Excerpt and Character Interview! Cozzi Cove by Joe Cosentino




On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?


As Lance rested in bed and Cal was putting on jeans, sandals, and a canary polo shirt, they heard Connor enter the living room and call out to Cal. After giving Lance a kiss on the cheek, Cal begrudgingly left his lover, shut the front bedroom door after himself, and then met up with Connor, who was standing next to the living room sofa.

Connor said, “It’s good to be back at work.”

“How were your grades at college this year?”

Connor shrugged his muscular shoulders. “Pretty average.”

Cal thought, If average is getting Cs and Ds. “I’m guessing you were quite involved with extracurricular activities.”

“One or two.” He giggled. “Maybe, three.”

Cal had a soft spot for the kid. “You did a nice job preparing the bungalows yesterday.”

“I aim to please.”

Cal thought the nineteen-year-old looked like an American flag in cutoff blue jeans that matched his eyes, a T-shirt and sneakers that matched his red hair, and pale skin with freckles.

“How can I be of service to you today, boss?”

Cal ignored Connor’s obvious double meaning.

“Just the usual routine.” Cal wasn’t immune to Connor’s charm, but Connor was a kid, and Cal was a one-man man. “Carry their luggage into the bungalows when the guests arrive. Turn down beds at four p.m.” He attempted to look sternly at the boy. “… Without you in them.”

Me come on to a guest?” Connor feigned surprise.

“Yes, you, Connor. This is a vacation resort, not the baths.” Cal moved behind his desk. “After today, make up the rooms late mornings and early afternoons. Leave the sheets and towels in front of the garage for the laundry pickup. And don’t forget to sweep out the parking area.”

Connor saluted. “Aye, aye, Capitán .”

They heard a knock at the front door. Cal shouted, “It’s open.”

“Is this the office?”

“We’re informal here,” Cal explained. He typed into his computer, and then motioned for the young man to join him.

“I’m Mario Ginnetti.” He placed a piece of luggage at his feet. “Is it okay to park in the lot?”

Connor seemed to nearly salivate at Mario’s arms in his violet short-sleeved shirt. “You can park anywhere you like.”

Ignoring Connor, Cal said, “Yes, that’s the lot for the bungalows.” Cal handed Mario a key. “You’re in Bungalow One. I’ve got your credit card, so you’re all set.” He took a map from the topmost desk drawer. “The ocean beach is open to the public and is only minutes away. You can swim, surf, snorkel, or go on a glass-bottom boat there.” He pointed to various black dots on the map. “You’ll want to get some groceries here. Tommy Malone’s is a good bar, and Carla’s is my favorite seafood restaurant. This place has killer ice cream, which you can work off here at the gym.”

Connor interjected with, “If you need help finding anything, just ask me. I’m a native.”

“Or you can come into the office and ask me.” Cal handed Mario the map and then pointed outside. “The cove is private property. You can sit out there all you like. The bay water is calm and warm. As you can see, the view is amazing.”

Connor added with a grin, “Nude sunbathing is permitted.”

Mario was visibly trying to take it all in.

“Any questions?” asked Cal.

Mario’s dimples appeared. “Will the weather always be this nice?”

“From your lips to the sea gods’ ears.” Cal smiled. “The weather report calls for rain, so that means it’s going to be sunny all week. Connor will take you to your bungalow.”

Connor looked like the wolf meeting Little Red Riding Hood as he took Mario’s luggage. “Follow me, Mario.”

Character Interview:

I am speaking today with Arthur Brellochs from Joe Cosentino’s new novel Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back from NineStar Press.

Hi, Arthur. Thanks for joining us.

Thanks. The name of your site means a lot to me.

How’s that?

I’ve been single for a long time, but I’m not anymore, and two men are definitely better than one.

Since our readers can’t see you, what do you look like?

I’m thirty years old, and built stocky—like a teddy bear. Oh, and I have blond hair, but it’s receding.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a graphic designer. I create computer games.

That sounds like fun.

