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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Riptide Publishing 4th Anniversary Blog Tour with Reesa Herberth


It seems like only yesterday that Brita Addams contacted me to ask for my participation in helping to promote the launch of a brand new publisher to the LGBT genre. That publisher was Riptide, and it’s hard to believe that was four years ago. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been asked to help celebrate this anniversary, so without further ado, please help us welcome author Reesa Herbert to The Novel Approach.

Enjoy her guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win Free Books For A Year from Riptide!

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Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour! We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and a behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found HERE. Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!

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A suburban living room, television tuned to a show where adults pretend to be ninjas.  An undisclosed number of cats await their dinner.

MICHELLE, a cheerful blonde woman who gets away with a lot because she looks innocent, is trying to light a fire under her co-author so they can write a good introduction post about their science fiction romance series, THE YLENDRIAN EMPIRE.

REESA, a distracted-looking redhead, is paying more attention to her armchair ninja warrior duties than her co-author.


What would you say is the main reason people would like the Ylendrian Empire—


People?  What?  No, you’ve got to hit the trampoline with both feet!


Ahem.  As I was SAYING.  We don’t have any space ninjas.  Yet.  But we’ve got bounty hunters, and psychic cops—


Psychic criminals, too.  But the space ninja thing—we should make a note.  And beleaguered technical support staff, respected sex workers…  Plus, even if we don’t have space ninjas, there’s the not-really-zombies on Station 43.


I think we do a good job making sure our characters are flawed, but relatable. Like Corwin, from Peripheral People.


His feelings are still hurt because you called him a jerk.  Even if he is kind of standoffish, he has his reasons.  I kind of love that he’s not someone you’d immediately hit it off with at a party.  It makes it that much more rewarding to watch his layers peel back and reveal his ticklish underbelly.


(Looking interested)

You think Corwin is ticklish?


I’m sure of it.  It’s probably why he’s so prickly.

(REESA squinches up her nose as she removes a very, very large black and white cat from her lap)

Your original question though, about why people would like the books.  I know you grew up with some geeky tendencies, and I was reading science fiction and fantasy as soon as I could pull it off my parents’ shelves.  As a reader, I find a lot more quality LGBTQ fiction now, but not necessarily a lot of speculative fiction, especially not with a romantic element.  So the Ylendrian Empire books definitely have that going for them.


Although I don’t think the romantic element takes a back seat.  That was really important to me.  Our characters are Doing Things, but while the action is going on they’re still living the rest of their lives, too.

(Five cats of various sizes and shapes have all arranged themselves near the authors.  All five cats are staring, unblinking.)


(shifting uncomfortably)

So we’ve got action.  We’ve got romance.  We’ve got impossible odds.  We’ve even got mystery.  But it’s all a blend- I don’t think there’s a stronger pull in any direction.  Romance readers who don’t normally go for science fiction can pick up the books because they’re so character-focused.  Science fiction readers who might not pick up a romance can enjoy them because the plots and worldbuilding are familiar, and again, the characters drive the romance.  And people looking for LGBTQ characters can find them gift-wrapped in a sci fi/romance/action story.

(The large black and white cat returns, and REESA finds herself pinned under twenty pounds of yowling beast.)


Not that they aren’t fans, but I think the cats want to be fed.


(Ignoring the chorus of hungry wails at her feet)

What if the space ninjas were cats?



Kelly Jensen (Chaos Station) says our latest, Peripheral People is “…thrillingly long and twisty and demands to be read in one straight sitting.”  Psychic detectives…in space!  What’s not to love?

If you’d like to dip your toe into the Ylendrian Empire, rather than jumping in the deep end, check out In Discretion, a charming little novella about that awkward moment when you run into your ex on a space station full of (not!)zombies.


Reesa Herberth

About the Ylendarian Empire univserse

The Ylendrian Empire universe is a series of loosely-connected space operas written by Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth.

