Guest Post: A charity book for dogs.

When E.A. Kelly and B. Price asked me if I could do a blog post for their new book, where profits are sent to a charity for dogs, I was more than happy to oblige…

Bethy

Blurb:

“In a few seconds, I made one of those instant decisions that shakes your whole world and changes your life forever. I didn’t actually say “yes”, but neither did I say “no” to fostering another dog with physical and severe emotional health needs. And so, along came Beth . . .”

In many ways, Beth embodies the true and pure ethos of K9 Crusaders. They never give up on a dog. They didn’t then, and they don’t now. They believe that each and every dog is precious and is worth fighting for, worth going many extra miles for, whatever it takes. Beth’s wonderful life as seen in this book bears witness to that.

**ALL PROFITS FROM SALES OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO THE CHARITY MENTIONED WITHIN**

EXCERPT:

I decided a while ago that the next time a small dog started barking at Beth, and its human picked it up and glared at me for daring to have a big dog, I would do the same. Today was that day. A small dog barks and lunges at Beth, who wasn’t responding, and it’s picked up by its owner who glares at Beth as if it’s her fault. I gently lifted her up, no mean feat, so she was the same height as the tiny yapper. Priceless; the small dog shut up and the woman asked what I was doing. I replied that I thought it was a new dog training technique that I hadn’t come across before, and I wanted to try it. Her face was a picture. Beth played the game very well and hugged me like a baby koala, and I laughed all the way home. Maybe senility has started.

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About the Charity:

K9 Crusaders deal with all kinds of issues relating to dogs, from rescue and rehoming via their Welfare Centre in Bissoe, Cornwall, UK to behavioural support and advice on many aspects of dog husbandry. They are independent and have no other income stream, relying solely on donations to keep going, and on volunteers to try to keep up with the ever increasing demand for help.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO K9 CRUSADERS DOG WELFARE TO HELP MANY OTHERS LIKE BETH IN NEED OF A HOME.

http://www.caninecrusaders.org.uk

K9 Crusaders Dog Welfare Charitable Trust

No: 1138278

Links:

Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01BCQROY0

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/28867428-her-royal-furriness

Twitter: https://twitter.com/E_A_Kelly9

 

Good Morning Monday!

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Personal interpretation is the beauty of art.

Another Good Morning Monday post!  Go me!

In this week’s post, I wanted to talk about sex in books and, more directly, the lack of sex in books.

I quite often have reviews where readers mention in a negative light that my books often have a considerable lack of on-page sex. This is true, and something I could never deny: my books (not including the A. Voyeur ones) would never fall into the erotica category.

That being said, I also have quite a few reviews stating there is too much sex in my books. So clearly it’s a battle I will never win. Quite frankly, it’s not a battle I’m willing to fight. I write the stories the characters tell me to write and it would feel wrong for me to sway them either way. I would also never change a book to what I *think* my readers might want. I write the stories the characters tell me to write. I owe them truth in the delivery, not anyone else. Not even me.

I will read reviews sometimes so I can learn from them. I like hearing what people loved and didn’t love about my work. I am a firm believer in the adage “to each their own”, and I have no qualms with the opinions of others. In fact, I welcome them.  After all, I’ve read books where there’s been, in my opinion, too much or too little on-page sex. We all like different things, and personal interpretation is the beauty of art.

So, why am I bringing this up now?

Spencer Cohen, Book One has no sex. None. Zip. Nada. Zilch. There is UST and a smoking hot kiss, but no sex.

Will some people hate that? Sure. Will some people love that? Sure. Will some people not notice or care? Probably.  Again, with the battles I will never win.

I can say, without giving spoilers, that Books 2 & 3 make up for it.  Which is fine, wonderful even, for those books. It fits the plot/characters/emotional need of those two books for the intimacy levels to be cranked up a notch or three. There’s nothing gratuitous about the physical development of this couple. They’re expressing their feelings in a physical way, exploring and learning what the other likes. It’s a natural progression of all budding relationships, if they’re inclined to be physical.

But in Book One, Spencer and Andrew are not there yet.

