Golden Dancer Gets a Night Owl Top Pick!

Hi everyone–

I just received an email announcing my review of Golden Dancer at Night Owl Reviews and i am one happy camper. Click on the link if you’d like to read the whole review which is just delicious. Golden Dancer is a Night Owls Top Pick. Here are a few quotes from Reviewer Terri:

The characters are fantastic. Each has a history, a family and a profession. Seeing how them mesh together is interesting. There are a lot of issues that they must work through which gives each character a chance to grow and change. None are even remotely the same yet they work well together.
Once again I have picked up and read a book that is not my cup of tea and well outside my comfort zone due to an author I really enjoy reading haven written it. As usual, the terrific writing kept me totally interested in the story. I love storytellers that can write anything and make you like it!

Okay, Ms Lain has a fan and I will probably read everything she writes, even when it is outside my comfort zone. That’s just how good her stories really are.
Now you know why i’m happy dancin’ all over town. Want to read more about Golden Dancer?
Go to Loose Id or Amazon.

The Praise Just Keeps On Coming! 5 Stars for Golden Dancer

I  am so delighted to have received an amazing Reviewer Top Pick 5 star Review for Golden Dancer from The Romance Reviews. Reviewer Valentina Heart, herself a writer, said the following:


Surprisingly enough, ménages do it for me. This one more than did it. The perfect combination of steamy sex scenes, character vulnerability and mysterious background story just sucked me right in. I’m not lying when I say I hardly took a break and genuinely enjoyed every sentence in this complex tale of self-discovery, surrender and love.

It all starts with Mac chasing a story. THE GOLDEN DANCER has been stolen and the prime suspect is the billionaire Daniel Terrebone. Mac thinks he’s on to something and as much as he dislikes the owner who’s been robbed, his curiosity for the story is much stronger. He is set on exposing the billionaire as the thief. 

Then another story comes in, one Mac shouldn’t have gotten but is more than willing to write. Trelain is a real, flesh and blood dancer, a graceful star, winning the adoration of every crowd he performs in front of. Trelain can dance, and ballet happens to be very close to Mac’s heart.

But Daniel doesn’t just collect art, and Trelain has both eyes as well as great appreciation for beauty. Running to the rescue has Mac falling into all kinds of lust charged situations, and before he knows it, covering a story gets all kinds of additional meanings.

From simple infatuation to full out realization, Mac’s life flips in a mere blink of an eye, and instead of just day dreaming about steel thighs and golden hair, he finds himself expecting that strong arm on his shoulder and the irresistible sound of begging.

I’m sure not everyone will like this story. For one it’s extremely sexually charged and the guys certainly don’t lack any imagination when it comes to experimentation. The whole theft thing was done nicely, but for people expecting a lot of explanations and detailed descriptions, it will probably be a disappointment. The author focuses more on the love story, the building relationship, conflicting emotions and the strings connecting the three men together.

In every way, I approved of that approach. I loved the excessive sex, the emotional sides which came out in just the right moments, and those sugar coated sentences of affection simply did me in. I liked the idea of the theft and thought it a great starting point, and a rather good conflict later on, but did I expect details about it? Not at all. I wanted a romance and a romance I got. It only had three hunks instead of two and that made it pretty much impossible to wipe the smile off my face.

Tara Lain knows how to write her men, breathe life into them and give them just the right amount of sensitivity without making them a weeping mess. They are funny, sensual and endearing, the same as her wonderful book.



I can’t say thank you enough to Valentina and to TRR for reviewing Golden Dancer. And thank you for visiting the blog. :  )

Rudy and Trelain — My Golden Dancers

Ballet. Not everyone’s cup of tea. As one famous line said, “Is it in English?” I must confess to being a lifelong fan. I was one of those little girls who wanted to be a ballerina but my Army brat existence moving all over the globe made continuous lessons impossible. So instead I loved it from afar. Still do. I have a friend in London who shares this passion and in an email last year she told me about a fantastic ballet she had seen. Since I tend to turn everything around me into books (LOL), I thought what a great hero a ballet dancer could be. After a lot more plotting and character creation, Golden Dancer was born — my new release from Loose Id. Also available from Amazon. 

