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Guest Post & Giveaway (US/Int): Author Anne Tenino on sugarkink vs glitterkink and what inspires her m/m romances
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Guest Post & Giveaway (US/Int): Author Anne Tenino on sugarkink vs glitterkink and what inspires her m/m romances

by davincikittieOctober 16, 2013

Please help us welcome back Anne Tenino, author of the Theta Alpha Gamma series!

Spend any time on the spicier side of romance, whether you read straight romance, M/M, or both, and you’ve run into BDSM. There are lots of ways to write BDSM themes, but a couple of biggies are “glitterkink” and “sugarkink.” “Glitterkink” books are set in a high-end, regulated club full of dungeons, whips, chains, restraints, hermetically-sealed vibratory goodness and all that furniture serious practitioners need, but that would be unfeasible for any one to own themselves. I write more along the lines of “sugarkink”—a couple in a relationship who play with toys, or mess around with spanking and/or bondage, but who aren’t necessarily “living the lifestyle.”

When I started writing M/M romance I didn’t begin trying to write Dom/sub dynamics. Sex between my characters grows out of the psychological and emotional nuances of their relationship, so I follow their lead. Some of them lead me to BDSM (-ish). It shouldn’t surprise me because, in my worldview, sex is always a power exchange. Having a physical relationship makes people vulnerable to each other, so a certain level of trust has to be there. Once you give someone your trust, you’ve put yourself in their power. One of the reasons I like M/M is because this power exchange is obvious. Either of the partners can be the receptive one, unlike in M/F, where the woman pretty much always bottoms (although someone out there must write about pegging).

In my current release, Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4), Brad and Sebastian have a relationship that plays a lot with power-exchange, but it’s a dynamic they fell into. These two are the same couple from my first Theta Alpha Gamma novel, Frat Boy and Toppy. I wrote Good Boy to tie up the loose ends for them (so to speak). In FB&T Sebastian didn’t think of himself as a Dom (although he was, as the title says, a total top), and Brad had never been with a guy before so didn’t have a clue what he wanted—other than Sebastian. But by the ending of Frat Boy and Toppy, it was clear that Brad was very much Sebastian’s boy. My biggest regret was that they didn’t get a Happily Ever After ending, but I thought I’d set them up with a pretty fantastic sex life, which they would continue in whatever alternate dimension fictional characters conduct their lives in.

Then I wrote Sweet Young Thang (TAG #3) in which Brad and Sebastian are secondary characters, and along came those psychological/emotional nuances. I realized Brad and Sebastian needed a more defined relationship. They wanted me to lay out the power exchange parameters between them. It’s the only way I could give them one thing we all wanted—Happy Ever After. Now, I rest easy knowing that they’re happily settled in their fictional, M/M character universe, sexing it up.

Click the book covers below to read the GraveTells reviews of the TAG series!

Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne TeninoHappily Ever After is just a frat boy away.

Brad “Frat Boy” Feller and Sebastian “Toppy” DeWitt have been together for nine months, and their relationship is as hot as ever. The only cloud Brad sees on their horizon is Sebastian’s stress over his thesis. And their uncertain future together after graduation. And how Sebastian sometimes takes Brad for granted. And Sebastian’s unwillingness to introduce Brad to his father.

Other than that, everything’s awesome.

All of Sebastian’s energy is currently devoted to his thesis, and getting into a top-notch PhD program. Fortunately, his boyfriend takes care of all the domestic stuff and Sebastian’s needs. Any minor strain between them will disappear and they’ll return to the status quo after Sebastian graduates. As long as nothing upsets their delicate balance in the meantime.

Then a friend Brad once had a small fling with is forced to take refuge with them, and Frat Boy and Toppy’s delicate balance topples like an elephant on a waterski. Now Sebastian has to face some truths about how he’s been treating Brad, what he wants for their future, and what he has to do to get it.

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Read an excerpt

The fucking laundry. First the water hissed into the drum forever, distracting the hell out of Sebastian. Whoever thought the sound of running water was soothing had never shared an office with a washing machine. He bore it, though, unscrambling another few painful sentences.

And then the wash cycle started, chugging away, swishing Collin’s clothes around. It was such a steady, plodding noise. Reminiscent of mule trains and chain gangs and generally laboring endlessly for little benefit and an uncertain outcome. Much like his work on this email.

The sound agitated him as much as the laundry.

Fuck this. He planted his finger on the power button, shut the computer down, and then headed into the kitchen for dinner. Girding his loins to be social, or at least polite. He could do it, he was an easygoing guy . . . when he wasn’t working on his thesis. He kissed Brad when he walked into the next room, greeted Collin, and even contributed to the conversation a little over dinner.

But.

The laundry.

It was only one room away—sans door. He simply couldn’t stop hearing the washing machine. It was louder than Brad and Collin, overwhelming their conversation, even though they were less than two feet from him. The sound so consumed him that he couldn’t even taste whatever Brad had spent half the day making.

He knew it was unreasonable, but he felt very distinctly the injustice of it. Fucking Collin’s clothes in their washing machine, put there by Sebastian’s own boyfriend. Brad knew Sebastian was under a lot of pressure, and yet he’d allowed this intrusion into their lives. Sebastian didn’t believe for a second that Collin had no place else to go. Certainly, if nothing else, Calapooya College would have arranged emergency housing for the TAG fraternity brothers.

“Diana had to send a couple guys who had nowhere else to go to the Red Cross shelter,” Collin said just then.

I knew it! Collin could have gone there tonight rather than come here. How bad could a shelter be? Splendid, now they were on about what happened with some of their other frat brothers. So-and-so had gone to his brother’s, and that huge guy with all the hot muscles that they (very aptly) called Tank had waited for his girlfriend all day.

“Dude, it was pathetic,” Brad was saying. “He’s all quivering, standing stock-still and staring at her like a pointer that located a pheasant, but he can’t fucking go to her because it’s not manly or something.”

About the Theta Alpha Gamma series

Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1) by Anne Tenino Love Hypothetically by Anne Tenino Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) by Anne Tenino Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) by Anne Tenino
Frat Boy & Toppy
TAG #1
Love, Hypothetically
TAG #2
Sweet Young Thang
TAG #3
Good Boy
TAG #4

About the author

Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her site.

Connect with Anne… Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Riptide

Giveaway

Anne is giving away two ebook copies (one each to two separate winners) of either Frat Boy and Toppy or Good Boy—winner’s choice. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
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