BLOG TOUR: A KIND OF TRUTH BY LANE HAYES w/#Excerpt and #Giveaway
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Book Name: A Kind of Truth
Series: A Kind Of
Release Date: January 8, 2016
With Author Lane Hayes
Hi Lane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello! Thank you for having me here to chat about my newest release, A Kind of Truth. I live in Southern California with my husband and almost grown kids. Two of my three are off to college so there’s only one bird in the nest full time these days. I miss having a full house but on the other hand, the quiet is perfect for writing! A Kind of Truth is my eighth novel and the first in my new series, but it might also be considered a spin-off of the Better Than Stories.
Readers may recall that Rand O’Malley was Seth’s best friend in Better Than Safe. Rand is… a handful. He’s an egomaniac one moment and a fierce crusader for justice the next. He comes to New York City with a couple buddies and a big dream to take his band to the next level. Those who know Rand well know he never gives up. When Rand meets Will, he realizes nothing is as simple as he hoped. It’s up to him to find his own kind of truth to make his dreams a reality.
1) How difficult was it to get into the main character’s head?
It wasn’t hard at all. Rand was so much fun to write. He’s so vivacious and unafraid. There’s something very freeing about being in a character’s head when they have a faulty filter. Lol! Rand is the type of guy who says and does as he pleases… and apologizes later. J
2) Is this book a standalone or do you plan on visiting it again?
For now, it’s a standalone. As with all of my series, the readers will get a glimpse at Rand and Will’s lives in future stories, but I’m not sure I’ll do another full-length book about them. I’m definitely up to writing a short story or two though. Thoughts?
3) Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
I’m a lifelong romance reader who fell in love with the MM genre when I first discovered it a few years ago. My eldest son is gay and I remember thinking there had to be romance stories featuring gay couples out there too. The best thing about any romance is the overall message of hope, which seems especially relevant for the LGBT community. I discovered a few wonderful stories, but after I’d devoured them I was left wanting more. I had a cast of characters in my head and decided to give it a try. That first effort became Better Than Good.
4) Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! Lol! I’m inspired by music, theater, current events and by my own quirky family and friends. I’m also inspired by travel. Each of my series has a home base in a city I love or am familiar with. A Kind Of Stories take place in New York City, which is one of my absolute favorite cities. There is a plethora of storylines here. I have a feeling I’m going to have a hard time stopping after three or four books! J
Thank you, Lane for stopping by today. I'm a big fan of your work and I love Rand and Will.
Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.
Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.
Pages or Words: 82,000 words
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance
Excerpt for A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes:
Watching Will’s face turn pink then red was extraordinarily entertaining. I nudged his elbow playfully and tried to gain control of my smile before it threatened to take over my entire face. When I couldn’t take the building pressure of emotion, I winked at the girls then leaned in and kissed his lips, loving that I took him by surprise. The elevator doors slid open a moment later. Will stepped into the empty corridor and gave me a wide-eyed incredulous stare.
“I cannot believe you just did that.”
“What? Kissed you on an elevator? It’s not like farting, ya know.”
Will huffed a sigh that clearly said he thought I was hopeless before turning to walk down the hall. “I was talking about the underwear comment but yeah, the kissing part was awkward too. No one wants to watch two people going at in a confined space. And besides, we’re supposed to be playing this strictly straight while we’re in public.”
He stopped to unlock the door to the classroom then pushed it open, pausing to give me a perturbed look before he moved inside ahead of me. I barked a quick laugh as I set my guitar on the back table and shrugged my jacket off.
“First of all, that was hardly going at it. It was a peck. You were the one advertising I left my clothes at your place in front of a couple cute girls. And who said anything about playing straight?”
“Were we not in the same room two mornings ago talking about this?”
“We were. In fact, we were naked in your bed. Decidedly un-straight. But the way I remember it, I was one who was holding back the gay while you were the one going for it. But let’s go back to the elevator. I think you purposefully blew my cover back there with those girls. Were you jealous?”
He snorted and rolled his eyes. “You’re unbelievable.”
“It wasn’t a compliment,” he quipped as he made his way to the piano.
“Well, the next time you announce you’re holding my underwear hostage in a crowd, all bets are off, baby.” I gave him a lascivious once-over and waggled my eyebrows before tightening the strap on my guitar.
Will chuckled. “I’ll keep that in mind. But I’m pretty sure your tighty-whities never came up. My comment was perfectly innocent. There’s a big difference between hats and underwear.”