Golden Dancer is not about ballet. It’s a romantic suspense about the theft of a priceless statue called The Golden Dancer and the web of deceit, mistrust and passion that the investigation uncovers. Two of my heroes (it’s a M/M/M ménage) are a billionaire art collector who may or may not have stolen the statue and the investigative reporter who is trying to prove it.  My third hero, sigh, is Trelain Medveyev, the greatest living male ballet dancer. He is the one thing that both the other men want and when you read about him you’ll understand why.
Want to see where I got my inspiration? Take a look at one of the most beautiful male dancers of all time. My heart throb, Rudolph Nureyev. Rudy was Tarter Russian. As exotic and full of fire as that lineage suggests. He captivated the world in the 1960s with his incredible balls-out dancing style and his gorgeous cheekbones. He made a few films –one I’ve seen of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It’s worth seeking out. I once saw a photo layout he did in a fashion magazine completely in the nude. Amazing. It inspired a scene in Golden Dancer in which Trelain is photographed by the pool at the billionaire Daniel’s beautiful home while the reporter, Mac, tries to keep  from drooling.
Unlike my Rudy, Trelain has shoulder-length golden hair and turquoise eyes. He is half-Russian and half British. I hope you love him, and all my beautiful guys, as much as I do. 
Hop over to http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com and you can enter to win my even newer book, Deceptive Attraction. It comes out Nov 1 and the drawing is Nov 4. Thank you for visiting the blog!  :  )

Brandi WINS Golden Dancer. Plus Time for Deceptive Attraction is Coming!

Hi everyone–

This is just a quick post to say congratulations to Brandi Roberts who WON Golden Dancer in a drawing from GayRomLit. The book is being well received and i’m getting emails saying AWESOME which make me very happy. :  )

Just a reminder that the book is already at Amazon, so hop over and snap it up if you like sexy romantic suspense with three hot guys. http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Dancer-ebook/dp/B005S6LEWO/ And its available at Loose Id, of course. 


I am busy writing the sequel to Volley Balls plus plotting the scifi romance i’m thinking of writing for NaNo (yes i am crazy). Most of all, i’m getting ready for the LAUNCH of Deceptive Attraction which releases November 1 from Loose Id.  Watch this space TOMORROW for the first enticing nibble. 


But i can’t let go of my Golden Boys too soon. I will be giving away copies of the book as well as copies of Deceptive Attraction over the next few weeks so come check the schedule often. Here is an excerpt from Golden Dancer:


Excerpt R: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain; M/M/M Romantic Suspense

Available from Loose Id  Amazon

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi, Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves, but then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world. When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” his beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

Trelain sat at the dressing table in his teal and gold silk robe, waiting for the knock he knew would come. He wanted it to come, didn’t he? When he heard the rap, he took a deep breath. “Come in, Daniel.”

The big man entered, also dressed in a robe, but his was a deep blue, the color of his eyes. “Do you want me here?” That penetrating stare pulled the truth from Trelain’s heart and his lips. “Very much. I want you very much.”

But Daniel didn’t take advantage of the open invitation. He crossed and sat on the bed. “Your friend is very interesting.”

“He is, isn’t he? Though I’m not sure he’s my friend.”

“Lover, then?”

What was he thinking? “You know we’re not lovers. He considers himself straight.”

Daniel leaned back on one elbow, his robe gapping over his muscled chest, showing the light smattering of brown hair that matched his eyebrows. “I subscribe to the Jimmy Carter view that when two men have sinned in their minds, they are as good as lovers.”

Trelain burst out laughing. “I’m quite sure your former president was not thinking of two men, and I’m quite sure that you, sir, do not believe in sin.”

“Both true, but you get the idea.”

