What Makes a Book My Favorite?

Hi —

As you may know, my next novel is called Knight of Ocean Avenue 400x600KNIGHT OF OCEAN AVENUE and it comes out this coming Friday. You might have heard me describe this book as one of my faves. Now that’s a pretty ephemeral statement because, in so many ways, i could call any of my books “one of my faves”. Every book has its own spark of life and, when i’m writing it, i live inside the hearts and minds of those characters. My husband says the characters in my books run around the house while i’m creating them. LOL. But, of course, some stand out in my mind just that tiny bit more. So What Makes a Book My Favorite?

Sometimes it’s because that particular book was a first for me. Golden Dancer, that i wrote in 2011, was TL_GoldenDancer_coverlgmy first romantic suspense and the first time i tried to write a full-blown MMM menage (you should pardon the pun.) Fire Balls was my first true bestseller, and, of course, it has the incomparable Rodney Mansfield as a hero. Rodney is the first of my truly flamboyant (but still badass) heroes, and i adore him. Love You So Hard stands out because i wrote it as a giveaway and had the pleasure of meeting my adorable sassy bottom, Jesse, as a character in the process. Then the book went on to become an all-time favorite for many thousands of readers.

TL_GeneticAttraction_coverlgMy very first book, Genetic Attraction, is notable for being the first, for being the only book i’ve ever written with a female main character (i have other females but the MCs are all male), and for introducing the hero who might be dearest to my heart — Roan Black. Roan benefitted from having every male fantasy i’ve ever had packed into him. He is, in my opinion, a masterpiece and will always have a special place in my list of favorites. I adore Canning the Center for having my first African American hero and my first full-fledged drag queen who was Canning 28-02modeled on a queen i actually saw perform many years ago. The Pack or the Panther has the sinuous, sexy Paris who some readers hate because he’s so much like a cat, and Wolf in Gucci Loafers has Lindsey!

And now there’s Knight of Ocean Avenue. Knight is special to me for little things — it’s my longest book to date, my first true blue-collar hero, it made my agent cry, and in some ways represents my maturing writing style.  But most of all, it’s because i love these boys. Billy Ballew and Shaz Phillips are so different and yet share the best that we find in people — honesty, loyalty, honor, bravery. The book has a large cast of characters, so you get to see these two men in many different situations. I hope you enjoy them — and love them too.

If you’ve read any of my books, i’d love to know which are the ones that stand out for you.

Thank you for coming by! : )

Tara’s 3rd Author Anniversary! Prizes for You!

20130930_191036_resized_1Hi everyone! Remember, you can still enter the New Year’s Kisses Event and win bundles of books and GCs. Click HERE for Day 1 first batch, Here for Day 1 second batch, Here for Day 2, and Here for Day 3!

Now, welcome and Happy Author Anniversary to ME! If you leave me a comment below AND do one of the following things, you can win one of these beautiful bookmarks (if you are in the US! If not, you can win a $5 GC to Amazon instead.) I’m giving away 3 bookmarks for my 3 years! These will either be The Pack or the Panther bookmarks (if they arrive. They are lost in the holiday mail.) Or a F.A.S.T. Balls Bookmark. Okay?


Here’s how you WIN! Please leave me a comment on this post AND do ONE of the Following–

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Three year’s ago on January 4th, my first book, Genetic Attraction, was released by Loose Id. Readers made it the number one bestselling book at LI that week which was a thrill for a brand new author. Genetic Attraction is my only book ever written with the principal main character who is female. It went on to rack up a bunch of awards and is still a popular book. (But it at Amazon HERE)


Five months later, Loose Id released the Prequel to Genetic Attraction called The Scientist and the Supermodel. This book, like Genetic Attraction, received 5 Hearts for The Romance Studio and was Voted the Five Heart Sweetheart by Readers. When the third book, Deceptive Attraction, was added to the series in November of that year, the three books went on to win Best Series of the Year in the LRC Awards! Since then, a fourth book was added to the Series, Genetic Celebrity which was nominated for a CAPA Award in 2012. This has been a much praised series for which i’m very grateful!


My third book to come out in 2011 was a little novella titled Volley Balls! While i wrote it as a stand-alone storyfor Etopia Press to be part of a beach-oriented anthology, it went on to rank number 1 in gay romance on Amazon, made the Top 100 bestselling romances on Amazon in 2011, and became the first in one of the most popular gay romances series ever — the Balls to the Wall series!

As you can see, that new release on January 4th, 2011,  set some wonderful things in motion. Thank you so  much for being  apart of all of it! Be sure to leave me a comment and one of the other actions listed!

Also, remember, my 20th novel will be released on January 8th! How’s that for an anniversary celebration? The Pack or the Panther is COMING!


The Making of Menage! Love Times Three.

TL_GeneticAttractionHi —

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As you might imagine, my MM stories are my most popular books, but there are a core of dedicated readers who love the menages. These books have also won a ton of awards. I have five of those books — or rather four true menages and one prequel to a menage that shows how the men met and fell in love. Recently, these books have been selling very well and i’m interested in the fact that new readers are finding them all the time. Here are a few things i’ve learned about writing menages Tara style.

  • Love between three people can be just as sweet and intense and passionate as between two – at least in romance novels! The real-life dynamics of a ménage are probably very tricky, but virtually everyone has harbored in their heart at sometime the thought that maybe, just maybe, they could love two people. Ménage stories play into this fantasy.
  • Ménages make interesting plots. Simple, you have three people to play with, toTL_TheScientistandtheSupermodel_coverin make interact with each other, to provide richness and detail to your story.
  • Pronouns can be killers! Writing male/male stories is a unique challenge since both characters are called “he”. This is also true in MMF, but you now have another pronoun to add. At least there’s only one she.   I have also written MMM ménages and that is amazing — he, he and, oh yes, he!
  • Sex between three people needs careful thought. The reader needs to know where each character is and what they’re doing. No one can be left out, so we have to see reactions from each character as well as actions.
  • There must be good reason why each character loves the other two. Each must have his own story, depth of character, motivations, just as if it were a love story between two people.

In case you haven’t seen them, i’m posting the trailers fro the first two books in the Genetic Attraction series (and the first two novels i ever wrote) — The Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction. If you’d like to read excerpts from these books, just check them out under Books.

Thanks for coming by! : )

Back to School MM Blog Hop with Goodies for You!

Back To School Hi and welcome to the Back to School Blog Hop! We might call it Back to School with the Beautiful Boys, because all of our authors write MM  and LGBT romance and we’ll be sharing yummy back-to-school moments from our books and/or lives. First let me tell you what you can WIN on this Hop:

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Here on my blog, you can win:

  • A $5 GC
  • Your choice of any book from my backlist that takes place in school — Spell Cat, Brush with Catastrophe, or two of my LGBT bisexual books, The Scientist and the Supermodel or Genetic Attraction, or my short story, Trex or Treat in Halloween Heat IV
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TL_GeneticAttractionI love setting romances in colleges. Colleges are contained worlds rife with politics and drama. My very first romance novel, Genetic Attraction, involves a renowned geneticist who does her research at a university. She falls for her much younger research partner who she thinks lives with his girlfriend only to discover he has a boyfriend! This turns into a passionate menage that threatens her hard-won career because the university is very conservative and she’s involved with a scientist and a supermodel! The structured control and influence of the university world is a hothouse for this steamy alternative romance.

I had particular fun setting my paranormal gay romance series, The Aloysius Tales, in a TL_SpellCatNew York University. Somehow, having witches as professors seems like such a cool idea. So here’s a scene from the beginning of Spell Cat in which history professor, Killian Barth, meets professor of quantum physics, Blaine Genneau, for the first time —

Okay, home. He packed his laptop into the briefcase, then gathered the fall of hair from his lower back and wrapped it into a queue at his neck. A clip from his jacket pocket held the hair in place. He snatched up his motorcycle helmet from the chair and started toward the door.

Halfway across the room, he stopped. Who was that? Holy fucking gorgeous, as his students would say. Standing in the doorway was the most breathtaking creature he had ever seen. Tall — probably a couple inches over six feet — and slim, with longish, unkempt brown hair and bright eyes that gazed out from behind dark-framed glasses. Jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. Professor-style for sure.

Killian reached out with his feelings. Smart, almost scary smart, and viscerally passionate. His favorites. Well, they would have been his favorites if he’d been allowed to have such a thing. He swallowed so hard the guy probably heard it from several feet away. Damn. One would really think that somewhere along the line he would have learned to be cool.

The man’s shaggy head cocked. “Sorry to bother you, but I’m new here. Can you tell me how to get to the physics building?”

Physics. Not his best subject. But right now he needed mechanics to keep his cock from rising. This man seemed to radiate heat even from several feet away, and it lit a fire in places Killian hardly recognized. Standing here with a rapidly rising hard-on would be embarrassing. “Uh, I, uh, believe it’s directly across the street from here.”

The guy flashed dimples at Killian. “Damn. You’re not the first to say that. I’m not usually so bad at directions. Can you tell me which street? I’ve already been across a couple streets.”

“The side street, Templeton.”

“Oh.” The stranger produced a wide smile. “Wouldn’t you know I’d choose every street but that one?” He paused as if he was searching for a new topic. “Quite a group I saw leaving here. What’s your subject?”


The laugh burst out explosively. “You’re joking?”

Gorgeous, but rude. “Not even slightly. I teach the history of witchcraft, among other things.”

“Sorry. Guess that was impolite.”

“Yes, I guess it was.”

The guy cocked his head and peered at Killian over the tops of the black rims. There was a lot of mischief in that handsome face. “Since I’m on a roll with being insulting, I think I’ll go all the way. I hope you won’t think I’m a stalker, but I stood here and watched while your class filed out. You’re about the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen. Is there the slightest chance you’re gay?” He ducked and held up his hands as if to deflect a blow, but he never stopped smiling.

Killian arched an eyebrow. A lot of people assumed he was gay because of his long hair and pretty face, but he never confirmed or denied. “Who wants to know?”

The paragon thrust out a slim hand. “Blaine Genneau. New professor of quantum physics.” He grinned wickedly. “Gay professor of quantum physics.”

Killian took that hand and got a flash of heat straight to his balls. Like lightning had streaked through the window into his jeans. Extraordinary. He pulled his hand back. Maybe the lightning loosed his tongue. There had to be some reason why the words came out of his mouth. “Killian Barth, professor of history. Gay professor of history.”

He gazed into those eyes. Green. Yes, deep green like ancient Chinese jade. And a carved mouth. Just the type he imagined wrapped around his cock in his daydreams. But with one big difference. Killian sighed so deeply, it felt like his heart cracked. Yes, this man was gorgeous. Yes, Killian was gay. In truth, he was dying for a real relationship with a partner who both attracted him and fulfilled him, and if he had ever been allowed to discover the type of partner he wanted, he knew Blaine Genneau would have fit every parameter. Every parameter but one.

He tucked the helmet under his arm. “Good to meet you, Blaine.” He walked past the man and out into the sunshine toward his motorcycle. He couldn’t stay. He couldn’t find out what he’d been missing. Because no matter how perfect this man might be, Killian Barth didn’t do physics professors. In fact, he didn’t do humans. Humans stole his energy and depleted his race, and that wasn’t allowed. Because he was the most powerful male witch in ten generations, and he was expected to reproduce.


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GENETIC CELEBRITY Goes to Print! Fashion and Food Porn

9781623001193_cover.inddHi! Before i plunge into my news, if you are here for the Equal Rights Blog Hop, please click HERE.  This great Hop has wonderful authors, posts and prizes, so join in. Sunday is the LAST DAY! equalrightbloghop

Speaking of LGBT, I just learned this past weekend that my MMF menage, Genetic Celebrity, is going into print sometime in the next month. This book was nominated for a CAPA as Best LGBT Novel and it’s gotten pretty great reviews. Here’s the story:

Tommy Riley loves cooking and the simple life. But his passion for Angie “Booky” Edelson is anything but simple. Beautiful, ambitious, hard-driving and 10 years older than Tommy, Booky represents all the things Tommy has tried to leave behind. Besides, she only seems to love him for his food! Then Tommy’s boss brings home Shay Shaleen, a pierced, tattooed, androgynous street kid for Booky to turn into a top male model. Tommy sizzles for the beautiful guy but Shay gets caught up in the flattery of a famous fashion designer. Why does Tommy have to fall for two people who can’t love him back? Is there a recipe for blending with genetic celebrities?

Want to read a sexy excerpt? Click HERE.

If you’re a fan of books in print, you can also find the first three books of my Balls to the Wall Series in print, Genetic Attraction and The Scientist and the Supermodel in one volume, Deceptive Attraction, Sinders and Ash, and Golden Dancer all in paperback.

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Writing the Mom You Want

Hi everyone–

Happy Mother’s Day! Sadly, i don’t have many moms in my life. My mom and my husband’s mother have been dead for many years now. When my mother was alive, she was a unique character and i took care of her for more than 25 years after my father died. So today, i’m sending cards to friends who have kids, but i’m also celebrating the moms that i’ve created in my books.

I write a lot of families in my stories. I guess because my childhood was problematic, the families i write are often really great parents who inspire me. Here is a scene from The Scientist and the Supermodel in which Jake Martin and his brother Cal get advice from their mother, Lydia.

His brother leaned his elbows on his knees with his shaggy head hanging. “How should I do it, Roan?” Clearly, he was turning to the one with experience.

Roan smiled. “Take a deep breath and say it.”

“I’m gay.”

His mom wrapped her arm across the broad back. “Yes, dear, and what’s making you so unhappy?”

He twisted his head sideways and looked at her quizzically. “I just told you I’m gay.”

“Yes, darling, but you’ve always been gay, and you’ve never been so unhappy before. So what’s wrong?”

Jake couldn’t help it. He laughed.

He got a stern look from Lydia for his trouble. “Jake, this isn’t a laughing matter.”

“Mom, he’s been beating himself up over the fact that he’s never told you and Dad that he’s gay. And you already seem to know it.”

“Well, I’m his mother, for crap’s sake.”

Jake laughed again. Lydia only swore under pressure.

Caleb looked up at his dad. “Did you know too, Dad?”

His dad shifted a little in his chair. He wasn’t entirely comfortable talking about his kid’s sexuality, hetero or homo, and had often ducked “those” discussions, leaving them to their mom. “Well, your mom and I talked about it once or twice, and I agreed that you seemed most comfortable that way. I worried that you might get discriminated against, but you gotta be true to who you are.”

Cal turned back to his mom. “How’d you know?”

“I’m more interested in talking about what’s troubling you, Caleb.”

“Just tell me, and then I’ll tell you.”

“You were always more interested in boys than girls. And besides, your nature is the closest to Jake’s.”

“What the fuck?” Jake pushed away from the wall.


“What do you mean by that, Mother?”

She looked at him as if he had just asked the strangest question. As if he should know. “Jacob, you’ve always been bisexual. When I first noticed it, I read a lot and came to understand you better.”

He spread his hands, aghast. “How could you know this when I didn’t?”

Again she gave him the amazed look. “Didn’t? Jake, Tom was your lover for over a year.”

Jake felt like she’d slapped him. “Not exactly.”

“I’m no expert on homosexual practice, dear, but I know happiness when I see it, and you were much happier with Tom than with any of the girls you dated during that time. And now you have Roan.” She smiled at the beautiful man. The mask was back. Jake wanted to escape. Run. Leave the house, the world. Shit, what was going on?

Lydia continued like her middle son wasn’t melting down. “Right now I want to know why you’re not happy, Caleb. What made you get so drunk it took three men to get you home?”

