Chaos Burning

Wanna meet Lark?

Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
Releasing in mass market paper and digital formats June 5

Someone bumped into her, jostling her from her thoughts. He turned, his teeth sharp, bared in a snarl.

Not a human.

Automatically, she drew her personal shields up and balanced her stance, ready to defend.

“Watch where you’re walking.”

“Watch who you try to glamour, Faerie.”

He narrowed his gaze. “What’s it to you, witch?”

She rolled her eyes. “Really? Was your mom okay with you doing that to your teeth? ’Cause, ew.”

He jerked back as if she slapped him and it made her laugh. “Go on then. Scare someone else before I pop you one square in the face.”

“You and what army?” He leaned in closer and gave her a growl. A pretty scary one all things considered.

So she popped him one, square in the face, and he stumbled back.

Lark shrugged. “Guess I didn’t need an army. Just a solid right hook.”

He spit and straightened. “Who are you, then, witch?”

As if she was an amateur.

“No one you need to worry about as long as you leave me and mine alone.”

He looked her up and down. “You have enough trouble; I don’t need to be part of that.”

“Wanna tell me about it? I’ll buy you a coffee to make up for breaking your nose.”

Which is how she ended up sitting at a sidewalk café with a Faerie who had demon blood.

“So what’s your story then?” she asked before taking a sip of her latte.

“Shouldn’t drink caffeine so late at night. Keep you awake.”

She snorted. “This is midday for me. I’m a night owl. So back to you, Dr. Demon.”

When he looked back her way his teeth weren’t filed. He looked like an ordinary, well, close-to-ordinary guy. “Story?”

“Tell me about the trouble you referenced while your nose was dripping blood. Remember?”

“Only because you’d probably punch me again if I didn’t.”

“Don’t pretend you wouldn’t like it if I did.”

“You’re a saucy one, aren’t you? My name is Calder. You are?”


He looked up, startled, and laughed. “Lark? Like the bird?”

“My mom loves birds. What can I say? So Calder, what’s the story? Come on, I bought you coffee and everything.”

“You broke my nose.”

“Still crying over that? Sheesh. If you don’t want to get popped, don’t scare a girl when she’s out for a walk. Anyway, you’re not from around here so let’s not pretend you were out looking for kittens trapped in trees to save.”

He snorted. “You look like you spend a great deal of time in a library and could talk about Star Trek episodes in an encyclopedic manner. But you’re not like that at all.”

“I am though. After we talk business I’d be happy to chitchat about Star Trek with you. Also, I should hasten to add that time spent in libraries means I’ve got a lovely vocabulary. You should try it.”

Today’s prize is a copy of HEART OF DARKNESS! A winner will be chosen from the comments to this post and announced in next Monday’s Winners Post.

32 comments to “Chaos Burning”

  1. Melissa Lamb
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:06 am · Link

    Oh I love it !!! I can’t wait to read this!!! 😉

  2. Blanche
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:12 am · Link

    Great excerpt!! Looking forward to June and the release of this book!!

  3. Pam B
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:26 am · Link


    Great post. I am excited for this book. I have the first one and loved it.

    Thanks for the chance.


  4. Hailey
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:37 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read!

  5. Christine
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:47 am · Link

    Great excerpt. Gotta love Lark. Definitely want to know more about Calder.

  6. Diane
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:47 am · Link

    I love how she pops him 😆 one!!!

  7. OrielaJ
    May 15th, 2012 at 7:32 am · Link

    I’m so excited I can’t wait to read it.

  8. Louise
    May 15th, 2012 at 7:33 am · Link

    Heehee. Can’t wait to meet Lark properly!

  9. Lori T
    May 15th, 2012 at 7:50 am · Link

    Thanks for letting us meet Lark. June will be here before you know it.

  10. Lee
    May 15th, 2012 at 8:03 am · Link

    Oooh I like her already!! Can’t wait for this. 🙂

  11. Viki S.
    May 15th, 2012 at 8:08 am · Link

    What a fun excerpt. Can’t wait!

  12. Melanie J.
    May 15th, 2012 at 8:12 am · Link

    How exciteing! Can’t wait to read this! 🙂

  13. Melissa B
    May 15th, 2012 at 8:35 am · Link

    LOVE this excerpt ~ Lark is awesome! 🙂

  14. lea
    May 15th, 2012 at 9:04 am · Link

    I can’t wait, either.

  15. Tracey D
    May 15th, 2012 at 9:21 am · Link

    DAG, that was a great excerpt. I’m adding this to my must have list.

  16. azteclady
    May 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am · Link

    Great dialogue–and the bit about libraries? Priceless!

    Thank you!

  17. Becky France
    May 15th, 2012 at 10:28 am · Link

    Loved the first book and I know the second will be as good. Going to reread the first book again to get ready for this new one.

  18. StacieD
    May 15th, 2012 at 10:49 am · Link

    A fellow Trekker? I knew I liked her.

  19. Jordan H
    May 15th, 2012 at 11:17 am · Link

    Sounds great.

  20. Jamie Birdwell
    May 15th, 2012 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Ohhh LOL I love Now I am even more excited to read it!!

  21. bn100
    May 15th, 2012 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Very fun excerpt.

  22. Annika
    May 15th, 2012 at 1:15 pm · Link

    I love the name Lark! Such a cool name. I’ve said it before I’m sure but I’ll say it again, I can’t wait for this book to be released!

  23. Kimh
    May 15th, 2012 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Ty fir the excerpt can’t wait 😀

  24. Toni
    May 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Love the dialog ! I can’t wait to read this book.

  25. Laurie
    May 15th, 2012 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the excerpt!

  26. Susan W.
    May 15th, 2012 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read this one!! Love the excerpt!

  27. Jen B.
    May 15th, 2012 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Ugh! I started reading it and I must not do that. I know I am going to purchase this when I have the money. No reading excerpts!!!!

  28. Kris M.
    May 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Very nice! Cannot wait to read it 🙂 Thanks for the excerpt.

  29. Carey
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:24 am · Link

    I’m liking these characters and want to know more. Will have to add this to my wish list.

  30. Cammie S.
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:10 pm · Link

    I’m loving Lark! Can’t wait! Thanks for the excerpt!

  31. JenM
    May 17th, 2012 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Sounds like quite an interesting meeting. It’s pretty wild that she hit him right away.

  32. Aurore
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:39 am · Link

    I love Lark already. She’s a tough one! Fun excerpt, thank you.


  1. Escapist Newsletter (Vol 6 Issue 6) | Literary Escapism