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Hiatus by L.A. Witt

Hiatus by LA WittHiatus by L.A. Witt

Released on July 19, 2016

Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Word count/pages: 244 pages

Categories: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Mènage

Blurb:

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

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Our Thoughts:

I’m not usually one to grab a book with mènage, but something about Hiatus‘ synopsis sang to me. I went for it and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the few mènage stories that actually felt real to me. I could believe these three as a unit whereas usually that’s not the case.

Hiatus was a difficult novel to read because it isn’t rainbows and cupcakes and joy, joy, joy. The content is laden with conflict, separation and imminent divorce. Cam and Theo have been together for 17 years, but they both have issues that have caused too much conflict. It weighs heavily and eventually drives them to a trial separation.

Another problem is that they have a lover, Nate, of 6 years and now he’s stuck in the middle. It really felt like he was the child of a divorced couple. Seeing each of them separately. Everyone trying not to be jealous. It was just sad and stressful. But Nate, no matter how torn apart by what has happened, is determined to work towards getting Cam and Theo back together.

That’s great in theory, but the task is more draining and difficult than Nate could have ever imagined. It takes Nate leaving, Cam reaching his breaking point, and Theo truly flying apart for them to gravitate back to each other.

Basically, Cam and Theo have real life debilitating issues that came to be unmanageable thanks to stressful jobs and the market crash. That huge event in their lives put them on a runaway train towards anxiety disorder and depression. Two issues left untreated and not shared. They became the biggest obstacles between them and now they not only have to accept their problems but overcome them in order to be together.

Hiatus is sad and draining at times but then again, so if real life. If you like a bit of realness in your books this is a perfect read. If you want only happiness and roses, this probably won’t satisfy you. The chemistry between the guys is really intense and totally off the charts so if you can get through the tough times to the hot ones, it’s worth it to see the passion and love they share.

RATING:  BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Not Safe For Work by L.A. Witt

Not Safe For WorkNot Safe For Work by L.A. Witt

Released December 15, 2015

Published by Samhain Publishing

Cover art by Angela Waters

Sales link: Amazon

Blurb:

They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.

Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.

The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.

But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.

Warning: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.

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Our thoughts:

I was thrilled when I discovered Not Safe For Work a novel by LA Witt, one with a BDSM genre tag, no less! LA Witt never disappoints and I found that to be true once again.

There were many things to like about Not Safe For Work. The two main protagonists, Jon and Rick were very down to earth, middle-aged guys. They were more established in life. This wasn’t their first relationship and they had colorful pasts. Jon identified as bisexual and he had two ex-wives and three college-aged kids. He was like the rest of us hardworking individuals, living paycheck to paycheck and working like mad to make ends meet and put his kids through school.

Rick was an interesting individual. Since we only get Jon’s POV, Rick is a bit of an anomaly. We know he started his life in humble beginnings. That propelled him to work hard and become a successful businessman. His company builds buildings and leases spaces and condos for business owners and people at affordable prices. He knew what it was like to spend every dime putting a roof over his families heads he watched his mom do that and he wanted to alleviate that hardship for others. Rick was a smart but caring businessman.

Jon and Rick hook up when they ping each other through an app for men looking for kink. Jon being a Dom and Rick being a submissive, their kinks matched up perfectly. They decide to take a risk and see if they’d be compatible. Boy were they ever!

The heat level is sizzling in Not Safe For Work. They start out slow, their lust taking over but also playing it safe. They get off and enjoy getting to know each other’s likes and dislikes learning their bodies. Rick’s a natural submissive. He wants to please and he does so flawlessly. Rick enjoys the dominance. He’s not into intense sadism. He likes to push Rick just enough but their BDSM scenes are about the dominance, bondage, sensations and getting off. When the Wartenberg Wheel is pulled out (more than once), settle in a for some of the hottest sessions in the book! For Jon and Rick it’s about connection and feelings. It’s more for both men than just the kink. The kink brings them together but they quickly discover that they’re getting so much more from each other. Now they just have to navigate outside forces that work against them in order to stay together.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

RIPTIDE ANNIVERSARY BLOG TOUR

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Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found at http://riptidepublishing.com/events/tours/riptides-4th-anniversary-celebration. Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!

Please welcome L.A. Witt to the tour.

Falling Sky

Or “How bad handwriting and a Burn Notice addiction create a story.”

2011. Four years, two moves, and 60-some-odd books ago.

Rachel Haimowitz approached me and, to make a long story short, asked me if I’d be interested in subbing something to a new publishing house. Naturally, I was dubious—new publishers are always a gamble—but I was also intrigued.  So, why not? I was only getting ready to move from Japan to Nebraska, so it wasn’t like I had anything going on. (This is an ongoing theme in my career, which began with NaNoWriMo 2008, which I won while in the process of moving to Japan in the first place.)

I digress. At the time, Riptide really wanted non-contemporary books, so I thought I’d play around with something paranormal. Vampires. Definitely vampires. And I envisioned a vampire being trapped in a tower of sorts—probably a castle—and freaking out because the roof was going to open up and expose him to the sunlight. (Don’t judge me—it was just a vague kernel of an idea to use as a starting point.)

Out came my trusty spiral notebook, and I started scribbling ideas. “Scribbling” isn’t much of an exaggeration here. My handwriting is terrible. One of my old co-workers said I have “serial killer handwriting.” See, I went to school when they were still teaching Duvall, which is like the bastard lovechild of cursive and printing. My Duvall was lovely. Pretty much flawless. No joke—I actually got some penmanship awards in elementary school.

