NEW Audiobook of DRIVEN SNOW by Tara Lain! Win!

DrivenSnow-400x600Hi — Welcome. Want to win a copy of my new audiobook? Just leave me a comment with your email below telling me your favorite fairy tales. I’m so excited to add DRIVEN SNOW to my available audiobooks. If you’d like to see all of my audiobooks, click HERE.

Driven Snow is the second book in the Pennymaker Tales (although these books are totally stand alone). It’s a contemporary  gay romance retelling of Snow White —

Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.

When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship Teaser #1 - Driven Snowheats up – but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater – literally. In a car!

Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.

Want to read an excerpt from Driven Snow? Click HERE.

Plus, you can see my new release in ebook, Beauty, Inc. HERE.

 

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Last Days to Win a Kindle Fire and Audiobooks!

2016 Audio Book Lovin Banner Official BannerHi — You may have already entered, but if not, you have 3 days from now (Monday) to get your entries in to win a Kindle Fire loaded with audiobooks from Dreamspinner Press! And if you don’t win the Fire, there are still a bunch of fabulous audiobooks to win on their own. So here’s the link to enter!!

http://www.books-n-kisses.com/2016/06/audio-book-lovin-presents-guest-blogger-tara-lain-a-giveaway/

Don’t miss the chance!! These are some of my most popular audiobooks being featured along with those of a bunch of other authors, so get on over there. :  )

Ten Fun Things About Tara’s WIP!

bullriderHi — Before i tell you Ten Fun things About Tara’s WIP, i want to remindBeauty,Inc-400x600 you of two fantastic events where you can win prizes. My Beauty, Inc. Blog tour is going on and you can enter  to win a $20 Amazon GC HERE. You can also enter to WIN a Kindle fire loaded with audiobooks if you enter HERE on the Audio Book Lovin’ event!

So from time to time, i like to share a few facts about my works in progress. I just started writing my second book in the Cowboys Don’t series. The first book is called Cowboys Don’t Come Out and it will release in December of this year. The book i just started will follow this story as book 2 in the series and here are a few facts about it:

1. Much of it takes place in and around Chico, California

2. My hero  works for a small horse ranch that also functions as a dude ranch

3. I’m busily researching things like how much a bottle of bourbon costs.

4. The majority of my research is on bull riding because my hero is also involved in rodeo

5. I’m about to learn a lot about rodeo clowns and bull fighting

6. Of course, my hero is gay, but he gets by in this super macho world by being a pretty macho guy.

7. My other hero is not macho at all — and therein lies the crux of the conflict.

8. I decided to write a cowboy series when i went to the Dreamspinner author workshop this past March. I was writing a whole different book, but got so excited about writing cowboys, i shelved the other book and dove into my first ever cowboy novel — which happens to take place largely in Hawaii!

9. One of the heroes of the first book in the series and an ongoing character in book 2 is a Hawaiian paniolo — cowboy — who is part of a cowboy tradition that precedes that of the mainland US.

10. This second book in the series will, i hope, be out in time for RT 2017.

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WIN a Kindle Fire and Audiobooks from Tara Lain

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I’m participating in a great event called Audio Book Lovin’ sponsored by Books n’Kisses and Enchantress of Books. My post went up today (June 15th) and will be live until the end of the month. The drawing on my post features a Kindle Fire loaded with Audio books from fabulous Dreamspinner Press, plus there are a number of my audiobooks you can win separately.

Here is the LINK — http://www.books-n-kisses.com/2016/06/audio-book-lovin-presents-guest-blogger-tara-lain-a-giveaway/ 

My Love in Laguna Series is featured! There are now audiobooks of all three novels —

Knight of Ocean Avenue –

Knave of Broken Hearts --

And the new release, Prince of the Playhouse!!

Please go over and enter to win — plus find out how audiobooks are my secret health weapon! : )

Beautiful Boys (and Girls)

13442313_1388057247874911_4683100725567892812_nWhen i saw the faces of all those young men killed and wounded at Pulse i cried and cried and thought, each one could be one of my heroes. I say i write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. Each of those men seemed to me to be one of them. But oh how i wish i could have written a happy ending.

Please, please, if you’re American remember on election day to Vote Orlando. Do not stay home!! Do not throw up your hands and say, “What can be done?” What can be done is to throw the bums out — all those who say we can’t carry a half bottle of shampoo on a plane, but it’s okay to carry assault weapons on the street. Those who say Jesus said it and i believe it who haven’t the slightest idea what Jesus did and didn’t say.

We’re better than this. We’re not sheep who can be led around and forced to act against our own honor and self interest by demagogues. There’s no such thing as a “white” person or “pure” heterosexual or a religion that’s “right”. We need to think for ourselves.  Stop dreaming of heaven while we create hell on earth. We’re all the heroes of our own stories. Let’s start writing our happy ever afters.

Gay Commercials Tara Loves

Hi! First let me remind you to enter to win a $20 GC in my Beauty, Inc. Blog Tour!  Click here to enter on the Beauty,Inc-400x600Rafflecopter. Now for some Gay Commercials.

You may know that i have a background in advertising. So from time to time i like to post some of my favorite ads, especially those that show how far we’ve come in terms of acceptance of diversity. Here’s a Colgate ad from Mexico. I love it.

This one’s adorable for Mix Brasil, playing on all the things people sometimes say are “gay” —

 

McDonald’s  has done an amazing job of creating heartwarming and meaningful ads that include acceptance. Here is a new fave.


Hope you enjoyed them. Be sure to enter to win while the blog tour is still going!! See you soon. : )

BEAUTY, INC. by Tara Lain is Released. Win a $20 GC!

Hi and welcome!  I’m so excited that my new book, Beauty, Inc. is now released! The third of the Pennymaker Tales weaves a story of beauty both external and inside. One reviewer said yesterday,

“Well-written with vivid, empathetic characters (the kind you root for), “Beauty Inc.” is a feel-good book. Triumphing over adversity is a good thing, good people getting their well-deserved rewards is an even better thing, and gorgeous gay people who are smart and accomplished, the best of all.

Looking for a fun time? Read “Beauty Inc.” and find yourself falling under the magical spell of the amazing Tara Lain. Honestly, what a way to go!” Alan at Sinfully Gay Book Reviews.

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Beauty, Inc.
(The Pennymaker Tales #3) 
by Tara Lain
 
Blurb:
Is beauty only skin deep?
Chemist Dr. Robert “Belle” Belleterre loves flowers, green trees, his best friend Judy, and “his baby”: the new face cream he developed to help put his father’s small cosmetics company on the map. Sadly he gets no help from his alcoholic, gambling-addicted father who loses Belle in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the CEO of Beauty, Inc. the largest American cosmetics company—a man infamous for his scarred ugliness.
Belle finds himself uprooted from his home, living in a wildly crazy apartment in New York owned by Mr. Pennymaker, and completely unprepared for his mad attraction to the charismatic Strong. Feeling like a traitor, Belle fights his passion only to see more and more of the goodness and humility hidden by Strong’s ugly face. But when Belle’s family starts manipulating his life again, the odds turn against happiness for beautiful Belle and his beloved beast.
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Excerpts 

 

