Good Morning Monday ~ Interview with Julie Bozza and me!

An interview that turned into a conversation between N.R. Walker, author of Imago, and Julie Bozza, author of Butterfly Hunter, in which we talk about butterflies, Australia, and other transformative matters.

Julie: Congratulations on your new novel Imago! What was it that inspired you to write this story?

N.R.: I was scouting pre-made cover sites about a year beforehand (it’s my go-to procrastination hobby LOL) and found the striking cover with the butterfly. I had to have it, even though I didn’t have a story, or even an idea for one, at that point.

Twelve months later, when I was travelling around the US, I had a scene come to me of a guy at an airport who was going to miss an important meeting because there was a car-rental error, so another guy offers him a lift, and thus, the two characters meet.

I let that play around in my head for a bit, had descriptions, character names, all I needed was occupations… then I remembered the butterfly cover I’d bought, and presto!! Lawson was a lepidopterist! Then the whole story fell into place. It was perfect! But the idea of him being a butterfly expert was never paramount to my planning. It was the cover I found that set the whole thing into motion.

N.R.: How about you? What was the inspiration behind Butterfly Hunter?

Julie: I was going to say that I also had an odd source of inspiration for my story, but then I thought that maybe inspiration by its very nature is always somewhat unexpected.

My source was a throwaway remark by a kind person on Goodreads, who said she liked my writing so much that she’d read anything by me, even a story about two men chasing butterflies. She meant it as the most unlikely scenario possible from someone who’d written The Definitive Albert J. Sterne, and I took it as such and chuckled. But then of course a moment later I began thinking, well, how would that be…? I soon realised the idea would be a good match with a pair of characters who were already developing in my head, and it was perhaps a chance to write about an Australian setting – and from there it was as if the Muse was dictating the story to me. I love it when that happens!

Julie: What is the significance of butterflies to your characters or the story? Why butterflies and not … whales?

N.R.: LOL I know!! Truly it was the cover. But it suited Lawson’s quiet nature. I knew Jack was big and outdoorsy, the opposite of Lawson, but perfect for him in every way. As I decided on his career as a lepidopterist, his character growth arc became more prevalent to me. As Jack describes in Imago, Lawson started out like a caterpillar – head down, working hard, then tests himself until he’s finally able to let his wings show. That sounds really corny, but in my mind’s eye, that’s how I see Lawson.

But a book about whales is a great idea… *ponders the possibilities* 😉

Julie: LOL! That’s the creative process for you. I was the same: I wrote ‘whales’ as something that seemed the complete opposite of butterflies, and a moment later was pondering the possibilities. I can just see us doing this again in a year’s time, talking together about our whales stories!

But while we’re still on butterflies… The transformative nature of butterflies was certainly a theme I explored as well. I still find it astonishing that butterflies go through four entirely different forms in their lives! I don’t know if my characters can be said to transform in quite such a dramatic degree, but it’s true that they both emerge from a chrysalis and grow into their best selves.

The other theme I drew on was the butterflies’ brief lifespan, which can be as short as a few days for the adult butterfly. I definitely wanted to have my characters realise that life is too short and uncertain not to make the most of it while we can.

Julie: Australia itself seems vivid and colourful enough to count as a character in its own right. What do you like best (and least) about setting your stories there?

N.R.: Oh, I love it. It’s funny, because when I started writing, I first set all my books in the US. I don’t really even know why – I just did. Maybe because all the books I read were set there? I really don’t know. But then I wrote Red Dirt Heart, and totally fell in love with it. It was more natural for me to write, and I think that showed in my writing. So many reviewers told me they felt the landscape, Sutton Station, felt like another main character. And that to me was a huge compliment. The majority of my readers aren’t Australian, so I think there’s the exotic appeal for them as well.

My favourite parts about writing Australian are being true to myself. Though I find myself still writing US English sometimes. My American editor has to change some words back to Australian. LOL

But giving Australian gay characters an identity has become important to me.

The least favourite part? Hmm, trying to stay true to the Australian character and not sounding like Steve Irwin. LOL

Julie: My writing has been the same. I started with US settings, because the books and films I was inspired by at the time were set there. I was writing about serial killers, and mobsters, and it just all seemed to fit. Then someone in the biz challenged me to write an Australian story for him. And it was a challenge! But I decided to use that, to go with that. Make the problem part of the solution, you know? Hence the story that ultimately became Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life, in which an American investigative journalist is forced to live in Sydney for a while, and gets himself into trouble because he can’t take seriously the idea that Australia also has organised crime.

