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.

Christina’s Wonderful Video Review on Return of the Chauffeur’s Son #5Stars

Hi — Like all writers, i get a lot of wonderful reviews that i’d love to have preserved in gold! One I particularly love, is this video review from Christina’s Bookshelf for Return of the Chauffeur’s Son. She was so excited about the book and it comes across so wonderfully. Check it out. It’s a fun review – and you might want to try the book. Lots of people tell me they’re enjoying it.

You can check out an excerpt from Return of the Chauffeur’s Son HERE. And please take a look at FAST Balls, my new re-release. Thanks for coming by!


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My upcoming release, LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS, just received a pre-release review from Lelyana’s Book Blog. Lelyana said, “I finished this book with a happy smile on my face. What a relief! Along with Billy and Shaz’s book, this one has become my favorite in the series.”

I left a message on her site thanking her for reading the book and saying, “I’m so happy you liked it.”

Her reply was so cute. She said, “That’s an understatement. I freakin’ LOVED it!”

If you would like to review this book, please contact me and let me know where you review and what format you need. You can email tara at taralain dot com.

I’m with Lelyana. I also loved writing this book. It’s a story about family, kids, loyalty, love, a giant cat and, of course, some hawt sex! Here are a couple little nibbles of the upcoming book. You can pre-order it NOW at Dreamspinner Press. It will go on pre-order on Amazon and ARe soon. The book releases on August 31st.#1 - Teaser Graphics - Lord of a Thousand Steps

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Super Reviews for TACKLING THE TIGHT END! Have You Entered to Win?

TacklingTheTightEnd-400Hi and welcome — My new novel, TACKLING THE TIGHT END, released last Friday and i’m happy to say that the reviews are fabulous! But first, have you entered to win the $25 GC to Amazon. If not, Click HERE and enter in the Rafflecopter.

Let me share a little of my Happy Dance! Reviews for Tackling the Tight End

Alan at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews said 5 Stars! “If you’re looking for a passionate, eloquent, beautifully-written book to lift your spirits and sooth your soul, “Tackling the Tight End” is the one to read. Don’t miss it.”

Lena Grey at Rainbow Book Reviews said 5 Stars! “If you enjoy reading about Native American customs, football, parental expectations, underhandedness, deceit, kidnapping, drama, and angst, you may like this book. Thank you, Tara, for showing me the true Dennis and for giving him and Raven the love they earned.”

Susan65 at The Blogger Girls said, “Tara Lain has taken a detour to the dark side, and I liked it. It was still sexy, still sweet, but with just Teaser #5 - Tackling The Tight End by Tara Lainenough of a taste of the eerie and obscene that I was left turning the pages until it was over. This was not a hard read, but it wasn’t pleasant either, yet it was entertaining, it was sexy, and the bad guys get it in the end with our lovers, Raven and Dennis, getting each other. As usual, I highly recommend this author and this series.”

That’s just a few. If you get a chance to review the book, it’s always much appreciated. Happpppy week! : )

“Best LGBT Book I’ve Read”. CANNING THE CENTER Get’s 5 Stars

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I hope your holidays are going great. I’ve been getting a lot of presents in the form of 5 STAR reviews for my new release CANNING THE CENTER so i thought i’d share a few with you.

Today at Un-Conventional Book Reviews, Lexxie had this to say, “Canning the Center might just be the best LGBT story I have read so far, it has everything – a hot football player who’s still in the closet, but really wants to come out, a beautiful and smart man who is a drag-queen on certain evenings, a lot of power play and intrigue.” You can see the whole review HERE!

At MM Good Book Reviews, Kathy Mac said, 5 Hearts! “The originality of the storyline along with Ms. Lain’s unique writing style will certainly leave you with a smile. I would definitely recommend Canning the Center, and Outing the Quarterback, to anyone who loves romance, passion, laughter, great sex, and a true feel good story.” See the review HERE

Carly at Carly’s Book Reviews said 5 Stars! “I absolutely adored this story! It’s honesty, raw emotions and compelling characters simply carried me away.” See the review HERE

“Elizabeth H. at Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic said, “I absolutely loved it. There wasn’t anything about the book that I didn’t like.” See her comments HERE.

Lena Grey at Rainbow Book Reviews says, “I recommend this story to everyone who loves, football, smart and sexy men, and close family 83f4d1fe137048fe37838e0dfd52bdb9ties. Tara also reminds us that being yourself is the key to happiness. Thanks, so much, Tara, for the uplifting story.”

