Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Out in Spring. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Ned was sweet. No. Ned was hot. Geek hot.


He started in surprise, then flashed a winning smile at me when I slid onto the bench. “Hi.”

“Whatcha reading?” I asked, tapping the corner of his book.

Failure and Success. One of my professors recommended it. I’m not sure if it was a hint, but I decided not to take any chances.”

I furrowed my brow as I turned to face him. “Are you worried about failing?”

“Aren’t we all?” he countered, closing the book before stuffing it into his backpack. He zipped it and stood, hiking the strap over his right shoulder. “Do you want a latte, or are you hungry for lunch?”

“Um, coffee, I guess.” I fell into step beside him, waving at a couple of random students as we made our way. I didn’t know them, but I guessed they were hockey fans. There were giant posters plastered all over campus to celebrate the team’s final game last weekend. I spied one taped to a nearby pillar outside of the library, listening with half an ear as Ned wrestled with his drink of choice.

“…chamomile or peppermint tea. I’ve had too much caffeine already. I think I put myself in a tailspin about failure and—”

“Why would you worry about failure? You’re a smart guy. You have nothing to worry about, Nedster.”

“Thanks, but that’s not true.” He pulled my sleeve and stopped abruptly in the middle of a crowded pathway near the coffee shop. “I applied for a job at a high-tech firm in Silicon Valley and…they just asked me to fly up north to interview.”

“Congratulations. That’s awesome.” My wide grin faltered slightly. He didn’t look happy. “It is awesome, isn’t it?”

“I think so, but my parents might not agree.” Ned shrugged, then narrowed his gaze curiously when a pretty girl in a tight skirt and high-heeled leather boots eye-fucked me as she passed by. “Are you on a menu somewhere? Why is everyone looking at you like you’re the last slice of birthday cake?”

I snickered. “Are you suggesting that I’m not?”

“Well, uh, no, but—oh.” He pointed at the nearby poster and a girl I didn’t recognize waving me over. “Got it. I forgot that you’re kind of popular. We can do coffee or lunch another time.”

“No way. I’ve been looking forward to this all morning,” I assured him.

He smiled and licked the corner of his mouth. Damn, I was jealous of his tongue. I wanted to lick his lips and bite them before devouring him. I was starving for a taste of him—even a little one. I’d been fantasizing about Ned for so long that I couldn’t quite get over the fact that I’d kissed him and—hell, I’d grinded my cock against him. I wanted to do it again. He had to know that. Didn’t he?

“Me too. But I know what it’s like to feel stuck, and I don’t want you to feel that way with me. Ever.”

“Thanks, but I don’t feel stuck with you. I feel…frustrated ’cause there are way too many people around to do what I really want to do to you,” I growled in a low voice.

Ned gulped audibly and scanned the area. Campus was bustling more than usual for a late Thursday morning. “What do you want to do to me?”

I raised my brows, then flashed a slow, wicked grin. “I want to put my hands all over you while I tongue-fuck you. I want to feel your dick again, but this time, I want to really touch you. If you know someplace private we can sneak away to, I’m all ears, baby.”

Ned opened his mouth and closed it before tilting his chin meaningfully. “This way.”


The jock, the nerd, and a little spring fever…


I don’t understand hockey at all. Or any sport. Attending a team party with my best friend might be a mistake. As an out and proud geek, I admit that hanging out with a bunch of jocks and their admirers isn’t my idea of fun, but getting kidnapped by a sexy hockey player who claims to have a crush on me is definitely a highlight. And finding out that Logan St. James is bisexual makes everything more interesting. 


Keeping my big bi secret hasn’t been easy. I have a couple of months of college left and one more game to play. I’m determined to make the most of it and spend as much time as possible with the sexy guy I’ve had a crush on since freshman year. I don’t want this to be over. There must be a way to come out in spring.  

Out in Spring is a low-angst MM, bisexual awakening staring a hunky hockey player, a sweet-natured geek, and a little college fun. This story is part of the Out in College series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.


Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.


Lane has brought a $10 Amazon gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, May 16th at 11:59 pm ET.

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