Sunday, January 03, 2016

Featured Guest Author: L.A. Witt on… Where in the world did ‘If The Seas Catch Fire’ come from?


Happy Release Day to L.A. Witt!

We are thrilled to welcome L.A. Witt to Sinfully on the release day of her latest novel If The Seas Catch Fire. We are so excited for this book!


Where in the world did If The Seas Catch Fire come from?

For the most part, I’m a romance author, and most of what I write is contemporary. From time to time, though, a girl’s gotta do something different. After three or four contemporary romances in a row, a palate cleanser is in order. Sometimes science fiction. Sometimes historical. Sometimes a weird mashup of subgenres that probably cause my publishers to indulge in controlled substances. Then it’s back to contemporaries because they’re fun and I love them.

And of course, sometimes my “let’s mix things up” go-to is suspense. There’s the Cover Me trilogy, Hostile Ground (co-written with Aleksandr Voinov), and non-contemporaries like my vampire cyberpunk thriller A Chip In His Shoulder and the vampire/werewolf ménage thriller The Given & The Taken. (see what I mean about genre mashups?)

If The Seas Catch Fire is quite different from any of those. It’s bloodier, for one thing. (One of my betas has declared that this book is my Game of Thrones) This is also my first foray into Mafia shenanigans… sort of.

You see, it all started when Aleks gave me permission to write the sequel to Dark Soul. Before reading Dark Soul, I hadn’t had a lot of interest in writing anything involving the Mafia. As much as I love films like Goodfellas, I hadn’t felt compelled to write it.

But then along came Silvio and Stefano and that whole clan, and I couldn’t help myself. I also had a somewhat limited knowledge of things like Mafia politics, so while I was plotting out Dark Soul, I started reading about the real Mafia. That became somewhat… addictive. Particularly biographies of bosses and hitmen.

While I was reading Philip Carlo’s The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer (the biography of prolific hitman Richard Kuklinski), the nebulous beginnings of a new character started forming in my head. Of course I was working out Silvio’s story, but there was this new character who kept pulling my focus away. Someone who was intrigued by Kuklinski’s ruthlessness and craftiness when it came to killing people and disposing of them.

In mid-2014, I was reading The Ice Man while on my way to visit Aleks in London (this was while I still lived in the States). About halfway through the transoceanic flight, the character suddenly crystallized. Sergei Andronikov, my hitman who moonlights as a stripper, pretty much parked himself in the seat next to me and demanded I tell his story. And trust me… you do not say no to Sergei Andronikov.

For the rest of the flight, I frantically scribbled down notes as Sergei’s story took shape—along with that of his soon-to-be-lover, another hitman named Domenico Maisano. This was going to be a story of revenge, hardened criminals, and two guys putting themselves in serious danger by falling in love. By the time my plane landed, I had a very basic outline of what would become If The Seas Catch Fire.

From there, it took over a year to actually finish the story. In part because I had other projects that needed attention, but also because Sergei and Dom are buttheads who wanted a really complicated bloodbath of a story. So, it took some extra time to plot and scheme, and a boatload of research. But throughout that entire year, even while I worked on other things, the guys’ voices were there in the back of my mind, reminding me that I would finish their story or else.

In July of 2015, I finally finished it. And now, on January 3rd, they will finally be unleashed into the world.

So that’s the story of how If The Seas Catch Fire came to be. Basically, it’s all Aleksandr Voinov’s fault. Which should surprise precisely no one.

(And yes, Dark Soul 6 is coming.)



If The Seas Catch Fire

L.A. Witt


Published: 3rd January 2016

Genre: Dark Contemporary M/M Romance

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Sergei Andronikov was a child when the Mafia wiped out his family, leaving him with nothing but a hunger for revenge. Years later, through ruthless strategy and tireless patience, he’s a contract killer working for the three families ruling Cape Swan… and he’s nearly in position to bring them all down from the inside.

Domenico “Dom” Maisano is Mafia royalty, a made man… and a hitman. He’s caught up in a violent life he can’t escape, struggling to maintain an image he doesn’t want, and suppressing desires he can’t have.

A chance encounter throws the killers into each other’s paths. Though Dom knows he’s playing a dangerous game, he’s intrigued and keeps coming back. Sergei can’t resist him either—Dom is everything he set out to destroy, but he’s also everything he’s ever ached for in a man.

Then Sergei gets the contract he’s been waiting for—the hit that promises to bring the town’s Mafia to its knees.

But when a boss makes an unexpected move, Sergei must choose between dropping the hammer on the families he vowed to annihilate, and protecting the man he swore he wouldn’t love.

And the wrong choice—or even the right one—will destroy them both.

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Meet L.A. Witt

20910_10153215517733700_8874613808935391536_nL.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn't lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don't tell Lauren. And definitely don't tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut... E-mail:



  1. Happy release day! I can't wait to read this one. Also looking forward to Dark Soul 6. Loved that series. :)

  2. This is an EXCELLENT read! Do NOT miss it! Everything you want in a suspense/thriller with charismatic characters! Just a Great story!

  3. How awesome! Just finished the Dark Souls Collection today AND purchased Hostile Ground. Can't wait to check this out. Happy Release Day!