#ReleaseTour — Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into Stories) #2 by Lane Hayes ➲ Exclusive Content
MM Book Escape is thrilled to have Lane Hayes here today celebrating the release of Leaning Into The Fall, book two, in her amazing, Leaning Into Series. Please help me welcome her and be sure to check out the excerpt plus she brought an amazing giveaway for you to enter.
Leaning Into the Fall is the second book in Leaning Into Stories, which crazily enough, is my fourth series. If you’re familiar with the Better Than, Right & Wrong or A Kind of Stories books, you may have caught on already that I’m crazy about a couple of things. I love a good “opposites attract” or “May/December” trope, an interesting setting and complex characters who slowly reveal themselves. Leaning Into the Fall has a bit of all of these. The story is set in San Francisco and Napa Valley, better known as wine country to Californians. Nick Jorgensen is a cyber geek with a tendency to be socially awkward and Wes Conrad is the more mature winery owner who somehow gets him. It’s a story about grappling with your faults and accepting what you cannot change. Something I think most of us can relate to on some level.
I’m excited to introduce readers to Nick, Wes and the San Francisco boys, but I thought I’d give you a teensy more info about Lane Hayes via some…um, interesting interview questions.
- Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
- Yes. I spent an entire day with my workout pants on backwards. It wasn’t until I actually got to the class later that day that I realized something was off.
- Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?
- I live in Southern California. I don’t wear socks. LOL. I wear flip flops for a good eight months out of the year and my Ugg slippers the rest of the time.
- Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
- Every day!! I can’t start my day until the bed is made. One of my many OCD traits.
- Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
- I think it’s pretty normal to get aggravated by inconsiderate drivers, but I wouldn’t call it road rage. It’s more a matter of being righteously annoyed. It’s a nowhere feeling you have to shake as quickly as possible because it brings zero satisfaction… even though you’re right. LOL
- Do you kill bugs and spiders or do you screech and hide?
- Neither. I hate bugs. Spiders especially. I would never kill them or touch them in any way…*shivers. But I don’t hide either. I take note of their location and report it to my husband or one of my sons and kindly ask them to take care of it and report back when the coast is clear. See? Very civilized!
Thank you for having me on your blog today. Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Leaning Into the Fall
Series: Leaning Into Stories, #2
Author: Lane Hayes
Release Date: March 10
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Length: Approximately 77K words
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Bisexual, humor,
San Francisco, May to December romance
Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He's made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut.
And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense.
People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.
Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick.
In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself.
However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.
Wes led me to a small room at the opposite end of the building filled with barrels. The temperature dipped at least ten degrees here and the strong scent of fermenting wine was offset by the smell of oak. I moved toward the round table in the middle and glanced up at the tower of barrels. Each was labeled and dated, but as far as I could tell, the order wasn’t chronological. I categorized and filed the numbers in my mind in an attempt to solve a mystery that probably wasn’t so mysterious after all.
“These are special reserve wines. The best of the best. Theoretically anyway,” Wes said, picking up the long-sleeved plaid shirt draped over one of the chairs at the table.
“What do the numbers mean?” I asked, running my fingers over the printed tag on the barrel.
“It’s an internal code that basically tells us exactly which vines yielded the harvest. Some have information about soil disruption or weather flux. Of course, once the wine is fermenting that information is no longer significant but—”
“Where are the dates on these labels? Isn’t timing everything in the wine business?”
“Some might argue timing is everything in every facet of life.” Wes regarded me curiously before pointing out the dates in the middle of the tag. “It’s all here. See?”
“I don’t understand your system,” I said, stuffing my hands in my back pocket and staring up at the barrels.
“It’s an internal system. You’re not meant to understand. It’s for us only. The same way you wouldn’t explain the science behind how an advanced operating system works to one of your clients. They might say they’re fascinated but they aren’t really interested in the details. Same goes for wine. People come to tour the winery every day. They want to know about grape varietals and blends and some even ask about topography, weather and the fermentation process. But the true science of wine making confounds them. At the end of the day, truth is in the bottle.”
“In vino veritas.”
Wes smiled as he pulled his shirt on. “’In wine, truth’,” he translated. “Different context, but yes… truth. Are you going to tell me why you’re here or do I have to break out a bottle of Pinot to get the real story?”
Wes’s wolfish grin spread slowly across his handsome face as he closed the distance between us. He tilted my chin with his forefinger and stared deep into my eyes as though he was trying to read my mind. Or devour me whole.
“You look like you want to eat me,” I said before I could stop myself.
“I do. I want to do lots of things to you. Is that why you’re here? You want me to eat you, Nicky?”
“You invited me.” My eyes drifted shut when he ran his fingers along my jaw then splayed his hand behind my head and tugged my hair.
“I did. I’m glad you came.”
“Well, we were in the middle of listing our all-time favorite bands or artists by decade. That’s not the kind of thing you can leave for a whole week. It’s important.”
“You’re right. What were we thinking?” He licked my bottom lip in a sensual line from one corner of my mouth to the other. “We’ll have to continue that discussion later. I want to do other things first.”
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, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest. Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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