Take a gander at this jewel. *pets the cover but tries to stay away from the scary tentacles so they don't get me* Tis full of awesome.
Check out the fabulous blurb, which btw sucked me right in, and pull up a chair while Rachel tells you all about the awesome. Be sure to stick around, check out the giveaway and say howdy to Rachel and Peter. *smiles and waves* Hi Rachel and Peter :D They will be in and out today so feel free to ask them whatever might tickle your fancy. :)
Party day 2...
Ready, set... go!
First Watch by Peter Hansen
eBook release: Oct 30 2011
Heat Wave: 4 - On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 3 - Moderate
Type: Part of a Series
Blurb: Do you want to live? In the darkness of a WWI battlefield, young Legionnaire Edouard Montreuil lies dying. As teeth nibble his flesh, a voice whispers, Do you want to live? Frightened and desperate, Edouard bargains his freedom for a second chance.
Aboard the Flèche, a grim submarine captained by the nightmare who granted Edouard new life, Edouard pays the price for his survival. Each night, he gives his body to his captain as the bells sound first watch. But surviving is not living, and as the days stretch into months beneath the waves, Edouard grows desperate for escape.
Can Edouard’s old comrade Farid Ruiz help him break this devil's bargain, or will Ruiz fall to the same fate, trapped beneath the waves at the mercy of a monster whose hunger knows no bounds? Edouard and Ruiz served together once before, and slept together too, but courage and passion failed to save them from the eldritch beasts who roamed the night. This time, the cost of failure is nothing so clean or simple as death, and the spoils of victory are not just life, but love.
I knew Peter from a different pen name (which, sadly, I cannot reveal)—a beautiful fantasy novel that earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. When we started Riptide, he was one of the first authors we contacted; both Aleks and myself were exceptionally eager to work with him. What struck me—and what I think will strike you—first and foremost about Peter is his mastery of prose. His writing is literary, but without pretension. Beautifully rhythmic and musical, but without unnecessary flourish. He brings a certain spare beauty to everything, a way of looking at and writing about the world and the human condition that is, frankly, awe-inspiring. He gives me prose envy; one day I hope I can learn to construct even a single sentence as beautiful as the ones he fills his whole manuscript with.
And therein lies something of an interesting dichotomy, because he’s written tentacle porn J What he managed to do, though, was craft a chill-inducing horror story wrapped around a very sort of masculine romance between two old friends, long gone from each other. It’s not “squicky” at all—there’s no gratuitous detail, and while it may make your skin crawl, it does so in the best possible way. First Watch defies whatever sort of convention people might have about tentacle stories, which are mostly rooted in the Yaoi tradition but in First Watch are rooted in Lovecraftian horror.
All told, I simply can’t speak highly enough about this book or this writer. The story’s fantastic—it’s creepy, evocative, just plain beautiful, and will hit buttons you never even knew you had. Peter is a genius—and I don’t use that word lightly—and when he’s collecting his Man Booker in ten years, I hope to be there applauding him like the proud mama editor I am.
First Wave Winner’s Choice: Pick any one backlist book from Rachel Haimowitz, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Brita Addams, or Cat Grant (“Frontlist” books, i.e. Riptide releases and newest non-Riptide release, are excluded, as are the Courtland Chronicles).
The fine details...
- Today's giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
- To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
- Commenters will also be entered in end of pre-party giveaway of 2 prize packages. Details on the party page.
- All commenters will also be entered in year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
- Please include a valid email address or we won’t know where to contact you.
- Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
- Giveaways do NOT include Riptide releases.
- Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
- By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
- eBook giveaways open worldwide.
- Swag giveaways USA only
Before I run off, I wanted to say a hugeamous thank you sooooo vera much to everyone who came by for the first day's celebration. I was sooooo nervous yesterday but you all rocked my socks. If you were unable to make it, you can find Rachel and Andrea's Pretty Monster post linked over there on the sidebar where I'll be linking as we go, as well as on the special Riptide page I made that's linked up there on the menu. Links-a-plenty :D
Thanks also to Rachel and Peter for visiting my blog today. You rock my socks too.
Special party spotlight addition:
I made a special spotlight page to feature the First Watch excerpt from the Riptide newsletter for those that may have missed it.
You can find it here.