Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker ~ Review, A word from N.R. Walker with the Paperback Cover reveal and Giveaway

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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.

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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

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Red Dirt Heat by N.R. Walker

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Title ~ Red Dirt Heart

Author ~ N.R. Walker

Genre ~ M/M Romance

Release Date ~ 20th February 2014

Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

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.

 

Macky’s Review

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!

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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!

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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:

Sighhhhhhhhhhh!

Purchase Links

AMAZON | AMAZON UK

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About N.R. Walker

 

1469922_542361759188927_2052455110_nWho am I?

Good question...

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...

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Giveaway

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

Good Luck!

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57 comments:

  1. The Australia desert to me from a far is a barren orange/red expanse but every now and again small oasis of houses appear also cattle,and sometimes horses can be seen. It's a wild, hot place but beautiful all the same.

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  2. Looking forward to a new series from NR Walker :)

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  3. I �� the book and would be thrilled to win a paperback copy. I can't wait for the next installment. ��

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  4. Rugged. Solitude. Red. Barren. Sunrise. Dingoes. Wide open spaces. Brilliant sunsets. Kangaroos. Endless stargazing.

    This was fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. jumpin' kangaroos, rugged outback men! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I was lucky enough to visit Australia, but not the Outback. I'd love to win this to sense what I missed.

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  7. Rugged. Beautiful, heart stopping landscapes.

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  8. flies, Uluru, walkabout, Royal Flying Doctors, laidback

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  9. It always reminds me of The Thorn Birds... and Father Ralph ;-)

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  10. I guess these are the ones that have come to my mind more than any others, scorching hot weather, big open skies, seeing the sun during the day, beautiful landscapes, Kangaroos, Dingoes, and Alice Springs (I was looking up something for school a couple of years ago and saw a lot of pictures of Alice Springs). :)

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  11. The Masters Hunt scene from L.A. Banks The Bitten. Great vampire actions going on in this book!

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  12. An incomprehensible vastness, arid heat and red desert sands contradicted by the flowing waters of the wet season. Wildlife so unique to this land that it's the envy the world over. Landscape so spectacular it's impossible for a camera to do it justice. A road with seemingly no beginning and no end taking weary travelers to the heartland. Sweaty brow from a hard day's yakka, a cold beer waiting at the end.

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  13. The first thing I think of is my mother's Woman's Weekly serialised stories set in the Outback - with gorgeous strong silent men on horseback or in utes (utility vehicles), riding across immense expanses, with dried river beds suddenly coming to life with flash floods...

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  14. Strong men, animals, desert, heat.... I'd love to visit but I know I never will!

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  15. Hot Aussie men in hats a la Josh Lucas and Guy Pearce in Snowy River

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  16. Would love to see it one day��

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  17. The first thing to come to mind is the beautifull written novel Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik. More than anything else, this book brought Australia of that period alive for me. It's so hard for me to imagine though, because I tend not to be a very visual person. The red dirt in the cover is something that fits in so well though.

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  18. Sunsets, rolling vistas, unusual flora and fauna...

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  19. Beautiful, pristine, rugged, tough, vast, varied, both the land and the people.
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  20. When I think of the Outback I think of hot days and cold nights. And a whole lot of insects whom I would not want to make the acquaintance of.

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  21. I think most of us think of Crocodile Dundee, kangaroos, and koala bears

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  22. koala bears, crocodile dundee

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  23. I think about how sexy the accent and lingo is!

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  24. A red dusty barren landscape with lots of spiders

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  25. The Australian Outback conjures big skies, heat beating down, lots of rather dangerous bugs and animals, and unusual but unending beauty.

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  26. Beautiful country that I would love to visit and get to appreciate someday. :)

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  27. whatever i hear australia i think of hugh jackman...go figure..lol

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  28. I hate to say it, but Crocodile Dundee and kangaroos :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  29. A very beautiful place. The colors, textures, the sights, the people. Would love to go there someday.

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  30. I love N.R. Walker, I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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  31. Rugged, but beautiful. Love the colors on your book cover. Gorgeous!

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  32. Wow, just added this one to my to read list.

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  33. Barren. Hot. Sweaty. Kangaroos. Coyotes. Bright. Kaola Bears

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  34. Desert, heat, ocean, animals, accents, fun!

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  35. Koalas chilling and kangaroos a bounding ;)

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  36. Not sure I could give just one reason. Growing up this is just one country that had always held my interest. Definitely one of a few I would love to visit! Thanks for the opportunity given to receive a free copy.

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  37. What first comes to mind when I think of the Australian outback is reddish sand with sparse greenery, which has been without water for too long and is now brownish grey. You will see a few kangaroo's occasionally but a lot of snakes and creepy crawlies. While walking through the outback you will see sun bleached bones of animals that have perished in the heat and dry surroundings. You will see buzzards flying overhead, looking for their next meal.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy of your book. :)

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  38. Dry, barren desert, crocs, and very sexy, shirtless men ;)

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  39. Kangaroos jumping and singing lalalaaaa (read it with sound!) LOL!!!
    I Believe that my delirium came to his maximum point!!
    Really I do not know Australia, but debit being beautiful, anyway is in kangaroos about what I think when I listen to it name!

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  40. Aboriginal Australians, warm/hot climate and miles and miles of sand, some cactus and wildlife.

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  41. this story sounds very romantic to me

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  42. Kangaroos, Dingos, Desert, Beautiful sunsets, Beautiful architecture, aborigines, Beaches
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. Read about Australian, i remember about Rattle, Kangaroos and Crocodile. And one thing about deadly animal, i watch on National Geography, but i forget that animal name.

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  44. Rugged, hot, dangerous, barren, and beautiful.

    Would love a copy- it's one of my favorite reads this year!

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  45. Something I have never seen born and raised in the USA and living in Cali-wide open spaces, and animals roaming free!

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  46. beautiful! would love a copy! lynnist21@yahoo.com

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  47. Wide open space, kangaroos and cowboys.

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  48. Being an Aussie & growing up in the outback I can't wait to read this, will bring back fond memories of my childhood

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