Guest Interview With Nic Starr

My guest at the Naughty Corner today is Nic Starr. Hi, Nic! Thanks for stopping by as you celebrate the release of your new book, Sea of Love.

Thanks so much for having me. It’s great to be here. I’m excited about the release of Sea of Love and happy for the opportunity to tell you more about it.

Nic Starr

First off, can you tell us how Sea of Love came about.

It all started with an idea a group of authors had about setting a series of stories on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, the group project didn’t come to be, but the seed had been planted. I loved the idea of the cruise boat setting and thought combining it with a reality TV show would be a lot of fun.

How much research was involved in writing the book?

Nic: To be honest, I made it easy on myself. Firstly, I’ve been on a number of cruises and this one is a Hawaii to Sydney cruise, something I did back in 2018. It was fun to review the old itinerary and take a walk down memory lane with all the videos and photos that I took on that trip. Secondly, I knew I was writing this book (yes, it’s taken that long to complete it LOL) so I’d kept the cruise daily ‘newspaper’ that was left in our cabin each day so I could see all the ship’s activities. However, I did jump on the internet and to check out all the locations and I did research on TV show production.

Do you have a favourite character—Harry or Evan?

I have a soft spot for both guys. They are similar in a lot of ways; both of them really care about other people’s feelings and go out of their way to support their friends. In Harry’s case, way too much! He is guilted into accompanying his horrible ex-boyfriend on the cruise. Lucky for him because he reunited with Evan, but I wanted to give him a good shake for allowing himself to be put into the situation in the first place.

Tell us a bit about what you are working on next.

This may be a bit of a surprise for those who know my writing, but I’m working on a paranormal romance! As I usually write sweet contemporary romance, it’s been fun to try my hand at a something a little different. I’m also co-writing this book with another author and that’s been a lovely refreshing change to my usual process. The book will most likely be released in early 2022.

Describe yourself in three words.

Lucky. Busy. Happy.

About Sea Of Love

Title: Sea of Love

Author: Nic Starr

Publisher: Independently Published

Cover Artist: Covers by Jo

Release Date: 10/20/2021

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 45,000 words

Genre: Romance

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59005104-sea-of-love

The cruise of a lifetime. A reality TV show about romance. Falling in love is inevitable.

Evan Williams is the type of guy to stick by his friends, especially when they’ve been hurt and need a favour. And if that favour involves the cruise of a lifetime, then how can he say no? Even when it means pretending to be a devoted boyfriend to Amber and having their fake relationship play out on a reality TV show for all the world to see.

Realising his boyfriend is a conceited jerk and dumping him doesn’t stop Harry Bishop from winding up as one half of a supposedly loved-up couple on the Sea of Love TV show. And if that’s not bad enough, he’s faced with temptation in the form of Evan, the perfect blend of boy-next-door-meets-sexy-stud he once crushed on. It’s going to be a long two weeks.

Two weeks of competitions, challenges, and confrontations. They’re here to take out the Sea of Love title—just not with each other—and there can only be one winner. But it turns out that true love isn’t about winning a contest; the real prize comes when you follow your heart.

Sea of Love is a feel-good romance featuring hidden attraction, fake relationships, and friends-to-lovers.

Purchase at Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Love-Nic-Starr-ebook/dp/B09GBK1CBR/

Meet 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.

Website: https://nicstarr.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicStarrAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicstarr_author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8139967.Nic_Starr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nic_starr_author/

Prize Giveaway

This giveaway is to celebrate the release of Sea of Love. Up for grabs is a set of five gay romance ebooks—Wild Card, Lies & Deception, More Than A Superstar, Rustic Melody, and Fragile Heart—by Nic Starr.

Enter the giveaway here

This blog tour was organised by Indigo Book Marketing

Interview With JL Peridot

My guest today is JL Peridot, author of the stylish and thought-provoking thriller Chasing Sisyphus.

Welcome to the Naughty Corner, JL. Tell us a little about Chasing Sisyphus?

It’s a romantic suspense story about a bounty hunter and a police detective who cross paths while pursuing the same target: a hacker named Sisyphus.

Here’s the problem — Adria needs the payoff to take care of her sick brother, but Rhys has a file on her down at the station. Bounty hunting’s illegal in Basilica City and even his growing attraction to her can’t win out against his sense of duty as a cop.

Eventually, they realise they’re in over their heads. This hacker kid isn’t just a threat to some fat cats’ bank accounts — something bigger is brewing behind the scenes.

What kind of research went into writing the story?

I’m sure my Google search history could implicate me in a crime… I read up on weaponry, psychology, human anatomy and biomechanics. I learned a lot about how misleading TV can be, how simple (while not terribly easy) it is to kill a person, and how the human body responds in violent situations. I study martial arts as a hobby and my partner’s an instructor, which meant we could test out the fight scenes to make sure they were plausible.

The heroine of Chasing Sisyphus is a bounty hunter. If you were a bounty hunter, who would you most like to track down?

The idea of killing someone for money makes me squeamish, so I’d lean towards tracking down missing persons to reunite them with their loved ones. Even if that person turns out to be dead, at least their family can get some closure.

You write in a variety of genres, but what attracts you to science fiction in particular?

For me, sci-fi is an opportunity to consider two big questions:

  • How can the impossible become possible?, and
  • Why would that be meaningful to us?

Even if these concepts are only in the background of a story, like they are in this novel, I feel it makes for a fascinating universe. From dumb sci-fi (like The Core) to philosophical sci-fi (like Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke), you’re entertaining crazy ideas that push the boundaries of normality. I just love it.

Is there any genre you actively avoid writing, or that doesn’t interest you as a reader?

If you’d asked me a year ago, I would have said romance. That was when all I knew about the genre came from people complaining the stories were dumb, cheesy, all the same… Of course, you can get that in any genre, because everyone has different tastes and opinions are so subjective! Once I realised romance is what you make it, I was way more open-minded.

I think I’d give most genres a fair go, except maybe certain flavours of BDSM erotica, dubcon and scat.

What are you reading at the moment?

I hope I’m not the only reader juggling several books at once. I’m currently reading Dirty-Good by Evie Bliss, Star Brides: Procured by Pia Manning, One Hit by Jillian Hoff, The Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Benjamin Sobieck, Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (re-reading!), and working through The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey and the Luna series by Ian McDonald.

What is your next writing project?

A love story set in space. Yeah, sci-Fi again, but less suspense this time — it’s an office romance on a space station.

What is the one thing about you that would surprise people reading this interview?

One of my goals is to be able to write short stories in a language other than English.

Chasing Sisyphus excerpt

Adria hadn’t counted on the tripwire. This kid knew someone would follow him home one day. He’d strung a line of empty soup cans across the apartment hallway. When she kicked that out, a hefty serving of iced water came down squarely on her head. Gooseflesh prickled her neck and shoulders. The muscles in her jaw seized in the cold. Against the shock, she scrambled to her feet, fired up to catch the stomping and crashing in the other room before it got away.

A figure ran past the doorway.

“Stop!” she yelled.

It rounded the corner. Adria gave chase.

She scanned the room. It was dim at best, thanks to the streetlights from outside, but she saw enough. Computer equipment and various peripherals lay strewn across the floor, some still plugged into a transportable battery in the corner, emitting tiny lights and numbers.

A window slammed shut. The glass shattered. Shards crunched and ground beneath Adria’s boots as she hurried in pursuit of her fleeing target.

When she stepped out onto the fire escape, two hands rammed her into the ladder. The whole balcony shuddered from the collision. Pain flared down her shoulder, but she kept her grip on the gun. She held it up with her good arm and fired.

Two shots.

Missed.

She stumbled backward, clutching her burning shoulder, but the railing crumbled under her weight. Adria grabbed what was left of it with both hands as her footing slipped away.

It looked like a four-storey drop. Maybe five if she’d miscounted. Her legs dangled over thin air while from below came the clatter of broken pieces of railing, along with her gun, as they hit the concrete.

Overhead, her target stomped away on the rungs and disappeared onto the roof.

Adria’s shoulder raged. She tried to pull herself up, but couldn’t take the weight with just one good arm. Her feet kicked out, searching for a foothold, but the grill beneath had long withered away to slivers of rust and sharp edges.

Water and sweat dripped into her eyes. She swiped them helplessly on her sleeves and winced as rough seams grazed the skin. The railing creaked in her clammy grip. She could always let go. If she timed her landing right, maybe she’d get away with a broken ankle and a tetanus shot. Surely it only looked like a long way down.

Then she heard a gunshot from inside the apartment.

Blurb:

Bounty hunter Adria Yuan is hot on the trail of her final hit: a notorious hacker wanted by the city’s elite. With the reward, she can pay for her brother’s surgery and finally get out of Basilica City. Trouble is, her line of work’s not exactly legal, and she’s barely staying ahead of the cops who want her target, too.

Detective Rhys Carver may be a little unorthodox, but he’s a good cop. Born and bred in Basilica, he does his part to keep his city clean. As clean as it gets, at least. And with Adria suddenly in his sights, it’s going to take more than falling in love for him to let her go.

As the pair close in on their mark, they are unwittingly drawn into a high profile conspiracy that could thrust the whole of Basilica into chaos. Can Adria and Rhys set aside their differences, and their desires, to save the only home they know?

Amazon: http://mybook.to/chasingsisyphus

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/chasing-sisyphus

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-sisyphus-the-basilica-conspiracy-jl-peridot/1127259716

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/chasing-sisyphus-the-basilica-conspiracy/id1298768446?mt=11

Bookstrand: http://bookstrand.com/book/chasing-sisyphus

JL Peridot likes stories with a little danger and only realised in her thirties that falling in love is one of the most dangerous things we do. She favours savoury over sweet, spaces over tabs, and a hearty pub meal over fine dining any day. From her home in sunny Australia, she writes erotic romance, and sometimes just erotica.

Blog: http://jlperidot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jlperidot

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jlperidot

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jlperidot

GIVEAWAY!

Make sure to follow the whole tour—the more posts you visit throughout, the more chances you’ll get to enter the giveaway. The tour dates are here: http://writermarketing.co.uk/prpromotion/blog-tours/currently-on-tour/jl-peridot/

To enter the giveaway, click here.

Author Interview at Bookmusings And Myths Moons And Mayhem Giveaway

I’m being interviewed at Bookmusings, the literature arm of the Witches and Pagans website, today. I’m talking to Rebecca Buchanan about Careful What You Wish For, my story in the Myths Moons and Mayhem paranormal anthology.

To read the interview and find out more about love spells (or at least my version of a love spell), click here. And treat yourself to a copy of Myths Moons and Mayhem to read Rebecca’s fabulous story about magical goings-on at a sleepy university campus, The Secret Of The Golden Cup.

Meanwhile. the anthology’s editor, Dale Cameron Lowry, is running a prize giveaway to promote Myths, Moons And Mayhem. Click on the banner below to enter.