Today we're talking to the lovely ladies from Bottom Drawer Publications. BDP is celebrating their second anniversary and in addition to lovely hats and a fantabulous interview, they've also brought info on a special they are running on their website as well as a giveaway! Check it out!
Hello ladies and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hats, and let's get started!
(The story behind the series of photos is that it was taken at a photobooth during the after party for a local Indie Authors Convention in Australia we attended earlier in the year . . . maybe after a few drinks.)
Describe yourself using a literary quote.
“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
“If by my life or death I can protect you, I will.”
If you could go back and speak to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?
Suz: Rethink wearing legwarmers next year, be firmer with your mum and say no when she tries to set you up with her best friend’s son, and ask out Brad in a few years (he is really into you which was a shame since he left it to the 10 year school reunion to tell you and you were married . . . you know you want to)
Sam: Love hard, be honest and loyal, and be true to yourself. And cherish your mother—every day.
Sing me a song!
Suz: I love to sing, but you know it’s not good when your own children cover their ears . . . but if I have to, I’ll sing my favourite song of the moment – Demons by Imagine Dragons
Sam: The song I belt out harder than any other, at any time, is “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley . . . that face, that voice . . . sigh!
Tell me your zombie apocalypse survival plan.
Suz: Hide out at the Winchester!
Sam: Really? Zombies! Could we maybe have a vampire apocalypse . . .?
Name a book you read and re-read and re-read and re-read for comfort!
Suz: I don’t really go back and re-read too many books, too many new ones out there to explore. But I have always had a soft spot for my childhood favourites like the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton and I’ve read the Harry Potter series over and over to my children . . . okay maybe kept going long after they were asleep.
Sam: Like Suz, I rarely re-read. Who has the time, for one, plus there are too many new journeys waiting for me. But if I’m genre specific, and honest, I have three authors I go back to over and over, even if I only re-read a few pages of any of their books at a time—okay, that is usually my intent, but then I find myself reading the whole damned thing again. The three are like chalk and cheese in style, but each attracts me in different ways: in how they form a sentence, or create a scene, a character, a sex scene . . . I go for the pure love of their writing, and for the research—because I personally find them brilliant—and they are (in no particular order—that depends on my mood and the day): Aleksandr Voinov, Josh Lanyon, and Mary Calmes. Cliché, maybe. But these guys are popular for a reason. If I had to pick a favourite fav, I would say it is Aleks Voinov’s Dark Soul series—gritty but brilliant. Love it!
A genre-specific virus has attacked you, rendering you INCAPABLE of writing reviews for your chosen genre. What do you read now?!
Suz: my next favourite – I am a very eclectic reader.
Sam: So. Let me get this straight. I can’t write reviews, but it didn’t say I can’t still read in the genre. Seems like I now have time to fit in another book a week. I enjoy Goodreads, but que sera and all that. ;)
What food do you consider to be your arch nemesis?
Sam: White bread. It is evil . . . but soooo delish.
Your thoughts on libraries: GO!
Sam: Rarely get to one these days—pity.
Worst mistake you’ve made in your career and what you’ve learned from it?
Suz: Leaving a really good job to move across the globe for love . . . And getting ditched at the other end. Lesson learned: hmmm probably not much.
Sam: I wouldn’t say I have made mistakes, just had stages. All of them learnt from.
And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?
Suz: There’s more than one type? Guess I’m more of a cat person . . .
Sam: One of my close friends has a dachshund that runs circuits on a track it’s made for itself in the yard, a bit like cows do, following the same path. I look at it as it’s going around and around, over and over, and think, stupid dog. So in conclusion: “Smart ones!”
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Happy Birthday, Bottom Drawer Publication!
This weekend is our 2nd birthday, so all of the books in our digital shop will be half price for 3 days August 30-Sept 1 to celebrate. Enter the code bdpparty to get 50% off our entire catalogue.
