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Title: Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holidays
Coming November 11 from Samhain Publishing
Book Two of the Minnesota Christmas Series
The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.
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.
It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.
As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.
Welcome Back to Logan, the Gayest Small Town in the Northwoods:
A few years ago I was seriously in the mood for a snowed-in story, so two days into a “writing break” I started writing one when I couldn’t readily find one to read. I meant it to be more of a self-entertainment than a published novel, but what started as a story just for me quickly became last year’s Christmas release. Even before the book was out, I was excited to write another Christmas story, because it was nothing but fun. I couldn’t wait to go back to Logan, Minnesota.
While the small town I invented for the Minnesota Christmas series is fictional, I plunked it into a real part of the Minnesota Northwoods, and I did my best to make it as authentic as possible. In my teens I spent more time than I actually wanted in the Wisconsin Northwoods, which while not exactly the same are close enough to count. I also am about as small town stock as they come, even though I’ll do my best to never live in one again. There was one part of my fictional community, though, that is always going to be a little bit fantasy.
The percentage of gay men in this tiny little town is awfully dense.
Between Let It Snow and now Sleigh Ride, Logan Minnesota, population a couple handfuls of hundred, has at least ten gay men. There’s a brief proof of life of lesbians in Sleigh Ride, but that actually doesn’t help my cause. My statistics are all kinds of skewed. I’ve never been able to get a clear read on how many LGBT persons is statistically accurate for a town of five hundred, but I’m pretty sure I’m borrowing gay from the entire county at this point. I’m sure the actual gay men and women living in rural America wish their dating pool was otherwise.
In Logan, though, gay isn’t only okay, it’s everywhere. We have Kyle the CNA at the nursing home. We have our three bears in the woods, Marcus, Arthur, and Paul. We have our new town stylist, Frankie. And though he’s been there since book one, in Sleigh Ride I out Gabriel, the town librarian. Paul also makes it clear he’s been dating heavily, which means he’s finding men in the same town and in the county to try on for size.
I’m assuming there’s something in the water, I guess.
Excessive gayness aside, I really have fun writing about Logan. It’s not completely picture perfect, but it’s not Deliverance, either. It is, basically, the small town of my heart, the one I felt like I lived in when I was very small, which probably didn’t exist then either but lives on to this day in my heart.
So come on over to Logan. If you haven’t read Let It Snow, you can start there, but if you’re eager to jump in to lumberjack vs. librarian, that’s okay too. Come watch two men who think they hate each other find out they love each other instead. There will be sleigh bells, hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles, and sweet little boys who want to take their dolls to story time.
And when Gabriel and Arthur are alone, a little bit of leather too.
About 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.
Heidi Cullinan has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter an eCopy of Sleigh Ride
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