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Author: Elyse Springer
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 01/23/2017
Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where—or who—he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.
Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.
Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is—and who Jason is to him—he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.
The Origin of Whiteout
I frequently get asked about where my ideas for books come from. The short answer is: everywhere. I have dozens of notes in my phone about possible story ideas, and several half-outlined plots floating around on my computer. But my favorite place to get ideas is from dreams.
That’s how Whiteout came to be, in fact. I woke up from a dream in July 2015 when it was still mostly dark outside, and had two characters, an opening scene, and the main plot twist already laid out in my head. I quickly jotted down as much of it as I could before the dream faded away… and then went back to sleep and forgot about it entirely until that October, when I started plotting my NaNoWriMo novel.
Almost exactly eighteen months later, Whiteout is being released.
Here’s the inception of the story that eventually became Whiteout (typos and all):
July 28, 2015 at 6:20am
Man wakes up in bed to finger in his hair and a raging headache. Opens his eyes to see a handsome man leaning over him. “Good you’re awake,” the man says, “how are you feeling?” But the guy in bed has no memory, no idea who this man is or where he is or what happened. He just has a bad feeling in his gut when he looks at the man in front of him, like something sour in his belly that he can’t put words to. The man tells him that he was shoveling snow and fell, hit his head really hard. There’s a massive blizzard and roads are closed for days, but the man called the local dr and got advice on what to do in the meantime.
(Confession: there was a little more to the original note than this… but it’s super spoilery so I can’t share it with you!)
I tend to remember my dreams upon waking, so writing Whiteout was incredibly easy in many ways because I had a strong visual and emotional connection to the plot right from the start. I’m a very visual person, and my dreams are often vivid enough that I can retain images upon waking.
So I guess I can say that it was a dream come true to write Whiteout… or maybe just that Noah and Jason are quite literally the men of my dreams! (Okay, fine, the men of each other’s dreams :D)
To celebrate the release of Whiteout, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 28, 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
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:
- Website: http://elspringer.com
- Twitter: @ElyseSpringer
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elysespringerwrites
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