Willie Nelson’s Gay Cowboy Song #CowboysDon’tComeOut

cowboysdontcomeout400x600Hi and welcome. You may know that on December 7th, my first cowboy romance, COWBOYS DON’T COME OUT is being released, so when my friend Lee Rowan shared this video with me, I knew i had to show you Willie Nelson’s Gay Cowboy Song. This is very funny, cute, and true!  I hope you enjoy it. If you come back on Dec 7th, you can participate in the Blog Tour drawing for my new release and read an excerpt or two from COWBOYS DON’T COME OUT.

Thanks for coming by! : )

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The Truth Behind Project Runway

Hi — I’m one of many who really love Project Runway and so i was interested in The Truth Behind Project Runway. Some of the insider data didn’t surprise me, but one or two bits did. See what you think.

This is just an interlude before i introduce my new novel, Cowboys Don’t Come Out which releases on Tuesday, Dec. 7th. See you then. : )

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Yanis Marshall Gets GAY! Enjoy.

Hi and welcome to Yanis Marshall Gets Gay!  If you follow me on social media, you may know that i just finished NaNoWriMo, which requires that you write 50,000 words in a month. I won, meaning i wrote the words. In addition, i did one cover reveal and one book release, had to create 8 blogs and a 2,000 word short story — so i think i’ll relax over deathdancer_9781786515179_800this blog post and tell you to enjoy this great routine by Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi on Britain’s Got Talent dancing in their signature high heels. If you’d like to see my new release, DEATH DANCER, click HERE. Or SPELL CAT, Click HERE. If you haven’t entered to win a $15 Amazon GC, Click HERE.

 

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DEATH DANCER by Tara Lain is Released! Ballet, Sex and Murder! #romanticsuspense

Hi and welcome. I’m so happy to announce that my first murder mystery romance, DEATH DANCER by Tara Lain is released at all outlets!  One reviewer says, “Death Dancer had it all! A whirlwind romance, death, a mystery, a thrilling mass murderer chase and true love.”

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Death Dancer
(Dangerous Dancers #2)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:

A tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.
Bad boy of ballet, Valentin “Val” Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success — except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet. When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect – and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val. Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves – and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.
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Excerpts

 

His eyes opened wide. Dark. Why am I awake? He shivered. No
so-called uncles trying to slip in beside him or boys sneaking in to drop ice
in his bed.
A sound, between a scratch and a squeak,
sent the feel of that long-remembered ice down his back. Don’t move yet.
Squrunch.
Woosh, Squrucnch.
Where? The
door? Too close. The window then?
Shit, the branch Andrew had freaked over.
Val’s heart slammed so hard it had to make a sound. The sheets over him
actually shook.
Andrew.
He snaked out a hand and grabbed his cell
phone. He pulled it under the covers.
Speed dial, baby.
One ring. Two. Three— “Preston.” Thanks for police reflexes.
He put his head under the covers and
whispered, “Andrew. It’s me.”
“I know. Why are you whispering? What’s
wrong?”
“Someone’s trying to break in, I think.”
“Shit. Jump out of bed. Yell into the
phone. Make it clear you’re talking to the police. Turn on all the lights. Now.
Go.”
Val threw back the covers, grabbed for the
bedside light and flipped it on, half expecting to see some killer standing in
his room, but nobody. “Police. Get here now! Someone’s breaking into my
apartment. Hurry. Please!” He raced around the apartment, turning on every
light.
Andrew’s voice, panting. “What do you
see?”
“Nothing. No one’s here.”
“Look out the window, but stand back in
case he has a gun.”
“Shit. Seriously?”
“No, it’s okay. Don’t do it.”
“Hell.” He sidled to the window, pulled
back the blinds and looked out. A sliver of light from his apartment shone into
the darkness outside, although darkness was relative and his street pretty much
never got more than dim. Staring between the buildings, he might have caught a
glimpse of movement below, but it could have been a cat or a shadow. “I don’t
see anything.”
A siren cut through the general noise of
traffic that created the background of Val’s world. Nothing unusual about
sirens, but this one got closer. Andrew was still breathing hard. Was he
running? Val looked again. “I hear the black and whites.”
“Yeah. Just pulled up in front of your
building, I think. They’ll buzz. Don’t let them in until I tell you.” The tinny
squawk of a police radio sounded in the background. Andrew seemed to be
talking. He came back on the cell. “Have they buzzed?”
The buzzer sounded.
“Yeah. Just now.”
“Okay. Let them in. I’ll be there in a
second.”
Val started to the door where the buzzer
was, stopped and laughed.
“What?”
“I forgot I’m bare-assed. I’d better grab
my jeans fast. See you in a second.” Still chuckling, he hit the buzzer,
grabbed his pants from the floor and was zipping them as the police knocked on
his door. New stair speed records. He
opened.
The young female cop’s eyes widened just a
little. “Valentin Aalto?”
He nodded.
“I understand you had an attempted break-in?”
Two male cops in uniform stood behind her.
“I think so, but I’m not sure. Come in
while I grab a shirt.”
Her half smile said ‘not on my account’,
but she didn’t voice it. “Tell me what happened, sir.”
He pulled a long-sleeved T-shirt over his
head. “I was asleep. I’m a light sleeper. I woke up and heard a strange sound,
like a scrunching and a squeaking. I might not have thought anything about it
since I’d double-locked the door, but An— Detective Preston inspected this
apartment and suggested the limbs on the tree outside should be cut since they
hang near the apartment windows. I got worried and called him.”
“Why didn’t you dial nine-one-one?”
Val speared her with his eyes. “I’m a
dancer with the NYBT. Detective Preston is investigating the murders of
dancers. He was my first thought. Is there a problem with that?”
“Of course not.” She turned to the male
officers. “Check the tree and the area around it. The apartment window from the
outside also, although we may have to come back with a ladder. I’ll look at it
from in here.”
“No, thank you, Officer. I will.”

 

Oh, man,
was Andrew a sight to make a scared dancer’s heart go pitty-pat. 

 

Is that
light?
Val opened an eye and frowned at the sliver of brightness seeping
around his closed blinds. What the fuck
time is it? Am I late for rehearsal?
Jesus, he never slept like this. A
lifetime of living with different relatives and in ballet school with all kinds
of people had turned him into a light sleeper.
Wait. No weight
on his back. No soft breathing. He’d heard breath earlier—hadn’t he? He sat up,
the covers falling to his hips.
Across the room, Andrew was pulling on his
sport coat as he watched his foot slide on a loafer, sockless.
“Leaving without saying goodbye?”
“Oh, uh, not necessarily, but you were
sleeping quite soundly.”
“Yeah, well, I was fucked into another
dimension.” He rubbed a hand over his neck.
Andrew’s cheeks turned pink.
So, hello
to the bumbling detective.
“Oddly, I slept like the dead. I usually
wake up at the sound of a leaf. I can’t imagine what got into me.”
Val grinned. “I can. What time is it?”
“Six.”
“In the morning?”
“Uh yes.”
“Holy shit! Don’t I remember something
about a day off for you?”
“No, that was a night off. Night’s over.”
Val raised his legs and hugged his knees,
the sheet covering them. “So, apparently, is your liaison with my ass.”
“I have to get to work.”
Val flipped the sheet off his lap to
reveal a very upright example of morning erection. “That’s exactly what I was
thinking.” He bared his teeth in his snarkiest grin.
“An impressive invitation.” That produced
a small smile.
“A national characteristic. Us Finns are
well endowed. It’s scientific fact.” Val eyed the proper law enforcement
officer in front of him. “What’s your excuse?”
Another blush. “Well, my father was known
as a horse’s ass. Maybe I got the cock?”
Val fell back against his pillow and
laughed. Andrew amazed him. Funny, dry, witty—weird. “So, question.” He flipped
on his side.
“Okay.”
“In the throes last night, you on several
occasions mentioned ‘the next time’. Is there going to be one?”
“I, uh, hope so.”
“Me too.”
Andrew smiled shyly and walked toward the
door.
“Andrew?”
“Yes?”
“Who is that guy who fucked my brains out
last night?”
Wrinkles played across his forehead. “I’m
not altogether sure.”
The door opened. Gone.

 

Whew.

 

Dangerous Dancers Series

Golden Dancer 
(Dangerous Dancers Series, #1)
By Tara Lain
Available for purchase at 
 
      

 

 

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 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal 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 soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California 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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STONE and SHELL by Lloyd Meeker! Love and the 8 Year Old

stoneandshell-fHi and welcome! Please join me in unfurling the red carpet for my friend, Lloyd Meeker, who has brought us a charming and unusual romance for the holidays. It’s called STONE and SHELL by Lloyd Meeker. Here’s Lloyd to tell you all about it –

Early last spring I came across a submission call asking for romantic short stories with a winter holiday theme, I knew immediately the kind of story I wanted to write — a story told from the point of view of an eight-year-old boy who wanted a new husband for his dad. And so The Courtship of Eddie’s Father met winter solstice magic.

