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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes

A Kind of Truth

Title: A Kind of Truth
Author: Lane Hayes
Series: A Kind Of
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Word Count: 82k words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary Romance, Humor
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Pre-Order Links: E-book || Paperback
Blurb: Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.

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Excerpt: Watching Will’s face turn pink then red was extraordinarily entertaining. I nudged his elbow playfully and tried to gain control of my smile before it threatened to take over my entire face.  When I couldn’t take the building pressure of emotion, I winked at the girls then leaned in and kissed his lips, loving that I took him by surprise.  The elevator doors slid open a moment later.  Will stepped into the empty corridor and gave me a wide-eyed incredulous stare.

“I cannot believe you just did that.”

“What? Kissed you on an elevator?  It’s not like farting, ya know.”

Will huffed a sigh that clearly said he thought I was hopeless before turning to walk down the hall.  “I was talking about the underwear comment but yeah, the kissing part was awkward too.  No one wants to watch two people going at in a confined space.  And besides, we’re supposed to be playing this strictly straight while we’re in public.”

He stopped to unlock the door to the classroom then pushed it open, pausing to give me a perturbed look before he moved inside ahead of me. I barked a quick laugh as I set my guitar on the back table and shrugged my jacket off.

“First of all, that was hardly going at it.  It was a peck. You were the one advertising I left my clothes at your place in front of a couple cute girls.  And who said anything about playing straight?”

“Were we not in the same room two mornings ago talking about this?”

“We were.  In fact, we were naked in your bed.  Decidedly un-straight. But the way I remember it, I was one who was holding back the gay while you were the one going for it.  But let’s go back to the elevator. I think you purposefully blew my cover back there with those girls.  Were you jealous?”

He snorted and rolled his eyes.  “You’re unbelievable.”

“Thanks.”

“It wasn’t a compliment,” he quipped as he made his way to the piano.

“Well, the next time you announce you’re holding my underwear hostage in a crowd, all bets are off, baby.” I gave him a lascivious once-over and waggled my eyebrows before tightening the strap on my guitar.

Will chuckled.  “I’ll keep that in mind. But I’m pretty sure your tighty-whities never came up. My comment was perfectly innocent. There’s a big difference between hats and underwear.”

“I’m on to you, Will.  You wanted those girls to know something’s going on between us.  They’re probably talking right now.  Bet they’re wondering if we’re in here having sex.  Hell, they could be outside that door listening.  Maybe we should give ‘em something to talk about.” I made a show of unbuckling my belt and the top button on my 501s.  “Is there a camera in this room?”

“Keep your pants on. I’ve got two months left till graduation and I’d prefer not to get kicked out of school, please,” Will said primly, smacking my hand away.

“You won’t get kicked out.  I doubt we’d be the first anyway.”

I rezipped my jeans and started to back up, but at the last second, I reached out to cup his chin between my thumb and forefinger.  I traced his jaw and let my thumb roam higher to caress his cheekbone just under his glasses. His eyes fluttered shut.  I loved the contrast of his fair skin and darker lashes and eyebrows.  He was so damn pretty.  And those lips.  They were sensuous.  That was the word. I leaned in and brushed my nose against his.  I could feel his breath on my lips.  The urge to plunge my tongue inside and take what I was very sure we both wanted was strong, but I waited for his permission.

When he didn’t respond, I let my hand fall to my side and started to pull back.  Maybe he really was serious about propriety in the classroom. I wasn’t used to curbing my impulses to suit someone’s else’s sensibilities. I’d spent twenty-five years doing only what I wanted.  Screw anyone else.  Now here I was, attempting to hide my gay side publicly while trying to follow Will’s lead in private. It felt strange, I thought, just as Will launched himself at me.

I grunted in surprise when he wrapped his arms around my neck and crashed his mouth over mine. He softened the connection and tilted his head as he raked his fingers through my hair.  I responded but let him control the tempo. Until he tentatively licked my lips. Fuck, he tasted sweeter than I remembered. Like peppermint candy or hot chocolate.  I pulled him flush against my chest and slid my tongue alongside his, twisting and colliding in a passionate fusion.  When he gasped for air I pulled back only to have him grind his hips into mine and lick my jaw. He swayed into me with a moan and lost his footing.

“Steady there.”

Will was sexier than he knew, which spelled potential danger for me.  It was better to let the music take over for now.

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Author BioAbout the Author: 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 well-told love story with beautifully written characters.  These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men.  Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked.  Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards.  She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.

Where to find the author: Facebook || Facebook Author Page || Twitter: @LaneHayes3 || Goodreads Link

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Happy Sunday, fellow book addicts, and welcome back to another sneak peek of what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s going to be packed to the hilt with guests, giveaways, and reviews, so without further delay, here’s what’s coming up!

