Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Riptide Publishing Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing

Once A Marine By Cat Grant

Welcome to Cat Grant's stop on Riptide Publishing's Blog Tour. We love getting to know the authors from Riptide. Cat Grant has stopped by today to grant us an interview which comes with a great blurb of her book Once A Marine. Cat is so giving today because she is offering one lucky person (18+ or older) who comments with their e-mail address their choice of Allegro Vivace, Sonata Appassionata, The First Real Thing (Icon Men #1), Appearing Nightly (Icon Men #2), A Fool For You (Icon Men #3), or Entangled Trio. So many awesome choices to choose from. Now, it's time to sit down with Cat and get to know her better.

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

Oh, God! Did you see the new X-Men movie last June? I’ve seen it, like, FOUR TIMES. I’ve been obsessed with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender ever since. I’m also a huge Glee and True Blood fan. Darren Criss is ADORABLE, and Alexander Skarsgard turns me to jelly.

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

Rachel Haimowitz and I are currently brainstorming a project with McAvoy and Fassbender-shaped characters. It’s gonna be hawwwt!

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

Actually, I sent my cover artist photos of Darren Criss and Alexander Skarsgard
and asked her to find models that resembled them. She did a pretty damn good job!

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing? 

Listening to music, reading, TV & movies.

Do you own an e-reader?

I have an iPad. Best purchase I’ve ever made!

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you've written?

Eric Courtland, from my Courtland Chronicles series.

Why is he your favorite?

Probably because he’s not afraid to be an unrepentant bastard when he needs to be. He’s also fiercely loyal to his partners Nick and Allison, and will go to any lengths to protect them. In other words, your typical alpha male – although I usually hate to use that term.

Where can your readers find you? 

Oh, I’m not hard to find! You can catch me on 

Facebook: Here
Twitter: Here
Goodreads: Here
My website: Here

What’s your current book list and where can we buy them?

Check out my Amazon author page
Or my book list over on ARe:

Here's the blurb for my new Riptide release, Once a Marine:

Love is a battlefield.

Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

You can read an excerpt and purchase Once a Marine by clicking here.

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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