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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Turkish Delights Blog Tour With Trina Lane


The Novel Approach is please to welcome author Trina Lane today on the Turkish Delights blog tour. Enjoy Trina’s guest post, then be sure to click the designated image below to enter for the chance to win this and three more titles from her backlist.

Good luck! And now, here’s Trina:


Gay sex scenes and why they’re MMM good

For those of you who love to read erotic romance, like me, having hot sex scenes is part of the allure. Right? But there is more to writing sex than getting the right body parts in the right places. And when trying to write a scene with multiple partners it becomes more complicated because not only do you have to consider the mechanics, but making sure that the reader can remain emotionally connected to all the characters. When I’m writing, I want the readers to share in the experience with the characters. I want them to be able to sense the emotions behind the act, regardless of whether the men are still in the throes of pure lust with a one night stand or unending love with their soul mate.

But let’s get back to the mechanics because that’s really the fun part! It’s always a bit of a ballet to get from the front door to naked on the floor. Believe it or not but one of the most challenging things can be determining how the characters simply get their clothes off and how much detail I put into that. Slow strip tease in aisle one and cloth ripping frenzy in aisle two. I particularly enjoy writing scenes where sex is more than about inserting tap A into slot B. A slow build to create tension where the reader is starting to beg nearly as much as the characters, but we can’t draw it out too much or the interest becomes lost.

For the physical act there is always awareness that gay sex is different than straight sex. I simply cannot replace a vagina with a penis, and expect readers to believe the act genuine. Men, in general, view sex and their bodies differently than women. So how can I as a straight woman write compelling gay sex? RESEARCH! I love looking at erotic photography and imagining who those men are and what they might be feeling based on their expressions. I’ve watched videos and read books to get ideas. When I’m looking for a little variety one of my go-to resources is gaysexpositionsguide dot com. Finally I simply let my imagination roam and always try to make sure that whatever scene I’m writing is unique to that couple or threesome. I never want to be able to copy a scene from one book and paste it into another with only a name change. People are never identical, why should the way they have sex be? I’m sure one of you is gearing up for an argument about twins and genetics, but that is a different discussion. Now let’s get to the juicy bit!



turkishdelights_800Blurb ~ Turkish Delights: This is the newest addition to Totally Bound’s, Totally Five Star imprint.

Three very different men from three different countries look to build a love greater than any Wonder of the World.

Project manager Garrett Sloan builds majestic hotels for the rich and famous around the world, but when it comes to love, all his relationships seem to crumble. His latest project lands him in Istanbul, where the desire he’s held for a certain French architect heats up under the Middle Eastern sun, and his resolve never to mix business with pleasure melts beneath the added hot stare and skilled hands of a Turkish mason.

The three men discover they want to build a relationship to stand the test of time—much like Kyle LaFleure’s buildings and Emir Şahin’s stonework. As the bonds between Garrett and his partners grow stronger and more complex, they work to lay the perfect foundation on which to build a lasting relationship. Can the three men construct a relationship that will endure? Or will their love reach its zenith when their shared task of finishing the ultimate Ottoman luxury hotel reaches its completion?

Reader advisory: This book contains a scene of double penetration.


Excerpt: The two men were delicious treats awaiting his sampling on a banquet table, and Emir felt himself being drawn toward them, eager for their sweetness.

Just as he started to cross the room, the two of them began to move. The three of them met in the middle of the room. Emir kissed Garrett first then Kyle. He lost focus on whose hand touched which man’s body part, but it didn’t matter. All that did matter were the blissful sensations of male hands on him for the first time in months. Until he’d kissed Garrett earlier, Emir hadn’t realized how starved he’d become for another’s touch.

Despite the warm, humid air of the bath, Emir’s skin quickly chilled without the hot water cascading over him. He tugged and lured Garrett and Kyle under the spray with him. The shower design of the apartment was perfect for them. Emir couldn’t imagine enjoying an experience like this in his small apartment on the second level of his workshop.

Kyle dipped his head and began to suck on Emir’s nipple right as Garrett wrapped a strong hand around his cock.

“Evet,” Emir said, as he sucked in a breath.

“You like that?” Kyle asked.

He nodded and gripped Kyle’s shoulder hard while locking his knees so he wouldn’t collapse from the pleasure coursing through him. Garrett moved and the heat of his lover’s body warmed him from behind, placing him in the middle. Gripping Emir’s hips, Garrett pulled him back. Garrett slid his cock between Emir’s cheeks, and Emir tightened in anticipation. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been filled.

Totally focused on the gentle gyrations of Garrett’s hips, Emir let out a shout when wet heat engulfed his cock. His eyes flew open and he looked down to see Kyle kneeling before him. The man’s damp blond hair brushing against his flesh cooled the heat generated by Emir’s arousal. He cradled Kyle’s head, and Emir’s mind short-circuited with the incredible suction of Kyle’s mouth. He knew that he was thicker than many men, so the Frenchman’s ability to take all of him was impressive—a talent Emir was truly thankful for.

Garrett spread Emir’s ass cheeks and began to grind in earnest. Emir’s head was guided around by Garrett who took a kiss from him. Their mouths came together, their tongues moving slowly, almost in identical rhythms as Garrett’s cock. Emir moaned but he didn’t do anything to interrupt his lovers’ rhythms. Involuntary contractions of his muscles made his body flex and tremble. Sounds of delight and hunger from all three men filled the steamy air.

