The Birthday Where I Said, “Let’s Do”
Hi! I’m so happy to get to share Amber’s birthday! I hope it’s the best one yet. I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m especially excited because Amber invited me to come visit today, which is the release day for my new romance, LOVE AND LINGUISTICS.
This book asks the question, “What if Eliza was a guy and he fell in love with Henry?” Yep, this is my contemporary MM homage to My Fair Lady! But more about that in a minute.
Amber asked us all to share our very best birthday. This is hard for me because I’ve had some amazing birthdays. I’m a Libra and we believe in celebrating. My honey says I don’t have a birthday, I have a birthday season! So I’ve had amazing trips to see the New England fall colors, cruising through the Panama Canal, seeing Madame Butterfly and the Marriage of Figaro at the Met in New York and lots more, all in celebration of my birthday over the years. But when I think about it, I realize that my most amazing birthday was far more low-key.
Back thirty plus years ago, I met this guy. Well, actually I’d known him for a few years as part of a yoga center we both belonged to. Both of us had been married briefly and neither of us planned to do it again. Then in August we ended up sitting across from each other at a group dinner in LA when a bunch of us were going to see a play. We chatted. I knew he was an architect and had always thought he was handsome, but at dinner he admired my new hairdo, the first personal thing either of us had ever said to each other.
A few weeks later, the woman I worked with in an ad/PR agency decided to buy a small building for our company and was wondering if the one she had in mind could be built-out the way she wanted it. I told her I knew an architect who might be able to help, and called this handsome guy. He came over to see the building and I showed him around. We joke that the walls went away and someone started singing “Some Enchanted Evening” in the background. We discovered that the next weekend we were both volunteering to work at a retreat site our yoga center owned and we decided to go together. That was the beginning –of meeting each other’s families, sharing hopes and dreams, having dates and fun.
On October 9th, less than two months later, we went to his favorite beach in Laguna. He bought me a cute bikini for my birthday since he said all my bathing suits were dowdy. We played in the water and sat on the sand. At the end of the day, we looked at each other and said, “Well, shall we do it? Shall we get married?”
We decided yes, called a few friends, and two months later, on Dec 5th, we had a wedding near the ocean for about 400 of our closest friends. LOL.
That was 38 years ago on my wedding anniversary, which is 9 days from now. My honey and I have had many wild anniversaries since then, including the one where I hobbled out of the hospital after cancer surgery ten years ago. We’ve also had many amazing birthdays, but none was as much of a to do as the one where we said, “Let’s do” and I got the best birthday present of my life that has kept giving every day since.
Now, about that new release. Below is an excerpt from LOVE AND LINGUISTICS plus a link to a Rafflecopter where you can enter to win an Amazon GC.
Just for Amber’s pals, I’ll give one winner chosen at random your choice of an audiobook code (US only) or an ebook of RETURN OF THE CHAUFFEUR’s SON, the first book in my Movie Magic Romances and my homage to Sabrina. Just leave me a comment below. (If you have both the ebook and audiobook, enter anyway and we’ll work something out!)
I hope you love LOVE AND LINGUISTICS.
Thank you again, Amber and HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY!
In his neighborhood, El Martin stands out, and that can be life threatening. Against the odds, he’s managed to graduate high school and then master IT. Now he’s desperate to get a good job to free his drunken dad and himself from the control of gang leader M2 and the drugs he sells. But with his piercings and his slang-ridden speech, El looks and sounds like a Bronx gangbanger, and potential employers won’t give him a second look. So when El hears about Henry Fairhaven, PhD, linguistics researcher and wealthy New York socialite, El takes his life in his hands to escape from M2 and ends up sleeping in the stairwell at Henry’s building, hoping to learn how to speak.
To Henry, who wants to prove himself as a scholar and not merely a rich dilettante, El isn’t only the most beautiful man he’s ever seen—he’s also the key to getting a paper published on Henry’s ground-breaking linguistics methods before a competitor beats him to the punch. But Henry doesn’t tell El the truth, and El thinks Henry’s helping him because he cares.
El’s dreams collide with Henry’s ambitions at the elegant Met Gala, where El captivates a prince of Silicon Valley. But the real collision comes when M2 tracks El down and Henry has to choose between the validation he craves and a future with the man he’s come to love.
Intro Line / Tag Line: What if Eliza was a guy – and then he met Henry?
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Excerpt of Chapter 1: https://taralain.com/books/movie-magic-romances/love-and-linguistics/