Friday, July 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Fast Balls by Tara Lain ~ (Character Bio + Giveaway)

Fast Balls
(Balls To the Walls Series, #5)

by Tara Lain


Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he's no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firefighter’s test, and he loves everything about the job. Well, except for Mick Cassidy, the big, blond, hunky homophobe who harasses Jerry for being gay. But Jerry is smart enough to realize it’s not hate driving Mick, but the pain of a very unhappy upbringing.

Mick Cassidy, Firefighter Assist and Search Team, fights fires, but he can’t fight his attraction to the kindest, most generous—and sexiest—guy he’s ever met. Does that make him gay? If it does, he just might get himself killed by his gay-hating preacher father—and take Jerry down with him.

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“Sure. I can’t think of anyone else I’d want to be with forever.”
Mick smiled and took hold of Jerry’s hands. “That’s easy. You’re kind, and good, and funny. And so damned smart I’d be learning new stuff from you forever. Hell sounded pretty good with you in it.”
Jerry just shook his head back and forth.
He sighed. “But I guess hell would have been the easy way out.”
Jerry nodded. “It’s harder to live than to die.”
Mick sat on the floor at Jerry’s feet. “I was thinking I’d leave here. Go somewhere and start over. Leave my father and that whole gang behind.”
Jerry’s voice was very soft. “And me? Leave me behind?”
Mick looked up into those bluer than blue eyes. “That’s the hard part. That’s why I’m still here. I don’t want to leave you.”
“You’re sure full of whys. Because you’re my friend. My best friend.”
Jerry ran a hand across Mick’s cheek. It felt so nice. “I am your friend. Am I your lover?”
Mick’s breath caught. Weird. Half horror. Half delight. “I don’t know.”
Jerry’s fingers roamed into his hair, and he pressed his head against Jerry’s palm. “Wherever you go, you have to decide. Are you gay, Mick?”
“You said I am. Jezebel says I am.”
“We may think so, but you have to decide for yourself.”
Mick frowned. “I thought it wasn’t a choice.”
“It’s not, but there are plenty of guys walking around pretending they’re not gay. A lot of them end up freaking out their wives and kids when they get caught in some bathroom fucking a twink.”
Mick stared at the floor. “People hate you because you’re gay.”
Mick took in a big breath. Suddenly that moment in the fire washed over him. “But God doesn’t hate you.”

Jerry shrugged. “I guess that depends on who you ask.”

Character Bio

Name – Michael “Mick” Cassidy
Age – 25
Hair: Platinum blond and short
Eye: Light blue
Height: 6’ 6”
Body – powerful and muscular
Sexual orientation – Thinks he’s straight but doesn’t much like girls and prefers gay porn
Profession – firefighter
Family – father is a fundamentalist preacher who heads a self-styled church in Norco, CA. Mother is a housewife who’s always gone along with Mick’s father
False idea – that God hates homosexuals
Friends – has no real friends until he meets Jezebel who becomes his pal
Goals – to be an excellent firefighter, to remain sober, to get away from his family and to be friends with Jerry

Loves – firefighting and Jerry Wallender, the kindness, best man he’s ever met

The Balls to the Wall Series

Volley Balls
Bk #1

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Fire Balls 
Bk #2

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Beach Balls
Bk #3

Available to purchase


Prefer paperback?
The first and second book are now available in paperback! 

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

You can find Tara at Lain


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  1. Thank you so much for having my guys on the blog! Delighted to be here. HUGS!

  2. Great blurb and excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

  3. Congrats and thanks for the post. Well, it seems like you certainly are juggling a lot of balls (*groan*). But the excerpt and books sounds great, as always. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com.