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BLOG TOUR: RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by L.A. Witt

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Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L.A. Witt blog tour for Running With Scissors!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Running With Scissors) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 5th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

RunningWithScissors COVEREighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.

Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.

Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?

Running With Scissors 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.

BLOG TOUR: On the Clock by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

OnTheClock_TourBannerToday 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!

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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.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

On The Clock CoverWhen 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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OUR THOUGHTS:

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.  ;)

RATING: STILETTOS

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Aleksandr Voinov

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 . . .

Connect with L.A.:

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

 

Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

Starstruck CoverRelease Date: November 3, 2014
Published by Riptide Publishing
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show-exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet-no matter how attractive he finds his costar.

Carter Samuels is the critically acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting-and made him realize he’s gay-is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.

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OUR THOUGHTS:
I am in LOVE with Bluewater Bay. It’s charming, rustic and an ode to bygone eras. It lures you in with its quaint simplicity, lulling you into thinking life here is basic and routine. If you scratch under the surface, however, you’ll see it’s anything but.

Witt tackles one of my all-time favorite m/m storylines: homophobia and social acceptance. Poor Levi – he’s got the weight of the world riding on his sexuality. He has to maintain a tenuous peace in his already broken family by lying about his interest in men, and if that’s not enough, his return to acting is similarly impacted. Hollywood stereotyping is something I find particularly irritating. We hear all the time how people are surprised by this actor or that coming out, because he seems so macho or so tough. I understand that generalizations are how society deigns to understand that which is unfamiliar or intangible, but actors and actresses as we see them in movies are not who they truly are in life. We tend to define them by the roles they play, something which, in the case of Starstruck, negatively impacts Levi due to his action figure persona. I see a definite shift toward acceptance of homosexuality in Hollywood, but we still have a long way to go.

If you’re a fan of May-December romances, you’ll really love Levi and Carter. I will warn you though, the 15 year age gap seems nearly non-existent once things get moving. Their common interests make them fast friends, so it’s easy to see the connection starting. There’s not really much of a stretch from friends to lovers, although they do have their share of obstacles standing in the way.

If there was any drawback at all for me in this story, it’s that it got a little bit stuck in a repetitive cycle of “we should just be friends because we don’t want people to think we’re together, but oh wait let’s spend more time together.” It’s like they kept acknowledging that spending time together would give the wrong impression, but they weren’t willing to change their behavior. Maybe that’s a testament to the attraction and connection between them? With Levi trying so hard to pretend he’s not gay, I can see where he really needs a friend. Carter’s a great, supportive guy, and he would definitely feel compelled to be there for Levi. Their situation seems impossible at times trying to balance what everyone wants from them with what they want for themselves. I was a little frustrated when Carter finally reached his breaking point – maybe we’d all had enough tension? I may have misunderstood Carter’s feelings going into the very pivotal encounter at the black moment, so I was bewildered when he came out of it projecting differently. In hindsight his reaction is totally realistic, and I can see why Witt chose that direction, however much it pained me.  What matters is that it serves as the catalyst Levi really needs to resolve his internal conflict, something that’s really gratifying to watch.

As the first in the series, Starstruck completely accomplished its goal: make me fall in love with the people of Bluewater Bay and their surroundings so much that I can’t wait for more. I’m anxious to see what other colorful characters lurk in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains…I’m hoping whoever they are prove more interesting than sparkly vampires. ;)

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS

Top Ten Reasons the #CampusCravings M/M Bundle Rocks!

CampusCravings_HigherLearningMMBoxedSet_700x300bannerHi everyone! We’re the authors of Campus Cravings, a MM bundle releasing 8/25. Thanks so much for hosting us during our release week, or, if you’re a reader, for taking the time to read this! We really appreciate it!

Top Ten Reasons to Check Out Campus Cravings:

1. College is a time of eye-opening exploration and experimentation, and there’s just something about a Cathia University man…

2. All the stories take place at fictional Cathia University—where not even homework or grading stands in the way of true love.

3. What’s better than one hot man? Two! And what’s better than two? Eighteen! (Nine stories, each with two heroes, yay!)

4. The stories are interrelated, so you’ll see characters from stories appear in others, notice many of the same buildings being used etc. That was a lot of fun for us to write and we hope you enjoy that aspect too!

5. Every story is brand new! That’s over 220k words! Four seasons of academic fun—from the first students arriving in Fall, to winter holidays, to March Madness and Spring Flings, to Summer loving—there’s something for every part of the academic year.

6. Unique pairings—whether you like friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, reunion romances, May-December pairings, first love, or hot-for-teacher flirtations, you are bound to find some of your favorite tropes! And if that’s not enough, there are hot athletes, sophisticated professors, activist heroes, and lots more!

7. Sports galore—soccer, hockey, basketball, equestrian and more! Join the authors and the characters as we root for the Cathia Cougars!

8. Pranks, parties, and plenty of fun—you really want to find out who dyed the fountain red and who’s at Friday’s Frat party!

9. Fan favorite  m/m romance authors including L.A. Witt, Sara York, Cassandra Carr, Annabeth Albert, Bianca Sommerland, Whitley Gray, Dalton Diaz, Mia Downing, and KyAnn Waters.

10. Only $2.99 for a limited time!

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Can’t wait for more? Check out this excerpt from Winning Bracket…by Annabeth Albert

“Hold up. If I filled out a bracket and mine beat yours, you’d do whatever I wanted? Like anything?”

“Sure.” Ollie shrugged, an insolent lift of surprisingly wide shoulders inside a too-big shirt. “I mean not all day. But sure, you want me to be a slave for an hour or something, I can take it.”

Ka-pow. The firecracker exploded, hot want raining down on Edwin, sparking against his skin. Anything. Ollie-as-slave images began to run on repeat in his brain, Ollie getting considerably less clothing with each pass. Edwin could ask for anything, and it would just be a joke to Ollie—a lark to be laughed over later, no more of a big deal than opening up with a can of silly string or shorting his sheets every night for a week.

Oh my god. Would it work? Could he use something like this—a stupid bet on stupid basketball—to exorcise the Ollie demons that had plagued him for years, all without having to admit how he felt about Ollie? Because while Ollie had been busy with the jock-crush-of-the-month plan, Edwin had been hung up on Ollie. For three and a half years. If a stupid bet could shake Edwin free, then it was worth having to learn something about basketball.

“Okay,” he whispered.

“Yay!” Ollie clambered off the bed, springs squeaking as he hit the floor. “You’ll see. This is going to be a great couple of weeks! So what are we going to play for this week? If my bracket does better by Sunday night, you send an email supporting the next watch party and you show up. And if you win…”

“I want a kiss.” The words escaped Edwin before he could call them back, before he could temper them with logic or suppress them with reality.

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