TM Smith- Appearances Blog Tour & Giveaway


 Appearances, can be deceiving.Raven
and Tanis are trying very hard to merge their vastly different
lifestyles, but Tanis issues with his own past could prove to be more
than their fragile relationship can handle. Is their love for each other
strong enough to weather the oncoming storm?Aiya and Sawyer
have fought hard to be together in a world where Opposite relationships
are generally forbidden. Yet, they are still forced to keep their
relationship a secret while they are outside the walls of House Gaeland.

Everyone assumes that the only threat lies outside their walls,
the group of rebels led by Cillian. But something is happening within
House Gaeland, something that hasn’t happened since GWI. And with all
the attention focused on that, their guard is down. An evil that was
under their nose all along strikes, and someone will make the ultimate
sacrifice to save another.

Appearances is the second book in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.

Warning, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that
contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight
and lesbian couples. **
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The twins were raised to love music. Aiya plays piano, while Aiyan and Raven play the violin. Rian and Mia, their biological parents, show their musical chops along the way as well. I found that actually listening to the music they would play while I was writing definitely helped. I have several playlists on Youtube and Spotify and I always have something going in the background while I’m writing. My favorites are David Garrett and Ronan Hardiman so I can hear violins and Celtic tunes. 

The first time you the twins play in Opposites its Rain on The Pond. They actually play this more than once. I found this song one day when I was looking for a song that used the sound of rain in the background, as it was crucial to that part of the story.
Sawyer stumbles on Aiya one day playing the piano in the Hall. The windows are open, the wind is blowing the curtains over the top of the piano as well as Aiya’s hair off her shoulders. He’s mesmerized by her talent and the peace it brings her.
At Aiya and Maeve’s rehearsal dinner Aiyan, Raven and Rian play a fun, catchy Celtic tune for everyone to enjoy. It starts out with the drums then the flute comes in and finally one violin and then two. It’s one of my favorite songs even before I started writing. During this scene I talk about how it’s almost a dual between Aiyan and Raven while they play, they are dripping sweat by the time they are done.
What is a Greek wedding without some traditional Greek dancing. Sirtaki!!
Lament, the very definition is a passionate sadness. This was the title of the chapter, and the song says it all.
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee! 

At 42 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for the LGBTQ community. 

Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social acceptability, examining a ‘what if’… What If to be gay or lesbian were the
norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the Outkast?

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Lily G. Blunt – Paint the Sky Spotlight Tour & Excerpt

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Paint the Sky


Lily G. Blunt 

Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance and Erotica

Length: 65,000 Words/230 pages

Release Date: August 30, 2014






A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.




Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”

As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.

Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.

And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.

This was the beginning of something special.


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Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work.

Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.

Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.

Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog. 





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JB Sanders – Interview

Hello everyone! Please welcome the fabulous JB Sanders who’s kindly stopped by the Tea House today to answer some questions on writing, movies, and more!


What do you enjoy most about being an author?

In some ways, the total control I have over my story. It’s mine, I decide what happens, and that feels like a special kind of freedom. I also enjoy telling stories, making up worlds and situations, and the feeling of creating something new.

Do you ever lose your creative groove? If so, how do you get it back?

Oh man, I sure have lost it. In fact, I’m just getting out of a pretty dry spell. That’s the reason the 4th Glen & Tyler book is taking so long. I’m not 100% sure what I did to pull out of that dive, but I think it had to do with consuming other stuff — reading, watching TV, watching movies. There came a point where I was watching or reading something, and thought “what would Tyler do to get out of that?” That happened enough times, I got enough build up of “what ifs?”, that I was burning to get back to writing.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or both?

I am a total panster. I fly by the seat of my pants a lot. In fact, the way I get past any kind of persistent writers block, in general, is to write the scenes that amuse me. Screw chronology! Then the work comes when I figure out a way to stitch together those scenes into a coherent book. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. Sometimes I have to toss scenes entirely. But they’re seldom wasted — I don’t press the delete button, I cut them out of the manuscript, and paste them into my “unused” file. I’ve actually resurrected a scene I didn’t use in the first book (Glen & Tyler’s Honeymoon Adventure) and used it in the second book (Glen & Tyler’s Scottish Troubles). It worked!

