My tenth release! @__@ I can hardly wrap my mind around that. People have said, "WOW, you write really fast!" and I think I do write at a somewhat speedy pace...but really, when you write in secret for ten years, hoarding all your stories for yourself, it's easy to polish them up and put them out one right after other.
All That Shimmers does hold a very special place in my heart. (I know, I know...everyone says that about every book) but it really does. I'd asked the girls (Cate Ashwood and L.J. LaBarthe) if they wanted to do an anthology together. They enthusiastically agreed and together we came up with the theme of "Healing."
I needed that in my life, healing.
I chose to write about two very broken characters-- Beau, paralyzed from the waist down, and Niksa-- beyond suicidal. It was a struggle sometimes, especially dealing with Niksa's darkness which mirrors some of my own--but worth it.
So far the reviews have been mixed. Some people are really moved by what I wanted to accomplish, reduced to tears even, and some people think it's total drivel or far too dark. For some reason the reviews have hit me a bit hard on this one, probably because of how much of myself I put into this story. That said--I do appreciate the people who took the time to read and review. (Yes, even the 1*s) ;) I've even had a couple of peeps ask about a sequel.
I'm always like *mind blown* when someone likes something I wrote enough to ask me about a sequel.
If you check it out, let me know what you think--good, bad, or indifferent!
Release Date: May 6th, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Piece Us Back Together:
Life can seem bleak for people suffering devastating injuries or illnesses of the mind and body, and every day can be a struggle. But sometimes, when hope seems in short supply, they find a reason to keep up the fight. The men in these stories face some of the most difficult challenges imaginable, but fortunately they won’t be facing them alone, because when everything seems darkest, a point of light appears. With compassion, understanding, and love, these hurt souls have a chance to piece the broken parts of their lives and themselves into something strong and beautiful. Love might even be able to mend the most serious wounds of all—those of the heart.
All That Shimmers by Raine O’Tierney
Beau Bell is a former Olympic hopeful, left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He has every reason in the world to be pissed off and miserable, yet he’s training for the Paralympics Men's 100m—S6 division. The chair? Just a part of who he is now. Beau's attitude is golden. If only he could contend with this one little issue: errant erections and no way to relieve them!
Nikša Meríc is a lonely scientist and really bad poet living underneath the old building where he does his research. Every night he watches his neighbor through his basement window as he undresses in his wheelchair. Although there is no apparent reason for Nikša to be unhappy, he’s struggled with depression his whole life and has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
When Beau proposes that his “voyeur” come over and help him experiment with the erections he can’t actually feel, the relationship they build is a sexual one. But the relationship they need is one that will heal each other’s heart as well.
Available May 6th, 2015
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Piece Us Back Together Anthology:
All That Shimmers: