Cover Reveal for Avylinn Winter’s Toxic

Gay Book Reviews is so excited to reveal the cover art for Avylinn Winter’s next book in the Treacherous Chemistry series, Toxic!

Hiya, thank you for having me. This blog has a special place in my heart since you were the first to post a review of Volatile in August last year. I’m ever grateful!

I’m here today to share the cover for the second installment in the Treacherous Chemistry series. I believe that every cover tells a tale, and this one happens to be of the heavier kind. This is how I see my sweet, wonderful Adam who ended up in a situation none of us should have to face.

Toxic was difficult to write, heartbreaking even. But after a year of various revisions and edits, I finally have a story I feel proud to share. The prospect of releasing it into the world is exciting and terrifying at the same time. Terrifying because Toxic deals with difficult themes, and it’s almost a bit of a stretch to call it a romance novel. In fact, I have a couple of content warnings that should be studied in detail before venturing into Adam’s world. Forget about feel-good or escapism—Toxic was never meant to be either. Tread with care, and don’t read the novel unless you know you can handle it. I’m serious. Domestic violence is no light matter as you all know.

But, before I end up spoiling the story, I’d like to add a few words explaining ‘why’ I wrote it.

I’m not sure how much anyone here knows about me, but I’m active on Wattpad. I watch teenagers write for teenagers, and from time to time, I take a measure of what they like to read. At one point, I saw a disturbing trend of romanticized violence on the page. I saw how abusive relationships were coveted, and I interacted with readers who wanted nothing more than for me to redeem the abusive character I’d written. I noticed young teens gazing at an adult world with glasses that simply prevented them from seeing beyond the illusion that fiction had created for them.

I wrote Toxic because I wanted to add a dose of reality. I wrote it to understand. But, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and we’ll see whether I succeeded or not.

So far, I’ve only given you a bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t read this novel. Let me add a few that might persuade you reconsider. At its core, Toxic is about strength, resilience, love and hope. It’s about the goodness of people and how we sometimes have to rely on each other. Today, more than anything, I think we need a reminder that the world, in all its grim reality, isn’t all bad—there are glimpses of hope out there if you pause to look. And, there are always times for laughter.

Besides, in fiction, there is always a chance to reach a happy ending.

So, stay tuned. This journey is only about to begin!

Title: Toxic (Treacherous Chemistry #2)
Author: Avylinn Winter
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: May 2, 2017 (Early download April 4)
Genre(s): Contemporary
Length: 79,590

When true love is a lie and pleasure turns to pain.

Adam Webb spent most of his teenage years in love with his best friend, Gabriel Connor, only to be thrown out of their shared apartment when he finally found the courage to reveal his feelings.

Seven months later, Adam’s effort to save their lost friendship finds him more than he ever asked for. After all, being thrown out has to be better than thrown into a wall. However, Adam isn’t ready to give up. Trapped and isolated in a dangerous relationship, he falls deeper and deeper into Gabriel’s world.

Despite Adam’s attempts to push them away, his friends are determined to help, but the man who fights hardest is Cameron McCain, Adam’s photography teacher—a man who treasures what Gabriel does not.

They say love should conquer all. But when passion breeds fear and love turns toxic, will Adam make the right choice?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence and dubious consent.

General Release Date: 2nd May 2017 – Early Download April 4

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Author Bio

Avylinn Winter
Raised in one of the cold corners of the world, Avylinn spends her days either wrapped up in a blanket or basking in the precious sunlight. When she can’t choose herself, she’s holed up in an office working with climate research that has little to do with the worlds and characters she creates in her vivid dreams.

Always the emotional one, she has found her outlet in writing, voicing thoughts, emotions and fears through her characters that feel very much alive to her. And, what began as a hobby soon took more and more time in her life until she realized that she had left her old life behind and entered a new one where her emotions turned into a super power—ready to launch at her poor readers.

She recharges with the help of coffee, cinnamon buns, popcorn and occasionally a healthier alternative.

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