Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lane Hayes author of The Right Time.
Hi Lane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me here today. The Right Time is Book 3 in the Right and Wrong Stories series. This is Alex and Nate’s story. Those who’ve read The Right Words and The Wrong Man will remember Alex from both stories and Nate from Book 2. I’m very excited about this one. Alex is a fun, vivacious character who’s been in need of a HEA since the beginning. Nate’s a lucky guy (and vice versa)! I’m also the author of the Better Than Stories series. Book 4 in the series will be released this fall! Woohoo!
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing come from?
My parents. My dad was an English professor. I remember him teaching me to read as a child and taking me to the library often. My mom was a big reader too. Our house was full of all kinds of books. Except romance novels, that is. I had to check those out for myself at the library or save babysitting money to stock up at the local bookstore. Most teenagers my age were obsessed with clothes. All I wanted were books! Writing was something I’d always done well but it had been years since I’d written anything for public consumption. My first novel, Better Than Good, was a leap of faith. I figured all I could do was try!
What were your goals when you started this book? Do you think you met them?
Great question! Yes. The Right Time has a very simple story line and yet there are some complex characters and tougher subject matter as well. This is certainly my most ambitious effort to date and I’m very pleased with the result. I loved Alex from when I first wrote his character in The Right Words (book 1) and I think I’ve written a story worthy of him. We’ll let the readers decide, of course. ☺
Have you ever co-written with someone before?
No. Never say never, but it would be very hard for me to share. I’m too much of a control freak!
Tell us about your favorite character in a book (yours or someone else’s).
I have soooo many! I’m going to choose one of my own. I have to admit, my most recent characters tend to be my favorite. I’m in love with my MCs from my current WIP, but since I can’t share them yet… I choose Alex. He’s simply my kind of guy. He’s fun, vivacious, cocky but kind and very smart. I love his sense of humor and his passionate nature. I love that he’s easy going but has a temper that flares over odd things. He’s sexy but accessible. And he has an enormous heart. In short… he’s dreamy. I’ve gotta admit, I’m a little jealous of Nate! What do you think?
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- Red wine –wine does count as a food group, right?
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
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.
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:
Facebook: Lane Hayes https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008562883399&fref=ts
Facebook Author Page: LaneHayesauthor
Twitter: LaneHayes3 https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3
Tour Dates & Stops: May 26, 2015
I would like to give a big Thank You to Lane Hayes and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour.