Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney on Leaving Flowers ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney for stopping by today.

Attractive young man against brick wall and plant leaves

Title: Leaving Flowers

Author: Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing

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Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance


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 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.

Tour Dates & Stops:

BFD Book Blog
My Fiction Nook

Inked Rainbow Reads
Velvet Panic

MM Good Book Reviews
Foxylutely Book Reviews
Up All Night, Read All Day

Hearts on Fire

The Novel Approach
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

Cate Ashwood
Bike Book Reviews

Bayou Book Junkie

The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
Charley Descoteaux

Love Bytes
EE Montgomery

Amanda C. Stone
Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My

Prism Book Alliance
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
Boy Meets Boy Reviews


10 things you want to learn how to do/try your hand at


  1. Snowboarding
  2. Surfing
  3. Learning a language other than English (I’m British. It’s tough.)
  4. USA road trip (yes, I do think I’m Jack Kerouac, with some noteable differences.)
  5. Understanding physics (Huh? Precisely.)
  6. Owning an Aston Martin (vroooom)
  7. Being a non-plus-size size (Ha!)
  8. Clearing my editing workload 🙂
  9. Writing a short story (I write big books, I cannot lie.)
  10. Having a bestselling novel (hint)

See, here’s the problem with coming up with 10 things when you’re a self-actualiser. You set a goal, you chase it, you achieve it, you set another goal…
But sometimes those goals are sudden revelations. “Agh! You know what I really want to do? I want to…”

Thus, this list is subject to sudden and ludicrous changes.


  1. Urban exploration!
  2. Growing things (especially cherry tomatoes)
  3. Making sushi
  4. Seeking an agent (never have tried that!)
  5. Learning basic home repair
  6. I’m going to make a play on Deb’s and say learn portion control…
  7. A month (hell, even a day!) of mindful silence
  8. Self-hypnosis
  9. Dog training
  10. Ooh, and flower arrangement!


“Quit then. It sounds a horrible place.”

“I can’t quit.” Aidan closed his eyes and left them closed, letting out a long, low breath. “The Grand Heights is all I have.”
He felt Patrick move, felt as he shifted across the center console, close into Aidan’s space, but he did not open his eyes. He was expecting the hug—longed for it even—and as Patrick’s arms wrapped around him, Aidan melted into the feel and warmth and smell of Patrick. Then he felt Patrick’s lips on his neck, so gentle he almost wasn’t certain he felt it at all. He was tenderly kissing the spot where Mrs. Wright had left such an ugly mark.

“I wish I could make it disappear.” Patrick’s voice was hypnotizing, the sound of rain on a tin roof. Aidan turned his face, just a little, so that Patrick’s lips caressed his cheek.

“The hickey?”

“All of it.”

Their lips met and Aidan died a little, right there, in the parking garage. It was nothing at all like when he’d awkwardly kissed his prom date goodnight, his teeth knocking against hers. Nor was it like Ms. Ashmore and her almost suffocating kisses. And it sure as hell wasn’t Mrs. Wright clawing into him, sucking on his neck like a vampire with a blood-soaked appetizer.

“I’m sorry,” Patrick murmured against his lips. “I don’t know what I’m thinkin’, kissing you like this. I just can’t stand to see you sufferin’, Aidan Degas.”

“Oh.” Idiot, Aidan berated himself as he pulled back. He inhaled deeply and let it out on a chuckle he hoped sounded natural and not hurt. He’s feeling sorry for you. God, you always read so much into everything. “Well, I am feeling much better now.”

Patrick didn’t look convinced.

“I promise,” Aidan said, way too brightly, and turned back to the window. “I wonder if we’re ever getting out of this garage.”

About the Authors

DEBBIE 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!
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RAINE O’TIERNEY lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow author, Siôn O’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!

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Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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