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Are You Ready for the Big City vs. Small Town Throwdown?

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WHO SAYS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER?

Romance takes us away from the daily grind, but where do you wanna go? Do you prefer your HEAs on Park Ave or Main Street? High rises or front porches? Metropolis or Smallville? Bright lights or quiet nights? It all comes down to location, location, location!

Join Damon Suede and Heidi Cullinan on November 21 from Noon-3PM CST for the Big City vs. Small Town THROWDOWN: a light-hearted battle royale between shit kickers and city slickers. Should rustic charm or urban glitter take the day? Will the victory party be hosted in the quaint bandstand on the town square or on a swanky penthouse roofdeck?

It’s up to you to settle the setting score! Readers, authors, bloggers—come one, come all for contests, team rallies, trash talk, fabulous prizes, and a good time for all no matter who wins the day.

Mark your calendars and set your reminders. This is a Facebook Hosted Event!

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: The Winter Wonderland Blog Tour with Heidi Cullinan

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We’re so please to have Heidi Cullinan bringing a little holiday romance to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for book three in the Minnesota Christmas series, Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the exclusive excerpt and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Winter WonderlandBlurbFinding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice

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Excerpt: When Paul arrived at the Parks farm, Daryl Parks got off his tractor and came over to shake Paul’s hand. “Good to see you, Paul. How’s business?”

“Going well, thank you.”

“Say, do you guys repair iPods? The one we use in the shed stopped working, and I can’t even find a way to open the thing up.”

“Well, I can repair them, but I’m not certified. And I have to tell you I’m about a one-to-one ratio, fixing vs. breaking it more.”

Daryl chuckled. “That’s a sight better than I’ve managed. Would it be okay to give it to you today, or should I bring it by the shop?”

“I can take it, sir.”

Daryl grinned and slapped Paul on the shoulder. “Come on. Kyle’s in the back. I’m coming along to watch, because he never stopped to take a shower like Jane told him to, and he’ll be fit to be tied now that you’re here.”

Paul wasn’t sure what to say to that, so he followed Daryl Parks.

The farmer gestured to the far side of the yard. “We were clearing snow this morning and accidentally busted the dragon and the princess. Linda Kay sobbed like you wouldn’t believe. Guess this was a very special princess. Jane told her to leave him be, but Kyle wouldn’t hear of letting her wait. That boy’s soft as jelly for his sister.”

Daryl led Paul to the side of the garage, where Kyle crouched diligently over a five-foot sculpture. Linda Kay stood bundled beside him, watching intently—until she saw Paul approaching. Then she poked Kyle in the arm and whispered, loud enough for them to hear in Logan, “Hey. Your boyfriend is here.”

Kyle had been in a kind of work trance, but at this he startled and rose, giving Linda Kay a look that said there would be retribution later. “It can’t be two fifteen already, can it?”

“It’s two twenty, actually,” Daryl said with a grin.

Kyle winced and clutched at his hat. “Oh my God, I haven’t showered or anything.”

“Which is your own fault, because your mother called you at least four times.” Daryl glanced at Paul and indicated the sculptures with his head. “So, what do you think? He’s not bad with a pile of snow, as far as I reckon.”

As understatements went, this one was a whopper. Behind Kyle was a dragon, at least ten feet long and four feet high. Its tail wound around a real rock, which had been painted to look like a gold nugget. Its head rested on a stump—subtly, as the dead tree was clearly for support only—and it breathed snow-fire that arched across a small snow-brick wall. It was so alive it looked ready to leap across the fields. The scales, the eyes, even the fine detail on the flames were stunning.

But the dragon was nothing compared to the snow princess who stood beside him. She was a sculpture, carved out of a single, solid block of snow. Her shoulder-length hair blew in unseen wind. Her snow-cape billowed over a poufy gown with intricate beads and folds. Her crown sat boldly on her head, and in her hand was a star-shaped wand with gold beads in the center. What caught Paul by the edge of the heart, though, was the face. It was a beautiful, wide-smiling face, with a stubby nose, slightly slanted eyes and bit of tongue protruding past the lips.

In short, it was an ice princess with Down syndrome.

Paul realized they were waiting for him to respond, but all he could do was shake his head and keep staring in wonder. “Amazing,” he managed at last. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Kyle used a mittened hand to shield his eyes from the weak afternoon sun as he looked back at the house. “I really do need to shower. Do you think they’ll be mad if we’re a little late? I can be fast.”

Paul would see to it they weren’t. “You go get your shower. Don’t rush.”

Kyle blew him a kiss then pointed the knitwear at his father. “Help her mist them down so they freeze hard tonight. Just a mist.”

Daryl waved his son off, and Paul stayed to watch as Linda Kay, carefully supervised, misted her snow sculptures with the large spray bottle she’d been clutching. Several times she cackled, a noise both wicked and charming at once. At one point, as if seized by sudden joy, she held the spray bottle aloft, tipped her head back and sang loudly and in no key whatsoever, “Valley high, I call yoooooooou.” Then she resumed her spraying, until her father told her she needed to stop or she’d wreck them.

She relinquished her bottle to Daryl, but she tugged on Paul’s arm when he tried to leave. “Take my picture,” she said, beaming. “With the snow princess. Because we’re both pretty cute, right, sexy man?”

“Linda Kay.” Daryl’s tone was a warning.

Linda Kay chuckled again, sticking out her tongue. Laughing, Paul got out his phone and urged her to get closer to her doppelgänger. He took several pictures, one with her standing at attention, one with her mimicking the pose, and one with what Linda Kay called her baby-eyes pose, which Paul assumed was supposed to be bedroom eyes. In each photo, her tongue protruded.

After four more photos, Linda Kay attached herself to Paul’s arm. “Okay, hot stuff. Let’s go get hot chocolate and snuggle, okay?”

He couldn’t help but laugh with her, and though Daryl tried to get him out of his role as escort, Paul gave him a nod to let him know this was fine. She had such joy. Plus, she was all kinds of saucy and smart. A little inappropriate, missing several social cues, but on the whole, delightful.

Once they were in the house, she showed him where to put his boots, made them each a hot cocoa in a Keurig machine, and tugged him toward the den. “Come on. The babies are all sleeping, so we have the TV to ourselves. We’ll watch a movie while you wait for Slow Poke.”

Jane Parks appeared from around a corner. She smiled briefly at Paul and greeted him before turning to her daughter. “Kyle will be ready in a few minutes. You do not have time for a movie.”

Linda Kay crossed her arms over her chest. “Fine. I’ll show him just the valley high.”

She plunked Paul on a soft brown sectional and bustled to the DVD player. Soon the opening titles of South Pacific played on the screen. Tongue out in concentration, Linda Kay punched at the remote until she queued up a scene. She bounced and giggled as she pushed play. “Here we go. Valley high.

The scene was a bunch of soldiers on an island—well, an island movie set, because it was an old movie, from an era when there was no such thing as green screen or special effects. A black woman started to sing about a lonely island, and when she got to the chorus, Paul realized she was singing Bali, not valley. A quick check on his phone revealed this song was “Bali Ha’i”, where the matriarch of an exotic island lures the lead so he can fall in love with her daughter. Linda Kay, however, was clearly singing valley high. Singing it at the top of her lungs, from the bottom of her belly. She sang to the woman on the screen, to the far side of the room, to the window. She sang with abandon, and with no clear words ninety percent of the time. Until the song called for valley high.

