LA Witt & Lauren Gallagher talks Unhinge the Universe ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Interview, Local Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank LA Witt & Lauren Gallagher for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Riptide, Unhinge the Universe. Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed Unhinge the Universe. You can find the review here.



We are here today to talk about Some of the titles on your extensive backlist. What can you tell us about. We are focusing today on 8 titles:

  • The Left Hand of Calvus
  • With the Band
  • Where There’s Smoke
  • Conduct Unbecoming
  • From Out in the Cold
  • Changing Plans
  • Unhinge the Universe
  • Who’s Your Daddy (Lauren Gallagher)


What about each title makes you the proudest?

Unhinge the Universe was my first co-written book (with Aleksandr Voinov, of course), and my first WWII historical. Where There’s Smoke and With the Band each have one of my favorite of my own characters (Anthony Hunter and Bastian Koehler, respectively). Conduct Unbecoming was my first book set on Okinawa, which makes me a little nostalgic for that place. Changing Plans was an exercise in writing a setting I’d never been to myself (Maui), and it was really cool to visit the place later and find out I’d hit the mark. The Left Hand of Calvus was my first ever historical, which proved to me that I could pull it off.

Why those 8 titles?

Various reasons. With the Band and Where There’s Smoke are both older, so it’s fun to give them a little boost now and then for readers who may have come to the genre long after those two were released. Though the vast majority of my backlist (and the list above) are contemporary, The Left Hand of Calvus and Unhinge the Universe are both historical, so I wanted to include them…just because. Conduct Unbecoming remains one of my favorites of all of my books, and From Out in the Cold will always have a special place in my heart. Changing Plans has been front and center on my mind lately because it’s in the process of being translated into a few different languages (it’s a trilogy, and the first novella, Getting off the Ground, just became available in German). And finally, Who’s Your Daddy? made the list because it’s one of my few LGBT titles written as Lauren Gallagher. It was my first bisexual ménage; my second, Kneel, Mr. President, comes out in June.

Can you tell us a little more about the main characters in each title?

  • The Left Hand of Calvus – Saevius is a gladiator in Pompeii who’s caught between a vicious politician and a lanista (head of a gladiator familia), Drusus, who has a nasty reputation of his own.
  • With the Band – Aaron’s siblings pull him into their band, Schadenfreude, because they’re desperate for a lead vocalist. The only rule—don’t get involved with any band members. Which would be super easy to follow if they didn’t have Bastian Koehler on bass.
  • Where There’s Smoke – Jesse Cameron is already fighting an uphill battle as he campaigns for governor of California because few people take him seriously. Coming out of the closet won’t help matters, especially since he’s married. Pity he’s falling for his campaign manager, Anthony Hunter.
  • Conduct Unbecoming – Eric and Shane are both single dads stationed on Okinawa, and they’ve got chemistry to burn. The only problem is that Eric’s enlisted and Shane’s an officer, and the Navy, to put it lightly, frowns on these things.
  • From Out in the Cold – Two childhood best friends who let a one night fling kill their friendship have found their way back to each other… but PTSD – one from combat, one from witnessing a violent crime – isn’t making it easy.
  • Changing Plans – Stood up at the altar, Elliott decides to take his honeymoon alone…and finds himself stranded in an airport with Derek Windsor, a wealthy bachelor who knows exactly how to push all of Elliott’s buttons.
  • Unhinge the Universe – Captain John Nicholls has one objective—interrogate the German officer and extract information that could potentially turn the tide of the war. Hagen’s not interested in tipping his hand, though, and the power games in the interrogation room start turning into more than either of them expected.
  • Who’s Your Daddy (Lauren Gallagher) – Longtime partners Donovan and Isaac only meant to help their best friend Carmen celebrate her long overdue divorce. But after a few bottles of wine, well, things happen. And now Carmen’s pregnant.

If you could change one thing in each title what would it be and why?

I’d probably want to apply everything I’ve learned about the craft of writing since I wrote each book, but that’s a given. You learn with every book, and some of these were twenty or thirty books ago. Still, I love them as they are. There are also some secondary characters I wouldn’t mind going back and killing, but that’s more for spite than the actual benefit of the book. lol

Will we be hearing more from any of these characters in the future?

The main characters from Conduct Unbecoming appear in a spinoff, General Misconduct. Otherwise, it’s hard to say. I’m working on a rock band book as we speak, so it’s entirely possible that the cast of With the Band might make an appearance.

If you could be any one of your characters for 24 hours who would you be and why?

Probably Seth from Covet Thy Neighbor. For one thing, it would mean I could actually draw (he’s a tattoo artist), but also, he’s with Darren. And I love Darren.

If you could make a love child out of three of your characters, who would it be and why?

