Choices and Second Chances with Nic Starr

August 10, 2015


Hi. Nic Starr here. I’m joining you today to talk a little about my upcoming release, Andrew’s Promise. I wanted to share with you a little about the book, and its theme of life choices and the promises we make.

Andrew’s Promise is the story of a young man who is on the verge of starting his adult life when tragedy occurs. He has hopes and dreams, all of which he has to give up. Although some might argue he didn’t have to give up his dreams. Andrew could have been with the man he loved. He could have left his hometown and taken the road trip he’d always planned. Andrew could have handed the care of his fifteen-year-old brother, Josh, to someone else. But he didn’t. For Andrew there was no choice. It was inevitable he would stay and care for his brother, putting his own life—or at least the future he had envisaged—on hold.

I think we’ve all been in a position at some time or another, where we’ve had to make choices and decisions that result in sacrificing something important to us. I know as a mother, that’s definitely the case. I make choices on a daily basis that put my kids first. Having a child is making a promise to nurture, love, and protect.  Josh may not be Andrew’s child, but Andrew’s sense of family and the love he feels for his brother, are all encompassing and it is his instinct to protect and fill the void left by his father.

Andrew first appears in Charlie’s Hero, the first book of the series, as a responsible man who doesn’t seem to have much of a life of his own. In fact, he comes across as quite overbearing and a bit boring. He may have honoured his promise to look after Josh but he’s let that decision—the responsibility and fear of losing his brother—impact heavily on his own life and personality. But deep down Andrew is a wonderful man, and he deserved to have his dreams delayed not extinguished. The advantage of writing a novel, is the ability to make people’s dreams come true, to give them their second chances. For Andrew, it is all about his second chance at love with Tanner, the man he pushed away so many years before. And thus this second book was born. ☺

When I was writing this story, I thought back on my own life and the choices I’ve made. Would I have done anything differently? I’m not so sure I would have.

The first big choice I made was back when I was seventeen, so a very long time ago. *wink* I made the choice not to take a gap-year. A gap-year is the twelve months of travelling many Aussies do between finishing high school and starting university. I wanted to keep the study momentum going. After all, the quicker I finished, the sooner I’d be out in the workforce earning money. Did that choice impact me? Sure, it means I’ve worked pretty much full-time for twenty years and haven’t seen a great deal of the world.

That’s another fact of living in Australia—everything is so far away you need weeks and weeks for a holiday. Plus it’s expensive. I’ve seen a lot of Australia, the South Pacific, and a bit of Asia, but nothing of far-away places like Europe, Africa and the USA. Do I regret it? No, because I plan on doing a lot of travelling in my hopefully not-too-distant-future. The benefit is I now have a bit more money to travel in style. Although I do have friends who think backpacking as a youngster would have been more adventurous. Oh well, each to their own and better late than never. ☺

I’m starting my travels with a three week trip to the USA in October. GRL seemed a good excuse to plan a holiday. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to meet many of you in San Diego.


Anyway, enough of my ramblings but how about I leave you with a giveaway? If you’d like to win an eBook copy of one of my backlist titles, leave a comment on this blog post. All you need to do is share a choice you’ve made and whether you’d do the same thing again. Fingers crossed your choices have brought you happiness. ☺

Have a great day!

Nic xx


And for those of you interested, here are the details of my latest release. It will be available on 12th August but is available for pre-order now.

Andrew’s Promise – The Blurb

Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.

But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.

When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.

They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.

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About Nic Starr

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 eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters—and 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.

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13 Responses to “Choices and Second Chances with Nic Starr”

  1. Angela says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release of Andrew’s Promise, i really loved Charlie’s Hero and was very curious about Andrew’s story so i pre-order Andrew’s Promise and i definitely look forward to august 12th :)

    I made a lot of choices over the years some better than others like most of us. But i want to share with you a choice we (my husband and i) made just recenty:

    My oldes son is multipled disabled and has to go to a “special needs” school. In september he wil start at another special needs school. We made the choice to change the school because the previous school couldn’t give him what he needed anymore. For him this means not only a different school but also a different occupational therapist, physical therapist and speech therapist so this will be a major change and i’m hoping we are doing the right thing.

  2. Nic Starr says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Angela. I wish you all the best for the changes you are going through. Your son is lucky to have you and your husband to love him and give him the best opportunities possible.

  3. Elizabeth Gray says:

    I have not read Charlie’s Hero as of yet. I have in the box to be read. Both books sound like they are going to be really good. Just pre-ordered Andrew’s Promise.

  4. Ab Gayle says:

    You make some very interesting observations, Nic. But having met you, I’m sure you will enjoy travelling in style. I hope you have a great trip to the US. And all the best for Andrew’s Promise. I love the way you are so loyal to your characters and their lives. These guys are real to you and it shows through in your stories.

  5. Nic Starr says:

    I hope you enjoy the books when you finally get around to reading them, Elizabeth. I know how big those to-be-read piles can get. :)

  6. Jen CW says:

    Thanks for the great post. I made a decision to move across the country away from all my family and friends to continue my career building. It was mostly a good thing, I missed having my family and friends close, but I did well.

  7. Susana says:

    Great post. When I was studying at university I got a scholarship and was given the chance of spending a year abroad. I went to Dublin and fell in love with the city… and with a lovely guy. When the year ended, I had to choose between going back home to finish my studies or staying there. I chose to be rational and came back, even though it broke my heart. Although we tried to keep the relationship, things got cold and we could not make it work. I do not regret my choice, but sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had stayed there…

  8. Nic Starr says:

    Thanks for your comments, Ab. I’ve been blessed to have some wonderful guidance from you. Thank you. I’ll be sure to let you know what I get up to at GRL. :)

  9. Nic Starr says:

    Such a brave move, Jen. I’m not sure I’d be able to move so far away from my family. However my brother did. He now lives in Singapore with his family and I miss him very much. Thank goodness for modern communication methods. It’s thanks to Facebook, I get to keep up with all the goings ons. Best of luck with your career.

  10. Nic Starr says:

    You sure were faced with a tough choice, Susana. Perhaps in another lifetime? I hope your heart has since found happiness. <3

  11. Kara Guido says:

    9 years ago we moved our little family of 4 from NYC to Wisconsin. Away from our extended family and friends. It was for a job for my husband, which after 3 1/2 years was gone too. It has been really hard and at times I question if we did the right thing, taking the kids away from their grandparents – but then I look at all of the opportunities and friends they have made here and I am sure we did the right thing for them, but it was and continues to be really hard for me. I am a city girl at heart and miss the culture and my massage practice. I have a practice here, but it is much smaller. My husband now has his own business and is doing well. I just feel so isolated and lonely, but maybe I would feel that no matter where I was.

  12. Nic Starr says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Kara. I wish you well and hope your family experience lots of joy in your new home. I live in a big city, and my family aren’t too far away – except for my brother – but often find life gets in the way and a lot of time can pass before we see each other. Thank goodness for technology and the communication it offers. I’m also grateful for my wonderful online global friends and for the ability to get lost into a good book.

  13. Dreamspinner Press says:

    Thank you for your comments everyone! The winner has been contacted.

    Happy reading!

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