Tara Lain on Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Western
Release Date: 03/22/2017


Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.

Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker.

Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend.

But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.

When Secondary Characters Demand Their Own Book

Hi everyone. I’m so happy to be here at Prism Book Alliance to celebrate the release of Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns. You can pre-order this book now and it will be in your hands on March 22nd. I love writing secondary characters. Lots of authors do. Unlike your main characters, secondaries can have tons of quirks with less regard for likability or heroism. They only have to appear in a limited number of scenes, so they can be wise quickly without having to grow into their wisdom as much as primary characters must. They don’t have to demonstrate a huge arc of growth or overcome enormous obstacles. Consequently, writing them tends to be kind of breezy and relaxed for the author. Guess what? That often makes them hugely memorable and the readers’ favorite characters in a story. Sometimes they’re the author’s favorites too and, as a result, they just cry out for their own book.

I find that a lot of my most loved books developed out of favorite secondary characters who appeared in the first book in a series. The entire Love in Laguna series is based on characters introduced in previous books. The hero of Knave of Broken Hearts was a secondary character in Knight of Ocean Avenue. Same with Prince of the Playhouse. The hero of Fire Balls, Rodney, was a secondary character in Volley Balls, my first book in the Balls to the Wall series. Rodney was a relatively small character who wasn’t well developed. Plus, he was short, flamboyant, and not at all the usual hero type, but he had lots of feistiness and great promise. Bam! In his own book, he became a reader favorite. That’s exactly what happened in Canning the Center. The hero of that book, Jamal Jones, was the “best friend sidekick” in Outing the Quarterback. Everyone who read the book remarked on Jamal and what a fun character this gentle giant who loves root beer and pretty men is. When both my agent and publisher asked if he was going to have his own book, I knew he’d been whining to them behind my back.

In my first cowboy romance, Cowboys Don’t Come Out, I introduced a secondary character named Danny who’s a ranch hand on the McIntyre ranch in Chico, CA. Since most of that book takes place in Hawaii, Danny doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but he still stole my heart. He reminded me of some of the old movies I’d seen with a very young Gary Cooper or the first time the world fall for Kevin Costner in Silverado – easy going, slow talking, and handsome as sin. Oh yeah, Danny had to get his very own story.

But as I say, primary characters have to be a lot more complex and they need a bunch more backstory. As a result, Danny’s easy-going nature is revealed as a cover-up for a complicated, threatening childhood that he wants to hide, and his relaxed alpha male status is layered with his covert affection for femmes who top.


I hope you enjoy Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns and if you’d like to win an ecopy of Cowboys Don’t Come Out, just leave me a comment below.



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Local Giveaway

I hope you enjoy Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns and if you’d like to win an ecopy of Cowboys Don’t Come Out, just leave me a comment below. I’ll choose a winner next week by random number.

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 36. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal 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 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”!


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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16 thoughts on “Tara Lain on Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I agree with you about the importance of secondary characters. Sometimes they are as endearing as the main ones, and I really like it when they manage to get their own book… And their own HEA, of course.
    Congratulations on the release. I love your beautiful boys!

  2. Congrats on your upcoming release, I love the varied characters you introduce to all of us and that many of the intriguing secondary characters get their time in the spotlight.

  3. Secondary characters often ‘make’ the story; I think that’s why I love series so much…you don’t have to lose the guys permanently! Right now I’m thinking about Jessie and Craig from ‘Love You So Hard’ and imagining them in cowboy hats! (Big smile!)

  4. Thank you so much for having me on the blog! And thank you for the great comments. There’s still time for new commenters, so keep ’em coming. : )

  5. The WINNNNNNER has been chosen! @Debby236 you won an ecopy of Cowboys Don’t Come Out. Please contact me at tara at taralain dot com.

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