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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Guest Post: Writing Ménages by Sara Brookes


Please help me welcome author Sara Brookes to Full Moon Bites!

I often get asked about writing ménages. Do I dictate how the relationship unfolds or do I let the characters lead me? And the answer is: I just sit on the sidelines and watch it all unfold. *g*

It’s rare for me to sit down and start a story knowing the relationship is going to be a triad. In fact, in another one of my books, the ménage storyline completely threw me for a loop. I’d been struggling with the parts of the book I’d written already. I couldn’t figure out what detail about the story I was missing. I decided to chuck the first chapter and completely rewrite it. To my surprise, a secondary character showed himself in a whole new way to me—and the ménage was born.

In the instance of Chasing Sin, it was one of those rare cases I just spoke about. I knew from the start the romance aspect of the book would focus on a triad relationship. What I didn’t know was how the relationship was going to work out. I had two very willing characters and one extremely reluctant character. While they were all more than happy to jump into bed with one another, I didn’t know how it would play out as the story developed.

The couple in the story, Snyder and Tripp, are extremely devoted to one another and have been together a long time. Here I’d just thrown someone at them. Not to mention—a girl. So that added yet another layer that seemed interesting to me.

Needless to say, it all works out in the end, but the ride these three take getting to that point is quite the ride. One I’ll happily sit on the sidelines and watch.




“I spent so many summer’s baking to a crisp right on that very beach. It’s hard to let that kind of thing go.”
“A teenage Kate in a bikini. I would’ve liked to have seen that.”
“I wasn’t much. Pretty gangly as a kid. No boobs to speak of.”
Tripp scooted closer, wrapping his arms around her as he pulled her against him. “But yet you’ve blossomed into the gorgeous woman you are today.”
He felt so good against her. So right and someone she could get very used to getting lost in. It was dangerous to feel so comfortable here in his arms, but a few minutes couldn’t hurt, right?
She buried her nose in his chest, inhaling the familiar scent of his soap that mixed with the sharp salt air from the water. “I don’t deserve you two.”
“Bullshit, you have every right to be with us.”
Those soft words were a weight in her chest, and despite the pain it caused, she pulled away from the warmth of his body. He muttered a protest as she hopped off the railing. She stopped after opening the door and glanced back over her shoulder.
He looked so damn handsome sitting there with the panoramic view of the beach spread out behind him. Disappointment darkened his gaze and she fought to find the courage necessary to walk away.
A gust of wind blew through the porch, whistling against the aging planks. The sound reminded her of the violent storm that had gotten her into this predicament in the first place.
Instead of courage, that reminder gave her the strength to do what she had to.
“I can’t, I’m sorry.”




Chasing Sin
By Sara Brookes
Every spring, Kate risks her life chasing violent storms. Tired of watching her take unnecessary chances, two of her closest friends offer a different thrill. Devoted lovers Snyder and Tripp don’t just share a passion for nature’s fury; they long to have the fearless woman between them.
Though she is reluctant, she also knows the proposition is too irresistible to refuse. Her acceptance leads to an explosive night of no-holes-barred sex for the threesome. However, when morning dawns, she realizes this type of unusual relationship isn’t one she belongs in.

Despite her best efforts to keep the men at arm’s length, Kate finds herself facing down the storm of the century with them at her side. With Mother Nature intruding, the trio discovers shelter in each other’s arms. With the hurricane raging outside and passion raging inside, everything is at stake.

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Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.

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14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today to talk about this books!

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  2. I have not read too many menages, but maybe your books will be perfect for me.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'd sure like to think they would be, Debby! LOl

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  3. I really enjoy reading books with a menage in them. I love to see the dynamic of the characters and how they interact.
    This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. I'm right there with you, Joanne. Thanks so much!

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  4. Full Moon Bites...What a great masthead on your blog. It's very nice.
    Sara...Being new to erotica, I'm working my way into menage. I like the storm chasing background of this book. I don't think I would enjoy being a storm chaser...and I usually laugh and make jokes at those Weather Channel people who report while standing in a torrential downpour or with hurricane winds carrying off lawn furniture behind them. BUT, I think it would be an adreneline rush--especially when you throw hot passion into the mix!
    Happy July 4th...
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Catherine, I think it would be interesting at least to go on a storm chase once. But the long hours driving just for a *chance* at seeing a storm. Oy! Not sure I could handle that.

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  5. I've always wondered what different things you'd need to think about when writing menage, as opposed to m/m or m/f alone.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. An extra person adds a whole new dimension to the story. During *any* scene, not just a love scene. The dynamic is certainly fun to play around with though.

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  6. I love a well written menage ;)

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  7. I haven't read alot of menage but I would like to read more. I am currently reading Fifty Shades of Gray. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. I was wondering how you came up with the names for your characters in CHASING SIN? I have never heard the names Snyder and Tripp before this. I love them.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It's actually a really funny story about their names, Marybelle. And probably not very exciting. ;^) But, I was munching on a bag of Synder's pretzels. I'm a huge Star Trek fan. HUGE. So it's no surprise to see pop culture references in my books (there are more than a few in Chasing Sin!) Kate's last name was originally Archer (for Captain Archer of Enterprise) and one of the other characters on that show was named Tripp. So there I had Snyder and Tripp!

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