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’ll be welcoming author Rebecca Cohen on the tour for her new novel He’s Behind You

We’ll also have author Rick R. Reed with us today on the tour for his new romantic thriller The Couple Next Door

Tuesday – Today we’ve got a big day planned, starting with a cover reveal for Lane Hayes’s new novel A Kind of Truth

Then following that, we’ll have author Kate Hill with us to chat about her new novel Blow by Blow

Finally, we’ll be hosting the Home for the Holidays Anthology blog tour with SJ Himes, Jenna Kendrick, Heather C. Leigh, Liv Rancourt, and Felice Stevens

Wednesday – Sticking with the “Big Day” theme, today we kick things off with author Cardeno C. on the audiobook tour for Just What the Truth Is, book five in the Home series

Next, author Silvia Violet joins us on the tour for her new novel Professional Distance

Followed by author JA Rock on The Subs Club blog Tour

And finally, we’ll have another installment in DSP Publications’ “Genre Talk” with Carole Cummings and Lex Chase to look forward to

Thursday – Today kicks off with author Joe Cosentino on the tour for his new Christmas novella A Home for the Holidays

And next up we’ll welcome author LB Gregg on the tour for With This Bling, book three in one of my all-time favorites, the Romano and Albright series

Friday – We have a couple of great guests today; first comes author Cate Ashwood on the tour for her new novel A Forced Silence

Then, author Santino Hassell stops back by on the tour for the second novel in his Five Boroughs series, Sunset Park

Saturday – To close out the week, we’re pleased to be taking part in a very special tour for Pride Publishing’s Racing Hearts Anthology, with contributing author Ethan Stone. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Prospect Hospice in memory of Peter Laybourn, the late husband of Pride editor Sue Laybourn

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Better Than Safe Blog Tour with Lane Hayes

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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.

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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

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Better Than SafeTitle: Better Than Safe

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.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press – eBook  || Dreamspinner Press – Paperback  || Amazon US  || Amazon UK  || All Romance eBooks

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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.

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Tour Schedule:

September 28 – The Purple Rose Tea House

September 29 – Reviews by Jessewave

September 30 – Divine Magazine

October 1 – Prism Book Alliance

October 2 – Love Bytes Reviews

October 5 – Gay.Guy.Reading And Friends

October 6 – The Land of Make Believe

October 7 – The Novel Approach

October 8 – Diverse Reader

October 9 – Joyfully Jay

October 12 – Amanda C. Stone

October 13 – The Blogger Girls

October 14 – Bayou Book Junkie

October 15 – Carly’s Book Reviews

October 16 – Rainbow Gold Reviews

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow bookish obsessed, and welcome! We have another great week in store for you this week as we wrap up our Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 and look forward to the next installment of Flashback Friday.

Here’s what’s coming up!

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Monday – Kicking off a great week, we have a cover reveal for author J. Johanis’s Dream God coming up today

And we’ll also have author Chris McHart visiting with us on the Small Steps blog tour

Tuesday – We have author Rick R. Reed dropping by today as the final—yes, the final—guest to appear on the Countdown to GayRomLit celebration tour here at TNA

We’ll also be celebrating with Queer Romance Month today, with the first of two spotlights for the month because, as they say, “Love is not a subgenre.”

Wednesday – Today author Lane Hayes stops in as she tours the web to promote her newest book in the Better Than series, Better Than Safe

We’re also helping Riptide Publishing celebrate their Four Year Anniversary, with author Reesa Herberth

Thursday – Today we’re so pleased to be taking part–along with Prism Book Alliance, Rhys Ford, Joyfully Jay, and Love Bytes Reviews–in an exclusive excerpt tour for Eric Arvin‘s latest release, The Rascal

Author Rob Damon will also be our guest on the tour for his new release with CoolDudes Publishing, Into the Team

Friday – Today we welcome the writing team of Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen on the tour for their new novel Skip Trace

And, for the next installment in our Flashback Friday segment, we’ll be bringing you our favorite Historical reads, along with the chance to win an e-copy of one of our selected titles

Saturday – And finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Annabelle Jacobs with us today to chat about her new book Altered 3

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And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Lane Hayes, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes

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Title: Better Than Safe (A Better Than Story)

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

At a Glance: The Better Than series just gets better and better!

Reviewed By: Carrie

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.

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Review: Better Than Safe is the fourth book in the Better Than Series, and Lane Hayes has really hit her stride in writing about these men. Each of these books is a standalone story, but the men are all friends and so the books overlap as these men come in and out of the featured main characters’ lives.

Book four in the series is about Paul and Seth. Paul – a Brit who seems so in control and so is not, and Seth – a budding artist and international cover model. These men need each other to complete each other and heal emotional wounds that only someone with their particular experiences can heal. Paul needs Seth to heal the wounds left by his artist father and chaotic upbringing, and Seth needs Paul to ground him and be his steady rock in the storm of his life. As Paul says, “I love you. All of you. You know me. You know how to make me think, make me laugh, make me feel. You are totally unexpected.”

Lane Hayes has a sophisticated writing style which flows through her books – she writes sophisticated stories about sophisticated men. It is this writing style which keeps you riveted to the plot and makes the journey toward the HEA one you definitely want to go on. It’s never easy, the first dates that Seth and Paul go on are total disasters, and they are adamant about not seeing each other ever again for the whole first half of the book. But these men need each other, and like two planets colliding, just can’t help being drawn together.

I love this series, in my opinion it is one of the best series of m/m books out there, and I would highly recommend you buy not just Better Than Safe but all the books in the Better Than Series.

