Cool New Review from the Deviant Divas

Hi everyone –I’m at the RT Booklovers Convention in LA. Having a marvelous time. In browsing Goodreads i found this delightful review of Genetic Attraction from The Deviant Divas. I thank them so much for taking the time to read the book as well as for their great comments. Had to share: 

Emmaline and Jake are two research scientists heading up an important cancer research study. Think Nobel Peace Prize level there has been sexual tension between them for a long time. Em notices Jake touching her a moment too long here and there and lives for those moments. Being professionals she dreams of being able to show more than a passing interest and revealing her love for him.

A weekend invitation to Jake’s place in the countryside reveals another side of Jake Em didn’t foresee. Jake has a lover, Roan. Jake is gay and loves Roan. Disappointment doesn’t have time to set in when she figures out his plan for her. Roan and Jake both want to have a relationship with Em. What the hell, it’s a long weekend, a little fun can’t hurt.

Jake has been planning this moment, Roan and Em. The two people he loved most in the world. He and Roan had talked and dreamed about how it would go. It was better than either had imagined a menage. A photo is released that could cause serious damage to their reputation. Now Em, Jake and Roan have to decide. If this Menage is truly worth everything they have worked so hard for.

I enjoyed this book and now want to think a menage could work. These three characters were very hot and the book was well written. I enjoyed all of the dynamics in this relationship.
Reviewed by SubPage
5 Divas

Genetic Attraction is a tantalizing tale full of drama and sexiness featuring a distinguished research scientist, her sexy assistant, and a gorgeous supermodel. In these modern times, some sexual preferences do not fit into standard sexual norms. Em knows that the ultra-conservative academic world where she conducts her research is not going to be accepting of the wonderful yet extraordinary relationship she’s involved in. It takes her free-spirited mother and a supportive colleague to help her make the right decisions regarding matters of her heart. This story is well written with just the right amount of erotica and kinkiness to keep it stimulating throughout the entire read.
Reviewed by Trixxy
4 Divas

Warning, this book will cause the female reader to search for toys or a convenient male for sexual gratification. Ms. Lain created drool worthy men.

Ménage a trois with a sexy smart scientist and a molting hot model can definite cause a woman to stop thinking straight. Ms. Lain provided a buffet of delectable males to choose from. From the very beginning, her characters pull the reader into the life of academia. She reveals the narrow minded and petty politics which many people are unaware. This provides a perfect backdrop for the story’s dilemma. Enter the pompous Dr. Kovak whose hidden agenda is never quite revealed. Does he enjoy frightening people with his thinly veiled blackmail threats? There is no doubt Ms. Lain generates heat in her sex scenes. To be clear, the sex in this book is hot. Readers will devour every sex act and live vicariously through Emmaline, the lead female character. While it’s unrealistic for two sexy men to also be blessed with noteworthy equipment, a girl can still fantasize and enjoy the ride. The dynamic between the triad is realistic and endearing. Ultimately, the story’s question is – will Emmaline choose her career over the men?
Reviewed by Book Addict
4 Divas

The object of two fine ass men dreams, so wish it was me. Genetic Attraction is a roller coaster ride of sensual pleasure and erotic expedition. Tara Lain did a marvelous job in sculpting three characters with excellent depth. I love this novel!
Reviewed by Kishia
5 Divas

A novel that is fan worthy,Genetic Attraction is a steamy read. Emmaline, Jake and Roan have a blazing chemistry. The problems the three face are realistic and believable. The author’s way of bring the characters together was fantastic!
Reviewed by Novel Diva
4 Divas


ADULT Excerpt: Genetic Attraction

It’s been a while since i posted an excerpt from Genetic Attraction, my M/M/F menage now available from Loose Id, Amazon, and other retailers. It also received a Best Book rating from Whipped Cream Reviews. In case you haven’t seen the Book Trailer, click here.

Although the book is M/M/F, this scene is M/F. My hero (one of them), Dr. Jake Martin, has had a falling out with the heroine, Dr. Emmaline Silvay, his lover and boss, because she won’t move in with Jake and his male lover, Roan. She attends a faculty party where she’s being hit on quite politely by another professor and then she sees Jake. Here’s what happens (remember — RATED R at least):

“Well, little rock dweller, can I get you another glass of wine?”

“Maybe in a minute; right now I need a rest room.”

