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ReddirtheartChristmas1500Title: Red Dirt Christmas (Red Dirt Heart 3.5)
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Length: 54 Pages
Categories: Holiday Romance, Contemporary Romance
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Blurb: Travis had been here for just over a year. We were technically engaged, not that we’d told anyone. He was happy just knowin’ I’d said yes, and I had some head-clearin’ stuff to work through. Knowing I was good enough for Trav was one thing, but knowing if I was good enough to be a husband and father was somethin’ else entirely.

Life at Sutton Station had never been better. Business was strong, Trudy and Bacon’s little baby, Gracie, was a few weeks old now and as cute as a button, Ma’s health was good, and my relationship with Laura and Sam was in a pretty good place. And Travis? Well, life with him was still all kinds of perfect.

But, to Travis’s dismay, Christmas at the Station was just another day. Another day of getting up before the sun, feeding animals, fixin’ what needed fixin’, and checking water troughs all while tryin’ to keep out of the blistering heat.

And this year weren’t much different. Only that it was Travis’s first Sutton Station Christmas. The fact we didn’t go all out with decorations and celebrations baffled him, and if I was bein’ truthful, it disappointed him too.

Which was why I had to make it a special kind of Christmas…

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Excerpt: Chapter One

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I was muckin’ out the stables with Billy when he stopped and leaned on his shovel. He was lookin’ out to the paddock and grinned his half-a-face smile. “Ah, boss. You might wanna take a look.”

I followed his line of sight and let out a long sufferin’ sigh. “Jesus.”

Billy laughed and I shook my head. We could see Trav smilin’ as he rode the dirt bike into the yard. Strapped onto the seat behind him was a six foot pine tree. He pulled the bike to a stop, and his grin got even wider.

I stared at him. “Trav, what’s that?”

“What does it look like?” he asked, his eyebrows knitting together. “It’s a tree.”

“I can see that.”

“Mr Travis,” Billy said, all concerned-like. “You can’t be cuttin’ them trees down. They special to the Aboriginal people’s culture. Mr Travis, you disrespectin’ our people.”

Travis’s face was priceless. He paled, his eyes went wide, and his mouth fell open. He looked at me for some kind of guidance, and I just shook my head and clicked my tongue. Travis turned back to Billy, close to panicking. “Oh. I didn’t know. Oh my God. I just thought it looked like a Christmas tree and there were plenty of them. Billy, I’m so sorry. I can take it back. I mean, I can’t replant it ‘cause you know.” He looked at the tree on the back of the bike and cringed. “Well, I hacked it off at the ground. God, I’m so sorry. Is there something I should do?”

Billy looked at the tree. “Well, there’s a spirit dance from the Dreamtime. The person who takes the tree needs to do it.”

Travis nodded seriously. “A spirit dance?”

Trav stared at Billy, and I stared at Billy. A spirit dance? I had to give it to Billy. He held it together for about five seconds of absolute silence before he lost it. He burst out laughing, which made me laugh too. “I’m just pullin’ your leg, Travis. There’s no spirit dance,” Billy said, holding his sides as he laughed. His smile was so contagious.

Apparently Travis was immune. He glared at us. “Oh, you sons of bitches. You had me going.” He put his hand to his heart. “Jesus Billy, you scared the crap outta me. I thought I’d broken some traditional Aboriginal code or something!”

Billy just laughed some more. “The look on your face was so funny.”

“I hate the both of you,” Trav said, but he was smiling.

“These trees are like a weed,” Billy said. “Introduced by the white fellas two hundred years ago. They grow fast, but they’re not native.”

“I didn’t think they were.” Travis ran his hand along the fronds of the tethered tree. “But it’s the closest thing to a Christmas tree out here.”

“Christmas tree?” Billy asked. “Not too old for that? Still think Santa Claus climbs down chimneys?”

Travis frowned. He looked at his feet and shifted his weight. His voice was quiet. “No. It was just a tradition in my family. My grandfather would cut down a tree and we’d decorate it as a family. We had special ornaments and there would be a huge dinner and it was kind of a big deal. I just thought maybe… You know what? Never mind.”

Billy knew Travis’s grandfather had died not long ago. “Oh Mr Travis, I didn’t mean anything. I was just jokin’ with ya. Here, let me help you get it off the bike.”

