Lila: Actually the plot of Three for Keeps is one of the simplest I’ve concocted. However, that’s not to say it’s short on conflict, there is plenty of that. Zoey is a child of the system and is dropped off at the latest foster home at age ten. It’s at that time she meets Dane, Jack and Ryan. Fast forward. All grown up her feelings for them all become quite an issue for her in her uber conservative world and she leaves only to return ten years later to fix what she perceives to be broken. It’s a pretty fast paced read, and yes, there’s plenty of sex. Individual, ménage, and with some kink tossed in.
Ing: Can you tell us about the heroes Dane Cardwell, Jack Deveraux and Ryan Wilkins? What about each of them do you think will draw the readers in and make them love each guy?
Lila: Dane’s the alpha male, Jack is the beta male and Ryan falls somewhere in the middle. Each man holds a quality that is near and dear to Zoey which I believe makes them lovable. Dane’s very protective, Jack is a rock in a storm and Ryan’s got a heart of gold. I’ll admit, Dane’s a bit of a tough sale at first, but he’s carrying some pretty hefty baggage of his own that needs to be dropped before he can give of himself fully.
Ing: Now tell us a bit about the heroine Zoey? What about Zoey do you think will draw the readers in and make them love her?
Lila: Zoey was raised in a tough environment until she found her forever home. She’s strong in her own right and smart. She doesn’t need the boys to survive or make a life, she wants them.
Ing: Why is each of the men perfect for Zoey as individuals and as a whole? What about them individually makes them so drawn to each other? Why do you think the readers will fall in love with this group of people?
Lila: They are perfect for Zoey because they were friends before they were lovers. Each of them has a quality that complements those of the other men as well as Zoey. Dane’s a Dom and gives Zoey exactly the edge she needs, Jack is her vanilla man, and Ryan’s her grounding force of sorts. He also plays peacemaker between the others. They’ve known each other for over twenty years when they finally succumb to the inevitable, so it’s been a long, progressive process. This isn’t a relationship that they jump headlong into with their eyes shut by any means.
Ing: What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing Three for Keeps? Why did this scene stand out for you?
Lila: Oh dear, good question. There is a scene in which Dane finally gives in and decides he’s ready to commit to giving Zoey what she needs, but he also knows there are still some trust issues. I don’t want to give it away because it really is a beautiful moment between them, but I will say there is water involved. And not in the form of a shower or bath.
Ing: I like knowing and hearing the back story about how a book or series came about. Can you tell us where the idea for this book came from?
Lila: I have a degree in sociology and sub-cultures fascinate me. I’ve written BDSM before and although this book does contain those elements, the draw for the story line came from my need to understand how poly-relationships work and why. I can honestly say now that I do believe it’s entirely possible to love more than one person intimately at once.
Ing: Can you tell us what you have up your sleeve next? What else can we look forward to from you? Any sneak peek on these upcoming projects?
Lila: I have plenty up my sleeve. J I have three series I will finish up in 2012. I’m working on book 3 of the Identity series, the Slower Lower series, and a joint series—Force Recon. I’m also knee deep in the middle of an entirely new series that will come in 3 parts, The Sergeants of Echo Company which will take me back to my first love, military romance. After that I have three new marines that are chatting with me and wanting a story told and their series will be titled Marriages of Convenience. That series will require a lot of research as it deals with several military specific issues and it will touch on the Muslim religion. I love research though, so I’m very excited to get started on that project.
And since you asked for a sneak peek, I’ll share a few unedited lines from Assumed Identity due out January 17:
Julie chose to skip that question and move on. “Blake and Shelby are my two best friends. They’ve apparently known for years I have submissive tendencies. I suspected but didn’t really want to acknowledge them until recently. I went out on a limb and experimented with Shelby one night. Not in a BDSM way, it was something else. A threesome with a young waiter. Although, Shelby is a Mistress. Or so she thinks. That’s irrelevant though isn’t it? The point it, it was disastrous and blew up in my face. I was shamefully inebriated and Blake and Dante found me passed out on a stranger’s yard. They took me home and sobered me up then Dante sort of took charge. As it turns out the disaster did make me realize in a huge way that I am submissive. So, he and Blake hosted a munch at my house and that’s how I met Allen. We thought we might be able to foster a relationship, but there’s no fire between us, just a healthy respect for our roles. We became friends and he took me under his wing and is trying to teach me to be a proper subbie.” Julie stopped and took a breath realizing she was spewing it all out like a fountain. “I’m sorry. Nervous habit. Babbling.” She took another breath.
