Audrey and Me! Return of the Chauffeur’s Son Coming June 2nd #Sabrina #AudreyHepburn

Hi — 

If you’ve visited the blog or my FB page anytime recently, you know that my next release is Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, which releases June 2nd (a week from when i’m writing this). You may also know that this book is an homage to an old romantic movie and might have guessed which film from the book title.Confirmed! The old movie is Sabrina, a charming romance from the 1950s i think that you might have seen on TV. (They’ve remade the movie but the new one isn’t nearly as good as the original. Try to find it.) The original stars were Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and the amazing Audrey Hepburn. When i was young, people used to tell me that i looked like Audrey and that inspired me to seek out her films. I love bunches of them — Roman Holiday, Funny Face and especially Sabrina. In this original, Humphrey Bogart was too old to be the romantic lead, but Audrey is so engaging and amazing that i don’t think anyone cared.

A lot about the film is old and outdated today and i had a great time taking the tropes of the film and i hope the effervescent mood and translating it into a contemporary romance that just happens to be a triangle between three men. I reset the story in Napa Valley, California and filled it with the wine and food of that region, a detail i think captures some of the sensory quality of the movie.

If you plan to read the book, i hope you’ll pre-order it now. Here is the link to Amazon. And you can find it t all other retailers. To read an excerpt, Click HERE. I hope you enjoy it as much as i loved writing it. Here’s to Audrey!

Cinderella Trope in French! Les Braises sous la Cendre by Tara Lain

Hi — I’m so excited to announce the release of my popular Cinderella trope novella, Sinders and Ash, in French. The title is Les Braises sous la Cendre. This book is the first of my Pennymaker Tales, a series that pays homage to our favorite fairy tales and children’s stories as contemporary romances.

Here is the link to the French Kindle Store. HERE!

The US Kindle Store HERE

Dreamspinner Press HERE

Here’s an excerpt. Please note, this is from the ENGLISH edition.

Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashford Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.

 Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.

The soft knock reminded him of a cue in a bad play. He knew who it was and knew he shouldn’t answer. That insane little man gave him hope when he knew he had no hope. Only hard work. But dammit, he liked Mr. Pennymaker.

He huffed, dragged himself off the bed, cleared the couple of steps to the door, pulled it open, and headed right back to the bed and curled into a ball.

“Helloooo, my boy. How are you this lovely day?” The chirpy voice paused, and Mark peeked at him from his armadillo-like position. Mr. Pennymaker had his hands on his knees and was gazing at Mark. Yes, he was an elf. “Hmm. I gather we are not tip-top?”

Mark shook his head. “No, sir.”

“What seems to be the problem?”

“Don’t really want to talk about it.”

“Might as well. I want to listen.”

He had a point. Mark needed another angle of vision. “I did something very bad.”

The dark suit Pennymaker was wearing today would have been conservative but for the bright pink vest and the gardenia in his buttonhole. He sat on the rickety chair. “Would you like to tell me about it?”

Mark sat up. Would he? There was something about the man. Like he was on Mark’s side no matter what. Mark had never had that feeling… at least not since his mom died. It made no sense. Mr. Pennymaker was a stranger, but there it was. “Well, you see, Richard the Bastard tried to force himself on me, and I was so—”

“Hold on! What happened?”

“Oh, the bastard sous chef finally quit perving on me and decided to do the deed. He didn’t get to hurt me because Armitage—you know, the rich guy—came to my rescue. And now I know I’m going to get fired any minute, and I really need this job, and I don’t know what I’ll do if they give me a bad referral.”

“Now, now, even Herman Marcusi won’t fire a man for avoiding rape.”

“No, you don’t understand. Because I was really upset. See, I had this thing happen and I guess I went into flashbacks or something, but I was pretty messed up, and Armitage tried to help me and, shit, I kissed him.”

The man grinned. “Kissed him?”

“Yeah.” Mark returned to armadillohood.

Mr. Pennymaker’s voice dripped with amusement. “I’m sure you were grateful.”

Didn’t he get it? Mark sat up. “No! I kissed him kissed him, like, with tongue and, you know.”

The grin got bigger. “I’m sure you were very grateful.”

Mark sighed. “Maybe. But I imagine he’s reporting it to Marcusi right now and I’ll be out on my ass by tomorrow.”

“Maybe he enjoyed it.”

Hell, he hadn’t thought of that. The guy had seemed shocked, but he hadn’t worked very hard to get away. After all, Mark wasn’t exactly Mighty Joe Young. Still, the look on his face…. “I doubt it. Hell, you can’t do anything good with Sinders and Ash.”

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Thank you for visiting. Remember, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son releases June 2nd. Pre-order HERE.

Inciting Incident to 3rd Act Twist! 5 Top Plot Points #amwriting #writingcraft

Hi welcome. Many writers, like me, structure books quite intuitively, sensing when twists and turns are needed to keep the reader engaged. But there actually are rules and pointers for plot structure that can help us. Below is a particularly fun rundown on the 5 top plot points that apply to both books and movies. I hope you enjoy it. My upcoming new release, Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, takes my hero from yearning for the same guy since he was 11, to almost getting his heart’s desire only to discover it might not be what he wants, while uncovering something even more desirable — that he might have given up because he was too blind to see. You can pre-order it HERE.

Here are those Top 5 Plots Points!

Thank you for coming by!

Top 10 I Love You Scenes in Movies

Hi —

I know you love love scenes. After all, you’re a romance reader. So i thought i’d share this video of the Top 10 I Love You scenes in movies. I agree with a number of them — especially Moonstruck! What about you? What scenes where someone says I Love You are your faves?

Thank you for coming by!. You can pre-order my next big release Return of the Chauffeur’s Son everywhere. : )

Happy Anniversary Dreamspinner! 35% OFF with Code 10YEARS. #Actfast

Hi — As you know, most of my books are with Dreamspinner Press, a truly fantastic publisher. Dreamspinner is celebrating 10 Years as a provider of the very best in gay romance to readers around the world. We get the presents! Take advantage of the Dreamspinner Anniversary Sale and get 35% OFF when you use the code 10YEARS.

You might want to pre-order Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, my upcoming release currently on pre-order everywhere. This could be the best price before release on June 2nd. https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/return-of-the-chauffeurs-son-by-tara-lain-8528-b

Or maybe you haven’t read Beach Balls yet, the sexy beach  romance that was re-released on May 8th. https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beach-balls-by-tara-lain-8440-b

Like paranormal? Try Brush with Catastrophe, about witches in New York saving the world. https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/brush-with-catastrophe-by-tara-lain-8378-b

And maybe you haven’t read Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns, my super popular cowboy romance. https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cowboys-dont-ride-unicorns-by-tara-lain-8301-b

If you click the name of the book it will take you to a page where you can read the blurb and an excerpt.

There are tons of great authors at Dreamspinner, so be sure to take advantage of this special sale. The sale is over May 18th, so act fast and don’t forget to use the code 10YEARS!

 

8 Movies To See Before You Die. #films

Hi – –

Thought i’d take a breather from books and post about movies. What films do you think say so much about life that everyone should see them at least once? Below is a list of 8. Some i agree with unconditionally — like Groundhog Day, a true masterpiece. Some i’m not so sure. What’s your thought? Anything you’d add to the list?

Thanks so much for coming by! My next release is Return of the Chauffeur’s Son. It’s available for pre-order now everywhere.

Talk soon. : )

BEACH BALLS Releases! Enemies to Lovers. Hotness Underwater #BallstotheWall

The wait is over! BEACH BALLS, book #3 in the Balls To The Wall series by Tara Lain is now available! 

 Hi and welcome to the re-release of my enemies to lovers story, BEACH BALLS. For those who have read it, know that this edition is the same story but with some additions — particularly from Sky. I hope you love it! Be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter!

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Beach Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series, #3)
By Tara Lain
Blurb:

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.
Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?
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Readers are 
LOVING BEACH BALLS!

“Ms Lain pens a thoughtful and sensual tale and I look forward to reading more in the series.”
~ Night Owl Reviews — 4 1/2 Stars! Reviewer Top Pick!