“Actually, I noticed a pretty long line outside the one in the hall.” He made a discreet point skyward. “But we VIPs happen to know there’s a little-known bathroom up in Howard’s bedroom.”

“Oh great.” She hopped off the stool, only feeling a little hit from the glass of chardonnay, and turned toward the stairs.

He gestured to the upper floor. “Want a guide?”

“No need. This house has a similar floor plan to mine. I’ll be back in a minute.”

Up the carpeted stairs lined with old historical photos, the noise died down and the lights were dim. She sagged against the wall for a minute to catch her breath. Jesus, Kovak; just what she needed. And then there was Isaac. He was an attractive man, very attractive actually, and single, and her age, and appropriate. Under ordinary circumstances, she’d be interested.
“Daydreaming about the new boyfriend?”

Guilt made her face heat. Shit. Jake.

“What are you doing here?” She turned and looked into his angry but still oh-so-beautiful face.

“This is a faculty party. Last time I checked, I was a member of the faculty.”

“You know what I mean. You haven’t been anywhere near this campus after five o’clock all week. Why the sudden social bent?”

Six-foot-two of upset man loomed over her. “Not happy to see me, Em? Afraid I’ll cramp your style with Dr. Loverboy down there?”

Okay, too much. Tears started running down her face. Shit, she was crying. “Stop it, Jake. There’s never anyone I want to see more than you.”

He stared at her, torn it seemed between anger and some other softer emotion. His hand shot out, grabbed her behind the head, and pulled her into his arms. And there was that ravenous mouth. Consuming. For a moment, words like Kovak and Isaac and Dr. Winton flashed in her mind. Oh, but this was Jake. She opened her mouth and accepted all of that questing tongue. The frustration, anger, hurt, and longing of the whole week flashed into passion, heat. Her body pressed against his, writhing on the huge erection that pressed into her abdomen. Oh God, somehow she had to get that where it belonged. She tried to climb him, thrusting her hips against his body, but the height difference was just too much. He pushed her back against the wall behind her, bent his knees, and came up with that rock-hard bulge pushing against her clit. Oh, shit, yes.

Still thrusting, he pulled his mouth from hers and gasped, “We can’t stay here. Where can we go?”

She grabbed his hand, slid herself out from under him on the wall, and led him into Howard’s bedroom two doors down the hall. There were some coats and purses on the bed, so guests might come in. She located the bathroom and pulled him into it. It was a smallish room — nothing like he was used to in Connecticut — just a shower stall, sink, and toilet with a cabinet above. Right now it looked like the Taj Mahal to her.

He pulled her into a heated kiss again, thrusting that tongue deep like she loved. She sucked on his tongue, her hands pawing at his fly, trying to open it. Never breaking the kiss, he took over the effort. He opened his belt, unbuttoned his pants, and pulled down his fly. She slipped her hand in and wrapped her fingers around that beautiful cock. She started to kneel, but he pulled her back.

“No,” he panted. “May not have much time. Want to fuck you.”

He looked around at the sink, but seemed to decide against it. He pulled his trousers down around his knees and sat down on the toilet seat with his big, wet cock pointing up at the ceiling.
Oh, wow. Mindless. The only goal in her universe was to mount and ride that big dick. Stripping off her thong, she straddled him and lowered herself to the one place on earth she wanted to be. Oh, sweet, sweet —

His head fell back. Eyes tightly shut, he moaned, “Em, oh, Em, please.”

She began to ride. Her hands planted on the wall behind the toilet, she pressed forward and rode up and down and up and down, her body shaking with pure lust. How had she lived a week without this? Vaguely, she heard some voices in the bedroom outside, but she simply didn’t care. This was too wonderful.

