Friday, July 18, 2014

Noble Metals by L.A. Witt ~ Virtual Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway

Grey-background-for-site11Welcome 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.

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Noble Metals by L.A. Witt

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Title ~ Noble Metals

Author ~ L.A. Witt

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 14th July 2014

Genre ~ M/M Historical/Steampunk Romance

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Synopsis

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.)

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A Word from L.A. Witt

One of the core facets of steampunk is, obviously, the technology. Gadgets and gizmos. When I set out to write Noble Metals, I settled on one thing immediately – I wanted the technology to be a royal pain in the butt. No magic machinery to make life easier at every turn. No mechanical advantages to get over the obstacles I threw in my characters’ paths.

Oh, no. Not in this world.

Remember back in the 1990s and early 2000s when cell phones were irritating but necessary? (For the younger folks, this was back when cell phones pretty much made calls and acted as paperweights) When they were useful, but we spent a lot of time cursing about dropped calls, static, battery death, and using up minutes (this was before the word “unlimited” was invented). That was how I wanted the tech to work in Noble Metals. I wanted it to be the 19th century equivalent of “Hold on, you’re breaking up – I’ll call you back!”

Right off the bat, I knew there had to be some kind of technology for transporting the insane amounts of gear prospectors needed for the journey to and stay in Dawson City. In reality, they carried stuff in backpacks, dragged it on sleds, etc. So I gave my characters mechs. Mechs are basically metal flatbeds that walk on eight legs and are powered by a small steam engine.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

Yep. But I don’t like to go easy on my characters.

The mechs are clumsy as hell. They trip. They slide on the ice. They get stuck in the mud. If a leg gets bent, they’ll wander. Then there’s the motor, which can freeze, overheat, over-pressurize, or just stop working because screw you. Plus, an engine needs fuel (in this case, coal) which means…more stuff to carry.

But it gets better. One of the AWESOME FUN PARTS of the Klondike Gold Rush was crossing Chilkoot Pass. Have you seen those pictures of loooooong lines of people inching their way up Mount Everest? It’s like that, only not nearly as high, but with way more stuff to carry. And someone carved stairs into the ice (about 1,500 of them), which was cool of them.

In the real Klondike Gold Rush, people had to make several trips over. They’d take what they could carry, lumber over the mountain, put it down, and then go back for more. On the bright side, when they went back to get another load, they would sometimes use their shovels as sleds and slide down the pass. So it wasn’t all suffering and misery.

But that’s because they didn’t live in a world I invented. My boys didn’t get to sled. No, they got to guide a clumsy piece of machinery – which by this point had probably stumbled a few times and had bent legs, so it didn’t want to walk straight – up the 1,500 stairs that some bastard carved into the ice. The ice that, if you remember from above, the mechs liked to slip and slide on. Needless to say, it was dangerous, frustrating, and made more than a few guys want to stop and say “NOPE”, leave their mech behind, and walk back to Seattle with middle fingers upraised.

So the technology in the world of Noble Metals is certainly different from the real world. But did it make things easier?

Hehe. Not a chance.

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About L.A. Witt

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).

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Giveaway

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.

34 comments:

  1. Original plot. I would really like to read more... Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  2. I always enjoy LA Witt's books. Look forward to her latest release. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. L.A. Witt writing steampunk!? Count me in

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  4. Haven't read a m/m steampunk, much less one a steam punk set in the U.S., sounds interesting.

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  5. The whole concept is delightful!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Love this post. I'm looking forward to reading Noble Metals. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I L*O*V*E* LA Witt's books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for the chance to win :-)
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  8. Steampunk is quickly becoming my newest addiction! Adding this to my TBR for sure. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  9. Thanks for another chance to win!
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  10. I have only recently discovered steampunk. I can't wait to read this

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  11. Cool cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I haven't read many steampunk books at all but I think this will be only the second in the m/m genre.

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  13. Love the sound of this book....added to my wish list!!!

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  14. Sounds really good. Another addition to my TBR list. It is getting long! ; )

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  15. Not my usual genre, but I'd read anything by LA Witt!!

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  16. The book sounds really different and I'm adding it to myTBR list.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

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  17. Beautiful cover and sounds fantastic! Going to add to my list.

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  18. Love the cover and the story sounds very original and intriguing!

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  19. Sounds original and entertaining! I have it on my TBR list. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  20. Love this authors books! Can't wait to read another. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  21. I enjoy steampunk books and thanks for the chance to win.
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  22. This series looks really great. Very unique and intriguing sounding, definitely added to my tbr.

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  23. I love L.A.Witt. I have never read a steam punk book and I've read A lot of books. This seems to be a good book for my introduction. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  24. I haven't read many steampunk and think this one would be interesting.
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  25. Haven't read many steampunk stories so I'm curious about this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. HUGE fan of Ms. Witt's work! Please count me in.

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  27. Sounds great!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. Noble Metals has been on my TBR for a while.

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