(BTW, it’s funny you should mention Steve Irwin, as my title Butterfly Hunter is a nod to his Crocodile Hunter. Crikey!)

N.R.: You had the regional dialect covered in Butterfly Hunter, being from both Australia and England yourself. I loved seeing the differences between the locations and how that reflected in the characters. Was having an English and Australian couple intentional for that reason?

Julie: Yes, it was. Having been a stranger in a strange land myself – twice, now, seeing as I came back to the UK after decades in Oz – I thought I’d make the most of that and let it inform the two characters. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s always useful to have one character as a fish out of water, so that a certain amount of exposition just comes naturally.

And then there was the idea that things like the supernatural or spiritual might be at least partly informed by location. Hence Dave is connected to the Dreaming in Australia, in a modest way, but when in England he feels the stone circle near their honeymoon cottage is just interesting – while Nicholas gets a much more unsettling vibe from it.

Julie: I understand you have a sequel coming out soon. Did you always know that Lawson and Jack’s story would continue beyond Imago? What is it that prompted / insisted on more than one book?

N.R.: It’s weird, because I rarely know there will be a sequel until I get to the end of the first book and the characters tell me they’re not done yet. With Imago, I got to the end and I knew… there was more to tell. I guess it also helped that the entire timeline of Imago only spanned about three weeks LOL

I have finished the sequel, it’s currently with my editor, and I’m hoping to have it out around April 10th. But the second book is the last which people might not like too much LOL I mean, there’s at least a dozen butterfly expedition stories I could write, right?? LOL Well, possibly. But more importantly (to me at least) it’s also about the arc of their relationship. And for these boys, it was just two books.

The sequel is titled Imagines, which is the Latin plural for Imago.

N.R.: Was Butterfly Hunter always going to be a trilogy? Tell me about your writing process…

Julie: LOL! There’s nothing I like talking about more!

Butterfly Hunter was actually the first ‘proper’ romance I’d written, and I had no idea whether it would be a success or not. While I was writing it, in order to believe in Dave and Nicholas’s HEA, I had to think ahead into their future – and hence I’d already thought out the second volume which happens right away, with Dave following Nicholas to England, and then the third volume which looks ahead seven years into their more settled future. I had to know all that could happen for them, including the practicalities of visas and so on. (It’s no accident that Dave’s father was born in England!)

So I had the ideas thought out, but it was only when Butterfly Hunter proved quite popular, that I said to Manifold Press there’s another story or two here that I could write, if they want them. Luckily they did.

Julie: Final question! What are you working on now / next?

N.R.: I’m hoping to give Yanni, from my Spencer Cohen Series, his story. I’ve never actually done this – gone back to a completed series and given a secondary character his story. After I finished Spencer, I wondered if Yanni would speak to me. Apparently he wasn’t ready then – but he is now. Well, I have snippets of scenes, and that’s all. So I’m hoping he gets a bit more chatty before I start! It’s not set in Australia, so now my editor will be changing Australian words to American. She might possibly want to strangle me!

I have another series also playing in the back of my mind, but whether that storyline sees the light of day is something I’m debating. It’s a Sydney-based crime trilogy, that deals with some not-nice subject matter, but there is a real life case right now that is a little similar and that’s not something I feel comfortable with.

But I can only ever write the story the character tells me to write. We’ll just have to see how stubborn he is, and how much of his story he’s willing to change (to remove the real life connection). I already have his name, description, personality traits etc, so that’s usually a pretty good sign the story will happen. I’ll do Yanni’s story first and see how this new character feels then.

It’s kinda crazy that imaginary voices in our heads have so much power of us, isn’t it? LOL

Julie: It’s awesome, yes!

I have a novella coming out on 1 May which will be something a bit different, inspired by Francis Beaumont’s play The Knight of the Burning Pestle. To be honest, I have no idea how it will be received – but I had to write it, and usually that’s a good sign! {touch wood}

I’m also researching a romance set in India in the late 1700s / early 1800s. It’s another idea that has been with me for some time now, and won’t go away – so while it’s daunting to think of how much I need to get right, I have girded my loins and am preparing as much as I can.

Thank you for an awesome chat, N.R., and good luck with all your present and future stories!

If you’d like to know more, please come find us and our books!

