Love Bytes is proud and honored to reveal to you today the brand new cover of Julie Lynn Hayes upcoming release “Civil War and Broken Hearts”.
Julie Lynn also shares a part of the first chapter and brought with her a giveaway !
Welcome Julie Lynn:)
Good morning! My name is Julie Lynn Hayes, and I’m an author of m/m romance books. I’d like to thank Love Bytes for allowing me to hold a cover reveal for my upcoming book, Civil War and Broken Hearts, the second book in my Rose and Thorne series, on their site. The cover artist is the very talented Paul Richmond, and he did a fabulous job at bringing this cover to life.
In the first book, we met Vinnie and Ethan, two undercover cops who are partners on and off the job. In the second book, the fun continues as an old acquaintance comes to Roanoke and makes life hell for the boys.
I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for having me here today!
Hollywood comes to Roanoke when a major film studio announces they’re shooting part of their Civil War film at a local plantation. Vinnie is dismayed to discover the lead actress is none other than the beautiful Caroline St. Clair. Ethan and Vinnie met her in LA the previous Halloween, and Vinnie still hates her for hitting on his man. Ethan reassures his partner that Roanoke is big enough for all of them to coexist without running into one another.
But Fate has it in for Vinnie and Ethan, and they’re assigned to a new case involving the actress. Vinnie has no choice—he has to play nice. It’s small consolation that his new undercover identity involves Hollywood heartthrob Troy McGarrett, who is very handsome and openly gay. Troy also isn’t shy about letting Vinnie know he finds him attractive.
Jealousy abounds, and time is not on Vinnie and Ethan’s side. If they don’t solve the case before the film shoot is done, there’s a good chance they’ll be separated for the first time since they were partnered. Assuming Vinnie doesn’t kill Caroline St. Clair himself.
The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.
“Hey, Vin, did you see who’s in town?”
I was slumped at the kitchen table, my head cradled on top of my arms. I was grumpy and sleepy—and maybe a few of the other Seven Dwarves—and I needed my first cup of morning coffee before I could even consider being slightly civil.
We’d spent most of last night sitting in our car, in the goddamn middle of nowhere, staring at nothing, assigned to a fruitless surveillance in a small town about an hour from Roanoke. As it turned out, all the real action was in a different small town in the complete opposite direction from where we waited, because our so-called informant couldn’t spell the name of the place correctly. What a difference one letter makes. So we’d ended up completely wasting our time, got lost trying to find the rest of the task force at the end of the night, almost got hit by a deer that came out of nowhere and took a sudden shine to our car, and then suffered the indignity on our return of being asked where the hell we’d been all night—and we still needed to do the paperwork. And now Ethan wanted to play Twenty Questions?
“Don’t know and don’t care,” I mumbled.
I heard him slap something down on the table. I forced one eye open, just in time to see him sashay toward the coffeemaker. Okay, for that ass, I’d open the other one too. I watched as he poured the blessed elixir into two mugs, added the appropriate amount of creamer and sugar to each, then returned to where I still watched him and set one in front of me.
Right next to the morning paper. Real subtle, Ethan.
I straightened up—only because I hadn’t developed the skills to drink coffee while lying down—and reached for my mug. Ethan had given it to me for Christmas one year. It was personalized with Vinnie the Sex God on one side and Ethan Loves Vinnie on the other. It was my favorite cup.
Ethan leaned down and pressed a kiss on top of my head, gently massaging one shoulder with his free hand before taking his seat beside me. He sipped his coffee and waited.
“Let me guess. Your mama?” I snarked. Yeah, I said it. Truth is I should probably learn to curb my sarcasm. One of these days, Ethan might just get tired of my smart mouth and tell me to fuck off.
Ethan didn’t laugh, but had I really expected him to? He just shook his head and let his gaze fall to the table. Damn, he was seriously expecting me to look at that paper, wasn’t he? The answer to his question must be there. Might as well get it over with.
“Fine. Whatever.” I unfolded the damn thing and it fell open to the front page. I glanced at the headline, then at Ethan. “So the governor’s in town? I know I’m excited, aren’t you? Should we alert the media? Oh wait, they already know.”
“Wrong story. Look below the fold.”
I redirected my gaze as suggested. And then I knew exactly what Ethan was talking about. Or I should say who.
Hollywood comes to Roanoke read the caption beneath the publicity photo. Major film to boost local economy.
An article went with the picture, but I’d already seen enough to get the idea. I’d know that face anywhere. I’d seen her on the screen often enough. And I’d met her in real life, last Halloween when Ethan and I were on assignment in La La Land.
Caroline St. Clair. Darling of the silver screen. Box office favorite. International beauty, what with her long red hair and emerald eyes. Beloved by all cameras everywhere.
And I couldn’t stand her.
“Hand me a knife.” I held out my hand expectantly.
“So I can play tic-tac-toe on her face.”
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 greatest 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.
Julie Lynn brought with her an ecopy of the first book in the series “Bad Dogs and Drag Queens”,
to giveaway to one Lucky winner!
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