Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for the transgender science fiction novel, Static!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Static) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on January 26th, and winners will be announced on January 27th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
Fact or Crap: Static
Eight of the following facts are true. Two of them are crap. Leave a comment with the two facts you think are crap. From those who submit at least one correct answer, I will draw a name to win a copy of any eBook title off my backlist. Anyone who gets both correct wins two eBook titles off my backlist. (All commenters, correct or not, will be entered in the drawing for the Riptide store credit)
1. The idea for Static came to me while I was trying to come up with an idea for a shapeshifter/were-something story.
2. While I was in Seattle for a reading by Lambda finalists in 2012, the cover of the original Static caught someone’s eye. We struck up a conversation, became friends, and soon after, started collaborating. Now androgynous/genderless model Victoria Victor will be gracing the cover of my upcoming (and not yet titled) transgender romance novel.
3. Static was largely influenced and inspired by author M. Jules Aedin, who over the course of 2010, gave me an in-depth education on gender identity.
4. Static contains fewer sex scenes than anything else I’ve published.
5. Static is one of two transgender books I’ve published, the other being The Left Hand of Calvus, an ancient Roman historical. There are two others, both contemporary, in the works.
6. The book was originally going to be in Damon’s POV only because I was intimidated by the idea of getting into Alex’s mind. Three chapters in, I got over it and rewrote it with Alex’s POV.
7. Static was short-listed for the 2012 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards.
8. I’ve received more e-mails from readers about this book than any other.
9. Static was the first book I wrote using multiple 1st person POVs.
10. Though I rarely use more than one beta reader for a book, I was so concerned about inadvertently making a mistake, I recruited nine transgender and genderqueer beta readers for this one.
Title: Static by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: drama, romance, sci-fi, alternate world / alternate universe
Length: 283 pages/Word Count: 74,000
After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.
Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.
Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this.
Especially if he’s static forever.
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.
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