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192. Alpha Heroines and Alpha Heroes: Kati D Interviews Lauren Dane

Kati D has been eager to interview Lauren Dane for the podcast for a long, long time, and finally we found a time for everyone to connect. Yay! We discuss how Lauren got her start as an author, books that address frightening situations like domestic violence and stalking, and stories that focus on fierce and independent heroines who are part of realistic and vivid groups of women friends. We also talk about alpha witches and alpha wolves, and what books she’s reading lately.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

The app I mentioned also has a website:, where you can distract your prairie dog brain (if your brain is like mine) with the sounds of a coffee shop.

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This Episode's Music

Our music is provided by Sassy Outwater. This track, and all the nifty mouth music within it, is called “Finlay’s,” and it’s by Capercaillie, from their album Beautiful Wasteland. You can find it at Amazon, or iTunes, or wherever you buy your fine music.

Podcast Sponsor

Good Girl

The podcast this month is sponsored by Loveswept, publishers of Good Girl by bestselling author Lauren Layne. In this steamy novel, country music’s favorite good girl hides away from the world—and finds herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

You can find Good Girl by Lauren Layne on sale May 17th wherever ebooks are sold. 


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This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks.

Transcript Sponsor

Everything Under the Heavens

The podcast transcript this month is sponsored by Everything Under the Heavens, Book I of Silk and Song by Dana Stabenow.

Raised in a prosperous family of 14th century Chinese merchants, Wu Johanna has grown up on camelback, in bustling city marketplaces, and in the cool, shaded depths of Silk Road caravanserai. Hers is a world of spice merchants and pearl divers, bandits and troubadours, servants and sheikhs. A world in which trust is more valuable than gold, and the right name can unlock a network of contacts from Japan to North Africa. Johanna is, after all, the granddaughter of Marco Polo.

In the wake of her father’s death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Dynastic loyalties are shifting, petty jealousies lead to cold-blooded murders, and the long knives are coming out. If Johanna is to find a future for herself, she’ll have to rely on her wits, the vagaries of fortune, and a close-knit circle of friends and traveling companions. Her destiny—if she has one—lies more than a continent away, at the very edge of the known world.

Everything Under the Heavens is currently free on Amazon, Kobo and iTunes and 99 cents at Barnes & Noble.

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  1. Liz says:

    I really enjoyed the podcast this week. It was fun to hear a fan interview a favorite author.

    Congrats on being so close to 200 episodes! I would love to hear a panel discussion from some author guests (would love to hear Sonali Dev again–she was a great guest!) about their favorite books and the industry in general.

  2. DonnaMarie says:

    Yes, let’s talk about Brody Brown! Great interview, and one I’ve wanted for a long time.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Great podcast, as usual, and hard on my wallet, as usual. Cool to see Dana Stabenow sponsoring the transcript — she’s a local author, something I don’t get to say a lot as an Alaskan 🙂

    On the subject of white noise, I have been completely obsessed with for a while now. There are several noises to choose from and you can mix them! Game changer. I think they have an android app but nothing for iphone yet, but I have it on constantly at work. There’s even a setting called “meander” where it randomly fades sounds up and down as though you’re wandering through different environments. Bliss.

  4. Stefanie Magura says:

    The introvert/extravert discussion is quite timely for me because I just got back from a Bat Mitzvah and o my God, I did not realize how big it was going to be. I had fun, and I think mom did too, but I think we’ll be having dinner at our house instead of taking mom out to eat. I think we’ll save going out to eat for another night.

  5. Adelaide says:

    HI Sarah,

    i am not sure if it’s possible, but I’d really REALLY like to see you and all the members of the awesome crew.. my idea for Episode 200, could we please do a show that we can watch (and not just listen) you chatting with each other and having fun??!!

  6. Kim says:

    I’m many days late and many dollars short, but I just listened to this today and I never connected the background sound with not being able to concentrate until I heard this. The funny thing is that my background noise of choice when reading is an Ancient Aliens marathon. I can turn that on for days and pay no attention to it, but for some reason it does help with my focus.

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