Hi — In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an amazing sale at Dreamspinner Press through December 27th. There is 30% OFF everything in the store. That means you can get Snow Balls for $3.49 and preorder the brand new Bleu Balls for $4.69. This is a great price that probably won’t get better so this is a great time to grab them. Maybe you’re missing Never, the latest story i n the popular Pennymaker Tales? Only $4.69! You can check out all my Dreamspinner books HERE. This is a great way to get all your fave Dreamspinner books at a great price. Happppppist Holidays. : )
Tis the season for holiday reads!
Did you know that Be Bad, For Goodness Sake and Misletowed are both 99 Cents! If you’re a member of the KU program, Misletowed is included!
Do you like cowboys? Cowboys Don’t Come Out is also considered a holiday read!
My latest release Snow Balls arrived just in time for this year’s holiday season!
Do you like reading holiday stories? What are some of your favorites?
Hi and welcome to the re-release of one of my favorite novellas, Snow Balls. This book has been called charming, sweet, and very funny, as well as romantic. I hope you enjoy it. and be sure to enter to win the Amazon GC on Rafflecopter. Hugs — Tara
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(Balls to the Wall Series, #4)
By Tara Lain
JJ LaRousse looks like a quarterback but acts like a queen. He’s trying to be proud of who he is—until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.
Ryan Star may be tough, but he keeps his sexuality to himself at work. He learned in New York that being a gay cop can be deadly. His attraction to JJ threatens his secret, but he’s finding it hard to back away from a guy who’s so totally his type. Then, during a ski trip and a confrontation with JJ’s biggest nemesis, all the façades come crashing down. In the aftermath, can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More importantly, can JJ?
Hi – -If you’ve read any of the Balls books, heard about them, or considered reading them, listen up. A highpoint is coming for the beautiful boys ofLaguna Beach. You may know that i wrote the first book in this series, Volley Balls, in 2011. I never thought of it as the first book in its own series. In fact, it was written as a book in a multi-author series for my publisher at the time. It did well, but it was the existence of a fantastic character who readers loved — Rodney Mansfield — that actually persuaded me to write book 2, Fire Balls. Fire Balls was one of the top sellers in gay romance in 2012 and a series was born. Beach Balls came next and then Snow Balls, both in 2012. Snow Balls was also a huge bestseller, so i went on to write FAST Balls in 2013. FAST Balls was Jerry’s story, another favorite reader character, and that felt like the end of the series. Fans have continued to read the books and ask about them, but i moved on to other series and other characters.
Then this year, my publisher Dreamspinner Press, contracted the re-release of the 5 book series and i got inspired to write some more Balls books and to go back and rewrite the old ones where i felt it was needed. It’s been a fun year. Starting in January 2017 through this month, the whole series has re-released. Volley Balls was completely rewritten to include more of the romance between Edge with David and Gareth. Fire Balls wasn’t changed a lot since its so much a favorite, but i added quite a few more scenes to Beach Balls and FAST Balls. Then this past October, I released a brand new book in the series — High Balls. I had so much fun writing High Balls I decided to tell another Balls story, the book about the twins, Robin and Bobby. That book is called Bleu Balls and it comes out in January, after Snow Balls re-releases this week with new scenes. Bleu Balls is the first full length novel in the series.
I have to say that JJ in Snow Balls is a favorite character of mine Release is only a couple days away and you can now buy it at AMAZON.
So anyone who hasn’t read the series can in fact start anywhere and read all the books (7) if they want to as of next month. Big Balls fans have new books to keep them smiling. Will there be more Balls books? We’ll see. Those boys are always hollering for more stories. Have any faves you want to have happily ever aftered?
Have you ever read the second book in a series that’s better than the first book? Of course you have. Me too. The second book in my Balls to the Wall series, Fire Balls, is far more loved by readers than book one, Volley Balls, although in truth, it’s pretty popular too.
I thought this video on movie sequels that are better than the original film was very interesting. You’ll be amazed at how many of them are superhero movies. I agree with almost all of them. How about you?
Thank you for coming by. Remember my newest release (rerelease actually) Balls book, Snow Balls, comes out in just a few days and you can preorder it today.
