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COVER REVEAL: Runaway by Nic Starr

Releasing a new cover is always a thrill. There’s something special about sharing the visual representation of a book – all the blood, sweat and tears, that have turned into a tangible thing!

Runaway is part of the Dreamspinner Press World of Love collection. Hopefully, the cover gives enough of a hint as to the location of the story. 🙂

The beautiful cover is by L.C. Chase.

Happy reading,

Nic xx

Blurb

Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.

When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Release Date: 12th April 2017

Length: 86 pages

Pre-Order Link

Dreamspinner Press – available for Pre-Order

 

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The first ever LGBT Book Lover Mystery Box! #LoveKnowsNoLimits

Exciting news!

Have you heard of Book Lover Mystery Boxes? What a fabulous concept, just like Christmas or your birthday every month!

Book Lover Mystery Box is pretty much as the name suggests – it’s a box that contains romance books, swag and other gifts, but you don’t know exactly what you’re going to receive until the box arrives. There is a new box every month and you can buy a single box or a 3 or 6-month subscription. There’s even a box for kids too. It’s a fantastic gift idea, whether the gift is for someone else or you just want to spoil yourself. 🙂

Click here to find out more about Book Lover Mystery Boxes.

But the best thing about the March box? It’s the first LGBT box!

Let’s try to make this a huge success because that way there will be more gay romance boxes for us lovers of m/m romance. So please share anything you see about BLMB March boxes – the more readers that know the better.

Personally, I love the surprise element, but I also think it’s a wonderful way of getting my hands on signed paperbacks for a really reasonable cost. It’s only AU$39.99 (including postage in Australia), but is available for sale internationally too.

Click here if you want to order the BLMB March Box.

The girls (Ang & Kylie) from BLMB said “Are you guys ready for BLMB’s 1st LGBT Box?! I know we are excited to get them into your hands. This box means so much to the both of us, it is literally our favorite genre and what better way to celebrate than with . . . .

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So in the first box there’s a signed paperback from Nic Starr (that’s me!) 🙂 plus another LGBT paperback along with some swag.

There will also be a Golden Ticket giveaway

There will be a limited amount of amazing swag, we really want to focus on getting you guys more books and fewer nick-nacks. However, there will be a golden ticket in every box giving you the chance at some awesome prizes, including;

* 1 (one) free BLMB!
* BLMB Mug
* $10 off your total order
* $15 off a 3-Month Subscription
* $20 off a 6-Month Subscription
* eBook of your choice (value of $5)
* Mystery Paperback * Swag pack

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What to tell your friends about this spectacular idea? Here’s a ready-made tweet for you.

Click to Tweet: ⭐ORDER NOW! ⭐The first ever #LGBT only mystery box from Book Lover Mystery Box ⭐ #gayromance #mmromance http://wp.me/p4tUbj-10i

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FREE BOOK from Nic Starr #gayromance #mmromance #free

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve finally got around to starting a newsletter with all my author news. At this stage, I expect to issue a newsletter once or twice a month depending on how much news there is to share.

And there are bonuses when you sign up!

Every newsletter subscriber receives a FREE copy of Sticky Fingers, and each month one lucky subscriber will be selected to receive a prize.

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One weekend away will change everything.

At twenty-five, Jeff Wilder is dissatisfied with city life and unsure of his future direction. The only thing he really cares about is his monthly visit to his grandfather in the country.

His exact opposite, Danny Amaro is an artist and a free spirit. He believes in taking chances and living life to the full. Over one weekend, Danny gives Jeff a glimpse of what life could be like if he opens himself to change.

Can a new friend, shared passion, and marmalade, be the ingredients to set Jeff in a new direction?

Click Here to subscribe to my VIP reader’s mailing list.

You’ll be the first to hear about new releases, special offers, and giveaways plus some exclusive content.

Plus, you’ll get a FREE copy of Sticky Fingers.

Happy reading!

Nic ❤

Want to share this great news? Here’s a ready made tweet for you. 🙂

CLICK TO TWEET: Sign up to Nic Starr’s News and get a #FREE ebook #gayromance #mmromance #freeebooks http://eepurl.com/b3CTzj

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Christmas Reading #mmromance #gayromance

Are you looking for a holiday story?

