
Friday Winners!!!

The winner of this week’s ARC of THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE is: Moran

The winner of a digital copy of LAID OPEN is: Jennifer Beck

The winner of NEVER ENOUGH is:  Larri S

The winner of a Chipotle GC … Read More »

Jul
24
2014
One Bad Thing, One Good Thing

Bad news first – due to a chromic health issue I’ve been dealing with since March, I had to leave RWA early. I do apologize and believe me when I tell you no one is more disappointed than I am.… Read More »

Jul
23
2014
Another peek!

 

Natalie has a hard time resisting and let me tell you, Paddy does give quite a chase!

 

Today’s prize is a copy of Laid Open. This is a digital only novella and NOT, NOT, NOT a standalone – Read More »

Jul
21
2014
A Snippet From The BEST KIND OF TROUBLE

Happy Monday!

 

 

Today’s prize is a copy of Never Enough!  Winner chosen from the replies to this post and announced in the Friday Winner Post. Good Luck!

 

 … Read More »

Jul
20
2014
Where I’ll Be And Stuff

This coming week I’ll be in San Antonio for the RWA National Conference at the Marriott Rivercenter.  On Wednesday, July 23 I’ll be one of several hundred authors who’ll be signing in the massive Literacy book signing that is free … Read More »

Jul
19
2014
Friday Winners Post (on a Saturday)

Sorry I’m late with this:

 

The weekly ARC winner is: Sheila F

The winner of the Monday Anthology Prize Pack (Copy of Three To Tango, What Happens in Vegas and What Happens in Vegas…After Dark) is: Maryam

The winner … Read More »

Jul
17
2014
Yay!

The September issue of RT Book Reviews is available and has this fantastic review in it for THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE:  Dane strikes a beautiful balance in this dynamo of a series debut. Her characters are real and Read More »

Jul
15
2014
An Excerpt from THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE!

The Hurley Boys: THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2014, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Harlequin Publishing
Releasing in mass market paper, digital and audio August 26

 

Damien came over. “Coast must be clear.” He saw … Read More »