Day Eight – Grand Prize #1 Day!

I’ll be on later today to do both drawings as I want to be sure to give everyone that one last chance to enter for the set of signed Chase Brothers books (and now that there’s kindlegraph, I’m happy to send those books via the kindle if the winner(s) likes.

But until then, I thought a snippet from ONCE AND AGAIN would be nice as it’s out tomorrow!

Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Samhain Publishing
Releasing August 30

“Who is that?” Royal Watson, Anne’s used-to-be-boyfriend now best friend, leaned over to ask Nathan.

He turned to find himself mesmerized by the sway of a spectacular pair of breasts that happened to belong to none other than Lily Travis.

“That is not yours. That’s who she is.” Nathan frowned as she took a circuit of the floor with Andy Sanchez. Andy’s hand was mighty close to Lily’s ass. That was not going to happen. It was one thing to know she was still pissed at him after all these years. He could live with that. Probably. But it was another to imagine her with anyone else in town. That wasn’t going to be a reality he’d have to live with.

“Really now?” Royal grinned and looked pointedly at Nathan’s hand. “Don’t see any ring there. Why don’t you…holy shit, that’s Lily!” Royal found this ridiculously funny and Nathan wanted to punch him.

“Yes, it’s Lily. Stop laughing.”

“I laugh because your pain is amusing.” Royal shrugged.

Matt Chase came back over. “Sorry, I had to go smooch up on my woman for a bit. She let me and then shooed me off. Don’t know why we can’t all sit together.”

“Probably because Lily is with them and she hates Nathan.”

“Thanks Royal, you can stop with that now before I have to clean your clock.” Nathan watched her move, watched Andy lean in and say something in her ear. Watched her laugh and then thankfully shake her head and step back.

When she turned to head toward the women’s table, her gaze snagged on his. He caught the awareness shocking through her system and sent her a smile. Oh, yes, he still got to her.

“I think you should ask her to dance.” Matt hogged the nachos and Nathan frowned.

“I think he should too. Then she’ll kick him in the stones, and we can laugh and laugh. Mr. Smooth can’t get hisself a woman. Never thought I’d see that day.” Royal smirked.

“Every time I’m with you for longer than three minutes I know why my sister dumped you.” Nathan rolled his eyes.

“She dumped me because I asked her to marry me. Three times. And she said no each time. Picky women. This town grows ’em like peaches. Christ. If you don’t ask Lily to dance, I will.”

“No you won’t. You and Anne aren’t romantic anymore, but she sure as hell isn’t going to be all right with you rubbing up on a close friend. Lily’s like family so if you wouldn’t rub up on Beth, you can’t rub up on Lily either.”

Royal frowned. “You made that up to keep me away.”

“You’ll never know for sure.”

Matt laughed. “True. But he’s right about one thing. You and Lily need a dance. But she’s going to say no if you take her on directly-like. So wait until she’s out there again and cut in. She’s got good manners, she’ll be too nice to snub you in public.”

“You’re a devious man. I like that about you.”

So he bided his time until eventually she ended up out there again, and he headed out, careful to avoid the spot where Steffie was. She’d been less than thrilled when they broke the engagement off and continued to send him cow eyes when she wasn’t plotting his death.

He tapped Phin on the shoulder and the man shot Nathan a look of annoyance, but he stepped back and Nathan smoothly took his place, getting a secure hold on that waist so she couldn’t bolt.

They danced well together. Always had. He knew she loved it and he’d always loved to hold her as they did. Loved that any man in the place could look his fill but she was his. Christ he was dumb to have let her go.

“Well hello there, Lily.” He sent her his most charming smile. She was not impressed and frowned back at him.

“Why are you doing this?”

“There’s no reason we can’t be friends. If I remember rightly, you like dancin’. So do I. Why not dance together? Unless, you know, I’m too much for you to handle, and you can’t bear to be around me if we’re not smooching. That’s okay too, by the by.”

“You’re so full of yourself. Smooching? Seems to me you’re just fine getting that whenever you want it.”

He mimed pain, holding a hand over his heart. “I’m wounded.”

“Not enough for my liking.”

He laughed. “I’d forgotten how vicious you could be. I am sorry. It was shitty of me. But I’m older and wiser and more discriminating than I once was.”

She rolled her eyes, and he had to close his eyes for a second as the scent of her perfume wrapped around his senses.

62 comments to “Day Eight – Grand Prize #1 Day!”

  1. L
    August 29th, 2011 at 5:18 am · Link

    How exciting! Hurry up tomorrow. I can’t wait!!!

  2. Linda
    August 29th, 2011 at 5:28 am · Link

    Am looking forward to reading this story, Love the Murphys

  3. Regina Ross
    August 29th, 2011 at 5:36 am · Link

    i cant wait for tomorrow πŸ™‚

  4. Diane Mc.
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:07 am · Link

    I want the book now!

  5. Ju Dimello
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:14 am · Link

    Older, wise and more discriminating πŸ˜‰ ooooh! Can’t wait to see the heroine fall for that one!!!