I realized that while the story was incredibly romantic to me, it wasn’t the usual romance told from the POV of one or both of the romantic leads. I understood it was a gamble. But I couldn’t envision the story any other way. To be frank, I’ve written three stories for anthology calls, and none of them were accepted by the publisher who put out the call. Happily for me, they each found a different path to print. I’m really grateful to NineStar Press for giving this story a home.

When that initial inspiration for the story struck, I didn’t appreciate the most basic and important challenge I would face writing it: I’d never tackled a story from a child’s point of view. I quickly discovered my imagination is better than my memory. It’s been a long time – 60 years – since I was an eight-year-old boy. So rather than rely on my memories of what my rather complicated and unhappy life was like as an eight-year-old, I decided to create an eight-year-old character very much like I would create a character of any age for a story: what was Howie Evinger like?

Well, he was smart, gentle, unusually observant, and wore glasses. He liked to think about stuff, and was sensitive to an adult’s irritation. His dad was a psychotherapist, which meant Howie was likely to be exposed to a level of language and ideas that some of his contemporaries might not be. For example, he knows that his dad is gay, and that it’s not as big a deal as it used to be in times past. He knows that until two years ago his dad was in a relationship with Joel. And he knows that his dad loves him completely.

This brought me to my most important “aha” moment. Howie would understand life events (like his dad’s breakup with Joel) through personal impact, but would be unable to grasp the adult reasons behind them. So an observant eight-year-old boy might see the world as a kind of puzzle, with pieces that sometimes don’t make sense to him. He’s busy learning for himself, and at the same time learning how to navigate the behavior and world views of the adults around him.

My heart went out to Howie, feeling deeply his naïveté and his fragile, unabashed, innocent sincerity, his sense of responsibility to help his dad find a new partner. I felt his irrepressible sense of adventure and mission, and his eagerness to call on some of his Buddhist Wiccan aunt Shanna’s quirky wisdom to succeed.

As soon as that happened, this little story just poured out, and I still happily tear up a bit when I read it. I hope you do too!

Buy Link:

http://ninestarpress.com/product/stone-and-shell/

Blurb:

Eight-year-old Howie Evinger is convinced that his dad would be happier if he found a new husband. Howie would be happier, too. And somewhere out there in the city of Vancouver, there’s the right man for his dad to love. But how to find him? That’s a problem, especially if you’re just a kid and your dad says he doesn’t want another husband.

With the help of his quirky aunt who calls herself a Buddhist Wiccan, Howie builds his very own solstice altar with cool symbols to support his search. It has a candle, a feather and a twisty stick, plus an agate for his dad, and a scallop shell for his new husband. Share Howie’s solstice adventure as he learns how real magic requires courage and patience as well as symbols.

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This sounds so great I’m anxious to read it. Thank you so much for coming by the blog. See you soon. : )

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Cowboys, Holidays and Hawaii all in One Book!

cowboysdontcomeout400x600Hi! It’s just a few days now until COWBOYS DON”T COME OUT releases, a story in which i include Cowboys, Holidays and Hawaii all in One Book! Yep, this is not a traditional cowboy story (although books later in the series will be). In this book, my hero, Rand McIntyre, goes on vacation for the holidays with his parents. They go to Hana, Hawaii, which is a center for the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) tradition. Hawaii actually had cowboys between 15 and 50 years before the mainland (depending on which history you read). Just like California, Hawaiian cowboys came from Mexico and, to this day, paniolos still maintain more of the vaquero tradition than that of the mainland cowboy.

In Cowboys Don’t Come Out, my hero Rand meets a Hawaiian paniolo, Kai Kealoha, and strikes up a vacation romance. But Kai has a boatload of secrets and those ultimately interfere with the casual nature of the romance. There are tons of horses, riding and two-stepping in the book, as well as some pretty hot sex in bamboo forests and such.

We even get a touch of holiday cheer as Rand gets sucked into the charm and love of Kai’s younger brother and sister.

I hope you enjoy Cowboys Don’t Come Out. It releases on December 7th. Here’s the blurb. To read an excerpt and see the buy links, click HERE.

Rand McIntyre settles for good enough. He loves his small California ranch, raising horses, and teaching riding to the kids he adores—but having kids of his own and someone to love means coming out, and that would jeopardize everything he’s built. Then, despite his terror of flying, he goes on a holiday to Hana, Hawaii, with his parents and meets the dark and mysterious Kai Kealoha, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy. Rand takes to Kai’s kid brother and sister as much as he drools over Kai, but the guy sports more prickles than a horned toad and more secrets than the exotic land he comes from.