Travis sighed and his frowned deepened, and Billy quickly undid the straps and lifted the tree by himself. “Where do you want it, Mr Travis?”

Trav was lookin’ down at the dirt, and Billy stared at me with wide eyes. “Boss? I didn’t mean nothin’ by it,” he whispered.
I saw the corner of Travis’s lip curl up and I rolled my eyes. “Oh, for shit’s sake. He’s joking, Billy.”

Billy’s eyes shot to Travis, and Travis’s frown became a slow spreading grin. “I’m just pullin’ your leg,” he said with a laugh. “You’re not the only one who can spin one, Billy.”

“Your grandfather never cut down a Christmas tree?”

Travis shook his head, still grinning. “My grandfather would tell everyone we were going to pick a perfect tree, but he’d take me fishing instead and we’d just buy some random tree from a lot on the way home.”

Billy dropped the tree into the dirt and pushed Travis’s shoulder, which of course led to them trying to put each other in a headlock, which was only made more difficult because they were both laughin’ so hard. I looked at Texas, Trav’s horse. Even he didn’t look impressed. He just twitched his ears and swished his tail in a yep-they’re-idiots kind of way. “I know,” I told him. “You have no idea what I have to put up with.”

“Who are you talking to, Charlie?” Travis asked. They’d apparently stopped wrestling and were lookin’ at me.

“Your horse,” I answered seriously. “He thinks you’re both dickheads.”

Travis brushed himself down, though why, I’ll never know. Red dust got into everything here; there weren’t no escapin’ it. “I’ll never get used to the Australian display of affection of calling the people you’re supposed to like horrible names.”

I snorted out a laugh. “You’d think after a year you’d be used to it.”

Billy picked up his shovel and offered it to Trav. “Wanna shovel shit?”

“Um, gee, thanks, but no,” Trav replied, with an I-ain’t-stupid look on his face. “I have a Christmas tree to put up. Considering Christmas is three days away and no one seems to give a shit.”

I lifted up the horseshit covered shovel. “Texas does. Bags of it.”

He rolled his eyes at me and wiped the sweat from his brow with the back of his hand. “Tell me, how damn hot is it? You know, Christmas should be cold, not one hundred and thirty freakin’ degrees.” Without waitin’ for an answer, he reached behind his head and pulled his T-shirt off. It was one of my old shirts, kinda threadbare, but I didn’t mind him wearin’ it. It clung to his body when he got all sweaty… Nah, I didn’t mind him wearin’ it at all. I minded even less when he took it off. Wearing just his jeans, boots and hat, he wrapped the shirt around the tree and lifted it easily onto one shoulder. I watched as the muscles in his back and arms flexed, all shiny with sweat, the way the red dirt smeared on his skin, and a lucky drop of sweat as it ran from the back of his hair, right down his spine and disappeared where his jeans slung low on his arse.

Jesus.

Billy snapped his fingers in my face. “You in there, boss?”
Travis turned around and, realising I’d been busted totally checkin’ him out, he grinned. And seeing that Billy wasn’t lookin’ at him, Travis licked his lips all suggestive like, and ran his free hand over his abs as he turned to walk out.

I flung horseshit at him.

He didn’t even turn around. He just laughed. As he walked away, he asked, “I can put this in the living room, right?”

“Would it matter what I said?” I called out after him.

His reply was distant as he reached the house. “Nope.”

Billy laughed, and I grumbled as we went back to shovelling shit. When we’d heard the screen door shut, Billy looked up to make sure Travis was gone. “He got no idea what you plannin’, does he, boss?”

I smiled as I kept on shovelin’. “None.”

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N.R. WalkerAbout the Author: N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

N.R. Walker’s Internet Linksnrwalker2103@gmail.com || Facebook timeline || Facebook Page || Twitter: @NR_Walker

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4 Stars, N.R. Walker, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sadonna, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Book Blast Review and Giveaway: Cronin’s Key III by N.R. Walker

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Title: Cronin’s Key III

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 193 Pages

At a Glance: Another gripping and wild ride for Alec, Cronin and their friends that has them hopping around the globe to once again save the world from the creatures that go bump in the night. :)

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: History isn’t always what it seems…

Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.

Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.

This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.