    Lovely excerpt πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win, Lauren…

    I’d go for the “signed set of books” than the kindle ones πŸ™‚ Nothing beats having the book in hand and peeping to the front page to see the signature now and then πŸ™‚ LOL!

  6. Rachel Riddles
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:34 am · Link

    I’m so looking forward to tomorrow!!!! πŸ™‚

  7. Maja F
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:35 am · Link

    Oh, I want this so much! Thanks so much Lauren for this big giveaway!

  8. Laney4
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:40 am · Link

    An old cliche “comes” to mind: The mightier they are, the “harder” they fall (LOL).
    Thanks for the “teaser”.

  9. MinnChica
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:46 am · Link

    So excited!!! πŸ™‚

  10. MissyC
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:54 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book! It will be great to revisit the Chases also πŸ˜€ !

  11. Wendy Mitchell
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:54 am · Link

    Seriously, one way or another, I will have this book in my possession tomorrow. That was just too good. Thanks again for the contest.

  12. maria pena
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:07 am · Link

    Please let me win something!!!! πŸ˜‰

  13. steph j
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:10 am · Link

    I can’t wait to pick this one up tomorrow.

  14. Mindy
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:11 am · Link

    Is there any way you can get the books published closer together. You are a favorite writer and I have you on an auto purchase. I can’t get enough. The Chase Brothers not Petal GA and the Brown Siblings. Love your work.

  15. Sweets
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:17 am · Link

    Can’t wait !!!!! Thanks for chance πŸ˜€

  16. Michelle AB
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:19 am · Link

    Oh, I so want to read this book, like right now…LOL
    I can not wait. Your characters are so much like family and friends to me. Thank you so much for being a great story teller.

  17. Julie K
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:24 am · Link

    Pick me, pick me, please. πŸ˜‰

  18. Sabrina R.
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:33 am · Link

    Can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

  19. lauren doremus
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:45 am · Link

    Gosh i cant wait until tomorrow! Come on Tuesday! πŸ˜›

  20. Mel
    August 29th, 2011 at 7:58 am · Link

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!!

  21. Lori T
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am · Link

    I will be downloading this at 12:01…I am really looking forward to reading this one!

  22. Chele Blades
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am · Link

    crossing fingers…i really want them chase bros

  23. Lisa
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am · Link

    CanÒ€ℒt wait! Tomorrow is going to be spent reading, reading, reading….

  24. Angela Rosen
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am · Link

    Looking forward to tomorrow!

  25. Chelsea Rafferty
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am · Link

    Ohhh this one looks like a great read too *swoons*

  26. Hailey
    August 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am · Link

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!

  27. Maryam
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am · Link

    Already pre-ordered ages ago! Looking forward to my return to Petal.

  28. CrystalGB
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am · Link

    Awesome excerpt. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

  29. Lynn
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:18 am · Link

    Tomorrow is going to be great!

  30. Karey Smith
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:18 am · Link

    I want want want hope you pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Tiffanyb
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:30 am · Link

    Already preordered on the Kindle. I’ll wake up to Once and Again.

  32. Pamk
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:37 am · Link

    I love these chase books and this one sounds fantastic.

  33. Patti F
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read!!! Soooo excited!!! Hope I am the lucky winner!!!

  34. Pat L.
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    Hi, thanks again for great contest. Cannot wait to read Once and Again and hunky Adrian’s & Gillian’ story.

  35. Viki S.
    August 29th, 2011 at 9:41 am · Link

    Thank you so much. I am so happy that I found your books :). I really enjoy them.

  36. Danielle West
    August 29th, 2011 at 10:09 am · Link

    Can’t wait til Midnight!!!

  37. Diane Sallans
    August 29th, 2011 at 10:10 am · Link

    I’m so bummed I missed the beginning of this contest, but better late than never!

  38. Kimberley
    August 29th, 2011 at 10:44 am · Link

    I am counting down the hours!

  39. Sherry S.
    August 29th, 2011 at 10:52 am · Link

    Thanks for the great contest. I looking forward to tomorrow too.

  40. Danny
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:11 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  41. april s
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:19 am · Link

    WOW! Lauren, this book sounds really good. I am going to stay up if need be all nite to get this book. Thank you for writing such fabulous books with wonderful characters. Tmr cannot come soon enough…. πŸ™‚

  42. Tracy
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    Happy release day!

  43. Angie M
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book forever! Looking forward to reading it. :mrgreen:

  44. Jordan H
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:40 am · Link

    I can’t wait for tomorrow!

  45. Mariann M
    August 29th, 2011 at 11:59 am · Link

    Can’t wait!!!! πŸ˜›

  46. Brandy Swain
    August 29th, 2011 at 12:21 pm · Link

    great giveaway! can’t wait to read it!

  47. jeanette8042
    August 29th, 2011 at 12:26 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the release and great snippet!

  48. Joder
    August 29th, 2011 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Another great excerpt. Thanks for posting it and excited for tomorrow’s release!

  49. Diane Sadler
    August 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm · Link

    This is stressful! πŸ˜€

  50. Jane
    August 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Thanks for another sneak peek.