And coming April 10th…

Good Morning Monday! Can you believe it’s almost March already?

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I cannot believe how fast this year is going already!!

And are you ready for this? I actually have no books scheduled to release in March… It’s like whaaaa?  LOL  I know, right?

It’s been a crazy two months, and I’m looking forward to the slower pace to concentrate on writing. Releases are hard work, time consuming (and awesome) but they do cut into my writing time. Given that in the last eight weeks, I’ve had three new releases, (Switched, Perfect Catch, and Imago) and three translated title releases (RDH2 in French, Cronin’s Key II in French, Spencer Cohen Book 1 in Italian) and RDH2 in audio as well, it’s been HELLABUSY.

The sequel to Imago should be out early-mid April, but until then I’ll have my head down with writing ALL the words 🙂


Speaking of Red Dirt Heart 2 in audio…

It won AUDIO OF THE MONTH at Open Sky Book Reviews!!!

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I’ve said it before, but the narrator Joel Leslie does an incredible job and totally deserves recognition for his work here. You can grab it at Amazon or iTunes or Audible


As I mentioned above, Spencer Cohen Book One is now in Italian!!  I can’t believe these boys are being translated all over the world. It’s an incredible honour!

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You can find it at Amazon or at Triskell Rainbow!


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I can’t do a blog post this week without mentioning a very ENORMOUS thanks to everyone who has bought, read, and reviewed Imago. Jack and Lawson hit #1 in SEVEN countries, which is mind boggling for lil’ ol’ me.

Actually, it did this:

#1 in US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil, France
#2 in Netherlands
#3 in Japan

I’m so very honoured and humbled by the people in this M/M community, and I just LOVE how global we are.

For those who love a paperback, check out this GORGEOUS cover. Paperbacks are now available HERE.

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Some very exciting news:

I will be a featured author at GRL2017!

Denver, Colorado, here I come!!  I should add a very seriously disclaimer to this though – my attendance will totally depend on the current US government’s level of craziness. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.

Until next week!  ❤

Good Morning Monday – It’s Imago time!!

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It’s release week!!  *twirls*  Cue the nerves and release day jitters, but I’m really excited for the world to meet Lawson and Jack!  They’re so super cute ❤ Release days are always awesome but scary, and it messes with my productivity.


In case you missed it, I did an interview with Lawson and Jack for a Valentine’s Day post for the lovely RJ Scott. I’ll include it here, so you can read..

NR:  I’d like to welcome two very special people. Lawson Gale and Jack Brighton, from my next release, Imago. Please take a seat.

*both men sit. Lawson looks around the room, taking in every detail. Jack just smiles. Lawson is wearing a blue button down chino shirt with a navy blue bowtie, navy trousers. His hair is perfect. Jack is wearing jeans, boots, and an old T-shirt. His scruffy hair is not perfect.*

Lawson:  Hello.

Jack: Hi. Nice to be here.

NR:  Okay, so let me introduce you properly. People are yet to meet you, and they’re excited. Lawson, I’ll start with you.

Lawson: *tries not to cringe and fails* If you must.

NR: I must. You’re a lepidopterist. Can you explain to our readers what that is?

Lawson:  I study butterflies and moths. Though I specialise in butterflies.

NR: And this field of study takes you to Tasmania, were you met Jack.

Lawson: *looks at Jack and smiles* Yes, that’s correct.

Jack: *smirks*

NR: And Jack, you work with the Parks & Wildlife. But that’s not where you met, was it?

Jack: Nope. I met him on a plane from Melbourne to Launceston.

Lawson: *his brow furrows* That’s not entirely correct. We saw each other on the plane. You laughed at me, remember? Then you tried to trample me into the aisle. We technically met at the airport in Launceston.

Jack: *looks at Lawson with the patience of a saint*  Well, yes. But I didn’t laugh at you. I made a lame mental joke about jerking off.  *Lawson’s mouth falls open. Jack smiles* And I didn’t trample you into the aisle. I bumped into you, quite by accident.

Lawson: *unamused* Casu consulto.

Jack: *again with the patience of a saint thing*  And that means…?

Lawson: It’s Latin for accidently on purpose.

Jack: *sighs* I didn’t bump into you intentionally, but I’m glad I did.

Lawson: *rolls eyes* Then you lied to me and told me the Museum in Launceston was on your way.

Jack: That wasn’t exactly a lie. And anyway, I don’t regret it. Because it gave me an excuse to spend time with you.

