Author Julie Lynn Hayes is here at Love Bytes today with her blog tour for her book Bad Dogs and Drag Queens.
Welcome to the blog, Julie!
Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Book Name: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne #1
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.
Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?
Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!
Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
What is your biggest fear?
Vinnie: My biggest fear is that Ethan will figure out that I’m not worth it, and he’ll leave. Not that I’d blame him, or anything. But I don’t want to lose him. He means everything to me.
What is your most prized possession?
Vinnie: I can’t think of anything. Possessions are just things. They don’t mean anything, not really. They’re all replaceable.
What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Vinnie: Being with Ethan. It doesn’t matter what we do. Sometimes we sleep in, because in our line of work we do tend to work a lot of nights, and sometimes we miss out on a lot of sleep. Sometimes we just do laundry and clean house. Not that that’s fun or anything. But being with Ethan makes it all worthwhile.
Your best childhood memory?
Growing up, it was just me and Mom. She worked hard to keep a roof over our heads, and food on the table. And she had to work two jobs. Sometimes I’d barely see her between one job and the other. But the best times were when she got a day off. She’d make us our favorite frozen pizza for dinner, and we’d pick out a movie from the library and watch it together, and that was the best time ever.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
Where, geographically? I don’t know. We could still be in Roanoke, or we could be on the other side of the country. There’s no telling. But it doesn’t matter to me, not as long as Ethan and I are there together.
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.
Buy the book:
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.
Where to find the author:
Tour Dates & Stops:
Rafflecopter Prize: Win a gift card courtesy of Julie Lynn Hayes!