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Note: This is the third book in a series, and, as such, pretty much the whole book is spoilers for the previous installments. Not recommended to read these out of order.

Review: This story begins about a year after the events of Cronin’s Key II, and Alec, now the most powerful vampire ever in existence, is still trying to come to terms with all of his amazing powers that seem to manifest themselves. While cataloguing his many talents is getting pretty tedious, he understands the need to do so. He just wishes he could have some peace and quiet and more time on his own with Cronin – which he manages every once in a while. :) Everything seems to be going smoothly – until it isn’t.

In the midst of his own home, Alec is suddenly visited by 5 creatures who call themselves Zoan. But they are able to stop time, and no one besides Alec can see them because they are also frozen in time. This is very disconcerting for everyone, especially Cronin, because he perceives this as a great danger to Alec, particularly when the Zoan declare Alec to be their enemy.

Alec now has many gifts that come in handy – especially since he seems to be the only one who is able to see the Zoan when they stop time. But, by projecting what he sees to his friends, they are better able to help him formulate a plan to try to discover what and who the Zoan are, and, perhaps, how to stop them.

As usual, we have globe-hopping vampires who visit a number of historical places that may or may not have meaning and importance to the appearance of the Zoan. We hit Paris and Rome and Moscow, and my favorite place, Turkey! Turns out there are a lot of magical places on earth covered up by other things so that most of the humans are unaware of the deeper levels. And these levels seem to be portals that allow these creatures to emerge.

We also get a lot of mythology/history explained as remnants of old stories that are based in the earlier encounters with these monsters. They have wreaked havoc before and are back to somehow use Alec to claim a final victory. But our intrepid friends have a devil of a time trying to figure out how and why and where this will take place. Luckily, with his merry band of vampire friends – as well as some new friends – Alec and company race to the final confrontation with the Zoan, in a battle for control that is not to be missed.

I have to say that I for one am sad to see this series end, and I’m hoping we at least get some little visits along the way with Alec and Cronin – and their friends – because they are a great couple and I will miss them. The way the author has woven history and mythology together throughout the series, along with creating such an interesting cast of characters in these vampires (with a couple of humans thrown in), it has been really fascinating. I still think these would make great movies, with Alex O’Loughlin playing Alec. :)

Once again, well done and highly recommended for a guaranteed great time reading a fun, interesting and exciting story.

 

 

 

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About the author: N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.

She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

Where to find the author: Website || Facebook || Facebook Author Page || Facebook Fan Page || Twitter

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Review: Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker

Title: Taxes and TARDIS (2nd Edition)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 94 Pages

At a Glance: All in all, Taxes and TARDIS is a really cute story about how good it can be when opposites attract.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: Brent is a jock, Logan a geek, these men are a world apart. But if opposites attract, maybe it’s the differences between them that make it worth the fight.

Brent Kelly is a laid-back tradesman whose only concerns are drinks with friends and which man to bed next. In need of a new accountant to sort out his nightmarish shoebox of tax receipts, he’s referred to Logan Willis.

He doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the science fiction-loving, geeky guy with dark-rimmed glasses and a TARDIS-blue shirt. So his fascination with the soft-spoken Englishman surprises him, and their mutual attraction is completely unexpected. He most certainly never expects to fall in love.

One a jock and the other a geek, both men know the differences between them are vast and could cause problems. But in this opposites-attract erotic drama, maybe it’s the differences between them that make staying together worth the fight.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

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Review: Yup I am a sucker for a jock and a geek story, and this one is a sweet, entertaining and steamy little short.

There wasn’t a whole lot of drama or angst, which is just what I was looking for when I started reading this one, though the Doctor Who stuff was a little lost on me since, honestly, I have never seen a single episode. But, it didn’t take anything away from the story for me (although, now I do want to watch it. After I do will probably go back and do a reread of this book to see what, if anything, I may have missed out on).

