Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Where The Grass Is Greener by Raine O'Tierney & Debbie McGowan Tour

Where the Grass is Greener
Authors: Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney

Release Date: September 28, 2015
Pages or Words: 75,000 words
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Cover Artist: Debbie McGowan
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, 
Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Western/Cowboy

Youre quiet today, Seamus. Whats up? the landlord asked.
Just tired, is all. Got a leaky roof and the fecker was drippin all the damn night. And didnt I get up this morning and kick the bucket?
You look alive and well to me, so you do. I say wellyou look like shite.
Yeah, thanks very much. Think Ill go join the lads, see if I cant get a few more insults thrown at me.
Seamus gave the landlord a wry grin and went over to the others, who were already well into the first of the three games they got in every lunchtime. He watched one of them take a bad shot and accidentally pot the black, the clunking of the ball as it rolled its way through the machinery of the table setting Seamuss teeth on edge. John was right: he was dog-tired and probably did look like shite. Hed barely slept after the missed call, trying to decide whether to return it or not. His mind played tricks on him, one minute convincing him it was urgent and he should call back, the next telling him to stay strong. Hed made the move. Hed come back to Ireland. Thats what hed wanted all along.
He had wanted it. Ever since Mam died, his sights had been set on coming home. Hed only stayed for Paddys sake, and now Paddy had Aidan there was nothing to keep Seamus in the States, although he was no further away from his brother now than he had been in Kansas. Never mind that hed already made the decision before he knew Aidan even existed. No. It was a good decision. He was just
He already knew, before he pulled his phone from his pocket: same Kansas number, same caller. His thumb hovered over the red button. Reject the call. Reject the call.
He answered.
Seamus Williams.
At last! I thought I was calling a wrong number. Man, its so good to hear your voice.
Er, yeah. Yours too. Whats up? Has something happened?
Nothing new. I just…”
The rapid-hard thump of Seamuss heart filled the pause, two seconds, three, four, and more. He drew breath to speak, but there was nothing to be said. Or nothing he should say.
I miss you, Shay.
The first call had been a drunk dial. Thank the heavenly father that Seamus Williams hadnt picked up. Lord, the shit that might have come tumbling out of Chanceys mouth. Now he was dead sober, but only slightly more composed. Had he really just said hed missed Seamus? He tried for a laugh. It sounded as fake as it felt. Well he had missed Seamus. Nothin wrong with that.
You gonna say somethin? He knew he was putting on the accent. Drawing out his vowels, droppings his gs. His grandmotherwho was from south Texas and who had an accent so deep it was digging itself a hole to the centre of the Earthused to yell at him when hed get lazy with his words.
You jus sound ignrant, Chancey Bo Clearwater. Full name, cue snickering cousins, and young Chancey sank down low in his chair, ashamed at the way he sounded despite the fact they all talked just alike. The accent followed him when he moved to Oklahoma, where he picked up a whole set of strange Os, and even having lived in Kansas now for the better part of his life, it was still there underneath, just waiting to crop up in stressful situations.
I didnt expect to hear from you, thats all.
Surprise. He was trying for friendly, for calm. Trying to keep the I wanna put my fist through the wall and did you really mean to let me find out through Lulu? out of his voice.
Isnt this call costing you a million dollars?
Skype. On my phone. I bought minutes, yknow?
Is that right then?
But I didnt think. Its probably charging you too.
Its fine.
Is it? Seamus sure as hell wasnt saying much. There was a long pause as Chancey considered his next move. Hed called because hed wanted to talk. Not talk. Not like that. Nothing to say on that front. Seamus had made it all as clear as crystal dropped in the mud when hed left his parting message with Lulu down at the pool hall, Rack Em. In a last-ditch effort, Chancey said the only thing he could think: Boss Tina asked after you the other day when I went around for work.
That got a laugh out of Seamus, which gave Chancey more relief than he cared to admit.

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Meet the authors:
DEBBIE McGOWAN is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven, realist fiction, celebrating life, love and relationships. A working class girl, she ran away to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science tough with two toddlers, but they had a stay at home dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can.

RAINE O'TIERNEY wants to change the worldone sweet story at a time.
Known as "The Queen of the Sweetness" (well, a few people have said it anyway!) Raine loves writing sweet, character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness? In addition to her solo works, shes one half of a collaborative team with author Debbie McGowan.
When shes not writing, Raine is either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. She believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers.
Contact her if youre interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or discussing which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!

Where to find the authors

Debbie's Social Media Links: Twitter   FB   Youtube   Tumblr   LinkedIn   Google+   Goodreads   Website   

Raine's Social Media Links:  Website   Blog   FB   Twitter   Goodreads 

  Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Debbie McGowan & Raine O’Tierney, authors of Where the Grass is Greener.

 Q and A
Hi Debbie and Raine, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book. 

1)      Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
DM: A mix of all three. I’m on few ebook offer lists, and my first impression is the cover, but not so much related to quality, more that it gives me a clear idea of what kind of book it is. The second thing I’d look at would be the blurb, but a recommendation from a friend would override both of those.
RO: I’m a cover whore… The most exciting part of being published? Having my very first cover. ;) But uh, yeah, while lovely covers are wonderful--they do not, a good story, make. It’s unfortunate too how an ugly cover might turn people away from a potentially amazing story. But with a market as flooded as ours? You need something to stand out.

2)     What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
DM: It needs a happy ending. I don’t actually mind characters being put put through hell to get there, so long as it ends well. Real life isn’t always like that, but if I wanted real life I’d go outside instead of reading a book. However, I do also expect the romance to be authentic. The characters need to feel real, have depth, say and do the kinds of things I’d expect of them. If the authenticity is there in the characters, I can suspend my belief on the plot.
RO: If we’re going strictly genre-terms, then I second Debs. HEA or strong HFN. Romance… can be a dirty word in the mouth of some. A way to belittle the work of others and make them feel less about what they write. But to me, romance is a genre, and like any genre, there will be beautiful, powerful, life-changing stories and...the rest.

3)     What are your current projects?
DM: So many! Collaborative: there’s a Seeds of Tyrone #3 in progress, as well as an almost-finished novel that is...quirky suspense? Cosy mystery? MM romance, anyway. Solo: I’m currently halfway into writing Checking In, which is book 3 of Checking Him Out, and this one is back with Sol and Adam (book 2 was about Noah and Matty). I also have a Hiding Behind The Couch season to crack on with.
RO: Debbie left out a collaboration: SEEDS OF TYRONE #4! She thinks if she plugs her ears really tight, she can ignore me--but mwahaha! I’m too loud! This will happen! Solo stuff? I am re-editing and expanding Sweet Giordan, Please Remember and writing the sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries.

4)     What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
DM: Depends when you ask me. Right now, it’s finding the time, and then finding the plot!
RO: Gah… I don’t want to be honest, because then you might notice I’m actually SUPER bad at this one thing and then you’d look at all my stories and be like SEE! See how bad she is!

5)     Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
DM: I have never watched (nor will I ever watch) The Lion King.
RO: I have to have all the M/M romance I read vetted by Debs or my hubs Sion first because I have triggers so bad they paralyze me… They are awesome to me! :)

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Tour Dates & Stops:
9-Oct - My Fiction Nook, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, MM Good Book Reviews 

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