Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway & Guest Post by L.A. Witt for Riptide

What is the most interesting thing you have learned from your research? Well, I spent an entire
day driving around Okinawa to make notes for the setting of Conduct Unbecoming. Not the
most exciting thing in the world, I suppose, but it was fun.

Where do you get the names for your characters? Sometimes they just come to me (I’ll
be looking at the picture I intend to use for the character, and the name just sort
of…happens), other times it involves a lot of flipping through baby name books and

What does your family think of you writing erotica? My folks and my husband are 100%
supportive. My mom buys and reads all my books. The extended family runs the gamut
between curious and disgusted.

What would you tell a reader reluctant to read erotica? Try it, you might like it.

What role do you think toys play in sex? Well, I can’t really imagine what Legos would add
to the experience…

Do you think food has a place in sex? Did someone order a pizza?

What do you think of role play? Okay, I am clearly a nerd, because my first thought here was
to make a joke about D&D. Though, that could be fun, if you think about it. “Roll to see if
I’m going to get your pants off.”

What’s your favorite ménage trios: M/M/F, M/F/F, M/M/M, or F/F/F? I don’t think I could
pick one over the others. There’s so many possibilities for each, especially when you start
bringing kink, bisexuality, etc., into play. The sky’s the limit. I’ve written M/M/F and M/
F/M (the difference being in the latter arrangement, the boys don’t get involved with each
other), plus M/M/M, but I’m sure I’ll write some F/F/F or M/F/F eventually. Just need to
find the right story.

What do you think of orgies? Obviously I’m a writer, because my first thought was “Oh,
God, the pronouns…” Threesomes are enough to nearly make me go cross-eyed keeping
the pronouns straight. Any more than three? Pardon me, I need to go find some aspirin…

What’s the spiciest thing you can think of right now? A habanero sandwich. … What??

What do you enjoy the most about being a writer? Everything. This is what I’ve always
wanted to do, and I freaking love it. I wouldn’t say I love every minute – this career has its
moments like any other – but there has never been a point where I thought, “Should I be
doing something else?”

What do you find the most challenging about being a writer? Knowing when to stop. I am
finally starting to learn the earliest signs of burn-out, and I can also see a pattern (it
happens every 500,000 words or so), which means I can take steps to avoid it before I
really, truly hit the wall. That doesn’t stop me from hitting the wall, but no one ever said I
was a fast learner.

What genre(s) do you write and why? Erotic romance. I love playing with relationships, and
the effects of both sex and love on people (as individuals or in terms of relationships) is
endlessly fascinating. And I write various subgenres—steampunk, cyberpunk, paranormal,
kink, ménage, etc—to mix it up a bit.

What's the one thing you wished you had known about the publishing world before you got
into the biz? Everyone warned me time and again about how it felt to be rejected. No one
mentioned bad reviews. That…took some getting used to.

Are you a plotter or pantser? A little of both. I used to outline in great detail, though my
outlines were flexible and frequently changed. More recently, I have very, very vague
outlines, mostly so I can keep track when I start writing out of sequence (I never write a
book from start to finish, it’s always in scattered fragments). In fact, when I wrote my
vamp/were ménage, The Given & The Taken, I got about four chapters into it and canned
the entire outline. The characters kept hijacking the story, and I finally just decided to
run with it. So, I’d say I’m mostly a plotter, but edging more towards pantser as time goes
on. Whether I outline strictly or loosely, though, I live by one rule: If the characters and
outline disagree, the characters always win. So far, that hasn’t failed me.

Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy? Photography, hiking, causing mischief and

What’s the one thing readers can always count on when they pick up a book written by you?
There will be snark, and there will be sex. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.

If you could be any mythical/fantasy creature what would you be and why? Probably a
gryphon. Nobody messes with a damned gryphon. I mean, seriously. Everyone might be
all, “we own this joint” and “that’s right, we’re in charge”, but then a gryphon shows up,
and suddenly everyone’s all, “no, no, that’s cool, we were just leaving.” (random bit of
trivia: I have a gryphon tattooed on my leg)

What do you think is sexy? Cockiness without arrogance and men without shirts.

Is there anything you'd like to tell your readers? Jimmy Hoffa is buried behind the mill.

