Friday Feature & Giveaway: The Pick Up by Allison Temple

Welcome to The Pick Up’s blog tour, presented by Allison Temple and Riptide Publishing! The Pick Up is Book 1 in the Up Red Creek series. This cozy small-town romance tells the story of single dad Kyle, who moves back to his hometown with his princess-obsessed six-year-old daughter Caroline. He doesn’t expect them to stay long, until he meets Adam, Caroline’s too-hot and too-serious teacher.

Your First Car
What was your first car? What do you remember about it?

In The Pick Up, Kyle drives the world’s oldest mini-van. He never says so, but I like to think it’s the only vehicle he’s ever owned. He knows all its quirks and idiosyncrasies. He’s hopelessly devoted to it, even though it’s been on its last legs since probably before Kyle’s daughter was born. It started as a bit of hipster irony while Kyle was living on the west coast, but now that he’s back in Red Creek, where the winters are harder and the roads saltier, it might be time to say goodbye.

My first car was a 2000 Volkswagen Golf. It had four doors and fit five people if at least two of those people hadn’t hit puberty yet. I got it the summer I worked in Quebec City as a government translator (glamorous, I know). Getting the car was exciting. Learning to drive it was stressful because:

  1. Quebec drivers are notoriously aggressive.
  2. It was a standard, and I had previously only driven automatic.
  3. Downtown Quebec City (where my office was) is an old fortress built into the side of a mountain.

See exhibit A, below.

Seriously, check out the funicular tracks just to the right of center in that picture. That’s a long way up.

And, okay, I know those of you who learned to drive in San Francisco or any number of other hilly places can tell me about why you had it harder. But regardless of where you are, there’s nothing funny about that moment you ease your foot off the clutch and you feel the car start to roll backwards. Add to that the added stress of grumpy French-Canadian drivers honking at you, even though you already know you screwed up and . . . let’s just say the learning curve was both literally and figuratively steep, and I learned to climb it fast.

I loved that little car though, once we came to an understanding. My roommates and I called him Benny. He made the trip from Quebec to my parents’ house in Eastern Ontario several times that summer, and then made the long trek out to Nova Scotia with me so I could finish out my last two years of university. He survived a lot of crazy winters, but we never drove on hills quite like those ones in Quebec City again.

What was your first car? What do you remember about driving it those first few times? Leave a comment and be entered to win the tour-wide prize of a $25 Riptide gift card!

Title: The Pick Up by Allison Temple
Up Red Creek Universe Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance
Length: 337 pages/Word Count: 87,600


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.

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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing

Author Bio

Allison Temple is a romance writer from Toronto, Ontario. She lives with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. Her debut, The Pick Up, will be published by Riptide Publishing in 2018.

Allison has been writing since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’d never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison’s fascination with the way characters speak and communicate with each other in novels has not diminished in the ensuing thirtyish years.

Despite living in Canada’s largest city for more than a decade, Allison’s fiction writing draws inspiration from her small-town roots. Originally from Brockville, Ontario, she knows what it’s like to live in a place where nothing is more than a ten-minute drive away, and you’ll see everyone you know on Saturday morning at the farmers’ market. Her first job was selling coffee and making sandwiches at a bakery that has been family owned for over a hundred years. She was once given an award for “most improved tomato slicer.”

Since that early professional start, Allison has been, at various times, an odor lab technician, environmental consultant, corporate proposal writer, and marketing manager. She fills her free time with writing, community theater stage management, and traveling to destinations with good wine.

Allison came late to reading and writing romance novels. She didn’t read her first one until she was twenty-six years old, but it has been a landslide since then. She loves LGBT romance for the stories it tells and the characters it brings to life. She is very excited to be joining the circle of passionate and talented authors in the genre, and credits Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton for introducing her to it.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


To celebrate the release of The Pick Up, 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 March 10, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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10 Responses to Friday Feature & Giveaway: The Pick Up by Allison Temple

  1. Lee Todd

    congrats on the new release


  2. Tanja

    Congrats on the new release. It sounds great.
    Tankie44 at gmail dot com

  3. susana

    My first car was a SEAT, a third hand and not a very reliable one, it used to stop whenever it fancied… I sort of was fond of the wicked thing, but I was glad when it died on me and I had to change it for a more reliable one!
    Congrats on the release. It sounds so good!

  4. Angie Malone

    Congrats on your new release! My first car was a 1973 Oldsmobile, a rust colored boat that I called Helga! It took me a while to get used to driving something that big because I learned to drive in a much smaller car.

  5. Trix

    Never drove long enough to have a car…it’s never come naturally to me!


  6. Suze

    My first car was an 850cc Mini City, which was an ex driving instructors car so the drivers seat was very saggy because of all the use!!!!

    Littlesuze at

  7. H.B.

    Thank you for the post. Good luck with the release!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Jennifer

    I’ve never owned a car. Mostly, I’ve driven my mom’s minivan. The book sounds good!
    jlshannon74 at

  9. Serena S.

    I hope you’re having a great release week!

  10. Paul Wilgus

    The book sounds great. My first car was a 1968 Chevy Caprice. It was a great car for the money. I paid $200 for it and drove it for about 40,000 miles before it started on fire on my way to school. Teachers didn’t believe me when I told them my homework burned up in my car.