Artistic Inspiration with Lane Hayes – Post and Giveaway

September 25, 2015

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Hello! I’m Lane Hayes and today is a very special day.  Sure, it’s 3 months till Christmas, Halloween is just over a month away and the kids have finally settled into their school routine (phew!) but it’s also Release Day for Better Than Safe, book #4 in the Better Than Stories series.  Woohoo! This book is Paul’s story.  You may remember him from Better Than Friends, but if you’re new to the series, don’t worry. All the books are standalones.  You won’t miss out if you haven’t read the others first, but hopefully you’ll be interested in taking a peek at the other boys’ stories too. ☺

Better Than Safe is ultimately a story about facing fear and finding things may just be better than expected.  Paul is one of those very “together” guys.  He’s a wealthy, worldly, successful executive for an advertisement agency specializing in haute couture.  The world of high fashion may appear glamorous but Paul knows it can be sheer bedlam. Which is why he’d love to meet a nice, easy going, uncomplicated man.  Instead, he meets Seth.  Seth is the very opposite of everything Paul is sure he wants in his life.  But he may be exactly what Paul needs. If you’re familiar with any of my books, you’ll know I adore the “opposites attract” trope. I love the feverish tension when two unlikely men find they simply can’t stay away from each other. In Paul’s case, he’s sure he has nothing in common with Seth.  Except fashion, art and perhaps a heavy dose of physical chemistry.  Not a bad start.

I’m often asked what inspires me.  For me, it always begins with the city in which the story takes place. The Better Than Stories are set in Washington DC, which may conjure images of political intrigue for some, but let’s not forget that DC is also home to the Smithsonian, the largest museum and research complex in the world. For an art lover, it is paradise! I’ve been hoping to find a way to tie in my love of art to one of my books and Better Than Safe gave me the perfect opportunity.  Seth is an artist, Paul is an art enthusiast. Like me, he’d like nothing more than to spend a day getting lost in a museum.  Paul appreciates the nuances of the creative process.  He understands the quirkier mindset and oddball communicative style that often leads to a masterpiece.  And he knows how to “read” art. The heavy-handed brush stroke, the use of color, movement and composition.  In the world of art and to some degree, in life, Paul is the consummate observer.  Seth is a doer. He’s manic, wild and difficult to know. At one point, Paul likens him to a beautiful bird with a broken wing… able to fly at a moment’s notice, and yet not always sure of his own strength.

Finding an unexpected piece of you in someone else is true romance. I love stories of self doubt and personal tension in which a character is certain they have all the answers, only to discover they really don’t know a thing.  The process of leaving oneself open to possibility is the beginning of a new start.  And ultimately, it’s better than being safe.

Giveaway Opportunity!

Books are my first love, but art is a strong second. One of my favorite places is MOMA in New York City.  I love modern art in particular.  Seeing my favorite Picasso’s on exhibit is a thrill to me. It never gets old!  I’d like to giveaway 2 $10 gift cards to Dreamspinner Press.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is name your favorite pastime and give an example.  For example… I love modern art. One of my favorite pieces is this one by Pablo Picasso.

 

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’ll be checking in often to say hello, so please be sure to leave comments!

Happy Reading!

Lane Hayes xo

 

Better Than Safe is available now!
Dreamspinner Press:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6826

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Better-Than-Safe-Stories-ebook/dp/B015G8RRRO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442596983&sr=8-1&keywords=lane+hayes+better+than+safe

Contact the Author:

Lane’s Blog: http://lanehayes.wordpress.com

Twitter:  LaneHayes3

Facebook:  LaneHayesauthor or Lane Hayes

Email:  lanehayes@ymail.com or lanehayes3@gmail.com

 

*Here’s an inspiration pic of Seth, by the way ☺.  Kind of gorgeous, eh?

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