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GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY: Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

Top 5… Holiday Destinations in Australia

Coming up with Top 5 lists is always so difficult! I find it so hard to narrow down my choices, particularly when there are so many fabulous options. So, as you can imagine, I’m hopeless at choosing ‘the best’ or ‘my ultimate favourite’. Anyway, I’m going to give it my best shot and give you my top 5 holidays destinations in Australia.

In no particular order…

#1 Tasmania – vast wilderness, bushwalking/hiking, Tasmanian Devils, penguins, historic towns, Port Arthur, food and wine…

#2 Darwin – tropical temperatures, crocodiles, swimming holes with waterfalls, Mindil Beach night markets

#3 Broome – Cable Beach, camel rides, Stairway to the Moon, pearls

#4 The Red Centre (Uluru) – Uluru (Ayres Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), aboriginal history, camel rides, Dinner Under the Stars

#5 Hunter Valley – this deserves a mention because it’s where my country house is located) vineyards, cellar doors, restaurants, outdoor concerts, kangaroos

I was going to write a list of honourable mentions but the list just went on and on because I had no idea where to stop. So many wonderful places to visit in Australia.

I love reading books set in other countries. I get lost in stories that take me to new places – virtual travel! I’ve written some books set in Australia and I love to be able to introduce readers to the places I love.

My latest release is Patrick’s Savior and it’s part of my Heroes series, a series that’s set in the USA. So it’s been fun to do a bit of travel by spending time with Patrick and Simon, and thinking back on my travel to, and research of, the US west coast.

Happy reading (and travelling),

Nic xx

Blurb

How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?

Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.

Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.

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NEW RELEASE and GIVEAWAY: Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

Patrick’s Savior is LIVE!

It’s the third book in the Heroes series but if you haven’t read those books, you can still read Patrick’s Savior as it stands alone.

Blurb

How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?

Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.

Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.

BUY LINK

Click here to see the book on Amazon

Initially Patrick’s Savior is available exclusively to purchase from Amazon or FREE with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. If you don’t already have a subscription and you sign up for a 30 day free trial.

GIVEAWAY

Win a US$20 Amazon Gift Card.

Click here to enter via the Rafflecopter.

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NIC STARR: More Than a Friend

Tomorrow, 7th October is the release day for More Than A Friend. This is the second book in the More Than series, and follows More Than a Superstar.

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I loved writing this story. There was something special about these guys that called to me when Tim and Scott appeared in the first book.  There was no question that they’d be the next couple in the series to get their happy ending. 🙂

The story focuses on Scott and Tim, building a relationship together, with the added challenge of the impact on their friend/family dynamic with Paul.

Here’s the blurb…

Tim Walker is a free man. He’s broken up with his girlfriend and is ready to move on to a new relationship. But the relationship he wants to pursue is fraught with challenges. Firstly, Scott Richardson is a man, and only Tim’s closest friends know Tim’s bisexual. Secondly, everyone knows Scott relishes the single life. And then there’s the big one: Scott is the younger brother of Tim’s best friend, Paul.

Scott can’t deny an attraction to his brother’s friend Tim. Lean, dark blond, and blue-eyed, Tim is hot and hard not to notice—especially since Scott and Tim work together. Too bad the man is straight, and too bad Scott worries how Paul will react if Scott hooks up with his best friend.

Tim and Scott want to see if there’s a chance for more than friendship between them, but neither of them wants to lose Paul. Together, they must find the courage to follow their hearts and find a way to have it all.

More Than a Friend touches on a couple of areas. Firstly, Tim is bisexual, but few people know of this because his most recent relationship has been with a women. Secondly, Scott hasn’t been interested in a relationship so his desire to date is a surprise. And finally, Tim is best friends with Scott’s brother, Paul. These guys have a bit to contend with on their road to happiness. Renae Kaye interviewed me for her blog, and asked a lot of questions about the book’s themes. Click here to see the interview if you’re interested.

I do hope you enjoy the story.

Happy reading,

Nic xx

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Nic Starr: I AM LUCKY

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How much of life comes down to chance? How much of it is due to our own efforts? Or is a combination of both?

I count myself as an extremely LUCKY person. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and I live in a gorgeous country. I have a job, a roof over my head and plenty of food on the table. I can afford to educate my children and take holidays. We are happy and we are healthy. I AM LUCKY.

Of course, it hasn’t all been a bed of roses. I lost my father to cancer, way too early—it’s heart wrenching to watch someone you love waste away in tremendous pain. I’ve experienced trauma—it’s life changing to help your neighbour cut his wife’s body down when she hangs herself. I’ve mourned and grieved as friends have lost loved ones. I’ve provided advice and support when friends have lost jobs and struggled financially, or dealt with the anguish of a relationship falling apart.

