Julie Lynn Hayes Spotlight!! 9


Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames
her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she’d never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and two cats, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet. Her family thinks she is 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, MuseitUp Publishing, Torquere Press, and eXtasy Books. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at MuseitUp.
You can find her on her blog at http://julielynnhayes.blogspot.com,
and you can contact her at tothemax.wolf@gmail.com.
You’re kidnapped by a paranormal creature. What kind would you prefer and why?
Good question.
Now, let’s think. If I’m going to be kidnapped by a creature of my choice, I should make it a fun experience, right? So that lets out anyone who might wish to do me bodily harm.
Actually, this is a no-brainer. When it comes to paranormal creatures, my first love is and always shall be vampires. They are mysterious, eternal, powerful, and some of them are extremely sexy. So I’ll focus on the sexy ones.
I first read Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was about 12 (and yes, that was a long time ago, about 45 years). Even at that tender age I felt something I could not identify until later—a sexual attraction—to the main character. Count Dracula is charming, enigmatic, and mysterious, as well as single-minded, ruthless, and determined. So what does that make him? The ultimate bad boy, of course. And we all know how much women love their bad boys, right?
The vampire has been very popular in film and literature. So many sexy men to choose from (and of course I must choose just one to be kidnapped by. Unless I want to… but no, let’s not go there!) I loved Bela Lugosi in the original, plus I loved the old Hammer Films, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Probably my all time favorite Dracula will come as no surprise to anyone that knows me and knows of my twenty year crush on a certain sexy British actor—Gary Oldman, of course. But for today, let’s go with someone different, I think.
I caught the series Moonlight in re-runs and fell in love with Mick St. John, played by Alex O’Loughlin (now on the new Hawaii 5-0). He was so awesome! I wish they hadn’t canceled the show, it had such promise. But let’s go on to an even more contemporary vampire in a current series. The only reason I still watch the series is because of him, as I think the plots get stupider every time I turn around. I’m speaking of Vampire Diaries, of course, and my kidnapper of choice is Damon Salvatore, aka Ian Somerhalder.
What can I say? Yes, Damon is very much a bad boy, and I’m hoping they’re working on bringing him back to his bad boy roots ‘cause that’s when he’s the most fun. He’s been hankering after Elena Gilbert ever since the show began, but she was his brother’s girl and off limits. But that changed (they should have stuck more to the original author’s plots, they were more interesting) and Damon ended up with the girl. Yuck. I can’t stand her. Luckily for me, the real life couple split up so hopefully they’ll write them apart again. I think it’s headed that way, but it’s hard to tell. Caroline’s constant pointed barbs to Elena about Damon’s unsuitableness as a boyfriend are one indicator, to me, as well as the whole doppelgangers being destined to be together—and Stefan and Elena are the doppelgangers, not Damon.
At any rate, Damon is my choice. He’s the life of any part, and I’m sure he would have fun ideas as to how to have a good time (which would not include hanging about Mystic Falls). As long as he didn’t compel me to forget our good times, I’d be cool with him taking a drink. He could take me to exotic places, like going to Paris and dancing the night away. Or visiting the historical Dracula’s castle in the Carpathians. He could hold me for ransom indefinitely—I don’t know anyone with money to pay it.
Yep, Damon Salvatore is my kidnapper of choice.
Of course, there’s also Bill Compton and Eric Northman, of True Blood… Hmmm, have to save them for another kidnapping. What fun those two could be, watching them posture and try to dominate. Yes, indeed!
Thanks for having me here today, Crystal!
Reed Hatcher’s life is work, work, work. He owns a successful men’s boutique in New York City, but a love life is out of the question—for many reasons. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and business is brisk. On an unexpected visit to the Empire State Building, a sexy man literally falls into Reed’s lap. His name is Taz and he’s just been dumped by his date. One look and Reed is hooked. He offers to buy Taz some coffee and they leave together.
Reed is attracted to Taz and takes him home to his apartment. But Reed discovers there’s more to Taz than he realized—especially when Taz’s stripes begin to show. And he has a tail? Turns out Taz is not quite like Reed. In fact, he comes from another planet, far far away, and he’s only on Earth for a vacation.
Reed never believed in aliens before, but he’s facing one now, and dear God, what is he going to do? Just when he decides he loves Taz and together they can handle anything, the alien that dumped Taz decides he wants him back and steals him away.
Can Reed live with the memory of what he almost had,
and the love he found and lost? How can he ever face the moonlit skies again?

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