Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Dahlia and she had some great answers! I can’t wait to pick this up in the upcoming days/months (let’s be honest I’m cramming my June full of queer reads and this is one of them 🤞). Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators and their thoughts.
Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’ Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness Lies, At Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
About The Book
Title: Home Field Advantage
Author: Dahlia Adler
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publishing Date: June 7th, 2022
Page Length: 304
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Range: YA
Rep: Polysexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Latino (Cuban American)
In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.
The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.
Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want.
Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism
Dahlia Adler Interview
In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Home Field
Sports, romance, queer solidarity, small-town life, kissing, bowling, kissing
Without spoilers, what scene did you have the most fun writing and why?
The end, which it’s hard not to spoil, but it’s a combination of so many of my favorite thing—banter and shouting down jerks and queer solidarity and romance and just so much queer joy.
If you could spend the day with Amber and Jack what would you do with each of them?
Amber would make for a great beach date for sure, so that’s definitely a swimming and tanning and ice cream day. With Jack it’d be fun to play basketball or play some silly competitive games, like skee-ball or whack-a-mole. God, she would take it so seriously in the best way.
Like Amber and Jack, we’re you an athlete in school? What did you play? If not. What extra curricular were you in?
“Athlete” is a strong word, but I was on the volleyball time my freshman year. My favorite sport to play (and which I was actually good at) was hockey, which I did in summer camp for a bunch of years running, and later I worked as sports staff teaching both of those. I was on a bunch of other extra curriculars too—debate team, college bowl, newspaper, and I was even Sophomore class president—but I’m gonna be honest: I was terrible at all of them. Anxiety was deeply in my way and I had no idea that’s what it was until so many years later. So I was a sideline girl in everything.
LGBTQ Reads is such a huge blog. Has running this site impacted your writing and your role within the Book community?
Oh for sure. I try not to let it impact my writing too much, because while it’s nice to hear directly from people what they’re looking for in books, sometimes that can lead to me trying too hard to work on a story that isn’t the right one for me. But it’s given me an incredible network in the book community and I love getting to do things like revealing covers to the world and other special parts of the publication process. I think it’s also why I’m asked to blurb a lot of books that aren’t really in my wheelhouse as an author, which has been a mixed bag, but I appreciate that it’s brought me a lot of books I wouldn’t necessarily have picked up otherwise and ended up loving.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Any specific advice for aspiring authors in the LGBTQIA+ community?
Don’t get in your own way. Especially if you’re a marginalized author writing fiction that represents marginalized people, there’ll be opposition and complications and things that are just straight-up infuriating, but you, dear author, should not be one of them. That means don’t rewrite your opening twelve times before you even get through the manuscript once. Don’t let a million voices in your head that have no business being there. Do not waste time and energy pointlessly comparing yourself to others. And do find yourself a supportive community, and be a supportive community member; there’s nothing like having people in the trenches with you at every step of the way.