Allison Temple Blog

Awkward and Thoroughly Kissable
Posts tagged riptide
Dinner with Friends


Five authors (alive or dead) I'd like to meet.

(this post is based on the Marketing for Romance Writers 52 Week Challenge)

(a note from this author: I'm treating this question as if I'm going to have dinner with these people and not just gushing all over them like the fangirl I am at a book signing...because I may have already done that)

1. Annabeth Albert

Annabeth is one of my favourite MM authors. She writes nerdy characters, tough military characters, rugged beardy characters. Her books are so easy to read. The characters always feel fresh. If you're new to MM romance, start with Annabeth.

2. Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie writes the way I can only dream about. I did get a chance to fangirl all over her (briefly) at a signing last fall, and it was magical, but also a reality check, because it turns out that I will never write like Maggie, because my brain does not work like Maggie's. The upside is that she will never write like me for the same reasons, and that's moderately comforting.

3. Bill Bryson

I have never been a big fan of non-fiction. Bill is an exception. He has a way of weaving dates and facts with narration that suddenly makes the story of the people who tried to fly across the Atlantic before Charles Lindbergh succeeded (spoiler: before Lindbergh, the results were almost always crash landing in a field moments after take off or (worse) crash landing in the ocean and never being heard from again) really compelling. Also, you'll never look at the way staircases are designed (spoiler 2: it's always poorly).

4. Erin McLellan & LJ Hayward

I'm putting these two lovely people on the same line because they're recent Riptide debuts along with yours truly and it has been awesome to get to know them this spring, and awesomer to read their amazing stories. Tragically, they both live very far away, so I'm going to have to work for it.

5. Robin McKinley

Writer of kick ass heroines, my favourite Robin Hood retelling, and so much more. She tried to break into the urban fantasy vampire market a moment too soon, and so all we have is Sunshine when there should have had a whole series of Sunshine and Constantine. I would fangirl so hard before we settled down to our dinner and writerly conversations.

That was harder than I thought. What do you think. Who are your five?

Regarding Riptide

This week has been a difficult one. The revelations about racism and harassment at Riptide Publishing are upsetting. The victims of this treatment have my utmost sympathy and support. At this time, I have requested the rights back to my remaining unpublished works from Riptide.

I appreciate the words of encouragement I have received from those who reached out to me this week. Thank you for letting me take the time to come to a decision that works with where I am, so early in my publishing career.

Looking forward to better days for all of us.


Keeping it Real on Release Day

My book: out today!

My car: won't start :(

Funny story, one of my favourite places to write is in the customer lounge at the car dealership. It's so peaceful. There's good wi-fi, bad TV, and no one to disturb you unless you count the guy who is trying to upsell you on a cabin air filter, and that's usually pretty brief. My favourite thing to do is to write the sexy bits while I wait for an oil change. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's as close to exhibitionism as I'm comfortable getting. I wrote Kyle and Adam's first kiss at the dealership. Their first love scene too.

Today though. I did not plan to do any writing at the dealership. Or to do any writing at all. I planned to lurk on social media for all the release day feels. Then I was going to have lunch with a friend. Do a little work this afternoon. Then dinner with Mr. Temple. Huzzah! A special day.

You know what curbs many of those plans?

Having your car towed when it won't get its act together on a Monday morning.

It's not even that cold out today!

Anyway. If you've read The Pick Up, you know Kyle's van is a beast with unpredictable functionality. Maybe I'm just going for the truly authentic release day experience.

If you haven't read The Pick Up, you can get it from Riptide, or click here for the other retailers. I hope you like it.

I'll just be here, keeping it real!

The Pick Up

Another excerpt from my trip to the bank.

"How long have you been a writer?"

"Well, I mean, I think people who are writers, it's always something they've done. You know? There's always a history. Bad poetry, terrible short stories and-"

"No. It's for the computer. I have to put a start date for your job."


What do I tell him? Is it the day I started writing The Pick Up? The day I finished it and decided it was something I might try to publish?

In the end, I gave him the date last July when I signed my contract with Riptide. I was a writer long before there was a document with terms and conditions on it that said other people thought I was a writer too.

Today though. Today will always be special. Today is the day The Pick Up is released into the world, so today is the day you all find out I'm a writer too.

I hope you read Kyle and Adam's story. I really hope you like it. I'd love to hear from you. More importantly, I hope others hear from you. This industry is so dependent on word of mouth. So if you read it (even if you don't love my guys as much as I do), leave a review. On Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, or just with your book club. There's more Red Creek coming. You want people to join in the fun, don't you?