As the song wound to an end, abruptly a bright tenor filled the room, sending a tingle down Paul’s spine. Kyle—hair artfully styled, green sweater making his complexion glow, jeans snug enough to show off his slim hips—sailed into the room, arm extended as he joined Linda Kay in an unusual duet. When he sang with her, she hit more of the words, but mostly she garbled along until she got to the good parts.

Paul noticed Kyle got all the words right, except like Linda Kay, he sang valley high.

When they finished, Linda Kay clapped and pulled her brother down to kiss him on the cheek. “I love you, Kyle David.”

“I love you too, Linda Kay.” He kissed her forehead. “I’m going to go with Paul for a while. I’ll be home around dinnertime, and I’ll kiss you before I go to work. Okay?”

She swatted him playfully and stuck out her tongue with mischievous glee. “Go on, you lovebird. I’ll catch your act later.”

Kyle raised apologetic, slightly helpless eyebrows at Paul. “So. Should we go?”

Paul rose. “Ready when you are.”

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Heidi Cullinan head shotAbout the Author: Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. A member of Romance Writers of America since 1999, Heidi has served as president of Rainbow Romance Writers, run local chapter newsletters, and volunteered for committees on the national level. In addition to teaching writing since 1993, she also served as the writer’s workshop coordinator for GayRomLit Retreat for 2013. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow bookworms, and welcome back to another quick look at what we have in store for you in the week ahead.

We’ve got some great guests and giveaways coming up, plus reviews and another Flashback Friday, where we’re going to go a little mysterious and feature some of our favorite Mysteries.

I hope to see you back to visit! Now, here’s what’s up.

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Monday – We kick off a great week today with author J. Johanis on the Dream God blog tour

We’ll also have author Ethan Day with us on the tour for the re-release of the books in his Summit City series, Sno Ho and its full length follow up, Life in Fusion

Lissa Kasey drops by to spends some time with us as well, to chat about her new novel Cardinal Sins

Tuesday – Today begins with author Morticia Knight visiting on the tour for her new novel Negotiating Love

We’ll also welcome author Zathyn Priest today to chat about his new book Inside His Reflection

Wednesday – Today brings us author Christian Baine to talk about his new book Puppet Boy

And Shae Connor stops by today on the tour for her new book Nobody’s Son

Thursday – A little bit of the holiday spirit lands here today when Heidi Cullinan joins us on the tour for her new Christmas story, Winter Wonderland

The writing team of KA Merikan also stop by on the tour for the newest book in their Sex & Mayhem series, One Step too Close

Friday – Today we have author Damon Suede with us to talk to us about his new novel Pent Up

We’ll also have Part Two of Lynley Wayne’s article on building a better website

And Flashback Friday makes a return today. I think we’ll bring a little mystery to table by featuring some of our favorite mysteries, so stay tuned for that

SaturdayJosephine Myles and JL Merrow are popping in today to chat about their new anthology Boys Who Go Bump in the Night, a collection of short stories they’ve put together from previously published work

Sunday – Finally, after we give Saturday a miss and head straight on in to Sunday, we’ll welcome authors Amber Kell and RJ Scott on the tour for their new collaboration, The Case of the Purple Pearl

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5 Stars, Heidi Cullinan, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Samhain Publishing

Release Day Review: Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

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Title: Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas: Book Three)

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 205 Pages

At a Glance: Winter Wonderland is full of Christmas magic and warm feels. I loved absolutely everything about it.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

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Review: I’ve always wanted to know – but keep forgetting to ask – who writes the “Warnings” for Samhain’s books? Is it their folks? The author? The warnings are usually fantastic, often hilarious, and are almost always on point as far as connecting with the story – but, this one was especially genius and perfect, so I had to share it again here in my review…

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

There is indeed a ‘toppy twink’, some rather marvelous penises made out of snow, and a truckload of holiday swoon.  As a huge fan of this series, I have been dying for Paul’s story. I wanted to savor this book once I got my hands on it, but I, of course, devoured it instead. Heidi is so good at hooking her readers so quickly and so thoroughly – once you start there is just no way to not go full steam ahead until you’ve ingested the entire thing. Also – I can’t stop staring at the cover. Seriously. Staring. Like, I want it as a poster on my wall.

The MCs in this book are both incredible. I don’t think I can adequately convey how much I love Kyle. Siiiiiigh. What is there to say about Kyle? Oh, I know what… He. Is. So. Perfect. Like, amazingly, wonderfully, swooningly – BUT, also believably – perfect. I say ‘believably’ because he is also completely genuine, and, well, believable. He is so well grounded and confident in himself, and his heart is just immense. But, he is also a bit unsure of the future, and can admit that he doesn’t handle every situation as well as he could. He’s real.

Kyle gives his all to the people in his life. Whether it’s his family, the patients at the care center where he is a nurse, or especially his sister, Linda Kay, he goes all in and shows them that they are a priority, and that they are loved. His relationship with Linda Kay is incredible. She is amazing, he is amazing with her, and the two of them together are such a treat to read. Kyle also befriends Paul’s neighbor, Edna Michaelson, and becomes an important part of her life. Basically, he touches everyone he comes in contact with.

Then we have Paul. Kyle has had a crush on Paul for years, and has finally decided to act on it and show Paul how great they could be together. Paul is so hung up on their age difference, though, and the way he – the whole town really – has always viewed the younger Kyle, it takes quite a bit of pushing before anything starts to happen between them. The age issue isn’t the only obstacle, though. Paul’s family has also spent years making Paul think that he isn’t good enough, and that he isn’t deserving of love. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course; Paul is so deserving of love. Kyle, with a little help from some friends, just needs to work extra hard to convince Paul how right they are for each other. Right from the start, Kyle pulls no punches. I LOVED this early scene, where Kyle first shocks, and arouses, his crush.

“I’m not an infant, I can’t help my body type, and if I got you in the same room as a bed, it wouldn’t be my ass sore in the morning.”

Oh my…

As usual, the sex scenes are intense, fun, and hot as hell. Kyle and Paul have a ton of sizzle. They are so much more than their physical heat, though…simply watching these guys fall in love and discover that they want to be everything to each other was the stuff of perfect holiday romances. Winter Wonderland is full of Christmas magic and warm feels. I loved absolutely everything about it. I hope Heidi never stops writing this series.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Heidi Cullinan, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Review: Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Dance With Me

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

At a Glance: Dance With Me truly is a beautiful, touching story – probably the most romantic of all of this author’s stories that I’ve read so far.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Sometimes life requires a partner.

Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.

Laurie was once one of the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world, but now he volunteers at Halcyon Center to avoid his society mother’s machinations. It would be a perfect escape, except for the oaf of a football player cutting him glares from across the room.

When Laurie has a ballroom dancing emergency and Ed stands in as his partner, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Dancing leads to friendship, being friends leads to becoming lovers, but most important of all, their partnership shows them how to heal the pain of their pasts. Because with every turn across the floor, Ed and Laurie realize the only escape from their personal demons is to keep dancing—together.

This novel has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

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Review: Sometimes life requires a partner.

That tag line is everything. Dance With Me is so much a story of partnership. Of loving someone, needing someone, taking care of someone, and understanding what all of that entails. Sometimes it’s messy, and sometimes, as Ed discovers, you have to swallow a bit of your pride and just allow it to happen.

