Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blog Tour: Most Beautiful Words by Raine O'Tierney

I had the remarkable opportunity to read this book ahead of its release, and I am supremely happy I didn’t have to wait. I can’t say enough good things.

This is the type of story that melts itself right into your heart and stays there. It is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. The characters were so vivid, and so realistic, I felt like I knew them. The way Raine draws them is so skillful.

There were so many things to love about this book, but one of the first things that struck me was how unique it is. It’s not the same formulaic novel you’re used to reading over and over again. It’s unpredictable, which can be a feat in romance novels. I honestly couldn’t put it down, wondering how the story was going to end. At the beginning, I wanted it to end one way, and then halfway through the book I found myself wishing for the opposite outcome.

The story is told in three different parts, which all connect and intermingle together to form this intricate and beautifully heartbreaking story. It is told primarily from Autumn’s point of view, and this little girl has sass. She’s innocent and opinionated and endearing. The story wouldn’t have been nearly as good without her. She drives the story forward and lets us see the world through her eyes.

I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving away the story, but this is definitely not one you are going to want to miss.

Today we are lucky enough to have Raine here for an interview, an excerpt and even a giveaway!

Twelve-year-old Autumn's world is shattered when her beloved Great-Pop, Tommy Johnson, suffers a stroke that leaves him comatose. With everyone around her resigning themselves to the inevitable, Autumn is the only one not willing to give up. She and Great-Pop have more secret stories to share with each other, after all. More stories about Roy McMillan—the great love of Tommy's life whom he lost fifty years ago.

Autumn struggles to keep Great-Pop on this side of death's door. But how can she compete with the beautiful and mysterious Valley—a place of surreal magic where the sun never fully sets? Especially when there's someone familiar in the Valley who will do everything he can to keep Great-Pop from returning to her.

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5498

Paperback: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5499

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Most-Beautiful-Words-Raine-OTierney-ebook/dp/B00O6APQXG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412792790&sr=8-1&keywords=Most+Beautiful+Words

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-mostbeautifulwords-1640319-149.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Most-Beautiful-Words?store=allproducts&keyword=Most+Beautiful+Words

About the Author:

Called "Queen of the Sweetness" (well, two or three people said it anyway!) Raine O'Tierney loves writing sweet stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness?

Raine O'Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, SiƓn O'Tierney. When she's not writing, she's either asleep, or 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. Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!

Raineotierney.com | Dreamspinner Press Author Page | The Hat Party (LGBT Author Interviews!)

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What are the two best and two worst things about being an m/m author?

Two of the best things about being an M/M author are… Being paid (in real monies that can be spent on real platters of sushi!) for doing what I absolutely love and would be doing even if I weren’t being paid real monies! And the second thing? Getting to wear kickass hats. Wait, don’t all M/M authors wear kickass hats?

Worst things? “Shoulds” and cattiness. Sometimes, well-meaning, or not, people will tell you what an M/M romance “should” look like. What plots will and will not work, how characters should be, even who should be writing in the genre. It’s difficult to tune it out sometimes. And cattiness? I don’t think this is exclusive to M/M or even to being an author, but is instead true for ANY creative pursuit. Some people want to tear others down, thinking it will make them feel better about their own work.

What are your most extreme, pie in the sky, crazy out there writing goals?

1) Sell well enough to have an audiobook made!

2) Pay off my student loans with writing money!

3) Win the Newbery Medal! (Probably not with any of my M/M romances…)

Tell us five random things about yourself we don’t know.

• I have no sense of smell, but I make up for it with a bit of synesthesia…My numbers have colors. My phone number growing up was yellow, orange, and red, my best friend’s was pink and blue.

• I married my husband right out of high school (and no, it wasn’t a shotgun wedding!) I honestly thought I’d get some wedding china if we got married… 12 years later, no china.

• When I die, I want to be made into a diamond http://www.lifegem.com/

• I can close my nostrils without touching them. Yes, it’s weird looking. Yes, I’m sort of like a strange reptile woman.

• I’ve lived through a tornado. As in: tornado hit the apartment complex while I was cowering the closet, whoosh, all the heavy play equipment and trees are now gone, there goes the car! type living through a tornado. Totally petrified of tornadoes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?


You are famous for being everyone’s biggest cheerleader (a most deserved title). Your positivity and optimism oozes through the internet and infects everyone it comes in contact with. How do you do it?

*BLUSH* I… Okay, seriously, I’m blushing.

I guess it’s really stupid corny to say, but I was taught that everyone has a story to tell and everyone has something special about them (even the most contrary and difficult people). I really, really enjoy encouraging people and helping them see how awesome they are because we ALL need to be reminded of this sometimes..

I’ve also been through (and continue to go through) some really dark depressive times, so when I find things to help me through the storm, I like to share that lifejacket with others!

Bonus Question: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kind of dachshunds?

The best kinds of dachshunds are the ones that roam around in a pack at Christmastime! This pack is composed of doxies from all the different families that get together and you can expect to see miniature shorthaired reds, and great big fat black and tans, little dapple longhairs, a wirehair or two, and a Heinz 57 that probably has dachshund in it, but definitely isn’t all the way… These dogs will run from room to room, hardly stopping to lick faces, before heading to the kitchen to see what’s for breakfast. There will, of course, also be a playpen of puppies, too small to run with the pack.


But Rook had no interest in waiting for permission. He’d come forward, snaking his arms around Toren’s sheet-covered waist and pulling him hard against his body. “It’s just a kiss,” Rook breathed before he put his lips against Toren’s. Should he protest? Had he protested? Toren couldn’t remember. In that moment there was nothing but Rook’s firm lips, gently teasing his own apart. Toren kissed back, tasting the other man, sucking at his bottom lip. Rook’s mouth was intoxicating, and quite suddenly, Toren forgot why he’d ever resisted. He liked kissing Rook. But after only an appetizer’s worth of his mouth, Rook pulled away. The sensation of their mouths pressed together lingered, and Toren was dumb with the moment. Lost on it. Uncertain what they’d even been talking about.
“Do you remember me now?” Rook asked.
“Mmn,” Toren agreed, warmth lingering on his lips. “Rook.”
Silence was his reply. The arms around his waist fell away, leaving him feeling cold.
Toren slowly opened his eyes to find he was standing alone, clutching his sheet, as Rook walked away from him toward the staircase.

Tour Dates/Stops:

October 10: Angel Martinez, My Fiction Nook, Up All Night, Read All Day

October 13: Amanda C. Stone, Decadent Delights

October 14: Jade Crystal, Nephylim

October 15: LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Velvet Panic

October 16: Full Moon Dreaming, Dawn’s Reading Nook

October 17: Wake Up Your Wild Side, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

October 20: Parker Williams

October 21: Cate Ashwood, Love Bytes, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves

October 22: Regular Guys, Hot Romance, Emotion in Motion

October 23: EE Montgomery, MM Good Book Reviews

October 24: Iyana Jenna, Prism Book Alliance

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