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

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Exclusive Excerpt from Starting from Zero

The words jumped from the page and immediately suggested a beat. Something sultry and bluesy. As the music built inside me, the imagery sharpened. And it was all Gray. I could practically feel his hands and his lips. I didn’t stop to wonder why I was so obsessed with him. I learned not to question the process when the words flowed and the song practically wrote itself. 

I don’t want you to take your time 

I don’t want to make you mine

Take it harder, take it faster, take it—

“Sounds sexy.”

I started in surprise and frowned. “What are you doing here?”

“Coffee.” Gray lifted his to-go cup as proof. “Mind if I join you?”


“Because I’d like to talk to you,” he replied patiently.

“Uh…” I held his stare as I tried to get my heart rate under control. 

This was weird. It was like I had a magic pen that somehow conjured what I’d written. Or maybe I was still dreaming. If I blinked and found myself on a giant stage in a noisy arena with a raging hard-on, I might just drift back to sleep and—

“Are you okay?” Gray cocked his head and gave me a concerned look. 

I nodded before dropping my backpack on the floor. “Be my guest.”

Fuck, he was hot. He looked like a construction worker in his plaid shirt and Levis. His dark hair was mussed like he’d just rolled out of bed, and his beard was thicker, like he hadn’t bothered shaving. It didn’t cover his dimple, though. And nothing could hide the obvious humor in his twinkling eyes. I wondered what the hell he was smiling about. We hadn’t exactly parted on friendly terms. And in spite of what I’d told Tegan, I hadn’t called Gray. My pride kept getting in the way. Ugh. I was such an idiot sometimes. 

I cradled my guitar and reached for my lukewarm latte as Gray pulled out the chair next to mine. And then presented me with a bouquet of mini red roses. “These are for you.”

“You bought me flowers?” I asked incredulously.

“Yeah.” He gave me a bashful shrug and looked away. “I’m sorry about last week. I was wrong and I apologize for offending you.”

“You didn’t offend me,” I bluffed, brushing my thumb over the tiny petals. “Okay, fine. You did, but you didn’t have to buy me flowers. Ice cream would have worked.” 

Gray chuckled. “Believe it or not, I brought a pint of Häagen-Dazs chocolate chip for you yesterday and the day before. You weren’t here, so I had to eat it myself. I was on track to gain ten pounds if I kept missing you, so I switched to roses. The florist was very specific about the type and the color. She said red is for lovers, and since we don’t know each other well, she suggested the miniature ones. Don’t let this freak you out, though. They’re just flowers.”

“No one’s ever bought me flowers in my life,” I assured him with wide-eyed wonder. “I’m totally freaked out. But in a good way.”

“So, you forgive me?”

“Yeah. I might have overreacted. I’m a hothead sometimes. I get anxious and lash out when I don’t know what’s going on and…you know, I had no fucking idea you were famous.”

“I’m not famous, Justin. I’m just a writer.”


starting from series coverStarting From Box Set Collection

Start from Zero, climb to the Top, and fall in love along the way…

So you want to be in a band, you want to be the best in the world, but you’ve got nothing but a dream. Is it enough?

Take a journey with the boys from Zero who take a chance and song, and build an empire with friends who become family. Age-gap, enemies-to-lovers, second chance, opposites attract, single dad, hurt/comfort.

This collection features the original five novels plus an additional five short stories, one of which is a brand-new Charlie and Ky exclusive!

Five complete novels, five short stories…

Starting From Zero

Starting From Scratch

–       Charlie Gets a Cold *Bonus Short Story

–       Charlie Does Thanksgiving *Bonus Short Story

Starting From Here

–       Starting From Home *Bonus Short Story

Starting From Somewhere

Starting From the Top

–       Starting From Family *Bonus Short Story

–       Charlie Gets Jealous *Exclusive New Short Story

Starting From Box Set Collection features MM, bisexual, age-gap romance, and more…rock and roll style. The journey begins with a dream, a song, a few friends, and becomes a love story for the ages.


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. 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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