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Character Interview with Dal & Alex from Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Good morning and a wonderful Saturday to you! I’d like to first thank the lovely Blogger Girls for hosting me today. ☺ Today I’m letting you get a crack at the MC’s of Temptations of Desire. I’ll ask them five (5) questions and we all get to see what their answers are. Sound funs, right?

So, let’s fist introduce our lovelies! Today we have Dal Sayer and Alex Noble with us.

TO: Hey. Thanks so much for coming with me to The Blogger Girls site.

Dal: Not a problem. Lexie and I talked and we’ll answer most any question you have. Well, as long as it’s not too personal *wink*

*Alex blushes but nods*

TO: Great! So, Let me make sure everyone knows who’s who. Lexie is Alex, right?

Dal: Yeah, I call Alex Lexie most of the time.

TO: Cool. Now, on to the questions…

TO: What got you in the crosshairs for me, your author?

Dal: Well, for me, I think it was being in Desires’ Guardian more than anything. Appearing in my brother Rhys’s story was fine, but in one of the scenes, you just had to show me with Lexie and in another one you showed me telling Chase, Rhys’s partner, that I’d met a guy I really liked but was nervous over. Seems you just had to share our journey like you did James and Seth’s, and Rhys and Chase’s.

Alex: For me, I’m not sure other that when I was at the hospital in Desires’ Guardian with Dal. *shrug* I guess you must have liked us enough to want to share our story. I’m kinda glad you did, and I hope my past and now finding love helps encourage others.

TO: Thanks and that was sweet Alex. I hope others are encouraged as well. Now, what’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Alex: My friends and lover. Things aren’t what I value in life so a “what” doesn’t work for me. *smirk* Though if you want a non people answer… probably my career as a chef. I’ve wanted to be one since I was little, and even losing my family and home didn’t change that. But still, I value Dal more than my cooking *wink*

Dal: Aw, Lexie, I love you too.

TO: Dal and Alex, at the beginning of the story (Temptations of Desire) what was your greatest fear?

Dal: Hmm… Probably never finding someone to love that could love me back. All my life I’ve wanted that, but none of my relationships ever seemed to work. I stayed friends with most of my exes, but that’s just it. We all made better friends than lovers, or they weren’t truly interested in a relationship, just sex. Thankfully, I met my Lexie!

Alex: Mine was similar to Dal’s though I had two main fears. Never finding love and being hurt. My life turned upside down when I was a teen and it wasn’t until I met and fell for Dal here that things finally leveled out, really. It’s hard to feel safe when just being yourself can get you beat or worse.

TO: That’s a great lead to my next question: What gender and orientation are each of you? I know the answer, but it’s important for the story and you as characters so I want to share with the readers ☺

Dal: I’m male and bi. For me, being bi has caused many, many issues in dating. You’d think it meant I had more choices, but so many either believe, wrongly, that bi means gay but not wanting to admit it or that you’re a slut and incapable of commitment. It makes finding a lover hard when the person you want shuns you.

TO: Yes, and that’s a common misconception, sadly. I’m so glad you found someone that loves you as you are.

Alex: I’m genderfluid and am only drawn to males. I word it that way because saying gay implies I’m male, and while physically true, being genderfluid means my gender isn’t always one way. Some days I’m fem, some butch, and some a blending or a bit androgynous.

TO: And lastly, what was one of the most embarrassing things I did to you in Temptations of Desire?

Dal: How you had me meet Lexie’s sister! That was just plain cruel.

Alex: *giggles* But it was so fun.

Dal: No, it was not.

Alex: Agree to disagree, baby. As for me? Um, even though I liked the outcome, I’d have to go with how Dal found out I’m genderfluid. I didn’t tell him, hadn’t honestly figured out how to—afraid he’d leave like others have. That event was mortifying, but I won’t spoil it for the readers by telling them what happened 😉 They’ll just have to grab our book and find out *laughs*

TO: Thanks so much for coming along. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Dal and Alex!

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About Temptations of Desire

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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.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon

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An Excerpt from Temptations of Desire

“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.

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About Tempeste O’Riley

TO-logo-250-white_zpsfd9ed5d1Tempeste 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.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. You can find Tempe at these sites:

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebookGoogle +DSPBlog

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As part of Tempe’s blog tour for Temptations of Desire, she’s doing a tour-wide giveaway with three prizes! Two of which are winner’s choice from her backlist and the third is a $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above.  Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway but will be welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Temptations of Desire to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

 

Categories: Book Promo, Character Interviews, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 9 Comments

Honorary Blogger Tempeste O’Riley: Chase, Cooking, and a Non-goopy Salad for Mark + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Chase, Cooking, and a Non-goopy Salad for Mark

by Tempeste O’Riley

Good morning everyone! Today I thought I’d share a little about some of the food you’ll find within the pages of Desires’ Guardian. You see, Chase has a hobby that most people outside his immediate circle of friends doesn’t know about, but is put to good use by one of his bosses during the story. Chase loves to cook! Now, if you’ve read Designs of Desire then you knew this already, lol, but did you know that Chase loved to make more than snarky comments and desert? Yep, who knew 😉

When Chase is asked to help with a dinner for his boss Mark, he goes all out. But, what does our favorite sweetie plan for the menu? Steak and potatoes? A simple casserole? Oh, no! Not Chase. When he does a dinner, he does it up right. So let’s take a peek at the menu before I share a little snippet from Desires’ Guardian.

  • A winter fruit salad with lemon poppy seed dressing,
  • Stuffed pork tenderloin,
  • Honey roasted baby carrots,
  • Parmesan-garlic mashed cauliflower,
  • Crusty bread,
  • Red and white wine (because some prefer red and some white with pork), and
  • Apple raisin crisp with vanilla bean ice cream

And no, that fruit salad isn’t the goopy kind with marshmallow stuff in it (Mark hates goopy, lol). Here’s the recipe (from allrecipes.com) for 6 servings that Chase used as his base—though we all know he would have added his own special touches…

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach or mixed wild greens
  • 2 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 – 1 cup slivered almonds, cashews, walnuts, and/or pistachios,
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/2 – 1 apple – peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 – 1 pear – peeled, cored and sliced

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt. Process until well blended. With machine still running add oil in a slow steady stream until mixture is thick and smooth. Add poppy seeds and process just a few seconds more to mix.
  2. In a large serving bowl combine the romaine lettuce, shredded Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, cubed apple and cubed pear. Toss to mix then pour dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.

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Excerpt of Desires’ Guardian

“How’d you learn to do all this, anyway?”

“My mom loves to cook, and James was raised in a B&B. He learned to cook a lot of things and taught me after we met in college. It’s no big, honest.” Chase stopped to think through everything planned for the evening, not wanting to mess up Mark’s big meet-the-parents thing. “Oh, Aurora said for you to set up the bar but not to worry about appetizers. So, from here forward, it should be super easy. I will stay in here, out of the way, and just serve. Once I deliver the main dish, I’ll head out. All you’ll need to do is serve dessert and then clean up. And, Mark?”

“Yeah?”

“Don’t let Aurora clear the dishes if you want to impress her folks.” Chase smiled, fussing with his cuff. “Show them you can take care of her, not that you expect to be taken care of.”

Mark nodded as he again looked at the dishes and cookware in use. “I don’t know how I’ll repay you for this, but I swear I will, Chase!”

Chase waved away his words, unconcerned about “paybacks.” They were friends: what else would he expect?

“Okay, so, what all are we having? I don’t want to look like an idiot when her mom asks me about the food,” Mark asked, scuffing the toe of one boot back and forth.

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About Desires’ Guardian

Desires&#39 Guardian by Tempeste O&#39Riley eBookMost 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.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble

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About Tempeste O’Riley

TO-logo-250-white_zpsfd9ed5d1Tempeste 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.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. You can find Tempe at these sites:

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebookGoogle +DSP ♥ Blog

Blog_Tour_Giveaway

As part of Tempe’s blog tour for Desires’ Guardian, she’s doing a tour-wide giveaway where you get a chance to win either an ebook copy of Designs of Desire, a $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press OR a $10 gift card to Amazon/All Romance eBooks! To enter, just click the link below!

Rafflecopter Giveaway

Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above.  Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway but will be welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Desires’ Guardian to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 16 Comments

Book Review: Desires’ Guardian by Tempeste O’Riley

Reviewed by Nikyta

Desires&#39 Guardian by Tempeste O&#39Riley eBookTitle: Desires’ Guardian
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Series: Desires Entwined #2
Heroes: Chase & Rhys
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazonAll Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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. Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Bound by Desire by Tempeste O’Riley

Reviewed by Nikyta

Bound by Desire by Tempeste O'RileyTitle: Bound by Desire
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Series: Desires Entwined #1.75
Heroes: Seth & James
Genre: M/M Contemporary BDSM
Length: 20 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 30, 2014
FREE at: Dreamspinner Press
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Despite his past abuse, James has come to terms with his relationship with his Dom and lover Seth. Seth treats James with all the trust and love his sub desires. There is only one thing left to do to make it all complete: Seth needs to put a collar on James.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments