RULES OF PLAY Cover Reveal!

Ta da! The RULES OF PLAY cover and blurb is officially revealed and I’m in love with this cutie!

RULES OF PLAY will be here July 16! Check out this gorgeous cover by Sleepy Fox Studios. This is Book 2 in my brand new geeks/jocks series and this one belongs to George and Aiden…and a curious experiment. Yep. Shenanigans ensue when a genius and a former jock team up to a write playbook about the one thing they know next to nothing about—romance. Check out the blurb below and be sure to save it on your Goodreads page. Less than three weeks and counting!

The genius, the mechanic, and a new playbook…


My brother’s friend is hot—if you’re into flannel-wearing lumbersexual former jocks who eat donuts for dinner and still scribble to-do lists on their palms. I’m not. I’m a serious scientist in my final year of grad school. Okay, I admit I have few quirks of my own. I also have a broken truck and a boss who thinks I can help him find love. I’m in over my head. Help!


A few quirks? Really? George is the weirdest dude I know. He wears capes in public, brings a book everywhere he goes, and loves all things spooky. He’s also the smartest person on the planet—who somehow thinks I can help him write a how-to-get-a-date playbook for his boss. Yeah, that sounds suspicious. I know baseball; I don’t know anything about love. But I can’t say no. I’ve always had a soft spot for George. I just didn’t count on falling for my best friend’s nerdy brother. This is against the rules, isn’t it?

Rules of Play is an MM bisexual awakening story where opposites attract and shenanigans ensue!

BEACH READS PROMO! Out in the Deep is 99 Cents!

Yes! OUT IN THE DEEP is just 99 cents till July 1! I don’t usually do back to back promos, but I couldn’t resist a little fun push into summer reading. Check out the authors participating in the Beach Ready Reads event!

Fun fact about OUT IN THE DEEP...Derek and Gabe’s story is Book 1 in my college sports series. There are 8 books in the collection now with a variety of sports…water polo, football, hockey, baseball, volleyball—and there’s more coming! I wrote a short story called Out for the Holidays, featuring Derek and Gabe, for the Gifts For the Season anthology. It’s no longer available, but I’m planning to release it in late July/August with a brand new short to coincide with the Olympics. YES, brand new material at a sweet price. I’ll keep you posted!


Maybe I’m a little too serious. I’ve been called a type-A personality and I’m okay with that. But this is my last year playing college water polo and I’m going to soak up every minute before I move on.  The only real kink in my plan is the new guy on the team… aka, my nemesis. Or is he?

Gabe has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. I should admire his intensity, but he drives me crazy. And yet, I can’t deny that he’s good looking and smart. I don’t get it. I’m straight. 

Aren’t I?

Out in the Deep is a low-angst MM romance, bisexual coming out story where unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide. Derek and Gabe will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.


Participating Authors: BA Tortuga, Chantal Mer, Charley Descoteaux, Clare London, Delilah Knight, Emy Calirel, Jamie Lynn Miller, Jessie G, Julia Talbot, Lane Hayes, Rhys Everly, RJ Scott, Roan Parrish

AND…Keep an eye out for the RULES OF PLAY Cover Reveal coming up next week!

Happy Reading! Lane xo

99 Cent Sale! Two Novellas, Two Brothers, One Nice Price!

A WAY WITH WORDS/A WAY WITH YOU is on sale for JUST 99 CENTS as part of the The Working Man Promo happening now!

28 wonderful authors share stories featuring a hardworking man. Or two! My contribution is a two-in-one deal! Two brothers, two novellas and one nice price!

Two brothers and two stories in the big city…

A Way with Words-

Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.

Remy is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words.

A Way with You-

Reeve is determined to make it in Manhattan. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy.

Leo’s lone wolf tendencies have helped him scrape his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.

You can check out all the books (and some are on sale too!) here. The promo runs from June 11 through the 21st.

🔥Participating Authors: A.d. Ellis, Annabelle Jacobs, Anyta Sunday, BA Tortuga, Cara Dee, Clare London, Con Riley, David C Dawson, Elizabeth Noble, Emy Calirel, @G.R. Lyons, Garrett Leigh, Jamie Lynn Miller, Jay Hogan, Jay Northcote, Jodi Payne, K-lee Klein, Kaje Harper, Lane Hayes, Lillian Francis , Nic Starr, Nora Phoenix, Rj Scott, Roan Parrish, Susan Scott Shelley, Talia Carmichael, Vicki Locey, Victoria Sue

AND…Keep an eye out for the RULES OF PLAY Cover Reveal coming up at the end of June!