“Charlie left me.”

“Your roommate?”

“My lover.”

“Ah. Well, dear, Charlie is a nice boy.”

“He said I didn’t love him because I wouldn’t come out and tell people he was my boyfriend.”

“And is that true?”

“Yeah, I didn’t tell you or my coach or the team.”

“No, I mean is he right that you didn’t love him?”

Cal looked stunned at the thought. He cocked his head and stared at his mother. “Sure I did, uh, do. I thought I did.”

“I’m certainly not trying to talk you out of your love, Caleb, but why did you hide it? If you were proud of your relationship, wouldn’t you have told us?”

“Shit, I don’t know.”

“You and Charlie have been friends a while now. If you thought it was serious, don’t you think you would have found a way to tell your family?”

 “I really liked having somebody close by to fu — uh, have sex with.”

“Well dear, having regular sex is a happy thing, not to be sneezed at. But I’ve met Charlie a few times, and while I like him as your friend, I think he may not be destined to be your life partner. He’s young. Maybe it’s appropriate that he get some more experience on this earth before he settles down. Meanwhile, you look for a relationship that offers you more of what Jake and Roan have.” She smiled at Roan, who seemed to want to run as badly as Jake. “As for telling people you’re gay, I think you define being gay, not the other way around. You’re six feet four, you like broccoli, and you prefer to have sex with men. What’s to hide?”

Caleb grabbed his mother and hugged her until Jake feared for her respiration. Jake felt like he’d been kicked in the head. 

So many people have emailed to tell me they love Lydia Martin. I do too. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in our lives. : )

You Like Your Love in Threes? Tips on Menage!

Hi everyone–

I’ve had a lot of activity in the last week related to my menage romances. Here is the happiest news!

I was honored to win the Menage Romance Readers Award for Best Gay Characters. It was awarded for my MM novella, Beach Balls, which is not a true menage but does have some multiple partner activity. Mine is not to reason why! Some reader was kind enough to nominate the book and a bunch of people must have voted for it, because it WON! Thank you to Mary Naughty Whispers and everyone who voted!

Then today, reviewer BadBarb did the most wonderful reviews of both The Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction. Here’s the LINK to one and just scroll down to see the other! Here’s a little nibble of what she said:

“I didn’t think that GENETIC ATTRACTION would be better then THE SCIENTIST AND THE SUPERMODEL but boy was I gladly wrong. This book is steamy from the beginning to the end. The emotional scenes between the three of them as they work to be together are will have readers wanting to lock them in a room until they figure out how to make a triad relationship work.
Roan, Jake and Em are characters that readers will fall in love with as they fall for each other. The secondary characters are just as interesting as the main characters. Which gives me hope that there are more GENETIC ATTRACTION books.   I think I need to go shopping.”

For those of you who enjoy reading and writing menages, here are a few thoughts on the genre:

  • ·         Love between three people can be just as sweet and intense and passionate as between two – at least in romance novels! The real-life dynamics of a ménage are probably very tricky, but virtually everyone has harbored in their heart at sometime the thought that maybe, just maybe, they could love two people. Ménage stories play into this fantasy.
  • ·         Ménages make interesting plots. Simple, you have three people to play with, to make interact with each other, to provide richness and detail to your story. My menage, Genetic Celebrity mixes a brilliant young business assistant who is also an amateur chef, with a hard-driving modeling agent, and the gorgeous, androgynous street kid they turn into a top model. Tommy, the chef, is 25. Irish Catholic, and loves a simple life. Booky, the modeling agent, is 35 and Jewish. Shay Shaleen, the street kid, is only 20, and both informed and traumatized by his hard life. I have three very rich stories to play with in my book.
  • ·         Pronouns can be killers! Writing male/male stories is a unique challenge since both characters are called “he”. This is also true in MMF, but you now have another pronoun to add. At least there’s only one she!   
  • ·         Sex between three people needs careful thought. The reader needs to know where each character is and what they’re doing. No one can be left out, so we have to see reactions from each character as well as actions.
  • ·         There must be good reason why each character loves the other two. Each must have his own story, depth of character, motivations, just as if it were a love story between two people.
  • ·         But, oh, it’s soooo much fun. A ménage is fun to read and it’s fun to write. So many yummy things can be done simultaneously when you have three people. Just use your imagination.  That’s what I did. 

Thanks so much for coming by! Oh, and if you happen to be a member of Goodreads and want to become a Fan, you could go HERE! Talk soon. : )

Genetic Celebrity is a 5-Star Top Pick!

Hi everyone–

Most of you know that my most recent release is a MMF menage called Genetic Celebrity.It’s the fourth book in the Genetic Attraction Series but it can easily stand alone. Still, this series is extraordinarily well reviewed and Genetic Celebrity just joined the ranks of the 5-star winners.

Night Owl Reviews just named Genetic Celebrity a 5-Star Reviewer Top Pick! Thank you Terri! Here’s a nibble of what she said:

“Once again Tara Lain has drawn me into a story that I couldn’t put down.  The emotional pull grabs you, the hot guys entice you, and the story line keeps you.  When hidden desires are disclosed, a relationship starts but this change may close off another budding romance.  There is nothing traditional about the relationships that have developed except lots of love which is something Shay has never had and not sure if he trusts it.  From start to finish, I had my heart strings tugged as Shay tries to find his way while Tommy and Booky try to figure out how to express the love they have for each other and for Shay.

This story is an awesome addition to Ms Lain’s Genetic Attraction series. “
To see the whole review visit Night Owl Reviews  

And while i”m talking about the Genetic Attraction Series, the third book in the Series, Deceptive Attraction, received one of only two 4-star ratings ever given by reviewer Buffy Kennedy. Four Stars is her TOP Rating and she had only given one before. I’m delighted and honored. Read her wonderful review HERE! http://buffy-kennedy.blogspot.com/2012/08/review-deceptive-attraction-by-tara-lain.html

Thank you so much for coming by. I’m deep in editing Brush with Catastrophe, the sequel to Spell Cat and the second book in The Aloysius Tales. Plus, i’m writing a story for Halloween and a novella for the holidays. (Psst. I LOVE blog followers!)  : )

Why I Follow the Rainbow! You Can Too. : )

Hi everyone, and WELCOME to the Follow the Rainbow Blog Hop! I’m Tara Lain, i write the Beautiful Boys of Romance, and i’m honored to be a participant in this inaugural event from Rainbow Book Reviews, an important new addition to our fast-growing genre community.

First, the GOODIES! This Hop has a ton of great prizes for our friends and readers. You can win Gift Cards and Books and all kinds of cool stuff from Rainbow Book Reviews, a bunch of great LGBT book publishers, and, of course, our brilliant LGBT authors. Don’t miss a one! Here is where you can find all of the great places to go and sites to visit! But don’t go yet, because i want to tell you what you can win here on my site:

  • A $10 GC to Amazon
  • A choice of any book from my backlist (check them out here)

And here is how you win it:

  • Leave me a comment with your email DON”T FORGET the EMAIL! (put no if you don’t want to be on my mail list)
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When i started writing fiction, i didn’t know LGBT novels existed, but that changed quickly. I was just plotting out my first novel when i read Jet Mykles’ Heaven (forgive me if you’ve heard this story 12 times!) and i was surprised when it turned out to be MM. But wow, i was hooked in one reading. I had planned to write a story of the love between an older woman scientist and her younger research partner and i quickly added another man to the story. In one stroke of the keyboard i was an LGBTQ writer, and the book was called Genetic Attraction, a menage between a woman and two bisexual men.. My two heroes in that book cried out for me to tell their love story and in another stroke (called The Scientist and the Supermodel) i became a MM writer. And very shortly thereafter, i wrote a little book called Volley Balls and became a gay romance writer.

