Friday, February 14, 2014

Power of Gay Love Bloghop - CONTEST

Greetings readers! Welcome to the Power of GAY Love bloghop. Shar is posting about the appeal of twinlove and we're promoing Ryland and Ryder's books in this post. Take a listen!

My topic is the appeal of twin love or twincest which derives from the word incest. Yeah I know, you think it’s yucky. Sex between family members is totally taboo. I used to think this and actually some of the “cest” still doesn’t do it for me but it’s something about twins, especially twin men that makes it hot as hell.

Why? Two men who look exactly alike in most cases and they’re making love to one another. It’s like having sex with yourself with a mirror nearby. *giggles* Yes that’s how I view it. Not that long ago, I didn’t see myself actually writing it but then, a reader came to me and requested a story. You might know her, Judie S, who is also known as Honey Bunny. At times she does promo for several authors and when I started writing as Michael Mandrake almost 3 years ago, she put a request in the comments on my blog to write a twincest story. I was really flattered that someone was reading my freebie and asking me to write a story, then I said, twincest? OMG, how can I do that? I worried about how I’d do it and what kind of story. Most of all, I was challenging my own moralities sort of speak because I’d always been taught any kind of incest is wrong. But if we totally went by the “book” then every erotica book would be banished right? Seems that way with how retailers are going after erotica authors but that’s another topic for another day.

Mon Frere #1
Going back to my point, it took me awhile to get around to it. Not only because of my own fears but also the books I was working on. Michael was pretty prolific when I first started writing under him. Now, he fades back in the shadows and waits his turn but when me and the muse discussed doing an erotica story, he jumped at the chance. Although he is usually the least “sexual” muse, he loved the idea of tapping into a taboo fantasy of twin brothers in love. And when we finally talked to Judie, Ryland and Ryder Durand were born. Twin vamps who are identical but with different personalities. Ryland is the more conservative, stuffy, and timid character while Ryder is ragged, bold, and fearless. In the story, you can clearly tell by their speech and their dress how different they are. I’m sure this happens in real life too and being immortal is what makes them special.

Mon Frere #3
So what is the appeal? Love between brothers, hot scorching love and sex. The vampire thing makes it easy too and even though they aren’t human, they wrestle with the fact it isn’t accepted but hey, it happens in books and in real life. I wanted to bring that reality to my tale and I hope I succeeded. Ryland and Ryder are on their fourth book with one more to go. And thanks to Judie as well as awesome authors like Lee Brazil and Sage Whistler, I was able to do this series with confidence. 

So, if you’re into erotica, any kind, don’t dismiss some subgenres quickly just because it seems yucky. I’ve read some other “cests” since then and I enjoyed a few. I learned to expand my mind as a reader and author, and because of that, I created a story I’m very proud of.

What about you? What are some of the taboos in fiction you’ll never touch? Is twincest one of them and if so, tell me why. Thanks for listening.

Once again, Sara York has created an awesome cover. 

Mon Frere: Facing Our Fears should be released in the next couple of weeks.

To check out a preview, please click this link

And if you haven't read the series, please buy them from ARe and Smashwords. Amazon has banned two of the books, #1 and #3. #2 is still up but you must read all three to follow the series!

CONTEST ALERT Alright then. I do have a contest. A randomly picked commenter wins 10 ARe bucks and all 4 ebooks in the Ryland and Ryder series. So that means when book four is done in a couple of weeks, you'll be the first to have it. So comment away and good luck!

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Debby said...

I am willing to read anything that does not hurt animals.
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H.B. said...

I'm open to a lot of things actually even BDSM (which makes me uncomfortable sometimes). I love incest/twincest/brocest stories. It's one of my favorite tropes to read along with mpreg.

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MA Church said...

Hey! Thanks for joining the hop. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure there are any taboo subjects I wouldn't touch if they happened to come up. So far I haven't gone out of my way to include taboo subjects, but that could change too--it all depends on the characters and what they need.

I'm not easily squicked--IRL or in fiction--in fact, one of the two pieces of fan fic I've ever read was about two brothers getting naughty between the sheets. :)

Have a fun hop!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've read any brothercest, except in a few very brief hockey fics!


Susan said...

Actually, I find twincest really hot, thanks to the authors you mentioned. I would love to win the series (and other free books are nice too).

Jbst said...

Thanks for being part of the Hop and for generous contest!
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Erik said...

Wow I would love to read the books shareitwitherik(at)

amy bowens said...

That's crazy that amazon would do that! I noticed they used to have a book about a woman and a dinosaur having sex I mean how is that even done? Thanks for sharing your covers looking amazing and good luck with your books!

bn100 said...

not sure; depends on the story

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Sherry said...

I will try anything as long as it doesn't include sex with animals. I've read some good twincest stories.
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Julie Lynn Hayes said...

I have no problem with incest fics at all. I would and have written them. On the other hand, threesomes do nothing for me, no matter what the make-up is, and certainly not four or more lol

Thanks for being a part of the Blog Hop!


Shadow said...

Hi! Happy Valentines! I read it all for the most part. Im pretty open to all of it in reading. I cant really think of anything. Thank you for sharing and for ​the amazing giveaway!

Kathy Clevenger said...

The only stories I tend to ALWAYS stay away from are the ones involving non-consent or rape as the central part of the story between the two main characters, that I just can't tolerate.
Thank you so much for the giveaway. This is my first visit to your blog and I'm anxious to read your stories.
P.S. It's only 11:35 pm in St Louis.