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“Tara Lain is one of the few authors that writes m/m that I make a point of reading. There is a very good reason for that. Her stories are more than just sex and more than just a homosexual couple. They are a complex story with multiple layers” -- Night Owl Reviews
“Author Tara Lain deftly writes realistic, believable scenes for the men. As their relationships are going super nova the suspense builds on an important subplot which has far reaching consequences for the lovers. Golden Dancer checks all the boxes and burns down the house. I Joyfully recommend Golden Dancer. Dangerously sexy, intoxicating, and complex. Enjoy.” -- Joyfully
“You probably couldn't tell but I am a huge fan of Ms. Lain. This is a wonderful series, and I loved all of her twists and turns. I'm only missing two of her books, but every time I read a Tara Lain story I feel I have been given a gift! This story is worth the read with foodgasms and other -- gasms.” -- The Romance Studio
“I’ve read a lot of series over the years. Some of them I’ve liked more than others, but I can honestly say that Ms. Lain’s, Balls to the Wall, series is one of my favorites! She has a knack of writing humanly flawed and fabulously sexy men who really live and breathe off of the written page.” -- Top 2 Bottom Reviews
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About Tara Lain
Tara Lain’s first erotic romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 17. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series of 2011, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
Also by Tara Lain:
In order of publication:
The Scientist and the Supermodel
Sinders and Ash
Halloween Heat Anthology -- Trex or Treat
Brush with Catastrophe
Be Bad, for Goodness Sake
Awards and Nominations --
Best Author of 2011 -- LRC Awards
Runner-up Best Series of 2011 -- LRC Awards Genetic Attraction Series
CAPA nominee 2011 -- Best Contemporary Romance Genetic Attraction
CAPA nominee 2011 -- Favorite Author
Best LGBT Ménage -- MM Romance Group Golden Dancer
CAPA nominee 2012 -- Best LGBT Romance -- Genetic Celebrity
CAPA nominee 2012 -- Best LGBT Romance -- Brush with Catastrophe
Nominee Best Author of 2012 -- LRC Awards
Top 100 Bestselling Gay Romances on Amazon -- 2011 Volley Balls
Top 100 Bestselling Gay Romances on Amazon -- 2012 Fire Balls , Volley Balls, Snow Balls
An Interview with Tara Lain
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Tara, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Hearts and Flour and features two very special characters on opposite sides of the food chain. <g> Where did you get the idea for their emotionally-engaging story?
TL: It’s funny, I just wrote a blog about this. You could say that the idea for the story came from the title. I had been wanting to write a book about a health food lover for awhile since I’m a bit of a health nut myself. I also love book titles. When I decided to write a story for the Valentine’s Day timeframe, I was playing with titles in my mind. Candy. Hearts. Flowers. Flour! Hearts and Flour. The title immediately suggested that I could pair my vegan hero with a baker -- his natural born enemy. Someone who loves white flour! The surprise for me when I started writing the book was that Quentin, my baker, is a cross-dresser! I didn’t know it. I wrote my vegan hero, Micah, into a party where I planned for him to meet Quentin. But voila! Quentin showed up as Queen in women’s clothes. Writers get surprises like that a lot! Or at least I do.
HH: What do you like best about Micah and why will readers empathize with him?
TL:Micah is a survivor -- like a lot of us. While he sincerely believes in his healthy ways, he’s a bit more disciplined (read controlling) as a result of his reaction to a really bad childhood and a mother who drank herself to death. I think children of addicts often become addicts themselves or they go the opposite way and become hyper-disciplined and controlled people. Micah is one of those. But he has to learn to relax and enjoy his life if he wants to find love and happiness. Hearts and Flour is the story of how he does that. And in Micah’s defense, he does it fast. He’s naturally a loving, giving person.
HH: What do you like best about Quentin and why will readers love him?
TL: Quentin is a charmer but an insecure one. Raised by a grandmother he adores in a very traditional Southern environment, Quentin has absorbed the judgments of a society in which, as he says, gay guys are just “not the marrying kind”. He starts wearing women’s clothes so that he can go out with men and not be recognized in his hometown where his grandmother and he are well known. But then he finds he likes it! Still, he’s used to hiding and keeps on doing it even after he moves to California. Quentin is gentle and kind but has a passionate streak he seldom lets out -- until he meets Micah. Quentin needs to understand that he’s okay just as he is. Now that’s a lesson we can all use a dose of!
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
TL: Like Micah, I’m a very disciplined person (for the same reasons) and I got to reinforce for myself the message to enjoy life and remember to smell the roses. I love unexpected contrasts, so writing about these two very different men with so much to teach each other was fun! I’ve discovered that all of my books are to one degree or another about authenticity and living an authentic life--one that’s real for you. I think my readers get that. : )
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
TL: I’ve just completed my first MM werewolf paranormal called The Pack or the Panther. I expect that will be out in the spring. Next, I’m planning to plunge into my new Balls book and yes, this will be Jerry’s story! Later this year, I’ll write the next Aloysius Tale (can’t wait) and I expect another Balls book about the twins (Snow Balls readers have met them). I’ve also got the beginnings of a new contemporary series in mind. It will be a busy year!
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
TL: My husband and I are selling our house we’ve lived in for 25 years. It’s a big place and we’re looking to downsize, so that will be a big change that will alter all kinds of things including my perspective! LOL As for my writing, I have some decisions to make. I didn’t start this career until later in my life and I do it because I love it. I love what I write. But I’m also like Micah, I love to do things well and be “a professional”. I think this is going to be a big year for MM romance with many new readers coming into the fold. I’m ready for whatever comes next!
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
TL: I guess like a lot of authors, my answer is everywhere. Ideas are the “what if” of life. What if a vegan fell in love with a cupcake baker? (Hearts and Flour) What if a guy didn’t feel he was worthy of the man he loves so he tries to give him away? (Fire Balls) What if a scientist who considers himself straight and harbors a secret passion for his older woman boss starts feeling attracted to a beautiful man? (The Scientist and the Supermodel) Titles suggest stories. Like the title Snow Balls helped shape that book. I went to the ballet in London and thought it would be fun to write a story about a male ballet dancer (Golden Dancer). I own a marketing agency and I read about a company that did genetic sequencing for cancer diagnostics. That idea grew into Genetic Attraction. Yep, everywhere.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
I have a busy day job (I own my own company) but I’m lucky enough to work from home so I work on my books in the cracks -- a little before work if I have time, a little at lunch, some after work, and a whole bunch on the weekends. I do my day job and my books on the same computer, so it’s all right there in my face all the time!
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
TL: I adore social media and love it when readers chat with me on Facebook or Twitter, send a message on Goodreads, or stop by and comment on my blogs. I also love conventions where I meet people face-to-face, but I can meet so many more folks online. So come chat! I’m all over the place.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
TL: I’m just beginning my third year as a published author. Where I have been the new kid on the block, now newbies ask me for advice. It’s weird and fun! I’m not real goal oriented. I know I want to write a certain number of books and that I want them to be great. I want to learn new writing skills and new promotion techniques and apply them. Publishing is in a state of dynamic change which makes all authors at least a little off-balance -- but I don’t mind that condition. Astrologically (yep, I’m from California) I have 9 cardinal signs which makes me a change lover! So I’m looking forward to the doors opening, whatever they may be, and me walking through them.
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HH: Thank you!
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