Saturday, April 20, 2019

Author In The Hot Seat: Kate Hawthorne #Interview

Another week, another author in the hot seat. This week we have Kate Hawthorne answering some questions, you'll be able to see some of her work, and maybe learn something new about her. So, get comfy :D

Fast Fire Questions

What state were you born in? California

If you could pick three things you could be doing for an occupation (minus what you’re currently doing) what would you pick? 

Event planning, teaching, interior design

Let’s say you’re on a twelve hour flight. You can either bring three books or two audiobooks. Which would you choose and which would you bring? 

 GAAAH. I like to read way more than I like audio books, but unless they are super long I could blast through three books really quickly, so I want to say audio…but probably still three actual books.

You have collaborated on a book before. What’s the easiest part of it and the hardest (Use a sentence for each) 

The easiest part is agreeing on story lines. The hardest part is getting unstuck if we get stuck because EM is my normal go-to for when I get stuck.

What is your favorite season? Fall

Do you prefer a comedy or a romance? Romance

If you could shift into any animal which would you pick? 

Probably a puppy because everyone loves a puppy and they get tons of attention and good food.  

Do you feel there’s a serious lack of cultural diversity in LGBTQA+ books (yes or no only you can’t explain) Yes

What is the best movie you’ve seen so far this year?  

I have a three year old so I don’t even get to see movies anymore. I don’t even remember the last movie I’ve seen that wasn’t Moana.

If you could pick 2 people living or dead to live with you in a house with no electricity or technology who would you choose? 

Well, Tesla obviously so he can magic me some electricity and Andy Biersack so he could sing to me and look lovely in the dim illumination that Tesla has created for us.

Are you attending any conferences this year or next? If yes which ones?

I am actually attending a writer’s conference this May, but I don’t have any plans for any signings or reader based conferences this year. I’m most likely doing a cross-country move this summer so I didn’t want to commit to anything, but all bets are off for 2020.

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Ryan Kingston is having a terrible year. His twin brother and his best friend just got engaged, leaving him feeling adrift and out of place. Prepared to ring in the New Year drunk and without a date at the annual Mallory Vineyard party, Ryan is blindsided by desire when he shares an unexpected kiss with the last person he expected…another man.

Future Gay Boyfriend is a super low angst love story that involves awkward first times and late night ice cream adventures.

A Taste of Sin 

Coming soon! 
The Cost of Desire 
A steamy Daddy kink story that picks up where An Illicit Affair left off. Follow me on Bookbub to maje sure you don't miss out on this release!

About Kate

Born and raised in Southern California, Kate Hawthorne woke up one day and realized she had stories worth sharing. Now existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate writes stories about complicated men in love that are sometimes dirty, but always sweet. She enjoys crafting hard-fought and well deserved happy endings with just the right amount of angst and kink. 

From estate sale shopping to shoe worship, there's something in at least one of her books that'll tickle your fancy. Visit her website at

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New Release Blitz: Starting From Zero by Lane Hayes #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway

Title: Starting From Zero
Series: Starting From Series, Book 1
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: April 15
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 68000
Genre: Romance, Rock star, May/December romance, Bisexual, LA, Humor, New beginning

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Justin Cuevas is going through a rough patch. A broken relationship, a scandal, and the demise of his band have shaken the aspiring rock star’s confidence. Working two jobs and sleeping on his friend’s sofa isn’t ideal, but Justin isn’t ready to give up yet. With a little luck, he’s hoping to re-launch his music career in LA with his new band, Zero. The key is to stay focused, and not get distracted by his past…or the sexy songwriter he can’t get out of his head.

Gray Robertson has written dozens of hits and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. But he’s never met anyone like Justin. The younger man is fiery, passionate, and smart. A powerful voice for a new generation. Other than an unforgettable one-night stand and a passion for music, the two men have nothing in common. Or do they? Justin knows the out-of-the-blue challenge to write a quintessential love song is a huge opportunity. And it’s the ultimate test for someone who’s doesn’t believe in happily ever after. When sparks fly, Justin and Gray realize they have a shot something special if they start from zero together. Maybe even love.


Justin is twenty-six and a beautiful wild flower, his head full of anxiety and great lyrics. A passionate man taking breath therapy instead of medication. After his band Gypsy Coma falls apart, he is broke and looking for a new gear.

Gray is forty-four, an established composer and songwriter. A warm, emotional and sexy man with a humble personality.

When they meet for the first time at a bar, they have a hot, steamy night and separate without further plans. But destiny has other plans.

