Today we’re pleased to welcome author Lane Hayes to The Novel Approach on the Better Than Safe blog tour. Enjoy Lane’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win the grand prize of a $25 Gift Card for Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, OR All Romance eBooks. The runner-up will receive an e-book from Lane’s backlist, winner’s choice of titles.
Quirky people make life interesting. They aren’t always the easiest people to know but I truly believe they’re the ones who make a difference. I have a little experience with quirky personalities. Okay fine… I have a lot. In my family, quirk is the norm. My people are the type who can recite memorable movie scenes on command. Their talents aren’t confined to any particular genre or generation. Just the other night, for example, my husband and sixteen year old daughter did an impromptu Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand duet of “Happy Days”. They fought briefly over who got to sing which part, but once they’d agreed, it was flawless. And hysterical. Who else has to ask Judy and Barbra to keep down in order to get any work done? They’re blessed with fantastic comedic timing or at least the panache to fake it with flair if their audience doesn’t follow along.
Every family trip has been immortalized in at least one goofball song or memorable moment. Like skipping through Central Park or singing Frank Sinatra songs while trudging up a steep slope in San Francisco. Most of the time these memories are the type that are really difficult to explain because let’s face it, the retelling of said stories makes us sound… weird. But I don’t care. I’ve discovered over the years that it is ultimately much more fulfilling to embrace quirkiness than to sit around scratching your head wondering why people can’t just act “normal”.
In Better Than Safe, Seth is the ultimate oddball. He is a quandary Paul doesn’t understand. He never looks the same twice. One day he’s dressed in haute couture, the next he looks like a punk ass college kid. He’s flighty, whimsical and can never seem to arrive anywhere in a timely manner. For a serious minded advertisement executive like Paul, Seth is a bad bet. Hanging out with an adventurous artist with a nimble mind might be fun for an afternoon, not for life. But there’s something compelling about Seth and Paul can’t seem to stay away. For the first time in a while, he begins to wonder if Seth might be a chance worth taking. Sure, he’s a little a crazy sometimes but maybe he’s better than safe.
Personally, I love funny oddballs. I know many… well. I’ve learned to laugh at what used to confuse me. Now when my son dresses in a velvet jacket with tennis shorts on a warm summer day, I smile. I’d rather surround myself with people who think for themselves and redefine their world creatively than with those who are afraid to color outside the lines. It can be a little scary on the other side, but it’s a helluva lot more fun!
Thank you for having me on your blog today! Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo
Series: Better Than stories, Book 4
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Length: Novel, 77k words
Release Date: September 25th, 2015
Blurb: Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.
Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles both be men! Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow lab ever in an almost empty nest.