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BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST: “Noble Metals” by LA Witt




Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Noble Metals!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Noble Metals) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on July 19th, and winners will be announced on July 20th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.




So let’s talk about why – and how – the reprint of Noble Metals is so different from the original.

One thing I’ve learned as a writer is that none of us know what we’re doing. Well, okay, that’s not entirely accurate. We know what we’re doing, but we don’t know everything about writing, and we never will. Every book is an education, and every author learns more and more about the craft, storytelling, and the world as they go along.

Sometimes, you go back and revisit older books, written back when you knew everything, and realize… wow, there’s a lot of room to make this book better. It can mean as little as a line edit – cleaning up the prose, tightening up some lengthy paragraphs, etc. Maybe adding a few scenes or an epilogue. Maybe deleting a few.

And then there are books like Noble Metals. After my editor at Riptide had taken a look at it (read: splattered its blood and a few organs all over the walls, carpet, and ceiling), it became painfully clear that this story needed to go all the way back to the drawing board. It didn’t have enough tension. The villains weren’t as dangerous as they needed to be. John and Robert never really butted heads over anything.

In a way, it kind of became the literary equivalent to RoboCop. The potential was there, and if there was a way to scrape out the good parts and create some newer, shinier bits to hold them together, it would be the story it could have been when I wrote it back in 2011.

So, the Noble Metals coming out this week is still the same concept as the original, and still has some of the same scenes and characters. It’s the same story in the same sense that RoboCop is still Alex Murphy—a few pieces of original skin, some of the same thoughts, but with some wicked cool metal and shiny stuff and lasers and stuff. Except Noble Metals doesn’t actually have lasers and stuff. That’s a metaphor. Or a simile. I’m not actually sure here. See what I mean about writers not knowing what they’re doing.

Anyway, in the end, the book was gutted, rewritten, and expanded by about 10,000 words (so 25% or so). If you read the original, there will be a lot of familiar bits, but a lot of new stuff too.

And if you’ve never read the original, then it’s always been like this, was never rewritten, and disregard this entire blog post and pretend I knew what I was doing back in 2011.



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).



Ever since Robert Belton gambled away the money to stake his claim in the Klondike gold fields, he’s been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer needs help hauling provisions to the frozen north, Robert eagerly volunteers.

Dr. John Fauth is only searching for one thing, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for the prototypes of his revolutionary inventions, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, his university career—and his research—is over.

Getting to the Klondike is a grueling, dangerous journey, and just hours after leaving Seattle, John and Robert find themselves in over their heads. John is carrying an invaluable device that his competitors will do anything to get their hands on. And as the cold nights and mutual desire pull John and Robert closer together, they discover that they have much more to lose than gold or platinum.

(Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published by a different press; it has since been edited extensively and expanded by over 10,000 words.)

Noble Metals is available July 7th from Riptide Publishing. Precious Metals, a novel set in the same steampunk/Klondike Gold Rush world, releases this fall.


17 comments on “BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST: “Noble Metals” by LA Witt

  1. kindlekrazek
    July 16, 2014

    I’d love to win the opportunity to own some more books by LA Witt. Thanks for the opportunity.


  2. Shirley Ann Speakman
    July 16, 2014

    The books sounds really good please count me in for the Giveaway.



  3. Antonia
    July 16, 2014

    Thanks for an interesting post and the giveaway!


  4. Kim W
    July 16, 2014

    Thanks for the giveaway. Count me in.


  5. Serena
    July 16, 2014

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. Trix
    July 16, 2014

    It’s good to know what the revamp involves–either way, it sounds great!


  7. Hannah B.
    July 16, 2014

    Hi LA, I never read the original version so I am glad I waited to read it until now. Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. Allison
    July 16, 2014

    I’ve enjoyed following this blog tour, I don’t know the original story so I’ll pretend like you knew what you were doing back in 2011. ;)


  9. Vicky Golar
    July 16, 2014

    One of my favorite authors. added to TBR list :)


  10. Paula goslin
    July 16, 2014

    Looking forward to this new book, thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Jbst
    July 16, 2014

    Your post shows what a good editor that you had to work with and your openness to improve your story.


  12. Jen CW
    July 16, 2014

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! I love L.A. Witt’s books; I can’t wait to see her version of steampunk.


  13. fsteph55
    July 16, 2014

    Really love the sound of this book. I am a huge fan of steampunk, especially when it features a hot romance. Can’t wait to read it.



  14. Give A Rush
    July 17, 2014

    Hmmm, so I am one of those who has never read this series but I’m looking forward to remedy that stat. Thanks for the opportunity, though. ;-)


  15. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! And thanks to BIOB for having me! Sorry I’ve been slow to respond — was facedown in writing a new joint book with Aleks Voinov and editing a sci-fi novel. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway, and I hope everyone enjoys Noble metals!


  16. Carole-Ann
    July 17, 2014

    I have both! But….(huge apologies, not read either YET!) (Time/opportunity/inclination?????)

    However, I am determined to do justice and read both as soon as I can. I’m always intrigued when an author revises/amends a previous book – I suppose it’s a part of growing up into a more confident, established writer, and it’s VERY interesting to note the differences :)

    Especially since I read your more ‘recent’ stuff as soon as it’s published :)


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