Paperback Cover Reveal and Giveaway
In celebration of the release and success of Red Dirt Heart in eBook format, I am really excited to reveal the cover in paperback.
The extremely talented author and cover-genius Sara York made the covers, and I’ll admit when I opened the file and saw the cover for the paperback version, I was floored. And speechless, and a little bit teary.
I’m sure you’ll agree it’s truly beautiful.
Link to… AMAZON
I’ve had several reviewers who agreed the red dirt, the barren and scorched land in Red Dirt Heart is a character all of its own. I couldn’t agree more.
And the cover really depicts everything – loneliness, isolation, beauty - I tried to convey in the story.
I’ve been through the area I’ve described in this story. There is a quietness, an overwhelming realisation of insignificance, and an absolute vastness that belongs to the lands out there. Experiencing it first hand is something special, living it day in, day out, it something else all together and I can only hope I did Charlie justice.
“People who truly live in the outback listen to it. What they hear I do not know...What the country says is beyond words."
IAN PARKES, A Youth Not Wasted
So to celebrate the paperback version of Red Dirt Heart on Amazon this week, I will be giving away a copy to one lucky person who comments below. I will post one (1) copy anywhere in the world. So how to win?? Write a few words that come to mind when you think of the Australian Outback. The winner will be chosen by a raffle generator, but I’d love to see some creative answers. :D
Red Dirt Heat by N.R. Walker
Title ~ Red Dirt Heart
Author ~ N.R. Walker
Genre ~ M/M Romance
Release Date ~ 20th February 2014
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.
Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.
American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely.
It’s the man with the red dirt heart.
Please note: This book is set in Australia, using Australian English and lingo.
What is it about stories set in Australia? Why do they always feel so romantic and passionate? Is it because the land is so sprawling, wild and breathtakingly beautiful or is it because of its mystical, mysterious aboriginal culture that's always fascinated me with its intriguing tales of 'Dreamtime' or is it simply because Australia has given us so many hot guys, like the gorgeous Hugh Jackman (OMG!!! Yum!) Mel Gibson (in his Mad Max days… *swoon*), the lovely Heath Ledger (RIP Heath ❤️), delectable Chris Helmsworth (drools uncontrollably), Hugo Weaving (love that guy), Guy Pearce (another yum!) and last but definitely not least ... Priscilla Queen Of The Desert ( THE best film EVER!!!)
Whatever it is, I'm drawn to Aussie stories like Koalas to a eucalyptus leaf so when I found out NR Walker was writing one set there it was happy dance time. I'm a massive Nic fan so for me this was a match made in heaven.
The book was everything I hoped it would be and my only complaint was that it didn't last longer. I didn't want it to finish! This really is a gorgeous love story, one that had me feeling all gooey and doing the old tummy flip, especially when Travis and Charlie were making out, with delicious sensual kisses, especially those adorable nose nudges that Travis gave Charlie, which had him, and myself, totally melting! The love scenes were hot and sexy, extremely romantic and so sigh worthy!
Ahhhhhhhh. See what I mean?
I'll be honest, the basic storyline has been done before, but the similarity to the common or garden romance novel stops there. What makes this m/m a cut above the rest is the fact that there's just something absolutely magical about the whole package. I was entranced by everything about it. I've always said in all my reviews of Ms Walker's books that she never fails to make me believe in love at first sight and even though this one isn't really insta love, so to speak, you still know right from the word go that Charlie is a goner as soon as he meets Travis, and the feeling's obviously mutual. Its just a matter of getting past the emotional obstacles that haunt Charlie and hold him back from giving himself fully this gorgeous Texan.
You've got the magnificent, but barren, red dirt farmland that evokes its own special mojo on you, the oh so likeable supporting characters, who add substance and that extra emotional connection to the story; my faves being George and Ma, the palpable desire, chemistry and sexual tension that sparks between Travis and Charlie, the sometimes poignant, heart stopping, conflicts and nicely balanced angst that gives the story some meat on its bones and of course the pure, unadulterated romance, that's never flat or one dimensional but jumps off the page at you every time the two of them interact on page! I felt their emotional connection deeply and because of that I was pulled completely into their beautiful love story!
I came away from the book feeling emotionally satisfied, happy and content.
Another delightful reading experience that has made it into my favourites, although I never once doubted it wouldn't find its place there, and another NR Walker keeper! I'm pretty sure most will, but I really hope everyone gets a buzz out of this the way that I did because I fully admit to being a high rater when it comes to books that give me so much pleasure. My five stars might be someone else's four, but this lovely story, Charlie and Travis, its Australian backdrop and all the loveable characters got under my skin and I quite simply fell in love with it. So I'm ending with a big, long drawn out satisfied:
About N.R. Walker
I am many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.
I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don't let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.
I like it when they do dirty, dirty things...but I like it even more when they fall in love.
I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.
I've been writing ever since...
So to celebrate the paperback version of Red Dirt Heart on Amazon this week, I will be giving away a copy to one lucky person who comments below. I will post one (1) copy anywhere in the world. So how to win?? Enter the Rafflecopter below and write a few words that come to mind when you think of the Australian Outback… I’d love to see some creative answers. :D