In short, this story is about two men who are supposed to compose a song together for a movie.
But ha! there is so much story to tell and there are so many emotions involved. They have several ideas to get good inspiration for writing the best love song ever.
Working together is going great and they are more and more attracted to each other.
The only hiccup in the relationship could be if work, business, contracts, friends, and exes aren’t compatible or just big in the way, and yes, they got in the way, big!!

This was a beautiful story in many ways, the way of the writing, the plot, the environments, all the emotions, the romance, the immensely engaging and heartwarming characters, I can go on and on.

The description of the scenery was awesome, I could easily picture the view from the big windows of the exclusive estate.
Imagine their chemistry: when two musicians are in a room full of exclusive instruments and thousands of albums and they only have eyes for the other. Gosh I was swept away by this!!
Their unbiased honesty was utterly romantic.

Beautifully layered personalities are unwrapped before our eyes. Complicated minds and insecurities are covered by witty comments and a big mouth. There are a lot of humorous comments, between captivating conversations, putting just the right air at moments.
Gray and Justin were intense and sensual together they both were equally likable.
Their lovemaking was as beautiful as their songs! And gosh were they beautiful!!



Justin turned to me with a fiery expression and gestured toward the glittering lights below. “Everyone here wants more than what they have. And I guess I’m the same. I don’t need recognition and I sure as fuck don’t want love, but I wouldn’t say no to a few bucks,” he commented with a laugh. “What about you?”

I did a double take. I was two steps behind, struggling to keep up, and if possible, memorize every word he’d said. I hadn’t been around anyone so raw or so honest in a long time. He made rules and broke them with at whim, letting me in and then shutting me out. He had a way of revealing himself that made me feel as though he was holding a mirror to me, daring me to acknowledge my broken pieces too. He was either slightly insane or incredibly gifted. I suspected it was the latter. The cadence of his speech lured me in...and made me want more. I’d tell him anything he wanted to know, just to be near him and this intense spark of...newness, creativity, and wonder.

“What about me?” I asked in a low raspy voice.

“What do you want to accomplish before you leave the planet?”

“I want to write the perfect song,” I replied unthinking.

“There’s no such thing.”

“Maybe, maybe not. But it would be nice to leave something that felt special.”

Justin held my gaze then inclined his head in agreement. “Yeah. I want that too.”

We stared at each other. Whispers of conversation floated from the far corners of the rooftop deck. We weren’t alone, but we might as well be. I couldn’t remember ever feeling so intimately connected to someone I’d never really touched. It was puzzling and enchanting at the same time.

He shivered when the breeze kicked up. I took it as a sign from above and pulled him against me. I had to feel him. I studied the sexy indentation in his bottom lip before giving into impulse and resting my hands on his hip. Justin gave me a funny look but he didn’t push me away.

“You shouldn’t be anonymous. You have too much to share. Too much to say,” I said.

“What are you doing?”

“I...I’m not sure. Is this okay?”

“Yeah. It’s good.” Justin nodded and snaked his arms around my waist.

We were still for a while. He was so close I could feel his breath on my lips. The lingering quiet was deceptive. A casual observer might have mistaken us for old lovers engaged in a tender moment. Or maybe they’d guess we were tentative strangers anxious to make the right moves. Not too fast, not too slow. Neither was correct. There was no quiet here. An electric current sizzled and hissed between us. Intense sexual awareness and something more. Something fiery and passionate. He was wild and rough with jagged edges and a sharp mind. Instinctively, I knew I should proceed with caution because walking away wasn’t an option.

“I want to kiss you,” I whispered, inching closer so our noses brushed.

Justin gave me a crooked smile and tugged at my belt loop. “Then do it.”

I tilted my chin slightly and pressed my lips to his. He was deceptively tender at first. He closed his eyes and hummed into the connection. When I licked at the corner of his mouth, he let me in without hesitation. I couldn’t get enough. He tasted like gin and nicotine with a hint of peppermint. All the things I apparently couldn’t do without.

I pulled him closer, cupping the back of his neck to kiss him harder and deeper. Our tongues twisted in a growing frenzy until everything and everyone around us dissolved into white noise. Justin lulled me into complacency and let me think I was in control. I pushed him back slightly and wrapped my fingers around his neck to keep him in place when he leaned forward to nip my bottom lip. He grinned like a madman and then lowered his eyelashes in a show of faux subservience. I didn’t trust him to stay still or obey for a second. Justin was wild and headstrong. He wasn’t going to do anything that wasn’t either his idea or a bad idea.

I should have known then that I’d met my match.

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Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. She is the bestselling author of the Better Than, Right and Wrong, A Kind of Stories and Leaning Into Series and the Out in College series. Lane’s novels placed first in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an empty nest.

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