Friday, November 4, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Rachel Haimowitz

I. Am. Stoked about today. Seriously. Today I get to hang out with another of mah favorite authors, the fanTABulous Rachel Haimowitz. Yaaaaaay! That excites me. Over much. :D Rachel is here to chat about her books of the awesome, Riptide, publisher of the awesome, and… well… all things awesome. :D W00T!

Afterwards, there is all the info on yet another giveway 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.

Amara:  *snicker* 

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.

Crescendo is Book II of the Song of the Fallen Series—the sequel to Counterpoint. It’s essentially a traditional high fantasy novel wrapped around a gay romance, and don’t worry—Ayden and Rik do indeed get their Happily Ever After. No cliffhangers this time, I swear!

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.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using
  • 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. 


  1. Brenda Cothern BooksNovember 4, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Oh Master Class will get your screen foggy and then some! Totally loved it... it was AwwweSommme! As with most of these shorter stories, it was just tooo short! But then again I am a greedy reader and ALWAYS want more!
    Enter me again,

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading masterclass I like really well written BDSM stories

    Congrats on your new releases

    Sarah S


  3. Oooh, I love Momento.  Such a fabulous movie!  =)

  4. I've always wanted that superpower too! :D
    And I'm so happy about you all at Riptide! May you flourish and prosper!

  5. Very much looking forward to Break and Enter! Also, thinking I should be reading Master Class this weekend at GKE (You know, if I have time ;).

    PS. I knew mind-raping Magneto would come up at some point...

  6. Loved Master Class.  I squirmed at a couple things that happened but it was nice to see how they complimented each other.  Looking forward to Crescendo.  

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  7. Hi Rachel, I think I'm going to take a day off to read Crescendo in peace, I hope my boss will understand. I've been wondering through woods with salts in my pockets since last year. No luck with Ayden!
    I liked Master Class a lot and not only for the steamy factor. Being inside Dev's head was fantastic. Thank you!

  8. Oh, what a fun interview; I really enjoyed it.

    I've read Counterpoint and fell in love with both the characters and Rachel!  Please don't retire; keep 'em coming!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  9. LOL! Who said anything about /mind/ rape? Besides, I could totes make him love it.  (I could, but I won't.) (And wow, I just inadvertently quoted Charles . . .)

    Enjoy GKE! Wish I were there! :(

  10. Flying or mind control? :)

    Thanks so much, Aija!

  11. Unf, yes. I think I've watched it about a dozen times.

  12. I'm really looking forward to Crescendo, but thanks for Master Class in the meantime :) 

  13. Great interview and congrats on your big opening week!  I'm sure it's exciting seeing all these people buying the books you nurtured.  I love the intensity of your books and seeing how that affects a relationship.  Looking forward to more from you.

    Thanks again for all the giveaways!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Mind reading! Control would be cool too, but, like Rachel, I think it would corrupt me, so I'm sticking to the reading part. :)

    P.S. Your interviews are so much fun! I'm really glad I found your blog!

  15. Hi Sarahs. thanks for coming by today :)

  16. Hi Aija. :) 

    Lol wouldn't that rock?! 

    Thanks for coming by today. :)

  17. Thanks! That just totally made me smile big. I love to do the interviews, they're fun. lol it kinda still trips me out that I get too. Never ever thought I'd get to interview authors and their characters. :D :D 

  18. Hiya Alex. Lol if she hadn't gone Magneto it would have just been sooo... off, wouldn't it? 

    Hope the day was good to you! :)

  19. Hi Sabrina. :)

    I loved Master Class too, and yeah, I squirmed a bit too, but... wow... what a book. :)

  20. Hi Emanuela :)

    That's what I liked about Master Class too. She did such a fabulous job. 

  21. Hi Tracey!

    Aren't Freyrik and Ayden just awesome?! I love them both. Ayden bestest thou. I love him so hard. His snarky just kills me. Love it. 

  22. Hi Emmettmke! Thanks for coming by today. :) 

  23. Hi Joder. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks so much for coming by. :))

  24. Master Class sounds like awesome sauce and I want it to be my gravy. I am really excited to read this one.

    Awesmazing Interview! I love Rachel (teehee)

  25. Another great interview :-)  Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Lol! Oh, damn, I thought I was replying to Amara :D

    Amara - I'm happy for you that you got the chance to do what you love! Isn't life great? :)

  27. Sorry, I meant mind rape as in using the mind to then rape him... :) But is it rape if you make him consent to it...

    Wish you were here too!  Actually having fun considering I'm horribly shy and came alone :)

  28. LOL. No worries darlin'. :D

    And thanks. It really is great. Lil' ol' me doing interviews, lol it's full of wow to me.  Lolol I blame Aleks. He was the very first author I'd ever talked to. I freaked out, completely. Still kinda do lolol. :D :D

  29. If that happened to me, I'm sure that my brain would just short circuit. For about a week :D But you are doing so great with the interviews! So refreshingly different from others :)

  30. Hi Darien. Thanks for coming by :)

    Master Class is a good one. It's pretty hardcore, it left me at "wow", was a great one. 

    LOL Awesmazing. OMG I love it. I think I may have to steal that from you. Hope you don't mind. :D

  31. Hi SarahM. Thanks. Glad you liked it. :D

  32. LOL yeah, I'm pretty sure it's still rape. Plus you and I both know I wouldn't make him consent to it; I'd just make him unable to struggle/resist. He'd still hate it, believe me >:D

    I'm so glad you're having fun! Would you consider doing a guest post about the con on my blog when you get home? I'd love to hear all about it!

  33. Awww! That's . . . quite possibly one of the most flattering things anyone's ever said to me. I hope Crescendo is everything you hope it'll be, and I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed Master Class. It's so different from my high fantasy that I really wasn't sure if my readers would jive to it or not.

  34. Aw, thank you! And no worries; I've no intention of retiring any time soon.

  35. Just two more weeks for Crescendo . . . :) Hope you enjoy Master Class!

  36. Hi Joder, and thanks for following us all round the blog tour! It is indeed tremendously exciting to see the books selling so well and being received with such enthusiasm. I'm so proud of all our authors and all our staff and everyone who had a hand in making the Riptide launch so special.

  37. How silly of me to think you wouldn't want him struggling (and unable to stop you ;).

    Sure, I can send you something, although it's very tame. I is all pure hearted and virgin eyed, you know :) You can decide after you read it if you want to post.

  38. Ugh god, now I have such hot happy fantasies running through my head, sigh . . . 

    And ofc you're all pure-hearted and virgin-eyed ;-p I'd love to see whatever you write.

  39. Funny and great  interview.
    I agree with you, mind reader is the best superpower.



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