Character Interview with Alex and Lyric plus Giveaway – Truth in Lace by Tempeste O’Riley

Please welcome the fabulous Tempeste O’Riley who’s dropped by to interview Alex and Lyric from Truth in Lace! Enjoy!

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“Good morning, Alex and Lyric. I hope you don’t mind me taking you away from your busy high school schedules by asking you a few questions.”

Alex laughs and smiles wide. “What kind of teenager minds ditching homework?”

“Seriously? None I know,” Lyric adds with her own smile.

It’s uncanny how alike the two before me are. Alex is dressed in jeans, a tight red T-shirt, a chain going from his belt loop to his back pocket, a pair of combat boots, and a black leather jacket draped over the back of the chair he’s sitting on. Lyric is in a flirty red skirt, a white blouse, white low heels, and a white leather coat behind her. And yet, as opposite as they seem, the feeling of sameness hangs heavy in the air between them.

“Right. Stupid question. How about I just ask how you’re both doing now that the events in Truth in Lace have happened?”

Alex shifts in his chair and looks around before swallowing hard. “Um, good. It’s nice to know I’m not the freak I thought I was. I mean, to know that there are other people out there like me. To know that Lyric won’t hate me,” he adds so softly I almost don’t catch the words.

“Oh, Lex. I could never hate you. You know better. You’re my wombmate, my other half. Even when I want to strangle you, I still love you.”

Alex chuckles and nods. “Yeah, love you too, you brat. But really, it makes surviving living at home a little while longer a lot easier. Our parentals won’t understand or accept me, but I don’t care about that. I only care about what Lyric thinks.”

“I think you look hot in my clothes.” She fake pouts, drooping her shoulders as she does. “Just no stealing my boyfriend.”

“Oh, ick. No way in hell I’d ever touching your guy! No, uh-uh, so not ever happening.”

“So tell us what you really think,” I interject, trying not to laugh.

“What? Her boyfriend is a total ’phobe and so not my type. Besides, why would I want a guy that she’s—” Alex stage whispers “—had sex with?” He shivers and grimaces. “No. Just… no.”

Lyric swats Alex, then they both start giggling. “Seriously. I don’t think our author needed to know that part. The story isn’t about me, and Tempeste only writes about boy bits, even when you’re having a girl day, you still have boy bits. So lay off my love life.”

“Fine, fine. So what questions do you have for us, Tempe?” Alex faces me and feigns total focus on my every word and motion.

“Your story is a short so I don’t want to ask too much and not leave anything for your readers to discover, but Lyric, what made you want to help Alex? And Alex, when you move away from home, will you start to shop in the women’s department for yourself?”

Lyric blinks a few times and tilts her head to the side. “Um, my best friend and twin was hurting. I could see that plain as anything. There’s little I wouldn’t do for Lex, including a little research. It wasn’t hard to Google about boys that weren’t boys all the time and all. I was only worried about being caught by out librarian as I didn’t want it getting back to our parents. He’s right, they’re both horrible about anyone that’s not what they deem acceptable. I sucks, but Lex and I’ll move away to college in just a few months and be free of their control. I’ll help teach him to dress right and do his makeup and all then. I’ll make sure he’s a beautiful woman, just like he’s a handsome man.”

Alex sniffles and leans over to hug Lyric. “Love you too, Ly,” he whispers. After a moment, he sits up and smooths his hands down his jeans before he looks up again. “Sorry about that. Um, shopping? Right?”

“Yep. You and shopping in the women’s department.”

“Yeah. Right now, I only have what you know about from in the pages of Truth in Lace, but once I’m free of here, I will explore more and shop for all of me. Not just what others deem acceptable. It’s hard not being me on the days where what I’m wearing now wouldn’t be true. Today it is, but yesterday this would have grated on my nerves. Actually, what I wore yesterday did drive me nuts because it wasn’t me. I was having a very girl day but I, of course, had to pretend to be all boy….”

“I’m so sorry, Alex. I wish I could make the world understand that even gender isn’t binary. I’m Genderfluid, as is my youngest, so I do get it. I promise. It’s a constant struggle to deal with others that don’t understand or that refuse to, but I promise, it get’s better. And once you’re on your own, you can decide how to live and chose who is and is not allowed in your life. So don’t give in on give up, hon.”

He gives a watery smile. “I won’t. No matter what. I won’t!”

“I won’t let him,” Lyric adds, her voice firm.

“I’m glad. Now, I want to tell those reading this that Lyric is Alex’s twin sister from Truth in Lace and that you see her again in Temptations of Desire, which is where Alex finally gets his happily ever after! Temptations of Desire is a full novel and came out first, which is how I would read them, but either order is fine as neither will spoil the ending of the other.

“Thank you, Alex and Lyric, for stopping by and letting me chat with you and introduce you a little to your readers. Is there anything either of you would like to say before you go?”

“Yeah,” Alex says, shifting in his chair again. “Never think you’re the only one like you. You’re not a freak. There are others and you are not alone! Being Genderfluid is not wrong, sick, or even all that weird. You just need to reach out and find others like yourself. I was lucky, Lyric helped me see that. I hope you find your way and remember, never give up!”

