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Title: Alchemy Ever After
Author: Siôn & Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre/Sub-Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Steampunk
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.
The Challenges of Writing as a Married Couple:
If we weren’t already working on seventeen other projects (individually and collaboratively), we could probably write a book on the challenges of writing together. But then again… that might become too meta. So, instead of that, I’ll just lay out a few of the common ones we’ve run into.
First, there is no faking. No phone call to say **cough, cough** “I just don’t think I can work on the collaboration today…” You look over at your partner and say, “Yes, love. I’ll get right on it.” (And hope she stops glaring sometime before you go gray.)
Second, you can (and will) be a really bad influence on each other. If one of you is having a tough time writing, and you stop to take a break from it, you’re more likely to distract the other than they are to be able to get you back on track. It’s much easier to watch zone out in front of the television sometimes than it is to write.
The third one, which is more a concern we have a lot than something we’ve actually observed in action is the danger of groupthink (or maybe we should call it pairthink in this case?). Any time people spend a long time working on a project together, there’s a danger of falling into a pattern of agreeing with each other for the sake of keeping the peace. I think the risk there is even greater for a married couple like us, because after over a decade together, we even think the same way sometimes to begin with. So it’s easy to miss alternative paths, and what is the point of a collaboration then? If you agree on everything, one or the other of you could have written the story alone and it wouldn’t end up any different!
But is it worth it? Definitely. The rewards far outweigh the challenges and as much as you share the stress and nerves of a new release, you also get to share the joy of saying, “Look at this thing we made together.”
—Siôn & Raine O’Tierney
The student—for his uniform surely showed him to be from the Academy—had dropped his bags and thrown himself at the master, leaping so that his knees were about the master’s waist. Idrian had thought himself about to witness the murder of his mentor. Surely, this intruder would throttle him!
Except Master Maketh’s hands had not come up in defense, but instead encircled the student, one on his back, one on his—! Idrian’s mind blanked watching the tawdry scene. He had taken up his broom and begun to work, even though he’d finished the duty satisfactorily only a few hours before. Their lips were—! And their arms—! The student wasn’t beating the master; hands Idrian had thought were meant to strike or claw now tangled instead in the master’s long, white-streaked hair. They were recklessly kissing, like they must kiss in the bordellos of New Alexandria. In all his short life, Idrian had never seen the like.
Idrian heard the student speak, and his hands—full of splinters from the old wooden broom—froze on the shaft. He knew at once, without even glancing out of the corner of his eye, that he’d been spotted. Knew the dark note in the man’s voice was for Idrian. Knew the two were no longer embroiled in passion.
“Who is that?”
About the Author:
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!
LGBT Author Interviews: http://raineotierneyhatparty.blogspot.com/
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
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