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 publically. 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. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.
Pages or Words: 225 pages, 80,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance
About the author:
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.
Where to find the author:
Facebook: Lane Hayes https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008562883399&fref=ts
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Twitter: LaneHayes3 https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3
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GR Book link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25311219-the-right-time?from_search=true&search_version=service
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
1 Are you tempted to write in other genres?
I love the Romance genre. I may want to explore another sub-genre at some point, but for now, I’m where I want to be. I love MM Contemporary Romance. So much has changed within the gay community recently that there seems to be a wealth of interesting subject matter to tackle. Enough to keep a writer inspired for years!
2 Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start? Do you use photos or character interviews? How do you bring them to life?
Yes! I generally have a basic idea of what each character looks like before I begin. If I couldn’t picture them in my head, it would be difficult to write their story. And because I love a series, I tend to have a fair idea of what the MCs in future books look like and how they act. The internet is my friend. “Researching” inspiration pics is definitely a job perk! Rarely do I find a model who looks exactly like the man in my head, but I’ve come close. I have a fantastic one of Alex to share that is probably the closest I’ve ever come across to one of my characters. As far as bringing them to life… that’s what writing is all about! No one is the face they present to the world. Life experience and how we deal with triumph and conflict is what makes anyone interesting.
3 Do you find the sex scenes easy or hard to write?
Hard! (Pun intended J) Ultimately I write what I love, and I admit… I love realistic sex in a great story with relatable characters. But the hot and heavy scenes aren’t easy to write. The balance between romance and the mechanics of movement is challenging to say the least!
4 Of all your characters, which one would you fuck? Marry? Kill?
This question cracks me up! I’m not sure how to answer but it’s such a fun one, I’m going to try. I’ll break it up by series. In my Better Than Stories, I would say… Fuck: Jack, Marry: Matt, Kill: Peter (although he belongs in the Fuck category too! lol). In Right & Wrong Stories… Fuck: Alex, Marry: Michael, Kill: Nate (same as above though. Nate’s pretty fuckable too!).
5 Is there a character in any of your books that you didn't plan on—a character who forced their way into the story?
Yes. I find a new character whose story just has to be written in almost every WIP! It’s how Nate and Alex’s story came to life honestly. Alex was introduced in The Right Words as Michael’s best friend and Nate was introduced in The Wrong Man. My favorite is when readers fall for a secondary character and beg for them to have a story of their own. Everyone was rooting for Alex to be in Book #3, but Nate will certainly surprise some of those who’ve read The Wrong Man!
6 Which of the characters in your books did you have the most fun writing?
In The Right Time, Alex was a fun character to write. He’s so full of life and has such an amazing attitude, while Nate posed more of a challenge. To be perfectly honest, getting the balance right is what makes writing MC personalities interesting. In my experience, one character is usually easier to access than the other. Back to your question… in Better Than Stories, Aaron (Better Than Good) was by far the easiest to write. In Right & Wrong Stories, it’s Brandon (The Wrong Man).
7 When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
It’s so hard! The best way to do it has been to begin the next book immediately. If I still can’t get them out of my head, I write a short story. It was hardest for me to move on after writing my first story, Better Than Good. Which is why I’ve written at least four (or more) shorts! Lol!
8 How much happens in your brain before you know you have a story?
A story begins in my brain as conversations and evolves pretty quickly. I’m not always sure of the course and the direction certainly has shifted a few times without me planning it ahead of time, but I don’t usually have a problem coming up with a basic plot. It’s the evolution that wreaks havoc!
9 Are your friends and family supportive of your writing?
Yes. I’ve only shared it with a few family members and close friends. My writing is very personal to me. It’s a cathartic joy and it’s very fulfilling. I not interested in negative opinion so I’ve selfishly only shared with those who would be supportive. J
10 What are you working on next?
I’m currently finishing Book 1 of a brand new series. It’s a brand new city and a new group of guys. The one hint I’ll give now is the series is a “sort of” spin-off of Better Than Stories. Hopefully by the time everyone reads this I’ll be on to Book #2!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Cate!
Lane Hayes xo
*As promised, here’s Alex
Excerpt for The Right Time by Lane Hayes
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.
Tour Dates & Stops: May 26, 2015
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