Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Riptide "Why We Bought It" ~ A Chip in His Shoulder by L.A. Witt

A Chip in His Shoulder by L.A. Witt

eBook release: Nov 7 2011
Word count: 24,600
Page count: 84
Heat Wave: 4 - On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Erotic Frequency: 2 - Not many
Type: Standalone
Blurb: “Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him.

Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first.

Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap. Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find them first?

Why we bought it: Chip in His Shoulder

To know LA Witt means to love her. I have to say, I was late to that particular party – Rachel contracted A Chip in His Shoulder, but she told me “trust me, you’ll love her writing.” I trust Rachel a great deal, so when I read the story that Lori handed in, I had one of these “oh shit, this is good” moments which acquisitions editors live for.

Let’s see, so this has cybered people and cyberware made in sweatshops in a dystopian future where some people live on the top of skyscrapers and can breathe fresh air, and the rest of the population lives in the dog-eat-dog world underneath, caught in an eternal haze of pollution. I’ve always been a fan of cyberpunk, have written some stories (actually: novels) myself, and most recently Break and Enter with Rachel, which was still pretty fresh in my mind  when I read that story, so it just hit me in all the right places.

Liam’s a vampire who has been tossed into the Gutter, literally, and who claws his way back to take revenge on his ex-lover. A driven main character, a score that needs settling, and then, in perfectly executed cyberpunk tradition, both get screwed. All this is told with such energy and verve that I dare anybody to breathe while reading this (obviously you have to, because it’s a novella). It’s very well done and atmospheric, bringing us tension galore, grime and grit (which I personally love), and tender moments and unexpected humor counterposed against that. Lori navigates these waters with amazing skill, always hitting the perfect note. (Also, she puts her characters through hell and high water before they make it out alive – which I personally like. I hate easy victories.) So imagine my “yay!” moment when she said there’s a sequel in the works. Can’t wait to get my hands on that.

This week’s giveaway…L.A. Witt backlist book
The fine details...
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  1. I wasn't able to get into the previous book I read by Witt for some reason, but then I got a hold of this one. And damn, it was amazing. No other word for it.

  2. I have loved Witt for awhile.  Was pleasantly surprised to see what she came up with here.  Glad to hear of a sequel.  I will be in line to get that.


    -sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  3. I LOVE the sound and look of this book and am so hoping Santa brings me it.  I love its unique theme and ruggedly sexy heroes too.  Very excited that there's a sequel coming.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  4. This post was quite interesting. I look forward in reading more of L.A. Witt's works.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com 

  5. I'm still not sure about a vampire with nanobots.  To those who've read it...does that scenario work?


  6. arella3173_lovelessDecember 20, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    This sounds so amazing!! I can hardly wait to get it to my currently reading list. 
    I will SO be getting to it soon. >w< MUST. READ. FASTER!!!... lol...

    Great post, btw. :D


  7. definitely another great book by witt... =D


  8. I love L.A.'s books too and can't wait to read this one :-)

  9. Great to hear the background on this one, and well done to L.A! :))


  10. And what do you know? I read this post right before setting out on a 12-hour drive...and the sequel decided it wanted some attention.  Now it's much more fleshed out and crystallized than before, and I'm stuck in this hotel room all day tomorrow, which means I'll probably start writing this sooner than I had originally planned. IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT ALEKS!!

    L. A. Witt

  11. Yay for sequels. And it's always a good think to knock the editor's socks off. =)

  12. @Catherine -- I meant to reply last night when I was leaving my other comment, and didn't. My bad!

    As for nanobots/vampires...it'll be explained more in-depth in the sequel, but basically Liam is after every advantage he can get so he can stay alive in his line of work. Nanobots are faster and more efficient than his natural self-healing, and they also (again, this will come up in the sequel) help if his body tries to reject a new mod.

    L. A. Witt

  13. I take the guilt and the blame AND THE SEQUEL! YAY! 

  14. O.M.G.! I just read this book and totally agree with what Aleks says. And, ohshit!, is there really a sequel??????

  15. Thanks!! And yes, there is a sequel in the works. ;)

    L. A. 

  16. Interesting post. I love knowing the story of books.



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