Guest Blogger – Tempeste O’Riley

Please welcome my latest guest, Tempeste O’Riley, who has agreed to be interviewed here today.  Please give her a warm welcome and leave lots of nice comments for her. 😉

I’ll let her introduce herself for those who have not met her yet. 

First of all, thanks LM for hosting me today! Below you will find out a little about me and about my debut novel, Designs of Desire. But, as I’m terrible about introducing myself, I’ll share my official bio with you all. :c)
Tempeste 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.
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 member of Romance Writers of America® and Rainbow Romance Writers
What genre(s) do you write and how did you get into it/them?
I write contemporary M/M romance stories, as of right now. I have the next two in the Desires Entwined series plus a paranormal romance in the works. I love reading and my favorite stories seem to fall under contemporary and usually gay—though I have MCs that are gay, bi, and/or gender fluid at the moment. What better to write than what I love to read?

Which do you find easier to write: series or standalone stories?
As I have only written/published one book and it’s part of a series, I’ll have to vote for series. Of course, I prefer to read series usually, so… :c)
Do you write your stories in order from start to finish or do you write out of order?
I start out that way, but invariably part of the story will come to me long before the lead up to that part so I end up writing parts ahead of time. I use Scrivner to write so I can easily sketch a vague outline and plop in the scene in question then go back o where I was and keep working.
Do you plot out the stories before you start writing, or do you let the characters take over?  Or is it a bit of both?
As stated above, I do outline, sorta, but it’s very sketchy and only when needed. I do start out with an intention for the story, but my characters oft times have minds of their own… ornery ones too. ;c) So they lead, I follow, and hope the end product is enjoyable to others.
What are the best and worst things about being a published author?
In both cases it’s sending my babies (characters/stories) out into the world. I love when I get fan mail saying how powerful the story was, how something that happened in the book gave the person hope that they too could find their HEA, etc. The flip side of that is nasty comments about my characters or story. It’s hard to have something you love and put your heart into get attacked, even if there are only characters you imagined.
Despite the growing market for same sex romances, it is still a long way from being mainstream.  Do you see a time when they make it to the bestseller lists?
Yes, I believe that in time GLBTQ stories will be considered mainstream. As more and more people move past he hate and fear they are taught and become more understanding that love is love no matter the race, social, gender, etc., people will embrace what is currently still seen as ‘alternative’ romance. There is nothing alternative about two men, two women, etc. loving one another. It is simply a matter of who their heart finds a home with. As my tag line says—Love sees no gender!
There seems to be some controversy about heterosexual women writing male/male romances, and whether they should or not.  Have you encountered this and what is your opinion on the matter?
Well, as I’m not het, I don’t see myself in the same context, though I am bio fem. But, thankfully I have not encountered this other than one male friend that asked me how on earth I could know what “gay sex” was… Seriously, like anal sex is something only men can do with men? LOL. The fact that I like to ‘top’ as much as the next guy and my vivid imagination, leaves little to have to “come up with” *pun intended*
What do you like to do to relax when you aren’t writing?
Reading, cooking, hanging out with my kids, studying new things. I love to learn!
What are your favourite books?
Oh, what a question! The Sword of Truth series. The Cut & Run series (and yes, I have Sidewindersand the untitled next book already pre-ordered!). Most anything by Andrew Gray, Mary Calmes, or Amy Lane. And, yes I know this is a really eclectic mix of story types, the Vampire Academyseries along with its spinoff series, Bloodlines
Do you like to cook?  What is your specialty dish?
Oh, I love to cook. I’m a pescatarian so a lot of people don’t get that I can and do cook, a lot, and that no, I cook more than fish. *Ugh*
Or that I can cook meat if need arises, lol. The dishes I get asked for most are a crock pot savory chicken with cream of mushroom and salsa dish (I make it and and get requests a lot but have never actually eaten it myself ;c) ) OR a type of stuffed pepper I make (original recipe came from an author friend of mine) and place on a bed of baby spinach with red onion slivers. It’s got TVP, quinoa, diced tomatoes, seasonings, cranberries (dried), almonds, and chopped baby bellas in it. Even my “You have to eat meat or you will wither away and die” parents love the dish. Seems it’s a salad, lol.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Currently I am working on Desires’ Guardian and on Temptations of Desire, books 2 & 3 in the Desires Entwined series. I’m also playing around with another couple of ideas, one is paranormal and the other is contemporary. I hope to have Desires’ Guardian completed in the next month or two at the most and have it submitted to DSP.
Desires’ Guardian is the story of two characters from Designs of Desire, Chase Manning and Rhys Sayer. Two men that don’t trust and who seem polar opposites. But, can they find mutual ground to explore love and a future?
Temptations of Desire is the story of Dal Sayer, Rhys’ little brother (and also first met in Designs) and Alex Noble, a gender fluid chef both intrigued by the big, sexy cop and terrified of rejection. Can a not closeted but not open bi cop and an scared gender fluid chef find the perfect recipe for love?

Please tell us about your latest book.  

Designs of Desire
by Tempeste O’Riley
M/M Erotic BDSM/Kink Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 29th 2013
Length: Novel / 200 pages
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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?

James allowed his gaze to wander around the entryway, taking in the welcoming setting. Noticing a worker passing through, he asked, “Excuse me. Do you know where I can find Mr. Burns?”
“Yeah, he’s in the manager’s office over there.” The man was covered in dust. He gestured toward a closed door near a large desk, then continued on his way. James couldn’t help looking around once more to admire the rich wood tones, marble tiled floors, and beautiful crown molding, before he headed off in the right direction.
Before he could knock, the door swung open and a harried looking woman stormed out, slamming it so hard it popped back open. Maybe now isn’t the best time, he thought and started to turn away when Mr. Burns appeared in the doorway.
“James,” he said. “Thank God you’re here. Please tell me you brought some ideas, before Stacey drives me to drink. She wants to start painting but can’t until we have everything settled with the designs.”
The way Seth’s eyes pierced him made James feel both nervous and ten feet tall at the same time. “If you have some place I can set up, sure. I have a few designs for you to look over.” He kept wondering why they had waited so long to employ Skye Designs. Normally you do all the branding much earlier in the project.
Motioning down the hallway, Seth led him into a large room—probably meant to be a conference or reception room, considering the carpet and acoustic tiles in the ceiling. “Come in. What can I do to help?” he asked, watching James settle into a comfortable chair before unloading his pack.
James was nervous. He’d never had such a significant or large account before, but he was excited as well. “We normally have the designs approved before getting to this point, but I’ll do my best to catch up. Give me just a minute to set up, then you can see what I have.”
“We’ll get to that in a few. I want you to finish setting up then come with me.”
James stopped midmotion and looked up, confused. “I thought—” He shook his head. “Never mind. Okay.”
Seth led James out of the room, into a wide hallway with large windows spilling filtered sunlight onto the veined marble floor, and began showing him around. Seth stayed close, so close James occasionally caught a whiff of his intoxicating scent, something bright yet deep—cardamom and cedar with a light musk. He wasn’t sure, but he was beginning to think just being near Seth could become a delicious addiction.
As they exited the elevator on the second floor, James stopped dead in his tracks. His heart beat so fast and loud he felt certain Seth would hear it slamming into his ribs. He stared ahead and prayed he was having a terrible nightmare. Those he could wake up from. Please!
Standing there, looking him up and down, was a phantom from his past. Victor d’Leone was even more powerfully built than the last time he had seen him. He stood in the hall, his arms crossed over his barrel chest, scowling. The sea-foam green eyes James once thought so beautiful and loving now bored holes through him. The ghosts of the last time Vic had been near him shot pain-filled shards of memory through him. Away. Yes, he had to get away.
“I… I… I…,” James stammered. He scrambled back into the elevator and almost fell when his left crutch slipped on the metal edging. He punched the close door button repeatedly while fighting the panic attack threatening to destroy his job and sanity. “No, no, no. Not happening,” he mumbled.
He hadn’t waited for Seth to react, nor had he explained anything; he’d just bolted. James headed toward the exit as soon as the elevator doors opened—forget the damn presentation. He scrambled for the steps, desperate to reach the car before he completely lost it.
Life was never that easy.
Seth appeared out of nowhere, sprinting after him in his expensive Armani suit and custom leather shoes. “James! Stop!” he commanded.
Fighting the panic, James tried to get a hold of himself. Stop? Is he nuts? “I can’t be here. I—I’ll come back later.” With protection!
A powerful hand grasped his right arm. Startled, he stopped. Staring at the hand that bound him to his worst nightmare, he begged, “Please, let me go.”
Try as he might, he couldn’t stop the panic and fear as it suffocated him.


About the Author:
Tempeste 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 member of Romance Writers of America® and Rainbow Romance Writers. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at

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