Thursday, June 2, 2016

Guest Post: Julie Lynn Hayes


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Julie Lynn Hayes,  author of Bad Dogs and Drag Queens.  Hi Julie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
1)   Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.

Vinnie has no idea who his father is, having never met him, and Ethan has his own reasons why he goes to see his own family alone, and never takes Vinnie with him.
2)   Have you ever written something that made you cry?

Yes, I have. I wrote a short Christmas story for Vinnie and Ethan, and it brought a tear to my own eye.
3)   Have you ever co-written with someone before?

Yes, I have. I co-wrote the Moonlit Skies series with M.A. Church, and the Southern Comfort series with S.L. Danielson.
4)   What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

Finding time to write. I work a full-time job, and have other things that require my time. If I can find the time, I can do pretty well with the rest of writing.
5)   Name your four most important food groups.

Coffee, chocolate, meat, cheese

Julie Lynn Hayes
Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Rose and Thorne
Book: One
Release Date: May 25, 2016

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry.  Visit for more information about this organization.
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.

Meet 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, and Wayward Ink Press.
Where to find the author:
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Tour Dates & Stops:
23-May: Open Skye Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook, Multitasking Mommas
24-May: Velvet Panic, Nephy Hart, Louise Lyons
25-May: Happily Ever Chapter, Books A to Z, The Novel Approach
26-May: Parker Williams, Man2ManTastic, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
27-May: Divine Magazine, A.M. Leibowitz
30-May: Jessie G. Books, Inked Rainbow Reads, Wake Up Your Wild Side
31-May: Outrageous Heroes, Bayou Book Junkie
1-Jun: Hearts on Fire, Nautical Star Books, Prism Book Alliance
2-Jun: Rednecks and Romance, MM Book Escape
3-Jun: Emotion In Motion, Bonkers About Books
6-Jun: Anna Butler Fiction
7-Jun: MM Good Book Reviews
8-Jun: The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
9-Jun: Unquietly Me
10-Jun: BFD Book Blog
13-Jun: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews
14-Jun: Molly Lolly
15-Jun: Love Bytes
16-Jun: Havan Fellows
17-Jun: Alpha Book Club, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
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1 comment:

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

Thank you for having me here today, BA!