Happy Labor Day! Big Backlist Weekend Extended!

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Happy Labor Day to those in the US! In honor of Labor Day, i’ve decided to extend Big Backlist Weekend one more day, so if you’d like to enter to win Belinda McBride’s Silver/Steel or my Hearts and Flour, Click HERE! On top of that, Z.A. Maxfield’s tour for My Cowboy Heart is still going on and you can enter to win a $50 GC and copies of her book! Click HERE. 

In case you were wondering, Labor Day in the US is a day meant to commemorate the American worker. It was promoted by American labor unions and created by  President Grover Cleveland in 1887. It’s ironic that the popularity of the day as one of the biggest retail sales days in the US means that many laborers in fact labor on Labor Day for extra hours. Labor Day is also big in sports, signifying the start of the college and NFL football seasons. The US Open Tennis Championships are held around this weekend.

American kids mark their return to school as either before or right after Labor Day, and, as a result, the holiday is considered the unofficial end of summer. And most important, it’s the day beyond which one does not wear white!  LOL.

Let’s celebrate by giving away some books! Be sure to enter Big Backlist Weekend! Winners chosen tomorrow.  : )

Big Backlist Weekend: Free Books from Belinda McBride and Tara!

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Hi —

Welcome to Big Backlist Weekend! You know how this goes. A fabulous guest author and i both give away a copy of a book from our backlists. When you comment below, you enter for both books. There will be two winners. If you have the book you win — we work something out!

My guest this weekend is the fantastic Belinda McBride. Belinda takes gender-bending, werewolves, and love in other galaxies to a whole new level. Some of my favorite books are Belinda’s. This weekend, Belinda is offering SILVER/STEEL as her backlist book. Welcome to the magical town of Arcada —

BLURB:

When dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he’s the assassin’s ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn’t plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up.

Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis’s fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he’d been so very long ago. When morning comes, both men know their lives will be forever entwined.

From Dylan, Travis learns that he is a strong, valued member of the pack. The dreamwalker sees his own worth reflected back at him in the dark blue eyes of the wolf. Yet when Dylan has the chance to free himself from centuries of enslavement, can he betray the man he has come to love?

EXCERPT  (adult)

The drone of snowplows echoed off in the distance. It’d be hours before his family came to pluck him from the arms of this magical stranger. He looked down and examined Dylan’s fair skin, expecting to see…tattoos? But his skin was unmarked. His wrists were supple, the long fingers of his hands elegant and strong.

Dylan groaned, tightened his grip on Travis, and then relaxed once again. Acutely aware of their contact, Travis’s body tightened; his cock ached, and he felt the trickle of fluid at the tip. It made him shiver.

He could continue to deny his attraction to the other man, or he could try it—just this once—with Dylan. The fae was an outsider and so very beautiful. So strong. No, it wasn’t physical strength that drew Travis to him, but magnetism. Charisma.

He could finally get it out of his system, and then he’d know what it felt like to have sex with another man.

Tentatively he pulled Dylan’s hand over to cup his erection. Travis stifled both a groan and a grin and then snuggled back a little, enjoying the feel of the other man along his entire body.

His entire naked body. Damn. A flush of warmth ran through him, and his belly flopped a couple of times. Travis had been horny his entire life—he’d probably been born with a stiffy—but never in his life had arousal extended through his body, from his toes to his fingertips and all parts beyond. His heartbeat accelerated, and when Dylan’s fingers flexed over his cock, Travis felt his eyes roll behind his closed lids.

The fae was awake.

The pressure on his shaft increased, and a finger looped around his balls, then squeezed them tightly. His heart slammed in his chest. Arousal burned through his veins like fire. But then panic snaked through him, and Travis lurched, afraid of the powerful emotions that rose within. He wasn’t supposed to feel. Not that way!

Dylan growled softly in his ear, pulling Travis tight against his body.

“So are you just some fucking little prick-tease, or is there something you want from me?” Dylan’s voice was as cold as ice yet as smooth as silk, and it frightened Travis even more. He shuddered as the fae stroked his cock to a full, throbbing erection. His other hand came up, and he buried his fingers deep in Travis’s hair. “Answer me.”

“I… No… I mean…sorry…” Words failed him. He hadn’t intended this to be a prank—not really. He wanted to know. To really know. But Dylan wasn’t the man to experiment with; Travis saw that now.

