High Praise for HIGH BALLS by Tara Lain #TopPick #5Stars

Hi! I’m back from my vacation — which turned out to be a staycation since we weren’t able to take our trip due to changing schedules. I did get to go to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Monday, my actual birthday, and that’s one of my favorite things to do, so i had fun. My nicest gift was all the lovely praise for my new release, High Balls, that came in while i was gone. Thank you to all who have bought, read, reviewed, commented and messaged me about how much they like the book!

Yesterday, Night Owl Reviews named High Balls a Top Pick! ELF, the reviewer, said, ““High Balls” by Tara Lain reminds me of why I have long been a fan of this author. Her stories address painful and realistic subjects in a fashion that reminds us that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark it seems. I always finish her books with a satisfied and uplifted attitude, and this story really was wonderful to read during the dark times we are living in, and my favorite, in a series that has featured some wonderful and unique men. I adore reminders that one needs to look beyond the surface before making an intelligent judgment, and Snake epitomizes that precept. Young Andy is beautifully presented and serves as a great reminder that children are definitely shaped (and sometimes scarred) by the adults who should be their role models. And who can resist Theodore, with his wonderful defense of romance novels and his unselfish devotion to his young son?”

A Kindle Fan called her 5 Star Review “My New Favorite” and said, “First of all I loved Teddy and Snake. The whole story is pure Tara. She makes situations so real. Emotions are so well portrayed you can feel them. As usual there is so much love in this story. The love between a father and child. The love of a new relationship. The love of a tight-knit group of friends become family. This is a true love story. Enjoy!”

Veronica at V’s Reads, says “For me, I loved the tenderness, and interactions between Theo, Andy and Snake. It’s a fun juxtaposition, this strapping biker-ish guy and the curious child, but they make great co-conspirators. Snake loves his “Teddy Bear” and he’s set to prove it any way he can. And, he’s not afraid to go to Theo’s friends and ask for their help, either. All the boys of the Ball to the Walls books assist Theo or Snake as they ensure Theo’s thesis gets fair treatment, and Andy’s paternity is affirmed. It’s a feel-good romance with a sweet HEA to enjoy.”

Lorraine L. says 5 Stars and “Tara Lain may have helped me in curing my phobia of snakes. I’ve finally one that’s doesn’t want to make me run away. This one however is not only pierced, has tats, big, oozes sex appeal and goes by the name of …..Snake Erasmo.
Now I don’t want to take the limelight away from the truly wonderful Theo, because he was special as well and of course the adorable Andy, but Snake was the naughty forbidden fruit for me.”

And these are just a few. Check out a bunch of great reviews on AMAZON. Or just click on the High Balls page. Thank you for stopping by and helping make this book a great success. And if you’re a Peter Pan fan, you might be surprised at how Peter and Wendy might look if Wendy happened to be Wendell and both guys were gay in my upcoming release Never, the next Pennymaker Tale, available November 3rd.

SALE! Weekend Reads from Tara Lain. 99 Cents! #contemporary #paranormal

Dec. 6, 2017 – Dec. 8, 2017

Grab your copy of
for only 99 Cents each at Dreamspinner Press!

Hi! I’m actually on vacation, but i’m happy to tell you I’m leaving some special weekend reads behind. Move fast and grab your copies. Knight of Ocean Avenue is a super bestseller and if you haven’t read it, don’t miss it. Beach Balls is in the Balls to the Wall series and will give you a taste of my Laguna boys (Check out my new release, High Balls, HERE), and if you’re a paranormal fan, The Pack or the Panther will introduce you to a super fun world of werewolves. Enjoy!

Knight Of Ocean Avenue
(Love in Laguna Series, Bk #1)
By Tara Lain


How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

Purchase KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE for only 99 Cents here!



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


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?

Purchase BEACH BALLS for only 99 Cents here!



The Pack or the Panther
(Tales of the Harker Pack Series, #1)
By Tara Lain


Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he’s lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese’s half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.

When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won’t rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.

Purchase THE PACK OR THE PANTHER for only 99 Cents here!



Get Ready for Magic, Shifters, and the Coolest Cat Ever! #CataclysmicShift

Hi — 

I’m so excited to tell you that the re-release of Cataclysmic Shift is only 3 days away. This is a book in my paranormal series called The Aloysius Tales, and the first time it released, some mix ups in categorization meant a lot of people missed the book. If you’ve read either of the other Aloysius Tales — Spell Cat or Brush with Catastrophe — and enjoyed them then you’re not going to want to miss Cataclysmic Shift. But you don’t have to have read those books to enjoy this one.

This story includes not only witches like the other books, but also a shifter, and the coolest cat ever, Aloysius.

Here is the blurb —

Aloysius, the magical black cat and powerful witch’s familiar, isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master, but the outcome of the fight turns his feline world upside down. A direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power, but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. When he wakes up naked on the floor of a veterinarian’s office, it isn’t as the cat Aloysius, but as the sixteenth-century French gentleman Alain Bellarose. And when Alain sees sexy and enigmatic veterinarian Luke Elliott, he decides he’ll make the best of his time as a human.

Luke is a man with secrets who generally prefers the company of animals—though the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates might prove an exception.

Meanwhile, Witch Master Killian Barth and his secret weapon, Sammy, struggle without Aloysius’s power to draw on. Two evil females are circling, and seeing the coven’s weakness, they’re about to move in for the kill. When Alain’s memories return, he’s faced with the ultimate dilemma: protect his community or stay with the man he loves.

If you’d like to read a full excerpt, click HERE. 

