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Monday, June 15, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Author Interview, Excerpt & #Giveaway: When Will I Be Loved (Crescent Bay Chronicles #2) by Julie Lynn Hayes




Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Book Name: When Will I Be Loved
Release Date: June 7, 2015
Publisher: Amber Quill
Cover Artist: Trace Zaber
Pages or Words: Approximately 115,000 words
Categories: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal



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 sort of 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!




Excerpt
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.


Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I remember Miller from When Will I See You Again (Crescent Bay Chronicles #1) and I pitied the guy. He was a great friend, very supportive, loving but always on the outside looking in. I never imagined the author would finally deem it necessary to write his story. I could not get my hands on this ARC soon enough and now, after reading it, I am glad he finally found his HEA.

It's been some time since Alexx landed his Raoul and Miller is still looking in. They love him, they are his friends, but he is missing someone in his life. When the mysterious man from Charisma takes his hand to dance with him and take him home, he finally felt a connection he never dreamed to experience. Waking up the next morning with the man gone, it broke his heart. Going to the office meet and greet with the new owner of the newspaper, he never dreamed his boss would be the same man who had taken over his heart.

Holt Wynne is a powerful vampire and head of one of the largest groups, Helios. When he had first seen Miller, he never expected to find his forever eternal, the soul mate of the vampire kind. He did everything in his power to transfer all his assets and businesses into Crescent Bay just to be beside Miller. When he finally has him in his arms, however, things are not going the way they should.

One, Miller was Alexx's best friend, the mate of a werewolf. Two, Holt absolutely hates werewolves. Three, the werewolves are dealing in businesses he had spent decades to destroy. Four, the werewolves were making sure their hatred for the vampires are seen by one and all. Five, Miller is making his life difficult for he does not want to sever his friendship with the wolves. What to do? What to do? 

I thought this would go the way the first book did. Star-crossed lovers finding each other once more in a different place and time. A sadness so deep it is impossible not to cry tears. This was strangely none of those. Instead, this is a story of forgiveness and of acceptance. Hatred can spur one to make decision that would save lives but it can also eat into the psyche and corrode all sense of logic. Miller had his hands full with Holt and seeing how Raoul was reacting to the vampire, Miller fears he will lose his friends. Miller has to teach Holt to see past the hatred and find forgiveness. 

This was a very enjoyable read, but not to the calibre of the first book. Then again, I cannot compare the two for the stories are worlds apart and the men are different. The writing style shifts from Miller's point of view and then to Holt's. There are times when the same scene is reenacted but from a different perspective. This kept the read interesting but I do see some readers may not be comfortable with it. 

Overall, this is a well-written story of how two men can face past their mistakes and hatred. This is a story of how loving someone does not necessarily mean they own them. Also, this is a story of a supernatural people who have to learn to live and work together in a world that is cautious of their very presence. I see a third book coming, or at least I hope there is, for I see some characters like Martin getting their chance to tell a fine tale. If it is another in the author's mind, I wouldn't mind. 

I just want more!


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Julie Lynn Hayes, author of When Will I Be Loved.

Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Good morning!

Thanks for having me here today!

I come from the Midwest, and have pretty much lived in St. Louis, Missouri, all my life. I live there now with my daughter, Sarah, and our cat, The Mighty Ramesses. I have a job I enjoy with an elevator inspection company, although I’ve had lots of other jobs before this one.

I’ve been married twice, and have five children and three grandchildren. I began writing when I was about nine. During the 90’s, I began publishing in small magazines, none of which exist anymore. Short stories and poetry. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first book, To the Max, was published by Dreamspinner Press. Since that time, I’ve had a number of other books published.

My current book is When Will I Be Loved, with Amber Quill Press. It’s the sequel to When Can I See You Again. The first book was about Raoul Marchand and Alexx Jameson, while this one features Miller Fenwick and Holt Wynne.


What’s the best line you ever wrote?

That is a very difficult question. I’ve written so many lines, and I like to believe a lot of them were good lol  But when I first read that question, one did leap to mind. It’s not so much that it’s clever or very descriptive or anything like that. But this one line said a whole lot in just a few words, and described the character’s state of mind perfectly.  It comes from Revelations, and it’s Judas’ POV. The line is:

“What the fuck just happened?”

I have to admit, I’ve very partial to that line ☺

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind?

I often listen to music when I write. I have a number of Pandora stations, which reflect my different tastes in music. Pandora, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is an Internet create-your-own radio station site, and you can select a genre, or a song or an artist and build a station around that. For the most part, I don’t differentiate between what I’m writing and the music I play, with the exception of my current PI novel. My PI, surprisingly, likes country music, so I’ve created a station for working on that, which features artists like Blake Shelton and Keith Urban (whom my PI resembles) and I’ve come to appreciate country music more than I ever did. Outside of that, I especially enjoy soundtracks and musicals, and classical music, but I also like oldies, and classic rock, and alternative music, and heavy metal, such as Metallica, and variations, such as symphonic metal, including Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian, Evanescence, Nightwish and more.

If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star?

Good question. I don’t really know who I would choose to play Miller, so I guess I’m open on that one, but Holt looks just like Josh Holloway. My daughter Sarah is into Lost, and when I asked for a suggestion for Holt, she said Josh Holloway. I looked him up and liked what I saw, so he became the face of Holt Wynne ☺

What genres do you write in?

I try not to limit myself on genres. While I write primarily M/M books, within that area, I like to write contemporary, historical, paranormal, mystery, urban fantasy, scifi, fantasy, time travel… anything I can think of. I also write m/f books too. I particularly enjoy paranormals, I think.

Where and when do you prefer to write?

While I do write a little bit at work when I can – on breaks and lunch – most of my writing takes place in my living room, at my computer. Since I work a full-time job, I have to work around that. So evenings and weekends, when I get the chance, are my time to write.



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Rafflecopter Prize: 1 copy of When Will I Be Loved and 1 copy of When Will I See You Again or if winner has that, another book from my backlist


About the Author


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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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me here today! And thank you for the wonderful review!

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