N.R. Walker

Because the heart is blind…

Jay Northcote Interview – Guest Post

Hi Nic! Thank you so much for having me visit your blog. I appreciate it.

 

Your new release, Nothing Ventured, is about the Mad Mucker. Can you tell us what that’s about?

The Mad Mucker is actually a fictional race that I made up for the story. But it’s based on events like Tough Guy and the Tough Mudder—the sort of races where there are obstacles as well as running involved, and also mud. Lots of mud.

My main characters meet because they’re training for the race, and get pushed into training together by a mutual acquaintance. One of them is very fit and into running, the other one has a bit of catching up to do. 

Where did the inspiration for this story come from?  Have you ever competed in one of these races?

It was my husband who gave me the idea. He’s done a couple of similar races, usually with a group of other guys. He suggested it might make a good vehicle for a gay romance story. He was right ;)

And yes—I recently took part in the Monster Race. It’s a little shorter than the one that my guys in the book did. But the obstacles were hardcore. I actually had to crawl through a bog and swim through a lake as part of the course.

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If anyone is interested, I’ve written a full account of the experience here, and you can sponsor me on my JustGiving page. I’m raising money for the Albert Kennedy Trust who support homeless LGBT youth.

I love that your stories are based in England (I love the word snog).  How you find readers and reviewers respond to this, given the gay romance genre is typically set in America?  Are these locations places you know well?

Thanks! I’m glad you like the UK settings. When I first started writing, I was a bit worried that it might alienate some readers, but by and large I’ve had a really positive response to my books from readers all over the world. I’m sure there are a few who might avoid them because of the UK setting, but there are plenty more who actively enjoy them. I often tend to use locations that I know, because it helps to make them vivid and real. But sometimes I will combine two real places to make a fictional one, or will change certain aspects to make something fit with what I need for the story.

And finally, what’s coming up next from Jay Northcote?

I have a Christmas novella that I’m hoping to put out in early December called Cold Feet. It’s a sweet, fluffy friends-to-lovers story about two guys who get snowed in together over Christmas.

Nothing Ventured

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When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer. As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

 

Buy Links:

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Dreamspinner Press

Excerpt

They moved on to discuss training more specifically. Liv, of course, had already planned out her schedule and suggested the rest of them do the same.

“It helps me focus if I make a plan and stick to it,” she was saying. “I’ll be running four days a week and going to the gym for weight training twice. That gives me one day of complete rest a week.”

“One whole day!” Aiden shook his head as he picked up his now nearly empty pint. “Careful, your muscles might atrophy or something.”

He drained the last dregs and wiped the foam from his lip with the back of his hand. He caught Matt watching him as he did it, and he licked his lips deliberately. He couldn’t resist flirting with the man even though his interest was completely unreciprocated. The bloke looked as though he had a stick up his arse, and Aiden couldn’t imagine he’d like anything more interesting up there. Shame. Aiden wouldn’t have minded trying.

Liv’s voice snapped him out of daydreams about Matt’s arse and back to the here and now. “So how many times a week will you be aiming to run, Aiden?”

“Oh… um, yeah. Three or four, I guess,” he said vaguely. “That sounds about right. And I’ve got some weights at home, so I can use those if I don’t make it to the gym.” They were at the back of a cupboard, gathering dust.

“Matt lives near you. Maybe you could train together?” Liv had a wicked glint in her eye. “It’s always motivating training with someone else. It’s so easy to wimp out on a rainy day if you’re not answering to anyone, isn’t it?”

“I suppose,” Aiden replied warily. “But I don’t think it’s necessary. I wouldn’t want to slow Matt down.”

He expected Matt to agree. Why the hell would Matt want to train with him? Aiden hadn’t exactly made a great first impression. There was no way he’d want Aiden tagging along behind him and cramping his style.

But surprisingly, Matt grinned at him. The evil, slightly too knowing look in his eye was familiar, and for the first time Aiden could see the family resemblance between him and Liv. “I think that’s a great idea.”

