A warm welcome to author L.A Witt who is joining us to talk about the next release in her succesfull Anchor Point series, “Rank & File”.
Welcome L.A 🙂
Scuttlebutt & Plot Bunnies
My husband is, by and large, an agreeable individual who understands my quirks. Once in a while, though, he unleashes his inner sadist and forces me to leave my Fortress of Solitude in the name of “being social” and “meeting people.” I avenge these offenses in my own subtle ways, but that’s another blog post.
Anyway. Given that we’re currently living overseas, this “being social” usually means “meeting people” from the base. And given that most of these people have their jobs in common and little else, conversation tends to circle back to shop talk.
So, when I leave my Fortress of Solitude and socialize, I wind up privy to a lot of conversations about things that happen on-base. Loads of gossip and shop talk. Between these gatherings and when I visit my family back home – most of whom are military of some flavor – I also hear a lot of sea stories. Enough that I can usually differentiate between a tall tale and something that actually happened. Usually. I’m still not quite sure whether to believe the one about the guy who convinced a couple of new Sailors that the submarine kept a couple of fighter jets in an aft compartment. And I’m reasonably certain there’s a spouse out there who still believes my story about the top secret stealth aircraft carrier that patrols the Missouri River.
The point is that between my family and my husband’s coworkers, I hear a lot of gossip and stories about the shenanigans that happen in the military. So, it should come as a surprise to precisely no one that a lot of these stories find their way into my books. In Just Drive, when Sean recalls his dad ripping into a corpsman for violating his son’s privacy by mentioning he’d had an STI test? Heard that one at a party. In Afraid to Fly, when Clint told Travis about someone bumping into the CO at a party and dumping red wine down his dinner dress uniform, and claiming it was an accident while he was trying to photograph an ice sculpture? I was there for that one.
The opening incident of Rank & File came from some scuttlebutt. Since my husband is Navy police, I hear a lot of stories from military cops, and a lot of those stories – sadly – begin with “We were responding to a domestic in housing…” Brent being in the awkward position of thinking he was going home with a single woman, only to be busted by her husband? I’d like to say I’ve only heard that story once, but that is unfortunately not the case.
Later in Rank & File, Brent recounts some stories of his family’s military past. At least one of those came from a member of my family.
So which stories did I pull from listening to gossip, and which did I make up?
Hey, an author has to have some secrets. 😉
About Rank & File
Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.
Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.
When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.
But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.
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About the Anchor Point Series
Welcome to Anchor Point!
Nestled on the northern coast of Oregon, this small town is home to Naval Air Station Adams. On base, you’ll find freshly minted Sailors who’ve just graduated boot camp, salty officers counting down till retirement, grounded pilots who’ve landed behind desks, and everyone in between—and they’re all looking for love. Well, not all of them, but that won’t stop love from finding them.
So pull up a barstool, grab a beer, and get ready for some sea stories as these men in uniform—or not—navigate the waters of love and life in the military.
Anchor Point stories can be enjoyed in any order. Hop in wherever you’d like!
About L. A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
To celebrate the release of Rank & File, one lucky winner will receive their choice of two eBooks off L. A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Rank & File) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 30, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!