Confessions of a Book Convention Virgin

I’m going to RT. Whew. It gives me a butterfly or two. You see, I’ve never been to a writer’s conference of any kind. Of course, I’ve only officially been a novelist for a few months, since my first book, Genetic Attraction, a M/M/F menage, came out from Loose Id in January. 
It’s funny to say I’m a convention virgin, because I literally made a living doing presentations for conventions and trade shows for many years right out of college. I started out standing up in front of crowds with a microphone extolling the virtues of some new computer system and, in later years as a PR person, dragged the poor members of the press into my client’s booth for interviews. But RT will all be new. Just getting ready for this conference, however, I’ve already learned a bunch of important facts:
It’s all about the bar –If all the people who say they are going to meet me in the bar meet me in the bar, there will be no one left in the sessions.
Swag R Us — At my first trade show years ago I was dressed as a rabbit, a singing and dancing one, and I ran around between performances collecting candy –it was the National Confectioners Association. At RT, we writers are the candy givers. I now have a stack of postcards, magnets, little mirror compacts and such to hand out. It should be fun.
  Build the Back List, baby – At RT, I’ll be in the less than ideal position of having only one ebook available. My next release isn’t until May, then June and beyond. Under ordinary circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have picked RT for my first conference, but it’s in my backyard so I couldn’t resist. I realize with some delight that by this time next year I should have seven or eight books in the backlist including a few in print.
Workshopaholics Anonymous – I adore workshops. It’s how I trained myself to be a novel writer after a lifetime writing nonfiction. At RT, I will go crazy because at any given half hour there are multiple events I want to attend. And, of course, there’s the bar!
Ready for the Pitch – There are so many great opportunities to pitch publishers and agents at RT, I wish I had a manuscript to present. All my work this year, however, is spoken for and I’m not complaining. It’s a great problem to have.
I’m looking forward to the Conference and will be reporting back during the week with details as i learn lots more things. I’ll be signing at the ebook Fair on Friday afternoon, so come see me there. Anything you know i shouldn’t miss? Leave me a comment.  :  )

KIM S WINS! Doesn’t Have to Use Her Birthday Money!

Congratulations, Kim S!! Those good birthday vibes must have been working for you because your name was drawn at random from our many entries in the contest. You’ve won Genetic Attraction on CD (unless you’d rather have an e copy which is okay too) plus some fun swag that i’ll be taking to RT.  Please email me with your snail mail address.

I got great suggestions on how to survive RT. Here’s a few:

  • Keep good notes for followup
  • Plan who you want to meet. Get organized!
  • Make time to visit your favorite authors.
  • Bring a camera
  • Bring a collapsible cart
  • Definitely go to the RT Virgin meeting
  • Leave room for new books
  • Lots of water
  • Take a few minutes to do NOTHING
  • Hand sanitizer!
  • Decorate your name tag to make it easy to see
  • Have fun, have fun, have fun!!!
Thanks to everyone who entered. For a pretty new author, i sure meet the best people.  Thank you again. (I expect to have extra postcards after the show, so if you have a book club or group you’d like to give them to, let me know after April 10 and i’ll send you some if they’re available.). 
BTW, if you happen to go to this link on Amazon and leave a rating or review it would be much appreciated!! 

The Special Lure of the Non-alpha Male

If you have read my book, Genetic Attraction, or read my blogs, you know i have a special love for beta males, the men who seldom wear wife-beater t-shirts, have little chest hair, cry occasionally and have a vocabulary of more than 25 words. And since i write M/M and M/M/F menage romances, my beta males are sometimes quite noticeably gay. I love guyliner, a touch of jewelry, and even a bit of glitter. One of my favorite pre-readers commented on my hero, David, in the upcoming Volley Balls, “He seems a bit effeminate here. Did you intend that?” My answer was a decided “Yes!” Of course, he has two of the alphay-est alpha males around to offset him. My supermodel, Roan, in Genetic Attraction and The Scientist and the Supermodel (coming May 31) is beautiful and wise and strong, but not truly an alpha male. He is gentle and submissive by nature, and, for many readers, he is their favorite hero.

But i’m not alone in my love of beta males. I’ve learned from the best. Jet Mykles has made a wonderful specialty of the non-alpha male, even including a few cross-dressers and transvestites. My favorite of her books, The Sursein Judgement, stars a most blatantly gay hero beautifully balanced by a wonderful, almost oafish farm boy. Lynn Lorenz writes very alpha males mostly, but one of her best and most popular books is called Edward Unconditionally, featuring a flamboyant, effeminate hero who it’s impossible not to love — or to forget. You probably know how much i love Sloan Parker’s book, More. And my favorite of her three heroes? Matthew, the gentle heart of the threesome and the book. Josh Lanyon and Ethan Day also create some wonderful betas.

Perhaps more woman like alpha males than favor my more gentle heroes, but i try to give a variety to choose from. Clearly, however, enough women like effeminate pretty boys to keep people like Adam Lambert and Bill Kaulitz very popular. Most of my heroes don’t wear feathers — yet!  LOL.

What kind of heroes do you like to read and write? Are you alpha all the way? Or like a little variety?

Conference Survival Contest!! FREE Book CD

Hi everyone — I’m blogging this week (Tuesday March 22)  at Literary Escapism on a topic i called “Confessions of an RT Virgin“.  You see, in April i’m attending my first ever author/readers conference (RT in Los Angeles) and i’m looking for advice.  What are the tips from readers and authors who have attended (or are planning to attend) any conference for surviving and thriving in this busy crazy world of workshops, pitches, networking and trips to the bar!!

Give me your best advice and you may win a CD ROM copy of Genetic Attraction (so if you’ve read it, this makes a perfect gift) plus a selection of my RT swag — a little mirror compact, some signed postcards, a magnet or two.

So leave me a comment below. It doesn’t have to be brilliant — the winner is decided by drawing.  If you follow the blog your name will go in the contest drawing twice. Okay? Make sure i have a way to contact you if you win. If you leave your email, let me know if i should add it to my email list.

Come on –all tips gratefully received. So, comfortable shoes, but how do you stay comfy and still look good? What else?  :  )

Creating Book Titles: Before or After-thought?

Titles. They are sooo important to a book. How often have you bought a book almost entirely on the strength of its title? Belinda McBride has some winners. I could not pass up An Uncommon Whore or Blacque/Bleu because the titles are so provocative. One of my dear friends, the great Suzanne Forster, is a master (mistress) of titles. Her first book was called Undercover Angel. Who wouldn’t want to publish that book? One of my favorites of hers was The Devil and Miss Moody, and she’s most famous for titles like Blush, The Lonely Girls Club, Shameless and The Private Concierge.

Writers create titles in different ways. For some, the title is a post-book creation and they consider a whole list of possibilities. For me, it’s much more integral. I often think of the title of a book at the same time as the original concept of the story. Genetic Attraction grew right out of the basic idea, two geneticists have a secret yen for each other.The Scientist and the Supermodel was named practically on day one. I couldn’t resist the alliteration and i’ve always loved titles that have a this AND that quality (The Devil AND Miss Moody). These books never had any other titles.

My current work in progress, a romantic suspense, had a brief  title misstep.The story is a M/M/M menage, and one key character is a male ballet dancer. I originally named the book Pas de Trois. This is actually a perfect title for this story. Pas de Trois means roughly “steps for three” and it is a ballet term. Now, i’m a ballet freak and i speak a little French — but quickly i started to worry, if you don’t know ballet and you don’t speak French will this title be off-putting? I asked you all — on Twitter and at a couple Yahoo groups — and what i heard back was “better not”. Fortunately, an even better title for the book is The Golden Dancer which is both the name of a statue that is stolen in the book and a description of my beautiful ballet dancer hero.

My summer romance always had two title choices and when i polled my editors Volley Balls was the winner. I like it a lot.  Do you?

Which brings me to my title angst! The sequel to Genetic Attraction,  a M/M/F menage that involves a beautiful man who looks like a woman and an adorable girl who looks like a young boy, always had a title from day one. It was called Androgynous Dreams. I love this title and would buy any book called this — BUT, my editors do not agree. They think the title is not romantic and the more people i ask, the more people that agree with them. (Smart people those editors). So i am currently trying to find a title that we all like for this book. The funny thing is i realize that this process is AWFUL for me. The title is so much a part of the heart of a book in my mind that not having a title makes the book feel eviscerated. It’s actually a source of anxiety! Which is weird! As i go along as a writer, i’m sure this will happen many times and i better get used to it., but for now my book feels like an orphan! I will keep you up to date and may get you involved in the final selection.

So tell me, seriously!  What kinds of titles capture your attention? What are your favorites? I am going to need to know in the near future!!!  LOL

A Little Nibble of Volleyballs!!

Coming this summer, a whole new world for readers of Tara Lain novels. Volleyballs is a contemporary M/M/M menage romance with a summer beach theme. Published by Etopia Press, Volleyballs will first be released as a standalone ebook and then printed as part of a beach anthology. Below is a little nibble to get you looking forward to Volleyballs!

David Underwood needs to go to AA – Alpha-lovers Anonymous, but his ogling of two Australian volleyball players on Laguna Beach gets him harassed and terrified he might be in for a repeat of his previous abusive relationship. Australian, Gareth Marshall needs to come out. A lifetime of hiding his orientation from his best friend and volleyball partner, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, has left him hurt and frustrated.When Gareth gets a load of David posing nude as the Micheangelo statue in the famous Laguna Pageant, he knows his hiding days are numbered. But Edge has his own secrets, and may just take them out on the two lovers. And David’s ex-lover has some nasty plans of his own. With everything stacked against them, can a flaming gay Laguna boy find happiness with an alpha male – or two.

