Hello all! We have the fabulous Tempeste O’Riley here answering a few fun questions plus at the end you can find out more about Desire’s Guardian and there’s a 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.
What was the most challenging part of writing the Desires Entwined series?
So far? Getting the courage to write the first book. I was very nervous about not the writing, so much, as the submitting and letting others read my work. I’m a shy person in many ways, so sharing that part of me was very challenging.
Doing the research was fun! The writing itself was hard at times—like the past abuse and such—but also very rewarding. In my most recent story, there was one scene that about gutted me to write, and when you read Desires’ Guardian it should be pretty easy to figure out which on it was. Once again, it had to do with the past and trauma, though not like it was in Designs of Desire.
But in the end, the most challenging parts are also the most treasured. The pain was good to write for various reasons (and no, not all of it was something I lived through personally) as was taking the leap in the first place to share my work with others.
Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?
Paranormal is probably the one I want to do—I have a shifter story in the works right now in fact. Other than that… I’m honestly not certain. My characters lead where they choose to, without permission or thought for the author 😉
The other thing I want to do is expand my gender and orientation combinations. Most specifically, I want to do more Bi and gender fluid, maybe even lesbian and/or transgendered stories. There is so much to write that’s important to me and that falls under the GLBTQ tag. I list myself as a homoerotic author, not an m/m or gay author as I don’t write gay stories only. In fact, one of the characters (he’s one of the MCs for the book coming in September) is bisexual and gets a bit peeved when he’s asked if he’s actually gay. He points out that there’s more than just gay and straight in the world. As a bi person myself, I know how frustrating it can be to be told your straight if with ‘this’ gender or gay/lesbian if with ‘that’ gender.
Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a bit of both?
A bit of both. I never sit down and plot out a story, per se, but as I write, I do tend to plot out a real basic idea and outline (usually just in my head) of where I want to go. Sadly, the characters often don’t give a fig what I plan and go off doing their own thing, dragging me along for the ride, lol.
If you were stranded on a desert island (food and water provided), what three things would you take with you?
Something for shelter.
A cell where I could call for rescue (or at least a really hot guy 😉 )
Do you have a designated writing area at home? What’s it like?
Not exactly. I have my recliner with side table where my laptop lives when not in my… lap, lol. With my health issues, sitting at a table or desk isn’t going to happen. Not if I want to write… But I have a nice window nearby so I can look outside, a good lamp next to me, and my monsters, I mean kids, running around me most of the time.
What’s a typical writing day like for you?
Get up. Get kids ready for school and on bus. Get other kids online for school. (Yes, half do online and half are in elementary, lol.) Sit down and decide what to work on. Probably reread the last chapter or so, then start writing. Deal with a million interruptions from kids, phone, family, … Try to write some more. Oh, and get food for munchkins and self in there somewhere. I also tend to read a lot, so when not writing, I’m usually reading or helping with temple.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
You mean, other than chocolate? Um… not really a guilty type person, lol. Probably rereading Andrew Grey and Mary Calmes, with some Amy Lane tossed in for the angsty fun of it.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read, play with kids, work for my temple, chat with friends, read, beta/critique for other authors, shop, read, … (yes, I know read is in there more than once. Trust me, it needs to be with all I tend to read, hehe)
Coffee or tea?
Oh, now that’s hard. Depends on time and day. I love a good cappuccino (especially white chocolate peppermint 😉 ) However, I love sweet tea—I’m a total southern gal at heart, lol—or a nice hot tea with cream and honey—ok, so that’s not southern (don’t tell 😉 ).
What are you working on now?
A couple of things, actually. I have a shifter story, a chef story, and a dream walker story I’m working on for your reading pleasures. I’m not the fastest, especially with kids at home, lol, but I promise I’m writing and will have more for you soon!
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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.