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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Right Time Blog Tour With Lane Hayes

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Lane Hayes today, on The Right Time blog tour. Enjoy Lane’s guest article and excerpt, then be sure to leave a comment below for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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It’s fair to say most of us know at least one person who is the worst communicator ever.  You know the type. They say something they’re sure conveys a meaning beyond the obvious, then get aggravated or confused when you don’t understand the hidden message behind the actual spoken words.  Forgetfulness or a lack of intelligence isn’t to blame.  My mom is my own personal favorite mis-communicator.  She’s brilliant! But wow… I wish I had telepathic powers sometimes.

No doubt the people in Nate Erickson’s life in The Right Time feel the same way. Nate is a successful businessman and self-proclaimed workaholic.  Occasional visits with friends and family are one thing, but he’s learned from experience that personal relationships are too taxing.  He’d rather spend his free time surfing or jogging.  Alone.  Alex Reyes is the opposite.  He’s a team player with a dynamic personality and a true lust for life.  It wouldn’t occur to him to shy away from a frank conversation, regardless of how uncomfortable it made him.

I love “opposites attract” stories.  I love how one person’s strength may be the perfect compliment to the other’s weakness and vice versa.  These stories resonate for me because they’re relatable.  The push and pull of attraction juxtaposed to a seemingly insurmountable obstacle is the stuff of high romance or devastating tragedy.   What I think is different about The Right Time, is that it isn’t about obvious incongruities. Both men are athletic and successful.  They even have mutual friends. However, the things we have in common aren’t always what binds us.  The Right Time touches on the subtle things we don’t know how to communicate to the people who mean the most to us.  It’s about letting yourself be open, knowing your vulnerability may just as easily lead you to heartbreak as to happiness.

The Right Time is book three in the Right and Wrong Stories series. You’ll meet characters from the previous two books, The Right Words and The Wrong Man, but the books are standalones.  Enjoy!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo

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The_Right_Time_FINALBlurb: 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.

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Excerpt: 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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Lane HayesAbout the Author: 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 fews 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.

Contact the Author: Lane’s Blog | Twitter: LaneHayes3 | Facebook: LaneHayesauthor or Lane Hayes |
Email: Ymail or Gmail

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Friday, June 26th, was a landmark day here in the US, a victory for what should simply be an inalienable human right rather than a legal judgment, the right to love and equality, but a victory nonetheless, and though I’m certain the opposition will still have plenty to bemoan and bewail about as we move forward, for now, we at TNA celebrate this single victory with our friends and family in the LGBT community.

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And now, here’s what we have coming up for you in the week ahead.

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MondayLane Hayes kicks off the week for us this week on The Right Time blog tour

Tuesday – Author JK Hogan joins us today on her Shadows Fall tour

We’ll also be hosting the second of our GayRomLit Featured Authors when J.A. Rock stops in for a visit

Wednesday – We kick off the month of July with author JL Merrow on her Played! Tour

Author AJ Truman also stops in today on the Behind Closed Doors blog tour

Thursday – We welcome author CC Dado today on what could only be the Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs blog tour

Friday – First up this morning, we’ll have a cover reveal of book five in Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, Against the Grain

We’ll also have author Lisa Worrall stopping in on the Un-deniable blog tour

Saturday – Finally, closing out the week, we’ll be hosting the launch celebration for LoveLight Press, a new publisher of LGBT fiction.

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Audio Review: Better Than Friends by Lane Hayes – Narrated by Tyler Stevens

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Title: Better Than Friends

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 25 Minutes

At a Glance: There isn’t single thing I would change about this book.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.

Jack is comfortable in his own skin. He’s attracted to Curt’s quick wit and easy manner but most of all, to their unexpected mutual love of baseball. As they forge a friendship based on their shared enthusiasm for the sport, they begin a journey which reveals how their differences might be the catalyst behind a growing attraction. Both men have experienced their share of pain, but they realize they need to set aside the past and learn to trust in a future if they are to have one together.

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Review: Oh, where to begin!!!!! This was my first book by Lane Hayes, and I cannot express  how impressed I was by this book. I figured out pretty quickly that this was not the first book in this series, but it truly didn’t affect the story or my comprehension of it. I ADORE Curt and Jack…who doesn’t love the bad guy motorcycle character? What surprised me was how much I was rooting for Curt from the beginning. He was so loveable with his meticulous ways, well almost all of those ways…he is a slob at home, which makes for some fun conversation with Jack throughout the story. The relationship is built slowly and was extremely satisfying. By the time I got to the first sex scene, I was totally hooked. Oh, and can I tell you Lane sure knows how to write sex. There isn’t single thing I would change about this book. I just wish I had read the first two books.

Narration: Tyler Stevens was the narrator for this book, and I also had never heard him narrate. When I first heard his voice, I had a negative reaction. He had a weird voice. By the second chapter I was sold, my gut reaction to this narrator’s voice couldn’t have been more wrong. He was skilled and kept the story moving along. He changed everything from the cadence of his voice to the sound of it with each character. As good as those sex scenes were written, Tyler read them just as well. I would highly recommend this listen, and look forward to reading more from Lane in the future.

