Today I am so pleased to welcome Michele Lenard to Joyfully Jay. Michele has come to talk to us about her latest release, Bad Pucking Influence. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

I pop the top on my beer and take a few ambitious gulps, not so subtly showing off my ability to swallow—my deep throat game is strong—and turn my focus to Noah. “You’re awfully quiet over there, big guy. Missing the chill of the ice rink?”

“No, but I am wishing that pool was full of water,” he says.

“Bite your tongue, it’d be a travesty to fill a perfectly good pool with water.”

“Not in this heat.”

“There are other ways to cool off.” I grab a few cubes of ice from the cooler and swing my leg over the foot of the lounge chair. Noah’s eyes pop as he realizes I’m about to sit on his legs, and he quickly drops them to either side of the chair, so my ass hits the cushion instead.

“What are…argh!” he shouts as I press the cubes against his bare chest.

“Tripp,” Xander hisses. “No touching without permission.”

“He’s let me touch his pecs before,” I reason. “And he wanted to cool off.”

“It’s fine,” Noah stutters, his glacial blue eyes locked on mine as his chest heaves under my palm. “I just wasn’t expecting the cold.”

Reaching for Noah’s hand, I guide it to his chest to replace mine, giving him control of the ice. That makes Xander relax but only because he thinks he’s put an end to my antics. As if. Sitting back to admire Noah rubbing the cubes all over himself is a fantasy, and just as satisfying as touching him.

“See. Those nipples perked up nice and tight, no pool necessary.” I grin.

“Jesus, you need a warning label,” Xander mutters.

“If the warning is ‘beware, fun times ahead’ buy me the t-shirt.” I feel rather than see the eye roll since my own are focused on the drop of water meandering over the taught abs in front of me, lingering on one for a mere second before gravity beckons it lower, toward the barest hint of that little happy… Shit, I better stop looking or I’m going to pop a boner. Right here. Right now.

I’m trying to pull my eyes away when the view is spoiled by a beach towel hitting Noah in the chest.

“Dry yourself off before Tripp tries to lick the water away,” Niko tells his friend.

“I wasn’t going to…” Niko’s cocked eyebrow stops me from finishing that sentence. “I was only thinking about it. I’d never do that without permission. Preferably without inquiring eyes… Nope. Forget that last bit. I don’t think I’d mind an audience.”

The slight flush in Noah’s cheeks as he rubs the towel over himself has me thinking he might have given permission. Or been tempted to, anyway.


bad pucking influence coverColorado Bulldogs, Book 2

Thor meets Tony Hawk in this comedic, low-angst/high spice MM romance about a serious hockey goalie who is drawn out of his shell by a bratty skateboarder, a dare involving cake, and a lesson in how to use joysticks-for video games of course.

On the surface, I’ve got it all. I’m the starting goalie and Captain of the Colorado Bulldogs hockey team. I’ve got more money than I know what to do with. I can count an entire team of elite athletes as my friends. And according to the pundits, I’m an eligible bachelor.

That’s the image everyone sees, but it’s just a role I play. A part dictated by my career. I have to be just as perfect off the ice as I am on it since everything I do reflects on my team in some way or another. So, those questions I have about why I don’t crave sexual contact the way my teammates do–questions I’m afraid to ask with the world watching… I decided a long time ago it didn’t make sense to look for answers until after I retire.

Then I ran into him.

Tripp is loud, obnoxious, and full of confidence. Some people find his sass off-putting, but not me. I find it intriguing, and I admire his ability to be himself, consequences be damned. Apparently, I also admire the way he looks, since my eyes seem to linger on him longer than they should, and when he sets his sights on me…

Waiting for retirement to explore who I am seems like too big a sacrifice, so when Tripp offers to help me answer some of those questions about myself, I jump.

I’m tired of pretending to be Mr. Perfect… Tripp and his playboy antics might be just the thing I need to figure out who I am outside of hockey. The only problem is, everyone–including our mutual friends–see him as a bad pucking influence.

Bad Pucking Influence is a low-angst, high-spice MM romance featuring a hockey player and a brat, not a hockey book featuring a romance. Fans of bratty playboys and gentle giants will enjoy this light-hearted, steamy yet touching love story.


michele lenard graphicMichele is a tomboy who writes contemporary romance (usually sports themed) that is both sweet and steamy. Her goal is to make you fan your face as you wipe a tear from your eye. Her books are part of a series but there are no cliffhangers so each can be read as a standalone. When she isn’t reading or writing she enjoys the outdoors, something that pops up in her books from time to time.



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