Happy Reading! Lane xo

Following the Heart, A Simon and Topher Short Story- ALL Parts

As promised, here’s the link to all parts of Following the Heart, a Topher and Simon short story. This is a companion piece to FOLLOWING THE RULES. Chronologically, Part 1 takes place just before the epilogue and Part 2 takes place after. Click the link to access your PDF format here. There’s a fun excerpt from Rules of Play, Book 2 in the Script Club series too. Enjoy!

Also, FOLLOWING THE RULES is available now on audiobook! Topher and Simon’s story is narrated by the very talented, Alexander Cendese and check this out…it’s already been Whispersynched! Yes! That means it’s just $7.47 for Kindle users! Nice price!

Happy Reading and Listening! And Happy Pride! Lane xo

Following the Heart, Part 1 – A Topher and Simon Short Story, Audiobook News and More!

As promised, here’s Part 1 of Following the Heart, a Topher and Simon short story. This is a companion piece to FOLLOWING THE RULES. Chronologically, Part 1 takes place just before the epilogue and Part 2 takes place after. I plan to post the second installment next week. I’ll be sure to make the complete story available in PDF format too.

Also, FOLLOWING THE RULES is available now on audiobook! Topher and Simon’s story is narrated by the very talented, Alexander Cendese and check this out…it’s already been Whispersynched! Yes! That means it’s just $7.47 for Kindle users! Nice price!

And a quick note about the Out in College series too.

This series is now available at all online ebook retailers. If you’ve been waiting to purchase the eight book MM Sports Romance series from Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, etc, now’s a great time! We’ve got water polo, football, hockey, volleyball, and more sports coming! Be on the lookout for Out for the Holidays/Christmas in July this summer. It’s the small short story previously published in the Gifts for the Season charity anthology…plus added content! I’ll keep you posted with details.

Without further adieu…here’s a little more geek and jock love with Topher and Simon!

Following the Heart, Part 1 – Simon


Topher’s eyes opened then drifted shut again as I traced the mini constellation of freckles on his back. 

“Baby, it’s time to wake up,” I purred, kissing his shoulder. 

“Are we late?” he mumbled in a sleep-laden voice. 

“No, but we will be if you don’t get your fine ass out of bed. C’mon, I have coffee waiting for you in the kitchen. Let’s do this.” I smacked his butt and headed for the door, pausing to press the button on the automatic blinds.

Topher groaned when sunlight flooded the space a moment later. He sat up slowly and automatically reached for his glasses, perched them on his nose, then stretched his arms above his head with a yawn. 

My boy had a thing for routine. 

I knew without watching that he’d shuffle naked to the dresser to grab a clean pair of boxer briefs and continue to the bathroom. Within three to five minutes, he’d emerge wearing said boxers and flaunting minty fresh breath. He’d most likely slip on a pair of sweats and a T-shirt in deference to the cooler temps. Then he’d join me at the island and stare blankly into the coffee I set in front of him, gradually coming to life after consuming at least half a cup. 

Which meant I had approximately ten minutes to rehearse my speech. It was important to get the message and intonation right. I didn’t want to come across as too enthusiastic. Topher was literally the sweetest natured person I’d ever met, but nobody wanted to deal with an overly peppy partner before caffeine did its job. 

Was I nervous? Yeah, I was. And I didn’t know why. 

Topher might not love my idea, but I didn’t think he’d hate it. Even if he wasn’t on board, he loved me and he knew I loved him. It didn’t matter that we’d only been together for a few months, we were solid. And we’d already been through a lot. 

Topher stuck by my side through the tumultuous upending of my career and the media attention we both received once news of our relationship leaked. No, I wasn’t famous, but apparently, a former pro football player coming out as bisexual was news-worthy. The coverage had been a bit intrusive. I’d never been in the habit of discussing any aspect of my love life…even when I’d dated women. 

First of all, it was no one’s business and second, I wasn’t interested in being anyone’s social media snack to be devoured then forgotten five minutes later. But I’d agreed to share my story because I figured there were young athletes who needed to see queer representation in sports. It was something that might have made a difference to my younger self. Thankfully, Topher had been very cool about extra the scrutiny. 