“Thanks, Alex and Lyric!”

The body does not dictate who the soul will be inside.

Truth in LaceTruth in Lace

by Tempeste O’Riley
Desires Entwined, #3.5
Gay, Gender fluid, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 5, 2014 (ebook)
Length: Short / 24 pages


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When Alexander James Noble looks in the mirror, he sees a freak looking back at him. Despite his high grades and plans for culinary arts school after graduation, his parents would hate him if they really knew him.

Forced on a shopping trip with his twin sister, Lyric, and her friends, Alex eyes the girls jealously, longing to be able to dress like them—to be them. The constant struggle of being “gender fluid,” wrestling with an identity that seems to change daily, begins to wear on Alex. But all those questions and fears seem more manageable when his sister gives him his first skirt and lace panties.


Other Books by Author:

Other Books

Designs of DesireSimple Desires*+ – Bound by Desire* – Desires’ GuardianTemptations of DesireMicah’s Medicine+ – Truth in Lace* – Caged Sanctuary

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“I found it a beautiful tale of unhappiness changed to romance and then love with a happy ending.”

—Rainbow Book Reviews, on “Designs of Desire”


“Tempeste O’Riley clearly has designs on our attention with Designs of Desire, a story as heart breaking as it is heart warming.”

—Sensual Reads, on “Designs of Desire”


“The writer did an excellent job with the charactesr, they are likable and perfect.  Not perfect in the way that they have no flaws, but in a way that they grab you and complement each other.”

—Love Bytes Reviews, on “Temptations of Desire”


About the Author:

TO-logo-250-transparentTempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual gender fluid 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.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at


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Tempeste O’Riley will be giving away an eBook from her backlist to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. Giveaway ends Friday October 9th at 12:oo am Eastern US time.

New Release, Excerpt & Giveaway – Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

About the Book

LetTheWrongLightInSMAvery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.


THE PROBLEM with barging into Lacroix’s office, Avery quickly discovers, is the reality is far more anticlimactic than he imagined. It starts out promisingly enough. He storms in without knocking, and that’s pretty great. Then he yells for five minutes and even pounds his fist on Lacroix’s desk for added dramatic effect.

Lacroix just looks at him. “Is there a problem, Mr. Hextall?”

Avery gives his desk a cursory glance, looking for the red pen. Fuck that red pen, man. And fuck Lacroix. Fuck him and his classy suits, his icy eyes, his hands that look more like a violinist’s than a project manager’s. They’re nice hands, actually… and wait, what is he doing? He’s here to yell at Lacroix, not think about his hands.

“Yeah, there’s a problem,” Avery huffs, ready to shout so loud that the glass panes in the window behind Lacroix will shatter into pieces. Maybe the son of a bitch will get sucked outside—à la every action movie Avery’s ever seen. “The problem is you’re a prick with no soul.”

“Please have a seat.” Lacroix waves at the chair in front of his desk, the chair Avery is holding on to with both hands. He’s thinking about swinging it at Lacroix’s head.

Avery yanks the chair out and sits down, realizes he’s just obeyed Lacroix, and then stands up again. “No.”

Lacroix shrugs, in that effortless, annoying way of his that’s number sixty-five on Avery’s “Reasons I Irrationally Hate Malin Lacroix” list. He has another list of rational reasons. Avery is a believer in the power of lists.


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AvonGale Bio picAvon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories — either real or the ones she makes up in her head.

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Author Interview & Giveaway – One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley

Thank you so much, Charlie, for hosting me here to celebrate Release Day for One Marine, Hero, from Dreamspinner Press.

This was definitely one of my most enjoyable books to write, but you’ll read all about that a bit later. Here’s a bit about the story.


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What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

Now there are fun challenges and there are frustrating challenges, and I definitely had both on this particular book.

First off, I didn’t know a thing about helicopters. A bit of a problem since my main character Jake Woodley is Marine helicopter pilot.

Solution: take helicopter flying lessons. Oh boy, this was one of the funnest things I have done in my whole life (at least with my clothes on). I thought I’d be a little worried, since the instructor said I’d be at the controls for the entire lesson, except for takeoff and landing. But once he handed over control of the aircraft, I had an absolute blast. It helps that I’m not at all afraid of heights. I could talk all day about the experience…

Another challenge: Marines. I talked to a bunch of helo pilots during SF Fleet Week and got some great information about what kind of guys they are, which helped a lot. And spending half a day with Marine pilots? No sweat!

For the tricky stuff: Since Marine One and the squadron that runs it HMX-1 has so many national security restrictions, it was really difficult to get any information on the helicopter, the squadron, etc., for a long time. I’d actually wanted to write a story that had Marine One in it, and then last year one of the pilots wrote a book and it was chock full of details that helped enormously.

The other difficulty for me was getting general military details correct. I did as much research as I could, including watching YouTube videos of how to wear the officer’s dress blues (that sword is a real PITA to get on the first time!). I was extremely lucky that Dreamspinner’s Senior Editor Lynn West is an expert and willing to check my military details for accuracy.

