EXCERPT from Finding His Place

Finding His Place ExcerptHave you read Finding His Place or any of the other Memories with The Breakfast Club series?

Here’s an excerpt from Finding His Place. This is part of the scene where Keiran and Darius meet for the first time.

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The fluttering in his stomach, the rapid pulse and breathing, could all be put down to nerves. Although that didn’t really explain the frisson of excitement that accompanied the flock of butterflies that had taken flight in the pit of his stomach when they’d touched hands.

“Thanks for seeing me.” Kieran cleared his throat, embarrassed at the slight shake in his voice. “I was hoping to talk to someone. The manager?”

“That’d be me.”

That surprised Kieran. “I thought Marcus Feldman was the owner and manager.”

“Marcus is the owner but he’s stepped back a bit now that he has other commitments. I’m in charge of the day-to-day running of the place.”

“Oh.”

Blond eyebrows raised. “You look disappointed. Do you know Marcus?”

“God no. I’ve just read about him in the media, that’s all. I’ve never met him.” That much was true. Marcus was his brother and he’d never even met the man.

“Anyway, what can I do for you? Brad said you were looking for work?”

Kieran fidgeted uncomfortably. “Yeah. I was hoping you had a position behind the bar.”

“You have experience?”

“I’ve been slinging drinks at Blue Horizon for about a year.”

“So what happened? Why aren’t you working there anymore? Why here?”

An image of Marcus flashed into Kieran’s mind, not that he’d tell Darius about his interest. “I tried to pick up some more hours at Blue Horizon but they can’t give me any more shifts than I already have. They’re happy to keep me on, and I’ve got references.” At least that much was true.

Darius studied him for a moment, giving Kieran the once-over, as if trying to gauge how genuine he was. Internally Kieran squirmed under the scrutiny, but suddenly his thoughts took an entirely new direction when he saw the look of approval in Darius’s eyes. Darius really was a striking-looking man. Broad shouldered, in a dark suit with a black shirt. The open collar showed a glimpse of golden skin with a smattering of fair hair. His short blond hair and piercing blue eyes contrasted with the dark tones of the suit. The heat crept up Kieran’s throat and he knew he was flushing, but he couldn’t stop the blush or the sudden rush of desire. Holy shit! He hadn’t had such an intense reaction to someone in a long time—if ever—and it was unexpected in the middle of a job interview. He swallowed heavily, desperate to get some moisture back into his dry mouth. Darius’s gaze followed the movement of his throat before landing on his face again, his attention making Kieran squirm further.

Then something clattered over at the bar area and Darius looked away. The moment was broken, leaving Kieran wondering what had just happened. Surely Darius felt it too? The attraction, the connection?

“Well.” Darius cleared his throat before continuing. “We don’t often employ people who wander in off the street, but this must be your lucky day. I can’t offer you anything full-time, but I am looking for someone to work the bar Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and the tips are good.”

“That’d be awesome. When can I start?”

Darius laughed, the sound deep and rich. “Hold your horses. Let’s see what you can do first and then we’ll give you a trial shift.”

“Sure,” Kieran mumbled, embarrassed that he had made assumptions. “Sounds good.”

“Head over to the bar. Brad can give you a quick rundown of the layout, then I want you to make two drinks. Make a cosmo, that’s one of our best sellers so you need to be able to turn those over real quick, and a cocktail of your choice.”

“Okay.”

Darius rose and Kieran scrambled to his feet. Standing next to Darius reminded him of just how solid Darius was. Over six feet tall, he had a few inches on Kieran’s five eleven, and he was definitely wider—not too beefy or overly muscled, rather strong and clearly defined. He obviously worked out if those thighs were anything to go by, and that ass. Jesus. Kieran jerked his eyes up when he realized he was following Darius across the room with his eyes glued to Darius’s backside. It didn’t help when he saw Brad’s smirking face.

“Kieran is going to show us his skills,” Darius announced when they got to the bar.

“Oh, I just bet he is.” Brad’s eyes sparkled with amusement as he winked at Kieran and gave him access to behind the bar.

“His bartending skills, Brad.” Darius’s voice was stern but there was a touch of humor there.

