We’re so pleased to welcome author Nic Starr today on the tour for her latest release, Runaway, part of the World of Love collection from Dreamspinner Press. Nic is here to share a bit about the story’s setting and is also offering a great giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget for entry details.
A big thank you to The Novel Approach for hosting me today as I celebrate the release of Runaway.
Runaway is my latest release. It’s part of the Dreamspinner Press World of Love collection. The World of Love stories are “contemporary romances spotlighting the unique features, qualities and attributes of a specific country as well as the universality of love wherever it’s found.”
The story of Nate and Damien takes place in the Australian state of New South Wales, starting in a small country town on the north coast, followed by time spent in Sydney. To celebrate the release of the book, I thought I’d share some of my beautiful city of Sydney with you all.
A surprising side of Sydney
If you’ve been following along on this blog tour you would have seen me talking about the well-known tourist spots of Sydney – The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Bondi Beach. Today I’m introducing you to some of the areas a lot of people, even those who live here, don’t often see.
Sydney is surrounded by beautiful National Parks including parks that run right through the city. I live in the suburbs, about 15 kilometres (just over 9 miles) from the city centre. It takes me about 30 minutes to drive into the CBD. But my suburb is a hidden gem. It’s a little pocket surrounded by National Park. There’s only one road in and we don’t have any through traffic so it’s a great place to raise a family.
The park is the Lane Cove National Park. There’s a wonderful river that winds its way to the harbour and is surrounded by bushland and there are beautiful picnic spots, great for holding get togethers with family and friends.
Below is a photo of the park. See the little bridge at the top of the photo just poking out from the trees? Well that’s actually one of the main roads running through Sydney. Most people just drive along in peak hour traffic and don’t even consider the beautiful natural environment underneath.
A couple of months ago we did a bushwalk through the park (when the photo above was taken) but also found some amazing artwork amongst the nature. Check out this graffiti!
Click here if you want to know more about the Lane Cove National Park. There are even cabins you can stay in if you are looking for a unique place to stay during your visit to Sydney.
I hope you liked seeing a little piece of my city and enjoy experiencing a little more when reading Runaway.
If you’d like to see some more of my beautiful country, you can visit the following blogs who are hosting me during the Runaway release.
April 5 – MM Good Book Reviews
April 10 – Alpha Book Club
April 11 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
April 12 – The Novel Approach
April 13 – Open Skye Book Reviews
April 13 – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
April 14 – My Fiction Nook
April 17 – Love Bytes
April 18 – Divine Magazine
April 19 – Long and Short Reviews
About the Book
Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.
When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
Goodreads Link: Runaway
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 realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she 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.