Hi and welcome! I’m so happy to get to reveal the cover of one of my favorite books. Snow Balls came out originally in 2012 and was one of the bestselling gay romances of that year. Now i get to reintroduce it to brand new readers. JJ is one of the heroes who most captures my heart. I hope you love him too. Don’t you love the new cover by the fabulous Reese Dante? Thanks for stopping by! : )
Available for pre-order at
December 6, 2017
You already know my Davey Wavey addiction. Some of his videos are funny, some are dumb, and many have great messages for all of us, gay or straight. This is one of those. If you read my books, you know i write a lot of gay characters who don’t “act straight”. In my recent release, Wolf in Gucci Loafers, my hero, Lindsey, is as flamboyant and over-the-top as a person (aka werewolf) can be. One reviewer said she’d NEVER read a character like him and, though he took some getting used to, she ultimately enjoyed him a lot. But actually, Lindsey is a “queenish” guy who is secretly an alpha male of the first order. Some of my heroes are not. They’re drag queens who are more effeminate than many women (see Hearts and Flour) or big hunky guys who hate sports, like to decorate, and are scared of spiders (see Snow Balls).
The bottom line is, i like to write about gay men, and, if you know some, you know they come in many permutations. They are not stereotypical flaming queens like in the old movies, but they also aren’t straight men who happen to have sex with other men. Gay men are people with many layers and facets — just like the rest of us. I like to write men who are loved for being fabulous as well as brave and strong. Here’s what Davey has to say.
Thank you for coming by! : )
Hi! You know i love to tell you about all the great stuff to do surrounding books and authors. Here’s a great one. At Joyfully Jay, they are having Men in Uniform Week and a bunch of authors have donated books and other prizes all associated with their favorite heroes in uniform. We’re talking over 100 prizes! So if you fan yourself over firefighters, pant over police, or moan for medical techs, this is your event!
I have two books i’m giving away this week. Can you guess which ones? Yep, you can win my two delicious firefighters, Jerry and Mick, in F.A.S.T. Balls or my yummy cop, Ryan Star and his adorable lover, JJ, in Snow Balls! So run don’t walk over to Men in Uniform Week! You have through March 1st to enter. Say hi to Jay for me. : )
If you’re here for the Thankfully Naughty Blog Hop, Click HERE!. And now welcome to the Christmas Paws Blog Hop! A lot of authors, bloggers, and their pets are ready to welcome you as you Hop along. Here’s what you can win when you enter on the Rafflecopter below!
- Something special for your pet
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- A copy of your choice of my books with pets in them — Hearts and Flour with the inimitable Furtwangler the cat, and Snow Balls,also with a kitty, Friskybits.
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I love animals. In fact, for our thirty-second wedding anniversary this Thursday, my husband and i are going to the San Diego Zoo. It’s my fallback fun thing to do. They even have a lovely restaurant there named Albert’s so we can have a romantic lunch.
I’ve also had many pets in my life. Mostly cats, but my poor husband is allergic to the critters, so when our last kitty died, we agreed no more cats so he could give up inhalers for his allergies. Instead, we got a very catlike dog. Her name is Jolie and she’s a papillon. Papillon means butterfly in French which you’ll understand when you see the giant ears. These dogs are number eight on the list of the smartest dog breeds in the world and it’s easy to believe when you’re around her. She is nine pounds intent on world domination. Here are some pictures of my critter for your holiday enjoyment. Jolie with her toy. Making her Christmas list.
I also want to mention that i will be re-releasing a holiday story of mine in a few days. The book is called Mistletowed. It’s a quirky erotic romance with MM, MF, MMF, and light BDSM elements. It’s a fun book! I’ve done a little rewriting and it has a new cover. It will be re-released on Amazon. Here’s a nibble:
Excerpt R: Mistletowed by Tara Lain;
M/M, M/F, M/M/F with mild BDSM and a touch of MAGIC!
Coming soon to Amazon
Five friends, one piece of mistletoe. Christian Elliott has the perfect life — right girlfriend, right job, right house and car. How come he’s only really happy when he’s with his best friend, Jason? Melanie Cantrell has everything she wants. Why can’t she stop lusting after her yoga teacher? Buttercup Allender adores her stable life with Winston. But she can’t give up her secret desire for BDSM. Stir them all together at a holiday party with a beautiful rock god and a submissive stockbroker and what do you get? It could be love and it could be magic.