Brent and Logan’s embarrassment and fumbling around each other was pretty adorable and made me like them together even more. I thought the epilogue was awesome and really brought the whole story to together, seeing their HEA. I haven’t read a lot of N.R. Walker, but I am sure I will be adding more of her books to my TBR list after reading Taxes and TARDIS. I am not really a huge fan of shorter stories since I read pretty quick and find myself, regardless of how good the story is, wanting more. It was no different with this novella, but, all in all, it’s a really cute story about how good it can be when opposites attract.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, M/M/M and More, N.R. Walker, Pride Publishing, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Three’s Company by N.R. Walker

Title: Three’s Company (2nd Edition)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Three’s Company is a successful re-release of what was already great book.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: When he started looking for someone to help heal his broken heart, Wilson Curtis never dreamed he’d find two someones. Love isn’t always conventional.

After being publicly outed leaves his restaurant business in tatters, and being dumped by his closeted boyfriend, Wilson Curtis goes to Key West alone where he meets Simon and Adam. Fascinated by this couple, he strikes up conversation and is soon invited into their bed for some holiday fun.

But once isn’t enough, and the offer is extended for the remainder of his stay. As they get to know each other, in and out of the bedroom, sparks fly and ten days is all it takes to change their lives.

When it comes time for Wil to leave, with outside tensions closing in and time running out, tempers flare and emotions fray. Beneath the misunderstandings and lack of communication is the realization these three men aren’t ready to say goodbye.

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Review: Simon and Adam like to play. Alike as night and day, personality wise, they both do have unconventional ideas about their relationship, and they occasionally like to bring a third into their tightly knit cocoon. But, you only get the invite once; they may like to play, but they are committed to one another and their relationship stays first and solid.

Simon is the serious one, the manager of a hotel in Key West. Adam is the laughing half of the relationship, but he’s the fragile one too, with an abusive past. Adam needs Simon to be the one in charge, and it is a roll Simon loves. Simon is fiercely protective of Adam. Then Wilson Curtis comes to stay at the hotel, and for the first time, a one night deal becomes two, then ten. Wil is from a small town in Alabama, and he has never been open about his sexuality for a reason. Meeting Simon and Adam is just as overwhelming for him as walking down the street holding the hand of man for the first time.

These characters are so well written, they come off the page as real men with real interactions: the way Wil must come to terms with coming out, and not just that but accepting a polyamorous relationship; the way Simon has to relinquish a little control and lean on the two strong men around him; the way Adam becomes the glue that holds all three men together. It will tug at your heart as it gets you hot and bothered because the sex scenes are VERY well written.

“I bucked at the sensation. So powerful, so perfect. Underneath me, on top of me, inside me, inside him. It was a pleasure like I’d never known. So….. complete. There was no other word for it. Complete. Always.”

Be aware this is a rework of a book that came out originally about three years ago. It’s been revised, given it a new cover, and the story has been expanded somewhat from the original. I really liked the expanded parts of the story, as we get to see into the lives of these men a little more clearly, and it makes the book into more of a romance HEA than just a ménage storyline. I would recommend getting the expanded version. This is just one of those books that once you start reading you become invested in these characters and don’t want to put it down until the very end. That N.R. Walker has gone back and given us more of these men and their lives – BONUS!

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4 Stars, N.R. Walker, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sadonna, Self-Published

Review: Cronin’s Key II by N.R. Walker

Title: Cronin’s Key II

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages

At a Glance: Another wild ride with Alec and Cronin and the rest of the vamps. This is what the Indiana Jones movies would be like if Indy were a gay vampire!

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: History isn’t always what it seems.

With the battle of Egypt behind them, Alec and Cronin are enjoying the thrill of new love. Though fate doesn’t wait long before throwing them back into the world of weird.

They know Alec’s blood is special, though its true purpose still eludes them. And given Alec’s inability to be changed into a vampire, Cronin is free to drink from him at will. But the ramifications of drinking such powerful blood starts a ripple effect.

With the help of Jorge, a disturbing vampire-child with the gift of foresight, Alec and Cronin face a new kind of war. This time their investigations lead them to the borders of China and Mongolia—but it’s not what lies in the pits beneath that worries Alec.

It’s the creator behind it all.

In the underground depths of China, amidst a war with the Terracotta Army, they will find out just what the Key is, and what Alec means to the vampire world.

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Review: Note: this is the second in a series, and it’s recommended to read in order as much of Book I is a spoiler for Book II.

This series is a madcap romp of paranormal action/suspense and romance! Alec and Cronin have survived one near-miss in Egypt that nearly cost them a very good friend and their own lives. They return to Cronin’s Manhattan condo to luxuriate in their new relationship, but, of course, that can’t last long.

When out for a night of fun with other vampires, it seems that something strange is happening to Cronin, and it looks like it might be traced back to his new life with Alec and Alec’s blood. In addition to the changes in Cronin, it seems that there are more mysterious occurrences around the world that lead them to suspect the work of rogue vampires. Yet another historical figure turns out to be a long dead vampire who is brought back to seek Alec’s blood in order to wreak havoc on the world.
Along the way we meet some more vampires with incredible gifts. Cronin and Alec and their friends must solve the mystery of Alec’s purpose and what the true meaning of his blood and what exactly he is the “key” to, all the while dodging the assassins and kidnappers who seem to dog their every move. Everyone near and dear to Alec is in danger during this adventure. Cronin is distraught at the possibility of Alec being in mortal danger. They are so attuned to each other that it’s obvious that any harm to one will result in catastrophic harm to the other. Cronin wants nothing but to protect Alec and Alec wants nothing more than to resolve the problem in a way that will save both of them. Once again the climactic scene brings us full circle, with astonishing surprises and unforeseen revelations about Alec and his past.

This story had even more surprises than the first installment, in my opinion. I really liked how Alec and Cronin’s relationship changed in this book, and, as a result, led them to being an even stronger couple. The mysterious child vampire, Jorge, really added a fascinating and unexpected component to the story. His gifts and talents were amazing! In addition, there were more history lessons and creative twists on the known accounts of the Chinese terracotta army that made the story just that much more fun.

This series is highly recommended for those who like action, adventure, history, creative paranormal elements and hot, hot smexiness. I cannot wait for the next chapter!







 

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Review: Cronin’s Key by N.R. Walker

Title: Cronin’s Key

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 265 Pages

At a Glance: This is a series destined to make even the most wary paranormal readers stand up and cheer.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: NYPD Detective Alec MacAidan has always been good with weird. After all, his life has been a string of the unexplainable. But when an injured man gives him cryptic clues, then turns to dust in front of him, Alec’s view on weird is changed forever.

Cronin, a vampire Elder, has spent the last thousand years waiting for Alec. He’d been told his fated one would be a man wielding a shield, but he didn’t expect him to be human, and he certainly didn’t expect that shield to be a police badge.

Both men, strong-willed and stubborn, are still learning how to cope with the push and pull of being fated, when fate throws them another curveball.

Rumors have spread quickly of turmoil in Egypt. Covens are fleeing with news of a vampire who has a talent like no other, hell-bent on unleashing the wrath of Death.

Alec and Cronin are thrown into a world of weird Alec cannot imagine. What he learned in school of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods was far from the truth. Instead, he finds out firsthand that history isn’t always what it seem

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Review: Alec was a New York City cop with a photographic memory and a penchant for catching any crime scene that was just this side of strange. In fact, all his life, Alec had seen and experienced things that would make most men question their sanity. There were numerous times in his past where near miraculous things happened to him, accidents that should have been destined to, at the very least, hurt him, and others with the potential to kill him, always seemed to be averted at the last moment. In each instance, Alec was miraculously saved. Over time, Alec became the focus of ridicule from the rest of the force for the things he swore he saw, fantastical things that should have no place in the sane world.

So, it was not untypical, when pursuing a suspect, that Alec could witness a bizarre event—that of his perp disintegrating into dust before his eyes. However, It would be what the man uttered right before his death that would change Alec’s life forever and introduce him to Cronin and his friends—vampires who needed Alec to save them and their race.

It seems there is a war brewing that threatens to destroy the “good” vampires and leave the entire world at risk of annihilation. A rogue vamp with the power to regenerate the dead is unleashing some of the ancients who have been buried under the pyramids in Egypt. She must be stopped, but only the “key” can bring her down. Possible Spoiler (hover to reveal)

Rest assured when I tell you that this watered down synopsis in no way can describe the witty dialogue, fast paced action and overall incredibly riveting story that is Cronin’s Key. Unpacking a world where vampires roam freely, it is immediately obvious this story is not your run of the mill paranormal that has been dutifully produced from the same, tired trope many seem to spring from these days. Instead, the world that N.R. Walker creates is peopled with clever and humorous characters who have no compunction about killing to survive, but who also do so with discretion and a desire to remove the less savory among us.

