Giordan Stone is lucky, all things considered. Sure, he spent five years in a coma only to wake with a right leg that’s practically useless and no memories other than his name. But now he’s under the care of sassy southern surrogate mother, Chloe Devereaux, spending his days painting and healing. Giordan wants for nothing at all… until he looks out the window one morning and sees Chloe’s gorgeous son, Shane, standing there. Something very familiar stirs in Giordan.
When he sketches, Giordan is able to go into an “art trance” where pieces of disjointed memory come back to him without time or place. More and more of these flashes are of Shane Devereaux and the intense, intimate experiences they shared together. Even though Shane keeps his distance now, Giordan is convinced his flashes are real. But he doesn’t have the whole story. Giordan is determined to fill in his memory blanks and convince Shane his feelings are genuine.
” “Julian, listen. I know that I know this man. I just can’t remember…. Who is he?”
“He’s Chloe and Remy’s son,” Julian said, a touch stiffly.
Giordan shut his eyes tightly and rubbed at one temple. “Yes, Chloe already said. She also said we can’t really know each other anymore, that it’s been too long or something. Whatever that means. But come on, Julian…. Who is he? Really? Because I just….”
Julian was quiet for a long time, and Giordan let him be quiet. He could hear the bustle of a busy restaurant or office in the background and knew they hadn’t been disconnected, so he waited for confirmation that he wasn’t crazy, that Giordan had—at some point—known this Shane Devereaux. Really known him.
When finally he couldn’t stand it anymore, he whispered, “Julian, when I saw him, it’s like all the air went out of the room.”
“Gio, you’re killing me.”
“Whatever it is I felt for him, it was strong. Really strong. And so maybe he doesn’t know me anymore, but I know him. I’m certain I do.”
“What, Julian? What do you know? Please!”
“We’re all trying to respect his wishes, and you’re making this incredibly difficult,” Julian said. After a long contemplative pause, he continued. “But then again, none of us thought you’d remember him at all.” He sighed. “I need to think.”
“Please just give me a little time, Gio. If you want to speak with Shane… I might… be able to arrange it. But I’m going to need time. And that means if Chloe wants to lock you up in your room when he’s around, then you’re going to have to grin and bear it.”
He wasn’t certain what to say to that, so he said nothing.
“Have I let you down yet?”
“No,” Giordan said. “No, you’ve been a great friend to me.”
“This Shane thing… it’s delicate. I care very much for the both of you, and I don’t want to see either of you hurt.”
“Hurt?” he repeated. “Julian, can you at least tell me what happened? Did I do something to him? Did he do something to me?”
“A little time,” he reminded him. “I’ll come by the house soon, and then we’ll talk.” ”
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
A desperate need to give Giordan Stone a HEA.
3. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
My Writer’s Block seems to have weaknesses against 1) dachshund walking and 2) showers—I get the best ideas when I’m doing either of those things.
4. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Sweet Giordan, Please Remember was in the works for about six years before I subbed it, but if you mean in one day, I sometimes pull 13 hour writing days.
5. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Becoming published has changed me. I take the act of writing very seriously and dedicate as much time to it as I do to my “keep a roof over my head job”. I think it’s made me braver, too. It’s like, hey, I can really do this!
6. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Yes. Often. I was convinced no would want to read it. Siôn never stopped believing in me and pushing me and guilting me into trying!
7. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Get up, go to work (I work at the HQ of a very large library system), take selfies in cool hats, come home, write, go to sleep, do it all over again! On the weekends, I get up, put on my Mumford & Sons shirt and write for thirteen hours straight. If you pry me away from the keyboard, I’ve been known to play videogames, draw, snuggle dachshunds, and fling exclamation points at people!
8. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Be teachable. If you read a review, try to learn at least one thing you didn’t know from that review. If it’s so ridiculous that you can’t learn anything, then try to laugh. I know it’s hard. And if you can’t read reviews without it damaging your esteem, don’t read reviews! It’s NOT worth you giving up your craft over. Remember, the world needs your story!
9. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, it is! This is the Hearts in Reverie Series and you might be interested to read Julian’s story next.
10. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
Oh my goodness, too much!
Out for publication consideration right now:
• YA coming-of-age out of consideration
• M/M contemporary with historical flashbacks
• M/M steampunk/fantasy novella I wrote with my husband, Siôn O’Tierney
Then I’m also doing Goodread’s M/M Romance Group’s Love’s Landscapes free fiction, I’m half-way through a sequel to Under the Table and Into His Heart… And I’ve got a new series rattling around in my brain.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
Completely eradicate mine and my family and friends’ debt! Woo hoo! We’re free! Let’s go get dinner to celebrate~
2. Name your favorite fruit.
3. Coffee or tea?
Chocolate chip frappe!
4. Favorite season?
Autumn, I love when the leaves change colors and the air gets crisp.
5. How about fav time of 24 hours?
This is going to boggle most people’s minds, but 8:30 a.m.—I’m a total morning person!
6. Favorite food for breakfast?
My grandmother’s German pancake recipe.
7. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
JC Wallace’s Curiosity Killed Shaney which is an EXCELLENT paranormal M/M romance.
8. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I collect hats and typewriters.
9. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
GREEN. All kinds of greens.
10. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
11. Cats or dogs?
12. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Nooooooo clubbing for me. Dinner, always!
Blog Tour and Prizes!
Sweet Giordan, Please Remember Blog Tour
March 17th–March 29th
*** Set of Sweet Giordan, Please Remember and Under the Table and Into His Heart ebooks
*** I Believe in the Sweetness Notebook
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About the Author & Links:
Raine O’Tierney is an always-writing, boundlessly enthusiastic, exclamation point addict! (!!!) She is known for declaring every day “the best day EVER!” and every thing her “all-time FAVORITE!” Despite this (obnoxious?) exuberance, she still somehow manages to have a wonderfully encouraging husband and writing partner, Siôn, and an amazing group of friends and colleagues who continue to support (read: put up with) her. Raine spends her days working as a library lady, fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom.