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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Leaving Flowers Blog Tour With Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney

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The Novel Approach welcomes co-authors Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney today on the Leaving Flowers blog tour. Not only are they chatting a bit about the collaborative process, but they’re also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card, so be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Hi, ladies, I’m so glad to be hosting you on your Leaving Flowers blog tour.

I’d love if you’d tell readers what it was like to co-author a book that seems like it may have been emotional for both of you to write. Did you ever get to a point where you cried on each other’s shoulders as you wrote the story? What were some of the most emotional scenes for you to write?

RO: Thank you so much for having us!

There were many times where Debbie and I desperately pleaded with each other, “I don’t want Aidan to hurt anymore… Can’t we just fix this?” because we hated seeing him hurting. We knew in the end we would have crafted something beautiful and have seen him through to a happier tomorrow, but there were moments where—damn—it was hard getting there.

And… we almost always naturally agreed with the directions the other took the story (even though we rarely discussed where we were going), but there were a couple of times I remember that I did some plot bastarding that left Debbie very upset. I even made her cry one morning and I realized the plot element I’d written wasn’t worth the pain. There’s plotful pain and pain for pain’s sake, and I’m a big enough girl to admit when I’ve taken a misstep.

On the other hand, Debbie once mentioned something about Patrick’s past that got me all hysterical and I begged her to explain his canon to me—which sounds totally silly as it’s nothing you ever see in the story, but it was important that I know.

In short, our hearts were very invested in the story, but we trusted each other enough and were willing to compromise enough that we could see each other through and produce something that I think is rather spectacular.

Do you find you write differently when collaborating than you do when writing alone? Is there a different approach to it?

DM: When we were writing Leaving Flowers, we were both having a spot of what is commonly known as ‘writer’s block’, although that’s inaccurate really. Writing alone, there are times that the ideas are just pouring out of you faster than your fingers can get them down on the page. Other times it is like pulling teeth. The inspiration just isn’t there, even if the ideas are.

Collaborative writing bypasses the block, or it certainly has for us, because what the other person has written becomes the inspiration and ignites new ideas. It’s also a little gentle pressure at those times where you might think, Oh, I’m too tired to write, because knowing there is someone waiting for the next part of the story—someone who will appreciate your words and give you honest feedback—is the perfect motivation.

Finally, there’s a responsibility to your collaborator. As Raine mentioned, there were some emotional moments where particular plot points were distressing to one or the other of us, and it requires a certain amount of honesty on both parts, as well as respect. For instance, you will never come across a story we write where anything bad happens to an animal, because one of the co-authors can’t even watch Ice Age without having a meltdown. Writing together is about respecting the values and beliefs of each other so that it is an fabulous experience for both of you. And it was.


DMRO_LeavingFlowersBlurb: Shy and awkward since childhood, Aidan Degas is now a man lost. His twin—Aidan’s other half, Nadia—died tragically young, leaving him with nothing to get him through his days but his job at the prestigious Grand Heights Luxury Apartments and the flowers he lays upon her grave. When Aidan is assaulted on the job by a tenant, it’s the graveyard he turns to for strength and solace.

Patrick loves being assistant groundskeeper at the sprawling cemetery where he tends graves and offers a bit of comfort to mourners. When he sees a sad young man lingering over an old grave, his curiosity is strangely piqued for reasons he doesn’t understand. He’s never done this—struck up a friendship with a mourner. But soon that friendship blossoms into a romance.

It’s not going to be easy for the pair. Aidan is so damaged, like petals crushed in an angry fist, and even with Patrick’s warm heart and Irish charm, it might not be enough to bring him back from the edge.

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About the Authors:

Debbie McGowanDEBBIE 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 17, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At 25, 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!

Social Media Links: Twitter | Facebook and Facebook Publisher Page | YouTube | Tumblr | LinkedIn | Google+ | Goodreads | Website


Raine O'TierneyRAINE O’TIERNEY lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow author, SiônO’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 gay romance) 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!

Social Media Links: Homepage | LGBT Author Interviews | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads



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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome! I’m so excited to share who and what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. We’ve got a fantastic lineup of authors and giveaways, a couple of cover reveals, and, of course, lots of reviews to share.

Here’s what’s on tap!


MondayMarie Sexton kicks off our week with a cover reveal of her novel Shotgun, the latest addition to her Coda series

Also joining us today is author Kate Fierro on the tour for her new novel Love Starved

Tuesday – Our second cover reveal of the week comes to us courtesy of Susan Mac Nicol and her latest novel in the Men of London series, Suit Yourself

A.F. Henley also stops by today with a guest post on the Baby’s on Fire blog tour

Wednesday – Today we have author Rick R. Reed joining us on his Dinner at Fiorello’s blog tour

Author Karen Stivali will also be here with the Moments of Clarity blog tour

ThursdayDebbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney drop by on their Leaving Flowers blog tour

Riptide Publishing and author Heidi Belleau will also be with us today to share the newly remade covers for the Rear Entrance Video series, and the story behind them

Friday – We have Amy Lane with us today to chat about fairy tales and her new novel Immortal

Joining her is Kate Sherwood with a guest post on the Sacrati blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’re hosting the blog tour for Wilde City Press’s new anthology Butt Riders on the Range


And that does it for this time around. Until next week, happy reading!


5 Stars, Beaten Track Publishing, Debbie McGowan, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Small Gems

Review: A Midnight Clear by Debbie McGowan

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Title: A Midnight Clear (Boughs of Evergreen Anthology)

Author: Debbie McGowan

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 84 Pages

At a Glance: This was a fantastic holiday read

Blurb: It’s a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh’s hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen.


Review: What a beautiful Christmas story. Everything about A Midnight Clear speaks to the spirit of the season. It’s a story of giving and sharing, of strength and hardship, and maybe most of all, of hope.

Libby is a runaway who, after spending the better part of a month living on the streets, finally benefits from a stroke of good luck (or is it kismet?) and meets a wonderful couple, George and Josh, who offer her some desperately needed help and shelter.

The details, both in story and setting, were amazing. I love stories that are set in England, and completely enjoyed the British culture aspects. In fact, the characters were so well-developed, and the world so richly created, I was compelled to do a bit of research on the author and her stories and was thrilled to find that there is an entire series based in this universe. A Midnight Clear is based on Debbie McGowan’s Hiding Behind the Couch series, which brought George and Josh to life.

This was a fantastic holiday read. I loved the flow of the story, and the chapter titles, and the fabulous way the author swirled it all together. One of my faves of the season, for sure.

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