All the Ways to Love with Max MacGowan

May 16, 2016

All the Ways to Love

Hi, my name is Max. I’ve always loved stories about polyamory. A great big extended family formed by passion and friendship and choice—that’s as close to heaven as it gets for me. There are so many reasons to find yourself folded in, and so many stories to be told about the uniqueness of the relationships.

That’s what made me want to write Five-Sided Heart. Even when it fought me—and it fought like a whole pack of wildcats sometimes—that passion kept me going. It keeps Noah, Ian, Joshua, Ty and Gabriel going too. Each of them has been through a rough patch in recent years. Noah, kicked out of his home. Ian, wrestling with the emotional scars left by an abusive ex. Gabriel, struggling to come to terms with physical scars. Ty, who carries the weight of the world on his too-willing shoulders and doesn’t know how to ask for help. Joshua, who’s been behind bars. They’re an unlikely group and they know it, yet they keep getting pulled back in as inexorably as the tide. In each other they start to find the strength they need to carry on, the healing they had to accept to survive, and the affection their lonely souls were starving for.

I laughed with them, and I cried with them. I cursed them and I cheered for them. In the end, I felt like I’d run a marathon, and I would do it again tomorrow. My dream is that their story touches those who read it, even in some small way, and that you enjoy reading it.

And I’m curious. What’s your favorite kind of relationship in fiction or in the real world? They’re all valid, no wrong answers, but I love to hear love stories as much as I love to write them. Leave a comment below and tell me what makes you happiest.

— Max

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Five-Sided Heart Blurb

Noah Trevelyan has lost his moorings. Disowned over his sexuality as a teenager, he hasn’t been back to his home on the Outer Banks since his fisherman father kicked him out. But when he returns for the Old Man’s funeral, he discovers his father left him the house and boat in his will. Noah must choose whether to stay or go, but he won’t be alone.

There’s Ian, working to overcome the emotional scars left by a domineering ex-boyfriend, and Ty, a cheerful housekeeper who’s struggling to take care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken aunt. There’s Joshua too, running from the destruction of his old life, and Gabriel, who was once beaten and left for dead, and doesn’t know how to survive on his own.

Will they find in each other the strength and courage to keep living—and learn, together, how to love again? A polyamorous relationship is the last thing any of them expected to find in the Outer Banks, but it might be what they need most, and it might even be their redemption—if they can keep their group from breaking apart under the pressure.

 

Check out Five-Sided Heart today!

Dreamspinner Press
All Romance
Amazon

 

About the Author

Max MacGowan is a work in progress. They’ve just turned forty, and are determined not to go gently into that good night. They identify as nonbinary genderqueer, and prefer they/them pronouns. While they can be quiet, friends will tell you all that still water can’t quite hide Max’s quirky personality, Or maybe it’s the ever-present puckish twinkle in the eyes that’s really to blame.

Max has a fantastic time writing male/male romance, and is especially fond of polyamory, found families, love in unexpected places, friends who become lovers, and romantic comedies. They’re owned by two rowdy tomcats who take pains to make sure their owner doesn’t ever get the status confused.

You can find Max on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/people/Max-MacGowan/100009993105655 or send them an e-mail at “max.macgowan.author@gmail.com”. They’d love to hear from you!

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