Trelain rose and walked over to sit beside Daniel. “Have I ever sinned in my mind, as you call it, with Mac? Oh, bloody fucking hell, yes. Has he ever returned the compliment? I doubt he’s been brave enough to fantasize about being with a man, though I know he finds me attractive.” He flipped the golden hair over his shoulder. “It’s probably just my androgyny confusing him.”

Those black eyes bored into him. “Do you really believe that?”

He met the man’s gaze. “No.”

“You know he’s mad for you, and if he can just be honest with himself for five minutes at a time, he’ll be here begging to fuck you.”

“I doubt he’ll achieve that level of honesty, but yes, I think he is mad for me.”

“And you for him?”

Trelain sighed. Life could be so bloody complicated. “Yes, there is some madness there.”

“It’s not hard to understand why. He’s intriguing, intellectually curious, energetic, and magnetic. Plus, that big, skinny body is sexy as hell.”

“But then, so are you.”

“Am I?”

“You surely don’t have to ask.”

“I find myself unusually uncertain of my status.”

Well, bloody hell, if that wasn’t the sweetest little declaration. Trelain leaned toward Daniel. “Could I perhaps show you just how sexy, magnetic, and energetic I think you are?” Trelain unwrapped Daniel’s robe to find an already pulsing, hard-as-steel cock.

“Um, don’t forget intellectually curious. I find I’m intellectually curious about what it would feel like to have your beautiful, uncut cock in my ass, since we were thwarted in our attempt this afternoon.”

“Oh, yes. I’m totally dedicated to research.”

Daniel’s breath already came hard. “Shall I turn over?”

“No, I want to see your face when I fuck you.”

“Oh shit, Trelain. Do it now.” He started to pull his long legs back.

Trelain reached out and stopped him. “Ah, ah. First I want to satisfy my intellectual curiosity by tasting every inch of you.”

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Meet Daniel and Trelain. Golden Dancer by Tara Lain

Hi everyone–

Here’s another short excerpt from Golden Dancer. You haven’t seen this one before unless you’ve read the book. Enjoy. (If you’re playing my Blog Tour Game, remember to comment and follow this blog to earn another entry in the drawing October 8. All details are at Beautiful Boys Books.)

Excerpt R: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain; M/M/M Romantic Suspense

Available from Loose Id

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi, Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves, but then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world. When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” his beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

Trelain sat at the dressing table in his teal and gold silk robe, waiting for the knock he knew would come. He wanted it to come, didn’t he? When he heard the rap, he took a deep breath. “Come in, Daniel.”

The big man entered, also dressed in a robe, but his was a deep blue, the color of his eyes. “Do you want me here?” That penetrating stare pulled the truth from Trelain’s heart and his lips. “Very much. I want you very much.”

But Daniel didn’t take advantage of the open invitation. He crossed and sat on the bed. “Your friend is very interesting.”

“He is, isn’t he? Though I’m not sure he’s my friend.”

“Lover, then?”

What was he thinking? “You know we’re not lovers. He considers himself straight.”

Daniel leaned back on one elbow, his robe gapping over his muscled chest, showing the light smattering of brown hair that matched his eyebrows. “I subscribe to the Jimmy Carter view that when two men have sinned in their minds, they are as good as lovers.”

Trelain burst out laughing. “I’m quite sure your former president was not thinking of two men, and I’m quite sure that you, sir, do not believe in sin.”

“Both true, but you get the idea.”

Trelain rose and walked over to sit beside Daniel. “Have I ever sinned in my mind, as you call it, with Mac? Oh, bloody fucking hell, yes. Has he ever returned the compliment? I doubt he’s been brave enough to fantasize about being with a man, though I know he finds me attractive.” He flipped the golden hair over his shoulder. “It’s probably just my androgyny confusing him.”

Those black eyes bored into him. “Do you really believe that?”

He met the man’s gaze. “No.”

“You know he’s mad for you, and if he can just be honest with himself for five minutes at a time, he’ll be here begging to fuck you.”

