Afterwards, there is all the info on yet another giveway of...you know what I’m gonna say… aweome. *grins* We’ll just call it all… awesome possum. (yes, I know I just said awesome like… 5 times. That can be the Amara’s Place word of the day, or week, or… ya know… whatever. :D ) Yeah, ok, let’s do this thing!
Amara: Hi Rachel! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.
Rachel: Anytime, m’dear. You know the Place is one of my favorite places :)
Amara: Awww, thanks darlin’. That makes me smile hugeamously. To start, why don’t you tell these fine folks a little bit about yourself.
Rachel: My name is Rachel, and I’m a sexahol— Er, I mean, I’m a gay romance author, and also the managing editor and co-founder of Riptide Publishing.
And how about your current book.
And how about your current book.
Rachel: I actually have two releases coming out within just a few weeks of each other: Master Class onn October 30 and Crescendo on November 18.
Master Class is a piping hot little BDSM novella featuring the first meetups between Sir and Nicky from Sublime: Collected Shorts. It’s very erotic, very much a romance, and very much focused on the headspace of both Dom and sub inside and outside the bedroom. Nicky’s also quite the pain slut, so it’s heavier on the sadomasochism than on, say, bondage or humiliation or the like.
Amara: *gasp* Mah Ayden! That excites me. Shocking, I know. *winks*
So, how has it been working with Riptide?
Rachel: I love it. It’s been very busy, of course, but wow—what an amazing thing to actually go out and live your dream, you know? Working with brilliant writers, some of whom I’ve admired for quite some time, helping them to make their books the best they can be is just so exciting. And rewarding too. When a writer dedicates their book to you because they’re so grateful for the editorial guidance you gave them, or when you can hear them squeeing halfway across the country because they’ve just seen their cover art or gotten an unexpected box of swag in the mail—it’s just so amazing. All of it.
Amara: That is so great. *grin* I’m just so happy for you guys and damn proud of you too. Truly. Um, yeah, anyhoo, please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your books.
Rachel: Master Class: So hot it’ll fog your screen, all while opening a window into the psyche of BDSM lifestylers.
Crescendo: Only way to find out what happens to Rik and Ayden! ;-)
Amara: Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Rachel: Not as many as I’d like right now, since I’ve slowed significantly with my own writing to focus on Riptide. I do have a release coming out sometime in December at Samhain—an M/M cyberpunk novella called Break and Enter that I co-wrote with Aleksandr Voinov. It’s gritty, it’s exciting, it’s sexy as hell, and it’s just plain fun. Basically it’s the book equivalent of a 90-minute car chase movie where things are blowing up right and left and the heroes are super sexy and full of snark.
Amara: *gasp* Break and Enter! W00T! Um…Rachel, between Master Class, Cresendo and Break and Enter… you’re gonna give me excitement overload. Seriously.
So, I’m curious, I love love LOVE mah Ayden, but which of your characters is your favorite?
Rachel: This is a tie for me, I think, between Ayden from Counterpoint and Cyke from Break and Enter. They’re both very emotionally damaged characters, both scarily competent at what they do, both sharp-tongued and snarky (half out of bitterness, half as defense mechanism to keep others at arms’ length), both smokin’ hot, and both—seekritly, deep down—very, very good people. That does seem to be the type I’m drawn to the most.
Amara: Me too. Boy oh boy, I cannot WAIT to meet Cyke, especially if he’s going to be all sharp-tongued and snarky. Awesome. What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Rachel: When I was a kid, my dad used to say that if you walked in like you owned the place, everyone would just assume you did. Which is basically just a really evocative way of saying, “Be confident, believe in yourself, and others will believe in you too.” I think Riptide is in a lot of ways an embodiment of that philosophy: we came in with a rock-solid plan and a whole lotta “can-do,” and look where it’s gotten us :)
Amara: Great advice. Now I want some fun questions. Hmm, let’s see. How about…Oh, I know… *smiles*… if you could have any superpower or be any superhero, what or who would you choose? And why?
Rachel: I would so want to be, essentially, Charles Xavier. He can read minds, but more importantly/terrifyingly, he can influence minds. In a way I think that’s kind of a really bad idea, because how could that not corrupt you, you know? You could, with that kind of power, rule the world if you wanted to. Or you could be more innocuous about it and just do silly things like go somewhere and observe people while making them all not notice you’re there, or have mindblowing telepathic sex, or cheat at poker, or talk Michael Fassbender into worshipful sexual submiss— oh wait, I said innocuous, didn’t I. Hmm. Maybe I don’t want this power after all. Let’s go with flying. Yeah, that seems safe.
Amara: *laughs* Ok. Flying does seem safer. *whispers* but less fun than that Fassbender thing. *winks*
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Rachel: Cat’s Cradle or Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. He’s the author I admire most. Sirens of Titan was the first I ever read from him, and Cat’s Cradle is my favorite.
Amara: What’s your favorite song or movie?
Rachel: Memento by Chris Nolan. Sometimes you just want mindless escapes, but most times, I love entertainment that really makes me think, makes me work, even makes me kind of uncomfortable. Memento is by far one of the best out there at doing all three of those things.
Amara: *smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. You rock. :D
Rachel: Always a pleasure, m’dear! *hugs*
Where to find the fantabulous Rachel Haimowitz online.
This week’s giveaway…Winner’s choice of a Rachel Haimowitz backlist ebook. (excludes Cresendo, Master Class and Break and Enter)
The fine details...
- This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
- To enter, leave a comment on this post.
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- Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
- This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
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