Title: Victory Portrait
Author: Tali Spencer
Series: Pride of Uttor #4
Release Date: April 6th 2016
Genre: Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Imperial captive and former Sebboyan prince Peta Kordeun has one great wish: to meet Darius Arrento, conqueror of his country and a man he has idolized since childhood. That wish comes true the day the Uttoran emperor assigns Peta to assist the artist who will be painting the great general’s official portrait.
General Darius Arrento would rather take a crossbow bolt through his flesh than sit for a portrait, until his friend the emperor forces his hand. The notorious artist, Brazzi, uses semen and other sexual fluids to bind his colors—and Arrento is captivated by the artist’s pretty helper. Before long he is driven to possess the gorgeous young man who draws battle maps and whose naïve charm has won more hearts in Uttor than Arrento has won battles.
When Arrento learns that Peta, the slave he covets and wants for his own, is one of the despised Kordeun princes, he storms from Uttor toward a far corner of the empire—where he quickly finds himself embroiled in a plot to tear Uttor’s empire apart. His emotions and loyalties frayed, the great Arrento is in the battle of his life…and Peta may hold the key to his survival.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Tali Spencer, author of Victory Portrait.
Hi Tali, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thanks so much for having me stop by. Victory Portrait is a tale of two men from different countries, different backgrounds, and really different perceptions of each other…and who find themselves brought together by a match-making emperor and a kinky artist. I hope readers will sit down and join me in enjoying a cup of coffee or other drink, and share some time with Peta. He’s one of my favorites—and of the Uttoran emperor—and I got him to answer a few questions.
Character interview: Petraeus Kordeun (Peta)
What do you find attractive in a man?
Peta: He must be of noble character: loyal to his friends and unswerving in battle, smarter than his enemies, intrepid and bold. As to looks, I most enjoy looking at men who are tall and strong and…and strong. Darius Arrento is my ideal of what a man should be, though I’ve never saw him before this book.
2. The first thing that went through your head when you saw Darius?
Peta: My first thought was: “He’s really here and he’s magnificent!” Because Darius is even bigger and stronger and better-looking than I ever imagined.
3. Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
Peta: I’m pretty sure she will, because the Uttor series is about my family and that of the emperor…and I have more siblings with stories left to tell!
4. Before you met Darius, what was your ideal man?
Peta: Darius. He’s been my ideal man since I was child and I heard about him. I drew pictures of what I thought he might look like. I…I’ve fantasized about him and… Well, I did look at a few handsome, tall, dark-haired soldiers and hoped he looked like those men!
5. You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
Peta: Since coming to Uttor, I’ve become fond of crepes stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey. I’ve been told too much of it will cause men to lose their teeth, but I don’t care. It’s too good!
About the Author
Tali Spencer delights in erotic fantasy and adventure, creating worlds where she can explore the heights and shadows of sexual passion. A hopeful romantic and lover of all things exotic, she also writes high fantasy and science fiction. If you would like to see inspiration pictures for her characters, or glimpse how she envisions her worlds, check out her Pinterest boards.
Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.
Tali’s other books include the three preceding Uttor books: Captive Heart, Dangerous Beauty, and Adored, all with Resplendence. Her gay male high fantasy stories, Thick as Thieves, Sorcerer’s Knot, and The Prince of Winds, are published by Dreamspinner Press. She often posts free stories and excerpts on her blog.
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