Lisa: Please give a warm welcome to author Nicole Colville, joining us today to chat about her new book, Believing Blue, book three in the Manchester Ménage Collection.
Thanks for joining us, Nicole. Why don’t we start by having you tell us five things we don’t know about you that you think we should?
Nicole: 1.) I have slight OCD about certain things, mainly organizing. I like my cupboards to be pristine, think cans all lined up, and I have to buy things in threes. That could be why I like ménages lol I like threes.
2.) I suffer from Chaetophobia – a fear of hair. No!! It’s real. People don’t believe me, and it’s weird I know. It’s mainly body hair, hair on the head is fine, but even on certain animals I have issues stroking them. Anything rough it’s a no-no for me. And don’t even get me started on the hair stuck in brushes or down the pug hoke *gag* I hate it. It holds me back a lot in life, and my biggest things is beards. I can’t even look someone face on if they have one, which is just plain rude.
3.) I’m a huge Trekkie. I know. Sorry. I grew up with the Next Generation and attended conventions… My first crush was on Data, which unsurprisingly has led to my love of unemotionally and cold men lol
4.) I hate goats cheese. Like HATE it. Ugh
5.) I smell aniseed and run! Long story short… I got really drunk on Pernod, enough said.
Lisa: Do you remember a defining moment in your life where you thought, this is it, I want to be a writer? Is there an author or a book that inspired your desire to tell stories too? Tell us about how you ended up where you are as a writer.
Nicole: I’ve always loved messing around with stories, even from the age of ten, and wrote several short stories in my teenage years. I stopped due to life getting in the way and then I became ill. I had months off work. I started reading again. I love Ann Rice, and read through all her books again, then I started to pick up more erotic work and found Fifty. After reading that and hearing her story I thought about how my love of writing and just decided to pick it up. I really have a lot to thank being diagnosed with Crohn’s because without it I wouldn’t have started writing again.
Lisa: Let’s turn the conversation toward Believing Blue. I have to ask you this since it’s the first sentence in the blurb, because I’m fascinated by fate vs free will: how did your thoughts about fate vs free will figure into how you wrote this story?
Nicole: Oh, that’s a tough one. I do believe in karma, what you put out you get back, I also believe everything happens for a reason. Good and bad, look closely and there’s always a reason or a connection, though that connection sometimes doesn’t appear for years, it’s still there. Free will versus fate… hmm, I like to believe in both and I think they work together. Just because the option is there, you don’t have to take it. There’s always free will. No one can be forced by anything or anyone to act against their will. I just see it as a thin thread connecting our lives in ways which most of will never see. Perhaps it’s Buddhist in me, but I like to believe, I just don’t have a set of rules I believe in 😀 Belief is good. If it gets you through the day, then that’s awesome and I don’t care what it is as long as you’re happy with it.
Lisa: I would imagine building a believable romantic relationship from scratch presents its challenges, and can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to create a bond between three people in a romantic relationship. What are some of the pros and cons of writing couples vs throuples?
Nicole: That’s the hardest part, making it believable. And each set of men are different and take their own journey through the book so there’s no set formula I can follow. I have to go through it with them on the sidelines and be as surprised as you are when things happen lol
Ménage is obviously more difficult to write due to the third, but like any relationship they all have their place and duties and as the relationship grows, it becomes clear how they all work together. Page wise I take more on ménages as I like to give each member their own voice. I think it helps us connect to them all and we see from their own eyes what’s going on. Sex wise in a ménage takes more thought, just like in real life, there’s extra hands and limbs, and writing wise you have to be careful you don’t have tons of.. he took his hand and held his length while he….. you need names, more than in most or it’s easy to get lost.
Lisa: Without giving too much away, what’s the one thing you would point to that explains why Kellan, Valentino, and Blue work together?
Nicole: They each are able to support and encourage the other in ways which aren’t available to just one man. They also love each other equally and have that same strong pull to be with the other. It’s easy for this book to become a love triangle, and it could have gone very differently if not for the desire to and need for all three to work and make the relationship continue. Love is limitless. Sometimes it’s hard for us as such jealous people to understand how we can love and desire two or three people in the same way as we do one. But I always refer to children, we love each one the same, and we see and understand the difference in their personalities. polyamorous relationships are the same.
Lisa: Is there one scene in the book in particular that you loved writing? What made that scene memorable and special?