Is there a genre you’d like to write that you haven’t already written? (i.e. Historical, Science Fiction, Horror)

I actually thought that I would write my first book, and it would be either scifi or fantasy. I have about 1/3 of a young adult scifi book already written — though I’ll go back and change it pretty significantly. Back then I wasn’t as courageous in my writing, and it was kind of a typical YA novel, with no male/male romance at all. Bleh! I also have an urban fantasy mystery novel I’m working on that might be what I switch to after the Glen & Tyler train pulls into the station.

BookIII final HCh200pxWhat do you love most about writing Glen & Tyler?

The interaction between Glen and Tyler is the best — they’re so much fun to write! The banter is awesome, but so is the sort of fourth wall breaking they do. There’s a scene in Scottish Troubles where they realize (sorry for the SPOILERS) that there’s a Russian mob causing them trouble, and Tyler goes “Didn’t we do Russian crime gangs already?” — of course, Glen replies “No, that was Ukrainians, totally different.” It’s the characters being kind of self-aware of the story they’re in, only in a sly way that the readers can get (or not, doesn’t matter). One of my readers said it was “interestingly self-aware”, which is a pretty cool way to sum it up. It’s partly because Glen and Tyler see themselves as almost like a couple of guys, sitting on the couch, playing this all like a giant video game — not so much like real life. It lets them say and do things they probably wouldn’t, otherwise.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by social media? How do you find the right balance between writing and your online presence?

I do get a little overwhelmed, though I guess I don’t update nearly as often as other authors, so that makes the load a little easier to bear. One really great piece of advice I read was this: put like 75% of your work into writing, and 25% into marketing (which includes the social media stuff). That is, until you get to your third book, then make it more like 60% marketing and 40% writing. There’s something about the 3rd book in a series which helps the sales of all the books just take off that much more. So although I regularly engage with the social media stuff, and try to do other things to promote my books, I understand that it’s an important part of getting the word out, nearly as important as the writing is in the first place.

That said, I’d probably still be writing, published or not.

What’s been the most difficult part of your journey with your writing?

That last mile of the marathon is a killer. Writing a book takes a long time, but for me the part I struggle with the most is getting the final manuscript. That things I mentioned where I have to tie together all those cool scenes I wrote easily? Yeah, that’s a lot of work. And there’s my Editing Circle, which is a bunch of friends and family who comb through my books and find the errors, problems, and shortcomings. Cleaning that stuff up is seldom fun (sometimes, mind you, but not most of the time).

A large portion of writers can’t function without coffee. Are you one of them?

I have to have my big mug of coffee in the morning, but for real serious writing jags later in the day, I need my tea. I’ve become something of a tea snob, too, (which I’m sure will come up in a book soon) so I have to have loose tea, steeped only 5 minutes (depending on the leaf, of course), and served with just a dab of honey.

If you could only watch three movies the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

Clue. Princess Bride. Fifth Element. That’s off the top of my head — I think if I was really restricted to just three movies, I might want to pick an intricate film that I could find something new in every time I watch it. So I might say one of the Miyazaki movies, like “Spirited Away”. Anyway, about those first three. Clue is just damned funny, and I’m a huge mystery fan (especially the Drawing Room British Mystery), so I get all the inside references and sly digs at the conventions. Like “the butler did it”. And of course, Tim Curry.

Princess Bride is something I can practically quote every line — it’s just so funny!

Fifth Element is very tongue-in-cheek scifi action flick. Plus the music is great!

GTHHcoverWhat are you working on now?

I’m banging away on the 4th Glen & Tyler book — High Seas Hijinks. It’s coming along, but I had a dry spell during it, so it’s morphed a little from what I pictured originally. I’ve also had to chuck out a few scenes that didn’t work — which is always a painful process. I’ve also been working on that previously mentioned paranormal mystery romance book. Which will be humorous, of course, because I can’t seem to write any other way.


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