A Way with Words is LIVE on Amazon Now!

AWayWithWords-600x954Yes!! A Way with Words is here day early but no complaints here! I’m thrilled to introduce this short story set in Felice Stevens’ Memories with Breakfast Club series. This story belongs to Tony and Remy. This is part of the Kindle World which I understand may not be available everywhere. If you’re unable to purchase and would like a chance to win a copy, swing by the Release Party tomorrow. All the contributing authors will be at the Memories FB page beginning at 5pm EST. I will there between 5:30-6! Come say hi! In the meantime, here is your Amazon link and the blurb.

AWayWithWords-Teaser2-1000Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.

Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy by playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but he knows keeping him will require courage. And truth.

Happy Reading!
Lane xo

(AND YES!!! Less than 48 hours till Isaac and Adam’s story is out too! A Kind of Home will here at midnight June 23! There’s a 30% discount happening at Dreamspinner Press, good through the 24th. Check it out!)

 

A Way with Words is Coming Out June 22! Here’s an Excerpt…

AWayWithWords-600x954This week is shaping up to be one of the more stressful ones of my year, but thankfully all because of exciting things. My daughter is graduating from high school, which means there are parties and family arriving to celebrate over a four day period, including my oldest son. He’s coming home from San Fran for a long weekend and I can’t tell y’all (I’ve been in Savannah for the last few days 😉 ) how excited I am to have my whole crew in one place. But I also have 2 releases coming out. Not one but TWO. A Way with Words and A Kind of Home. Holy moly!images-1I want to tell you a little about the first one, A Way with Words. This is a short story (30k words) set in Felice Steven’s Memories/Breakfast Club world and is part of the Kindle World launch happening Thursday, June 22. Just 3 more days!!  A Way with Words is Tony and Remy’s story. Like my A Kind of Stories series, it’s set in NYC. However, Tony isn’t a rock star. He’s a quiet construction worker who has a crush on the man he sees playing guitar in the part everyday on his lunch hour. It’s a major thrill for Tony to catch a glimpse of the handsome man swaying to flamenco music, but he has no plans to introduce himself. Especially not when he works with family. No one knows Tony’s secret and he’s not about to share now. A Way with Words is a simple love story about finding one’s voice and mustering the courage needed to live an authentic life…with an HEA. ❤Unknown-10I love these guys. It was truly a pleasure to write for this “world”. I’m looking forward to introducing readers to Tony and Remy on the 22nd. Until then, here’s a snippet from A Way with Words. I will post links for purchase as soon as they’re available. Enjoy!

Lane xo

A Way with Words by Lane Hayes:

I handed him a plastic container and a fork then grabbed the second one and sat back before braving a glance at my companion.

“How’s your day going, sweet-cheeks?”

“Sweet-cheeks?” I repeated in a deadpan tone.

Remy chuckled. “Sorry. You seem a little tense. I was just trying to get you to smile. Thank you for the—what is this? It looks delicious.”

“Cold pasta. It’s okay.”

“Ahh. ‘Okay cold pasta.’ My favorite! I brought dessert.” He reached for the paper bag next to his feet. “These are called ‘better than extraordinary’ chocolate cupcakes. I brought you two. One for yesterday and one for today.”

“You didn’t have to do that.”

Remy narrowed his eyes and cocked his head. “And you didn’t have to bring lunch. I did it because I wanted to. I hope you didn’t feel like you had to bring—”

“No. That’s not it.”

“What’s wrong, then?”

“Nothing. I’m just…I shouldn’t be here, Rem.”

“Why not?”

“I like you, that’s why,” I snapped. I unfastened the top on my container and stabbed at the fusilli noodles.

“Oh. That makes sense,” he teased. “For the record, I like you too. I think I even told you so.”

I looked at him then, loving the warmth in his pretty eyes. “Why do you like me?”

“Because you bring me food,” he said with a laugh. When I didn’t join in, he kicked my boot until I met his gaze again. “Hey. Come on. Get it off your chest. What’s eating you?”

I didn’t respond immediately because the answer overwhelmed me. I took another bite and stared unseeing at the greenery over his shoulder.

“I shouldn’t be here, but I’m happy I am. Does that make sense?”

“Sure. You feel guilty. You like me, but you wish you didn’t. Is that right?”

“Maybe. I had dinner with my family last night and…” My nostrils flared and to my absolute mortification, my voice cracked when I continued. “God, I wish I wasn’t me sometimes.”

