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Blurb(s): Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn't met a boundary he didn't skip across.
Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. Which just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he's begun to build a life that doesn't include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.
All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael's defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael's struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding. Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?
Excerpt: Michael stepped forward and grabbed Simon by his shoulders. “Why are you really here?” he snarled.
“Because you’ve locked yourself away?” Simon whispered and gazed at him with eyes filled with concern.
That look stabbed into Michael. “And you care why?”
“Because…” Simon shrugged, dislodging Michael’s hold, and then cupped Michael’s face with a trembling hand. “What happened wasn’t your fault, and you needed someone to come and shove that truth into your face.”
“You picked the short straw?” Michael hated that Simon’s hand on his cheek brought him more comfort than anything else had. Just like at the hospital.
Simon shook his head, and his gaze fell to Michael’s lips. His hand came down to brush against the edge of Michael’s bottom lip. A pink flush rose along Simon’s cheeks.
Michael felt that innocent touch like a jolt through his body. He tilted Simon’s face up, and the sensual invitation in his eyes shocked and inflamed him.
He didn’t have the energy to fight against what he wanted, and right now that was Simon. With a groan of defeat, he smashed his lips to Simon’s and took the sweet oblivion that Simon offered.
Tour Dates: 6/27/14
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Author Bio: I’m a born and raised Oregonian. I’ve traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill my books. My ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories both sexy and humorous. It gives me a great excuse to do some crazy stuff in the name of research. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where I find my peace.
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Today I'm pleased to welcome Lee Brazil as part of his tour for Less Than All.
Nicholas Danville doesn’t trust his lover to share the depth of his attraction.
He knows full well Victor must marry to fulfill his duty to his aristocratic family.
Assuredly marriage will mean the end of their liaison.
A youthful indiscretion leads to a humiliating encounter between Nicholas Danville and Lord Victor Ware. Nicholas is sent home in disgrace, and Victor continues life in the Ton. Years later, Nicholas's reproving parents send him to town to attain a degree of polish before he prepares for life as a member of the clergy.
A chance encounter with an old friend leads to a new confrontation between Nicholas and Victor. This time, the attraction between them burns brighter, Nicholas is old enough to know his own mind, and Victor is done with self-denial.
From ballrooms to gardens and opera houses, Victor sets about proving that a passionate liaison between two men is possible even under the narrow gaze of the Ton.
Peter had evidently taken the time to pull his glossy Hessians back on because Victor had swallowed half the glass before he heard the door click behind him. Lifting the glass to study the amber liquid in the firelight, he spoke without turning around. "I pay you an adequate allowance to cover your own establishment Peter, exactly because I do not wish to find hordes of drunken revelers have invaded my home."
"I'm glad for Peter's sake that you're a generous man, My Lord Ware. But I'd hardly call our little gathering a horde."
Victor whirled about to find Danville lounging in altogether too close a proximity. A single lingering glance impressed upon Victor the slender lithe frame, lovingly outlined by tight buff colored breeches, fine white linen shirt open at the neck. Both his discreetly embroidered waistcoat and his black tailcoat hung open. Danville’s inappropriate dishabille enticed him as the devil tempted sinners. He held up a hand as though to ward off the smaller man, but Danville stepped impossibly closer, and Victor groaned as his blood thrummed and his head swam.
Strong arms wrapped around his neck, tugging his head down, and soft wet lips pressed lightly against his mouth. "I've waited years for this moment, Ware."
Then Victor gave up listening, gave up fighting the response of his body as an agile tongue probed the seam of his lips, seeking entrance. He accepted Nicky's kiss, opened his mouth to suck at the questing tongue. He chased Nicky's tongue for what seemed like ages, his body hardening and heating with lust.
His arms closed around Nicky's slender waist, hauling the man close so he could seek solace for the ache of his prick in grinding against the silk of Nicky's evening breeches. The shattering of his whiskey glass on the hearth broke the mood, and Nicky pulled away, retreating to the door.
"I'm going now." He paused, hand on the doorknob. A strangely earnest expression crossed his face as he tilted his head to glance back at the stunned Victor. "Shall I return? Or do you forbid Peter's friends the run of your home?"
He slipped from the room while Victor struggled to frame a coherent response.
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Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it's nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.
Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don't belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don't fit?
Then turn the page and see… there you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.
I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now, it's why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it's why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.
If I'd had my way, I'd have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and that's the best thing in the world to be if you ask me, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.
If I hadn't learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.
The World of Desires’ Guardian
Morning and thank you for having me over. Today I thought I’d talk a little about the setting for Desires’ Guardian, and the entire Desires Entwined series. You see, it’s set in a modified version of Milwaukee, WI USA.
Now, I know it’s probably not the first place many think of, but I absolutely love Milwaukee. It’s a lively city that hosts a great deal of shopping, art, culture, and history. When I set out to begin the Desires Entwined series, I wanted some place I could visit, that had a lively and wonderful GLBT community. In fact, the MKE LGBT Community Center—or well, a variation there of—exists in the DE world, though you won’t get to see much of it in this story, lol. Have to wait until September for that. ;)
But as it’s set in Milwaukee, I had to add a little of my favorite things for my readers to enjoy and share with me. At one point there is a diner at Stackner Cabaret, and yes, it’s a very real place—with foods so delicious you will want to visit the city just for a trip there. The restaurant is in The Milwaukee Rep, which is also visited in the story. If you love theater, then it’s a double feature not to miss.