Cronin and his companions are the good guys, so to speak. Carefully avoiding the risk of being discovered, they are now faced with an impending battle that could literally wipe out their race in record time. They are desperate to find this “key” which, in the past, has always been some tool or artifact that would help them defeat the evil vampire forces that would threaten their way of life and unleash a hell on earth scenario for the human race. Cronin has also been somewhat of a loner, yet to meet the one who he has been fated to bond with and spend eternity alongside. Then he meets Alec and his whole world turns upside down.

The way in which author N.R. Walker intelligently handles this need for an insta-love effect in the story was nothing short of brilliant. Alec is written as a sharp, determined man whose last thought would be to fall instantly in love. And yet, the immediate bond between he and Cronin is a physical and emotional reality; but Alec questions it and his emotions constantly, all the while falling more deeply for the taciturn vamp. The growing relationship, coupled with sweet banter and humorous interchanges, make for a delicious adventure that is peppered with wit and smoldering attraction.

All in all, the first book in this new series, by an author who has firmly placed herself on my auto buy list, is just delightful! I highly recommend Cronin’s Key. This is a series destined to make even the most wary paranormal readers stand up and cheer.






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Review: Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker

Title: Red Dirt Heart 4

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 308 Pages

At a Glance: If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, I would recommend you set aside a weekend and devour them all.

Blurb: Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.

Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.

Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.

Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.

But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.

In the final instalment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.

Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.

And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.

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Review: Oh man, my heart is hurting so badly right now. I feel like I have just come to the end of a long journey and honestly, I know I have. From the moment I was introduced to Charlie and Travis, I knew this was going to be an epic love story, and N.R. Walker proved me correct over and over again.

In this, the final book of the series, we venture out of the outback to visit Travis’s family in Texas. We get to see another side of Charlie, the insecure side that he doesn’t show often, and the complete and total devotion he has to Travis. We get to see where Travis is from and meet the people who shaped his life before he showed up in the Australian Outback.

Travis and Charlie also found themselves admitting to dreams they hadn’t admitted to anyone, even each other, before. We get an update on all of our favorite characters around the station and even get to meet a few new ones. We get a new glimpse into the heart of Charlie, and I for one was in awe of the depths of this man’s feelings and his charitable nature.

I feel that the author did a fabulous job with the epilogue of this book also. I mean, let’s be honest—she could have written at least two more books to cover the ground she did in the longer epilogue, but I find that I loved the idea of giving us an almost novella length epilogue. It gave us a wonderful accounting of what happens to our favorite characters over the years and a heartwarming glimpse into their future without having to create unnecessary and exhausting conflict. We got to just see them happy and settled into their lives. In my opinion, that is the definition of a happily ever after.

I can’t think of anything that would have been a better ending to a wonderful series. I am actually content to leave the boys where we did in this book and that doesn’t always happen at the end of a series. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, I would recommend you set aside a weekend and devour them all.






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Review: Red Dirt Heart 3 by N.R. Walker

Title: Red Dirt Heart 3

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 287 Pages

At a Glance: I would highly recommend you add this series to your list and give it a chance

Blurb: Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.

He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.

He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.

But what happens when he doesn’t?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, N.R. Walker, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker

Title: Red Dirt Heart 2

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll. Continue reading

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3 Stars, N.R. Walker, Reviewed by Lisa, Totally Bound

Two Men Get A Second Chance To Start Again In N.R. Walker’s “Starting Point”


“The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.” ― Jodi Picoult


Title: Starting Point (Turning Point: Book Three)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 355 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.
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N.R. Walker Delivers A Relationship To The “Breaking Point”


“The quick pain of the truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost. That’s a running sore.” ― John Steinbeck


Title: Breaking Point (Turning Point #2)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 238

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A fight for what’s right becomes a fight for his life.
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“Clarity of Lines” Is Perfectly Drawn


“I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning



Title: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin: Book 2)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 103

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When some lines blur, others become crystal clear.
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“Elements of Retrofit” Is A Book To Fit Into Your Reading List Soon



