Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.
Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.
The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?
Rebecca: I have a confession to make: I read smut. A lot of smut. I also write smut, though I haven’t published very much of it.
That changed with the release of Myths, Moons, and Mayhem. A new anthology from Sexy Little Pages, it contains nine paranormal menage romances ranging from the ghostly to the magical to the — well — mythic.
When the submissions call for MMM popped up, I knew that I wanted to send in something … I just wasn’t sure what to write. I knew at least one of the characters would be Pagan, a practitioner of a pre-Christian religion. The question was, which tradition? So many to choose from! I debated and dithered and plotted for a week, jotting down and then rejecting various ideas. Luciferian witches? Lithuanian nobles fighting off Crusaders? A priest of Ra finding adventure and happiness with two Roman soldiers? Fae worldwalkers seeking treasure and romance as they move between parallel worlds?
All of those ideas sounded awesome, but I was working against a word limit and time constraints. I finally settled on a story based on ancient Cretan spirituality. “The Secret of the Golden Cup” centers around three men: Grover Benson, an introverted professor of linguistics; and Dominic Hartley and Steffan Dunbar, a married couple who are secretly magic users and devotees of the ancient Goddesses of Crete. When Grover discovers a long lost Minoan cup, he unwittingly becomes the focus of malevolent forces … who are determined to have Grover and the cup for themselves.
Rebecca posts at http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/bookmusings.html.
When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.
Carl: When I first saw a call for gay werewolf romance, I thought, “clearly I must drop everything right now and write.”
Werewolves are my favorite monsters. They make visceral the dichotomy present inside of us all–between the good people we wish to be, and the beasts we know that we can become. With that in mind, I feel a good werewolf story must explore that dichotomy.
Supernatural romance joins the carnal to the fantastical. What better way to do that than with werewolves? And what could be more human than the urge to find a pack to call your own?
But, to be honest, I’m not sure how well my story fits with the rest. For a romance story, it’s not very . . . romantic. Perhaps there’s a reason werewolves aren’t as popular as ghosts and vampires. Their stories can’t avoid the painful mess of transformation.
Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.
Elizabeth: Every author has stories they don’t feel got enough love the first time around, and Careful What You Wish For was one of those. It had been published as part of another paranormal collection but had been out of print for a few years before the submission call for Myths Moons and Mayhem came out. I couldn’t believe how well it fitted with the theme, although it’s been revised and expanded slightly for this new anthology.
The book’s editor, Dale Cameron Lowry, was looking for gay ménage stories with a paranormal theme, featuring three or more characters. The resulting book has a fabulous selection of humans and otherworldly beings getting it on, from ghosts to vampires to aliens. In Careful What You Wish For, the threesome involves two ordinary men and a third being that they spirit into existence from the dust in the atmosphere around them.
Josh has a crush on his roommate, Aaron, but as Aaron has been in a string of relationships for as long as Josh as known him, he doesn’t think he stands a chance. Aaron wants to help Josh meet someone, and he suggests a love spell which is designed to do exactly that. It will bring the man who’s perfect for Josh into his life, and though Josh is sceptical about this (as I think a lot of people would be), it works. However, when Josh’s ideal lover appears, it comes as a shock to both him and Aaron. Though if you want to know who the third person in their ménage is, you’ll have to read the story…
Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.