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Dana Lorraine: Dying to Love Her
Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I’m Dana Lorraine, writer of dirty words and sexy men. Thank you to the wonderfully talented Delilah Devlin for hosting me on her blog today. I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate the release of my paranormal erotic ménage, Dying to Love Her!

So I always liked to write. When I was in high school I wrote for the school paper and never shied away from an essay contest. In college I didn’t cringe (too much) when a lengthy term paper was assigned, but it wasn’t until I started writing book reviews that I realized what I wanted to do was write stories.

I’m an avid reader when I have the time. Sadly, there hasn’t been much reading as of late but I always find a spare moment for my favorite authors and series (J.R. Ward and R.G. Alexander…I’m waiting).

Before I started writing I would read four to five novels a month plus shorter stories. I used my check from Barnes & Noble to pay for my addiction and when they became popular I bought a Kindle (before the Nook was created) so I could feed my habit anywhere and anytime of the day.

Those books I loved I had to tell the world about so I started writing reviews. A few sentences were never enough for me. I had to pen witty paragraphs. I didn’t have an interest in leaving a review that wasn’t well written or anything but glowing…that is until I started writing romance myself.

It’s not that my reviews became negative but when I didn’t connect with a story I now knew why. If I got bored it was because there was too much passive voice. If the sex scenes fell flat it was because they were all tell and no show. So I started leaving reviews that were more like the critiques I would give to my critique partner.

Then I finished Dying to Love Her and it got published by Ellora’s Cave, *insert the most awesome booty-shaking happy dance here*and I stopped writing reviews—for the most part. If you’re one of my favorite authors I want to show the love and I’ll leave a review but otherwise I shy away.

Now I know how much work goes into writing a book and what a personal experience it is. I’m not as quick to judge an author’s choices unless asked to critique for them personally and then I’ll be brutal with my opinion. And I’d hope my critique partner would do the same for me because I’d much rather see those critical opinions before the book gets published. LOL!

I’m still a fan of reviews although I rarely use them as a way to select books. I’m a go with your gut kind of reader. If your blurb and cover catches my attention, I’m sold. I’m a little different—I like to read reviews after I’ve read the book to see if readers share the same opinions as me (kinda like a book club but without the food and wine).

Recently, I read a blog post by a very talented writer who said she didn’t read book reviews (really not one?) because they are meant for readers and not writers. I don’t think that’s true at all. Every time I wrote a review I wrote it with the author in mind. I think authors who don’t at least take a peek at their reviews every once in a while are missing out on an opportunity to receive some very constructive feedback and hopefully a few five stars. Because in the end, don’t we write the book for the reader and if we don’t take the reader’s experience into account aren’t we missing the whole point?


When Melanie Woodson joins Empriva Fitness she expects to lose weight, not gain two sexy vampire personal trainers. With an exercise regimen that includes passionate horizontal workouts, fat-burning orgasms and lusty words of encouragement, she’s in serious danger of forgetting their relationship is based on a business agreement and not mutual attraction.

Alec Kosta and Rook Abernathy, best friends and owners of Empriva, have waited over a century for the right lifemate to come along. Now that they’ve found Melanie, with her endless curves and quick wit, they’re ready to give up countless lifetimes to spend just one with her.

But time isn’t on their side—they’ve tasted her blood and now mere days are all they have to convince her their love is real or risk losing their chance to be with her forever.

A Romantica® paranormal ménage erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave


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8 comments to “Dana Lorraine: Dying to Love Her”

  1. Enikö
    · January 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am · Link

    Hello Dana!
    Loved the post. I do not go by reviews either, I know how subjective they are. I write them myself for the books I liked. I’ve seen quite a few with 5 stars and after reading it I was like REALLY? Did we read the same book because this would get maybe a 2 from me.

    Loved the video and the story sounds really interesting, the cover is so yummy, will add to my TBR list.

  2. Dana Lorraine
    · January 9th, 2014 at 11:56 am · Link

    Thanks Eniko for stopping by and reading my post. Glad you liked the trailer. It was so much fun to make. Happy Reading…Dana Lorraine

  3. Michelle - Snarky Mom
    · January 9th, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Hmmmm…. where is this gym again? I’d like to sign up for THAT fitness regimen…

  4. Michelle - Snarky Mom
    · January 9th, 2014 at 4:24 pm · Link

    BTW – I have to admit to checking out reviews when trying to decide on a new author/book. I also try to make sure I write a review for everything I read, but quite frankly, it just takes too much time! I also try to keep the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” adage in mind, but if there is something that REALLY bothers me about a book, I do make sure to point it out. It may be a hard line for another reader. I also try to always keep in mind that the author is a person, just like me, with feelings – so I’m never comfortable with people who write reviews and rip into the author. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m a reviewer that hands out five stars like candy! I realize my philosophies aren’t always the norm, but I always feel that if I don’t leave your book frantically looking around to see what else you have to offer, then, eh. Not worth 5 stars. Harsh??

  5. Dana Lorraine
    · January 9th, 2014 at 7:15 pm · Link

    Michelle…You’re not harsh at all. I agree…5 stars are for books I’m crazy about, the kind of book I hurry and tell my friends they must buy. I have to admit I also like reviewers who include their rating system. Many authors cringe at a 3 star review but I know plenty of reviewers that consider this a good review.

    And nothing wrong with pointing out what you think are shortfalls of a book but I must say, especially on Goodreads, I’ve read some very personally nasty reviews where authors are called morons and other not so nice things. Can’t stand that at all!

    Thanks for the comment…Dana Lorraine

    Thanks for stopping by…Dana Lorraine

  6. ronnie c
    · January 10th, 2014 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I love the premise of this book so going over to Amazon to check it out!!! 😉

  7. Mary Marvella
    · January 11th, 2014 at 6:52 am · Link

    You naughty girl! Thanks!

  8. ronnie c
    · January 11th, 2014 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Woo hoo…I love dirty words and sexy men, I’ll have to go to Amazon and check you out!!! 😉

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