Blog Tour and Giveaway – Designs of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley

When art and strength meet, two hearts will be changed forever.

DoDDesigns of Desire

by Tempeste O’Riley

M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: July 29th 2013 (ebook/print)

Release Date: December 4th 2013 (audiobook)

Length: Novel / 200 pages / 6h 19m 


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Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

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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”


Other Works by Author:

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

*shorts in series +shorts in anthologies


Tempeste O’Riley will be giving away an eBook copy from their backlist to one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment for a chance to win. Giveaway ends Monday, November 30th at 00:00 Eastern US time.


About the Author:

TO-logo-250-transparentTempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid 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 the WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at


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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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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow by Alex A. Akira


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DRAGON-&-CROW--2-VOLUME-400X600-BOOK-COVER-TTitle: Dragon and Crow – Deluxe 2 Volume Set

Series: Dojo Boys

Author: Alex A Akira

Publisher: Triple A Press

Cover Artist: Alex A Akira

Length: Volume 1 – 275 Pages; Volume 2 – 390 Pages

Release Date: 25th May, 2015

Blurb: Twenty-three-year-old, Native American, Michael Black’s well-ordered life is disrupted one evening when he is ambushed at the dojo he frequents by a mysterious Japanese youth who goes by the name of Kiyoshi.

Soon circumstances have the gorgeous teen staying with Michael at his apartment. The gifted nineteen-year-old is an intriguing mix of angst, innocence and crafty intelligence, but Michael is honor bound by a promise to his sensei to keep his distance. Michael tries to keep his desire in check, but what can he do if the exquisite teen keeps kissing him?

Volume two finds Michael in deep water when, in trying to help Kiyoshi, he is persuaded by his sensei to participate in a joint government undercover operation to bring down a Yakuza lord.

Before long Michael is immersed in beautiful men, martial arts and espionage all to gain the trust and love of Kiyoshi. Secrets, lies, sex and action combine in this racy, romantic, adventure of two men, Michael Black and his sensei, Ichiro Kimura, navigating a dangerous path for true love.



Michael readies for his houseguest’s arrival.

Michael glanced up at the starry night sky and slowed his trudge to The Kimura School. So, no act of God is going to save me? He choked out a snort of self-ridicule at the thought that a sudden tornado might serve as an excuse for him to cancel his guest-to-be’s stay. Desperate much? All afternoon he had bounced from ecstasy to dismay as he worked to guest-proof his home. The thought of the boy lying in Riley’s old room, a mere hallway from Michael’s bedroom, had led to lucid fantasies and three amazing jerk-offs during the course of his cleaning.

He sighed, once again wondering if he was crazy. How the hell was he going to do it? Even now he could feel his cock attempting to plump at the mental vision of Kiyoshi Kimura on his knees looking up at him with those fantastic lust-drugged eyes. Fuck! Swiftly superimposing his sensei’s stern face over the image, Michael forced himself to hear his teacher’s dark warning.  “Kiyoshi is not for you.” Michael had found the threatening combination gave him various degrees of self-control over his raging libido. He had made it his new repetitive mantra.

Kicking a rock into the gutter, he shoved his hands deeper into his pockets and grudgingly picked up his pace. Would the mantra work when the teen was staying with him? It sure as hell better! The last thing he needed was to fuck up his relationship with the Kimuras. Christ, why the hell did I say yes? The clenching of his hands only brought the memory of how well the boy’s muscular ass had fit his palms and he groaned aloud. He cringed when a pouty mouth, silky jet hair and huge golden eyes swam up. Fuck! Kiyoshi is not for you, Kiyoshi is not for you, Kiyoshi is not for—


D&C-VOL-2-800X1200-COVERStartled, Michael glanced up to find he was almost at the dojo. Ichiro was standing outside of the entrance and was sort of frowning at him. Shit! Did he ask me something? His sensei beckoned him forward.

“Thank you for coming. I’ve got a meeting in an hour, so I haven’t much time. Kiyoshi is waiting for us in my office.”

Quickening his step, Michael bobbed his head, flushing as he took in his sensei’s appearance. Damn, he looks good! He eyed his teacher covertly, noting how well the sleek, tailored suit enhanced Ichiro’s elegant form. He was surprised when his thoughts dissipated after the one comment. Apparently, Kiyoshi Kimura really was his new obsession. The visual of the teen sprang up and he swiftly shut it down, noting the mantra worked faster in the presence of his sensei. He suppressed a snort of irony and returned his teacher’s bow, listening attentively as he slipped through the door Ichiro held open for him.


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Alex A. Akira is the author of the yaoi romance series Dojo Boys, racy tales of young, male martial artists navigating some unorthodox and adventurous paths to find love. The Deluxe two-volume box set of Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow are available at Amazon:

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