It’s officially the holidays! Decorations are up, shopping has commenced and holiday movies and music are back in fashion. And for romance readers, it holiday romance time! I love a good holiday story. Preferably a low angst, sweet tale that embodies the magical spirit of gratitude and hope. I usually queue up a few from authors I enjoy or new ones I’ve wanted to try and then count down the hours until I can find a quiet place to read. Ah, the simple joys in life! LOL.Well, this year, I decided to write one myself. I’m proud to announce that my first ever holiday novella, Leaning Into a Wish, is now available! This story is part of the Leaning Into Series but can be read as a standalone. Leaning Into a Wish is set at a Napa Valley winery where Ryan has worked for years. He loves his job but he’s not crazy about the new intern. Danny is just too…much. He’s charismatic, funny, good-natured and smarter than hell. Or maybe Ryan likes Danny more than he wants to admit. When their tentative friendship blossoms into something more, Ryan is very aware that time isn’t on their side. Their chance at a real future together may take a special holiday wish.I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Leaning Into a Wish and a chance to a win a $10 Amazon gift card. All you have to do to participate is tell my your favorite thing about the holidays. I’ll choose a winner on Friday, December 1.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo
Excerpt from Leaning Into a Wish by Lane Hayes:
My gaze traveled shamelessly down his chest, taking in the deep contours of his muscles and his pebbled nipples before roaming south to study the edges of that sexy tattoo. I took my time making my way back to his eyes and braced myself for his reaction, knowing it could be anything from amusement to disgust.
The flash of desire, however, caught me off guard. I licked my lips and narrowed my gaze. I had to be seeing things.
And just like that, it was gone. Or at least covered up.
I cocked my head curiously and nodded. “Yeah, even you. But…you aren’t my type.”
He twisted to face me on the bench then removed his sunglasses and squinted at me. “Who is your type?”
Okay, I didn’t expect that either. I took another gulp of water before replying.
“Generally, I like older guys who are comfortable in their skin and not going through a life crisis. And if Santa Claus was really interested in granting my wish this year, I’d also request a man who isn’t either questioning their sexuality or suffering bouts of self-hatred. Oh, and one more thing.” I held up a finger like a school teacher before adding, “He has to be single. If I hear one more guy try to justify the other man in his life with an ‘it’s complicated,’ I may give up for good.”
“Give up? Like no sex for the rest of your life?” he asked incredulously.
“Hell, no! I love sex! But relationships might not be my thing.”
“Don’t get gloomy on me, Haskell. There’s still two months till Christmas. You never know, maybe Santa will leave one of his retired elves under your tree this year. He’ll be wearing a rainbow shirt and carrying a red rose. You know, like in The Bachelor.”
I barked a quick laugh as I turned to rest my knee on the bench. “Sounds like the kind of creeper I’d get. No, thanks. I’ll stick with my eau de cologne and yearly sweater from Mom. No surprises. Are you going to put that shirt on?”
“So you are getting hot and bothered? Nice,” he said, slipping his T-shirt over his head.Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.
Books by Lane Hayes:
Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends, Better Than Safe, The Right Words, The Wrong Man & The Right Time, Leaning Into Love and Leaning Into the Fall, A Kind Of Truth, A Kind of Romance, A Kind of Honesty, A Kind of Home, A Way with Words, Leaning Into Always and Leaning Into Touch And Leaning Into a Wish
Coming Soon: A Way with You and Leaning Into the Look