Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted by Liane Gentry Skye
This seems to be my year for coming out of the closet. And high time, too. It's getting pretty stuffy in here!
It all started as I worked on Wicked Temptation, the first book in Red Sage Publishing's THREE KINDS OF WICKED series.
If you've heard me blathering on about this series, the you probably know that all the stories hinge on a menage scene to drive the story conflict and the HEA to resolution. I'd never written menage before Wicked Temptation, and I admit, I never angsted more over a story in my life. But let's just say, once all was said and done, this was the story that brought my hesitation to write a three-way love affair to a grinding halt.
But while I was writing it, the strangest thing happened. You see, I grew up southern, with the proverbial soutern-fried stick up my butt when it came to truly embracing alternative lifestyles. While I've since adopted a mindest of "love is never wrong", I've had a difficult time reflecting that change in attitude in my work. So I always envisioned I'd write the typical m/f/m menage.
But during the menage scene in Wicked Temptation, my series hero, Trey, kissed the other hero, Russ. Say what? My uber-hot alpha boy in a tonsil-jerking liplock with another *gasp* man?
Uh.....yeah. And you know what. It. Was. Hot.
So hot that had DH been home at the time I wrote that scene, I'd probably be ready to pop a litter of bouncing baby liane's by now. ;) But I figured that was the end of my dalliance into m/m romance.
Cause you see, I still had to write the end story to close up THREE KINDS OF WICKED. And it just so happens that I couldn't bear to leave my *other* hero from Wicked Temptation without some sort of HEA for himself. So without spoiling the plot of Wicked Redemption, just let me say that Trey, the series hero, is very much bisexual.
Holy Moly, is he ever. Yes, this is me wiping sweat from my brow. And no, it's not a hot flash. :)
The last thing I ever expected when I wrote that scene was to find myself feeling so....uh....frisky. By the time I was done, I had seven pages of deliciously tender, plot advancing, breath-stealing, heart thumping lovemaking...between two men.
I've been devouring m/m romances ever since. I've never admitted it to anyone,particularly not my ultra-alpha DH. Uh...until now...cuz I'm pretty sure someday he'll stop by and read this. :)
So as of today, I'm taking another giant step in coming out of my literary closet.
Hi. My name is Liane. And I'm addicted to m/m romance. Worse, I am powerless to control my addiction.
I blame author Selah March for my naughtly little fetish. Her story, Wild Horses, specifically. And I swear, Mom, if you're reading this, I bought the book for research when I realized Wicked Redemption was going to be heavy on m/m action.
What I found in Wild Horses was a gripping, emotional love story.
No, really, I did.
But what I never expected was to enjoy it as much as I did.
But I did. Enjoy it, that is. Oh, boy, did I! And now my nefarious little reading secret is out.
Friday, I'm going to talk about another M/m romance I've been reading, The Boys of Summer by newcomer, Cooper Davis, available at Samhain. It's a gripping, emotional read, a true romance by any standard.
And hot. Did I mention really, really, hot.
So, until Friday, let's talk about naughty little reading secrets. What sorts of things do you read that you might not talk about in your every day lives? Have you ever read a m/m romance or f/f romance? Are you a TRUE CONFESSIONS addict? A picture book collector? Do you secretly stash grocery store tabloids under your bed for some clandestine night time enjoyment?
Writers Gone Wild really wants to know!