Aug 24

Follow the Rainbow – What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to me?


This weekend I, along with a great many other GLBTQ authors are participating in the “Follow the Rainbow” Blog Hop in celebration of their new book review site! If you haven’t stopped by there, take a moment to check it out – Rainbow Book Reviews.

I sat here, staring at the question asked “What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to me?” and my mind blanked. The problem is that it means so many things to me that I wasn’t sure where to start. :c)

Sharing the stories of the loving men that live in my imagination is not an agenda for me, but an offering to others of the love I have seen and that I wish was more scene by others. It’s also a way to share my hopes.

I was raised in a repressive area in the South, but my best friend growing up was gay, I’m bi, some of our friends were gay, bi, lesbian (I didn’t know any Trans at the time, sorry). And while we were close and protected one another, we didn’t have any real role models or successful relationships to hold on to. So for me, writing GLBTQ stories is about having those HEAs we never thought possible. Having them with sexy abs, broad shoulders, and big . . . hearts (come on people, please – big HEARTS) just makes the stories of love, triumph, and growth that much better.

From August 24th – August 26th, you can HOP around the blogs, comment at each and – follow their rules – be entered to win 70+ giveaways!


  • Rainbow Book Reviews will provide 4 Book Gift Vouchers (All Romance or Amazon) of $25.00 each and pick winners at random from comments on the Rainbow Book Reviews blog.
  • Several publishers have already generously donated the following prizes:
    • Amber Allure – 9 winners
      3 downloads per day for a total of 9 downloads
    • Bold Strokes Books – 10 winners
      10 books in any format the winner chooses
    • Dreamspinner Press – 3 winners
      3 vouchers worth $20 each
    • Less Than Three Press – 1 winner
      1 voucher for the website, worth $25
    • Riptide Publishing – 5 winners
      5 readers their choice of any of the following books, each the first in their series:

    • Torquere Press
      3 gift vouchers of $10 each for Torquere Press – 3 winners
      2 gift vouchers for $10 each for Prizm (the YA imprint) – 2 winners
    • Untreed Reads – 3 winners
      3 coupons worth $10 each


  • $10 ARe Gift Bucks for one lucky commenter (please include your email in your comment).
    [[What’s your favorite type of M/M hero?]]

Yep, we’re doing THAT MUCH. You can comment on 1 or all 70+ and be entered that many times for the grand prizes (plus all the fabu prizes throughout the HOP)!


1. Tara Lain

2. Jaime Samms

3. Jack Scott

4. Erastes

5. Gale Stanley

6. Amelia Gormley

7. Jon Michaelsen

8. Ana Bosch

9. D.C. Juris

10.Brandon Shire

11. Anne Barwell

12. Shira Anthony

13. Avril Ashton

14. Margie Church

15. Charlie Cochet

16. Sarah Madison

17. James Fessenden

18. H.C. Brown

19. Amelia June

20. Tali Spencer

21. M.A. Church

22. Ellen Holiday

23. Andrew Grey

24. Tempeste O’Riley

25. S. A. Garcia

26. V.S. Morgan

27. Harper Bliss

28. Lou Sylver

29. Rowan Speedwell 

30. R.J. Scott

31. Elin Gregory

32. Kendall McKenna

33. Katey Hawthorne

34. Zahra Owens

35. Caroline Stephens

36.Lucy Felthouse

37. Rick Reed

38. Jay Bell

39. Lori Toland

40. Larry Benjamin

41. Fierce Dolan

42. Margie Church

43. Barbara Winkes

44. Kaje Harper

45. Madison Parker

46. Liz Strange

47. Ryal Woods

48. Cameron Lawton

49. Whitely Grey

50. Helen Pattskyn

51. Z.A. Maxfield

52. S.A. McAuley

53. Marie Sexton

54. Julia Talbot

55. Caitlin Ricci

56. Vona Logan

57. Michael Thomas

58. Kissa Starling

59. Megan Derr

60. Less Than Three Press, LLC

61.Penny Brandon

62. Sasha Miller

63. Kelly Wrye

64. H.J. Raine

65. Elizabeth Noble

66. Ryan Loveless

67. Coffey Brown

68. PD Singer

69. K-lee Klein

70. Erica Pike

71. Adriana Kraft

72. Sean Michael

About the author


Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe 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 but 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.


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  1. diannehartsock

    I like my hero to be strong when he needs to be, but also have a vulnerable side that makes him real. (Like James!)

