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This is my very lovely promo shot taken eight years ago by a wonderful photographer from Barrie, ON, named Lindsey Maier. www.lindseymaier.com
This is the 'real' me eight years later, LOL.
I'm so excited! RT Book Reviews has given IN FROM THE COLD 4 stars and HOME TO LAURA 4.5 stars.
IN FROM THE COLD (4 stars)...Sullivan's excellent descriptive skills shine through when describing Gabe's business, and readers will enjoy her original plot and believable characters with realistic problems.
HOME TO LAURA (4.5 stars)...Sullivan's well-executed plot points and sparkling dialogue stand out in this excellent read.
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A few years ago, my life fell apart in most ways. I experienced huge, unexpected life changes and felt adrift. I decided the time was right to do things that I had been putting off for years. One of those was to take an Outward Bound course. I chose dogsledding in Algonquin Park in northern Ontario, Canada, in the middle of February. It was one of the best things I’ve done in my life. If you ever have the opportunity to try it, do so!
Ten of us slept in this prospector’s tent every night. Another couple of people slept outside in the sleds. It was an amazing adventure. I found healing in the magnificent landscape and peace in the companionship of the dogs. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not an athlete, and the physical aspect was a welcome challenge, but the real wonder of the entire experience was the dogs. They worked their hearts out for us, gladly, completely.
We would sled for hours at a time and, when we had to stop on the trail, i.e. when we ate our lunchtime sandwiches standing on the sled runners, the dogs yipped and pulled to get going, even after they’d already been running for a couple of hours. They just loved to run, to go. Here’s a photo of Azul and Keebler waiting for us to start moving again after a stop. Note Keebler jumping into the air to try to move the sled while Azul looks like a long-suffering older sibling J
When we returned to camp, it didn’t matter how tired or hungry we were, our first priority was to get the dogs settled into their straw beds and watered and fed. We drilled through the frozen surface of a lake to get water for the dogs and gathered and chopped dead wood from the forest to heat that water. To encourage the dogs to drink enough to replace the fluids they’d lost while running, our guides threw frozen chicken into the water to flavor it. Then the chicken broth would be given to the dogs.
Some of them were clever. They would tip the bowls over so the broth would run into the snow. Then they would eat the chicken bits left sitting on top. We had to stand watch and scold if they tried to do that. Finally, when they realized we were serious, they would lap up the broth before eating the chicken bits in the bottom of the bowl J Only after we were sure they’d ingested enough fluids did they receive their solid food.
In IN FROM THE COLD, my hero, Gabe, loves his dogs above all else and treats them like gold. I used the details of my own trip to infuse the story with authenticity. Gabe also loves children and takes school groups out dogsledding. These are city kids who sleep in a tent overnight and use outdoor washroom facilities and, in general, enjoy a winter adventure away from computers and iPods and cell phones. Gabe loves opening these young impressionable minds to a different world.
As a damaged hero, Gabe has had some really tough breaks and lives the life of a near-recluse, comfortable only with children, who accept him just the way he is. Thrown by Callie’s arrival and yet drawn to her humor and warmth, Gabe feels the ice encasing his heart finally begin to thaw.
As of January, Harlequin Superromances are now longer, more substantial reads at 85,000 words. They also have absolutely gorgeous new covers.