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Sunday, July 31, 2011

LKF: Rite Men For Maya by Zenobia Renquist

Rite Men for Maya
by Zenobia Renquist

Changeling Press

eBook ISBN: 978-1-60521-535-8
Genre: Erotic Romance, Interracial, Menage (m/m/f), Shapeshifter

Maya is a half human, half merman who has decided to attend the fertility-virility rite and learn more about her merman heritage. The rite is meant to help mermen find their perfect mates, but Maya is only interested in using it as research.

Tam and Kessen are participants who are searching for their third. They are drawn to Maya and she to them. But she refuses to acknowledge the bond and runs. Tam and Kessen must pursue her through her dreams if they hope to make their love a reality and prove they are the right men for Maya.

5 Little Known Facts About Rite Men for Maya

#1 - The entire merman society featured in Rite Men for Maya is based off of the observed behaviors of dolphins. Despite how cute they look in movies and on TV, dolphins are known for being bullies out in the wild. They tend to tease and torment other weaker animals (and other dolphins) for the fun of it. For that reason, I made bullying/teasing a "national pastime"/spectator sport in the merman society I created.

#2 - I wrote Rite Men for Maya back in July 2008 as part of a challenge issued to me by Stephanie Burke (known to most as Flash). She showed me "this" picture and told me to write a story based off of it. While I had every intention of ignoring the challenge, my muse had other plans. I pushed aside (reluctantly) my other writing obligations and finished this novella a little over a month after the challenge was issued.

#3 - As stated in #2, I finished Rite Men for Maya back in 2008. It wasn't published until 2011. That would be because I sat on it. Once I finished the novella, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it -- by "do with it" I mean to which publisher I should send it. I let it sit on my computer until July 2010 when I submitted it to Changeling Press, its current home.

#4 - Maya originally had a sister, an identical twin sister, that got chopped in the pre-submission editing process. The original draft set up the groundwork for a sequel featuring Maya's sister. I changed my mind. I decided the story worked better without the sister and removed her completely. I left Maya's little brother, however.

#5 - Speaking of sequels, Rite Men for Maya has a sequel. I had thought it would be out by now, but other novellas decided they wanted to be written first (I'll talk about those in later posts). The sequel will shed more light on the merman society and how they view a marriage such as the one Maya has. As it turns out, it's not at all how she thought it would be.

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Anonymous said...

Your little known facts about the book are fascinating. It's cool to see how a story is changed and formed.

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Na said...

This is the first time I have come across a half human, half merman character so I am intrigued. The most interesting fact was that Maya orginally had a twin sister. I'm glad you kept working at it to make sure the story was one you liked.

Tamsyn said...

Thanks for the insight into the book. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing.


Robin said...

This looks like a great story!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Zenobia Renquist said...

Stacie - Glad you enjoyed the post. I've been doing something similar on my personal blog with one of my novels. I figured I should do the same with the novellas.

Na - I'm glad too. I hope you give the book a try.

Tamsyn - You're welcome and thanks for reading.

Robin - You should give it a read and let me know what you think.

~ Zenobia

Cathy M said...

I don't think I've read a merman story yet, so congrats on this series.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Zenobia Renquist said...

Cathy - If you like menage, you should try this one. And thanks.

~ Zenobia