AND Here's a blurb from Chip in His Shoulder, my new release from Riptide Publishing:


“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?

You can read an excerpt and purchase A Chip In His Shoulder by clicking this link.

How can readers connect with you?

Email address:
Twitter: GallagherWitt

Okay... Your favorite time.... Giveaway Time!!!!

This will be the rule for all Giveaways this week...

All Giveaways will end Saturday, December 24th at Midnight....
The winners will all be picked and announced....
Tuesday, December 27th!

Now time for the Giveaway!
The giveaway is  ~ Anything from the backlist... 

What do I want from you.....
Well, you have to leave your email address ~ A MUST.
You have to be a follower of this blog ~ A MUST (I am checking!)
You must leave a comment or question ~ A MUST!

Good Luck!

Oh and don't forget.........

The Giveaway for Riptide: 

From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive
Grand Opening blog tour! 

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Go check it out!!!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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  1. There are some good tips here, Lauren. Thanks!

    (I did 'follow' the blog, but blogger has been having some issues remembering blogs that I've chosen to follow. It's driving me up a freaking wall, actually. So, if I'm not in the list, it's NOT by choice.)

    adara adaraohare com

  2. I loved the first question. I am obsessed with research questions at the moment.

    I also love Griffon's but my fave mythological animal is a Dragon

  3. My fav mythical creature would be the phoenix. If I were to choose a close second it would definitely be a Griffon.
    Can't wait to see what you put out next.

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  4. Love Lori's sense of humor! And Griffon is such a cool mythical creature! We even have it on my countries coat of arms. Love it. :)

    japoki at inbox dot lv

  5. LOL..Great interview.
    I with you on the men without shirts.
    Love the sex toy answer*snicker*

    I've read Chip in His Shoulder and really liked it.I hope we get more of Daniel and Liam :)



  6. cky15:
    great interview!
    I don't prefer any type of character over another. I love all paranormal..shapeshifter etc. It is what brings the story to life. I will have to add you to my list of authors to read from. I am looking forward to finding them.

  7. Humorous and entertaining interview. I LOVE the sound of your new book and would love to get my hands on it.

    I'm a GFC follower as Joder.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  8. I enjoyed the interview; it was interesting.

    I enjoyed the blurb, too. I have A Chip in His Shoulder on my must have list.

    I am a follower.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  10. My favorite mythical creature is a mermaid... I have always been fascinated by th don't know why

    Sarah S

    Sarahs 7836(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Thank you ladies for stopping by!!!! Keep checking this week and next! We have a lot going on!!! Hugs to all of you!!!!

  12. Thanks to everyone who's stopped by, and glad y'all enjoyed the interview!

    And to elaing8: The sequel is in the works. Keep an eye on my blog/website/Twitter for updates. ;)

    L. A. Witt

  13. YAY!! I'm glad to hear there will be a sequel.i look forward to reading it.

  14. I am a follower and email subscriber. I love reading about different types of paranormal creatures. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books.

  15. Very interesting post! Loved reading.
    mm, yes, I think I need to learn when to stop before I hit the wall... I always run smack into it and then can't seem to get anything out for weeks. v.v.. sad really..
    lol... ooh~ and a gryphon? how cool! hm, I think I would be... pfft, as cheesy as it is, I think I would be a Unicorn! xD


  16. Very entertaining interview :-) I'm always fascinated by a glimpse into the writer's mind.

    smaccall AT

  17. I too am always interested in the Author behind the book. Great interview and very entertaining. :) Loved your excerpt and so now it's on my TRL. I have to find out the outcome. GFC name is Lucky74. Email subscriber. Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  18. I'm following the blog and it has been very informative so far.

    My favorite mythical creature would be the Sphinx.

  19. I always find it interesting when authors talk about their families knowing what they write. I can't imagine telling my family that I read erotic books. I find that most people of kind of judgmental!

  20. Thanks for the tips Lauren!

    My favorite mythical creature is the Griffon.(I blame the HP books for that choice^.^y)

    I'm following*winks*



  21. Followename in GFC: Aramis_blue

    sorry again!^^''

  22. My favorite mythical creature is a dragon.
    Very interesting interview.


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