Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt, Guest Post & #Giveaway: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.


Book title: Trouble Comes in Threes

Author Name: M.A. Church
Book Name: Trouble Comes in Threes
Pages: 234
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance

 A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.Out of the punishing weather, and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.


Dolf picked out the saw he wanted, then followed Tal to another aisle. His mate pointed out the different kinds, but Tal’s words had rapidly faded into a meaningless buzz. There, on the air currents in the store, was the sweetest scent. It was light and flowery, reminding him of honeysuckle. He breathed deeply, taking the scent into himself. His cock hardened immediately and his head spun. A yowl threatened to escape.
That scent… that scent was seductive and alluring. It spoke to him, whispering things that made him need. His cat paced frantically in his mind, tail slashing madly. The need to pounce, to sink his canines in and drink that sweet, life-giving blood of his…. His gums tingled and saliva flooded his mouth.
He swallowed, then swallowed again as his head pounded, his heart rate spiking as one thought screamed through his mind: Mate! Another mate! Where was that scent coming from? Or who? And by the goddess, why? He already had a mate. What was their goddess thinking, giving him another? But he couldn’t ignore the reaction. It had been the same when he met Tal.

Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
There were a lot of things working for me as I was reading this neat little story. This is a menage between three men, it is erotic (oh, my, gosh is this erotic!), one of the men is an erotic older hero but is actually the youngest, there is an alpha male involved, and this is an HEA. 

Kirk had reached the age where he just was about to give up on having a happily ever after with anyone. His past relationships fizzled out even before they took off and it was miserable. The economy was not doing wonders for his ego either, so really, he lived day to day. He plodded through life. One snow-stormy night, two cats invaded his home and he started to laugh. It had been some time since he had laughed. 

One black cat. One snowy white cat. One bigger than the other. One smaller than the other. One bossy as heck and the other as sweet as could be. Kirk was smitten with he cats and for the first time, he is thinking maybe he would get to love them and he won't be as lonely.

He trips, he falls and he blacks out. He wakes up to two gorgeous men who claim he is their mate and they want him. Grey hair and all. They both even found him sexy. Thing is, these two men? Somehow they remind him of the two cats he'd adopted. When he finally realized they were the cats... that is when the real story begins. But not after a lengthy and erotic mate-claiming.

Kirk's life changes for the better, and for the worse. His joining with his mates is a blessing he never thought he could ever have. His joining their clowder and getting snubs from species-ists, now that was a hard thing to adjust to. 

This is a truly interesting story. All the elements I had previously mentioned are almost formulaic but what made this a step more interesting was the reverse snobbery. The cat shifter population were prejudiced and bigoted and Kirk felt the brunt of it all. How Kirk deals with it is really exemplary and his mates predictable. What is not predictable is how it the story twists and turns into a full blown mystery. The search is on for who is wanting to harm the menage, and it is not because of Kirk, either. Or is it?

multitaskingmomma asks: Was there anything you found particularly challenging in your writing Trouble Comes in Threes?

Keeping up with three men, lol. Rooting around in one guy’s psyche is hard enough, but three can be a real challenge, especially when all of them are so different and have definite opinions. The main thing I had trouble with was keeping up with whose head I was in. I’d be in Kirk’s POV and he’d be talking about how he felt on a subject… then Tal would want to chime in with his thoughts on whatever was happening.

*laugh* I’d have to rope Tal back in and make him wait for his turn, or put it in dialogue so I wouldn’t head hop. And sometimes the sneaky little cuss would still get past me and express something when it wasn’t his turn. Thank goodness for my editors!

But while I found it challenging, it was necessary to the story. The point of the threesome is balance that the three of them bring to this relationship. We need to know each character so we can see what they’re missing or needing. Of course, combining three people in any relationship is hard, but this was an already established couple.

Dolf and Tal have to deal with the surprise of their goddess adding another, but Kirk had a lot to deal with too, lol. Outside of the whole threesome thing is the fact Dolf and Tal are shifters. Kirk made it clear he wasn’t a patch to any sexual problems Dolf and Tal might be having. As the story progresses, he finds he’s the glue that will bind them together.

The threesome is just one small part of Trouble. There’s also how Dolf’s clowder feels towards humans in general, and how Kirk deals with the prejudice he feels. Then there’s someone who is *so* unhappy with the pairing he’ll do whatever is needed to end it.

~art work done by August (Gus) Li

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  1. Sadly as of now I have no pets :( But I did have 2 small inside pups and one orange kitty!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review and for letting us stop by! :)

  3. Thanks for the review and post. I don't have any pets at the moment.

  4. Not allowed to have pets, not even a goldfish. But who would want one of those anyway... ucky algae! Unless you have one, then it's fine. LOL

  5. I have Peanut, a Chihuahua/Japanese Chin mix and Miss Kitty.

  6. I have a cat called Miss Miska Wiska Kitty :) thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book, I just love the cover.