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Title: Sinders and Ash
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Housekeeper Mark Sintorella (Sinders) works diligently at a resort hotel while designing clothes anonymously, hoping to get into fashion school. Then his carefully planned life is upended with the arrival of Ashford Armitage, son of the fifth richest man in America—and the most beautiful guy Mark has ever seen. Ash must find a wife or he’ll lose his grandfather’s inheritance, and he settles on Bitsy Fanderel. But secretly Ash is gay, and the guy who cleans the fireplaces sets his heart ablaze.
Further stirring the pot is the little elf of a man, Carstairs Pennymaker, who has Mark wearing his own designs and masquerading as a girl to impress the fashion investors in the hotel. When the clock strikes twelve, two beautiful princesses line up for the wedding—but one isn’t a woman. Will the slipper fit? Only Mr. Pennymaker knows for sure.
13 Books (and Plays) That Rocked My World (or at least gave it a shake)
Hi! I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m delighted to be here today celebrating the (re)release of my fairy tale romance, Sinders and Ash. New books are always a great excuse to look backward at other wonderful stories that have affected my life in some significant way. Here are a few in no particular order —
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales — I learned to read very early, and before I did, my mom loved to read to me. Fairy tales played a huge role in my childhood – but I only liked Grimm’s. Anderson’s were simply too dark and full of angst. That established a pattern that continues to this day. I rarely like heavy angst stories. I like optimism and I love my HEAs (and my new book pays homage to one of my favorite fairy tales.)
- Madeline – Even as a child, I loved Paris!
- Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare – Okay, totally cheating, but you get the idea.
- The Importance of Being Earnest – Many of my most influential books are actually plays. I studied theater in college and have read many, many plays. Oscar Wilde set such a bar – I dreamed about ever being so amazingly brilliant and clever.
- The Imaginary Invalid – I had to list one, but actually this should be everything Moliere ever wrote.
- A Streetcar Named Desire – It’s hard to choose one Tennessee Williams play. In my opinion, he personified theater. But Blanche is just too wonderful a character to pass by.
- Mother Courage – Love me some Bertolt Brecht. His amazing contributions to dramaturgy just blow me away!
- Dune – That book sucked me in so far I walked around on Arrakis for weeks in a fog of spice.
- Pride and Prejudice – No romance author would exist without our amazing Jane!
- Lord of the Rings – The War and Peace of fantasy, Lord of the Rings made me want to speak Elvish for the rest of my life.
- Atlas Shrugged – Don’t make that face! LOL. Ayn Rand’s philosophy is not my own, but oh man, can she write heroes. I fell in love at least three times in this book. Who is John Galt?
- Heaven by Jet Mykles – My first ever MM romance, Heaven blew me away with its passion, lack of gender roles, and wonderful fluidity. I started writing MM romance and never looked back.
- Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan – I just finished this amazing book about the love between an autistic boy and a boy with advanced clinical depression and it has moved high on my list of favorite romances of all time.
His heart hammered. He cradled Mark’s face, his fingers overlapping the knit of the cap. Mark’s breath smelled like coconut, and his lips looked more delicious than the crème brûlée. Okay, be gentle. Don’t scare him. Gently he laid his lips against Mark’s. One second. Sweet. Two seconds. Exploration. Three seconds. Hot! Oh God, heat crept from that soft contact up to Ash’s head and straight down to his cock. Whoa. Down, boy. He pulled back. Needed more control.
Before he got an inch away, Mark grabbed his head and pulled him back until his tongue pressed like a hot intruder into Ash’s mouth. Oh yeah. Ash slid his hands down Mark’s round butt and tugged him close. Hmmm. Got a nice moan on that one. Mark ate at Ash’s mouth, sucking in his lips. His tongue pressed deep. Wow. This guy was not kidding. Had Ash just thought he should go easy?
Mark pulled back a little and sipped at Ash’s lips, then ran his tongue over the bottom one. First outside and then… oh God, he slipped his tongue inside Ash’s lip and caressed that soft, sensitive skin.
Sweet Jesus, he couldn’t stand up. Ash leaned back hard against the counter, but he knew his knees were crumpling. Strong hands reached around and smoothed over his ass, and then a finger pressed against the crack of his butt like Mark was tracing the seam of the denim—up and down. Jesus, Ash’s cock throbbed. Too much blood in there. Too long since that cock had any exercise. He wanted to rip his pants down and let that finger do its business where it belonged.
Like Mark had read his mind, one hand moved to the front and began to unfasten the buttons on Ash’s fly. Shit, he couldn’t help it. His hips pushed forward, forcing his cock against that hand like a puppy looking for milk.
Mark murmured, “Yessss.” He undid the last button, slipped his hand into the top of Ash’s boxer briefs, and found the promised land. Hand met cock. Why had Ash ever thought this guy was shy and virginal? Dear God, he was hot!
Mark’s fingers were callused, a little scratchy, but so nice. The slight abrasion on his sensitive cockhead about sent Ash into the sink in a good way. “Oh God.”
There was a smile in Mark’s voice. Ash couldn’t quite open his eyes to see it. “You want more?”
Ash nodded. Nothing happened. “Yes. Yes, I want more.” That gasping was not cool. He didn’t care. This was too good.
His jeans began to move down his hips, to his thighs, and then they fell to his knees. The boxers got ripped down after.
“Hmmmm.” The sound came from around his knees. Shit, what did that mean? Hmmmm bad or hmmmm good?
“Is it okay to suck without latex? Am I safe?”
Suck. God, he was going to get sucked. “Oh, uh, yes. I’ve been ridiculously careful. Part of my paranoia, and actually I haven’t had very many partners.”
Ohhhhh God! No prelim. Just cock into hot mouth in one delicious, fantastic, mind-bending swallow. Every nerve flashed hot. He giggled. “I almost came.”
Mark popped the cock from his mouth. “Wanted to be sure you were awake.”
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About the Author
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 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary 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 soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/taralain
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