*looks around* ... come closer... *whispers* ... and the Top Secret, never before seen... *looks around again*... work in progress... back cover. Don't tell anyone thou. It's not finished yet, the details still need to be painted in, so.. shhhhhhh. Iz special just for us. *grins so big it hurts a little*
Isn't it beautimus?
Fan-frigggin-tastic is what that is. I have only one question. If that's the back, the detail-less back even... what the hell kind of awesome is the front gonna be? *wide-eyed stare* Full of... WOW.
Check that beautimusness out, then pull up a chair while Rachel talks about Damon and his awesomeness of a book.
All I have left to say is... welcome back Rachel *whispers* you rocked my sox again. Big time. :D
And a big huge... welcome to my Place Damon. So good to have you. :D
eBook release: Oct 30 2011
Word count: ≈28,000
Page count: ≈95
Heat Wave: 5 - Very explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 2 - Not many
Type: Part of a Series
Blurb: Marooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company, colonist Runt struggles to eek out an existence on a newly-terraformed tropical planetoid. Since his clone-wife died on entry, he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm. Overworked and undersized, Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement.”
When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach, Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food. Instead he gets Ox, a mute hulk who seems more like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmer.
Shackwacky and near-starving, Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones. Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well, but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mind.
Between brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship, Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow.
Rachel Haimowitz talks Grown Men by Damon Suede
I had the rare pleasure of meeting Damon Suede long before I had any idea who he was. In fact, he was the one who found me, at the 2011 Rainbow Book Fair in Manhattan: he came up to me in a crowd and said, “OMG ARE YOU RACHEL HAIMOWITZ?” and, let’s face it, from there on out it was love ;-)
Damon and I passed a fascinating couple of hours at the fair chatting All Things Books, primarily as pertained to our industry. Editing, covers, favorite authors, marketing ideas, etc. It took about ten seconds to realize that Damon had one of the sharpest minds I’d ever seen. He’s ebullient, relentlessly creative and impassioned, almost encyclopedic in his knowledge of our genre and the industry at large, a far-out-of-the-box thinker, and just the nicest guy you could ever meet. On top of that? He’s got an eminently gropetastic ass.
By the time Riptide came around, Damon had released Hot Head to some of the biggest fanfare our genre has seen in a long time. He’s a brilliant storyteller, no doubt about it, but it was clear—at least to me—from his writing that he’s very much a screenwriter (this has been his day job for some time). Screenwriting and novel writing are two very different disciplines, but they flex most of the same muscles and require many of the same skills, so I got back in touch with Damon and said, “Listen, I love you to pieces. I love your writing to pieces. I love your enthusiasm to pieces. Let me take your next manuscript and rip it to pieces.”
A guy who loves to learn and grow as much as Damon does was quite excited about the idea of strong editorial direction, and I already knew from our discussion at the book fair that he was quite excited about all the other ideas upon which we’d built Riptide. And I was quite excited about the idea of working with such a gifted writer, and also with such an energetic standard-bearer. When Damon believes in something, he’s out there waving its flag like nobody’s business. He’s a force of nature, and it’s an honor and a privilege to have him on our side, waving Riptide’s flag and stuffing our suggestion box with one brilliant idea after the next. As with all our authors, we didn’t sign a book, we signed a career. Our hope is to work with people for this book and many more books to come. Damon is so strong as an author and a standard-bearer and an idea man that I honestly didn’t care what book he brought me. We signed him without even having seen a manuscript. That’s how much faith I had in him.
And let me tell you, now that I have seen the manuscript? All that faith was justified. You’re going to LOVE Grown Men. This is sexy sci-fi at its finest—and at its most accessible, too; it’s not the sort of dense, technical “hard” sci-fi that might scare readers away. In Grown Men, his experience as a screenwriter shines through with masterful worldbuilding, creative characterization, punchy dialog, and a wonderfully unique voice overall.
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).
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