Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bowl Full of Cherries by Rain O'Tierney - Blog Tour with Author Interview and Giveaway

Book Name: Bowl Full of Cherries

Author Name: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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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.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Holiday

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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.

Words: 60,000

Interview with author Raine O'Tierney:

Wicked Faerie's - What is your favorite genre in M/M to write? Why?

Raine O'Tierney - This is a difficult question to answer, because it changes with my mood, but always sweet M/M, whether I am writing fantasy, contemporary or historical. I like writing Sweetness the best because the world can be an ugly place sometimes and I like to add a little warmth back into it. 

Wicked Faerie's - Do you dictate the flow of your stories or are the characters steering the direction of the story?

Raine O'Tierney - The characters always steer the direction of the story. I love the character-based stories, so once I have the character established, I really let them do their thing, and the story evolves very organically. (Does that mean I should pay the characters? Probably.)

Wicked Faerie's - Was there one particular character that stood out to you while writing ‘Bowl Full of Cherries?’

Raine O'Tierney - Absolutely, next question. Haha, I'm kidding. I was actually in love with the whole cast, but, of course, Crowley's struggles with his weight and his journey of self-acceptance really made me fall head over heels in love with him. 

Wicked Faerie's - Do you use real actors/people in order to get the perfect look for your characters or stick with your own imagination?

Raine O'Tierney - I have always stuck with my own imagination, the only exception has been since joining the M/M authors community, I now sometimes find pictures after the fact to share with other people.

Wicked Faerie's - Is there a genre in M/M that you’d like to write in but haven’t yet? Why or why not?

Raine O'Tierney - I would really like to do a paranormal M/M romance. I haven't tried this genre yet because I'm worried I might not be able to do it justice. But my husband and writing partner, Sion O'Tierney, agreed to write a shifter story with me for funzies. So we'll see how that goes!

Author Bio: 

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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