Tell us a little about yourself!
Known as "The Queen of the Sweetness" (well, two or three people said it anyway!) Raine O'Tierney loves writing sweet, character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness?
Raine lives outside of Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, fellow M/M author, Siôn O'Tierney. When she's not writing, she's either playing video games 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!
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In Thirty Things, Nate and Finn check of a list of 30 things to do before Finn turns 30. What would be on your list?
-Visit the Winchester Museum House
-Meditate under a waterfall
-Spend a year cloistered in a temple
Tell us about something you've already checked off your list. Was it everything you thought it would be?
--Visit Japan (Checked and checked! I've gone twice.)
It was everything I thought it would be and more. I miss the food so, so, so much. I could have spent every yen I brought experiencing new cuisine and I would have been happy. :)
While traveling the country, Finn and Nate visit some amazing places. Where have you been that has stuck with you?
Dora, Missouri in the Ozarks which is still in my state, but a WORLD away from Kansas City... I rented a cabin and spent days in front of the fire just writing, journaling, and watching the river. It was magical.
If you could only do one of the things on your list, which would it be?
Spend a year cloistered. I'd like to get away from all media, all electronics, all the "noise" of daily life, and connect with an inner self I've lost. I'd practice deep meditation and hopefully walk away from the experience transformed into a better Raine.
What items would be on your writing bucket list?
-Release an audiobook!
-Hit #1 on a bestseller list
-Win the Newbery (seriously!)
Which books are on your TBR Bucket List?
Honestly? I'd like the read the entire Harmony Ink backlist! <3
Raine has a new book that's out TODAY! I'll Always Miss You is available from Harmony Ink Press now!
Isa Zaman might forgive his parents for taking in a friend’s son if only he wasn't the most boring teenager in the universe. Macklin “Mackie” Cormack’s only interests are reading and the outdoors. Yeah, right. Isa's convinced Mackie is either a pyro or a klepto. Plus, as a white kid, Mackie looks ridiculous in the Zamans' Arab American household. Forced to share a bedroom, the boys keep butting heads until an absurd fight finally breaks the tension between them.
Isa’s just starting to figure life out: this new houseguest, his cultural identity, school, and even girls, when the entire family is uprooted from their home for reasons Isa can't understand. They move from their tiny city apartment to a giant, old house in a small town, hours away from everything he's ever known. Oh, and the new house? It's probably haunted, or so says the blank-faced ten-year-old next door. As if things weren't weird enough, Isa's friendship with Mackie suddenly takes a strange turn down a path Isa's not sure he’s ready to follow. It turns out Mackie Cormack isn’t nearly as boring as Isa once imagined.
And that’s when I realized that my friends had become jerks.
I don’t know what it was, staring at their backs, that made me realize it, but they had.
And I was a jerk too.
Because I hadn’t stood up to them, and I’d put Mackie in this position again, when I knew he didn’t want to be there.
I turned immediately to go.
I knew we couldn’t abandon them, but that didn’t mean I had to stay inside to wait for them. I bumped into a couple dancing and somehow avoided the long-nailed grasp of a very drunk woman who wanted me to dance with her, and then I was near the door. I waited only until the people coming in had moved, and then I charged out of the club. I even told the bored guy with the stamp to kiss my ass.
A couple of girls near the front of the line giggled when they saw me, but I ignored them. I ignored them, and I went to find Mackie and the car.
He sat with his hands on the steering wheel, staring straight ahead. No, glaring straight ahead.
I opened the passenger side door, and I climbed in.
“That was qui—”
I didn’t let him finish his sarcastic remark. I just grabbed his shirt and I pulled him across the seat to me, and I kissed him. Long and hard and good. I was fifteen years old, and I really, really, really didn’t want to be at a bar in Kansas City.
“Let’s go see the library,” I told him.
“Okay,” he replied dumbly.
“Right now, let’s leave those idiots and go see the library.”
“Okay,” he said, putting the car in gear. “Yeah, we’ll come back for them.”
“We’ll come back for them,” I agreed. “But right now, just you and me. Let’s go. Take the car and drive.”
Thank you so much for having me!