Cover Reveal for Dreamers’ Destiny: Tempeste O’Riley

I’d like to welcome Tempeste O’Riley to Onwards, Upwards today to share the cover for her upcoming release Dreamers’ Destiny. It’s a gorgeous cover, and she’s got a giveaway and excerpt for you guys as well.


People don’t just materialize into reality simply because you want them to so desperately that waking up breaks your heart. 



Dreamers’ Destiny
by Tempeste O’Riley
a Standalone story

M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Release Date: May 13, 2016 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel

♥ ♥ ♥ Dreamspinner Press ♥ ♥ ♥

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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.

Fate brings Cameron and Liam together, and they realize they’ve met before—in their dreams. A chance encounter and a winged tattoo might lead them to their destiny—if fear doesn’t turn their dreams into a nightmare.



Liam walked beside Cam, noting every nuance of the man he’d been with most of his life, even if they’d never met while awake before. He was entranced with how Cam moved. He thought of the way Cam had spoken using his hands to emphasize and punctuate his voice when they were inside the tattoo shop, and even the little sidestep to separate them didn’t surprise or bother Liam any. Liam had expected it, truthfully, but he’d needed to feel Cam, to know he wasn’t imagining all this, either—that fleeting touch in the tattoo shop hadn’t been nearly enough.

Working with Nosha the last couple of weeks had been interesting, and he’d started to believe Cam might be real. However, seeing and touching Cam was very different from trying to willfully take control of his dreams or debating Cameron’s possible existence. And touching him? Liam suppressed a shiver as he opened the door for Cam to enter the little coffee shop.

“Thanks,” Cam murmured. “You always do things like this in the dreams too,” he added so softly Liam almost missed it.

Liam smiled, hoping Cam could adjust to this new knowledge and glad he’d noticed how Liam acted both in their dreams and now.

Thankfully, it wasn’t busy right then, so they got their coffees and were seated at the farthest table from the other patrons in a few minutes. Liam waited, watching Cam as he fidgeted with his cup, steadfastly refusing to meet Liam’s eyes.

Liam cleared his throat and asked, “Will you look at me, please?”

Cam raised his head slowly before finally meeting his gaze. “I don’t understand how you’re here. You’re supposed to only exist in my head. Well, in my dreams, anyway.”

Liam chuckled, thinking of how he’d made the same argument with Di and Nosha not that long ago about his seeing Cam at the club. “I’m still not entirely certain how all this works, but I’m quite real. As are you, it seems.”

The silver eyes before him flashed a moment before Cam snorted softly, then smiled, almost. “Why don’t you seem more, I don’t know, upset? I mean, this should be just as much of a shock for you as it is for me. Or do you go around invading people’s dreams and doing all those things with others you do with me all the time?”

He blinked hard as he thought about what to say and which questions to even answer.


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“I found it a beautiful tale of unhappiness changed to romance and then love with a happy ending.”

—Rainbow Book Reviews, on “Designs of Desire”

Designs of Desire is a tough realistic book that is touched by violence countered by the growing love between the two heroes.”

—Sensual Reads, on “Designs of Desire”

“It paints a stunning image of rebirth as Deacon and Kaden’s relationship begins to unfurl, like a rose as it opens its petals to the sun.”

—Carly’s Book Reviews, on “Caged Sanctuary”

“This is my favorite in this series so far. I love seeing how these characters are growing, all of them. As individuals, as couples, as friends, and as a family.”

—MM Good Book Reviews, on “Desires’ Guardian”

“The writer did an excellent job with the characters, they are likable and perfect. Not perfect in the way that they have no flaws, but in a way that they grab you and complement each other.”

—Love Bytes Reviews, on “Temptations of Desire”

“Tempeste created an amazing world for these paranormal species. I got lost in the story and wondering how all the pieces wove together.”

—Molly Lolly, on “Whiskers of a Chance”


Designs of DesireSimple Desires*+ – Bound by Desire* – Desires’ GuardianTemptations of DesireTruth in Lace* – Desires’ Pride* – Signs of Desire

Micah’s Medicine+ – Caged SanctuaryWhiskers of a Chance

*shorts in series +shorts in anthologies


Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life—especially now that they have joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® (as Novice Sister Eroti-Quill… can’t imagine where that name came from).

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit

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Design Your Cover

Earlier this year I attended a lecture on cover design. Much like everything else, cover design goes through a ‘trend’ period. Most genres have a somewhat standard cover design that you’ll find lots of variations of. Sometimes you’ll get a book with a cover that breaks the norm.

We can all admit it, there are bad covers out there. There are bestselling books with covers that make your eyes hurt. There are books that don’t sell all that well, or have average sales, with absolutely gorgeous covers. So, how much influence does the cover actually have on sales? If it’s an author with a backlog you’re familiar with, will you purchase their next book even if the cover isn’t stellar? Do you believe the cover accurately reflects the content?

For those of us who read eBooks, a cover might not play that big of a factor in our decisions. Personally, I’m more apt to read a book if I find the summary appealing anyway. That’s not to say my eye hasn’t been drawn to an attractive cover when I’m in the store, but I’m not about to buy solely based on that. I’ve more than once found myself looking at a cover, reading the summary, and wondering what the cover actually has to do with the book in question. If you’re buying from your Kindle, the cover is a small icon, and it’s the name of the book and the summary that will garner your attention normally. But maybe that’s just me.

One of the things that stuck out to me in the lecture, though, was the snickering at a cover for a historical romance novel. None of the other covers drew such harsh criticism or disdain, and I’m not going to lie, I was offended on behalf of romance readers/writers/cover designers. The other covers presented were minimal, similar looking, typical of their assigned genres. So what was it about the romance novel (one that was standard for similar titles)? The image was of a woman in historical dress, with fancy script, and if I recall correctly she had some skin showing. Despite what people like to say, one of the biggest markets out there is the romance market, and a typical cover for that market includes scantily dressed people. Most historical ones have a man or woman in the period clothing on the cover. They sell well. More than well, in actuality. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the covers are continuously designed in such a way because it’s been proven a decent amount of readers like them. That’s a tangent for another day, however.

The point of all this is, quite simply, to find out what influences you when you purchase books? When your publisher asks what the ‘ideal picture if you could have it’ would be? Would you buy a book with a bad cover? Do you prefer a minimal style? Can the style of a cover confuse you into thinking the book is a different genre than it is? That’s a lot of questions, I know. But just think about them.