Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt on Roped In ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Roped In
Author: Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Romance, Romance, Western
Release Date: 06/20/2016


Graham and his roping partner, Jackson, have been friends since they were boys. They’ve ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. He’s also tired of being in love with Jackson, and nothing’s been the same between them since their disastrous drunken encounter the year before.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. But he’s also a know-it-all, animal-loving vegan, bent on saving the world one cow at a time. They have next to nothing in common, but Graham can’t stop thinking about what might happen if they can stop butting heads long enough to give it a try. Unfortunately, no matter how attracted Graham is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off. But Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

(Note: This is a re-edited second edition of a previously published title.)

Interview with Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt

Recent Release Spotlight with Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt.

1. We are here today to talk about Roped In.  What can you tell us about it?

Lori: It’s a kinky western involving a cowboy who knows he’s gay, but needs a little help, uh, learning the ropes.

2. Please tell us more about our main characters.

Marie: Roped In is an “opposites attract” story about Graham, a burned-out rodeo roper, and Kaz, a young, idealistic animal rights activist.

3. What about Roped In makes you the proudest?

Lori: There are a few snarky lines that make me inordinately proud.

Marie: I’m proud of Jackson. He started out obnoxious, but the more I wrote of him, the more I loved him.

4. What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

Marie: I don’t think there’s anything else for Graham and Kaz specifically, but there may eventually be a story with Jackson as the protagonist.

Lori: Graham and Kaz are mostly likely done. I would definitely like to write Jackson’s story. We gonna break that boy…

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

Marie: Don’t worry about starting at the beginning and working sequentially. There’s nothing wrong with starting in the middle.

Lori: I definitely agree with what Marie said. There is no one right way to write a story. If you write backwards on red construction paper while suspended upside down over a tank full of hammerheads, you’re good. Don’t let anyone tell you your process is wrong if it’s working for you.

6a. What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

Marie: For me, it’s usually the characters, and a sense of the overall tone of the story, and then some critical scene (usually the turning point).

6b. What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?

Marie: Starting. I don’t usually start until I have a pretty good idea of the beginning and the end, and several critical points in between. I have a hard time diving in.

Lori: The middle is usually a struggle for me. I also struggle with writing sex scenes and car chases. In theory, they’re just scenes and shouldn’t be that difficult, but in practice, I find the former gets more challenging with every book, and the latter are just hard and stupid because they’re jerks. (I really don’t like writing car chases.)

6c. What tool do you use to plan scenes? (such as index cards, white board, ouiji board, etc)

Lori: I outline using Excel. That way I can break down the chapter numbers, put in word counts as I go, tell at a glance which chapters still need to be started/finished, etc.

6d. What was your inspiration for this story?

Marie: Lori had committed to writing a story for an “opposites attract” bundle. I was between projects and asked her if she wanted to work on something together. She said, “Sure!” So we brainstormed character ideas until we hit on one that sounded fun. Then the bondage came into play, and we were off and running.

6e. What’s your favorite thing to wear?

Lori: Snarky T-shirts and jeans.

7a. Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

Marie: Yes to the abandoned drafts (although it hasn’t happened very often), and no to the file of plot ideas.

Lori: Most of my books are contracted when I’m writing them, so abandoning them isn’t an option. Which is good – it makes me power through whatever stumbling blocks are causing problems. Once in a while, I hit a wall hard enough that I do need to put a book aside, in which case I’ll make other arrangements with my publisher and work on something else. I do keep a file as well as a notebook of ideas. I call it the Bunny Hutch. Because plot bunnies.

7b. Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?

Lori: So many of these. SO MANY.

7c. Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, or dive right into editing, or edit heavily as you write?

Marie: I edit heavily as I write, and usually move right into revisions when I’m finished. In fact, I’ll send it to beta readers, and then still be tweaking it before I hear back from them, even though I know it’d be better to wait.

Lori: Same. I edit heavily as I go, and when the manuscript is finished, I dive right into reading/editing it straight through.

7d. How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?

Lori: Sometimes the names just fall out of the sky. I also have a well-worn baby-naming book that is good for brainstorming. If a character needs a name from a particular region/culture (for example, the Lebanese character in All The Wrong Places or the Norwegian characters in Just Hear Me), then I’ll look up names/meanings in that particular culture/region. In the case of Just Hear Me, I wanted the character to have a Persian name, since the character in the music video that inspired the story was played by a Persian man, so I went directly to the artist (who played the character in question) and got a few suggestions from him (including the one I used, Darius). So, some names require some work and digging, others less so.

8a. What book do you keep by your bed?

Lori: At the moment, an autobiography of a Mafia wife, an overview of a historical period I’d like to write about soon, and a book about a concentration camp for women during WWII. And yes, I’m reading all three.

8b. If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?

Marie: I’d be Jared from Promises, because he gets to be with Matt (who’s always been my dream guy).

8c. If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?

Marie: Tom Piccirilli, who unfortunately died of brain cancer last year. The man must have been completely mad, or utterly brilliant. It’s hard to say which one. I’m very selfishly disappointed that I never had a chance to meet him.

9a. If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

Lori: A cat, obviously. Lounging around, being worshipped by my staff, and generally living a life of leisure and luxury would totally be worth having to lick my own butt.

Marie: Good answer!! I second what Lori said.

9b. If you had to throw a Stephen King book out the window, which would you choose?

Lori: It. I hated It. HATED IT. Everyone kept telling me it would get better, but the only way it got better was when I turned the last page and it was finally OVER.

10. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Marie: Currently reading Never Knowing, by Chevy Stevens. Next on my TBR is I, Ripper, by Stephen Hunter.

11. Rapid Fire Time

Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Both: Hockey
Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Both: Tossed
Kanye or Beck? Both: No.
Spring or Fall? Marie: Fall, Lori: Spring
Sushi or pasta? Marie: Cheese, Lori: Pasta
Alone or At a Party? Both: Alone
Windows or Mac? Marie: Mac, Lori: Windows
Call or text? Marie: TEXT. For the love of all that is holy, TEXT! That’s what cell phones were made for!  Lori: OMG SAME
Dogs or Cats? Marie: Dogs, Lori: Cats
Lucky Charms or Trix? Both: Twix
Tattoos or piercings? Both: Tattoos
Pasta or potatoes? Marie: Potatoes, but only if there’s gravy.  Lori: I love potatoes, but I’m allergic to them; fortunately I love pasta too.

12. What are you working on?  What is next?

Marie: To be honest, I’m not working on a damned thing at the moment. But Lori and I do have another shared project coming up this summer called Wrench Wars.

Lori: I’m working on a million things as always. Probably some historical books coming soon!


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Roped In, Marie and L.A. are giving away $20 in Riptide Publishing credit plus one ebook from each of their backlists. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 25, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.

Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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About L. A. Witt

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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13 thoughts on “Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt on Roped In ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I loved this book – absolutely fantastic! Great interview too!
    Congratulations on the release! 😀

  2. I love both writers, so this is a must read for me. Already in my TBR list!

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