Fast-paced heists, gritty paranormal mysteries, rescue missions in far-flung exotic jungles . . . the character-driven adventures and romances of the Ylendrian Empire are a chance to explore a new set of stars, with just enough spice to keep you wanting more.


About Reesa: Reesa Herberth grew up in Hawaii, tried Arizona for a few years, and eventually settled in the D.C. area, where they have trees and rain.

She’s held a variety of crazy writer jobs, including book and video store manager for a defunct chain of music shops, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy, high school secretary, and dye-stained proprietress of a small yarn and fiber business.

When not writing, she can usually be found reading, gardening, cooking, or spinning yarns of another sort entirely. She often resents her need for sleep.

With Michelle Moore, she is the author of the Ylendrian Empire books, including The Balance of Silence, the award-winning space opera caper, The Slipstream Con, and Peripheral People, a sci fi thriller with psychics and squishy feelings, coming soon.

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Anniversary Sale

The Ylendrian Empire collection is being sold in a special discounted bundle by Riptide this week only. Check out the sale on this series and other bundles HERE.



To celebrate our anniversary, Riptide Publishing is giving away free books for a year! Your first comment at each blog stop on the Anniversary Tour will count as an entry and give you a chance to win this great prize. Giveaway ends at midnight, October 31, 2015, and is not restricted to US entries.


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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow bookish obsessed, and welcome! We have another great week in store for you this week as we wrap up our Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 and look forward to the next installment of Flashback Friday.

Here’s what’s coming up!


Monday – Kicking off a great week, we have a cover reveal for author J. Johanis’s Dream God coming up today

And we’ll also have author Chris McHart visiting with us on the Small Steps blog tour

Tuesday – We have author Rick R. Reed dropping by today as the final—yes, the final—guest to appear on the Countdown to GayRomLit celebration tour here at TNA

We’ll also be celebrating with Queer Romance Month today, with the first of two spotlights for the month because, as they say, “Love is not a subgenre.”

Wednesday – Today author Lane Hayes stops in as she tours the web to promote her newest book in the Better Than series, Better Than Safe

We’re also helping Riptide Publishing celebrate their Four Year Anniversary, with author Reesa Herberth

Thursday – Today we’re so pleased to be taking part–along with Prism Book Alliance, Rhys Ford, Joyfully Jay, and Love Bytes Reviews–in an exclusive excerpt tour for Eric Arvin‘s latest release, The Rascal

Author Rob Damon will also be our guest on the tour for his new release with CoolDudes Publishing, Into the Team

Friday – Today we welcome the writing team of Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen on the tour for their new novel Skip Trace

And, for the next installment in our Flashback Friday segment, we’ll be bringing you our favorite Historical reads, along with the chance to win an e-copy of one of our selected titles

Saturday – And finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Annabelle Jacobs with us today to chat about her new book Altered 3


And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!


Michelle Moore, Reesa Herberth, Riptide Publishing

Character Interview and Giveaway: Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore

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Hi, we’re Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth.  The kind people here have invited us to stop by and tell you a little about our newest book, Peripheral People.  A standalone novel in the Ylendrian Empire series, Peripheral People combines elements of romance, science fiction, paranormal, and crime drama in the intense, galaxy-spanning hunt for a psychic serial killer.  Hot on the trail and hot for each other (in the sense that they’d both prefer to be set on fire than work together), the imperial agents who stumble into the case must evade terrifying mental traps, their own volatile relationship, and the discovery that someone in a higher pay grade may not be so keen on their quest for justice.

We’re thrilled to be with you today, and we’re looking forward to any questions or comments you might have.


An Interview with Michelle Moore and  Agent Westley Tavera

Westley Tavera, ostensibly the strongest psychic investigator PsyAc has ever graduated, has agreed to take time out of his busy professional schedule to do a dual interview today.  Using a random interview question generator, we’ll be taking turns digging deep into our values, interests and beliefs.

If I were to talk with the people who know you best, how would they describe you?

