Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt on Lone Wolf and When Lone Wolf was written ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt for taking the time to talk with us today.

LoneWolf_500x750-NoRoosh

Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date:12/22/2014
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series, Lone Wolf!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding Lone Wolf) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 28th, and winners will be announced on December 29th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

When Lone Wolf was written:

I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready for 2014 to be over. I really can do with less rollercoaster in my life.

It all started when it was announced in early January that the company would close our whole department. I stood to lose a good 70% of my income in late March.

Now, the money bit sucked, but I’d already come up with a mid-term plan to leave corporate editing (or at least that company) to go full-time writing (and maybe do something else to get out of the house regularly). The original plan as formulated in 2012/2013 was to “write like hell and see what happens by early 2015”. I actually had a little motivational note on my cubicle: “1 January 2015 – OR SOONER!”

The Universe decided to bring the timeline forward by a year. I think I was the only person in the department who wasn’t completely dejected by the closure. Inwardly, I was going “YES! RESULT!” – which, yes, ended up being a little premature.

Right after that announcement, we were forbidden to publish anything. So, instead of editing, this editor sat at his desk twiddling his thumbs, or reading stuff on the internet, and, largely for appearances sake, emailing every headhunter I knew. After a few days of that, we were told we didn’t have to come to the office anymore. In fact, they took our passes away, as if they were fearing we’d burn the shiny offices to the ground in a show of anger.
Between January and end-March, all I had to do was show up for the pro forma consultations every three or four weeks, while at home and still on full pay, and then finally to sign my settlement (which was a pittance, but hey, still free money!).

Contrary to what I thought, suddenly spinning your wheels is actually kind of stressful. I worried about money, about whether I could pull it off—and after a good nine years of continuous corporate employment, I found it really quite difficult to not do go to the office. Really any office. I spent hours talking to other people who’d gone freelance and they all assured me that those feelings were normal and that it takes a good six months to get the corporate KoolAid out of our system.

So, thank Gods, Lori, who supported me through all that brilliantly, offered to come over so we could get some writing done. We’d had an idea to write something for Bluewater Bay, and that was what we did when she came over for about four weeks in February.

You’ll likely spot some corporate-job angst and world-weary cynicism in Lone Wolf—that’s all me going through the divorce from my job and quite likely my “real life” career. Ever since the whole “I’m a writer” idea nested in my head, I firmly believed there’s no way I could make a living as a writer. I always played it safe, always had a Plan B and C, D, E, F, AND G. I’d been financing my writing, conventions, swag, etc, from the corporate day job. In January this year, the Universe made me jump and forced me to quickly build a life raft while I was jumping. I’m still working on that part, but at least all my friends comment on how much less stressed and irritable I am ever since I went full-time, so that’s a good thing. And we did get a cool, funny book out of it, which is even better.

About the Author:

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 sports massage, 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.

Visit Aleksandr’s website at www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

 

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

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).

Author Links:

Buy Links:

Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes / iBooks
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

Giveaway:

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding Lone Wolf) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 28th, and winners will be announced on December 29th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

LoneWolf_TourBanner

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
This post may contain affiliate links.
Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews.  The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.

20 thoughts on “Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt on Lone Wolf and When Lone Wolf was written ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. That post was fascinating. One thing especially grabbed my attention: I’d been financing my writing, conventions, swag, etc, from the corporate day job. I have been saying the exact opposite ever since I started writing. My writing will have to pay for itself, otherwise I can’t afford to do it. I’ve been thinking about self-publishing but unless I either win the lottery or my traditionally published words make more than pocket money that won’t happen anytime soon.

    Good luck with the future. As a reader I selfishly hope you’ll stick to full time writing as that would mean all the more words. The rest of me hopes the day job / writing balance works itself out in such a way as to give you both the income, peace of mind and happiness you need, want and deserve.

    • Well, you can do self-publishing relatively cheap – by trading services with other writers/artists. I did self-publish Return on Investment on a tiny budget, as all of the editing work was done by friends and betas, but I did pay for cover, layout and conversion. I’d be happy to share some numbers if you drop me an email with questions.

      Generally, though, writing is a long game. I now have about 30 credits to my name, from short stories to novellas, and while I’m not rich, I can survive (unless my Amazon royalties keep falling – nearly everybody in the market seems to have seen at least a 50% drop in profits on Amazon since they introduced Kindle Unlimited. This is relevant because Amazon is 70-80% of everybody’s sales. I think I’ll be doing all right if I manage to get to about 50-60 books – and at the moment, I’m planning to add 5 novels a year plus some short stuff at least to make that happen… I have ideas enough. 🙂 But this is me – and I usually write in sub-genres of m/m that don’t sell very much (historical, fantasy, sci-fi). I’m carefully optimistic about the future, though. 🙂

  2. It’s amazing what life can throw at us and then we just have to carry on. It’s great that you can have more time to write and good friends to help you even if it wasn’t in the plan and we’re benefitting to with lots of great books. Best wishes for 2015.

  3. WHY isn’t there a “Love This” button? I’ve been following the entire blog tour (because I’ve been stalking Aleks and Lori since NetGalley turned me on to their work via Market Garden), and – while I’ve enjoyed the little tidbits they’ve strung out along the way – this has to be the best yet (allowing for a possible change of heart after I’ve completed the tour, of course)! I’d known things had been stressful on the home front, but I had no idea that you’d been ejected into the world in such an abrupt way. I think you’ve dealt with the transition with remarkable aplomb. Gentleman adventurer, indeed. I have even more respect for you now.

  4. I just got a copy of this book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the post. I hope that 2015 is a great year for you. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. What an amazing personal story. Thanks for sharing it with us. So glad that you are transitioning well and have what sounds to be an amazing new story out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It sucks when things like that happen but we have to look at the good and try to make the best out of it.

  7. Looking forward to this book. Love both author’s work individually and together. I know what Aleks says about using your day job to finance your “other” business. I had a home-based definitely financed my fun trips to conventions and retreats with my day job.

Leave a Reply