I was on the verge of losing it, and fuck, it was embarrassing. I was grateful he let silence take over before addressing my outburst.

“Tony, look at me.” He waited until I complied before continuing in a fierce tone. “You’re the you that you’re supposed to be. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

9 Days and Counting till A Kind of Home is here! And A Kind of Truth is 99 cents! Say what?

AKindOfStory-Teaser2B9 days left until A Kind of Home is here! And in a crazy twist… A Kind of Truth just went on sale for 99 cents!  If you haven’t read any of the series or happened to miss Book 1, now is your chance. It is available for a limited time for 99 cents at all ebook retailers. (I sound like one of those infomercials. LOL… (“Get yours now for just 99 cents!”) This is where is all began for the boys in the band! Isaac and Adam’s story will be here very soon!imagesI’m off to Savannah for a girls trip to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday, because that’s what all sane people do when they have 2 books coming out the following week, a book going to edits… oh yeah, and a kid graduating from high school. Yikes!!! Wish me luck! LOL

Happy Reading!  Lane xo

 

A Kind of Home News! Amazon Pre-Order & Short Story Coming…

cropped-kindofhomea_fbbanner_dsp.jpgJune is shaping up to be an extraordinarily busy month. Graduations, birthday parties…oh yeah, a WIP to finish and two book releases. Holy crap! That’s a lot, but hey… why not add something else, like perhaps a teensy short for A Kind of Home?

Yes, it’s happening. I started a quick short I’ll post on my blog the week of the book’s release (June 23!). It’s a just a little something to highlight where the boys are when readers meet them again in Book 4. They’ve come a long way since A Kind of Truth when they were a fledgling band trying to catch a break in the Big Apple. Now Spiral is the biggest band in the world and Isaac isn’t just the guy who took over on lead guitar, he’s a household name. That’s quite a bit of pressure for a regular dude from a small town in Pennsylvania. He can’t go anywhere without people knowing who he is and wanting a piece of him. Poor guy. This little pre-AKH glimpse will give readers the opportunity to meet Isaac before the big event. You’ll have to wait to meet Adam, though. And OMG, I LOVE Adam!!38828d4d3f22adeb487645d12521c45bA Kind of Home is available for pre-order on Amazon now. And in case you missed it, I’ve updated my Coming Soon page. Check it out for a rundown of what’s new this summer and early fall. And don’t forget, I have another short story (30k), A Way with Words, coming out on June 22. More info to follow! Busy, busy!

Happy Reading and Happy almost-summer!

Lane xo

Thoughts on Memorial Day & An LGBT Pioneer

Unknown-11Today is Memorial Day in the US. Many tend to celebrate today as the unofficial beginning of summer. Break out your bathing suits, sunscreen and yes, you can finally wear your white jeans without calling them “winter whites”. Who doesn’t love a three-day weekend? Barbeques, beach days and mega sales at every shopping venue and better still… the promise of a warmer weather for a couple of months to come. That’s all well and good, but in truth, this is a day of remembrance.

Over a million service men and women have given their lives in the service of our country. If you aren’t in the military or don’t have family or friends who have served, it’s easier than it should be to overlook their sacrifice. We tend to take our freedom for granted. We forget about the soldiers and pioneers who heroically fight battles for us daily. And we forget that not all battles are fought with weapons. Sometimes, they’re fought by simply standing up for what is right at the risk of losing everything.Unknown-13On days like today, I can’t help thinking of the LGBT soldiers who sacrificed their lives and their truths in order to serve. The photo of gay Vietnam war hero, Leonard Matlovich’s headstone with the simple inscription, “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one” is a poignant reminder of this. It was designed by Matlovich, a Vietnam war hero, Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, who was also a gay man. He was a hero on the battlefield and again a decade later when he purposely outed himself to fight the military’s ban on gays.MatlovichGraveStoneMB1cMatlovich was the first openly gay man to be photographed on the cover of Time magazine, which in 1975 was a big fucking deal. No one talked about homosexuality back then at all. To tell his truth on the largest platform, knowing he’d be met with disdain and anger was beyond brave. His actions were pivotal to the LGBT movement. Matlovich was a true pioneer in a fight for equality before anyone thought to fight in the first place. Before he died in 1988 from complications of AIDS he explained his reasoning for commissioning his headstone. “I knew, for example, that when Americans went to the Vietnam Memorial to remember and honor those who gave their lives fighting that horrible war, it never occurred to them that some of those who were the strongest, bravest and most heroic were also gay.” He urged those who were able to tell their story, “to find a method of leaving a lasting record of our accomplishments- including the acknowledgment that you were lesbian or gay”. To be activists in life and in death.

