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BLOG TOUR – EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: “After The Fall (Tucker Springs #6)” by LA Witt

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After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?

Exclusive Excerpt:

“ . . . Jeff still doesn’t want to get a counselor involved?”

Brad laughed bitterly.

“I’ll take that as a no.” I scratched an itch under the cast on my arm. “So what are some of those reasons you guys figured out?”

“I’ll bore you with them another night. You’ve probably suffered enough for one day.”

I chuckled. “Yeah, but at least this way it’s your misery. Takes my mind off my own.”

“You’re a real pal, you know that?” But he took a deep breath and settled against the back of the recliner like he was both trying to relax and brace himself before he dived into the subject. “I think he’s spending too much time at work. He thinks I’m trying to monopolize his time. I think buying a house together is too risky while the market’s all fucked up. He thinks I’m making excuses to put off any kind of commitment. Which then of course leads us to arguing over—”

“Wait,” I put up a hand. “You guys are still arguing over commitment when you can barely stand to be in the same room?”

“Well, it is a bone of contention.”

“Okay, fair enough, but I’d start with damage control at this point, you know?”

“That is damage control.” He leaned forward and rubbed his forehead. “Ugh. I could have sworn there was a time when shit wasn’t so damned complicated with him.”

I picked at the edge of the cast on my hand. “This from the man who can’t understand why I’ve sworn off getting involved with any part of a man above his belt.”

“With the fuckwits you’ve gone out with?” He snorted. “I’d swear off men altogether.”

“Exactly.”

“That said”—he inclined his head—“you know not all men are like that.”

“Nope, not all.” I shifted a bit to accommodate my stupid casts, wondering if comfortable would ever happen to me again in this lifetime. “But with the way my luck has gone, I’m not interested in seeing if the third time is the charm.”

“Yeah, I guess I can’t blame you.” He sipped his beer. As he absently ran his finger along the edge of the label, he said, “Mind if I ask something? About your exes?”

I shrugged. “Go for it.”

“Why did you stay with them for so long?”

Exhaling hard, I watched my fingers playing at the cast on my arm. “If I’d known Steve was cheating on me, I’d have dumped him sooner. Gotta give the man credit, though.” I laughed humorlessly. “He did know how to cover his tracks.”

Brad’s expression didn’t change. “What about Brent, though? I mean, Jeff and I were wondering for months when you’d finally kick his ass to the curb.”

I shifted my gaze away, suddenly unable to meet my roommate’s eyes. I took pride in not letting anyone push me around, especially not boyfriends, and it still grated on me to think I let that dickwad berate and belittle me for the better part of a year. Especially since I now knew people had noticed. Worse, I’d defended him to a few people along the way.

“Oh, he’s having an off day.”

“He really is a sweetheart.”

“That’s just his sense of humor.”

Ugh.

“I have no idea,” I finally said. “But it’s over now. With him and with Steve.” I sighed. “And after their shit, I need a break.”

“A break for how long?”

“Probably until I’m forty.”

Brad laughed. “You know that’s basically inviting the universe to drop Mr. Right into your life, don’t you?”

“Please.” I waved my good hand. “If he’s really Mr. Right, then he’ll show up when the timing is right, too.”

Brad threw his head back and laughed harder. “Oh, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan. My darling, naïve little Nathan.” He eyed me, smirking again. “Let me guess: if he comes along at the wrong time, he can’t possibly be Mr. Right?”

“Something like that.”

“Uh-huh.”

“Whatever, man.”

“Mark my words, my friend. You don’t want him, which is exactly why he’s going to show up.”

“Mm-hmm.”

He eyed me like he was thinking of pushing the issue—go ahead, Brad, tell me the same thing happened with you and Jeff—but then glanced at the beer in his hand. “I’m going to go get another one. You want—” His eyes darted toward the white-capped orange prescription bottle on the coffee table. “Oh. No beer for you, I guess. Uh, do you want anything?”

I scowled playfully. “Well, now I want a beer.”

“Sorry.” He grimaced. “Anything else? A soda? Something to eat?”

My stomach grumbled, and it dawned on me that I hadn’t eaten a thing since lunch, which had been light since I’d been excited to the point of queasy about my upcoming ride. “I don’t suppose I could talk you into throwing a sandwich together, could I?” I gestured at the pill bottle. “I need to eat something with that anyway.”

“Sure, absolutely.” He stood and picked up his empty beer bottle. “Anything in particular?”

“There’s turkey in there, I think. Nothing fancy.”

“On it. Just, um, wait there.”

“Damn. And here I was thinking about taking a jog around the block.”

“Be my guest.” He shrugged. “Can’t be held responsible if your sandwich is gone when you get back.”

“Hmm, well, in that case I’ll wait here.”

“Good idea.”

He disappeared into the kitchen. I listened to him going through the motions of preparing some food, and in the otherwise silent living room, I sighed. It was good to have him here right now. I couldn’t deny that.

Pity he was here for the reasons he was. It hurt like hell to watch him dealing with his crumbling relationship, and I hoped they either got it together or moved on separately before it killed them both. The two of them had been a good match. Such a good match. It was a damned shame the way things had fallen apart the last year or so. Neither of them was willing to let it end without a fight, but I wondered how long it would take before they finally agreed it was over. There had to come a point where even a relationship like theirs wasn’t worth saving.

