Contest Day Twelve!

How about a super sneak peek at the last Phantom Corps novel – CAPTIVATED?

Here’s the blurb: Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal. In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only like minds, but kindred spirits.

However unexpected their relationship, everything changes for Vincenz and Julian when Hannah Black comes into their lives. Having been captured and held in near total isolation by imperialist troops, their immediate response is to protect her.

Emotionally shattered but resilient, Hannah rebuilds herself. Because of the warm safety she finds in the arms of Julianโ€”and Vincenz she becomes someone harder, stronger and bent on preventing the Imperialists from harming anyone else.

For the two men, wrestling with their passionate feelings for Hannah is only the beginning. War is about to send all three into harm’s way and an equally dangerous secret could tear them apart.

Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing May 2012

After having been out the entire day, Vincenz moved with purpose from the front entry to where he knew she’d be. In the doorway to their work-room, he paused. Simply watching her as she sat at the comm stationโ€”her comm station as it had come to be over the last months. Features intent, fingers flying over the keys, pausing only to grab a pen and take longhand notes.

In the days since they’d returned from Silesia, she’d dived into the data they’d mined from the plant. But he knew she still held herself responsible for nearly breaking down. He’d tried to disabuse her of that notion, as had Julian, but he saw the shadows there anyway.

It was time for a new approach.

She looked up and her concentration washed away with a smile. Love flooded his senses. “Hello there, operative Cuomo. You look like sunshine today.”

Oddly pleased, he got to his knees in front of her. “Why hello there.” He gripped the chair arms, caging her in, slow and steady, the tension between them building. “And why is that?” He leaned in and nipped her bottom lip. Breathed her in and fell into her mouth. Forcing himself to only take a taste.

“You’ve been in the sun. Your hair lightens when you’ve been in the sun.”

“Ah.” He took another taste, meandering through the wonder of kissing that mouth. She sighed, her fingers sliding through his hair. He pulled away but it didn’t last long and he was back for more.

His tongue teased along the curve of her bottom lip before he sucked it into his mouth, grazing it with his teeth.

She shivered against him, moaning so very softly.

“You taste like late summer. Sweet, and ripe, delicious,” he spoke into her mouth.

She smiled against the kiss. “I missed you today. It’s hard to think without your sounds and the way you smell.”

He rested his forehead to hers. “We have the entire house to ourselves. No visitors. I’m going to fuck you hard enough to make you scream.”

Her pupils enlarged as she gasped. And gave herself over to him.

Greed sliced through him. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t need you so much.” He kissed the fluttering pulse in that sweet spot under her ear. She softened, exposing her throat to him.

“No one thinks worse of you that you had a rough time back on Silesia.”

She stiffened and sighed, trying to straighten. But he kept his upper body against hers, his waist insinuated between her thighs.

She wavered between anger and searingly hot desire. She shouldn’t get hot all over when he was this way with her. So aggressive and dominant. His way of holding her down was no less powerful than Julian’s was.

Her reaction to and connection with it went to her bones. All the noise and chaos wisped away when he took over.

Her entire body had lit. Already wet. Each time he pressed himself against her, the seam of her panties tightened, pressing into her pussy, stroking against her clit. That wave of pleasure broke over her annoyance that he’d brought up Silesia. Sent all her thoughts of anything but his mouth on her neck, the slight sting when he bit and more pleasure when he licked over the bite, skittering away.

He pulled away quickly, leaving her gasping at his sudden absence, reaching for him. Covetous hands stroked over her arms, up her sides and over her breasts. He hummed his pleasure at the hollow of her throat, the vibrations sliding straight to her nipples, which now slid against his palms.

Today I’m giving away a pre-order of Ellen Connor’s MIDNIGHT . If you haven’t checked out this world created by Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty you really should! The first book in the series, Nightfall, is out now and really awesome. I’ll choose a winner tomorrow, September 3, from the comments to this post.

42 comments to “Contest Day Twelve!”

  1. Julie K
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:05 am · Link

    Good morning Ms. Dane. I hope that you have a great day and a wonderful Labor Day weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maryam
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:24 am · Link

    Cool glass of water needed after that excerpt! Just wow! Can’t wait for CAPTIVATED!

