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*BLOG TOUR, Guest Post & Giveaway* Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan

October 9, 2013




Summary: 

Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.

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***I will confess…recently I have had an issue with the New Adult genre (the mainstream NA that is) and this being aligned with my boys who love boys I had to ask what made Ms. Cullinan to go in this direction. I am so happy I asked and absolutely adore this book!***

 

Guest Post:

I actually didn’t know I was writing New Adult until I was done with the story. Mostly I’d been reading a lot of YA and college-set romances, and I wanted to play too. I was drawn to how simple and yet incredibly complicated that time of life is. I think for not-new adults looking back is a big lure. In my head, my college days are maybe about ten years ago at best, but my graduation is almost twenty years gone now.

The thing about youth is that it’s full of potential, and no one gets that until the potential is gone. By the time we hit our forties, even our thirties, so much of our life is set. In our early twenties, it’s wide open, at least in theory. Maybe we really don’t have that many choices at any point, but I don’t think any of us at any age ever want to believe that. We all love the fairytale that anything could and might happen.

My college years weren’t exactly great. They were, but there were a lot of shadows too–in no way did I whizz around from party to party having the time of my life. My parents were undergoing a bitter divorce, and my younger brothers and sisters were frequently collateral damage. There wasn’t any money, yet I was supposed to keep attending a private school and magically cover the difference of two thousand dollars every year. I think I started Love Lessons intending to write myself a nicer experience than I had, but it didn’t take long for my own issues to bleed into both characters. So as is usual for me the book became a kind of therapy.

I think whenever a genre or trope in romance is new it gets a lot of attention because that’s what we all want: a familiar story told in a new way. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man and a woman, or two men and two women or any kind of combination: love stories are about hope and connection. That’s what we keep showing up for. I think New Adult is especially shiny because there is that huge landscape of potential. We know the truth is that most of us crash and burn, some of us without ever fully recovering. We get through our own grim reality by reminding ourselves that hope isn’t ever far away.

 

 

Giveaway!

1 ecopy of LOVE LESSONS

1 Car Charm

1 Keychain

>>>>>>ENTER HERE!<<<<<<

 

 

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 ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state’s LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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  1. Trix permalink
    October 27, 2013 10:34 am

    Really thought-provoking post…I think sometimes NA is alluring because it reminds older readers that life is always fraught!

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