Magnus
stared at the photo he kept in the top drawer. Quit being sappy. Still, helping Judy Brancoli brought it all back.
He sighed. A good reason to stick with other philanthropies.
Is someone here?
He looked up
just as Belle stepped into his doorway. His heart skipped. What did Belle’s expression
mean? Confusion? Anger? Hope? “Hello.”
Belle
swallowed hard. “Are you the one who called Judy last night?”
Okay, what
had he done now? “Uh, yes. I—I thought—it was so late, and no one else was
here.”
“You had a
ticket waiting for her at the airport and got Leroy to meet her?”
“Yes.”
“And gave
her a job and insurance?”
“I talked to
HR, yes.”
Some huge
storm battled behind Belle’s midnight blue eyes. He didn’t seem to be able to
catch his breath. He just gasped and clutched his chest. Magnus stood. “Are you
okay? Can I get you water?”
Suddenly
Belle took off like a gazelle that had spotted a lion—except he ran to the lion. In three bounding steps, he
crossed the office and hurled himself at Magnus. Before Magnus could prepare, a
tall, slim body hit him full force, arms wrapping around his neck. “Thank you.
Thank you. Oh my God, how can I ever thank you?”
Magnus lost
his balance and staggered, arms coming around Belle, falling until his butt hit
the office chair, which rolled back. They smacked the wall with Belle sprawled
on his lap. He gasped for breath, and the exhale came out as a laugh. It was
like having the world’s cutest dalmatian on his lap—a dalmatian he’d like to
kiss and embrace and otherwise manhandle. Dream
on
.
Belle kept
hugging and muttering, “Thank you. Thank you.”
Magnus
adjusted Belle a little so he was actually sitting on Magnus’s lap but didn’t
make a big enough thing out of it to scare him off. Hell, this was a moment to
savor and prolong.
Finally
Belle stopped wiggling, which was good, since the vibration was getting to
Magnus’s cock. Belle stilled and seemed to hesitate. Reluctance or
embarrassment? He sat back and looked into Magnus’s face. “Hi.”
“Hi.” Magnus
couldn’t help smiling, even though the effect wasn’t really friendly. “I’m very
glad you’re happy.”
“No one’s
ever done such a wonderful thing for me before.”
Magnus tried
to be corporate and fatherly—very challenging in his current position. “It’s
the mission of this company to help women.”
“Yes, but
this was very personal. I’ll be grateful all my life.”
“I’m glad.”
His heart beat so hard they both should have been able to hear it.
Belle looked
down at where he was firmly planted on Magnus’s lap. “I guess I was a bit more
enthusiastic than I planned.”
“You don’t
hear me complaining.”
Belle slowly
looked up at Magnus’s face, which made Magnus want to cringe or hide. Too close. Belle cocked his head and
inspected every inch of Magnus’s ruined landscape of a face. Slowly, he leaned
forward and kissed the scar across the bridge of Magnus’s nose. He whispered,
“In for a penny—” and his mouth moved south until he kissed the distorted
corner of Magnus’s mouth.
 

 

 

 

 “Looking for someone?”
“Yes. Judy.
My friend. I thought she was coming here.”
“Oh yes. She
has her apartment on the ground floor. Mr. Strong thought it would be best if
she didn’t have to climb too many stairs while she’s being treated.”
Belle just
stared. He felt the tears welling in his eyes but couldn’t stop them. Limb by
limb, he collapsed to the floor like an old plastic bag. His own father hadn’t
even paid attention, and Magnus Strong put Judy on the ground floor to keep her
from having to climb stairs.
Mr. P closed
the door and flopped down beside him. “So, my dear, what seems to be the
trouble?”
Belle shook
his head and snuffled.
“Try again.”
“I did a
really bad thing.”
“What might
that have been, my dear?”
He sniffed.
“I humped my boss.”
“Hmm.
Humped. I’m failing to get a mental image.”
Belle
sighed. “It’s probably just as well. I got overzealous and threw myself on
Magnus Strong. That might have been okay, but then I—” He dropped his face in
his hand. “Oh God.”
“I’m
starting to get an image. Continue.”
He popped
his head up. “I kissed him, okay? And then, as if that wasn’t the stupidest
thing ever done since W said “mission accomplished,” I managed to get my penis
in contact with his and—humped. Now do you get the picture?”
Mr. P
clapped his hands. “Perfect.”
“Oh, so far
from perfect.” He fell back against the large Asian throw rug. “Why did I do
it? Why?”
“Excellent
question. Why did you do it?”
“He turns me
on.”
“What?”
Belle sat
up, in his best Frankenstein’s monster imitation. “He turns me on like a large
neon light.”
“Because he
helped your friend?”
“Way before
he helped Judy. Before he helped me, in fact.”
Mr. P
smiled. “So you acknowledge that he’s helped you?”
“Oh hell,
Mr. P, I’m so confused. I mean, getting won in a poker game doesn’t exactly
kick a relationship off on a sterling foot. Plus, that was after he seemed to
be stalking me. I assumed he was trying to get me here to—you know—screw me
instead of my father.”
“Ah, I see.
And now you’ve thrown at him the very thing you assumed he wanted—and he
refused it.”
“In a
word—yes. I don’t know what to think.”
“There’s
only one answer, my dear. Outside the box.”
 

