04 January 2010

Beefcake Preview Club Night: Brody

~purchase a copy~
~website author~
~excerpt Coming Undone~
~Leontine's Book Realm review~

Berkley Heat
ISBN: 978-0425232705
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance: Related to Laid Bare
Length: Novel
Release Date: JANUARY 5, 2010

Cover Summary:

Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents’ death, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a nice living, and for the first time in years he’s on his own.

Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina—(and just as many years in a marriage-gone-bad)—she’s looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.

More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need—wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need—to what they truly desire.

Brody, humor me for a moment. If I were to ask you to describe yourself – your personality and physique - for a woman, what would you tell her?

Brody: Of course the first thing I would tell her is that I’m taken and my lady might look small, but she’s totally capable of kicking ass. *glances at Elise, who raises a brow and then smiles*

I’m a tall guy, so I can get things off shelves. Dark hair and eyes. I know what to do with my hands and mouth, also something I’m told is a popular trait. *wicked grin* I do okay, or I did okay. I don’t talk a lot unless something needs to be said. I don’t know, I guess I’m handsome. (He grins)

Elise: Sighs – Oh for heaven’s sake! He’s tall dark and handsome. Add the motorcycle and the tattoos and that’s pretty much a combo for irresistible, isn’t it? Broad shouldered in that way that makes a woman sort of breathless. He keeps his hair pretty short, but when it gets shaggy, like right before he gets it cut, it’s got the sweetest curls. Thick, dark, great to run your fingers through. Serious eyes, sexy though. Tattoos, but not too many. Muscles, flat belly, thick thighs. He does know what to do with all parts of himself and me. He cares about his family, he’s good to our daughter, he’s a decent, caring, intelligent man, what else could be more hot than that?

• Brody, many women are eager to know; how did you end up being a tattoo artist?

I’d been accepted to design school when my parents were killed in a car accident. I have two younger siblings and they needed me so I put off school and got a few jobs to make ends meet. One of them was in a tattoo shop where I started out sweeping floors. The owner took me under his wing and I began to apprentice to him. I found that I loved tattooing and never really looked back at design school again. I own the shop now.

• Do you also design the tattoos?

Sure, if that’s what a client wants. Design is one of my favorite parts of the gig. But sometimes they have their own ideas and designs and I work with them to execute it the way they want.

• What is the strangest or funniest request you ever received to tattoo on a person?

*laughs* Well, I try not to judge. People have all sorts of ideas for tats. I’ve done lots of cover ups of failed romance names. I’ve added “sucks” or “I hate” in front of ex girlfriend names. I don’t do portrait work, but one of my artists did a tattoo of Judge Judy on a guy’s calf. I try to gently remind people that ink is pretty much forever, or very painful and expensive to remove.

• How do you creatively challenge yourself as an artist?

I try to keep active in the community. I’ve worked out of other shops in trade for their artists working at mine. I take courses on design. Travel helps me a lot. Every time I go somewhere I learn something, see something from a new angle. I believe in mentoring, so I have protégés and I have my own mentors too.

• What would Adrian and Erin tell us about Brody the man and Brody the brother?

I hope they’d say I did the best I could and always put them first when they were growing up. Adrian is a good man, steadfast, committed to his art. That’s not really about me, but I’ll gladly say how proud of him I am. And Erin, she’s gone through more than any one person ever should have to and she’s moved past it, has become her own person while staying connected to those she loves. Again, not my doing, they were born good people, but I’m proud of them.

Elise: They’d say Brody has always been there for them, has supported them, cheered them on and kicked their butts when they needed it. They’d tell you he’s absolutely responsible for their success today.

Brody: *blushes* hush, I just made sure they had what they needed.

Elise: Pffft. You’ve been their mom and their dad and they love you for it. No harm in saying so.

• If you have one, what is your favorite romantic setting?

Anything with Elise in it. The less clothing she has on the better. (grins). I like taking her for a ride on the bike, nothing but the sunset and the road and her arms around my body.

• What do you consider your personal pros and cons?

Pro: I work hard. I keep my word. I take care of my people.

Con: I’m grouchy. I don’t take any crap. I could eat pizza seven days a week.

• What do you prefer, a car or a motor cycle?

I love my bike of course, but I’m a family man now and end up in the SUV more than I used to. (smiles). I prefer being with my favorite girls and that’s most possible in a car. With a new baby on the way in the family, it’ll be even better to have the extra car seat space.

• How and where do you prefer to sleep?

As long as there’s a lock on the door, naked next to Elise in our own bed.

• Do you read and if so, what is the last book you’ve read?

