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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An #Interview and #Giveaway with Lane Hayes author of THE RIGHT TIME #MMromance





















Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lane Hayes, author of The Right Time. Hi Lane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hi there!  Thank you so much for having me here today.  I’ve been writing MM romance for a couple years now.  My first book, Better Than Good, was released in July 2013 with Dreamspinner Press.  It was one of those crazy things where I had a story in my head I couldn’t let go and I decided… why not try?  The rest is history. I am a lifelong reader and have pretty much tried it all, but I absolutely love romance and MM in particular.  I feel like there are some really wonderful stories out there yet to be told. 

My current book, The Right Time, touches on a host of “uncomfortable” subjects ranging from racial tension and intolerance to LGBT causes, like youth homelessness.  Alex and Nate are two very different men and both are very strong willed.  I loved delving into their complex story. It’s a bit of a departure for me in that there is much more angst than I’m used to writing! LOL.

Favorite thing about building your own world?

Using my imagination!  My stories have all been contemporary to date, so I don’t get to go too crazy but I love imagining where my MCs live and work, how they act and interact, and what turns them on. I love the challenge of thinking what may spur them to become something more than who they thought they might be.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My oldest son had just left for college just after coming out to his father and me. I was thrilled he’d opened up about his sexuality but I was nervous for him and worried too. He was embarking on this new adventure in college away from home and I couldn’t help thinking how scary it was for all of us in a way.  Mothers never stop worrying!  Better Than Good had been in my head in some from for a while.  I think writing was a therapeutic exercise that ultimately became something much more.
  
Do you have a specific writing style?

I like a fast paced, realistic style of writing with snappy dialogue and interesting characters with depth. I tend to write like I speak, which hopefully translates well!  So far, so good! J
  
Who are some of the authors that influenced you to write?

I have a huge library of authors I absolutely adore, but to be completely honest, the ones I admire the most probably would intimidate me and keep me from trying.  After all I could certainly never turn a phrase like Oscar Wilde.  I wouldn’t even try.  Sacrilege!  The ones who inspired me to try were the ones who wrote stories where I thought… “huh?  I can do better than that!”.   And no, I’ll never tell!  However, I will tell you some of my favorite authors; Anne Rice, Nora Roberts and Jane Austen and oh so many more…

What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?

I’ve worked in a university library (loved it!). I’ve been in retail (love/hate).  I’ve been in the mortgage industry (big hate) and most recently, in interior design, which I liked but didn’t love.  As far as any of them impacting my writing, the answer is all of them.  Not because I’m going to write a story about the life and times of wrack and ruin in corporate America.  Or because I can tell you all you’ll never want to know about how to fold a shirt at the Gap, but because they were all valuable life experiences.  Life is a series of vignettes.  It’s up to us to make them worthy of a real script!  J

Thank you so much for having me here today!

Happy Reading!
Lane xo




The Right Time by Lane Hayes

Series: Right & Wrong Stories Book number: 3
Can be read as a standalone

Blurb:

Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
  
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

Pages or Words: 225 pages, 80,000 words

Categories:  Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:
Excerpt for The Right Time by Lane Hayes

I hadn’t worked out with a professional in years, and it felt foreign to wait for someone else’s direction.
“Any issues with your shoulders or arms? Any injuries I should know about?” he asked, handing me the weights.
“No, I’m good.”
“Great. Start with your palms facing your thighs, lift them both over your chest, then lower the left. Good. And now the right.”
He stood over me diligently, making slight corrections when needed. My supine position gave me an interesting perspective. When I looked up, I noted how his strong brow offset his twinkling eyes. I swallowed uncomfortably and turned my head, only to find myself staring at his crotch. His dark shorts seemed to hint they were covering a generous package.
Holy fuck.
“You doing okay?”
“Uh yeah. Hey, weren’t you going to tell me about your Friday night?” I needed him to talk. I didn’t trust my thoughts anymore, and I was stuck in my current position crazily aware of a man in a way I hadn’t been in over fifteen fucking years. Diversion in any form was welcome.
Alex snorted. “I already told you. I went dancing, and oh yeah, I did get lucky.”
He added the last part with a hearty chuckle, no doubt catching my wide-eyed expression. I hadn’t expected that.
“Oh.”
“You asked.”
“Right.” I did? The strong flash of jealousy took me by surprise, but I pressed on. “Did you go back to the beach to get those girls’ numbers last weekend?”
He looked confused for a second, but a slow cocky grin soon spread across his handsome features as he crouched so his face was close to mine.
“No, I told you they weren’t my type.”
I gulped and watched his eyes lower to my throat. He licked his top lip and reached out to adjust my wrist.
“Lift ’em both at the same time, Nate. That’s it. Push it. Harder.”
I sent up a quick prayer I wasn’t sporting a tent in my shorts. Alex’s voice, touch, and yeah, the unintentional innuendos were making me nuts. And horny. I felt terribly out of my element. I wasn’t sure what we were talking about anymore, but the potent silence made me more uncomfortable than speech. Keep talking, I thought.
“So a dance partner?”
“What? Oh. Yeah, I think so. I can’t remember. It was just one of those things, you know? Sit up. Let’s give your arms a break.”
“Just one of those things?”
“Yeah. One night. No numbers exchanged. No hassle, no fuss.”
I had no words. Literally.
Alex chuckled gleefully as he led the way to a leg machine. He gave instructions and stood back to observe me for a moment.
“It’s not necessarily my favorite kind of sex, but hey….” He shrugged his shoulders with his hands outstretched as if to say “what’s a guy to do?”
I recognized this cue. It was my opportunity to commiserate about the trials and tribulations of being a single man with a healthy sexual appetite. Now was my chance to admit it was nice every once in a while to have sex of the nonsolo variety with someone who knew the score. But I was tongue-tied and equally aware of a completely different undercurrent. One I wasn’t brave enough to explore.
“You can stop having fun at my expense any time.”
Alex squeezed my shoulder and smirked playfully. “You’re easily rattled.”
“How so?”
“You seem like someone who has a place for everything and likes everything in its place. You have a routine, and you don’t appreciate any deviation. I should be flattered you came to the gym with me at the spur of the moment.” He paused, running his tongue over his plump bottom lip. “If you’re not careful, I’m gonna think you like me.”
The air between us crackled. Alex leaned forward so his handsome face was mere inches from mine. His proximity alone seemed to issue a challenge. Daring me to confess I was more than I appeared to be. I doubt he expected any revelations, but his intent was certainly to… how had he put it, rattle me. And damn, it was working.

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About the author:

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and their very old dog in an almost empty nest.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: LaneHayesauthor
Twitter: LaneHayes3  https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson



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1 comments:

Suzanne Edwards said...

Congratulations on the release of The Right Time, Lane :) This books sounds amazing! Naughty Neighbors sounds like a blast and a half! I can't wait! Thanks for the chance.