City Mouse/Country Mouse
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The whole city mouse and country mouse trope is one that I enjoy. And in the case of From the Get Go, there is the added bonus that Jeff and Dakin are from two different counties, not just two different ways of life.
One might think that Canadians and Americans are going to be as alike as two peas in a pod given that our border is an imaginary line along the 49th parallel. While we certainly have plenty of border-crossings, there’s tons of land where you could walk from one country to the other without even noticing (some farms actually straddle both countries,) we are more different than you might think. Despite the proximity, though, there are a lot of differences. All you have to do is look at our stereotypes to see that. American’s are brash and bold versus Canadians apologize all the time as an example.
So yes, in From the Get Go, along with the city/country aspect, there’s the strangers in a strange land aspect as well. I do love the men not only having to get to know each other, but having to learn each other’s ways of life as well. There’s always things that one takes for granted that the other does completely differently or not at all! And those mores and assumptions are a lot of fun when the characters bump up against them.
Plus who doesn’t want to see true love triumph over every obstacle, including living thousands of miles apart in different countries?
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When easygoing Texas artist Dakin McBride makes his way to Ottawa, Canada, for a showing, he meets Jeff Tamrin, the fastidious manager of the Sussex Gallery. Despite coming from different worlds and being opposites in almost every way, the attraction is immediate, and soon Dakin and Jeff negotiate their own brand of diplomatic relations, forgetting all about art or seeing the sights the city has to offer. They get wrapped up in the moment, each of them intrigued by what he feels for the other.
The more they get to know each other, the more they like what they see. Dakin has a life to go back to in Texas, though, and Jeff has his own in Canada. Is there any way for their budding romance to survive the thousands of miles separating them? The relationship seems doomed, but at the same time, it feels too right to give up without a fight.
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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