So much fun I can’t stop playing them.

And you are a guest at Cozzi Cove? 

Yup, in Bungalow Seven at the end.

What is Cozzi Cove?

Cozzi Cove, like the town of Cozzi, was built by Cal Cozzi’s great-grandfather. It’s a string of seven guest bungalows and the main bungalow (where Cal lives) on the New Jersey Shore open for the summer. Each bungalow is furnished with hand-carved nautical furnishings by Cal’s great-grandfather, and has an amazing view of the bay and lighthouse in the distance. Since his son was gay, Cal’s father ran it as a gay resort. After Cal’s parents died in an automobile accident, Cal took over Cozzi Cove.

Is Cozzi Cove near an ocean beach?

The main beach and boardwalk are only a mile away. The town has a park, Carla’s Seafood Restaurant, Tommy Malone’s bar, a miniature golf course, the trampoline emporium, a diner, and a salt water taffy shop. And lots of hot guys.

I think I’d like to come to Cozzi Cove. Who else shares your Cozzi paradise?

There’s Cal, his sister Taylor, Carla who runs the local seafood restaurant, and Tommy who owns the local bar. Tommy is hot for Cal, and Carla is hot for Taylor.

Who are the guests this summer at Cozzi Cove?

There are two brothers/college students. They look alike, but they couldn’t be more different. Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. A wealthy older couple, Josh and Greg, try to play matchmakers for their hunky son Christopher. Player Tim and shy Mark seem to be hitting it off. Oh, a famous porn star, Chuck Caliber, is staying with us, as is a famous romance novelist, Sean Guile, who happens to be a virgin. And we have an unexpected guest when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. Like everybody else in Cozzi Cove, each guest has a secret. One you’ll want to uncover. But my lips are sealed. Well, let’s just say, I’m not talking.

And how about you, Arthur?

I came to Cozzi Cove to get some work done, but to my surprise I fell in love.

With whom?

A merman.

A merman—with a big fin?

You got it. Since I can’t swim, he saved me when I nearly drowned in the cove. He’s so strong, but also really sweet.

What does he look like?

He’s gorgeous. He has long blue hair and a blue beard, white skin, salmon-colored eyes, and a lean, very cut and muscular body.

How is it that you are coupled with a merman?

It’s Cozzi Cove. Nothing is what it seems.

I don’t understand.

Read the novel, you will.

How long will Cozzi Cove stay open?

Hopefully for a long time. At least through next summer for Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward when I have a whole new set of hot guys as guests. That book releases on April 18.

How did you and Cozzi Cove come into Joe Cosentino’s head?

As a kid Joe spent his summers with his family at his aunt and uncle’s bungalow on the New Jersey shore. He created Cozzi Cove with that in mind. And I helped him along.

Tell us about Joe’s other gay romance releases.

An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (In My Heart) published by Dreamspinner Press are loosely based on Joe’s high school and college years respectively. They were so popular as individual e-books, Dreamspinner Press just published them together in one paperback. Joe still receives comments from readers that those stories made them laugh, cry, feel romantic, and changed their lives. An Infatuation won Second Place in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Romance Novel. Kudos, Joe. Two popular minor characters from An Infatuation are in Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back! A Home for the Holidays is Joe’s popular holiday short novella from Dreamspinner Press about an American law student who, as Joe did, takes a trip to the romantic and gorgeous island of Capri, Italy, where he embarks on a relationship with his captivating third cousin. The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland from Dreamspinner Press is Joe’s gay take on my favorite beloved fairytales like Cinderella, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Snow Queen.

Joe’s Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press are farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-its. In Drama Queen theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detective more interested in getting into Nicky’s pants than solving the murders, it is up to well-endowed Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the case, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, gorgeous Noah Oliver, the prime suspect in the murder. Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mystery, Best Crime, Best Humorous, Best Contemporary novel of 2015) is available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook performed by Michael Gilboe. In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In Drama Cruise (releasing in 2017), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship.

In the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters, Jana Lane was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press), Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In Porcelain Doll (The Wild Rose Press), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In Satin Doll (The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll (releasing from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s best friends are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels.

But enough about Joe’s other books, COZZI COVE is the latest! Also, Joe loves to hear from readers at: Though he enjoys spending time with me, it gives him a break to hear what readers have to say! So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head over to Cozzi Cove. Cal will be waiting with a big smile, your bungalow key, and open arms. Believe me, it’s a life-changer. You won’t regret it!

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About the Author:

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), Drama Queen and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press), Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015!

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BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY! Knave of Broken Hearts by Tara Lain

Knave of Broken Hearts
(Love in Laguna Series, Bk #2)
by Tara Lain

Jim Carney has a full time job—running from himself. Since he walked out on his wealthy family at sixteen because he’d wrecked his best friend’s life over some yaoi graphic novels, Jim has lived a macho, blue-collar existence of too much booze and too little responsibility. Then Billy Ballew, the man Jim most admires, gives Jim a chance to come through as his construction supervisor. For once, Jim is determined to make someone proud. Then Jim goes in for a physical for his new job and his yaoi dream comes to life in the form of cardiologist Ken Tanaka. Jim discovers he has two heart problems—a wonky mitral valve and a serious attraction to his doctor. But Ken is a major player, and Jim might be just a notch on the doc’s stethoscope. To Ken, Jim is unforgettable—but the living embodiment of his traditional family’s worst nightmares.

How come the minute Jim decides to be responsible, he finds himself taking care of his kid brother, getting a proposal from a wealthy woman, making a deal with the devil, and winding up in the hospital—when all he really wants is the Knave of Broken Hearts?

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Paperback from Dreamspinner


He looked up at
Ken Tanaka standing in the door to the inner office. The doc came to get Jim
“Are you okay?
You look upset?”
“Oh no, not
“Want to come
He stood and
walked through the door, inhaling Tanaka’s spicy/sweet scent that filled his
head like smoke. God, he felt disoriented, like he didn’t know which world he
lived in—one where he went out on dates with a rich woman, or one in which he
gazed into the beautiful eyes of Yaoi Man and got a hard-on. Hell, both of them
had to be fantasyland.
Ken motioned him
into a private office that wasn’t an examining room. “Please, take a seat.”
Jim sat in a
guest chair in front of Ken’s desk, and the doc walked all the way around to
sit in his big leather chair. Very professional. Very distant. Very not a good
sign. “So I got back the results of your echocardiogram.”
“Yeah?” Shit,
they should take another test right now. The way his heart hammered in his
ears, he’d sure as fuck fail.
“Your mitral
valve prolapse is what I would call moderate to severe. It’s difficult to tell
exactly without doing surgery.”
“Surgery?” Close your mouth, idiot.
“Yes, that’s how
a severely, shall we say, floppy valve is corrected.” He smiled tightly.
“Floppy?” It came
out like a squeak.
“I’m not
recommending surgery now. We’re going to observe over the next few months. I
want you to let me know any problems, arrhythmic heartbeats, racing heart,
chest pains, anything irregular that might occur, okay?”
Shit, all of that
was so regular for him, and he was so not going to tell Tanaka that. He nodded.
“Don’t worry.
Mitral valve prolapse is quite common. Most people never have any real
difficulty. Just follow my directions. Don’t drink excessively, eat healthy
food, even organic would be advisable, and avoid stress.”
Jim’s mouth
opened, then closed. He was okay on the drinking thing so far, although this
news made him want to down a bottle of Jack. Still, on the other stuff, the doc
might as well say fly to the moon and bring back some green cheese. Hell, even
being around Tanaka could give him a fucking heart attack. Sitting here
thinking he might die any moment, and his cock still wanted to escape his jeans
just from looking at the doctor’s lips. Maybe that’s how he’d go out. Lean over
and kiss Ken Tanaka. Bye-bye, Charlie.
“Does that all
seem doable?”
Jim nodded.
“Does, uh, that mean I don’t get the insurance?” Jesus, that would be bad.
“No. As I told
you, mitral valve prolapse is common. I’ve signed the papers and turned them
in. You should get the approval with no problem. You’re officially no longer a
That felt both
good and bad. “Thanks, man.”
“My pleasure. As
I say, it’s not an inherently worrisome diagnosis.” Ken sat back in his chair.
“So you’re hooking up with our sexy landlord, huh?” He smiled, but something
seemed phony about it.
“Uh, no. She was
just talking to me about how to build out her suites. And she, uh, has some
more work for us.”
Ken stood and
walked toward the door of his office. “I don’t know, buddy. I’d look out for
her. You could find yourself hooked.”
Buddy? Seriously? “I won’t worry too
much. You told me to avoid stress.” He walked over to the door, looked at Ken,
then glanced away. “You seem to have a new boyfriend. Cute guy.”
He frowned. “My
mother fixed us up.”
“Seriously?” Jim
snorted a laugh.
“You, my friend,
are not Japanese, or you’d understand.”
“You were born in
Japan?” Ken had no accent at all.
“No, I was born
in Costa Mesa, but—well, it’s complicated. So don’t worry about your heart. My
office manager is gone, but she’ll call you to make an appointment in about two
months. Meanwhile, I’m serious about contacting me if anything unusual occurs.”
“With your
health, crazy man.” He smiled, and this time it reached his eyes.
Two months. He
had no excuse to see Ken Tanaka for two months. Hell, that was good news. Maybe
he’d get his feet back under him, if he didn’t die of a heart attack first.
“Thanks again for
helping me with the architect thing.”
Ken raised an
eyebrow. “Is it working out with Willings?”
“Yeah. He
assigned one of the young guys in his office to handle the drawings, and he’s
great. He’s really saved my ass.”
“Good. See, I
helped relieve your stress.” He sounded sad.
“Yeah.” He stuck
out his hand. Ken took it, and heat traveled up Jim’s arm all the way to his
heart. “Guess I’ll see you in two months.”
“Don’t marry any
guys you don’t want to marry.” He tried to grin.


