Stop Blaming U.S. Publishers for a lack of International Giveaways!

Yesterday, a spark caught and began to slowly consume the online book community. It was fanned by dozens of international readers who are upset by the lack of opportunities they have to enter and win giveaways with U.S. publishers.

I’m going to start by saying this: It is absolutely not fair that our international reader friends are not afforded the same opportunities that we are here in the U.S. Guys, trust me. I lived for a decade overseas, and just trying to get my mom to mail me a birthday present was hard enough, let alone entering a single U.S. contest.

But I want to explain why, exactly, placing the blame for this on U.S. publishers is wrong. I want to explain the differences between some of the contests you may see out there, and why some contests are open to international readers and some aren’t. And, finally, I want to offer some possible workarounds that you– yes YOU, not the publisher!– can attempt to find, so our friends overseas have more chances to win.

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“Heels Over Head” Interlude: Brandon and Jeremy at the World Aquatics Championships

Yesterday was the Men’s 10m Platform Synchronized Diving event at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Which, if you’ve read Heels Over Head, you’ll know is a Pretty Big Deal. I was streaming the finals at my desk, and even though neither the Americans or the Brits got a medal, it will still a great competition! (And of course there’s still the 10m Individual!)

So I wanted to share a short and sweet interlude, imagining if Brandon and Jeremy were at Worlds this week. This is unedited, cavity-inducing, and contains bonus Tom Daley! (If you don’t know who Tom is, google him. You’re welcome.)

NOTE: this short contains spoilers for Heels Over Head, so you definitely shouldn’t read it unless you’ve read the book. (Also, no, it doesn’t answer that Lingering Question at the end of HOH… that’s another story which will be coming later this year.)

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I’m in Playboy! (Also, I wrote some books…)

In what may be the strangest announcement of my life, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m now on! I wrote an article about what it’s like to be asexual (from my perspective), and the experience of never being sexually attracted to another person in a culture that is saturated with sex.

Imagine Never Being Sexually Attracted to Another Human Being. That’s How I’ve Felt My Whole Life.

Society is fixated on sex. We’re told that anyone who doesn’t want sex is unnatural. Society is wrong.

I also had a book come out a few days ago!

Heels Over Head is my (first) sports romance, and follows two college platform divers as they begin to prepare for the Olympic games. It’s enemies to lovers, and is about finding family and team, and learning to love yourself just the way you are. It’s a book that I’m incredibly proud of, and I really hope you’ll check it out!

You can find purchase links and all that jazz here.


Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is–or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

So I now have three of my five 2017 releases out.


Coming up are my summer-themed romance, Heat Wave, which is a bisexual F/F with a summer fling that’s all heat and sex… until it becomes something more. And this fall will bring Changing Colors, an M/M romance about a man learning to stand up for what he believes in, and his gender non-conforming boyfriend who’s there to help him.


(And as always, huge amounts of love and awe to Natasha Snow for creating all five of these stunning covers!)

Whiteout is almost here! And a contest!

I’m equally nervous and excited for the release of Whiteout in one week! I love Noah, Jason, and their story, and I can’t wait to share their romance with the world.

You can find all kinds of helpful information about pre-ordering right here, should that be a think you are interested in.

BUT WAIT! Maybe you’ve already pre-ordered it? In that case, let me start by saying THANK YOU! And look, a contest just for you, as a way to show you how grateful I am:


Amelia at Riptide was kind enough to let me have this super rare paperback ARC copy of Whiteout, and I’d love to pass it along to one lucky winner. All you have to do is email me with proof that you pre-ordered Whiteout sometime between now and 11:59pm EST on January 22.

Contest is open worldwide, to anyone 18 years or older. Email me at AT with the subject line WHITEOUT CONTEST, and attach a copy of your pre-order (remove any personal information, of course). Next Monday I’ll choose one lucky person to get this paperback ARC.

(Keep in mind: this is an ARC, which means it is not the final book. But I figure, you already have the final book in e-form, so maybe you’ll enjoy this rare, super cool treat?)

2016: Year in Review


2016 was a rough year for a lot of people. Between celebrity deaths, politics, and natural disasters, I think it’s safe to say that 2016 will go down in the record books as the year we’d all like to forget.

But personally, 2016 was actually a really fantastic year. My resolutions each New Years are generally the same: read more, travel more, make good memories. And I did all of those things. So I want to reflect back on my highlights of 2016:

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Announcements galore! (aka, Shiny Things!)

If only your Monday was as awesome as my Monday.

(Okay, I really do wish your Monday was as awesome as mine. Sorry if it wasn’t. Come hang out and I’ll feed you grilled cheese and cookies.)

In case you somehow missed my, um, exuberant announcement on twitter (read: actual running around in circles while shouting with joy), the Seasons of Love series is now available to pre-order! That’s right, you can go spend your hard-earned money on things that I wrote.

(I’m not sure why you’d want to do that, but I don’t get why people jump out of airplanes, either. Whatever makes you happy, right?)

For now, they’re featured on the front page of the Riptide Publishing website, but you can also find links to them below:


The Seasons of Love universe page, featuring:

If you’re an eBook person, you can pre-order all four books for $14.99 as a set. Plus, you get them 48 hours before they release to the rest of the world. Soooooo, yeah. That’s a thing you should do. Just sayin’.

But El, what about those abso-freakin’-lutely gorgeous covers you’ve been bragging about and making heart-eyes over on social media? When do we get to see those?

Well, I’m pleased to announce that the ACTUAL WORKS OF ART that are the Seasons of Love book covers will be released on the RT Blog on Monday, October 3. I can guarantee you they’ll improve your Monday by at least 800%, because they are just that stunning.

(I wish I was exaggerating. The first time I saw them, I gasped so loudly in the middle of the library that people gave me dirty looks.)

So, to summarize:

I have books. You can buy them, but you can’t read them until January, April, July, and October, respectively. Yeah, I’m the world’s biggest tease like that, sorry. I also have book covers, which you’ll get much sooner.

And if you show some love for those book covers next Monday, I’ll post an awesome sneak-peek of Whiteout here on this blog next week.

Oh, and one more thing…

In case you didn’t know… Whiteout releases on January 23.


Which just happens to be my birthday. (Yeah, my very first published novel is releasing on my birthday!) Just something to think about.

Labor Day Weekend!

You’d think that the looming threat of a hurricane would make Labor Day weekend less amazing, but you’d be wrong. Because so far this has been the most glorious weekend of the summer! The looming storm (Hermine, which I keep wanting to call Hermione) has brought us a strong breeze, cooling the city down drastically, and we’ve had perfect blue skies and warm sun.

My friend Anna Zabo is in town for the long weekend, and we’ve had a blast exploring the city (part tourist, part research), eating ALL OF THE FOODS, and being pretty nerdy.

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FlameCon 2016

I spent yesterday at FlameCon, the Brooklyn-based queer Comic Con that just happened to be a 20-minute walk from my apartment. Unfortunately I couldn’t go on Saturday as well (because Olympic diving, duh), but Sunday’s program was really exciting.


Walking into FlameCon is a breath of fresh air, because you know going in that everyone will be a) queer (or queer-friendly) and b) geeky. Which, as a queer geek, basically means finding a couple thousand new best friends.

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