Abigail Roux on Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9) and Editing ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9)
Author: Abigail Roux
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date:03/30/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery


It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.

Hello and thank you for joining me as I bid a fond farewell to Ty and Zane on the Crash & Burn virtual tour! For the next five days, join me on my virtual stops to help me say goodbye to the Cut & Run series with cut scenes, playlists, behind the scenes looks at the process of writing this last book, and a peek at the original plan for the series and the twists and turns it took on its journey to the end.
Did I mention the prizes? I have incredible prizes for two winners; a go-bag put together by one B. Tyler Grady. Each bag has over $370 worth of goodies in it. For more detail on the contents, you can click the link at the end of this post! Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of these bags. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 1, and winners will be announced on April 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.


One of the things every author has to go through is edits. So many edits. Rounds and rounds of edits. They used to be a pretty bland and boring process, and I have to say I didn’t get a lot out of them for the first couple years of my career. Fixing grammar, changing a few words here and there. But not much in the way of deviations edits, which is basically where someone trained in the art of telling authors they suck reads your book and tells you ‘this sucks’ and you go rewrite the entire thing so it makes more sense. And I certainly didn’t get any fun out of the process.

That all changed when I arrived at Riptide and began working with Rachel Haimowitz, who I loving dubbed ‘Evil Editor’ on Tumblr, and it stuck to her like evil glue. One fateful day while working on Stars & Stripes, she left me a comment that asked, ‘How did he get back on the horse?’ And I replied, “Magic.” After that, we realized that we worked together like peanut butter and jelly, and rounds of edits became something I looked forward to, something I had fun with. Eventually, we developed a shorthand, and I’m not sure how many authors and editors can communicate so deftly in language consisting solely of cat gifs.

I bring with me today some screen captures of the highlights from Crash & Burn, so you can have a glimpse into the not-so-normal life of the mythical being that has come to be known as Edit Cat.

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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.

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105 thoughts on “Abigail Roux on Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9) and Editing ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. Wow Abi, the snark! I love all the puns. Are you that punny naturally, or do you look up a variety and see if any of them fit? My mind doesn’t work that way, and I’m always rolling with laughter when I come across some of these. No pun in ten did. That’s pretty spontaneous, which leads me to think you’re one of “those people.” The book was a great read 😉

  2. I loved this series, even the ones I found less appealing than others help me captive. I was sad to see the series end, but it ended on such a beautiful note that I can’t fault C&B at all. This book tour is also awesome, and I am excited to see who wins Ty’s go bag!

  3. Great post! I did not know editing could be fun… I thought it was quite painful (you know going over again and again, trying to obtain perfection…) :/ . I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Loved the insight into the process! Everyone should have an editor who gets them like yours does! Otherwise, it looks like it could be an excruciating experience!

  5. No pun in ten did FTW. Loved the editing notes. So awesome you both can have fun with what could be an awful process. I’m sure she appreciates you, too, for making an otherwise dry job way fun. Just finished C&B last night and loved it, as usual.

  6. I’m glad the series came to satisfactory end but, at the same time, I’m really sad it’s over.

    You really lucked into having a great editor. It’s painful when you don’t have someone that’s into your work.

  7. Loved reading the editorial funnies between you and Rachel. Having that kind of relationship with your editor is something to wish for, as a writer. And, C&B was the most fitting end. Well done, Abi. Well done.

    • I have to say that I follow the Interrogation room as well and the snark never stops. It’s like you can’t turn it off. I love it.

  8. I just laughed so hard I hit my head on my desk, then I could not stop laughing and ended up falling off of my desk chair, which led me to hit my head on the underside of my desk as I was trying to get back up. And I was still laughing. No pun in ten did! Why is my inner Zane doing a snoopy dance.

  9. Thanks for letting us see a glimpse of the editing process for you. I’m very appreciative of editors, especially after reading other books with noticeable editing problems.

  10. I’ve fallen in love with Ty and Zane. I’m so excited to read this final installment. Unfortunately I’m still playing catch up with the series as I was late to the game. But it’s been an incredible journey, that’s for sure!

  11. Those editing notes! I can totally understand now how you would have fun with that =D
    Thanks for the little insight Abi and for this wonderful Cut & Run Universe =)

  12. Those editing notes are brilliant! A good editor is a must, most definitely. Thanks for giving us that insight into the process on how the Cut & Run series became so damn good. I miss Ty & Zane like crazy and can’t wait until I have time to do a full reread of the series.

  13. Rachel is probably one of the best editors out there, you can tell when Abi began writing for her, and I can always tell a Riptide book

  14. LOL! Rachel is the best 😀 So glad you two found each other – and we get to enjoy the fruits of your work! ^^

  15. Oh woah, I can’t, I just… this is such a treasure, it makes me smile – and not just because it’s daft, but also because it’s heartwarming to know Abi had so much fun in the process of creating these books.
    Cat gifs are a perfectly acceptable form of communication 😀

  16. Thanks for sharing your editing notes. I love getting see behind the scenes of the writing process, plus they’re hilarious. 🙂 I’m totally in denial that the series is ending, so I’m re-reading it from the beginning before I read Crash & Burn. It won’t really be over until I read the last book, right? 🙂

  17. Hate to see the end but it will live forever in our hearts and our libraries 🙂 In my opinion, Ty and Zane are the epitome of lovers and cops, from their first meeting to the book store.

  18. Those editing notes are hysterical. Thank you for sharing those. I can’t believe the wild ride of Ty & Zane is over, but Crash & Burn was a fitting end for them.

  19. Evil editor has fun with you, I can tell. I should have more fun with my own evil editor, never thought of using cat gifs. I do love these books and am going to miss it so much. Thank-you for introducing us to Ty and Zane.

  20. I was laughing so hard when reading those editing notes! What a great team, and fantastic that you both get each other’s sense of humor. And that pun was perfect!

    I think the editing process is probably the hardest part about writing, because you’ve just created this amazing thing, like a child that you wrote and cried and bled over, and you give it to someone like, “Look at what I’ve made!” and then they tear it to shreds so you can make it better. Having a good editor would definitely take a lot of the fear out of that process, I imagine.

  21. 🙂 hilarious! I’m always curious about the stuff that goes on in the background and having a glimpse of it now only made me hungry for more 😉
    Thanks for sharing this!

  22. The editor/writer relationship is hilarious. I really enjoyed the example screen captures. It’s so great when you can manage a constructive relationship with lots of humor and play. 🙂

  23. A little late to the blog tour party, but I’m so glad I visited this one. Those editing notes were hilarious.

    It’s been a few days, and I think I can now say with confidence that I will never be over this book. It was the perfect mix of beautiful, funny, sweet and heartbreaking by turns, the only suitable way to end a series like this one.

    I can’t wait for Sidewinder 3 though, to resolve all that lingering Nick & Kelly angst.

  24. This series will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m going to miss Ty & Zane. I loved seeing editing notes.

  25. Those editing notes were PRICELESS! I love seeing the relationship that has grown between Abi and Rachel. You could see on tumblr how close they got, but it was nice to see it in these snippets also. Thanks for sharing that!

  26. Hope we get to see more of zane and ty in the sidewinders books as there my two fav book characters 🙂

  27. That’s so awesome! I bet there are some pretty amazing things on Abi’s cutting room floor! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Thank you for sharing the “BTS” editing process, Abi! Loved Crash & Burn (as well as ALL the others). I’m going to miss these boys …. Thank you for bringing them to “life” 🙂

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