Welcome Tali Spencer today
Please give a warm welcome to author Tali Spencer.....I just got her Thick as Thieves book and am loving every minute of it.
To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Thick as Thieves, my current release, is a romp of a book with heat and heart. It’s high fantasy, and sword and sorcery in particular, about a couple of down on their luck rogues who are thrown together by chance and become partners in adventure and sex. Thick as Thieves is funny and also provides solid characters and a fast-moving plot.
I’m hard at work on getting my next two Uttor novels to my editor. These are historical romances centered on a royal family held captive in a foreign empire. Two of the siblings have found love and now the others get to engage in romantic adventures.
If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
For M/M readers I would say Thick as Thieves because it’s got a lighter tone and more humor. My other M/M books are a bit darker, though always with some tongue in cheek.
Readers who prefer M/F romances should definitely start with Captive Heart, a romance about a sheltered princess swept by war into the arms of her country’s conqueror. It’s my only M/F at the moment, but more are coming, and the book sets the stage for the Uttor series. Each book in the series is written to stand alone and still convey the overarching story.
Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?
Thick as Thieves was definitely the easiest. I just decided to have fun with all the fantasy tropes and character types I have read and loved for years. One reviewer joked I was “in a great and fooling mood” when I wrote it, and she is right!
The hardest would be Adored, because I love to put my characters in hot sex scenes early and often—which is a little tricky when the heroine is nine months pregnant! I know pregnant women have sex—but let’s be real, how sexy does a woman feel when nine months pregnant? And how many men upon meeting a woman in that state are going to want to jump into bed with her? I loved heating this couple to a boil, though. Their romance is tender and deep.
Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught?
I think all humans are able to love, though some of them need to learn how to give in to it. In Thick as Thieves, Vorgell has a big, open heart. He’s quite willing to love. As a matter of fact, he yearns for it. Madd, on the other hand, has never known love. He is a child of rape, which left him feeling rejected even by his mother and the witch society into which he was born. The one strategy he depends on to keep himself safe emotionally as well as physically is to hold other people at a distance. Watching him learn how to deal with Vorgell’s attraction to him is part of the fun of the story.
If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
My muse was on vacation so I asked five people at random. They said inventive, magnanimous, supportive, kind, and regular. Not sure what that last one means.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Apparently I have a sexy voice. Men used to come to the place where I worked just so they could find out what I looked like. I got asked out on the radio by a listener who called in for a spot I was doing. It was funny because he asked, “Are you hot?” What do you say to that? Seriously? Of course I am!
What is coming up from you in 2013? Anything you want to tease us with?
I’ve already mentioned Adored, my romance with the pregnant heroine. That book will be followed in very short order by Victory Portrait, an M/M novel also set in Uttor. That one is a love story between a triumphant general and a captured prince, with a heavy dose of kink. After that I will be working on a science fiction novel and a sequel to Thick as Thieves—because so many reviewers are saying they want one!
Updates, snippets from WIPs, and free stories appear regularly on my blog. http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com
About the Author
Tali Spencer is a Wisconsin girl who’s lived in almost every part of the U.S. and also in parts of South America. She currently makes her home in Pennsylvania, where she is learning to cook proper pasta and calamari.
She writes inventive fantasy and paranormal romances, contemporary short stories, and science fiction with fantasy overtones.
Her work is available from Dreamspinner Press, Resplendence Publishing, and Storm Moon Press.
Visit Tali’s blog at http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com
Thick as Thieves
Erotic M/M Sword and Sorcery
After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.
Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.
Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.
Buildings in this part of the city pressed close to the street, and the alleys were narrow. They ran until the crowd thinned and they could no longer hear the shrieks and cries of the still-blinded onlookers. Even with that in their favor, they could not return to their room. Too many people had seen them. Fortunately, neither of them owned enough yet to have left any possessions behind.
Barely avoiding the contents of a chamber pot being dumped into the alley, they slowed to a walk and recovered their breaths. The sun had dropped low enough that a few rays pierced the clouds and cast the alleyway in shadow.
“That was close.” Madd shook his head, his cheeks flushed prettily from exertion. He still clutched the bundle they’d gotten from Ibeena, his fingers curled anxiously into the thick hide. Beads of sweat trickled near his ear. A wild impulse to lick those drops swept through Vorgell, and he pushed Madd in one rough movement against the nearest building. Madd looked up at him in alarm.
“Are you all right?” Vorgell bent near to breathe more deeply of the masculine scent of sweat and skin. He could feel Madd’s body casting off heat, and he wanted nothing more in the world than to feel his skin slide slick and wet against the other man’s.
“What’s wrong with you? Of course I’m all right. You’re the one who was fighting! I’m surprised you’re not bleeding!”
Madd was still breathing hard, but he didn’t try to struggle out of Vorgell’s grip on his shoulders. Vorgell moved close, only stopped short by his cock—erect again—touching Madd’s belly.
He smiled at the glare he received for that trespass. “I’m glad you didn’t run away after all. If you’d run, I might have lost you. I rather like having a partner.”
His words earned him a smirk of triumph. “The moonblind trick worked pretty well, didn’t it?”
Vorgell could barely breathe he was so ensnared by Madd’s dark eyes, shining and lined with a fringe of thick lashes. The moon, not the sun, glowed in those liquid depths. Everything about the young witch male invited thoughts of bedsheets and night and the tender joys of the flesh. Vorgell was torn between wanting to keep this man safe and wanting to plunder him like a lovesick swain.
“They might still be looking for us,” Madd said. “I suggest we keep moving.”
Buy link for Thick as Thieves: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4002
Buy link for Captive Heart: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-captiveheart-910905-143.html