Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to talk to us about her latest audiobook release, Baxter’s Right-Hand Man. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Knock. Knock.

Benson’s ears flattened, and his fur stood on end. The Lab looked at me for a millisecond before going apeshit bonkers, barking like mad as he slid across the tiled storage room to the back door. 

My heart thumped and reverberated in my ears. That couldn’t be a delivery at—I checked my watch…8:04 p.m. Bran, Lizzy, and I were the only ones with keys, but—

Knock. Knock. 

The dog howled on cue. Oh, my God. 

I brushed off my khakis, grabbed a heavy, iron-based lamp, and moved to the door. “Who’s there?” 


I unbolted the latch and flung the door open. “What are you doing here?” 

“I wanted to—hey, buddy.” Pierce pulled his helmet off and crouched on one knee to let the Lab sniff his hand. “I’m a good guy. I promise. Who’s this?” 

“Benson. He’s Bran and Jake’s dog. I asked to keep him since I was going to be alone here for a couple of hours,” I explained. “He’s a very unferocious sweetheart. His next trick will be to show you where the safe is so you can rob us blind.”

“And you were going to bludgeon me with a lamp.” 

I returned the lamp to its shelf and nodded. “Exactly.” 

Pierce chuckled as he straightened, then leaned in to kiss me. “Hi.”

“Hi,” I hummed against his lips. “So…what are you doing here?”

“I’ve never been in a home goods store.” He stepped aside and cast his gaze around the organized chaos of the storage room. “I wanted to see where you worked.”


“Yeah. Can I have a tour?” 


I led him into the adjoining showroom and gave him a brief tour. I couldn’t decide if I thought it was stranger that he was here or that I could tell he was upset. Outwardly, he looked and acted like himself—energetic and goofy with a dash of charm. He checked out the price tags on the linens and the chandelier hanging over the staged dining area, turning to me with his mouth wide open. 

“Are you fucking kidding me? Is that thing made of pure gold or something?”

I swatted his arm. “No, dummy. It’s a Jade Jopler design. She’s all the rage.”

He rolled his eyes and proceeded to test the furniture. He fell into an armchair…too short, a sofa…too hard, and finally stretched his long legs on the chaise of the sectional, folding his hands behind his head…just right. I couldn’t help but chuckle. 

“Ah, this is the life.” Pierce sighed, whistling for the dog to join him. “C’mere, boy.” 

“Benson knows better than to jump on the furniture,” I scolded, checking my watch.

“I was talking to you,” he countered slyly.


baxters right hand man coverNarrated by Nick J. Russo

The Baxter Chronicles, Book 2

The movie star meets his match…


Welcome to Hollywood, baby! Perhaps you’ve heard of me. I play Baxter, the adventure-seeking, crime-fighting hero, adored by fans around the world. Nice gig, right? My job has its perks for sure—private jets, a chauffeur, and the best tables at the fanciest restaurants in town. It’s nuts!

Downside—it’s hard to know who you can trust.

But I trust Lorenzo. He’s funny, sweet, and very real.

Look, I’m not in the market for anything serious. Between my greedy brother and the old man who claims we’re related, I’m a little wary, but I could use a friend.

And a sexy distraction.


What is happening here? Major movie star, Pierce Allen wants me.


I don’t get it. I’m too fabulous and he’s too famous.

No, wait. He wants something from me, like my help and maybe my body. This should be a no-brainer. However, closing the last chapter on a long-term relationship has left me feeling a little fragile, and the last thing I need is to risk another broken heart.

But I’m too intrigued to walk away. I can play the part of Pierce’s “right-hand man” and keep things light and friendly. No problem.

I’m way too smart to fall for a movie star.

I hope.

Baxter’s Right-Hand Man is a MM, bisexual romance featuring a sexy, slightly egotistical movie star and the adorable diva who brings him back to reality.


lane hayes avatarLane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, 2018-2019, 2020-2021 Rainbow Awards. She loves wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.


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