If you don't have a copy of The Pick Up yet, you can get all ebook formats and hard copies direct from Riptide, or from you favourite online retailer.

Thanks for reading!


On The Eve of Release

calendar-2763496_1280 The Pick Up is out in less than 72 hours (less than 24 if you preordered). Because I'm a typical author with typical insecurities, I've spent most of the last nine months being at least 50% sure that this is all an elaborate practical joke. A long con by people I've never met. I'm told the imposter syndrome makes me a Real Writer.

At this point though, I think I have to accept that this is actually going to happen.

There have been a lot of things that have surprised me about this process. The big one is how fast it happened. I'm one of the lucky ones who sold her first book quickly, with minimum angst and gnashing of teeth. I even got a bonus which is there are two more books coming, and I didn't have to query either! Undoubtedly, there will be some speed bumps and roadblocks ahead, and I will still be mostly languishing in obscurity this time next year, but it's been a fun ride so far!

But there have been a lot of other things, the ones you never picture when you sit down at your keyboard and think to yourself 'I'm going to write a book!' Someday I'm going to write about them, but here's the short list.

First and foremost, I've learned that editors are wizards. My editor Caz has this preternatural ability to see the little things in my manuscript, the hiccups in language and plot that I was never going to find. They have all made my story better. Also, she has this amazing precognition of when is the most inconvenient time to send me revisions. Nobody's perfect, I guess. Caz says she's still waiting for her Hogwarts letter, but I am confident it is only a matter of time.

Also, I've met some pretty amazing people. Online and in person. Writing is lonely, and even though I am a staunch introvert, I've made some amazing connections over the course of the last few years. Shaunta Grimes and the Ninja Writers, Firefly Creative Writing, the Toronto Romance Writers. And there's all of Writer!Twitter; so big and numerous I can't begin to name them all.

And I've done some pretty cool things. Last fall, I found myself wearing a vintage riding skirt, gingham shirt, authentic Australian cowboy hat, and a dollar store moustache. What was I doing? Waiting in line to buy a beer at GRL (I'm a Supporting Author this year, come see me!). They definitely don't tell you about the dollar store moustache when you write your first book.

There are other things. Unpleasant things. Reviews that weren't glowing. Taglines. Don't get me started on taglines. Has anyone ever been truly satisfied with the tagline for their book? Still for every awkward tagline and grumpy review, there's a tweet or a text from someone who liked the book, or at least likes me enough to be kind!

It's been quite the adventure. Monday is going to be fun! And then . . .

I might have an exciting update early next week! Tune in, same bat time, same bat channel!

Thanks for reading,




All Grown Up

little girl with dad dressed in super heroes, happy loving family Yesterday, I saw a very excellent tweet that said something like "Being a grown up is expensive, and also I'm not having a very good time right now."

Something like that. I wish I'd flagged it.

Being a grown up is tough. You have to pay bills on time and do things like go to work (or stay home and write books) even when you don't want to, because being a grown up is expensive.

But two things happened today that make being a grown up worthwhile.

The first, a friend invited me to her high school as a 'guest adjudicator' for the play her students are preparing for a competitive festival. She's working on a play I have performed and directed before, and I was excited just to get to see it again. I was unprepared, though, for the flood of old anxieties that bombarded me as I walked through the front doors of her school. It's been a long time since I was in high school, and still, all those weird awkward feelings are there.

And yet, when we walked into the auditorium, she introduced me, and people thanked me for being there. The kids did their show, and then they sat, with rapt attention, to hear what I (me!) had to say. "But what else could we do to make it better?"

It's always flattering when people ask your opinion and take it to heart. But somehow, being in a place that brought back so many old and anxious memories made it all the more special. Being a grown up means people believe you know what you're talking about, even when you're not sure you do.

It was a nice moment.

The other thing though.

The thing that made being a grown up pretty cool today?

Well it's just gravy.

Actually, by gravy standards, it's pretty expensive. By most other counts, it's not much.


You guys :)

I got my first royalty cheque today.

I am a Professional Author.

And okay, yes, the cheque was for $45. And yes, of the copies sold so far, 10 were purchased by mom. But still, there is a cheque, made out to me, that says people (and not just my mom) have bought something that I made.

Being a grown up is expensive, and $45 doesn't go very far, but today I'm having a pretty good time.

Also, if you want to make my next royalty cheque even more exciting, The Pick Up is out in 10 days! Honestly though, the best part of it is people reading the story. Single dad, grumpy teacher, nosey families. What could go wrong? Pre-orders are still available through Riptide, and will be available on the other online retailers soon!