You can buy it at HERE. The release is September 13th and there will be a blog tour with a nice prize, so be sure to visit!  : )


First Look at Fire Balls! Meet the Beautiful Boys

Hi everyone–

Congratulations to Christy who won the Tara Lain 2012 calendar. It will be winging its way to her very soon. Enjoy. And on to the next contest. The Fire Balls Blog Tour starts on release day, Feb 3. The current schedule is posted on my website under Events so check it out.

And now, drum roll please, here is the first posted excerpt from Fire Balls, coming Feb 3 from Etopia Press. This short excerpt gives you a brief introduction to the three men who play the biggest roles in the book. Meet Rod, the artist, Hunter, the firefighter, and Jerry, the surfer —

Rodney Mansfield is tiny, flamboyant and, oh yeah, a black belt in karate. He is also one of southern California’s greatest artists. Too bad the work of art he really wants is firefighter, Hunter Fallon. But the gorgeous “straight gay” guy could never want the Runtback of Notre Dame, so when Rodney’s handsome, surfer friend, Jerry, develops an unexpected passion for the beautiful firefighter, Rodney breaks his own heart by helping Jerry land his man. And then Rod makes it worse by embarrassing Hunter when he protects him from a firehouse bully. Hunter hates gay guys like Rodney – doesn’t he? Then why can’t he get the powerful pipsqueak’s face out of his mind… and cock out of his ass? And why does he risk his job and his life to rescue Rod from a burning building? Isn’t it time for him to admit he’s not an alpha male after all and that he is the property of the artist?

“Excuse me, aren’t you the guy I met at the Festival. With those beautiful paintings?”

Holy crap, Rodney knew that voice. But he was frozen.

He slowly raised his eyes and feasted on a sight he had never enjoyed this close up. Hunter Fallon stood at the table. That face. Nearly perfect structurally. Slim nose, cheekbones so high they left hollows, a carved chin with a slight cleft. His eyes were ice blue but lashes lined them like he’d stopped by the makeup counter for a touchup.

And dimples. Oh, be still my heart. So deep he could lose a fingertip in them.

Jerry seemed as stunned as Rodney felt, but he recovered. “Yeah, man, you were admiring the gorgeous guys in the paintings.”

Hunter shrugged, still smiling. “More the painting style, but yeah. They were pretty gorgeous, now that you mention it.”

“Well, this here is Roman. The guy who painted them. You said you were a fan.”

The crystal eyes turned to Rodney. Oh shit. Rod wanted to say something. He had to say something.

Hunter blushed. Yep, pink across the cheekbones. He glanced at Rod, then away. Seemed ill at ease. “I really admire your work, Mr. Roman. It’s exceptional.”

“Uh, Rodney. Rod.”

“Oh, but the paintings…”

Rodney swallowed. “Rodney Mansfield. Ro-man.”

“I see. Your nom de plume.”


“Hey, have you eaten?” Jerry asked, apparently recovered. “Why don’t you take a load off? Sit.”

Hunter looked around, visibly nervous. “Thanks. I ate with my sister, but she had to leave so I was having a drink at the bar.”

Rod practically fainted from relief, and Jerry laughed. “Your sister. Way cool, she’s your sister. So come have a drink with us.”

Subtle much? Jeez, Rod wanted to die, sink into the planter next to them, or anything to disappear.

“I don’t want to intrude. Maybe another time.”

Jerry almost jumped out of his chair. “Hey, no intrusion. I’ll call the waiter and have him bring your tab.”

Hunter’s eyes flicked toward the bar. The guy was not comfortable. Finally he shrugged and pointed toward the mass of humanity packed into the narrow space at the other end of the restaurant. “You’ll never get his attention. Let me go settle my tab. Then, uh, I’d love to join you.” He glanced at Rod.

Jerry chortled. “That would be great, man. Just great.”

Hunter turned and threaded his way through the tables. Jerry grabbed Rod’s arm. “Bitchin’, man. She’s his sister. And he thought your guys were gorgeous. Shit, this is lookin’ gooood.”

Sadly, Rodney had to agree. The guy probably came over and made contact because he was interested in Jerry. Not as likely a straight guy would have done it. But he didn’t seem very comfortable so maybe Jerry had railroaded him. Either way, Rod didn’t want to be around to watch. “OK, darling. I’m going to leave and give you two some time to get to know each other.”

Jerry’s fingers tightened. “No, man. Don’t leave me. I don’t know what to say to a guy like him.”

“What do you mean? What do you say to your other dates?”

The surfer flashed that mischievous grin. “Let’s fuck?”

Rod shook his head. “You’re right, that won’t work here.”

“So you’ll stay? Help me?”

Since he felt like crying, that might not be the best idea. “No, I’m leaving. But here’s what you do. Just ask him questions about himself. Ask what he does and then think of all the stuff you ever wanted to know about being a fireman and ask him. Ask his hobbies and what sports teams he likes. You know what to do, Jerry. You’re a great friend. People love you.”

Jerry’s blue eyes widened. “They do?”

“Of course.”

Across the restaurant, Hunter was taking his wallet from his pocket.

Better move. “So, have a fun evening. Make my apologies. Just tell him I had to go…paint. ’Bye, darling.” Rod blew Jerry a kiss and took the long way around the restaurant to the front door.

He didn’t want to run into Hunter on the way out. What would he say? Hey, I’m ripping out my heart so that you can get to know Jerry? I want you so bad my teeth hurt but I know you’d never be interested in a freak like me.

He pushed open the door. Deep breath. Yeah, California nights. Twenty degrees cooler than the daytime. But he was a lot colder than the air. 

There you go. Get ready for lots more firefighter fun. Thanks so much for visiting.    :  )