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?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A lot of the basis of Designs of Desire came from personal frustration with how others treat me due to my having Ehlers-Danlos, and the health complications involved. I walk to forearm crutches, like James does, and often find myself teated poorly, ignored, or flat out shunned due to how others perceive me. After a really bad day at the store, where I was accosted more than once by people for walking weird, or for using the electric cart (I don’t look sick, but my joints don’t work right), I ranted to a friend about how sick I was of how others treated me. She suggested I should channel my feelings into a story and give the MC the happily-ever-after I wish for. The rest, as they say, is history!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
James is a combination of issues I have and a couple of friends–things they’re gone though. Seth is the man I’d create, if I could design my own perfect partner. Everything from James’s Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to they type of family each man has, came from real life, please I know and care about, combined with how I wish things were, and a heavy dose of artist license.
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.
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®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers.
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