A cozy mystery with a tongue-tied nerd of a history professor tempted by a gorgeous graduate student and millions of dollars if he can solve one of history's greatest mysteries -- who was Shakespeare really?
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
by Tara Lain
Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she's willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.
It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.
Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work... and one of them is willing to kill to do it.
When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise...
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11 Books (and Plays) That Rocked Me
Hi! I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m delighted to be here today celebrating the release of my first cozy mystery, The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean. New books are always a great excuse to look backward at other wonderful stories that have affected my life in some significant way. Here are a few in no particular order —
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales -- I learned to read very early, and before I did, my mom loved to read to me. Fairy tales played a huge role in my childhood – but I only liked Grimm’s. Anderson’s were simply too dark and full of angst. That established a pattern that continues to this day. I rarely like heavy angst stories. I like optimism and I love my HEAs.
- Madeline – Even as a child, I loved Paris!
- Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare – Okay, totally cheating, but you get the idea.
- The Importance of Being Earnest – Many of my most influential books are actually plays. I studied theater in college and have read many, many plays. Oscar Wilde set such a bar – I dreamed about ever being so amazingly brilliant and clever.
- The Imaginary Invalid – I had to list one, but actually this should be everything Moliere ever wrote.
- A Streetcar Named Desire – It’s hard to choose one Tennessee Williams play. In my opinion, he personified theater. But Blanche is just too wonderful a character to pass by.
- Mother Courage – Love me some Bertolt Brecht. His amazing contributions to dramaturgy just blow me away!
- Dune – That book sucked me in so far I walked around on Arrakis for weeks in a fog of spice.
- Pride and Prejudice – No romance author would exist without our amazing Jane!
- Lord of the Rings – The War and Peace of fantasy, Lord of the Rings made me want to speak Elvish for the rest of my life.
- A Handmaid’s Tale – I was recently reminded of the impact of this story when I listened to the audiobook version. Scary!
Those are some of my favorites. What are yours? : )
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Erotic Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and more. Readers often call her books “sweet,” even with all that hawt sex, because Tara believes in love and her books deliver on happily-ever-after. In addition to writing dozens and dozens of romance novels, Tara also owns an advertising and public relations firm. Her love of creating book titles comes from years of manifesting ad headlines for everything from analytical instruments to semiconductors. She does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. Together with her soulmate husband and her soulmate Dog, she recently realized a vision to live where there were a lot more trees and a lot fewer cars by moving to Ashland, Oregon. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.
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