Back to the 80s!

I went to see the B-52s last night.  It was a total and complete blast!  X was the opening band which was a surprise to me.  I swear you’d think it was some current hot band (rather than one that’s been around for over three decades) the way we were screaming.  Now I’m sorry I missed the GoGos when they were in town last week.  What is it about the 80s?  Who knows… maybe it’s the trip down memory lane. A moment of nostalgia.  I’m thinking a surprise guest appearance by Billy Idol was the only thing missing…hmm.  What does any of that have to do with writing about hunky m/m?  Nothing, not a thing.  I need a kick.  It’s time to get writing.

New from The Novel Approach Today!

Lane Hayes’ “Better Than Good” Truly Is Better Than Good

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ― Allen Saunders

Matt Sullivan is man who knows exactly what he wants from life. He is going to finish law school, work at a law firm, marry a nice girl and have some kids. He has a girlfriend, Kristin, who is more of a convenience than someone he can see spending his life with. Matt is content in his life just the way it is. That is until he tags along with Curt, his gay roommate, to a gay club. While at this club he sees a gorgeous man dancing, and he is blown away.

Aaron Mendez is out and proud, and his light shines brightly. Aaron refuses to hide that light for anyone, no closets for this man. Aaron works in the fashion industry and wants to be a fashion photographer. He is not interested in dating someone in the closet, especially if that someone has a girlfriend. As much as he feels this way with all of his heart, there is just something about Matt that intrigues him.

This book was very refreshing for me. I don’t mind a good “gay-for-you” story. I don’t mind the whole “I am in the closet and NEVER coming out” story. I don’t even mind the jilted woman who makes Kathy Bates look sane, that makes way too many appearances in the genre. This book, however, doesn’t have any of those. There is also no insta-love in this book. Lane Hayes managed to write a character that was completely secure in his sexuality.

Matt has had sexual experiences with a man before, but he chooses to date women because he hasn’t met any man that turned his head enough to come out. These two men meet in October, there is a brief interaction a few weeks later and then no contact until Matt texts Aaron on Thanksgiving. The two don’t truly come together until after the new year. Matt wants to make sure he can be the man Aaron needs before he pursues a relationship.

Once Matt ends his relationship with Kristin he goes full court press on Aaron, but Aaron needs to proceed with caution. He doesn’t want to be hurt if Matt decides he isn’t bi-sexual after all. He has been burned before, and he can’t go through that pain again. I simply adored the slow progression to love in this book. There is a HEA, but it is hard fought. The sex in the book was wonderfully written and their feelings for each other were clear in every scene they shared. In the end Matt has a hard time expressing his emotions, but he gets a little help from Elton John and Aaron’s friends to get his feelings across. I highly recommend this book and I hope to see more from the author.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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Marie Sexton’s Blog Today!! I’m There (seriously…)!

I’m a HUGE fan of Marie’s work.  I’m sure I’ve read it all.  But I have always had a soft spot for “Strawberries for Dessert”.  There is something so sweet about Cole.  His attitude hiding a layer of vulnerability.  I’m a sucker for multi-layer characters.  No one is a tough guy all the time, right?  If they say they are, they’re full of it.  Perfection is boring.  A dose of whimsy and a little crazy (not too much) makes life interesting.  Anyway… a big thank you to Marie for hosting me today.  Please go check it out!

Better Than Good, by Lane Hayes

Ok…I’m a dork. Here’s the photo

I love the blog it’s posted on too.  The guy who runs it offers amazing advise and a cool forum for guys to discuss their homosexuality.  Sometimes it’s all about sex (that’s ok too) but much of the time it’s about accepting yourself and as he often says “embracing” your gayness.

We’re Bragging About “Better Than Good”

As a new author, I have to say… you gotta love positive feedback.  Actually, positive feedback every day of the week sounds even better.  But we take what we can get, right?  That being said, I received a fun email this morning from letting me know that “BTG” had moved up to #25 on their best seller list.  I know, I know… there is still a long way to go, but I’ll take a moment to bask before I’m back in my car picking kids up from the beach.  Here is AllRomance’s link to purchase: