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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.

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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.

 

BLOG TOUR: The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane

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Welcome to the Deep of the Sound Blog Tour!! We’re thrilled you’ve decided to join us today as we celebrate the latest book in the Bluewater Bay series. Be sure to check out our review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Enjoy!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

DeepOfTheSound CoverCal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.

Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.

Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Amy Lane does it again! This time for Riptide’s popular Bluewater Bay series. I happen to love this series, so I was thrilled when I saw that she would be contributing because I’m pretty sure I haven’t met an Amy Lane book I didn’t like. I’m happy to say The Deep of the Sound is no different. It’s full of all the emotional complexity and angst I’ve come to expect from her books, along with a healthy dose of humor and wit. Basically it boils down to engaging characters, a great story and some damn fine writing.

I fell in love with Cal and his family while reading Lane’s short featured in the Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day anthology, Lights, Camera, Cupid! Nascha was one of my favorite stories in the collection, so if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do. I’m glad to see Lane expand on their interesting yet difficult family dynamic. Cal’s the primary breadwinner, caretaker and essentially everything driving this family. There’s just one problem: Cal’s miserable. I can’t help but wonder how different his life would be had he not lost his parents and been forced to grow up so young. I wouldn’t say he’s exactly resentful of his responsibility to his family, because his love for them is evident, but I do think there are moments when he mourns more than just his parents. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in an impossible position with very few options can probably relate. His story tugs on my heartstrings – he needs something, a little glimmer of hope, to grab onto before the weight of the world crushes him.

Then there’s Avery. In contrast to Cal, he has what looks like it should be a great life.  Except it’s not. His boyfriend’s a cheating, self-centered freeloader, his family’s unsupportive and unaccepting of his job and his sexuality, and his best friends are all hundreds of miles away. He needs a way to rid himself of all the negativity and wipe the slate clean, so he decides to take advantage of his upcoming trip to Bluewater Bay for a fan con and moves there. Impulsive? Maybe. I think it’s just the kind of spontaneity that could give Avery his groove back. If he can accomplish this, then maybe he’ll feel like he can accomplish anything.

Over and over throughout this book I’m reminded that life is hard. Avery’s trip up the coast from California is anything but smooth, and Cal suffers a setback while trying to provide for his family. In a lot of ways it seems like the universe is conspiring against these guys. But then they meet, and I can see where Lane’s going with this. It’s an element I’ve come to admire in her character and story development in how she creates couples that are greater than the sum of their parts. The people involved are better together than apart, and once I see the potential, I’m hooked. I’ll fight right along side them until they find a way to make it work and get their happily ever after. From the moment Avery’s discussing Avatar with Keir after being saved from the side of the road by Cal, it’s like a piece of the puzzle locks into place. These guys both have something to offer that the other one needs – it’s just a matter of whether or not they’re too stubborn to realize it or foolish enough to throw it away.

So, answer me this – is it just me or does this series keep getting better and better? With every book I seem to love it just a little bit more.  :)

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.

She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.

She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.

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 GIVEAWAY:

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an eBook package of all of Amy Lane’s backlist titles with Riptide! (Excludes The Deep of the Sound and anthologies.) Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 20, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so we can contact you if you win!

 

BLOG TOUR: Wedding Favors (Bluewater Bay #7) by Anne Tenino

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Do you love Bluewater Bay and Anne Tenino as much as we do? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’re thrilled to be celebrating Anne’s recent addition to this fantastic series. Be sure to check out the excerpt, our review and enter the giveaway! 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Wedding Favors CoverLucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her Man of Honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the Best Man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
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EXCERPT:

He wandered over to some tall grasses a few feet away and picked one with a long stem. Thinking was easier if he had a stalk to chew on. Also, from here he could see Lucas without having to stoop.

His chin was still set and his arms were still folded up high on his pecs, while he stared haughtily out the window. Brat. Made Gabe wonder why he even had a soft spot left for the guy. Probably because he had lips made for sulking. And sucking. Hell. He sighed, about to tell Audrey and Zach he couldn’t imagine Lucas agreeing to this when something caught his attention.

Actually, something caught Lucas’s attention—the muscles around his eyes tightened while the ones in his jaw loosened, and he jerked forward slightly, intent on something in the horse pasture.

Gabe followed Lucas’s line of sight to see what had him so fascinated, and . . . it was May. Taking a dump.

Nah, that can’t be it. A car door creaked open, but Gabe didn’t turn toward it. He was too busy trying to figure out what he was missing.

“Shhhh!” Audrey hissed, which seemed unnecessary since no one was speaking. She’d clutched Zach’s arm excitedly, and they both watched Lucas walk toward the steel panel fence as if he was in a trance. By then May was done and had moved on, cropping grass as she went, but Lucas was staring at the steaming pile of horse shit.

Then he said something. Not quite loud enough to hear from the driveway.

“What?” Audrey turned to Gabe. “What did he say?”

He shrugged. “Hell if I know.” Better find out, though. Spitting out his grass stem, he made his way over to stand next to the guy, not so close he was threatening Lucas’s virtue, but close enough that he could make out some of the finer hairs on the nape of his neck. “Find something interesting?”

“This place is perfect,” Lucas murmured. “I can totally work here.”

“Great.” He guessed.

Lucas turned, glazed-over eyes slowly focusing on him, changing until they went a little bluer, but not frosty like earlier.

Okay, yeah, he did get a little jolt of pleasure over thinking Lucas would be hanging around, perverse as that was. It wasn’t like he had anything to do with the decision. Apparently, that was all May. And her feces.

Never thought of horse manure as a motivator, but whatever worked.