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Review: The Wrong Man by Lane Hayes

Title: The Wrong Man

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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At a Glance: The Wrong Man is a fabulous journey that I am so very pleased to have taken.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

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Review: Normally when I read a book with a “past hurts” storyline, there is a definite right and a definite wrong. In this story there really wasn’t; there was a lot of gray. What Jake did was hurtful, but it was far from the worst he could have done to Brandon. However, when we are in high school everything is magnified and seems like life and death. What we do with our past hurts and how we grow from them is how we know we are growing up.

Brandon Good seemed to me like he still had some growing up to do. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I LOVED Brandon in the first book, and I loved him even more in this book. Having said that, though, it was heartbreaking to see him hold onto the pain from his past so tightly that it kept him from living a full life now. It was obvious from his first interaction with Jake that they both still had plenty of deep feelings for one another. Even though Jake was more than willing to begin again with Brandon, it seems that Brandon has a few concerns about being anything more than friends with Jake.

Jake is just out of a relationship and has a new job at the WeHo fire department, and he is determined to use every weapon in his arsenal to win back Brandon’s trust. It seems the way to Brandon’s heart goes directly through Jake’s dog.

Both Brandon and Jake spend most of the book falling in love with each other without even realizing it. It was so much fun witnessing these two go along with blinders on, where their relationship was concerned. Every time they would begin to get close to real “feelings,” Brandon would run scared and Jake would let him, right up until Jake just couldn’t do it anymore, and he basically decided if he couldn’t have all of Brandon, they just weren’t going to work out.

Brandon was a little slow on the uptake when it came to his feelings for Jake, but when the truth hits him in the face, it could be too late. He has to learn to forgive youthful mistakes and also realize that he may not have been totally blameless in the situation.

The struggle these two went through was not only credible, but I bet some of us know people who may have lived this book. I loved both of these characters, and yes, the dog was great! I clicked with the characters completely, and I found myself switching sides of the battle every once in a while. But, by the end of the book I was just cheering for a HEA.

The road these two men had to travel to get to their HEA was at times sweet and sugary, and at others painful and heartbreaking, but The Wrong Man is a fabulous journey that I am so very pleased to have taken. I hope there will be more books to this series because so far they have both been fantastic.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Wrong Man Blog Tour With Lane Hayes

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Lane Hayes on The Wrong Man Blog Tour. I asked Lane to answer the following question:

What is it you find so romantic about the idea of two people, who got things so wrong the first time, getting a second chance to fall in love?

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Lane: I love the idea of a second chance. There is a romantic notion behind a shot at redemption. Whether it is a matter of righting a wrong or pacifying ancient hurt, a clean slate after coming up short the first time around is an appealing concept. It brings to mind rebirth, renewal and gives depth to a story right from the start. Knowing the main characters have a past is titillating. Human curiosity will make you wonder what happened to ruin what they had in the first place, how they messed things up and if we as readers think they have a chance at finding true happiness the second time around.

In The Wrong Man, Brandon and Jake are two men with a past. They were secret high school sweethearts who didn’t survive the transition into the real world. Twelve years later they each have successful careers and have gone on to lead fulfilling lives, though both have their own baggage in the form of ex boyfriends and intolerant families. If it weren’t for Jake’s charming old Lab, Mack, the mistakes from the past might override their ability to establish even a passing friendship. But Mack is irresistible. He may be old but he seems to have that strange wisdom some older animals develop after many years. A patient attitude of kindness and a willingness to sit quietly and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. For Bran and Jake, this is the perfect foundation for renewal.

I am a hopeless romantic. I admit it. I love a slow building love story and I’m crazy about a happy ending I can truly believe in. A second chance gives both the author and the reader the opportunity to explore the past, enjoy the present and take a peek at a future for the MCs. It gives a depth and a layer of perspective that enables the reader to truly know the guys and root for them every step of the way.

I’m absolutely in love with Brandon. I’m biased, I know. But damn, he is so disarming and kind with a sassy, self-confidence that makes you wish he was your best friend. I want to invite him to a party or pop into his store in West Hollywood so he can show me his favorite pieces from a fabulous new collection. *sigh* I knew when I was writing The Right Words he needed his own story because every once in a while, you come across a person (or a character) you know deserves a second chance at something special.

A quick note: The Wrong Man is Book #2 in The Right & Wrong Stories, but these are standalone books, just like the Better Than Stories and can be read in any order. Thank you so much for having me here today! :)

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

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SMThe_Wrong_Man_FinalBlurb: Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad break-up, he agrees to dog sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As they rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

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About the Author: 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 fews 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.

Where you can find Lane: Website | Facebook | Twitter: @LaneHayes3 | E-mail

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for another sneak peek at what we have in store for you in the week ahead–great guests, awesome giveaways, and lots more reviews.

As always, many thanks for stopping by!

