Alex Whitehall on Second Skin ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Second Skin
Author: Alex Whitehall
Publisher: Riptide
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.

Second 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.


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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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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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22 thoughts on “Alex Whitehall on Second Skin ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. I did not take any math at university due to my major and the level of math I did in high school. Your class certainly sounds like one of the more esoteric ones.

    Thanks for another interesting post.


  2. I had to take several math classes in college is was no piece of cake. Even so I never took something like what you had to take and am glad of that because I might have failed?
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  3. I’m sure I would take a math class which included between its task reading Borges…. which is one of my favourite writers ever. I made the same mistake you made, and took some classes which were great for knowledge but had not many practical use… Anyway, university is for experimenting, isn’t it?
    congratulations on the new book, It sounds really good!


    • College is definitely the last great opportunity for experimenting (not that you can’t do it later, but it’s probably the safest time for most). I feel like most of my classes were very educational but not very informational!

      Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  4. Algebra classes were always ok for me because the rules were always the same. Geometry & graphing were what really kicked my butt. I think I’d have tanked with philosophical math as well. Thanks for the post. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

    • I was just like that in high school. I was fine with most math, but geometry just completely confounded me…and by the time I understood, we’d moved on to a different subject.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I got out of math requirements in college because of AP credits but I did take accounting which was difficult enough for me – I’m not math inclined! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

    • I slacked senior year in high school and didn’t take AP math…which I only regretted slightly the next year 🙂

      Accounting at least sounds like it’d be useful for real world stuff?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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