OS: Welcome to LA Witt who has stopped by to chat about her new book and magic!
Yes, I love Magic.
If you were in junior high or so in the mid-1990s, you may remember some kids at your school spending lunchtime playing Magic: The Gathering. They’d huddle around a table with their decks, spreading colorful cards out in between their lunches, and talk about casting spells and attacking and “No, Carl, you can’t block with that, just shut up and take the damage.”
I was one of those kids. During a sleepover, a friend taught me how to play, and that was the beginning of the end. Whenever I could get to one of the gaming or comic book shops in my area—and there were many because I grew up spitting distance from Wizards of the Coast—I’d drop a few bucks on some booster packs or, if I was really loaded, a couple of starter decks.
Twenty-some-odd years later, I still play. My husband and I have thousands of cards, and we’re forever coming up with evil new decks to try to thwart each other. Hey, it’s cheaper than marriage counseling.
You can imagine, then, my inner junior high kid getting really excited when I started writing New Hand because Magic shows up. Since Magic has been around for so long, there are people who’ve been playing it for twenty years and people who’ve just picked it up… which made it the perfect game for two guys to bond over when they’re fifteen years apart.
So yes, the Magic scenes in New Hand are written from experience, and yes, I may have gotten a little thrill out of bringing a piece of my own world into a book, especially in Bluewater Bay.
And if you’re a Magic player, and you’re going to be at a con in the future, and I’m going to be there too, and you want to play a few rounds? Give me a heads up so I remember to bring my cards, and then… game on.
Months after his husband’s death, Garrett Blaine desperately needs a fresh start. He sells his house in Seattle, leaves his accounting job, and starts bartending in Bluewater Bay. There he meets a man who wakes up his nearly forgotten libido.
Jesse Connelly’s friend with benefits bolted after Jesse disclosed his HIV status. Stood up and stinging, Jesse tries to drown his sorrows . . . and finds an unexpected connection with a lonely bartender.
Jesse and Garrett quickly bond over a shared love of comics and card games, and they can’t get enough of each other between the sheets. Not even a bumpy start and a fifteen-year age gap can derail them as they go from strangers to lovers, then friends, then much more.
But as Garrett’s feelings for Jesse deepen, so does his grief for the man he lost—especially as he sees hints of his late husband in his new boyfriend. Now Garrett has to figure out if Jesse is his second chance at true love, or if Jesse’s just filling in for the man he’s never fully grieved. And he needs to figure it out soon, because Jesse’s starting to wonder the same thing.
Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
About LA 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 . . .
Connect with L.A.:
- Website: www.gallagherwitt.com
- Author Blog: gallagherwitt.blogspot.com
- Personal Blog: navywifeadventures.blogspot.
- Twitter: @GallagherWitt
- Facebook: facebook.com//L-A-Witt-MM-Fiction
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/GallagherWitt
To celebrate the release of New Hand, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice of two ebooks off LA Witt’s backlist (not counting New Hand)! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!