In the Spotlight: T. M. Smith

 

 Appearances, can be deceiving.Raven
and Tanis are trying very hard to merge their vastly different
lifestyles, but Tanis issues with his own past could prove to be more
than their fragile relationship can handle. Is their love for each other
strong enough to weather the oncoming storm?

Aiya and Sawyer
have fought hard to be together in a world where Opposite relationships
are generally forbidden. Yet, they are still forced to keep their
relationship a secret while they are outside the walls of House Gaeland.

Everyone assumes that the only threat lies outside their walls,
the group of rebels led by Cillian. But something is happening within
House Gaeland, something that hasn’t happened since GWI. And with all
the attention focused on that, their guard is down. An evil that was
under their nose all along strikes, and someone will make the ultimate
sacrifice to save another.

Appearances is the second book in the Opposites series, the series should be read in order.

**
Warning, Opposites is an Adult Dystopian majorly M/M series that
contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, straight
and lesbian couples. **

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21952171-appearances

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How does your experience as a
reviewer affect you as a writer?

I started out as a reviewer so I hope I take some of that into my writing cave with me.
As a reader or reviewer we want to be engaged, intrigued and even surprised
with stories. We want three dimensional characters with flaws and depth. We
want vividly described worlds that fit the sub genre they are described as.

With the Opposites series, I intrigue readers with this Dystopian world where as same
sex couples are the norm. I keep them engaged with romance and suspense. And I
like to surprise people by leading them in one direction, but choosing a
different path at the last minute. I also like to build on the suspense by
ending the stories with a cliff hanger that will leave you anxious and eagerly
awaiting the next installment, but not one so massive that it will piss people
off that they have to wait a while to see where it goes.
My characters are a variety of personalities sure to pique anyone’s interest. I
have my soul mates, Aiyan and Kaden… The warrior and The priest, Raven and
Tanis… The threesome that defy the normal definition of soul mates… The couple
that were born to be together, Cirian and Rian… The petite pixie and The bitch
on wheels, Amelia and Amaya. The list goes on and on. Early on, someone
referred to my story as ‘A gay Game of Thrones’. Now whether or not they meant
that as a compliment or not, I sure as hell took it as one, I mean it’s George
R R Martin! But it’s a valid description. I have a lot of characters.
Another thing with my gay couples I made a conscious decision to do is, for the most
part, they have a defined role to play in their relationship. In the bedroom,
the majority of the couples are a traditional top/bottom role. The only
coupling so far that is different is Aiyan and Kaden. They are equals in every
way. It defines not only them as individuals, but their relationship as well.
They were written as two men that very much wanted their partner to be their
equal in every way, so that had to bleed into their sex life in order for them
to make sense and be believable.
Ah and then we have my world. I did a LOT of research in the beginning to set the stage for
my stories. I knew I wanted to do something Dystopian where as it falls under
Sci-Fi, but not necessarily that genre. I wanted a world where society was
turned upside down, where as the norm we live today is not the norm our
relatives will live in the future. I’m sort of fascinated with global warming
so I added in that aspect to the story, but again, researching a plausible
outcome. I knew that if I didn’t represent some truth in the book that someone
along the way would tear me to shreds. Therefore I can know tell you seven of
the highest points of elevation on the planet. I have a house in all seven!
I chose names that were true to the culture that person lives in, names with a meaning
behind them that fed that characters persona, names that I hope you will
remember. I’m part Irish and if I were to define my religious beliefs, it would
be Celtic, so that is ever present in the story. When I decided to write about
families from Greece and India, I researched those cultures as well. How they
dress, how they speak, traditions, marriage ceremonies, foods that pertain to
those parts of the world. I hope that all of my hard work and preparation shows
in the finished product, and that everyone that reads Opposites will be able to
see what I’m writing inside their mind.
Thank you Iyana for hosting me today, so much fun to share some of these secrets with
everyone!
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader,
reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the
outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her
kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a
steaming cup of coffee!
At 42 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the
title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single
mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which
is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for
the LGBTQ community.
Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social
acceptability, examining a ‘what if’… What If to be gay or lesbian were the
norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the
Outkast?

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