I was grateful to have someone in my corner who believed in me and supported me. 

And who loved sex.

Maybe that sounded a tad shallow, but hey…I liked sex. A lot. And Topher possibly liked it more than me. No kidding. He was voracious on the daily. Always ready and willing to try something different. 

The newest thing for us was—well, Topher topping me. Holy shit. I couldn’t begin to explain how fucking fabulous it felt to have my prostate massaged. I wished I hadn’t held out so long. Not only did it feel amazing, but in a way, it made us closer. Don’t ask me what that meant. I wasn’t sure.

But I did know that Topher was my favorite human in the universe and I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible…without the ridiculous commute we’d been making over the past few months. So I came up with an idea. All I had to do was sell it.

And there he was. Right on time. 

I greeted Topher with a smile and slid a fresh cup of coffee across the island, loving that he’d raided my T-shirt drawer. The USC tee was much too big, but it looked sexy as fuck on him. Or maybe it was his sleep-mussed curly brown hair, pretty green eyes, full lips, or—

“You’re staring me,” he chided, peering at me over the rim his cup.

“’Cause you’re hot.”

Topher snorted. “Come join me.”

“Nah, I’m good. Do you want anything to eat? I can make a quick omelet.”

“No, thank you. I’ll have the blueberry yogurt,” he said, shifting as if to stand.

“Sit tight. I got it.”

I grabbed the yogurt and some extra berries from the fridge, then set them in front him with a spoon and a napkin. He thanked me and tucked into his meager breakfast while I hovered nearby, chewing on my bottom lip nervously.

“Are you okay, Si?” 

“I’m fine. Why?”

He shrugged. “You’re quieter than usual.”

“Mmm. I just have a lot on my mind.”

“Come sit and tell me about it.” He patted the barstool beside him then sipped his coffee.

“I can’t sit. My ass hurts,” I replied, grinning from ear to ear when he put his hand over his mouth and turned a pretty shade of pink. “Are you blushing? I’m pretty sure I’m the one who should be blushing.” 

That was the damn truth. If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d happily get on my knees, spread my ass open, and beg my boyfriend to fuck me, I would have assumed they’d mistaken me for someone else. Just the memory of white-knuckling the bedpost with one hand and jacking myself while he thrust inside me gave me a chubby.


I pointed meaningfully at my crotch then made a small production of adjusting myself in my jeans, loving the sound of his melodic laughter. I was constantly in awe of how incredibly easy it was to be with him. That smile, that laugh…this man fucking owned me. 

And just like that I was nervous again. 

I cradled my mug in both hands and leaned against the island, running through my speech one last time before blurting, “I think we should live together.”

Boom! Mic drop. I did it. 

The weight of those six little words had been killing me for weeks. Which was silly because knowing Topher, the hard part would be convincing him that I meant it. 

Sure enough, he spooned up a heap of yogurt and nodded. “Someday, we will.”

“Someday soon,” I countered.

He licked his spoon like a porn star and set it on the napkin before reaching for his coffee. “Okay. Someday soon.”

I narrowed my gaze and pointed at his breakfast. “When we do live together, I’m outlawing that combo. Yogurt doesn’t go with coffee.”

He pursed his lips in amusement. “You can’t outlaw yogurt and I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to deny anyone caffeine.”

“Hmph. Fine. You can have whatever you want.”

“Thanks.” He sipped his coffee then checked his watch. “We shouldn’t run into too much traffic on a Saturday, but we should leave in fifteen minutes so you aren’t late for your appointment with your contractor.”

Our contractor.”

He frowned in confusion and set the cup down. “Ours?”

“Yeah, I’m going to need your input. That’s why I asked you to come with me this morning,” I explained, willing him to read in between the lines.

“Okay.” He smiled sweetly as he slid off the stool, brushing my arm on his way to the coffee machine. 

All right. I obviously sucked at this. 

I raked my fingers through my hair and tried again. With emphasis. 

“Because I want us to live…together, Christopher.”

He turned slowly and cocked his head. “I don’t understand.”

“It’s simple. I want to wake up next to you every day in a house where you keep all your clothes. Not just a few pairs of boxer briefs and extra socks.”

“Are you saying you want me to move more clothes here?”