“Well, damn.” Brad stamped his foot in mock disappointment. “And here I was hoping you were one of the new dancers. You sure look like you could move that body.” Brad looked him up and down then turned to face his boss. “Right, Darius?”

“Brad.” Narrowed eyes accompanied Darius’s warning, and Kieran looked back and forth between the two men.

Brad picked up a tea towel. “Okay, okay. Just having a bit of fun. Come on, kiddo. I’ll give you the grand tour.”

“It’s Kieran,” Kieran responded automatically. For God’s sake, he wasn’t much younger than Brad if Brad’s appearance was anything to go by, and he found himself not wanting Darius to think he was a kid.

Blurb

Sometimes finding your place in the world can lead to love.

Kieran Walters is the illegitimate son of a successful businessman. Despite striving to win his father’s affection, a confrontation that has been years in the making leaves Kieran devastated to realize he will never be good enough. Jealous of the half brother he’s never met, and who most likely doesn’t know of his existence, Kieran vows to find out what makes his brother so special in their father’s eyes.

Darius Jensen manages a nightclub. He loves his job, but is reluctant to commit when given the opportunity to become a partner. His previous foray into business ownership with a boyfriend had disastrous results, and Darius is still paying the price, both financially and emotionally.

When Kieran starts working with Darius at Sparks, Darius shows him it’s not too late for Kieran to realize his dreams—the fulfilling career, a loving family, and someone who loves him for who he is. If only Kieran can convince Darius of the same thing. But before Kieran’s and Darius’s dreams can come true, Kieran needs to come clean with his brother and deal with the resulting fallout… which threatens his relationship with Darius.

Part of the Memories with the Breakfast Club Kindle World

What are readers saying?

Finding His Place is a gem of a story that is not to be missed.” ~ Top2Bottom Reviews

“This book was an incredible read.” ~ Gay Book Reviews

“Nic did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of Felice’s world whilst giving this story a heart that is totally hers. And in typical Nic Starr fashion, the love is tangible, the story lovely and the HEA totally sweet and deserved. A wonderful addition to this Kindle World.” ~ Reader on Goodreads

“WOW, this was wonderful, loved it and didn’t put it down. There were sad parts (so get out those kleenex), great story lots of romantic moments, that will keep you turning those pages.” ~ Reader on Amazon

 

Finding His Place by Nic Starr (Memories of the Breakfast Club Kindle Worlds)

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This book was written as part of the Memories with the Breakfast Club Kindle Worlds. This ‘world’ brings together two of Felice Stevens much-loved series and a number of m/m authors have contributed a story.

The books are:

Anticipation by Talia Carmichael

Remember Love by Silvia Violet

Hot Date by Felice Stevens

A Way with Words by Lane Hayes

Finding His Place by Nic Starr

Memories Follow by S.C. Wynne

Uncommon Ground by Kelly Jensen

Happy reading!

Nic xx

Felice Steven's Kindle World

 

 

GUEST POST: Brynn Stein visits with $1 ebooks! #gayromance @brynnstein

Today I’m joined by Brynn Stein who’s celebrating her publishing anniversary. She’s sharing some of her books that are on special so grab a bargain – 3 great books for only $1 each!

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Thanks Nic, for hosting me today.

I can’t believe it’s been four years since my first book was published. On July 17, 2013, Haunted was released by Dreamspinner Press. July seems to be a popular month for my books to be released, as it turns out, because Living Again was published on July 21, 2014, and What No One Else Can Hear followed suit on July 27, 2015.

To celebrate these anniversaries, Dreamspinner has agreed to put these three books on sale for $1 each, from July 17 to July 21.

Haunted

When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well.

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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Living Again

Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.

Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel’s suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.

Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he’s hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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What No One Else Can Hear  

Young Stevie Liston is diagnosed with autism, but is really an overwhelmed empath who mentally called out for help. Jesse McKinnon heard him in a dream from clear across the country, and that dream sent him on a six-year search to find Stevie. Once they meet, they think everything will work out and Jesse will help Stevie cope.

Stevie does improve immensely, but a disgruntled coworker of Jesse’s conspires with Stevie’s estranged but politically powerful father to keep Stevie and Jesse apart with trumped-up legal charges claiming Jesse sexually abused the boy. Jesse must watch helplessly as Stevie loses all the advances he’s made.

