31 July 2014

Sizzling Summer Bloghop...Two are Better than One

(Technically, the term of three or more people in a relationship is polyamorous but somehow the term ménage stuck.  So, for the sake of this article, I’m sticking with it.)

My mother raised both eyebrows at me when I told her I wanted to write a ménage love story.  Why? she asked.  Because it’s hard to write and I love a challenge.  She gave me one of those yeah, right looks.  

Also, because two alpha men are HOT!

Most would-be erotica romance nay-sayers probably would snicker at that because, after all, how hard could it be to write three people getting it on?  But they’d be ignoring the most import word of that statement…romance.  Now romance between three people has to be believable, at least for me it does.  I do admit that I have a ménage or two out there that I wrote early in my career that seems a little too insta-love, but as I began to read more, learn more, I came to love the complexity of having two alpha males vying for one female. 

Male testosterone can be a bitch, so when you times that by two, there’s going to be uncertainty, jealousy, pounding on the chest, and pissing on legs.  Issues have to be dealt with for that happy ever after.  In my ménage book, True to Her Heart, I took a funny stance where the heroine, Molly, falls for two men while on vacation in Paris.  But these men happen to be best friends.  The twist?  Neither of them realizes they’re seeing the same girl.  Oh boy, what a naughty girl shy little Molly turns out to be.

Often, to make the ménage work, the author will have the two men either be best friends or related, establishing that back story right out of the gate.  I’ve done this a lot myself.  But recently I decided to push the concept a little.  I recently finished a book (that is tied up with a publisher right now…fingers crossed!) where the two males do not trust each other at all.  One thinks the other killed his cousin.  But they come together for the safe of the heroine, so finding a middle ground on such a slippery slope made writing it a challenge.  You can’t have hero #1 threatening hero #2 and then the next scene willing to share a girl in bed.  Above all, there has to be believability. 

That’s the key in any good ménage book.  Believing it.  You have to answer the question: why are they willing to share?  Because ménage should be complicated, heartfelt and downright sexy.  If you add those three, you’ll have a winning combination!

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  1. I love alpha men . This one sounds great.


  2. You are right on when it comes to menages... I hope that the book that is tied up with publisher doesn't take that long it sounds like a great read. Thank you for being part of the hop.


  3. You're right, it absolutely has to be believable. If there is a sudden about-turn in a story with no good reason for it, I find it very difficult to finish the story. It just throws me right out. I've not read any of your books - yet! I will be adding them to my TBR list though.

  4. love menage!


  5. Two alpha men? Yum! That sounds like a great relationship idea for any woman. What fun. ;)

    michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

  6. Love the concept of your menage story. let us know when it comes out! Also I've been eyeing that Planet Alpha cover for some time now..... heh

  7. I love to read about the menage stories. I like the idea of the 2 males having to learn to work together for the safety and love of their woman.


  8. I have read a couple of menage stories, and I believe they are willing to share because they know that is the only way for them all to find their hea.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  9. Interesting post

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. I love menages!! True to Her Heart sounds like a fantastic read!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  11. Enjoy ménage stories... thanks for sharing!
    greenshamrock at cox dot net

  12. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Samantha Hodges

    samanthahodges64 at yahoo dot com

  13. I love alpha guys! <3 And I agree, the story has to be believable,.. if not, I will stop reading. =)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Take care, & I hope you have a great weekend! =)
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  14. I agree. Writing a menage romance is harder than most people think :)

  15. Haven't read one of these in a while. Think I will change things up this week. Take advantage of my small break :)
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  16. I love ménage stories and that extra boost of testosterone. Being the focus of so much manliness is every girl's intoxicating dream! Thanks for the giveaway!

    gogi1_2 AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Love menage!
    Thanks for the chance!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  18. Love menage and Alpha men *rawr*
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  19. I think MFM ménage stories are my favorite of all the various mixtures after regular MF...then comes MM and MMF. Thanks for the info about your writing challenges - it is always interesting to get a glimpse into the mind of a writer!

    Gayle O -- mainebookworm @ gmail dot com