“You’re welcome to move all your shit here now if you want, but that’s not what I was talking about.”

“Oh. Well, I’m not sure what you mean, but I have roommates and a lease I can’t break. This house is lovely, but Malibu is much too far from school and work for me to commute, and the bungalow you bought in Pasadena is…well, it’s kind of awful. But you were planning on selling it right away, so—” 

“No, I’m not going to sell it. I never was going to sell it. I bought it for you! For us. I bought it because it has a really fucking beautiful tree out front and a great yard with plenty of room to plant a garden or whatever the hell you want. It’s yours, baby.”

His mouth fell open and stayed there for a long moment. He set his cup on the counter when he came to and bit his bottom lip. “You…you bought that house for me? For us?”

“Yes.” I swallowed hard. “I didn’t say anything about future plans when I bought it in November ’cause I didn’t want to freak you out. Everything was a little crazy at the time and I didn’t want you to feel stuck with me in case you decided that blip of media attention had pushed you over your limit. Living together is a commitment. I get it. The things is…I’m committed to you, Christopher. I’m in this for the long run. I want to plan a future with you.” I closed my eyes briefly and sighed. “But…I also don’t want to freak you out. So if my timing if off or if it’s too much too soon, I’m sorry I—” 

“I love you.” Topher launched himself into my arms.

Oh, wow. That would never get old. 

“I love you too. So fucking much.” I held him close, breathing him in and kissing his cheek tenderly. “So…what do you think? Do you want this?”

He flashed a watery smile and rubbed tears from his eyes. “Yes, of course I do.”

I whooped a victory cry then swept him in my arms again and spun him in circle, raining kisses all over his face before crashing my mouth over his. We broke for air and stared at each other, wearing matching dopey grins.  

“Excellent. Then we’d better go meet the contractor so you can tell him where you want the observation deck for your telescope.”

“Gosh, that would be amazing. But I have a few questions. There are a lot of practical considerations involved in cohabitation. Financial ones. I don’t have the resources you do but—” 

“Money is not an issue,” I intercepted. “Don’t worry about it. We have a lot of time to iron out any concerns that may pop up. We’re a few months away from completion.”

“I was hoping you’d say that because that house is just…terrible.”

He wasn’t exaggerating. The old bungalow was a major fixer upper with decent bones on a quiet treelined street in Old Town Pasadena. Anyone else might have razed it and started from scratch, but I loved the process of bringing something old back to life. 

I made a yikes face. “I know. It really is. But when we’re done, it’s going to be special.”

He kissed my neck and grinned. “I believe you. Is this why you were agitated?”

I winced. “I don’t know if agitated is the right word. Nervous as fuck works though.”

“That’s not necessary. I’d follow you anywhere, Simon.”

And just like that I felt like a ten-foot tall indestructible, undefeatable, conquering hero with superhuman strength. The smartest man on the planet loved me. Me. That was crazy and amazing. But it was also the greatest gift I’d ever known. I’d do whatever it took to make him happy. 

“Would you follow me to the moon?” I whispered, kissing his ear.

“Yes, however, I don’t think you’d really want to live there. The lunar landscape isn’t hospitable. There’s no atmosphere, no weather, no oceans. The surface is in a perpetual vacuum.”

I adjusted his glasses then laced my fingers with his and tugged. “That doesn’t sound like fun. Follow me to the shower instead. I probably have dried cum on my back. I should do something about that before I go out in public.”

“Ew. Gross.”

“I know, right? Hey, if the moon is out, I vote for Mars.”

“Mars would be worse. Did you know the average temperature is well below freezing? The planet is covered with dust and…”

Here’s the deal, folks…I highly recommend finding someone who makes you smile when they speak a language you’ll never understand. Someone who accepts your limitations and celebrates your strengths. Someone who looks at you like you’re a winning lottery ticket, a newfound star system, and a hundred pounds of the finest chocolate—all at once.

But you can’t have Topher. He’s mine. 

Part 2- 

Moving Day- To be continued…

FOLLOWING THE RULES is Available on Audiobook Now!

Woohoo! FOLLOWING THE RULES is LIVE on audio! The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

I can’t wait for you to listen to Alexander Cendese’s narration of Topher and Simon’s story. He did such a great job! Capturing Topher’s awkward sweetness and Simon’s vulnerability under his swagger wasn’t an easy feat. Alex nailed this one! Take a listen to the sample here.