NR: *clears throat* So, um, what was your first impression of each other?

Lawson: I thought he was a serial killer.

NR: *blinks*

Jack: It’s true. He did. My first impression of Lawson was that he was unlike any guy I’d ever seen before. Well, that and the bowtie. I was a goner.

Lawson: *smiles at Jack* He likes suspenders too.

Jack: *shifts in seat and clears throat* That’s true, also.

NR: *looks at Lawson* You thought he was a serial killer but you went with him anyway? I thought you were supposed to be a genius?

Lawson: *looks at Jack* I told you this would happen.

Jack: *laughs loudly* He came with me because he needed a lift.

Lawson: And he was cute. With a dimple when he smiled.

NR: *nods slowly* A cute serial killer. Got it.

Lawson: *peers at NR’s notepad* With a dimple when he smiled. You didn’t write that.

NR: *amends interview*

Lawson: *preens*

Jack: *chuckles*

NR: *looks at Jack* Let me guess. You find him endearing.

Jack: *laughs* Completely.

Lawson: I’m sorry, was there a point to this interview?

NR: *clears throat* Yes, actually. Valentine’s Day is coming up and I was wondering what you two had planned…

Jack: *blinks. Twice.*

Lawson: *looks at Jack* Well?”

Jack: *looks at Lawson* Well, what?”

Lawson: What do you have planned?

Jack: *puts hand to his chest* Why do I have to be the one to plan something?

Lawson: *takes a moment to look duly offended* You haven’t organised anything?

Jack: Not yet, but you know I will. *looks to NR for help*

NR: *looks at Lawson, panic struck* This is true. Jack has organised some incredible dates in the past.

Lawson: True… *smiles at Jack* The dates he’s taken me on have been remarkable.

NR: Shall we tell our readers any more on what happens in Imago?

Jack: Yes, good idea.

Lawson: Well, that would be redundant if you want them to read the book.

NR: We won’t tell them everything. Just a little taste.

*both Lawson and Jack blush*

NR: Okay, so maybe ‘taste’ was the wrong word…

Jack: *clears throat* Well, Imago takes place in Scottsdale, Tasmania.

Lawson: Yes. And I stay in Jack’s hometown to search for a butterfly. That’s where the remarkable dates take place.

NR: And what does Imago mean? It’s an unusual word.

Jack: *sighs*

Lawson: How is it unusual? To whose standard?

NR: Mine.

Lawson: *scowls* That’s hardly―

Jack: I think she means it’s not a common word, to the uninitiated.

Lawson: *turns to Jack* Why didn’t she say that?

NR: *raises eyebrow at Jack* Is he still endearing?

Jack: *laughs* Totally.

Lawson: *ignores NR and sniffs*  Imago is the final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, typically winged.

NR: That’s so apt!

Lawson: Of course you’d say that. You named the book.

NR: *shrugs* True. So tell me, have you guys met each other’s families yet?

Jack: Nope. That happens in the sequel, right?

Lawson: *leans in* He’s not nervous. How can he not be nervous?

Jack: I don’t know why I’m not. I figure if you’re happy with me, they’ll be happy with me. I don’t know why you’re so nervous. I told you my folks’ll love you.

Lawson: I tend to get off on the wrong foot with people. People think I’m strange.

Jack: No they don’t. People love you.

Lawson: *raises one eyebrow at Jack* Everyone I work with hates me.

Jack: Because they’re mostly idiots. We’ve established this. Well, the people you used to work with. You don’t work with them anymore.

Lawson: *tilts head thoughtfully* They had above average intelligence, so they weren’t actually idiots. But yes, they were…

Jack: Idiots.

NR: *snorts* And how’s the work going now, Lawson?

Lawson: Very well. *frowns for a moment, then turns back to Jack* I’d like to revisit our earlier conversation pertaining to Valentine’s Day.

Jack: *sighs*

Lawson: I think I’d like to do something we’ve not done before.

Jack: *smirk* And that is?

Lawson: *smiles ridiculously* Guess.

Jack: Rock climbing? Skiff sailing on Hobart Harbour? Horse riding?

Lawson: *pales more with each suggestion* I was going to say dancing.

Jack: *squints at Lawson* Dancing?

Lawson: Yes, as in moves-to-music. You’ve not taken me dancing.