Illness, death, divorce, unemployment, poverty, mental illness… unfortunately the list seems endless. Life throws obstacles in our way. Or sometimes those obstacles are there from the start. We can let them break us, stop us from achieving our goals or we can try to rise above them. I’m tempted to say that nothing should get in the way of making a success of your own life, but you know what? I don’t know if that’s true or not. I don’t know what it’s like to be born into poverty or live in a war-ravaged country. I don’t know what it’s like to have drug-addicted parents or be bullied. I don’t have an illness or a disability. I AM LUCKY. I was born into a comfortable middle-class family in Australia (the so-called ‘Lucky Country’*). I got a good start in life.

Count your lucky stars

I’ve always been told to ‘count your blessings’ or ‘count your lucky stars’. I do and I am grateful. I’m lucky to have been raised by wonderful parents and have the time I did with my dad. I am lucky in love, married to my husband for sixteen years. I am lucky to have two beautiful children. I’m lucky to have a house in the suburbs and a good job.

Making your own luck

But some of what I have isn’t just due to luck. It’s due to hard work and perseverance. It’s due to taking a chance and making the most of every opportunity. My parents instilled positive values and a strong work ethic in all their children. I’ve worked my arse off to get promotions, I’ve tried to develop new skills and gain experience. I’ve made sacrifices. I’ve put myself out there and taken risks.

My writing is just one example. Starting out was nerve wracking, but something I really wanted to try. I had stories I wanted to share. So I asked questions, researched, tried my hand at drafting a story, took advice, refined my story and finally put it out there. I took a chance and was rewarded when a publisher accepted my work (thanks Dreamspinner 🙂 ). Was some of it luck? Maybe. But if I hadn’t put in the hard work and given it a try, none of the writing career that I LOVE would have happened. Has it all been joy? No. I’ve never been rejected by a publisher but some of my first reviews were soul destroying. I’ve experienced lows but luckily I’ve also experienced highs. It only takes one email or message from a reader, thanking me for my stories, to make it all worthwhile.

Pay It Forward

I believe in paying it forward and sharing good fortune. I’ve been fortunate in my life. I want to help others who haven’t been so lucky. At the moment it’s mainly small things, like providing advice and encouragement to others, or slightly bigger commitments such as mentoring a friend in the corporate world. I’m exploring new opportunities. Of course, the most significant thing in my life, is raising my family, ensuring I have happy, healthy children who turn into good adults. I want to give them the opportunities I had in life and see them make a positive impact on the world.

When a challenge presents itself, how to you respond? Do you leap to maximize the opportunities that come your way? Are you making the most of your good fortune and sharing with others?

Check out my latest release, Andrew’s Promise. It’s about a couple who have a second chance at love.

Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.
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But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.

When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.

They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.

Buy Links

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All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/1ODE5GY

About Nic Starr

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.

Author links

Website & Blog: http://www.nicstarr.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nic-Starr/e/B00MAWRRQG/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nicki.nicstar

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NicStarrAuthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/nicstar000

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/nicstar000/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8139967.Nic_Starr

 

* There’s a saying that Australia is a “lucky country”. Most people misuse this expression. It was actually written by Donald Horne in 1964 who started a chapter of his book The Lucky Country with “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” It wasn’t written as a compliment, and most people failed to detect the irony.

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Dreamspinner Press Sale! Grab Andrew’s Promise now!

25% OFF DSP

Have you had a chance to read Charlie’s Hero and Andrew’s Promise yet? Not to worry if you haven’t, because there is good news. They are on sale! Buy the books from Dreamspinner press for 25% off.

Let me tell you a bit about Andrew’s Promise. It is the follow up to Charlie’s Hero, and I loved writing this one because I got to give Andrew his happy ending. Here’s the blurb.

Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.

But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.

When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.

They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.

It’s been getting some wonderful reviews too! I’m so grateful for all the reviewers who have taken the time to read Andrew’s Promise and leave these fabulous reviews.

5 stars from Reviews by Jessewave (review link)

5 stars from JP at Multitasking Mommas (review link)

5 mustangs from Mari at Bike Books Reviews (review link)

4 stars from Carly at Carly’s Book Reviews (review link)

4.5 stars from Karen at The Novel Approach (review link)

5 stars from Dawn at Gay Media Reviews (review link)

Happy reading,

Nic

Dreamspinner Buy Links

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My New Release: ANDREW’S PROMISE by Nic Starr

Hi there!

I thought it was time I posted on Two Men about my latest release. I can’t believe I haven’t done it already. I have no excuse apart from a busy life! But even though I’ve been slack about shouting this release from the rooftops, I’m really excited. So without further do, let me introduce Andrew’s Promise.

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Andrew’s Promise is the second story in the Heroes Series. Here’s the blurb.

Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.

But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.

When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.

They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.

The story has been getting some wonderful reviews including 5 stars from Reviews By Jessewave, Multitasking Mommas, and Bike Book Reviews.

Here are the links if you want to grab your copy.

Dreamspinner Press: http://bit.ly/1ghCwTq
All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/1ODE5GY

I hope you enjoy the story.

Happy reading,

Nic xx

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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.