The Butch and the Beautiful blog tour with Kris Ripper (Riptide Tour and Giveaway)



The Butch and the Beautiful (Queers of La Vista #2) by Kris Ripper
iptide Publishing
Cover Art by L.C. Chase

Read an Excerpt/Buy It Here


 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Kris Ripper here to share zir thoughts about writing and zir latest release, The Butch and the Beautiful.  Welcome, Kris.


Five Bits About The Butch and the Beautiful

By Kris Ripper

1. Sobrantes, La Vista’s best coffee roaster.

I spent half my childhood in an East Bay town called El Sobrante. Years later I asked a friend what the English translation was for “el sobrante”, and she kind of laughed. “Oh, it’s like…the leftover one, the odds and ends.” An auspicious name for a town, clearly! As something of an homage to one of my hometowns, I thought I’d name my fictional local coffee shop chain Sobrantes.

2. Merin. All the Merin.

There’s a character in this book called Merin, one of Jaq’s students. And in my notes, my outlines, that character was just “messed up kid whom Jaq wants to help”. Then I started writing. And, uh, Merin wanted to be…more than that.

One of the great mysteries of creation is how ultimately all of this book came out of my head, and yet it totally surprised me. Merin’s story not only wove more fully through The Butch and the Beautiful, but continued in the rest of the books, adding more depth to this series, and an unexpected edge. Merin challenges the community and doesn’t particularly feel like part of it, which is a wildly important perspective to include.

3. Mildred

Anyone who’s read Gays of Our Lives is familiar with Mildred. In The Butch and the Beautiful she’s Jaq’s ex, whose status as a parent makes Jaq a little uneasy. Dred was young when she and Jaq dated, and now that she’s all grown up with a baby of her own, Jaq’s forced to confront the idea that Dred’s somehow out-paced her at becoming an adult.

One of the most gratifying things about writing a series is following folks through each book. We only see Dred on the page once in TB&TB, when Jaq introduces her to Zane. (Oooh, shivers. *cough*)

4. Dad

Jaq’s dad is another character I thought would be merely a mention, who got all up inside my head and showed up not just later in TB&TB, but later in As La Vista Turns. I write a lot of, uh, less than totally reliable parent figures. But Jaq’s dad is a lot of fun. He pulls no punches, isn’t afraid to confront his kids (and de facto kids) with the truth, and he’s also good for a hug if you need one.

5. Ed!

Interlocking the books in this series was a total pleasure, and one of the best parts was hinting at the characters who’d be telling their stories in following books. Ed shows up at knitting group, which he’s been talked into coming to by his friend Honey. He and Jaq share a sense of “And what do you call these things?” when it comes to knitting. It’s not until the next book, The Queer and the Restless that you really get inside Ed’s head.

About The Butch and the Beautiful

Jaq Cummings is a high school teacher who really wants a committed relationship—as long as it doesn’t keep her out late on school nights or interrupt Sunday mass with her dad. She is absolutely not about to fall for the hot-mess divorcée she hooks up with even if said hot mess pushes all her buttons. Jaq’s white knight days are over.

But one hookup with Hannah becomes two, then coffee, then more incredibly hot sex. And unlike most of Jaq’s exes, Hannah’s not looking for someone to come on strong. In fact, Hannah comes on plenty strong enough for both of them. But she’s just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s in the process of moving across the state, and Jaq can’t take a chance on yet another relationship where she defaults to being a caregiver instead of a partner.

Just when Jaq decides her relationship with Hannah is far too precarious, a crisis with a student reminds her of her priorities and makes it clear that sometimes, you have to take big risks to get what you really want.

About Kris Ripper

Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

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To celebrate the release of The Butch and the Beautiful, one lucky winner will receive their choice in ebook from Kris’s backlist. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 27, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Take a Journey Into the Darker Side of Life with ‘Stealing Innocents’ by Cari Waites (Lisa Henry) (giveaway)



Stealing Innocents by Cari Waites, Lisa Henry
Published by Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist L.C. Chase

Purchase/Read An Excerpt Here at Stealing Innocents

About Stealing Innocents

Those who dare to scratch the surface of ordinary, everyday life may be horrified to find a sick underbelly beneath—a nightmare world populated by villains and victims, predators and prey, where the rules of society no longer apply.

Where you’ll find people like Danny, the boy who sells himself to pay for his father’s gambling debts and ends up in a situation more twisted than he ever imagined. Or Troy, the cop whose obsession with saving a brutalized human trafficking victim turns deadly. Or Drew, the mental patient who begins to suspect his nightly delusions of abuse by his doctor are actually real. Or David, the cuckolded husband who decides the best way to get revenge is to seduce his wife’s barely legal son.

Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending.

This collection contains three edited second editions stories that were previously individually published, plus one all-new story, by Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites.

About Lisa Henry

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Cari Waites is her much darker alter ego.

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To celebrate the release of Stealing Innocents, Lisa is giving away a $20 Riptide credit and an ebook of your choice of title from Lisa’s backlist.  Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 16, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Lisa can reach you if you win!

Its Back to Bluewater Bay with Amy Lane’s Deep Of The Sound (tour and giveaway)



Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Cover Art by L. C. Chase

Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing

The books and universe of Bluewater Bay has been a favorite of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words from its inception.  Now  this series and one of our favorite authors combines to produce Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane!  Check it all out below and don’t forget to leave a comment with your email address in the body should you be chosen for this fabulous prize!BWBlogo_Web

About Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane

Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.

Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.

Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it.

About Author Amy Lane!

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.

She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.

She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.

Connect with Amy:

Twitter: @amymaclane
Facebook group: Amy Lane Anonymous



Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an eBook package of all of Amy Lane’s backlist titles with Riptide! (Excludes The Deep of the Sound and anthologies.) Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 20, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to add your email so we can contact you if you win!

 What is Bluewater Bay?


Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.WolfsLanding_transparent

Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Aleksandr Voinov, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, and Jaime Samms. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.

– See more at Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay Universe page.

The books in the Bluewater Bay universe each stand alone and may be read in any order. If you’d like to read them in order of publication, it’s as follows with links to our reviews:

Starstruck by LA Witt
There’s Something About Ari by LB Gregg
Hell on Wheels by Z. A. Maxfield
Lone Wolf by Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt
Lights, Camera, Cupid! (A Bluewater Bay Valentine’s Anthology
The Burnt Toast B&B by  Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Wedding Favors by Anne Tenino
The Deep of the Sound by Amy Lane
When to Hold Them by G. B. Gordon