The Wide World of Men

I’ve always been mystified by men.  Maybe it’s my single-parent-mother upbringing that adds to the fascination. A lack of testosterone around the house had me wondering if boys wore pajamas to bed like me or just their underwear. Did they slept with socks on or curl up with their blankets?  Somehow I couldn’t imagine my latest teenage crush doing these things.  Boys were way too cool for any of that. Soon, I found myself seeking conversation with guys just to understand what made them tick. 

Of course those conversations were sometimes pretty transparent, focusing on how my skin tight guess jeans looked on my 14 year old booty, but I digress. Back then it was the rare conversations with boys about the world around us, the things they cared about, the people they looked up to, that had me hungry for more. The male was a foreign species and I wanted to know everything I possibly could. 

Yesterday morning while caught in traffic on the highway, two model-worthy guys sat in a white Jeep Wrangler deep in affable conversation.  Dark-hair with scruffy beard was driving. Sandy blond hair with a bashful smile was in the passenger seat.  Blond guy laughed and covered his face with his arm while dark haired guy cut sideways glances at him and goaded him on.  I watched them in my rear view mirror and inserted my own dialogue.  What a captivating pair they were. 

The most intriguing part was being on the outside looking in.  These guys were friends; close friends, I’d venture. I also got the impression they were hetero. All the macho bluster and posturing the addition of a female usually inspires was missing from the scene.  What I saw was just pure guy time, simple and easy, males in their natural state. 


In my own house I am surrounded by males.  I am the lone chick.  I watch football, play Xbox, wield a tool or two.  I am no dainty flower.  And yet, the girl in me is still enthralled.  For this reason, I adore writing male characters.  I love their dialogue, their quirks, their swagger and their vulnerability. I can only hope I do my dudes justice.
The dawn of a new release is an exciting time; not a whole lot different than waiting to be picked up for a first date.  Boy was that a long time ago...but I still remember that prickly anticipation creeping up my spine  Make Me is coming in May.  Yes, yes...I know that's a long time to wait for a date.  But what if that date was with two gulp-worthy Marine vets; best friends who found solace in each other's arms?  What if that date was such a long time coming, you didn't even realize you needed it so bad?  I can't properly describe the power of the parallel universe that is my character's lives.  I have lived their struggle to be together for the last eight months.  That's a hell of long time to wait.  

So at last, I have a release date.  We have slated May 16 for the release of Make Me, my next MMF contemporary.  I am a ball of anticipation to share it and finally let Rebecca, Manny and Kyle loose on the world.

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A big wet thank you to all who took the time to nominate Polished for the Menage Romance 2014 Fan's Choice Award! Now my little book is in the running for the top spot. I can only say that I am thrilled.  

I just might be addicted to the menage genre...the complications, the decadence, the shock appeal.  I love it.  I'm glad you love it too!  Show Mary some of that love and head over to her blog.  Voting for the final winners starts today and goes until February 8th.  Winners will be announced on February 11th. Go Polished, and thank you for all your support!