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MondayLane Hayes kicks off our week on The Wrong Man blog tour

Also joining us today is author Bailey Bradford on the Run With the Moon blog tour

Tuesday – In the first of two awesome cover reveals this week, and the first of two Jordans, we have Jordan L. Hawk here today unveiling the cover for Hoarfrost, book six in the Whyborne & Griffin series

Heidi Cullinan also joins us on The Devil Will Do blog tour

WednesdayIn our second cover reveal this week, we welcome Jordan Castillo Price and the unveiling of Life Is Awesome, the third and final book in the Mnevermind trilogy

We’ll also welcome Alex Beecroft today on the Trowchester blog tour

And to cap off a great day, we’ll also have Carole Cummings and Andrea Speed joining us with a Paranormal installment in DSPP’s “Genre Talk”

Thursday Pat Henshaw  drops by today on the What’s in a Name blog tour

Friday – Today we host Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay Anthology blog tour

Saturday – And to close out our week, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with author Charlie Cochet on the Rise & Fall blog tour

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Review: The Right Words by Lane Hayes

Title: The Right Words

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 204 Pages

At a Glance: I fell hopelessly in love with this book and can’t wait for the next in the series

Blurb: Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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Review: When I saw the blurb for this book, I was excited to read it. Athletes are definitely one of big weaknesses, and this book was a great addition to my athlete book shelf. Not only was there a well built athlete but Lane Hayes added in an emotionally hurt man who’s doing his best to get his life back. That just seemed like a recipe for a great story, and it was.

Luke Preston is doing his best to get his life back together after suffering severe emotional abuse at the hands of his last partner. When Luke gets a contract to remodel and decorate a beach house for a soccer player and his fiancé, he knows the job could put his name out there in the business in a big way. After getting all of his ideas together and driving an insanely long way to get to said beach house, Luke is shocked to learn that the fiancé is gone and the job could very well be gone also.

Michael Martinez is a professional soccer player recovering from a knee injury. His new beach house seems to be the best place for him to not only recuperate but to get a little distance from some of the people in his life. Being a high profile soccer player isn’t conducive to Michael living his life the way he wants to, but he is definitely hoping to bring Luke around to his way of thinking.

During the remodel, Michael and Luke become closer and eventually begin a relationship. This isn’t an easy road for these two to travel. Luke has past issues, because of his ex, that cause him to be wary of relationships. Especially when it comes to dating a closeted athlete who may never be willing or able to claim him publicly.

Luke and Michael continue their relationship, and everything seems to be going well on the surface until a person from Michael’s past causes doubt to fall on Luke. Other forces in Michael’s life make the two men to face the tough choices they have been putting off, and those choices will either keep them together or split them apart forever.

Luke and Michael were two well rounded characters that drew me in from the very beginning and had me cheering for them through their entire story. I usually find myself not having much sympathy for men who are in the closet when their closet causes someone pain, but I found myself truly feeling for Michael. Luke was understanding, to a point, but after what he went through with his ex, I didn’t blame him for needing an all-or-nothing commitment.

This story had a great supporting cast that helped move the story along and made me truly care about the outcome for the two MCs. With a controlling sports agent, a best friend/ex lover, and Luke’s best friend and crazy mother, I fell hopelessly in love with this book and can’t wait for the next in the series.






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Interview and Giveaway: The Right Words by Lane Hayes

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TNA: Welcome back to The Novel Approach, Lane, it’s lovely to have you with us today. Let’s start off with a tough question:

Love his books or hate them, there’s no doubt Stephen King has been successful at the business of writing and selling a few books. One of his top 20 tips for writers is to leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings:  Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your ecgocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.

Was there any one scene you ended up cutting from The Right Words, or any of your books, for that matter, that killed you to leave out of the story? If so, what was the scene, and how do you ultimately come to the decision of what stays and what goes?

Lane: Stephen King is quite right.  Any writer, whether or not he or she ever reaches the success of Mr. King, will be guilty of over-writing.  Self-editing is the hardest part of writing any story.  It’s natural to think every line is crucial, but too much information distracts as easily as too little!  I usually write 25K more words on average in my books than I will actually send to the publisher.  Crazy, huh?  So yes, I did this in The Right Words too.  I cut a scene where Luke and Michael are painting a room together.   It was cute but ultimately, it’s only purpose was to get them in bed. Lol!  Never fear, I found another way to make it happen! :)  I try to make sure each scene has meaning.  It can be funny or cute but it must keep the story moving.

TNA: Speaking as a reader, I can say that one of the most important aspects of a book is the ability to relate to, and even fall in love a little bit, with its characters – flaws, quirks, shortcomings and all. As a writer, what are some of the things you strive to do to make your characters loveable? Do you have a formula or set of rules you use as a guideline when creating your MCs?

Lane: I completely agree! Flaws, quirks and shortcomings are what make us human and relatable.  I don’t necessarily strive to create loveable characters, but I do think it’s important to be able to relate to them on some level.  I don’t use a formula or specific guidelines, but I always am cognizant I’m writing human characters.  No one is perfect.  Everyone has little idiosyncrasies, things you do when you’re nervous or ways to help you cope when things get out of hand.  In The Right Words, Luke is coming from an abusive relationship that’s left him rattled.  His coping mechanism is reciting poems and pieces of his favorite literature.  Can I relate exactly?  No, but I can relate on some level.  And that’s the key.

TNA: The old axiom of writing is “write what you know”. Have you ever included something that’s happened to you in real life in one of your books? If so, what was it, and how did it influence the storyline?

