Welcome Reesa Herberth, author of In Discretion (Giveaway)

Posted January 3, 2014 by Shari in Book Tour, Interview / 4 Comments


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Readers, if I said I was delighted to be here, would you groan and throw things? I’m Reesa Herberth, author of In Discretion, a new m/m sci fi romance, and I promise all my jokes aren’t that bad.  I’d like to thank the Delighted Reader for letting me drop by on my blog tour.  I bring unto you trvia contests, potential prizes, and amusing explorations of my inner brain wrinkles.

There’s still plenty of time to enter the trivia contest I’ve been running throughout the tour, before a winner is drawn from all the entries on Friday, January 10, 2014.  I’ll be giving away the winner’s choice of any e-book in my backlist, plus a reading gift pack featuring books and treats!  The contest is open to U.S. and International entrants.  In the event that a winner outside the U.S. is chosen, a gift certificate to Riptide Publishing or Amazon will be substituted for the physical prize.  To enter, email me the answers to the following trivia questions (answers to all questions can be found in In Discretion):


  1. What is the name of Thanson Nez’s father?
  2. Who is Tynna?
  3. What item did Thanson steal from Kazra the last time they saw one another?


That’s it, just email me your answers to be entered in the drawing, and you could win fabulous prizes. I feel like Bob Barker. Except that, as you’ll learn in the interview below, I could never handle working around so many sparkly objects.

If someone wrote your biography, what would the title be? Why?

Oh, probably something really complimentary, like Ooooh, Shiny: the biography of OMGPUPPIES!  What can I say?  If you don’t keep your eyes open, you might miss something.

What’s one time and/or place (past, present, or future) that you’re dying to write about? Why?

I wrote a short story a few years back set in fin de siècle Paris (Fin de Siècle, in the Sindustry Vol. 1 anthology), and it’s a setting I’d love to revisit.  Amongst my myriad notes for stories I don’t have the time to write yet is half an outline dashed off on a steno pad during some meeting, setting Jean and Gabriel loose on a mystery.

Michelle (Moore, my writing partner) and I have talked about writing something set in Saint Augustine, FL, during the high era of seaside health resorts and railroad tycoons, but it’s stuck in the pile’o’plots for the moment as well.

If you had to include a soundtrack with one of your books, give us the book title and three tracks that would be on that soundtrack?

I make soundtrack playlists for almost everything I write, actually, so this was an easy question!  Sometimes my writing music relates directly to the action or character motivations; other times it’s simply a song that caught my fancy while I was working on a particular book.  For In Discretion, my latest release, I think the three most prominent songs off the list were (all links go to YouTube):

I found Take Me to the Riot and Born Losers were really good for stirring up all kinds of feelings about Kazra and Thanson (the main characters) in their younger days, and if I ever find the time, I have a prequel about their youthful misadventures noodled out.

If you could only keep one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be?

Cripes, why not ask me something easy, like “If you could only keep one internal organ…”? I think I’d choose Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.  The world in it is so tantalizingly close to ours, and since I’ll probably go nuts without books anyway, it’ll be good to have one that might help me when I slip off the edge of the world into the Below.

What’s something readers can always count on when they pick up a book written by you?

A few years back, I kind of came up with a manifesto for my writing.  You can expect all of the following out of any story I write:

  • I will write honestly.
  • I will write the characters I love, as human beings.
  • I will tell the story that I meant to tell.
  • I will do my best to make each voice authentic to the character I’m writing.

While it’s not a given, you can generally expect a lot of comfortable pansexuality, even if it’s not explicit onscreen, and at least a little angst. I’m an angst junkie, but I try to ride herd on myself when I’m writing for other people.  In Discretion definitely touches on a few of my favorite things!  (Feel free to imagine me twirling around on an Austrian mountain top while my characters suffer.)

Now that I’m absolutely not dizzy from actually twirling around pretending to be Julie Andrews, it’s time to mention that I’ll be wandering in and out today, here to answer comments and questions.  Thanks again to all of you for letting me earworm you.  You can read an excerpt and purchase In Discretion here.

Review In Discretion by Reesa HerberthAbout In Discretion:

Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.

Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to  try to save everyone.

The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.

Reesa Herberth is the co-author (with Michelle Moore) of the Ylendrian Empire series.  She can often be found tweeting, blogging, and messing around on Facebook when she should be writing.  Likewise, she is easily distracted by the sound of new email, and encourages you to contact her at ylendrianempire@gmail.com


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
8 years ago

I love your manifesto. Fun interview!

Reesa Herberth
Reesa Herberth
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thanks so much! It’s important to me that my books are an honest expression of human (or not human!) nature, no matter what kind of plot I’m writing. (Sorry I missed your comment until now. Did not mean to ignore you- I think this went up on a day when I was driving from FL or VA.)

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

LOL I was gonna say that too I like your manifesto! That’s awesome. and OMG Shiny!! I’m a total magpie over things. If it’s pretty and shiny and oooo. Wants! lol So definitely liking your title choice 😉

Reesa Herberth
Reesa Herberth
8 years ago

So sorry I missed this comment until today! Thank you! 🙂 Shiny things are my downfall.