Friday, 19 December 2014

Blog Tour: The Right Words by Lane Hayes

Author Bio:

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 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 ever in an almost empty nest.

Author Contact:


Twitter: @LaneHayes3

Facebook: LaneHayesauthor


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson


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


1.Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

I come up with ideas from a variety of sources.  Travel, current events or sometimes personal memories.  I love travel and generally speaking the area I set my series will influence who the characters are and the issues they overcome.  In the Right Words, for example, one MC is a Latino athlete and the other is an interior designer.  I live in Southern California where the story is set and I can attest, interior designers are like lawyers here.  Everyone has one or knows one well.  And Los Angeles is a culturally diverse area with a high population of Latinos.  I appreciate an authentic element in any book. :)

2. Are you a plotter or a pantser? What's your typical writing process?

I'm more of a pantser than a plotter though IÕm disciplined enough to know I need to do a modicum of plotting or risk losing my way in my storytelling.  My typical writing process is honestly to go for it.  I know the characters and where I want the story to go, but I don't reign in and replot until more than half of the book is already written.  Unconventional?  Who knows!  It's what works for me!

3. Are any of your characters based on real people or are they purely fictional?

Purely fiction.  They're in my head.  The closest I've come to writing an MC who resembles someone real is Aaron in Better Than Good.  He was based, looks-wise only, on a young seriously gorgeous young man who was assisting a cooking class for a bunch of women who literally were drooling over how damn beautiful he was.  Uh yeah, one of them was me.

4. What is your favourite part of writing a series? What is the most challenging part?

I love a series!  As a reader I love knowing I can look forward to revisiting some of my favorite characters and places.  It's a thrill!  I feel the same as a writer.  I write standalones that feature characters from previous or future books because I enjoy delving a little deeper and seeing how they evolve.  It's fascinating!  The most challenging part by far is keeping details straight.  Silly things, like who has what color eyes, matter.  A lot!

5. What are you working on next?

I'm finishing up book #3 in the Right and Wrong series.  As soon as it's off to the publisher I will be starting book #4 in the Better Than Stories.  I'm hopping from coast to coast!  DC to Los Angeles and probably back again before I start a brand new series.

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

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

Excerpt from The Right Words by Lane Hayes

“One day at a time,” he repeated thoughtfully, making an obvious effort to steer the topic toward something more pleasant. “Well, I don’t have anything better, so… I’ll go with that too.” Michael’s smile lit his entire face. It was a beautiful thing to witness. He was handsome always, but wow… what a smile.

“Was the picture of us good at least?”

This time he laughed out loud, a sweet, musical sound that made me chuckle along with him.

“Yeah, very hot.” He reached over and pulled me into his side effortlessly. “Look, I wasn’t trying to send mixed signals this week. I know I haven’t been around like I said I would. I… Jamie isn’t going to go away easily. This has been a weird blow to add to an already fucked-up situation, but… I like you and I do trust you.”

“You like me?”

He gave a small half chuckled and shrugged. “Un poco.” He translated when I gave him a blank stare. “A little.”

“I like you a little too.”

I couldn’t help my response at being near him. I curled into his side like a cat begging for attention. Michael wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek and my chin. I didn’t want a “friend” kiss, though. I wanted what he gave me Friday night. I wanted “that kiss.” I intercepted him when he leaned in to peck my temple and stuck my tongue out to trace the corner of his mouth. He groaned and accepted the invitation, diving and thrusting his tongue inside my mouth to stake his claim. His right hand traveled down my throat and came to a stop over my left nipple. He rubbed at the sensitive flesh through my tight T-shirt and squeezed hard when he heard my moan of approval.

I arched my back into his touch but kept my mouth fastened to his. I didn’t want to lose this connection. He bit at my chin and sent kisses down my neck as his hand dipped down to my belt and came to rest on my hardening cock. I whimpered and scooted on his lap to straddle his thighs.

“Is this okay? Am I hurting your knee?”

“It’s good, honey. Really good.” Both of his hands splayed flat on my back and circled to the front to pluck at the fabric of my T-shirt. “Take it off.”

I didn’t have to be told twice. I was burning up. I yanked it over my head and tossed it aside before I began working on the seemingly endless row of buttons on his dress shirt.

“Fuck. Help me get his off you. I need to feel your skin.”

I barely recognized my voice. I sounded breathless.

When Michael finally leaned forward to let the fabric slide from his shoulders, I met him halfway to feel his skin against mine. Heaven. He was simply beautiful, with finely toned washboard abs and gorgeous skin. It was smooth like mine but much darker. Olive against golden. I loved the contrast and I was anxious to explore. I let my hands roam, over his chest, down his stomach, and back again. My fingers itched to palm his cock through his worn jeans. Instead I fused my naked torso against his and ground my aching cock against his equally hard member. We both hissed, and the kiss became something more like sex.

Pages: 204 pages

Tour Dates: December 12th – January 6th

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