Thomas Elkin is on a limited sale ~ Reminder!

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Elements of Retrofit is now on special for just 99c for a limited time!!

You can find it Amazon or at Pride Publishing

This deal won’t last, so be quick!

Clarity of Lines and Sense of Place are also on sale for $2.99 each.

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Good Morning Monday! And Tom & Cooper are on sale!

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What’s new this week?  I’ve been writing, editing, and proofreading. So all in all, nothing new. LOL

On a personal note, my kids have gone back to school and sporting obligations have also started. I’ve also committed myself to doing CrossFit 4-5 times a week. (Or I should be committed, given it’s been 40C all week I’m certain that makes me crazy LOL) Yes, it means sacrifice to some areas of my ‘free-time’, but I need to do this for me. It just means I need to be more organised with my time and stop procrastinating when it comes to my work hours. My writing schedule is hellabusy this year, so I’ve re-engaged my Internet block and won’t be on social media as much in the next few weeks. I have a job to do and deadlines to meet! Which means more books, so I’m guessing people won’t mind 😉


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In some exciting news, I am Author of the Month at Bayou Book Junkie!  I had fun with their interview, totally humbled by the lovely things other M/M folks had to say about me, and offered some insight into my writing.  My entire backlist will be in the spotlight throughout the month, starting with Spencer Cohen and The Weight Of It All and Perfect Catch, and a special cover reveal toward the end of the month! Stay tuned for that one!


Have you met Tom and Cooper yet?

Also this week, Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin, Book One) is on sale!! Starting from February 7th, it will be just 99c!

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And also discounts for the rest of the series:
Clarity of Lines   £1.99/$2.99/€2.99
Sense of Place   £1.99/$2.99/€2.99

You can find Elements of Retrofit on

Amazon

Pride Publishing

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A huge thank you to Pride Publishing for running the Bargain Booksy promotion!


So, just a short one this time. But for those who like to keep up to date on my WIP progress, the sequel to Imago is now at 17K.  That’s it for now! Until next week…   ❤

Retro Read: Elements of Retrofit

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Blurb:

Generation versus generation, traditional versus contemporary, these men are about to learn a lesson in architecture and love. Can they prove that the old and new can be the perfect design?

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the architecture industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom what it means to live.

Excerpt

Looking out of my office window over the darkening New York City skyline, I could see my reflection in the wall of glass before me. Beyond the expensive suit and shoes, there was grey hair at my temples, my once-black hair was now salt and pepper, and there were creases at the corners of my eyes.

Forty-four years old. Forty-four. How did that happen?

It seemed like I’d missed half of my life. In many ways I had.

The light on the intercom flashed. “Mr Elkin?”

My receptionist was fifteen years older than me and had been my receptionist for ten years, since the day I’d started at the firm, and yet she never faltered in her professional etiquette.

“Yes, Jennifer?”

“Ryan is on line two. Would you prefer I take a message?”

“No, it’s fine,” I told her. “I’ll take it.” I pressed the speaker button. “Ryan?”

“Hey, Dad, yeah, it’s me.”

“Anything wrong?” I asked. It was unusual for him to call the office. “Still coming for dinner?”

“Yeah, yeah, it’s all good. Just about dinner,” he hedged, “I was just wondering if you’d mind if I brought someone?”

This surprised me. Since his mother and I had separated, it’d taken a while for things to get back to normal between us.

“Yes, of course, that’s fine,” I told him. “Someone special?”

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said with a laugh. I could hear muffled voices in the background. “Just ran into an old buddy from school. He just got into town, he’s by himself and I told him he could have dinner with us.”

“Okay, that’s fine,” I said. Ryan was very social, and growing up, he had forever had a crew of friends who lived at our place as much as their own. I’d quite often get home late to a den of high-school kids pretending to be asleep. I looked at my watch. “See you soon.”

I disconnected the call and pressed Jennifer’s line. “Can you please order dinner for three to be delivered to my home address?”

“Certainly,” she replied. “Thai? Italian? Japanese?”

“You choose.”

“Very well.”

