Come join me today at Read a Romance Month. Learn why Romance Changes the World. Learn my recommendations for authors and books and who most influenced my life. While you’re there, you can see the posts from authors every day this month and enter to win dozens of prizes. among those, you can win Knight of Ocean Avenue or Knave of Broken Hearts to get you ready for the release of Fool of Main Beach tomorrow (actually, tonight at midnight)Don’t miss this fun Here’s the schedule —
Dreamspinner Press is having an amazing sale that extended un til August 5th — so act FAST. When you input the code ELIZABETH, you’ll receive 40% Off your entire order. You know that Dreamspinner authors include so many of your faves like Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Andrew Gray, B.A. Tortuga, Rhys Ford, TJ Klune and so many more — including me. So you can preorder my new romance, Fool of Main Beach, right now. Just click HERE.
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the fifth book in the Love In Laguna Series arrives
August 21, 2017!
The unlikeliest of lovers. The sweetest of loves.
Hi –I’m so excited to unveil the cover of my upcoming release, Fool of Main Beach. This is one of my personal favorite books with one of my unlikeliest heroes ever. I hope you love it!
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I recently was asked by USA Today which hero i most enjoyed writing. I said that was an unfair question because it was like asking which child is your favorite. Ultimately, I selected Billy Ballew in Knight of Ocean Avenue because that was a book that had to be told and practically wrote itself. It’s also the number one favorite book of all my readers, so i imagine a lot of people would agree with my choice. But if i investigate my total body of work — currently almost 40 books — the answer to that question is a bit more complicated. I have a number of favorite heroes for various reasons. Billy is certainly one of them. Here are a few more in no particular order —
Paris Marketo in The Pack or the Panther — Paris is a hero you either love or hate and a lot of my readers do both. Why? Because Paris is a Panther Shifter and is in every way a cat — self-centered, solitary, snarky, and suspicious. I’ve found that readers who don’t like cats, don’t like Paris and vice versa. I adore him but then i love cats. The real gift of the character is that, like a cat, if Paris ultimately gives you his trust and his love, you’ve received a gift of inestimable value.
Raven Nez in Tackling the Tight End — This is actually one of my favorite books. It explores the Native tradition of the two spirit and my hero, Raven, is someone who has internalized that idea since childhood. As a result, he’s able to see being gay as not just okay and acceptable, but actually a gift — something given as a unique blessing to the world. I loved writing this books and this hero.
Rodney Mansfield in Fire Balls — This is one of my most popular books and characters — the tiny, feisty fireball of a guy who may look like a queen but he’s a badass in a fight — and in bed. Rodney popped up in my first Balls book, Volley Balls, as the best friend to my hero. He himself was the least likely of heroes and so, of course, is one of the best.
Roan Black in the Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction — Unfortunately, these early books of mine are not currently available (i have to get them self-published and back on the market) , but i have to mention that they contain one of my favorite heroes of all time — Roan Black, the supermodel. Roan was in essence my first hero — these books are the first two romances i ever wrote — and he embodies all of my romantic fantasies. I hope to get him back into your hands this year.
Snowden Reynaldi in Driven Snow — Snow is a khaki-clad, chess-playing physicist nerd who loves the golden quarterback of his college. He’s brilliant, awkward and shy and has his own internal dialogues. He was a blast to write and remains a fave of mine.
Funny huh? In most cases, these aren’t even my most popular books, but the characters have managed to capture my heart. I also love Ian Carney in Lord of a Thousand Steps, Winter Thane in Winter’s Wolf, Jamal Jones in Canning the Center and Tom Henry, the hero of my upcoming book, Fool of Main Beach. But then, i pretty much adore all my heroes. It’s very hard to choose.
Hi — Do you read in Italian or know someone who does? I’m excited to say that my novel Knight of Ocean Avenue has been translated into Italian and is now available as Il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue (Storie d’amore a Laguna Vol. 1)
I’m equally happy to say that as i’m writing this, the book is #470 in the Italian Kindle store and #206 in Romance. It’s only been released a few hours so this is very encouraging.
Here’s the blurb in Italian —
Un libro della serie Storie d’amore a Laguna
Come si fa ad avere venticinque anni e non sapere di essere gay? È una domanda che Billy Ballew preferisce evitare. Ha lasciato presto il liceo, a malapena capace di leggere fino a quando non ha imparato come autodidatta. Con il suo lavoro da muratore ha aiutato i genitori e contribuito a far studiare le sorelle al college. Fa l’allenatore per una squadra di baseball della Little League e cerca di non pensare ai tre fidanzamenti falliti. Il terrore che prova quando deve sostenere degli esami gli impedisce di ottenere la licenza da impresario che tanto desidera, e la paura del giudizio di sua madre gli impedisce di vedere ciò che potrebbe davvero renderlo felice.