Why did i do it? Why did i become a writer of LGBTQ romance? At the time, i could only say because i loved it and it felt right. Since then, i’ve thought more deeply about it. While i never intend for it to be so, all of my books are about authenticity — living a life that is real and true for each person. Clearly, this is an important theme for me because i keep choosing it. And writing LGBTQ romance gives me the perfect cauldron in which to stir together my elements and come out with the truth. If LBGT people in the world today can find the courage, strength and love to live authentically, i can only be inspired. I think my brain and my heart picked the perfect genre for me to get to be who i am by creating characters who find themselves. It’s an honor–and a heck of a lot of fun.

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Food Porn from a Non-Foodie

Hi everyone. 

I think you know that i’m celebrating the release of my new novel, Genetic Celebrity. This book is a MMF ménage that takes place in the world of supermodels, and it also includes a ton of food porn. Now this is ironic, because I am not a foodie. In fact, I’m the direct opposite. For the most part, food is only interesting to me as an opportunity for socializing and conversation. I love breakfast because I really like eggs. But beyond that, I get excited over a Starbucks chai latte.
My favorite non-foodie story harkens back to when I was in my early 20s. I had a great apartment just outside Washington, D.C. My mom came to visit me for the weekend and arrived while I was still at work. She thought she’d surprise me by cooking dinner. My apartment had a nice kitchen. She let herself into the apartment, opened my refrigerator and found a bottle of champagne, a jar of mustard, and an orchid. Needless to say, she had some shopping to do. During that same period, I had some friends come to visit me from Germany. I wanted to cook fried chicken. I had to call my mother to ask for every step of the process. And I had to go out and buy the ingredients — including the salt and pepper.
I’m a little better now. I had a short gourmet cook period in my life but now i’d rather write. Still, I know a lot about food, having been surrounded by great cooks, and I called upon their spirits in writing Genetic Celebrity. In the story, my hero Tommy Riley is an amateur gourmet cook. Even though he’s been attracted to men most of his life, he has a mad passion for an older, gorgeous female modeling agent. But she only seems to love him for his food. Then his boss brings home a beautiful, androgynous street kid who he wants to turn into a supermodel. Tommy is attracted to him too. Yep, it’s a ménage with Food Porn!!  To get into their passions for food, I drew on the things I know and love — whipped cream, strawberries, and, of course, champagne. What foods do you consider sexy?
Here’s the opening scene from Genetic Celebrity. It has some fun with food but it gets much racier later, trust me.  : )
Excerpt: Genetic Celebrity by Tara Lain; MMF Menage with Food!

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Tommy Riley loves cooking and the simple life. But his passion for Angie “Booky” Edelson is anything but simple. Beautiful, ambitious, hard-driving and 10 years older than Tommy, Booky represents all the things Tommy has tried to leave behind. Besides, she only seems to love him for his food! Then Tommy’s boss brings home Shay Shaleen, a pierced, tattooed, androgynous street kid for Booky to turn into a top male model. Tommy sizzles for the beautiful guy but Shay gets caught up in the flattery of a famous fashion designer. Why does Tommy have to fall for two people who can’t love him back? Is there a recipe for blending with these genetic celebrities?

