Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making It by Christine D'Abo - Blog Tour with Book Trailer and Giveaway

Hello my name is Christine d’Abo and I’m a romance author of both het and LGBTQ stories. Thank you so much for having me here today, and giving me an opportunity to talk about my upcoming M/M romance novel, MAKING IT.

I’ve been a huge sports person ever since I was a kid. I’ve done everything from competitive swimming, to kickboxing, yoga to running. While I have a little knowledge about many sports, I really knew next to nothing about MMA. Crazy, given how widespread the sport truly is. When I sat down to writing MAKING IT, I knew I wanted Eli to be an MMA fighter. He grew up hard and his time at Ringside Gym gave him focus and the opportunity to pursue a career as a professional fighter.

That meant I needed to do some research. Which involved many hours of looking at pictures of George St. Pierre…err I mean research on websites with actual information and not pictures of Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and others! I had to know in great detail how they do moves (shirtless) and holds (sweaty) and understand the rules (while looking sexy).

(confession, Eli is kinda sorta George St Pierre)

I’m not exactly sure I know all the basics yet, but I have a huge appreciation for the training, mental and physical, that these athletes go through in order to be ready for a fight. Really, I might have to continue my research and get the next MMA pay per view fight.


I hope you enjoy the book and the trailer that I made!

About Making It

Devan knows exactly what he wants from life: a good career, a husband who loves him, and a child to call his own. He’s working at the perfect job, and has found the man of his dreams in Eli. That only leaves one box left to tick. When his friend offers to be a surrogate mother for Devan and Eli, he’s convinced all his dreams have come true.

Eli has been fighting his entire life. Fighting to keep his sick mother safe, fighting his frustration, and fighting daily as an up-and-coming MMA star. The one thing he can’t fight is the feeling that he’s made a terrible mistake agreeing to be a father with Devan. On the worst night of their lives, Eli knows Devan is better off without him, and leaves.

When Eli returns three years later, he comes face-to-face with Devan and a son who might be his. Devan has moved on with his life, but seeing Eli once again reignites forgotten passion. Yet if Eli wants to make it work with Devan, he must decide if he’s ready for the biggest fight of his life.

Available now at Riptide Publishing.

About the Ringside Romance Universe

Deep in the heart of Toronto lies Ringside Gym. Once a safe haven for troubled teens, Ringside has gone derelict, a forgotten memory of past days. Until a group of friends set out to do what they can to bring life back to the ring and create a new home for LGBT youths.

But when their lives threaten to pull down their dreams, each man must turn to others to help make it a reality. Winners take all—but there are no losers in love.

About Christine d’Abo

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

You can visit Christine at her website, and chat with her on Facebook and Twitter. Want to keep up with Christine’s new releases? Sign up for her newsletter and receive a free book!


To celebrate the release of Making It, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 12, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. I've been pretty wimpy about MMA, but you do make it tempting...


  2. Good luck with the release! It sounds like it can be a fun read.
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  3. Right, it's all in the name of science! Research is very much important.
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  4. Congrats, Christine, and thanks for the post. This sounds interesting - I like your tropes. It's how they're dealt with that makes it a good story, and I'm sure this one delivers. -
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  5. Congrats on the book release! You know 'secret baby' trope in MM sounds good.


  6. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds like a great series.