Jack: *looks at NR, not amused* Dancing? I don’t know how I’ll ever thank you…

Lawson: It wasn’t NR’s idea. It was mine.

Jack: *takes Lawson’s hand* Lawson, I don’t dance. Well, actually, I can’t dance, more to the point.

Lawson: Everyone can dance. The degree of ability is a factor on how well one dances, but everyone can dance. *seems to ponder a moment* I should add a disclaimer that being able-bodied is also a factor.

Jack: *acts like this is normal conversation* Well, I am able-bodied…

Lawson: *blushes* Yes, you are.

Jack: But it’s my ability to dance that is sorely lacking.

Lawson: I don’t believe you.

Jack: Well, I’m sure there’s university footage of a Peter Garrett impersonation somewhere.

Lawson: *blinks* Oh.

Jack: *nods*

Lawson: But I’m talking of slow-dancing.

Jack: *looks horrified* Waltzing?

Lawson: No, just slow dancing. *takes out phone and scrolls through screen*

Jack: What are you doing? Are you Googling Peter Garrett dance impersonations?

Lawson: *snorts* No.  *stands up and put phone on seat*

Jack: Uh, Lawson.

Lawson: *holds out hand to Jack*

Jack: *is scared*

Lawson: *waits with hand out for Jack*

Jack: *sighs but takes Lawson’s hand and reluctantly stands*

Lawson: *presses play on phone*

<music starts to play>

Jack: What song is this?

Lawson: *pulls Jack close* Wicked Game, by James McMorrow. Now just put your arms around me, and move with me. Can you feel the beat?

Jack: *does what Lawson says* I can feel something.

Lawson: *chuckles*

NR: *watches the two men slow dance, and stands up slowly* I’ll just be going…

Jack: *nuzzles Lawson’s ear*

Lawson: *runs hand down over Jack’s arse*

NR: *is awkward* Right then. Thanks for your time…

Lawson: *hums something to Jack*

Jack: *chuckles*

NR: *gets to the door* Maybe next time we can do an actual interview.

Lawson: *still slow-dancing, looks up to Jack*

Jack: *slowly pressed his lips to Lawson’s*

NR: *opens door and walks out* Bloody characters. Never do what they’re supposed to.

Hope you enjoyed 😉

~ YouTube version of Wicked Game they dance to…


In other exciting news, Switched was awarded Book of the Month at Love Bytes Reviews!

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That makes two from two!!  Last month, The Weight of It All won Book of the Year, now Switched is Book of the month!  I’m so very honoured, for whomever nominated me and for everyone that voted, I am grateful and humbled. Thank you so much for your continued support!

I’ll be back real soon with links to Imago when it goes live, but until next week…

Good Morning Monday! And the week that was…

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Another busy week!  I didn’t get as many words done on my WIP as I’d have liked but with admin stuff, errands and RL, it was all kinda uphill.

For anyone who uses it, I now have a Google+ thingy. I’ve been super slack with it, but it’s set up now. Feel free to add me. My profile is HERE.

Some exciting news: Last week I also signed contracts for FIVE, yes FIVE, titles to be done in audio with Tantor!

The Cronin’s Key trilogy, The Weight Of It All, and Switched!

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, I had NONE of my books in audio. Now I have two and with another 12 months, I’ll have nine with another three scheduled to be done! Because after my narrator, Joel Froomkin, finishes with Red Dirt Heart Series, he’s going to bring Spencer Cohen to audio! *flails*


So I also realise it’s about time I stop calling my current writing project “my WIP” or “the sequel to Imago” and let you guys in on the actual title…

As you know, Imago is a very specific word to its origins, and coming up with a sequel name wasn’t easy. BUT as the Latin plural of imago is imagines – and this is the term generally used by entomologists – it only stands to reason that the sequel (making Imago plural) be called Imagines. 🙂

Imagines has a cover already, and there will be a special reveal with Bayou Book Junkies, as I am currently their Author of the Month!  So stay tuned for that!!


As part of RJ Scott’s Valentine’s Day special, I introduced Imago’s Lawson and Jack to the world in an interview. You can check it out HERE

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It’s just over a week until Imago comes out!  I’m so excited for you all to meet these two boys! 🙂


But this week, I’m super excited because I’m flying to Sydney for a brief stopover to… are you ready?  To have lunch with Keira Andrews, of course!

Eeeeek!  I’m super excited! I’m sure we’ll take some pics to share with all our readers!

