Hi guys, we have Tara Lain popping in today with the blog tour for her new re-release Fire Balls, we have a brilliant guest post from Tara, a great new excerpt for you to have a peek at and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~
Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!
Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012.
Hi! I’m Tara Lain and I’m so happy to be back visiting at MM Good Book Reviews for my re-release day for Fire Balls, the story of the meet-up between a wildly flamboyant artist and a conservative firefighter You may know that I have two jobs. I keep my day job because I own a marketing company that I love and, at the same time, I have nearly 40 romance novels that I’ve written since I started my publishing career in 2011. Writing all the time is an interesting phenomenon. Ideas, feelings, values and secrets pour out of you and you just have to hang on and watch. After awhile you see trends, things that distinguish your writing because they are a part of you. Here are a few I’ve learned (and if you read my books, you probably knew them before me):
Families play a huge role in my books. In Fire Balls, my firefighter hero, Hunter Fallon, discovers he has been living the life his father wanted with little thought for his own desires. The artist, Rodney, is the opposite. He lives for his art even though his father wanted him to be a lawyer. I had a very difficult and complicated childhood and I know I live out childhood issues in my books, sometimes by creating really loving supportive families, and sometimes by reflecting how bad families can be.
I truly am fascinated by androgyny. People who have the qualities of both sexes have a special power for me. If you read my titles, you know I love creating wildly flamboyant men to go with my alpha males. In Fire Balls, Rodney is pretty darned masculine despite his effeminate, flamboyant
It’s all about the romance. Even though my books have a lot of sex and I try to create interesting plots, the real heart of the books is the emotional journey of my characters. That’s what I love to write.
The journey is to authenticity. No matter what my plot is or who my characters are, they end up arriving at a more authentic life for themselves. I honestly didn’t know how important that idea was to me–but there it is in black and white! LOL
I hope you love Fire Balls!
The firefighters piled out onto the hard-packed dirt drive and hauled the hose toward the hydrant out by the highway. Shit, they were just going to make it… if they were lucky.
“Save him. Help, please, help,” one woman screamed, pointing toward the building.
What? He gave his spot on the hose to another man and ran to the woman’s side. “Ma’am. What do you mean?”
The woman on the driveway was white as a cloud and pointing, her mouth working. “Rod. Rodney. He ran in. Do something.”
He gripped her arm. “Ran in? Rodney ran in there?” Ice froze his heart.
“Yes, yes. I came over to see, and suddenly he just ran past me and straight in the door. I don’t know where his car is….”
Hell no! He pulled on his respirator and ran toward the door of the studio. His heart beat way too fast. Had to get control. Why, why would Rod do it? What was worth his life? His life. He couldn’t die. Hell, no.
“Fallon, wait. Don’t go in alone,” Cam screamed behind him.
Hell, no. No time to wait. Rod was in there.
The screen door, the damned squeaky screen door, hung half off its hinges. He tore it away and, hunched against the heat, moved into the studio. Smoke. Embers raining down. The heat pushed like a wall through his gear. The flames crawled along the half-missing roof like a snake slinking along a branch, hissing.
Stop. Think. The part of the structure closest to the door remained most intact. He dropped to the floor and scooted along a few feet. Not much in here. Beside him, the old desk had burned nearly to ash. His heart hammered. Breathe slowly. Don’t panic.
Where is he? Can’t be too late. No, hell, no. Never too late. He crawled another couple of feet and pressed his head down by the floor, squinting through the smoke…. Yes!
A body. Rod. Collapsed on the floor clutching a small canvas to his chest. The insane idiot. No painting was worth this. Crouching, Hunter covered the few steps.
Jesus, Rod looked so small. And… so still. Hell, no. Hunter pulled Rod into his arms. Felt right. Felt good. Hunter took off his respirator and fitted it over Rod’s nose and mouth. Breathe for me, baby. Rod’s body hung, limp as a doll.
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 35. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal 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 soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California 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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