Ken didn’t grin.
“I’ll try.”



KenCharacter Bio

Ken – The Knave of Broken Hearts

Name: Kenji “Ken” Tanaka

Age: 27

Hair: Black

Eyes: Very dark brown

Body: Tall and slender

Occupation: Cardiologist

Family: Only child of a close-knit Japanese family; he had a brother who died in childhood

Vices: Because his family doesn’t approve of his being gay, he uses that as an excuse to be a “player” and sleep with too many men, never settling down

Virtues: A devoted son (maybe too devoted) and a brilliant, caring doctor

Problems: A mother who won’t admit he’s gay

Issues: Inability to commit

Loves: His family, his work, his patients, and after many trials, Jim Carney

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, 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. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog 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”!
You can find Tara at
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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: You Are The Reason by Renae Kaye

Our good friend, Renae, has joined us to celebrate the upcoming release of her latest novel, You Are The Reason (releasing on 7th August). She’s shared some Character Bios so you can meet the main characters, David Pederson (Davo) and Lee Brennan. Nice to see we have a Sydney Swans supporter in there, Renae. 🙂

And there’s a giveaway too!


Character Bios for You Are the Reason, by Renae Kaye

One thing that a lot of experienced authors rabbit on about, is marketing your brand when you wish to do something with your writing.  As a new writer, you look at the marketplace and freeze, completely lost in the maelstrom out there, wondering how you are ever going to compete with the more experienced brands.

Do I have a brand?  Hmm – I would like to say it is developing.  I don’t like to pigeon-hole myself, but when you pick up a Renae Kaye novel or story, I like to think that you have a certainty of what is inside.

#1 – Australian.  And more specifically, Western Australian.  It’s where I live, it’s where I love, it’s where I write.

#2 – Funny, or at least humorous.  I tried to not write it once, and it crept in regardless.  (Or irregardless, as Penelope would say).

