RT Week Contest Day 1

And so how about a snippet from CAKE?  Cake will be out in September as part of the new Cosmo Red Hot Reads by Harlequin line. I don’t have an official blurb yet, but this is the description from my sale:  NYT bestselling author Lauren Dane’s CAKE, about a Seattle-based manga artist and the notorious — and mowhawked, pierced and tatted — metal sculptor she wants to put her hands all over


Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Harlequin Enterprises
Releasing in digital formats, September 2013


She put her cup down and pulled a pad from her bag. But she didn’t hand it over right away, clutching it to her chest. “Some of this is still rough.”

He leaned forward, totally unable to resist. “I like it rough.”

She sucked in a breath, a pretty flush building up her neck. She thrust the pad into his hands and grabbed her coffee.

He paged through, impressed. Her work had a sense of humor but with an edge.

“Do you handle all of this? The story and the drawing? Or is this a group project thing?”

“That’s all me. A new series I’m working on. Once it’s polished I’m going to shop it around. Time to really get out there and see if I can do this for a living.” She shoved a cookie into her mouth and jiggled her knee.

70 comments to “RT Week Contest Day 1”

  1. Angie M
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:30 am · Link

    Sounds like another great read! Will any Browns be showing up? 😀

  2. Susan
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:33 am · Link

    Looks like another great book, can’t wait to read it.

  3. Evelyn
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:33 am · Link

    Nice. September is too far away, but can’t wait

  4. Amy R
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:51 am · Link

    I cannot wait to read.

  5. MK
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:56 am · Link

    Nice!! Looking forward to the book release

  6. Robin
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:03 am · Link

    It’s so hard to wait ,don’t want to rush the days and night away .

    But reading is my addiction ,looking forward to the release date .

    Thank you 🙁

  7. Christine Houser
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:13 am · Link

    Sounds hot and I love the series can’t wait to get my hands on this also 🙂

  8. Erika
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:17 am · Link

    Sounds like its going to be another fun read. I can’t wait!

  9. Cammie
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:20 am · Link

    Yay! Looking forward to this, Thanks!!

  10. Heather Coulter
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:23 am · Link

    Now I want Cake ~ Both the kind you eat & the one you read.

  11. Sue Peace
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:39 am · Link

    This sounds like it will be great! And I love the idea of this new Cosmo Red Hot reads!

  12. Melaney
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:39 am · Link

    Love all your stories! Excited about this one as well!

  13. Kim Ogg
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:39 am · Link

    Super excited for this one all of the snippets have been so good. BTW love that you have a “coming soon” list and that you let us know what’s coming and when. You rock!

  14. Maureen
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:47 am · Link

    I really enjoy artistic characters and this looks like another story I am really looking forward to reading. Hope you are having a great time!

  15. Tara Pitts
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:51 am · Link

    Can’t wait! They sound fantastic together. I love the characters you create!

  16. Ann
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am · Link

    I can’t wait!

  17. Melanie J.
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:07 am · Link

    Excited! cannot wait! 😉

  18. Christine B.
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:42 am · Link

    Can’t wait for this new series.

  19. Renee P.
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:47 am · Link

    Love the snippet from Cake!!! Can’t wait for your next release.

  20. Moran
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:53 am · Link

    Sounds like another great book!
    Will it be available in print or only as an e book?

  21. Timitra
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:07 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read Cake in its entirety!

  22. Casey
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am · Link

    Hehe I like it rough, too 😉

  23. CrystalGB
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:19 am · Link

    Sounds awesome. 🙂

  24. Robbye
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:19 am · Link

    I’ll wait and as September gets closer my inner Veruca will get more restless.

  25. Marianne
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:22 am · Link

    I cannot wait! 😎

  26. Mary W
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:26 am · Link

    You had me a mowhawked! I love that your characters are so different from anything I’ve ever read before. I love the bit of edge with tattoos, piercings and mowhawks!

  27. Glittergirl
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:28 am · Link

    She sounds like me when I’m showing someone I want to impress my work. I’m a scrapbooker/crafter and I get antsy when I’m showing my stuff…

  28. Lisa Loyd
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:40 am · Link

    i have read & reread every book of yours that i own & i can see adding this one to that list!

  29. cathyf
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:13 am · Link

    Sounds good. So far you have not let me down.

  30. Texas Book Lover
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am · Link

    I have no doubt this will be another must read series for me!

    Thanks so much!

  31. Dede H.
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:46 am · Link

    Can’t wait for September. I loved LUSH and know that future reads will be great! 😆

  32. Aurore
    April 30th, 2013 at 11:05 am · Link

    Love the excerpt, the characters already sound great! I can’t wait for this new novel.

  33. elaing8
    April 30th, 2013 at 11:18 am · Link

    Sounds really good. Looking forward to reading it.

  34. Brandy
    April 30th, 2013 at 11:48 am · Link

    Another one I want to read of course. Can’t wait until it comes out.

  35. Barbara
    April 30th, 2013 at 12:20 pm · Link

    MORE, please!! 🙂

  36. Diane
    April 30th, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Still a ways but gives us something to look forward to!!!

  37. Jane
    April 30th, 2013 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Looking forward to “Cake.”

  38. Mary Lou
    April 30th, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Love your books, this will be another one to add to my Kindle…….

  39. Viki S.
    April 30th, 2013 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Sounds fun – thanks.

  40. jennifer beck
    April 30th, 2013 at 2:50 pm · Link

    can’t wait sounds like a great read!!! 😆 ❗ ❗ ❗

  41. Rachel A
    April 30th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    This will be interesting, have not read a book with a mowhawked hunk before and where does the Cake come in? This will be fun!!

  42. JeanetteJ
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Yay, can’t wait for it to release!

  43. Lisa (Lisa's World of Books)
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I am always up for trying something news!

  44. chris s
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:15 pm · Link

    Let the teasing begin!!!!

  45. Erin K
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    “I like it rough.”
    I love a dirty talking hero! I am looking forward to reading Cake. I think the Cosmo/Harlequin partnership is cool, and there are several authors I really enjoy ( you, Sylvia Day, Sarah Morgan) who are participating so I can’t wait.

  46. LindaL
    April 30th, 2013 at 5:59 pm · Link

    Sounds great, maybe the hero gets his tats done by Brody???

  47. Angie
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:41 pm · Link

    This looks like another great book!

  48. Chelsea B.
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Sounds great! Also, I really want a cookie now.

  49. RB
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Link

    (Facebook has ruined me. I’ve spent 5 minutes thinking of what to write since there is no like button.)

    Looking forward to the new book.

  50. Kimh
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Thanks Great excerp
    😥 😎 😆