L.A. Witt on Just Drive ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Just Drive
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: 11/21/2016

Blurb:

For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.

After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.

One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.

With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

How accepting is the military of queer people?

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Just Drive, the first book in the new Anchor Point series!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Just Drive and Afraid to Fly) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 26th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

How accepting is the military of queer people?

The more I write queer romances set in the US military, the more this question comes up. Especially as I start writing more characters who are out and proud, while still writing others who are deeply closeted.

“Being out in the military looks great on paper,” people say, “but is it just a fantasy?”

And I’m quite happy to say… “No.”

“But if it’s that great,” people press, “why do you still have characters who are closeted?”

“Well,” I less happily reply, “because it’s better… but it’s not perfect.”

There is absolutely still homophobia and transphobia within the ranks. No doubt. And there are superiors who will let their bigotry color their evaluations, who gets promoted, etc. I’m not sure that will ever go away.

In general, it’s better than I thought it would be. I admittedly thought the repeal of DADT would be lip service, and that it would be met with hostility. In places, it has been.

In my own experience, though, and what I’ve seen on and around bases over the last few years, it’s looking good. At our last base, at least two of my husband’s Sailors married their same-sex partners.  I’ve heard Sailors, Airmen, and Marines casually refer to their same-sex boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, and husbands without flinching, and the people around them reacting about as strongly as they would to someone referring to a heterosexual partner.  Just recently, a gay couple announced on the community Q&A board of one base that they were getting married, and asked if anyone could direct them toward photographers and such.

But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Transphobia is definitely a problem. I asked a spouses’ group about Department of Defense schools and transgender students, and was met with a degree of vitriol I did not expect (to the point it actually made me change the entire plot of the story to reflect how much transphobia still exists on bases). I’ve overheard conversations between people who are livid over allowing transgender service members. There was some eye-wateringly transphobic and queerphobic backlash when my husband brought in a transgender speaker at one of our last bases – but there was also a tremendous show of support, which gave me hope that this isn’t how it will always be.

There’s a long way to go. A lot of room for improvement. Queer people in general have more acceptance now than they did years ago, and many safely and openly serve.

It’s getting better. I hope it will continue to get better (hoping extra hard in light of recent political developments). And as a writer, I will continue to reflect both sides—the widespread acceptance, and the uphill battles still faced by queer people in uniforms.

And I look forward to the day when my books that show queerphobia in the military are as out of date as the ones with the stupid blue digicam uniforms being phased out as we speak.

Links

Just Drive on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Just Drive, one lucky winner will receive their choice of two eBooks off L.A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Just Drive and Afraid to Fly) and a $10 Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 26, 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

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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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,

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6 thoughts on “L.A. Witt on Just Drive ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the interesting, informative post. It seems to be true just in general, too, that we are making progress, but transgender people seem to get the worst of it. It is difficult for me to understand the vitriol. Still a lot more progress needs to be made.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

  2. Thank you for the interesting post. Things seem to be getting better but since the elections I’m not so sure but hopefully will keep on route and one day this won’t be an issue.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Thank you for the interesting post, Lori. It is good to know the situation is improving, although there are many things still missing. I hope one day this is no longer an issue in any aspect of society.
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  4. Interesting reading your comments, especially about transgender service personnel. Keeping talking will hopefully get people more accepting of all. Your husband’s work must be making a difference.

    Littlesuze at hotmail.com

  5. Before my brother retired from the guard, he had a commander who was wonderful with accepting queer soldiers & their family members. And I was happy to see my brother’s attitude change too since until DADT was repealed he was very anti-gay. I think maybe that was the military’s rhetoric & not his own. Sadly I still hear many transphobic stories which breaks my heart because my son is trans. Thanks for the post.
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