“The character growth they undergo during the story is phenomenal and adds a lot of zing, along with the ‘off the chart’ hotness of their sexual encounters.” ~ Rainbow Book Reviews

Excerpts

 

He tipped up
his chin and leaned in. If Sky didn’t want to, all he had to do was lean back,
but he didn’t.
Sweet. Sky’s lips were so soft. Like a girl’s, almost. But that tongue was
pure male, pushing hot and hard between Adam’s lips. Sky grabbed Adam’s head
with both hands. He almost toppled over backward, but Sky held him and
plundered his mouth. Man, his cock was throbbing again. On fire. He wanted to
climb into the back seat and ride Sky all the way to oblivion.
Sky ripped his
mouth away and looked at Adam fiercely. “Crap. I was so nice and satisfied, and
now I’m crazy to fuck you.”
“Likewise.”
“Don’t know
how I’m going to last until Friday, but I guess we gotta. My life’s not my own
for a few days.”
“How about the
middle of the night?” Adam was only half kidding.
“I can’t even
predict my nights until the weekend.”
“I understand.
I have a pretty busy week too.” That was an understatement.
“You in
business?”
“Lawyer.” His
heart was thumping. That’s the most he’d ever told any guy he fucked.
Sky grinned.
“Oh, like the ones at the bottom of the Mariana Trench?”
“Yeah, a good
start.”
Sky leaned
forward and gave him a quick peck on the lips, then pulled his legs into the
car. Adam stood, and Sky closed the door, pushed a button on the dash, and the
car hummed to life. Whir. Ping. Jesus, those cars made weird
noises.
Sky reached a
hand out the window. Adam touched his fingers to Sky’s, and Sky smiled. “See
you Friday.”
“Yeah.”
“I miss you
already.” He drove off, the Prius weirdly silent.
Adam could
barely catch his breath. Miss you already. Shit. That guy was the most dangerous combination of deadly
honest and completely irresistible.
Adam was about
to risk everything for a guy. That sounded way too much like high school. If he
had one ounce of fucking sense, he’d cancel the date and never see Sky again.
But that
feeling in Adam’s chest was not fear. That throbbing in his cock seemed
unlikely to stop any time soon. Chances of walking away from Sky? Zero.

 

The guys
nearest the beach started laughing and pointing. What’s going on?
He looked at
Gary, who shrugged.
Adam pointed
toward the commotion. “I’m going to go see.” He walked out onto the grassy
verge that led to the sand where he’d been sitting earlier with Sky. The guys
were still laughing. One asked, “What’s he gonna do?”
Adam pushed
into the line of men all facing the ocean and pointing. “What’s happening?”
Ian said,
“This crazy guy is standing there in the water like he’s headed for us, but
he’s not moving. Looks like the
Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
One of the
other men asked, “What’s he wearing?”
Carly smiled
at Adam. “It’s called a dry suit, and it looks to me like he’s waiting for
someone. Wonder who that could be?” He laughed.
Waist-deep in
the water stood a tall man in a full dry suit complete with hood and mask, his
mouthpiece dangling. He had a little bottle of what must be oxygen on his
chest.
I’ve got a funny feeling about this. When Adam stepped off the lawn onto the
sand, the figure in the suit began to pace out of the water with a slow and
deliberate stride.
The “creature”
analogy was dead-on.
When the
creature got out of the surf, he stopped to peel off the mask and hood,
revealing curly hair.
Adam smiled.
He’d know those curls anywhere.
Sky came a few
feet closer. Even in the fading light, Adam imagined he could just make out the
blue-gray eyes.
Sky stopped
again and began to unfasten the dry suit. What kind of show were they in for?
Slowly the
puffy dry suit peeled down the tall body, fully dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and
cargo shorts. A patter of applause started, and Sky kicked off the suit to
reveal flip-flops. Jesus, he must think he was James Bond or something. By this
time everyone was clapping, and Sky gave a little bow.
Son of a bitch, the guy has a sense of
humor
. He’d rigged this
whole elaborate entrance just to get a laugh. But looking at that lean, hard
body in those shorts made another part of Adam’s anatomy very happy.
Sky picked up
the dry suit and walked the ten feet to Adam. “Hi. I believe I was invited for
cocktails.”
No recourse.
He just laughed. “You do know how to make an entrance.”