“Please.”

God…where had that come from?

Dylan let him loose, then rolled Travis to his back and straddled his hips. He was strong, maybe stronger than Travis. Looking up at the fae, he saw dark, stormy eyes and cruel lips. His face was etched with anger and want. Belatedly Travis remembered Dylan’s aversion to being touched. Had he gone too far? As usual, he’d blindly rushed into something without thought. A delicious spin of fear and excitement ran through Travis, and he knew damn well this whole scene needed to stop. Now. He was a wolf…the son of the alpha. To beg was shameful.

“Please? Are you begging me to stop or to go?” Dark glittering eyes seared right into his soul, and Travis formed the words to make him stop, to apologize, to promise to never invade Dylan’s space again.

“Please. Don’t stop!” He almost screamed in frustration. Who the hell was hijacking his words? He watched in fascination as the fae leaned forward, one hand pinning both of Travis’s wrists. The other clasped his jaw and held him in place. Dylan came down, and Travis caught the cold, snowy scent of him, the fragrance of pine and oak and the perfume of apple. He captured Travis’s lip in his teeth and pulled at the tender skin. Travis held his breath, tears springing to his eyes at the stinging pain. Dylan didn’t kiss; he tugged steadily, his gaze never leaving Travis’s face.

When he let go, Dylan didn’t retreat. Instead he trailed his tongue along the seam of Travis’s lips, teasing, tasting, and finally urging him to open, to submit to his kiss. He tackled Travis, the caress both brutal and carnal, and held him down till they both fought to breathe. When Travis broke away, Dylan glared down at him, his face flushed and taut.

“You’re going to suck my cock, little wolf.”

Travis felt his eyes widen a bit. “I’ve never—”

“I know. It’s time to learn.

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If you don’t win SILVER/STEEL, you can buy it HERE.

And you’ll find Belinda at http://www.belindamcbride.com

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For my book this weekend, i decided to offer up Hearts and Flour. This is a MM contemporary — with a twist!

Excerpt ADULT: HEARTS AND FLOUR by Tara Lain; MM Contemporary; The Vegan and the Cupcake Baker

Available at Amazon  ARe

 To Micah Truveen, raw, vegan food is his religion. So when his devoted customers show up with white flour cupcakes, Micah could kill. Then Micah comes home to find his boyfriend, Dharamaram, in bed with someone else. He throws the rat out and agrees to go to his friend’s orgiastic anti-Valentines party where he meets a gorgeous cross-dressing guy who gives him a night to remember.

 Southerner Quentin Darby wishes he could stop wearing women’s clothes. He so wants to live up to his grandmother’s glowing opinion of him, he’s never even told her he’s gay. And now there’s Micah who makes him wish he could just be who he is. But Micah finds out that Quentin is the baker responsible for the plague of cupcakes afflicting the community! And Dharmaram adds a little blackmail to the mix. Can two hearts rise above the flour?

He tightened his grip on Queen and pulled him to the hallway. The hall made a turn, and Micah bumped into a guy leaning against the wall while another guy deep throated his cock. Transfixed, he stared at the cock disappearing into that wet mouth and then reappearing all shiny and dripping. Both men moaned and mewled as they worked. Micah’s balls tightened and black dots floated in front of his eyes. It felt like he was getting the blowjob. Could a human be this turned on and survive?

He looked at Queen who stared just as fixedly with a little smile on his lips. His blue eyes flicked up to Micah’s. “Do you like that?”

“Hell yes.”

“My, so do I. Want me to blow you?”

Keeerap. In twenty-six years of being gay, he’d never gotten such a direct invitation. “Yes.”

Queen smiled like he’d just asked Micah to a garden party. He pulled on Micah’s hand, skirted past the very involved couple, and peeked into the first bedroom they came to.

“Unh, unh, unh. Oh baby.”

Queen looked up and smiled. “No privacy there.”

The next bedroom door was closed and locked. They looked into the third and found six guys on a king-size bed all sucking on each other. Micah trembled. If he stuck his hands in his pants and jerked off nobody would even care. Except maybe Queen.

The beautiful guy stepped in front of Micah and pushed him against a closed door at the end of the hall. “This place is busier than a billy goat’s ass in a pepper patch. Looks like we don’t get privacy, sugah.” Queen dropped to his knees, ripped down the zipper in Micah’s jeans, and had his throbbing, straining cock out of its hidey-hole and into his mouth on the count of three.

