Welcome to the Belonging Verse! On Tour with Aleksandr Voinov and Rachel Haimowitz’ Stories-Anchored and Counterpunch! (Contest)


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Belonging_150x300Welcome to the “Belonging ’Verse re-release blog tour with Aleksandr Voinov and Rachel Haimowitz! We’re very excited to be bringing you edited second editions of our Belonging stories, Anchored and Counterpunch (in the case of Anchored, very edited, with over ten thousand new words and a completely different beginning and ending!), which are finally under the same roof and back in print after about a year out of circulation.

We’ll be touring for about two weeks, Aleks discussing his slave boxer and the barrister who tries to free him, and Rachel talking about her slave news anchor and the talk show host who covets him, and both of us discussing the world of Belonging at large—which, as you’ve probably guessed, is not a particularly pretty place. But good things can and do happen in this world, and we hope you’ll stick with us to find out what!

Speaking of good things, don’t forget to comment on this post for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Riptide store! Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule too!  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

About Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz:

Anchored Riptide CoverNetwork news anchor Daniel Halstrom is at the top of his field, but being at the bottom of the social ladder—being a slave—makes that hard to enjoy. Especially when NewWorld Media, the company that’s owned him since childhood, decides to lease him privately on evenings and weekends to boost their flagging profits.

Daniel’s not stupid; he knows there’s only one reason someone would pay so much for what little free time he has. But dark memories of past sexual service leave him certain he won’t survive it again with his sanity intact.

He finds himself in the home of Carl Whitman, a talk show host whose words fail him when it comes to ordering Daniel into his bed. Carl can’t seem to take what he must want, and Daniel’s not willing to give it freely. His recalcitrance costs him dearly, but with patience and some hard-won understanding, affection just might flourish over fear and pain. Carl holds the power to be an anchor in Daniel’s turbulent life, but if he isn’t careful, he’ll end up the weight that sinks his slave for good.

Sales Link at Riptide Publishing. Read an excerpt and buy it here.

About Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov:

Counterpunch Riptide CoverFight like a man, or die like a slave.

Two years ago, Brooklyn Marshall was a happily married London policeman and amateur boxer with a promising future. Then he accidentally killed a rioter whose powerful father had him convicted of murder. To ease the burden on the prison system, the state sold Brooklyn into slavery. Now he’s the “Mean Machine,” competing on the slave prizefighting circuit for the entertainment of freemen, and being rented out for sexual service to his wealthier fans.

When barrister Nathaniel Bishop purchases Brooklyn’s services for a night, Brooklyn braces himself for yet another round of humiliation and pain. But the pair form an unexpected bond that grows into something more. Brooklyn hesitates to call it love—such feelings can’t truly exist between freemen and slaves—but when Nathaniel reveals that he wants to get Brooklyn’s conviction overturned, Brooklyn dares to hope.

Until an accident in the ring sends Brooklyn on the run, jeopardizing everything he’s worked so hard for. With the law on his tail and Nathaniel in his corner, he must prepare for the most important fight of his life: the fight for his freedom.

Sales link at Riptide Publishing.  Read an excerpt and buy it here.

About the Authors:

Rachel Haimowitz is an M/M erotic romance author and the Publisher of Riptide Publishing. She’s also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.

When she’s not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.

Aleksandr Voinov 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. You can connect with Aleks at:

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


  1. Thanks for the post and contest. I think it is really cool to have two books by different authors (who I like :-)) in the same universe. Have both books on my TBR list.


    1. Read everything you can from these two, I swear to God, you will not be disappointed. I’ve both first editions of these and Anchored -ruined- my life (in a good way)! So pick it up, pick it UP!


  2. Already converted fan here 🙂 since I have copies of both originals!! But I’m definitely going to update 🙂

    Super post! {{Hugs}} to everyone!


  3. Love the covers! It’s would be great to read them together, back-to-back. Thanks for the great giveaway too!


  4. Congrats on the re-release of this series – I love the new covers. I have not read these yet so would love to win a GC so I could buy them 🙂


  5. Thanks everybody for commenting! 🙂 And I can’t recommend Rachel’s writing highly enough. We had a lot of fun co-writing Break and Enter, but for her alone stuff, I’d definitely recommend Anchored and her fantasy saga, Counterpoint and Crescendo (“Song of the Fallen”). We’re very pleased and happy to have the series now under one roof and hope to write more books in it. 🙂 (I’m working n a sequel.)


  6. Thanks everybody for commenting! 🙂 And I can’t recommend Rachel’s writing highly enough. We had a lot of fun co-writing Break and Enter, but for her alone stuff, I’d definitely recommend Anchored and her fantasy saga, Counterpoint and Crescendo (“Song of the Fallen”). We’re very pleased and happy to have the series now under one roof and hope to write more books in it. 🙂 (I’m working on a sequel.)


  7. I am a huge fan of both Alex and Rachel’s writing and look forward to reading the re-release of the books!! ardent(dot)ereader(at)gmail(dot)com


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