Aiden opened his mouth, but for once he was at a loss for words. He closed it again and swallowed.

“Brilliant,” said Liv. “Make sure you swap numbers, then, so you can arrange something.”

Matt got out his phone. “We can start tomorrow after work. What’s your number?”

Aiden knew when he was beaten. It seemed he’d acquired a training partner. An annoying, bossy, sexy but tragically straight training partner. But at least the view of Matt’s arse would be nice while Aiden was trying to keep up with him.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Links

www.jaynorthcote.com

Twitter

Facebook profile

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Jay’s books

 

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Red Dirt Heart 4 Cover Reveal and Blurb

What could possibly be my favourite cover EVER, I present to you the very beautiful cover for Red Dirt Heart 4.

 

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The very talented Sara York has outdone herself with this one. <3 I just love it. It’s perfect for this story.  It shows two pairs of boots, and of course, the lagoon where the boys swim. I love the blue tones to this cover (Travis is the colour blue to me, whereas Charlie is more browns and reds).

And all I’m saying at this point, is there’s a special second cover that goes with this book. It’s a cover for the epilogue, which is a part of RDH4 not a standalone, but I want it to be a surprise when you get to the end of the book. Just so you know, I cried when I saw it. Literal tears.

Expected release date is January 9th 2015 (all things going well) and I can NOT wait for you guys to read this book.

BLURB:

Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.
Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.
Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.
Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.
But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.
In the final instalment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.
Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.
And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.

Goodreads M/M Romance Awards!

OMG, guys… When I say I have the BEST readers, I really do mean it!

I have been nominated again this year in the Goodreads M/M Romance Readers Choice Awards, an incredible 13 times!!

The link to the Nominations page is HERE  And I will post more info when voting starts!  In the meantime, look at my pretty nomination badges, and please please please accept my sincerest thank you to those who nominated me   :) <3

 

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*Red Dirt Heart Series *Thomas Elkin Series *Turning Point Series

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Thomas Elkin Series

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Starting Point

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*Matt & Kira – Starting Point *Thomas & Cooper – Sense of Place

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Red Dirt Heart 2 *Red Dirt Heart 3

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Breaking Point

Again, to those who nominated me…

 

 

 

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Back Into the Outback with N. R. Walker and her Red Dirt Heart Series! (tour and contest)

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Fabulous review of RDH3 and interview <3

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N. R. Walker’s Red Dirt Heart series has turned out to be one of my latest obsessions.  I love every part of this series from the location to the characters and even the animals you meet along the way.  Now N.R. Walker has released the third installment, Red Dirt Heart 3.  Here is your first look at this must read series and book.  And don’t forget to enter the contest too.  Who doesn’t want a stuffed wombat of their own or a copy of this story?

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I was thrilled to have a chance to “talk” to N.R. Walker, ask  a bunch of questions about the series, LGBTQ rights in Australia, and all things Aussie in general. It was a great interview. Here’s your chance to get to know this fabulous author a little bit better:

My N. R. Walker Interview

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RDH3 BUY LINKS

Red Dirt Heart 3 is available now!

 

At Amazon  HERE

At All Romance eBooks  HERE

At Smashwords  HERE

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Red Dirt Heart 3 Giveaway!

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To celebrate the release of Red Dirt Heart 3, I am running an awesome contest!

There are THREE major prizes to win, and THREE secondary prizes to win!  Each major prize consists of the following:

One x paperback Red Dirt Heart

One x paperback Red Dirt Heart 2

One x ecopy of Red Dirt Heart 3

One x plush toy wombat (to help raise money for disadvantaged children and abandoned animals)

One x Cotton On wrist band (to help raise money for the Australian Youth Foundation)

The contest starts on October 16th and runs until the October 27th

 

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To enter this amazing contest, please use this link

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http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/847582303/

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 Good luck!!  And thank you for enjoying the heat of the Australian Outback ;) 

 

 

**Red Dirt Heart 3 Update**

Please note that due to circumstances beyond my control, Red Dirt Heart 3 will now be released October 17th.