I’ve had one early ARC reviewer tell me she didn’t even realise there was no sex in the book until someone asked her. This is what she said,

“It’s unique, and sweet and damn hot even though there isn’t really anything steamy. It just works, the chemistry they have, the sexy innuendos and blushing moments …. *swoon* perfection!”

As a reader, I look for a well-balanced blend of characterisation, interaction, growth and development. If that includes sex, then bring it on. If it’s gratuitous and repetitive, I will skim. And if the characters have more sex than conversations, then chances are it will end up being a DNF for me. 

So, what is, in your opinion, too much or too little sex in a book?  Is it important? Is no sex a deal breaker? Is too much sex a deal breaker?  Is it even an issue these days? Should it be explicit, implied, or completely off-page? Should it be there at all?

Comments, opinions and thoughts? Hit me with them.  And remember, no one is right or wrong.

Good Morning Monday!

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It’s that time again – Good Morning Monday! This is my third in a row. It’s like a record or something!!

My kids are back at school after six weeks off (it’s been our summer break here in Australia) and this will be their first full week of the year. It’s my son’s first year in high school, so there’s been some adjusting, but he’s handled it really well so far.   My kids going back to school is a double edged sword for me… yes, I get my days back of heavenly peace and quiet, but it’s also back to doing after school sport five days a week where we don’t get home until after dinner some nights. The weekends of sport will also start to kick in from now. Ah, the joys of having active kids ;)

On the writing front, this week has been hellabusy as well.  Let’s see, what else happened…

I have completed the very rough first draft of Spencer Cohen Book 3!  At just 100 words shy of 50K, I wrote those two little magic words.  THE END.  (Those words are the author’s equivalent of a post-coital cigarette LOL.)  So, next week the fixing/adding/deleting/WTFwasithinking  part begins.

This week also saw the grand opening of a new group on Facebook, which I’m stoked to be a part of.  Titled The M/M Daily Grind, there are seven authors (Riley Hart, Felice Stevens, Cardeno C, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, the lovely Ella Frank, and myself) and it’s a fun, safe place, where we talk about our books, writing, ideas, inspiration… well, just about everything and anything really.  You can find the group HERE so come join the fun. We grew to have over 600 members in just one day, so there are a lot of posts, a lot of laughs and many great and wonderful people there.

I also sent out ARC Requests, for all the reviewers/sites who would like to read/review Spencer Cohen Book One.  You can join here at Enticing Journey’s Release Blitz
or you can join my own little book tour in THIS GOOGLE DOC

Enticing Journey Book Promotions are a fabulous site that I’m working with for my Spencer Cohen Trilogy.  I’m excited to be with them :)

On a personal note, I’ve been dieting. And while the weight loss is great, I WANT TO EAT ALL OF THE FOOD.  All. Of. It.

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Until next week…   <3

ARCs for Spencer Cohen, Book One and Request Forms

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If any review sites would like to receive an ARC for Spencer Cohen Book One, you can do so by choosing one of the two following options:

You can join Enticing Journey’s Release Blitz or
you can join my own little blog tour by filling out THIS form

Enticing Journey are a fabulous book promotion site that are running a blitz for each release in my Spencer Cohen trilogy. They have a great reach in a range of genres, so if you want to get on their radar, check them out and say hi. They’re a lovely team to work with.

ARCs will be sent out on/after February 4th, release day is February 18th.

Spencer Cohen, Book One blurb:

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

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Good Morning Monday!

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My second Good Morning Monday post in a row!  Look at me go! LOL

So, this last week as been fairly productive. My word count on Spencer 3 is now at 38K, and I’m thinking there will be approx 10K to go. I have also done first round edits on Spencer 2, tweaked a few things in Spencer 1 before getting ARCs ready and formatting. I’ve also pre-read, proof-read and read for fun! :)

I also have some more info on my 2016 writing/release schedule. Please bear in mind this can, and probably will, change. Sometimes things outside our realm of control happen, and sometimes other characters decide their story will be told before someone else’s.  But as of today, 2016 looks like this:

Spencer Cohen, Book One – Feb 18th
Spencer Cohen, Book Two – March 17th
Spencer Cohen, Book Three – April 21st
Romance/angst book with Maasai warrior/white Aussie guy – possibly June/July
Romance book with overweight guy/personal trainer guy – possibly Aug/Sept
Romance/angst book of two guys switched at birth – possibly Nov
And I might also do a short follow up to Ten in the Bin as well at some point.