I think I’ve spent too much time writing science fiction lately, because I’m suddenly imagining various configurations of Frankenstein’s monster…

You place three of your characters into a room together, drop one item in and stand back. Who are the characters? What is the item? What happens?

I would say the characters are Anthony Hunter from Where There’s Smoke, and Angel and Dante from Out of Focus. The “object” is Justin from Anna Zabo’s upcoming book, Just Business. All three of my dudes are Doms. He’s a sub. Do the math. (And of course, his dude, Eli would be there to supervise. Among other things…)   Dammit, now I want to write this…

If you could give one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be?

Ignore anyone who tells you there’s only one way to do it, or that your technique is wrong because it doesn’t work for them. The only wrong way to write is to not write at all.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Favorite Color? Green
  • To-may-to or to-mah-to? To-may-to
  • Music or TV/Movies? Depends on my mood
  • Summer or Winter? SUMMER OMG (Are you really asking that of someone who just spent three years in Nebraska??)
  • first pet and name? Cat named Bart
  • Windows or Mac? Windows
  • Trees or Flowers? Trees
  • Jock or Thong? BOXERS
  • Train or Plane? Train. I hate flying.
  • Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Um. Well. *cough* I didn’t like Lord of the Rings and I never read Harry Potter. So…

What are you working on? What is next?

As always, I’m working on a hundred things at once. I’ve got a new rock band book in the works, though it doesn’t have a title yet. Then I’m working on two more books for the Bluewater Bay series, a modern Mafia story (in addition to Dark Soul 6, which I will finish this year if it kills me), a mainstream sci-fi novel, and some more bi ménage stories, including Kneel, Mr. President in June. The latest Market Garden story – aka, Rolex’s story – will be out this year, along with an all-male ménage called What He Left Behind, which will be released by Samhain in September. My two new pseudonyms, Ann Gallagher and Lori A. Witt, have their first releases too – Lead Me Not (August, Christian M/M romance) and The Tide of War (June, Military Sci-Fi/Space Opera), respectively, both from Riptide.



Title: Unhinge the Universe
Author: LA Witt & Lauren Gallagher
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Simoné
Publication Date: 07/15/2013
Genre/Sub-Genre: Historical, M/M Romance


Give me one fixed point and a long enough lever, and I’ll unhinge the universe. — Archimedes

December 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge

SS Lieutenant Hagen Friedrichs is the sole survivor of a party sent to retrieve his brother—and the highly sensitive information he’s carrying—from behind enemy lines. But his daring rescue attempt fails, and Hagen becomes the prisoner.

Allied command has ordered Captain John Nicholls to extract critical intelligence from their new Nazi POW. His secrets could turn the tide of the war, but are they real? John is determined to find out . . . and to shatter the prisoner who killed his lover during the attack on their tiny base. The deeper he digs, though, the more he realizes that the soldier under the SS uniform is just like him: a scared, exhausted young man who’s lost loved ones and just wants to go home.

As captor and captive form an unexpected bond, the lines quickly blur between enemy, friend, and lover. And as horrifying rumors spread from the front lines and American soldiers turn their sights on the SS for vengeance, John may be Hagen’s only hope for survival.

About the Author:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

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22 thoughts on “LA Witt & Lauren Gallagher talks Unhinge the Universe ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Interview, Local Giveaway

  1. I enjoyed the interview and it was interesting to read about the main characters in each eight books that were mentioned. It’s amazing have many types of books you have written and you have co authored books too wow you are such a versatile writer.

  2. Thanks for the interesting interview. I have enjoyed all the books I have read by LA Witt. And, I love boxers, too. I wish more characters wore them. 🙂

  3. Great interview. I love L.A. Witt, but I haven’t read any of her co-written books. Unhinge the Universe seems like a good starting point. Thank you for the recommendation.

  4. Thanks for the great post. I’ve enjoyed many of theses awesome books and lots of others not listed here. Come to think of it, I have read a lot of LA Witt books over the years. 🙂 Can’t wait for Rolex’s story, Dark Soul 6, and the rock band story. I love rockers. 🙂

  5. What a wonderful interview. I love hearing which books mean the most to the author. I had missed some of these books before this, so I’m adding them to my lists now.

  6. Thank you for the interview. I love reading about what the author thinks about their characters and which was their favorite.

  7. Nice interview! I am a big fan of L.A. Witt’s! I saw that Rolex’s story is coming out this year! Best news I heard all day.

  8. First book by LA Witt that I’ve read is Conduct Unbecoming…it’s still one of my favourite M/M books that I’ve ever read . Since than I’ve read most of her books and I can’t tell how much I love this author.
    Thank you for this interview!

  9. Nice interview and I have not read all the books listed, but Conduct Unbecoming is one my favourites of those that I have read, but there are plenty more not on the list that I have enjoyed as well 🙂 and yay someone else who hates flying…

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