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Winner of Hoppy Easter Giveaway

The winner of a signed copy of With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior is . . .

JENNIFER from Book Noise!
Congratulations, Jennifer and thank you to all 143 who entered.
I'm excited to announce I can now offer signed copies of my novels for sale in the U.S. and abroad on the Thoroughly Smitten blog.
Check it out HERE!

Darcia Helle: Review and Interview

Today I'm interviewing Darcia Helle, author of SIX novels! I had the pleasure of reading Enemies and Playmates, and here's my review from Goodreads:

“Wife Beater Meets His Match”

In this suspenseful and entertaining novel by Darcia Helle, Alex Covington is a powerful attorney who beats his wife and terrorizes his children (his college student daughter Lauren is the protagonist). When Alex tries to add private investigator Jesse Ryan to his corrupt payroll, he finally meets a man strong enough to challenge his vicious ways.

The story begins as Lauren’s friends drag her to a nightclub where she meets Jesse, and their mutual attraction is tangible. I liked how it was unclear if Jesse was one of her father’s minions at first. Then I really grew to love Jesse. He and Lauren are excellent characters.

Lauren has a younger brother Stephen, and his storyline is heartbreaking. Due to his father’s harsh criticism and bullying, Stephen has immersed himself in drugs. Lauren wants to help…

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

Once I saw this adorable Giveaway Hop button, I knew I had to join! Thanks to Kathy from I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Yara from Once Upon a Twilight for hosting the hop.

Since I am a reader AND a writer, I'm offering a signed print copy of one of my novels in The Conduct Series: With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior. It's the winner's choice.

I'll announce the winner Tuesday 4/26/11.

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!

Here are links to generate points on your entry form:

Twitter: JenLaneBooks
Goodreads: Add Friend Jennifer Lane
Goodreads: Add With Good Behavior to your TBR list
Goodreads: Add Bad Behavior to your TBR list
Facebook: Add Friend Jennifer Lane

This is the first time I'm using a google docs form. I'm so grateful to Parajunkee for her tutorial!

Thank you to EVERYONE for entering the giveaway. It is now over. Winner will be announced on Tuesday!

YA or A: What's Your Preference?

Greetings, followers! I have two questions for you today:

1) Do you prefer young adult or adult fiction?

2) What exactly is young adult fiction?

When Omnific Publishing released my first novel -- decidedly adult fare -- I suddenly heard all about Young Adult fiction. I think I might have even asked fellow author Susan Kaye Quinn "What is YA?" Ha ha. Sure, I'd read the Twilight saga, but back then I hadn't realized there was a specific category for this age group.

I now understand YA is typically for protagonists ages 14ish to 20ish. But what I'm still trying to grasp is how YA differs from Adult fiction. My confusion only increased when reading the very adult themes in The Hunger Games.

According to Wikipedia, plot, setting, and character are more marketable to young adults than elements like theme and style. At the same time, common themes of YA novels include the problems of youth, like identity, coming of age, drugs, family conflict, sexuality, and depression.

Where I Read

The lovely Yara from Once Upon a Twilight asked me to post about my favorite reading spots on her blog. Go check it out!

It's Friday! Have you heard this super annoying song? Dance with me.

Women Writing and God

I recently began reading the magnificent self-help book Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, which "…shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul--to the bright center of your life". The book is about how we use food to escape facing the pain in our lives. We eat mindlessly to push away awareness of the present.

I won't be discussing my relationship with food here because I'd need about ten posts or ten years to explore that quagmire. Even my cat has food issues.

What I would like to talk about is my relationship with writing. I find myself focusing too much on reviews and sales. I want to go beyond the critiques -- beyond the longing for acceptance -- beyond the doubts and insecurities -- to reach the "bright center" of writing.

Geneen Roth mentions the malaise we feel in the moment, longing for a change . . . the "When I Get Thin (Change Jobs, Move, Find a Relationship, Leave This Relationship, Have Mo…

The Coffee Aroma Draws You In

As I'm sipping my morning coffee (laced with flavored creamer of course), I invite you to mosey on over to Coffee Time Romance blogtoday (4-6-11) with twoposts. If you leave a comment on any of my posts, you can enter to win an ebook of With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior!

Healing Over

This week I’ll be talking about themes in my novels With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior. Today I discuss healing and Wednesday I’ll be at Coffee Time Romance covering redemption.

To me, it’s quite interesting to write characters that start off damaged and broken. I enjoy torturing them further throughout the novel (*shrugs* I’m sick that way), but the end goal is always the same: healing.

Grant Madsen is a survivor of child abuse, and has the low self-worth to prove it. His conviction for aggravated robbery and subsequent prison sentence only serve to reduce his abysmally low self-esteem. Released on parole, he’s now supposed to find the confidence to rebuild his life. Good luck with that!

Sophie Taylor had a more stable childhood but is now dealing with broken family bonds due to her mother’s death and her father’s estrangement. She’s fiercely independent after putting herself through ten years of school to become a psychologist, yet she yearns for connection, especially with men. Sh…

Hawken's Heart by Suzanne Brockmann Review

Happy Friday!
In 2011 I'm participating in a Men in Uniform Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen's Blog and a Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge hosted by Nitty Gritty Blog. It's surprising how few romantic suspense novels I've read given that I write in that genre, and I always swoon over men in uniform. Thank you to my goodreads pals for introducing me to some great books to try, like Hawken's Heart by Suzanne Brockmann.

Here's my 5 star review:

Thanks to Buggy for recommending this book! This was my first foray into Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall Dark & Dangerous series, and it certainly won't be my last. (The cool thing is that "Harvard's Education", which I think is #5 in the series, also came in the ebook package I bought for my Nook). When Buggy mentioned that a hot uniformed man was imprisoned for murdering his commander, I knew this book was right up my alley!

Some things I really enjoyed:

* Nell's character. She had a softness abou…