by Troy Storm
last year I‘ve bitten off an interesting challenge. Secret Cravings Publishing
accepted my proposal for a four-book series of erotic ménage romances. I had written a few ménages as the genre became
more visible and calls went out for various anthologies. The short stories went
well. I think I even sold a few. It didn‘t seem it would be that big a jump to
move to the longer novel form. And with the heady acceptance of a ménage
manuscript, it seemed even more adventurous to suggest to my equally
adventuresome publisher a series of ménages in varying configurations: MMF,
FFM, MMM and FFF.
go back to adventuresome.
counting the days of sheer terror that occasionally occur and the pitiful word
count that usually results, all in all the experience has been/is (since I‘m
still at it) exhilarating. Short stories and novels exist in totally different
worlds. My air-headed contention that it would be an easy move to novel form
probably came from knowing all the answers. To all those questions on how to
write a great book in all those books on how to write great books. But,
checking back during one of those sheer terror days, it appears not many have
much to say about ménages.
So I read
a few published ones and the genre seem to be a weird breed with many slightly
on the "say, what?" side. In general, consisting of one of the usual two in a
romantic situation being split in two in order to make three personalities that
can be in conflict—while the sex remains great. Now I know romance is a fantasy
world, but it has to be at least vaguely believable for me to write it and only
by dealing with three distinct personalities could I begin to believe what I
was writing—while keeping the sex great.
IT ALL, the first CoveHaven ménage, the neglected wife is swept off her feet by
a young lover. Pretty standard stuff except he‘s horrified to find she‘s married
(dude‘s honorable); but that doesn‘t stop him from continuing to make mad
passionate love to her (but dude has found his true love and he ain‘t giving
her up); she‘s reminded of the exciting, sexy man her husband was, and will be
again if she has anything to say about it.
she has now found a fresh and newly minted romantic life and it has challenged
her to rebuild the one that has meant so much to her AND keep the new one she‘s
found. She is insistent on HAVING IT ALL. (Cute title, right?) But she wants
even more. She challenges the guys and they are forced to learn about what each
of them brings to the relationship, which leads them to not only accept each
other but discover they, too, can have a romantic relationship as well. Now,
that‘s different. Very democratic.
wife looks askance when I mumble through my ménages and I have to admit in the short
telling they do require a somewhat larger suspension of disbelief. But not, I
hope, in the reading. I have three fully rounded human beings to threat, to
challenge, to rub against each other and see how they act. And I‘ve got to get
them together by the end. As a writer, I find that an enormously exciting
challenge, which I hope comes through in the telling.
GETTING IT ALL, the second book (each in the series stands alone…boy, do I have
an article to write about that one day) I up the ante with three women wanting
the same guy and him not sure of what or whom he wants, but knowing he wants
more than what he‘s got, which is nothing (he‘s a widow). The third book is
MMM, WANTING MORE (well, it‘s about guys…and the general impression is that
they always want MORE, right?). And the last, NEVER TOO MUCH, is about three
women who need to rekindle the reasons why they got into their trio relationship
in the first place. And that‘s a whole other kettle of fish. Why do we fall out
of love? What takes the bloom off the rose? (S/He does what? In public?) Can we
ever fall back in again? We‘re different people now. So is he/she/them.
HEA or HFN is what‘s required. So do it. Get’em together.
like Congress…or rather how I‘d like Congress to be. More interactive.
to mention the challenge in keeping all the body parts straight.♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Troy Storm writes romantic erotica. His current series
of CoveHaven ménages is published by Secret Cravings Publishing and can be
found on their website, Amazon, and at other outlets. Troy also has a short
story in the currently available Cleis anthology, BEACH BUMS. Follow him on
facebook.com/troy.storm.184, on the
RWA/NYC blogs and on Goodreads.