“I’m on to you, Will. You wanted those girls to know something’s going on between us. They’re probably talking right now. Bet they’re wondering if we’re in here having sex. Hell, they could be outside that door listening. Maybe we should give ‘em something to talk about.” I made a show of unbuckling my belt and the top button on my 501s. “Is there a camera in this room?”
“Keep your pants on. I’ve got two months left till graduation and I’d prefer not to get kicked out of school, please,” Will said primly, smacking my hand away.
“You won’t get kicked out. I doubt we’d be the first anyway.”
I rezipped my jeans and started to back up, but at the last second, I reached out to cup his chin between my thumb and forefinger. I traced his jaw and let my thumb roam higher to caress his cheekbone just under his glasses. His eyes fluttered shut. I loved the contrast of his fair skin and darker lashes and eyebrows. He was so damn pretty. And those lips. They were sensuous. That was the word. I leaned in and brushed my nose against his. I could feel his breath on my lips. The urge to plunge my tongue inside and take what I was very sure we both wanted was strong, but I waited for his permission.
When he didn’t respond, I let my hand fall to my side and started to pull back. Maybe he really was serious about propriety in the classroom. I wasn’t used to curbing my impulses to suit someone’s else’s sensibilities. I’d spent twenty-five years doing only what I wanted. Screw anyone else. Now here I was, attempting to hide my gay side publicly while trying to follow Will’s lead in private. It felt strange, I thought, just as Will launched himself at me.
I grunted in surprise when he wrapped his arms around my neck and crashed his mouth over mine. He softened the connection and tilted his head as he raked his fingers through my hair. I responded but let him control the tempo. Until he tentatively licked my lips. Fuck, he tasted sweeter than I remembered. Like peppermint candy or hot chocolate. I pulled him flush against my chest and slid my tongue alongside his, twisting and colliding in a passionate fusion. When he gasped for air I pulled back only to have him grind his hips into mine and lick my jaw. He swayed into me with a moan and lost his footing.
Will was sexier than he knew, which spelled potential danger for me. It was better to let the music take over for now.
I love the Better Than series so finding out a character from that storyline was getting his own story, I was sold. When I first met Rand in, Better Than Safe, I didn’t care for him much. He was Seth’s best friend but I felt like he was overbearing and trying to have his cake and eat it too.
Now, Rand has his own story in, A Kind of Truth, and I dearly love him. He wasn’t at all the way I had him pegged. Yes, he’s cocky and knows what he wants, but that only makes him that much more endearing.
Making music is what Rand lives for so moving to New York, along with his band members, was the next step in trying to reach stardom. Or, at the very least, have Spiral, his band, start becoming a name people would recognize.
One problem, though, he can’t keep a guitar player. Interviewing and having auditions is wearing Rand out and he’s not thrilled with any of the candidates. He takes it upon himself to get some lessons that will make him a better player. That way, when necessary, he can step in and play the guitar with better accuracy.
In steps Will… Oh my gosh, I love Will. He is a music genius and agrees to teach Rand some tips on the guitar. He is the nerdy, shy, and quiet college boy, but only at first glance. When Will dresses the part of Billy, he is fantabuloussss.
He’s aggressive, confident, and a take charge kind of guy and Rand just keeps falling farther and farther down the rabbit hole after him. Whether it’s fishnet or blue jeans makes no never mind to Rand because he is infatuated with Will. I’m infatuated with Will, lol
Neither have been in a relationship and they don’t want one now, but it doesn’t work out that way. Rand, all of a sudden, seems to have found something to tame his restlessness and that is Will.
They both know that whatever it is they are doing cannot work long term. They both have goals and dreams they are trying to make happen and even a few secrets they are trying to keep hidden. After spending a few months together, their connection continues to grow stronger.
But, there are some people who do not want them together and they try their best to cause problems. One particular female known as Leah smelled like a rat right thru my kindle. I wanted to boot her butt out of the story. I’ll just say that the one thing she truly wanted, she didn’t get and that was good enough for me.
There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat and a little angst along the way. There is, also, a ton of humor that will keep you laughing and the banter between Will and Rand is infectious.
Both, Will and Rand, have a lot of character growth throughout the story and I love the way Rand stuck in there and wouldn’t cave to controversy. And, the ending is outstanding and will definitely have you smiling from ear to ear. It is definitely a winning moment for the two main characters.
I love Lane Hayes books and this one is no exception. I really connect with her writing style which easily keeps me glued to the pages. I love the humor she instills in her stories and the emotional development she puts her characters through. The sex is pretty spectacular, as well.
A definite recommended read that gets 5 stars from me.
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the promoter**
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Meet the author:
Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
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