Thank you to Prism Book Alliance who reviewed the Turning Point series.
5* for Point of No Return….”In Kira, Matt finally finds a reason to come out of hiding. Add in a little mystery, some good friends, and some seriously kick ass fight sequences, you have a fun read.”
5* for Breaking Point ….”Breaking Point is heartbreaking. It is violent. It is a struggle to read. That struggle stems from how much I love these two main characters. I want them to have that happy ending. However, they have to work hard for it. They have to examine themselves and their relationship. What they see isn’t always pretty, and they have to deal with that, together and as individuals.”
As we know, Breaking Point was released on Totally Bound yesterday! Responses have been great to this story so far, which is AWESOME, and so to celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway! Over this weekend, you have the chance to win a copy of Breaking Point!
But first, let’s start with some picspiration of the characters…
First we have Matt…
Then there’s Kira…
Here’s Cody and Arizona
And just so you know, I loved Arizona. He started out a bit of jerk, but has since become one of Matt’s closest friends.
What these boys do…
MMA fighters are some of the FITTEST sportsmen (and women) athletes on the planet. Their training, fitness and dietary schedules border on extreme. I tried to portray this in Breaking Point with Matt’s level of fitness and endurance, without giving an info-dump and getting off topic. I also believe this level of commitment and what he continuously put his body through, contributed to his frame of mind, and of course the downward spiral we see him go through.
Matt puts himself through hell, for what he believes to be the right reasons… it’s just one helluva price to pay.
And there’s also an incident with a red jockstrap…
HOW TO WIN
So for your chance to win a copy of Breaking Point, please leave a comment below, and if you’re so inclined, drop by my Author page on facebook and hit that little like button 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/N.R.WalkerAuthor
I’ll be picking a random winner at approx 9pm Sunday 27 October, Sydney time.
Breaking Point is now live!
Breaking Point, the sequel to Point of No Return, is NOW AVAILABLE!!
You can download it from Totally Bound NOW! Up to four weeks before it will be available at Amazon!
Click HERE!!!! to buy!!
I walked downstairs to find Kira cleaning up and putting things away. He wouldn’t look at me. “You sleep okay?”
I nodded. “Yeah. You?”
He didn’t answer. “We need to head back this morning,” he said instead. “I have to work tonight.”
“Okay,” I said, turning around. “I’ll just go pack my things.”
“You can have some breakfast first,” he said. He looked at me then. “Your eye looks better.”
I shrugged. “I wouldn’t know. I haven’t seen it.”
“You haven’t looked at it, at all?”
I shook my head. “No.” I scratched my not-sore cheek through the four-day grown stubble. “I haven’t been game enough to shave, so I haven’t looked at myself…” I let my words trail off because I knew how pathetic I sounded.
I suddenly wasn’t very hungry. “I’ll just grab a shower.”
I’d no sooner walked into the bathroom when Kira was behind me. He surprised me. “What are you doing?”
He put his hands on my shoulders and turned me around in the small bathroom so I faced the mirror. “Look at yourself.”
I kept my eyes down. “Kira,” I started.
“Look at yourself,” he said again, interrupting me. “Why won’t you look at yourself?”
Because I don’t like what I see.
Because I don’t know the man staring back at me.
I shrugged, still unable to look at my reflection.
He stood behind me and made me look up. I looked at his reflection first, his beautiful, sad and resigned eyes, and couldn’t bear to see the pain in them. It was easier to look at me.
My hair was a dirty mess, my face unshaven, and the left side of my face from my cheek to my temple was dark purple. I had a cut above my eyebrow and dark red grazing beside my eye. My nose was swollen and cut along the bridge, with dark purple bruising from my nose down under my right eye. My left eyeball was bloodshot, the whole area was still swollen and the skin stretched tight.
I looked like fucking hell.
Kira just stood there, behind me, watching me. He didn’t need to say anything. It was written all over his face.
I exhaled a shaky breath, blinking back tears. I looked at him and nodded.
I was a mess.
Kira turned me around, and I was expecting him to tell me I was a disgrace and that I’d ruined everything. But he didn’t. He leaned me against the bathroom counter, and turned the tap on with hot water to fill the sink.
He took the shaving cream and spread it over my stubble, then with a love that almost broke my heart, he started to shave me.
Without a word, he turned my face, lifted my chin and with such care and a gentle hand, he ran the blade over my skin. He concentrated on his task at hand, studying me, and taking the most gentle care with the left side of my face. There was nothing but love in his eyes, in his touch.
I fought tears the entire time.
He tapped the razor on the side of the sink one last time and pulled the plug. “All done,” he said softly. “Have a shower. I’ll start packing.”
I nodded again, and by the time I could finally say “Thank you”, he was gone.
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Are you ready?
In less than two weeks, Breaking Point will be available for pre-release purchase from the TEB site. Which means you can buy it there, to read immediately, four weeks before it becomes available on other sites like Amazon.
Yes, I’ve had a few releases. The nerves and anxiety do get a little easier with each one, but I doubt the trepidation of putting myself out there will ever fade completely. To be honest, I don’t want it to.
But this one is different.
I’ve NEVER been this nervous about a release.
Will it be good enough? Will I do Point of No Return justice by continuing the story? Will people forgive me for the direction I take it?
In my opinion, Breaking Point is the angstiest (like my new word?) thing I’ve written to date. It’s also the most violent and grittiest, and not like my usual fluff and sunshine. At all.
Breaking Point is based on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA, or cage fighting) so yes, it’s violent.
Adding that Matt, the main character, has masochist tendencies and is in a dark place, it’s not a particularly easy read.
I know that most readers expect a certain style from me, and that’s fine. It’s great, even. A reader knows, more often than not when they read something of mine, it’ll be romance (sickly sweet sometimes lol) and there’s a comfort in that, for a reader, knowing there will be fluff and rainbows. That’s why I’m a little nervous, or a lot nervous, that people might not like Breaking Point because it’s so removed from my usual thing. I guess I just want to warn people before release day that if you want warm and fluffy, this isn’t it.
That being said, I also think it’s one of the best things I’ve written.
It’s also possible this nervousness is completely unwarranted and people think my idea of angst is crap. LOL Granted, I don’t read a lot of angst, so I have little to gauge by, but it’s one of the toughest things I’ve written.
Anyway, the book has gone through it’s final editing stages, so even if I wanted to change something, I couldn’t. And I wouldn’t. I love this book, and am extremely proud of it.
I guess I’ll leave it to the general public to read, review and judge accordingly. I’ll just leave some story inspiration pictures and hope for the best.