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I apologise if this causes any inconvenience, and I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.  I would like to extend special thanks to Erika (my Editor and saving grace) for not flying to Australia just to kick me in the shins, and to Will Parkinson (blog tour manager) and all participating bloggers who have been more than accommodating and patient.

To my readers, please accept this cute guy holding a puppy as my sincerest apologies…

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Cover Reveal ~ Red Dirt Heart 3

Once again, Sara York has created the most fabulous cover for me!  

And it is perfect.

The story of Charlie and Travis continues, and now it’s springtime in the desert.  Life is in full bloom and as in all three Red Dirt Heart books, the desert is a reflection of the man that lives and breathes it.  For Charlie, the days are warm, the nights are good for snuggling in bed, and he’s finally certain Travis is here to stay.

But just like the desert in spring, life is busy. Probably too busy. And with everything that’s going on around him, Charlie is also certain he couldn’t do any of it without Travis.  But what happens when he has to?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is about the growth of Charlie Sutton coming full circle. In order to be the man he truly believes Travis deserves – a man who can stand on his own two feet and win his own battles –  he just might have to do exactly that.

 

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Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier.  With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.

He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news. 

He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.

But what happens when he doesn’t?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.

 

ABOUT THESE COVERS

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It wasn’t intentional, and it really wasn’t until I was asked in an interview about these covers, that I made the connection. But each cover is significant in how it relates to the desert, the seasons and of course, how it relates to Charlie Sutton. Throughout these books, we know the desert runs though Charlie’s veins. We know the desert is like a secondary character, and how Charlie lives and grows with each season.

Red Dirt Heart 1′s cover is very solitary, just like  Charlie. A tree without growth, a single hat. Charlie was surviving in the desert, but wouldn’t call it ‘living’.  It’s summer, scorching hot, barren and unforgiving. Just like Charlie. 

Red Dirt Heart 2′s cover is all about Charlie. The colours are  Outback red and shows the inclusion of Travis with the second hat. From Autumn to winter, things have cooled on Sutton Station in more ways than one. But as Charlie knows too well, these seasons are where the earth takes a moment to regroup before the promise of new life.

Red Dirt Heart 3′s cover is about growth and standing on your own two feet. Spring is where life flourishes, changes and grows. There is a distinct circle of life in RDH3 and how Charlie, like the desert, grows.

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Guest Post ~ L.M. Brown

L.M. Brown Guest Post

 

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What? More Mermen?

With all the mermen stories in the world of male/male fiction these days, readers may wonder why any more are needed. 

Well, apart from the whole ‘always room for more sexy naked men’ reason, let me tell you a little about what makes my mermen series different from the rest.

Firstly, let me explain that this series is a mixture of MM and MMM stories.  The first in the series is MMM, which I know will put some readers off, but will hopefully entice others. 

Secondly, as well as the mermen, there is also the magic to consider.  The series is called Mermen & Magic for a reason and other than their ability to take human form, most mermen in my series have no magical powers.  The few that do are known as Oracles and they inherit their powers from the Atlantean Goddess of Prophecy.

The Atlantean Pantheon are the ones with the magic and although they can bestow it on anyone, including the mer, they rarely do.

The Oracles are the main exception to the rule.  There are three of them and each has the ability to see visions, one sees the past, another the present and the third sees the future.  Between them they can see anything and answer almost any question put to them.  Of course, when a more powerful god or goddess is involved, their powers are limited, after all, it wouldn’t do to have someone out there knowing everything that’s going to happen.  Where would be the fun in that?

I hope that my combination of mermen and a new take on the legend of Atlantis will be enough to justify another mermen ebook.  And if not… remember there is always room for more naked men!

 

Blurb

 

To save his clan from ever-increasing shark attacks, merman Kyle seeks sanctuary for his people in the sunken city of Atlantis, even though he knows that as a homosexual merman, he will be sacrificing his own chance for love. Love finds him anyway in the form of Prince Finn, the rebellious young heir to the Atlantean throne.

