OS Welcome to Ruthie Luhnow!
The Lawyer & The Lobsterman
Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?
Opposites attract: Isaac is a meticulous, highly strung lawyer, and Will is a carefree pro sports mascot.
Was writing this story easy for you to do? Or was it a little bit outside of your normal writing zone?
It was a very fun project for me. I liked having the constraints of the prompt and the suggestions from readers—sometimes having “rules” for what I write can force my brain to be a little more creative!
The characters you had to choose from were readers’ submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?
I was instantly drawn to “lobsterman” and chose to interpret it as a man dressed as a lobster instead of someone who catches lobsters for a living. I was smitten!
What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?
I was surprised by how creative all of them were! There were so many great choices.
How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?
I was invited by a fellow writer, and I am honored to be a part of this amazing project.
Since the anthology is only available for a limited time, (90 days) do you have any plans for your story after that?
I’ll have to see! Expanding it could be a lot of fun—I enjoyed these characters a lot.
Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?
The logistics are always tricky, but luckily we had some great people organizing it and it went quite smoothly.
What do you think of the line-up of authors? How does it feel to be in such great company?
I’m star struck!!
Is this something you’d like to be a part of again in the future?
Other than your own, do you have a favorite story (or two) in the anthology?
I love all of them for different reasons. I loved seeing where so many different authors with very unique styles took the prompt.
You’re donating the entire proceeds to charity – can you tell us more about where the money is going?
We are honored to support some amazing LGBT related charities.
Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?
No, but I’ve been on a fair few ill-fated first dates.
Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?
No, though I’ve played wingman many times for my friends—without much success unfortunately.
If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?
Hopefully someone who was willing to listen to me talk about my job the entire time!
May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy *
Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen *
Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp
RELEASE DATE: 02.07.18
COVER DESIGN: AngstyG/www.angstyg.com
ANTHOLOGY EDITOR: Leslie Copeland
BUY LINK: http://getBook.at/Heart2Heart
Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.
Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.
And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!
It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.
Over 162k words total, contemporary MM romance
The date was going terribly, and it hadn’t even started yet.
Of course, it didn’t help that Isaac didn’t even want to go on the date. The only reason he was there was to placate his sister Carrie, who’d spent three hours on Christmas holding a wine bottle hostage as she went on and on about how Isaac was going to die alone and be eaten by his cats if he didn’t get his act together soon.
She hadn’t reacted well when Isaac told her that maybe he wanted to die alone and be eaten by his non-existent cats.
Isaac didn’t really want that, of course, but a relationship—or even sex—had never been high on his priority list. In college, while his classmates had been drinking and dancing and living out what would soon become the good old days, Isaac had been in the library studying.
The hard work had paid off. He’d been top of his class and gotten into his first choice law school. He was now the youngest partner his law firm had ever had. He drove a nice car, and had a beautiful minimalist loft in a trendy neighborhood that he barely spent any time in.
By all accounts, Isaac was successful. But he wasn’t necessarily happy.
Isaac checked his phone again, covering the screen as he furtively pulled up the Heart2Heart app. It was bad enough that he’d let Carrie convince him to use a dating app. It was even worse that he’d apparently been stood up by his date.
Isaac groaned and scrubbed his hand over his face. Carrie had insisted this app was the hot new thing—she knew a friend of a friend who’d worked on it, and apparently the app was up to its eyeballs in algorithms that would scour your own information and spit out the username of your best match—physically, emotionally, sexually, so on and so forth.
That was apparently the name of his soulmate. Lobster. Man. 69.
All that week, he’d been going back and forth over whether he should even go on the date. He and Lobsterman69 had exchanged a few lukewarm text messages, but Isaac had assumed—and hoped and prayed—that when they met in person there’d be some undeniable spark of chemistry and he could check find a life partner off his to-do list.
Isaac told Carrie the only reason he was going was to get a free dinner at Juniper. Juniper was the trendiest, most exclusive restaurant in the city, and they were booked solid for the next four months. Isaac could afford a place like Juniper easily, but getting a reservation for two on Valentine’s Day was impossible—except, apparently, for two lucky Heart2Heart users. Isaac couldn’t pass that opportunity up.
In the end, though, he was curious. How could someone who thought the screenname Lobsterman69 was a good idea be Isaac’s soulmate? Isaac had to meet him.
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What began as a random idea quickly turned into a collaborative and completely voluntary effort from 11 authors, more than 130 readers, cover designer, 2 proofreaders, and one cat herder to keep it all together.
Readers were asked to submit ideas for characters, both typical and off-the-wall, and from that list, each author picked 2 seemingly mismatched guys and helped them find love.
May Archer – The Baker and the SEAL
Charlie Cochet – The Assassin and the Dog Walker
Poppy Dennison – The Electrician and the Event Planner
Alison Hendricks – The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer
Sloane Kennedy – The Florist and the Lawyer
Lucy Lennox – The Uber Drive and the Phone Sex Operator
Ruthie Luhnow – The Lawyer and the Lobsterman
Lily Morton – The Tattoo Artist and the Writer
Chris Owen – The Criminal and the Sommelier
Hailey Turner – The Superhero and the NSA Agent
AE Wasp – The Magician and the Mortician