Guest Post and Giveaway: New Hand by LA Witt

Today I am so pleased to welcome LA Witt to Joyfully Jay. LA has come to talk to us about her latest release, New Hand. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Bluewater Bay – The End of an Era

So… what now?

The first Bluewater Bay book—Starstruck—came out in late 2014, but I wrote it about a year earlier. Which means I’ve had my toes in Bluewater Bay for just about four years. Now that the final book—New Hand—is out… well, the series is over.

Four years. Twenty-three books. Over a dozen authors. More characters than I can count.

And now… it’s done.

It’s kind of surreal, closing the proverbial book on a series I’ve been involved in for this long. It would have been fun to continue into the future, but it was time. A series can only go on so long.

Of course I’ve been working on other projects during this time, including the Anchor Point series, which is a similar concept to Bluewater Bay in that it’s a bunch of stories set in the same universe, just written by one author. And as it happens, I am literally finishing the final Anchor Point book this week. So it’s actually two series ending. Three if you count Bad Behavior, which I co-wrote with Cari Z; the last two books in that one come out in January.

That timing certainly wasn’t deliberate, but here we are.

So yeah, seriously, what sprawling series project is coming up next?

Since I love multi-author series, I am of course getting involved in another one. It’s still in the planning stages, so I’m not divulging details yet, only that it’s contemporary, involves three other authors who I adore and admire, and one of the characters has a talking parrot. Expect to see some details about our shenanigans in mid-late 2018.

On my own, I’m planning a F/F spinoff of Anchor Point. You’ll meet two of the characters in book 8, and there will be a total of three books.

This summer, I’ve got a contemporary trilogy called Cruising, which follows two dudes who meet on vacation (on a cruise ship, shockingly enough). Those books will be a little lighter and fluffier than my usual stuff (I have to balance out the dark and twisted!).

Standalones? Plenty. Co-writes? Oh yeah. I know, a lot of these details are vague, but I promise there will be more as things are signed and finalized.

So yes, I’ll miss playing in Bluewater Bay, but I don’t see myself getting bored any time soon!


New HandMonths after his husband’s death, Garrett Blaine desperately needs a fresh start. He sells his house in Seattle, leaves his accounting job, and starts bartending in Bluewater Bay. There he meets a man who wakes up his nearly forgotten libido.

Jesse Connelly’s friend with benefits bolted after Jesse disclosed his HIV status. Stood up and stinging, Jesse tries to drown his sorrows . . . and finds an unexpected connection with a lonely bartender.

Jesse and Garrett quickly bond over a shared love of comics and card games, and they can’t get enough of each other between the sheets. Not even a bumpy start and a fifteen-year age gap can derail them as they go from strangers to lovers, then friends, then much more.

But as Garrett’s feelings for Jesse deepen, so does his grief for the man he lost—especially as he sees hints of his late husband in his new boyfriend. Now Garrett has to figure out if Jesse is his second chance at true love, or if Jesse’s just filling in for the man he’s never fully grieved. And he needs to figure it out soon, because Jesse’s starting to wonder the same thing.


L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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To celebrate the release of New Hand, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice of two ebooks off LA Witt’s backlist (not counting New Hand)! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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  1. How ironic that I just scored Starstruck from Riptide as a freebie and plan to start reading the Bluewater Bay series. I actually prefer starting a series late, or even once it’s been completed, because I have no patience waiting between books, lol. Also, as in this case, getting started late often gleans bargain books or even freebies.

    I’m not a fan of F/F books, and it seems several authors who usually write M/M are releasing them. I fear some are doing it just because that’s suddenly become a “thing” enjoying it’s 15 minutes. Same with M/F authors trying a M/M book. I basically switched from M/F romance to M/M mostly because I found the heroines to be annoying or simply unrealistic, so I don’t want 2 of them. I won’t be reading the upcoming F/F book (from any author) but have plenty other M/M books to try in L A Witt’s extensive backlist. Hopefully I can score another one for free, because now that’s the only sort of book I can afford to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  2. This sounds great!
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  3. Congrats on the new book release and while it sad to see a series come to an end. I think after 23 books among various authors it’s had a good run. Thank you for the post!
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  4. Sounds good!
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  5. Congrats on the new release! So far I’ve read most of this series (19) and I plan to read the rest of it. There were some great ones among those. booklover-forever(at)web(dot)de

  6. sue bowdley says:

    Love the sound of this one and i’m a big fan of LA Witt…..

  7. Ryan Zacharias says:

    I love L.A. Witt’s style of writing. My favourite is under her other name, Ann Gallagher. Lead Me Not has helped me tremendously and she knows that.

  8. Paul Wilgus says:

    Congrats on the release and good luck with your new books.
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  9. Some tough decisions ahead for these two. Sounds intriguing and I would love to read more.
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  10. I’ve really enjoyed BB, and Starstruck holds a special spot in my heart bc it introduced me to LA Witt and her alter egos, and whose work has become a favorite. I’m sure she’s sending the series off in sytle!

  11. Congratulations on the release of New Hand, L.A., and best wishes on all of your upcoming projects! I’ve yet to encounter a clairvoyant hamster. Will one feature in a future book?

  12. Congrats on the new release! This one has one of my fav tropes and I can’t wait to read it 😀

    I love series in general, so I’ll keep an eye out for those upcoming series 😀 Especially the FF one if it’s also a military series.


  13. I loved the Bluewater Series. I’ve been following it from the beginning, so I’m going to miss it as well

  14. Now that the series has completed I’m gonna line-up the books and binge-read them (hopefuly) in one go. I might put that as personal challenge for next year. 😉
    Congrats and all the best on the new book release, Lori!
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  15. Congratulations on the release! I cannot believe this series is over. I’ve been following it from the start

  16. And here I am just starting the Bluewater Bay series this month. At least I know I won’t have to wait for new ones! 😀


  17. Purple Reader says:

    Congrats, L.A., and thanks for the updates. Yeah, you won’t be left with nothing to do now that 3 series are closing. New Hand sounds like a great finale for this entertaining collaborative series. The May/Dec is of particular interest (being in one myself :-). – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  18. At least Baywater Bay will live forever in these books!


  19. Congrats on the new release!

  20. Thanks for the post. I’m always sad to see a series I like end yet I do understand why it has to happen. Best of luck in your upcoming projects.
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