Another prominent feature of Milwaukee is Harley, as in the motorcycle, is located here, so of course, Rhys has to ride a Harley Soft-tail. I’ve always loved motorcycles, especially, Ducati, Harley, and Honda, so you will see all three in the story.
But no matter what feature or activity you enjoy, there’s a good chance it’s somewhere in Milwaukee in one form or another. It’s one of the things I so love about the city, it’s like a million small towns and yet a huge city all in one.
Now, in Desires’ Guardian, the city isn’t quite the same as reality, but it’s close. We authors do tend to take a little artistic license when we write, but I hope you enjoy the minor variations in the lovely city I hope to one day move to permanently.
by Tempeste O’Riley
Desires Entwined, #2
M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 6, 2014 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 200 pages
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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.
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 PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at:
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For all its steampunk trappings, If Two of Them Are Dead, is a mystery at its heart. Mysteries are devilishly hard to write in short fiction, which is why this story grew to a long novella. I opened the story knowing who would die: Permelia Westbrook, wife and sister-in-law of two wealthy brothers, Benjamin and Abraham respectively. That's where the story started, and it was all I knew about these characters. I didn't even know who had killed her and why.
Poor Permelia had to die so that her brother-in-law, Abraham could cross paths with Victor, the detective trying to solve her murder. At first I thought, the easiest way to work up a motive would be to have a love triangle and that would suffice. And it would have. Watch just about anything on Discover ID and you'll see that it is one of the commonest motives. However, that is what made it less attractive to me. Permelia needed more to her than being an adulterer.
There isn't much more I can say about that without giving away the plot. Of course, Abraham becomes an instant suspect. As a rather eccentric millionaire, he was in his nearby home working on his inventions while his brother, Benjamin, was down in New York City dealing with the family business. Abraham had access to the victim, and Permelia and he didn't particularly like each other.
Victor is instantly taken by Abraham but fights to put him out of mind. He can't possibly get involved with a suspect, even if the man wasn't a wealthy widower on top of it. As Victor noses into all aspects of Permelia's life, often finding doors closed to him as the Westbrooks equally wealthy friends circle their wagons, he finds himself hoping to uncover something that will put Abraham in the clear.
Victor quickly learns there is no shortage of suspects and motives. However, finding a way to clear Abraham and his brother will prove harder. Victor’s attraction to Abraham distracts him from his job. Soon, it becomes a race to the find the killer before someone else dies.
Thanks to Elizabeth for having me over!
excerpt – If Two of Them Are Dead
“Thank you for your time, Mr. Westbrook. Again, I’m sorry for stirring up the bad memories.” Victor gestured to the machine. “I have to ask. What is this thing?”
“A difference engine. I use it for computations. Would you like to see how it works?”
Victor held up his hands. “I would, but I’m afraid I don’t have much time.”
Abraham got up. “Do you have time to see one thing?”
Victor knew he didn’t, but he said yes anyhow. He wanted to spend as much time in this man’s company as he could. Was he imagining that Abraham seemed to be trying to keep him around even when it was obvious their business was done for the day? Victor could hope so. He followed Abraham outside to another outbuilding on the crowded property. Abraham threw open the door. Inside was the smallest airship Victor had ever seen.
“I used the difference engine to come up with the math to allow me to engineer a personal airship. It’s fairly new, but I’m sure it’ll catch on once I get to marketing it.” Abraham beamed, sweeping a hand to the ship, whose bright red and gold coloring put Victor in mind of a circus train. It was barely more than a hot air balloon gondola with a couple of seats under the gaudy gas balloon. A compact engine took over one end of the gondola. Was that a little bar near the seats? Yes, it had to be.
“Amazing.” Victor peered closely at the control panel. He wasn’t even sure what a couple of the buttons were. Abraham had created something completely new there. “How do you get it out of here?”
“Over here.” Abraham crossed to the side of the building and thumped a furnace. “You fire this up, and the steam drives the machinery to open the ceiling. It’s my newest baby.”
“I would love to fly something like that.” Victor ran his hand over the sleek, lacquered side of the gondola before going to check the engine. “I miss flying after retiring from the Air Corps.”
“Maybe one day, once this is all over, you can fly it.” The offer stunned Victor into silence. Abraham shrugged, and a sheepish grin cut across his face. “I like intelligent people, Victor, and you are smart. I can tell. I’d like to take you flying.” He patted Victor’s back. “Besides, it was Permelia who cared about breeding and money, not me. I care about the person and his actions.”
Victor thought about those words and the invitation long into the night.
Jana Denardo's career choices and wanderlust take her all over the United States and beyond. Much of her travels make their way into her stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and mystery have been her favorite genres since she started reading, and they often flavor her works. In her secret identity, she works with the science of life and gives college students nightmares. When she’s not chained to her computer writing, she functions as stray cat magnet.
Jana is Queen of the Geeks (her students voted her in) and her home and office are shrines to any number of comic book and manga heroes along with SF shows and movies too numerous to count. There is no coincidence the love of all things geeky has made its way into many of her stories. To this day, she’s still disappointed she hasn’t found a wardrobe to another realm, a superhero to take her flying among the clouds or a roguish star ship captain to run off to the stars with her.
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