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~Blog Tour~Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan~

 

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35652776Title: Antisocial
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 341 pages
Genre(s): M/M,Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8, 2017
~Synopsis~

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together.


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~Guest Post~Heidi Cullinan~

No Graphic Sex But Still Steamy, A Writer’s Guide

Antisocial is a new adult gay and asexual romance set in a fictional college in upstate New York between a one-percenter fraternity boy and a highly antisocial artist. One encounter with Xander Fairchild’s artwork is enough to turn Skylar Stone’s carefully orchestrated life upside down, unlacing his secrets and inviting him into a secret anime-soaked world with a new set of friends. I was lucky enough to have two editors on this novel, and both of them insisted it was my best work to date. And one of them, who especially loves my erotic, dirty work, made this remark, (which I’m paraphrasing because I can’t remember the exact language she used): “I’m not sure how this book, which has your lowest heat content ever, is your most erotic book to date, but that’s what’s happening here.”

She’s not the only one to make that comment. Popular remarks upon reading Antisocial are “oh my God, the hand-holding scene in the car.” Or, “The body-painting scene was so hot!” Or I get general garbled consonants and bubbled euphoria, readers loving the romanticism but also the deep sensuality. They might remark on one of the kisses (there are two), but they’re more likely to talk about the hands, or the paintbrushes. Or the general feeling. The senses that became evoked by experiencing a novel which, yes, is entirely without traditional erotic content.
I will confess when I first realized I was writing an asexual hero (it wasn’t something I consciously set out to do) I had a moment of pause, unsure of how to proceed. I was even more frustrated when I attempted to alleviate my ignorance by research—the sheer dearth of information on gray sexuality is staggering. I was able to gather information through interviews and listening and reading online forums, but I disliked how much it was a separate world. Why was it such a separate world, I kept wondering? It wasn’t as if people who identified on the graysexual spectrum were congregating in some separate space in real life—not because they needed to, and I was dubious it was because they wanted things organized this way. And the more I learned, the more this separation seemed completely ridiculous.
We speak so much about “love is love” in the queer community, but we are definitely not drawing in all the aspects of the rainbow as much as we could, and we aren’t allowing for this spectrum, this community whose rainbow is a spectrum of gray. I didn’t simply find it easy to write an asexual romance; I found it refreshing and helpful in getting me to reexamining what “erotic” and “sensual” truly mean and how I can play with the terms in my work. I will absolutely be walking down this path of sensuality again in another novel.

Antisocial may contain only two kisses and no traditional sexual content, but it’s by no means a sweet romance. It’s a tale of a grumpy, shy gay boy and a charming, determined asexual hero who needs the help of a community to step out of the life his father has built for him and into the one he hasn’t yet gotten the courage to dream for himself. It’s the story of two young men who discover their first romance together and find ways to connect that suit them and only them—the world and its expectations be damned.
I hope you give Antisocial a try. To entice you, here’s a little teaser. Thanks for having me here today, and I hope I see you all again very soon!

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~Excerpt~

Excerpt
*****

Pinning his elbow to his side to keep his arm from trembling, he reached for Skylar’s hand.
He didn’t grab it or even lace their fingers together, though that seemed to be what Skylar anticipated, the weirdo. No, Xander didn’t want to hold hands. He wanted to touch Skylar’s hand. So he did. He traced along the sides of Skylar’s palm. Down the center of his wrist. Ran his fingernails gently up the center, teased up to the tips of Skylar’s fingers.
Skylar gasped, shivered, nearly pulled away.
Xander paused, glancing at him, breaking out of his own trance for a moment of self-consciousness.“Is it too much?”Skylar shook his head, but he looked…breathless. “It’s…it’s not what I expected, is all. But…but it’s good.”Xander searched Skylar’s face for a sign he was taking one for the team. “You’re sure?”
Skylar nodded, unable to take his gaze from the place where Xander’s fingers hovered over his own. “It makes me…dizzy. I feel like I’m being tugged. And spun around. It’s almost too much, but it’s…good.” His cheeks stained red.“Would…would you do it again?” In a heartbeat.Xander moved more boldly this time, though he still kept his touch light, since it clearly thrilled Skylar. His blood rushed in his ears, his heart thumping at his throat as he forced himself to move slowly, carefully adjusting the pressure so he wasn’t tickling, not quite, but still ghosting over Skylar’s flesh. Because he was starting to live for those tiny gasps Skylar gave, the quivers his long, slender, manicured hands made under his. Xander felt a rush, but he felt calm too. Like he was a hunter with all the time in the world to pursue his prey.
Except Skylar wasn’t his prey. Partner.
Play with me, Skylar Stone.“Turn your hand over.”Was it wicked of him to like that Skylar trembled so much? He took extra time to gentle him, smoothing the back of his hand, folding their fingers together briefly so he could stroke Skylar reassuringly. Except Skylar didn’t seem to want reassuring. His breathing was quicker now, and when Xander didn’t pick up the pace again, Skylar took over, leading the tease against Xander’s hand.
It sent his nerve endings sailing, made him heady and breathless too, but nothing quite like it did for Skylar, so he quickly turned the tables, and soon he had Skylar quaking once more, shifting in his seat, making gasps and whispering, “Xander,” every now and again as he was caressed.
They were building toward something, Xander could feel it, a tightness in his chest that made him want to lean in closer and press his forehead to Skylar’s and turn up the friction. But his whisper of instinct was back in action, and he heeded it without question. Instead of following the foregone path to the pinnacle, he eased them slowly down, despite the fact that he had to coax Skylar into going there.
When Skylar resisted, trying to push him back into play, Xander deflected with a teasing brush of his thumb alongside Skylar’s. “Hey, Skylar Stone. You know what you just did? You just made out in a car.”
Skylar went still.
He withdrew his hand from Xander’s, pressed it against his mouth.
His eyes went wide, and he turned his gaze for a fraction of a second to Xander’s. The look was so raw, so full of emotion, Xander couldn’t breathe.
Skylar shut his eyes, not tight, but enough that a few tears leaked down his cheeks. When he opened his eyes again, he took Xander’s hand in his once more, firmly. Drawing it to his mouth, he brushed a chaste, reverent kiss against his knuckles.

*****

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~About the Author~

Heidi CullinanHeidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She 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. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys playing with new recipes, reading romance and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com

~Praise for Heidi Cullinan~

  • Heartwarming and achingly beautiful —USA Today
  • Emotionally heartwrenching…with self-deprecating humor. — Romantic Times
  • Cullinan balances … love-conquers-all romance in a context full of real contemporary challenges. — Publisher’s Weekly
  • I fell in love with the sheer beauty of the writing. — Dear Author
  • Cullinan reached inside and pulled out ALL the feelings: fear, guilt, sadness, anticipation, happiness, love, lust, bitterness, loneliness, togetherness, and coming of age. — The Book Pushers

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