Emir tilted his head back against Garrett’s shoulder. The Brit was slightly shorter than he was, so it naturally made Emir’s back arch and his hips tilt toward Kyle’s ministrations. Garrett twisted and pinched Emir’s nipples. He spread his legs wider when Kyle tapped his inner thigh. He reward was a slick finger circling the tight ring of muscle guarding his hole. He hissed and bore down, eager once again to have something inside him. He tried to take inventory of body parts, but his brain was so flooded with endorphins that simple arithmetic was beyond him.


Author BioAbout Trina LaneIf you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn’t know.

Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said “Hey I can do that again”. The rest as they say is history.

Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she’s incurably romantic?

She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, and orange tabby cat—affectionately referred to as ‘Houdini’ for his stealthy escape attempts.





A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Euro Pride Con, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekHappy Sunday, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead. Not only do we have some great authors, giveaways, and reviews in store for you, but we have a special Countdown to Euro Pride Con kicking off this week right here at The Novel Approach, so be sure to watch for our first two guests, Susan Mac Nicol and Morticia Knight. And there’ll be much more to come!

Our Book of the Month picks are also being hosted at Mary Calmes’s blog right now, so pop on over for a chance to win TWO e-copies of any of our chosen titles

Here’s a look at what’s on tap.


MondayAmy Lane kicks off the week on the Vulnerable blog tour, the first book in her newly re-released Little Goddesses series

We’ll also welcome Mickie B. Ashling today on the Chyna Doll blog tour

TuesdayJoseph Lance Tonlet stops by to discuss the first book in his edgy new serial, Brothers LaFon

We’ll also have Susan Mac Nicol joining us with a guest post to kick off the Countdown to Euro Pride Con

Wednesday – It’s going to be a Brad kind of day today. First, Brad Vance joins us on the Have a Little Faith in Me blog tour

Then, we’ll have an exclusive excerpt from Brad Boney and his newest release from Dreamspinner Press, YES

Thursday – Today we’ll be hosting Kirby Crow and the Hammer and Bone blog tour

Morticia Knight will also be joining us with our second Euro Pride Con Countdown post for the week to talk about her new release The Fear of Surrender

Friday – Author Anna Lee stops by today on the His Soldier blog tour

SaturdayMargie Church is our guest today to talk a little bit about her new book Boston Boyfriend

Sunday – And finally, Trina Lane closes out our week on the Turkish Delights blog tour


And that’s the lowdown on the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Janet, Trina Lane

Review: WaterColors by Trina Lane

Title: WaterColors

Author: Trina Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 226 Pages

At a Glance: A really good romance, with vivid characters, lots of sexy times, and a gentle humor

Blurb: Phil Alcorn is a vivacious artist living a lonely life. He has hundreds of acquaintances, dozens of casual lovers, but few know his real story. His best friend has found the love of his life, but that leaves Phil with a lot more time to think about the man who opened his eyes to a new and terrifying world one winter night eighteen months ago. Will Archer has spent his life competing around the world for the US Swim Team, but his mind frequently drifts toward the hills of San Francisco, where Phil lives amidst the fog.

Sparks flare hot in the bedroom, and their friendship deepens each time the two meet. Keeping their arrangement on the down low prevents friends’ inquisitions into their relationship. Will’s heart beats for the artist whose paintings and sculptures move his soul, and Phil’s antics fill Will’s stressful life with laughter. Phil has never believed in happy ever after, but he’s drawn to Will over and over.

Despite their deepening connection, they fear that if they change the rules now, the very thing that captivates them will disappear. Can the pair create a masterpiece all their own, or will their fears drown any chance at happiness?


Review: This book is from the same world as In Dreams He Came. It is a fully standalone book, however, and follows two of the secondary characters to their own HEA. I start this review by saying this, as the opening scene of WaterColors is of the two MC’s in bed. Phil is an artist and a swimmer and was pivotal in helping his friends get together in the first book. Will is a part of the swim team, a fulltime professional swimmer, and met Phil during Dreams. Their attraction to each other is acute, and the sex is stunning in its intensity; it makes a dramatic opening for the story. Will wants a forever and only love, but Phil has major commitment issues. What I loved about this story opening was just how quickly I was immersed in the book. By the end of the prologue I was hooked and totally invested in the story.

Trina Lane set up a timeline that was believable for this story. Will had to arrange meetings with Phil over many months before an emotional connection was made, and even though the physical relationship remained hot, it also grew comfortable for Phil, and he learned to look forward to their meet-ups. Phil’s character was established in one location that Will returned to frequently, while Will himself travelled for training and swimming competitions all over the world. There was an added bonus to all of the character interactions, as the reader is aware of what Will wants, and the humor that this creates carries over throughout the story. The visits are a pleasure to read as the characters are fleshed out in each one, and the reader learns more about each man as they learn about each other. More time is spent with Phil, as we need to know more of his past and why he has the issues he does, and his anticipation and fears are equally exposed.

I enjoyed the flow of this story, as the steps the characters made towards each other made sense to me, the reader, and fit within the calendar the book follows. The conversational tone of the book is also fitting to the age of the characters and is something I appreciate in a good book. There are conflicts in the book as there would be in life, and the author dealt with them in a realistic manner, involving the reader in the process. This book was an easy read, as Trina Lane made us connect with the story, eager to follow along with the guys as they figured out their relationship and grew closer together. This was a really good romance, with vivid characters, lots of sexy times, and a gentle humor throughout, and I completely enjoyed my time with it.

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