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Posted by erinlausten on September 10, 2015

Yes, Benny is my favorite. If I must choose just one insane, walking plastic man of joy, I will pick a rabid astronaut every time. Why do I bring this up? Because I was stranded in my house with a sick 7 year old and a husband recovering from open heart surgery. (I will let you guess which one gave me more puppy dog eyes and requests for snacks or juice.)

I took solace in the Lego Movie. Thank you Lego for providing a no-brainer gift for whatever instance requires it; where my son is concerned. Thank you Lego for grabbing pop culture by the throat and demanding we hand over our money. Please, take it. Take my money. I had a quiet two hours (or however long that movie is) and a perfect representation of my mood in Benny.

Can I build it now? Now? Now?

I have this same voice in my head at all times. New ideas are throwing shoes, banging drums, and doing cartwheels in my brain. Imagine about twenty Benny’s jumping in your head. Sure, it might indicate a chemical imbalance, but I’m not going to tell my therapist about this, are you?

Anyway… So the point of this heretofore pointless post: Deadbeat is out. And the great thing about Deadbeat is that I got rid of a good forty Bennys in that one. I had so much fun writing the story and not just because well, hello… Vampires? But because these ridiculous scenes kept popping in my head and I actually had a place to put them.

As you jump in and run through this one, send me a note, throw in a comment, or just send a telegram (no more of those? Hmm), Smoke signal (oh, culturally insensitive, but I’m part… yeh, nevermind), carrier pigeon? (No? What do you mean they’re all dead??).

Ok, I don’t care how you tell me, but I do want to know what your favorite scene is. I’m dying to know… mwhoohahaha, get it? Dying. A book about vampires? No? Sigh, ok. I’ll stop.




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Must Speak Fluent ‘Dude’

Posted by erinlausten on December 6, 2011

Hi All! Yes, you guessed it, it’s Hailey and I’ve been tapped to blog again. Apparently Erin can’t seem to get enough of my priceless wit and personality. Or, which is what I find more likely, she is overwhelmed with the pressures of unexpected celebrity.

Ok, I’m kidding. She’s no runaway success. Not yet.

She is, however, stressing. She swears she’s inspired, but I know better. I’ve seen that crazy look in her eye before. She’s plotting some terrible stuff for this next book and is eager to share.  This means she has created ridiculous time lines and overly ambitious expectations of herself. Granted, she delivers when she puts on the pressure, but the rest of us tend to suffer. But what can you do? She’s the boss.

Luckily, I’m riding in the sidecar for this next book, so no more pirates, Nazis or evil scientists for me.

Hold on. She’s giggling. That is so not good.

Dude, I’m rethinking the day I signed up for this. Have I told you this story yet? No, ok, get this. I was sitting around in literary limbo. You know– that place where fictional characters chill until one of the muses smacks an author upside the head and creates inspiration. All the good characters get picked up quick, so by the time we get into a good game or conversation they get whisked off to the great paperback in the sky.   This left me with some of the less creative figments of imagination. Let’s just say I was getting sick of playing Gin Rummy with serial killers, weepy teens, and narcissistic heroes.

Then it happened.  I was wasting some time checking out the character classifieds. And there it was. Erin Lausten was looking for a kick butt heroine with a sense of adventure, a strong personality, and an ability to adapt to whatever got slung at her. I always wanted to be a protagonist and I figured an adventure romance was just the thing for me. And even better, there would be no vampires. I can’t handle needles.  I sure as heck can’t deal with a dude with two hypodermics sticking out of his mouth. I had turned down a ton of positions (ok, maybe not a ton, but a few. I’m not a total loser) because they had vamps in them.

The only stipulation was ‘must speak fluent dude’.

Ok, I know. What does that mean? Well turns out, Erin spent some time in Southern California. Some time being her formative adolescent years. She had what the world likes to affectionately call a Valley Girl accent. Except, it wasn’t totally. She was a far cry from the high-pitched atrocity seen in the movie Clueless. Hers was a little closer to what was seen in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Anyway, she wanted someone who spoke the language of her youth. But not the “Oh my god, she was like, totally for real” aspect of the accent. She wanted someone who understood the appropriate use of the word “Dude”.  Remember these?

Dude.  Anyway, I had some experience. I once read lines with a few aspiring B-movie characters hoping to break into the pot movies of the late 90’s. So I went in for the interview.

I was a little unsure what to expect. But she looked normal enough and we got along pretty good from the start. She’s your garden variety lady. Easy smile, smart eyes. A little pudgy around the middle, but hey, I’m not one to judge. I expect I’d gain a few over the years, if I weren’t a fictional character. Anyway. She asked if I wanted a chance at being a star and handed me the contract. What can I say, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Next thing I know, she’s coming up with “ideas”.  And the rest… well let’s just say it was a bit Unexpected.

(Like how I did that? Yeh, I think Erin will like it too. Well time to go! Catch you all soon! And if you haven’t read my book, you know the one where I’m the star, what are you waiting for?)

Join Hailey and Derian in a fast paced adventure in time against forces no one expected. In fact, it was all quite Unexpected. Now on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Smashwords!

Are you interested in knowing the minute my books are available? Send me an email at and I will put you on the list. I promise not to spam you with a constant barrage of sales pitches. I’ll only send information when something new is out.
You can also keep tabs on my progress at my Facebook fanpage and on Twitter.

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Hailey’s Apology

Posted by erinlausten on August 12, 2011

Hello all, this is Hailey again. Erin has asked that I retract my previous statements regarding my working conditions and apologize for my recent behavior on this blog. My comments were inappropriate. I love working with her. She is the epitome of kindness and is an excellent employer. Her stories are magical and everything that she has put me through has led to my growth as a person and will ultimately lead to great success and happiness. I am truly sorry if I have offended anyone.

The new book Unexpected, soon to be released is a rip roaring good time. The action gripping, the characters fascinating and the plot divine. I promise, you’ll love it.

Ok, she’s gone. Now, let me tell you the truth. When I was first approached about being a character in her books she told me she was looking for a down to earth valley girl with spunk and resiliency. She promised me super powers and a chance at finding the love of my life. I mean who wouldn’t jump at a chance like that?  There I was wasting away in cubicle hell, bored out of my mind and having zero luck in the love department. I wasn’t even getting dates! (I know, amazing right? A catch like me, dateless) She promised full benefits and a retirement plan, but no life insurance. At the time I wasn’t concerned.

Granted, she delivered everything she promised. I met Derian, and let me just say, Yummy. And I can travel through time plus a few other talents that have come in quite handy.

 But let me tell you something, she didn’t mention the itty bitty details like, I’d be running for my life, beat up, experimented on, and thrown into situations that cause some serious mental trauma. I mean really! Pirates, Nazis, and Mad Scientists? Thank goodness my medical kicked in right away or else I don’t know what I’d be doing right now. And no hazard pay! I should be getting at least double what she’s giving me right now, and for the first time ever, I am seriously thinking Life Insurance might be a good investment. Not that I have anyone to leave it to–but someday I might!!

Shoot, got to go, I can hear her coming back. Seriously, if this woman offers you a job as one of her characters, run.

Are you interested in knowing the minute my books are available? Send me an email at and I will put you on the list. I promise not to spam you with a constant barrage of sales pitches. I’ll only send information when something new is out.
You can also keep tabs on my progress at my Facebook fan page and on Twitter.

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Cooking In Your Underwear Is Not Recommended

Posted by erinlausten on August 10, 2011

If you have ever cooked a multi-course meal you will understand that inevitably there will come a time when each of the dishes need your attention at precisely the same time. Managing multiple irons on the fire with only two hands means ultimately something will get burned, and that usually means you. Timing is a bitch, making sure each comes out perfect AND warm for the meal is an art and requires constant monitoring.

This is where I am with my writing at the moment. I have six short stories and two novels in various states of readiness, all clamoring for my attention. Unfortunately, this has meant my attention has been focused away from you, and I am truly sorry. So I am doing what any good cook does and have called for help. 

A couple days ago William Kendall sent out a challenge to answer a few simple questions about Underwear. Yes. Underwear. I could answer them myself, but honestly, I think about underwear for about two seconds of my day, and usually it is comprised of running around the house trying to remember where I put the clean ones. Not exactly riveting blog material. So I have asked Hailey MacIntyre, the protagonist of my upcoming novel Unexpected, to answer them for me. Please be kind to her, this is her first public appearance and she’s still a little preoccupied with current changes in her life.

But before I leave her to you, please, one bit of advice. Don’t cook in your underwear. Really. It’s bad. Especially bacon. I have seen it go very, very wrong.

Hi! My name is Hailey and I am happy to be here today. (Not really, my boss insisted. She has these dreams that I will become some kind of overnight star and is insisting that I go out and “market” myself. She has rocks in her brain as far as I am concerned.)

Anyway, she asked me to introduce myself, give a little background information and then to simply answer a few questions from William. She said it would be easy. “Just give them a smile and wave” Right. I don’t remember this being in the contract, but whatever.

Alright, so some background about me. I was born and raised in Southern California with my Aunt. I work in cubicle hell in the marketing department of a corporation that I could seriously flip the bird to at any moment. If I have to see one more inter-office memo about people stealing food from the fridge I may bring in a sledge and solve the problem myself. Right (she’s glaring at me, so I must be digressing—again.)

