Sometimes (a very rare few times) Raine and I will have a spark, a moment of pure intuition, and we’ll simply know what story we should be working on together. Those are glorious, albeit rare. More often, we agonize over the decision, arguing the pros and cons of various genres, character archetypes, and tropes.
Usually, we resort to a list. We make a list of all the projects in the known world (which, between the two of us, is actually quite long) , and then we put our decision-making caps on. Usually, this also involves dinner at a Chinese buffet (if you’re in the KC, MO area, we recommend the Ming Dragon in Liberty, or the Fusion Buffet in Westport). We sit down at the table, our plates loaded with choice cuts of meat, and we make some cuts of our own. We start with whatever stories we both agree we can wait on, and cross those off the list. Then we start over from the top, debating and making cuts until we reach the top 3 or so stories that we’re both excited to work on.
By this stage, our bellies are pleasantly full and we’re off to grab some desert. In the car, we’ll start to talk about the characters of one of our top choices, just playing out scenarios to see how we feel. If the story isn’t going anywhere in our minds, we move on to the next. Eventually, we’ll be talking about one of the stories, and a spark will kindle and catch flame, until the fires consume us both and we’re raring to go.
Sounds complicated? You bet.
But it’s worth every minute!
Plus…can’t go wrong when dinner’s involved.
Siôn (& Raine) O’Tierney
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Categories: M/M Romance | Steampunk | Fantasy
The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.
He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.
After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.
Pushing through his fear, Idrian put his palm against the frigid thigh—marveling that the warmth of his hand did not melt the ice. The artisan his master had commissioned was quite talented. The sculpture was crafted into the perfect likeness of a man. Broad shoulders, tight with hard, corded muscles, and a strong, lovely face. The sheet contoured to its body, hiding nothing of its form. Idrian stared for a long time. Did his master feel that the student Raj was lovely, as well? The way he kissed Raj—the hunger in it—Idrian thought he must. Was that all it took? Being in the presence of someone quite lovely?
Idrian would like to know what a kiss felt like.
Made bold by the privacy of the room and his titillated disquiet, Idrian decided he’d try, just once. And so, hair falling in his face, he leaned over the low table and with only a hesitant little gasp, placed his lips against the hand-chiseled lips of the living sculpture. It was as one might imagine kissing ice would be: numbingly cold with none of the passion he’d earlier witnessed. But as he made to pull away, he found his lips stuck for a brief moment as hot skin will stick to ice. Then it was skin to skin. The sculpture had caught Idrian’s bottom lip and pulled it firmly into his mouth. Sucking at it. Nibbling it.
Idrian gasped and tried to yank free, but found an icy arm snaked around his waist, pulling him down onto the slab, holding him there, trapped.
“You… are… warm.” The living sculpture, which should not have even been able to speak, breathed against him.
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!
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Siôn O’Tierney is a philosopher and gamer, but above all else, a consumer of stories. The best decision Siôn ever made was marrying his high-school sweetheart a week after graduation. (For the stories, and the sweet, sweet author monies.) These days, Siôn lives in Kansas City with his wife and writing partner, Raine O’Tierney. His free time is spent editing and walking the family’s long-haired dachshund, Iron Klaus (maybe that’s not free time after all).
DSP Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/sion-otierney