Thursday, April 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Thaw by Elyse Springer ~Guest Post #Giveaway

Author: Elyse Springer
Book: Thaw
Series: Seasons of Love #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication date: April 24, 2017
Length: 222 pages


Abigail is content with her quiet life as a librarian. But when she’s invited to a high-profile charity auction, she finds herself dancing with one of the most beautiful women she’s ever met. Abby’s sure she’ll never see her again, but then Gabrielle calls and asks her on a date. And soon after, another.

Supermodel Gabrielle Levesque has a reputation as the Ice Queen—cold and untouchable—except she warms up whenever she’s with Abby. Only Abby isn’t interested in the heat between them; she’s asexual, and she’s worried that admitting as much to Gabrielle might spell the end of their blooming romance.

They’re two different women from two very different worlds, but Abby knows she can love Gabrielle. Her passion for books, travel, and theater prove there’s more to the Ice Queen than meets the eye.  But they’ll have to overcome Abby’s fears—and Gabrielle’s own threatening secrets—in order to find their way to love.

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Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Thaw! This F/F romance is the second in my "Seasons of Love" quartet, but stands alone-- though readers of Whiteout may recognize some familiar faces. Thaw features an asexual librarian from Brooklyn, who meets an ice-cold super model from Canada, and I hope you'll read on to learn more about Abby and Gabrielle's romance.

Of course, don't forget to drop a comment on this post... one lucky winner will get a $10 Amazon gift card!

Abby’s Brooklyn

I wrote Thaw in the springtime, and there’s really nothing like New York in the spring to inspire and motivate you! I love New York with all my heart… but, like Abby, I’m not a native New Yorker. So I took a walk around my Brooklyn neighborhood on a gorgeous spring day, and snapped a few photos of what, I imagine, Abby would see while she was strolling down the sidewalk with Gabrielle.

This would be similar to the neighborhood that Abby lives in. In nice weather, people sit out on their stoops and talk, eat, smoke, whatever…

Hands-down my favorite thing about my Brooklyn neighborhood is the way everyone co-exists side by side. Old Mexican men play dominos while Hassidic Jews walk by, and the air smells delicious from the Halal restaurant around the corner. And you find gorgeous art, like this decorated house! 

Downtown Brooklyn. It’s nothing special—at least, not compared to the surrounding neighborhoods. But it’s where Abby would go to run errands, or get groceries. It’s also where Abby’s library is located. While her branch is a fictional one, in my head it’s set in the downtown area.

I think people would be surprised by how green Brooklyn is. Especially in the late spring, when everything is blooming and you can hardly believe one of the biggest cities in the world is just a bridge away!

Brooklyn is a massive borough, and I’m absolutely not the best person to try and describe it… I’ll leave that to authors like Daniel José Older and Santino Hassell, who bring their Brooklyn neighborhoods to life in a way that I never could. But hopefully this gives you an idea of what Abby’s neighborhood looks like, and how lovely it is in the spring!

About the Season of Love Universe

New York is the city that never sleeps: where everything can change in the blink of an eye, and where anything is possible—especially romance. In the bitter cold of winter or the impossible humidity of mid-summer, your own happily ever after might be right around the corner.

The people of New York come from all walks of life, and the relationships are just as diverse. So whether you’re a waiter or an aspiring actor, a banker or a model, falling in love can happen quicker than the seasons change.

About Elyse Springer

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:


To celebrate the release of Thaw, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 29, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. Thank you for the post and the pictures.
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  2. I've always been curious about Brooklyn!


  3. Thanks for your post. Your pictures are lovely. I didn't get to visit Brooklyn on my trip to NYC so it's nice to get a visual other than tv and the movies.

  4. Congrats and thanks for the tour of Brooklyn. I remember one trip to NYC in the spring and it was great. Chicago also its nice neighborhoods.I like traveling in a book to places, so this makes book sound all the more interesting. -
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  5. Thanks for the pictures. I would love to go to NYC. Congratulations on your release.
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  6. Oh, Brooklyn in the springtime sounds gorgeous!

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  7. Thanks for the pictures. It has been awhile since i Have been to Brooklyn.
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