I’m going to keep this short. So, my employment has recently changed. Turns out my dead-beat Dad (the one I never thought existed and seriously, I wish he’d stayed that way) did some freaky shit to my DNA (apparently he’s some genius, but really, he’s just a dick) and now, not only do I have the ability to travel through time, but I am freakishly advanced. At least that’s what my viator boyfriend tells me. Ok, so he isn’t really my boyfriend. We’ve been too busy running away from my crazy dad and his nasty goons. Add on the fact that I can’t control my time jumps yet and you can see how romance is a little hard to get around to. But a girl can hope.

Alright, so on to the questions from William. Who is this William anyway? Ok, she’s glaring at me again, so I’ll just drop it. He better not be one of those freakish twists you put in your stories though. I am really tired of the… yeh, right, I’ll shut up.

1. What do you call your underwear/undergarments? Do you have any commonly used nicknames for them?

Well, some of my girlfriends call them chonies, but really, they’re just underwear. Unless they’re in a bunch, then they’re panties.

Erin, psst. Underwear? Really?

2. Have you ever had that supposedly common dream of being in a crowded place in only your underwear?

Have I ever what? Um, no, never.

3. What is the worst thing you can think of to make underwear out of?

Seriously? Erin, I thought this was an interview. What is with the underwear questions? Right, ok, I’ll just answer the questions. The worst thing I can think to make underwear out of. Aluminum foil I guess. That would suck.

4. If you were a pair of panties, what colour would you be?

What?? Are you kidding me? And what’s with that spelling? Who spells it that way? The British? Oh, right, sorry. Ok, fine. But I want you to know I am answering these under duress. Weren’t you able to get a legitimate interview? Who is this guy anyway?

Grr. Fine. You’re the boss. Alright if I were a pair of panties I would be black, with pockets, to conceal the gun I plan to shoot my author with.

5. Have you ever thrown your underwear at a rock star or other celebrity? If so, which one(s)? If not, which one(s) WOULD you throw your underwear at, given the opportunity?

Um, ok, yeh, so that I have done. I’m not proud of it. It was a dare from my best friend Jason. It was at a Green Day concert. And honestly, I can’t remember if I actually threw it on stage or just out at the mosh pit. I was a little, um, drunk. He won’t let me live that one down.

6. You’re out of clean underwear. What do you do?

I am so not answering this one. No. You answer it. No. I don’t care. You can throw me in a pit of vipers in Book 2. I don’t care. Next Question.

7. Are you old enough to remember Underroos? If so, did you have any? Which ones?

Are those diapers for kangaroos? I don’t know. Next Question.

8. If you could have any message printed on your underwear, what would it be?

Erin Lausten Sucks. I’m trade marking it. I’ll have it up on café press pretty soon so everyone can show you that you suck. Who does this to their characters? Really? What happened to nice interviews? You know the kind that ask: What inspired you? Who’s your hero? Seriously.

9. How many bloggers does it take to put panties on a goat?

What kind of sick bastard are you? That’s it. I’m done. Interview over. Erin, I am not talking to you for a week. I’d rather get chased by crazy time travelers, nazis and pirates.

What do you mean you can make that happen???


Are you interested in knowing the minute my books are available? Send me an email at erinlaustenauthor@gmail.comand I will put you on the list. I promise not to spam you with a constant barrage of sales pitches. I’ll only send information when something new is out.
You can also keep tabs on my progress at my Facebook fan page and on Twitter.

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Is the man a genius?

Posted by erinlausten on December 16, 2010

Words written: 52,532 Currently Reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I’m going to jump on in and provide my two cents. If at the end of this you would like change, please let me know in the comments.

I’ve always shied away from the issue of the moment, usually because it will die down with a little time and then there may actually be room for reasonable discussion. When things are hot, they are usually just that, so hot you can’t get a hold of it. If you try, you just get burned. But I’m intrigued by this:

Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time’s Person of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Relevance is Relative…

Posted by erinlausten on October 27, 2010

Words written: 28,220           Currently Reading: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Escher-relativity woodcut

Photo by Barbara.Doduk

So, I am on a soap box today. I swore early on that I would get off of it, but it has gotten a little high and I am terrified of heights, so I think I’ll just stay up here. What is the current soap box? Relevance. There are so few out there that actually have any idea of what this concept means and even fewer that are able to apply said concept. Why am I on a soap box about relevance. Yeh, I know, I don’t get all hot and bothered over politics or social faux pas, but give me an abstract concept and I get all riled up. This is another one of those moments when I think to myself, maybe I am just not normal. Eh, normal is another abstract concept that I could go on and on about, BUT, I will stay the course, and stick to this one.

Relevance. In court you may hear objections based on irrelevance. In school you may have been or are expected to make relevant arguments. At work you have to look to see if the tasks you are performing are relevant to the job you need to complete. Culturally we wonder at the relevance of art (whatever the form). We are constantly examining for relevance. Is that road sign relevant? Is this website relevant. Am I relevant? It’s enough to make you cross-eyed. Read the rest of this entry »

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