Lauren Dane – The Joy of Awesome Sisters

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Lauren was on deadline until a few days ago and then had a release (Falling Under came out 8/4), so if she sends in the Q&A I’ll add it, as well as the details for the drawing. Ahhh, deadlines. ~ Bobbi ;o) xo

Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves!

(And really for one another too. Which is sort of the point of this post ☺)

Despite the jokes we suffer from outside our community that romance is shallow and silly, falling underwe know different. Those of us who love romance know the power in our genre.

A genre that—while full of heroes of all, heart stopping types—features more strong, intelligent and amazing female characters than any other. It’s through the pages of romance novels that I see the type of woman I not only know or want to know, but want to be. Would be proud to have my daughter grow up to be. A woman who respects herself and her loved ones and who would fight to protect the things she cares about.

Far from helpless bits of fluff, my romance is full of women who kick butt and take names. Or maybe they bake things and raise kids. Or hit the stage on world tour. Fly helicopters, sew up head wounds in the ER or teach kids how to do geometry.

There’s nothing damsel-in-distress about a HelenKay Dimon heroine. She’s not going to just give up or wait to be saved (unless it would be the very smartest thing, in which case she would). I don’t spend any time muttering about stupid stuff the characters do when I’m reading Dimon.

The women in Kit Rocha’s dystopian Sector Four are all types of broken, but all types of opening upsurvivor too. It’s the way they build a safe space for their sisters that remains the strength of those books.

Chloe Neill’s fantastic Chicagoland Vampire series features a character who has come a long way from the student who stumbled into a brand new life knowing pretty much nothing about it. Merit isn’t perfect by any stretch. But she’s the kind of friend you’d want.

As with Neill, JD Robb’s Eve Dallas has changed over a long series of books and it’s been her relationships that have sustained her and fed her growth as a character. The mother she sees in Mira, the sister of the heart in Mavis and Peabody. Dallas loves her man, without a doubt, but it’s the moments we see her with Mavis that we understand Eve in a totally different way. Mavis knew her first. Knew the Eve beneath the layers and defenses. Mavis who loved her before Roarke showed up.

And that’s another thing about romance – sisterhood! Not only literal family type relationships between women, but intentional family as well. Heroines are there for each other when the going gets rough.

I started my writing career a decade ago. In that time I’ve had my share of low points. Of times I was sure I’d never sell another book, or took a beating professionally in some way. It was my friends, my intentional sisterhood who helped me through. I’ve been struggling with some health issues over the last eighteen months or so and it’s been the romance community who’s lifted me up and gotten me through when I just wasn’t sure I could make it.

I like to say it costs nothing to be kind, but it means everything. And I like to say it because it’s true. Your sisters will call you out when you’re being a jerk, but they’ll get your back when you need it too. They know you and they love you despite all the things that make you annoying, because the other parts make you worth it.

When I write scenes between Erin Brown and her best friend Raven, it’s not hard to draw on the way my closest friends make me feel. It resonates on the page because it’s what has sustained me personally.

And it’s why I love to read it, too. Books where women can be around one another without being reduced to jealous, catty stereotypes. Books where the female relationships are based on support instead of destruction.

I want to read complicated relationships like the one Lily has with her mother in Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi books. I love the way Nora Roberts writes groups of women who are often getting a new start or a second chance in life. I love to see women with kids, or who are helping with elder care or dealing with blended families.

Romance celebrates the things that thread us all together as people. Love. Kindness and protection. Mercy. Strength. We do it on the page, and we extend it to one another.  I love my romance full of women who are strong in many ways. I want to see relationships like my own, but also learn from those that are different. When the story is centered in the emotional journey of a character, we get such an intimate, important look at them. That the pages of the books I read (and write) are full of women I’d want to know or be is why I love this community so very much. 

You’re all my heroines! Strong and sassy, intelligent, gorgeous goddesses, each and every one of you.

Lauren Recommends:

Chloe Neill’s ( chloeneill.com ) Chicagoland Vampires series – a fun paranormal romance series with a recurring couple whose relationship evolves over the series. I have loved watching Merit (our heroine) really grow into a person worthy of the power she has.

Eileen Wilks‘  ( eileenwilks.com ) World of the Lupi books. Some of the best PNR worldbuilding around. I love the very complicated family connection between Lily Yu, her sisters, mother and grandmother. The super sexy alpha wolf Rule Turner doesn’t hurt either!

HelenKay Dimon’s ( helenkaydimon.com) newest Corcoran Team novel – Tamed features Makena, a resourceful, kick butt heroine (also the sister of the hero’s best friend!!)

Lauren is generously giving away all of the HelenKay Dimon Corcoran books to one luck reader, either paper or electronic copies (open to international as long as you can accept digital books).


Lauren DaneLauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres including romance and urban fantasy. She has three wild children, a patient husband and a terrible addiction to the internet.

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  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Awesome Recommendations! I’ll have to check them out!

    • Lauren Dane

      Thanks!!

  • Molly

    I haven’t read any of your books yet. Do you have a recommendation?

    • Lauren Dane

      Hi Molly! It depends on what sort of things you like to read and how hot you like your sexy bits 🙂 Hot (but not quite erotic) contemporary romance – The Hurley Boys (starts with The Best Kind of Trouble). Erotic romance contemporary? Brown Family series, Ink and Chrome. Paranormal or UF – my Goddess With a Blade series just might do it for you.

      Lauren

  • mariannewestrich

    OMG – I’m having such a fan-girl moment here. You are one of my all-time favorite authors. I found the Chase Brothers first. Devoured the series and went on to the Brown Siblings. You are now an auto-buy for me no matter what the series or topic. I just finished Falling Under and it was fantastic! You’re right when you say it is about the relationships in a romance novel. Not just the love story, but also the support and friendship stories that connect it all. I’m blessed to have a great group of girlfriends and one best friend who means the world to me. The fact that her husband and my husband are best friends just makes it that much better! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. Now we just have to get you to do an author event in Virginia Beach! (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)

    • Lauren Dane

      Hi Marianne! Yes, good friends make this journey through life a whole lot better!

      So glad you enjoy my books!

      Lauren

  • Susan Craig

    I am a new fan – just checked out your books on Amazon & can’t wait to read one.

    • Lauren Dane

      Thanks, Susan!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    Read some and loved em.. can’t wait to read the rest…

    • Lauren Dane

      Yay!!!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    • Lauren Dane

      You’re welcome!

  • Texas Book Lover

    Love, love, love your books! In fact I first discovered your book when I got laid off and wanted to do nothing but lay around and cry and they kept me going. Could’t agree more with your entire post.

    • Lauren Dane

      I’m so, so glad my books made a seriously sucky time at least a little bit better 🙂

  • Christyna

    The romance genre is all about the love, even sisterly love. I often imagine that the world would be SO much better if it was made up of the female characters in romance novels I have read about through the years.

    • Lauren Dane

      yes! A whole town populated by all my favorite characters from romance novels would be the place to be!

  • jcp smith

    I wish the romance genre was seen differently than as a taboo or soft porn…

    • Lauren Dane

      Yeah, me too. But while it’s getting better, I’m not sure that’s going away anytime soon. So we have to hold our heads up and know what we are, no matter what people say

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I’m a newbie to your books but they just made a giant leap on my TBR list.

    • Lauren Dane

      Thank you, Dorothy!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for posting and sharing in this wonderful month devoted to romance.
    I love how you stated all your reasons for reading romance, you gave me words to add to my arsenal for when people (my husband) question my reading choice.

    • Lauren Dane

      Awesome!

  • Dawn Anderson

    Thank you for writing about a sisterhood. I don’t have a blood sister, but I have many ‘sisters’ that I’ve adopted over the years. I wouldn’t be who I am without them.

    • Lauren Dane

      Yay to the families we create with others!!

  • Ren

    I just read Opening Up. It was the first book of yours that I have read and I loved it. Can’t wait to read Falling Under

    • Lauren Dane

      Thank you! I hope you love Falling Under!

  • Pamby50

    Whatever journey you are on with your health, your friends have your back. I know because I have been there. I like how you said you like all kinds of romance. It is whatever we make it to be. Thank you.

    • Lauren Dane

      Thanks so much – it’s been a challenge but I’m holding on to the fact that it’s given me new perspective on illness and other people. You just never know to look at some people what is going on in their life. It’s good for me to be reminded of that.

