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Guest Blog: Tempeste O’Riley’s Designs of Desire

Tempeste O’Riley first novel, Designs of Desire, released on Monday from Dreamspinner Press. She’s here today to share a little about her main character, James, and his favorite spots in his city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s also having a contest to win a copy of Designs of Desire, so after you’re done reading, go HERE to enter!

Top Five Places James Loves To Go In Milwaukee

When I sat down to write Designs of Desire I started with the characters and story, but I quickly ran into the problem of needing places in “town” for things like dates or meetings. I didn’t want everything to be “real” but did want some reality for my guys, so where did I pick to set DoD? Milwaukee, WI, of course!

So here are James’s top 5 favorite (inspirational to simply look at…) places in Milwaukee that are real (but in no particular order):

Milwaukee Art Museum
Highlights of the building are the magnificent cathedral-like space of Windhover Hall, with a vaulted a 90-foot-high glass ceiling; the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan that unfolds and folds twice daily; and the Reiman Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge that connects the Museum to the city. Seriously, what’s not to love? Just watching it from outside is awe inspiring, much less the great works inside!

Milwaukee Art Museum. Image by Cburnett from Wikipeida Commons.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Image by Cburnett from Wikipeida Commons.

Milwaukee City Hall
The German Renaissance Revival styled building, with a soaring clock tower, held the tallest building title until 1899. It was among the opening scenes of the television sitcom “Laverne and Shirley.” The Milwaukee City Hall is now a National Historic Landmark and was used as the symbol Milwaukee.

Allen-Bradley Clock Tower
It has the distinction of being the world’s largest four-faced clock according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The tower made an appearance on the NASCAR Busch Series race car of Mike Bliss in 2004.

Miller Park
Miller Park is a baseball park that is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and features a fan-shaped convertible roof that can be opened or closed as conditions dictate. It’s fascinating to view as you pass by on I-94.

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Image by Greg Hume from Wikipedia Commons.

Miller Park. Image by Greg Hume from Wikipedia Commons.

Basilica of St. Josaphat
The Basilica of St. Josaphat is an opulent minor basilica located in the Lincoln Village section of Milwaukee. The church has one of the largest copper domes in the world.

Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Image from Wikipedia Commons.

Basilica of St. Josaphat. Image from Wikipedia Commons.

Sadly, none of these sites made it into the story, but they still inspire and make proud those that live there.

Book Details

Designs-of-Desire-200_zps7be4a6f0Designs 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

Description: 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?

TO-logo-100x100-white_zps08724c32About 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.

Guest Blog: Jamie Mayfield and Waiting for Forever

Jamie_CartoonYA author Jamie Mayfield is celebrating the release of the Waiting for Forever series with a 12-week blog tour and giveaway. View the full tour schedule HERE. Comment on any blog tour post or tweet using hashtag #WaitingForForever to enter to win a Kindle! Drawing will be held on 8/15/2013. You must be 18 to enter and have a valid US mailing address.

Here’s an interview with Mike and Alex from the Waiting for Forever series. It was originally posted for the Little Boy Lost blog tour with Joyfully Jay.

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New Contract: Playing Ball Anthology

baseballandgloveI’m happy to announce that three writer/baseball-fan friends and I have signed contracts with Dreamspinner Press for a new anthology of baseball-themed stories. Playing Ball features novellas from me, Kerry Freeman, Marguerite Labbe, and Kate McMurray. The tentative publication date will be late September. To say we’re excited is an understatement! 🙂

Brief descriptions of the stories are after the cut.

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Guest Post: Kerry Freeman

Kerry Freeman and I have a lot in common, starting with the fact that we’re both born-and-bred Southern girls and huge baseball fans. So needless to say, I’m thrilled to host today’s stop on her blog tour for her latest release, the baseball-in-the-South-themed Pine Tar & Sweet Tea. Take it away, Kerry!

Why I Love the Braves

Simple. They’re the only true Southern team in the MLB.

“What?” you screech. “What about the Marlins and the Rays?”

First: the Rays will always be the Devil Rays to me, just like Pluto will always be a planet (fodder for another post). Second: Sure, Florida is in the Southern U.S., but most Southerners don’t really think about Florida when they think of the South. Florida’s kinda like its own deal and is just Southern by association.

“Okay, well surely the Texas Rangers are Southern.”

Nope, no they’re not. They’re TEXAN. Texas is its own region. They’re not North, South, East, or West. They’re Texas, by God, and don’t you forget it. Just ask anyone from there.

“Fine, I’ll give you that one. How ‘bout the Washington Nationals?”

Wow, you’re really stretching here, aren’t ya’? Yes, DC is below the Mason-Dixon Line. So is Maryland, but the only place I’ve seen Maryland called Southern is Southern Living (and awesome magazine, btw, if just for the recipes).

“But didn’t the Braves used to be in Boston and Milwaukee? Those aren’t Southern cities, are they?” you ask in righteous indignation.

And the Braves aren’t there anymore, are they? *sticking out tongue* Because they were meant to be in Atlanta. It’s just like a romance novel. Team longs for One True City. Team hooks up with other cities, who just let Team down. Team finally meets the One True City, and they live happily ever after, amen.

