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Blog Tour Guest Blog and Giveaway: Genetic Celebrity by Tara Lain

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A Little Food Fun in Film

Hi everyone. I’m delighted to be here today at the Dolls to celebrate the release of my new MMF ménage, Genetic Celebrity. If you look at the cover, you’ll see a strawberry dripping cream. YUM! And it’s there because this book is all about food. It’s food that bring my three lovers together — an amateur chef, a powerhouse modeling agent, and an androgynous street kid who gets turned into a supermodel. Food becomes the pleasure whereby they tempt, tantalize, nurture and support each other.

We all have films or book in which we got to experience some food fun. The one that probably springs to mind first is 9 ½ Weeks. In that film, a Wall Street big shot has a relationship with a woman from an art gallery in which he pushes her sexual boundaries. The film was panned by critics, but a lot of people LOVE the scenes in which the man feeds the woman olives, strawberries, champagne, Jello, hot peppers, milk, and even cough syrup while she compliantly keeps her eyes closed. He then drenches her in honey and makes love to her sticky! It is memorable for sure.

In the Japanese film Tampopo, they pass a raw egg back and forth from mouth to mouth and the man drinks sake from the woman’s belly button. Hey, I always knew innies were good for something!

One of my favorites is in the old film from 1963, Tom Jones. The wonderful Albert Finney makes chicken bones a sexual experience and Joyce Redman makes love to an apple. The oyster slurping is not to be missed. I also adore Chocolat for its generally sensual food experience. Do you have a favorite food experience in film?

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Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2010. She’s now on book six. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.

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Tommy “Tick Tock” Reilly, amateur gourmet cook, would have the perfect simple life as assistant to fashion model Roan Black if he wasn’t so damned confused. Though attracted to men since he was a teenager, he’s fallen in unrequited love with Angie “Booky” Edelson, an older ambitious modeling agent who only seems to love Tommy for his cooking. Then Roan brings home Shay Shaleen, the pierced and tattooed androgynous beauty who Roan and Booky turn into a top male model. Tommy is attracted to the gorgeous man too, but Shay becomes the “Muse” of a glamorous fashion designer while Booky still can’t see past her next booking. Why does Tommy have to fall for two people who can’t love him back? Hey, is this something a little extra whipped cream can fix?

Excerpt: Genetic Celebrity by Tara Lain; MMF Menage with Food!

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Tommy Riley loves cooking and the simple life. But his passion for Angie “Booky” Edelson is anything but simple. Beautiful, ambitious, hard-driving and 10 years older than Tommy, Booky represents all the things Tommy has tried to leave behind. Besides, she only seems to love him for his food! Then Tommy’s boss brings home Shay Shaleen, a pierced, tattooed, androgynous street kid for Booky to turn into a top male model. Tommy sizzles for the beautiful guy but Shay gets caught up in the flattery of a famous fashion designer. Why does Tommy have to fall for two people who can’t love him back? Is there a recipe for blending with these genetic celebrities?

The sidewalk was dirty. What else was new? The loft was in a newly chic area that bustled with life after dark. Clubs and shops. He loved the shops but never went to the clubs. He’d never been a party guy. Even when he was brand-new to modeling, he’d loved to sneak away from the crowds and… Wham!

A body bounced off him and hit the sidewalk at his feet. Roan staggered, fell back three steps, and managed to catch himself on the stop sign before he fell into the street. Jesus! What the hell?

He looked down. A girl was trying to get up off the pavement. He struggled to right himself so he could help her. A tall, burly guy reeled out the door of a bar. “I told you to stay out of here, fag.”

Fag? Roan looked again at the gangly body. Well, damn. It was a man. A boy more or less. Probably a kid in his middle teens.

The boy staggered to his feet. Tall. Over six feet, but slim as the proverbial reed. His hair was stuffed under a stocking cap even though it was eighty degrees with humidity of a thousand. And then Roan saw the face. If you didn’t count the pierced nose, ears, lip, eyebrow, and yeah, tongue, the kid was girl pretty. He took a step, tripped over his feet, and started to fall. Roan grabbed him by the arm. “Hey, careful. You okay?”

The guy from the bar—probably the bouncer—still stood in the doorway. “Is he bothering you, mister?” He cocked his head. “Hey, aren’t you someone famous?”

Roan flashed a smile. “Does this boy owe you money or something?”

“Nah. He just comes in and takes the pretzels and shit from the bar. The bartender’s sick of it. Little pervert.”

Roan reached in his pocket, pulled out a money clip, and peeled off fifty dollars. He walked a couple of steps to the bouncer, dragging the kid along. “Please give this to the bartender to make up for the loss.” He gave the man the money.

“You know this kid?”

“Let’s just say he’s very familiar.”

“Okay. Thanks.”

He went back inside, and Roan looked at the kid. “Are you all right? Why were you taking the food?”

The kid shrugged. He tried for cocky, but fear peeked through. “Why’d you do that? You don’t know me.”

Roan sighed. “No. I don’t.”

The kid snatched his arm from Roan, then stepped back and gave him a slow once-over. “Jesus, you sure are beautiful. You looking for a fuck? I’d go home with you.”

“Is that what you do? Turn tricks?”

The kid shook his head. “Naw. At least I’m trying not to. Shit. When I was a rent boy at least I could eat. But since I tried to go straight, I get to slop dishes and starve.”

“So you’re a dishwasher.”

“Was. I had to quit.”


The kid shrugged. “You sure are nosy. You want to fuck or not? I mean I owe you, man. That was fifty bucks you gave that guy.”

“No, I don’t want to fuck. Why did you quit your job? Too hard?”

He frowned. “No, man, I’m not afraid of hard work. I’ve been doing it since I was little. But the bastard who owned the restaurant decided I should be his boy for what he was paying me to wash dishes. Crap on that. I didn’t become a dishwasher so I could fuck slimy, fat bastards for free.”

“Did you steal from him?”

The big eyes narrowed. “I’m no thief. Don’t ever call me a thief.”

Interesting reaction. “Okay. Are you hungry?”

He cracked a tiny smile. And the beautiful face became mischievous. “I could eat.”

Roan pulled out his phone and pushed the three. The kid watched him. He looked wary but not ready to run.

Tommy sounded surprised when he answered the phone. “Hey, Roan. Everything okay?”

“Hi, Tommy. You still have some of the chicken?”

“Yeah. There was lots left. I just put it in a container. You want to take it home?”

“No, heat it up. I’m bringing some company.’

“What? Now? I thought you were going to Connecticut.”

“I am, but later. Is Booky still there?”

“No, she went out to Brooklyn.”

“Okay. See you in a minute.”

“Okay, boss.”

He hung up and looked at the kid. “What’s your name?”


“Shaleen what?”

“Don’t know. Just Shaleen. People call me Shay.”

“Okay, Shay, let’s get you something to eat.”

Shay frowned. “Where?”

“My loft is right up there.” He pointed up the street. “My friend Tommy is a great cook, and he has some food for you. Both of us, actually. I’m kind of hungry.”

The kid hesitated.

“Hey, you were willing to fuck me. How scary is food?”

“Fucking I get paid for. It’s worth the risk.” He looked Roan up and down. “Especially with you.”

Roan laughed. “I’ve got an idea I want to tell you about. There could be a paycheck in it too.”

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  • wow this sounds great. Who doesn’t love a book that involves sex and food?

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    • Tara Lain says:

      Hi Patricia– Thanks so much for coming by. You didn’t leave your email, so if you win i’ll try to track you down through the Dolls!
      : )

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  • Tracey D says:

    Hi, Tara.

    Congrats on your latest release!

    I have forgotten about the movie Chocolat; it was great.

    Great excerpt; I’m loving Genetic Celebrity more and more…but there was never a doubt I would love it!

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  • Mary Preston says:

    I saw a French movie, ages ago now, that was all sex & food. Quite a feast!! GENETIC CELEBRITY does look VERY interesting.


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  • Karin Anderson says:

    MMM…food. Thanks for the movie trivia, Tara! I’ll have to check some of them out.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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  • Trix says:

    Good to see a shout-out to TAMPOPO…I remember reading a review that mentioned the egg yolk scene and being *scandalized* (I was really young). LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE is a really great example, too (I like the rose-petal quail scene best). And I’ve been wanting to see the live-action version of the ANTIQUE BAKERY manga series, though I’ve heard the m/m themes get tamped down, which would be a shame.