I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read, but Rennie and I are reading Rick Riordan’s Olympian series together. I also finished Richard K. Morgan’s Thirteen recently. Loved it.

• What music do you listen to if you want to unwind from the day?

Right now I’m digging Kings of Leon, The National, Muse, Metric, of course old Mud Bay and Adrian Brown.

• What is the one thing in a woman that instantly grabs your attention?

Some women just have it. Whatever it is, they own it. Elise doesn’t even know it, but when she walks into a room, you have to look at her. That’s sexy. Being your own person is sexy.

• Who can wake you up in the middle of the night for…?

*laughs* That’s why we have a lock on our door and I keep her naked in bed. *waggles brows* I love sleep, especially now that I’m a dad and all, but I’m always game for being woken up by my lovely lady.

• One thing you want to have done before your 50th birthday?

Once everyone is doing having babies and being on tour, I want for all the siblings and their families to take a trip to Italy together.

Word Game:

Brody, if I say one word what is your gut reaction?

• Winter – tight sweaters

• Red – blood

• Music – necessary

• Tattooing – life

• Night – quiet

• Shower – long and very hot

Wooing the ladies with an excerpt:
Elise managed to hold off fanning her face until she’d shut the door and locked it…and sneaked another look at a man who looked damn fine from the back. He’d startled her, but she’d learned enough from the neighbors to know he wasn’t a man prone to violence or harm.

On the ground as he’d been the weekend before, or in the distance, he hadn’t seemed so huge. But christamighty, he was gigantic. For a moment when he’d first reached her, he’d towered over her. Fear had washed through her, evoking that fight or flight response and it had been a hard-fought moment to get herself back under control.

He must have sensed something because he stepped back, not quickly and not really slowly. But he gave her space and it allowed her to breathe again. And that’s when she really began to see him.

He was…well there wasn’t any other man she could compare him to really. His hair was close-cropped, but tousled. If it had been longer she’d have bet he’d have thick curls. Dark as night. The neatly trimmed goatee and mustache worked for him, framed a mouth she was quite convinced would deliver some devastating goodness. He wasn’t going to hurt her, she knew that much.

No, she was threatened on a whole different level. Like a sensory bomb had gone off as she’d stood there, resisting the urge to rub herself on him. So alluring, this man. His voice, oh good lord, his voice was like suede. Deep and rough/soft. When he wasn’t on the ground out of it and bloody, he was hot. Up close, he was…a bit overwhelming. More than handsome— he was too hard edged to be handsome—he was compelling, magnetic.

I will give away one copy of COMING UNDONE, shipped by bookdepository.com. All you hvae to do is leave a way for me to contact you, either in your comment or via your blog profile.

As we like to toast to the New Year with all you ladies, we've come up with a few chapgne cocktails.

A Goodnight Kiss:
1 drop Angostura Bitters

1 sugar cube
1 splash Campari

1 shot Applejack

1 shot brandy
1/4 shot triple sec
1/4 shot lemon juice

and a classic of our own Passion:
1/2 cup strawberry
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon sugar
8 ounces champagne

Have fun ladies...

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  1. OMGosh, I am here first!!!! Whew! Hot damn this is one hot man!!! Seeing that he is very much taken... **Wiggles my butt on the bar stool, Tristan honey... long time... Wicked smile... What you got for me honey**

    I am so excited to say that Elaing pushed me to get Laid Bar this weekend, so I can hardly want for Coming Undone! Great job Leontine!!!

    **Tristan... honey...**

  2. Oh crap... I know you know how to find me... But I want to make sure my chances of winning this delicious books are good...

    Okay... now on to the party..
    ***looks for Elaing***
    Come'on honey... Where are the other boys... Looks around... Hummm wonder what kind of trouble I can get myself into... **Tristan**

  3. I'm here**Sits beside Cecile**
    What to drink? Well I don't want a Goodnight Kiss cause I'm not going anywhere..LOL(I'll get one of those at the end of the night**Looks over at Tristan) :)

    Tristan,love**wink** I'll have a Passion.

    Brody is one hot man,Elise is a very lucky woman and I can't wait to read Coming Undone.

    Elise will you let us dance with Brody? :) and you can join us ladies up on the bar later.You two have no idea whats in store for you tonight :D

    I wonder if Sam has recooperated from the last Beefcake Night..lol.

    Aidan,turn the music on

    **sips drink**

    No need to enter me for the book,I'm eagarly awaiting my copy.

