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Friday, March 6, 2015

Promo Tour -- The Redemption by Lauren Rowe


The Redemption 
by Lauren Rowe 


Title:   The Redemption (The Club Series Book #3)
Author:   Lauren Rowe
Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Day:   February 9, 2015

“There’s never been a love like ours and there never will be again. We’re the greatest love story ever told. Our love is so pure and true, we’re the amazement of the gods.”

In the final, heart-racing installment of THE CLUB TRILOGY, Jonas Faraday continues his quest to overcome his demons. Is he fated for a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy—or will he finally find his redemption?

**Contains graphic adult content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

Title:   The Club (The Club Series Book #1)
Author:   Lauren Rowe
Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Day:   January 5, 2015

When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.

Sarah: “When I read Jonas Faraday’s brutally honest personal message on his application to The Club—I practically climaxed at my desk. I’m an idiot to risk losing my job but I couldn’t resist contacting him. I knew my confession would be like dangling an irresistible carrot in front of his nose—but never in a million years did I think he’d actually hunt me down.”

Jonas: “I was shocked to get my intake agent’s email—I’d attached that note to my application on a whim, never expecting a reply from an actual person, let alone a reply as mind blowing as that. Her message was so alluring, so irresistible, I’ve been spiraling into a full-blown obsession ever since I got it. What’s her name? What does she look like? Finding her is my top priority.”

In The Club, what starts out as an innocent exploration of attraction quickly spirals into a steamy story of unbridled passion, obsession, heartbreak, and, ultimately, redemption

iBooks Link:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-club/id948436520?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lNFU

Title:   The Reclamation (The Club Series Book #2)
Author:   Lauren Rowe
Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Day:   January 26, 2015

Jonas and Sarah’s addictive love story picks up right where the first book left off, hurtling to a heart-stopping conclusion that will leave readers breathless and screaming for the unforgettable final installment of The Club Trilogy.

Sarah: “My entire life has spiraled into chaos—and yet, all I can think about is my raging, thumping, insatiable addiction to Jonas’ magical touch. He’s unleashed an all-consuming hunger inside me that can only be satisfied when Jonas finally surrenders to me the same way I’ve surrendered to him—mind, body and soul.”

iBooks Preorder Link:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-reclamation/id957010292?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lNFU

Praise for The Club Trilogy:

"OMG if there is one book you MUST read right now, it is The Club by Lauren Rowe. This is a 3 book series. And yes, they are all going to be about Jonas and Sarah. Their AMAZING chemistry and ‘wild monkey sex.’ . . . Eep!! Sign me up!” Five Stars, Amazon review of THE CLUB (The Club Trilogy Book 1) by Lauren Rowe

“Sorry Christian Grey, I'm now on Team Jonas! Smart, funny, I couldn't put it down! The characters are real. And the erotica is well, erm, hot.” –5 Stars, Amazon Reviewer of THE CLUB (The Club Trilogy Book 1) by Lauren Rowe


“This series is the 'Divine Original' of awesome-ness! The Reclamation is a masterful continuation of The Club trilogy. . . . I promise, by the time you finish reading this book, you'll have laughed, cried, and gritted your teeth, right along with these clever characters! You'll snort and paw the ground and scream, ‘When can I read the next book?!?!?!’, and curse the Gods of literature for denying you one second of relief from the agonizing anticipation! In a word? Transcendent!” – Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE RECLAMATION (The Club Trilogy Book 2) by Lauren Rowe

“. . .beautifully written, just rips your heart out cuts it up and then pours that acid spit from Alien on it. . . . But honestly I have to say that #2 is better than the first one. She set a bar with how amazing part one was and just knocked it out of the stratosphere this time. . . .” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE RECLAMATION (The Club Trilogy Book 2) by Lauren Rowe

“The emotional journey that Jonas and Sarah are continuing still has to be one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful things that I have read. . . . I anticipate part 3 will draw this story to a magnificent end where hopefully Jonas and Sarah get that happy ride off into the sunset ending that they both so very very much deserve.” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE RECLAMATION (The Club Trilogy Book 2) by Lauren Rowe


“This is by far my favorite of the series and I'll tell ya Lauren doesn't disappoint!! It's a beautiful conclusion to the BEST love story I've read in a LONG time!! I loved going on their journey and I believe you will too!! I'm definitely on the Jonas Faraday train!!” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE REDEMPTION (The Club Trilogy Book 3) by Lauren Rowe