Then they tried to teach us cursive. Okay, so they actually taught everybody else. They tried to teach me. My brain went “Another way of writing? Screw you guys, I’m going home.” (Totally in an Eric Cartman voice even though this was *mumble* years before South Park.)

It was all downhill after that. Believe me, nobody was copying off my papers in school because even I couldn’t read them. I can’t even blame my atrocious penmanship on typing like a lot of people can now. I’ve been typing since kindergarten. No, my rapidly deteriorating handwriting is purely the result of a cerebral rebellion after my well-meaning teachers tried to make me learn yet another form of penmanship when Duvall and printing were just fine, thankyouverymuch.

That was when I was about eleven. Skip ahead to 2011, where I’m on the cusp of thirty-one, and my handwriting has basically devolved into Mayan shorthand.  At some point, as I was sketching out my idea for my hapless vampire Rapunzel, stuck up in a tower waiting for the sun to shine, I decided there was an ex-lover involved, and that my towered dude had a serious chip on his shoulder.

Everything changed when I went back and reread my notes.

According to my scribblings, my character didn’t have a chip on his shoulder.

He had a chip in his shoulder.

And my brain went “OMG CYBERPUNK.”

Instantly, the story changed into the futuristic dystopian cyberpunk story it is today, which also became my first ever Riptide book, my first Riptide editorial bloodbath (and the first ever string of profanity upon opening the file and seeing a Riptide edit), and the first time an editor—Aleksandr Voinov, who would eventually be my co-author—told me that my character needed a bullet hole.

I also realized very quickly that this story needed a sequel.

Skip ahead a few months, after I’ve moved back to the U.S. and am wondering how the hell I’m going to survive three years in Nebraskastan (spoiler alert: it sucked, but I made it), and it’s time to write that sequel.

As it happens, my husband and I had just started watching Burn Notice. We binge-watched the first four seasons in about two weeks because OMG Michael Westen. Seriously, I was hooked. (I still haven’t watched the last three episodes, though, so no spoilers)

So here I am, with a cybernetically modified vampire assassin, on the lam with his cyberterrorist boyfriend, and I’m filling my skull with spy stuff. Breaking into buildings, getting past security systems, non-traditional uses for weapons…

It was a recipe for lots of violence, explosions, and sarcasm. As well as the first sex scene I’ve ever written that was momentarily interrupted by someone landing on a tear gas canister.

So that’s the story of Falling Sky, the duology made up of A Chip In His Shoulder and Something New Under the Sun.

Those two books were also the first and second I ever contracted to Riptide. Four years later, that number is closer to thirty.

And yes, I still say bad words whenever I open up a fresh set of edits.

About Falling Sky

FallingSky_Series500x750Liam Lansing is heir to a prominent family of bio-modified vampires. That is, until he chooses the wrong lover and is cast down to the Gutter to scrape for his life.

Daniel Harding is heir to Cybernetix and a prince of the corporate Sky. That is, until his ideology drives his father to put a price on his head, forcing him into the Gutter.

Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. They have no reason to trust each other, but a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love they once shared. Together, they plan to rip open the hidden corruption that runs the Sky—for vengeance, for justice, and for hope. Only through courage in the face of death—or worse—might Daniel and Liam change the world they live in and create something new under the sun.

Learn more at Riptide Publishing.

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

Connect with L.A.:

WEBSITE / AUTHOR BLOG / PERSONAL BLOG / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / GOODREADS

Anniversary Sale

Falling Sky is being sold in a special discounted bundle by Riptide this week only. Check out the sale on this series and other bundles at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/anniversary-sale.

Giveaway

To celebrate our anniversary, Riptide Publishing is giving away free books for a year! Your first comment at each blog stop on the Anniversary Tour will count as an entry and give you a chance to win this great prize. Giveaway ends at midnight, October 31, 2015, and is not restricted to US entries.

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BLOG TOUR: Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt

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Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Rain Shadow, the latest installment in the multi-author Bluewater Bay series!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Rain Shadow) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 24th, and winners will be announced on October 26th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Rain (Fore)Shadow

So Rain Shadow is, of course, related to the other books in the series. While they can all be read as standalones, this one is somewhat of a prequel to Stuck Landing, which will be the first lesbian book.

Basically, Rain Shadow is the story of Jeremy, who works as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard. While Jeremy and Scott engage in their shenanigans, Anna’s life is rapidly coming unraveled. Or rather, her relationship with her longtime girlfriend is rapidly coming unraveled. They haven’t exactly been in a good spot for a while now—as many of you may recall from as far back as Starstruck—but now they’re circling the drain.

On the bright side, their attempts to save their relationship mean dragging Jeremy with them to their endless counseling appointments. But of course, there’s no need to take her bodyguard into her appointments, right?  And there’s only so much Angry Birds a guy can play in the waiting room before he finally has to slip into the office across the hall and—

Well. You’ll just have to wait and see.

As for Anna, her situation is pretty sucky. It has been for a while, and it only gets worse.

But never fear! Anna has happiness on the horizon.

Or does she…?

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Rain Shadow CoverJeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex — and too much time in each other’s company — inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

Rain Shadow is available from Riptide Publishing.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter @GallagherWitt.