This book has been on my reading list for so long, but when I was introduced to Ed and Laurie through their cameo in Lonely Hearts, and then found out it was being re-released, I had to know their story. And it truly is a beautiful, touching story – probably the most romantic of all of this author’s stories that I’ve read so far. I swoon at some point, usually many points, in all of her books, but this one just felt romantic to the core.

With Dance With Me, Heidi Cullinan has somehow managed to meld perfectly the beauty of experiencing great joy and the viciousness of living with chronic pain. Ed has days that are unimaginably difficult for him to get through, days that would send most people right over the edge. And, while he doesn’t always handle those days as well as he could, he gets through them. He gets through them, and gets up the next day and starts over. AND, somehow manages to still find joy in life, in his volunteer work at the center, and eventually, in dancing with Laurie.

Laurie is also trying to overcome an extremely painful event in his past, but not doing the best job at moving past it. Then Ed Maurer comes into his life, and somehow makes everything better. Early in the story, as he is struggling with what direction he wants to go with his life and career, Laurie has his doubts that what he wants is okay.

He did want Ed. He wanted to dance with him. To be with him. To go to bed with him.

But that wasn’t a life goal. That wasn’t a career. That wasn’t the sort of thing his mother had meant, wasn’t what he was supposed to want.

Except it was what he wanted. It was, honestly, all he wanted.

As the relationship progresses, however, and he accepts how being with Ed makes him feel, how it fulfills him, he begins to find himself.

The real safety was here, in Ed’s arms. In the future they had together. In the love they had for one another.

In the man he’d found within himself, by loving Ed.

That last line is fantastic. What a wonderful thought…that you could be a better person, a complete person, simply by giving your love to someone. Sigh.

One of the things Heidi Cullinan does so well in all of her work is making everything seem plausible. Every character, no matter how quirky, or flawed, or seemingly perfect, every scene, no matter the level of emotion, every scenario, is believable. All of the above is true in this book as well. Every interaction felt completely genuine to their characters. I loved how their story played out. Ed and Laurie’s story definitely hooked me – and, I was THRILLED to see that there is an Ed and Laurie novella planned for later this year or early next. I can’t wait for them to dance again.

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Review: Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

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Title: Lonely Hearts (Love Lessons: Book Three)

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 325 Pages

At a Glance: If this book isn’t perfect, I sure couldn’t find the flaws, and I read it twice just to be sure.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Even hot messes need a happily ever after.

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.

With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp.

When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.

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Review: In my reviews of both Love Lessons and Fever Pitch, the first two books in Heidi Cullinan’s Love Lessons series, I used the word ‘perfect’ – and I’m going to use it again here. If this book isn’t perfect, I sure couldn’t find the flaws, and I read it twice just to be sure. ;) Lonely Hearts is Baz and Elijah’s story. It’s my favorite of the series. And, it is perfection.

The title is just one of the myriad of wonderful things about this book. The theme of loneliness runs throughout…What makes them lonely, and how can they help each other not feel so alone. This passage hit me right in the gut…

“It makes me feel shitty and alone. I don’t want to be alone.” He sagged. “But I think maybe I have to be. Even in a crowd of people, my heart will always ache.”

The statement resonated in the furthest hollows of Baz’s soul. “Then we’ll be lonely hearts together.”

Both Elijah and Baz are profoundly lonely and coping in similar ways – i.e., largely through sarcasm, substance abuse, and sex – but when their hearts find each other? Swoon City. They do slowly begin to realize that they don’t have to feel alone, as there are so many unbelievably amazing people in their circle. All of the other residents of the White House, of course – Aaron and Giles, Mina and Jilly, Brian, and the fabulous new edition, Lejla/Lewis – along with Pastor and Liz, Ed and Laurie, Walter and Kelly, Marius, and Damien. As with the other books in the series, the ensemble is, once again, beyond fantastic.

One of the issues that Baz is having as Lonely Hearts begins, is dealing with the fact that Damien and Marius are graduating and moving out of the White House. Those two have been his confidants, his protectors, his cheerleaders, and his best friends since Baz started at Saint Timothy. Especially Marius. Not having them around in his daily life is a HUGE transition for him, and Heidi Cullinan does a fabulous job of portraying how that loss affects Baz, as well as how, as that hole is filled by Elijah, Baz depends on them less and less.

Elijah initially fights his attraction to Baz – Ok, he doesn’t fight that hard. They do have sex in the Tesla in chapter two, so he isn’t able to resist him for long. We see this reaction about a quarter of the way into the story:

So naked, so fucking naked without those glasses. So young. So handsome.

So Baz.

Elijah let out a sigh of surrender.

Eyes crinkling and twinkling in the shadows, Baz smiled.

The relationship between Baz and Elijah may begin in an unlikely manner, and they are both broken, hot messes at the start, but their growth is undeniable. The way they grow together, with each other and because of each other throughout the story is brilliant and gorgeous. They go from snarky comments and smart-ass flirtations, which they both use as armor, to open, honest grown-up interactions. And, somehow the sex just gets hotter and hotter!

One of my other favorite things about the story is that it is once again filled with music and pop culture references. At my house we are massive Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans, so I LOVED all of the nods to Howl’s Moving Castle (Baz and Elijah’s relationship is compared many times to Howl’s and Sophie’s, which is…wait for it…perfection) and all of the other Miyazaki films. Also, for a chunk of my reading I listened to Heidi Cullinan’s Spotify playlist that she made for the book. Completely. Fabulous. If you’ve never done this, I highly recommend it, especially this playlist; it was too good.

In closing…

Go. Read. Now.

I highlighted fifty-seven passages in this book, you guys. Fifty-seven. Highlighter orgies like that don’t happen every day. Read this book. Or, the series if you haven’t started it yet, beginning with Love Lessons, of course – because Walter.

Sidenote: Ed and Laurie are a FANTASTIC addition to this book. If you want to know their story, and haven’t read Dance with Me, it’s being rereleased with an amazing new cover on September 8th!!

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Interview and Giveaway: The Lonely Hearts Blog Tour with Heidi Cullinan

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Heidi Cullinan today, on the Lonely Hearts blog tour. Enjoy her interview, then be sure to enter the TWO giveaways we’re hosting:

The first giveaway is a comment-to-enter contest for the chance to win an Ebook of Lonely Hearts or your choice of an Ebook from Heidi’s Backlist. To enter, leave your comment right here before Midnight Pacific time on Monday, August 17, 2015. Winner will be selected on Tuesday, the 18th, and notified by email for prize delivery.

The second is a tour-wide giveaway of swag, which includes a paperback copy of Lonely Hearts, a BluRay of Howl’s Moving Castle, a figurine, and a pack of Black Butler playing cards. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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TNA: Heidi, let’s pretend for a minute you’re in a relationship with one of your leading men. Who would that man be, and why is he your “type”?

Heidi: Randy, because he’s the most fun. And because I know he’d do vagina for the fun of it. Though since I always say he’s basically me, that’s terribly narcissistic.

I’d also do Ethan, because I basically married him. All the new adult guys feel like my babies, though. Doing them would make me feel like I should be arrested.

TNA: Which one of your characters would you most want to drop everything for and go on a roadtrip with? What would make him (or her) a fun traveling partner?

Heidi: You do realize I want to answer Randy again. And I’m going to. Because he’s Randy. We’d end up in jail in some backwater town and he’d still make it a party.

TNA: Which one of your books do you think would translate best to the silver screen? Why? If you were casting the movie, who would you choose to play your leading men?