Get into the festive spirit with my Christmas story from last year. Experience an Aussie Christmas in the bush as a group of friends go away to enjoy the Christmas break together.

Blurb:  The Proof is in the Pudding

TheProofIsInthePudding_432Steve never expected making a Christmas pudding would bring him the man of his dreams.

Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He’s determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he’s been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there’s no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.

However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed this short sweet Christmas tale of finding love at Christmas! If you want a quick feel good holiday story, then this is the book for you.” 5 stars from Kylee at Bike Book Reviews

“I found The Proof Is In The Pudding, a totally engaging, heart warming Christmas story. Oh, and as for the heat factor – it wasn’t just the Aussie sun that made me break out my fan.” 4.5 stars from Freya at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Happy reading,

Nic ❤

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Sebastian & Owen by Nic Starr

Sebastian & Owen is part of the MLR Press Storming Love: Tsunami series. Three authors were asked to write a story, each story with its own characters and setting, but centered around the same tsunami event. The result is three books, set in Australia and New Zealand, that bring together romance and a natural disaster.

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Owen’s eagerness to win Sebastian back turns to desperation as a tsunami threatens to tear them apart.

The last twelve months have been hard on Owen Hewitt and even tougher on his relationship. For six years, Sebastian Carmichael has been the love of his life, but that love is put to the test as Owen sinks into injury-induced depression.

Living with chronic pain and unable to do the things he used to do makes him feel like a failure, and causes him to believe he’s holding the younger Sebastian back.

When Sebastian takes some time out and leaves to stay at their holiday house, it could spell the end of the relationship. But as a tsunami bears down on the Tasmanian coast, it could spell the end of everything.

Excerpt

“How are you getting on with Sebastian not being there?” Matt cut straight to the chase.

“I’m fine,” Owen said automatically. “Hey, how’d you know about that?”

There was silence for a moment before Matt answered. “Seb called me. Told me a bit about what happened.”

“He asked you to check up on me, didn’t he?”

“Maybe. Listen, he’s just worried about you too. I know you guys had an argument —”

“An argument? More like arguments plural.”

“He just wants what’s best for you, Owen.”

Owen’s chest grew tight. “I know.”

“I hope you don’t mind me butting in —”

“It’s a bit late to stop you now,” Owen said, the sarcasm heavy in his tone, “so go right ahead.”

Matt didn’t wait for further permission and showed no reluctance in saying what he wanted to say. “I’ve known you guys since you first met. I don’t think I’ve ever met a couple more suited to each other. Fuck, I’m totally jealous of the two of you, but you’ve got to get it together, mate.”

Owen sat up straighter. “Now wait a minute. There are two sides to every story. How do you know I’m the one with the problem?”

Matt huffed into the phone. “You’re right. I’m sure things aren’t perfect and you both have your faults, but even I’ve seen you pushing Sebastian away.”

“What?” Owen gripped the handset tightly, conscious his voice had risen an octave.

“I don’t think you even realise you’re doing it, or maybe you do, but for some reason you keep voicing doubts Seb doesn’t even have, sabotaging your own relationship. It’s like you want him to leave you.”

Owen glanced at the empty side of the bed, a hollow feeling in his stomach, suddenly feeling that perhaps it would be good to speak to somebody. “Maybe he’d be better off without me.” Through a tight throat, Owen finally voiced the thought that had been plaguing him for months.

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Release date: 7th October 2016

Length: Novella

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The Storming Love: Tsunami Collection

Joshua & Blair by Pelaam (#1)

Max & Rob by Jenn Dease (#2)

Sebastian & Owen by Nic Starr (#3)

 

 

 

 

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Monday Meets: Nic Starr

This week I visited Brynn Stein’s blog to talk about naming my characters. It isn’t as easy as you’d think it would be. 🙂

Make sure you sign up to Brynn’s blog. She has some great content and fabulous guest authors visiting regularly.

Nic xx

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 At long last, Monday Meets returns as a regular feature on my blog. Today, I present my first guest blogger in 2016, Nic Starr. She’s here discussing her newest book in the Rustic Series, Rustic Moment.

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What’s in a name?

One of the first things I do when I start a new story is to give my characters a name. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Just choose a couple of names and get on with it. If only!

There are so many elements that go into choosing names, that sometimes it takes me a long time to determine the final versions. And I can’t start the story until I have the names (at least the first names) settled in my mind. If the names aren’t right, if they don’t roll off my fingers when typing, then the story just doesn’t flow. I have started stories in the past where I’ve changed…

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Book Blast & Giveaway! RUSTIC MOMENT by Nic Starr

Title: Rustic Moment
Series: Rustic #3
Author: Nic Starr
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2016

Betrayal, heartbreak, and financial ruin are only the beginning.
The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.


“I said no.”
 
Grant’s voice was loud enough to travel down the hall. Dave immediately tensed at the tone. He couldn’t tell if Grant was angry or just being firm, but his words were clear. “This is the last time I want to have this conversation. You aren’t welcome here anymore.”
 
“I just want to know what you said to Douglas.” The answering voice was menacing, and Dave’s hackles rose.
 
Who on earth is that?
 
Dave placed the milk bottle on the benchtop and edged closer to the doorway. Grant could no doubt take care of himself, but Dave wanted to be close at hand. Just in case.
 
In case of what?
 
It didn’t matter what, it only mattered that Dave make sure Grant was okay, and the stranger’s voice didn’t sound anywhere near okay.
 
“What are you talking about? I haven’t spoken to Doug in weeks. In fact, if you know how to contact him, maybe you can tell him to call, and that I need to speak to him and sort out some crap.”
 
“I know you’ve said something. He told me you were trying to shaft him and get rid of him from the business. Then he went overseas, and now he’s come back and doesn’t want to see me.”
 
“So he’s back, then?”
 
“Don’t pretend you don’t already know.”
 
“I’m not pretending anything. How many times do I have to tell you I haven’t seen or spoken to Doug? We haven’t exchanged so much as an email. Okay, well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve sent him emails and letters, but he hasn’t replied. If he doesn’t want to see you, John, that’s between you and him. It has nothing to do with me. I’ve told you before—you’re welcome to each other.”
 
“Don’t you dare—”
 
“Get your hands off me.”
 
Dave didn’t wait to hear any more. Before he was even conscious of moving, he was striding down the hallway, and was bloody glad he’d done it. Grant was shoved up against the wall. A guy—John, the ex-boyfriend?—gripped him by the upper arms and yelled in his face.
 
“Hold it right there. Get your fucking hands off him,” Dave growled.
 
Shocked eyes met his as John looked his way and instinctively dropped his hands. “I… ah….”
 
“Step away. Now.”
 
John hesitated for a moment, looking between Grant and Dave.
 
Dave didn’t take his eyes off John, watching the man’s every move. “I said now.”
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
 
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
 
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters, and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
 
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.

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Rustic Memory by Nic Starr

A wonderful 5 star review for Rustic Melody by Nic Starr ❤

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28579020Title: Rustic Memory

Series: Rustic, #2

Author: Nic Starr

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 159 pages

Publisher: Nic Starr (February 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Third time lucky is too much to hope for. Isn’t it?

Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.

Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.

What starts…

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COVER REVEAL: Rustic Moment by Nic Starr

The third book in my Rustic Series will be released next month, and I’m excited to share the beautiful cover and blurb for Rustic Moment with you all. 🙂

Rustic Moment? This story is a little different to the first two books in the Rustic series, which predominantly take place in rural areas of New South Wales. The first book had a short visit to Sydney, and the second book had a short visit to Melbourne, but the stories mainly took place in Armidale. This time, we get a peek at the country, but the story mainly takes place in Melbourne. So the cover, instead of an idyllic rural scene, shows a city.

So here’s the beautiful cover, by the very talented Kellie Dennis at Book Cover By Design.

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Betrayal, heartbreak, and financial ruin are only the beginning.

The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.

The book will be available on 15th April 2016.

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Happy reading,

Nic xx