Balls to the Wall! Tara Lain blogs.
Hi everyone! I’m delighted to be visiting Kay today to celebrate the release of my new MM contemporary, enemies-to-lovers story, Beach Balls.
One of the questions writers get asked the most is “where do the ideas come from?” Kay and I have somewhat different challenges. She works a lot in historical, paranormal fantasy so she is creating whole new worlds with roots in history. I write primarily contemporary. Even my paranormal romances take place in a contemporary setting. So I have to find new ideas in the real world. But chances are if you asked either of us “where do we get our ideas” we’d tell you, “Everywhere!”
I know Kay has to do a lot of research for her books so I imagine her pouring through references and finding new inspiration on each page. Look, a different kind of ritual. A new weapon. A unique costume. For me, I am inspired by a myriad of things in my daily life. My day job is in marketing which puts me in touch with so many different kinds of companies and products. One of those I read about was in genetic sequencing and that became the profession of my heroine and hero in my first book, Genetic Attraction. My Balls to the Wall Series all take place in beautiful Laguna Beach, California. In Laguna, they have a famous art pageant where people dress up as works of art. That became the motif for my book, Volley Balls, where the hero, David, poses as the statue of David in the Pageant of the Masters.
Beach Balls, my new release, is packed full of inspiration from my daily life. In the book, one of the heroes is a rebreather diver. The idea came from a friend of mine who is a serious diver. He even told me about coming out of the water wearing a dry suit and stripping it off to reveal his shorts and shirt ala James Bond. I used the sequence in the book. There is also a big land deal in the book which is based on some actual cases in the southern California area.
So I guess the message is be careful what you tell a writer. You might be the inspiration for the next book!
If you leave a comment with your email, and if you feel like it you could Like my Facebook page, and you can win a copy of either Volley Balls or Fire Balls.
Thanks so much for dropping by, Tara! Yup, historical research can be hard (but fun) work, but writing contemporary also presents its own challenges, as I’ve recently found. I had great fun drawing the setting from real life in my upcoming contemporary paranormal, Catching Kit…and, yes, if was fun being inspired by every day situations and friends for a change. So yes, definitely be careful what you tell a writer!
Read on for an Adult excerpt from the new Beach Balls and to find out more about Tara’s books.
Blurb: Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But coming out would threaten all he’s built as the lead attorney for WMA Development, and the million dollars he can get when he finishes pushing a big land remediation project through the City Council. Then on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to live a different life. But Adam’s dreams are shattered when he walks into the council meeting and finds the fire-breathing environmentalist who’s screwing up his chances of winning is none other than that same beautiful man. Sky Sea Mickeljohn doesn’t compromise, so how could he find himself lusting after a damned developer? And what happens when somebody open’s Adam’s closet door? These two better start telling the truth if they’re ever going to find world peace.
He swam to Sky and extended a hand. Sky shied a little, but Adam kept coming and passed his fingers through Sky’s curls floating freely in the water like an underwater flower. Sky looked up at Adam’s hand.
He touched Sky’s cheek. For a moment, Sky was still.
He pressed his cheek against Adam’s palm.
Oh, yes. That constituted a welcome.
Adam pulled his mouthpiece out and held his breath. He tapped on Sky’s mouthpiece. Sky frowned.
Just kiss me, you idiot. Adam pointed at his mouth, stuck his mouthpiece back in for some air then took it out again. Sky smiled around his mouthpiece, removed it, and leaned toward Adam.
He pressed his lips against Sky’s. Warm and cool at the same time. Sky opened his mouth and licked along Adam’s lips. Nice. Adam turned his head to the side, grabbed a hit of air, and then came back in and pushed his tongue into Sky’s mouth.
A moment later, they pulled away for a breath of air. Adam sank down to his knees. Come to Daddy… He took hold of Sky’s tight shorts and yanked. The big cock was happy to see him. He breathed deeply through his mouthpiece once, twice, three times. Mouthpiece out, cock in.
Oh, yeah. This was easier than kissing. Who knew you could suck and lick while holding your breath?
Sky started bobbing like a crazy man, shoving that cock deeper. Adam took a breath then went back to work running his tongue over the glans as he sucked. The taste of salt and feel of silk filled his mouth. Another breath, then he worked the mushroom head in and out of his lips like a candy pop. His hands began to pump, and he sucked until his cheeks tingled.. Sky’s hips pumped in slow motion, pressing his cock into Adam’s mouth along with the tang of the sea. It gave a whole new meaning to the term “deep throat.” Adam sucked as much as he could without swallowing water and could hear the echoes of Sky “shouting” around his mouthpiece.
Sky’s body began to thrash. One big thrust, and Adam tasted cum and saltwater at the same time. Thick jism floated out of his mouth. Son of a bitch. He had the best of Sky and sea.
“I loved this story. It was sad and funny and very HOT. Once again I have to praise Tara Lain for writing everyday stories about real men in real situations and still be able to make the stories full of suspense and excitement. Not to mention the absolutely sizzling hot sex-scenes. Of which one takes place under water. OMG. Is it even possible? Have someone ever tried that? O_0
Not many authors can make me cry on the bus.(This book contains one of the most moving coming out scenes I have ever read in M/M romance. Ever.) Or laugh out loud so that people look funny at me. Tara Lain can.”
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. Then she capped off the year by being voted Best Author of 2011 in the LRC Awards and had her Genetic Attraction Series named runner-up for Best Series of 2011! A very good year. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.