Friday, December 5, 2014

INTERVIEW: Raine O'Tierney plus #Giveaway! #Holiday! #MMRomance!

Today I'd like to welcome a very special guest... Wait, it's really weird to introduce myself like that! :) Let's just say this: I've got a brand new book out today, my husband came up with a set of questions for me, and huzzah! New hat! <3 Donning it--getting this party started!

Given your well-known ( it's known) loathing for forests, plains,  mountains, and the simple act of traveling in fantasy stories--what would be your preferred mode of mythical transport? (Note: No instantaneous travel allowed.) 

Insta--damnit. I would like to correct the misconception that I dislike forests and plains, because they are okay. Waterways, on the other hand, you gotta watch out for those bastards. Oh! I know the answer!! Preferred mode of transportation? Not moving at all.

If your life was a sitcom, would there be a live studio audience or a laugh track? Why?

Probably a laugh track, because I think I'm funny, but not consistent enough to hit the laughs every time with a live studio audience.

You've probably learned a lot in your time as a published author. What was the most painfully obvious lesson that still would never have occurred to you?

One man's 5-star novel is another man's 1-star novel. If you're wise, you'll consider staying away from the reviews.

If one of your stories was being made into an audiobook, who would you want to narrate? 

Liam Neeson, just to listen to him say my name on repeat. 

I understand you've been interested in shifters recently. In purely practical terms ("cuteness" and "general awesome factor" are not practical), what kind of shifter would you like to be and why?

This is too hard, your questions are hard. I'd want to get really small, like a mouse, I think, or a hamster, but then I'd want to be able to fight... or at least run. Or maybe I can shift into something that will make no one want to bother me, like some sort of free-range cow, but with the option to turn back at any time, so I don't get sent to market, you understand. 

What is your go-to source for inspiration?

Probably Mr. Mott's urban decay photography or the Glore Psyciatric Museum. Yep, I'm one of those nerds.

What artist (living or dead) do you wish you could collaborate with to create a multimedia masterpiece?

Raine O'Tierney, Sylvia Cassedy, and René Magritte walk into a bar. Stop me if you've heard this one...

Write me a story of true love. (P.S. You only have 140 characters.)

Dachshund kisses when I'm having a bad day, he is warm and snuggly, with his short legs and long body. 

What would be your dream job in a world without the written word?

Professional hug giver.

Dachshund query: What are your top 7 favorite dachshund hair type/coloring combinations?

1) Black and tan, short
2) Black and tan, long
3) Chocolate and tan... No, I'm not going to subject you to my top 7 favorite hair type and coloring combinations, even though I am now enduring the glares of my husband. Suffice it to say, it involves lots of "and tans."

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Book Name: Bowl Full of Cherries
Author Name: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Holiday
Words: 60,000

Porker, Fatty, Tons-of-Fun: Crowley Fredericks has heard it all. He’s dropped a lot of weight since his high school days, but he’s still a big guy, and the painful words and bullying follow him. Rejected—again—because of his size, Crowley is starting to think that maybe love just isn’t meant for huskier men.

Averell Lang and his twin are so different they might as well not even be related. So when Rell’s brother brings his roommate home to snowy Susset for the holidays, Rell expects the worst—another uptight, pretentious hipster. What he discovers instead is Crowley. Nerdy, fascinating, attractive, Crowley. Rell never expected to look at a man this way, and what he sees in Crowley Fredericks is something he didn’t even know he was looking for. If both men can overcome their hang-ups, they might unwrap more than presents this holiday season.

Even through the snow, Rell didn’t feel the cold. His face burned with the excitement of escaping the Livery and absconding with his brother’s best friend. He clasped Crowley’s hand, pulling him through the street. They ran and skidded and laughed, moving farther and farther away from the club.
“It’s beautiful tonight,” Crowley breathed and Rell squeezed tighter. “Doesn’t it weird you out though?”
Rell knew what Crowley was asking—didn’t even pretend that he didn’t. Stopping, he tugged lightly so Crowley came stumbling up beside him. He twined his arms around Crowley’s waist and held him for a moment, right there in the middle of the sidewalk.
“Does it weird you out? I’m your best friend’s brother.”
“Not weirded out at all.” Crowley shook his head. His dark eyes shimmered with concern. “But for you… I mean, it was loud in there and hot and fun and there was alcohol and… sometimes… things just happen and—”
“Yeah, things happen,” Rell agreed. “Except I’ve been to a lot of stupid hipster clubs with a lot of Tyler’s friends and….” He leaned forward and kissed Crowley again, letting the experience linger, melting the chill between them. He tasted like nogtini. “And nothing like that has ever happened.”
“But… do you even like guys?”
“Owl. You’re a guy. I like you.”
“But have you been with a guy?”
“Why are you over-thinking this?” Rell asked, gently cupping the side of Crowley’s face.

About the Author:

Raine O'Tierney, a passionate believer in what she calls The Sweetness, writes positive stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and friskiness? When she's not writing, Raine can be found fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.

Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. She changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Raine lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author and sometimes writing partner, Siôn O'Tierney.

Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about what kinds dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!

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  1. I'd like to read this book, I like the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    One of the best holidays I remember was when my mum and my dad's family spent holidays together. We were more than 60 people for the dinner. It was great!

  2. Thank you for this post and for the giveaway. I really liked it. My fave holiday is spending days baking and laughing with the women of the family:)

  3. Mine was when my father was still married to my mother and we used to have lots of people at home all eating, laughing and dancing together.
    Thank you for the chance!!

  4. Baking cookies with my aunt, mom, and grandmother years ago. It was a fun filled weekend.

  5. I really don't have a special memory about Christmas. Since my husband had his heart transplant every Christmas is special