“Holy shit!”

“Ummmm.” Queen sucked like a pool cleaner. Oh. My. God. No way Micah could last more than a second. Never, never had he received head like this. Those red-painted lips left pink stains on his cock as it slipped in and out of Queen’s mouth. His tongue caressed the head and tickled the frenum as those lips did a vacuum move on Micah’s shaft. Oh God, never let it stop.

But no. He didn’t want to come like this. He knew what he’d been missing and, damn, he wanted it. He ran his hands through Queen’s silky hair. “Wait. Wait. Can I fuck you? I’ve got condoms and lube.”

Queen’s blue eyes looked up. He popped Micah’s cock from that fantastic mouth. “Most gentlemen seem to prefer oral.”

“Yeah, well I’d really love to fuck you if you’re into it. Otherwise, suck me and then I’ll suck you.”

Queen stood up, smoothing the red dress over a very prominent bulge. “You certain?”

Jeez. Why did he want to explain? Micah pressed both hands to either side of Queen’s beautiful face. “I don’t know if you care, but I’m not promiscuous. I’ve been with one guy for a year and before that was a long dry spell. I just came to this party because he cheated on me and we split. I was pissed off and wanted to do something stupid. But the idea of fucking you is about the sexiest, most incredible thing I’ve ever thought of. If you’ll have me.”

Queen smiled. “And you’re about the sweetest thing I ever did see. In case you care, I’ve never been to one of Yancy’s parties before. I’m new in town and mostly just wanted to wear my dress somewhere safe. But I think getting fucked by you, darlin’, would be the best thing ever.”

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So leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win in both drawings! Good luck! : )

 

Love in Laguna Beach

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This past weekend, the summer Art Festivals opened in Laguna Beach, CA, the official start of summer in my home town. Even though “June gloom” still prevails with fog cooling off the heat a lot of the mornings, the tourists pour into the town preparing for the Fourth of July fireworks and a huge helping of arts and crafts.

As you may know, i set a lot of my romance novels in Laguna — more than half — and these summertrolley events remind me of scenes that i’ve created. Like the real official icon of summer is the Laguna trolley. These open air vehicles transport people around the town all summer for free — which is essential since parking is impossible. I set a scene in Golden Dancer on the trolley where my billionaire art collector, Daniel, takes the beautiful ballet dancer, Trelain Medveyev, on a trolley trip to go to brunch at a favorite Laguna Mexican restaurant. All the tourists are staring at the gorgeous dancer — as is Daniel.

Volley Balls was the first book i set in Laguna Beach. In it, my hero David, poses nude as the statue of David in the famous Pageant of the Masters. The Pageant replicates works of art using real people. It’s an extraordinary thing to see. Even when you watch the “sample” where the people get into place in the frames in front of your eyes, you still can’t believe that the works of art are human! The people who pose nude are a special pageant-of-the-mastersbreed in the Pageant.

The Pageant actually takes place on the grounds of the Festival of the Arts which is a juried art show at which my hero, Rodney, from Fire Balls is an exhibitor. The Festival is where Rodney beats up Mick. The Sawdust Festival is the wildly popular arts and crafts show that features artists only from Laguna Beach. In the winter, the Sawdust grounds hold the Winter Festival and that’s the setting for Snow Balls, where JJ meets the tough cop, Ryan Star.

CrystalCove9-1-08-150.jpg.w560h423The beaches of Laguna are the biggest draw to the town, of course, and i’ve set many scenes on the beach. David first sees the men who will become his lovers, the handsome volleyball players, Gareth and Edge, on Main Beach. In Golden Dancer, Daniel and Trelain walk on the beach holding hands since Laguna is very gay friendly, and in Hearts and Flour, my heroes take a walk to one of the the gay beaches where the beautiful boys gather. An amazing beach called Crystal Cove is the setting for several scenes in Beach Balls. On the north end of Laguna, Crystal Cove is isolated and like a step back in time. Its beautiful curved beach is a favorite of artists. My heroes get into a lot of hanky-panky on that beach.

Altogether, i’m a lucky author to have such a fun and action-packed setting for my books. Some of my readers have come to visit Laguna just because of reading my stories. I hope you all find romance here! : )