A warm welcome to author Tara Lain joining us today to talk about her new release “Beach Balls”, book 3 in the Balls to the Wall series.
Tara talks about this beach romance , shares an excerpt and also brought with her a giveaway for our readers!
Welcome Tara 🙂
Sex at the Beach
Hi everyone! Waves It’s so good to be here at Love Bytes to talk sexy beach romance. Say the words “beach romance” and you might conjure up a famous movie scene of a man and woman lying in the surf kissing passionately as the waves wash over them. Remember that? It’s actually Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a very old movie called From Here to Eternity. Even if we don’t know who they were or what the movie was called, the scene is one of the most famous beach love scenes of all time. Sigh. This is beach romance at its finest. Just the idea of water, sun and mostly naked bodies makes for sexy possibilities.
Beach romance was my delightful task in writing Beach Balls, the newest re-release in the Balls to the Wall Series. As you may know, all of the books in the series take place in Laguna Beach, a small, pretty, artist’s colony beside the ocean in southern California. But while Volley Balls is mostly concerned with playing ball on the sand and Fire Balls is about the artists and firefighters of the town, a lot of Beach Balls actually takes place on and in the water. My heroes meet underwater, fight underwater and get frisky underwater – and beside the water, and on top of the water and – you get the idea.
Interestingly, of all my Balls books heroes, the Beach Balls lovers, Adam and Sky, are among the most serious – a lawyer and an environmentalist who are involved in a development dispute over some toxic land. But Sky is a rebreather diver as part of his work and Adam is a recreational scuba diver, so this gave me lots of chances to take advantage of beach scenes. I wanted these two guys to stay “hidden” a lot of the time, so I put them in a beautiful spot in Laguna called Crystal Cove which is completely hidden from the highway developments around it. When you’re there – just a few minutes from downtown Laguna – you feel miles from everywhere.
In Beach Balls, Adam and Sky have a pretty steamy encounter on the sand at Crystal Cove. They also test the stability of a small boat on the ocean. But most amazing of all is an underwater sex scene. Now that was a wild scene. I’ve done a little scuba diving and a lot of snorkeling but I’m no pro. I decided I want one hero to give the other oral sex underwater. While I tend to look up everything online, I didn’t see if Google had any videos! LOL. Instead, I’m sitting at my laptop writing and holding my breath and figuring out what I can do holding a mouthpiece in one hand and my heroes’ piece in the other. How much suction can you apply while holding your breath? The result is a fun scene that I hope is also sexy. Has anyone actually tried it?
I hope you enjoy Beach Balls. It combines some serious themes with a whole lot of fun. Here’s a sample.
Beach Balls by Tara Lain – Lovers to Enemies to Lovers
Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.
Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?
The guys nearest the beach started laughing and pointing. What’s going on?
He looked at Gary, who shrugged.
Adam pointed toward the commotion. “I’m going to go see.” He walked out onto the grassy verge that led to the sand where he’d been sitting earlier with Sky. The guys were still laughing. One asked, “What’s he gonna do?”
Adam pushed into the line of men all facing the ocean and pointing. “What’s happening?”
Ian said, “This crazy guy is standing there in the water like he’s headed for us, but he’s not moving. Looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
One of the other men asked, “What’s he wearing?”
Carly smiled at Adam. “It’s called a dry suit, and it looks to me like he’s waiting for someone. Wonder who that could be?” He laughed.
Waist-deep in the water stood a tall man in a full dry suit complete with hood and mask, his mouthpiece dangling. He had a little bottle of what must be oxygen on his chest.
I’ve got a funny feeling about this. When Adam stepped off the lawn onto the sand, the figure in the suit began to pace out of the water with a slow and deliberate stride.
The “creature” analogy was dead-on.
When the creature got out of the surf, he stopped to peel off the mask and hood, revealing curly hair.
Adam smiled. He’d know those curls anywhere.
Sky came a few feet closer. Even in the fading light, Adam imagined he could just make out the blue-gray eyes.
Sky stopped again and began to unfasten the dry suit. What kind of show were they in for?
Slowly the puffy dry suit peeled down the tall body, fully dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and cargo shorts. A patter of applause started, and Sky kicked off the suit to reveal flip-flops. Jesus, he must think he was James Bond or something. By this time everyone was clapping, and Sky gave a little bow.
Son of a bitch, the guy has a sense of humor. He’d rigged this whole elaborate entrance just to get a laugh. But looking at that lean, hard body in those shorts made another part of Adam’s anatomy very happy.
Sky picked up the dry suit and walked the ten feet to Adam. “Hi. I believe I was invited for cocktails.”
No recourse. He just laughed. “You do know how to make an entrance.”
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 36. 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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Tara brought with her an Ecopy of Vollyballs or Fireballs (winner choice)!
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