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Title: Rustic Memory
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Book Cover By Design
Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.
Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.
What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?
A slice of Australian country life
I think of myself as a city girl with a country heart. Although I was raised in Sydney and still live in the suburbs, I dream of living in the countryside. Lots of space, beautiful scenery, fresh air… I think that’s why I loved writing the Rustic series so much. For a period of time, I was living with my characters in rural New South Wales.
Rustic Melody and Rustic Memory are set in Tamworth and Armidale, about five to six hours driving time, north west of Sydney. They are sizeable towns (approx. 50,000 and 25,000 population), but with a definite country feel. I have family members who live in both towns, and I have been to visit, but I don’t know either town intimately. That changed as I started to research for the book. However, for the most part, I based story elements on country NSW areas I do know well.
I’ve spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley. It’s an area about two hours north of Sydney. The lower valley is a wine growing and tourism area, so lots of vineyards, olive groves, cellar doors, and restaurants. The landscape is beautiful. It can be very dry in summer but usually there are rolling hills with rows of grape vines, and lots of Australian bush. This area provided a great deal of inspiration for the Rustic stories.
For example, Rustic Memory is the story of Tyler Samuels. Ty has returned to Armidale, the country town where he grew up, and purchased the Central Hotel. The Central Hotel is a fictional pub and doesn’t exist in Armidale. It’s based on a pub in the Hunter Valley I’ve visited a number of times. When I visualize the layout, the facilities and the décor of the Central Hotel, it is this other real-life hotel I’m thinking of. Using an actual place, helps in providing realistic details for the story and keeping consistency.
I really enjoy stories that give a true sense of time and place. I have a huge wish list of places I’d like to visit, purely based on locations I have fallen in love with via an author’s story telling. Huge areas of the world have opened up to me. I love being transported to a new place, and living and breathing it for the life of a book.
I do hope you enjoy spending some time with Tyler and Mac, in country New South Wales, experiencing a little slice of Australian rural life.
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.
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