I am super excited about this jewel. Super duper. Can I just say.. I love Black.
love Love LOVE!
All week this week I'll have Black goodies at the Place. Rhi will be coming by for a nice long sit down chat, I've got a sooper-sekrit excerpt/extra scene type jewel to share and with any luck I'll be able to put an almost review type thing together. But first, to kick the week off the fantabulous Mr. Voinov is here to share why Riptide snatched this jewel up.
Welcome back Aleks, tis always a pleasure. :)
Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler
eBook release: Dec 24 2011
Word count: ≈105,000
Page count: ≈360
Heat Wave: 4 - On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 3 - Moderate
Type: Stand a lone
The Blurb: Apparently, my twin and I are two of York’s most notorious criminals. We’ve been Nightwalkers in the blue-light district since the vamps took over the world. Don’t know how many years it’s been. Long enough that a stream of fellow ’walkers have come and gone. Most don’t last long selling their chi. End up face-down in the gutter, or worse.
For us, one night and one sale change everything.
Monsieur Garthelle is the first john to hunt me down. He calls me a chi thief in one breath and offers absolution—servitude—in the next. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I like living and breathing. Strange that such a powerful vamp would show leniency to a mere human. And something’s not right with the chi I took from him. It won’t go away.
Neither will he, and he’s forcing us to spy on his peers. Then a vamp turns up dead, and we go from playing eyes and ears to investigating a murder. This isn’t what I signed up for. All I ever wanted was to sell a little chi, maybe steal some in return. I should’ve kept my damn hands to myself.
This is my story. Look through my eyes.
Why we bought it – Blacker than Black
Okay, Blacker than Black and I have history. I’ve known Rhi for ages online, or what counts as ages online – several years. One of those random people you just click with. Rhi’s one hard-bitten warrior, but most of all, Rhi’s one of the strongest writers I know.
As it goes, I beta-read Blacker than Black. I’ve since deleted the feedback I gave on the novel, but I’m pretty sure it was mostly “oh wow” anyway. I read a great deal, so it’s rare for a book to haunt me for months or even years. This is the real stuff, in many ways. It’s unflinchingly honest, and it makes an interesting point about gender. It’s a crime novel, an urban fantasy novel where energy vampires have taken over and where some people sell their chi – their life force, their energy (not blood) – to survive. The cityscapes are all cyberpunk-ish, but with a dreamy, claustrophobic feel that draws you in.
The main character, Black, is a nightwalker – a prostitute selling chi to vampires. As johns feed from him, he takes some of their chi for himself. Being a chi-thief puts him on the vampires’ wanted list, however, and an old enemy from the past makes it all even more interesting.
Blacker than Black is a book you start a publishing house for. As the book’s main character is unusual in terms of sex and gender, it took a while for any publisher to recognize how good this is, when I seriously thought that this should be snapped up by the big guns out there. They didn’t, and I loathed that. We started Riptide to publish books we love, regardless of how many copies we think they’ll sell, and this is one of them. Riptide is emphatically not “just” a gay press – we do like books a lot that examine questions of gender beyond “male” and “female,” and this is a mission statement that all partners strongly believe in. Blacker exemplifies the type of book I want to have more of as a publisher: it’s intelligent, well-written, riveting on the plot level, and it asks some hard questions – without being preachy at all. You can read this for the examination of gender, of course, but you’d be missing out on a fascinating urban fantasy novel. I hope you’ll love this as much as I do.
This week’s giveaway… 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...
- 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 Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
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- eBook giveaways open worldwide.