Also coming on the 27th Feb is a 99c deal for Switched. Follow me at BookBub to be notified!

I’ll be back later this week to share an excerpt of Imago, but until then…

Good Morning Monday! It’s an Imago kind of day…

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I’ve been sitting on this cover FOREVER. I actually found the cover twelve months ago on a pre-made site and just had to have it. I had no story idea for it, but it was so striking, I just had to have it.

Then, in my travels across the US, I had a spark of inspiration at, of all places, an airport. Lord knows I spent enough time in them across the country LOL. All I knew was these two characters met at an airport and one of them had car rental issues and the other offers him a lift.

That was all I had. I let the story ferment in my head for a while and the characters grew. I was given names, descriptions, traits… then came their occupations. Lawson was a lepidopterist (butterfly specialist).

And so Imago was born.

Maybe the cover I’d bought played in my subconscious. But whatever the reason, the story had to be written.

Jack and Lawson are simply the cutest couple ever!  Imago is 45K words long and I’ll be posting more on them in coming weeks, so stay tuned. But for now, the cover and blurb!

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS???  Now you can see why I just HAD to have it.  Made by Harper By Design.

Now for the blurb:

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.

Imago will be live on February 21st. There will be no presale links, unless I change my mind…

But there is a sequel. I’ve just started it (literally 1.8k words into it) and I’m hoping it will be out in April. At this point in time, I envisage only two books. That, however, is subject to change, depending on what the characters tell me. Lawson’s kind of stubborn, so anything is possible… 😉


In other news, The Weight Of It All has been voted THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR on Love Bytes!!!

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*falls down dead*

I just cannot believe it. I’m so very thankful and honoured and humbled by all the readers who not only read and reviewed the book, but for those who nominated and voted. And of course, a huge thank you to Love Bytes for their tireless work and efforts in helping authors reach readers.

I receive a lot of emails and messages about my books. Anywhere from 2 to 10 a week. But Henry and Reed’s story far surpasses all other books people contact me about. People share with me their stories of courage and hope, in taking back control of their lives. Henry has touched more people than I ever could have imagined. When I wrote Henry’s story, I had no clue at the profound effect he would have on readers.

Just yesterday, when I posted that TWOIA had won Best Book of the Year, the wonderful Kat Juellyn posted this:

Oh my goodness gracious! I am so excited that “The Weight of it All” by N.r. Walker won Book of the Year at Love Bytes Same Sex Reviews!!! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that this phenomenal book won. It was up against so many amazing books but this book is the one that affected me personally. It actually encouraged me that, even though I am mobility challenged and in need of several big surgeries more, I had to try and get some movement back in my life. I headed back to my home in Hawaii on the heels of reading and reviewing this book. And I did accomplish some of my goals. I landed there being dependent on an electric scooter. By the time I left I hadn’t touched it in weeks. Thank you N. R. AND Henry and Reed for your motivation. Do yourself a favor and give this fabulous book a chance, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed! Congratulations again N. R.! You totally deserve this honor.

(shared with Kat’s full permission)

But it’s this kind of response that makes me cry actual physical tears. There have been dozens like this post. Literally dozens. I can’t explain what it means to me. My heart is so full of warm and fuzzies. ❤ It’s also the reason I still make myself go to CrossFit and be so sore I do my own walking Tin Man or T-Rex impersonations for days afterwards.

For anyone who hasn’t read TWOIA, it’s currently on sale at just 99c at Amazon.  But only for another day or two, so be quick!!

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So, that’s it for this week. I’m aiming to pump out some more words on the sequel to Imago this week, so I’ll be busy and not on social media much. I’d love to add 10K or more if I can. Fingers crossed.

Until next week…

Perfect Catch is now live!

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Perfect Catch is now live on Amazon KU!   You can find it HERE!

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** Perfect Catch was previously released as part of an anthology. Now available as a single release. 19,000 words, gay romance. **

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.
What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.
With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?
The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

Switched is out now!!

Dark moody portrait of an intense young man

Switched is now live on Amazon!
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Amazon AUS
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Blurb:
Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.
Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.
A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.
Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.
Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.
Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.

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Good Morning Monday and a Happy New Year!

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My final Good Morning Monday post for 2016!!  I can not believe another year is over, but let’s be honest… I don’t think anyone is too sad to see 2016 end. It’s been a trying year, and there’s been a lot of loss and upheaval, a lot of change, and a lot of uncertainty.

