Knight Of Ocean Avenue
By Tara Lain
By Tara Lain
an MM Contemporary Romance
Going Into Construction
A guest post by author Tara Lain
Hi everyone. I’m so happy to be here to introduce you to my new novel, KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE. I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. Knight of Ocean Avenue is a contemporary romance about a twenty-five year old construction worker who hasn’t really slowed down and looked at his life enough to realize he’s gay. He’s a big, tough guy – as one friend calls him, a dude. When he falls for a celebrity stylist – “the gayest man alive” – he’s suddenly faced with some daunting “coming out” issues. It’s one thing to tell your religious mom that you’re gay when you’re sixteen. Quite another when your twenty-five and have been engaged to women three times. He also faces the prospect of telling his construction crew that he’s gay. While these rough, blue-collar men may be kind and inclusive one-on-one, it’s hard for them to be the first to accept a revelation like that. Macho is the order of the day and gay guys are mercilessly teased or worse.
If you read my books, you know most of my heroes aren’t blue collar. They’re much more likely to be artists, professors, football players, fire fighters or even drag queens! Construction workers are a foray into new territory, literarily speaking. (I actually follow it up with another construction worker hero in the next book in the series, Knave of Broken Hearts, which comes out in the summer.) But while construction may be new in my books, it’s not in my life. My husband and I have renovated two houses practically down to the studs over a period of about 20 years. Having construction guys of every ilk in my house – from framers, to drywallers, to flooring guys, stone masons, electricians, painters, and on and on – is just your regular for me. In fact, my brother is a contractor and my husband an architect, so I got to do my research close to home for these books – from tenant improvements to the questions on a contractor’s license exam. In fact, you’ll find studying for that exam in this book to be a pretty memorable experience! I have huge affection for these men who work hard with great skill, and I had a great time giving my boy, Billy Ballew, his very happy ever after. I hope you enjoy KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE.
How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor's license he so desires, and fear of his mother's judgement blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.
Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising star, celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?
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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”!
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