FOLLOWING THE RULES is also available in paperback and of course, ebook. And yes, there will be a teensy short coming soon. Hopefully over the weekend or by Monday. I’ll keep you posted!

Happy reading and listening! Lane xo

99 Cent Sale!! Oh, and…a New Release!

STARTING FROM ZERO is just 99 cents now through Monday! Book 1 in Starting From seems like a perfect addition to the Family Found Promotion. If you haven’t checked this series out, now might be a perfect time!

STARTING FROM ZERO is part of a multi-author promotion for books featuring Family & Found Family. There are tons of books from your favorite MM authors including…A.D. Ellis, Ana Ashley, Annabelle Jacobs, Anne Barwell, BA Tortuga, BL Maxwell, C F White, Cara Dee, Chantal Mer, Charley Descoteaux, Clare London, Colette Davison, Con Riley, Daniel May, Eli Easton, Elizabeth Noble, Elle Keaton, Garrett Leigh, Jackie Keswick, Jamie Lynn Miller, Jay Hogan, Jay Northcote, Julie Bozza, K-lee Klein, K. Evan Coles, Lane Hayes, Leta Blake, Louisa Masters, Marie Sexton, Mia Monroe, N.R. Walker, Nic Starr, Nora Phoenix, Rhys Everly, RJ Scott, Sammi Cee, Stella Shaw, Susan Scott Shelley, Tal Bauer , Talia Carmichael, V.L. Locey, and Victoria Sue

AND YES!! FOLLOWING THE RULES is LIVE!! If you’ve been waiting for your geek/jock fix, your weekend reading is now here!! FOLLOWING THE RULES is Book 1 in my brand new geeks/jocks series and this one belongs to Topher and Simon. Topher is a lovable genius with a weakness for athletes like his best friend’s brother…who wants to hire him. And Simon is professional football player struggling to figure out his path when his career goes sideways.

🏈 Nerd/Jock

👬 Brother’s Best Friend

💙Bisexual Awakening

🤓Geeky Shenanigans Galore

Happy Reading! And Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating! Lane xo




Woohoo! FOLLOWING THE RULES is here! The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

FOLLOWING THE RULES is Book 1 in my brand new geeks/jocks series and this one belongs to Topher and Simon. Topher is a lovable genius with a weakness for athletes like his best friend’s brother…who wants to hire him. And Simon is professional football player struggling to figure out his path when his career goes sideways.

Simon and Topher’s story is a bisexual awakening, best friend’s brother, nerd/jock romance. Find out what happens when two very different men find common ground…and a little more. Sigh… Check out the blurb below.

The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…


My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon? 


Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun

This was such a fun story to write! I hope you enjoy Simon and Topher and a new cast of nerdy/jock hotties! And be sure to check out the excerpt at the end of the book for a sneak peek at Rules of Play (Summer 2021).

Audiobook coming very soon. Stay tuned!

Happy Reading! Lane xo


Just a quick reminder…3 Days till FOLLOWING THE RULES is here! Get ready to geek out with a new nerdy crew! I can’t wait to introduce you to Simon and Topher and the gang!


🤓Best Friend’s Brother

🔥Inability to speak around hotness

And yes, Book 2 is in the works and expected in July 2021. More info coming soon!

Happy Reading! Lane xo

A KIND OF TRUTH 99 Cent Sale!

A KIND OF TRUTH is on sale now for just 99 cents! Book 1 in A Kind of Stories is my first ever “geek” book. Rand and Will are nothing alike, but there’s something about the unassuming, shy college student slash guitar teacher that turns Rand inside out. Something unexpectedly special…something that feels like a kind of truth.

🎸 The cool lead singer and the musical theater geek

💋 A secret identity

🍎 And a BIG secret in the Big Apple

Don’t miss Rand and Will’s story! Available for a sweet sale price until April 27!

Ready for a geek/jock story? Just 2 weeks until FOLLOWING THE RULES is LIVE! Woohoo! I can’t wait to share this one. The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…Preorder available now!

ALSO, after one whole year, OUT ON THE ICE has Whispersynched! If you’ve been waiting to purchase the audio, now is a great time! Thanks for your patience on that one.

Happy Reading and Listening! Lane xo