“This series has been such an outstanding journey; I've loved it from beginning to end! The saga of Sarah and Jonas is equally perilous and wonderful! This trilogy finale is so good, I couldn't put it down for even a second! The feelings that this author manages to evoke are epic! Bring a box of tissues (and a fresh pair of panties) when you delve into this one! I cried, I laughed, I freaked out, I wondered...” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE REDEMPTION (The Club Trilogy Book 3) by Lauren Rowe

“Thank you Lauren Rowe for the BEST trilogy I’ve ever read!!!” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE REDEMPTION (The Club Trilogy Book 3) by Lauren Rowe

“This has to be one of the most satisfying endings for a book series that I have read in a while. The best really was saved for last in this case. It was hit straight out of the park.” Five Stars, Goodreads review of THE REDEMPTION (The Club Trilogy Book 3) by Lauren Rowe

Fun Facts about the Author

What inspired you to write The Club Series?

To this day, everyone I know still talks about FSOG as a life-changing trilogy. When I asked people what for them made such a deep and lasting impression, they always always always say “the love story.” And they always said that they haven’t found anything to rival that love story. That got me thinking how much I wanted to write a love story that became one of those “standards” that people always put on their list of favorites. It was a tall order, and I really didn’t have my ideas completely firmed up yet, but I knew that was my goal, anyway: To write an epic love story.  Then I read a book that started with a certain premise and I was like so excited about it, but by page 10 it veered in a totally different direction than I was expecting (and, frankly, from what I was hoping for). It wasn’t at all the book I’d imagined it was going to be. So suddenly, those two ideas really coalesced for me—I wanted to write an epic love story AND take that premise I’d hoped for and make it a reality. But when I write, I don’t outline or anything like that, I’m along for the ride like anyone else. So by the time I was at say chapter 4 of The Club, I was off on a wild ride and those initial ideas were just vague inspiration giving way to the story the characters started telling for me.

Top 5 things you didn’t know about becoming a published author:

I didn’t know I’d make real and genuine friends with readers like this. People message me and support me and take me into their hearts and lives in a way I didn’t anticipate. It’s lovely.

5 Reasons to love my main characters:

They are flawed. They’re doing the best they can, just like you and me. And they crave love above all else. That’s enough for me to love just about anyone.

5 facts about the Club Series:

1.     I wrote all three books back to back without stopping so I could release all three at once (with a few weeks stagger in between releases just to allow for promotion). For an impatient woman like me, it was torture. But it was also amazing to be so immersed for so long in this world and with my characters. Particularly Jonas. I liked hanging out with Jonas all by myself for so long.
2.     I love all three books, but Book 3 is my personal favorite.
3.     I cried buckets writing books 2 and 3.
4.     I’ve had A LOT of sex with my husband while writing these books. During the months I wrote the books, he often said “Please please please never stop writing in this genre.”
5.     I don’t know what genre it is. I’m serious. We have to label it for marketing and to let readers know what they’re getting into. Surely, it’s a “romance.” And it’s definitely suspenseful. And erotic. But what exactly is it? I’m not sure. But I love it!

How do you make your characters believable

I just become them and then I write the truth. I don’t think about anything but telling the truth, always. And that’s why, sometimes, I have a plan for a scene, and the characters won’t do it. They’re like “I would NEVER do that. Fuck you. I’m not doing it.” And then I go, “Come one, you have to There’s not way I can get to this other plot point if you don’t’ do this. Come on. Trust me. It’ll be fun!” And then the character says, “Fuck you.” And I say, “That’s so rude. I made you and I can send you back to the ethers, too, buddy.” And then they go, “Fuck you.” So then I have to write the scene way differently than I ever planned—and it’s always so much better than I’d originally planned. So, to answer your question, I never, ever ever veer from the truth, no matter what newfangled coolio plot point or twist I THOUGHT I needed. The truth is the sacred law.

Authors you admire:  Anne Rice is my all-time favorite writer. As a teen, I read her erotica called Sleeping Beauty.  I remember it rocked my world. First of all, though it was written under a pen name, she owned it. I was a teen and a huge goody goody, so it shocked me to think she didn’t care what anyone thought! I was floored that she wasn’t embarrassed, or hiding this side of herself. I directly thank Anne Rice for laying the foundation for me to write The Club Trilogy now. Also, her writing is sexy and suspenseful and yet so literate and well written and effing beautiful. And she writes about love in a way that is refreshing and different and epic an ageless. I love her so much!! In fact, I even named my daughter (middle name) after the heroine in my favorite Anne Rice book, The Witching Hour.