“I doubt he’ll achieve that level of honesty, but yes, I think he is mad for me.”

“And you for him?”

Trelain sighed. Life could be so bloody complicated. “Yes, there is some madness there.”

“It’s not hard to understand why. He’s intriguing, intellectually curious, energetic, and magnetic. Plus, that big, skinny body is sexy as hell.”

“But then, so are you.”

“Am I?”

“You surely don’t have to ask.”

“I find myself unusually uncertain of my status.”

Well, bloody hell, if that wasn’t the sweetest little declaration. Trelain leaned toward Daniel. “Could I perhaps show you just how sexy, magnetic, and energetic I think you are?” Trelain unwrapped Daniel’s robe to find an already pulsing, hard-as-steel cock.

“Um, don’t forget intellectually curious. I find I’m intellectually curious about what it would feel like to have your beautiful, uncut cock in my ass, since we were thwarted in our attempt this afternoon.”

“Oh, yes. I’m totally dedicated to research.”

Daniel’s breath already came hard. “Shall I turn over?”

“No, I want to see your face when I fuck you.”

“Oh shit, Trelain. Do it now.” He started to pull his long legs back.

Trelain reached out and stopped him. “Ah, ah. First I want to satisfy my intellectual curiosity by tasting every inch of you.”


Hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment and follow the blog for an entry in the Blog Tour Contest.
Thank you for visiting.   : )

WINNERS!!! Golden Dancer Goes to …..!

Hi everyone–

We have winners from our second drawing. Ready?  Cathy M. wins Golden Dancer. Congratulations my persistent friend. And talk about persistent! Tracey wins Volley Balls. I imagine she’s read it, so maybe a friend is going to be lucky. And new to the blog, CKYL S wins the swag (hope you’re in the US so i can ship to you.) Yahooo to all of you. Thank you so much for playing.

It’s been a very fun week with people visiting the blog and all my guest posts. Thank you all so much. I’ll be posting the new week’s schedule tomorrow. Meanwhile, be sure and check out my Author Blog. My friend, Suzanne Forster, is on there. She’s an NYT bestselling romance author whose books are being re-released in ebook. Take a look, and, of course, if you comment you get another entry in this week’s contest. That applies to all new posts on the Author Blog.

Tomorrow (Sunday), i’ll be chatting occasionally at Love Romances Cafe with other Loose Id authors. I will be  a short-timer since i am working on line edits for Deceptive Attraction and writing a new book. But come say hi if you get a chance.

This next week will be fun including a little “battle of the sexes”, who-writes-M/M- romance-best LOL with my friend Tristram LaRoche. It will also be ACTION PACKED this week, so lots of chances to win in the October 8 drawing. I’ll be with Michael and Mina and Jessica plus a TRS Release Party. Come play. Only two more drawings before we end.

Happy weekend. See you tomorrow with the new schedule.  :  )

Golden Dancer is Released!

It’s here! Happy Dance. Golden Dancer released today from Loose Id http://www.loose-id.com/Golden-Dancer.aspx  (go to the bottom of the post to read about the Blog Tour Contest)

Mac MacAllister is obsessed; the online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi, Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves, but then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world. When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” his beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?
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The big man led him through the crowd with a strong hand. Trelain glanced back to see Allison’s face looking both confused and concerned. She clearly didn’t want to lose control of her donor-bait, but lose control she had. Daniel seemed to be quite certain where he was leading them.

When they reached the other end of the big open space, Trelain pulled back. The guy was much bigger, but Trelain was strong. “Hold up. Where do you think we’re going?”

The man turned and gave Trelain that wolfish grin again. Close up, he really was lovely with those deep, dark eyes, and dark curving brows contrasted with the shock of silver hair. “I thought I’d rescue you.”

Trelain smiled. “And I thought I was getting champagne.”

The man stared at him for a moment then looked up and waggled a finger seemingly into space. Moments later, a waiter appeared out of the crowd carrying a tray packed with bubbly. The man grinned. “Would you like it all?”