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    • Tara Lain says:

      I almost included Like Water for Chocolate. Great film. I finally settled on Chocolat–because of Johnny Depp! : )

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  • Carin W says:

    I remember seeing 9 1/2 weeks as a senior in high school and thinking I has seen the sexiest thing ever LOL! Times they do change don’t they. Who doesn’t love to introduce a little food into play (I gotta tell you Nuttela is AWESOME to fingerpaint with) Carin

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  • Ilona F says:

    I’m not into movies much so there aren’t many that include food play that I can think of. In fact the only one that I remember is Top Gun. Luckily I prefer reading about food play in books and Genetic Celebrity is on my wishlist already :D

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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  • Emily W. says:

    I don’t really have a fave food experience in a film. Though, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory jumps to mind. I love the room where everything is edible. Just leave me there and I would be a very happy person.


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  • Linda says:

    Love the excerpt, =) looking forward to reading this! Can´t really recall any hot and heavy food moment in film (i never did see 9 and ½ weeks =D )

    best wishes, Linda xo
    readourlips dot l at gmail dot com

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  • Cathy M says:

    Happy Release Day Tara!

    Chocolat is one of my favorites, love the sensuality of it. Thanks for sharing all these excerpts with us, just lovin this story already.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  • Mona Leigh says:

    Girl, you’re on a roll. Can’t wait to read this one, but I’ll leave the contest for our readers. Hopping over to buy it now.

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  • Tara Lain says:

    Hi Mona– BLESS your heart. Do you know how much you and the Dolls have helped this authors over the last year and a half! I can’t begin to say thank you! : )

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  • Vanessa N. says:

    I’m all for having fun with your food. Love the cover.

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  • Mary says:

    two great thing in life sex and food.

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  • elaing8 says:

    Congrats on the new release.
    Great excerpt

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    • Tara Lain says:

      Hi Elaine– Great to see you. Remember to hop over to Beautiful Boys Books and enter there too. : )

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  • Doll Kitt says:

    Tara! Thanks for visiting us again! I just recently watched 91/2 weeks for the first time, a friend rec’d it to me after we read 50 Shades. Mickey was sooo hawt! Haven’t watched Tampopo or Tom Jones.. yet, but that’s what Netflix is for, right? Lol

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    • Tara Lain says:

      Hi Kitt– Thank you all so much for having me back. I love my visits! If you can find the old Tom Jones definitely rent it. It’s a classic for a lot of reasons–the food scene being one. : )

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  • Rosemary says:

    Loved this excerpt. I haven’t seen any of the movies mentioned in this entry. I’m going to need to remedy that soon.

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  • I read the first three Books in Tara’s Genetic Attraction Series, they are INCREDIBLE & Scorchin’ HAWT, we’re Talkin’ Heat-Producing, Drool-Worthy, Panty-Melting, Thigh-Clenching HAWT!!! If you haven’t read these Books (first, where have you been hiding lol) you have to buy them, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!!! You’ll be coming back for MORE!!!!! I know I’m Hooked on Tara, she’s a Fantastic Author. I can’t wait to read her newest release to this Great Series, “Genetic Celebrity”, it sounds Absolutely Scrumptious !!!!!

    Tara, I just LOVE your Erotically Eye-Catching Cover Art with the Gorgeous Eye-Candy & the Strawberry Dripping Cream….Mmmmmm Yummmy!!!!! WooHoo now this Cover definitely grabs a Reader & says “Buy Me”, “Read Me”, Eat Me”….Ohhhh I’m Soooo Bad!!! ;)LOL

    Now for a Movie that ALWAYS come to mind for me when I think of a Movie that is Sensual & Erotic with a Food Theme in it….
    Flashdance (1983) when Jennifer Beals is in that extremely nice restaurant, wearing what LQQks like a Tuxedo-Type outfit (until she take her Jacket off ;) WooHoo) & is eating a lobster tail in a not-so-subtle seduction way ;) withour taking her sensual eyes off her date & playing footie under table…for all other patrons in this exclusive restaurant to see. OMG that was sooooo HAWT!!!! Here is the YouTube link if anyone cares to see it, but of course they have to cut out when she takes off her jacket. Darnit!!! LOL

    Take care Tara & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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  • Julianne says:

    Congrats Tara! And I’m gonna go EEEEEWWWWW over the passing of a raw
    egg back and forth. I don’t think I would have been able to do that
    without going ICK! Now making love to an apple sounds like a gotta
    see it to believe it thing. And chicken bones?!? *shivers* Not sure I
    will ever be able to look at them the same again.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  • bn100 says:

    Congratulations on the book! Nice excerpt.


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