 

 

Sky sat on the
edge of the bed and stared down at James. James’s dark hair shone in the soft
light from the bathroom. Man, he looks
pretty
. He’d hate that, being called pretty. Handsome was better.
Lover. Odd word to pick. Hell, he should be long gone. Nothing about James
appeared to be his type, but there was something about this guy.
Sky leaned
down and kissed the side of the softly open mouth. Sweet. They hadn’t kissed much in that mad fucking session. Yeah,
mad was the word. He pressed his tongue gently against the full lower lip,
saying good-bye.
He spied his
clothes in the heap he’d left them in on the floor.
James moaned
softly. Oh baby, he’d moaned plenty when he was getting fucked. Sky had been
with a lot of bottoms because he liked to top, but no one had ever loved to
take his cock like James. Those lips were so sweet too. He kissed James’s soft
mouth again with just a little pressure. Loved those little prickles of a day’s
growth of beard around his lips.
James clutched
Sky’s hair and crushed his lips against Sky’s. His tongue surged deep into
Sky’s mouth. Whoa. The devil had been
playing possum.
His turn. He
slipped his arms around James’s broad shoulders and pulled him upright, still
kissing like mad. Sky pulled his mouth away, kissed along the stubbly jaw, and
around to James’s ear. “Hi.”
“Hi. Been
awake long? What time is it?”
He flicked a
tongue into James’s ear and appreciated the little gasp. A quick glance
revealed morning wood. Of course, that matched his own. Yeah, they had the
makings of a bonfire. He should go, but…. “It’s about five thirty. I went to
the bathroom. Need to go?”
“Where the
hell would I put that?” He pointed at his hard-on.
“I know how to
get rid of it.” Sky flicked the tongue into James’s ear again.
Another little
gasp. “You do?”
“Hell, yeah.”

 

The Balls to the Wall Series
Volley Balls
Bk #1
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Fire Balls 
Bk #2
Available to purchase
      
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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Chauffeur’s Sons, Balls, Cats & Unicorns! 30% OFF EVERYTHING at #DreamspinnerPress #RT17

Hi all–

I’m off to RT17 in a couple hours! To celebrate the huge Romantic Tomes Booklovers Convention, Dreamspinner Press is offering 30% OFF everything in their store. That means almost all my books — ebook and print — is 30% off because mot of my books are at Dreamspinner. As you know, DsP also has so many of your favorite authors like Amy Lane, Charlie Cochet, Andrew Grey, Rhys Ford, Mary Calmes and so many more. So here are some links to my newest books that are on sale, but once there, be sure to shop around!

Return of the Chauffeur’s Son — This is my “champagne cocktail” of a book that pays homage to one of the best romantic movies ever made! You can pre-order it now at 30% OFF! HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Balls — Releasing in a week, Beach Balls is my sexy enemies to lover romance that explores the mysteries of sex underwater. See it HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brush with Catastrophe — A paranormal full of witches, mysterious cats, a cute nerd faced with saving the world and a very hidden lover. Check it out HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns — One of my most popular titles, this cowboys romance introduces you to a hunky bull rider and the gorgeous, toppy decorator he falls for. It’s available 30% off HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Volley Balls and Fire Balls — For print lovers, these two popular novellas are together in one print volume — coming next week! Pre-order HERE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Braises sous la Cendre — Do you read in French? Tara’s very popular contemporary romance, Sinders and Ash, has been translated!! See it HERE.

And, of course, i have many other books on the Dreamspinner shelves. All 30% OFF! See them all HERE. 

I hope i get to see you at RT! HUGS!!

Tara Lain’s Taylor Maid Translation Hits #1 in Gay Romance in Germany

Hi —

Do you read German? My tropetastic romance, Taylor Maid, has been translated into German as Inverhofft Liebe and has been ripping up the charts in the German Kindle Store. It hit #1 in gay romance and LGBT fiction. I wanted to show you the wonderful cover. And if you’d like to see it in German, here is the German Link.

To read an excerpt and see reviews, click HERE.

Here’s a hint. Come back tomorrow and you’ll find a special deal on a bunch of wonderful books!

See you soon! : )

Too Funky with Yanis! Just for Fun #MeninHighHeels #Dancing

Hi all —

We’ve been focused on books and sales and contests, so here’s a post just for fun. Enjoy some sexy Yanis Marshall who shows it’s not just women who have to dance in high heels!

Also, don’t forget that Beach Balls releases May 8th and you can grab it now everywhere. Here’s the Amazon Link.

Thank you for coming by! : )