Hello, good readers —
PAS DE DON’T’s pub date is fast approaching; we’re 54 days out, not that I’m counting. Reviews and blurbs are starting to come in and… it seems like people like this book!
Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING, says:
Absolutely unputdownable . Who needs sleep when a love story is this perfect? Angyal's romance debut is transportive, but not just to Australia or into the world of professional ballet. You will feel the sizzling chemistry and charming wonder of falling in love and the power of taking center stage in your own life. Pas de Don't is the warm embrace and sexy standing ovation you've been looking for and Chloe Angyal is a new auto-buy author for me.
Andie J. Christopher, USA Today bestselling author of THANK YOU, NEXT, says:
Pas de Don't sizzles with sexual chemistry between the two leads. It's a kind and grown-up love story between two passionate and ambitious people. Angyal rips the glamorous facade off the world of ballet and exposes the heart and artistry of those who dance. A truly original take on a slow-burn workplace romance.
and Publishers Weekly calls it “an emotional forbidden romance that doubles as a love letter to ballet and a travelogue through Sydney. This is a treat.”
Chicago launch event: Love’s Sweet Arrow, April 29, with romance blogger Brittney Mmutle and Tinia Montford (THE LAST MINUTE FIRST LADY). If you pre-order your copy of PAS DE DON’T from Love’s Sweet Arrow, it’ll arrive signed and with some surprise swag!
D.C in-person and online event: East City Bookshop, May 4, 7pm, with Andie J. Christopher. Register here.
I hope I get to see some of you at these events, and I’m also planning to add a few more to the calendar soon, so stay tuned!
Finally, I’m sure you’ve all noticed the rash of anti-trans legislation spreading across the country with alarming speed, from restrictions on what schools can teach, to laws that force kids to use bathrooms that don’t match their gender identity, to all-out bans on gender-affirming care for young people. These laws are hateful, and they’re already hurting some of the most vulnerable kids in this country and the people who love and support them.
This week, Iowa became the 8th state to pass a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, and it’s expected to become law. Now is the time to loudly defend the safety and dignity of trans kids, who deserve to spend their childhoods being children—not being attacked by lawmakers and begging for the basic rights their cisgender peers enjoy.
To that end, I’m giving away some signed advance reader copies of PAS DE DON’T to people who donate to OneIowa, which supports and advocates for LGBTQ Iowans. There’s one signed ARC left, and if you make a donation of any size to OneIowa and send me a redacted receipt, it’s yours—a whole 54 days before the book hits bookstore shelves.
Thanks as always for reading,