“I’m not ready to let it go yet,” Brad had told me the night he’d moved out of their place and into mine. “There’s got to be a way to make it work again. I mean, we had something really, really good.”

Yeah, you did. And look at the two of you now.

My only two serious relationships had been volatile and miserable, and both had ended the way volatile, miserable relationships usually did. No police involvement or violence, fortunately—well, besides that ceramic mug I’d thrown at a wall during one of the last fights with Steve, and a picture that had fallen off the wall thanks to Brent slamming a door—but there was nothing amicable about either of those splits.

If what Brad was going through was how a happy, stable relationship eventually ended . . .

Fuck that. I was fine on my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

Giveaway:

18457837Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding After the Fall) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 13th, and winners will be announced on October 14th.   Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Note from the author: “It should come as no surprise that I am once again traveling during a blog tour, this time to California so that Cat Grant and I can go see 30 Seconds to Mars. Twice. I will still make every effort to post responses as often as possible, but I can’t promise they’ll be terribly coherent on the concert days (October 11th and 12th) because…30 Seconds to Mars. But I will definitely stop in as often—and as coherently—as I can!”

30 comments on “BLOG TOUR – EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: “After The Fall (Tucker Springs #6)” by LA Witt

  1. Allison
    October 7, 2013

    Thank you for the excerpt, I am intrigued. Thank you also for the giveaway. Safe and fun travels!

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  2. Shirley Ann Speakman
    October 7, 2013

    Great excerpt I’m so looking forward to reading it. Please Count me in for the Giveaway. Thank You
    ShirleyAnn@speakman40.freeserve.co.uk

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  3. Kim W
    October 7, 2013

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. Count me in for the giveaway.

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  4. Debra E
    October 7, 2013

    Looking forward to this one! Please count me in and enjoy 30 Seconds to Mars!

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  5. Downloaded it today and looking forward to curling up to read it – I love the Tucker Springs world :)

    pointycat6(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  6. Theo
    October 7, 2013

    Tucker Springs is one of my favorite series. Please count me in! And have a nice day at the concert!

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  7. Susan
    October 7, 2013

    I’ve loved all the Tucker Springs novels (except one that was not written by you). I hope the series continues!

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  8. Nicole
    October 7, 2013

    Horses, Colorado and angsty boys? Sounds like a good read. Have fun at the concert.

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  9. Aimee
    October 7, 2013

    I need to get started on this series :)!Count me in for the giveaway please!

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  10. lore
    October 7, 2013

    I like the sound of this installment of Tucker Springs, but I also like that I don’t have to read the whole series when an installment doesn’t appeal to me. Count me in for this installment!

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  11. eviloverlore
    October 7, 2013

    Did my last reply get eaten? Arrgh. Please count me in!

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  12. T.T.Kove
    October 7, 2013

    I am so looking forward to reading this book! I have it on my TBR list, but I have the other Tucker Springs to read first. ^_^ This sounds like a wonderful series. ^_^

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  13. kindlekrazek
    October 7, 2013

    I’ve enjoyed all the Tucker Springs books and am excited to read this next one. And I’d love to win this giveaway so I can delve further into LA Witt’s backlist.

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  14. Vallie
    October 7, 2013

    Can’t wait!!

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  15. Marie
    October 7, 2013

    I’ve heard great reviews for this book so far! I enjoy your writing style, L.A., so please count me in for the giveaway. Thanks!

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  16. L. A. Witt
    October 7, 2013

    Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by! Glad to hear folks are enjoying Tucker Springs. And there’s more coming, I promise! ;)

    Also thank you to Boys In Our Books for having me!

    L.A.

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  17. suze294
    October 7, 2013

    I have enjoyed the other Tucker Springs books, so looking forward to another visit!

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  18. landry breaux
    October 7, 2013

    This sounds terrific! Good luck with your newest book!

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  19. landrybreaux
    October 7, 2013

    This sounds terrific! Looking forward to reading this!

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  20. jenf27
    October 8, 2013

    I love the Tucker Springs series and am looking forward to reading “After the Fall.” Have fun at 30 Seconds to Mars concert (great band!).

    jen.f@mac.com

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  21. Jbst
    October 8, 2013

    Story sounds terrific. Thanks for the contest.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

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  22. PatB
    October 8, 2013

    Adding this to my wish list. This will be my second Tucker Springs and my first LA Witt.

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  23. Trix
    October 9, 2013

    Love the excerpt, please count me in!

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  24. lamoiti
    October 9, 2013

    This is on my wishlist. Please count me in.

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  25. Sounds great. I’d love to read more of your works. Please count me in.

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  26. Penumbra
    October 10, 2013

    I want to know what happens now! Count me in please :)

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  27. Heather
    October 10, 2013

    Read all the others,in the series. This one sounds great, too!

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  28. Ashley E
    October 11, 2013

    Oh, I really need to start reading this series. After the Fall sounds so good!

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  29. Antonia
    October 11, 2013

    Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing it and for the giveaway!

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  30. alishead
    October 12, 2013

    Sounds like a fun read. I’ll have to check out the series.

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