#3 – Less-than-perfect men, and more than likely blue-collar workers.  It seems I have a type, and no, I don’t plan to change it any time soon.

#4 – I would like to flatter myself, and say “A well-written story.”

One thing you will probably find a lot of from me, is the opposites-attract type of story.  I’m a big fan of them, and believe that they work well in real life.  My own marriage is one of opposites, and it brings its share of problems as well as solutions.  You Are the Reason is a book of opposites.  Not only do my guys go for opposing football teams (which could be fatal to a relationship), but they are also opposite in how they view the expression of their homosexuality.

So below, I give you a summary about my guys, and you can see if you think they will fit together like two pieces of a jigsaw…


Name:  David Pederson.  Dave to family, women and in the workplace.  Male friends get to call him Davo.

Age:  Twenty-seven.

Gender:  Male.

Sexual Orientation:  Gay.

Hair:  Dark brown, cropped short.

Eyes:  Brown.

Physical Description:  Average.  Average height, average weight, average looking.  Clean cut.

Tattoos, piercings or other identifying marks:  None.

Clothing:  Jeans and a shirt.  Average.  Blacks, whites, blues.  Average.  No loud colours or style.  Average.  Blendability the aim.

Occupation:  Salesperson for a sheet metal fabricator.

Family:  Mother, Father, two brothers and one sister (all younger).

Lives:  By himself in a small townhouse in the suburbs.

Drives:  Usually the company van.

Hobbies, favourite activities:  Enjoys watching football (Melbourne Football Club), plays indoor cricket, hangs out at The Tav with his mate Jake on the weekend, or with his friend Thor.

Personality:  Honest, straight-shooter.  Can admit he’s a dick, but has little intention of changing his ways.  Enjoys masculine pursuits and stays away from anything that could be construed as girly.  Doesn’t do relationships.  Has a fear that hanging out with anyone who is obviously gay (one of those gays) will rub off on him.

Quirks: Owns a Magic 8 Ball and consults it for all major decisions in his life.


Name:  Lee Brennan.

Age:  Twenty-one.

Gender:  Male.

Sexual Orientation:  Gay.

Hair:  Bright cherry-red, rather long on top.

Eyes:  Brown.

Physical Description:  Slender.  Average height.  Bright hair.  Slightly femme.  Reminds Davo of a pixie.

Tattoos, piercings or other identifying marks:  None.

Clothing:  Bright colours.  Enjoys deep reds and bright greens.  Dresses stylishly and in the latest European styles.  Occasionally likes to slip into a dress and heels – and can pass as a woman.

Occupation:  Dental assistant.  Volunteer counsellor.

Family:  Mother, Father, an older brother and sister.  (His sister is world famous).  One nephew and niece.

Lives:  With his parents in a mansion by the river.

Drives:  WRX.

Hobbies, favourite activities:  Avid football fan (Sydney Swans), enjoys foreign films.  Volunteers at a youth centre for gay and trans kids.

Personality:  Sparkling and selfless giving.  Always attempts to help people in this world.  A great listener and encourager.  Completely at ease in his sexuality and expression.

Quirks: Is never on time.

About the book

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.


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About the author

Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back.  She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since.  After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted.  It hasn’t stopped her though.  She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever.  So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden.  She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

How to contact Renae:




Twitter:  @renaekkaye



Lane Hayes joins us today to celebrate the release of book #3 in the Right & Wrong series. See below to find out more about The Right Time. Plus Alex, one of her characters, answers some questions and there’s a giveaway.



Book #3 in the series but can be read as a standalone.

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.

Character Interview

Hi there, this is Alex here.  You may have heard or even read some of my story from Lane’s new release, The Right Time.  If not, check it out!

