Hello everyone! Today I am thrilled to welcome back to of my favorite authors, Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt. They are here as part of the tour for their latest release, If It Drives (which I read and loved). They have also brought along a great giveaway. So please join me in giving Aleks and L.A. a big welcome!

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Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the newest Market Garden story, If It Drives!!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (excluding If It Drives) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 7th, and winners will be announced on April 9th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

On Learning to be a Dom

When Aleks and I set out to write If It Drives, one thing became immediately obvious: our POV character, Cal, has no clue how to be a Dom. He’s very much a service top – he gets off on being what his partner needs him to be – but he’s never played the role of a Dom before. Since that’s exactly what James needs, Cal is in a bit of a bind. How in the world does he give James what he needs when he doesn’t know how?

Quite simply… he learns how.

Enter Nick and Spencer, from If It Flies and If It Fornicates. In those two books, Spencer is learning how to be a submissive. He’s naturally submissive, but he still has to learn what that entails. What does a Dom expect of him? What should he expect of a Dom? How does this whole darned thing work?

Cal is basically in the same position, except he’s on the other end of the flogger. So, he enlists Nick’s help to show him the finer points of being the Dom James needs.

Personally, I love this dynamic. I love the idea of Doms and subs not only filling that role for their partner (and for themselves), but needing to learn how to fill that role. Nobody is born the perfect sexual partner, even in a vanilla arrangement, and I rather enjoy watching a character work out the kinks (as it were) of being the ideal partner.

Even if it means, you know, tripping over their own feet and falling flat on their face once in a while.


Aleksandr has been published for twenty years, both in print and ebook. He has ten years’ experience as a writing coach, book doctor, and writing teacher, and until recently worked as an editor in financial services.

After co-authoring the M/M military cult classic Special Forces, Aleksandr embarked on a quest to write gritty, edgy, sometimes literary M/M and gay fiction (much of which is romance/erotica)—the only way he can use his American Literature degree these days.

He’s been published with Heyne/Random House, Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and others, and is an EPIC Awards winner and a Lambda Awards finalist.

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

If It Drives Blurb

if it drivesIf it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realises, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

If It Drives is available March 31st from Riptide Publishing.


Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off our backlists (excluding If It Drivesand a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 7th, and winners will be announced on April 9th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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