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Title: Rustic Melody
Series: Rustic (book #1)
Author: Nic Starr
Pages/Word Count: 174 pages/55k words
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis at Book Cover By Design
Release Date: 26th January 2016
Genre: m/m romance, gay romance, contemporary, australian
Tagline: Follow the music in your heart.
Blurb: Adam Chambers has never seen eye-to-eye with his father and is reluctant to take over the family’s property-development company. To clear his head and work out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, Adam leaves his responsibilities in the city and heads out to see the country.
He isn’t much closer to deciding what to do with his life when he arrives at one of Australia’s largest events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and meets Joey Callaway.
Since Joey’s father’s tragic death left Joey the family’s debt-ridden pub, Joey has struggled, desperate to turn the business around and give his mum the life she deserves. A break away from the pressures of running the pub is just what he needs, and a hook-up with Adam is the perfect way to forget about his troubles.
The one-night stand might just be an opening act. If Adam and Joey can follow the music in their hearts, perhaps they can heal each other and create a melody that will last a lifetime.
Series Notes: Rustic Melody – Book #1 – Release date 26th January 2016 || Rustic Memory – Book #2 – Release date 26th February 2016 || Rustic Moment – Book #3 – Expected release date 25th March 2016
Excerpt: The feelings Joey felt for Adam were new. The strange fluttering in his chest, the heat in his belly, the total awareness of the man. He’d been attracted before—there had been Liam, after all—but it had never felt like this. He blinked to dispel the thoughts before his body started to respond.
Adam pulled up suddenly. “I’m down there.” He pointed down a dark street lined with cars.
Disappointment filled Joey as they stood awkwardly on the corner.
“Well…” Fuck! He had no idea what to say. He thought maybe—he wasn’t sure—just maybe Adam might be interested in him as more than a casual new acquaintance. “It was nice meeting you.” He held out his hand. Adam looked at the offered hand for a moment, and then he raised his gaze and met Joey’s. Slowly he reached out and grasped Joey’s hand. Warmth surrounded Joey’s fingers and he was lost in the firm grip.
“I liked meeting you too, Joey,” Adam said in that deep voice of his. “Very much.” He didn’t let go of Joey’s hand, instead keeping their hands clasped as he locked his gaze to Joey’s.
Joey swallowed past the lump in his throat. “Ah….”
Adam smiled and finally let go of Joey’s hand. Joey immediately missed the touch.
“Would you like a lift? I can give you a ride to wherever you’re staying,” Adam offered.
At least one of them could carry on a normal conversation. Joey gave himself a mental kick. “That’s okay. I’m only another block down the road. Whereabouts are you staying?”
“Actually, I’m staying in the car.”
Joey’s eyebrows shot up. “Really?” He knew lots of blokes who’d sleep in their car or throw down a swag, but Adam didn’t seem the type.
“I’ve got a sleeping bag, and it’s so hot, so I’ll be okay to sleep outside.”
Okay, so maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to judge. “So long as you avoid the mosquitoes. It’s stinking hot outside—too hot to zip up inside a sleeping bag—and the mozzies will eat you alive.”
Adam laughed. He obviously wasn’t too worried. “Yeah, probably. If I’d planned things better, I would have booked some accommodation, got a room or a cabin at the caravan park, but this was a last-minute trip and the town has been booked out for months, from what I’ve heard.”
Joey nodded. “I only got the room because Mum’s friends with the pub owner and she’d been planning this getaway for me for a while.”
“I’ve done worse. The only thing I’ll really miss is the air conditioning. Oh, and maybe a comfy mattress. And electricity to charge my mobile.”
“What about a bathroom?”
“Oh shit!” Adam laughed. “That too. Okay, maybe I didn’t fully think this through.”
The urge to offer to share his room with Adam was strong. Joey didn’t like the idea of the man outside in the elements with no comforts while Joey had a perfectly good room and bed. Bed. That was the problem. Could he share his bed? Hell, he wanted to. More than wanted to, but that voice of doubt kept nagging.
Fuck it. What do I have to lose?
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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