School’s In: Lauren Dane & Ben, Erin and Todd

Lauren Dane

Schools In (200px)It’s that time of year again. Everyone is going back to school and so is Lauren Dane’s Ben, Erin and Todd from Laid Open.

All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time.

And that’s what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other.

They’ve got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two ecopies of Laid Open.


Exclusive Excerpt from Laid Open

LDane-Laid OpenBen, Todd and Erin have been together for nearly six years when Laid Open starts. They’ve gone through a lot, endured. And each time they get through it, they learn something else about one another.

The heart of Laid Open is the way Ben and Todd not only help Erin get through a rough patch, but also the way each of them learns they can find strength not only in helping each other get through a tough thing, but allowing themselves to lean on another person sometimes as well.

So how about a brief and exclusive snippet from Laid Open?

Brown Siblings: Laid Open by Lauren Dane
Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group

Her sunglasses didn’t hide the tears in her voice as she began to create the song. Ben had been a fan of her music for many years. Long enough to know the smoke and whiskey just then was the taste of grief.

The sun on his skin, the sound of the ocean and the salt on his tongue did little to temper the knot in his throat as she sang about a wasteland of emptiness.

His woman was vibrant and filled with the joy of life. Creative, sexy. The most charismatic person he’d ever met.

But this Erin was his too. Guilt and despair, grief and loss. It was so much to deal with, just watching her at times like these. But she needed that from them. Needed them to be her anchor in the storm she attempted to live through.

She had no idea, really, the depth of her own strength and resolve. He’d tell her, as he tried to do from time to time.

He’d give her the words when she’d hear them best. Because that’s what she so often did with him and Todd. Because he loved her—he hoped with the depth and commitment she deserved.

Todd lay out next to him on the blanket, his gaze on Erin. He’d reached out and taken Ben’s hand, their fingers loosely entwined.

Something had shifted between them. Todd was most often the fixer. He guarded them all with an intensity Ben found comforting and sexy all at once. But that day it had been Ben who was the fixer. Even though he’d shared his discomfort at his place at times in their family, it was Todd who’d needed him to lean on.

A new step. Three decades of friendship, years of an intimate, romantic relationship, and he still learned things about himself as well as Todd and Erin.

Erin would get through that day. She’d wake up the next and go on. Because it was who she was. And they’d help her through it.

Meet Lauren Dane!

The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. Though she no longer has to deal with Polly Pocket and getting those tiny outfits on and off, she still has trouble blocking out the sound of iCarly so she can write a love scene.

Lauren DaneContact Info
Website: website
Blog: Blog
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

Want to purchase Lauren’s novels?
Brown Siblings

  1. Laid Bare at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Coming Undone at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Inside Out at Amazon | Book Depository
  4. Never Enough at Amazon | Book Depository
  5. Laid Open at Amazon

Bound By Magick

  1. Heart of Darkness at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Chaos Burning at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Going Under at Amazon | Book Depository (Feb 5, 2013)


  1. Cherished at Amazon | Book Depository (with Maya Banks)
  2. Tart at Amazon | Book Depository (Nov 6, 2012)
  3. Lush at Amazon | Book Depository (Apr 2, 2013)

De La Vega Cats

  1. Trinity at Amazon | Book Depository
  2. Revelation at Amazon | Book Depository
  3. Beneath the Skin at Amazon | Book Depository

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Contest Time!

Thank you Lauren for taking part in Literary Escapism’s School’s in!

Lauren is giving away two ecopies of Laid Open. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Where would you want to spend a sexy holiday at with your lover(s)? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.

Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.

The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.

All School’s In contests will remain open until October 7th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have. Have you checked out the other School’s In contests yet? Check out the Master List to see all the School’s In giveaways

I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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  1. I cannot wait for this book!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I would love to spend a sexy vacation with a lover or lovers any where there is an ocean with a beach :-) lots of sun, skin and fun!

  2. My husband and I love the beach, but I have a sun allergy and huge welts are so not sexy, haha. So, for some special alone time maybe we’d go snuggle up in Alaska, or maybe Iceland? Someplace we could keep each other warm ;)

  3. My husband says a nude beach..that is NOT going to happen. I however say wherever there are NO teenagers knocking on the door wanting something, no dog that needs to be walked. Just him and I oh and my kindle, because if I didn’t have that he would wonder where his real wife was.

  4. Where would I go for a private holiday with my lovers?
    Somewhere we wouldn’t be disturbed, where we could just relax and talk and hang out to be with each other. Somewhere that would give us time – that most elusive and necessary parts of a relationship.
    I wouldn’t care if it was sunny or rainy – just as long as we had the chance to spend it together, for at least a week. Let’s say somewhere in southern England, or perhaps Spain? Somewhere we can just relax and go for walks and enjoy.
    Sigh. Time to book a holiday!

  5. I would love to getaway to a private beach with my husband so we could reconnect with each other and explore the many reasons that we fell in love to begin with.

  6. I would love to go to Paris, We’re we could enjoy the romantic atmospher, cuddle by a fire, long walks! a week without my kids going mom mon Every 2 min would be heaven!

  7. That’s such a great excerpt, very emotional. Lauren writes this kind of things perfectly.
    To answer the question, I guess a tropical island would be a wonderful place to go.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Love the excerpt. I cannot wait for this book!!! I think I would love to go somewhere tropical, and have a private beach. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  9. Hawaii – away from kids, work and housework/laundry.
    Him, me, the sunset by the beach and cocktails.

    Can’t wait for this to come out.

  10. Hmmmm def in the Summertime, a secluded lake with a private beach on the ocean…the Brown siblings are an amazing family brought to life by an amazing author!! =)

  11. I would go some place a little on the chilly side so we could snuggle up beneath the covers or in front of the fire. Perhaps the Mountains or even some time swept place like Scotland.

  12. Italy and Ireland seem like a romantic places to me. But really anywhere where we could relax and enjoy being with each other. Forget about work, kids,and everything else waiting for us at home and just have fun.

    I love the Brown siblings and am really looking forward to Laid Open!

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