Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Riptide Publishing Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing

A Chip In His Shoulder By L.A. Witt

Welcome To L.A. Witt's stop on Riptide's Publishing Blog Tour. We love getting to meet the authors from Riptide. We think you are all in for a treat. Today's stop focus' on L.A. Witt, who has stopped by today for us to interview. Along with that you will get a blurb from her book A Chip In His Shoulder. BUT it doesn't stop there L.A. is offering to one lucky person (18+ or older) who comments with their e-mail address a backlist book of their choice. I know right, how awesome is that. Now without further ado We present our interview.

What draws you to romance? 

Relationships. I just find the dynamics fascinating, not to
mention endless. Some people have these super sweet relationships that just have me
swooning, while others seem to be madly in love in spite of being a walking disaster. It’s fun
to throw two (or three, in some cases) people together and watch the sparks fly.

Do you prefer alpha/omega relationships in stories, or alpha/alpha relationships, and why? 

I’m hesitant to say I like alpha relationships simply because of how “alpha” has come to be
portrayed in romance, particularly on the hetero side. A true Dom can make me weak in
the knees, but the “alpha males” often shown in romance just piss me the hell off. I like a
guy who’s strong, dominant if that makes him a good match with the other person, and
doesn’t take crap from anyone, but I don’t want an asshole.

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to? 

I actually started in epic fantasy, but wound up writing romance. I fully intend to branch out as I go
along. Romance is my main genre, but I’ve been dipping into numerous subgenres lately –
steampunk, cyberpunk, vamp/were – so it’s only a matter of time before I go traipsing into
a completely separate genre. In fact, I have a zombie thriller in progress, and at least two
or three fantasy novels. One of these days, I’ll finish them. In short, I write mostly
romance, but I don’t limit myself if a story piques my interest.

What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why? 

On a man, shoulders. On a woman, hips/waist. Why? I have no idea. All I know is, a guy with a gorgeous set of shoulders or a woman with that perfect waist-hip curve can make me trip over my own

What’s your earliest childhood memory? 

Standing on a ferry dock in Kingston, WA, waiting for the ferry while we ate ice cream that was melting so fast it was dripping on our toes. I think I was two, maybe three. It was vanilla soft serve and I was wearing red flip flops.
Yes, I remember it that clearly.

Who are your latest crushes (celebrity, book character, or otherwise)? 

No one who’s ever been to my blog or website will probably be surprised when I say all current members of 30 Seconds to Mars, not to mention Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr, Olivia Wilde, James
Purefoy, and James McAvoy. My crushes, they are many.

Do you ever keep those people in your mind when writing your own works? 

I’ll occasionally use one just to put a face with a character, but I use generic pictures for that too. I just
need to have a face as a visual, whether it’s a celebrity crush or not.

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would
it be?

I wouldn’t be upset if a Leto ever graced the cover of one of my books.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing? 


Do you own an e-reader? 

I have a Sony Touch.


Because my eyes get tired reading PDFs on my computer. That, and I’m at my
computer 8+ hours a day. Sometimes I just need to move.

Are you a book hoarder?

I suppose I could be accused of that. At last count, I had about 4,000 books (excluding ebooks). Now? I don’t even know how many. And I was heartbroken when I had to leave ¾ of them in storage when I moved to Japan.

What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?

The one that isn’t “Oh, my God, you write gay sex? Doesn’t that gross you out?” Sigh.

Here's the blurb from my Ripide release, A Chip in His Shoulder?

“Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from
the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and
pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his
Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him.

Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by
people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather
destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first.

Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired
to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap.
Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and
Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn
looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love
they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find
them first?

To read an excerpt and to purchase A Chip in His Shoulder, please click here.

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  1. Hi, L.A. I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.

    Loved the blurb for A Chip in His Shoulder; I'm adding it to my must have list.

    “Oh, my God, you write gay sex? Doesn’t that gross you out?” I would have cussed that person out...Yeah, I'm rude like that.....

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. Great interview and fine choices for your crushes! Love the sound of your new book and have it on my Santa list.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  3. I'm a hoarder too... Had to thin them out a bit and it broke my heart

    Just bought chip in his shoulder looking forward to reading it

    Sarah S


  4. Great interview.I really enjoyed A Chip in His Shoulder.It was my first book by L.A Witt and looking forward to reading more.

  5. Great post! Definitely agree with your crush on Jared Leto - he's gorgeous :-) Can't wait to read Chip.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  6. Thanks everyone for coming by!!


    >>>“Oh, my God, you write gay sex? Doesn’t that gross you out?” I would have cussed that person out...Yeah, I'm rude like that.....

    It was tempting, believe me. My tolerance for that kind of thing is diminishing by the day, so it's only a matter of time. Will be interesting to see what happens at Thanksgiving tomorrow...

    L. A. Witt

  7. Wow, how many people have said "Doesn't that gross you out?" for you to make that comment? Yeesh. =)

    adara adaraohare com

  8. I get variations of it at least once or twice whenever I'm in my hometown (which is about once a year). "Oh, I don't read that trash." "Doesn't that...GAY STUFF gross you out?" "EWW!!" "Wait, you write about two GUYS doing...THAT?"

    Yeah. It's lovely. >.<

    L. A.

  9. I *so* want to read this book! And thank you for the interview! It was great. :)

    japoki at inbox dot lv

  10. Thanks for the great interview.

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