A Blonde Moment

True story, I don't look like anyone else in my family. We all have blue eyes, but where my button nose and rosebud mouth* came from is a mystery.

Also a mystery is why my hair never went truly brown. My family is littered with childhood blondes who eventually went brunette. My hair is darker than it was, but I cling to the fact that it still falls under the blonde heading.

All this to say, I should absolutely be excused for completely blanking on the mystery box that arrived today. Even though Riptide emailed me two weeks ago and asked how many copies of The Pick Up I wanted. Even though we have less than seven weeks until release day. Even so, I opened that box with all the innocent enthusiasm of a four-year-old on Christmas morning.

A blonde four-year-old at that.

And then...

I cried a bit. I texted everyone I thought might be close to their phone. I spammed social media.

I wrote a book. It's a real book now. In just under two months, you can read it too! I hope you will!

The Pick Up is available for preorder from Riptide Publishing.

*those are my grandmother's words, not mine. I didn't look like her either.

What's Your Book About?

Screen Shot 2017-11-04 at 12.52.36 PM "It's about a single dad who falls in love with his daughter's teacher."

That's the 13-word descriptor I give most people when they ask me what The Pick Up is about. I perfected it ages ago, back before I'd finished writing it, back when I wasn't sure if this was a hobby or a career or anything. For most people, it works.

"Yes, but what is it about? What happens?"

That was my mom a couple days before Christmas. We were having lunch at my grandmother's (for the record, my Nana is awesome and doesn't give two figs that I write books about guys kissing).

"Well..." I said. "There's this dad, and he moves back to his hometown and..."

Oh god this is awkward. I thought I'd escaped this kind of thing after I finished my query synopsis.

I am not alone in finding this challenging.

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 6.20.47 PM

It's a romance. They meet. They kinda don't like each other so much at first, and then slowly realize how much better their life is with each other in it. There's some not quite kissing, then some actual kissing, followed by Kyle saying some awkward things over Chinese food, and then there is more kissing.


Oh, and this book also features the world premiere of the revolutionary field of ice cream psychology.

You don't even need to buy the damn thing now, I've given the whole plot away.

I saw this amazing post on Facebook today. It gave book descriptors like "life with Asperger's", "YA Gatsby" and "extreme illegal sports". Short and sweet. I'd read them all.

So what is The Pick Up about? In keeping with these tiny descriptors, here's my best shot.

  • Coming home
  • Escaping your awkward teenage years
  • Diplomacy via eggplant parmesan
  • Astronaut princesses
  • Serial texting
  • The seductive properties of moo-shu pork
  • Why Bluetooth headsets make bad first impressions
  • Uncomfortable conversations with your parents

Is that better? You can layer those over my earlier "they almost kiss" summary and you've pretty well got the whole story nailed down.

The Pick Up comes out two months today. It's about all those things and I'd really love it if you'd read it. You can pre-order here, or sign up for my mailing list and I'll send out links to the major retailers just as soon as I have them.

In the meantime, leave a comment and tell me what your favourite book is about.

It's Here!

It's here! Thanks to The Novel Approach for hosting my cover reveal. You guys, I can't tell you how excruciating it has been to sit on this adorable cover for the last month. So cute! The flailing in this house when the proofs came in was extensive!


The Pick Up is coming March 5 from Riptide, but you can pre-order now! I'll post links to Amazon and the rest of the crew as soon as I have them!

Don't Freak Out

screams-of-joy-2481573_1920 I already freaked out for you, so don't bother.

But The Pick Up is available for pre-order on the Riptide Website. Would do you me a favour and go check it out?

Kyle’s life is going backwards. He wanted to build a bigger life for himself than Red Creek could give him, but a family crisis has forced him to return to his hometown with his six-year-old daughter. Now he’s standing in the rain at his old elementary school, and his daughter’s teacher, Mr. Hathaway, is lecturing him about punctuality. 

Adam Hathaway is not looking for love. He’s learned the hard way to keep his personal and professional life separate. But Kyle is struggling and needs a friend, and Adam wants to be that friend. He just needs to ignore his growing attraction to Kyle’s goofy charm, because acting on it would mean breaking all the rules that protect his heart.

Putting down roots in this town again is not Kyle’s plan. As soon as he can, he’s taking his daughter and her princess costumes and moving on. The more time he spends with Adam, though, the more he thinks the quiet teacher might give him a reason to stay. Now he just has to convince Adam to take a chance on a bigger future than either of them could have planned.

The cover is coming soon (and it is ADORABLE), but you really want to read this book, right? Coming March 5!!