I recently met Anne Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, who is also a extremely talented author in his own right, and he was as brilliant and delightful and lovely and amazing as I’d hoped he would be. Of course, I played it semi-cool when I chatted with him and I didn’t tell him my dirty little secret about naming my kid after his mom’s book, but I’m telling you because I don’t care if you think I’m a fangirl stalker (because I am!).

Five things you wouldn’t know about Lauren Rowe.

Take yer pick:

1.    Lauren Rowe is my pen name. The Club is my third book. My first two were memoir and YA, under my real name. I used a pen name when writing The Club to free myself in writing, to make sure I didn’t censor myself at all. And, holy hell, that little pen-name-so-I-don’t-hold-back strategy sure worked like gangbusters.
2.    I live in San Diego, California, the land of year-round temperate weather. Hence, I am the biggest wuss when it comes to cold weather you will ever, ever, ever meet. Just pathetic. Go ahead, mock me, I deserve it. If the temperature starts with a “5,” then you might as well put a fork in me. I’m done.
3.    I’ve got two dogs. A Boston terrier who is the dumbest, sweetest, simplest creature who ever roamed the planet. Plus a scraggly little rescue mutt who is so devious and smart, she could probably stage a coup and take over a small country if the opportunity presented itself. (She’s also sweet, too, but don’t let her fool you.)
4.    I love to cook. My favorite thing I make is eggplant parmigiana, and I also love my veggie lasagna, too. Oh, and if I may toot my own horn here, my chocolate bundt cake is to die for. My cousin recently went off to college and he asked me to send him my cake to his dorm room for his birthday. It’s just that legendary, people.
5.    Before I ever wrote my first book, I was a singer-songwriter. In fact, walk into a department store in Europe, and you just might hear one of my songs as you stroll through the aisles. J So, I’m definitely a storyteller, whether in song or on the page. Actually, I see a lot of parallels between writing songs and books. Sometimes, I feel like my books are just extended songs. In addition to writing and performing my original music, I also front a popular dance band in San Diego. We play high-energy dance music from every genre and era, all the way from today’s Top 40 to disco, at clubs, parties, weddings and corporate events. (Yes, I’m a wedding singer! Haha!)
6.    Now that you know how important music is to me, you won’t be surprised to learn that music plays an important part in The Club Trilogy. The characters in The Club listen to music A LOT. I had a blast picking the songs for them.
7.    I like my desk to be messy when I’m in writing mode. Too much order stifles my creativity. Can you relate or are you cringing right now? LOL. Half of you are shuddering, I know. My husband is a neat freak and he doesn’t get this AT ALL.
8.    I have a “day” job that sends me on the road quite a bit, and often, alas, my job requires me to work with male fitness models. (It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.) In October 2014, I’d just finished writing book two of The Club Trilogy and was about to start writing book three, and I was in New York City for a shoot with eight models. Well, in walks eight glorious men for this particular shoot—and one of them OH MY GOD was the exact embodiment of the hero I’d been writing about for months in The Club, Jonas Faraday. This delectable dude was physically exactly as I’d been imagining Jonas in my head for months and months of writing, sprung to life. It felt almost supernatural to me to see him. I had a hard time even talking to the guy, to be honest, I was so like, “OH MY GOD, GAH!” I didn’t say anything to him about my books at the time (and barely spoke to him at all, if I recall). But all through writing book 3 after that, I kept looking at photos of the guy on the Internet for inspiration (heehee). Well, after I finished book three, I contacted Mr. OH My GOD and asked him to be my cover model for the trilogy. He said he wanted to read the books first, and so he did. Well, that boy devoured all three books in, like, three days, and then he called me. “They’re fantastic,” he said. “I’m in.” And then, the best part? He said, “I’m totally him.” I was like, “You’re totally him? In what way?” And he replied, “In all ways.” Well, read the books and you’ll understand why that answer was blush-inducing. His name is Damian DeCantillon. Check him out on Facebook on his “Actor and Model” fan page. Handsome lad. And nowadays, I’ve gotten to know him a bit, worked with him a couple more times, talked to him, and I can tell you he’s a great guy, too, not just a pretty face (and body). Oh, and he told me I totally “nailed” the male voice with Jonas Faraday. So that was pretty cool, too. J
9.    I absolutely love men. Not just ogling them, not just the obvious part, but everything about them. How they talk, how they think. How they interact with each other. My fantasy is to be invisible in a NFL locker room, and not just to observe a bunch of athlete-peen, I swear. I just want to see manly man men in their natural habitat, unencumbered and unaffected by the presence of a woman. I have a lot of awesome men in my life. I have a male cousin who’s in an amazing rock band that tours the world and has rabid fans all over the world, like literally, and he’s the coolest, most interesting and big-hearted person. (Not the cake-eater, that’s another cousin whom I also adore.) I have another male cousin who’s a very successful hip-hop producer in LA. Like fer realz, and I send him everything I write, no matter what, and he reads it and calls me “savage,” which is my favorite word of his. Plus, my band is full of dudes, all of whom are my brothers. And I’m really, really close with my dad. (In fact, while writing book 3, I had a plotting question and he’s super smart, so I took him to lunch and I verbally told him the entire story of The Club in one sitting --- (all sex scenes abbreviated to “and then they have sex,” of course)—and my dad was super duper helpful as a sounding board. How many dads will listen to their daughter tell him the story of her erotic romance? Last but not least, I’m also married to a very manly man dude who’s quite a strapping man, too, and who owns my heart. Oh, and did I mention I work with male models sometimes? Teehee! So, I’m a woman surrounded by awesome dudes in my life on virtually a daily basis. (By the way, I’ve got so many beautiful and amazing female friends and family, women who lift me up and support me and love me and make me laugh and tell me the TRUTH (preach!), but I decided to write this item about the dudes. Because, man, do I love dudes. And I bet you do, too.)
10. I really love clam chowder. Yumm-o. But since I don’t eat bacon (shocking, I know), I’m really bummed at the recent trend for adding bacon to clam chowder. Everywhere I go, it’s clam chowder with bacon! What gives!? Was it always this way? I really don’t think so. I know all you bacon-eaters are thrilled with this new 21st century development, but I’m just frustrated as hell. (Welcome to this episode of “First World Problems.” I’m your host, Lauren Rowe.)