And it’s ATLANTA. I LOVE Atlanta. When I get independently wealthy, I’m going to buy a Braves season ticket (okay, maybe I’ll buy my husband one too) and a swanky condo and live in Atlanta every baseball season. You may think I’m joking, but I’m so not. It’s on my if-I-ever-win-the-lottery list, right under “pay off all debt” and right before “fund niece and nephew’s college education.” Okay, I’ll move the college education up.

“So I guess this means that the Atlanta Falcons are your favorite NFL team.”

Nope, that would be the Tennessee Titans. I’ll live in Nashville during football season. 🙂

Thank you so much Shae for having me on your blog! And everyone, please visit the tour kickoff post to enter the super-duper tour giveaway.

Pine Tar & Sweet Tea
by Kerry Freeman
Buy at Loose Id

After playing eleven years in the Minor Leagues, Coach Matt Hawley has returned to his tiny Alabama hometown to lead his old high school baseball team to their first state championship. At the other end of the state, René Días, who left the Major League after one season, is getting his team ready to defend their state title for the second straight year. One is in the closet. The other is between relationships. Neither has any intention of hooking up at the state tournament.

Then they see each other.

Pre-game lust turns into an intense one-night stand neither man can forget, and when their best friends embark on a romance, Matt and René are thrown together again. This time they decide it won’t be for just a single night. But the fear of disappointing his minister father and shaming his family forces Matt to keep one foot in the closet, even as he and René find their lust is maybe something more. He’s going to have to make a choice between his family and his freedom.

Kerry Freeman was born and raised in Alabama, and she grew up swearing she was going to get the hell out of Dodge the instant she could. Turns out Dodge ain’t so bad, and she never left. Alabama’s version of a city girl, she married a country boy, and the adorkable couple lives in a small town with their two socially awkward dogs.

Kerry loves to write about love, and it turns out most of the voices in her head are men. She also loves to write about the South, so most of her stories end up there, one way or another.

A tomboy and a geek from way back, Kerry has a day job but dreams she will one day write full time. She has a weakness for yaoi, Japanese stationery, YA, and ginger-haired singers from Britain. She owns an impressive t-shirt collection. Nowaki & Hiroki are her homeboys.

New Author Sunday and TRS Bash

I’m this week’s New Author Sunday feature over at SJD Peterson’s blog. She’ll be posting information about the book (today), an interview with me (Tuesday), and an excerpt (Wednesday). I’ll post links as the posts appear!

I’m also participating in The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash, offering an ebook copy of Sand & Water. Come on over and enter to win! You could also win a Nook just by leaving a comment on any post. 🙂

New Author Introduction: Cowboy Way

I’m happy to introduce you to a friend of mine and her writing. Cindy Sutherland’s first novella, Cowboy Way, releases tomorrow from Dreamspinner Press, with another gorgeous cover by Paul Richmond. The blurb:

Ryan Andrews is on the run from past mistakes he doesn’t know how to fix. Lost and alone, all he really wants is a place where he can be himself, but when he pulls up at the ranch where he’s found a job and spies his gorgeous new boss, Ryan is pretty sure fate is out to get him.

Jake Evans is an ex-soldier trying to carve out a life on the ranch he inherited from his grandmother. He doesn’t even have time to realize how lonely he is until the new ranch hand shows up in his driveway. Ryan looks even more lost than Jake feels, and Jake’s locked-up heart seems to break open. Can these two men find in each other find the companionship they crave? Or will their pasts eclipse any possibility of a future?

Cindy was kind enough to provide me with a short excerpt from her story (after the cut). I read it in an early draft form and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading the finished product!

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Geeking Out

I had a wonderful phone discussion with fellow author Kerry Freeman last night. I’d critiqued a manuscript for her from the Help Write Now auction, and it came with a 10–15 minute phone or Skype chat to discuss it. We spent about that long on the manuscript… and then talked for another hour and fifteen minutes, mostly about writing. (And publishers, and Dragon*Con, and living in the South… LOL)

I love talking to other authors about what we write. I have two very close friends I talk to via online chat nearly every day, and a large portion of our discussions cover what we’re writing (heavier on fanfic, since that’s how we all met). I love it all: hashing out possible plot points, discussing how characters can change the course of a plot, complaining about the overwhelming number of plotbunnies in our “to be written” folders (all of which were covered extensively last night). I love talking about other authors’ stories, what we like and don’t like about them. 

In short, I am a total writing geek, and I am not ashamed to admit it! 

I’ll take just about any chance I can get to talk writing. I love that my mom is a writer, so I can talk about it with her. (To a point: she doesn’t want to talk about sex scenes, and I wouldn’t want to talk about that with my mother anyway!) I’m thrilled that some writerly friends will be here for Dragon*Con, and I know darn good and well we’ll be talking writing a lot. And one of the main reasons I decided to go to GayRomLit is to have a chance to just talk writing with some of the awesome authors who’ll be there. 

So, if you ever run into me somewhere, or if you just want to sit around and talk writing for a while, hit me up!