  • May

    Love your books! I can re-read them again and again!

    • Lauren Dane

      Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer C

    So happy to have found you and your books! I wish you the best with your health.

    • Lauren Dane

      Thank you!!

  • kirsten west

    When a heroine is weak or wishy-washy, it detracts from the storyline. I am glad I found some new authors! Best of luck with your health.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I love and read all the series that Lauren has mentioned!

  • Anna

    Female friendships are a huge cornerstone of romance. Often when I’ve finished a romance and been like… “meh,” if I think about it, it’s usually because the story is lacking that female dynamic.

  • Carol Luciano

    Love your books Lauren. And lov Eve & Roarke. Thank you for such a generous giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Cindy A

    Yep, I have friends that are like sisters, the best of both worlds. Thanks for the mention of the authors you like. I now have more reading material.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I think book friends are the best because they understand your soul.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m familiar with Eileen Wilk’s World of the Lupi books, but I’m not familiar with Chloe Neill or HelenKay Dimon. Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series looks pretty interesting. I’ll have to take a look at Ms. Dimon’s series, too. Thank you for the recommendations!

  • Erin F

    I loooooved PJ and Asa and I can’t wait to see Duke’s HEA 🙂 I totally agree with your post about strong women! Romance isn’t just about the couple, but the journey! and I love and celebrate strong women and their community. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rhi

    i feel like female friendship is so often a side aspect of many romances… it’s lovely when it actually shows up and is a meaningful part of the book!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the chance
    to win.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Having girlfriends who are there for you in thick or thin is so important. I’m fortunate to have friends who have my back and are there when I need them – and I have theirs and am there for them. I hope your struggles with your health improve. I’ve enjoyed the couple of books of yours that I have read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance.

  • Female characters in romances are really amazing and, best of all, realistic! They act as women, think as women, feel as women. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for your words about women’s sisterhood and the best wishes for all your life!

  • sj1384

    As someone who consciously chose to surround myself with that sisterhood, I agree with you completely. Awesome post!!

  • Congrats on the book release!

  • LisaVH

    Nora Roberts sisterhood and new beginning books always spoke to me, too. She was my first author crush 🙂

  • Joan Varner

    I totally agree with you about HelenKay Dimon. Her books rock the strong female and male leads that I appreciate. I have your latest release, FALLING UNDER, on my wish list. Thanks for your post.

  • LSUReader

    What a great point of view on sisterhood in romance novels. I’ve often thought those same things about J. D. Robb’s Dallas when I’m reading the In Death books. Thanks for an intriguing post.

  • Diane Blaser

    I love the sisterhood between authors; they don’t compete with each other, they lift each other up! Great example of what all women should do!

  • marypreston

    A genre that I love to lose myself in.

  • Linda Henderson

    I’m currently reading Opening Up and I’m totally loving this new series. I just did a re-read of the Browns and it’s always been one of my favorite series.

  • Kim

    Congratulations on the new book.

  • Diane Sallans

    Lauren is a favorite author of mine so I’m excited to find out who she reads

  • flchen1

    Too true, Lauren–thanks for the lovely post. I do love that sense of sisterhood in romances–both the actual family and “found” family are such a blessing! And thanks more for your wonderful books! Slowly savoring my way through your backlist…

  • Kai W.

    I am glad that romance also explore the relationship of sisterhood within a family and among friends.

  • rebecca moe

    Great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • K Davis

    I love reading Chloe Neill’s books too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Ellen

    I love your theme of Sisterhood. I have friends who are my sisters and sisters who are my friends. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary McCoy

    I love self-rescuing heroines who don’t tear down other women on the way to their HEA.

  • Bernadette Long

    I love reading about strong women.

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Love this post and I could not agree more about the importance of Sisterhood. My favorite authors all seem to have this in common and I have to say I enjoy the relationships among the women just about as much as the hero/heroine plot lines. I count on several women in my life to be my support group as well as my husband and other family members. I think it is extremely vital to your overall mental health to have healthy, supportive relationships and friendships. Great post and I’m a definite fan of your books!

  • Sue G.

    Great post! I love how Nora Roberts has such great females too!