There was a soft click in my ear and I went back to staring at the evening skyline for another half an hour, before packing my laptop into my satchel and walking out of the door. Jennifer gave me a polite smile. “Japanese, delivered to your door at seven-thirty.”

I smiled warmly at her. “Thank you, Jennifer.”

“Have a good weekend, Mr Elkin,” she said, knowing I’d be working all weekend. I worked most weekends. “I’ve taken the liberty to have lunch ordered for you tomorrow. Security will bring it up.”

“Don’t know what I’d do without you.”

She smiled proudly. “Have a good evening, Mr Elkin. Give Ryan my best.”

“I will.”

I took the elevator from the top floor of executive offices down to the executive marble lobby, walked a block to the executive marble lobby of my apartment building, took the elevator to the executive suite on the top floor.

Expensive. Polished. Predictable.

Those three words just about summed me up.

I’d been preoccupied lately, unsettled and lacking something. I’d quite often catch myself staring out of the window for some lengths of time, not able to recall a single thought. Maybe I needed a vacation. Maybe I’d take one after this next big contract was done.

I loved my job as an architect. Loved it. I loved the lines in structure, the quiet confidence in well-built, historical buildings, and I loved the superiority and functionality of modern design.

I loved my apartment, had some good friends and I even had an amicable relationship with my ex-wife, all things considered. My relationship with my son was better, good even. We’d had a rough patch when his mother and I first separated five years ago, but now at twenty-two years of age, he could see all sides of the situation and had made peace with it. With me.

I’d changed into jeans and a button-down shirt and poured my first glass of wine when there was a knock at the door. I checked my watch, and knowing the doorman would have sent Ryan straight up, I called out, “It’s unlocked.”

“Hey, Dad,” Ryan yelled from the door. I could hear him mumble something else and I remembered he was bringing company. My top-floor apartment was a large, open floor bachelor pad and the kitchen ran along the inside wall, out of line of sight from the front door.

“In the kitchen,” I replied. “You boys want a drink?”

Ryan walked in, followed by a face I didn’t recognise at first. “Dad, do you remember Cooper Jones?” Ryan asked, by way of introduction. “We went to high school together.”

The name yes, but he didn’t look a thing like I remembered. Gone was the gangly, awkward teenager, replaced by a fit-looking young man. He had messy short brown hair, a wide smile and mischief in his hazel eyes.

“Yes, I remember,” I said, extending my hand for him to shake. “You just grew up.”

Ryan rolled his eyes. “That’s what happens, Dad, when you don’t see someone for five years.”

Cooper shook my hand firmly. “Nice to meet you, sir.”

“Can I get you boys a drink?” I asked again. “Dinner will be here in about half an hour.”

I had my wine, they opted for a beer, and Ryan told me how Cooper’s family had moved to Chicago and how he’d lost touch with him through college, but Cooper had come to New York City for the summer. He’d literally checked into his room and gone in search for something to eat when he ran into Ryan on the street who then pulled out his phone and called me to see if he could tag along for dinner.

Elements of Retrofit Outtake

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My assistant mainlined the Thomas Elkin series over the weekend, and to stop her nagging at me for a new story I pointed her to this outtake.

 

Review of Thomas Elkin Series

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My friend, Nic Starr has done a wonderful series review of my Thomas Elkin series.

Elements of Retrofit …. “provides the introduction to Thomas and Cooper and what a wonderful introduction. I totally loved both these characters. Tom and Cooper—even the names together sound hot! The strength in this book lies in the chemistry between the characters. As individuals they are interesting—at different times in their lives but both intelligent, talented, driven and sexy.”

Clarity of Lines “The book is humourous with witty retorts, lots of banter, and of course a wonderful smattering of age references. Cooper is glorious in the way he relates to Tom. The sex is once again fabulous. ”

“The series just keeps getting better with fabulous addition of Sense of Place. It is the perfect ending to the perfect series. Tom and Cooper are so wonderful together it’s hard not to smile.”

Read the rest of the reviews here.

 

 

New Reviews of Thomas Elkin series

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Two Chicks Obsessed has done a wonderful series review of my Thomas Elkin series.

Thanks, Michelle!

Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin Book 1). 5 * …. “Apparently I havelements of retrofite been way behind on reading some fantastic books! Tom was sexy & serious. Cooper (also very sexy) was fun & ambitious. The constant banter between the two was witty & entertaining. Walker did an excellent job in creating such likeable characters you couldn’t help but fall in love with them.” Read the rest here.

 

 

 

Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book 2).  5*…. “Have I said clarity of lineshow much I heart Tom & Coop?   Clarity of Lines picks up where book 1 ended.Walker flawlessly wrote a story that is realistic. I think bypassing this phase of the relationship would have made the book feel unreal. Everyone struggles with family/friends accepting each others partners, but when there is a 20+ yr age gap I would expect it to not be hearts & flowers.” Read the rest here.

 

 

 

Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Book 3).  5*…. “WOW……I love this seriesense of places, and for some, wish they would continue forever.   Tom & Cooper hold a special place in my heart.   Sense of Place is the final installment of the Thomas Elkins Series.   Walker made sure that we would remember Tom & Cooper for many, many years. ” Read the rest here.

 

 

 

 

 

New Review for Clarity of Lines

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Clarity of Lines has 4 and 5 reviews from Wicked Reads! I loved Ruthie’s comment.

It’s Friday right now; unless you have something really pressing – I suggest you go and hide somewhere quiet and give yourself a great start to the weekend! You will not regret it! (And when you’ve finished it, go and get the final book in the series, to make your weekend complete.)

Read the rest here.

Clarity of Lines Re-release Day!!

 

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The new version of Clarity of Lines is now out!!  The additional content is a 2K word chapter in Cooper’s POV, and it’s only 99c this week!  ❤

You can buy it at Pride Publishing HERE

 

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Nine New Covers Reveals!!

I have LOTS of new covers to show off!  Nine to be exact!!

I made the decision for my books currently listed with Totally Bound to stay with them, instead of me self-publishing them. Totally Bound is rebranding their LGBTQ section to now fall under Pride Publishing, and to celebrate the launch of this new press, they’re revamping existing titles.

Not only do my books get new covers, but I’ve also added some additional content to them! (NOTE:  My Turning Point Series will NOT include additional content, but Elements of Retrofit, Clarity of Lines, Sense of Place, Three’s Company, and Taxes and TARDIS will.) And they will be re-released throughout August, available in ebook and paperback at the same time (apparently).

This new content is generally added to the end of the book, not integrated throughout. So, in my Thomas Elkin Series, we have approximately 2000 words at the end of each book added, and finally Cooper gets to have his say! That’s right, each book has a small chapter of Cooper POV. 🙂

Three’s Company has both a prologue and an epilogue.  The short prologue (1500 words) is told from Simon’s POV, and the epilogue (3300 words) is back to Wil’s POV. 🙂

Taxes and TARDIS now has a gorgeous little epilogue (2000 words), which was probably my favourite additional content to write.  I think everyone will agree when they read it. 🙂

The Turning Point Series doesn’t include any additional content. In my heart, these stories are complete. The three books have a combined word count of 220,000, and trying to add more to Matt and Kira’s story felt forced and wrong.  I struggled with what to do for four weeks before I finally decided not to do those boys an injustice by adding content that would detract from their story.

From my understanding, anyone who purchased my titles originally from Totally Bound will be able to download the updated books for free.

So, without further adieu, the covers…

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I also received my cover for the Italian translation of Blindside! OMG it’s gorgeous! And will be available for purchase on July 7th.

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And in other cover news, I have had the lovely Sara York resizing my paperback covers to all now be 5×8, not the 6×9 they were previously and any/all formatting issues will be fixed. Cronin’s Key I & II are already available in 5×8, but I’m awaiting proofs of my RDH series and Blind Faith series before I let them go live. I will advise when this happens, and will be adding an order form to my website if anyone would like a signed copy. You will be able to pay for them through PayPal. 🙂

Aaaaand, lastly (but super excitedly) I will be giving Sixty Five Hours and Learning to Feel new covers as well. The very talented Mina has graciously agreed to help me give these books new covers. I thought it was very fitting that a friend I have known since my fandom days is giving my ex-fandom books new life 🙂  I will share pics when I have them!!!

