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

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Exclusive Excerpt

The entire town was bustling with revitalized energy. You could feel it everywhere—the revamped parks, remodeled storefronts, and hipster shops…like Rise and Grind. You know, the coffee shop owned by the guy who’d just dumped five lattes all the fuck over me. 

And that was exactly how I should have expected my day to go—with the emo kid I knew in high school announcing to my new bosses that my dick was on fire. 

I downplayed the situation and convinced everyone I just needed to go home, shower, and change. Everyone except Ivan, who’d insisted on following me into the men’s room with a fucking first-aid kit. 

I tugged my sticky, wet pullover from my chest and yanked it over my head with my T-shirt, frowning when he held up a jar of Vaseline. “What’s that for?”

“Burns. For your penis.”

“What the fuck?” 

“I just googled it and apparently you should keep your penis moist, which sounds very gross now that I’ve said it out loud. But just…you know, rub some on your chest and your…” He gestured at my crotch. “Penis.”

“Please stop saying penis,” I grumbled irritably, uncapping the Vaseline. “How do I do this?”

“Just…rub it in. I’ll do it.” Ivan plucked the small jar from me and exhaled, blowing his cheeks out theatrically. “Stay still and try to relax.” 

“I can’t relax. Fuck the Vaseline. I just want to get out of here and take a cold shower.”

“I understand. I’m sure you’re uncomfortable, but you’ll be glad you did this to soothe your…” He met my gaze and blushed. “…sensitive body part that starts with a P. I’ll go fast. Do you have an extra shirt with you?” 

“Yeah, in my car.” I bit my lip and stared up at the fluorescent bathroom lighting, wincing at the feel of the cold jelly-like gunk on my chest. “Hey, not so much.”

“Sorry, but you’re going to wash it off later, so it’s fine.” 

“Easy for you to say. Your junk isn’t on fire.”


holiday crush coverThe Elmwood Stories, Book 3

The hockey has-been, the barista, and some holiday magic…

Cut from the team, fired my agent…now what?

This can’t be it for me. Unfortunately, the phone isn’t ringing. My best bet is to head home for the holidays and regroup.

Problem: I don’t know what to do with myself. Helping out at the rink might be my ticket out of here, but nothing is happening fast enough. And then there’s Ivan. No, no, it’s not what you think. We went to school together. We’re acquaintance-friends…nothing more.

But you know, I like him. A lot. He’s funny and relentlessly upbeat. I’m a better person when I’m with him—the kind who volunteers to deck the halls and wrap garland on lampposts and—

Whoa. What’s happening here?

I love the holidays! But running the coffee shop on my own during the busiest season of the year is going to be a challenge. And the sudden appearance of my former crush is all kinds of distracting.

See, I spent my formative years mooning over Court Henderson, our high school’s hockey phenom, even though he was out of my league. Thankfully, I grew up and left the silly remnants of my youth behind. Or did I?

Grown-up Court is full of surprises, and under his gruff yet extremely fine exterior, he’s a good soul with a huge heart. He’s charming, sweet, handsome, and— Uh-oh.

My crush is back. Just in time for the holidays…

Holiday Crush is an MM bisexual, small town romance featuring a renewed ancient crush, some mistletoe latte art, and a little seasonal magic.


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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