“Oh God, Tommy. Oh God. Oh God. Yes, yes! Mmmmmmmm.”
Tommy grinned. “That good?”
“Oh God, yes!” Her mouth opened wider and stretched…around his wooden spoon. Her pretty red lips pursed just a bit, and he caught a glimpse of the tip of her tongue. Was he a pervert for wishing those lips were stretched around other parts of him? Hell, the age difference wasn’t that great. Ten years. Big deal. Roan, his boss, was thirteen years younger than his wife, Em.
Booky collapsed against the granite counter, clutching her chest. “I think you make this even better than Roan, darling. And I don’t say that easily.”
He rinsed the spoon in the stainless steel sink. “So stay and have some with me. Roan’s supposed to come later.”
“Do I dare? That will be the third time this month I’ve missed Mama’s family dinner. She’ll kill me and ask questions later.”
He fished into the steaming pan and grabbed a sliver of chicken. Okay, try to resist.Slowly he walked toward her, step by step, waving the piece of meat in his fingers. “Chicken cacciatooooooore. Peppers, onions, tomatoes. Mmmmmmm.”
She squeezed against the counter, fending him off. “Tommy ‘Tick Tock’ Riley. You’re a home wrecker.”
She pressed her arm against her forehead. Booky did drama like nobody else. “Oh God, I love capers.”
Lots of capers.” He stood in front of her. They were practically eye to eye. It would be nice to tower over her, flex his big alpha-male muscles and watch her swoon. Too bad it wasn’t gonna happen in this life. Five feet eight and his cooking were all he had, so he’d better use them. He wafted the morsel under her nose. 
“Smelllll the goodness.”
She followed the movement with her nose like a hypnotized cobra. “Oh, poor Mama.” Snap. She grabbed the chicken in her teeth and chewed. Eyes closed, moaning. Hell, he’d like to elicit that reaction with other pleasures.
The big brown eyes opened. “She’s going to forget what I look like. I’m such a bad daughter.” Dramatic pause. “I’ll call her and say I’m eating with you tonight. Again!”
Still chewing, she walked around the island counter that separated the kitchen from the huge open space of the loft. She grabbed her purse from the sectional couch and fished out a phone. He got a wink as she dialed.
t wasn’t likely anyone would ever forget what Booky Edelson looked like. Her gleaming black hair fell to her shoulders like a curtain of ebony, and the liquid brown eyes peered out from under straight bangs. Bold features, they called them. A long straight nose and full lips. She was slim but curvy with generous breasts and a round butt. Yeah, if you saw her, you never forgot her. And the in-your-face appearance matched a personality just as big.
Why did he adore her? She was everything he said he was tired of and didn’t want to be. Aggressive, ambitious, pushy. Just like his parents. Plus, even though he’d always liked women too, he’d pretty much been with men since he was sixteen. His family really hated that. He sighed. It didn’t matter anyway because she only loved him for his food.
“Hi, Mama.” She listened for a minute. “Yeah, that’s why I’m calling. I’m at Roan’s, and, uh, he has some things for me to do.”
She looked up at him. “Yes, Tick Tock is here.”
She didn’t say anything for seconds, but she looked like she was trying to get a word in. Mouth open, closed. Open.
“Yes, he’s cooking dinner but…”
She shifted and actually seemed to cringe. Booky cringing? Her mama was a force.
“Mama, I have to work.” She listened. He could hear her mother’s voice squawking out of the cell phone. “I’ll see you next week. Bye, Mama.”
She clicked off. “See what you did?” She adopted her best Jewish-mother voice and struck a pose. “So what would a daughter of mine want to be eating with her ‘just friend’ instead of coming home for dinner where she might get herself a makher for a boyfriend?”
Tommy laughed. “What’s that mean? It sounds dangerous.”
“It kind of is, but it means a person who makes things happen. A mover and shaker. Mama has this doctor she’s been trying to fix me up with for weeks. I keep escaping. She’s pissed.” She bounded around the island. “Okay, I’ll make the salad.”
“Hey, I don’t want her to be mad at me. If I ever get to meet her, I don’t want her to kill me too.”
She rinsed the lettuce and stuck it in the lettuce dryer. “Mama doesn’t mind me hanging with you. She just wants me spending more time with a good Jewish doctor with marriage on his mind.”
A doctor who was thirty-seven instead of twenty-five. A mover and shaker. Just like everyone always wanted him to be. Shit. “Why are you resisting? Don’t you want to get married?”
She stopped ripping lettuce and cocked her head. “I’ve been married.” She shrugged. “You know, I kind of think I want something I’ve never had. Something not written down in Mama’s book of marriage.” She grinned at him. “That’s weird, isn’t it?”
He stashed some plates in the warmer. “No, actually. It makes perfect sense. Just like I’ve always wanted something my family didn’t have written down in their book of success.”
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