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Friday, June 1, 2012



Lovin’ in Laguna Beach

Hi everyone. Special thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today. This week I am introducing my new release, Beach Balls, which is the third book in the Balls to the Wall Series. All of the books in this series take place in Laguna Beach, CA. Have you ever been there? Seen a picture? Laguna Beach is a great place to set a romance. A small town full of sand, surf, art galleries and shows, beautiful homes, little shops, and lots of people, Laguna is the quintessential beachy art colony. I recently had a reader from Europe tell me she plans a trip to Laguna based on my novels that are set there. I should join the Chamber of Commerce!

As you drive into Laguna after miles of relatively flat coastline, you’re surprised to see tall hills dotted with houses looking out over the ocean. Incongruously, the Pacific Coast Highway runs directly through the town, bisecting the expensive hillside homes from the even more expensive beach-front mansions. But still, the town is eclectic and tiny cottages sit beside huge estates. While most of southern California is ruled by the automobile, in Laguna you can walk to a lot of venues and that’s a good thing because parking is pretty horrible and newcomers panic on the twisty roads and steep upslopes.

When you visit, you quickly find out that you never call any of the other towns in the area simply “Laguna”. Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, whatever are NOT Laguna. Only Laguna Beach is Laguna. Laguna is a bastion of extreme liberality in the midst of hugely conservative Orange County. For years it was the only city in the OC to vote Democratic. Today it’s been joined by a couple other cities but they maintain much smaller margins. It’s also one of the most gay friendly cities in America. At one time, Laguna had the largest percentage of gay population per capita of any city in the US. Today, some of the gay population has moved out to Palm Springs, but the city remains gay friendly. When the Mormon Church organized a huge rally down the coast of Orange County against gay marriage, they stopped their banner carriers at the city limits. They knew they weren’t welcome. In Laguna, people carried pro-gay banners.

Laguna is most famous for its art festivals that happen every summer including the famed Pageant of the Masters in which people are dressed and lit to appear to be famous works of art. It’s an amazing show. Between the sand, surf , art and generally gay friendly atmosphere, Laguna Beach is a perfect place to welcome my gay lovers -- a gallery owner and two sand volleyball players in Volley Balls, an artist and a firefighter in Fire Balls, and an environmentalist and a developer, both scuba divers, in the new Beach Balls. All of them are very happy in Laguna Beach.

Before you go, would you like a chance to win a $10 gift card? Just leave a comment here WITH YOUR EMAIL. The drawing for the winner will be held on June 9th. And if you’d like a chance to win a Volley Balls or Fire Balls T-shirt or a Fire Balls carry bag, be one of three people to follow the most blogs and events on the blog tour. (US only. If someone outside the US wins, you’ll receive a copy of either Volley Balls or Fire Balls) Everyone who follows any events will be eligible to win. If you are one of the top three, you get a prize. All the events are listed at Beautiful Boys Books along with extra chances to win prizes. Come on over.

About the Author:
Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. Then she capped off the year by being voted Best Author of 2011 in the LRC Awards and had her Genetic Attraction Series named runner-up for Best Series of 2011! A very good year. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But coming out would threaten all he’s built as the lead attorney for WMA Development, and the million dollars he can get when he finishes pushing a big land remediation project through the City Council. Then on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to live a different life. But Adam’s dreams are shattered when he walks into the council meeting and finds the fire-breathing environmentalist who’s screwing up his chances of winning is none other than that same beautiful man. Sky Sea Mickeljohn doesn’t compromise, so how could he find himself lusting after a damned developer? And what happens when somebody open’s Adam’s closet door? These two better start telling the truth if they’re ever going to find world peace.


Sherry said...

I enjoyed the post it was very interesting. Congratulations on your new release.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading the post; it was both informative and entertaining.

Congrats on Beach Ball's release.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Tara Lain said...

Thank you so much, you guys. I see who's in it to win it!! LOL : )

Cathy M said...

Great fun facts, Tara. I've never been to Laguna, but you make the town come alive in your stories.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Angels Cove said...

hi tara your stories looks like fun MicheleAnn Oboyle

Tara Lain said...

Hi Cathy and MicheleAnn -- Thank you both so much for coming by. You're entered! : )

Peggy said...

Thanks for the interesting post, and I keep forgetting to say congratulations on your new release!

peggy1984 at live dot com

Tara Lain said...

Thank you so much, Peggy. : )

Susan W. said...

I love reading about Laguna Beach. I don't live anywhere near a beach but I would love to. This is probably the closest I'll get to being there!

Tara Lain said...

Hi Susan-- Thank you. Laguna is a great town! : )

Emily said...

Thanks for all the cool info on Laguna Beach! Sounds like a cool place I'd love to visit. COngrats on the release!!


Tara Lain said...

Thank you, Emily! : )

Anonymous said...

Being a NorCal gal, I never knew much about Laguna Beach. Great post...


SiNn said...

congrats on your release tara cant wait to read it!