Please note I’ve not given any tentative titles to books after my Spencer Cohen Series. I will share the actual titles when I have them, and when/if the actual books are written. I once mentioned the title of a book I wanted to write, and the next day it was on Goodreads. And they wouldn’t remove it. I tried explaining the book hadn’t even been written, but alas, they still wouldn’t take it down. *sigh* Ah, good ol’ Goodreads. Never fails to dismay.  LOL But all jokes aside, I now don’t give titles unless they’re the final thing.  Not even working titles, not tentative titles.

Oh, and the above schedule doesn’t include translations – I will be having six translated titles this year, I believe.  Red Dirt Heart 1 into French, Red Dirt Heart 1 &2 into Italian, and my Cronin’s Key series into French also.

In other news, I will have the rights to Starting Point return to me in April.  This will be re-released with a new cover probably early May.  The rest of the Turning Point Series will stay with Pride Publishing until mid to late next year :)

Speaking of Pride Publishing, my friend S.A. McAuley has the last book of her series out tomorrow!!!  If you’ve not read the Border’s War Series, you must grab it now!  It’s a  M/M futuristic/apocalyptic thriller/romance. You can get the first book for FREE, and the second book for just .99c.  I can’t rave about these books enough: the characters, the political complexities, the plot…. THE PLOT, PEOPLE!  There is so much plot! LOL  I just love Merq and Armise.

You can grab them from Pride Publishing HERE

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Until next week…  <3

Goodreads M/M Romance Awards

I am so very honoured and thrilled (and a little humbled, tbh) to announce that I have won three awards in Goodreads annual M/M Romance Awards!

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I would like to sincerely thank everyone who nominated me, every single person who voted for me, the organisers who gave their time so freely, and for every reader and reviewer who has supported the M/M genre!

For those who are inclined to vote ;)  I have made it through to the Top 10/Final Round at Sinfully  Gay Romance Book Reviews, for their Readers Choice Awards, Best of 2015. I am in three categories:

Author of the Year

Series of the Year – Red Dirt Heart

Book of the Year (not 2015) – Red Dirt Heart

You can vote HERE

<3

Good Morning Monday!

So I was thinking of doing a weekly update type thingy, going live on Mondays.  I chose Monday because 1) it will give me time to do said updates over the weekend, and 2) Mondays are filled with general suckiness, so this might bring a little cheer into someone’s day.

The posts may or may not always be on time – I truly do suck at blogging – but I’m going to make an effort this year to keep my readers up to date in the world of N.R. Walker. Some posts might be super cool, some might be boring AF, some may be all about my books, some posts might be other authors talking, some posts might be about real life/music/recipes/whatever. I haven’t really decided yet.

I was also told by someone, when I posted about a movie, that they didn’t care about my life or opinions, only my books, and basically that I shouldn’t post anything outside of what they wanted (nice, and completely not egocentric/psychopathetic, huh? *snort*)  But anywhoooo, these Good Morning Monday posts will involve stuff that’s not just about my writing. So, that being said, if you don’t wish to read such posts, simply don’t.  <3

But to start my first Good Morning Monday post of 2016, I’m going to be giving a writerly update :)

My current WIP, Spencer Cohen 3 is at 30K words. I’m thinking it will get to 50K all said and done, and I’d like to get it done by the end of the month. It’s doable – if I write 2K a day, I should be good. I normally write 2K a day, give or take, so this should be achievable.

That said, my kids are also still on school holidays. It’s summer holidays here, so they’re off for six weeks. They’re driving me insane having a great time, interrupting me and hollering MUUUUUM from all ends of the house, at all hours of the day, playing music really loudly, fighting each other, and did I mention the interruptions? Needless to say, it’s not conducive to creativity and my patience levels are teetering well into the negative. They go back to school at the end of the month where my daily writing schedule should return to normal.