Kai’s earned his privacy and lives to protect his “kids.” He ought to stay away from the big, handsome cowboy for everyone’s sake—but since the guy’s just a haole on a short vacation, how much damage can he do? When all of Kai’s worst fears and Rand’s darkest nightmares come true at once, there’s not much chance for two cowboys who can’t—or won’t—come out.

See you soon! : )

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My Thanksgiving Wish for You — Fantastic Beasts!

4776Hi and to those in the US, Happiest Thanksgiving! I recently got to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and i strongly suggest that watching it is a perfect way to spend the day before, the evening of or the day after Thanksgiving.

What a grand story! I love Harry Potter and all its permutations, but Fantastic Beasts seems to me to be at least as good. It’s sort of a prequel to Harry, showing us the author of the Hogwarts text, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander. Newt comes to 1920s America with a suitcase full of fantastic critters and the fun begins. There’s also a marvelously evil villain and lots of great characters to keep this new franchise going. I just adored every minute of it. Here is the final preview of it in case you haven’t seen it 17 times —

I hope you get to see the movie soon and, above all, i wish you joy and happiness. Please accept my sincerest thanks for visiting me. Happy Thanksgiving.  : )

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New Books Coming from Tara Lain! Cowboys, Dancers and BALLS!

deathdancer_9781786515179_800Hi  and Welcome!

I want to announce New Books Coming from Tara Lain! That’s me. LOL. People often ask about upcoming new releases so i wanted to catch you up. Here are some on the list —

Nov 29th – Death Dancer general release. This book, my first murder mystery romance, is currently available for early download at Pride Publishing. So if you want to read the book now, you can get it there. It will be available everywhere in 9 days!

End of Nov — Beauty, Inc. in audiobook

December — Lord of a Thousand Steps in audiobook

Dec 7th — Cowboys Don’t Come Out releases. It’s currently available for pre-order cowboysdontcomeout400x600everywhere. This is my first cowboy romance. It takes place largely in Hawaii and explores the Hawaiian cowboy tradition as well as the California cowboy.

Jan 11 — Volley Balls re-releases in a new EXPANDED and REWRITTEN version that’s nearly twice as long as the original. Come back to Laguna Beach and meet my alpha males.

Feb 8th – Fire Balls re-releases with all the feisty, snarky charm of Rodney Mansfield and the reserved gorgeousness of Hunter Fallon.

March — Brush with Catastrophe, the second book in the Aloysius Tales, re-releases. This is the story of Sammy, a crappy witch, who turns out to be far more than he seems.

April — Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, the second of the Cowboys Don’t series, comes out in time for RT. You’ll meet gorgeous Danny in the first book and follow him on bull riding adventure in this story.

May — Volley Balls and Fire Balls release in a print anthology

May — Re-release of Beach Balls, the story that takes love underwater

June — Return of the Chauffeur’s Son is a charming little category romance that pays homage to a well known film.

The rest of the year is also scheduled, but i’ll share it later. This will keep you current for quite a while. Thanks so much to all who have asked. I hope you enjoy them all! : )

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100 Years of Men’s Underwear! You’ll Thank Me.

Hi —

Sometimes a girl just has to blog about gratuitous eye candy. This is one of those times. Below you’ll find 100 Years of Men’s Underwear. This post has no redeeming social significance. Isn’t that great? LOL. Thanks for coming by. I have new books all over the place —

spellcat400x600Spell Cat – Recently released

 

 

 

deathdancer_9781786515179_800Death Dancer – Currently available in limited release. General release is Nov 29th

 

 

 

cowboysdontcomeout400x600Cowboys Don’t Come Out — Coming Dec 7th. Available for pre-order.

 

 

 

And now, here is your 100 Years of Men’s Underwear. Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting! : )

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Top Movie Meet Cutes! Authors Take Notes.

spellcat400x600Hi —

Movie Meet Cutes! Romance authors are always trying to come up with cool new ways for their characters to meet. In my current work in progress, one hero saves the other from being beaten up on the beach. Two of my romantic heroes meet underwater and fight over an octopus, while in my current release, SPELL CAT, one hero asks the other for directions.

In this video, they explore the Top 10 “Meet Cutes” in the movies. I think they pick some great ones, but miss the first time Baby meets Johnny in Dirty Dancing or the first searing look between Hawkeye and Cora in Last of the Mohicans — of course the latter isn’t a romance or comedy per se, so i guess it might be disqualified.

Take a look at the list and see what you think. Do you agree?

Thank you for coming by! : )

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