 

 

The Pennymaker Tales Series
Sinders and Ash
(The Pennymaker Tales Series, #1)
by Tara Lain
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Driven Snow

 

(The Pennymaker Tales, #2)
by Tara Lain


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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Tara Lain’s Prince of the Playhouse Now Available in Audiobook!

PrinceOfThePlayhouseHi! If you’re like me, audiobooks are playing a larger and larger role in your reading. I’m delighted to announce that my popular novel, PRINCE OF THE PLAYHOUSE, is now available in Audiobook at Amazon and  Audible.

Just to remind you of this bestselling book, here’s a nibble —

Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland’s obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen has replaced his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.

 Gray Anson has everything any person can want – great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the whole truth.

Teaser #5 - Prince of the Playhouse by Tara LainRu nodded and words blurted out. “I’d say you just bought and paid for the right to do most anything you want.”

Gray’s forehead creased for an instant, then smoothed again. “Okay, come with me.” Gray led the way through the crowd and stopped beside Chris. “I need to talk with Ru. We’ll be back in a few.”

“Sure thing, boss.” He turned to face the crowd as Gray pulled Ru through the doors that led to what could now officially be called Ru Maitland Designs. People crowded the halls. Gray muttered, “Well, hell.” He nodded and smiled as he kept exploring all the way back to Ru’s office. A couple of cameramen snapped pictures inside.

Ru snorted. “Had I known I was about to be preserved for posterity, I might have been neater.”

The last door led out to the parking lot behind Shazam. Gray glanced back at Ru. “Will an alarm go off if I open it?”

“Nope. It’s our secret exit.”

“Good.” He pushed down on the bar and opened the door, pulled Ru into the parking lot, and closed the doors behind them. He fished in his pocket and pulled out a key ring, then pushed a button. A chirp came from the black limo parked under the trees. He opened the back door, grabbed Ru’s arm, and pulled him inside with him. “Close the door.”

“Gray, I—”

“Close the damned door.”

Well, okay. He slammed the car door, closing them into a secret hiding place, barely illuminated through the heavy tinting on the windows. Ru turned toward Gray, who now full-on frowned. “Open your fly and lie back.”

“What? What the fuck are you talking about?”

“I’m going to give you a blowjob. You said I bought the right to do anything I want, and that’s what I want.”

“Fuuuuuck me.” The words came out on a long, slow breath.

“We can do that too, but we’re a little short on time, so a blowjob is more practical.”

“Are you always practical?”

He gazed directly at Ru. “When you’re a gay man in the biggest, deepest closet in the world, you pretty much have to be. So unzip.”

“Hang on. You can’t just—”

“I can’t? I thought you said I could.”

Ru frowned back at him.

“Oh, you mean we might have something to talk about? Maybe I didn’t just spend a ton of money to buy sex from you? Is there a chance of that?”

Top 10 Great Dance Movies and Scenes

Hi there. I’m currently writing the second book in my Dangerous Dancers series and it got me thinking about Great Dance Movies. What are your faves? Most of my favorites are right on this list, so i’m sharing it with you. I want to mention that my new book, BEAUTY, INC. will be here in a couple days!! And you can order it right now. Here are the links.

And here are those great dance movies.

And the Top 10 Scenes in Dance Movies.

Thank you for coming by. We’ll be doing a Blog Tour for Beauty, Inc., so plan to return and enter to win! : )