I’m ready to answer a few questions. I’m not sure how this going to go over, but I’m already changing the first one!  Don’t hate me.  I have a good reason. 🙂

  1. What is the best gift you ever gave? What is the best gift you ever received?

The best gift I ever received was my mother’s piano. She passed away when I was twenty.  Losing her was the hardest thing my family has gone through by far.  Her cancer diagnosis was unexpected and we were all in denial about how quickly she would go.  There was no way to know how to properly say goodbye.  She was very weak at the end and when she’d talk about her belongings and what she wanted my sister and I to have, it was too much.  We didn’t want to talk about.  Maybe we thought pushing off that conversation would keep her with us for a little while longer. My dad pulled me aside after the funeral and told me she wanted me to have her piano.  It was the one she’d taught her students and my sister and me to play.  It’s a beautiful black baby grand, a little worn but very well loved.  I will treasure it always.

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?

Believe it or not, Biology. I loved any Science classes.  I was good at Math too but Science was my favorite.

  1. What is the last thing you tell your partner before bed?

This one is easy.  Te amo.

  1. What is your motto?

Never give up! –  In my family, there is nothing worse than giving in to failure.  If you fall, because we all do at some point, you have to dust yourself off and try again.

  1. What is your biggest strength?

I’m going to say it’s my sense of humor.  There will always be tough times in life but they’re easier to weather with humor!  (Ask Nate.  He’ll agree! 🙂 )

It’s over? I was just getting warmed up!  Thank you for inviting Lane to include me in your interview.  This was fun!

Alex Reyes (from Lane Hayes’s The Right Time)


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.

Holy fuck.

“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.


“You asked.”

“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.”

“How so?”

“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.

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FamilyJewelsLGTitle: Family Jewels

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Length: 200 Pages

Release Date: 27th April, 2015

Blurb: Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.

Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.

When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.

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Um, Hi. I’m Luke Eldridge. I’m American but I live and work in London. Sometimes I think I’ve been here too long… I said whilst the other day. It just slipped out. I said I’d answer a few questions but I have to make it quick. My boss is on my ass to get these reports turned in.

What’s most important to you?

My work. I honestly love what I do. Bringing thieves to justice and returning what they stole to the rightful owners. I love my family too. I don’t see my parents very often, they live back in the states. But my best friend and his wife and kids are my surrogate family. I make time for them as often as I can.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I want to be in charge of my own division. I’ve been working toward that ever since I joined the agency. I probably shouldn’t tell you too much about it. My job isn’t exactly a secret, but I’m not supposed to talk about the cases I’m working. You understand, right? I guess it would be nice to have a family of my own… but not likely.

What makes you envious?

Not much… but sometimes when I’m riding home late at night after a long case and it’s raining and I’m alone, I look into the bright cheerful windows of houses and I find myself wishing I was in there. Not enough to, you know, do anything about it. But it’s a thought.

What makes you happy?

Sleep. I’d really like to get some sleep. And pizza. Especially if it’s warm and I don’t have to rush out the door and eat it cold the next day.

Explain your job

I really shouldn’t… but okay. So, I tell most people I meet that I work in international banking, but we all know what that means. Government, agent, right? I’m interpol, started my career as FBI but I wanted to try something new. I work in a London office and we track jewel and art theft.

I hear you’re on a frustrating case

Don’t get me started. This guy has been leading me around by the, well… let’s just say we son’t have many leads. Everything about this guy tells us that he’s The Night Watchman, a thief who dropped off the face of the earth years ago. But somehow, I don’t think it is. I just — . Yeah. I don’t think this is the same guy.

Why not?

I really shouldn’t tell you much more. Waterman, my boss? He likes to be the one to interview with the press. Bit of a diva, that one. All I can really say is it just feels…different. I studied the original Night Watchman back in school. This guy? There’s something playful about him. It’s the game, not the prize. I have to admit, I’m fascinated… but I really do have to go. It looks like we just got another call.

Luke, who you just met, is one of the main characters in  my newest book Family Jewels. I hope you liked getting to know him:) Stay tuned for the next stop on the blog tour (there’s a calendar on my site). There will be prizes and more about Luke. There’s a little bit more about the book below!


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London, March.


“We’ve got something you need to see, Luke. You’d better get over here now.”