Lane: Yes!  In Better Than Friends, Curt’s dad has cancer.  He wasn’t close to his father, but he explores that relationship and tries to understand how it has influenced the man he becomes.  My own father passed away from lung cancer four years ago.  Unlike Curt, I had a good relationship with my dad and losing him was heart wrenching.   Nothing prepares you for that kind of loss.  It’s deep and dark and unbearably lonely.  I draw from those feelings in an almost cathartic way sometimes when I’m writing something difficult.  Everyone has been there though their story may be different.  (By the way, that was a big sharing moment for me!  I’m feeling choked up!)

TNA: One-night-stand (don’t call me, I’ll call you), boyfriend material (you have potential but definitely need some work), husband material (I would marry the shit out of you right now) – you have to pick one of your characters and decide who would fall into what category for you. Who would you choose for each, and why do they fit into their respective niches.

Lane: Great question!  I have to think about this one.  Hmm.  The “One-night-stand” award goes to Peter in Better Than Chance, but only loosely.  I would totally want the sex part with him, he’s crazy hot! But he has so many layers, the Catholic guilt, overbearing mother issues, and he’s an overachiever.  He’s one of those guys who is very hard to get to know.  Thankfully, Jay did!  (And they live happily ever after :) ).  “Boyfriend Material” award is a tie between Matt from Better Than Good and Jack from Better Than Friends.   Matt is so damn sweet and attentive.  I love the way he loves Aaron!  And Jack is so real.  He’s charming, sexy as hell and funny.  As far as the needing work part to those boys, I’ll leave that to Aaron and Curt! Lol!  The “Husband Material” award goes to Michael, my MC from The Right Words.  He is the closest character I’ve written to my own husband.  He’s tall, dark, handsome and Latino.  He has, as Luke observes, a face with a view.  He’s brooding at times but is witty and kind with an unexpected depth.  He has his own issues but he notices Luke’s pain and is unbearably gentle.  I love Michael’s complexity.  He’s captivating to me.  Someone I wish I had another few hundred pages to explore!

TNA: Thanks so much for taking the time to be here with us today, Lane. It’s been fun!

Lane: Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!  I love these thought provoking questions! :)

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

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RightWords[The]FSBlurb: Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance

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Author BioAbout Lane: Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writingfull-time!  It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel.  An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters.  These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men.  Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked.  Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and her third received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.  She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab everin an almost empty nest.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Email | Goodreads

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Tyler Stevens Brings Lane Hayes’s “Better Than Chance” To Life


“We don’t choose who we fall in love with, we only choose what we do about it.” ― Abdelrahman Ashraf Abuzied


Title: Better Than Chance

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours, 20 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
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Lane Hayes’s Better Than Series Continues When Two Men Become “Better Than Friends”


“Love is friendship set on fire.” – Jeremy Taylor


Title: Better Than Friends (Better Than #3)

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 216 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When Curt Townsend, a successful young DC lawyer, attends his first gay wedding, he doesn’t expect anything more than a great evening out spent celebrating two lucky guys willing to commit to one another. He certainly doesn’t anticipate meeting someone like Jack Farinelli. Fourteen years Curt’s senior, Jack owns two businesses: a gay bar and a motorcycle shop. He’s gorgeous and self-assured, but Curt is positive they have nothing in common.
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Welcome Lane Hayes On The “Better Than Friends” Blog Tour, And There’s A Giveaway!


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I love a series. As a reader, if I finish a book and know there are another two or more waiting for me to devour, I am beside myself with excitement. What could be better? I don’t want to necessarily read about the same boys over and over (though some exceptions apply), but there is a level of comfort in revisiting a familiar place with quirky characters you know will make you smile and whose address you know before the author even mentions it. (Anyone remember who lives in #5E?) ;-) Throw in a new pair of interesting, sexy men with depth and a whole lot of chemistry and bam…I’m sold!
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello, folks, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week. I had the great privilege of spending Saturday working a booth at Indy Pride with authors Jambrea Jo Jones and Lynley Wayne, where we spent the day sharing our love of the M/M Romance genre with the good people of Indianapolis. It was great day!

Now, here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayLane Hayes kicks off the week with a giveaway on the Better Than Friends Blog Tour

TuesdayGrace R. Duncan drops by today with a giveaway on the No Sacrifice Blog Tour, with an article on bisexuality

Brita Addams is also here with a guest article on disembodied body parts in writing

WednesdayDaniel A. Kaine is our guest today, with an interview and giveaway on the Slasherazzi Blog Tour

A.F. Henley is also here today, with a giveaway and guest post on the Forty-two Stairs Blog Tour

ThursdayPoppy Dennison wants to share some memories and photos from the UK Meet with us today

Rick R. Reed is also with us today, as he kicks off what will be the first of his monthly visits as a new guest contributor to The Novel Approach—Rick R. Reed – True Confessions

FridayRebecca Cohen will be sharing a giveaway with you today on the Crofton Chronicles Blog Tour

SaturdayKenzie Cade stops in today with an interview and giveaway on the Son of a Fish Blog Tour

SundayDean Pace-Frech is making the rounds, and we’re happy to have him back as our guest today to close out the week

Until next week, happy reading!