In other news, Spencer Cohen 1 is ready for ARCs to go out – Release day is Feb 18th.  I’m halfway through edits on Spencer Cohen 2, which is being released on March 17th, and Spencer 3 is due for release on April 21.

After that, I have two novels that have been whispering in my head, which I can’t wait to start. One is very research-heavy, so it might take longer than normal. The other should be fun with a side of angst :) And I could possibly have another series brewing for later in the year.

I will of course post more on the new books when I have something more concrete to show you!

But for now, I want to show you some character inspiration pics of the Spencer Cohen cast and crew.

Here is Spencer…

Here is Andrew…

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Here is Spencer’s best friend, Lola…

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I can’t wait for you all to meet them <3

Until next week…

**Cover Reveal** The Spencer Cohen Series, Book 1

Every so often, an author will write a character they truly connect with and for me, that happened  with Charlie Sutton from my Red Dirt Heart Series. And, it’s happened again with Spencer Cohen.

I have LOVED giving this character life with words. When I had originally planned this book, the MC was supposed to be a cocky guy (think Lucas from Sixty Five Hours). All swagger and zero giveafucks, self-aware and confident with who he was and what he stood for.

But then I started writing. And Spencer was not any of these things. He was so much more.

With a beard and covered in tattoos, Spencer has survived a rather horrible few years, but he has found where he belongs. And for this Australian guy, that place is LA.  That’s where we meet him, just as his entire world gets knocked of its axis by an argyle sweater wearing geek, Andrew Landon.

I made the original cover but Sara York tweaked and made them perfect.   <3  The release date is February 18th, and now to the fun part.  Here is the gorgeous cover…

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Blurb:

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

<3

It’s a three-part series. Book 2 will be out in March and Book 3 will be out in April. I can’t wait for you all to meet this cast and crew.  I hope you love them as much as me.

Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards!

Wow! Just wow! The Goodreads Fifth Annual M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards nominations are done and voting starts today (January 1st) and I have fifteen nominations.  Like holy crap guys. FIFTEEN!!

I’m honoured that my readers like my work enough to think of me, and to nominate my boys. I’m humbled and very grateful for the continued support you’ve given me.  <3

The nominations are:39-N

Red Dirt Heart Series Thomas Elkin Series Turning Point Series

Red Dirt Heart Series
Thomas Elkin Series
Turning Point Series

Red Dirt Heart 4

Red Dirt Heart 4

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Red Dirt Heart 4

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Charlie and Travis – Red Dirt Heart 4

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Red Dirt Heart 4

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Ma (Katie Brown) – Red Dirt Heart 4

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Cronin’s Key I
Cronin’s Key III

Red Dirt Heart 4

Red Dirt Heart 4

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Charlie Sutton – Red Dirt Heart 4

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Red Dirt Heart 4
Cronin’s Key III

Voting starts now! (You will need to be a member to vote) You can find the link HERE

Auld Lang Syne, and all that stuff…

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Wow, so here we are again.  It feels like I wrote the last New Year post just the other week. Seriously, 2015 has just flown by, and I have no doubts 2016 will do the same. But for me, 2015 has been kind and as we enter into the new year, I have two fabulous (if not busy) kids, my health, a home, and my dream job. I know this past year hasn’t been so kind to others, and I truly wish those people a happier new year.

2015 has been a busy year. I released four novels, one novella, and three short stories for a total of 360,000 words.  I had six translated titles, and eight re-released books, which technically brings my total of “releases” to TWENTY-TWO!!

*slumps*

And 2016 is going to be set a similar pace.  So far, I have planned a trilogy of novellas, ranging from 40,000 words to 50,000 words each, and a stand-alone novel which will probably exceed 80,000 words, and that’s just until June.  I’m yet to put the second half of the year into focus.  I also have at least five translations due in 2016 (French and Italian) and I’m hoping with all my might to finally get something done in audio this year.

I’m also hoping to get to GRL this year. Eeeeek!

Finally, I would like to sincerely wish all my readers a very happy New Year, and hope 2016 brings you good health and happiness.  I have loved interacting on social media with you, and have loved all the comments, reviews, pm’s and emails from each of you.

See you all next year.  <3