About the author:   
Lauren Rowe is the pen name of an author and singer-songwriter who decided to use an alter ego in writing THE CLUB TRILOGY to ensure she didn't hold back in writing the story. (And she didn't.) Lauren lives in San Diego, California where she performs with her band, writes, and hangs out with her family and friends. 

Author Links: 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/laurenrowebooks
Website:  http://www.laurenrowebooks.com/
Author Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9699494.Lauren_Rowe

Author Interview:

Describe Jonas in one sentence.

When we first meet Jonas Faraday, he’s a cocky-bastard-asshole-son-of-a-bitch motherfucker with sad eyes and luscious lips who doesn’t have an ounce of humility or charity in his body. But he’s also the man of my dreams.

Describe Sarah in one sentence.

Sarah is a warm, authentic, smart and sassy woman who hasn’t yet fully discovered herself.

Favorite and least favorite scene to write in The Club?

I literally cannot answer this question. Writing The Club was a sublime pleasure, from page one to the last word. An absolute joy. A total roller coaster ride and, up til then, the best writing experience of my life.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I have none—because I adamantly refuse to feel guilt for experiencing pleasure! So there.

If you weren’t an author what would you be doing right now?

I’d be tucked in the fetal position in a corner, crying my eyes out, wishing I were an author.  But, barring that, I was a singer-songwriter before I ever wrote my first book—and I still play with my band all the time—so I’d definitely do that. Are you planning to take that away from me, too? If so, then I’d be an audio book narrator. If you take that away from me, I’d research apes in some faraway jungle like Jane Goodall or I’d be a wedding planner. But please don’t take any of that other stuff away from me, even hypothetically. I’d die of grief.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

As a human being on the planet, my greatest achievement for sure comes from seeing the connections I’ve forged with my beautiful family and friends.

As a woman, it comes from knowing I’m making my way, doing what I love, staying true to myself—and hopefully walking the walk. I decided several years ago to live my life with complete authenticity, and let the chips fall where they may. And I must say, the chips have been falling delightfully ever since.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

If I could meet anyone in the whole wide world, it would be my two daughters as really, really, really old ladies.

What is your go to snack food when writing?

I forget to eat when I’m writing. And pee. And drink water. I’m very very bad about this. I lose hours and hours at a time like a time warp.

If you could sit down face to face with any of your characters, who would you choose and why?

