Giveaway + Blog Tour: Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Tara Lain is here today to promote her new Dreamspun Beyond novel, Rome and Jules. See our 4 <3 review HERE!

Check out the excerpt and be sure to enter in the giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card below! Good luck!

The Power of Paranormal

Hi! I’m Tara Lain and I write The Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m so happy to be here to introduce you to my new romance. As you may know, I mostly write contemporary stories like my Love in Laguna and Balls to the Wall series. I love creating characters that are just slightly larger than life, putting them in complicated real-life situations full of the frustration and sorrow that all of us experience, and finding a way to give them a happy ever after. It’s satisfying. But I also write paranormal stories. In fact, my Tales of the Harker Pack and Aloysius Tales are so popular, some readers may think of me first as a paranormal author. Actually, I’ve only written a total of six paranormal romances – and now there are seven! The new book I’m introducing this week is a paranormal romance. In fact, it’s a werewolf story. It’s called Rome and Jules.

Since I hadn’t written a paranormal hero in a couple years, I had to reacclimatize myself to all that power. I’m the Queen of the World! In paranormal, the author gets to say how the world works and it’s an almost scary level of control. But in fact terrific paranormal romance is just another way of showing us something important about our human condition. Vampires in the hands of great writers like ZA Maxfield or Charlaine Harris reveal the complexities of true devotion when extended to eternity. Dog shifters written by Eli Easton show the love and devotion we so value in our puppies translated to human expression. Great shifter stories like Lynn Lorenz’s Bayou Dreams make us smile at the delights and frustrations of daily life when you have a bit more power than most of us. In Rome and Jules, we get to see how having more strength and speed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more enlightened. In fact it means you can be twice as ignorant. My hero may be possessed of “alpha advantage” but he is just as messed up by his family’s and community’s expectations as any human. Paranormal romances are particularly good vehicles for showing us that excluding any group from our society robs us of richness and steals our own power. After all, a werewolf may be powerful, but love is the greatest power of them all.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Rome and Jules.

Rome And Jules
by Tara Lain


Two werewolf households, both alike in dignity….

Rome Siracusa, youngest son of the alpha of the nouveau-riche Siracusa pack, wants to be a faithful son and pack member, but he’s got two big secrets. One, he’s blessed with enhanced hearing, vision, strength, and the ability to shift at will. Second, he’s gay, a fact he can’t admit to his deadly homophobic father.

Rome crashes a party at the mansion of his pack’s greatest enemy, the ancient, pure-blooded Havillands. Jules, the gay son of the drunkard alpha, is being married off to a rich entrepreneur. Smitten and moved by the beautiful male’s plight, Rome tries to find a way to save Jules—while digging himself deeper into pack politics and navigating his own arranged marriage. Secrets climb out of the caves as the werewolf gods speak through the mouths of their children, and the two great families clash, suffocating the hopes of star-crossed lovers.

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Crawling through the balcony window wasn’t exactly nonconfrontational. He plopped on the grass and pressed his back against the trunk of a tree. Maybe pebbles on the window? And if it’s not his room, dumbass? It made sense he’d have the one balcony on this side of the house. Do I risk it? He’s probably still out with Asshole Anderson. Man, that idea nauseated him. He closed his eyes and bumped the back of his head against the scratchy bark.
Lights shone against his closed lids, and he flicked his eyes open. Somebody’s in that room. He rolled up to a crouch and stared at the french doors. Like he willed it, one of them opened and out walked Jules.
Whoa. Rome sucked a breath, and his alpha-advantage eyes focused clearly on the scene, even though he was many feet away. Jules’s fair hair hung onto his shoulders, shimmering in the moonlight. He’d left his shirt open, and the white fabric barely contrasted with his pale chest—the chest that showed off those surprising muscles. He leaned on the parapet and sighed. Though hardly a whisper, Rome heard it clearly. He slipped a step closer.
Jules’s head snapped up. “Is there someone there?”
Wow. Could he hear that? Think fast. “But soft. What light through yonder window breaks?” Rome stepped out from under the tree branches and stopped. If Jules was going to scream, he needed a head start on the pursuers.
Instead, Jules gave that head cock, full of curiosity and unselfconscious charm. “I’ve always liked the sun.”
Rome let his smile break free. “I thought when I saw you that your hair looks like a great fall of sunlight.”
“How poetic.”
Rome walked slowly to the foot of the balcony and gazed up at Jules. Wild overgrown vines grew on trellises, some of them hanging away from the wall with the weight of the unkempt greenery. Rome pointed toward the window in front of him. “Is there someone sleeping inside?”
“No. There’s no one else in my end of the wing on either floor.”
“How nice.”
Jules rested his forearms on the balcony rail and leaned his chin on them. “When you broke in the other night—and I still don’t know how you did that—you said you wanted to be my friend and that you were worried about me being a pawn in a political game.”
“Yes. That’s all true.”
“Umm. But I don’t have any friends who recite Shakespeare to me. At least not Romeo and Juliet.” He smiled ever so slightly.
Rome’s heart beat hard. “And what does that suggest to you?”
“That the youngest son of the rich, powerful, and very homophobic Siracusa clan… is gay.”

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 32. 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”!

You can find Tara at Lain

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me and my guys! Hugs! : )