Luke Eldridge sighed into his phone. He glanced at the slices of pizza he’d just picked up from a food cart down on the Camden Lock. Looked like there was more cold pizza in his future. Typical. Irritating, but typical.

“Where are you?” Luke asked. He dragged himself off his soft leather couch. It made a disgusting squelching sound. Luke turned and halfheartedly wiped the seat off. He was tired from the run he’d forced himself to take, wet, and starting to chill as heat escaped through his damp T-shirt. The last thing he wanted to do was get back into a suit and go out in the cold he’d just escaped from.

Rob, one of his oldest friends from his days in the FBI academy, rattled off a very upper crust Kensington address.

“Jesus. Is this one going to make the morning press?” Luke asked. People who lived at addresses like that tended to make the news. His job was always harder when he had a ton of panicking socialites breathing down his neck guarding their beloved possessions. He didn’t need them or the news vans outside his crime scene.

“Probably. I’ll try to put it off as long as I can, but you know how it works. Just get your ass over here. Waterman’s on my dick already.”

“Sounds unpleasant.” Luke chuckled under his breath. “Does that surprise you?”

“Not really.”

Didn’t surprise Luke either. Their division chief within Interpol Art Crimes was all about the high profile cases. Art, jewelry, anyone with a Lord or Lady attached to their name. Even the odd Sir here and there. Cases like that were good press for the agency, he always said. Probably more like good for getting his face on the camera. Waterman was a media whore extraordinaire. Usually Luke didn’t care, but when they were in the middle of trying to open a case, it kind of pissed him off.

Luke felt it would be better to deal with the press after they had some solid leads, or, you know, someone in custody, but far be it for him to correct Waterman. He’d spent the last eight years trying to overcome the hereditary American-ness Waterman deemed a deep character flaw. If he started correcting the guy now, he might as well sign his own pink slip.

“I can be there in fifteen minutes. Waterman won’t even be done fixing his hair for the cameras,” Luke told Rob. He was already in his suit pants and shaking out his dress shirt. It felt a little stale from a long day, but he wasn’t going to put on a new one for a late evening call. If all went well, Luke would be back in his sweats and on his couch in less than an hour.

“Try to make it ten. I’m not in the mood to get my skin pulled off a strip at a time.”

He sounded like his typical sarcastic self, but the tone of his friend’s voice was different. Worried, maybe. “What’s going on, Rob? What are you leaving out?”

“There’s something weird about this one. Might cause us a lot of shit in the near future if I’m right.”

“Are you going to tell me or play guessing games?” Luke wasn’t in the mood to play anything. All he wanted to do was eat some still-warm pizza, crawl into bed, and sleep for days—or at least until his alarm went off at six. He’d gotten way too little sleep lately. He hadn’t gotten enough sleep in years.

Rob cleared his throat nervously. “You need to see this for yourself. Just get here, man.”

Luke disconnected the call. He finished dressing, shoved one piece of his pizza on a paper towel, and grabbed his keys. He could eat it on the way without ruining his suit. Even if he spilled, fuck it. Luke wasn’t going to sacrifice one more decent dinner to the cause.

It had rained earlier, and the London streets were still slick and dark, half frozen in the early spring chill, but at least it was quiet. The air was close to freezing, too. Unseasonably low temps, but sadly not by much. After all the years he’d been in London, the winters still got to him, cold and wet, the kind that seemed to creep all the way into the center of his chest—nothing like his childhood home in South Carolina or even Virginia, where he’d lived and worked his first few years out of the academy. Sometimes Luke missed the old optimistic years at Quantico. These days it seemed like the cold was impossible to shake. It seeped into his bones and camped out until nothing he did could warm him through.

I’m getting old.

The stone row houses slipped past, nestled together, dark on the outside like everything else, interiors shining and cheery against the insidious, creeping chill. Everyone who knew better was inside somewhere, enjoying dinner, relaxing with the people they loved. They didn’t look alone. He’d figured long ago his hopes for being one of them had probably passed. Luke loved his job, it was his life, but some nights he wouldn’t mind a break. Luke bypassed their unit’s Westminster offices in favor of going straight to the scene. He didn’t need anything but what he had on him. Hopefully he’d be in and out in time for the late news.


