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book gourmet logoWelcome back to another installment of The Book Gourmet, where I share some goodies and thoughts on books.

First Course –  The Amuse Bouche

Here are a few tag lines that caught my attention. They look pretty intriguing.

The Colonel’s Woman (by Jordan St. John): Desire and discipline in the old West.

Blood Ties (by Ashley Fontainne): The bonds are permanent.

Second Course – The Appetizer

For this week’s appetizer, I’d like to spotlight Jenna Jaxon’s new novelette, Beloveds. It’s a medieval menage story, based upon her Time Enough to Love series. This book interests me for a few reasons. First, it’s a follow up story exploring themes that use characters from the series, but which plays out a situation that normally wouldn’t happen in the realistic settings Jenna has conjured up, and yet it does, and it happens organically, making perfect sense. It’s a masterful work, that has some surprises. The other thing that interests me about this story is that it’s a M/F/M menage story. (This subgenre has now become simply “menage” stories as though there was no such thing as F/M/F menage, or any other combination of sexes. Don’t get me started.) Anyway, I really like the way Jenna has managed to make both men Alyse’s lovers without having them cross over into homosexuality. In the time period portrayed, homosexuality was very much forbidden, both by church and state, and straying over into that zone would have put Jenna’s story into “unbelievable” territory. She did a great job working within the framework of her series.

I’d love to hear what you think about a medieval menage situation, and menage stories in general.

Third Course – The Entrée

Right now, I’m working on the fourth Romantek book. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this series, it’s a sci-fi, time-travel romance series, in a very unique environment where virtual reality takes on new proportions. The first book (The Winner) took our hero and heroine to 1850s Nebraska, the second book (Charlotte & the Pirate) took another couple to the high seas of the eighteenth century, and the third book (Eddie, My Love) had the main characters’ adventure take place in a 1950s noir detective murder mystery. All are romances, all have spanking, and all are well-reviewed. But the fourth book harkens back to book two, where Charlotte and Rex encounter an evil villain who’s trying to sabotage the Romantek company and harm one of the VIP guests. The evil villain comes back in book four, tentatively titled, “My Vacation in Rio.” I’ve managed to make quite good progress on this book, so I’m hoping it will get to readers soon.

Fourth Course – The Dessert

I got the rest of the editing back for the Sonata’s Moon release, and hope to get to work on finalizing that book for a release this month. My sincere thanks to Wizards in Publishing, and specifically Kate Richards, for her help on this project.

Thank you for joining me here today. I’ll share more with you soon!


  1. I enjoy reading a well-written menage story, particularly when it’s about a polyamorous marriage or relationship. It’s particularly interesting to read a historical menage story, realistically balancing the romance within the parameters of the era.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring Beloveds in you Book Gourmet post! I really appreciate that as well as your kind words about the book. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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