Another snippet from HEART OF DARKNESS…

From USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane comes a white-hot new series of a dangerous family legacy, and sensual paranormal passions played to the death on the knife-edge of darkness…

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.

Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel–night after explosive night–is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing November 1!

HE stalked her as she walked through his place. She sent him the side- eye but he wasn’t deterred. He liked having her in his apartment. Which was sort of funny given that he’d never, ever seriously considered living with a woman. Now
though? This woman? He wanted her with him all the time. She would be safer, no doubt. He’d be around. She’d be closer to her job and he wouldn’t have to run back and forth across the lake to see her.

“You’re making me nervous.”

“No, I’m not. Very little makes you nervous.” He smiled and she huffed and went back to putting her clothes away.

“I missed you when you were gone.”

She must have gotten a pedicure when she was in San Francisco. Her toes were different. A deep, dark red. Like every other part of her, her feet were sexy.

She looked up at him, suspicion on her face. ” Mmm- hmm.”

“Why you gotta be this way?” He added a little bit of a purr, just for her.

“What way is that?”

“How was San Francisco?”


“Are you going to remain prickly so that I have no other choice but to seduce a good mood back into you?”

“You’re pretty bold for a guy who’s still in the doghouse.”

He stood and moved to her. “But you know my general feelings about being challenged.”

She held a hand out, trying not to smile but failing. “Stop that. I have to unpack and do laundry.”

He shook his head. “Your clothes are already in the washing machine. Laundryโ€” check. Your stuff is hanging in the closetโ€” check.”

“Are you in charge of my schedule now?”

“Or maybe you need your own stress relief. Orgasms are good for you. And maybe, maybe I’ll do it just because I can.” He got closer and she moved around the bed.

“Maybe you’ll be bloody by the end.”

He shook his head. “Maybe. But that’s part of the fun of fucking you, Meriel Owen. A man needs to be kept on his toes. You never let me slack.”

Her smile broke free and she threw a pillow at him. “I have stuff to do.”

“Yes, yes, you do.”

How about a contest? Want to win a copy of REVELATION (digital or trade paper)? I’ll choose a winner tomorrow, October 26 at noon pacific, from the comments to this post.

25 comments to “”

  1. becky jean
    October 25th, 2011 at 12:14 pm · Link

    congrats and very excited to read this!

  2. Chelsea B.
    October 25th, 2011 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Oh, wow, I can’t WAIT to read this book! It sounds so fantastic!

  3. Joder
    October 25th, 2011 at 2:43 pm · Link

    This book is sounding so good! I’m getting so excited for its release and look forward to reading more excerpts.

  4. Patti W
    October 25th, 2011 at 2:43 pm · Link

    This sounds like it is going to be a good series. I loved the Brown siblings and I am sure this will be as great. I do think that Aidan will always be my favorite hero though.

  5. elaing8
    October 25th, 2011 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing the snippet.I know someone who got to read an advanced copy and she just loved it.I’m looking forward to reading it.
    And thanks for the giveaway.

  6. donnas
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Great excerpt. I cant wait to read more. Congrats on the release!!

  7. Regina Ross
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Cant wait to read it and great giveaway !!!

  8. margaret whelehan
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:37 pm · Link

    i cannot wait for this bok. i lovethe woute about stress and orgasms!

  9. Janel Mullins
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:40 pm · Link


  10. Mel
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I would love this book!

  11. Alaina
    October 25th, 2011 at 3:55 pm · Link

    this looks really good im dying to read it!! would love to read a book (print edition) thanks so much for the awesome contest!

  12. Amy
    October 25th, 2011 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Sounds great! :mrgreen:

  13. catslady
    October 25th, 2011 at 4:26 pm · Link

    I’ve always liked dark ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Christine
    October 25th, 2011 at 4:47 pm · Link

    loved the excerpt can.’t wait to read more.

  15. Pat L.
    October 25th, 2011 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Sounds great. I would like the trade paperback should win.

  16. Jen B.
    October 25th, 2011 at 6:25 pm · Link

    How about a contest? Yes! Fingers crossed and eyes closed tight as I chant me, me, me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Diane Sallans
    October 25th, 2011 at 6:34 pm · Link

    I’d love a paper copy of Revelation!

  18. JP
    October 25th, 2011 at 6:48 pm · Link

    I absolutely cannot wait for this one — each excerpt makes me want it more! :mrgreen:

  19. Angie Malone
    October 25th, 2011 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Looking forward to this book more with each excerpt!

  20. Pamk
    October 26th, 2011 at 7:31 am · Link

    wow this sounds like another winner

  21. Spav
    October 26th, 2011 at 9:47 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read the book!

  22. Michelle AB
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:17 am · Link

    Yes I love music. As I am posting this I am listening to Christian Kane(Angel & Leverage shows). He does a hard country rock sound.
    I am so ready to read Heart of Darkness. I have loved every book of yours that I have read so far, so I know this one will be no different. ๐Ÿ˜›

  23. Viki S.
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:51 am · Link

    Yes, I love music but I’m old school ๐Ÿ™‚ . Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Tatiana L.
    October 26th, 2011 at 12:01 pm · Link

    I like the oldies – Elvis is my all time favorite.

  25. Cathy M
    October 26th, 2011 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Great song list, Lauren. One of my recent favorite’s, is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

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