J.E. Birk on Dating Ryan Alback ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Dating Ryan Alback
Author: J.E. Birk
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 02/20/2017


Ryan Alback has almost everything he’s ever wanted: a successful acting career, a dog who adores him, great family and friends, and a life outside the closet. The only thing missing is a boyfriend—but Ryan’s been burned by Hollywood relationships before, and he’s not eager to try one again.

Jason Santos has almost everything he’s ever wanted: a fulfilling career teaching middle school, a house in a city he loves, and parents who support him in every way. Too bad he can’t seem to forget the ex-boyfriend who rejected his marriage proposal.

When a talk show host launches a dating contest to find Ryan a boyfriend and Jason accidentally wins, neither of them expect anything to come from it. Yet somewhere between a disastrous massage and a mud sinkhole, they both start to wonder if this date could be more than just a public relations stunt. But before they can move into the future, they’ll both have to learn to let go of the past.

Colorado and Vermont Love

Dating Ryan Alback is not the first novel I’ve set in Colorado. In fact, almost everything I’ve written has been either set in Colorado or referenced Colorado in some way. Colorado is where I live and where I do most of my dreaming. So it stands to reason that this place would find its way into most of my scribblings.

Colorado isn’t the only place I love that found its way into Dating Ryan Alback, though. Vermont also holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I was born and raised, where my husband is also from (though I started dating him in Colorado—that’s a fun story), and where many stories have played out in my head. When I had a chance to send Ryan and Jason away on a romantic weekend as part of this book’s plot, Vermont was the first place I thought of.

The scenes where Jason and Ryan explore Vermont were some of my favorite to write. The one where Jason gets stuck in the mud while touring a syrup operation was particularly fun—Vermont’s mud season is legendary, and I think most Vermonters can site a time when they were worried they were going to become permanently entrapped in some kind of mud sinkhole. And if you think anything about that scene sounds unrealistic, I definitely challenge you to visit Vermont in late March or early April. J

Writing the various Colorado and Vermont settings in this book never stopped being fun, because every setting I wrote was a place I personally love. And there’s nothing more enjoyable than revisiting a place you love through writing it.


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Dating Ryan Alback, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide Publishing credit and their choice of ebook from J.E.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 25, 2017. 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

J.E. Birk has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them since she was introduced to the alphabet. She hails from Colorado, where you can usually find her skiing, training for a 5K she won’t end up running, or watching people run into each other on football fields and in hockey rinks. You can follow her ramblings on Twitter by looking for @jebirkwrites. She’s also been known to ramble on Facebook as J Elisabeth Birk.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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12 thoughts on “J.E. Birk on Dating Ryan Alback ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the post. I haven’t been to either places so it should be fun to get to know both places through the eyes of your characters.
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  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful post. I love visiting places through the books!! I have been to Hew Hampshire but not Vermont except to travel through.
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    • People joke that Vermont and New Hampshire are basically squabbling siblings. 🙂 If you liked New Hampshire, I am sure you’d love spending time in Vermont.

  3. Congratulations on the release, J.E. I am from Europe and have never been to the States, so I haven’t visited those beautiful places you talk about, but I love reading about the places I do not know, that’s why I know I’ll enjoy your book 😉

    • Thank you!! I love reading books that take place in Europe and then visiting the ones that seem most interesting. I’m finally going to see Scotland this summer after reading so many books set there!

    • Oooh, which player? Hockey is sort of religion where I grew up. I keep joking that one of these days I need to write a hockey romance–only there are already so many great ones out there!

  4. I lived in Colorado for 4 years (where we watched hockey between Colorado College and The University of Denver… a rubber chicken on a cord was thrown onto the ice repeatedly), spent time in both Vermont and New Hampshire, and got to witness a mud obstacle course race in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was a hoot! Traveling is the best!

    Love the cover.


  5. I haven’t had a chance to get back to Colorado since I was a kid & haven’t made it to Vermont yet. Thanks for the post.

  6. Congratulations on the new release. You are a new author to me. I am looking forward to reading it.
    I have been to Vermont once (I am from Europe) thirty years ago. It was fall and I was in awe of all the beautiful colors of the foliage.
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