Westley Tavera:  That would depend entirely on the person.  Well, okay, maybe not.  If we’re going for complete honesty, probably a pain in the ass.  But the best pain in the ass they’ve ever met!  I make it a point to excel at everything I do.

Michelle Moore:  I’ve got to go with pink.  And full of flamingoes. I always hope for funny, too, that kind where you don’t seem like you’re trying too hard. 

Do you have any siblings? What were they like growing up?

Tavera:  A younger sister.  And let’s just say that she was a pro at getting other people to do what she wanted, and leave it at that.  I value my life.

Moore:  A brother and sister, both much younger.  Which worked out really well for me, since I could haul them around as adorable fashion accessories when they were little.  They’ve grown up into adults who I admire hugely. 

Tell me about how you got into your line of work.

Tavera:  I initially intended to join the pro hacky-sack circuit, but it turned out the money wasn’t enough to keep me in the lifestyle to which I was accustomed.  IEC seemed like the next best option.  Even though the Fly-by fleet could definitely use some upgrading, especially when it comes to carpeting.  Rough on the knees.  Or so I’ve heard, anyway.

Moore:  I’ve always loved to read.  And the more I read, the more I kept thinking “I want to create worlds people can lose themselves in.”  One day I got up the nerve to try… and here I am.  I actually started out in technical writing, but it was so soul-sucking, I dropped out of writing altogether for about 10 years.  I’m soooo much happier now. 

What are the biggest obstacles you’ve overcome in life?

Tavera:  Being the absolute best.  Sure, it sounds like it would be all rainbows and ponies, but it doesn’t always endear me to people.  Those are the times I have to rely on my dashing good looks and sunny demeanor.  Knowing how to bake helps a lot, too.

Moore:  Imposter Syndrome.  Although it’s not entirely accurate to say I’ve overcome it.  I’m still scared that people are going to follow me down the street pointing and screaming “Fake, fake!  That woman can’t write, don’t let her fool you!”

Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person, even when that individual may not have personally liked you.

Tavera:  Inspector Corwin Menivie has been the model of effective communication.  I repeat, Corwin has been the model of effective communication.

Moore:  I don’t want to jinx myself or tempt the karma gods to come down on me, but I’ve been pretty successful in situations like that.  It’s a matter of keeping things straight and to the point.  In one circumstance, the person was already pissed off about a situation, but I was able to calmly lay out the facts and prevent a spectacular world-ending temper tantrum.  (I was not going to have a tantrum. I was executing a choreographed assault on someone else’s faulty reasoning! – Reesa Herberth)


About the Authors: Michelle Moore has a well-documented obsession with travel, television, frappuccinos and flamingos. These, however, come in a distant second to her love of writing. Most evenings she can be found huddled over her laptop at the local Starbucks, dividing her time between actually writing and pretending to be a barista.

Reesa Herberth was born in Nevada and spirited away to California before moving to Hawaii, where she grew up on the Big Island.  She tried Arizona for a few years, then lit out for the D.C. area, where her nomadic itch is regularly curbed by the nightmares of urban traffic.  She’s held a handful of the requisite crazy writer jobs, including book store overlord, office goddess for an artisan ice cream maker, and cheese-cup scrubber at an organic goat dairy.

Michelle and Reesa have been writing together for over fifteen years.  They are currently working on more Ylendrian stories, and a petition to have cat hair recognized as a form of currency.

Michelle Moore – @marigotc
Reesa Herberth – @reesah

Facebook – Ylendrian Empire Fan Page

Michelle and Reesa Write
Ylendrian Empire


PeripheralPeople_400x600Blurb: Corwin Menivie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple homicide.

During a routine investigation, West’s talent puts them on the trail of a brutal serial killer who traps his prey in a deadly mental playground. Then the killer starts baiting the team, laying psychic landmines at crime scenes and exposing IEC secrets. The strain of the case binds the agents closer together—so close that Nika and Gavin start sharing a room, and even the curmudgeonly Corwin finds himself as occupied with West as he is with the murders.

But as West’s visions of death grow more violent, the only way out for all of them may be straight through the mind of a monster. If they’re not careful, they may forget which side of the hunt they’re on.

Buy Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon | ARe



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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back to a look at what we have coming up in the week ahead!

Here in the US, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day today, so before I move along to all the great things we have in store for the week ahead, I just want to say one thing. It takes far more than the biological ability to give birth to a child to make a mother. It simply takes a child, any child, who needs our unending patience, our unwavering courage, and our unconditional love and support to make a difference in their lives. That’s what being a mother is about–patience, courage, love and support–so whether that difference-maker is a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, a family friend, or a dad who is both mother and father to his child or children, I share this day with you and salute you for all the caring and love you put into nurturing and shaping the next generation.

Happy Mother’s Day! :)

And now, here’s what’s on tap!


Monday – Kicking off the week, we have Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore stopping by on the Peripheral People blog tour

We’ll also have Shae Connor with us on the blog tour for her new novel Wayward Son, the sequel to Unfortunate Son

TuesdayZane Riley drops in today on the Go Your Own Way blog tour

And we’ll also welcome Deanna Wadsworth to talk about her new novel Wrecked, coming soon from Dreamspinner Press

Wednesday – We’ll have author Andi Van here with us today to talk about her new novel Starting with the Unexpected

And DSP Publications authors Carole Cummings and John Inman will join us with another edition of “Genre Talk”—today’s topic: Horror

Thursday – Today we’ll be welcoming author Jason N. Smith, who stops by to chat about his new novel Awakening: The Blood Rock Prophecy

Author Michael Kudo also joins us to talk about his new self-published novel Sequestered Hearts

FridayKeira Andrews gives us a peek at the cover of her upcoming novel Kick at the Darkness

M.J. O’Shea will also be our guest today on her Family Jewels blog tour

Saturday – Author Hayden Thorne joins us to talk about her upcoming novel Ansel of Pryor House

Sunday – And finally, today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, and The Novel Approach will once again be participating in the Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia. If you’ve never followed the hop before, as of this post there are more than 90 participating LGBT bloggers and authors, and there are always giveaways involved, so stay tuned for it


And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

Reesa Herberth, Riptide Publishing

“In Discretion” Is An Action Filled Sci-Fi Drama

“Some secrets can be trusted to people with nothing to lose.” – Reesa Herberth

Title: In Discretion (A Ylendrian Empire Novella)

Author: Reesa Herberth

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 114

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.
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Reesa Herberth, Riptide Publishing

Welcome Reesa Herberth On The “In Discretion” Blog Tour


Hi, I’m Reesa Herberth, and I’m so happy to be here with you on to talk about my newest book, In Discretion. I’m running a trivia contest; I’ve got an excerpt- it’s just a big party up in here! I’d like to thank the bloggers (and readers!) of The Novel Approach for letting me join you on my official blog tour.

I’m running a trivia contest throughout the tour, with a winner to be drawn from the entries on Friday, January 10, 2014. I’ll be giving away the winner’s choice of any e-book in my backlist, plus a reading gift pack featuring books and treats! The contest is open to U.S. and International entrants. In the event that a winner outside the U.S. is chosen, a gift certificate to Riptide Publishing or Amazon will be substituted for the physical prize. To enter, email me with the answers to the following trivia questions (answers to all questions can be found in In Discretion):

1. What is the name of Thanson Nez’s father?
2. Who is Tynna?
3. What item did Thanson steal from Kazra the last time they saw one another?

Remember, just email the answers to be entered to win. And now, on to more pressing matters…

Debunking the Top 5 Myths About “In Discretion”

It seems like there might be a few rumors* about my new release, In Discretion, that require a bit of myth busting. Flattered as I am by the inferences, it’s time to douse some of these flames before they leap up and take out a good pair of trousers. Presented below, in no particular order, are the top 5 myths about In Discretion:

1. “In Discretion” is the unauthorized sequel to “Stranger in a Strange Land”.

Not true, not true. Thanson Nez may seem every inch the wealthy Imperial socialite, but he grew up on the planet Corve, a haven of criminal activity and vice. Sure, he’s a respected companion to upper crust citizens who can afford his contract now, but he knows a thing or two about living on the edge. Station 43 might not be his first choice, but Thanson’s survived in worse places. (And no, he wasn’t raised by Martians.)

2. Peter Jackson has approached us about optioning “In Discretion”.

No, no, of course not. Hopefully, Mr. Jackson will soon be busy bringing Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books to the big screen. He’s got bigger dragons to fly. I think Guillermo del Toro would have more fun with the claustrophobic setting and lurking danger of Station 43 anyway.

3. Timothy Olyphant and Michael Ealy have already signed on to play Kazra and Thanson.

I don’t know where people come up with this stuff, I swear! Neither of them have been signed to the non-existent movie. It’s really only Mr. Olyphant’s hair we want. (Well, for Kazra, anyway, unless there’s a Persian Olyphant doppelganger running around.) Michael Ealy, on the other hand, is welcome to have his agent call us. (We’ll do lunch.)

4. “In Discretion” is an elaborate “Pride and Prejudice” AU

Even though Thanson’s got the pride and Kazra’s got the prejudice (he wears the “bitter ex” thing well), this one doesn’t hold much water either. Unless we reimagine Lady Catherine de Bourgh as a space station… No. It’s too dreadful. Forget I said anything.

5. The production of “In Discretion” has already been plagued with accidents, including the mysterious affliction and eventual (possible!) demise of the author’s sister, and the transmogrification of a fan into an inanimate object. The story may be cursed.

This one isn’t actually that far off… I don’t know about cursed, but things certainly aren’t going well on Station 43, and it does look like Thanson’s connections or Kazra’s sarcasm are going to get them out of it. I heard a rumor they might have to pull out the big guns- actually talk to each other- but I think we can all see where listening to rumors gets us.

* The author could not be reached for comment about the possible origins of these rumors.


Thanks again to everyone for letting me stop by. I’ll be popping in and out to answer any questions or comments throughout the day, and don’t forget to enter the trivia contest! Curious about the story that might have sparked all these wild ideas? You can read an excerpt and purchase the book here.

About In Discretion:

Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.

Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.

The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.

Reesa Herberth is the co-author (with Michelle Moore) of the Ylendrian Empire series. She can often be found tweeting, blogging, and messing around on Facebook when she should be writing. Likewise, she is easily distracted by the sound of new email, and encourages you to contact her at this address

Leta Blake, Reesa Herberth, Rhys Ford, Riptide Publishing, Storm Moon Press, VJ Summers

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

It’s hard to imagine in just a couple of days, we’ll be ringing out the old year and welcoming in the new. It’s a clean slate we get every 365 days, a chance to start over and anticipate new possibilities, so here’s hoping your 2014 is filled with lots of joy and the gift of peace.

We’ve got a great week ahead of us as we play catch up on reviews, welcome some great authors, and usher in the New Year with a few giveaways!

MondayRhys Ford is with us today with her latest novel Fish and Ghosts, and there’s a one-of-a-kind giveaway you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday – Happy New Year! The TNA Team has selected our Top Books of 2013, so we’ll not only be listing those, but we’ll also be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

WednesdayRiptide Publishing presents the Reesa Herberth In Discretion Blog Tour, so you’ll want to stay tuned for what they have in store.

ThursdayStorm Moon Press is here today to kick off the first of its three 4th Anniversary Blog Tour guest spots.

FridayVJ Summers is our guest today with something that’s sure to be a little entertaining and a lot smexy.

SaturdayLeta Blake visits today with her latest novel Training Season, and she’s also offering a giveaway of the book, so be sure to stop in and say hi.

SundayPhillip MacKenzie Jr. is with us today with an interview and excerpt from his new anthology Bite the Pillow: Six on Sex.

And that’s it for another week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!