Saturday, January 16, 2016

Featured Guest Author: Tara Lain on Football! Includes Excerpt & Giveaway

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We are thrilled to welcome back Tara Lain to Sinfully as she celebrates her new release Tackling the Tight End. She has popped in to chat about Football! We also have an excerpt and …don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Me and Football – Sigh

Hi. I’m so happy to be at Sinfully today! I’m celebrating the release of my new book, Tackling the Tight End. If I tell you that this is one of my favorite books I’ve written I know it sounds like all us authors – we love all our babies the best! That’s so true – but this book just has a slightly special corner in my heart. Why? Good question. Is it because I love football? Not exactly.

When I started writing the Long Pass Chronicles of which Tackling the Tight End is book 3 (although all the books can be read stand alone) I knew almost nothing about football. I’ve never been a huge fan of team sports. I’ll watch a great basketball game or the women’s soccer team, but mostly I adore sports like Olympic events – single athletes excelling. But while I’ve never loved team sports to watch, I do love sports movies because sports are such a great metaphor for life. Among my favorite films are movies like Bull Durham, Major League, and Draft Day. So when I decided I wanted to write a story about a guy who had so much to lose by coming out of the closet, I naturally made him a football quarterback. Then I came face-to-face with the reality. Oops. If I wanted to write about a quarterback, I needed to write about – football! To make matters worse, I created the quarterback’s best friend – a football center –and he really needed his own book. Yikes, he had to go into the NFL! And I had to write about it. Needless to say, I’ve done a ton of research in the last two years. Do you know you can go online and watch videos of exactly how a center hikes the ball? How a quarterback performs an audible? I mean, I started from less than square one! Today, however, I can sit and carry on a conversation about football quite intelligently. I watched the last Super Bowl and I’ll probably watch the next one. I greatly appreciate the talent, grace – and incredible danger of this sport. I’m proud that reviewers of this series often say, “I obviously know my football.”

Do you have to love football to enjoy Tackling the Tight End? Definitely not. Football is a way of showing a young man’s love/hate relationship with fame and fortune – that’s all. In fact the reasons I love Tackling the Tight End are because of it’s focus on Native American culture, the two spirit tradition, the redemption of a villain, and the creation of two of my, I think, best bad guys ever. The fact that my hero, Raven Nez, has a great tight end? Totally secondary. LOL. ; )

Would you like to win an ecopy of either Outing the Quarterback or Canning the Center. Just enter to win on the Rafflecopter!

And here’s a nibble of Tackling the Tight End

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Tackling the Tight End

(Long Pass Chronicles #3)

Tara Lain

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Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 15th January 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez — and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis's pain and incredible ability to survive. Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?

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Excerpt

TACKLING THE TIGHT END

Tara Lain

The Serpent and the Raven

Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end, Raven Nez—and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven really wants to work with gay kids, and while he loves his tribe and likes football, his visions for the future don’t mesh with theirs. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive. Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven, too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?

“Hi. I’ve been trying to reach you.”

Those blue-green eyes flicked all over the room. “Sorry. I was so busy. When I found I had this short window, I just came here. I figured you’d be tied up, so I didn’t bother you.”

Raven crossed his arms. “What’s going on?”

“What?” Dennis swallowed hard.

“Come on.” Raven took his arm and pulled. Dennis pulled back, but Raven was stronger, and Dennis obviously didn’t want to make a scene, so he walked as if it was his idea. Raven pushed the side door open and half guided, half hauled Dennis out to the smoking patio, where no smokers were currently hanging out. He dropped him in a chair and pulled another one over beside him. “Talk.”

Dennis crossed his arms. “About what, Raven? I don’t have much time, and I need to get some more footage.”

“I don’t care if you never get another inch of video again.”

That got his attention. “What?”

“Two days ago you and I were dissecting Pulp Fiction and planning a video for the Gay Youth Shelter. Now you won’t look me in the eye. What happened?”

He shook his head but said nothing.

“Dennis? I’m serious. I’m not going to work with you like this.”

Again he just shook his head, but damn, were those tears?

Raven reached out and touched his hand. Dennis yanked his hand back into his own lap.

“Come on.”

Dennis blinked. “Where?”

“We’re going for a walk.” He extended his hand. Dennis didn’t take it, but he stood. Raven started walking, and Dennis fell in beside him.

The casino stood on a patch of land that abutted a flood control channel. They’d planted bushes and trees in a strip along the channel to make it a pleasant walkway, with benches here and there. Since it was a weekday, nobody was out. Raven ambled quietly for about fifteen minutes. Dennis walked beside him but hardly seemed relaxed. His shoulders bowed, and he stared at his feet. Finally Raven flopped down onto one of the benches. For a couple of minutes Dennis stayed standing, but then he gave in and sat.

Raven picked up a small rock and tossed it. “Want to talk about it?”

Dennis shook his head again.

“Something bad happened.” He didn’t make it a question.

“I guess.”

“Did I offend you in some way?”

His head snapped up. “No. No way, man.”

“But I must be involved somehow, or you wouldn’t be avoiding me.”

“Kind of. I mean, indirectly.”

“Would it make a difference if I said I promise to be discreet? Tell nobody unless you say it’s okay?”