People can also join our members club to get a permanent 10% discount on any purchase and get access to regular giveaways and notice of new releases. You can join on our website home page.
We all know what it’s like to lose out in love … but what if you get a second chance at happiness? Will you grab it, or run?
Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Jacob Kerns is due a promotion, but his ambitions are at risk when he learns his next contract will be handled by Alexander Corey, his ex. Jake tries to put personal feelings aside to do his job, but Alex won't let him. Will they find love again or is the whole thing non-negotiable?
Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris
When Zack Doherty comes to Australia on a working holiday, he is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath Connors, a man he barely knows, for a date. Heath, who has only recently begun to live life his way, wonders if Zack will be the one to mend his heart of glass.
Better Together by DaNay Smith
Greyson Welles followed Dominic Nash to Baltimore for his dream job, putting his own on hold. Dominic can see that Greyson's unhappy, but never expects him to turn down his proposal and return to New York. Will Greyson be gone forever or will he decide they're better together?
Dirty Martini by Bette Browne
When Daniel Fletcher runs into his ex with the man he caught him in bed with, vodka seems like the answer. Nathan Smith is used to men drowning their sorrows at the bar he tends, so the connection he feels to one is unusual. Will a means to forget turn into something more?
Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz
Josh Campbell is handed a notice to appear in court for a traffic offence, but his humiliation is complete when he comes face to face with his schoolboy crush, Carter Sullivan, in the court room. Could this be the start of something with Carter now that age is not an issue.
About the Publisher:
Bottom Drawer Publications (BDP) is an Australian publisher who publishes romance—het, M/M, and F/F—in all genres. All e-books are available from our online shop and also from the main electronic bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBook Store, All Romance, Kobo, and Smashwords—with more to come. Our e-book formats are: mobi, ePub, and PDF.
All novel-length books are available in print and can be purchased from the same online stores.
At Bottom Drawer Publications we don’t believe there to be a definable difference between M/F, M/M, or F/F relationships. We are an inclusive publisher. Romance is romance, and love is love to us. The only categorizing we make is for alternative relationships, such as those involving BDSM, ménage a trois, and polyamory.
Submissions are currently closed to new authors but will reopen in September 2014. For more information please visit our FAQ page here:
Bottom Drawer Publications is offering 2 e-book copies of The Truth about Riley by Henrietta Clarke to two people who leave comments. Make sure you include your email address! Contest will run until September 3rd @ 11:59 PM CDT.
Riley Aylworth’s life has been completely devoid of intimate contact since a fire three years ago left him with horrific facial scarring, so when he finds an ad for a phone sex service, he decides to give it a call. Except that the number is not a phone sex service—it’s the revenge Cameron Kirkwood’s ex-boyfriend took on the uptight advertising executive after Cam forgot their anniversary and accidentally put him in the hospital. Needless to say, after thirty-nine disturbing calls seeking phone sex, Cameron is at the end of his tether and yells at his fortieth caller. What he doesn’t expect is for Riley to hit redial and yell right back.
The argument helps both Cameron and Riley vent about their issues, and when they’ve calmed down, they decide to exchange numbers and talk again. From this decision springs a friendship that, over time, grows into a gentle romance—all over the phone, because Riley is too scared to meet Cam in person. Showing a potential boyfriend his disfigured face is the fastest way to get rejected, right? Even a month of scorching hot phone sex can’t change his mind, no matter how hard Cam tries to persuade him that with their phone chemistry, the sex would be so much better in person.
Meanwhile, Cam is haunted by the scarred blond he seems to be seeing everywhere, and Riley can’t get the handsome brunet who always seems happy to see him out of his mind. It’s a shock to both men to realise that the guy they’re falling for over the phone is also the man who brightens their day with just a smile; but it’s one thing to let a stranger smile at you and quite another to let him close enough to see into your soul. If Riley can’t break down the walls in his mind and believe that Cameron loves him in spite of his scars, their relationship may be doomed before they’ve even had a chance to kiss.