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GUEST POST WITH GIVEAWAY: Out of the Rain by Renae Kaye

Today Renae Kaye stopped by my blog (www.nicstarr.com) to talk about two of her new releases. She also has a fabulous giveaway of 5 ebook copies of Out of the Rain. So I thought I’d share the post here too, because who doesn’t want to hear about the latest Renae Kaye and have a change of winning one? 🙂

 

Out of the Rain

There are times in your life that you hesitate to walk a certain path.  Fear holds you back.  Sometimes it’s the fear of failing (my personal nightmare).  Sometimes it’s the fear of moving out of your comfort zone.  A new path is full of risks – physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc.  This story is a new path for me.  I wrote this short story for an anthology, but decided after it was finished that it didn’t suit what they were looking for.  So I’ve decided to self-publish the book.  A new venture.  A new pathway.

The two MCs in the book are venturing onto their own new pathways.

For Elijah, it is life out of the closet and no longer in the safety of his parents’ home.  After being forcibly outed, Elijah’s father kicked him out of the house.  He was lost.  He was also drunk and trespassing in an old lady’s backyard.

For Mitch, Elijah is a new pathway too.  Mitch is uncertain – Elijah is a lot younger than he is, and perhaps just using Mitch for a place to sleep.  Mitch is unsure whether he wishes to give his heart, as it will surely be broken.  Surely Elijah wouldn’t be interested in something more than what they have?

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Mitch never knew what awaited him when he answered his elderly neighbour’s calls. Finding a stranger crying in her backyard was a new one. Little did he know that rescuing Elijah out of the rain was going to change his life.

Elijah is too young, too good looking, and too bruised for Mitch to consider falling in love with. But Elijah is soon in his house, in his bed, and in his heart.

At thirty-eight, Mitch has a lot of experience with life. Elijah is only twenty-three and just starting out. Mitch’s bedroom skills enrapture Elijah. Mitch just hopes it will be enough to make Elijah want to stay.

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GIVEAWAY

As part of Renae’s promotion and birthday celebration, she is offering FIVE copies of Out of the Rain in eBook format.

Click here or on the image to enter the Rafflecopter

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Promotion ends midnight on the 19th July (central time)

Also be watching for Renae’s new release:

You Are the Reason
Published by Dreamspinner Press
7 August 2015

You are the Reason

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Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

Currently available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press: Click here


add-to-goodreads-buttonAbout Renae

Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

You can contact her at renaekaye@iinet.net.au.

 

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Nic Starr: Character Profiles

Cars Complete the Character

I have a lot of fun coming up with my character profiles. I love to imagine how my characters look, how they behave, and how others perceive them. I give them physical characteristics and personality traits. They get hobbies and talents. I give my characters pasts, families, educations, and occupations. And one of the things I always give them is something to drive.

CarIt’s amazing what a vehicle can say about a character. It can be an indication of their personality and lead readers to make assumptions about the type of people they are. Many people judge others on the car they drive and I’m sure this flows over to the heroes in our books.

In Charlie’s Hero, Charlie drives a zippy Audi. He’s a schoolteacher and a very community minded person. His life has focused on finishing college, despite his parent’s rejection, and making a future for himself. Charlie’s a solid man who’s ready to settle down. His love of fast driving and his sporty car is his little departure from his otherwise sensible life. Josh sees the Audi as hint to Charlie’s wilder side which he finds a turn on.

Josh on the other hand, is a paramedic with a dangerous occupation. Cars aren’t really his thing. His brother, Andrew, is a mechanic and has a passion for doing up an old Mustang, but Josh didn’t inherit the family love of cars. Josh drives a practical truck when he’s not at work. His key ring says “My Other Car Is An Ambulance”. 🙂

So what about me? I drive a silver SUV. It’s a Hyundai that I just bought to replace my old Toyota. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind what you think that says about me. 😉

Have a great day,

Nic xx

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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.