Sunday, June 01, 2014

Miles & The Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan Blog Tour ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

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We have the lovely Heidi Cullinan with us today on her Miles & the Magic Flute tour chatting about  Pawn Shop Paradise… haha, yep Pawn not Porn!

To celebrate the re-release of Miles & the Magic Flute we are giving 5 lucky readers the chance to win a Kindle eBook from Heidi’s back catalogue including Miles & the Magic Flute as soon as it goes live on Amazon…  All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.

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Miles & The Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan

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Title ~ Miles & The Magic Flute

Author ~ Heidi Cullinan

Publisher ~ Wild City Press

Published ~ 28th May 2014

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Synopsis

When unemployed Miles Larson retreats to his friend’s Minnesota pawnshop to lick his wounds, he discovers that a few notes on a magical instrument reveal an erotic fairyland where the sorrows weighing on his heart don’t exist at all.

Yet fantasy comes with a price, and soon Miles must choose a path. He can surrender his soul to the dreamlord to sustain his pleasure… or he can defeat the faerie and save the mysterious beast-man who promises love. Miles would choose love over pleasure in a heartbeat—if only to seize it he didn’t first have to acknowledge the pain inside.

Is Miles strong enough to learn that sometimes to find happiness, we must face down our sorrows?

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Pawn Shop Paradise:

Patty Gives The Scoop on the Barter Trade

I have no idea why I wanted to write a pawn shop so much, but I did. I hadn’t even watched Pawn Stars when I wrote this novel, so I can’t blame the reality TV show either. I simply loved the idea of the gateway to a magical world being the dead-end resale outlet for other people’s things.

Which is fitting, in its own way. When we buy that television, it’s exciting and new. Even the toaster just out of the box is thrilling. We love new things and all the promise they have. But what do we do with the old TV? The old toaster? You don’t have to be a hoarder to feel a sense of anxiety when letting go of old things.

Years ago we had a garage sale, and once it was done we hauled the leftovers to Goodwill. I remember the heaviness in my chest as we drove away, the almost physical pain of leaving my baby’s old clothes and toys behind. It was more than wondering if I’d want something later. Somehow my essence, my daughter’s, my husband’s was left on those things. The idea of giving them away made me sick. And yet not so sick as having a house full of crap we didn’t want.

The character of Patty was born out of that anxiety, I think: she was the way to deal with the ache of loss. Patty is practical. She wants better things for her life, but sometimes that doesn’t work out. Patty makes do. She takes other people’s junk and gives them the hard truth about what it’s worth—and what it isn’t. She’s savvy and merciless…but not unkind.

I loved the idea of Miles—stuck up, snotty Miles—repurposing toasters and TVs. I’m definitely more than a little Miles at heart. I always buy new, and I’m a little snobbish about what I choose. But I wish I were a fixer like he is. I’d love to take items spent and make them into something useful again. To take that pile of garage sale junk and give it that shiny sparkle, even second hand.

At heart I think we all wish we could give new life to our old things. We love going through old trunks, old bins in our closet and remembering. It’s so much more comforting to imagine that sagging stuffed animal being loved by new arms than it is moldering in a junk heap, that tube-TV being used in someone’s garage, not smashed into bits and shunted off to the side.

Real life doesn’t always work out that way, alas. But in Miles and the Magic Flute and at Patty’s Pawn Plus, I can promise you that at least between these pages, they do.

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About Heidi Cullinan


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.

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Books available from Heidi Cullinan

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Giveaway

To celebrate the re-release of Miles & the Magic Flute we are giving 5 lucky readers the chance to win a Kindle eBook from Heidi’s back catalogue including Miles & the Magic Flute as soon as it goes live on Amazon…  All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.

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26 comments:

  1. I love Heidi's books! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  2. I love new things, but sometimes secondhand is more practical (cheaper!) - I have loads of books and clothes that were bought secondhand :)

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  3. This book is so different to the others I've read by Heidi. Still, it looks like a great story.

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  4. I thought I had all of Heidi's books but missed this one the first time around and I'd love to win it.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I have enjoyed her other works and am sure this will not disappoint. Thanks for awesome opportunity of receiving a copy.

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  6. I'd love to have the chance of winning one of Heidi's books!

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  7. The book sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I have trouble buying things second hand but it's mainly because I worry that it will break more quickly than new.

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  9. I think it sounds great and am definitely adding it to my TBR!

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  10. I've read many of Heidi's contemporary novels, this fantasy novel sounds quite good.

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  11. I am so glad that this book has been republished, as I missed out on buying it before as well as another book Hero which is being republished later in the year. Thank you for a chance to win one of Heidi's books

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  12. I love the contrast of the fantasy plotline and the pawn shop setting!

    --Trix

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  13. I love Heidi's writing. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. So awesome~~ Thank you for the chance to win!

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  15. Love Heidi and I'm a huge fan of fantasy so this is perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. This book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. this sounds really good!
    please count me in

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  18. Sounds like a really awesome read. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  19. I agree, this sounds fantastic.

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  20. I've never read anything of Heidi's, but I look forward to discovering her work. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. This is a wonderful giveaway! I've not read this book yet and I've really enjoyed reading Heidi's books! Thanks for the giveaway!
    taina1959 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I really enjoy Heidi's books, thanks for the chance to win.

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