Trelain smiled back. Daniel seemed a man who got what he wanted. But then, so was Trelain. He selected a full glass from the tray. “One should be sufficient.”

The man took another one, though he didn’t seem to drink it. “But more is better.”

The waiter left, and Trelain took a sip. “Your philosophy of life, I presume?”

“Totally.”

“So who are you, Daniel?” Trelain noticed that people milled all around them, but no one interfered.

“A child of the universe. A lover of art in its myriad forms. A surfer and diver. Oh, yes, and I dabble in computer software sometimes.”

Trelain glanced at him sideways. “Dabble? Like Bill Gates?”

The guy gave a huge smile. “Yes, precisely like that.”

No doubt richer than Croesus, based on the deference everyone seemed to show him. “So, what exactly does ‘rescuing me’ look like?”

“If you’ll let me, I’ll take you to my home in Laguna Beach. Sun, surf, relaxation.”

“Mr. uh…”

“Terrebone. Daniel.”

“Are you propositioning me?”

The man leaned down so his lips were close to Trelain’s ear. His breath smelled like peppermint. “I am propositioning you at every level, cavalier. You are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on two feet, and I want you near me. Preferably under me for hours at a time.”

Bloody hell. Trelain smoothed a hand down his arm to try and control the goose bumps. The man chuckled. “I think that sounds good to you.”

A little distance was required. Trelain stepped back. “You are more than persuasive, uh, Daniel, but you also impress me as a man who is used to getting what he wants. Perhaps I don’t enjoy being one of a multitude.” Yes, he was being flirtatious, but it was also true. Maybe part of the appeal of the reporter had been that he wasn’t usually attracted to men. Trelain liked being special. Hell, who didn’t?

Daniel very discreetly ran his fingers up Trelain’s arm. Good. He wasn’t trying to make a show of possession. “It’s true, my friend, that I have had many brief encounters in my past. I don’t think you know anything about me; why would you? But others will delight in telling you of my peccadilloes, so I might as well come clean. That was the past, however. I have not been in a relationship of any kind for many months. I am weary of the game. I want someone special in my life, and you, my friend, are very special.”

Trelain smiled. His thoughts had been answered. He opened his mouth to speak, but Terrebone put up a hand. “One more thing. I won’t rush you or crowd you. I would love to have you come to my home as a guest with no strings attached.”

Trelain cleared his throat. “I am dancing three nights this week, and I believe Laguna Beach is some distance from here.”

“About an hour. But you are free on Thursday, I believe?”

“Yes.”

“Why don’t you pack your bathing suit” — he gave that charming, lecherous grin — “or not, and I’ll send a car for you after your performance. I’ll have a massage therapist standing by, my chef will prepare all your favorite foods, and you can have a quiet vacation for a few days.”

Suddenly, Trelain was too tired for banter. A vacation sounded like heaven, and if it was with this beautiful man, all the better. He might have a thing for that silly reporter, but it was a stupid, fruitless crush. This man was handsome, rich, and seemed sincere. And he knew he was gay. A huge improvement. “I would love to come.”

Daniel looked surprised, then delighted. “You are a world of surprises, cavalier. I like that in a man.”

Trelain sipped the last of his champagne and glanced at the still-milling crowd of patrons. He sighed. “And now I must continue my role as money-grubber-in-chief.” He bowed slightly. “If you’ll excuse me.”

“Oh, one more thing. Please give this to Allison.” Terrebone handed him a scrap of paper. It said IOU $1,000,000.

“Fucking hell.”

“Not enough? I just wanted Allison to know I hadn’t been wasting your precious time.”

Trelain carefully folded the paper. He laughed all the way back to the group of donors surrounding the anxious program director. 

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Enjoy! Don’t forget the Blog Tour Contest! Leave a comment here to be entered and go to Beautiful Boys Books to post a comment and follow the blog for an entry in all four contests (first drawing is today so HURRY) http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com   :  )

Golden Dancer Blog Tour BEGINS!! Cover!!