“You know, don’t you?”

Raven shrugged. “No. I’m just thinking about what might be upsetting you.”

“I think I’m gay.”

Raven smiled. “Two-spirited.”

Dennis cracked a half grin. “Did you guess that?”

“Maybe a little.”

“Do I look like a fag?”

Raven glanced at him sideways. “Remember who you’re talking to.”

“Sorry. I just thought it might be like a big neon sign on my head or something.”

“No. But I’m not usually attracted to straight men.”

Dennis’s head swung toward Raven in an arc. “Uh, do you, I mean, uh—”

“Am I attracted to you? Yes, very.”

“Holy shit.” The H came out in a long breath.

Raven looked over. “Does that idea appeal to you?”

“I think so.”

Not a ringing endorsement. “So that’s why I thought there was a chance you were gay. I sensed the attraction between us. That’s all.”

“All? Jesus, that’s kind of amazing.”

Better. “So is that why you’ve been avoiding me?”

Dennis nodded. “Kind of. Being gay isn’t really convenient for me.” He laughed, but it didn’t sound funny.

“Have you got a girlfriend?”

“No. Parents.”

“I know about that.”

That look of pain blinked in his eyes and was gone.

“So why do you think you’re gay?”

He frowned. “I thought you said I was.”

Raven grinned. “My word isn’t law on this subject. I just said I thought you might be since I feel a pull between us. But maybe you’re straight and I just think you’re gorgeous.”

Dennis swallowed. “Thank you. I think. I’ve kind of suspected for a while. I don’t much like girls. Like that, I mean. Never have. But I’ve never been with a guy.”

Raven smiled. “Are you asexual, or do you jerk off a lot?”

He looked uncomfortable, but before Raven could tell him not to answer, he said, “I spank the monkey when I can.” He breathed. Weird. Most young guys jerked off all the time. Dennis raised his head. “But I’m not asexual. I’m definitely attracted to guys.”

“Surprised you haven’t done anything about it. I’m sure you’ve had interest.”

He stared at his hands. “It’s complicated.”

“Look, just because you think you’re gay doesn’t mean you have to start cruising West Hollywood. Take it slow. It’s your life, man. Live it like you want.” He should listen to his own advice.

“I wish.” Apparently they had that in common.

Birds chirped and breezes blew, but Dennis looked like he was at the bottom of a well with no ladder.

Raven put a firm hand on Dennis’s arm. Dennis jumped, but Raven didn’t move. “Hey, I like you. We have to work together. Let’s just be friends and not worry about the rest, okay?”

“Really?” He looked up with pleading eyes.

“Yeah. What do you think, I have to jump your bones just because you’re pretty? We have two videos to make, right? Maybe, if you’ve got time, we have some movies to see and shit.” Raven grinned.

For a second he thought Dennis might cry. Instead he smiled like he’d witnessed the second coming. “I’d like that, man.”

“Good. So would I. Now let’s get back to the buffet and video it right before we eat some of it, okay?”

Dennis smiled, but as they walked, he wiped a hand across his eyes.

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Teaser #1 - Tackling The Tight End by Tara Lain

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Meet Tara Lain

DSC02846Tara 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 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal 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 near the sea in California 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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Giveaway

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22 comments:

  1. This sounds really good. I have no doubt I will enjoy it when I go off and hide from my toddler so I can read it. Lol

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    1. LOL. Those toddlers are relentless! Hope you enjoy it. : )

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  2. US football doesn't exist in my country, so I really don't get half of the background in sports romances... But I love that Tara said she didn't either and had to do lots of research, makes me intrigued and hoping for a more understandable (for me) context ;-)
    Great excerpt here too!
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Elle -- yes, this is such an American sport! But because the American football world is not real forthcoming about its gay members, it makes a wonderful setting for gay romance. If you decide to give it a try, i hope you enjoy it! : )

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  3. I just want to thank all my friends at Sinfully for having me here today. The review of this book ought to be framed in gold on my wall! Thank you so much guys. I'm honored and delighted to be here. : )

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  4. Football is a way of life where I live. :) Congrats on the release, Tara!

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  5. i really like this story...congrats tara

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  6. This sounds like another great book and I can't wait to read it.

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  7. Congratulations on the new release, Tara... I'm sure I'm going to love it, as I really like your books!

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  8. This book sound like a great addition to a fantastic series. Can't wait to read it. Congrats on the new release.

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  9. So happy to see the series continue!

    --Trix

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  10. I love this series. I can't wait to read Canning the Center.

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  11. I bought a copy yesterday and can't wait to read it!! I love Tara's work :D

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  12. Congrats on the new release. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  13. I really like the sound of this one

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  14. This sounds great, thanks for sharing!

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  15. Sounds an awesome addition to the series. Added this to my wishlist =)

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  16. Love Raven nd was amazed you could make me like Dennis

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  17. Thank you so much, everyone! So happy this book is sounding good! It's a favorite story of mine!! : )

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  18. I really love this series, so I can't wait to read this one. Interested to see just how Dennis is redeemed.

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  19. I've been waiting for this release and can't wait to get a copy. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  20. What a review!! Read Book 1 and looking forward to the next few!

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