May 23

Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers | hellohealthy

Spice up your weeknight meals with The Roasted Root’s southwest stuffed bell peppers! Filled to the brim with black beans and corn, this dish helps you get your daily doses of veggies and fiber — one stuffed pepper provides 8 grams of fiber! A generous portion of grated cheese on top makes these peppers irresistible.

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May 17

Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway! | MM Good Book Reviews

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Hiya peeps, we have Tempeste O’Riley stopping in today with the blog tour for her new release Dreamers’ Destiny, we have brilliant guest post, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link ~Pixie~

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Dreamers’ Destiny

by

Tempeste O’Riley

Liam Grady is the owner of the Feathered Quill, a quirky little bookstore in Asheville, and—though he doesn’t realize it yet—a dream walker. His last relationship failed almost a year ago, and he’s not had the interest or nerve to pursue anyone he’s met since.

Cameron Danu is a tattoo artist from rural Georgia. Cameron is left without a job after his boss, Jose, is forced to close the shop after a heart attack. When Cameron learns Jose has set up an interview for him at a small tattoo parlor in Asheville, he hopes for a fresh start in a new town.

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May 17

Hop for Visibility, Awareness, & Equality!

Welcome to the Hop for Visibility, Awareness, & Equality! In years past this was called the Hop Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia but they have a new name and a new mission statement (I love the new focus!) In fact, their mission statement is (find here):

“The mission of Hope for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality is to foster an environment of inclusion and positivity within the LGBTQI+ community. We hope to bring awareness to discrimination and celebrate our diversity not only within the community at large but within our own genres and books. We also hope to engage authors, readers, bloggers, and artist to get involved in ending discrimination while promoting visibility, awareness and equality for all sexual orientations and gender identifications.”

Click here to visit the official host site!

Once again I’m proud to be taking part in this very, very special hop to help supports the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th. If you’ve been part of the hop before then you know there are several people and publishers connected to this—see below to find them and check out all their great posts and see what they have on top for the HOP.

Today I’m going to touch on a topic that will probably not make me too many friends, even within community, lol… the the not gay/lesbian, not straight, not male, not female, but not IDing as Bi or as Trans or as Queer NB people. Yes, we exist 🙂 No, it’s not a phase. Yes, we have a real need for visibility, awareness, and equality.In Honor of.. We are the Gender Fluid, Pansexuals! Now, you don’t have to be one to be there other, I just happen to be both and get so tired of the hate and lack of understanding/awareness surrounding both.

Tell someone you are Bi (too many have no clue what pansexual even is, so going with Bi for simplicity sake with those that don’t need to know as detailed info about me…) and you told you’re going through a phase, that your just haven’t come out yet and need to stop hiding, that you aren’t datable because you would just cheat (no, cheaters cheat, one has nothing to do with the other!), blah blah blah. Or you become a fetish type… “oh, so you’ll let me bring a girl to bed with us? Hot!” Um, no, that’s not what I said. Ugh!

Try explaining Pansexuality and wow, that messes with people. I often tell others that I’m ‘people-sexual’. I don’t care what bits you have or how you present, if I’m attracted to the person as an individual, not a body, then I’m attracted. You don’t even want to hear some of the nasty questions that have followed that explanation. :/

Say you’re Gender Fluid and you tend to get blank stares, or at least I do. “You’re what now?” “What’s that?” “So it’s like being part-time trans?” (Yeah, that last one always throws me. It’s not part-time anything, thanks. And how insulting to both Transgender and Gender Fluid people, ugh.) And on….

The ones that hurt the most aren’t the bigots outside community, but within. It’s the ones that say claiming to be Bi or Pan is a copout or that it’s hiding. That it’s a phase or that I’m hurting the gay rights movement by not really coming out as a real Lesbian (as opposed to what? A fake one O.o). The ones that shun Gender Fluidity. Even if I only liked women (which isn’t true), I still wouldn’t be a Lesbian as I’m Gender Fluid, lol, but oh well.

We don’t only need to fight Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, etc. in the outside world, we often need to do so still within ourselves. How much of the hate and crap we were taught is still in there somewhere, tainting us? How often do we let our own lack of understanding get in the way of learning, of new friendships or relationships? Of our own happiness? How often do we hurt others and not even mean to?

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia. I challenge you to not only do at least one thing to help someone else, but to do a little soul searching to see if you still hold onto any of these phobias or confusions, and if you need to maybe see about educating yourself a little more about the others under the rainbow.

Now, on to something a little more fun! The giveaway part, YaY!…

Giveaway

  • First Prize: 1 random winner will get a donation to their charity of choice (within community or that supports community) in their name in the amount of $25.
  • Second Prize: 2 random winners will get an ebook from my backlist.

Comment on this post about a challenge you’ve overcome in respect to the theme Winking smile Remember, make sure to add your e-mail addy or I can’t contact you to give you your prize!

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May 17

Inspiration and Dirk Greyson: Author of DAWN AND DUSK

Title: Dawn and Dusk  
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight (Book 3)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Book Links:
Amazon | Dreamspinner Press | ARe

For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get out to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce.

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen is all the family he has left.

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.

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Where do you draw inspiration from for the Day and Knight Series?

I really don’t particularly know. I got the idea for the characters a few years ago and really liked it, so I decided to write the first story and see what happened. I think the first story really worked out, and I liked the dynamics between the characters. I also liked the idea of writing stories with more action and adventure. There was also the added attraction of being able to kill people off. J

When I created the original concept, I had envisioned five stories, of which this is the third, but after writing Dawn and Dusk, I have decided to combine the last two and write the fourth and final story. It will be called Eclipse and will bring Day and Knight’s adventures together to a close. I’m hoping to write that story in the next few months.

Then Knight’s shoulders slumped slightly and he rolled his eyes. “Aw hell.” Knight pulled out a chair and sat next to him.

“You can go if you’d like,” Day said.

“Fuck no. If I do, you’ll probably find something and be on the next plane to Phoenix. I need to make sure you keep your head on straight.”

Day wasn’t sure if he should be insulted or not, and after tensing, getting ready to take Knight’s head off, he recognized Knight might be worried about him and this was his clumsy way of expressing it. “Fine.”

He got logged in and searched his brother’s name, which showed him information he already knew.

“Try federal databases,” Knight suggested, and Day turned to him. “It’s worth a shot.”

“Why suggest that? Not that I won’t try, but it seems an odd suggestion.”

“It’s as good a place to start as any, and a lot of agencies keep a lot of information. As former NSA, you understand that. So see if there’s anything unusual.”

“I wish you had your computer. Then we could double-team this,” Day said and set up some searches, getting them running. Of course, they came up with nothing he didn’t already know.

“Try Arizona DMV,” Knight said.

“I will,” he retorted testily. “Just give me five minutes.” He was already frazzled, and Knight looking over his shoulder, backseat typing, was more than a little annoying.

“Is that the address you have?” Knight asked when he got his vehicle information, and Day nodded. “Search it on Google Earth. Let’s see what it looks like.”

“Is that really going to help? Or are you getting off track? Fine. He said he was looking to settle down, so he may be using that location for his mail. At one time he was living out of his motorhome, but it’s hard to keep track. I’ve been busy, and it seems he has as well.” Day got a look at the address and was surprised to see a nice, small house, beautifully kept, with an arid garden in the front and what looked like a touch of green, probably artificial grass, for the yard. Day was realizing there was quite a bit about his brother he didn’t know.

“Who owns the house?” Knight asked, and Day figured it was best to let him do the driving. Knight was thinking more clearly than he was.

“It appears to be owned by a Clark Miller,” Day said.

“Go back to the DMV database and see what else you can find at that address.” Knight stepped away as Day complied, pulled up the information, and then stopped dead in his tracks. “What is it?”

“Look,” Day said, pointing. “That’s my brother. It’s a different picture, and his hair is shorter, and Clark has glasses.” Day brought up both images and placed them side by side. “You’d think they were relatives rather than the same person, but it’s definitely him.”

“My God, why would your brother have two different identities?”

Dayton wished to hell he had the answer to that question.

  

Day and Knight Book 1

Sun and Shadow Book 2

Dawn and Dusk Book 3

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Dirk is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

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May 16

Dreamers’ Destiny visits My Fiction Nook

Coffee, coffee, coffee… what’s with all the coffee?

One of the fun things in writing is coming up with all the little things about characters. With Cam, I found that he has a major love of coffee. When he moves to Asheville, he’s thrilled to find that there’s this cute little coffee shop just around the corner from the tattoo shop he works for—not Starbucks, as he teases his sister, but we’ll ignore that in a moment, as you’ll see. 😀 

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May 15

Rainbow Book Reviews | “Dreamers’ Destiny” Review

“In dreams I walk with you…talk to you…you’re mine all the time. We’re together in dreams…But just before the dawn, I awake and find you gone. .It’s too bad it only…happens in my dreams…” ~ Roy Orbison (In Dreams)

Liam Grady and Cameron Danu have been dreaming about each other for years and know more about each other than anyone else. It has interfered with their waking hours because no man can ever imagine another man who could measure up to their lover who only meets him when he is asleep. What they are not aware of is that the person they are in love with in their dreams is not just a fantasy, but a real flesh and blood person.

Liam and Cameron have never met in “real life” because …

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May 15

Writing From Home with Tempeste O’Riley | Authors Speak at Rainbow-Gate

Tempeste O’Riley

Hello everyone *waves* Thank you for stopping by on my first monthly visit here at Authors Speak. It’s hard to believe it’s May! I grew up in the South (yes, it’s capitalized lol Winking smile) and I’m still not used to this nonsense of it being 32°F on May 15th! Nope, ‘tis not natural I tell you!

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May 15

Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley: Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome back to the blog tour and giveaway. Today I’m over at The Blogger Girls with an Exclusive Excerpt and thought it would be fun to talk a little about what’s in the teaser I picked.

Liam is talked into training with Nosha, his aunt’s priest, to better understand and use his dream abilities. This doesn’t always go as well as he’d like. Actually, it often doesn’t go as he plans, though it does go as it needs, when he actually opens himself up to what’s happening. What happened after the end of this teaser is a prime example of that, but I’m not going to give that away Smile

Sometimes though, his inner bratty teen whines its way out, lol.

I had a lot of fun writing Nosha and Liam interacting. Nosha never takes Liam’s crap, or whining—not that he does it often, don’t worry—and his delivery is great…

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May 13

Diverse Reader: Release Day Review: Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley #Review #Giveaway

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Liam and Cam are linked… have been for over a decade through dreams. It’s when the dream becomes real that the drama unfolds. I don’t want to give any plot away but I will say it was quite exciting at times. The creativity behind the idea of this story was great.

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May 13

Review: Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley

Rating: 4.25 stars Review: Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley – Great Wicca elements, interesting story, and some serious heat!
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