“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ― Mark Twain



In N.R. Walker’s Elements of Retrofit, age actually is the matter, or at least Thomas Elkin would like to make it matter when he’s reintroduced to his son’s friend, Cooper Jones—a now very grown up Cooper Jones. At half Tom’s age, Cooper isn’t exactly someone Tom should be giving a second look at, let alone a second thought to, but as we all know, the right thing to do isn’t always the easy thing to do, especially when the wrong thing to do is to fool oneself into believing that ignoring something will make it magically disappear. That’s what Tom tries to do. It doesn’t work.
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There’s No Turning Back Once You’ve Reached “The Point of No Return”



“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus



Sometimes perspective is a concept that can only be gained after a situation becomes so desperate that it leaves you standing on the fringes of your own life looking at yourself, at how you’ve lived and at what you’d always considered important up to that point, then realizing that nothing, nothing has ever mattered as much to you as the one person who defines what it means to truly live and makes you see that you’ve only been existing in a half-life sort of way.

Matthew Elliott is a cop with the LAPD, the public face of a team dubbed the Fab Four by the media, owing to their success at shutting down drug rings throughout the city and putting the criminals behind bars. The three other men who make up the team—Mitch, Tony and Kurt—are more like brothers than co-workers, more like family to Matt than simply people he goes out and risks his life with on a near daily basis. They know everything there is to know about each other but for one crucial secret about Matt—that he’s gay.

Matt’s ten years on the force haven’t given him much reason to believe that coming out would be a strategic move either personally or professionally, so he’s lingered in the closet, allowing the other happily attached men to believe he’s playing the field with a different woman every chance he gets. It works for him to a point, has worked for a decade, and would have continued working were if not for Kira Takeo Franco—Frankie, to his boss—who is a new trainer at the gym where Matt and the guys belong. When Kira and Matt begin dating on the down-low, when they fall in love with each other, when Kira becomes a pawn in a deadly game being played by a sadistic drug lord, Matt learns what it means to lie by omission, and learns that sometimes those sorts of lies can be every bit as damaging as the ones we say aloud.

Point of No Return is more romance than police procedural, up until the point it becomes a tension filled race against time in a situation that shockingly outs Matt to his brothers in the very midst of a strategic bid to out-think a madman. It’s a deadly situation that calls for these men to band together right at the point where Matt’s secret could tear them apart. But it’s Kira himself who becomes the hero and unwittingly bonds them all together to save the lives of the people they love.

N.R. Walker has delivered a briskly pace and smoothly narrated story that, at times, had me longing to turn the pages faster than I could read the words because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. My only small niggle were a couple of non-Americanisms that took me out of the story for just a tick, but that certainly didn’t influence my overall enjoyment of this book.

Reviewed by: Lisa

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N.R. Walker Proves That Falling In Love Isn’t Always Easy In Blindside (Blind Faith, Book 3)

Don’t you ever let another put their hands on something that’s already yours, because you might end up breaking your own heart. – Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Blindside is the third book in the Blind Faith series by N.R. Walker. This is the long awaited story of Mark Gattison, best friend to Carter Reese from books one and two.

Mark has been a favorite character for most of the people that read this series. I know for me I couldn’t wait to see him get his HEA. However, knowing Mark as well as we do, we knew it wouldn’t be an easy path. The Mark we fell in love with is the Mark we saw in this book, and that is why he had such a long row to hoe.

Once we meet Mark’s mother, we finally get a glimpse into what molded Mark into the man that he is. With five failed marriages and a habit of trying to be Mark’s friend instead of his mother she has never given Mark any example of what love should be. Now, I am not saying she is a bad mother, just not the most nurturing. So, is it any surprise Mark can’t see what is right in his face?

From Mark’s point of view, he and Will are best friends. They are totally in sync and have the best friend banter down pat. They get along so well most of the time people think they are a couple. While reading this I felt bad for Mark. It was clear from the beginning that no matter how much he tried to find Will a boyfriend, he was the only man Will wanted.

It is obvious from the beginning that Will loves Mark. Mark still believes that he doesn’t want or need a relationship and he is happy just playing the field. Will finally seems to give up on Mark and moves on once he meets a new guy. When things get serious between them Mark starts to get this weird feeling, like he is losing his best friend. When Mark finds out the new guy has been abusive with his past boyfriends he tries to tell Will, but Will isn’t buying it. Eventually Mark proves to Will the guy is no good and the two friends start to mend the rift between them.