This message is extraordinarily powerful. As we plan our day at the beach or the ballpark, it should give us pause. Hopefully, we all take a moment to reflect on the incredible bravery of those who put others before themselves for the greater good. Truly, there are no words… Thank you. We will not forget.

Lane xoUnknown-15…And I want you to look at the flag, our rainbow flag, and I want you to look at it with pride in your heart, because we too have a dream. And what is our dream? Ours is more than an American dream. It’s a universal dream.– Leonard Matlovich 1943-1988

http://time.com/4019076/40-years-leonard-matlovich/

 

 

A Kind of Home Cover Reveal & Pre-Order!

The cover for A Kind of Home has been revealed! That means it’s officially one month till release day. Woohoo! A Kind of Home is available for pre-order now at Dreamspinner Press and Kobo and coming soon to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.A_Kind_of_Home_FINAL_UpdatedA Kind of Home is book #4 in the A Kind of Stories series. It belongs to Isaac who readers met in the previous books but really didn’t get much of a chance to know. He’s the lead guitarist for Spiral and though he’s a front man alongside the band’s lead singer, he’s never craved the limelight. And he never dreamed of fame and fortune quite like this. Unfortunately, the price tag is steep and there’s no way out. The last thing Isaac wants or needs is the added stress of a unexpected visitor. Especially one from home. The funny about Adam McBride is that with as much baggage as he has, he’s easy, funny, charming and yeah…sexy as hell.  He’s strictly off-limits but Isaac can’t deny Adam feels like a kind of home.

Here’s the blurb for A Kind of Home:

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.

*There is a cover reveal rafflecopter opportunity today at Love Bytes blog. Stop by for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

And mark your calendar for June 23. Isaac and the boys are back!

Happy Reading! Lane xo

Coming Soon News…

Unknown-9My precious blog has collected a bit of dust. I’d apologize but my excuse is pretty damn good!  I have back-to-back releases coming next month. Woohoo!  This is a first for me. Add RT and RL and you could say May has been busy and June will be off the charts! LOL

About these releases…

A Kind of Home, #4 in A Kind of Stories, will be out on June 23.  I’m super excited to introduce Isaac’s story. It’s a bit of a departure in some ways from the first three books. The fledgling band that struggled to find gigs and only dreamed of a recording contract in A Kind of Truth is huge now. Mega huge! Think of your favorite band times ten and call them Spiral. We’re talking One Direction big…except rock and roll. The thing about celebrities is they’re hard to relate to… unless you introduce pieces of home. Hint, hint. Did I mention I’m in book-boyfriend lust with Isaac’s man?  And then there’s Isaac… images-8The day before AKH is here, I’ll be releasing a short story called A Way With Words. It’s a little something for Felice Steven’s Kindle World launch for her Breakfast Club/Memories series. But this teensy story doubled in size from a 15k project to closer to 30k. I suppose I’m long-winded because that’s well over 100k in words from Lane coming very soon! Like my A Kind of Series, A Way With Words is set in NYC. Instead of rock stars with big dreams, we have a couple of regular guys dealing with family, jobs and the fear associated with acknowledging who they are. Look for Tony and Remy’s story on June 22. This is my inspiration for Tony… I know, right? ❤ images-1In other news, it looks like Leaning Into Touch, #3 in my newest San Fran series, will be out in September. A short story featuring Zane and Eric from Leaning Into Love will be released a couple of weeks prior. I was aiming for sooner release dates but honestly, I have too much going on in RL with a graduating senior heading to college. I get emotional thinking about all the changes coming. They’re all good but wow, time flies!

In case you missed it, A Kind of Honesty was released in audio last month. Seth Clayton knocked it out of the part again. He’s very upbeat and nuanced. I love his narration style. In fact, I love it so much I asked him to narrate Leaning Into Love! He’s on board and we’re hoping for an August release. Fingers crossed! *Check out the sample for A Kind of Honesty on audio here.

So much going on and I didn’t say a word about RT yet. I loved seeing old friends and I met some wonderful new people too. Hanging out in the bar became my favorite pastime, which is funny, because I don’t drink much at all. It just always seems to be a neutral gathering point with a casual vibe that lends itself to easy conversation. Like last year, I left RT feeling revved up for GRL. I’m hoping to meet a ton of you in Denver this October!Unknown-11

Cover reveals and teasers are coming soon! There’s so much going on this summer, there won’t be any dust on this blog!

