First Wednesday Giveaway – Lauren Dane’s Chaos Burning – Signed Copy

July 3, 2013 Contest 8

Congratulations Julie!!  You’ve won the copy of Chaos Burning!

I’ve decided I’m going to start a new monthly post in which I get to ramble a bit but I also do a bit of shelf cleaning and give away paper copies of books that I’ve either acquired as ARCs or as part of conventions and things I’ve done.  In most cases these will be romance books but with me you never know I could throw in other items that catch my interest.

For this first give away I wanted to give a lucky reader a chance to get their hands on a signed copy that Lauren Dane was nice enough to give me as we were leaving the RT Convention in Kansas City.  Mind you I ended up with stuff from quite a few people as I was heading out because I drove down so giving things to me meant they didn’t have to pack them but in Lauren’s case it was just her being incredibly generous and I have to give her massive kudos.  I loved meeting her and getting to see her interactions with other fans and authors.  I have to say that is part of why I enjoyed my time at RT so much and I cannot wait until next year in New Orleans.

The Book:



From the “always fabulous Lauren Dane”* comes her new novel of a treacherous family legacy, a temptation just as dangerous, and an evil so depraved it can only be spoken of in whispers…
The life of Lark Jaansen, hunter in Clan Gennessee, has been shaped by violence and unrest—and it defines her future. Well-trained and resilient, she’s met her militaristic match in Simon Leviathan, a warrior not of this world. Locked in mutual admiration, and a desire so hot it burns, Lark and Simon have something else in common: they love the dark, and as a shadow is cast over their world, they’re each coming into their own.

A mysterious war has been waged among the Others. As witches and humans turn against each other, as faes retreat in fear, and as vampires rise, Lark and Simon discover that an unseen force is behind it. A single, hungry entity older than recorded history has returned to gorge on the magick of his victims. He is the Magister, nothing less than the end of time. Finding him is Lark and Simon’s first hope. Surviving him is their last.


Now to make  you suffer a bit with having to answer a question for me to have a chance to win a signed paperback of this book:

My favorite thing to do in July is to go to my Aunt Marlene’s house in small town Underwood IA for the annual parade and “unofficial” family reunion.  You see every year my dad’s whole family gets together at a house with one tiny bathroom and enough room for maybe 10 people to sit in the entire place but we hang out in the few rooms and back yard to eat a ton of food.

Our normal menu includes:

Sloppy Joe (crockpot full that gets infusions of more meat every few hours)

Baked Beans

Deviled Eggs

Fried Chicken


Homemade blueberry pie

Pineapple Dump Cake

Macaroni Salad

Potato Salad

Misc Cakes



…  well I think you get the drift.  Food is refilled all through the day as family comes and goes as they enjoy the small town festival and fireworks.  Beer and other beverages are abundant. Also guaranteed to be there:

Uncle in white tank top with old man shorts, socks and slip-ons

Cousins and uncles playing horseshoes while getting drunk and bickering

Odds and ends people wandering through the house, grabbing food and after they leave everyone asking who was that again?

Kids running around with various food items spilled on them

Parent’s trying to wrangle said kids to clean them up

At least one Nascar shirt preferably with the beer belly hanging out from beneath said shirt


Yes it is an experience to behold this glory and serves to provide a prime example that rednecks are everywhere even though Frank isn’t allowed to call them rednecks….  I can cause they are family and I do adore them while inwardly cringing at times as I watch the scenes unfold in front of me.  They are great people who work hard, play hard and love even the odd cousin who barely got to spend time with them as I grew up.  I’m happy this has been happening since the mid-70s and even though this year has been canceled due to a family tragedy I cannot wait to see this eclectic group of people again next year.


So tell me…..  What family tradition do you look forward to every year?  I’m sure you have something that makes you smile every year even if it isn’t with a biological form of family but with your adopted group of friends or family.

Post your comment below to be entered to win the signed copy of Chaos Burning by Sunday July 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm CT.

8 Responses to “First Wednesday Giveaway – Lauren Dane’s Chaos Burning – Signed Copy”

  1. Priscilla Shine

    Nope, no tradition. I’m a picky vegetarian and it’s like pulling teeth to get me to go visit family for holidays. Also, the majority of them are into some really bad stuff, and I really just don’t want to be around them.
    So, yeah. No tradition. Wish I had one though! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth H.

    Don’t have a lot of family traditions anymore but during Christmas time, I love driving around and looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations while listening to Christmas music.

    Love this cover and the sexy tat!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  3. Evelyn

    There is one tradition that we have in our family and that is that we all seat down as a family for Thanksgiving the only holiday that we do this. The women in the family spend t he whole day cooking together. I love it.

  4. Robyn

    Our two traditions for the 4th of July don’t involve blood relatives – one is with our really large 4-H family which involves decorating the 4-H club’s float and riding in the Underwood, Iowa parade right past your Aunt’s house (maybe we need to stop there next year) while tossing candy, from the float, to the kids lined up in street. The other involves going to the neighbors (about 1/2-mile from our place) for bbq and fireworks. Since our neighbor has a techtronics license and July 4th is his birthday, his fireworks display is phenomenal!

  5. Viki S.

    We have a new tradition. A few years ago we started launching Chinese lanterns after dark. They’re so cool to watch floating and glowing as they cross the sky.

  6. Julie

    Most of our family traditions revolve around food, so you’ll usually find us at a seafood restaurant, taking up too many tables and gossiping.

  7. Rochelle

    We do our 4th of July fireworks with the neighbors across the street. Both families are home, our kids play and we pool our fireworks so we have a lot. This year was special because we found a kitten in the neighbor’s shed. She is 6 weeks old and was caught in their soccer net. She is black and white so we are calling her Oreo.

  8. Amy R

    Food is our tradition when we get together. Only my mom lives close, so there is no specific time we get together. When we get to see each other visits always revolve around what we are cooking or what places we want to eat.