Heidi: Oh man. Well, the one I’m pining for most right now is Clockwork Heart, which I’m still editing, but man, I want to see the pirate airship! Though Fever Pitch I want for the song and dance numbers. I’d want some ingénues to play the guys and girls, so it really feels like they stepped out of the page and not a Hollywood call list.

TNA: Of all the settings you’ve written into your books, where’s the one place (real or imaginary) you’d most like to visit? What makes it somewhere you might even like to live?

Heidi: Logan, Minnesota. It could never actually exist, but to be honest I’d love to live in a remote small town, except that they are never like they are in fiction. Real life is far more grim, isolated, and depressing.

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LonelyHearts300Blurb: Even hot messes need a happily ever after.

Love Lessons, Book 3

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.

With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp.

When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.

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Excerpt: Baz’s only response was to quirk an eyebrow and draw Elijah closer. An extended remix of “Get Lucky” played, and Baz was trying to lead them in a dirty dance, but it hadn’t escaped Elijah’s notice Baz barely moved at all, doing his best to keep his weight off his left hip. Elijah had assumed the handful of pills Baz popped in the car was Baz joining the party. Obviously those drugs truly had been medicinal.

He flicked the center of Baz’s chest. “What the fuck are you dancing for, if you hurt?”

“Honey, if I only danced when I didn’t hurt, I never would.” He drew Elijah closer, bringing his stomach into contact with Baz’s groin. “Besides, moving around usually helps.” Sounded like a crock of shit to Elijah, but he was tired of keeping track of Baz’s BS. “So

you’re telling me you hurt all the time? That sucks.”
“Beats being dead.”
The quip had an edge to it. “What the fuck happened to you in high school, anyway?”

Too late, Elijah remembered the Xanax lack of filter. He held up his hands. “Forget it. Ignore me. Or lie. Tell me you fell out of a jet or something.”

Baz pushed hair out of Elijah’s eyes. “I was bashed outside of a Boystown bar on my sixteenth birthday. I lived. My boyfriend didn’t.”

Elijah stumbled. He shook as he recovered his balance, staring intently at Baz.

What did Baz find that night you first met in Saint Paul? You, trapped in an alley with a bad trick. Must have been one fuck of a flashback. That’s why you freak him out. You’re a goddamned ghost. You probably even look the same as the old boyfriend.

Elijah told himself it was fucking stupid for the knowledge to hurt. What, he thought one fucking blow job through a moonroof meant fairy godmothers were real?

Baz’s eyebrow arched over the glasses. “No pity, and all Xanaxed up too. I’m impressed.”

“I’ve been to reparative therapy. Some of us get our hell in one whap upside the head, some of us spend ten months on our knees.”

You are an asshole, Elijah’s rusty conscience screamed at him, but Baz only smiled. “I like you, Elijah Prince.”

Elijah tried to throw his walls back up, but he was far too drugged. “Fuck.”

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks to all of you for stopping by to take a look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. I’ll give you a hint: It’s a busy one and I couldn’t be happier to share all the great guests, giveaways, and reviews we have coming up with you.

Here’s what’s on tap…

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’ll have Silvia Violet with us today, and a cover reveal for her new book Unexpected Engagement

We’ll also welcome author Jeff Adams today to celebrate the audiobook release of his book Flipping for Him, narrated by the talented Jason Frazier

Tuesday – Today we’ll have Pat Henshaw stopping by for a visit on her Redesigning Max blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Cardeno C. today, with a teaser or three from the re-release of the Mates series, Wake Me Up Inside, Until Forever Comes, and In Your Eyes

Wednesday – We’ll have another Countdown to GRL 2015 guest with us today, when we welcome author Laura Harner

And, we’ll also be hosting author Heather C. Leigh today on her Resist blog tour

Thursday – The authors of MLR Press’s Storming Love: Earthquake series will be stopping in today to chat about the stories and the series

We’ll also welcome Heidi Cullinan back today with an interview on her Lonely Hearts blog tour

FridayNic Starr is our guest today to chat a bit about her new book Andrew’s Promise, book two in her Heroes series

SaturdayEthan Stone drops by today for a weekend visit on his blog tour for the re-release of Blood and Tears, the next installment in his Flesh series

Sunday – Finally, easy like Sunday morning, we’ll have author Jacob Z. Flores with us today to chat a bit about his new book Blood Tied, the second installment in his Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series

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Audio Review: Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan – Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Title: Nowhere Ranch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Narrator:: Iggy Toma

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 6 Hours and 3 Minutes

At a Glance: While I feel some of the vocals could have been more distinct, Nowhere Ranch and Iggy Toma are the perfect merger of story and narrator.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.

Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure – until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within 200 miles.

Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe’s and Travis’s bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they’re both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe’s past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he’s found, reminding him it’s well past time he went on his way.

Even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there’s nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he’s lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes – until he’s ready to let love lead him home.

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Review: Heidi Cullinan’s Nowhere Ranch hooked me at sentence one: “My name is Monroe Davis, and this is the story of how I found home.” That fifteen word paragraph is the single most important clue that this is going to be the story of a lost soul looking for somewhere safe to land, for someone to trust, and then, of course, we discover the beautiful irony that his somewhere will happen to be Nowhere and that the someone will be called Loving.

Nowhere Ranch is Roe’s story, told in his voice. Roe paints the picture of himself in bleak strokes of the brush as he describes his leaving the only place that’d ever meant home to him. Roe is a young man who has been so let down by life and family that it’s left him the epitome of the lonesome cowboy—a loner who seems only to be biding time existing from one day to the next, drifting from one place to the next, because letting people in means they can only hurt and disappoint him. Making himself vulnerable means leaving himself open to feelings and entanglements that he neither wants nor needs. Roe is hard-edged but as his story continues, we see that he is also brittle. He takes readers along on his journey through heartache and hardships, and when he discovers that he and his boss, Travis Loving, share one essential component, we watch as they discover a reason to begin building something less than a relationship but a connection nonetheless.

Through their mutual need to dominate and submit, through Roe’s need for rough and dirty sex, and Travis’s love of giving it to him, we watch as their physical communion becomes the metaphor in Roe’s life. We watch as the disconnect of the act becomes the connection of the emotional thread between them as Travis not only begins to get under Roe’s skin but begins to work his way into Roe’s heart and his body in the most profound and trusting way possible. We watch as Roe’s family, after five long years, begins to creep back into his life and chip away at the hard-won acceptance that his “wrong” is the only way he’ll ever be. And we watch as a compassionate and tenacious friend storms Roe’s impenetrable walls and helps him to see that family is who we choose and home is the people we let in.

Nowhere Ranch is a novel of firsts for me. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by the author, and it’s the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to performed by Iggy Toma. While I feel Roe and Travis’s voices could have been a bit better delineated in tone, cadence, or perhaps even accent, Toma captures Roe to perfection—his rural patois and his youth, especially in relationship to the educated and older Travis, shine through.

I’m not sure whether Cullinan’s writing complements the narrator or the narrator complements the writing in this case. The author’s writing style is as warm and inviting as her characters are endearing and sympathetic, while the timbre of Toma’s voice is rich and so easy on the ears. Whatever the case, if you don’t mind a little kink and a lot of compassion in your reading/listening experience, I can recommend Nowhere Ranch without reservation.

