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Title: Second Skin
Author: Alex Whitehall
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult
When Jay heads to the university’s learning center for help with his math class, he doesn’t expect his tutor to be tall, dark, and handsome. But Roswell is all that and more, and their instant connection over cult movies, books, and TV shows quickly evolves into dating.
That’s when things get tricky.
Roswell might claim he doesn’t have issues with Jay being trans, but when he’s constantly insisting they “take it slow,” Jay’s not so sure. He’s been hurt before, and he’s not going to let it happen again.
But then Roswell reveals that he, too, has a few secrets under his skin.
Hello, everybody! I’m Alex Whitehall, and I’m here today touring for my New Adult story, Second Skin, which is about Jay and Roswell, who are on a journey of love, acceptance, and self-discovery.
Warning: This post is going to talk about math. Sort of. It’s going to talk about the slim role math plays in Second Skin. And it’s likely to leave you as confused by the end as you started.
Second Skin opens with Jay heading to his college’s learning center in order to get a tutor for help with his math class. For his Theoretical and Philosophical Math class. Seems like an odd choice, right?
Yeah, it’s the class I took in college. It was part of the honors curriculum, and I was able to count it toward my math credits, and much like Jay, I cannot tell you what that class was actually about. I mostly remember feeling really enlightened during the class, but thinking back–and part of this could be from the various concussions I’ve had since then–I can’t remember a thing. Except I had to read a Borges story and write a paper on how and why it applied to the chapter we were reading.
Wondering what our textbooks was? Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, subhead: A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll. There’s a preface, which states: “So What is this book…really all about? That question has hounded me ever since I was scribbling its first drafts in pen, way back in 1973.” If those aren’t words of encouragement, I don’t know what are.
Over 23 pages he explains that the book is pretty much looking at how animate beings came out of inanimate matter. So I guess that’s what the book is about.
Except…that wasn’t what I learned from the class. And there were no tutors for the class to help me get the point.
However, I learned that I probably would have done better in a regular math class because reading dialogues of Archimedes debating the braid of the world (or something), was not sticking. (In retrospect, a class called “how to do your taxes and other useful things” would have been awesome. I’m not sure that class exists.) I also learned that I do enjoy reading Borges, as long as I don’t have to explain why Story X explains the creation of the world (or something).
And I learned I’m oddly fascinated by this tome, which I still own, and if I had the chance, I’d probably take the class again. Because not understanding something doesn’t mean that I can’t be curious.
Let’s just hope next time there’ll be a cute tutor to help me understand.
To celebrate the release of Second Skin, Alex is giving away $25 in Riptide credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 16, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
About the Author
About Alex Whitehall
If there are two types of people in the world, Alex Whitehall probably isn’t one of them, despite being a person. Their favorite pastimes include reading, horseback riding, sleeping, watching geek-tastic television, knitting, eating, and running. And wasting time on the internet. And spending glorious evenings laughing with friends.
While Alex prefers sleeping over doing anything else (except maybe eating), sometimes they emerge from the cave to be social and to hunt for food at the local market. They can be found blogging, reading, and tending after their aloe plants.
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