Today I have not one, but three special guests! Tempeste O’Riley is here and she’s brought Chase and Rhys from her new release, Desire’s Guardian. Don’t forget to enter Tempe’s contest–you could win a copy of the first book in the Desires Entwined series, or one of three gift cards!
Thanks for visiting, guys!
First, we would like to thank Charley for having us over to share a little about us and our story to the fun and lively readers here! We are Chase Manning and Rhys Sayer from Desires’ Guardian.
So, now that we’re here, Charley asked us to share four things you might not find out about us by simply reading our story.
- We are not an easy couple to read about. We each had and have hang-ups that cause out relationship to be a constant work-in-progress.
- Favorite Color:
- C – Rainbow. Yes, yes, I know that’s not a color, but it is to me.
- R – Red.
- How you met your bff:
- C – I met James at my therapist’s office. We were both there to work though some horrible things from our pasts and struck up a conversation while waiting. It was the best waiting experience of my life and set us both on the course to become who we are both together as BFF’s and as individuals.
- R – I met Mark on the bus to boot. We both joined the Marine’s young and became close friends. Somehow we managed to always get stationed together and he, along with a few others now scattered around the country, will to this day drop everything and come running if needed.
- Pet Peeves:
- C – People that judge you without ever taking the time to get to know you. I’m so much more than what most assume. 😉 You know what they say about people who assume, right?
- R – Mispronunciation of my name and cheaters, would have to be two of my biggest. It’s said Rise not Reese. And I have no time or patience for those that cheat on their partners. If you don’t want to be loyal, then don’t be in the relationship. Period.
Now below you’ll find a little excerpt from Desires’ Guardian and all the fun links and such to buy the book and to find our author, Tempeste O’Riley. I hope you will also take a moment to leave us a little note and enter the giveaway at the end.
Chase and Rhys
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 page
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.
“James, it’s time.” Seth’s voice broke their moment, startling both men. “Gather up your Chase and hurry, please.”
Chase looked over to Seth, confused about what he was referring to. The show isn’t over, so where is he taking Jamie, and what does that have to do with me?
“Oh! Oh, good. Come on, dear.” James pushed him toward Seth and then maneuvered on his forearm crutches to follow behind.
Chase followed obediently, confused but moving with the flow of bodies around him. “What’s going on, guys?” he asked once they were at the front of the gallery. He looked around and noticed there was a large covered frame that hadn’t been there earlier.
Rhys’s brother, Dal, sidled up beside Chase, bending to whisper into his ear, “He’s got one last painting to reveal, but it’s a special one. I heard not even Britt”—the owner of the gallery—“has seen this one.”
“Really?” He peered up at Dal, again noticing how much he looked like Rhys, only a couple of inches shorter and a few pounds lighter.
“Shh… he’s getting ready to speak.”
Chase realized James now stood in front of the painting, smiling again.
“First, let me thank everyone for your warm reception and the wonderful turnout. As some of you know, I don’t really do speeches, but this last painting is special. I debated showing Inner Light, but in the end decided others needed to see the subject as I do.” James moved to the side, releasing his grip on one forearm crutch. He touched the sheet but didn’t move it yet. “You see, sometimes when people reveal who they truly are inside, we find a vile, rotting corpse, but other times, what we find….” He trailed off and touched a recessed panel.
The sheet, which Chase realized was actually a curtain, slid aside to reveal a painting of… him! Well, it was him, but not him at the same time. The artistry was magnificent, but over half his face a lion was superimposed. The lion part even had his ear cuff clipped to the furry ear. Chase gaped, barely noting the gasps and clapping that burst all around him.
Chase moved to the side, trying not to attract attention as questions and praise swarmed James. He couldn’t stop staring at the painting, trying to see how it could possibly be a representation of himself, but couldn’t. He wasn’t powerful or strong like a lion. And while he knew he was decent looking, the man in the painting had an ethereal beauty that dumbfounded him. It was both humbling and uncomfortable to look upon and hear Jamie’s voice in his head saying that was how he saw him.
Chase was startled out of his thoughts when two of his friends, Simon Tyler and Dale Miller, nudged him. “Chase! Did you know about the painting? It’s amazing,” Simon gushed.
Chase shook his head. “I didn’t. He can’t really see me that way, can he?”
“With as much as you’ve done over the years to help and protect him, yeah, I think that’s exactly how he sees you,” Dale replied. “Of course, he’s obviously blind. But then, if he showed you as you really are, no one would buy his artwork.” Dale and Simon cackled, and Chase glowered at the both of them.
“Maybe he’s trying to make up for conning you into working with Rhys,” Simon suggested.
“Harrumph! I still can’t believe I said yes, but you really think all this was planned? Seriously?”
“Eh, ignore Simon.”
“We’re going out tomorrow night to forget about the sexy ox, so don’t sweat it,” Simon said and winked. “Now, go congratulate James and smile. You look totally wrong with the scowl on your pretty face,” he instructed, turning Chase and pushing him toward the now advancing James.
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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 http://tempesteoriley.com.
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