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

No one looked sexy in khakis and a polo. It was the most boring, uninspired wardrobe choice on the planet. Safe for work, safe for family gatherings, safe for dates…just safe. But Bryson did something to that shirt that transformed it into a thirst trap. The light-blue fabric made his eyes pop and accentuated his toned arms and chest, tapering neatly at his trim waist. 

I wiped the corner of my mouth with my thumb and grinned.

“You’re here,” Bryson stated matter-of-factly.

“You’re late,” I teased.

“No, I was on a previously scheduled conference call. Nine o’clock was never going to be a good time for me.”

“Oh, well…you could have messaged me.” I sighed with mock censure. “Take a seat.”

“I believe my secretary did text you. One of my associates will contact you to set an appointment to view a couple of properties. I was…just going to grab a coffee.” He hiked his thumb at the door to Rise and Grind and twitched his lips in a weak attempt at a smile. “Have a good—” 

“No need. This is for you.” I pushed the to-go cup toward him and kicked the empty chair in invitation. “Sit.” 

He narrowed his eyes but obeyed. “You bought me a latte?”

“Technically the French-Canadian guy did and it’s probably stone cold by now, but that’s on you. Oh, and I ate the croissant I was gonna share. It was good and I was bored.”

“Thanks, um…that was nice of you.”

“I’m a nice guy.” I beamed. “And that’s a damn good latte.”

Bryson gave a reluctant smile. “It is. So, you saw the listing on Spruce.”

“Yeah, do you know it?” 

“Sure. It’s run-down, and it’s probably not what you’re looking for. The owners are representing themselves, and though the Rinaldis are good people, they’re not overly concerned with appearances.”

“That’s okay by me. I don’t need anything fancy. The price is right and it’s month to month, so…it could be a winner.” 

“If you say so. I’ll have Duncan show it to you this afternoon,” he said in a professional, detached tone. 

Huh, he seriously didn’t want anything to do with me. 

If I were the nice guy I claimed to be, I would have backed off and respected the invisible wall Bryson was in the process of building between us. But fuck that. We didn’t have to be best friends, but I wasn’t going to pretend I didn’t know him at all. That was weird.

I crumpled the pastry bag and leaned forward. “Where’s Spruce Street?”

“One block over.” 

I hopped up and tossed my garbage into the bin. “Excellent. Let’s go now.”

Bryson stood slowly, nodding to a passerby before giving me one of those patient looks reserved for wayward children. “We can’t go now.”

“Why not? Does it have one of those lockboxes that realtors can get into?”

“Yes, I think so.”

“Then let’s do it. One block, one quick peek. We can be in and out in ten minutes.” 

“That’s what he said,” he mumbled almost under his breath.


thin ice audio 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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