Today I am so pleased to welcome Lane Hayes to Joyfully Jay. Lane has come to talk to us about her latest audio 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

We stared at each for a beat, a sizzle of awareness buzzing between us. Or maybe that was all me. Suddenly, I was oddly nervous. 

“Okay, fine. They’re an icebreaker,” I blurted.

“An icebreaker.” 

“Yeah, I’m shamelessly using maple cookies as an excuse to talk to you and make sure I didn’t overstep an invisible boundary with that kiss. You know…after Bingo.”

“That was a good kiss.” Ivan’s smile spread like honey across his face, slow and sweet. “I liked it.”

“Me too.”

“And technically, I kissed you first.”

I bit into my cookie. “Is that right?”

And now it was my turn to blush. Heat gathered at my collar and crawled up my neck. I gulped and picked up my mug to give my hands something to do. 

I was usually pretty good with flirty one-liners, but not today. I couldn’t tell if I was out of practice or if I’d lost my sexy game along with my hockey game. 

Maybe it was just Ivan. His curious contrasts of hometown sweetness and unapologetic sex appeal fascinated me—twinkling blue eyes, a sunny disposition, and those pouty lips. He made me wish I’d figured out sooner that I was attracted to men. The jock and the goth guy would have made heads turn in this town for sure. 

He chomped into his cookie. “Mmhmm. And it was kind of swoony to finally kiss my first crush.”

I almost choked on my tea. “I’m not sure what to say to that.”

Ivan cackled merrily, then leaned across the table and squeezed my hand. “Nothing. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to embarrass you.”

“You don’t look sorry.” I snorted, studying him over the rim of my mug. Wild curls stood on end, flattened at his hairline where he’d tamed them with a headband earlier. No doubt he’d been here since the crack of dawn and was probably exhausted, but he looked bright-eyed and energetic, his eyes sparkling with mischief.


holiday crush audio 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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