For this week, we are doing something a little different here at Prism Book Alliance®. We are taking part in the Foster and Author program organized by the great ladies over at Jo and Isa Love Books. Our assigned author is Nic Starr, who we have reviewed here a number of times on Prism Book Alliance®. Most recently Brandilyn reviewed her Heroes series — Charlie’s Hero and Andrew’s Promise.
Hi again, Nic Starr here. Are you getting sick of me yet? wink
When I write it’s usually in silence, or my own special version of silence. But every now and then, a change is good and I listen to some music. So I thought I’d share a bit of what I listen to.
Firstly, I should point out that my house is often noisy. With two teenage girls, the house is regularly full of kids, with the TV, Playstation, or iPods blasting. So when I say ‘silence’, it’s a bit of a stretch. ☺ Unless I’m writing in the middle of the day when everyone else is out of the house, I have to have a way of drowning out the day-to-day noises. The solution is rain.
One day I read a blog post that extolled the virtues of listening to the sound of rainfall. And it was right. The gentle sound of raindrops falling is soothing and blocks everything else out. A bit like white noise. Headphones on, hit play, and I’m in the zone.
What do you think? Do you like the sound or think I’m mad?
When I’m not listening to rain, I usually choose music that is relatively easy-listening, otherwise it pulls me out of my story. Unless of course I pick songs that specifically suit the story I’m writing. For example, in Charlie’s Hero, when Charlie and Josh, went out to dinner at the Italian restaurant, That’s Amore by Dean Martin was playing. While I wrote that scene, I was listening to a best of list of songs from Italian restaurants that helped put me in the mood. “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” Have you got that stuck in your head now? Don’t you just hate an ear-worm? LOL
Here’s a few of the songs I’m listening to at the moment.
- Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) by Matt Simon
- Start Again by Conrad Sewell
- Sweet Disaster by Whitehorse
- Hands of Love by Miley Cyrus
- Shine By Years & Years
- Stole the Show By Kygo (and I love the Kygo remix of Sexual Healing)
By the way, every Monday I do a music post on my blog. In line with the theme of my writing, the artist is usually gay or the song has a same love theme. Subscribe to my blog at www.nicstarr.com so you don’t miss out. Past posts are also on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/nicstar000/my-music-blog-posts/
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You need to gather the code word from each of the seven posts in the Foster An Author series. Gather all seven codes words, rearrange them into the correct sentence and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer. The lucky winner will get an eBook copy of one of my books, plus a $10 Amazon voucher.
Today’s code word is BETTER.
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about some of the things I love.
Title: Charlie’s Hero
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Heroes: Book One
Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.
About the Author
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters-and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
Website & Blog: http://www.nicstarr.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1VN1RSJ
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NicStarrAuthor
The lucky winner will get an eBook copy of one of my books, plus a $10 Amazon voucher. You need to gather the code word from each of the seven posts in my Foster An Author series at Prism. Gather all seven codes words, rearrange them into the correct sentence and email me at email@example.com with your answer. I’ll use a random name picker to select the winner from the correct entries. I am travelling so the winner will be drawn after 2nd November. Good luck!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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