Friday, June 2, 2017

Excerpt & Giveaway - Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer

Hello, and welcome to the blog tour for Heels Over Head, my new sports romance where Olympic diving hopefuls battle it out on the platform... while discovering friendship, family, and love along the way. I hope you enjoy reading Jeremy and Brandon's romance as much as I enjoyed writing it!

I'll be stopping on several blogs throughout the week, so I hope you'll follow along and join in the discussion. Plus, don't forget to leave a comment at the end of the post... you'll be entered to win an Amazon gift card! 

About Heels Over Head: 

Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete. 

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete. 

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

Now available from Riptide Publishing and Amazon  


Home is a boring gray apartment in a boring gray neighborhood. It’s the kind of summer where everything is brown and dried up instead of green and vibrant, so I keep my curtains closed most of the time to block out the blandness.  

I hate Ohio, but it’s where I need to be. It’s where Andrey lives—though I still can’t fathom why—and the pool facility at the university is modern and well maintained, so I guess it doesn’t matter too much about what’s outside.  

My alarm goes off at exactly six thirty the next morning, and I’m out of bed before I can be tempted to hit Snooze. Breakfast is fruit and scrambled eggs, which are the only type of eggs I know how to make. If I’m super hungry, sometimes I’ll add on a bowl of instant oatmeal, but today I’m all right. I eat alone at the table.  

Some days I wake up and crave bacon or the waffles Dad used to get from the frozen food aisle. But I have to be aware of every single thing I put into my body, and how it will convert to energy and muscle. Andrey had a nutritionist from the college come in earlier this year, and now I have a set schedule of what and when to eat.  

I pack my bag slowly, running through the mental checklist: suit and shammy, and an extra of each just in case; bandages for my wrists and legs; KT tape for my shoulder, which twinges if I don’t warm it up properly.  

Being a diver is a lot cheaper than any other sport. That was probably the main reason Dad let me keep at it as a kid; Isaac wanted to play hockey, but we couldn’t afford the pads and sticks and bags full of gear. What I need fits in a backpack. I toe on my sneakers and get out the door right on time.  

I usually walk to the pool. It’s less than a mile, and the light exercise gets my heartbeat up a little. The walk also gives me time to think, to plot out my goals for the day and to figure out what went wrong in yesterday’s training so I can try to correct it.  

Today, though, I’m thinking about blue eyes and black ink. 

It’s enough to get my heart racing in a totally different way, and I’m furious at myself for losing my focus by the time I arrive. 

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 Heels Over Head, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card!
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Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
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  1. Congrats on your book tour! and tyvm for the giveaway :)

  2. Congratulations Elyse on your book.

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.


  4. Thank you for the excerpt!
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  5. Great excerpt,Jeremy's life is very restricted I can understand his reluctance to befriend Brandon as they are so different in attitude and goals.

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  6. I can't wait to dive (*wink*) into this. Thanks for the blog tour and good luck with the release, El.


  7. Congrats on the release & thanks for the excerpt!

  8. Congrats on the new release! This book sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing this excerpt! :)


  9. Mmm, I think I may make waffles for breakfast this weekend! Thanks for the idea ; ) peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I can't recall reading a book with diving before.


  11. I tend to watch team sports, but diving must be especially difficult in comparison!


  12. Congrats and thanks for the excerpt. This sounds great. I've loved watching diving for decades - the athleticism and beauty of it - and it makes a good "platform" for playing out all the other dynamics in a story. - Purple Reader,
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