Happy Reading!

Lane xo

A Kind of Honesty is Out on Audiobook Now!

images-1Audio release day always seems to come as a surprise. You know it’s happening but you’re not sure exactly when. lol.  Yes, A Kind of Honesty is officially available on Audible.com now.  I’ve been looking forward to hearing Seth Clayton’s narration of Tim and Carter’s story. He is amazing! I love what he’s done with the other books in this series. Take a listen to the sample here.KindofHonesty[A]_FBprofile_OptizimedForFeedAnd because timing is everything, we’re just a couple weeks away from the cover reveal and DSP pre-orders for book #4, A Kind of Home. I’m looking forward to introducing readers to my recent book crush. Adam is my kind of guy…smart but a total goofball. 🙂

*This guy is my inspiration for Adam…  (swoon!!)38828d4d3f22adeb487645d12521c45bLots of new material coming this summer! Did I mention I have back-to-back releases in June? Busy, busy… I’ll be sure to keep my blog updated for the July and August dates, but put June 22 and 23 in your calendars for now! ❤

Happy Reading!  Lane xo

Home Again & A Kind of Honesty Audio Update!

FullSizeRender-72Bon jour! Cheers! I’m home! I have eight loads of dirty laundry, empty cupboards, a couple wilting houseplants, and no doubt a serious case of jet lag coming my way, but my trip abroad was well worth it! We hit fabulous weather in London and Paris. It was mostly cool but there were a couple of summer-esque days in the beginning and almost no rain. Nice! I’ve been posting pics on FB, Instagram and Twitter but I’ll leave a couple more here too because one thing I don’t skimp on is photo-taking! I literally have hundreds to go through. IMG_8152This wasn’t my first time in either city but I know some people will ask which city I liked best this visit and I can honestly say… both. London is so much more vibrant than I remembered it from my last trip a dozen years ago. There are cranes dotting the skyline everywhere. The growth and innovation is impressive! I could easily see myself living there one day. 🙂 And Paris…*sigh… I’ll always love Paris. It takes my breath away every time. I was pleased it left a lasting impression on my daughter too. She loved it too.

But it’s back to reality today! I can’t wait to get back to my guys. Eleven hours in the air was well spent plotting and planning three different books. LOL. My big news is that A Kind of Honesty will be available within the next week or two on audio! Woohoo! I can’t wait to hear Seth Clayton’s narration of Tim and Carter’s story. And of course, this is the perfect lead-in to the release of Book 4, A Kind of Home, which will be out June 23! Look for the cover reveal and pre-order links for DSP a month in advance. 🙂IMG_8144Here’s a bit of teaser news… I have two short stories slated for KU release in June (22nd) and July.  The first is for Kindle World (more info to come) and the second one will be a Zane and Eric short story to prep readers for Book 3 in the Leaning Into Stories series which should be out by August. So yeah… it’s going to be a busy busy summer!

Also, I’m accepting name suggestions for a Lane Hayes FB readers group! I’d like to get one up and running by May. So far I’ve heard Lovers’ Lane, Lane’s Little Black Book, Lane’s Lovers Lounge (kinda like that one!). What do you think?

Back to work! Happy Reading!

Lane xo

A Kind of Home Release Date! & other news…

images-8Mark your calendars! A Kind of Home will be released on June 23rd. Woohoo! I’ll share the blurb and the gorgeous new cover next month with the pre-order link, but I know some of you were very curious. 🙂 This story belongs to Isaac, the lead guitarist of Spiral. He’s been in the background for the past few stories, but this time readers will get a chance to get to know him and check in with the rest of the NYC boys. Best of all, you’ll get to meet Adam, my latest book boyfriend. I’m in love with this guy! He reminds me of my husband in all the best and goofiest ways. Trust me, that’s a good thing. 😉Unknown-4And in other news… I’m heading to Europe! Specifically to London and Paris. I’m really looking forward to some family time in two of my favorite cities. I’ll be sure to post pics, but if you don’t see me around as much on social media, you’ll know I’m probably at a cafe drinking tea, eating a baguettes and dreaming up a story about a sexy Brit or Frenchman. ❤ Unknown-8Cheers and Au revoir!  Lane xo