Yes!! This is finally happening! Better Than Beginnings, A Better Than Good Short Story Collection, will be here January 30. Check out this fabulous new cover by Reese Dante! And mark your calendars and Goodreads pages!This collection of short stories follows Matt and Aaron from Better Than Good…after the original story ends. Personally, I’m one of those people who’d love to be a fly on the wall of the characters that grab me most. And the writer in me couldn’t let go of Matt and Aaron. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember that I’d written a series of posts in weekly installments that I shared here on my blog. They were snippets from their lives that highlighted anything from a major life event to silly conversations while brushing their teeth or loading a dishwasher. LOL This compilation of shorts includes holiday, Pride, and birthday celebrations. And yes…an engagement, a wedding, and another brand-spanking new story!
For those who aren’t familiar with my earlier novels, Matt and Aaron are the main characters from my first novel, Better Than Good. I wrote their story in the days after my eldest son came out to his dad and me as a sort of love letter to him. Matt’s journey to self-realization and acceptance haven’t necessarily mirrored my son’s, but I hope the message of unconditional love, hope, and pride resonates now more than ever.
Blurb for Better Than Beginnings, A Better Than Good Short Story Collection by Lane Hayes :
Matt Sullivan knows he met someone special the night he spots the sexy man on the dance floor. However, he doesn’t know his life is about to change forever. First of all, Matt is straight. Okay, maybe not, but he doesn’t think falling in love and spending the rest of his life with a hotheaded, unapologetically fabulous diva is an option.
Aaron Mendez is confident, smart, and very comfortable in his skin. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. And though he might have reservations about falling for someone newly out of the closet, no one has ever looked at Aaron the way Matt does.
Navigating a relationship has its challenges, but both Matt and Aaron are willing to deal with difficult parents, holiday blues, and learning curves. They know their happy ever after is worth fighting for and that true love is better than good.
*This collection of short stories follows the lives of Matt and Aaron from my first novel, Better Than Good. The end of one chapter is the beginning of a whole new story from ordinary everyday life to an engagement, a wedding, and more. This collection is dedicated to Matt and Aaron fans and those who believe that the real love story happens after the first “I love you”.