Please welcome Elyse Springer with
Seasons Of Love #2
Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Thaw! This F/F romance is the second in my "Seasons of Love" quartet, but stands alone-- though readers of Whiteout may recognize some familiar faces. Thaw features an asexual librarian from Brooklyn, who meets an ice-cold super model from Canada, and I hope you'll read on to learn more about Abby and Gabrielle's romance.
Of course, don't forget to drop a comment on this post... one lucky winner will get a $10 Amazon gift card!
Why This Book?
When I told a friend that I was writing Thaw, she was excited but also confused. “Aren’t there already a lot of asexual romances out there?”
The short answer is: “No.”
The longer answer is: “There are an estimated 70 million asexual-spectrum people in the world, and less than a hundred books that represent their orientation. That’s not nearly enough!”
Thaw evolved because I wanted to see more positive asexual representation in romance, and because I wanted to see a women like myself on the page. I couldn’t think of a single ace romance between two women (if you know of one, let me know!). I wanted to show people like me—women who are romantically attracted to other women (and men!)—that they belong in romance.
In developing Abby’s story, I knew three things going in:
- Abby would know her own identity and be comfortable with it—none of that Allosexual Savior nonsense, when a non-asexual person magically saves the day to say, “Hey, you’re ace!”
- None of Abby’s friends would be aphobic—there’s enough of that behavior online, and I didn’t want to see anyone called “broken” or “weird” in my romance.
- Gabrielle would be allosexual.
Why the last one? Because I wanted to show that romances can work when two people love each other, and that sex isn’t a requirement for a relationship. That two people can have their emotional and physical needs met in a way that works for both of them, while still having a meaningful relationship.
I wanted—no, I needed to show that asexuality and love are not mutually exclusive.
That’s why Thaw was written. Because I deserve a love story that I can relate to, and I think other asexual people do as well.
About the book:
Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met. Abby’s sure she’ll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another.
Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen—cold and untouchable—except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. Only Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.
They’re two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there’s more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye. But they’ll have to overcome Abby’s fears—and Gabrielle’s own threatening secrets—in order to find their way to love.
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About Seasons Of Love
New York is the city that never sleeps: where everything can change in the blink of an eye, and where anything is possible—especially romance. In the bitter cold of winter or the impossible humidity of mid-summer, your own happily ever after might be right around the corner.
The people of New York come from all walks of life, and the relationships are just as diverse. So whether you’re a waiter or an aspiring actor, a banker or a model, falling in love can happen quicker than the seasons change.
About the author:
Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.
She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:
To celebrate the release of Thaw, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 29, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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