Today I have Carrie Ann Ryan on the blog talking about her latest, Trinity Bound.
There is also a giveaway. One lucky commenter will win a signed swag pack from Carrie Ann Ryan. Be sure to leave a comment. I will announce the winner this Saturday.
What Third Wheel?
Trinity Bound is a ménage story. Yep. That’s right. Straight-laced Carrie Ann wrote an m/m/f. (Leia Shaw just laughed her butt off at my calling myself straight-laced LOL)
I never really read ménage stories when I started reading romance novels. But now that they are main-stream, cough cough, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare was my first ménage story I read that I felt did the genre justice and I wanted, no, needed, to read more.
The dynamics of a relationship act like a powder keg once you add a third person. You see, I didn’t just have Reed and Hannah’s mating. No, I had Hannah and Josh. Then I had Josh and Reed.
Each character needed to connect with each person. Then there had to be chemistry when the three of them together. Plus, since my men are mates, there had to be m/f/m and m/m/f scenes. Yeah. That’s a lot of chemistry and *ahem* you know.
I love the fact that I can write ménages. It’s such an awesome way to look at a relationship a little differently, but still be inherently the same. There is love, respect, caring, tenderness, sexiness, sweaty bodies, and just about everything. But I added a third person.
I think the hardest part authors have is not losing a character. It would be easy to just say, “Yeah, I have this couple and then another dude shows up.” Because that isn’t believable to me. If they did that, I need to SEE it. Why does it happen? Show me the chemistry.
Another hard part is the He’s and She’s. Because you can’t just say He in an m/m/f. There are two he’s. So you get a lot of naming. But that’s okay.
Each character needs a distinct personality and a distinct set of chemistry. That’s why I love reading ménages. It’s a challenge and totally worth it in the end. Well, at least I hope Trinity Bound is for you. It’s my favorite of the books so far. But shhh don’t tell the others that LOL.
About the author
Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:
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To read an excerpt, click read more below.
Hannah put her hand on Josh’s arm, a jolt of electricity flashing between the two. She gasped and he held back the urge to do the same. She gave him a smile and he desperately wanted to brush the curls from her face, soothing the bruises that couldn’t hide her radiant beauty. Reed crouched behind her, still protective. He too was beautiful, his chiseled cheekbones pronounced against the shadowed, healing bruises.
Crap. He could understand thinking sexy thoughts about Hannah, but since when did he think males were attractive in any way? Either that weird connection confused him, or he really was falling for Reed. He didn’t know which one, if either, he wanted to be true.
Reed bent over Hannah to whisper to them both. “Camera.”
“Don’t worry about them now. We have about ten more minutes and then we’d have to worry.”
They both looked curious with a similar tilt of their heads, but didn’t say anything, merely nodding.
“Who are you?” Reed whispered, leaning closer.
“Josh.” Why the hell did he say his name? He was never a name, just a presence, on any other mission. Why did he want them to know his name? Know him? “I’m no one. Just a friend.”
“You’re human.” Hannah’s surprised gasp was still whispered.
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