Author Name: Lane Hayes
Book Name: The Right Time
Series: Right & Wrong Stories
Book number: 3
Can be read as a standalone
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7125719.Lane_Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Release Date: June 26, 2015
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
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.
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:
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Twitter: LaneHayes3 https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3
Q& A with author Lane Hayes
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lane Hayes author of The Right Time.
Hi Lane, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
WF - Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
LH - I love Alex and Nate! Alex is my kind of guy. He’s energetic, fun and silly with the perfect balance of pure sex appeal. He’s one of those genuinely happy people who make you smile when you’re around them. Nate, on the other hand, is much more serious. Relationships that come easily to Alex are quite the opposite for Nate, who prefers his solitude. On a surfboard, if possible. What I think makes them unique is that although they’re very different people, their differences ultimately are the strength the other man needs. These are two of my more complex characters in some ways, and in others… they are very simple. And very special.
WF - What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
LH - Everything was such an adventure in my initial foray in the publishing world! Editing, cover art, blurbs… I had no idea there were so many pieces to the puzzle. And I had no idea what to expect. I think because I went into it with an open but cautious mindset, one of the most surprising things was how friendly everyone was; from Dreamspinner Press (my publisher) to bloggers and other authors in my genre. It’s been a wonderful ride and the people I’ve met along the way have made it particularly gratifying.
WF - Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
LH - Yes! I was at Gay Rom Lit in Chicago last year. It was my first convention and I loved it! It was such a rush to meet huge fans of the genre, as well as a ton of amazing authors. I will be at GRL in San Diego this coming October as a Featured Author and I’m beyond excited! I’ll also be at the Great Northwest Meet Up in Seattle in September and I’m planning on attending Romance Times Booklovers Convention in Vegas in 2016. I hope to see you all at any or all of the above!
WF - Would you like to be a full-time writer?
LH - I am proud to say I am now writing full-time. I gave up my interior design jobs and am completely focused on writing. It’s true what they say… if you’re doing something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I love writing. It’s frustrating as hell some times, but it’s immensely rewarding too.
WF - Design the ultimate pizza.
LH - Hmm. Light on the marinara sauce, light on the mozzarella, heavy on the veggies. I like pepperoni and sausage, but please hold the olives and anchovies. After that… anything goes! (Even pineapple J)
Thank you so much for having me here today!
Lane Hayes xo
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