Welcome 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!
The music of Counterpunch
All right, I’m cheating. Because this is really the music of Suckerpunch, the unfinished sequel to Counterpunch. The thing is, back in 2011, I didn’t have Spotify yet and didn’t really keep track of what I was listening to while writing. That said, when I built the soundtrack for Suckerpunch, many of the Counterpunch songs made it on there, plus some more that worked with the overall mood.
Counterpunch is all about Judas Priest, to be honest. I’ve been a huge Priest fan since about forever, and definitely since I started writing. Gods alone know how many words I’ve written with Judas Priest in my ear, and I’d always wanted to write a book that most definitely hearkens back to Judas Priest. Hence Brooklyn’s ring music.
Here’s most of my track list:
Thirty Seconds Out – Ramin Djawadi
Corner – Blue Stahli
I’m Going In – Pain
Jackhammer Manifesto – Blue Stahli
Arising Hero – Funker Vogt
ULTRAnumb – Blue Stahli
Anti You – Blue Stahli
Genozid – Funker Vogt
Knife Edge – Brian Tyler
Rebellion – Van Canto
Undisputed (feat. Xevi C) – Erik Ekholm/Xevi C
Warrior Spirit – Erik Ekholm
Survival of the Strongest – Erik Ekholm
Spirit of the Hero – Erik Ekholm
Soul Extinction – Erik Ekholm
Power of Will – Erik Ekholm
Mind Struggles – Erik Ekholm
Last Stand 2k11 – Erik Ekholm
Fury – Erik Ekholm
Locked In – Judas Priest
Out in the Cold – Judas Priest
Hot for Love – Judas Priest
Reckless – Judas Priest
Hell Patrol – Judas Priest
Between the Hammer & the Anvil – Judas Priest
Battle Hymn – Judas Priest
One Shot at Glory – Judas Priest
Living Bad Dreams – Judas Priest
Worth Fighting For – Judas Priest
Blood Red Skies – Judas Priest
Killing Machine – Judas Priest
The Rage – Judas Priest
Eat Me Alive – Judas Priest
Cathedral Spires – Judas Priest
Metal Messiah – Judas Priest
Machine Man – Judas Priest
One on One – Judas Priest
Hell is Home – Judas Priest
Blood and Stone – Audiomachine
When They Come For Me – Linkin Park
Network 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.
Fight 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.
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. You can connect with Rachel at: Website: rachelhaimowitz.com, Tumblr: rachelhaimowitz.tumblr.com, Twitter: @RachelHaimowitz, Goodreads: goodreads.com/metarachel, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Website: aleksandrvoinov.com, Blog: aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, Twitter:@aleksandrvoinov, Goodreads: goodreads.com/Vashtan.