Soooo, I think revealing 9 covers at once is pretty amazing and I hope you like them.  ❤ ❤

Interview with Cooper Jones!

Day One of Clarity of Lines Blog Tour!

For the whole post, including excerpt, review, interview and contest, please check out Aspired Writer’s site :

http://lynelleclarkaspiredwriter.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/clarity-of-lines-by-nr-walker-excerpt.html

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Character Interview with Cooper Jones

  1. Thomas Elkin was a successful architect at one of the prestigious companies inNew York, older, sexy and available. What were your first impressions of him?
I’d met Tom years before, but he was just Ryan’s dad back then. When I came to New York and met him again, my impression of him was different, to say the least.  Sure, he was older, had grayish kind of hair, but he was seriously hot.
  1. We know that you had the same love for buildings as him, were it your intention to meet him? Be honest.
I’d studied his work at college, and I knew he was a senior at Brackett and Golding, but I didn’t even know if I’d even see him there, or if he’d even recognize me. It had been years, and I’d changed a bit since he’d seen me last. But no, when I ran into Ryan on the street, I had no intention of meeting his dad like that.
  1. Was he a mentor?
Tom’s many things, but I absolutely respect his professional views and opinions. He looks at architecture the same way I do and he has so much more insight than me. Tom’s definitely a mentor.
  1. The moment you met, were you immediately attracted to him or was it a gradual thing?
It was the moment we met. Well, for me at least. I was a bit shocked that I found an older guy attractive, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
  1. The age difference does play a huge factor in the story, what was your initial reaction towards it?
It kind of weirded me out at first. I went home and tried to convince myself it was nothing, but then I started working with him, and the more we talked, the more I couldn’t deny his intellect was a huge turn on for me.
  1. Surely, you had to pause and think about Ryan, your best friend and the son of Thomas Elkin, that was the same age as you. How did you think he would react if he had to know?
I knew Ryan would be okay with it if we could just get him to listen.
  1. When he did walk in on the two of you, he wanted to run but you stopped him. What were your thoughts at that stage?
I knew if we let him leave, it’d be too hard to get him to listen. I just wanted him to hear it from us, not so much for my sake but for Tom’s. I didn’t want to come between him and his son.
  1. In Thomas words, that were the moment the relationship became real for him, did you feel the same?
It was, in a way, yes. Telling someone else made it very real.
  1. During your internship at Brackett and Golding, it was easy to hide the relationship. When your time ended and you did not get the position, you were very professional and walked away. How did you feel about Thomas and losing the dream job at that very moment?
Oh, man, I was gutted. Not for the job as much as the fact I thought Tom had used me. That was the worst.
  1. You were angry with Thomas; you had not talked to him for a few days, fuming. When you finally got together and you heard his reasons, what were your thoughts about that?
I was pissed off, and hurt. I really needed a few days to get my head around what had happened, and once I’d spoken to him I knew his reasoning was logical. And professionally, it was what was best for me. Once I’d taken the emotion out of it, I could see that.
  1. This was the only place I thought you were mean to him, he was devastated at your reaction. Do you have a mean side that we have not seen yet?
I think everyone has the ability to lash out when hurt. It was a kneejerk reaction. Childish, probably, but I was still hurt and I wanted him to see how much he’d hurt me. I’m not generally a mean person though, no.
  1. I loved the analogy you have used describing your relationship. You said that your relationship was like a retrofit project: making the older, classic style integrated with the modern. That nailed it perfectly for me, was it a slow awareness or was it a light-bulb moment?
That was totally on the spot. But it was perfect. There we were, surrounded by blueprint plans overlooking New York, and it was an analogy I knew he’d understand.
  1. Lionel was a big hurdle for you, which caused a few funny moments, how did you felt when he had finally given you the last barrier, the key?
Lionel’s first loyalty was to Tom, which was understandable. But I knew he’d warm to me. When Tom asked for the key, Lionel was trying not to smile, so I knew he liked me. Lionel loves me now. I bring him pastries for his wife. What’s not to love?
  1. The Generation Y topic came up often, and you used it often to get your way. Did you not feel you are manipulating the situations?
