Hi! Welcome to the blog tour stop for Changing Colors, the fourth and final book in the Season of Love universe. I can’t wait to introduce you to Tony and Gee– who is, by the way, one of my favorite characters ever! This book is a stand-alone, but readers of previous SoL books will definitely see some familiar faces. Follow the blog tour to learn more about the book, the series, and the romance… and don’t forget to check the tour each day, for your chance to win an Amazon gift card!
About Changing Colors
Tony Quinn has a knack for figuring people out. He likes labels, likes to be able to put everyone and everything in tidy boxes. As a theater director, it allows him to run a production without too much drama. But when he meets Gentry—“call me Gee”—in a bar one night, he discovers that some people aren’t so easily defined.
Gee Parnell is unlike anyone Tony has ever met before. He refuses to conform—to Tony’s expectations, or to society’s gender roles. He’s sexy and flirtatious, unapologetic and unashamed. And Tony isn’t sure he’s okay with that. So he breaks things off and escapes back into his well-ordered life.
But then an attack leaves Gee bloody and bruised, and Tony realizes that he isn’t ready to lose him. Not only is the passion between them off the charts, but Gee shows him a different way of understanding people. However, an exciting new job opportunity means that Tony has to decide between hiding his sexuality and his relationship with Gee, and his newfound appreciation for the color and beauty Gee brings to his life.
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Gee was one of my favorite characters to write in the entire Seasons of Love series. He’s someone who’s completely and utterly sure of himself, who’s unapologetic, and who doesn’t forgive easily. And he’s also someone who’s oddly vulnerable, in ways that I think most readers won’t expect.
I don’t tend to draw inspiration for characters from real people, but Gee is a rare exception; he’s a combination of two different people—one I knew pretty well, and one I never actually met.
The first was a former co-worker (who I’ll call Charlie, though that is not his real name). Charlie was brash and bold and flamboyant, starkly out of place in the conservative landscape of suburban Texas. Every week he’d change something about himself—his hair cut and/or color, his clothing style, etc. He might have blue hair one day, and a mohawk the next. I’d never met anyone like him.
One thing I’ll always remember about Charlie is how brave he was (and still is, I hope). When customers would say awful things to him, he’d just lift his head and laugh. He came to work every day looking exactly as he wanted to, and didn’t care what anyone else thought.
From Charlie, I took his bravery and gave it to Gee. I wanted a character who looked and dressed for himself, not for the world around him.
The second is a person I never actually spoke to, and only saw for a few seconds a handful of times. They (I don’t want to assume pronouns) must have lived in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, and I would see them walking sometimes. They always wore beautiful skirts with boots, had spike blond hair, and usually had a cigarette in one hand. I was already writing Changing Colors at this time, and knew Gee was gender non-conforming, but it was something special to see someone who looked and dressed like the character in my head.
Before then, Gee was only a person on the page. But after the first time I saw that stranger, I realized that Gee existed, and that he was possibly out there walking around New York City at that very moment.
I hope you love to read Gee as much as I loved to write him. The book may be from Tony’s point of view, but I think Gee really steals the show.
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.
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To celebrate the release of Changing Colors, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 28, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!