Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 8, 2016)
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Blurb: Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.
Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.
Excerpt for A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes:
Watching Will’s face turn pink then red was extraordinarily entertaining. I nudged his elbow playfully and tried to gain control of my smile before it threatened to take over my entire face. When I couldn’t take the building pressure of emotion, I winked at the girls then leaned in and kissed his lips, loving that I took him by surprise. The elevator doors slid open a moment later. Will stepped into the empty corridor and gave me a wide-eyed incredulous stare.
“I cannot believe you just did that.”
“What? Kissed you on an elevator? It’s not like farting, ya know.”
Will huffed a sigh that clearly said he thought I was hopeless before turning to walk down the hall. “I was talking about the underwear comment but yeah, the kissing part was awkward too. No one wants to watch two people going at in a confined space. And besides, we’re supposed to be playing this strictly straight while we’re in public.”
He stopped to unlock the door to the classroom then pushed it open, pausing to give me a perturbed look before he moved inside ahead of me. I barked a quick laugh as I set my guitar on the back table and shrugged my jacket off.
“First of all, that was hardly going at it. It was a peck. You were the one advertising I left my clothes at your place in front of a couple cute girls. And who said anything about playing straight?”
“Were we not in the same room two mornings ago talking about this?”
“We were. In fact, we were naked in your bed. Decidedly un-straight. But the way I remember it, I was one who was holding back the gay while you were the one going for it. But let’s go back to the elevator. I think you purposefully blew my cover back there with those girls. Were you jealous?”
He snorted and rolled his eyes. “You’re unbelievable.”
“It wasn’t a compliment,” he quipped as he made his way to the piano.
“Well, the next time you announce you’re holding my underwear hostage in a crowd, all bets are off, baby.” I gave him a lascivious once-over and waggled my eyebrows before tightening the strap on my guitar.
Will chuckled. “I’ll keep that in mind. But I’m pretty sure your tighty-whities never came up. My comment was perfectly innocent. There’s a big difference between hats and underwear.”
“I’m on to you, Will. You wanted those girls to know something’s going on between us. They’re probably talking right now. Bet they’re wondering if we’re in here having sex. Hell, they could be outside that door listening. Maybe we should give ‘em something to talk about.” I made a show of unbuckling my belt and the top button on my 501s. “Is there a camera in this room?”
“Keep your pants on. I’ve got two months left till graduation and I’d prefer not to get kicked out of school, please,” Will said primly, smacking my hand away.
“You won’t get kicked out. I doubt we’d be the first anyway.”
I rezipped my jeans and started to back up, but at the last second, I reached out to cup his chin between my thumb and forefinger. I traced his jaw and let my thumb roam higher to caress his cheekbone just under his glasses. His eyes fluttered shut. I loved the contrast of his fair skin and darker lashes and eyebrows. He was so damn pretty. And those lips. They were sensuous. That was the word. I leaned in and brushed my nose against his. I could feel his breath on my lips. The urge to plunge my tongue inside and take what I was very sure we both wanted was strong, but I waited for his permission.
When he didn’t respond, I let my hand fall to my side and started to pull back. Maybe he really was serious about propriety in the classroom. I wasn’t used to curbing my impulses to suit someone’s else’s sensibilities. I’d spent twenty-five years doing only what I wanted. Screw anyone else. Now here I was, attempting to hide my gay side publicly while trying to follow Will’s lead in private. It felt strange, I thought, just as Will launched himself at me.
I grunted in surprise when he wrapped his arms around my neck and crashed his mouth over mine. He softened the connection and tilted his head as he raked his fingers through my hair. I responded but let him control the tempo. Until he tentatively licked my lips. Fuck, he tasted sweeter than I remembered. Like peppermint candy or hot chocolate. I pulled him flush against my chest and slid my tongue alongside his, twisting and colliding in a passionate fusion. When he gasped for air I pulled back only to have him grind his hips into mine and lick my jaw. He swayed into me with a moan and lost his footing.
Will was sexier than he knew, which spelled potential danger for me. It was better to let the music take over for now.
Meet the author: Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.
1) Describe your book to us.
A Kind of Truth is book 1 in a brand new series. This is a spin-off series from Better Than, which was based in DC. If you’ve read Better Than Safe, you’ll probably remember Rand O’Malley, Seth’s best friend. You may also recall Seth telling Paul that Rand has decided to move to NYC to give the rock and roll dream a shot. This is a story about big dreams and little ones and the realization that what you want isn’t always compatible with what others need. Ultimately it’s about accepting and occasionally modifying our own truths to make room for something bigger than yourself. Like love.
2) Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?
I love the MM romance genre. I actually love all romance. After thirty-five or more years of reading every type of romance available, I doubt that will ever change. MM is special because the message of a well-written LGBT book transcends an ordinary love story and gives the reader a sense of hope that goes well beyond the page.
Almost everything I’ve read about the genre I’ve loved or at least appreciated. The only disturbing thing I’ve heard was allegations of plagiarism regarding an MM author I’d met at GRL a few months ago. I was absolutely shocked and sickened. Of course, I would have felt that way no matter what genre a so-called author was stealing from, however, I found it particularly disheartening because MM is a relatively small community compared to het romance. Senseless acts that are frowned upon in grade school have no place here (or anywhere) and only serve as negative publicity. There are amazing MM authors and beautiful stories in this genre. It’s a shame to have one spoil the positive strides made for the community as a whole.
3) Tell us about your character’s family life?
Rand O’Malley is from Baltimore originally, which is where his parents and sister still live. He describes his folks as their generation’s version of hippies. They own a health food store and raised their kids to question authority and make up their own rules with respect for social harmony. Rand loves his family and is probably very aware that his somewhat unconventional upbringing is what encouraged him to push the proverbial envelope and go for his dreams.
4) Compare yourself to your main character.
We are absolutely nothing alike! Lol! Rand is outgoing, gregarious, cocky and self-confident. He thinks nothing of getting onstage to sing, perform and is always contemplating the best and biggest way to have his voice heard and his opinion known. Me? I’m a writer. I spend a good deal of time in my head, hoping to occasionally run into characters like Rand for inspiration, if not entertainment. In short, I’m an introvert, he’s an extrovert. I like a well-ordered existence with as much peace and quiet as possible. Rand wouldn’t last ten minutes in my shoes without making a mess. And vice versa!
5) Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast.
Last week was Christmas. It was crazy! An endless stream of parties, get-togethers, trips to the mall and eating. And drinking. The weather was cold for Southern California but gorgeous. Blue skies, crystal clear nights with tons of stars and cool enough to turn the heat on and keep it running!
Where to find the author:
Facebook: Lane Hayes https://www.facebook.com/LaneHayes
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Twitter: @LaneHayes3 https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125719.Lane_Hayes
Tour Dates & Stops:
12-Jan Prism Book Alliance, KathyMac Reviews, Carly’s Book Reviews, Hearts on Fire
14-Jan Happily Ever Chapter, Nic Starr, Joyfully Jay, The Novel Approach
19-Jan Havan Fellows, Three Books Over The Rainbow, Love Bytes
21-Jan Unquietly Me, Gay Book Reviews,
26-Jan Bayou Book Junkie, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings, Gay Media Reviews, Open Skye Book Reviews
28-Jan Book Lovers 4Ever, Molly Lolly, Alpha Book Club, Full Moon Dreaming
2-Feb BFD Book Blog, MM Good Book Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
4-Feb Divine Magazine, Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads
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