    **swaying to music** Another drink Tristan.......don't look at me like that,I enjoy your drinks :),so what if they don't last long and I get tipsy fast..you didn't mind the last Beefcake Preview Night**wink**

  4. Been hearing some great things about this book. Lauren's book are such winners and great overall reads.

  5. Leontine I'm counting down minutes/hours till my Coming Undone arrives in the mail! I heart me some Brody!!!

  6. I loved reading this interview and would love to try a Passion. I'm quite intrigued as to why tattooing brought to mind the word life, though.

    sarah [dot] keery [at] googlemail [dot] com

  7. I have been waiting for this book forever! I would love to win a copy! Please count me in :)

    izzyabbysmom2006 at gmail dot com


  8. I would love to win this book. It looks interesting!


  9. I can't wait to read Brody's story. What a great brother!


  10. @Cecile - YAY isn't Laid Bare rowr and Coming Undone is yowzers = a very good time reading LOL And hon, I always know where to find you *wink*

    @Elaing8 - You should see Elise dance, now that is one woman who knows her moves 0-0 And we're so going to do a Coyote Ugly tonight! You never know, I might catch the attention of Adrian or hubba hubba Cope :)

    @KB - I so ditto you, I haven't read a Luaren Dane that has let me down, she always delivers the goods and then some for me :)

    @Smokinhotbooks - Can I set next to you and have hearts floating around my head in shining in my eyes when it comes to Brody?

    @Sarah - Hhmmmm good question Sarah. Perhaps because it fulfills a certain part of him that he can't do without?

    @ErinT - I'm dropping your name in the hat!

    @Spav - Oh it is so much more than interesting, I hope you get to find out Spav. I'm glad you dropped by :0

  11. Gals I'm making Passions and will do my very first round to supply you all with some bubblies *wink*

    Elaing8 - Come sit here, where have you been during the holiday's, I know you and Cecile, you've been up to mischief...

    Cecile - What did I hear, you had somebody else's hands on that body of yours? Giving you a massage and....stuff.

  12. Happy New Year everyone *throws confetti* I actually talked to brody about getting my first tattoo, we're still discussing the design!

  13. OHHHH YESsssss! I just want me some Brody. He's the perfect dad for your kids and the perfect man in your bed. nomnomnomnomnom I just might have to reread this when i get my print copy.

    Ugh i'm suppose to do my homework but noooooooo, now i'm stuck here thinking about Brody's Body lol *drools* Hehe at least now i'm warm enough to fight the cold outside. ;)

  14. *giving Tristan a helping hand with the Passions*

    *Eyes new commer Sarah and gives her a smile*

    Sam, I got some ink work done in the past on my right shoulder/arm. Brody does awesome stuff, did you see the ink on Elise, very intricate, high quality work!

  15. I lurve a man that sleeps naked ;)

  16. Reading this has only spiked up my craving for COMING UNDONE. I really hope it gets here this week!

    Oh, don't enter me in the giveaway Leontine! As I have a copy on its way to me.

  17. **sits by Tristan,blushes**
    Ok I think I will have another drink ;) but I think this time I'll try an Ambrosia.

    Oh I was hoping maybe Adrian and Cope would show up**fingers crossed** they are so hawt
    **looks at Tristan**You're hotter cutey and you know it**wink

    Sam I can't wait to hear what tattoo you decide on,where you gonna put it**wink**

    **sips drink**

    pattepoilue homework? pffff forget about it!!! Come dance with us girls**grabs hand and goes to dance floor**

  18. Elaing!! There is my party girl... Girl, I am on number three already... Tristan is something else when it comes to those passions! The man sure has a way with his... ummm.. Tristan did you not mention that you needed some help back in the stock room... humm... Someone else hands were on me... but it was a woman... Hum.. that does not sound right.. Wait a minute... I was waiting for you... but they sent her instead... So, how about you show me what you got honey... **evil grin.. it is the new year..**

    All this alpha talk here is making me weak in my knees..

    Elise is a very lucky lady to have the devotion of a man like Brody!

    Is is Coyote Ugly time... My feet are ready for some dancing...

  19. **slurps last of drink**

    Coyote Ugly time? I'm in!!!

    Tristan I'm empty**pouts** another drink

  20. @Bells - I do not have brotherly feelings for Brody but yeah, he is an awesome brother :)

    @Patteppoilue - What a way to stay warm *rowr* It's freezing here to like, minus 15 degrees or something, lots of erotica reads when I'm in bed. Makes me all glowy and warm rofl

    @Mandi - You too! The image of Brody stretching himself burns on my retina ;)

    @Pearl - I'm so crossing my fingers for you, we needs to talk some more Brody.

    @Cecile & Elinag8 - I love me those bubblies too, I so want a second Passion.

