Today I am so pleased to welcome Lynn Kelling to Joyfully Jay. Lynn has come to talk to us about her latest release, Hush (which I reviewed here and totally loved!). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Embracing Open Relationships
There is no relationship in my new novel, Hush, that is not open. Not a speck of monogamy to be found. Rather than being a hindrance, I found because of this there’s an extra element of freedom to all of the interactions, and a more expanded understanding of what family is. Just because there are no exclusive love pairings doesn’t mean there’s no devotion. Whether friend, lover, submissive, or spouse, everyone is encouraged to hold onto the love they find, wherever they may find it, and whatever it may look like. No one is limited by their label. Love is encouraged, always. Of course, safety is key. There’s an extra layer of respect and trust with all of the interactions, and an acceptance that everyone’s needs are valid, even if they’re different. Communication is vital as well—even more so than usual because of one of the group has become recently deaf—but the way everyone pulls together as an intricate but strong unit in times of trial or stress is a beautiful example of what’s possible with open minds and hearts.
One of the three main characters—Jackson—is married to his wife, Josefina, and he has two children with her, but he is equally devoted to his beloved Dom, Oliver. Josefina counts on Oliver to help her support her husband, and has her own freedom to take lovers too. Josefina and Oliver also see each other as family, giving each other strength and lending a compassionate ear.
Oliver calls fellow Dom, Adam Buchanan, his BFF, but their relationship maintains a sexual element as they take submissives together and test the limits of their intimacy when alone. Because Oliver does trust Adam so much, he doesn’t hesitate to include him—sexually, emotionally, or practically—in his relationships with Jackson and Rune.
And finally, Rune, who begins this story feeling painfully alone, isn’t inclined to claim people for himself. He appreciates the attention and affection he receives, as he receives it. Even with Oliver, his contracted Dominant, Rune doesn’t think to put any limits on who they are to each other. Part of this is because Rune isn’t used to having exclusive relationships, but only looking for comfort and sexual release.
Most of my previous novels have featured monogamous relationships. But, in this case, as these characters face an enemy who labels, limits, and judges with nothing but hatred and ignorance as fuel, it was a nice change of pace to live in a world where the only thing that matters is kindness, understanding, and pure, undiluted love from one human being to another. To counter the negativity of closed-mindedness with expansive love felt like the perfect balance. It made it much easier to bring people closer, and to help those in pain find relief. Instead of making things more complicated, the openness acts as a support network bracing everyone it enfolds. They work together with the simple goal of happiness, knowing the challenges will keep coming, and nothing will ever be easy, but that they’re stronger together than apart.
Rune Tooby is a smartassed Jewish rebel and closeted gay biker with the Born Soldiers motorcycle gang. Rune’s life centered on casual sex and less-than-legal employment, until a pickup truck full of Neo-Nazis rammed into his bike, destroying his hearing and shattering his life. Learning to live deaf and silent overwhelmed Rune, sending him to humbly beg help from the last people he trusts completely: the rich and powerful Dominants of the Manse, who trained Rune in the arts of BDSM.
Oliver Hughes, cocky day trader and sexual Dominant, lives a life of indulgent luxury. Despite this, he feels adrift and unneeded since his beloved submissive, Jackson Whitney, became absorbed into life as a family man and cardiologist, leaving him little time for his Master. When a meeting between Rune and Oliver is carefully arranged by the leaders of Manse, it starts a wild ride, sweeping up everyone who gets too close to the explosive pair. Rune and Oliver find themselves on a path filled with frustrating miscommunications, rage-filled vengeance, and painfully unearthed secrets. (M/M/M)
- Enspire Publishing: http://enspirepublishing.com/product/LK1-1.000332
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hush-Manse-Book-Lynn-Kelling-ebook/dp/B07BQTLB5Z/
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.
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Thanks for a thoughtful post, Lynn. And best wishes for the success of Hush!