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BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY – “If It Drives” by Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt



Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the newest Market Garden story, If It Drives!!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (excluding If It Drives) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 7th, and winners will be announced on April 9th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.


The music of If It Drives

I admire writers who can remember what they were listening to while writing. Music strongly influences my mood as I write, and I can spend hours trying to find the right music for a specific scene, one that fits and enhances the overall mood. So, listening to other writers’ playlist very often enhances reading the work—you catch the vibe and the mood and they usually fit exactly. I get a lot of “Oh wow, exactly!” moments when tracing other people’s playlist.

Personally, I’m not great at keeping track of what I was listening to. I should. I find it fascinating myself—music is frozen/canned emotion that could kick me right back into what I was feeling at that point in time. As a reader, I’m fascinated, and want to know. But I tend to merely cycle through my maybe 2,500 favourite songs for writing and skip those that don’t currently fit. My go-to staples are usually metal (I’m a pretty serious metalhead and have always been), industrial, rock and rap. I add folk, movie scores and “medieval” stuff when I’m writing fantasy. I go with R’nB and dance music when I write sexy scenes. Scrolling back through the music I added to my personal playlist roughly when we were writing If It Drives, a couple songs do stand out.

There’s Make’Em Scream and I Want War by Pastor Troy (careful, realty explicit/offensive).

Callum is into Queen, so that adds Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want To Break Free, We Will Rock You, The Show Must Go On, I Want It All, Headlong, Breakthru, Who Wants To Live Forever, and Hammer to Fall—at the very least. I can totally see him rocking along to those when he has the car to himself.

Another band I was listening to a lot during that rough period was Two Steps From Hell. So let’s add Dark Ages, Winterspell, All The Kings Horses, and El Dorado. And definitely Heart of Courage.

Then I found a song that’s really atmospheric and has a lot of “broken heart” vibe for me: Love Gun by Axel Rudi Pell, even though the lyrics are really all about sex. Another “broken heart” song for me was always Take Me Up, by Abigail, covering a ballad by WASP.

And now I’m handing over to Lori:

*Lori takes microphone*

Yeah. Handing it over to Lori who is notorious for her godawful taste in music. Well, besides 30 Seconds to Mars. They’re one of the few redeeming features of my playlist. Them, and Linkin Park. Both of whom I’m seeing in concert in a few months – together! – and I’m so excited I could explode.

What did I listen to during If It Drives? Oh, probably the same crap I listen to all the time. If I remember right, I was on a bit of a pop bender at that point, which means there was a lot of…

…God, do I really have to admit to this?


I have a lot of Miley Cyrus. There. I said it. JUDGE ME AS YOU WILL.

There’s so much pop drivel on my hard drive, it isn’t even funny. Ke$ha is one of my favorites. Katy Perry. A few others I refuse to admit to.

I think I was also listening to a lot of country at that point too. I go through phases with country. Sometimes it’s all I listen to, sometimes it’s just here and there.

But I don’t really have a set playlist for certain types of scenes, certain books, etc. My playlist du jour is dictated by my mood, but it doesn’t really affect how/what I’m writing.

So it’s entirely possible some scenes of If It Drives were written while Aleks was listening to Two Steps From Hell and I was listening to Miley Cyrus.

I think he wins this one.


Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.

After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.

He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.

Connect with Aleks:
Website: aleksandrvoinov.com
Blog: aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com
Goodreads: goodreads.com/Vashtan


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).


If It Drives Blurb:

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realises, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

If It Drives is available March 31st from Riptide Publishing.




39 comments on “BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY – “If It Drives” by Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt

  1. JenCW
    April 3, 2014

    Your book sounds great! Thank you for sharing about your music while writing, it was very fun to read.


  2. Kim W
    April 3, 2014

    I liked If It Drives. I think it was my favorite of the series.


  3. Allison
    April 3, 2014

    I’ve had this series on my Kindle for a couple of months now, I need to bump it up the list.


  4. jenf27
    April 3, 2014

    Thanks for the interesting blog about music! And the giveaway! I tend to block music (and everything else) when I am focused on something. My husband gives me grief about it, cuz, I guess, I block out him, too. ;-)

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com


    • Yeah, there’s definitely an element of excluding everything non-story from your brain. I’m just not good with multi-tasking, which is why I can’t listen to new music while I write. It has to be songs I’m familiar with or it’s too distracting. :)


  5. pentafail
    April 3, 2014

    I haven’t read anything by Voinov yet so maybe I’ll give it a try.


  6. Rocky B
    April 3, 2014

    The book sounds awesome!


  7. Lisa
    April 3, 2014

    Callum has good taste in music. ;) I have really enjoyed all the Market Garden stories. Looking forward to this one.


  8. Onyx
    April 3, 2014

    I’m looking forward to reading more Market Garden! :D


  9. Leah K.
    April 3, 2014

    Very interesting to see the differences in the music. Can’t wait to read this one. :)


  10. Trix
    April 3, 2014

    I think a book could be the best musical mashup of all!


  11. H.B.
    April 3, 2014

    Interesting post. I haven’t heard of some of these bands so I’ll have to check them out.


  12. Lisa G
    April 4, 2014

    I grew up on Queen! Can’t wait to read this


  13. Krel
    April 4, 2014

    Ha, I’m judging Lori so hard right now! :) Aleks has much better taste… that said, I don’t care what they were listening to while writing this book. I love it, beginning to end.

    Great post, ladies!


  14. Debra E
    April 4, 2014

    I’m enjoying this series but need to catch up on the last two. I especially like Jared and Tristan’s stories


  15. LegeArtis
    April 4, 2014

    I just finished it and it’s one of my favorite books in series. <3
    So, I totally tried to guess which song were you listening while writing certain scene… but every mention of tongue pulls me back to Miley thing, so I failed epically. ;)
    Great book!


    • For me it’s a toss-up between Capture and Surrender and If It Drives, though I love them all. I really love Nick and Spencer, and writing the T&J shorts was just epic fun. :)


  16. Andrea M
    April 4, 2014

    I haven’t read the book yet but I think I already like Callum!


  17. Give A Rush
    April 5, 2014

    Having judged two of Aleksandr’s books for the Rainbow Awards last year I certainly would love to continue reading more on this series. Aleksandr is an authentic entertainer with his enthralling words and the worlds he builds. Congratulations on your newest book and I wish you much luck!


    • Hi Rush – thank you, very kind! (And thanks for the rating – winning the category was a big surprise!) But it’s definitely all me, LA Witt is definitely an equal partner in this. :) Also, as you’ve read If It Flies and If It Fornicates, If It Drives really rounds off the arch for Nick and Spencer, so I would recommend reading all three together. :) Thanks again!


  18. Astrid
    April 6, 2014

    Music makes everything so much better. ;)
    I’m waiting on getting my hands on this book until after my exams, otherwise I might never get those finished, haha.



  19. blackasphodel
    April 6, 2014

    I’m really curious about what happens between Callum and James.



  20. daleearnhardt03
    June 5, 2014

    awesome! thanks for the giveaway! dale.earnhardt03@yahoo.com


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