A snippet from CHAOS BURNING

What I really loved about writing Chaos Burning was the chemistry between Lark and Simon. They bicker and tease, but there’s a lot of respect between them. It was so much fun to write! What do you guys think about a friends to lovers story? yea or nay?

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

He got in front of her and she snorted, moving around his body. “Kind of my job, Thundarr.”


“Cartoon hero. Big barbarian. Sort of like ThunderCats?”

“Did you just compare me to a cat?”

“Concentrate on the real issue please.”

“Let’s get you in the car then. Or back inside. This is serious shit, Lark.”

She grabbed a strand of her hair and twirled it around her finger as she gave him an exaggerated pout. “Really? I’m such a girl, I had no idea.” Her tone went very dry and he knew he was being chastened. But . . . he liked it. “Back off. Your testosterone is messing with my magick.”

“How so?”

She narrowed her eyes and planted her hands on her hips. “Oh my god. Are you arguing just to argue? This is why you’re so hot. Because otherwise no sane woman would tolerate your bossiness. I need to use my othersight. Step back a little.”

Today’s prize is a signed copy of Heart of Darkness awarded to one winner chosen from the comments to this post. Winner announced in the next Monday Winners Post

31 comments to “A snippet from CHAOS BURNING”

  1. Diane
    May 24th, 2012 at 5:37 am · Link

    It’s a kinf of evolving into a serious relationship that you already know how much you enjoy each others company, You laugh together, talk together and generally like each other and the natural next step is…
    Yes I enjoy this kind of story!

  2. Renee
    May 24th, 2012 at 5:45 am · Link

    Well you know I have to believe in it since that is how Joe and I got together. 🙂

  3. Marc
    May 24th, 2012 at 6:21 am · Link

    Friends to lovers is my favorite kind of story. It just has a little something extra you don’t get from an insta-love story.

  4. JenM
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:09 am · Link

    I love it when the characters are friends. That way, they already respect each other and a romance between them is totally believable.

  5. Lori T
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:12 am · Link

    I love them! I think that the relationship they share as friends helps to build a strong base for their love. You know you actually “like” the person and that there is more to the relationship than just chemistry.

  6. Christine
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:27 am · Link

    loved the excerpt. can’t wait for the book.

  7. Kimh
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:31 am · Link

    Sounds giiod Ty for the excertp wjoo I do like the theme 😎 😆 😀

  8. Marie K
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:33 am · Link

    The snippet draws you in and then makes you wait like a fiend for the book to come out so you can read it all!!! I cannot wait 😀 😀

  9. Casey
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:39 am · Link

    This is such a tease! I am DYING to get my hands on Chaos Burning!

  10. Vic
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:47 am · Link

    Agreed that friends -> lovers is my favorite type of romance. It reminds me of falling in love with my husband. I’ve gotten used to the “fated mate” story-line and some books kind pull it off. But I love watching it happen. Love what we’ve been seeing of Lark and Simon!

  11. Fedora
    May 24th, 2012 at 8:21 am · Link

    I adore friends-to-lovers–there’s something about watching a friendship evolve that’s quite marvelous! And bickering is fun 😉

  12. Tracey D
    May 24th, 2012 at 8:24 am · Link

    I’m so ready for more…please. OK, I’ll just go and buy it! LOL

  13. Allie Motherway
    May 24th, 2012 at 8:25 am · Link

    A friendship is the best beginning to a stronger relationship. I can’t wait to read it.

  14. Laurie
    May 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am · Link

    I’m smiling, can’t wait to read this!! 🙂

  15. Louise
    May 24th, 2012 at 9:17 am · Link

    Yea, for sure! Gosh, I just live the snark between these two. 😆

  16. Viki S.
    May 24th, 2012 at 9:57 am · Link

    Yup, when they start as friends the relationship seems to be stronger. Loved the excerpt :).

  17. Cheryl S.
    May 24th, 2012 at 10:04 am · Link

    Sounds great! Wish I could find your books at my local Meijer or Target stores! 😉

  18. catslady
    May 24th, 2012 at 10:36 am · Link

    I enjoyed the excerpt – the banter and humor 🙂

  19. Pamiam
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:06 am · Link

    Yea on the friends to lovers. Sometimes it’s just a natural progression and just fits for two people. You have probably seen the good, bad and ugly as a friend and don’t have to “behave” during the get to know you stage.
    I love a book with humor and playful banter (snarkiness) between the characters.

  20. Blanche
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

    I really like the chemistry between these two!! I’m counting the days before we can finally get the book!! 🙂

  21. Lisa
    May 24th, 2012 at 11:29 am · Link

    Friends to lovers works for me. Literally. Hubby and I started out friends almost 20 years ago, moved in together a year later. We’ll be married for 16 years in September. 😀

  22. Jessica T.
    May 24th, 2012 at 12:46 pm · Link

    I love the friends to lovers theme. There is a comfort level and respect that you don’t always feel when it comes to other themes. Or it takes awhile for the couple to feel that comfortable and at ease with
    each other. Plus its pretty cool to say you’re married to your best friend 🙂

  23. Susan W.
    May 24th, 2012 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt! What I like about friends to lovers is that they can bicker and understand where it’s coming from. Makes the reading fun!

  24. Melissa Porter
    May 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm · Link

    I cannot wait to get this book.
    Thanks for the “teaser”.

  25. Ann
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I am all for the “friends to lovers” story. And I am very anxious for this book to release.


  26. Caroline
    May 24th, 2012 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Speaking from personal experience there is nothing better than waking up one day and finding yourself in love with your best friend. Ok what is better is knowing that from the day he first saw you he knew you were the one. Going on 15 years and the man still makes my heart smile. Nothing is better.

  27. bn100
    May 25th, 2012 at 2:59 pm · Link

    I like these kinds of stories.

  28. Tracy
    May 25th, 2012 at 9:22 pm · Link

    love it!

  29. Aurore
    May 26th, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

    Just like everybody here, I love “friends to lovers” stories.
    I loved this excerpt, it’s very funny! Thank you.

  30. Jen B.
    May 26th, 2012 at 6:50 pm · Link

    I love friends to lovers stories. That’s how my hubby and I became a couple!

  31. Pamk
    May 27th, 2012 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Love the snark and can’t wait to read this one.


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