Character introductions! I don’t know if my frantic tone shines through, but I planned to already have done this. A few Up North stories are being published in the near future and having similar posts too close to each other is no fun, but… I’ve been working and Holly has a deadline she’s close to screwing up, so we’ll just do as well as we can *hyperventilating* LOL
In a few days, it’s time for Aiden and Tristan to be published. First out is The Empty Egg followed by all the Aiden and Tristan stories just a few days after. So, today I’m gonna tell you a little about the two of them and Og of course.
Once in a Snowstorm, which is the first story about Aiden and Tristan, started as a joke, I’ve already told you this, but to understand why the characters are as they are, I’ll tell you again. I read a thread about (annoying) tropes in M/M romance. You know how all bottoms are cute small guys with curly hair and green eyes and how all tops are manly men who lack communication skills? That’s what we have here.
Aiden is a bubbly, cute, charming, massage therapist – since all bottoms are nurses or hairdressers. And Tristan is a grumpy lumberjack with broad shoulders and a beard since you know…lumberjacks LOL
They move on from being cardboard characters, but it’s how they start.
Then we have Og. I’ve written about this before but the dog up top and to the left is my dog. He’s a Shorthaired German Pointer and his name is Ove. Doggie in Swedish is Vovve and when my oldest daughter was a toddler, she called all dogs ove. So when we got Ove, his name was a given. I should also add that it’s a legit name here. Many old men are called Ove.
I told an American friend why he is named Ove and he said ‘So it’s like I’d have a dog called Og?’ And there you go, Og was born LOL
Daring a snowstorm might not be the smartest thing Aiden Evans has ever done, but he can’t stand being in his flat a moment longer. With only three days to Christmas, he doesn’t want to be alone. He wants a place to belong, wants people around him who won’t look down on him. He might not find that at his mother’s place, but it’s better than being alone in the city. If he can make it there, that is.
Tristan Gardner is looking forward to a quiet night in front of the TV, but instead, he has to save an idiot in designer clothes from freezing to death in his forest. Tristan tries not to notice the man’s good looks, just like he has tried not to notice any man’s good looks for the last seven years. He knows where relationships go and is far better off living alone, with his dog, in his cabin.
Aiden is driving Tristan mad with his bratty comments and irresponsible ways, and Aiden is going crazy from Tristan’s judgmental attitude. Luckily, in a few days, the weather will clear up, and the two men won’t have to be together any longer. But will a few steamy nights with the grumpy lumberjack change Aiden’s mind about wanting to leave? And will Tristan still want to go back to his peaceful, predictable life without fear of getting his heart broken?
Contains the stories “Once in a Snowstorm,” “The Empty Egg,” “Happy Endings,” and “Just Words.”
Contemporary M/M Romance: 46,142 words