Of course, I was manipulating situations. That’s why I did it. *laughs*  I only ever pull the Gen Y card when it’s funny, but would never do it seriously or use it to make Tom feel bad.
  1. According to Thomas, sex was always on your mind and you did it often. Is that the case?
Ah, yes. I’m a 23 year old gay man in a long-term relationship. There will always be sex.  Lots and of lots sex.
  1. Your first meeting with Sofia did not go well, but you kept your cool on Ryan’s birthday. What were your initial thoughts about Tom’s ex-wife?
Sofia had a lot of information dumped on her. In hindsight, I guess she handled it pretty well. I was more concerned with Tom’s reaction, and he defended me.Sofia was a bit of a bitch to me first off, but she dealt with it eventually.
  1. You had met Thomas parents very briefly and after greeting them very politely, you walked away. I thought that was very mature of you. Does people’s opinions matter to you or do you just hide it very well?
Nah, not at all. He needed some time with his parents so it was only right I walked away. I knew they didn’t know he was gay, and I would never put him in a situation that could hurt him.
  1. “I love you” is three very simply but very profound words. Again, Thomas made a mess of it declaring it to Sofia, of all people. How did you feel when you heard it like that?
Man, my heart was hammering. I heard him say it to her and couldn’t believe it. I was floored that he said it, but he should have told me, not her. I was pissed at him, but still kinda glad he laid it out for Sofia like he did.
  1. For Thomas everything changed after that declaration. For the first time he had asked that, you must make love to him, and you did. It was beautiful. Did the dynamics changed for you as well, after you professed your love for him?
Of course it did. It was a real emotional connection.
  1. You liked to challenge Thomas through out the story; does that apply to everything else in your life? Please give us an example.
I love challenging everyone. I love to challenge myself. Especially at work – if we’re working on a joint project with other drafties, we need to push each other and ourselves to achieve higher goals. Otherwise all we strive for is mediocre.
  1. Your father did not accept the relationship and it devastated you. Thomas stepped in and showed his age when he spoke to them. You really complimented each other as a couple. It looked so easy but was it really?
It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. There was a few minutes, when I was in the backyard, that I was quite prepared for my parents to say I wasn’t welcome in their house and that was a low point for me. I wasn’t exactly prepared for that.
Tom told me what he said to them; how he didn’t want them to lose me because of him, and I guess he earned respect-points for that.
  1. The age difference was a huge barrier for friends and family, did you and Thomas ever talked about it, and how you would handle it?
We didn’t really. We knew it would and could be a problem for our families, but there was always the unspoken rule that we were worth it. We were putting ourselves through it because we knew we were the real deal.
  1. Why did you stall to move in, I mean, the man was on his knees and still you refused, was it a test in some way?
More of a test for me, I think. It’s a monumental step in any relationship, and I didn’t want to rush it. I needed to make sure Tom was certain. Plus, I like to keep him on his toes.
  1. When Tom’s father passed away, you immediately rushed from Philadelphia to be with him. Thomas walked into your arms and broke down for the first time. Right in front of his son and ex-wife, showing his heart openly. That had to have shaken you?
God, that was heartbreaking. I needed to be there. When Ryan called me to tell me, there was no question for me. I had to be there. When I walked in and Tom started to cry, it almost killed me. But he needed me to be strong.
  1. You took charge and did what had to be done, which impressed me. When Sofiaincluded you as part of the family, how did it feel?
I can’t lie; it felt good. I always like it when people stop resisting my charms and give in to my awesomeness *laughs* but seriously? I was stoked. Not just for me, but for Tom and Ryan.
  1. Do you think that they have accepted the relationship?
I do. They might not love the fact that Tom and I are together, but they’ve accepted it.
  1. Do you have a final word for gay people and their families?
I know I’ve been very blessed with my family and a lot of people don’t have that. That said, I’d have to say patience, acceptance, tolerance and communication.  It’s not always easy, but don’t give up on each other.  Sometimes things take time, even though you wish it were instant, it doesn’t always happen that way. But one day, you’ll meet your Tom and I hope your family will see how happy you are too. 
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