Hello everyone! Today I am so excited to welcome back author Heidi Cullinan to Joyfully Jay. Heidi is her to talk to us about her upcoming release, Let It Snow, which is available November 26th. Please join me in giving Heidi a big welcome!
Snow’s Okay With Me
I’ll admit it: I’m one of those annoying people who love snow.
I blame it on being born in Iowa in the 1970s, when every winter it was blizzard or bust. I have fuzzy memories of snowdrifts as high as cars, of digging intricate tunnels into the snow mounds at the end of our driveway. Snow was always a fabulous adventure: a chance for sledding, an excuse to make hot chocolate and snuggle in.
Growing up, we had a wood-burning furnace, and the colder it got, the more logs my father would throw into the hungry maw of the furnace door. As the eldest, it was always my job to ride out with him in the pickup and come back with a bed full of freshly chopped logs to fill in the crawlspace beside the furnace. I wasn’t allowed to chop wood and couldn’t carry very heavy ones, but I would sit in my coveralls and watch the snow fall while my dad worked, pouring him coffee from his thermos when he needed a pick-me-up. I don’t chop any wood these days, though I do have a wood-burning fireplace, and we love little more than a blizzard outside with a roaring fire in the hearth pushing heat into the TV room.
I love the insulation of a blizzard, the way the world goes white and terrifying and houses become havens. Being out in a snowstorm is terrifying, but being safe at home with plenty of food and a fire is like an unexpected vacation. My husband usually has to work no matter what: hospitals don’t get snow days, and in a blizzard he’s more likely to walk to work so he doesn’t have to dig out his truck, but my daughter will always have a snow day. I love putting on chili or soup, making cookies and snuggling in to watch movies or run though a marathon TV series on Hulu or Netflix.
I got the idea for writing Let It Snow last year when I was in the mood for a blizzard: while I don’t ever want snow to get in the way of holiday plans, I always am most in the mood for storms at Christmas time, partly because by the time actual Christmas rolls around I’m so overwhelmed I want to be cut off and isolated. I absolutely adore a snowed-in story, and though I’d told myself I could take the holidays off from writing, this story burst out of my head with so much snow joy I could barely get it into Scrivener fast enough. I hope you enjoy my three bears in the snow as much as I do.
Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.
Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.
Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears
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 ten-year-old 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.