We’re OFF and Running! The Blog Tour for Golden Dancer is getting underway. Here is my new cover by artist Anne Cain. What do you think? I’m looking forward to posting it everywhere.

Okay, first drawing in the Golden Giveaway Blog Tour is Sept 27 — Release Day!!! We will draw names to win:

  • an e-copy of Golden Dancer — M/M/M romantic suspense
  • an e-copy of Volley Balls — M/M/M summer romance novella
  • a Golden Dancer drawstring backpack — this won’t be mailed until i get back from GayRomLit in mid- October
THIS WEEK’s ACTIVITIES:
Special Guest Sneak –– You can win an entry in the drawing this week by leaving a comment with your email on the posts of my special guests on the Author Blog
  • Mina Carter is on the blog right now — get over there and leave a comment before she draws a winner of her book. Regardless, you’ll still get an entry in the Sept 27 drawing if you comment
  • Sunday evening/Monday — Kay Berrisford brings Bound for the Forest – -a yummy M/M paranormal historical. Comment to win her book and to enter the Blog Contest
  • Tuesday evening/Wednesday — Tristram LaRoche, a favorite visitor of everyone’s, brings his new M/M, Fixed. Comment to win and to enter
  • Thursday and Friday AM– Jessica Freely brings Broken, an intense M/M dealing with issues of human trafficking (Hmm. Is it significant that we get Fixed before we get Broken?  LOL)
The official beginning of the Tour is this Thursday Sept 22 — 

  • Thursday, Sept 22TRS Release Party — We kick off at the  TRS Party. Expect to see excerpts from Golden Dancer as well as my other books. Leave a comment on any of my posts and you will get an entry in the Sept 27 drawing. http://theromancestudio.com/party/ 
  • Saturday, Sept 24Wicked Wastrels Chat at Love Romances Cafe — 3-7PM eastern Come say hi and post a comment and you’ll get an entry. The theme is FALLing in love!
  • Sunday Sept 25SORRY GAY DAY WAS CANCELLED!!! ETHAN HAS BEEN SICK.  Poor baby  :  (
Ongoing Opportunity to Enter Drawings— Post a comment on THIS BLOG any time in the Blog Tour period and Follow the Blog. This will earn you one entry in ALL FOUR drawings! Do it now. Remember to leave your email address. You only have to do this once!
Next Saturday or Sunday, i’ll post the activities for the next week. Some of them will be for Monday and still a part of the Sept 27 Drawing so watch this Blog. 

Also, every day or so i will post new developments on my Tara Lain Facebook Page. This will include special opportunities to earn additional entries in the drawings so check in often (and please like the Page if you haven’t already.) 

The entire Blog Schedule and the ways to earn entries in the drawings are all spelled out on my website under EVENTS. http://taralain.com 
Ready, set, go! And thank you so much for visiting the blog.  :  )

Mina Carter Brings Us Gargoyles in “Hard as a Rock” Plus Contest!!

Hi everyone–
One of our favorites, Mina Carter, is back today with a new story. She warns it’s light on plot and heavy on sex. Umm, some warning! PLUS, when you comment on this post you will NOT ONLY be entered to win Hard As a Rock, you will also receive one entry in Tara’s Golden Dancer Blog Tour Drawing on Sept 27! You can win a copy of Golden Dancer, or Volley Balls or a Golden Dancer drawstring backpack, so get that comment in fast! (Hop over to the Book Blog after you read this story and read all the Blog Tour rules). I also want to mention that Mina designed the header for both of my blogs! Can i get an Amen? Aren’t they great? Okay, enough praise. Here’s Mina.

