Holiday Soundtracks with Raine O’Tierney

December 28, 2016

 Holiday Soundtracks with Raine O'Tierney


Hello all! My name is Raine O’Tierney and I’m here to talk with you today about the music behind my brand new novel, The 12 Days of Hipster.


My holiday playlist is a THING OF BEAUTY.

I exaggerate not. Curated over the last eight years, this playlist features the most indie, alt, punk, weird, fantastic mix of holiday songs known to man.

But my very favorite tunes?

All by the Winter Sounds.

My family discovered the Winter Sounds years ago through a Christmas track of theirs called The Anthem is a Gift and we were SOLD.

I love this band so much, even when they do music that’s not Christmas-related (though my secret wish is that they would turn into an all-Christmas all the time band… but that might not be good for sales).

And Tyler Lang– the main character of The 12 Days of Hipster– loves them too.

That’s why when I started writing his story, I knew, knew, knew I wanted to use lyrics from of their Christmas tunes. I’ll admit, I was TERRIFIED to write to Patrick Keenan, the lead singer, and ask permission.

Of course, when I did his reply was, “Wow! Sure! Honored.”

He’s literally the coolest.

That’s why The 12 Days of Hipster truly has its own soundtrack, which you can check out here:

What is your all-time favorite Christmas/Holiday song?? Comment below with your answer for a chance to win an e-book copy of the first title in this series: Bowl Full of Cherries!


With Kindness and Xmas Tunes!

Raine O’Tierney



Okay, fine. If he couldn’t get out of this with direct and sound logic, he would try the irrational. The completely, totally—did he say completely?—irrational. Tyler tightened his grip on David’s hand, leaned forward, and kissed him. But before a full second had passed, David burst out laughing against Tyler’s lips.

Tyler yanked back, heat suffusing his face.


“That was the sourest prekiss expression I’ve ever seen.”

“That’s it, I’m leaving.”

“Tyler, you don’t have to go.”

“No sparks. Only laughter. Must leave.”

“No sparks because you looked like you were in physical pain and made me laugh. Why don’t you be a little more romantic about it?”

“Because I….” Don’t know what in the hell I’m doing. It was probably the first time in his life he really could say that. He’d learned things before. There had been a time when he hadn’t known how to knit, when he hadn’t known how to make gourmet chocolates, when he hadn’t known how to use a soldering iron—but those were just learning opportunities. But with this? He felt like he was standing out naked on the corner with only mistletoe to cover his bits.

“More like this.”

The second kiss was what Tyler would have called sweet if the word had been in his vocabulary. David’s lips were warm, soft, giving, and for a moment the kiss lingered on that edge of innocent, like a snowflake dancing through the sky. Then the world tipped and Tyler’s hands were in David’s hair and David was drawing him closer and, motherfuckinggod, they were kissing. Hard, searching lips, taking and giving, and it took him way too long to realize what he was doing. In fact, he might not have ever realized it if they hadn’t needed to breathe like humans do. It took a long moment for rational thought to come back to Tyler.



Check out The 12 Days of Hipster today!


The 12 Days of Hipster by Raine O'Tierney

Dreamspinner Press
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Last Christmas, Tyler Lang accidentally accepted David Griffith’s invitation for dinner. Yes, it was an accident. See, hipster (don’t call him that!) Tyler doesn’t date guys, and even if he did, he certainly doesn’t date jocks. A rude and hasty exit right when the date was getting good left things awkward between them.

David Griffith isn’t really a jock. Well, he’s a former athlete who loves sports, but “jock” has a certain connotation that doesn’t quite fit the intelligent, hardworking store owner. A jock wouldn’t have given Tyler Lang the time of day. But even after that little, ahem, stunt with the fire escape, David can’t stop thinking about the hipster a year later. Which would be fine if fate didn’t keep butting her nose into their business, making it impossible for the jock and the hipster to avoid each other this Christmas.

A hilarious holiday romp, set to the music of the Winter Sounds.


About Raine O’Tierney:

Called “Queen of the Sweetness” (well, two or three people said it anyway!) Raine O’Tierney loves writing sweet stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and…friskiness?

Raine in 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!

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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3 Responses to “Holiday Soundtracks with Raine O’Tierney”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new book release. Thank you for the Playlist and for the excerpt. It was cute and made me smile. I’m looking forward to giving it a read.

  2. Trix says:

    Pearl Bailey’s “Five Pound Box of Money” (her sassy but entirely reasonable advice to Santa) is always good, and Sloan’s recent Christmas single is pretty catchy…

  3. H.B. Thank you so much! <3 I hope you really like it!

    Trix — Oooh! I'll have to check those out, thank you for the recommendation <3

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