Wrapup: Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon

My first “official” author event was a huge amount of fun. I didn’t stress out terribly, other than, as I’ve told several people, feeling like I was turned up to 11 all the time, which is exhausting! 🙂

I had a wonderful time with Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett, who are funny and fabulous and plied me with mimosas, mmmm. We spend quite a bit of time writing, both during lulls at the table and after hours. I also got to meet Kiernan Kelly and Kayelle Allen, who are awesome. And, in an astounding feat, Eugie Foster and I met at a non-Dragon*Con-related event and the world did not come to an end! (For our next trick, we’ll try something unrelated to any convention. Be afraid.)

We had a pretty steady stream of people at the table throughout the weekend, and it was interesting to me as a first-timer to see what drew their attention. While I did have something on the table (the Uniform Appeal anthology, all I have in print with Dreamspinner at this point), the convention is, of course, oriented toward scifi/fantasy, so that’s most of what we had available. I’ve been reading almost exclusively contemporary so far, but I picked up a ghost story and found a few more I want to read, too.

(Also, after telling Andrea Speed via Twitter that I’d sold a copy of Infected: Prey, I ended up in one of the most surreal tweet exchanges ever. It’s a very long story involving rental animal ripoffs.)

I spent other money, too, of course. The biggest thing: I ordered a corset. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while, and the guys from Marvelous Mayhem were on hand with some of their beautiful products. Mine will need to be custom, since the standard size is too small in the bust and too large in the hips (as usual for me), so I won’t have it in time for this year’s Dragon*Con. But look out in 2012! 😉

Downside: I never did get to meet Amber Benson. Ah well. With any luck, she’ll be at Dragon*Con sometime soon!

>Release Day!

>Silver Publishing’s Never Say Never Anthology is out today, with my story “Stripped” along with stories from RJ Scott, BG Thomas, and Xavier Axelson. Check it out! Ebook || Print || Kindle

>Seven Questions With Janey Chapel

>Get What You Need
By Janey Chapel
eBook, Dreamspinner Press, September 2010

The basics first: what’s your new book about, and how can readers get their hands on it?

Get What You Need is a novella-length story about a cop named Patrick who meets up with Jay, an ex-con, at a bar; a simple enough premise, I suppose! The cop’s in the middle of an investigation, with a lot of pent-up frustration looking for an outlet, and Jay gives him exactly what he needs. For all that, it’s more a character study than a drama, and I hope readers will love Patrick and Jay as much as I do.

Readers can get their hands on the book at the Dreamspinner Press website.

Where did the inspiration for your story come from?

I love my men tender on the inside, tough on the outside, and that describes both of the main characters. In terms of exploring the dynamic between them, I have to admit I was inspired by the FX series Justified, which features a U.S. marshal and his old friend/foe, a possibly reformed criminal. That gave me the jumpstart I needed to dive into the story.

How long did it take you to write and revise the story, start to publication?

The whole process took from May to September. I wrote and revised the story in about six weeks, submitted it to Dreamspinner in June, had it accepted in July, and published in late September.

Do you write just one story at time, or do you usually have several works in progress?

I’m a monogamous writer—I can really only work on one thing at a time. I’ve got an idea or two percolating on the back burners, but I seem to only be able to focus on one story until it’s done. What I find is that if an idea’s going to work, that happens pretty quickly. If not, then there’s just no forcing it. I’ve yet to get characters to speak to me on command! I know a number of professional writers set aside specific times or word-count goals for each day, and more power to them; it just doesn’t seem to work that way for me.

Other than simply finding the time, what’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you, and what comes easiest?

The most challenging part for me really is finding the time to devote to it. I know we’re all trying to wear multiple hats, so I’m not unique, but when I’m writing, other things fall by the wayside, and it’s not fair to the people in my life to neglect them for too long. Once I start to write, I tend to dive in headfirst, and I have trouble doing anything except that, so I wait until I know I’ll have a chunk of time that I can dedicate before starting a project.

What comes easiest is the simple logistics of spelling, grammar, and sentence structure (with the unfortunate exception of commas, which still routinely defeat me!). I’ve got degrees in English and journalism, and I come from a very “wordy” family, so the basic structure of dialogue, for example, isn’t difficult for me. I enjoy the process of editing as much as the process of writing.

How do you write, physically speaking? Longhand, laptop, desktop, inside or out, at a desk, comfy chair, in bed?

I write at a desktop computer in my study at home, usually while my kid is in school and my spouse is at work and the house is quiet. I’m not one who can write while the TV is going or people are chatting in the background. I immerse myself in the writing “zone” so deeply that I learned to set the kitchen timer so I wouldn’t miss going to the bus stop!

In order to edit, though, I have to print out the project and read it through on paper, with red pen in hand. I catch so many more things on paper than I do onscreen. There’s something really satisfying about combing through a piece under construction and finding ways of improving it.

What are your long-term goals as a writer?

Considering how detailed I am in some areas, it feels a little strange to say that I have no long-term goals as a writer. I still find myself a little bemused when characters start to “speak” to me, and I’m always convinced the latest project will be the last project. But if I have my druthers, I’d like to write more about Eli Jones and Cooper Fitch, the Navy SEALs featured in Maritime Men and Anchors Aweigh.