Unhinge The Universe : Blog Hop
“Unhinge the Universe” by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov.
Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Aleksandr Voinov/L. A. Witt blog tour for “Unhinge the Universe”!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Something New Under the Sun) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 21st, and winners will be announced on July 23rd. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
Note: Aleks and L. A. are currently gallivanting around Europe. As such, we won’t be online as much as we normally are, and may not be able to respond to comments as quickly as we’d like, but will try to post responses as often as possible.
Fact or Crap: Unhinge the Universe
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 each of our backlists. Anyone who gets both correct wins two eBook titles off each of our backlists. (All commenters, correct or not, will be entered in the drawing for the Riptide store credit)
1. The initial plot bunny for Unhinge the Universe occurred after Aleks read an interview L. A. did during the blog tour for The Left Hand of Calvus in November 2012.
2. The first 40,000 words of Unhinge the Universe were written within a period of 48 hours. The entire book was completed in five days.
3. The book is written in alternating POVs – that of John, the American officer, and Hagen, the Nazi prisoner. Rather than having each author write as one character (i.e., the American writing as the American and the German writing as the German), both authors wrote in both POVs.
4. Operation Greif was the brainchild of Otto Skorzeny in which German troops were sent behind enemy lines in Allied uniforms in order to cause confusion.
5. As you read this, Aleks and L.A. are getting ready to head to Germany and Poland to research further WWII stories.
6. While it isn’t the first book we’ve published together, it was the first book we wrote together.
7. Operation Apfelschuss (Appleshot) was the planned invasion of Switzerland, which was canceled at the last minute during the Battle of the Bulge.
8. Hagen, like many German soldiers at the time, spends part of the book under the influence of Pervitin, a stimulant that was the precursor to crystal meth.
9. Aleks and L.A. “met” while Aleks was editing L.A.’s A Chip In His Shoulder in 2011, but it wasn’t until we met in person at GRL 2012 that we decided to co-write something.
10. In July 2013, Aleks and L.A. were thrown out of a bar in Manchester, England, for inappropriate behaviour, and were warned against returning before the ends of the natural lives.
About the Authors :
Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he is one of the unsung heroes in the financial services sector. He published extensively in his native German, then switched to English and hasn’t looked back. His genres range from horror, science fiction, cyberpunk, and fantasy to contemporary, thriller, and historical erotic gay novels.
In his spare time, he goes weightlifting, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He singlehandedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects. His current interests include special forces operations during World War II, pre-industrial warfare, European magical traditions, and how to destroy the world and plunge it into a nuclear winter without having the benefit of nuclear weapons.
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.
“Unhinge the Universe”
Give me one fixed point and a long enough lever, and I’ll unhinge the universe. —Archimedes
December 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge
SS Lieutenant Hagen Friedrichs is the sole survivor of a party sent to retrieve his brother—and the highly sensitive information he’s carrying—from behind enemy lines. But his daring rescue attempt fails, and Hagen becomes the prisoner.
Allied command has ordered Captain John Nicholls to extract critical intelligence from their new Nazi POW. His secrets could turn the tide of the war, but are they real? John is determined to find out . . . and to shatter the prisoner who killed his lover during the attack on their tiny base. The deeper he digs, though, the more he realizes that the soldier under the SS uniform is just like him: a scared, exhausted young man who’s lost loved ones and just wants to go home.
As captor and captive form an unexpected bond, the lines quickly blur between enemy, friend, and lover. And as horrifying rumors spread from the front lines and American soldiers turn their sights on the SS for vengeance, John may be Hagen’s only hope for survival.
Unhinge the Universe is available July 15th from Riptide Publishing.