What’s a typical writing day like for you?

My plan for the typical writing day is to get up and have a walk before it gets too hot here in California, then get in a couple of hours of writing before visiting Facebook and having lunch, then do a few more hours of writing in the afternoon and another session of social media and writing with dinner thrown in there somewhere.

My actual writing day doesn’t even closely resemble that. I tend to start off with social media and emails then realize it’s 11 am. Then I start writing and don’t look up for several hours, usually till I need the bathroom (sorry if that’s TMI) or I realize I haven’t eaten anything.

That’s actually a good day, where I’m so into the story I never realize how long I’ve been writing. A bad day is one where I’m actually tempted to clean the bathroom because the story is frustrating me.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Netflix instant watch. The ability to binge watch a whole season of something in nearly one sitting is such fun, though it can be very detrimental to productivity.

I tend to bribe myself into writing for a couple of hours or some word count target before I’m allowed to watch another episode. That has actually helped me finish quite a few things. It’s especially useful for working through edits that can often take even more brain power than writing.

Do you have any pets? If not, and you were given the choice to have any pet (fictional or real), what type of pet would you choose and why?

A unicorn, of course. Duh!  Unicorns poop rainbows so they are easy to clean up after.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Someone told you I’m not writing? Who???

One word, Netflix.

Sometimes I read. I also study for classes. And I love to cook.

Coffee or tea?


I love both, not quite equally. I probably like coffee a bit more, though sometimes I really crave a fragrant herbal tea. I am particularly fond of the stress relief blends. Try out Yogi Tea’s Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea. It’s like a visit to a day spa in a cup.

What are you working on now?

A cowboy story. Well, it’s supposed to be a cowboy story, but it’s turning into a lot more and the more I write the more complicated the characters get. They got so damn complicated they didn’t even meet until about 100 pages into the story, which does not fly for romance readers! I’m rewriting the whole beginning now. Next question?

EM Lynley_Helicopter lessonWhat did you enjoy most about writing this story?

I think I already mentioned the Marines and the helicopter lessons. You’d be surprised to find out there is more than that.

Another really fun aspect was getting to bring in some of my experiences working in Washington DC. I worked in the White House complex and we got to hang out on the South Lawn when Marine One arrived or took off. It’s a great (staged) photo opp, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. And I finally got to bring in my White House Christmas party experience, though since one of my characters is a recovering alcoholic, the awesome eggnog only got a walk-on appearance.

What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?

I’m both. A lot depends on the kind of book I’m writing. I tend to write mystery/suspense (like One Marine, Hero) so the plot requires some careful planning, which can take a lot more time upfront, rather than having to string the whole thing together again if you figure out a big problem.

With contemporary romances I’m more of a pantser. I like to develop the characters first and decide what kind of problems they are going to face, then the story pretty much flows out of who they are. That can be really fun and very freeing after a tightly plotted book. Sometimes I surprise myself when I let loose and the story just writes itself and I find I’ve written 30 or 40 pages in a day. Unless of course the characters don’t meet until page 100, then I do have to go back and clean up more than I’d like. To avoid that, I discovered I should really plan the first few scenes and how they meet. Next time!

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I used to agonize over this a lot more. I had one book where someone was smuggling something and I asked a bunch of writer friends what they thought of my idea and people poked so many holes in it I put the whole book aside for a couple of months. Then I asked my non-writer housemate and she came up with a really easy and fantastic solution that made the story more interesting. So, asking for help from everyone and anyone is a good first step.

The other is to just relax. I’ve learned over the years that if I set my brain on another task, just as I’m getting focused on that, it will start spitting out ideas that solve the first problem. That also seems to happen in the shower a lot. No idea why. But it’s true that your brain does keep working even when you are not consciously aware of it.

That’s a great thing, because it reduces the amount of work a writer has to do. What I mean by that is storytelling and writing does get easier the more you do it because a lot of the “processing” happens in the background and when you sit down to write your brain just gushes really great ideas onto the page almost without you having to think too hard about it.



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He’s a hero to everyone but himself.

Marine helicopter pilot Captain Jake Woodley struggles after receiving the Medal of Honor for a mission where he didn’t bring every man back alive. Being called a hero and having his photo plastered across the news makes him hate himself more. He despises his cushy job flying with the Marine One squadron, carrying the president and other officials, when he’d rather risk something, even death. He gets his wish when he’s ordered to fly a series of classified trips.

Matt “Beau” Beaumont has been relegated to covering the fashion beat after getting downsized from a hard-news position. But an unexpected invitation to a White House dinner might be the boost his career needs. Offering a hot marine an after-dinner blowjob wasn’t on Beau’s agenda, but when Jake takes him up on the proposition, some phenomenal casual sex soon blossoms into a relationship both of them crave.

When Beau’s extracurricular research uncovers defense department funding anomalies, he soon discovers the trouble goes higher than he imagined. Just as events start to make sense, the investigation puts Beau and Jake in deadly danger. It takes a daring play by Jake—risking everything he loves—to uncover the truth.

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2015NewAbout the author

EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press (Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone), and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.


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