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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