Thursday! It's Read an Ebook Week!

Still moving. It occurs to me that moving is all shiny until you actually, you know, have to do it. And then it becomes this horrifying list of things you have to do that are more tedious than the last. Around three kids. And now I remember why we lived in a house that is far too small for the 5 of us for so long, LOL.

My husband is rocking this (as he usually does, he’s that kind of person). He’s the point man over at the new house as I drop off, pick up, run to new schools, fill out paperwork, run back, pick up, oversee homework, pack boxes, oh and yep, write that book I have due on Monday. So of course – we needed to add sick kiddos to the mix. My sweet middle kiddo has picked up a stomach thing, now mini-me has it. It appears to be moving away from us though, thank goodness, and boy the oldest has as yet been untouched as he eats his way through my kitchen like a locust.

Anyhoodle, around carting boxes and kids all over creation – I haven’t been blogging and have missed a goodly portion of a week celebrating digital books and I feel terrible because I love digital books.

Before I get back to work I’m going to do two things – post a snippet of Revelation, the next de La Vega Cats book (starts immediately after Trinity ends) and have a contest!

It’s rough, I’m still working on it – but how about a tiny taste of Max and Kendra?

Copyright 2010, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Samhain Publishing
Releasing in July!

Max barreled into the room, barely leashing his fury as he saw her, pale and sweating, on her knees. The scent of her magick painted the air, heady, sticky sweet. His cat relaxed a tiny bit, but the man felt the bite of the claws reminding him to stay vigilant. The cat didn’t give a fuck about anyone but her.

“You mind telling me what the hell just happened?”

“She’s been working a spell. It took a lot out of her. But she drew on you. Took that spell farther than I could have and I’ve got thirty years on her.” Rosemary pushed the hair from Kendra’s face and man and cat had had enough.

“All this time? One spell?”

Renee nodded. “She was amazing,” she said to Galen as he edged into the room, Jack on his heels. “I just was the back up, she did this thing, this sort of dance and she spoke in a beautiful language.”
“She’s bleeding.” He stood at the edge of the circle. “Can I touch her?”

Mary stood, brushing her hand over the edges of the two circles. “Broken.” She looked to Max. “Touch her.”

He did more than that. He picked her up, cradled her against his body and only barely leashed his need to run out of there with her. She turned into him, snuggled against his chest and he gave her touch. Gave her affection and strength. And she received.

“Here, let me get at her cut.” Renee knelt, Jack touching her shoulder, Galen watching over the room, his thigh against Jack.

Kendra took a deep breath and sighed, some of her bonelessness was gone.

Renee looked up at him from where she cleaned the slice he’d cleaned only the day before. “Touch. It helps her too. Don’t need to be a shifter to let yourself be comforted by the ones you love.”

And now the contest! This one is a grab bag of sorts. Reply to this post with a genre preference (paranormal, contemporary whatever and you can put other details if you like – shifters, small towns, outer space, etc). I’ll choose two winners by noon pacific tomorrow. Winners will receive an ebook from that genre. Might be mine, might be from another author, heck, might be both!

Good luck!

38 comments to “Thursday! It's Read an Ebook Week!”

  1. limecello
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:23 am · Link

    Yay snippet! And – good luck with all the moving stuff, Lauren! I know it’s a huge pain, and can’t even imagine it with kids. Heh I’ve always been “the kid.” Hope they get better soon! The stomach thing isn’t fun for anyone.

    As for genres – well I like contemporary, historical, and paranormal. And can I do super hinting? Like you know. Daniel’s book? Or Cope’s book? Cuz those are very very important details πŸ˜€
    Otherwise, as you know, I love the friends to lovers stories – or the “I knew you before but you were my best friend’s little sister.” Anything in that family. Or secretary-boss books. So wrong, but love it in fiction.

    Good luck with your Monday deadline! You can do it! πŸ˜€

  2. Heather
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:25 am · Link

    Contemp. πŸ™‚ and Vampires but that probably under paranormal. But I only like vampires.


  3. INCiDeNT
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:28 am · Link

    Paranormal Romance. Demons, shapeshifters, vampires – anything under that genre. πŸ˜‰

  4. Heather (DarklyReading)
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:33 am · Link

    Good luck with the moving!

    I’m a fan of paranormal – I heart shifters, vamps and anything else that falls under that category πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the snippet!

  5. Gaby
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:51 am · Link

    Paranormal romance for me !! …demons, shifters, magic …

  6. Donna
    March 11th, 2010 at 8:58 am · Link

    Love that snippet! I enjoy reading about all forms of paranormal with shifters being my favorite. For sexual overtones I enjoy a bit of BDSM and menage.