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Audio Review: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan – Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Title: Fever Pitch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Narrator:: Iggy Toma

Publisher: Insatiable Press

Run Time: 11 Hours, 48 Minutes

At a Glance: Fever Pitch is a highly recommended audiobook.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.

Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.

Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.

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Review: I haven’t read a book by Heidi Cullinan in a while, mainly because I was under the impression she writes BDSM, a genre I’m really not into. Of course, there is one story of hers that stuck with me—I’ll never quite look at riding ponies the same without wishing I could do this to my significant other. But, after reading Jules’ e-book review of Fever Pitch, it kind of nudged my curiosity, so I finally decided to give it a try since it had been released on audio. Holy Moly, what an awesome story and audiobook!

Iggy Toma does a fantastic job of narrating this book. His performance not only gives each character their own voice but enhances the emotion and pacing of the story as well, making Fever Pitch a top-notch listen. There’s one part of the story, when he delivers a line at the end of a chapter, that blew my socks off! Sorry, I’d be revealing too much to tell you what it was, though. I’m so impressed with Toma’s narration of Fever Pitch that I’ve started listening to the first book, Love Lessons, and am now eagerly anticipating the third book in this series. And to think, I almost said No Thanks, because of a misunderstanding I had about the author. I’m so glad to see Heidi Cullinan branched out and showed a rare quality of writing that has moved her up to a must-read author for me.

Fever Pitch is a highly recommended audibook!

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Review: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

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Title: Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt: Book One)

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 268 Pages

At a Glance: Carry The Ocean is a novel that reminds us that each and every one of us deserves love. I highly recommend it to you.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Product Warnings: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.

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Review: Where to begin…

If you are looking for standard fare m/m romance, Carry The Ocean will leave you disappointed. However, if you are looking for a remarkably tender and illuminating story that reveals how love can come into every life, not just those viewed as “normal”, then this story is going to resonate deeply. Having taught children on the autism spectrum, I found Heidi Cullinan’s story displayed such a sophisticated portrayal of one such individual, for she could not be more right than when she had Emmet give voice to the truism that when you have met one autistic child, you have met one autistic child. Each is different, coping in their own unique way, and presenting with their own beautiful quirks and gifts.

The story of how Emmet, a high functioning autistic college student, pursues and meets his neighbor across the train tracks is a gorgeous story of love and the fight for independence. Emmett has so many strategies he has developed and learned over the years, from different shirts to convey different moods, to the foam hammer that allows him to vent his anger. His parents are smart, well educated, and loving.

Jeremey, on the other hand is nearly crippled by his anxieties, fears, and clinical depression. However, unlike Emmet’s parents, Jeremey’s are brutal, constantly harping on him to just buck up and be “normal”. That is the crux of what author Heidi Cullinan writes about in Carry The Ocean. Not only does she delineate the pain and horrible sense of unworthiness these two young men carry with them each day but she also speaks about the fact that there is no “normal”. She continually comes back to the idea that each one of us is normal despite our differences, our individual strengths or weaknesses, our emotional and intellectual struggles—that “normal” looks different for each person.

However, lest you are concerned that this is some Pollyanna novel focused on showing the world that “special needs” kids are just like you and me, think again. She celebrates their individuality by sparing no little time on giving us a window into their lives. We walk through Jeremey’s crippling anxieties, we are swept up in Emmet’s frustration over not being able to express himself when it is needed most. We are privy to the fears of two young men who want and need each other and who are discovering sex and lust and love for the first time. This novel is stunning in its scope and realism. We do not fall in love with Emmet and Jeremy because they are pitiable, we fall in love with them because they are fighters in an ocean that alternately threatens to drown them or keep them afloat.

Carry The Ocean is a love story from an author to the young men and women who fight each day to hold onto themselves, find their place in a world that doesn’t value those who don’t fit their norm. This novel is a lush and beautiful story of love and strength, small victories and huge advancements. In a nutshell, Carry The Ocean is a novel that reminds us that each and every one of us deserves love. I highly recommend it to you.

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The Novel Approach welcomes Heidi Cullinan today on the Carry the Ocean blog tour. Enjoy Heidi’s guest post, then be sure to check out the ways you can win some great prizes, including a tour wide Grand Prize. You’ll find details below.

And now, here’s Heidi!

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This Used to Be My Playground

Roosevelt Park

In Carry the Ocean, the characters go several times into the playground behind The Roosevelt, to play, to sit under trees, to get away from a world too much with them. It will feature more in books two and three. What it will never be, however, is something you can visit. Many things in Carry the Ocean exist in Ames, the town I live in, including The Roosevelt as a renovated elementary school. The playground, alas, is with us no more.

Part of the reason I used The Roosevelt as a setting and feature in the story—and kept the playground—is for my daughter. Though it shuttered before she went to school, she grew up playing on the wooden structure. It was where she learned to ride her bike. It was the place close enough for her to bike to and be on her own. It felt familiar and comfortable because of the school building beside it, but it could be enjoyed at any hour of any day because the school wasn’t operational. Even bathrooms weren’t an issue, because home wasn’t so terribly far away.

When The Roosevelt was sold, the playground was razed. It was considered too unsafe, and in any event, the people turning the building into condominiums wanted somewhere to build a parking garage and community area. It made logistical sense. My daughter, however, was heartbroken.

The renovations on the building are nearly finished, almost all the units sold. We were given, as neighborhood residents, the option to tour it, but my daughter wouldn’t let us go. She still resents the tearing down of her childhood haunt, even though she hadn’t been there in years when it finally vanished. It’s a raw wound to have the Roosevelt playground gone forever. They could cure cancer and achieve world peace there, and she’d still mourn the loss of her wooden castle.

I put the playground back in my novel for my daughter. I have no idea if she’ll ever read Carry the Ocean, or that doing so would make her feel less upset about the loss even a little. I hope, of course, someday both those things happen. When you read the book, though, I hope when you read the playground scenes you see the ghost of the little girl taking her first brave steps across the “shaky bridge,” daring the twisty slide and the “fast slide,” making friends while navigating the tire maze. Swinging on the tire swing. Never quite finding the bravery for the tunnels. Riding her bike for the first time confidently down the parking lot—even if she had to jump off for the dismount since she didn’t have enough strength to use the brakes on her big bike.

In Carry the Ocean and all the Roosevelt books, the playground will forever stay. I can’t keep my daughter’s heart from breaking even most of the time, but I can put this one precious thing in a place where it will be safe forever. And always, always loved.

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CarryTheOcean300Blurb: The Roosevelt, Book 1

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.

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Heidi Cullinan head shotAbout the Author: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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Heidi Cullinan is offering two ways to win on her Carry the Ocean tour.

Prize #1 is an e-copy of the book, and all you need to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a comment right here.

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Prize #2 is a tour wide Rafflecopter event, which includes a swag pack filled with goodies tied into the book (image below). Just click on the widget to enter.

Good luck!

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Sneak PeekCheers, everyone, and welcome back to a look at what we have coming up in the week ahead! It’s full of win, if I do say so myself. :)

**A Note of Thanks: many thanks to all of you who have expressed interest in reviewing for The Novel Approach. I’m truly humbled by your enthusiasm. And as I’ve now got a full complement of applicants, all positions are currently filled. :)**

And now, here’s what’s on tap just for you!

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Monday – We’re kicking off the week with G.B Gordon and The Other Side of Winter blog tour

And joining G.B., Patricia Logan will be here with us today on the Silver Ties blog tour

TuesdayCharlie Cochet drops by today with a Cover Reveal and an exclusive excerpt for her upcoming release Healing Hunter’s Heart

Jordan Castillo Price vamps out with us today, to tell you about the new box set and audio releases of the Channeling Morpheus series

Wednesday – We’ve got a busy day today, starting with Bey Deckard and the Cover Reveal, with exclusive excerpt, of the next book in his Baal’s Heart series, Fated: Love and Redemption

We’re also hosting author RJ Jones on the Out of the Blue blog tour

And with another edition of DSPP’s Genre Talk, Carole Cummings is hosting Rick R. Reed today to talk about writing Horror/Thrillers

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan stops in today on the Carry the Ocean blog tour to chat about the special meaning behind one of the books settings

Friday – To close out the week, we’ll be bringing you an interview with RJ Scott on her Max and the Prince blog tour

And Cherie Noel will be dropping by on the Glitter and Shamrocks tour

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan

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NowhereRanch-reducedBlurb: Love will grow through the cracks you leave open.

Ranch hand Roe Davis absolutely never mixes business with pleasure—until he runs into his boss, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar within two hundred miles.

Getting involved with the ranch owner is a bad idea, but Roe’s and Travis’s bedroom kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. As long as they’re both clear this is sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

Shut out by his family years ago, Roe survived by steadfastly refusing to settle into so much as a post office box. As his affair with Travis grows into more than just sex, Roe’s past catches up with him, threatening the thin ray of happiness he’s found, reminding him it’s well past time he went on his way.

But even a loner gets lonely, and at this point, there’s nowhere left to run. The shame and sorrow of what he’s lost will stay with Roe wherever he goes—until he’s ready to let love lead him home.

This novel has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

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Excerpt: I met Travis Loving when I went to work at Nowhere Ranch. I’d been shuffling around ranches throughout the Midwest, doing time in Kansas and the Dakotas. Nowhere, in northwestern Nebraska, was the farthest west I’d yet gone. I will admit I answered the ad because of the name. Also because if I went through one more fucking North Dakota winter, I was going to hang myself. I’d heard it wasn’t quite as bad in Nebraska. So after a few good days of partying in Omaha, I contacted the ranch manager, who said he’d give me a try, and off I went.

The other thing I liked about Nowhere Ranch was it was a hobby ranch, almost as small as a larger farm. I know everybody’s all about the sexy Southern cowboys and big ranches and tumbleweeds blowing by you, but I grew up on a farm, and it’s what I know. Ranches usually feel too big. It’s the wrong culture or something.

Nowhere Ranch was smaller, and it was way out in the boondocks—hence, the name. Apparently when Loving bought it, he kept talking about how he was moving out to the middle of nowhere, and the name stuck. It was a good, solid operation, especially considering the owner was still pretty green. The feed was all organic, and he had about as many sheep as he did cattle. We only had sheep a short while at Dad’s farm, but I knew enough about them to understand what I was getting into.

None of the other hands lived on site, which worried me at first. But the manager said it really was a small operation, and they rotated through a set of local guys when they needed them. He also said if I wasn’t fussy, there was an apartment above the stable I was welcome to. It wouldn’t cost me anything if I was willing to be on standby to do work off the clock, like help round up steers that got out. So it would only be me and the owner at the ranch, with the manager and his family down the road.

As soon as I heard about having my own apartment, not a bunk with other guys, I was ready to do about anything to get there. I was careful about anybody finding out I was queer, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling something I didn’t expect would trip me up. I was pretty sure handling sheep and calves wasn’t going to give me away, but in my own place I could jerk off without watching to make sure nobody noticed there was nothing but dick in the mags and vids I had.

Except the apartment was a real fucking dive. It was about twelve by twelve, and I think the carpet had been there since 1972 without once making the acquaintance of a vacuum. It was furnished, with a bed and a table and a recliner and a nightstand, but I took one look at the bedding and headed to Walmart to replace it. While I was there I picked up a bottle of bleach too. But I was still overall pleased with the place. After a little cleaning and replacement parts, it was a palace to me.

The only problem was there really wasn’t a kitchen to speak of, just a dorm-sized fridge and a hot plate. I’m not any kind of fancy chef, but eating out all the time is expensive, and I get tired of sandwiches. It was enough of a hitch in my get-along that I thought about asking for a proper stove, but in the end I decided I could limp along to start. I’d lobby for a moderate kitchen upgrade once I had a better lay of the land. If I even stayed long enough to bother with it.

The first two weeks I only saw Loving in passing, usually in the mornings as he stood with the manager, Tory Parrish, at the fence rail. Tory would nod while Loving spoke quietly, his tan cowboy hat bobbing as he turned this way and that, gesturing to fields and barns and equipment. Occasionally I also saw Loving head out on his horse a couple hours after the last of the hands had gone home and he’d had his evening meeting with Tory. Sometimes I would watch him ride out, because it was a nice vista, man on horse, silhouetted against the sunset.

Loving was tall and broad, a few inches shorter than my six-two. Handsome in a way I appreciated, but he was significantly older than me. By this time I was almost twenty-five, and Loving had to be pushing forty. He seemed more like my dad than somebody to ogle. Also, he’s the boss. I knew he used to be a professor in Omaha and he was divorced with no kids, and I knew he’d only owned this ranch for about three years. Mostly I didn’t pay him much attention outside of noting when he was around so I could work harder at not being a dick. Because I did like the job, and outside of the mediocre kitchen, I enjoyed the apartment.

One Saturday night there was a knock on my door, and when I opened it, by God if it wasn’t Loving standing there. He gave me a curt nod as a greeting. “We got trouble on the north ridge. Can I get you to lend a hand?”

I said sure. After hustling into my boots, I grabbed my hat and followed him down the stairs.

Tory was already on a four-wheeler, rifle stowed in the back. Loving had his own ride waiting beside Tory’s, but I noticed there wasn’t a third, so I climbed on behind Tory and held on to the rack as we rode.

When I saw the ewe bobbing around in the field, bumping into the other sheep and acting like she was drunk, I knew what we were in for.

“It looks neurological.” Loving sounded uncertain though, and Tory shrugged.

“It’s neurological all right,” I said. “That ewe has rabies.”

They both turned to me, surprised. “How can you tell?” Tory asked.

I motioned to the ewe. “She’s acting all crazed. It’s eating her brain right now. We’ve got to put her down and get her the hell out of here. Need to isolate the rest of this herd right quick. Groups as small as you can get. You don’t know how many she’s bit.”

“I’ll call the vet.” Loving reached for his phone.

I shook my head. “Ain’t no point.”

“But there’s a treatment,” Loving pressed. “They give it to people.”

“Yeah. And it’s several thousand dollars a pop. This is thirty head of sheep. You’d do better to slaughter them and get new.” I gestured to the huddled herd. “Partition them off as best you can and wait it out, is my advice. Either they been infected or not. All you can do is wait and see.” I tugged on the brim of my hat. “What you do need to do is call all the hands and make sure none of them’s been bit. You only got so many hours between exposure and death.”

Loving reached for his phone again, but Tory already had his out and waved him off.

“I’ll call the boys. You two get her put down and figure out how the fuck we’re going to isolate them.”

Loving grabbed the rifle, nodding at me as he loaded the cartridges. “You’re sure about this?”