I could literally go on and on. Thanks so much to all who have read this book. I’m so delighted that people are enjoying it. To read an excerpt and see BUY links just click HERE. And be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter to win a bunch of great prizes. : )

Special Rainbow Book Reviews Giveaway from Tara Lain!

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Giveaway from Tara Lain! Today i’m celebrating the honor of having my new book, Outing the Quarterback, reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews. Since Rainbow can’t post contests on their site, we’re posting it here instead. I have no idea what they’re going to say in the review. So go over and check it out for me, okay? Click HERE. You’ll see the review. Come back and tell me something about the review — or if you came from Rainbow Book Reviews, tell me something you remember about the review, okay? Anything is fine. Just leave me a comment on this post. 

Here’s what you can win —

  • A $10 Amazon GC
  • A choice of any book from my backlist — check them out on the books page

That’s all there is to it. Come on. Don’t make me keep the money!  LOL.

To buy Outing the Quarterback, you can go to Amazon  and ARe  and B&N

POLL: How Do You Feel About Reviews?

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We’re going to talk about reviews, but first let me remind you that i have fantastic contests going on here on the website. Click HERE for the Contests Page where both HUGE contests with Rafflecopters are listed.

So let’s talk about reviews. Authors have a love/hate relationship with reviews. We love JoyfullyRecommendedthe good ones and hate the bad ones (even though some statistics show that bad reviews sometimes sell more books than good ones!) But what we don’t know for sure is how readers react to reviews. We suspect, but i figured, let’s ask. So, this post is mostly about questions. If you have a minute, would you answer some or all of these questions?

  • Do you think book reviews make a difference in whether or not you read a book?
  • If a book gets a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews, do you care? Will you tend to shy away from books with low reviews?
  • How do you feel about a book with all 5 star reviews?
  • What do you consider an “acceptable” level of stars for a book you will choose?
  • Do you like to write book reviews — like on Amazon, Goodreads, ARe, etc?
  • Are you more likely to write a review if you loved a book or hated it?
  • What gets you to write a review?

Some writers hate all reviews and never read them. Others think a review is one of the nicest things a reader can do! I fall into the letter camp. I’ve been lucky to have gotten a lot of great reviews over my 3 years as a published author. And, of course, some bad ones. I’m grateful to everyone who reads my books and happy dance around the house with the good reviews! I’m a happy dancer by nature.

Since i have a brand new release which is currently getting reviews, i’ll share a few words of some of my favorite comments about The Pack or the Panther.

PackorthePanther[The]LGLasha’s Reviews says — A+! Highly Recommended

“What I loved about The Pack or the Panther was the chemistry between Cole and Paris. Yes, Cole is your typical Alpha, but Paris is anything but your submissive mate. He’s a delightful change from the weak, smaller men that are mated to a big, powerful Alpha and I liked that. It’s rare that M/M shifter books surprise me anymore, but this book did.

I don’t give out a lot of A+ reviews, but The Pack or the Panther deserves it. Highly recommended and looking forward to the next one in the series.”

Jessie Potts at USA Today Happy Ever After says — 5 Stars! Recommended!

“I love the pack dynamics, and watching Paris and Cole dance around each other is hot and steamy. I also love that Cole is a dominant alpha yet has vulnerability; he doesn’t like speaking in public and often stutters.”

Lena Gray at Rainbow Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!

“I have to say that I’m not particularly a fan of shifter stories, but Tara, with her skillful writing, vivid imagination, and excellently drawn characters has won me over. I recommend this tale to everyone who likes shifters, hot men, exotic dancing, exquisite sex, and plain down to earth universal wisdom. Thanks, Tara, for the conversion. It was a great surprise.”

And a reader at All Romance eBook posted this fantastic comment!

Dillybeaumom at ARe says — 5 Stars

“Dialogue that perfectly matches shifter personalities makes this story a delight. Tara Lain knows just what to write when a topping-from-the-bottom cat wants his wolf: “Come on, Puppy, fuck me or I’ll yowl on your back fence all night.” More complicated than usual heroes, a nasty gangster werewolf with a pole-dancer obsession, and Lain’s unique wolf pack politics – just the ticket for a fun paranormal romance.”

As you can tell, i deeply appreciate my reviews! And i’d love it if you would answer my questions above.  : )