Today we’re thrilled to welcome L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov to 3 Chicks After Dark for the On the Clock Blog Tour! They’re going to share a little insight into the research and development behind the rent boys in the amazing Market Garden series. We hope you’ll take time to check it out and comment to enter the giveaway. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Market Garden series, On The Clock!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding On The Clock) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18th, and winners will be announced on July 19th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Please include your email so we can contact you if you win!
3 Chicks After Dark asked: The question we have is in regards to research for the Market Garden series. These guys get themselves into some very interesting situations with some intriguing clients. What type of research goes into creating the perfect, believable rent boys? Is it hands on, word of mouth, written? We’re curious how they manage to get it to work out so perfectly.
The short answer is, not a lot.
Of course we research where necessary, but we’ve both read enough about sex workers over the years—not to mention BDSM, which comes into play in an number of Market Garden books—to write about them confidently.
Our primary focus is developing the characters as individuals—the same way we would a banker, a soldier, or anyone else. So we’ll come up with a character like Jason or Brandon or any of the other rentboys, drop them into Market Garden, and turn them loose. How they interact with that environment tends to come pretty naturally. So the research is mostly “Okay, how would this guy function as a sex worker?”
Nick from If It Flies and If It Fornicates is a sadist and a Dom. So when he works as a prostitute, he’s looking for clients who need what he has to offer…both so he can satisfy them and make the most money, and so he enjoys it.
By contrast, Jason from On The Clock isn’t into the same kind of power games. He likes high rollers. Getting paid for sex is what turns him on, which is why Tristan and Jared decided he’d be a good match for Blake.
So basically, we create characters who live—and get paid—to push their clients’ buttons. The story comes when a client comes along who pushes their buttons right back.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Blake Raleigh’s favorite rentboys retire from Market Garden, they’re sure their friend Jason will be a perfect replacement. Though Tristan and Jared are a tough act to follow, Blake returns to London to test out their recommendation.
Jason is right on the money. Negotiations turn him on. Getting paid turns him on. The higher the stakes, the hotter things get. Each trip to London is more expensive than the last, and the webcam sessions don’t run cheap, but Jason is well worth the sticker shock.
The more time they spend together, the more Blake wants, and not just sex and transactions. But Jason’s been burned before by men who thought they were in love with him, and he’s not making that mistake again. When the lines between personal and professional start to blur, it’s going to take more than money, jewelry, and sports cars to keep Jason from clocking out and walking away.
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Witt and Voinov hit it out of the park with the 8th book in the Market Garden series. With all the excitement and anticipation we’ve learned to expect from these rentboys, they certainly keep things interesting! One of the most delicious parts of the experience is the sexual tension and the heightened awareness among them. The fervor is nearly palpable, and I mean that in the very best way.
With Jared and Tristan retired from Market Garden, the fate of one of our favorite regulars is uncertain. You see, Rolex is in need of a new companion. Jason has been recommended as a replacement, but can he live up to the expectations? I’m here to tell you he can and does – hands down this is one of the best pairings of the entire series. I never thought I’d like anything more than Rolex with Jared and Tristan, but Jason is a better match in ways I never imagined. He’s smart, funny and extremely compatible with Blake. Not to mention he’s uber turned on by money, something Blake has in excess.
While the sex in this story is hot, prevalent and full of variety, it’s the subtext in what’s happening that really draws me in. The physical relationships are gratifying on the surface, but what’s happening to the underlying character development makes all the difference. I think that could be said of many of the Market Garden pairs, however for me Jason and Blake are unique. Maybe it’s the differences in their worlds or the unlikely way they get together, but the subtle nuances of emotion and dominance force you to look deeper and really see what makes them tick beyond just their libidos. Witt and Voinov’s excellent writing effortlessly forges the connection between these two, and I was nearly heartbroken to think things might not work out. After all, as they say, money can buy a lot of things, but it can’t buy love.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.
If he isn’t writing, he studies hypnotherapy, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.
Connect with Aleks:
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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 . . .
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WEBSITE / AUTHOR BLOG / PERSONAL BLOG / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / GOODREADS