Hell yes, I was sure. “They get it from skunks, see. Anyway, it’s the sort of thing you don’t mess around with. She could infect half the herd tonight. Better to kill her and find out I’m wrong than wait and lose them all. The only positive test is to examine her brain. Which kind of requires her to be dead.”

Loving grimaced and nudged his hat higher on his head with his knuckle. “And here I thought foot rot was hell.”

“Oh, everything about sheep is hell. We never cussed more than the years we raised them.”

Loving sighed and raised the rifle, only to lower it again. “Would you mind trying to separate her a little? But don’t expose yourself.”

Heading for the main body of the herd, I clapped my hands and called, “Hee-yah,” until they started to bleat and stumble over each other trying to get away. The rabid ewe followed them for a second before she fell. She got up pretty quickly, and when she did, she came for me.

Sheep don’t exactly set land-speed records, but I hustled out of the way because I wasn’t interested in catching any stray gunshot. Turns out I needn’t have worried, as Loving could shoot a single hair off your head at half a mile. He put the bullet right between her eyes, and she went down like a ton of bricks.

Tory tucked his phone back into his pocket. “I got hold of everybody. All the boys are coming in to help sort them out. I thought probably in the stalls in the horse barn. Chaucer and the boys won’t hurt to be out in the pasture a few days, and we can whip up temporary pens in the south field.”

That’s what we did. We ended up only losing two more sheep total, which was good. But I didn’t talk to Loving for the rest of the week. On Friday, he took off. Tory said he’d be gone through the weekend.

I thought maybe this would be a good time to get away myself. I was starting to get itchy. I headed into town to the public library, where an online search for nearby gay bars informed me I would be going three hours north to Rapid City to get laid. I know they have them fancy apps on smartphones to hook up, but I can’t abide putting that kind of money down for a piece of plastic.

I worried Tory would say I couldn’t leave the ranch unattended, but he said not to bother about it, as he always kept an eye out when Loving was gone. He said I was to go on and have a nice time.

The drive was okay. Mostly I didn’t notice anything around me, too busy thinking about how I could spend the next forty-eight hours fucking and getting fucked. I checked into my hotel, showered, and fussed with my clothes before heading over at nine.

The bar was small and sad, nothing like the flashy stuff I’d gotten used to in Omaha and Kansas City. In North Dakota I had gone to Fargo, which hadn’t been bad. This place was a different story. There was hardly anybody there, and most of them had already hooked up. But I saw one lone cowboy sitting at the bar, and I bee-lined to him, determined to spread my legs even if he looked like Ethel Merman.

You probably saw this coming, but I have to tell you, you could have knocked me over with a feather when the cowboy turned around and he was Travis Loving.

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Heidi Cullinan head shotAuthor Bio: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads), at www.heidicullinan.com.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up in the week ahead! It’s a busy one, to be sure, and will feature some fantastic guests, great giveaways, and, of course, lots more reviews. Stay tuned and I hope you come back to join in the fun.

Now, here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayCleis Press kicks off our week with a giveaway of their new anthology Best Gay Romance 2015

Author Aimee Brissay also joins us today to do her part in helping to countdown to Euro Pride Con

TuesdayLisa Henry and J.A. Rock drop in on the Tempest blog tour

And we’ll also be featuring Rick R. Reed’s new DSP Publications release IM

Wednesday – We’re welcoming author Amber Kell today as she visits to celebrate Euro Pride Con

We’ll also have a new edition of Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and A.J. Marcus

Thursday – Today, Ana J. Phoenix stops by with her contribution to the countdown to Euro Pride Con

Heidi Cullinan will also be here to offer the chance to win an e-copy of her new book Nowhere Ranch

FridaySue Brown joins us today on the Eddie & Marchant blog tour

Jaycee Edwards and Helena Stone also drop in on their Strangers in the Night tour

Saturday – Today we welcome author Suki Fleet on the Innocence blog tour

Sunday – And we close out the week with author T. Strange and a cover reveal of her new book My Zombie Boyfriend

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And that does it for a busy week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

 

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3 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Heidi Cullinan, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Wilde City Press

Review: The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan

Title: The Devil Will Do

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 126 Pages

At a Glance: While The Devil Will Do is well written kink, I felt it lacked the needed bones to make it a fully developed story.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.

Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.

This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.

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Review: The Devil Will Do is a case where the blurb essentially gives you the only synopsis needed for this novel. To tell you much more about Eryn and his journey would be to give away too much of the plot—what little there was in this story. Written more like a long short story, we are not privy to much about the world Eryn lives in other than it is restrictive and not favorable in any way to a person who finds themselves drawn to the same sex when it comes to romance. Therefore, Eryn must hide his natural tendencies and this is further compounded by the fact that Eryn loves kink—humiliation, gang rape, orgasm denial, being used and, yes, in many ways, abused, for pleasure’s sake. Our pseudo-hero draws the line at being physically whipped or beaten, and is not one to seek pain to help him gain his sexual release. But there is little else Eryn does not crave.

So when he is visited in his dreams by the specter of a gorgeous prince who is fleeing from the evil that threatens his palace, Eryn is torn in two. He desires so greatly to save this man, Prince Wyn, but knows deep in his heart that he is unworthy—a perverted soul who is weak and cowardly. Despite how Eryn may feel, those who would see Prince Wyn as rightful heir and safe from harm take it upon themselves to make Eryn see that the darker desires he lusts after do not make him unworthy—the only enemy Eryn must conquer is that of his own self-condemning mind in order to save his prince.

Heidi Cullinan delivers a very dark and twisted tale of finding yourself and loving your whole person so, in turn, you can be loved by others and find your happy ever after. It should be noted that the author warns us she felt she had to go big or go home and once stated, she does just that. You will be hard pressed to find more humiliation kink in any other source than in this novel. Eryn thrives on being subjugated and used, gang rape and verbal taunts that are abusive in their nature are the things on which he thrives, but he is so disgusted by his needs that he feels he resembles little more than a perverted monster.

The kink here is done well and is incredibly inventive. The number of ways the author finds to force sex on a willing Eryn is to be applauded—truly, this is an incredible novel for those who are into humiliation and the idea of dubious consent—which only has the appearance of reluctant agreement on Eryn’s part since we find out how much he craves being “forced”. So, why didn’t this novel work? I felt the place this novel fell apart was in the idea that the way in which everyone deemed Eryn should come to accept his own innate desires was by completely breaking him down and torturing his heart and mind. The idea that he would come to love himself and his need for humiliation by humiliating him till he broke just did not ring true to me.

I was confused by the way in which Eryn was whisked away and held captive by a magician in order to prove to him he liked being held captive. I am sure I do not understand the submissive psyche when it comes to BDSM, but I felt the basic idea that the submissive gives over the control was a lacking element on Eryn’s journey. By being drenched in his desire for kink, he was to be convinced it was okay to want that kink—but he was forced to admit he deserved to be satisfied—that he was worthy of his need for humiliation. This is where the novel lost me—I simply could not wrap my mind around that concept.

All in all, The Devil Will Do was a dark foray into a journey toward self-acceptance and self-love. With little more than Eryn’s journey being described, the lack of basis for his inner struggle and feelings of no self worth were diminished as we saw little of his day to day life that would support his deep seated self condemnation. This was a sexual fantasy, pure and simple, and unfortunately had little story to hold together the near constant sex scenes which proved to be the vehicle used to further the storyline. While The Devil Will Do is well written kink, I felt it lacked the needed bones to make it a fully developed story.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Heidi Cullinan on The Devil Will Do blog tour. Enjoy Heidi’s guest post, then be sure to check out the giveaways and the ways you can enter to win below.

