Tempeste O’Riley talks Temptations of Desire ~ Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway, Rafflecopter

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Title: Temptations of Desire
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Interview:

1. We are here today to talk about Temptations of Desire, book 3 in the Desires Entwined series. What can you tell us about it?

Temptations of Desire is a bit different that the first two, it’s happens in tandem of the events Desires’ Guardian. You actually meet the couple (together) briefly in DG though you’ve known Dal since Designs of Desire, lol.

But instead of me easing out the story, how about I just share the blurb J

Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

2. Tell us a little more about Alex and Dal.

Alex Noble is a gender fluid gay man whose belief in finding a man that can love all of him was shattered long ago. His faith in cops isn’t any better. However, when he meets the yummy Officer Dal Sayer, his preconceived notions are shaken and his heart touched, but can he trust Dal to be the man he needs? To love him in all his forms…?

Dal Sayer is an officer in the Milwaukee PD and bi, something that he doesn’t make a point of, but doesn’t really hide it either. He’s also Rhys Sayer’s little brother, though at well over 6’ tall, little is relative, lol. When he volunteers to provide security for a GLBTQ dance at the Center he meets Alex and from the very first is smitten. But Alex seems put off by his occupation and Dal is at a loss of how to approach the sexy man. Can he win him over or will he be judged for what he is instead of who?

3. When you wrote book 1, Designs of Desire, did you plan on a series, or did it just happen? Why/how?

When I started Designs of Desire? No. Absolutely not. By halfway though, definitely. I knew Chase needed his Happily Ever After, though I didn’t find his to-be-partner until nearly the end of the first book, lol.

From there it was planned as just the two stories, but quickly snowballed as readers and beta readers wanted the stories of their other friends. I’m working on book 4, and have at least 3 more planned.

4. Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

Um, sort of. I have two unfinished m/m romances that I’m not currently working on, but I do plan to go back and finish them later. I do also have a folder of ideas and notes for other possible stories in the future. My list right now has a total of 10 stories, I believe, lol. I’ve never completely dumped and walked away from a story that I truly delved into and wrote more than a chapter or two of though. It’s just not in me to do. J

5. What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?

I’ve gotten some hate and some love in reviews, emails, PMs, etc., but the best is when something about the characters’ struggles touch the reader so profoundly that they have to send me a note. I got one such that I have printed and read when I need the push that is from a man with EDS (Ehlers Danlos syndrome)—what James has in Designs of Desire—and how he loved being able to see a character that suffered the same things he does, the mobility and dismissal issues that go along with the genetic disorder. He said it gave him hope that one day he would find his own Seth.

I cried when I read it! I have EDS and while I’ve gotten flak from some reviewers that don’t understand what it really is, having someone that can truly be in the characters place and find hope… That’s my happy author moment right there! 😀

6. If you could get one thing from a sex toy store without question, what would it be?

Oh… Goodness, there’s so much wonderful out there to choose from… the perfect lube (flavored where it’s actually yum, lol). No matter what fun you have or how, lube is a M U S T have, lol. Kinkier? Silk rope and the yummy man to use it 😉

7. What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?

Letting my inner romantic and kink-self have fun without society or physical limitations. In m/m, we get to find the perfect partner for our characters, throw the world at them, and see them triumph all while being sexy and driving us wild. (Yes, I write erotic romances, lol…).

Seriously, for me it’s about the hearts and the journey more than anything. I read lots of genres, but the only one I write, truly WANT to write, is m/m. I won’t say gay romance as I write characters that aren’t all gay.

8. Rapid Fire Time:

Salty or Sugary

Salty 😉

Sausage or Hamburger?

Vegetarian, so… neither, lol.

World of Warcraft or Everquest?

Never played either L I prefer paper and dice gaming, like Palladium Fantasy or Heroes unlimited.

Fire or Ice?

Ice 😀

Tea of Coffee?

Coffee (gotta have the coffeeeeee)

Vanilla or Chocolate?

Chocolate

Favorite Color?

Blue

Train or Plane?

Train

9. What are you working on? What is next?

Right now, I’m editing my first standalone story named “Caged Sanctuary.” I’m also working on the next in the Desires Entwined series, Signs of Desire (Adrian’s story 😉 from Desires’ Guardian).

After that? Hopefully more stories and more lovely men will grace my imagination and pages, so stay tuned…

Excerpt:

“DAMMIT, DAL, what’s up with you today?” Rhys snapped at him. “You’ve lost count. Again.”
They were at the gym, and he knew he was supposed to be counting his reps while his big brother spotted him, but the most beautiful amber—flecked with small chips of gold and green—eyes he’d ever seen kept floating in front of him. Dal had always liked guys that were shorter, though he didn’t usually go for the more waif-like twinks like his brother. But then, he liked the delicate curves of a woman too—something his brother had never been interested in. Still, he needed to concentrate!
“Sorry. Maybe we should move on. I’m just not feeling it today.”
Rhys stared at him for a long moment. Dal knew he was being examined, but there was no way, he hoped, Rhys could know who had his mind and libido so distracted.
“How ’bout we call it a day and go grab a couple a beers?”
“Sure.” He flashed a grin as he sat up, grabbed his towel, and began wiping down the bench before standing and heading to clean up and change.
“Then you can tell me who’s got you all in a twist,” Rhys added once they were in the shower area, smirking as he dodged the towel Dal snapped at him.
“You know, you’re worse than mom with the gossip and busybody routine.” Dal grabbed his shower kit and walked off before Rhys could retaliate, as he was apt to do.
Once both men were clean and dressed, they headed to where their bikes were parked. Rhys’s black and chrome Harley Softail and his red Ducati Diavel stood out in a sea of generic cars and trucks in the parking lot.
“Meet me at Flanagan’s?”
Dal knew this was going to be unpleasant, but nodded and dutifully straddled his bike before heading out to their favorite pub on this side of town—probably in the entire metro area if he were honest.
By the time he arrived and got up the courage to go inside, Rhys had already grabbed two mugs of beer—Guinness for himself and a Murphy’s Stout for Dal—and snagged a corner booth. The grin he flashed told Dal just how serious his brother was about him spilling what was on his mind. He rolled his eyes, making sure Rhys saw him, and huffed as he flopped down on the other side of the booth.
“So dignified, Dal,” Rhys grumbled but smiled. “Now, take a couple a good pulls on your beer and tell me what’s got you so out of sorts. I haven’t seen you like this since….” Rhys bit the cuticle of his right thumb, seemingly lost in thought.
Taking a hearty gulp of his stout, Dal tried to think of a way to distract Rhys. “Ha, you just want to play yenta since your love life is so wonky right now. How is Chase, anyhow?”
Rhys’s green slit-eyed stare landed on him with a near-physical push. “I have no idea how Chase is. He works for me. Period.” Flexing his left hand repeatedly, Rhys stared down at his drink with what Dal knew was confusion and hurt.
He shouldn’t have asked that. He knew better. “Sorry, Rhys. That was low, even for me.”
Rhys looked up. His eyes seemed to clear as a small smile tugged at his lips. “It’s okay. But seriously. What’s really going on with you? Who is she? Or is it a he?” The last question came out so softly Dal barely heard it over the noise of the other patrons.
Dal looked his brother over a moment but decided that fighting with him over it wasn’t worth the headache, and well, he could use some advice. Maybe.
Dal lowered his gaze to the tabletop and breathed a deep sigh before he met Rhys’s eyes again. “His name is Alex. We’ve had roughly five minutes worth of conversation, most of which was about the upcoming dance you and I offered to bounce for. He’s, well, I don’t know what he is to the center. He was cooking when I was there, so I guess a cook or chef of some kind.”
“And by the soft tone of your voice and the glassy eyes, I’d say you’re smitten with him.” Rhys waited until Dal gave one tight nod to continue. “So, do you know anything about him? What’s he like? Do you want me to check him out?”
Dal’s head snapped up, glowering, or he hoped it was a death glare anyway. “You have enough man trouble, don’t you dare go hitting on Alex.” Dal could hear the growl in his voice but couldn’t care less. “He’s sweet and shy and has the most captivating amber eyes I’ve ever seen. His skin is so smooth it begs to be touched and is the most beautiful creamy cappuccino-like color.”
One side of Rhys’s lips turned up into a smirk. “So, he’s a pretty boy?”
“Yes. No. Ugh! Yes, he’s pretty, almost feminine in a way, yet all man at the same time. He’s the kind of person who would be beautiful and sexy either way, but he’s not like the kind of guys you usually go for and, just, you leave him alone.”
At that, Rhys let out a belly laugh the likes of which Dal hadn’t heard from his brother in a while. Not in a year or more, probably. “Don’t worry, I would never try to poach. You know better than that, little brother. But, what are you going to do about this Alex of yours?”
Dal couldn’t tell whether Rhys’s tone or the Cheshire cat grin plastered across his face annoyed him more, but he had no freakin’ clue what to do, so he settled for scowling at his brother. Not that it seemed to have any effect. Criminals, troubled teens, guys sitting in interrogation…. Sure, his “look” worked fine on them, but his brother? Nope! Besides, he hated the self-righteous look he was getting right then.
Finally, Rhys stopped grinning at him. “Fine, Dal, but I haven’t seen you interested in much of anyone in a long time. Not girl or guy, so yeah, if this guy is able to bring out your protective side like this after only five minutes, I’m going to say ‘hell yeah,’ go for it!”
“Rhys, I know nothing about him. I don’t think he likes cops much, considering he was initially hostile. I think that was more fear than anything, though, really, but no—” he grabbed Rhys’s free hand “—I do notwant you to investigate him. Promise me, Rhys.”
Rhys waited a moment before grumbling but nodded his agreement.

Blurb:

Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

About the Author:

TO-logo-250-transparentTempeste 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.

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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 http://tempesteoriley.com.

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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