Nicole: Oh God, I love Blue and his twin sister AKA The Things. I honestly want to do a m/f book with those two lol Blue had me laughing in my office so many times. I would read them back just to laugh again. He was a breath of fresh air between the deeper parts. He says what he feels and doesn’t apologise for it. He has a unique outlook on life, and such a confidence in what he does.
Lisa: Would you like to tease us and share a little info about current WIPs and upcoming releases?
Nicole: I love to tease. I’m in the middle of the next Knights to Remember book: Krane. OMG I adore Krane. I think he may be a little too dirty though lol As I write I blush lol He’s someone very different for me to write about. He’s huge, 6.5 and well-built. The first chapter he had me on the Rugby field and covered in mud and I was like ewwww no! He’s someone I’ve quickly fallen in love with and I can’t wait to share him with you.
Here’s an unedited sneak peek: “Bailey…” That was definitely a growl.
So, he was growling now, it seemed.
Krane would kick his own arse when he got out of here for pulling this stupid macho shit.
Those slim fingers were caressing his tense muscles, gently moving further up Krane’s thigh. “Do you like me, Krane?” The sultry, velvety caress of Bailey’s voice answered his own question. He was aware of how Krane tensed and breathed faster, must have seen the colour filling his cheeks as he warmed up with each inch Bailey’s hand travelled. “I like you.” Bailey moved closer, brushing his knee against Krane’s inner thigh, gently swaying it as he continued to lean closer. “Why shouldn’t I touch you?”
“Because—” Krane took hold of Bailey’s calf, the supple, warm leather of his boot teased him to touch more, and without thought, he smoothed his palm down to Bailey’s ankle, holding it a little firmer as he held the intense look. “I’m about an inch away from fucking you over this bar.”
Lisa: Thanks so much for stopping by today, Nicole, it’s been a pleasure.
Would you tell us where we can find you on the internet?
About the Book
Title: Believing Blue
Series: Manchester Ménage Collection: Book Three
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Cover Designer: Kellie Dennis from Book Cover by Design
Blurb: Is there a fated path we follow, or is it simply a series of coincidental events?
Police officer Kellan Howard is rumoured to have spent too much time in sub-zero temperatures, leaving him with a block of ice for a heart and women lining up to help thaw it. Mountain climbing is his only love, leaving no time for a relationship, and although meaningless sex satisfies his physical need, it’s empty. When he attends a fatal traffic accident, he didn’t expect his entire life to change. Along with a final message, Kellan is offered something else from the dying man: the chance to fall in love. Kellan’s never considered being with a man, but when he meets Valentino, he’s instantly drawn to him.
Suffering from crippling agoraphobia, talented Italian artist Valentino has a solitary existence, only experiencing life outside the house through his partner Stuart. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, Kellan helps ease his suffering. A deep bond binds the two men together, and the sexual tension can’t be denied, but Valentino questions if the distance between their very different lives is too much, and if they can bridge the gap by themselves.
Ballet dancer Blue has a vibrant personality which demands attention, but his humour and courageous attitude are a shield. Blue’s good at making others believe in themselves, but what he needs is someone to believe in him. He could be the bridge both men are looking for, but Blue’s never allowed anyone to get too close, and when Kellan and Valentino enter his life, he desperately tries to protect his heart and his secrets.
When all three meet, the chemistry is undeniable, but each have fears about moving forwards. Together, they learn love comes in many forms. It can’t be restrained or labelled, and it doesn’t always appear in the way you first imagined
Kellan gritted his teeth together and stood up. “I won’t leave you like this.”
“Get the hell out!!” Valentino gripped the base of his nose, rubbing it gruffly. His eyes snapped shut, but not quickly enough.
Kellan spotted the misty glimmer in them. Whether his tears were caused through sheer frustration or sadness, it didn’t matter. Kellan couldn’t leave. He’d have to be forced from the house by an armed response team. “No!” Kellan held his shoulders firmly. “I won’t leave you.”
“God-damn it, Kellan.” Valentino’s eyes flew open, and Kellan’s hands were thrust from him with a jerk. “You’re such a pain in the arse.” He leaned forward, almost hissing his words out against Kellan’s lips. “Why don’t you just leave me alone, huh? Why do you continue to push me when I don’t want it?”
Kellan’s body brushed against Valentino’s firm flesh, and he cursed himself for responding so quickly. “Don’t lie and say you don’t want me here when I know damn well what you want.” Kellan didn’t really know for sure, but there was a heat and need between them which couldn’t be ignored anymore. Valentino needed him, and Kellan was willing to hand over whatever he could to fulfil that need.
