Today we’re very lucky to have the very lovely Lane Hayes with us here at Sinfully, check out our Interview and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $25 gift card & e-book copy of The Right Time.
Sinfully Interview Lane Hayes
Hi Lane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me here today. The Right Time is Book 3 in the Right and Wrong Stories series. This is Alex and Nate’s story. Those who’ve read The Right Words and The Wrong Man will remember Alex from both stories and Nate from Book 2. I’m very excited about this one. Alex is a fun, vivacious character who’s been in need of a HEA since the beginning. Nate’s a lucky guy (and vice versa)! I’m also the author of the Better Than Stories series. Better Than Safe, book 4, will be out this fall! Woohoo! I have an amazing supportive husband, 3 wonderful kids & if you’ve read The Wrong Man, you know I have an old yellow Lab just like Mack. J
How do you feel about e-books vs print books?
I love them both. When e-books first came out I was skeptical. I was sure I’d hate them because I adore physical books. I love the way they smell and look. I love the weight of a good book in my hand and gaging how far I’m into it by where I’ve marked my pages. But now… I love a new e-book popping up on my Kindle. I love holding my whole library in my hands! I’ve grown accustomed to carrying the slim tablet everywhere I go and I can gage my place by percentage read very well, thank you very much. I can also read any smutty book my heart desires without judgment! So you see, I’m conflicted. J
What process did you go through to get your first book published?
Lol! I didn’t know what I was doing at all when I first submitted Better Than Good to Dreamspinner Press. The process was fairly intuitive but I was a complete novice. Words like blurbs, bios, excerpts and cover art weren’t part of my normal vernacular. Thankfully, I navigated the process well and have gone on to do it a few more times. Whew!
How do you find or make time to write?
I write everyday from the moment I wake up until it’s time to pickup my daughter after school. Saturdays and Sundays are writing days too. The question is… do I make enough time for “real life” activities? I try, but gosh… sometimes those characters just keep talking in my head and I have a hard time not listening! J
Name one person who you feel supported you outside of your family members?
So far I’ve only told two other people outside of my family. Both are good friends of mine. One is my roommate in college and the other is someone I’ve known since our kids were small. In both cases they were surprised but hugely excited for me and very supportive. I’m very fortunate. True friends are a beautiful thing!
Tell us about a book you’re reading now.
I’m just about to start Kade Boehme’s Chasing the Rainbow. I love cracking open a new book! This should be a fun one. Kade promised me there wasn’t too much angst! Lol. I don’t usually have more than one book going at once, but I’m also reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. I’m a big fan of his incredible ability to turn a phrase. The man was a genius.
“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”—Oscar Wilde
The Right Time
Author ~ Lane Hayes
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 26th June 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Right and Wrong Story
Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.
Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publicly. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained for. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
Right and Wrong Stories Series
Meet Lane Hayes
Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and their very old dog in an almost empty nest.
I hadn’t worked out with a professional in years, and it felt foreign to wait for someone else’s direction.
“Any issues with your shoulders or arms? Any injuries I should know about?” he asked, handing me the weights.
“No, I’m good.”
“Great. Start with your palms facing your thighs, lift them both over your chest, then lower the left. Good. And now the right.”
He stood over me diligently, making slight corrections when needed. My supine position gave me an interesting perspective. When I looked up, I noted how his strong brow offset his twinkling eyes. I swallowed uncomfortably and turned my head, only to find myself staring at his crotch. His dark shorts seemed to hint they were covering a generous package.
“You doing okay?”
“Uh yeah. Hey, weren’t you going to tell me about your Friday night?” I needed him to talk. I didn’t trust my thoughts anymore, and I was stuck in my current position crazily aware of a man in a way I hadn’t been in over fifteen fucking years. Diversion in any form was welcome.
Alex snorted. “I already told you. I went dancing, and oh yeah, I did get lucky.”
He added the last part with a hearty chuckle, no doubt catching my wide-eyed expression. I hadn’t expected that.
“Right.” I did? The strong flash of jealousy took me by surprise, but I pressed on. “Did you go back to the beach to get those girls’ numbers last weekend?”
He looked confused for a second, but a slow cocky grin soon spread across his handsome features as he crouched so his face was close to mine.
“No, I told you they weren’t my type.”
I gulped and watched his eyes lower to my throat. He licked his top lip and reached out to adjust my wrist.
“Lift ’em both at the same time, Nate. That’s it. Push it. Harder.”
I sent up a quick prayer I wasn’t sporting a tent in my shorts. Alex’s voice, touch, and yeah, the unintentional innuendos were making me nuts. And horny. I felt terribly out of my element. I wasn’t sure what we were talking about anymore, but the potent silence made me more uncomfortable than speech. Keep talking, I thought.
“So a dance partner?”
“What? Oh. Yeah, I think so. I can’t remember. It was just one of those things, you know? Sit up. Let’s give your arms a break.”
“Just one of those things?”
“Yeah. One night. No numbers exchanged. No hassle, no fuss.”
I had no words. Literally.
Alex chuckled gleefully as he led the way to a leg machine. He gave instructions and stood back to observe me for a moment.
“It’s not necessarily my favorite kind of sex, but hey….” He shrugged his shoulders with his hands outstretched as if to say “what’s a guy to do?”
I recognized this cue. It was my opportunity to commiserate about the trials and tribulations of being a single man with a healthy sexual appetite. Now was my chance to admit it was nice every once in a while to have sex of the nonsolo variety with someone who knew the score. But I was tongue-tied and equally aware of a completely different undercurrent. One I wasn’t brave enough to explore.
“You can stop having fun at my expense any time.”
Alex squeezed my shoulder and smirked playfully. “You’re easily rattled.”
“You seem like someone who has a place for everything and likes everything in its place. You have a routine, and you don’t appreciate any deviation. I should be flattered you came to the gym with me at the spur of the moment.” He paused, running his tongue over his plump bottom lip. “If you’re not careful, I’m gonna think you like me.”
The air between us crackled. Alex leaned forward so his handsome face was mere inches from mine. His proximity alone seemed to issue a challenge. Daring me to confess I was more than I appeared to be. I doubt he expected any revelations, but his intent was certainly to… how had he put it, rattle me. And damn, it was working.
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