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Gabbi Black: How I Wound Up Writing a Ménage… (Contest)
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

I love writing novellas for The Wild Rose Press.  When the idea for the Passport to Pleasure series came up, I seized on the opportunity to write a story.  I set Valentino in Vancouver in my beloved Vancouver and also placed it in the world of the film industry, pulling in characters I’d created previously.  I wrote that gay romance under my penname Gabbi Grey.  Then, because I was so excited, I wrote another novella set in that world—You See Me. Only that was a lesbian romance for the Jelly Beans and Spring Things call – again, for The Wild Rose Press. (Coming out next month!)

I wasn’t finished, though.  I had so much fun with the Passport to Pleasure book, I needed to write another one.  Steamy story?  Lots of sex? Exotic location? Sign me up!  The parameters were: erotic story, American tourist, stamp in a passport.

Where to start?  I have a friend who lives in Argentina who spoke lovingly of her country, so I decided to ask her for advice.  She said she’d sit down for a chat about Argentinian culture and, more importantly, read my book for inaccuracies. Okay, so I had an American, an Argentinian, and…?  I realized I needed a Canadian.  I’d written a couple of books (for The Wild Rose Press’s Deerbourne Inn shared world series) with just Americans.  Well, my first book My Past, Your Future had a dead Civil War soldier as a ghost and a Scottish professor.  You get where I’m going—I had very little experience writing without Canadians in my stories.  This new book had to be under my penname Gabbi Black.  To that point, I’d only published a trilogy under that penname—set in Vancouver in the BDSM community.

My mind whirled. Why not make this a ménage story?  With an American, an Argentinian, and a Canadian?  More specifically, a Texan, a Vancouverite, and a hot person from Buenos Aires.

I rolled up my sleeves…and realized I didn’t know who was who.  Slowly, I began to work through the possibilities in my mind.  Eventually, in one of those BOOM moments I often have, I realized my three: Joaquin the Argentinian, MacKenzie the Texan, and Kimberly the BDSM Domme from British Columbia, Canada.  I wanted this to be a true MMF story—and pulled on my writing experience of gay stories to develop a strong triad with lots of hot sex.  I was also adamant there be three strong sides to the triangle. This relationship wouldn’t work without all three of them and all three have major roles to play.

I spent half an hour plotting the story (which went out the window by chapter two, big surprise), and I sat down to write my story.  Unlike my dark erotic BDSM romances, I wanted this one to have very little angst—I wanted this to be a tourist (or tourists) having a good time.  Throw in a whip, some bondage, lots of sex, and a virgin…and I had my story.  I wrote it in a week and a half, pushing through to get the words to craft a story I hoped readers would like. My Argentinian friend came up with the perfect title, and I submitted it to the publisher.

My editor loved it.  We made some minor changes, but the book got approved and then I had to wait for just the perfect moment to release it.  And that would be today!  I fell in love with the cover instantly because it so accurately portrays the relationship between the three main characters.

The question posed is—can three people from three different countries have a happy ending?  You’ll have to read the book, of course, but I think I ended things perfectly.  Obviously, I hope readers enjoy it.

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card, let me know: have you ever ventured into the world of threesomes (or more)? MFM, MMF, MFF, FFF, MMM…the possibilities are endless. Is there one you think I should check out? And if you haven’t ventured there, what would entice you to try one…?  Drop a comment and a random commenter will win the gift certificate.

Thanks again, Delilah, for letting me talk to your fabulous readers!

Bonding in Buenos Aires

From a ménage of friends to forever lovers.

Argentinian Joaquin Perillo met MacKenzie and Kimberly at a cybersecurity conference two years ago. Another conference in Houston and video chats sealed his attraction for them both. Now they are visiting him in Buenos Aires, and he has so many plans for them—in and out of bed.

Canadian Kimberly is a security analyst by day and a Domme at Vancouver’s premier BDSM Club Kink at night. She can’t wait to see her men again so she can whip them into shape.

Texan MacKenzie is a computer geek who spends all his time with code. That is until he meets the beguiling Kimberly and the fun-loving Joaquin. Suddenly, he’s ready to break out of his self-imposed exile.

The triad have ten days to enjoy their ménage before they have to return to their prospective countries.  Because their relationship can’t cross borders or become permanent…right?

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About the Author

Even though Gabbi Black is a firm believer in happy endings, she makes her characters work for it in every romance she writes, no matter what the genre. From contemporary to BDSM, they are penned early in the morning in her home in beautiful British Columbia while her trusty ChinPoo dog keeps her company. She also writes gay romances as Gabbi Grey and contemporary small town romances as Gabbi Powell.

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9 comments to “Gabbi Black: How I Wound Up Writing a Ménage… (Contest)”

  1. Wendy Hartis Vest
    · March 15th, 2023 at 7:56 am · Link

    Hey Gabbi,
    I have read threesome books. Mostly MMF or MFM. If tastefully done I absolutely love them. I’m older now and I want my books to be more romantic than wham bam thank you mam. Lol

  2. Colleen C.
    · March 15th, 2023 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I do read MMF & MFM stories on occasion.

  3. BN
    · March 15th, 2023 at 10:02 pm · Link

    can’t think of any

  4. K. Campos
    · March 16th, 2023 at 2:26 am · Link

    I’ve read all 5 types. Personally I prefer MMM, MFM, and MMF, but I have to be in the mood for it. One I will always reccommend is “Give Me More” by Sara Cate (MMF). An if you are looking for something a bit different, such as monster romance, check out anything by Clio Evans, her entire backlist is poly character. With all combinations you can think of, including some non-binary characters.

  5. flchen
    · March 16th, 2023 at 11:16 pm · Link

    I’ve definitely read and enjoyed some menage. A few favorite writers include Jayne Rylon, whose Powertools, Hot Rods, Hot Rides, Shields, and others are all so well written and entertaining; Lila Dubois and Mari Carr, who have an extremely hot and wildly creative romantic suspense series that revolves around arranged trinity marriages called Trinity Masters; and Lexi Blake and Shayla Black have some that are also fantastic.

  6. Debra Guyette
    · March 17th, 2023 at 5:24 am · Link

    I have read some. Some I liked and some I did not.

  7. Wendy Stone
    · March 19th, 2023 at 11:57 am · Link

    I have this book all queued up! Super excited for it!!!

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 20th, 2023 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Years ago I accidentally purchased a book on Amazon. When it arrived it turned out to be a MMF story. I decided to read it since I owned it. Looking back now I realize it’s kind of a silly book but it made me realize that stories about unconventional relationships can work. The book was Dangerous Boys and Their Toy by Shayla Black. A MMF book that I thought was really well done is Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James.

  9. Claire Atherton
    · March 21st, 2023 at 6:22 am · Link

    I’m curious about the process of creating these stories. How long did it take you to write You See Me and Steamy Story?

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