“I make you nervous?” Mason asked, stroking her arm with those wicked fingers.
“You make me horny,” Julie said before she filtered and could stop it. She slapped her hand over her mouth and wished she could crawl in a hole. Mason chuckled, a deep, bass, raspy noise that stroked the wires binding Julie’s heart
and womb sending a reverberating tingle through her. “Well, at least he covered honesty with you.”
Ing: Who is a character that you get a lot of e-mails about that you have not written a story for yet? Will you or do you have plans for these popular characters?
Lila: Logan Delaney from my Slower Lower series. He’s the youngest and only unmarried Delaney sibling. And yes, his story is in the works and is called A Slower, Lower Leap due out in April.
Ing: Now on to questions about you. We want to know more about Lila Munro. Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
Lila: I have very, very few auto buys, but my list includes Cherise Sinclair, Tymber Dalton, Kitty Thomas, and Loralei James. I have yet to find a m/m writer that’s an auto buy for me and I’m looking for an historical auto-buy also, so if anyone has suggestions, I’m open to them. I particularly enjoy Scottish highlanders.
Ing: What was the first romance book you ever read? Do you still have the book on your shelf?
Lila: It’s funny you should as that. I just participated not long ago in a blog hop with that theme. The first romance I remember reading, and some people probably don’t even consider it a romance, was The Last Convertible. I love that WWII era romance. And, yes, I do still have it on my shelf.
Ing: Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Lila: Honestly, I rarely watch movies or TV and when I do watch movies I’m prone to the theater. I love movie theater popcorn and what’s a movie without it. The last movie I watched was Captain America. It wasn’t one I would own, but I would recommend it. What’s not to love about a man with a big…shield. TV…I never miss Top Chef. I don’t know why I love to watch them be so mean to each other, but I do.
Ing: If you could go back to your younger self what would be the one advice you would give yourself?
Lila: Only one? Okay, let’s see…oh, I know. Open door number three.
Ing: Thank you for stopping by the blog today, Lila! I really appreciate it. I hope you had fun. I wish you much success with this series. Do you have any last words or questions you would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
Lila: I had a great time and thanks so much for having me by!
Zoey Matthews is in love. She’s been in love since the day she was dropped off by a social worker at yet another foster home on a back country road miles from nowhere, Missouri. At age ten, she met
the men of her dreams. Over the course of sixteen years, Dane Cardwell, Jack Devereux and Ryan
Wilkins fell in love with her, too. They’ve each told her they love her, they’ve shown her and each man has gone so far as to ask her to marry him. But what they don’t know is Zoey loves them all.
Her game of kiss and not tell all comes crashing down around her the night of her graduation from
veterinary school and Zoey runs for the mountains. Of Colorado. Hoping to outrun her obsession with three men and forget them all together, she stays gone for ten years. But the wound has never healed. In fact, it’s done nothing but fester. Needing to clear the air, Zoey agrees to spend a few days back home with the boys never imagining it would turn into a week filled with comparison sex as Dane, Jack and Ryan each try to get Zoey to choose between them and their varied tastes.
When she finally tells the truth, a truth only one of them has known all along, Zoey fears the foursome will never be able to make a sharing relationship work. After all, aren’t there just too many personalities and desires to sort through? Add in the kink factor and things get really complicated. Zoey’s not convinced the truth has any merit, but there’s one thing she knows for sure…this time she’s
playing for keeps.
Zoey pulled her cap off and tossed it on the sink then tugged her tank top up over her head before letting it fall to the floor. She glanced in the mirror at the artwork that Ryan hadn’t seen as she unsnapped her bra and tossed it on top of her shirt. After toeing off her ropers, she shed her jeans and stood there in nothing more than a pink G-string brushing out her hair.
“Zoey Matthews,” Ryan growled and sent her squealing and jumping a few inches off the floor. “Oh my God. That fuckin’ hummin’bird wasn’t all of it? What the fuck? Jesus Christ!”
“Ryan?” she gasped.
“Shut up, Zoey.”