Valentino turned those teal green eyes on Kellan’s, a soft growl spilling from his lips. “You’re a fucking tease! A tease, Kellan.”
Kellan was about to come back with a response, like how he had no idea he’d been teasing Valentino, but he was halted by two hands on either side of his head and Valentino’s mouth being forced against his. He stopped breathing, too stunned to act. Valentino had his face clasped tightly to his, those full lips hitting Kellan’s hard and fast, his tongue licking and seeking entrance inside.
A white hot shot of lust spiked through his body and every thought other than being against this writhing, sexy man disappeared. Kellan grabbed hold of Valentino’s hips, rushing him up against the wall and taking ownership of his mouth with a grunt.
Valentino bit down on his lip causing Kellan to pull back. As soon as they separated, Valentino had the upper hand and was spinning him around, holding him against the wall and spreading his thighs open with his knee, rubbing up against the hard length of Kellan’s cock. Despite knowing he could easily restrain Valentino and take control back, he didn’t want to. He wanted this from him. “You know what I want?” Valentino breathed out through their kisses. “You want to give me what I need, Kellan?”
About the Series
Saving Samuel: Book One: Police officer Milo and Fireman Daniel have been dating off and on for six years, but it always seems more off than on. Just when their relationship reaches breaking point, someone enters their lives, unknowingly helping the confused couple work through their differences.
Falling in love with the man Daniel rescued and who Milo is investigating as a potential arson suspect isn’t a conventional start to any relationship, especially one which includes a mysterious blond who’s afraid to stop running. But they both see what didn’t work out as a couple, could work out as a ménage.
Daniel and Milo unite to help save Samuel, but quickly realise he’s not the only one being saved.
With so many obstacles in their way threatening to destroy the future they desire, all three have to fight to create a bond too strong for anyone or anything to break.
Meet the first three men in my Manchester Ménage Collection.
Discovering Dalton: Book Two: At fifteen, Troy and Liam were fostered by the same family, and although they hated each other at first, they gradually became solid friends. As adults, the two foster brothers live together. Both experience tough times, each being a rock for the other, but their love had never been anything other than brotherly.
Until they both fall for the same guy, and things get… complicated.
Dalton is fresh out of a ten year marriage. Feeling lost, he concentrates on the only thing he can control—his body. Developing from a chubby, unfit police officer into a lean, mean inked one, Dalton has never looked better, but inside, he’s never felt worse. A relationship is far from his thoughts, and one with another man makes Dalton even more confused. He takes time to get to know Troy and Liam separately, but Manchester isn’t that big, and sparks fly when fate throws the three together.
Together, these three fight it out between them. Both Troy and Liam demand Dalton choose between them, but what if he didn’t have to choose? What if it could work between three?
The things in life we fight for are never the easiest, but they’re the ones worth holding onto forever.
About the Author
Welcome to the home of bittersweet M/M romances which will leave you craving more
Nicole grew bored being a supermodel genius who worked part time for NASA, and decided to take a break from helping solve the mysteries of the universe with Stephen Hawkins to write m/m romance.
She has a loving relationship with her hubby of twenty years, and has achieved a lot in her short life considering she’s only eighteen. She has fourteen dogs of all different breeds, plus twenty cats, and when she’s not tending to their every need, and solving complex math problems, she loves to sew and can be often found knitting in the garden, which she maintains all by herself with her magical green fingers.
Finding time to make all of her own clothing and master the kitchen better than Gordon Ramsey, she’s also a vegan domestic goddess and can often be found cooking up a storm bare foot in her kitchen.
Okay, so that’s not true, especially the cooking part, though I do tend to be bare foot and I swear like Gordon does while burning my latest creation — and I still think NASA will be getting in touch. Any day now!! *crosses fingers* I could sooo do that job because I’m so obviously awesome, but until they do…
I’m a full time author of M/M Romance and Erotica, and somehow I have several bestselling books under my belt. I’ve been writing for four years, and I self publish all my work under Hidden Pleasures Publishing along with my amazing team of helpers in the form my cover designer Kellie Dennis, editor Jessica McKenna, and all of my beta readers and PA’s.
I’m a wife to my beloved hubby and mother to two young girls, and I do in fact have two cats who I adore, but no dog, as the hubby put his foot down. I live in Leeds in the North of England and I love it, despite the terrible weather.
My men are all seeking what everyone is, true love mixed with passion and their own happy-ever-after full of laughter and tears.