Hi peeps, we have the brilliant Julie Lynn Hayes visiting today with the tour for her newest release When Will I Be Loved, we asked Julie a couple of questions, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~
When Will I Be Loved
Julie Lynn Hayes
Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!
Hi Julie Lynn, I’m Pixie and I’d just like to thank you for stopping by today. I’m just gonna ask a couple of questions and I’ll be very gentle 🙂
Hi Pixie, thanks for having me here today! And thanks for being gentle 🙂
What is for you the perfect book hero?
I think my perfect book hero is sexy and strong and dominant, yet tender. He knows when to take charge, and he knows when to let you do it yourself. He considers himself his partner’s equal, he’s loyal, faithful, and yet he’s not perfect. He has his faults, and he knows his partner does too. But he’s willing to be the best he can be for his partner.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively ?
I seldom have the whole story in my head. Sometimes I don’t know very much at all. I like to learn as I go, let the story flow organically, as it were. Sometimes I do know certain things will happen, and I might have certain goals. But things happen, and original ideas don’t always work out, supplanted by better ones. The nice thing about doing it this way is it’s hard to send signals to the reader if I don’t know what’s going to happen yet myself lol
What inspired you to write When Will I Be Loved?
When Will I Be Loved wasn’t meant to be. I have Shorty to thank for it, one of my readers ( and I have thanked her, in my dedication). She read the first book, When Will I See You Again, and asked me when was Miller going to get his own love? I hadn’t thought about writing a sequel. As far as I was concerned, I was done. But I said I supposed I could write a Christmas story or something, figuring that wouldn’t be hard, and it wouldn’t be immediate. Well, my Muse went behind my back and got busy, and the next day presented me with ideas for the second book lol The rest, as they say, is history. So thank you again, Shorty, because I loved writing this book!
How many published books do you have?
Let me think. The number fluctuates as books end up being removed as they grow older, and then get republished. Roughly a dozen right now, I think.
How much of your own life and personality do you put in your work?
I think I put a lot of myself into my books. The character who has the biggest part of me is Max, from my To the Max series. He’s like my gay male alter-ego lol Some of his experiences are loosely based on my own, and he has my sense of humor, and some of my phobias.
I look on it as having multiple personalities, aka my characters. Some are just more me than others.
If you could be any fantasy or fairy-tale creature what would it be?
I think I would be a mermaid. They are beautiful and fascinating creatures. If I was a mermaid, I’d be able to swim
If you could be a super hero what power would you want?
That’s an interesting question, hmmm, let ‘s think. Okay, got one. It’s not exactly traditional, but you can call me Horn o’Plenty. And my secret talent is being able to feed people, any time, any place, and never run out of food. Maybe I’d use a magic cornucopia or something, to stamp out hunger, especially among children all over the world.
Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.
They’d probably be surprised that I play the oboe, although it’s been years since I’ve done that. I played for six years, up until my junior year of high school, and enjoyed it.
If you could time travel would you visit the past or the future?
The past, for sure, because I love history. The future is too uncertain. I’m not sure I want to know what’s in it.
Bird or reptile?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
I like aspects of both, for different reasons, so call it a draw
Slow and gentle or up against the wall?
Sheesh, been a long time for either, but for the sake of argument, let’s go with slow and gentle
Thank you for answering our questions today Julie Lynn and much luck with When Will I Be Loved!
Thanks, Pixie, for having me here! Have a great day!
Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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