Lisa: We’re so pleased to have author Lane Hayes joining us today on the Leaning Into a Wish blog tour. Welcome, Lane!
Lane: Thank you so much for inviting me to chat about my recent release, Leaning Into a Wish, my very first holiday novella. It’s part of my newest series set in San Francisco and Napa Valley, but as with all of my books, Leaning Into a Wish is a standalone.
Lisa: What’s your favorite scene in Leaning Into a Wish and what makes it a fave?
Lane: My favorite seen is the “pool” scene. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s pivotal to the story. I love connection moments when you get that first real glimpse of a depth between the characters that transcends physical attraction. The first inkling this is the “real thing”. *sigh
Lisa: If you could spend some real-life time with one of the characters in the book, who would you choose and why?
Lane: Danny! He’s a hoot. I love everything about him. His sense of humor, his friendly nature and devil may care attitude. He’s a magnetic person who has the innate ability to make those around him feel special. Everyone needs a little Danny in their lives. LOL
Lisa: On the flipside, which character would you probably least get along with? Why?
Lane: In Leaning Into a Wish the struggles are more of an internal grappling most of us deal with when we want something that seems improbable or just out of reach. Danny’s parents are the only ones I might not get along with but… as a parent, I understand their concerns too. We’ll have to let the readers decide.
Lisa: Let’s take off your author cap and put on your reader cap for a moment: what do you look for in a book, what sort of protagonists do you love, and do you have a favorite genre/sub-genre?
Lane: I’m a firm believer that is crucial to write what you love! The books I’m always drawn to have strong, complex characters who I can relate to whether or not I’ve shared a like experience. No one is perfect. I want to read about real people. As far as genres go, MM contemporary is my favorite. I also love mystery/suspense and a good classic!
Lisa: What are your least and most favorite things about being an author?
Lane: My least favorite thing about being an author is that it’s a lonely profession. I have to give myself a nudge to get out of the house every once in a while to interact with humans! LOL. My most favorite thing is bringing the characters in my head to life. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to know that readers love these men and root for their romance as much as I do. And knowing it all came from somewhere inside me is pretty magical.
Lisa: Let’s pretend you’re taking a road trip, and you can choose any three of your characters to go with you. First, who would you want on the ride-along, and why them?
Lane: Oh wow. That’s a hard question. I’m going to make it easy and just choose three characters from Leaning Into a Wish. Danny, Ryan and Geordie. Danny is good-natured, fun and sexy. He’s Ryan’s perfect counterpart. Ryan is steady but prone to think too much and suffer from bouts of insecurity. I think it’s important to have someone there most of us can relate to. LOL. And then there’s Geordie. He’s so special. He’s gone through hell but manages to swim above his pain with a zest for life that inspires everyone around him.
Lisa: Second, who would be most likely to:
Lane: *Have to hit every rest stop bathroom- Geordie LOL
*Whine about how long it’s taking to get where you’re going- Ryan
*Break wind with the windows rolled up- Danny
*Flip incessantly through songs on their music app- Geordie (or me!)
Lisa: Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Lane!
Lane: Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo
About the Book
TITLE: LEANING INTO A WISH
SERIES: LEANING INTO SERIES: BOOK FIVE
AUTHOR: LANE HAYES
GENRE: M/M ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: 11.20.17
COVER DESIGN: REESE DANTE
BLURB: Ryan Haskell loves everything about the wine business. He’s fortunate to work at one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley doing something he enjoys with the people who are like family to him. But he could do without the good-natured intern slash former jock with the wicked grin who always seems to be in the way. Ryan isn’t sure why the new guy is under his skin when everyone else loves him. Thankfully he’ll be gone after the holidays.
Danny Meyers can’t believe his luck when he lands an internship at Conrad Winery. It’s the perfect temporary gig to wrap up his graduate studies. He’s left his dreams of tennis stardom on the court to focus on a new career and a new life. However, he didn’t count on the spark of attraction he feels for his prickly co-worker. When their tentative friendship blossoms into something more than either man counted on, they may have to change direction and lean into a holiday wish.
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“Nothing. Um…I need a few minutes to get ready,” I said. I didn’t bother moving. I still felt sluggish and half-asleep. I needed more caffeine before I could even think about swinging a racket.
“Take your time. The courts are empty. We’re good. Sit back, fuel up, and tell me about Batman, Nutella, and whatever else cranks your chain.” He snickered at my blank stare then added, “I’m just shootin’ the shit here, Ry. Just tell me about yourself. What came first…wine, music, or the Caped Crusader?”
“The Caped Crusader, of course,” I scoffed without heat. “I went through a strong Batman phase when I was a kid followed by my teenage music years. The wine phase came in college, but I still love all three. And Nutella.”
Danny let out an amused huff and sat back to observe me. God only knew what he saw. My curly hair had a tendency to do its own thing in the morning. No doubt it was wild. The stretched out, ancient concert tee, black boxer briefs, and bare feet screamed geeky bachelor louder than my superhero art.
“That’s cool. You know what you like and you stick with it. Seems like a good trait.”
“Thanks.” I studied him over the rim of my coffee cup then took a sip and set it on the table again. “What about you? What are you into besides wine and tennis?”
“Beer and football,” he quipped.
I lifted my brow inquisitively. “Honestly, that’s what I thought. You look like you’d be at home in a country bar guzzling brews with a bunch of beefy former jocks who hung up their shoulder pads for cowboy hats.”
“Damn, boy. You’ve got me all figured out, don’t you?” he asked irritably before reaching over to tug at my wayward curls. “Guzzle that there coffee, slick, and let’s get ourselves a court.”
The boxers with T-shirt combo surely did nothing to enhance my diva-esque moment but that couldn’t be helped, I mused as I rolled my eyes and stood. “I’ll be out shortly.”
Danny snickered in response. “Just hurry it up. If you aren’t out here in five minutes or less, I’m coming in there.”
“Is that a threat or a promise?”
“It’s whatever you want it to be, Ry.”
The low timbre of his voice sounded sexy as hell. Thankfully, my brain intervened before I made a fool of myself and offered him something he didn’t want. It was a close call. Closer than it should have been. Shit. I needed more coffee.
About the Author
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.