Saturday, September 4, 2010

Match Maker, available at Dreamspinner Press on Sept. 6th

Hello Everyone,

I hope this email finds you doing well.

I’m excited to announce that on Monday, Sept. 6th, Dreamspinner Press will publish my third novel, Match Maker. If you are at all interested in the trials and triumphs of gay tennis players on the Pro Tour, you can read the first 2 chapters at

In the four years since being forced off the professional tour for being gay, Daniel Bottega has taught tennis at a second-rate country club. He found a sanctuary to hide from an unkind world, while his lover, Jared Stoderling, fought a losing battle with alcohol addiction to cope with his disappointment of not playing on the pro circuit.

Now Daniel has another chance at the tour by coaching tennis prodigy Connor Lin to a Grand Slam championship win. He shares his chance with Jared by convincing him to return to the pro circuit as Connor’s doubles partner.

Competing on the world tour is challenging enough, but Daniel and Jared also face major media attention, political fallout from the pro association, and a shocking amount of hate that threatens Connor’s career in tennis, Jared’s love for Daniel, and Daniel’s very life.

See the video trailer at:

My Publisher and I want to invite you to a virtual book signing on Monday, Sept. 6th at the Dreamspinner Press website and blog.

Event Description: Would you like a signed, personalized copy of Match Maker? If you buy the paperback at (week of Sept. 6th) and leave your personalization request on the Dreamspinner blog (; there will be a corresponding entry nearer the time), I will personalize and sign the book for you before it is shipped! Also, you can have it shipped anywhere, so you can buy copies as gifts and have them personalized and sent directly to that special person.

Thanks for your support,
Alan Chin

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Alan!

I just read your book and really really enjoyed it. Congratulations! I always appreciate the effort put into a long and developed story. It was obvious from the very beginning that you are a tennis enthusiast and that you've made a bit of research before you sat in front of the computer to write. Despite that, a couple details caught my attention, and they nagged. I am just wired that way ;)

Me being Spanish, the first one would be a sentence where the stay in Villa Baraka is described and it says how much they enjoy the sea "high or down tide". Well the mediterranean sea doesn't have tides, sometimes it behaves more like a big lake than a sea, it just isn't big enough.

The other one is the siesta hours mentioned. Lots of foreign authors mention them and I find that not many of them seem to have the modern take on it. The fact is that a century ago, and for those working under the sun like peasants, it was an obvious choice to hide from the sun when it most burnt, but nowadays that rhythm of life has changed. It is true that while my grandpa mantains his 12.30pm lunch hour, the rest of society has adopted 2pm. For most of us that means that we leave work between 1 and 2 and we go home to have lunch and relax a bit before going back to work. There are exceptions though, for example those stablishements dedicated to provide meals, as the cafe you mention you carachters visiting in Palamós, would be open as it would be rush hour for them. The other exception would be big towns, where the town center simply doesn't stop at midday. You can see people in suits running around and eating in 30 minutes, while shops and restaurants stay open.

Well I think I can shut up now ;) Simply a bit of trivia in case it can be of use in future books!

Best wishes!