A bad reaction to an intimate moment causes Mark’s world to crumble around him. When Mark finally confesses to Will that he loves him and his love is rejected, Mark experiences physical pain from the emotional trauma. Luckily for him Carter and Issac come in to save the day.

As funny as this book was in parts, the last few chapters will definitely pull at your heartstrings. There is some soul-searching for Mark and some honest realizations for Will. Once they truly talk to one another about their feelings, they start to mend what they both have broken.

I loved the ending of the book, the love the two men build is something we should all strive to find within our lives. Mark is finally at peace with his life, with Will and with himself. I don’t think we could have asked for anything more for our favorite best friend. This book was a great addition to the series and if it is the last book, then I feel the series ended wonderfully. N.R. Walker did a great job with Mark and Will and I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a great love story.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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When The Hero Of The Story Is A Four-Legged, Furry Male – Blind Faith by N.R. Walker

But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Like a feel good book that leaves you with a severe case of the warm fuzzies? Yeah, me too, and N.R. Walker’s Blind Faith is definitely one of them.

This is the incredibly sweet and sometimes poignant story of a man, Isaac Brannigan, who was blinded in an automobile accident when he was just eight years old. Isaac has managed to adapt well to the life he knows, but he’s also a man whose life has adapted him into a person who has insulated and isolated himself from anything that might resemble a deep emotional attachment to anyone but his sister because, for Isaac, loving simply isn’t worth the inevitability of losing.

Blind Faith is the story of a dog, Brady, a canine companion that’s brilliant and loving, but, sadly, is also underappreciated. Brady is very well cared for, it’s not that Isaac neglects or abuses his dog in any way, it’s that he refuses to form any sort of emotional attachment to Brady; the dog is merely the eyes Isaac needs when he’s out in the world, but to call Brady a true companion would be overstating their relationship. That doesn’t at all mean, however, that Brady hasn’t bonded with his moody and enigmatic master, and it’s the loyalty and bravery of a dog who gives everything and demands nothing that eventually teaches his owner a little bit about unconditional love.

When new vet in town, Dr. Carter Reece, begins making his weekly house calls to check in on Brady, he immediately intuits that there’s something off about Isaac and his relationship with the dog. As the two men begin to draw closer together, or at least as close as Isaac will allow before he pushes Carter away, it becomes clear that the one deal breaker on the bumpy road to romance may very well be the dog that Carter comes to love and admire and respect as much as, if not more than, anyone he’s ever met. To see Brady cared for but not overtly appreciated confounds Carter almost as much as the dog’s owner does. When Carter finally decides to confront Isaac about it, that confrontation is the turning point in their relationship, for better and for worse.

There really wasn’t a lot not to like about this story, especially if you’re an animal lover and/or a lover of stories that get straight to the heart of the matter without torturing you too badly to get there, and the heart of this matter is that sometimes blindness goes far beyond a man’s inability to see. That message is wrapped up and delivered by two men I was really rooting for, a sister I loved for not letting her brother get away with anything, and a four legged furry critter who really stole the show.

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N.R. Walker’s new release, Blind Faith is due January 26th from Silver Press. I’ve been giving this one the hairy eyeball of intense interest, let me tell you! I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’m a sucker for a romance with a character who has a disability, because really, what is sweeter and more redeeming than someone who has more than his share of challenges to face and overcome finding the love of a lifetime? It melts my wee little heart, it does.

Silver is running a contest for the chance to win a copy of Blind Faith, so if you’re interested, click on the cover image and head on over there to enter. But hurry! The contest ends at 11:59pm on January 25th! Good luck!

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Here’s the blurb:

Veterinarian Carter Reece, makes a house call to a very special client. Isaac Brannigan’s partnership with his new guide dog, Brady, isn’t going well. Carter tries to help both through this initiation phase, but just who is leading whom?

Starting a new job in a new town, veterinarian Carter Reece, makes a house call to a very special client.

Arrogant, moody and totally gorgeous, Isaac Brannigan has been blind since he was eight. After the death of his guide dog and best friend, Rosie, his partnership with his new guide dog, Brady, isn’t going well.

Carter tries to help both man and canine through this initiation phase, but just who is leading whom?

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