So How Do We Keep All Our Facts Straight? Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt #Giveaway

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series, Lone Wolf!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each of our backlists (excluding Lone Wolf) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 28th, and winners will be announced on December 29th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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So How Do We Keep All Our Facts Straight?

Bluewater Bay has a lot of authors on board. A lot. And with every book, we end up with more characters—the main characters, plus secondary characters, plus previous characters who make cameos and various other appearances. You could say the town’s population is growing pretty rapidly.

From the start, we had a “bible”. It was a group document, and was updated with every added character, business, etc. This one was even more comprehensive than the one we had for Tucker Springs because with so many people involved, there was a lot more potential for things to go awry. If four people are working on their books simultaneously, they need to know right away if author #3 decided to burn a building down or if author #2 had a character get abducted by aliens. (Spoiler alert: No one in Bluewater Bay has, at press time, been abducted by aliens.)

Initially, I kept the bible updated, but holy Ned, my life has been chaotic this year. Sarah Frantz stepped in and turned her editorial assistant Chris loose on the bible. Now Chris not only maintains that document, she has a spreadsheet (ooooh, pretty spreadsheeeeeet) that keeps track of literally every mention or appearance of every character in every book. If something doesn’t jive (if I describe someone as being tattooed from there to there and another author describes him as being terrified of tattoo needles), she lets us know, and books are corrected accordingly.

So basically, a very long Google document, a communal spreadsheet (pretttyyyyyy), and a very attentive editorial assistant ensure that Bluewater Bay remains consistent.

Which is good, because can you imagine ten authors trying to keep each others’ facts straight? I mean, most of us forget what we ate for breakfast (besides coffee) while we’re still eating it.

Like right now, I just realized it’s 2:30 in the afternoon, and I didn’t eat breakfast.

See? This is exactly what I’m talking about.

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EPIC Award winner and Lambda Award finalist Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he works as a financial editor. His genres range from science fiction and fantasy to thriller, historical, contemporary, thriller, and erotica. His books were/are published by Random House Germany, Samhain Publishing, Riptide Publishing and others.

If he isn’t writing, he studies sports massage, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He single-handedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, the history of chess, european magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.

Visit Aleksandr’s website at www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

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.

  1. 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).

LoneWolf_400x600LONE WOLF Blurb:

Hunter Easton is screwed. Fans, producers, and his agent are all chomping at the bit for the next book in his wildly popular Wolf’s Landing series, but he’s got epic writer’s block and is way behind deadline. Then he reads The World Tree, a fanfic novel by his online friend “Lone Wolf.” It isn’t just a great story—it’s exactly what the series needs.

Kevin Hussain is thrilled when “Wolf Hunter” wants to meet up after reading The World Tree. When Wolf Hunter turns out to be Hunter Easton himself, Kevin is starstruck. When Hunter tells him he wants to add The World Tree to Wolf’s Landing, Kevin is sure he’s being pranked. And when their online chemistry carries over—big time—into real life, Kevin is convinced it’s all too good to be true.

The problem is . . . it might be. The book deal, the sex, the money—everything is amazing. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Kevin is left wondering if Hunter really loves him, or just loves his book.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • That is awesome. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to keep all the facts straight without the ‘bible’, that’s such a good idea.

    • AleksandrVoinov

      And thank gods we could outsource the job! 🙂

  • Melanie Simmons

    I’m amazed at how authors keep everything straight, especially if they are writing a bunch of different series. Then if you put two authors writing in pairs, if it was an attribute that you didn’t think up, but your partner did, I think that would make it even harder. I am always in awe, not only in author’s ability to build worlds, think up characters, research history and locations, but also keep all these facts straight in their heads and keep all of us readers happy (or as happy as you can make a group of people LOL) and coming back for more.

    Both of these authors are one’s that I’ve wanted to try, but haven’t had the chance yet. Thanks for the contest.

    • Kezia Shugrue

      When I first started reviewing books for NetGalley, the Market Garden series by Witt & Voinov was among my first picks. I was hooked from that moment. This pair of writers can create a completely satisfying story at any length, from short story to full length novel, and everything in between. There aren’t enough complimentary words in the thesaurus to describe their talents. Lori wrote Starstruck, the first entry in the Bluewater Bay series, so you may want to start there. But wherever you begin, you can’t go wrong with these two.

    • AleksandrVoinov

      That’s why I really struggle writing several books at the same time – I can keep one novel (even a co-written one) in my head reasonably well and remember all the details, but two or three is too much. 🙂

  • Misa Buckley

    I have a spreadsheet of my own characters in order to keep them organised, so I can fully understand the need to manage a town full of them!

    • AleksandrVoinov

      Especially if there are about a million authors involved! 🙂

  • Kezia Shugrue

    My husband is always extolling the virtues of spreadsheets, but I still
    view them as my own personal purgatory (if I believed in purgatory, it
    would have spreadsheets), so I’ll take your word on the shiny qualities
    of this one. The document itself sounds fascinating, though. I love
    sneak peaks behind the scenes, and it would be great if, at the end of
    the series, there was a little bonus document containing “The Bluewater
    Bay Bible.”

    RIptide, Voinov, and Witt all rock, IMO. If you haven’t read them before, they have rich backlists with lots and lots of yummy reads from which to choose. Thanks for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

    • AleksandrVoinov

      Well, when I went to work in financial services, spreadsheets became a thing I had to make peace with. Now I’musing them for wordcount and to keep track of projects (and the different production steps). 🙂 But yeah, they can be a royal pain.

  • trix23

    So fun to learn more about your process!

  • H.B.

    Well that is an interesting bit of information. Amazing work of the editorial staff!

  • AleksandrVoinov

    Thanks for commenting, all, and Merry Xmas/Festive Season!

    • Thank you for stopping by and engaging with the readers, Aleks!

      Merry Christmas and Festive Season to you too!

      • AleksandrVoinov

        Thank you for hosting us! 🙂