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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Way or Another with Wendi Zwaduk

One Way or Another
Imagine there’s a person you just can’t live without. Now imagine that person is with someone else. What would you do? Chase them? Walk away?  That’s the situation Mindy, Arran and Sav find themselves in, in the book, Tangled Up.
This was another story I had a hard time writing. Not because the story didn’t flow or because I didn’t like the characters. Not at all. I loved all three and wanted them to have a happily ever after. I wanted to tell their story with grace and eloquence.
So why was it hard? There’s a lot of emotion in the three characters.
Mindy had Arran and lost him. She loved her husband through thick and thin, knew he was bisexual and still gave him space. The friendship-slash-salvation turned into love on her part. She carries the pain of watching him walk away and move on with another person. The love hasn’t faded, it’s just been packed away.
Sav has Arran and is afraid he’ll lose him. He didn’t set out to take Arran away from Mindy. In fact, they were all friends. Sav wanted the best for Arran—including hot, sweaty lovemaking. He’s got nothing against Mindy, but it’s never crossed his mind to make her anything more than a friend. He loves Arran and isn’t sure she can’t tear Arran away.
And then there’s Arran. He’s the selfish one—he wants both. The marriage to Mindy started out as a way to make his family happy. They weren’t thrilled their only son was gay. But, as much as he loved the friendship with Mindy, he also fell in love with her. She understood his mood swings, his needs, and still loved him. But then he met Sav. The guy is sex on legs. Who wouldn’t want to be with him? Sav’s got heart to match the passion blazing between them. What’s a guy to do? The only thing he can live with—needing them both.
How do you adequately tell their story? How do you show the heartbreak? That was my struggle.
At one point, I had all three characters saying, one way or another, I want this to work out.  there were moments when I wanted to cry, to scream, and to thump each of them over the head. There’s a few twists in their story that, as I wrote, I didn’t see coming. I’m glad they did. Then again, tehre’s a whole heap of hot loving. Yeah, three bodies, tangled together is darned hot.

Want to read more? Learn their story? Well, here’s the blurb for Tangled Up:
What if the person you want for the rest of your life isn’t one... but two?
Mindy Mayes knew her husband was bisexual from the moment they met. She loved Arran with her whole heart until the day he asked for a separation to be with his partner, Sav. Through the ups and downs of life after the marriage, she, Arran and Sav remained close.
Things are about to change.
Though he walked away, Arran’s never given up on a life with Mindy. He’s in love with Sav and totally committed. But it’s his wedding anniversary. What if they took the threesome created out of friendship and made it into something more?
Maybe the perfect number is three after all.

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  1. Oh love the cover on this one too and the premise is fantastic!

  2. Thanks!! I hope you enjoy the book, Hales. :-)

  3. Brandy and Wendi,

    Nice interview! Best of luck with your books.

    Amy Ramsey
    Ramsey's Reviews