Monday, December 01, 2014

Monday Spotlight on Sydney Croft and "Three the Hard Way"

 This morning we're turning the spotlight on the last but not least of the trio of novels in Riptide's holiday collection, Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft.  (Don't miss the giveaway info!)

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the  Share the Love collection  will be donated to the  It Gets Better Project.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

                  Three of Hearts  by Kelly Jamieson (releasing November 17)
                  Lucky Strike  by Jane Davitt (releasing November 24)
                  Three the Hard Way  by Sydney Croft (releasing December 1)

Three the Hard Way

Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employor enslavepeople with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.

Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process. 
With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.

Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two  New York Times  bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as "Erotica meets the X-Men," and is unique in its own "erotic super hero romance" niche.

Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings.


Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 7. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Help us choose a charity!

Every year, Riptide Publishing releases a Holiday charity bundle with themed stories by bestselling authors. Twenty percent of the net proceeds of each bundle goes to a charity that serves the LGBTQ population.

Royalties from Riptide's 2013 Home for the Holidays charity collection have raised over $14,000 in nine months for the Ali Forney Center, and continue to yield several hundred dollars per month in royalties donations. Our 2014 Share the Love charity collection will be raising money for the It Gets Better Project, and we hope to report even better results than in 2013.

For 2015, the theme will be Holiday Surprises, and we'll have stories by HelenKay Dimon, Christine d'Abo, and Marie Sexton. But we don't have a charity yet.

We need YOUR help to choose the 2015 charity. Nominate your favorite LGBTQ charity below and Riptide might choose it as the 2015 Holiday bundle charity!

The chosen charity for 2015 will immediately receive a $5,000 advance against royalties (paid in 2015 on announcement of the award recipient). The charity will continue to receive 20% of all lifetime net sales income from the 2015 holiday charity collection, in the form of a monthly royalty check.

Three honorable mention charities will each receive a $250 donation.

Click here to nominate a charity. Both supporters and representatives of a charity can submit a nomination.


  1. I support the Trevor Project with all my Amazon purchases, so that's near and dear to my heart.

  2. So eager to read this!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  3. Thanks for the post and contest! I love what Riptide does each year for charity.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  4. I hope been waiting for this book, can't wait to read!

  5. Thanks for the post! What Riptide does each year for charity is so great. amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. So awesome Riptide donates to charity every year. Thank you for the wonderful post and giveaway chance.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Can't wait to read this one!
    jasdarts at hotmail dot com

  8. So thoughtful of Riptide to do something for a deserving charity!

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I love that Riptide is donating to a worthwhile charity, although I do not have a specific on in mind. Since Dec 1 was World AIDS Day, a charity for HIV/Aids research and prevention would be great.
    BTW, I love both of the authors who write together as Sydney Croft and I just recently started this series :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  10. I really like the Trevor Project. Its great that you donate to a charity every year.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  11. Have to check these books out, sound amazing.

    goaliemom0049 (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I nominated an LGBT Center in Houston for Riptide's contest. They work with all ages but their work with LGBT youth is amazing!
    Also, this book sounds HOT!
    ReedReadsMM [@] gmail [.] com

  13. This is a great thing that RP has been doing. Thank you, RP!