“Hi, Mel, what’s up? Is something wrong?”
“Probably not, but I’m worried about Christian, and I hoped he was with you.”
“No. Should he be?”
“I think he took off toward Laguna, but that was a few hours ago. He was pretty upset when he left.”
“Why? What happened?”
“Oh, his boss was making slurs at people, and Christian took offense. Seriously, it was kind of weird. Usually he’s easygoing, but the last few days he’s been so different. Unsatisfied. Questioning. Like what he wants has changed. I don’t get it. Anyway, if you see him, would you ask him to call home? He’d had some to drink, and I’m getting pretty freaked.”
“I wouldn’t worry. He’s been working so hard. He needs some rest. But yeah, I’ll tell him to call if I find him, okay?”
“I’ve got one thought where he might be, but it could be nothing. I’ll check it out.”
“Thanks. You’re such a good friend.”
He hung up and stared at the phone. Christian having a crisis? Mr. Equanimity? That was weird. But he had a hunch. Mel said he’d headed toward Laguna. Not many places were open this late, but Christian had always liked the Sea Shell Bar. He grabbed a coat and scarf and set off on foot.
It only took a few minutes to get his suspicions confirmed. Standing in the doorway at the Sea Shell, he was witness to a sorry sight. And also a very confusing one. Christian was there, all right. Drunk as the proverbial skunk, golden head hanging, but still somehow managing to look gorgeous. On either side of him, like hounds after the skunk, were two guys, both gay. Jason knew them. They leaned in and appeared to be vying for Christian’s attention, which Jase didn’t get, since he knew neither guy was into hitting on straight men. All Christian had to say was get lost, and they’d be gone. But they weren’t gone. Maybe his friend was just too drunk to communicate.
He walked up behind Christian and put a hand on his shoulder. “Hey, buddy. I found you.”
Christian raised his head with difficulty. Finally his eyes seemed to focus. “Jase, my friend. Jase.” He lazily rolled his head from side to side. “Guys, this is Jason. Isn’t he beautiful, my friend? Isn’t he the purtiest mathemagician you ever saw?”
Both men acknowledged Jason.
What in the hell was Christian saying? Made no sense. “Come on, buddy. Let’s get you home.”
“Not goin’ home. Gonna get my cock sucked.”
Both men looked embarrassed and glanced around at the few remaining customers, then back at Jason.
Christian leaned back against Jase and closed his eyes. What a warm weight. Jason raised an eyebrow at his acquaintances. “What’s going on? He’s straight. What’s he talking about?”
The bigger man, all shaved skull and rippling muscles, shook his head. “Straight, my ass. He’s been coming on to both of us for hours.”
The other guy nodded in agreement.
Jason gave them a disgusted look. “Hours? Doesn’t that tell you something right there? If he was serious, he’d have been in one of your beds for an hour by now.”
“Maybe. But that guy is so gorgeous, I wasn’t going to pass him up.”
Jase smiled. “Yeah, I can see that.”
The other man — smaller, slim — shrugged. “Frankly I think it’s you he wants. He hasn’t stopped talking about you since he got here. Kind of a turnoff, but like Wendell said, he is really pretty.”
Jason shrugged. “I’m just the only gay guy he knows. No basis for comparison.” He propped Christian up. “Come on, bro, let’s go to my house.”
“Oh good. Will you suck my cock, Jase? That would be the best thing of all. Would you?”
Oh shit, this was so not happening! “You’re drunk. Let’s go.”
He managed to get Christian on his feet and moving. Wendell stepped forward. “Need help?”
Jason was a couple inches shorter than Christian and even more slender, but he figured he was strong enough unless Christian went deadweight on him. “I think I got it.”
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Thank you so much for making my Big Backlist Weekend guest, Josh Lanyon, feel so welcome! I’ll be announcing the winners on the home page later today. Meanwhile there is still the chance to win some great stuff!
The Thankfully Naughty Blog Hop is rolling along. You can enter it by clicking HERE. The prizes look like this:
- Your choice between two of my books which take place at this time of year– Deceptive Attraction which is MMF or Snow Balls which is MM.
- A $10 Amazon GC
Plus, there are 65 other authors who are offering prizes. So Click HERE and enter. Thank you again!! : )