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Title: Dating Ryan Alback
Author: J.E. Birk
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.
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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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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