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Tyler Stevens Narrates This One So Much “Better Than Good” – Reviewed by Traci


“People are too complicated to have simple labels.” ― Philip Pullman


Title: Better Than Good

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator:: Tyler Stevens

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 6 Hours, 5 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law. One fateful night, Matt tags along with his gay roommate to a dance club and everything changes. Matt finds himself attracted to the most beautiful man he’s ever seen. All labels go flying out the window.
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Falling In Love Is “Better Than Chance” And Less Than Simple


“No one ever fell in love gracefully.” ― Connie Brockway


Title: Better Than Chance

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
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Chances Are Better Than Average That Lane Hayes Is Here With A “Better Than Chance” Giveaway!



Thank you for having me here today! I’m very excited to talk about the release of my second book, Better Than Chance. Those who’ve read my first novel, Better Than Good will recognize Jay and Peter as Aaron’s best friend and his long-time partner. Aaron makes a point of describing the couple as having a relationship he admires. “In the land of gay, they are what I would wish for one day…. they just seem to get each other.” This story predates Aaron and Matt’s, however, you don’t have to read BTG first to understand Jay and Peter’s journey. They are standalone stories, which hopefully will inspire readers to check out what they may have missed if they didn’t get around to Better Than Good. :-)

The reason I’m mentioning the first story is to highlight the importance of the supporting cast in a book. Sometimes that group is comprised of concerned family members or wacky office mates. But oftentimes, the best friend comes in to play the part of conscience or good cop/bad cop to the MC. It’s a useful vehicle to an author writing from a first person Point of View. However, I think it resonates because most of us can relate to some degree. Many can remember instances of talking about boyfriend problems with our best friend, sharing the thrill of discovering someone new or the fear we feel when things get a little out of control.

In Better Than Chance, Jay and Peter are both fortunate to have tried and true best friends to count on when things get complicated. Jay has Aaron, someone he can relate to in every possible way… except physically. One is short and dark, the other is tall and light complected. Looks and perception play a large part in how Jay connects to Peter. Peter is extraordinarily handsome, successful and seemingly straight. Jay can’t help feeling initially attracted but eventually he is repelled by what he sees as his boss’s unreasonable and possibly homophobic side. Aaron, however, sees more clearly. He can tell from the start Peter is attracted to Jay. Just as Peter’s best friend Kelly can later tell Jay is the best thing to ever happen to Peter. In a sense, the best friend is telling the MCs all the things we would say if we were in the same room with these guys. “Don’t you see? He’s crazy about you!”

Better Than Chance is ultimately about learning to communicate. Jay’s tendency is to overthink and assume he understands what he later is forced to admit may not be so clear. Learning to listen and pay attention to details as his friends suggest is what ultimately brings Jay to the realization he has fallen for his GQ gorgeous boss. Jay realizes he may never know or understand everything about Peter. He learns some things are left to faith and sometimes you have to take a chance.

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes

Blurb Better Than Chance by Lane Hayes:

Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.

They begin a “friends with benefits” arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter’s past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn’t ready to take a chance on anything more.

Excerpt from Better Than Chance by Lane Hayes:
*Exclusive excerpt for The Novel Approach*

I for one was mystified. Damn him for saving the best for last!

“I have to see you again!” I blurted and just as quickly threw my hand over my mouth. No way did I just say that! What the hell? Where was my pride? Thank God it was dark in the SUV’s interior. I was beyond mortified. I fumbled with the door and sputtered something about seeing him later and a thanks for the lift.

“Hey, relax.” He chuckled softly in the dark. “First of all, I don’t know which car is yours and secondly…”

He stopped his truck inside the parking garage after the transponder opened the gate and turned completely sideways in his seat to face me.

“I want to see you too.” The words were quiet, but somehow they impacted me with the same force as if they had been screamed at me. I was shocked. I didn’t know how to answer. There was no mistaking his tone. It was beguiling. A siren’s song. I swallowed hard and worked up the courage to look into those intense dark eyes.

“Y-you do?” I stuttered, mentally cursing myself.

“I do. Friday night? I have something I promised to show you. You available?”

I tried to play it cool, counting to five (though I actually only made it to three) before I answered in as suave a manner as I could muster.

“Yes.”

Peter chuckled, that endearing twinkle lighting his eyes. He turned back to his wheel and reminded me that he had no idea which car was mine. I gave him directions to my usual parking spot on the third floor. The entire garage was deserted. Mine was the only vehicle on the whole floor. Creepy. I was suddenly glad he insisted on accompanying me. Maybe he was just a gentleman and I was once again reading too much into something I shouldn’t. The hour was late and I was letting my imagination get away from me. I shook my head at my idiot self, locating my keys before I turned to thank Peter again.

“No problem. So…Friday?”

“Yeah.”

“Give me your cell number. I’m not at the office much this week. Most of my meetings are outside.”

I did as instructed. He read the digits back to me incorrectly twice, so I leaned across to guide him through each number as though my closer proximity would help. Peter turned toward me as I leaned in. Our faces were inches apart. I could feel his breath on my lips and found myself licking mine in response. I heard a low groan but wasn’t sure who it was…him or me, before our lips touched in the softest of kisses. I pulled back, unsure and unsettled. Peter’s eyes were ablaze with desire…. and challenge.