If it wasn’t for his growing relationship with his coworker Drew Ferguson, Jesse knows he wouldn’t have the strength to fight for his rights and Stevie’s future. Drew just might be the real thing, but with the very real possibility of serving jail time for a crime he didn’t commit, Jesse’s hopes for a future with Drew might be doomed.

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

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About the Author

Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other. Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography. Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty year, because writing doesn’t quite pay the bills . She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.

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#MusicMonday #equality

Greg Gould is an Australian artist. Here he is with Euphoria.

This is another video that tells a story so make sure you watch it. ❤

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I’m warning you upfront – this is a sad one. The video shows the story of a man whose lover is killed in an accident. But I love the song and the story it tells.

This is Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson

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I love it when a popular mainstream song provides an inclusive video. This is the lyric video of Julia Michaels’ song Issues.

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ON SALE: Rustic Memory is ONLY 99c

Rustic Memory

Third time lucky is too much to hope for. Isn’t it?

Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.

Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.

What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?

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Nic xx

GUEST POST: Meet Silvia Violet & her Kindle Worlds story

Today Silvia Violet is joining me to talk about her experience with the Memories with The Breakfast Club series. Like me, Silvia wrote a story in Felice Stevens’ world, and she also chose to set her story in Sparks nightclub.

What were the key challenges of writing in someone else’s world?

I was nervous about writing scenes with characters that Felice Stevens had created for her Breakfast Club series. I wanted the characters to feel authentic for readers so they were drawn right back into Felice’s world.

What are the elements of Felice’s Memories and Breakfast Club worlds that you incorporated into your story?

One of my main characters, Antonio is a bartender at Sparks who appears in Second to None. He makes a pass at Marcus who turns him down because he wants to pursue Tyler. Marcus appears in the story as Antonio’s boss, his protector, and his reluctant relationship consultant. Tyler makes a small appearance as well.

Do you have a background in fan fiction, as a reader or a writer?

Unlike many writers of gay romance, I had never written fan fiction (or even read much) before I started writing in this genre. I have now written a few short fan fiction pieces in the Hamilton fandom. My love of Hamilton led me to want to write a story set during the American Revolution, and I thought some Hamilton fan fic would be a great warm up exercise.

Now that you’ve contributed a story to someone else’s world, would you like to open up one of your own to other authors? If so, what one?

I’ve enjoyed this experience a lot, and I would love to open up one of my worlds to other authors. I think my Thorne and Dash series could make a fun world. Authors would have an interesting array of settings and character types who could interact with my characters—rent boys, pastry chefs, tailors or fashion designers, business consultants, caterers, and lots of others.

If you ever do open your world to other authors, I’d love to take part. I love Thorne and Dash! What can your readers (and that includes me) expect from you next?

On July 10, I’m releasing Down on the Farm, the first book in a new small town romance series, Ames Bridge. Here’s the blurb:

After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling, but it’s a quiet place to hide while he regroups. Or so he thought.

His neighbor Cal McMurtry shows up, demanding to buy Beck’s land. Cal is as infuriatingly sexy as he was ten years ago when he and his jock friends spent their summers taunting Beck.

Beck expects to hate Cal as he did back then, but Cal isn’t who Beck thought he was: he’s hardworking, passionate about revamping and diversifying his family’s farm, and—far more shocking—he’s gay, and interested in Beck.

But as much as they want each other, Beck has no intention of staying in Ames Bridge, and while Cal is technically out, he refuses to date openly. A real relationship seems doomed from the beginning, but love can be a powerful motivator for those willing to take a chance.

Remember Love

Blurb

The last person Antonio expected to see sitting at the bar in Sparks was Scott, the only man he’d ever truly cared about, the only man who ever broke his heart. As memories of the painful end of their relationship come flooding back, all Antonio can do is run.

Scott’s number-one regret is believing Antonio would hurt him. He’s never forgotten the look on Antonio’s face the night they broke up. If there’s any chance he can repair the damage he’d done, he’s going to take it.

Though they care deeply for each other, Antonio and Scott will need to forgive and trust again if they’re to find their way around the obstacles in their path.

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About the author

Silvia VioletSilvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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