I’m delighted to have author Tempe O’Riley back here today to share with us some about her latest release in the Desires series by Dreamspinner Press! If you recall, Tempe dropped by the website last August to talk about the first book in the series, Designs of Desire. I’m so pleased that she’s back here today to talk about the latest in the series! Be sure to read through the entire post for her interview, and to find out how you can be entered into her Rafflecopter giveaway!
by Tempeste O’Riley
Desires Entwined series book #2
M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 6th, 2014 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 200 pages
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Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.
Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.
Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.
Hello, Tempe! Welcome to my blog and thank you for answering my
nosy discerning, questions! First, please tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of stories you like to write. Would you say there is an underlying theme behind your stories?
Hi Sarah! Thanks for inviting me to visit and share a little about myself and my newest release, Desires’ Guardian.
I’m not really that interesting, lol. I’m a mom, priestess, and author—and yes, in that order. 😉 I love to read, I’m not even that picky on genre, though my favorites are contemporary and paranormal. I’m never without at least one book active on my night stand and/or Kindle. As for what I love to write, that’s easy…
I write about the heart finding its perfect match. That’s not to say that either MC is perfect—how boring and freaky would that world be—but that they’re perfect for each other. So far I have gay men, bi men, and gender fluid people all seeking to find the other half of their heart. There’s such a wonderful feeling when you get to write “The End” and look back on not only a story of love but one of overcoming and triumph.
As for my “theme”… that would have to be to never judge the person by the wrappings. Whether you are gay, straight, bi, trans, fluid, disabled, abled, tall, short, fem, butch, or any other label you might think up, it’s the person inside that matters, not the outer shell of the person. That’s actually a huge issue in Desires’ Guardian, as you can probably guess from the blurb, but it’s so true. It’s the same driving thought that helped me create Designs of Desire and my fall release, Temptations of Desire, as well.
What gave you the courage to submit your first story to a publisher?
A couple of authors already well-established in the publishing world. Even once I decided to write my first book, I still wasn’t set on submitting it. But, after joining in the old Six Sentence Sunday and gaining followers for my first story and being encouraged by the likes of Andrew Grey and Dianne Hartsock, I bit the bullet and sent Designs of Desire to Dreamspinner Press. DSP was my first choice publisher, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they said yes! So what gave me the courage, seeing that others than just me loved my guys and the love of other authors, willing to bolster a baby author. It’s one decision I will never regret!
I see you write M/M fiction. Would you characterize your stories as M/M romance, erotica, or something in between?
Actually, I prefer the tern homoerotic romance 😉 I write erotic romance, that’s to say, romance with the reader is invited into the bedroom, or kitchen, or living room, or… well, you get the picture, right, lol. The characters are my focus, but getting to read the sex is hot too! However, I often don’t use the term M/M even though all my characters are male.
Yeah, I know, that seems like a weird line to draw, but you see, one of the characters you met in Designs of Desire, and again in Desires’ Guardian, is bi, and another you’ve yet to meet is gender fluid. When I hear M/M I think of gay romance, and while all my men do have yummy boy bits, that’s not all they are. But I love to read sexy boys that find love, not just lust, so that’s also what I write—though you never know, I might branch out into other areas of the GLBTQ…
Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, do you find what you listen to influences the story at all?
Always! If it’s too quiet, I can’t write. Heck, I can’t read if it’s too quiet either. I love music and tend to d weird things like plug in a couple of groups into Pandora and then see where their muse goes. Once in a while the music I’m listening to affects the story, but it’s more likely for me to put on a particular song or group because of what I’m writing than the other way around.
Do you miss your characters when you come to the end of their story? Do you find ways to write sequels for them or do you become entranced with a new set?
LOL. Funny you should ask that. You see, I loved James and Seth so much (from Designs of Desire), I’ve written two shorts that happen between Designs of Desire and Desires’ Guardian. The first is in the Grand Adventures anthology (the donation anthology benefiting Eric Arvin and TJ Klune) called Simple Desires. The other just released on May 30th and is a freebie to my readers called Bound by Desire.
In fact, take a moment and go grab yourself a copy (it’s FREE).
A Spin-off of Designs of Desire
Desires Entwined: Book 1.75
Despite his past abuse, James has come to terms with his relationship with his Dom and lover Seth. Seth treats James with all the trust and love his sub desires. There is only one thing left to do to make it all complete: Seth needs to put a collar on James.
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About the Author:
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.