Well, that’s easy. Jonas. So I could have sex with him. Talk is cheap.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

I’ve recently accomplished one of the top things by releasing The Club. I have a reverse bucket list tattoo along my left side. Whenever I do something on my bucket list, something truly, truly on that list, I get a small tattoo to join that list and commemorate it. So guess what’s there right now? Jonas’ tattoo. The two things I’d like to add to that growing list are movie rights to The Club, if I’m being perfectly honest; and I’d also like to jump out of an airplane one of these days. But every time I think to do it, I then think, “Damn, I can’t die yet. I still have this or that to do.” And then I don’t do it, just in case. So maybe I’ll have to replace that one. The truth is, I’ve been doing my bucket list for several years now, and I’m tearing it up!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

If I could live anywhere in the whole entire world, I’d still live in my hometown: San Diego, California. I grew up here. My heart is here. My family. My extended family. The weather is gorgeous. The people are friendly. And you can get a fantastic fish taco.

Favorite Word and Least Favorite Word?
Favorite word is yes.
Least favorite word is no or “I can’t” (even though that second one is two words).

Even though you didn’t ask, my favorite curse word is motherfucker. My least favorite curse word is the “c” word. I don’t mind it at all as an anatomical reference (which Jonas uses), but I very much mind it when slung at a woman (something Jonas would never, ever do).

Biggest fear?

Dying before I get to do all the fun stuff I’ve got planned for myself and before I’ve seen all the fun stuff my daughters are going to get to do in their lives, too. That’s about it.

Deepest regret?

I wish I’d done more sit ups and squats in my 20s, like hard core. Because then I’d have such a nice foundation now. Oh well.

Favorite memory?

I have so many. One of them for sure is something silly. We were teaching our daughter about the weather. “Sometimes the weather is rainy! Sometimes the weather is cloudy. Sometimes the weather is sunny. Okay, honey, now you’re turn. Sometimes, the weather is . . .” And she got this sparkle in her eye and her face lit up. “Christmas!”

Worst flaw?
I’m impatient. I am so damned impatient. Not with other people so much. I’m actually really nice and pretty chill with people  and compassionate. But with the passage of time. Or wanting something so badly I just CANNOT WAIT. Also, I get really singularly-minded. When I have a goal, I’m like a horse with blinders on. That’s a strength, of course, but it’s a flaw, too, believe me. Oh, and I snort when I laugh. Like, a lot.

Most annoying pet peeve?

1 star DNF review at 8%.

That goes into a broader category of things I hate: Mean people. I get it if you’re having a bad day. I get it if you want to express an opinion. I feel ya. But when people are just plain mean, like they take pleasure in cutting someone else down in any context, I cannot tolerate it and I will say so.

If you could change one thing about yourself…what would it be?

I can’t think about that. If it’s something unchangeable, then there’s no use wasting precious time wishing it to be so. If it is changeable, then by God, I’m going to change it, or at least try. (Except that ok I’m not going to do the squats and sit-ups needed to have the ass and belly I’d love to have in a perfect world, I’m really not, so okay, such is life.)

Either/Or Questions:

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

CHOCOLATE, baby! Hellz yeah.

Jonas or  Sarah? 

Gee, let me think. Hmm. So so hard to choose. Just kidding! Ha! I don’t even have to answer that one. Puh-lease. Duh.

Warm or Cold? 

Warm. Please. I’m from San Diego. 

Early Bird or Night Owl? 

Night owl. I sing in a band. I live for the night.

Pain or Pleasure? 

Gee, another toughie. Hmm. These questions are soo hard! Haha! Again, just kidding. If you read The Club, this is a very, very clear answer.

Outdoor or Indoor? 

Outdoor! Of course! Because I live in San Diego. If I live anywhere else, I’d say indoor because I’m such a wuss when it comes to cold.

Blondes or Brunettes? 

Both, absolutely. Please yes please. But my husband is blonde and so is the cover model I selected for The Club Trilogy, so objectively, one might assume I’d say blonde. But honestly, I love love love dark men, too, so I’m really not picky. 

Ketchup or Mustard?

OMG mustard all the way. When you read Book 2 of my trilogy, The Reclamation (Jan 26), you will see just how apt this answer is. MUSTARD, BABY!

Coffee or Cocktail?

I want to know who in the world would ever pick coffee over cocktail? Who is this person? What is wrong with her? Please tell her to contact me. I need to stage an intervention.

Texting or Calling?

It depends who you are and what you want to say to me. J


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