Fino a quando, durante i preparativi per il grande matrimonio della sorella, non incontra Shaz – Chase Phillips – uno stilista emergente che incarna la parola gay. Agli occhi di Shaz, Billy possiede tutto ciò che ha sempre voluto in un uomo: forza, onestà, coraggio. Ma anche se Billy fosse gay, probabilmente non riuscirebbe a sopportare lo scandalo che scaturirebbe dall’uscire con una diva come lui. Come possono due uomini con così poco in comune trovare un modo per stare assieme? Lo Stilista dell’Anno coronerà la sua storia d’amore con il Cavaliere di Ocean Avenue?
I have a lot of translated books including Knight, which is currently available in French, German and Italian as well as English. If you’d like to know the translation status for any of my books, just post a comment. : )
Prince of the Playhouse in German!
I’m delighted to announce that Prince of the Playhouse, book 3 in the Love in Laguna series, is now available in German through publisher Cursed Verlag. They have also released the first two books in the series in German and they have been very well received. If you purchase from the German Kindle Store, you’ll find the book HERE. In the American Kindle store, the link is HERE.
Expect Lord of a Thousand Steps in German sometime soon.
Cursed Verlag has also subcontracted my Tales of the Harker Pack series, the paranormal werewolf stories, for translation in German as well as my category romance, Taylor Maid. So watch for those.
You can check out more of my books available on German amazon HERE.
Hi — Happy National Cat Day! While it’s very true that i have a dog and no cat — because my poor honey is deeply allergic to kitties — I’m still a mad cat fan. If you read my books, you know i write a ton of cats and on Halloween (Monday) i’m releasing the first of a three-book series that has a truly bad ass cat as one of the main characters. His name is Aloysius and he’s actually a witch’s familiar who looks like a blue-eyed black cat. He isn’t a talking cat — but you still get a very solid impression of his personality.
My most popular contemporary novel, Knight of Ocean Avenue, has two fabulous cats, Clancy and Yerby, who my hero Billy calls his gay cats. One is orange and one is black, so Billy says they curl together in perpetual Halloween. In my newest novel, Lord of a Thousand Steps, the huge white cat, Anderson Cooper, is an amazing character who propels a lot of the action.
One of my favorite cat characters is panther shifter, Paris Marketo, in The Pack or the Panther. In his human form, Paris is so catlike that people who don’t like cats often don’t like him. They call him independent and selfish. Hmm. does that sound like a cat you know?
So happy National Cat Day, my friends! Here are some wonder kitties for your celebration! (And if you’d like to pre-order Spell Cat, you can get it HERE and you’ll be reading it on Halloween!) Thank you for coming by!!
Hi — Before i get to Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis, you probably know if you’ve been anywhere near the blog, I have a new book that just came out that’s been tearing up the bestseller lists at Amazon. ARe and more. It’s LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS and if you’d like to see some excerpts and enter to win a $15 GC to Amazon, Click HERE.
I’m also busy writing Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns that will be out next spring and reviewing the cover for Spell Cat that re-releases on October 31st. This adds up to busy bunny. So, for a new blog, i thought i’d share this great video of Girl Crush from Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis. Truly Yummy!
Thank you for coming by and don’t forget to enter to win on the Rafflecopter. : )
Hi and thank you for joining me for the Blog tour for my new release, LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS. This book is a great favorite of mine for many reasons, one of which is that it takes place on and near Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach, CA. where my husband proposed to me!
Here is IMPORTANT INFORMATION for you — 2 Special Deals gong on now, if you act fast —
1. To celebrate the new release, EVERY Tara Lain Backlist Book at Dreamspinner Press is yours for 30% OFF until September 4th. BUT you must use the code THOUSAND. Okay. Remember to use the code when you check out. You can see all my books HERE.
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Remember, these are limited time offers, so be sure to take advantage of them soon. Now, on with the blog tour!
To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.
Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.
When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps.
I’m so excited to tell you that my upcoming release, LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS is Bestseller in Preorder! It’s currently in the middle of the Gay Fiction Bestseller List on Amazon and yesterday i received notice that the book had hopped onto the Bestseller List at All Romance eBooks. Today it received it’s star and has climbed to the middle of the list. Then i checked Kobo and found it’s #75 on the LGBT Romance List. It’s also on the Bestseller List at Dreamspinner Press.
The book releases on August 31st, so all this happy news is happening while the book is in preorder. It’s also at iBooks and B&N. For an excerpt, check out this Page. Here’s a little nibble.