Good luck!

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Written For You: Dedicating A Story

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Though all my stories are dedicated to someone, some are more “for” the people they’re dedicated to than others. Sometimes I dedicate books and share them to those I dedicated them to, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes the dedication is general. Sometimes it’s very, very personal.

I wrote The Devil Will Do to someone specific. I wanted to work in some of his favorite kinks and tropes for sure, but I remember I kept thinking how much I wanted it to be for him. That focus altered everything. The tone, the trajectory. I always knew exactly what the hook was, but thinking I’m writing this for Jason added a whole new element.

This was the only book I’ve ever written for a reader specifically. Since then Jason has become a good friend, and in the weird twists fate offers, he was the editor for this reissue. But at the time, we’d just started to get to know one another. I wonder if that’s why I wasn’t simply saying, “I thought of you while I wrote this” as I usually do, but rather deliberately trying to delight him as a reader.

Who a story is completely for in the end is a rather murky assignment. It’s for everyone who finds something of value in it, and they get to find whatever value speaks to them. There is something that buzzes one in the heart, though, to find you’re mentioned in the opening of a book. When friends and fellow authors have given me a nod in the acknowledgments, yes, it moves me. Every time.

I’ve had one thing written for me that wasn’t a letter to me. It’s from my daughter, written when she was quite young. It was, as it happens, pretty much a replica of something I wrote for her. She’s battled anxiety since she was born, and I got in the habit of penning her encouraging notes in her lunch, sticking them under her door, leaving them on her pillow. One particularly moved her, and she posted it on my desk. I hung it above my desk and eventually framed it. Here’s a picture of it, complete with a photo of her from about that age which as it happened was on the bookshelf where I tried to take the picture.

I can’t write stories for everyone, much as I might like to. I do enjoy writing off the beaten path, trying to give voice to people who might not often find themselves in stories. And yes, I do love dedicating stories to people I love.

Has anyone ever written anything for you? If not, I hope they do soon.

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TheDevilWIllDo_cvrBlurb: In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.

Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.

This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.

The Devil Will Do is available for purchase at Wilde City Press | Amazon US (Kindle) (Paperback) | Amazon UK (Kindle) (Paperback) | Barnes & Noble

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Heidi Cullinan head shotAbout Heidi: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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The Giveaways – Two Ways To Win:

On The Devil Will Do tour, Heidi Cullinan is offering readers the chance to win books in two different ways.

Option One: THIS PORTION OF HEIDI’S GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Option Two: Enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget for a chance to win THREE books – The Devil Will Do, Miles and the Magic Flute, and Hero in the winner’s choice of Print or E-book

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for another sneak peek at what we have in store for you in the week ahead–great guests, awesome giveaways, and lots more reviews.

As always, many thanks for stopping by!

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MondayLane Hayes kicks off our week on The Wrong Man blog tour

Also joining us today is author Bailey Bradford on the Run With the Moon blog tour

Tuesday – In the first of two awesome cover reveals this week, and the first of two Jordans, we have Jordan L. Hawk here today unveiling the cover for Hoarfrost, book six in the Whyborne & Griffin series

Heidi Cullinan also joins us on The Devil Will Do blog tour

WednesdayIn our second cover reveal this week, we welcome Jordan Castillo Price and the unveiling of Life Is Awesome, the third and final book in the Mnevermind trilogy

We’ll also welcome Alex Beecroft today on the Trowchester blog tour

And to cap off a great day, we’ll also have Carole Cummings and Andrea Speed joining us with a Paranormal installment in DSPP’s “Genre Talk”

Thursday Pat Henshaw  drops by today on the What’s in a Name blog tour

Friday – Today we host Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay Anthology blog tour

Saturday – And to close out our week, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with author Charlie Cochet on the Rise & Fall blog tour

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We’re looking so forward to sharing all of this great stuff with you. Until next time, happy reading!

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Simply The Best 2014 – Round Two: The Year In Reviews And A Giveaway

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Hi, everyone, we’re back again with the second round of our Best of the Best (be sure to check out Sammy’s and Tina’s lists HERE), and another chance for you to win e-copies of THREE of the titles selected by Jackie, Lana, and Jules, winner’s choice! THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED Continue reading

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Heidi Cullinan, Samhain Publishing

Guest Post and Giveaway – Boys and Dolls: The Power and Prison of Gender Roles by Heidi Cullinan

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One of the subplots in Sleigh Ride revolves around Arthur’s nephew, Thomas, who is six years old and has a doll. Thomas appeared in the story after I’d been writing for a month. Something seemed to be missing, and then one day when revisiting the opening, Arthur started talking to his nephew, which was delightful—and then Thomas trotted out his best girl, Soupy. It’s never been revealed to me why this name was chosen, but I suspect it’s like Ramona Quimby’s doll Chevrolet. What sounds good to a child doesn’t always translate socially. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Heidi Cullinan, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Samhain Publishing

Review: Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Sleigh Ride

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Minnesota Christmas, Book 2

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Heidi Cullinan, Reviewed by Jules, Samhain Publishing

Review: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Fever Pitch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 339 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Love Lessons, Book 2

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Heroes With Big Ears by Heidi Cullinan

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At this point when I make my writing collage, I go find a stock photo, because when the cover artist asks for my models, I can send them something they might actually be able to use. I worried at first I’d be limited to stock polished, boring specimens, but to my happiness, this is not the case. In fact, I’ve found some real characters in those stock photo files, and my favorite of all time is Giles.

I hadn’t fully fleshed out his character—sometimes I use the collage building as a way to find bits of the story that elude me, and Giles the stock photo guy delivered big time. In every one of his poses, he always looked a bit off the mark. His hair was a bit weird. His gestures seemed a little forced. He was not the most graceful man I’d ever seen. And I absolutely loved him for it. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone , and welcome back. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for the week ahead.

We have the pleasure of not only bringing you more reviews, but we’ve also got cover reveals, blog tours, interviews, and giveaways coming up just for you.

Here’s what’s coming up!


MondayChris T. Kat kicks off the week on her Tidal Change Blog Tour and Backlist Title Giveaway

Lex Chase also drops by on the Americana Fairy Tale Release Day Blitz

Tuesday – Young adult author Lillian McKinnon will be by to do a cover reveal for her upcoming novel A Life In Frames

SJD Peterson brings the Splintered Blog Tour to The Novel Approach, with a Giveaway

Brita Addams also stops by with her monthly guest post today

Wednesday – Today we have the privilege of hosting an Exclusive Cover Reveal for Tere MichaelsWho Knows the Storm

Then Heidi Cullinan makes a stop at TNA on the Fever Pitch Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Finally, we have the honor of bringing you the Edmond Manning Butterfly King Blog Tour

ThursdayK.C. Burn is our guest today on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Blog Tour

FridayEthan Day drops back by today on the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour

And EM Lynley also stops in today on the Spaghetti Western Blog Tour

SaturdayRachel Sparks is our guest today on the To Be Whole Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Aleksandr Voinov is also with us today on the Counterpunch Blog Tour

Sunday – And closing out the week, we’ve got Margie Church with us on her The Camera Never Lies Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

And Dean Pace-Frech also stops in with a Guest Post and Giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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