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