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Most Beautiful Words
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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.
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.
Talking with Raine...
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Since the third grade! I was going to either be an author or a ‘math person.’ (Yep, true story.)
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
Well…I seem to have a knack for breaking the ‘M’ key on my keyboard. I don’t know how it happens? My last laptop (which, incidentally, had other problems like, y’know, the cord catching on fire) lost it’s ‘M’ key. Now my new laptop? ‘M’ is going, too. I have to smack it to get it to type. So you hear typetypetypeTHWACKtypetype.
Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
Most Beautiful Words is a story told in three parts. There’s Tommy Johnson who loved and lost his childhood sweetheart fifty years ago. There’s Tommy’s great-granddaughter, the only one who knows the stories of Tommy and Roy. And there’s the Sunset Valley—a sort of in-between place where the sun never sets and someone mysterious and familiar waits for Tommy.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
It started as a little story I told my husband as we were cleaning the kitchen one day. Couldn’t have been more than a few sentences at most, but we both got a little choked up at the end. Never had a snippet of idea bring tears to my eyes. When NaNoWriMo 2012 rolled around and I was trying to figure out what to write, hubs reminded me of that snippet. The story poured out of me in 13 days and took a year to revise.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
I’m a librarian, so, of course authors are rockstars to me and generally I love to hear any author speak about their style or their motivations. Unfortunately, the author I most would have liked to have met—Sylvia Cassedy—an award-winning children’s author in the eighties, passed away from cancer. She had a way of crafting emotion in her books that is unlike anyone else I’ve ever read.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Be teachable. Every single day. Learn from what you read, learn from the advice of others, learn, learn, learn from edits. That doesn’t mean you have to accept all edits, but be open to them. If you are teachable, you grow exponentially as a writer in some regards and strengthen your own beliefs in others.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Cate Ashwood has a book that will be coming out in 2015 called Thirty Things. I was lucky enough to read this in beta and I cannot wait to read it all polished up and on my Kindle.
Do you have a favorite quote from your book(s)?
Right now, because I’m finishing up edits to my Christmas novel Bowl Full of Cherries that comes out from Dreamspinner Press in December, I’ve got this one in my head: “It’s a goddamn Christmas miracle.”
If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?
Daryl Dixon with a side of Michonne.
If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one?
Definitely. It helps me get back into the ‘voice’ of the character.
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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, Siôn 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!