    @Sam - I would really like a dragon or some celtic tribal work done on your arm/shoulder. In color, I so dig the colors.

  21. Mmmm-mmm...love a man with tattoos! Can't wait to get to know Brody better and meet Elise!

  22. *making Elaing8 an Ambrosia*

    I think it will be on my back/shoulder...I think.

    @Leontine - dragon or celtic tribal tattoo might be in the realm of possibilites *ponder on that for a while*

    @Cecile - If you go weak in the knees I'm more than willing to carry you anywhere!

  23. I'm all for the Coyote Ugly time and I want a Passion too!

    I'm so swooning at the moment! I so hope for me post(wo)man that she brings my book tomorrow or she has to suffer!
    Sounds so good!
    I definitely need more alcohol to brighten the waiting time!

    So loved this interview!
    *cheers to the girls*

  24. **climbs up on bar** ok Cecile,Leontine,pattepoilue and Susi get on up here..anyone else joining us?

    Bend down at Adian,**speak in his ear**I need another drink :) I'll have a Passions.

    crank the music Sam

    whoa,these drink are hitting the spot,feeling good ;)

  25. Psst - Leontine - Cope has a Chinese dragon on his back.

    Thanks for having Brody, then again, he likes to be had, LOL.

  26. OMG, I freakin' love Brody!! *sigh*

  27. Hello ladies, I would love a glass of the Passion cocktail while I day dream about Brody.

    Lauren's stories are such a treat to read. She combines a sexy romance with characters that you love from the first page, who give us that great sense of family that hits you in your heart.

    Can't wait to read this story.


  28. Heya everybody,

    *sits down at bar looking Tristan with a begging look for a goodnight kiss*

    Can't wait to meet Brody and Elise though I have to admit Adrian 'feels' like my kinda man ;-).


  29. @Lauren Dane - You just had to drop that little tantalizing bomb on my didn't you. Cope, Cope, were art thou...I wants to take a look at your back *sighs* And love having Brody over!

  30. @Patti - I hope you get to know Brody and Elise intimately soon :)

    Warning!! @Susi Sunshine is going Coyote Ugly, who wants to join in??

    Susi Sunshine - I will send Aidan to you for providing some much needed alcohol.

    @Elaing8 - If you're all going Coyote Ugly you do know that there are no bra's allowed, do you? Freeeeeeeedom!

    @Fiction Vixen - Can I shout me love for Brody with you *I HEART Brody sooo much*

    @CathyM - Right on my fellow LD reader! And sweet dreams Cathy, I'll send you Sam for a Passion.

    @Natascha - Hey hon, (((hugs))) thanks for dropping by and I don't think, I KNOW Adrian is your kind a guy, all music babe!

  31. *makes more Passion cocktails and creates a very special Goodnight's Kiss*

    Ashleagh, babe, you know I love it when you drop by and show me some love *wink*

    Let's toast to an incredible 2010 and then I want you to shake your booty on the dance floor. Perhaps howl along with a Robbie Williams song.

  32. Wow, Brody sounds like a dream! And even though I'm scared to death of getting a tattoo I'd use it as an excuse to get near the hotness. Even though he's a happily married man, a girl can still look.

    And since we're about ready to get hit with a blizzard again, can you make a hot toddy just for me?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  33. Tristan hun you're making me blush here. Don't tell me you have a karaoke machine, cause I will howl at the top of my lungs!!! Especially after a sip of smootchies ;-).

    @Leontine oh no don't say that! I needs to gets me hands on these books!

  34. @Joder - Brody is very kind, will not give it to you unless you're completely sure of it ;) But you can start small *grin*

    *looks over at Tristan...hot toddy??*

    @natascha - Hon your shelf isn't complete if there isn't an Lauren Dane present, if you don't have her on your shelf before your birthday expect a novel among the pressies *grin*

  35. OMG I would love to have a piece of Brody... He likes to be had, huh? *sigh*

  36. I know how to make a hot toddy...with honey, tea, brandy and lemon, will that do Joder *smile*

    You need to keep youself warm, a blizzard you say...Leontine says reading Coming Undone will keep you toasty allong with the hot toddy.

  37. Look at Cecile, Elaing8, Susi Sunshine and Pattepoilue dance their booties off on the bar. You go babes!! Come down after this song and I'll make you something to drink *grin*

  38. **fans self** phew its getting hot in here.Or is it the drinks**shrugs shoulders**
    I would like another drink..but what to have**evil grin** Body Shots!!!!
    Tristan,Aidan,Sam you game? I don't think Elise will allow Brody to participate :)

    Naughty Leontine,no bras? errr,OK**shucks the bra** just for the coyote ugly dancing,The puppies need to be reined back in for the dance floor :)

    So boys I'm waiting for you? :D

  39. Happy New Year to all : ) Wow, the Tattoo Artist and the Ballerina! A wicked new twist on true romance. I love it!

    Please enter my name in the drawing.