    1. TempeO

      Thanks for playing along :c)
      So glad you love James! He’s such a sweetheart! Designs of Desire is almost done… ;c)

  2. andreanook

    I don’t have a favorite type of M/M hero. I’m looking for a hero I can relate to in some way. They have to be realistic, likable and not too perfect. That’s all it takes to make me happy.

    andreagrendahl @ gmail . com

  3. KimberlyFDR

    I tend to be drawn to characters that are secure in their own identity, who can enjoy life and love. Strong with a soft side, a perfect combination 🙂


  4. Maria

    I like my heroes to be be physically strong but emotionally dependable – I also like them to be honest, fair and completely true to the one they love. Thanks for the giveaway – very cool

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  5. Fierce Dolan

    Great to meet you on this hop!
    fiercedolan @ gmail . com

  6. Trix

    I like one who’s devoted, intelligent, witty, and sensual.


  7. Madison Parker

    My favorite m/m heroes are the more sensitive guys. I find the effeminate guys really sexy. 🙂 madisonparklove@gmail.com

  8. coffeybrownbooks

    I’m a new LGBTQ author participating in the hop. Just wanted to stop by. I like characters with big… HEARTS too! LOL! Good post!

    Stacey aka Coffey Brown
    pierce67 @ gmail . com

    1. TempeO

      Thank you for stopping by, Stacey! ♥ ♥ ♥

      1. coffeybrownbooks

        You’re welcome!

  9. Loh

    thank you for participating in this blog hop. My favourite type of m/m hero are a man who are sensitive but not oversensitive hunk, romantic, strong (determined,couragerous, street smart ) strong in a way to face obstacles in life that are throw in to him. I love reading m/m heroes who went through life’s challenges and overcoming them gaining life experience.

    thank you for the giveaway.


  10. cathy m

    I enjoy strong characters with a sense of humor, and not too angsty.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  11. monica

    Mmmm…my type of hero..

    I love my man with a sense of humor, faithful, caring, understanding and with a mind of his own. Abusive is a no-no to me.

    Thank you

    moniqee @ hotmail . com

    PS. Thank you for being part of the Hop!

  12. Erica Pike

    My favorite type is probably a geeky guy who comes into his own during the story, as he discovers his true sexuality. Doesn’t have to exactly that, but yeah, I’m more for the geeky types than the “Me Tarzan, you John” types.

    eripike @ gmail . com

  13. Cindy

    Favorite type of hero-hmmm. I would have to say strong macho always ready to defend those he loves or who are weaker, yet he or she is able to accept help. Thanks for writing what I love to read!!

    cinders1964 @ hotmail . com

  14. Tracey D

    My favorite hero is tough in the outside but a big softy inside. Oh yes, I like him to be a bit of a smary-pants, too. Love those those snarky heroes.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  15. Rain

    I kinda like different types of heroes, but usually I’m most drawn to imperfect ones.

    rainingdark @ yahoo . com

  16. Sue Adams

    Hi, Tempeste.
    This hop is great cos I’m meeting many new authors, and that’s always a good thing.
    Your blog is very colourful and positive; I like that.
    What type of hero do I like? So hard to say… there are so many. But my favourite genre is fantasy and fairytales, so I suppose a nice elf or mage would be high on my list.

    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

  17. Maggie Blackbird

    I can’t say I have a fave type of hero. I either connect or I don’t. And I’ve connected to heroes in all sizes, shapes, and colours.

    maggieblackbird @ vianet . ca

  18. Giselle

    I like my hero strong and with a take-charge attitude although I have to admit that I also love twinks!

    gisu29 @ yahoo. com

  19. kaylynd

    I like an alpha who will do whatever it takes to protective the ones he loves and cares for.

  20. yganoe

    I love the strong yet tender hero. Someone who can also laugh.

  21. Jbst

    I like a hero who has a sense of humor, thoughtful and strong.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  22. Juliana

    My favorite kind of hero? I have too many! I think I like the super alpha hero: protective, strong, and loyal. I also like the covers pain with laughter hero: humorous, intelligent, and wounded. Thanks so much for participating in this hop! I love the way two men can find love in my favorite M/M books!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  23. Cameron Lawton

    I’m fairly new to writing m/m commercially but my two heros are in the British Military Police – one introverted and the other outgoing but both knowing they HAVE TO hide their love – queerbashing is a sport in the British Army! I love them both … so much so that they are going to become a series! And they are investigators so there is a lot of detective plot in there too.

    cameronlawton899 @ gmail .com

  24. Lyra L

    Alpha males like Ty and Zane!!!

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

    1. TempeO

      OMG I love them!!

  25. SusieQ

    I guess my favorite type would be the younger gay man just finding himself, but out and proud. Think Justin in Queer As Folk!!
    seritzko AT verizon DOT net

  26. Ryan Loveless

    I like a hero who doesn’t fit the hunky man mold. I want someone who can surprise me. 🙂

    Ryan Loveless
    mslovelesswrites at gmail dot com

  27. bn100

    An alpha hero.


  28. Penumbra

    I like a bit Alpha male who’s physically fit and also compassionate.


  29. chickie434

    I love guys who are heroic, caring, loving, and not afraid to speak their mind.


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