Workplace Romance: Love in Bloom or Courting Disaster? with Julie Lynn Hayes – Post + Giveaway

May 26, 2016

Workplace Romance-

Hi, I’m Julie Hayes, long-time Dreamspinner author, here to talk about my new novella, Bad Dogs and Drag Queens, first book in my Rose and Thorne series.

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners —on and off the clock. They’re federal undercover agents, and they met when they were first assigned to one another. It wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven, but five years later, they are very much in love and very together.

They work primarily in the southeastern part of the country, but have traveled as far as LA (don’t remind Vinnie, he’s still steaming about that!). They have a government-paid apartment in Richmond, Virginia, and life is good.

Vinnie and Ethan come from different backgrounds, but that doesn’t matter. They’re totally devoted to one another. Vinnie might come off as a little insecure, and a whole lot mouthy, but he’d protect Ethan with his life. And ditto for Ethan, who is a very laid-back, very gallant and sweet guy. They fit together perfectly.  Now. In the beginning… now that’s another story.

Vinnie and Ethan are sent to Roanoke to help out with a mugging problem and end up with more than they bargained for. After that, they’re assigned to go undercover in one of the biggest gay bars in Roanoke to find out who’s harassing patrons and employees. It seems inevitable that Vinnie will end up in a dress!

I originally introduced these two in a 500 word flash that I posted on FB, a story so short they didn’t have names. I thought that would be the end, but my good friend Chris T. Kat said she’d like to know more about them. And suddenly, Vinnie and Ethan were born! I am very grateful to Chris for that!

Have you ever had a romance that began in the workplace? I’ve met both my husbands that way. Not exactly a stirring commendation lol If you did, how did it work out for  you? Would you recommend it or advise against it? Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner (in 3 days), and that winner will receive their choice of books from my backlist.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Julie Lynn Hayes


Check out Bad Dogs and Drag Queens today!



Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit for more information about this organization.

9 Responses to “Workplace Romance: Love in Bloom or Courting Disaster? with Julie Lynn Hayes – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Susan says:

    I’ve had a couple of workplace romances and both ended badly, one spectacularly so. That means I would definitely recommend against them. But since we spend so much of our lives at work, they will always be a natural meeting place. It’s a real Catch-22.

  2. Julie Hayes says:

    I absolutely agree. And you automatically have something in common, right? On the other hand, if something goes wrong, and you’re both still working there, great potential for awkwardness!

    Thanks for stopping by, Susan!

  3. Trix says:

    My work experiences haven’t led me to love, but a close friend married a guy she met at a start-up. I think one of them left before they officially dated, though…

  4. Julie Hayes says:

    Trix: Sometimes I think that’s for the best. Working together can get awkward, especially when you’re fighting! Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Bad Dogs and Drag Queens :) I never had a workplace romance but i did have a crush on a colleague and i did ask him on a date but he told me he would think about it (this was over 20 years ago), i guess he is still thinking about it because i haven’t heard anything from him yet LOL. He doesn’t have to answer anymore because i’m happily married (not to a colleague) ;)

  6. Julie Hayes says:



    He must be a very slow thinker lol

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. H.B. says:

    I’ve never had a office romance but my brother and sister-in-law met when they were working together about ten years ago. They dated for a long time before my brother finally popped the question. I think it can work but if it doesn’t hope that it was a mutual breakup.

  8. Julie Hayes says:

    And hope that the couple doesn’t work too closely together! Thanks for stopping by, H.B.!

  9. Julie Hayes says:

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

    The winner of my giveaway is….


    Congrats to Angela! Angela, if you’ll pick something from my backlist and give me your Dreamspinner email address, I’ll see that you get it!

    Thanks again!

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