Good morning all! I’d like to thank Tara for having me back (you’d think she’d have learnt I’m loopy by now, wouldn’t you? 😉 )
So today I’m talking about my latest release, Hard as a Rock. A little paranormal erotica short (and when I say short I mean short, it comes it at around 6000 words which makes it just right for a coffee break or a bit of bedtime reading.) it features one of my favourite paranormal creatures, gargoyles.
I’ve always been fascinated with architecture, and gargoyles kinda go hand in hand with that. They’re a functional part of a building, designed to carry water from a roof and away from the walls…basically they’re little more than carved water spouts (the ones who don’t carry water are called Grotesques).  There are legends about Gargoyles (most notably the Legend of La Gargouille where the head of a dragonlike creature became the first gargoyle) and mostly we associate them with the middle ages but they’ve been used as far back as Egyptian times (they were a little less inventive than the medieval stone masons and went with Lions heads).
Medieval gargoyles were often chimera’s such as griffins, centaurs, harpies and mermaids, although there are many more which defy these traditional descriptions. The hero of Hard as a Rock, Cal, is a chimera grotesque although we only briefly see his non human form. In my worlds Gargoyles and Grotesques are ‘born’ into packs depending on the building they originated from. The three I’ve written about Knuckles (from Sunlight and Slavery), Mac (in Siren’s Seduction) and Cal all come from a church in Middle England called St. Michael and All Angels. When it was pulled down, it’s gargoyle pack moved on and scattered through the world which, of course, leads to all sorts of potential and fun stories.
So… here’s a question. What’s your favourite paranormal creature and why? I’ll be giving away a copy of Hard as a Rock (although I warn you it is light on the plot and heavy on the sex 😉 )
About Mina

 Mina Carter was born and raised in Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England). After a slew of careers ranging from logistics to land-surveying she can now be found in the wilds of Leicestershire with her husband and daughter.

Suffering the curse of eternal curiosity Mina never tires of learning new skills which has led to Aromatherapy, Corsetry, Chain-maille making, Welding, Canoeing, Shooting, and pole-dancing to name but a few. A veteran Star Trek RPGer, she’s run both games and groups of games but now finds her home in Alpha Fleet, one of the internet’s oldest Star Trek simm groups.

Her first stories were penned at age 11, when she used a stationery set meant for Christmas thank you letters to write stories instead. More recently, she wrote for her own amusement and to save on outrageous monthly book bills.

Now a full time author and graphic artist she never tires of creating new worlds and the hot heroines and determined heroes to inhabit them.
Where to find Mina:
Alright, leave that comment because there’s LOTS to Win!  Thank you Mina for visiting and thanks so much to everyone for coming by the blog.  ;  )

Happiness and Frustration! Thieves and Witches!

Hi everyone–

We’re one week closer to the release of Golden Dancer! It’s coming September 27. If you’ve been hiding out or are new to the blog, Golden Dancer is my M/M/M menage erotic romantic suspense. Here’s a little about it:

Mac MacAllistre is obsessed. The online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector, Daniel Terrebone, of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi, Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. But Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star, Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world. When the mysterious Terrebone “collects” his beautiful dancer, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when it puts all he cares about in jeopardy? When his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?


I’ll be running a blog tour — The Golden Giveaway Blog Tour — beginning on September 22 with the New Release Party at The Romance studio. This blog will be Blog Tour Central. I’ll be giving away copies of the book as well as some fun pieces of swag. The Tour will last until i leave for GayRomLit on October 12. And for those of you going to GRL, i’ll be promoting the book there. 
Sadly, i don’t have my cover yet!! Loose Id is backed up on new release covers. So, until  i have it in my hands, enjoy the picture of my inspiration for dancer, Trelain Medveyev, in this men’s cologne ad and the charming logo created for Golden Dancer by Mina Carter. 
My other news is that i have completed my first paranormal romance. It is M/M and involves witches and humans and one very special cat. I won’t tell you more until it’s contracted, but please keep your fingers crossed for me. 
I have also finished revisions on Deceptive Attraction being released on Nov 1 and my holiday novella, Mistletowed, scheduled for Dec 13. 
The beginning of the blog tour schedule is on my website under, hmmm, Blog Tour Schedule. Check it out and plan on visiting all the stops. Thank you for visiting the blog!  :  )