17 May 2013

Writing Menage Stories

**Now that is something I did not expect to hear. I actually look at the man in front of me and I see items I do not recognize as being from this world: wires in his ears, a gun too futuristic looking to be real, and a posture of pride shining through discipline. The first man lets me go gingerly, and I turn quickly to face them, making sure my back is clear. Both men are tall with identical musculatures, in what I used to call the suave David Beckham look—corded muscles and bulging sinew. One man is white, with close-cropped dark hair and light eyes, though I can't tell the specific color in the darkness. I can see a dimple flashing in his right cheek. The second man is black, though his skin isn't very dark—more like a creamy mocha. He has beautiful chocolate-colored eyes with lashes that make me envious. I realize both men are staring at me with peculiar expressions.
Writing two Alpha men falling in love with one woman is like making a circle out of a triangle by hammering one edge at a time.  You have to shape the dialogue, mold the emotions, and smooth out the rough edges.  The characters have to make sense as does the love between them. 

I like writing two men who are complete opposites of each other, but who balance each other out.  Two sides of the same coin.  One can’t exist without the other.  To me, those are the type of men who would fall in love with the same woman and not be too scared, jealous or emasculated to be in a ménage relationship.  Those types of men are sexy, ther're breathtaking, and I love creating the dynamic between them.
**So I do the next best thing. I stop fighting, making my body limp, and I crash to the ground like a heavy bowling ball. The sudden deadweight in his arms makes my captor swear and fumble forward. It is just the tiniest, most minute shift, but I take advantage and rear up my head to smack into his face. It isn't hard enough to break anything, but I hope it makes him see stars long enough for me to twist from his grasp.

With two strong men, only a strong female can complement them and make the circle complete.  She can be soft but underneath that has to be a woman not afraid of taking what she needs and being honest about what she wants.

There are many types of ménage out there and different formulas for every writer as well as every reader.  My ménage books are either MFM or MMF and in my opinion, writing two men involved who find a female for a trio is a trickier because of the established emotional connection between the two men.  Writing in a woman without leading to excessive jealousy or anger between the characters has to be thought out and planned well.  In the two MMF books I’ve written, I did address the issue of jealousy because I think that’s a logical, natural progression of feelings and I like exploring that avenue. 

Of course, there is also the menage that I've not written about, the FFM story.  Two females are interesting dynamic twist to the menage story because females handle certain issues differently than men.  Perspectives can change, emotions can be wrung a little more tightly.  I've read two FFM books by my fellow Siren author, Rachel Clark, and she writes thought provoking and interesting characters.  You can check out her books here:  http://www.bookstrand.com/rachel-clark

The desire to have two men love, desire, protect and sexually fulfill their woman is a fantasy many have.  And yet it’s not necessarily the sex that draws us in, but perhaps a primitive knowledge inside us that knows love isn’t always black and white, that sometimes a heart is big enough to beat for more than one person.  

**Excerpts from my novel, Spirals.


1. My MFM trilogy, McKnight, Perth & Daire, is now available!  Book 1 is Otherworldly, Book 2 is Hereafter, & Book 3 is Breathless.

2. Coming soon is Star Mates, to be released on June 5th! 


Emmarie Tice is a singer in small town Claring, Missouri.  While coming home one evening from practicing at a wedding reception, she is abducted by a UFO.  She awakens from her cryo sleep when the ship crashes upon an asteroid and is rescued by the handsome Captain Pell Raiden.

She soon learns humans are nothing more than slaves in the new world she finds herself in.  Pell is part of a waning resistance movement, and he’s angry because the appearance of an Earthling proves that the technology to bring humans to the Amarante System, the one his parents died trying to destroy, was still operational.  But despite his anger, he is drawn to Emmarie, and the two find a love that transcends space.

But a traitor is in their midst, one who acts on selfish desires, and puts Emmarie in great danger.  As she struggles to find a footing in this new world, she has to hold onto the one thing that refuses to die…her love for a rebel captain who left her to finish what his parents started.

3. My sequel to Love Story for a Snow Princess has been picked up by Siren for an August 2013 release!  Titled Once Upon a Love Story this will be an inter-racial MF erotica romance letting Caleb find his happy ever after! 


Caleb Tasker lost his wife to cancer but it took him a long time to put her memory to rest.  Deciding he needs a vacation, he accepts the gracious invitation of living in his friend’s Malibu home for an over due holiday.

Delilah Ward grew up in rural Mississippi and ran away when she was sixteen, moving to Los Angeles with thoughts of being anything but the person she was born to be.  But reality settled in quickly and the bright lights of Hollywood soon faded into the dark abyss of dancing on a darkened platform.

Caleb is used to love being easy and Delilah is used to fighting against everything.  They have nothing in common except a wildfire attraction that won’t let go of them.  But when tough choices need to be made, will they both be able to be honest to what they really want?  


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