A post on the pros and cons of writing ménage
For Julie Lynn Hayes’ blog
One thing I’ve heard from folks who don’t care for ménage stories is that the ‘third’ always feels like a third wheel. And I can see that. I’ve read stories where I got that feeling too.
But on the other hand, I have friends who are in polyamorous relationships. One thing I want to clear up is the misconception that a polyamorous relationship is no different from an open-relationship agreement: one committed couple, with some lighthearted fun on the side. But the word “polyamory,” by definition, means loving more than one.
That’s what Trouble Comes in Threes is: Three men loving one another.
One of the things I really focused on in Trouble, outside of the whole shifter aspect, was the ‘why’ of their relationship. Dolf and Tal were already a couple, and here I was throwing a third at this happy and established relationship.
What was I thinking???
Believe me, they asked the same thing too. But as I wrote the story, guess what? I found they weren’t as settled as I first thought. I don’t want to give out spoilers, but each man had certain needs not being met. Were those needs enough to wreck the relationship?
I had no idea.
And that’s the point of Kirk, and the concept of Trouble. Kirk brought balance to an established relationship. He wasn’t just an add-on; he was the missing part. In this case, the whole wasn’t made up of two parts. It was made up of three, lol.
Combining two lives can be hard. Any newly married couple can tell you that, lol! Combining three lives, I imagine, can be a special kind of insanity. *snicker* Kirk, Tal, and Dolf face that in the book. Taking a couple who has lived together for thirty years and then having Kirk join them, a man who is used to living alone… yeah, you have growing pains, lol. Part of this story is their coming together as a unit.
My three men were determined to make this work, though. They are mates, and isn’t that what most people do in a relationship? They work at it. There are bumps in the road they deal with as they learn about each other, sure. Questions arise, and they each learn new things about themselves as they tightened the bond between them.
*snicker* Then you have the shifter aspect. That’s a whole another can of worms, lol! The trouble they face isn’t that they’re in a polyamorous relationship. It’s rare, but not unheard of. No, lol, the problem comes from the fact Kirk is human. Not all shifters agree human mates are the gift they are supposed to be. One, in fact, is ready to kill over it.
Book Name: Trouble Comes in Threes
Author Name: M.A. Church
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.
Drop by her blog at http://machurch00.blogspot.com/
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance
Dolf picked out the saw he wanted, then followed Tal to another aisle. His mate pointed out the different kinds, but Tal’s words had rapidly faded into a meaningless buzz. There, on the air currents in the store, was the sweetest scent. It was light and flowery, reminding him of honeysuckle. He breathed deeply, taking the scent into himself. His cock hardened immediately and his head spun. A yowl threatened to escape.
That scent… that scent was seductive and alluring. It spoke to him, whispering things that made him need. His cat paced frantically in his mind, tail slashing madly. The need to pounce, to sink his canines in and drink that sweet, life-giving blood of his…. His gums tingled and saliva flooded his mouth.
He swallowed, then swallowed again as his head pounded, his heart rate spiking as one thought screamed through his mind: Mate! Another mate! Where was that scent coming from? Or who? And by the goddess, why? He already had a mate. What was their goddess thinking, giving him another? But he couldn’t ignore the reaction. It had been the same when he met Tal.
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