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

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Exclusive Excerpt

“Elmwood is incredibly beautiful. Think of your quintessential small town—rolling green hills and a skyline dotted with church steeples, winding roads, and a lush forest. We have a quaint main street that boasts some of the best places to eat or grab a cup of coffee. And of course, we have hockey. Do yourself a favor and visit sometime.”

I narrowed my eyes. “Do you work for the travel bureau or something?”

Bryson snickered. “No, I’m a real estate agent. I make my living singing Elmwood’s praises and making an average hundred-year-old three-bedroom house sound like the best thing since sliced bread.”

“Best thing since sliced bread? Dude. Please take this the right way, but that sounds like…dad-speak.” 

“Dad here.” He raised his hand and grinned. “And I’ve got the jokes to prove it.”

I waved in mock surrender. “Oh, no. Don’t do it.”

“Which kind of bear is the most condescending? A pan-duh. Get it?” 

I bit the inside of my cheek to keep a straight face. “Yeah, that was awful.”

“I’ve got more,” he assured me, propping his foot on the rung of my stool. “Why are elevator jokes so good and so classic?”

“Dunno, but I’ve a bad feeling you’re going to tell me.”

“They work on many levels. Get it?” 

I burst out laughing. “Yep, got it. Another doozy. Stop while you’re ahead. I almost feel sorry for your kid now. Did you torture him with those at the dinner table when he was growing up?”

Bryson beamed. “I still do.” 

“Evil. No wonder he’s turned to violence.”

“That’s hockey. Not dad jokes.”


thin ice coverThe Elmwood Stories, Book 4

The hunky dad, the hockey coach, and a new start…


Elmwood isn’t good for my love life. Hey, I’m a positive person and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about small-town living, but I haven’t had a date in years. That’s fine—my son is and always has been my number one focus.

Except now he’s grown and gone. And it’s lonely.

Okay, yes, the new hockey coach is hot and single, but he’s off-limits. Smitty’s trouble with a capital T, and his baggage might outweigh mine. Besides, we said nothing would happen after “that” night. It was a one-time, never to be repeated deal.

At least…that’s what I thought.


Am I sad about retiring from pro hockey? Honestly, no. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in pain. I need a rest and I could use a distraction from unwelcome memories at home. Stat.


Look, we all know I won’t last a whole season of coaching high school kids, but stepping in till they find a better candidate is a good temporary plan. And Bryson’s here.

There’s something about the hot dad with the sunny smile and bad dad jokes that makes me feel alive again. I’m not in the market for forever—been there, done that. Look, I’ve taken risks for my sport, but I’m not giving my heart away again. I know thin ice when I see it.

Or do I?


lane hayes bio photoLane Hayes  lives in sunny Southern California with her amazing husband, who thankfully doesn’t mind cooking, and their fabulous fox red Labrador, George, who’s pure mischief. Both provide oodles of inspiration for the low-angst, humorous books Lane loves to write.

She’s been telling stories about sexy, funny, sometimes geeky and quirky men who find love for a dozen years now and loving every minute. In her previous life, she sat at a desk and dealt with numbers, so yes…romance is much more satisfying!

Lane loves tea, travel, and chocolate…in any order. Add a book and she’s set!

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