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  40. Oyh I feel so my own haircolor!!! Happy 2010 to y'all as well. May all your hopes and dreams and ofcourse the newyearsresolution come to fruition. Hoping you will all stay happy and healthy!

    I'm heading offline for some wicked dreaming. Seeing you all again soon!

    Natascha aka Ashleagh

  41. I would love that Goodnight Kiss now, cos I'm off to bed (it's past midnight overhere) ;) Could you give me one, Aidan? Please?

  42. brodie sounds hawt!! and a tattoo artist also... damn! sounds like coming undone is gonna be a good one!

  43. I hope I'm not too late to join the party?

    Happy New Years, everyone!

    Brody sounds hot and so does this book!

    Love the drink ideas and I've heard great things about Lauren's books!

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  45. Um, I'd like to read about this man now. *A*

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  46. @elaing8 - You go girl!

    @VirginiaC - The tattoo artist and the ballerina do is soooooo good together :) I've entered you for the contest.

    @Ashleagh - Hope you've had yourself some very wicked dreams to warm you up on this winter cold night!

    @Chelleyreads - Oh it is sooo good. Hope you get to read this story soon.

    @Razlover - You are never late to a party :D

    @Julie - Glad you enjoyed yourself with Brody ;)

  47. @Elaing8 - I'm going to teach myself some new bodyshot flavors for next Beefcake night. So we can *erm* yeah shrug off the shirts and give it to you ladies the way it is meant to be *wink*

  48. @Janna - Making you your very special Goodnight Kiss *grin* Enjoy it babe!

  49. Hi Leontine!
    you know how to make a party *lookingaround* and you have gorgeous guests here ;)
    can't wait to get my hands on Coming Undone *sigh*
    have a great day!

  50. *sigh* thanks, Aidan sweetie! Are you about done here? *wiggles eyebrows* Let me take you home than :)

  51. Oh boys, you sure do know how to tempt a woman... And make her hot!

    **Sam honey... you were saying something about if I got weak in the knees... You will carry me anywhere.. Does that include your place...**

    Tristan... we can work on teaching you how to correctly administer a body shot... Ummm... just come see me...

    Oh did you think I was trying to be a good girl today... said with an evil gleam in my eye and a wicked smile on my face!!!!

  52. I'm new to this author - but the books sounds like a great read. The interview with Brody was fun. Thanks for the contest.


  53. Awesome interview! I love all of Lauren Dane's books!

    lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

  54. Loved the interview. A sexy husband and dad, what could be better? I'd love this book. erom13@gmail.com

  55. Tristan,you bad boy,just as I like you **wink**
    I'll be keeping you to your word :)

    Now Cecile don't be faking any weak knees moments,Sam's a busy guy ;)

    I'm virtually sober**how'd that happen** Aidan,Sam or Tristan :) can 1 of you please make me a drink..Oh even better each one of you can give me a goodnight kiss....errr**blushes** I mean make me a goodnight kiss ;)

  56. Love a man that knows what to do with his hands and mouth very good trait ;) and a family man too!! I can't wait for more of Brody and to get to know Elise! Did I read right Cope has a dragon on his back *sighs*

  57. Have been wanting this book for a while, so thanks for giving a copy away :-) TezMillerOz at gmail dot com

  58. What a great interview, Brody! It's very fun to get to meet characters better this way--thanks for taking the time to give us a peek! And Lauren, huge congrats on release day!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  59. @elaing8 Mouahahah alright *throws homework in the air* I'm ready to dance ;)

    Ohhhh Cope has a chinese Dragon tattoo on his back? *wipes drool* When is November again? argh Lauren Dan you are Evil...now i can't stop picturing his back...nomnomnomnom

    Ohh Leontine we're not yet nearing THAT cold here....it's been around -11°c this week, if it keeps that way i'm gonna need a HUGE pile of erotica to stay warm lol...and cocktails *g*

  60. whoa! great blog


  61. Oh my-I hope I'm not too late to join the party-that was a great interview with Brody and Elise. Can I just say that Elise is my very favorite girl's name, and I think Brody just became my favorite boy's name-LOL. I want this book bad! Thanks for the giveaway.

  62. gret great interviw
    love laid bare so much
    please enter me thanks
    great reviews

    kim h

  63. sorry please except this is my emial

    kim h

  64. Great interview. I so want to read this book. Love that cover. :)



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