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Author PicI’m Mj O’Shea 🙂 I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.

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Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain

Today we are thrilled to host Tara Lain’s Blog Tour for Winter’s Wolf and share with you a character bio. So read below to meet Matthew Partridge, who’s sure to become one of your favourite ‘human with a twist‘.


Winter’s Wolf 
(Tales of the Harker Pack #3)
By Tara Lain
Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.
Winter takes one look at FBI agent, Matt Partridge, and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.

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Name: Matthew (Matt) Partridge

Species: Human, with a twist

Age:  27

Height:  6’1”

Weight: About 180 pounds, lean and toned

Hair color: Brown, cut short

Eye color:  Green and inquisitive

Education: college degree in law enforcement

Occupation: FBI agent rapidly promoted up the ranks

Born: In Connecticut

Family: Son of Jason Partridge, former police officer, now bedridden with a bad heart and schizophrenia

Special Skills: Analytical and intuitive, so is able to ferret out criminals

Sexual orientation: Gay

Personality: inquisitive, fiercely intelligent, devoted to his father, loves his job

Weaknesses – Believes he’s inherited his father’s mental illness, therefore tends to not trust some of his own decisions

Loves – Completely devoted to his father; falls in love with Winter Thane



Walk slowly. Look casual. Matt left the way he’d come—out the back door. When his feet hit dirt, he jogged away from the club and ducked behind the shed that had been built on the edge of the forest.
Going to die. Heart can’t beat this hard and survive.
He leaned against the shed and gasped for breath, but his cock had grown to the size of a monster, stealing all his oxygen. Think. What the fuck are you doing? No reasonable human being could believe that Winter Thane wanted Matt Partridge, so there had to be an ulterior motive. The dude had asked the marshal about him. For all Matt knew, Winter could be involved in the disappearance of the agent. Maybe he wanted to discredit Matt or—maybe he had something to do with the weird wolf stories. Jesus, the only man he’d ever seen who looked more like a wolf than Cole Harker had to be Winter Thane. Those eyes. Even his teeth were sharp. All the better to eat you with. He closed his eyes and banged his head against the metal siding. Those teeth scraping his cock—
“Dreaming of me?”
Matt’s eyes flew open. “Shit! How did you get here?”
He looked over his shoulder. “Like you said. Out the front, around the side.”
“But I didn’t hear you.”
He grinned. Oh yes, those teeth glistened. “I’m sneaky.”
Matt took a breath, pushed away from the shed, and walked a couple of steps toward the trees. Need distance. “Look. I don’t mean to lead you on, but I’m with the FBI and this isn’t a good idea—”
The hand that gripped his shoulder must have been iron. In one move, Winter grabbed him, pulled him against a body so hard and hot it penetrated Matt’s jacket on contact, hauled Matt’s head back, and covered his mouth in a devouring kiss.
Tongue. Teeth. Perfection.
Winter held Matt’s head both hard and gentle, like he wanted to control him but didn’t want to hurt him. Oh God, so nice. He tasted like beer and smelled like—what? Musky and clean at the same time, like Matt’s dog Buster when he was freshly washed. Man, he wanted to bury his nose in Winter’s neck like he did with Buster.


Winter reduced the speed and intensity of the kiss from fast food to a gourmet meal. He licked and nibbled, tasted and savored, his tongue a finely tuned instrument exploring every cranny of Matt’s mouth. He’d never been so completely kissed. So much so that even the screaming pressure of his cock couldn’t make him want Winter to move on. Matt twined his arms around Winter’s neck. Standing only six feet, he couldn’t get his cock to meet Winter’s, but the prod of that big rod against his belly made him want to beg. He pulled his mouth away an inch. “I should arrest you for carrying a lethal weapon.”



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About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, 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. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.
She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog 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”!

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