Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes
Book Name: When Will I Be Loved
Release Date: June 7, 2015
Miller Fenwick wants the kind of happy ending his best friend got, with the hunky werewolf of his dreams. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be a Prince Charming on the horizon, and casual encounters don’t cut it anymore. Now that Alexx and Raoul are engaged, Miller is becoming resigned to being the bridesmaid, never the bride. But a chance encounter with a sexy stranger at Charisma has his hopes soaring, and his heart is wide open to possibilities.
Holt Wynne is the head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country. He’s a very influential and wealthy man, with a deep-seated hatred of werewolves. His running into Miller at Charisma isn’t entirely accidental. He’d meant to wait, but his emotions got the better of him, and he couldn’t stay away. And now see what he’s done…
Wait until Miller finds out he’s sortof just gotten married to the sexy vampire who hates the people who are Miller’s best friends. Sparks are gonna fly—and not just in the bedroom. One thing for sure—life in Crescent Bay is never dull!
Pages or Words: Approximately 115,000 words
Categories: M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Miller forced himself to take a breath, unaware until he did that he’d stopped breathing.
Quit being ridiculous. Wine going to your head already?
But he’d only had the one glass. And he hadn’t even finished that. He wasn’t such a lightweight, when it came to holding his alcohol, and he knew it.
He told himself it was just his imagination. But just to be safe, he began a slow cautious turn, looking around him, without appearing to be searching for anything—or anyone.
And there he was.
Standing a heartbeat away from Miller was one of the sexiest men he’d ever seen in his life. A man every bit as sexy as Raoul Marchand, although not in the same feral way as the werewolf.
This man was light where Raoul was dark. His hair was a honey blonde which stood out by virtue of being obviously natural, in a place where most blondes were either created by the sun or came from a bottle. He stood a little taller than Miller, exuding a presence that went beyond the merely physical, possessed of the bearing and mien of a veritable god.
But it was his eyes that drew Miller in and held him spellbound. Blue and green, like staring into tropical waves, flecked with bits of pure molten gold. And the way he was staring at Miller was sending the most delicious shivers traveling up and down his spine.
The man took a step toward Miller, his hand outstretched. Before Miller quite realized what had happened, he’d placed his own hand inside of the other man’s, and he found himself being drawn onto the dance floor.
When Will I Be Loved – Vampire 101
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Chris! You asked me why did I choose to write about vampires, how did I come up with my vampire organization, etc.
When Will I Be Loved is the sequel to When Will I See You Again. The first book deals with a werewolf by the name of Raoul Marchand, who runs a nightclub in Crescent Bay called Charisma. Raoul suffered a terrible loss twenty years ago, and now he lives only for pleasure, until he meets Alexx Jameson. When I finished writing this story, marked it done and submitted it, I thought that was the end of the story. No more to tell.
But I was wrong. One of my readers—Shorty Chelle—asked what about Miller, wasn’t he going to get a love? He deserved to be loved, so where was his book. I hemmed and hawed a bit, and said maybe he’ll get a holiday story, and I thought that was the end of it again. Until my treacherous muse, in the space of one day, came up with the plot to another book. And so I began to write When Will I Be Loved. The title came to me quickly this time. The first one comes from a song by the Three Degrees, the second one from a Linda Rondstadt song. In the first book, I briefly mentioned vampires as existing, but there are none in the book, and they don’t get much mention.
So naturally, I had to make Miller’s love interest a vampire. So Holt Wynne was born. And I knew I had to make him the vampire equivalent to Raoul, in terms of being powerful and attractive, but in a different way. So I made him the leader of a group of vampires. Why Helios? Because it has connotations of the sun, and it’s meant to show that the vampires are not afraid of it, but understand and respect their limitations. Which doesn’t mean Holt doesn’t intend to overcome them either.
Some things just fell into my lap. I already had the Grainger Hotel from the first book, site of the Lupercalia Ball. Why create a new hotel, when I had this one? So I made the Grainger Holt’s headquarters, having recently moved his organization from New York. Which meant the Grainger had to be safe for him and his fellow vamps during the day – thus the Grainger became VA – Vampire Accredited, meaning the vamps are safe there during the daytime.
From that, I came up with his assistant , Sarah. Those who have read other of my stories may have noticed I have more than one Sarah, in different stories. Not the same character, but the same name. That’s my own little quirk, a tribute to my twenty-five-year-old daughter, Sarah, who lives with me. She is in Revelations, and in my Max series (although she is called Maggie there), Scent of a Wolf (unpublished), Don’t Look Back, and probably more I can’t think of right now. She doesn’t seem to mind, and I think it’s a fun thing to do. I let her help with this Sarah’s description. The fictional Sarah’s obsession with the TV show Lost mirrors my Sarah’s obsession J
Then I came up with his second-in-command, whom I named Danton (yes, I was probably thinking of Robespierre lol). I wanted him to be different, so I gave him long white hair, with two red braids in front, tied with onyx beads, and made him a specialist in hand-to-hand combat.
Then I had to set up rules for the vampires, and make sure I followed them, regarding their limitations and such. After that came the fanatics who hate all supernaturals – the members of C.A.U.S.E. And finally, the hatred the vamps feel for the werewolves, which is a catalyst for what happens in the story.
All in all, I had a great deal of fun writing this, and the best support I could ever hope to have in the friends who read it at every stage and cheered me on. A great big thanks go you, Chris, for your help and support! You’re the best.
Thanks for having me on your blog, always a pleasure to visit!
About the author:
Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, Wayward Ink Press, and Amber Quill Press.
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Goodreads Link: My Goodreads
Publisher: Amber Quill
Cover Artist: Trace Zaber
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Rafflecopter Prize: 1 copy of When Will I Be Loved and 1 copy of When Will I See You Again or if winner has that, another book from my backlist