  3. Michelle AB
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:57 am · Link

    Hi Lauren
    Thank you for the wonderful posts you have given us. I have the Federation series on my TBR list. Your books have brought me many hours of enjoyment. I am eagerly awaiting Tuesday for Never Enough. Your characters are rich and loveable. I never want to finish your books….LOL ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Elizabeth
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:58 am · Link

    I have heard of Ann Aguirre, and am excited to possibly win her book. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Regina Ross
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am · Link

    love the excerpt i cant wait for 2012:)

  6. CrystalGB
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:19 am · Link

    Great except. Sounds awesome.

  7. Viki S.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:22 am · Link

    Thank you so much for the excerpt. I’ve only read the Brown series but the more I’m exposed to your other works the more I want to read them :).

  8. margaret whelehan
    September 2nd, 2011 at 8:49 am · Link

    I never rad these books before but they are on my TBR list to get. Thank you for the contest

  9. Chele Blades
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 am · Link

    wow liking that excerpt…now another on my tbr but first need more Petal…

  10. donnas
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:28 am · Link

    Happy Friday!! Thanks for the great excerpt

  11. lauren doremus
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 am · Link

    this series will def. be on my TBR list! hope you have a great labor day! ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. The Imp
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:12 am · Link

    Oh man, I can’t wait for Vincenz’s book! YUM!

    have a lovely weekend!

  13. KaraT
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am · Link

    I haven’t tried this series yet…but this excerpt makes me want to start it right away…

    Have a great long weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Jordan H
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:09 am · Link

    Great excerpt. I have the first book in the series but haven’t read it yet. After that, it is definitely moving to the top of my TBR pile *grins*

  15. jeanette8042
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 am · Link

    Great excerpt, now I’m super excited for it!

  16. Sherry S.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 am · Link

    I haven’t read any of this series yet but they sound like they will be very interesting. I loved the excerpt.

  17. Alaina
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    i havent read that author,but now i think im going to have to!! thanks for the contest.. i hope i win!

  18. Chelsea B.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm · Link


  19. Danny
    September 2nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Cool, the phantom corps is a series that I still have to catch up with

  20. Jane
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:01 pm · Link

    I’ll have to check out Ellen Connor. I had no idea Ann and Carrie were writing together.

  21. infinitieh
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Great excerpt!

    I do have NIGHTFALL so I really should read it soon.

  22. Christine
    September 2nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm · Link

    great excerpt. Other book sounds great

  23. Chris
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:08 pm · Link

    wonderful excerpt! I’m thinking I may need to re-read the previous books in this series…..Just because!

  24. Joder
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Super hot and sexy.

  25. Cathy M
    September 2nd, 2011 at 2:56 pm · Link

    What a great excerpt, Lauren, can’t wait for this one. Just picked up a copy of Nightfall. This sounds like a great series to get hooked on, and I hope to start reading it this weekend.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  26. steph j
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for it’s release.

  27. Sarah
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Another book I can’t wait to read!

  28. Na S.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Great sneak peak on Captivated!
    I’ve seen the cover for Midnight by Ellen Connor and it is stunning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Diane Sadler
    September 2nd, 2011 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Another great excerpt!
    Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!

  30. Spav
    September 2nd, 2011 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed Nightfall, so I have this one on my wishlist.

  31. Jill M.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Have a great long weekend!

  32. EmmaD
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Ohh exciting. Thanks for the sneak peek.

  33. Ameliad
    September 2nd, 2011 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Looking forward to reading it!!

  34. Jen B.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:16 pm · Link

    I will not read this blurb. I have said it before, it gets me all worked up when I am waiting for a book. Nope! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Jessica Wiseman
    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 pm · Link

    That was simply stupendous! I was given one of your books by a friend and I was completely blown away when reading it.

  36. lorenet
    September 2nd, 2011 at 9:22 pm · Link

    looking forward to more Phantom Corps

  37. Amy B.
    September 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Way to tease us, Lauren! Holy cow, cannot wait for this book! Love the Phantom Corps almost as much as your Brown siblings series. Thanks!

  38. Pamiam
    September 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm · Link

    I think I would pick up these books just by the covers alone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Fedora
    September 3rd, 2011 at 12:10 am · Link

    Can’t wait for Captivated, Lauren. And Midnight is completely amazing. Just saying ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Tracey D
    September 3rd, 2011 at 4:49 am · Link

    OK, where’s my credit card????

  41. Lindsey E
    September 3rd, 2011 at 5:42 am · Link

    May 2012 seems so very far away and yet not, so I will wait impatiently for this release.

  42. Lori T
    September 5th, 2011 at 2:27 pm · Link

    This sounds really good.