Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to talk to us about her latest release, Next Season. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

“Oh, my God. That was…” 


I sputtered a laugh at the inadequate adjective. “Amazing.”

Bon.” He smiled as he stepped aside and picked up a discarded towel from my laundry basket. “For cleanup, or do you want tissue?”

“No, that’s fine.” I wiped up the mess and dropped it to the floor with a chuckle. “I can’t believe we did that. I’ve never…”

“I know. You are straight, remember?” 

I shoved his chest playfully and melted into a scorching kiss so powerful it came with a side of courage. I eased my thumb under his waistband. “You need some help?”

He captured my wrist, brought my fingers to his lips, and shook his head. “No, that was for you.”

“That doesn’t seem fair,” I said, unsure if I was relieved or worried I’d done something wrong. I didn’t know the rules here. I was so far out of my depth, it was almost funny.

“It’s perfectly fair.” He found our T-shirts and handed mine over. 

We redressed in silence and headed upstairs to find the storm had weakened a bit. It was still raining, but the wind had died down and so far, no more lightning or thunder. 

I plucked an umbrella from a hook in the foyer and met him on the front porch. “Take this.”

Merci and bonne nuit, Riley.”

Bonne nuit.” 

Jean-Claude walked along the path to the sidewalk and made a production of opening the umbrella. I snickered like an idiot when he pretended to get blown away by a gust of wind, Mary Poppins style. 

And then he was gone. 

I crossed my arms, casually watching rain drip from the eaves as though the last two hours hadn’t knocked my world off course and sent me reeling. 

I had a strong notion I had more problems than a tuna salad sandwich could cure. 


next season coverThe Elmwood Stories, Book 2

The injured hockey player and the grumpy chef…


My time playing pro hockey will be up soon. I can feel it. And I’ve heard the rumors: he’s too old, he’s had too many injuries, he’s lost his edge. I don’t want to admit it, but they could be right. Next season might be my last.

Or this season. Because of course, this is when the universe decides I need another concussion. It’s a doozy too—the kind that’s going to keep me off skates for a while.

Which is how I end up in a small New England town in the middle of nowhere Vermont, eating every meal at a diner where a grumpy chef from Quebec makes haute cuisine…and burgers. Jean-Claude is funny and charming and—

Okay, I have a crush on a gay man.

This is a new one.


Confused straight men are entertaining. But Riley is…fascinating, sexy, and curiously vulnerable. His injury has rocked his confidence a bit, so perhaps he’s in need of a friend. Any friend. Even moi.

I’m an unlikely choice, but maybe he just likes my tuna salad.

No…I think it’s me.

And though I’m happy to help him explore his bisexual curious side, I have career concerns of my own. See, the things I love most about Elmwood seem shaky and uncertain, but not Riley. He’s solid and genuine. Suddenly, this temporary secret liaison feels more real than anything in my life.

I need more than this season. I want it all. With Riley.

Next Season is an MM bisexual-awakening romance featuring a grumpy chef, an injured hockey player, and a big HEA in a small town where anything can happen.


lane hayes bio photoLane 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. She loves wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and her fabulous pup, George.



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