I’m pleased to announce that my latest YA romance, Flipping for Him is now available for purchase. This book was fun to write as it allowed me to create some new characters, who I love, and is set in another sport that I enjoy. Although I don’t do parkour myself, I do enjoy watching it any time I can.
I also got to create teen characters unlike the ones that populate Hat Trick. Here, Kevin and Shin are already out. We find out over the course of the story that they each had pretty easy time coming out. The drama in the story comes form other, unexpected places, as you can see in the details below.
You can pick up a copy today at All Romance | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords (and coming soon to bn.com).
Here’s the detail on Flipping For Him
Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend.
On a warm afternoon, while studying in Central Park, Kevin notices a guy practicing parkour—jumping on rocks, running up trees, doing flips. Kevin’s a fan of the sport, and many of the hot guys he’s seen do it on TV. After watching “parkour guy” for several days, Kevin is surprised when Shin comes over to introduce himself.
As the two begin dating, cultures clash when Shin’s parents reveal their expectations that he date only Japanese boys. Pressures mount and Kevin isn’t sure how he can fight to keep Shin when the opposition are his parents and traditions.
Is their twenty-first century love doomed before it even truly begins?
Excerpt from Chapter 1 | Excerpt from Chapter 3
To celebrate the release of Flipping for Him, one commenter on this post will receive a free ebook copy (format of their choice). Anyone who comments before Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PT will receive one chance to win (multiple comments won’t count) and I’ll draw the winner the following day. As you comment, feel free to ask questions, too. I’ll check back in periodically to say hello back and answer anything that may come up.
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I enjoyed the excerpt from both chapters. It’s definitely on buy list. Looking forward to reading this and the next Hat Trick book.
Hi Denise! Excellent to see you. Glad to hear you liked the excerpts and that FFH is on your buy list. Good luck in the giveaway.
You’ll be happy to know now that this is out, I’m back full time working on HT3, looking to have it out in July. (Keep your fingers crossed!)
Happy release day to you.
I love the blurb and the excerpts. I wanted to buy this book today at Are but i bought the anthology 2014 top 10 gay romance instead. This anthology has a book by you in it called Rivals, i really liked it and i was wondering if you ever thought of a sequel? Because i would love to read more about Alex and Mitch.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Flipping for him.
Hi, Angela. Thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear you picked up the anthology. There are a lot of wonderful stories in there. It’s possible that one day there’ll be a sequel for Alex & Mitchell. I enjoyed expanding Rivals when I re-released it earlier this year, so it’s possible I circle back to those guys once I get Hat Trick wrapped up later this year. Good luck in the giveaway!
Wow! Sounds awesome!
Hi Teresa. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway. Hope you enjoy it when you read it.
The plot sounds very interesting. When I had a look at the excerpt of chapter one, I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the writing style. I certainly can’t wait to read it!
Thanks, Luke. Glad to hear you enjoyed the excerpt…hope you enjoy the entire book as well 🙂
Good luck in the giveaway.
This is going to be an interesting read after the HT series.
It was very different to write, not only the characters but even going to a third person narrator, rather than first like HT. It was fun to do, for sure. I hope you enjoy reading it. Good luck in the giveaway.
You are new for me. This sounds great, looking forward to reading your work.
Thankyou for this chance of winning FFH.
This sounds awesome! Parkour isn’t something you see a lot of in fiction, so I’m exctied to learn more. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Ashley. I enjoyed working the parkour into the book. It was actually the initial inspiration. I knew I wanted to do something with parkour because I enjoy watching it so much (and unlike hockey, it’s something I’ll never do myself…I think I would just end up broken). From there it became about these two guys meeting over parkour, and then everything else layered on to that. Good luck in the giveaway. I hope you enjoy the book!
It’s on my list. Can’t wait to read it.
I loved Hat Trick and this book sounds amazing too!
Great to hear you loved Hat Trick, Marco. Good luck in the drawing for Flipping for Him! Thanks for stopping by.
I love that the conflict is about something other than coming out!
Hi Nicole. Yes! I enjoyed writing where coming out wasn’t involved with the story at all. Unless I find some very interesting angle, I suspect I’ve done my “coming out” story with Hat Trick. While coming out does show up in book 2 (and will again in book 3), it’s in sub-plots and isn’t really a conflict element, so much as a figuring-it-out moment.
Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway.
Thanks for explaining what parkour is. It’s one of those things where I keep reading about it but also keep getting distracted before I can look it up. I also like the twist where Shin’s parents seem fine with him being gay, but he has to date only Japanese boys.
Hi Christopher, thanks for stopping by! I think the closest many people get to a parkour in the US is American Ninja Warrior a lot of parkour athletes participate in that and there are a number of things there that are parkour-like. MTV did one season of a show called Jump City, which was straight up parkour/freerunning and I loved it. You can see some good stuff on this YouTube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7QNWEGcNI&sns=em
I use a little ANW obstacle course stuff, as well as the more urban freerunning in the book.
Good luck in the giveaway! Hope you enjoy the book.
I’ve enjoyed the Hat Trick books by you, and a parkour book by someone else. I look for ward to the combination of you and parkour. In writing that is, not in the broken you.
Hi Katherine! Thanks for your comment. So glad that you’ve been enjoying the Hat Trick series. I’m writing away right now on HT3 to come out later this year. I’d love to know what the other parkour book is (and what you thought of it)…it might need to be on my TBR list. Good luck in the give away. I hope you enjoy FFH when you read it.
now how good does this book sound, make you wanna enter so you can win a free copy
Thanks for stopping by, Gareth. Good luck in the giveaway!
First thing this morning I hit up the random.org number generator and, when asked to pick a number between 1 and 11, it came back with 5. Counting 5 down from the top means that…
AK is the winner. I’ll send you an email shortly to find out what format you want.
Congratulations, AK! And thanks again to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was great to hear from all of you.
I discovered this afternoon that two entires landed in the site’s spam filter. Angie and Rob didn’t get counted when I did the random draw this morning and I hate that. I’m reaching out to them to offer them copies of the book because I should’ve looked in spam to make sure nothing was trapped and that everyone was getting a fair shake in the drawing.
Apologies to everyone for the error.