When their relationship is discovered, Kyle is the one to pay the price. Banished from the oceans, he seeks shelter in England and finds a new love with human, Jake Seabrook.

For Jake, Kyle is the chance to move on from the crush he has on his straight best friend. The strange man he found naked on the beach seems to fit into his life with ease.  If only Kyle weren’t keeping secrets from him, Jake could see them having a future together.

Things are not what they seem for either of the men and when Kyle discovers the truth about Finn, he knows he must return to Atlantis.

Three men, a tangled relationship, and one chance for happiness—if they can trust enough to take it.

 

Excerpt

 

Kyle was gone for most of the day, during which time Jake worried about him while having visions of him having collapsed with a fever in some remote corner of town where no one would find him for days.

Only when Kyle finally reappeared in the evening did Jake let go of his fear.

Kyle’s face was even more flushed than it had been when he had gone out. Jake wanted to check his temperature again, but was reluctant to make the suggestion.

The lust in Kyle’s eyes as he stalked across the room took Jake’s breath away and his dick gave a twitch. His body recognised the heat in Kyle’s gaze, even if his mind couldn’t quite believe what he saw.

“Do you want me?” Kyle asked.

“Um…”

“Do you?” Kyle repeated. “Do you want to fuck me?”

Jake didn’t know what to say. He opened his mouth to speak, but only managed a feeble croak. The question seemed to have come out of nowhere. Kyle approached him like some kind of predator, yet he was offering to let Jake take charge. Where had this man of contradictions come from? Rendered mute, he couldn’t find the words, but he managed a small nod.

“I need you,” Kyle said right before he pushed Jake down onto the sofa and climbed on top of him.

Jake sat there, stunned as Kyle tugged at the buttons of his shirt, fumbling to undo them. “Um, Kyle. What are you doing?”

“I need you,” Kyle repeated. “Now.”

Jake would have asked what Kyle meant, only it was blindingly obvious what his intentions were.

“I have to feel you inside me,” Kyle said. “Need you to fill me up right now.”

Jake whimpered and even though his brain was asking where this had come from, his cock showed quite a lot of interest in Kyle’s idea.

 

Buy Link

 

https://www.totallybound.com/forbidden-waters

 

By the time this post goes live Forbidden Waters will also be available at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and many other online stores. 

 

Bio

 

L.M. Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village time doesn’t seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that’s the retirement biography. Right now, she is in England in a medium sized town no one has ever heard of, so she won’t bore you with the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes they weren’t all inside her head.

L.M. believes there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.

L.M. Brown loves hearing from readers so don’t be shy.

 

Links

 

Where to find L.M. Brown

Website & Blog – http://lmbrownauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LMBrownTreasureTrove/

Twitter – @LMBrownAuthor

 

Guest Post ~ Lily G. Blunt

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Lily G. Blunt

 

Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance and Erotica

Length: 65,000 Words/230 pages

Release Date: August 30, 2014

ASIN: B00MSYA1JQ

 

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A love of art…

A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.

Starry, starry night…

Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.

But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.

Hold tight to your dreams…

Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

 

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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”

As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.

Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.

Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.

And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.

This was the beginning of something special.

 

BUY/PRE-ORDER LINKS:

 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paint-Sky-Bob-Loving-ebook/dp/B00MSYA1JQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408336547&sr=1-1&keywords=Paint+the+Sky

 

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MSYA1JQ

  

LILY G. BLUNT’S BIO:

 

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work.

Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.

Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.

Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog. 

 

LILY G. BLUNT’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

WordPress: http://lilygblunt.wordpress.com

Blog: http://lilygblunt.blogspot.co.uk/

FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/LilyGBlunt

FB Profile: http://www.facebook.com/lily.blunt.75

Tumblr: http://bobloving.tumblr.com/

Tumblr: http://lilygblunt.tumblr.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BoyonBoyLoving?feature=mhee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoyonBoyLoving

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586037.Lily_G_Blunt

 

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