The Accidental One-click
Hi everyone! I’m Tara Lain and I’m so happy to be here to celebrate the launch of Andy’s new site – a first time for him. And of course, he’s asked us to share first times too. The thing that immediately came to mind when I heard this request was to share my “first time” reading gay romance.
This was back around 2009. I had discovered romance on Amazon and was having a great time ordering it and reading it. In fact, as a writer of non-fiction my whole career (I own an ad/PR agency), people always said I should write a book. To me it had just sounded like work – until I discovered romance! Reading romance was fun, and for the first time, I decided I’d like to take people’s advice and write my own book. I had sketched out an idea in my mind about a female genetic researcher in her thirties, Em, who has a huge thing for her younger research partner, Jake, but she knows he lives with his girlfriend. (Trust me, this all goes together in a minute)
Meanwhile, I’d gotten hooked on a series of romances I was buying from Amazon (preKindle) called the Dark Elves series by Jet Mykles. These were all steamy, paranormal romances (what I would now call M/F, but then just called romance.). There were a lot of books in the series and I was burning through them, so I needed more Jet. I went onto Amazon and one-clicked a book called Heaven. I didn’t read much about it. It had a pretty illustrated cover, was the beginning of another series, and most important was by Jet. A couple days later, it arrived. I ripped it open and stared at the cover. Uh, why do these pretty people both have flat chests?
I read the blurb. Holy crap, it’s about two guys! I laugh now. I was kind of glancing over my shoulder to see who was staring at me in shock. But I had the book, loved Jet, and thought the blurb about a group of musicians sounded great, so I started reading. It took no time at all to get totally hooked. I loved the dynamic, the lack of gender roles, and the sexy guys. I wanted to do this too.
Instantly, the “girlfriend” I had created for my first book became a boyfriend, my hero morphed into bisexual, and I was writing an LGBT ménage. That book, which isn’t currently on the market but I hope may be rereleased sometime this year, is called Genetic Attraction. It launched my career as a writer of gay romance and that was about 45 books ago. I’ve never looked back. All because of an “accidental” one-click.
As my prize to thank you all for stopping by, I’ll give one winner a choice of ANY ebook from my backlist published by Dreamspinner Press (which is almost all my books). Thank you for celebrating with us!
Tara Lain’s Latest Release
Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents-both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.
But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece-or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.
Dreamspinner eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bleu-balls-by-tara-lain-9239-b
Dreamspinner Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bleu-balls-by-tara-lain-9240-b
About Tara Lain
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. 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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