    Good luck with the move. I remember those days of moving again and again, not with any great fondness, but I remember them.

  7. Eden Connor
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:04 am · Link

    I love contemporary novels set in small towns where the fact that every one knows everyone adds to the tension!

    And it has been over two years since I read anything that was an eBook…so Yay for eBook week!

    And Mafia Wars, too πŸ˜‰

  8. Cheryl McInnis
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:04 am · Link

    Uggh….moving=not fun! hopefully it will all be worth it in the end~
    My favorite genre of all has to be romantic suspense-I love it. I love it even more when the hero is kind of a shadowy, quasi- bad guy himself. And if the story takes place in a small, New England town- well, then I’m in Heaven, baby πŸ˜‰
    Happy Ebook week everybody!

  9. Allie
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:23 am · Link

    Hopefully your move will be over soon and you can have that “Finally!” moment when you open a cupboard and actually find what you want in there. Moving is such a pain. My husband and I are looking for a house to buy at this point. I don’t even like looking for something to buy. πŸ˜› We do have pets, not kids, so at least we can put them in carriers πŸ™‚ and move them without much fuss.

    I’ve read 2 ebooks this week to celebrate! I love ebooks — portable, and there is no running out of something to read if the ferry is late, because I always have lots on my little gadget. I am especially fond of westerns – historical or contemporary – and paranormals. Something to take me away from real life.

  10. Christine
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am · Link

    I feel your pain w/ the move. I can top you in that I moved at Christmas. It was a mess. Even w/ the fact that the house was empty and I was moving boxes into a week before I had to get out my old old house. I was still a wreck the day I had to be out of my old house throwing things into boxes. It doesn’t matter how much time you have you are still a mess at the end.

    Hope your little ones get better and the sickness does not spread. B/c if mom gets sickn it’s a bad thing

    You what I love them all shifters, paranormal, historical, contemporary, vampire, bdsm, menage. To pick a favorite would be really hard. As long as the story is good you got me.

  11. ms bookjunkie
    March 11th, 2010 at 10:08 am · Link

    *covers eyes* I am not reading that snippet! I am not reading that snippet! I am not reading that snippet! *peeks* *slaps self* I will only read that snippet in the context of the whole of Revelation. Otherwise it will torment me for months until the book finally comes out.. (I am one of those readers who prefers to know as little as possible about the new releases of my auto-buy authors–until I get to dive in and read right through to the end.)

    As for genre preferencesÒ€¦ I’m pretty much open to anything, depending on my mood and the author. Contemporary, historical, paranormal, urban fantasy, futuristicÒ€¦if I like one genre by an author, it’s a good bet I’ll like another. Same with settings. I like reading small town, big city, western, exotic location, outer spaceÒ€¦ It’s the relationship that matters.

  12. ms bookjunkie
    March 11th, 2010 at 10:19 am · Link

    I feel your pain about the move. I hate loathe detest despise packing and unpacking with the heat of ten thousand suns! Not to mention the logistics of moving! *shudder*

    You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

  13. Beth
    March 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am · Link

    Like the contest.
    Sympathies on the move. Hate that myself. I bought a house seven years ago and it took me two months to fully move because of procrastination, no help and a two hour drive(each way).
    I much prefer paranormal or futuristic books. And in my paranormal I read a lot more shifters than anything else. And if it’s a menage(m/f/m or m/m/f)even better. πŸ˜‰

  14. Christie I
    March 11th, 2010 at 11:19 am · Link

    Good luck with the moving stuff. We just did the moving thing last summer from Germany to Louisiana with three kids, a dog and a cat. It was not fun. 8 months later and I still have boxes in the garage I *should* unpack but don’t wanna 😳

    I prefer paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Shifters are my fave but I like vampires too.

    Hope your kids are feeling better soon.

  15. Ina
    March 11th, 2010 at 11:58 am · Link

    Hi Lauren!
    another great snippet, but kind of short πŸ˜‰
    I love paranormal romances – it’s unbelievable, but I read them for a year now and I can’t get enough!!!
    oh, I can understand you – I’m currently renovating a flat and I hope that I can move soon…
    wish you all the best πŸ˜€

  16. Moonsanity (Brenda H.)
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Moving is hell. I said I would be in this house forever just to avoid it. We moved from a too small house with 5 of us too. πŸ˜†

    I love paranormal fiction– especially shifters!

  17. Cathy M
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:24 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren, we’ve been living in the same house for 27 years, and the thought of ever moving gives me hives, lol.

    I am a sucker for paranormal stories, especially with shifters.

  18. Reba Newman
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:28 pm · Link

    Love the snippet…but then I Love all your books. Having a hard time deciding on a genre because I enjoy Paranormal…wolves, vamps..any shifter. LOL But I also love Historicals, Contemporary, second chance at love, secret baby..etc. I think the only thing I can’t really get into is Romantic suspense unless it is an author that I know and love then I will give the book a try.

    Good luck on moving..I hate moving but we are looking to buy soon.

  19. EmmaD
    March 11th, 2010 at 12:34 pm · Link


    I started getting your RSS feed this week after finding my way here from Ann Aquirre’s Hell Fire promotion πŸ™‚ Haven’t read any of your books yet but after reading the snippet think I need to.

    I read most genre’s lol but love paranormal anything. Also straight fantasy. Shifters of anysort are probably my favourite but any paranormal will do really

  20. steph j
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:32 pm · Link

    Hey, I tend to go for paranormal, mostly shifters. I feel the pain I moved a week before Christmas and if that was not enough pressure I had the Inlaws coming for the holidays. So I about killed myself moving and getting ready for everyone.

  21. elaing8
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I like paranormal romance,vampires,shifters anything in that genre,or erotic.

    I feel your pain about moving,I was supposed to move soon too but it feel through so what I had packed I have to unpack.or maybe not πŸ˜‰

  22. Estella
    March 11th, 2010 at 2:11 pm · Link

    I love the paranormal genre with shifters.

  23. Angie Malone
    March 11th, 2010 at 2:14 pm · Link

    I am so happy I was compelled to log on today! I’ve been wanting some hint of Revelation and there it was on your blog like magic! πŸ˜€
    My favorite genre is paranormal. I love vamps, shapeshifters and aliens! I love the books that take place in new or better worlds as well as in our current one! πŸ˜† A book that stirs my imagination is always welcome!
    I love your books and am impatient to read Revelation. Just finished rereading the Cascadia Wolves books. Thanks for the sneak peak! I love digital books too!

  24. Collette
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Eek, I would both love and hate to move. If I could go away and have it done when I return…wouldn’t that be lovely? That’s one of those lottery dreams.

    I pretty much like all genres but have been rocking the paranormal, contemporary and historical. How about that for narrowing it down? πŸ˜‰

    Be brave little buckaroo! The end is in sight. (And you know you totally deserve cupcakes, right?)

  25. Anne J
    March 11th, 2010 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Defiantly cat shifters – even tabbies!

  26. Janell
    March 11th, 2010 at 5:52 pm · Link

    paranormal romance-your shifters of course!!! take it easy with the moving-hope no one else gets sick.

  27. Jane
    March 11th, 2010 at 6:16 pm · Link

    Good luck with the moving. I’m on a romantic suspense binge now, but also reading some contemporary.

  28. Heather P.
    March 11th, 2010 at 7:01 pm · Link

    Hope the kids feel better and good luck moving!! I read anything. I especially like shifters!!

  29. Jessie
    March 11th, 2010 at 7:21 pm · Link

    I’ve been on this big contemp kick recently, been reading a lot of romantic suspense

  30. Tracy
    March 11th, 2010 at 9:01 pm · Link

    I love anything paranormal-vampires, shifters, etc. I also love futuristic. Good luck with the move!

  31. Lindsey Ekland
    March 11th, 2010 at 11:38 pm · Link

    Still love paranormal anything and then science fantasy. Only read a few authors for contemporary.

  32. iokijo
    March 12th, 2010 at 12:51 am · Link

    paranormal always first.. starting to read some contemp. but don’t think they will bump paras out of top spot.
    Hope the rest of your moving goes smoothly.. from the couple pic. you posted it looks like it will be worth it in the end.
    good luck..

  33. Missy_G
    March 12th, 2010 at 6:43 am · Link

    Moving is never fun…

    Paranormal romance is what I am enjoying right now, especially shifters but any hot alpha type male will grab my attention.

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:38 am · Link


  35. Amanda
    March 12th, 2010 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Love paranormal and I’m not picky!

  36. Lynnette
    March 12th, 2010 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Love any type of paranormal, but really like vamps and shifters. I also read sci fi and fantasy occassionally. I do occassionally read contemporary but not as much as paranormal.

  37. Amy
    March 12th, 2010 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Wow! It seems that everyone is moving. Did that myself (again) about 6 months ago. It’s a PITA!

    I am big time into romance, but as of last 3-4 years erotica, futuristic, romantic-suspense/mystery, and some menage (thanks to you). 😳

    Good luck finishing the move, and hope everyone feels better soon. Chocolate…reward yourself with lots o’ chocolate!

  38. Ilona
    March 13th, 2010 at 10:29 am · Link

    Paranormal or outer space πŸ˜€