I felt the blood racing through my veins in response as my heart beat accelerated. I opened my mouth to say…. I had no idea what to say, when he closed the distance and wrapped his hand around my throat almost as though he were going to choke me. His touch was light as he traced my Adam’s apple with his thumb before curving his hand behind my head and forcing me forward. Our lips touched once again lightly before he plunged his tongue inside my mouth. I couldn’t remember ever feeling so instantly charged with desire. Our tongues dueled as we fought to get closer in the confines of the car. I shifted in my seat, our mouths still fused. When oxygen became a necessity, I pulled back to lick at his full lips, across his jaw and stubbled chin, delighting in the slight cleft, a la Cary Grant, before I made my way back to his open mouth.

Peter groaned. I could feel the tension in his large frame as he once again forcefully devoured my mouth with long sure strokes of his tongue. He cupped my face in both of his hands, completely controlling the tempo and cadence of the kiss. But it was more than a kiss. This was sex with tongues. I wanted more.

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Dreamspinner Press | Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:

Lane Hayes is a designer by trade, but is spending more time these days 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 first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband, three teenage kids, and Rex, the coolest yellow lab ever.

Contact Info:

Website | Twitter: @LaneHayes3 | Facebook | Email

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Ashlyn Forge, Charlie Cochrane, Deanna Wadsworth, Heidi Cullinan, Huston Piner, John Goode, Jon De'Lisle, Lane Hayes, Sneak Peek

Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, and thanks for stopping in to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. We’ve got more guest articles, more exclusive interviews, more excerpts and giveaways galore, not to mention another week of reviews ahead, so we hope you’ll come around and take part in all the fun!

Here’s what’s coming up:

MondayLane Hayes will be here on her Better Than Chance Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway.

TuesdayCharlie Cochrane is our guest today on her Awfully Glad Blog Tour, and she’ll have a giveaway.

WednesdayAshlyn Forge drops in on her From Johann to Tannenbaum Blog Tour with an excerpt from the book.

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan has re-released her novel Special Delivery, and she’s stopping by TNA with an exclusive interview and a giveaway of the book.

FridayHuston Piner will be here to discuss his Young Adult novel My Life as a Myth, as well as his upcoming projects, and will be giving away an e-copy of “Myth” to one lucky reader.

John Goode will also be joining us with the next installment in his writing series.

SaturdayJohn De’Lisle, author of the The Dantone Project, is here with an exclusive interview and a giveaway of the book.

SundayDeanna Wadsworth is on tour to promote her novella A Cupid’s Wager, part of Dreamspinner’s Valentine’s anthology, and she’ll have a giveaway too.

And that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Allison Cassatta, Booyah! Books, Brad Boney, Edmond Manning, Jamie Fessenden, Jeff Erno, Lane Hayes, Luke Hartwell, Taylor V. Donovan

The Latest Edition Of Booyah! Books Is Out! Who Made The List This Month?

Every Month, Mary Calmes so graciously hosts The Novel Approach and gives us the chance to spotlight some of the books we thought were particularly recommendable reads.

If you’d like to see which books captured our attention in the month of July, head on over to Ms. Mary’s Place and see who made our list of top picks.

Cheers, and happy reading!

Lisa

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Dreamspinner Press, Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes’ “Better Than Good” Truly Is Better Than Good

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ― Allen Saunders

Matt Sullivan is man who knows exactly what he wants from life. He is going to finish law school, work at a law firm, marry a nice girl and have some kids. He has a girlfriend, Kristin, who is more of a convenience than someone he can see spending his life with. Matt is content in his life just the way it is. That is until he tags along with Curt, his gay roommate, to a gay club. While at this club he sees a gorgeous man dancing, and he is blown away.

Aaron Mendez is out and proud, and his light shines brightly. Aaron refuses to hide that light for anyone, no closets for this man. Aaron works in the fashion industry and wants to be a fashion photographer. He is not interested in dating someone in the closet, especially if that someone has a girlfriend. As much as he feels this way with all of his heart, there is just something about Matt that intrigues him.

This book was very refreshing for me. I don’t mind a good “gay-for-you” story. I don’t mind the whole “I am in the closet and NEVER coming out” story. I don’t even mind the jilted woman who makes Kathy Bates look sane, that makes way too many appearances in the genre. This book, however, doesn’t have any of those. There is also no insta-love in this book. Lane Hayes managed to write a character that was completely secure in his sexuality.

Matt has had sexual experiences with a man before, but he chooses to date women because he hasn’t met any man that turned his head enough to come out. These two men meet in October, there is a brief interaction a few weeks later and then no contact until Matt texts Aaron on Thanksgiving. The two don’t truly come together until after the new year. Matt wants to make sure he can be the man Aaron needs before he pursues a relationship.

Once Matt ends his relationship with Kristin he goes full court press on Aaron, but Aaron needs to proceed with caution. He doesn’t want to be hurt if Matt decides he isn’t bi-sexual after all. He has been burned before, and he can’t go through that pain again. I simply adored the slow progression to love in this book. There is a HEA, but it is hard fought. The sex in the book was wonderfully written and their feelings for each other were clear in every scene they shared. In the end Matt has a hard time expressing his emotions, but he gets a little help from Elton John and Aaron’s friends to get his feelings across. I highly recommend this book and I hope to see more from the author.

Reviewed by: Jackie

You can buy Better Than Good here:

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