I've had a lot of activity in the last week related to my menage romances. Here is the happiest news!
I was honored to win the Menage Romance Readers Award for Best Gay Characters. It was awarded for my MM novella, Beach Balls, which is not a true menage but does have some multiple partner activity. Mine is not to reason why! Some reader was kind enough to nominate the book and a bunch of people must have voted for it, because it WON! Thank you to Mary Naughty Whispers and everyone who voted!
Then today, reviewer BadBarb did the most wonderful reviews of both The Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction. Here's the LINK to one and just scroll down to see the other! Here's a little nibble of what she said:
"I didn't think that GENETIC ATTRACTION would be better then THE SCIENTIST AND THE SUPERMODEL but boy was I gladly wrong. This book is steamy from the beginning to the end. The emotional scenes between the three of them as they work to be together are will have readers wanting to lock them in a room until they figure out how to make a triad relationship work.
Roan, Jake and Em are characters that readers will fall in love with as they fall for each other. The secondary characters are just as interesting as the main characters. Which gives me hope that there are more GENETIC ATTRACTION books. I think I need to go shopping."
For those of you who enjoy reading and writing menages, here are a few thoughts on the genre:
- · Love between three people can be just as sweet and intense and passionate as between two – at least in romance novels! The real-life dynamics of a ménage are probably very tricky, but virtually everyone has harbored in their heart at sometime the thought that maybe, just maybe, they could love two people. Ménage stories play into this fantasy.
- · Ménages make interesting plots. Simple, you have three people to play with, to make interact with each other, to provide richness and detail to your story. My menage, Genetic Celebrity mixes a brilliant young business assistant who is also an amateur chef, with a hard-driving modeling agent, and the gorgeous, androgynous street kid they turn into a top model. Tommy, the chef, is 25. Irish Catholic, and loves a simple life. Booky, the modeling agent, is 35 and Jewish. Shay Shaleen, the street kid, is only 20, and both informed and traumatized by his hard life. I have three very rich stories to play with in my book.
- · Pronouns can be killers! Writing male/male stories is a unique challenge since both characters are called “he”. This is also true in MMF, but you now have another pronoun to add. At least there’s only one she!
- · Sex between three people needs careful thought. The reader needs to know where each character is and what they’re doing. No one can be left out, so we have to see reactions from each character as well as actions.
- · There must be good reason why each character loves the other two. Each must have his own story, depth of character, motivations, just as if it were a love story between two people.
- · But, oh, it’s soooo much fun. A ménage is fun to read and it’s fun to write. So many yummy things can be done simultaneously when you have three people. Just use your imagination. That’s what I did.
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