OUR THOUGHTS:

I’ve been really looking forward to Anne Tenino’s contribution to this amazing series for a while now. I always enjoy her stories because they offer unique spins on familiar tropes, complete with vibrant, lively characters. I think you’ll find Wedding Favors is truly no different – Lucas and Gabe keep things very interesting in quiet little Bluewater Bay.

If anything these guys are a study in contrasts. Lucas is a famous sculptor who’s sworn never to return to Bluewater Bay. He spent most of his life waiting to get out, so why would he ever go back? Instead he’s traveled the world in pursuit of his art before settling in LA.   Gabe’s a down-to-earth logger who can’t imagine being anywhere else. He’s content to run his family business, working the land and taking care of his family.  That isn’t where the differences end either; their personalities and preferences make me wonder if it’s even possible for them to get on the same page.

The one thing they do have in common is that spark of attraction and shared memories of a one-time hook-up. Okay, so they each remember that night differently, but the result is basically the same – in all the years since Lucas left Bluewater Bay to take on the world, neither has been able to forget it. Lucas coming home for his best friend’s wedding and finding out Gabe’s the Best Man might just be the push they need to forgive and forget.

Gabe seems like my kind of guy – warm, caring and genuinely kind – and I liked him immediately. Lucas took me a bit longer, but only because he’s that sassy kind of self-involved that makes you wonder if he’s really a jerk or it’s all a facade. In this case, getting to see the real Lucas is a revelation. Tenino slowly shows his true character, and we find him growing, changing, maturing. He’s able to shrug off the superficial armor he’s unknowingly donned living in LA, relax and finally just live. That kind of awe and wonder is refreshing to share with a character, and it gives me such hope that maybe love doesn’t have to be so painful after all.

But of course it is. Painful, I mean.  It’s clear as the story progresses that what Gabe and Lucas share is much more than a physical attraction. Without even trying, Gabe is everything Lucas never realized he wants in a partner. He’s kind, considerate, attentive – all things Lucas really needs. Most of all he’s unconditionally accepting, and for someone who’s used to hiding parts of himself out of fear of censure like Lucas, that’s critical.  But Gabe and Lucas’ arrangement has an expiration date, and as it draws near, the angst and tension really ramp up. Tenino builds toward a climax that I’m not sure I ever want to reach. (Now there’s a first. :)  Sorry, I had to. This is Anne Tenino after all, a woman lauded for good sexual humor and giving away handmade male genitalia.)  Anyway, getting back on track…you won’t want to miss the emotional, sensual journey these guys take.

If you’ve been reading and enjoying the Bluewater Bay series, you’ll find this story has the same vibe and feel as the others. How multiple authors manage to achieve that kind of consistency is always astounding to me. It’s inherent that each has his/her own style and flair, but those nuances are blended into a singular sensation of belonging in Bluewater Bay.  Each story expands an already amazing cast of characters in this rather quaint, charming setting. I like that Tenino’s story mentions but doesn’t directly involve Wolf’s Landing; I think it’s one of the few to do so.  It’s a nice reminder that there’s more than just movie star magic in Bluewater Bay.

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anne Tenino picCatalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.

Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.

Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.

CONNECT WITH ANNE:

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GIVEAWAY:

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a draw for a $15 Riptide gift card. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 18th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so we can contact you if you win!

Lights, Camera, Cupid! (A Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Day Anthology)

Lights  Camera Cupid CoverRelease Date: February 9, 2015
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Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Lights, Camera, Cupid! is a fun, flirty collection of Bluewater Bay romances that truly capture the spirit of the series. I was very happy to read more about some of my favorite characters – Nash and Spencer, anyone? – and get acquainted with some new ones as well. I might add that the stories by Anne Tenino, Amy Lane and SE Jakes have me really anxious for their books in this series. So many talented writers, each with a unique style that blends well with the others creating a consistent feel.  I think it’s safe to say there’s a little something for everyone in this anthology.

As I mentioned above one of the stories in the anthology features Nash and Spencer from Z.A. Maxfield’s Hell on Wheels. In her short story, I’ll Be There, we follow Nash’s quest to travel across the Midwest through a massive blizzard to reach Spencer in time for Valentine’s Day. Nash’s journey reminds me of many times when I’ve been in a similar situation. Not that I was trying to reach my hot, movie star boyfriend unfortunately,  just that I was traveling through deadly white-out conditions. Somehow traveling in treacherous conditions on nearly deserted roads gives you a sense of camaraderie among strangers, as if you’re banding together against the weather to make sure everyone arrives at their destinations safely. It’s funny how simply traveling alongside someone in those conditions becomes the same as standing together in the face of adversity. You never know where the other person’s going yet you feel as if you’re in it together. When that familiar vehicle finally takes a diverging path, you feel abandoned and alone. Irrational? Yes, but nevertheless that’s how it happens, and Maxfield captures the sentiment perfectly.

One aspect of this short which had me laughing out loud is Spencer’s many cases of mistaken identity. I find it hilarious how he’s  constantly mistaken for other British actors! Because it’s like they say, they all look the same, right? (Only kidding.) This is exactly the kind of humor I love and expect from Z.A. Maxfield, and really the Bluewater Bay series in general. Somehow it always manages to find the humor in every situation.

This is just one of the many great stories in this anthology. If you enjoy romance, movie stars and/or terrific storytelling, I highly encourage you to give this collection a try. It’s a perfect way to get to know Bluewater Bay if you’re new to the series, and it’s a special treat for those of us who’ve been in it from the beginning.

RATING: ONE BAD ASS BOOT, ONE STILETTO