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.
While Second Skin isn’t my first publication, it is my first time publishing with Riptide. As the production manager at Riptide, it would seem like this should be no big deal. But getting to experience Riptide from the other side of the coin was definitely an educational experience!
Working the editorial team, I knew what to expect from the edits, at least in part, and I wasn’t disappointed. The editing is thorough, but not only did it help Second Skin, but it made me more aware of my own habits. I especially fall into the trap of repeating words or actions–my characters repeated some so often it was like there was a glitch in the matrix. But those were ironed out, and hopefully there will be fewer instances in my future writing that need to be cut in order to make a more seamless story.
For cover creation, I handed in a request that was…vague, to say the least. I didn’t really have any concepts in mind–I’m not a visual person at all!–so I threw ideas at the wall and hoped something would stick. It really made me appreciate the work L.C. Chase does day in and day out to take the words of cranky, high-strung authors (that’s me) and mold them into something that everybody will love. And I have to say I’m thrilled with my cover. It’s lovely.
Cover artists are definitely underappreciated. We say not to judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest: we all do it. Hopefully my cover gets across the sweet–slightly moody but mostly sweet–atmosphere of Second Skin.
While I’m aware of all the work our lovely marketing manager, Amelia, does, I’d never thought about the amount of effort behind it. She really goes above and beyond to schedule the blog tour, and then help silly authors who struggle to come up with topics. She’s supportive, is a delight to work with from an author’s perspective, and talks authors off the edge. (Not that I was super anxious or anything. Nope. Not me.)
She really deserves a gold star, a hug, and a giant cup of her preferred form of caffeine. Or a box of chocolates. Or something.
I have to say, I was a little nervous having my first publication with Riptide, but it was a delightful experience, and it has made me all the more proud of the work I do with them as an editor. And as an author, it’s made me want to up my game, work harder, and submit something else!
About Second Skin
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.
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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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!