What is your favorite beach and/ or summer romance?  I think of an oldie movie called Picnic for one. Share.  :  )

Ode to Kissing!!

The following is a reprint of a recent blog post i did for The Paperback Dolls. I love this post, so in case some of you missed it, i am reprinting it here. Or you can hop over and read the original HERE. The Dolls are always fun, so visit often. Meanwhile, enjoy the most delightful kind of history, plus a short scene from Genetic Attraction where Roan kisses Em (YUM!). BTW, Genetic Attraction is now available at Amazon and Fictionwise among other major resellers!

An Ode to Kissing!

What better way to celebrate the coming of Spring than with an ode to kissing! Most humans do it, and even many animals kiss, lick and nuzzle each other. Not sure about the birds and the bees. But anthropologists don’t really know too much about when or how it started. Some say it’s instinctive. We know it allows prospective mates to taste each other’s pheromones for biological compatibility much more directly than sniffing. Those biologists do take the fun out of things!

Among the first mentions of kissing in literature was in four Vedic Sanskrit texts. Now that’s a kiss! They knew what they were doing in 1500BC. In Rome, couples announced their wedding by kissing passionately in front of a group of people including family. Today, we’d call that a PDA of the first order. Kisses were even used to seal legal and business agreements, leading to our idea of “sealed with a kiss”. Shakespeare sometimes portrayed kisses as dangerous or deadly when shared by the wrong people as in Romeo and Juliet and the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea led us to the idea that a kiss could awaken and breathe life into a sleeping beauty. 

In modern times, the first inter-racial kiss ever shown on television was between Captain Kirk and Uhura on the original Star Trek. Of course, they were enchanted at the time. I knew I loved that show. In our society, two women kissing is generally more acceptable than two men, although I think Adam Lambert may be single handedly changing that idea.

And we get a lot of our ideas about kissing from the movies. So to conclude our little paean of praise to osculation, here are some of my all time favorite kissing scenes. The incredible kissing prowess of Jude Law, who made Cold Mountain HOT. The indescribably sexy Hugh Jackman who can just kiss away forever and I’ll watch. Kissing in the rain from The Notebook, and, of course, the most famous upside down kiss ever.

We all have our ideas of who does it best. Who is your favorite kisser? In my novel Genetic Attraction, a M/M/F ménage, some very serious kissing of all kinds goes on. Here’s the link if you’d like to know more.

And here is a very short excerpt fromGenetic Attraction in which the heroine, an older, renowned geneticist, meets the supermodel boyfriend of her research partner. Here is her introduction (and ours) to Roan Black:

The doorbell sounded. Goose bumps erupted. This was it. She hadn’t even had time to think of what to say to the boyfriend of the man of her dreams.

Fighting a giggle, she hopped up, wobbled a little, crossed the entry, and yanked open the door.

Jesus. Was this what people meant when they said “your heart stops?” She stared.
The man standing under her porch light almost didn’t seem real. She looked up into clear green eyes so heavily fringed with lashes, they looked like they were lined with kohl. And that mouth? Looking at it had to be a mortal sin in at least three major religions. Like female beauty somehow architecturally carved into a male masterpiece.

He extended his long, slim hand and said simply, “Roan.”
His hand was so warm. “I know.”

He smiled. Did the sun just come out? Dimples. And one of those shining white teeth was crooked. Maybe nature could only endure so much perfection and had to fight back with a tiny cosmic joke.

Yikes. She flew off her feet, and breath whooshed from her lungs as he crushed her against the silky fabric of his tux and the hard, slim body beneath. She managed to get her toes back on the ground and looked up at that exquisite face framed by silky black hair.

He beamed. “Hello, darling.” He dropped his head and kissed her, full on the mouth.

Far from a “howdy” kind of peck, the kiss was soft and lingering, with the slightest hint of a warm tongue against her lips. She fought not to whimper.

Gradually, and it felt reluctantly, he pulled back. “I think I’m your date for tonight.”

Only one thing came to mind. “Holy shit.”

From a few steps behind Roan, Jake started to laugh.