Monday, June 13, 2016

Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes - Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway

Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes

Book Name: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne
Book: One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Release Date: May 25, 2016

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.
Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that? 

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. 

Visit for more information about this organization.

Pages or Words: 50,000 words

Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance


“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.

Character Guest Post

Have the characters tell about a typical day in their life.

Vinnie: *laughs* We have no typical day, if you want to know the truth.

Ethan: *snickers* That’s for sure. I never know what this guy’s going to do from one day to the next.

Vinnie: Hey, that’s not exactly what I meant and you know it. I just meant with our jobs, we never know what we’ll end up doing, or where.

Ethan: That’s very true, but that doesn’t mean I was wrong. I do never know what you’ll be doing from one day to the next. You just agreed with me.

Vinnie: Very funny, Detective Thorne. Guess we can talk about days when we’re not working? On those rare occasions when the boss says take the day off.

Ethan: Anything you want, sweet thing.

Vinnie: *blushes* Um, you go first. I’m thinking.

Ethan: *laughs* On a typical day off, we sleep in, make love, then sleep in some more.

Vinnie: Jeez, way to make us sound like sex fiends.

Ethan: *arches a brow* Aren’t we?

Vinnie: Well, if you want to put it like that… There’s more to us than that, you know.

Ethan: Of course there is, baby. We’re like any other couple. We work, we take care of our home, and we take care of each other and our baby, Benny.

Vinnie: So he’s our baby now? Which one of us gave birth to… oh no, scratch that question.
Ethan: *Can’t stop laughing*

Vinnie gets mad and stomps off, and Ethan follows.

Meet the author:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch,  needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

Where to find the author:

Tour Dates & Stops:

9-Jun: Unquietly Me
10-Jun: BFD Book Blog
14-Jun: Molly Lolly
15-Jun: Love Bytes
16-Jun: Havan Fellows

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