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Getting to Yes: Fires Within

by Red Sage Publishing


When we first started our line of e-published stories, we had a lot of in-house discussions about what kinds of new risks we could take with story types. It became clear very quickly that we all wanted to see some menage stories, but that we wanted it to be a real story. With a plot. And properly motivated characters — that is, characters motivated by something other than mere curiosity or fantasy fulfillment.

We looked at a lot of menage manuscripts last fall. A lot. And we rejected all of them. Frankly, I was beginning to despair that we would ever find what we wanted, just a really solid, emotional story with a strong and believable menage element. I was starting to privately grumble that maybe such a manuscript didn’t exist, that maybe we were chasing after leprechaun’s gold for even wanting a manuscript like that.

And then Roxana Blaze sent me “Fires Within.”

I hadn’t read but five pages before I started to get that eureka feeling. Some manuscripts vibrate with emotional energy, and this was one of them. The heroine loves her husband with a passion that’s almost palpable, and she aches over the suddenly distant state of their marriage. The hero loves his wife so profoundly that he’s paralyzed with fear that she might learn his secret and stop loving him. His secret, as you might guess, is his bisexuality.

This alone might make for a marvelous, powerful set-up, but Roxana added a unique twist. She created a god in a fountain and gave him the power to grant wishes. With the toss of a coin, Warlun hears the separate wishes of these tortured spouses and finds a way to make their dreams come true.

It’s a powerful and emotional story, and the sex scenes are big enough and strong enough to stand up to the rest of the plot. There are multiple sex scenes culminating in the menage, which takes place under a waterfall in an eden-like tropical garden. It’s lush and hot and gorgeous, and after I read it, I wanted to go there. I wanted to book a flight to — where? Jamaica? Ecuador? Bora Bora? Didn’t matter, just as long as there was a glistening pool and two hot, hard men waiting there for me.

Theresa Stevens
Managing Editor

1 comment

Roxana Blaze April 21, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Thank you so much, Theresa! I was shooting for Red Sage's highly sensual and emotional feel, and it's so humbling to hear that I achieved it. And for someone to read my story and desire to go to the world I created—wowza, that's the ultimate compliment! 🙂

Roxana

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