But there’s also been some positives as well.

Let’s do a recap, shall we?

Let’s look at it in pictures first 🙂

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I released six books (Spencer Cohen Book One, Two, and Three, Blood & Milk, The Weight of It All, and Switched is due out tomorrow) which is approximately 325,000 words.  I also had a 20K short story in an anthology. I had five translations, re-released one novel, and released one five-book bundle. And my first ever audiobook!  Which, is a combined total of over  one million words I’ve had to write/edit/format/release. It’s been a crazy-busy year.

I was also lucky enough to travel around the USA for six weeks, ending my trip at GRL 2016 in Kansas City, which was amazing.

I got to meet people I’ve talked to online for years, and I got to meet readers who I’ve met through social media, and it was an absolute highlight for me.

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I was also lucky enough to travel around the USA for six weeks, ending my trip at GRL 2016 in Kansas City, which was amazing.

I got to meet people I’ve talked to online for years, and I got to meet readers who I’ve met through social media, and it was an absolute highlight for me.

And looking at my schedule for 2017, I’m thinking it’s going to be even busier. God help me. LOL

So, my fair and fabulous readers, please have a safe and prosperous New Year, and I’ll see you in 2017.

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Good Morning Monday! Twas two busy weeks before Christmas…

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Two busy weeks before Christmas… OMG this year has really flown.  I will do a recap on 2016 in the next couple of weeks, but for now all I will say is I’m kinda glad it’s almost over… It’s been a SUPER busy week, and the next two will be even more so. *sigh*

My kids finish school this week. Aussie kids are winding down their school year and getting ready for summer break. It’s six weeks of “Muuuum, I’m bored. What can I do?”  I’m looking forward to the sleep-ins, I will admit, but not to the constant interruptions. Working from home is awesome in so many ways, except during school holidays LOL.  I can foresee a lot of hours spent at the local library …   And for the record, whenever my kids tell me they have nothing to do (as they put down their iPhones and step over the PS4 and XBoxOne, ignore the dog, and their bikes and sports gear) I give them housework chores to do. This usually insures two things:  One, they do some housework that I’ve put off doing because I hate it. And Two, they don’t complain to me again.  It’s a win/win   🙂

Okay, so for some news on the writing front…

Switched, all 74K words of it, is with my editor. I’m still shooting for a release date of Dec 27th, but this is tentative.  My poor editor has been unwell, so basically Switched will release when it’s ready.  I’d love for it to be before the year ends, but I can’t guarantee it.

Perfect Catch, my 20K short story which was part of the It Was Always You anthology with the other awesome M/M Daily Grind authors will also be out as a separate release in early January.

I have an awesome cover for it, made by the very talented Sara York 🙂

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The Blurb:

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.

What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.

With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?

The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

Please Note:  Perfect Catch will be exclusive to Amazon for 90 days upon release. It is currently available at all retail sites as part of the anthology. You can grab it now from iBooks ~ Amazon ~ Kobo

The N.R. Walker Starter Pack also went live!!!!  I’m super excited about this. A collection of five of my books (Red Dirt Heart, Cronin’s Key, Sixty Five Hours, Spencer Cohen Book One, and Blind Faith) in the one book for new-to-me readers, or those who might be new to the m/m genre can grab five best-selling books at a bargain price!

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You can grab it at Amazon 🙂

And finally, instead of having a break and resting my poor sore hand/wrist, I’ve dived straight into a new WIP.  It was an idea that came from nowhere and it wasn’t even on my schedule to write, but the idea and the characters wouldn’t go away.  So I did the only thing I can do to shut them up, and that’s to write them down.  I’m only 5K words into it but I have a title and a cover already, which I’m keeping it under wraps for now. I don’t want to jinx the story – it’s flowing really well – and I feel if I do a show-and-tell too early, the characters will stop talking.  All I will say, is that it’s Australian based, will be approximately 30K words long (I think) and will be fluff and smut 🙂  I envisage a release date sometime in February 🙂

Okay, told you it was a busy one…   Until next week.

LGBT Fantasy Weekend!!

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I’m honoured to taking part of Olivia Helling’s LGBT Fantasy Weekend, where you can grab some awesome LGBT Fantasy reads for free or just .99c!!

Cronin’s Key is listed as a .99c read, and it’s in VERY GOOD company.  Check out the other awesome titles HERE and immerse yourself into a whole new world!