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Title: Dreamers’ Destiny
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 05/13/2016
Liam Grady is the owner of the Feathered Quill, a quirky little bookstore in Asheville, and—though he doesn’t realize it yet—a dream walker. His last relationship failed almost a year ago, and he’s not had the interest or nerve to pursue anyone he’s met since.
Cameron Danu is a tattoo artist from rural Georgia. Cameron is left without a job after his boss, Jose, is forced to close the shop after a heart attack. When Cameron learns Jose has set up an interview for him at a small tattoo parlor in Asheville, he hopes for a fresh start in a new town.
Fate brings Cameron and Liam together, and they realize they’ve met before—in their dreams. A chance encounter and a winged tattoo might lead them to their destiny—if fear doesn’t turn their dreams into a nightmare.
Tempeste O’Riley on Dreamers’ Destiny ~ Guest Blog, Exclusive Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway
How much research did you have to do for each of your books?
Honestly, that depends on the book in question and which part. In the case of Dreamers’ Destiny, certain parts were easy for me—I’m Wiccan, so I didn’t have to research the coven, the ritual parts, etc. Other parts were harder, such as the dreams themselves as I don’t really dream, or if I do, I don’t remember them usually. I also spoke to a couple of tattoo artists and visited Asheville again before I got very far into the story.
One of the things I had fun researching, oddly enough, was shaving with a straight razor. I know that probably sounds like a really strange thing to enjoy, but there’s a scene where it’s a point in the story and Cam’s height comes into play and well, I think it would be so sexy for a lover to shave the other. I actually had one man I spoke to about it tell me that since it was for a gay romance, I shouldn’t call it a straight razor. :/ Not sure what else I ought to have used, but heh, my guys went with convention for naming, lol.
What about you? Would you trust your SO to shave you? On the face and throat?
He took in how tired and beaten down Liam seemed and made a decision to do something he had never done before for anyone but himself. “All right, then I’ll do it for you and then tuck you in before I head back to work.”
Brows scrunched, Liam stared at Cam blankly. “Do what?”
“Shave you, of course. Now, where’s your stuff?”
Liam’s eyes widened comically, and he swallowed so hard his Adam’s apple bobbed before he spoke. “I…. Do you know how to use a straight razor?”
Cam froze a moment but then shrugged. “Not done it in a while, but my papa taught me when I was a kid to”—His voice dropped an octave.—“shave like a real man.” Cam’s voice went back to normal as he continued. “But I can do it if you’ll trust me with a razor.”
Liam nodded, his gazed darting from Cam to the floor and back before he dutifully shuffled back into the bathroom. Liam stood in front of the sink and mirror. “This is it,” he mumbled, gesturing the where his razor lay folded next to his shaving soap, mug, and brush.
Looking around, Cam frowned. Liam was a half a foot or so taller than Cam was, so he wasn’t confident he could reach up safely from behind, and he knew he couldn’t face Liam and do it. He couldn’t tie a tie on someone else, either, but he didn’t figure Liam needed that kind of help right then.
In the corner, behind the door, Cam noticed a small step stool. He snagged it and set it behind where Liam stood slouched against the counter. Cam briefly wondered why he had the stool but figured he could ask later. After wetting the brush, he began to work up a lather. He knew Liam had just been in the shower but hoped the entire ritual would help soothe Lee’s obviously frazzled nerves.
Cam worked carefully, softening and lifting the coarse stubble covering Liam’s strong, but too-thin jaw and cheeks. After a few minutes, Liam sighed and leaned back against Cam’s chest. Cameron shifted so he could support Liam’s weight before he asked Liam to hand over the straight-edged razor.
“Lee?” Cam whispered into his ear and nuzzled Liam’s temple a moment. “I need you to stay still, okay?”
“Mmm…. Still, okay.” Liam’s voice was soft, almost dreamy sounding as it washed over Cam. His gut cramped, but he ignored it and forced himself to focus on the task at hand.
Cam moved slowly, pulling Liam’s skin taut before scraping the extremely sharp razor along it, careful to be thorough but without injuring the pitiful man in his arms. When Cam shifted to work on Lee’s neck, Liam hummed softly and closed his eyes. Cam was extra careful as he swiped the blade along Liam’s Adam’s apple, not wanting to injure him.
As he was wiping the last of the lather from Liam’s face, Cam felt the lightest of touches along his outer thighs. He looked down to see Liam’s long fingers brush back and forth against the soft material of his pants. The other hand dug into Cam’s thigh as Liam clutched him.
About the Author
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life—especially now that they have joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® (as Novice Sister Eroti-Quill… can’t imagine where that name came from).
Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit http://tempesteoriley.com.
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