YAY…Countdown over! Knave of Broken Hearts release day is finally here…Congratulations Tara!…So if you haven’t already pre ordered this gem, make sure you #oneclick your copy ASAP! But first join us in welcoming back the lovely Ms Lain to Sinfully HQ where, today, she chats about the power of opposites in her romances AND treats us to an EXCLUSIVE excerpt!
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The Power of Opposites
Hi everyone! I’m Tara Lain. I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance and I’m delighted to be hanging out at Sinfully today to celebrate the release of my new novel, KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS. This is the second in my Love in Laguna series. Maybe some of you read KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE, the first book? You don’t have to read them in order, but if you have read Knight, you’ll find some of your favorite characters appearing in Knave.
Like many of my books, KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS is an opposites story. Some authors when they write a doctor, they pair him up with a nurse. Me? Nope. I hook up a cardiologist with a construction worker. I’ve joined artists with firemen, cops with interior decorators, an NFL football star with a drag queen, and famously, a cat and a dog!
What’s this power that opposites hold for me? In real life, they don’t always work, but in fiction, I think stories of opposites attracting are powerful. The very contrast of their lives and circumstances adds an extra layer of conflict. Readers get to see a situation from two dramatically opposing points of view. You even get to go to varied settings – like the contrasting apartments of messy, blue collar Jim and neat, upper class Ken in Knave of Broken Hearts.
When I sit down to create a book, I think of a character -- it would be fun to write about a construction worker, for example. And then I immediately start thinking, what if – what if that blue collar guy fell for a flamboyant gay stylist (as in Knight of Ocean Avenue) or what if this tough guy fell for his cardiologist? From there, all kinds of worlds colliding scenes pop into my mind. Imagine that very Japanese doctor trying to bring this construction worker home to his family!
I imagine I’ll keep attracting opposites as long as people like to read them – because they never stop fascinating me.
Knave of Broken Hearts
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 3rd August 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job, and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc's stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares. How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?
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Tara: Below you’ll find an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from KNAVE OF BROKEN HEARTS. Hope you enjoy it!!
The door opened and Anderson came first, hopping straight onto the bed and settling on Jim’s pillow before Ian even made it fully inside. He smiled. “Hey, Jim, how was the date?”
That might have seemed like an easy, polite question, but it was a total minefield. “Fine. I gather you and Rico have struck up a friendship.”
His cheeks turned pink. “Yeah. He’s a great guy and has been all the places I want to go—like architecture school.”
That felt like a blow to the head. Jim stared at his feet. “Doesn’t that make him too old for you?”
“Thanks there, Mom.” He laughed.
Dammit, Ian needed more of a mom than the one he’d had. “Sorry.”
“Actually he’s only four years older. He’s this prodigy who started college at sixteen and finished architecture school in five years.”
“I think so too.” Sappy smile redux.
Jim crossed his legs and gave his brother’s hair a swipe. “Not as talented as you.”
“He agrees with you.” Ian’s giggle reminded Jim of the guys outside the bathroom stall, and his cock gave a little jerk. Ian flopped on his back on the end of the bed, not distressing Anderson at all. “So tell me more about your date.”
Ian sat straight up like a zombie. “What the fuck? You told me you weren’t.”
Jim caught his breath and tried to get his brain to catch up with his mouth. “I know. And maybe I’m not, but—shit, I don’t know.” That moment in the bathroom stall when he’d come into Ken’s hot, endless throat— “I just don’t like sex with women as much as I like sex with men.” How was that for the understatement of the century?
“Hang on. You’ve had sex with men?” Ian mirrored Jim’s position and stared at him like the head of the Inquisition.
“Uh, yeah. Sort of. No, I mean, once, and some other—sort of.”
“I think we better talk about this.”
“Now who’s being the mother?”
Stern gaze. “You need guidance when it comes to this. Talk.”
“I had sex with Ken Tanaka.”
“Yeah and a couple of blow jobs.” Jesus, that did not begin to do justice to the situation.
“When he was here?”
“Uh, not exactly. Since then.”
“That may not make you gay.”
Ian cocked a half smile. “That guy’s so gorgeous, he could seduce Pastor Rick.”
“I know, and I kind of agree with you. I don’t generally get hard-ons for guys, except for Ken.”
“It’s a ‘gay for you’ situation, then.”
“What’s that mean?”
“A straight man who falls for one guy and never gets tempted by any others. Some people believe in it. Mostly in romance novels.” He smiled.
Jim stared at the faded bedspread. “Except I can’t get it up for women anymore.”
“I was never Don Juan, okay? But I’ve had some orgasms with females. Just not lately.”
“What about when you were in puberty? I was little, but I remember you hanging out with girls and shit.”
Jim sighed. “Yeah.”
“Were you attracted to them? I mean, were you trying to get to first base and all that boy/girl drama?”
“Bad sign. For your future heterosexuality, I mean.”
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Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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