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Tule Author Q&A: Nicole Flockton welcomes us to Bunya Junction!

Nicole Flockton stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the first book in her Welcome to Bunya Junction series, Home to the Outback!

 

Where did you get the inspiration for Home to the Outback?

There’s a song on my writing playlist by Samantha Fish called Go Home – the first few lines are “Daddy was a drunk and your Mama ran away. Sceneries change but the story stays the same. Go Home. Go home.” The song has always stuck with me and then when I sat down to write this book, and pressed play on my music—this song started.

 

Tell us all about the new town you’re writing in, Bunya Junction!

It’s a town in rural New South Wales. It’s not huge but there’s a pub and a clothes store and café along with a green grocer. Oh and a doctor’s surgery! It’s a farming town and the residents are friendly, but they also have long memories and if they feel you’ve hurt one of their favorite people in town, they’ll let you know. It’s a little dusty and has a beautiful watering hole that the residents like to visit.

 

How do you relate to Sindy, your heroine, and how do you hope readers will relate to her? How do you relate to Ryan?

Sindy is a character who’s had her confidence knocked out of her a little and well, sometimes in life I’ve had my confidence knocked out of me but I’ve got up and soldiered on and this is what Sindy does. So I hope the readers can see a little of Sindy in each of them whether it’s her determination or her caring nature.

Ryan is complex and well he’s coming home and in a month or so my family and I will be returning back to Australia where nothing is the same as it was when we left. But we have family who are happy to see us return home, Ryan not so much ;)

 

Are your characters set before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go? What did that development process look like for Home to the Outback?

I have a basic idea of who my characters are and their backstory, but as I write them they become fully fleshed out and some do change a little than what I thought they would be in the beginning. 

This book and series concept changed a lot from when I first submitted it. I cut a lot out of it and added new things in to fit the new direction Kelly, my editor, and I decided the series was going to go in. It was a challenge and a little sad to cut out so much but the story is much better for all the editing that I did to it.

 

What are you currently reading?

I’m actually reading Untouched Queen by Royal Command by Kelly Hunter. It’s the third in her Claimed by a King series.

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

Tule Publishing July 2021 Releases

Read more about our new releases for July!

GIVEAWAY: We will pick ONE winner to receive a digital book of their choice from the July releases. Comment down below saying which book you’re looking most forward to reading! Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month.

 

 

Texas Made by Eve Gaddy (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 1, 2021

Texas True, Book 1

When pure country meets pure city…

Rancher Marshall Walker isn’t looking for a woman—not permanently, anyway. He’s plenty busy raising beautiful Walker paint horses that are in high demand across Texas. But when his sister’s gorgeous friend arrives for an extended visit, he’s not opposed to exploring what could happen. He knows his heart is safe—Jaclyn Carson is a city girl, and he’s country through and through.

Jaclyn isn’t looking for a man, either. Owner and CEO of her own makeup company, she doesn’t have any desire to relax or slow down. With her condo under extensive renovations, she takes up her friend’s offer to stay at her family’s Texas ranch. Jaclyn’s more than a little curious to catch a glimpse of her not-so-secret college crush, and Marshall is hotter than ever. And his proposition—a steamy but very temporary affair—sounds like a fantasy come true.

What happens when two opposites fall in love? Can they meet in the middle or will they go their separate ways, even if it means breaking their hearts?


Leashed by Katja Desjarlais (Muse)

Release Date: July 13, 2021

Hellhounds, Book 2

A good dog heels when Fate calls. Others take their chance in hell.

On earth, Hellhound Bo Echidna chases his vices and embraces his bad luck, hoping to ease the monotony of his immortal existence while he waits for his master’s call. Bound to the will of Hades and touched by the hand of Dionysus, he drifts from bar to bar and bed to bed on the hunt for his next rush, knowing it will never ease his eternal torment.

Librarian and art history student Sage Marcellus‘s only vice is the caffeine that fuels her revolving schedule of two jobs, school, and her passive position as Nixon’s Girlfriend. Accommodating and quiet, she lives in the periphery of her own life until she meets Bo, whose unexpected friendship leads Sage to ponder her life choices.

While Bo and Sage grapple with their growing attraction, ancient forces and grudges work against them to ensure that Bo never gets his happily ever after. And when Sage is in peril, Bo must play a rigged game against Fate to save them both.


The Best Man’s Bride by Jamie Dallas (Montana Born)

Release Date: July 19, 2021

The Hartman Brothers, Book 1

What else can go wrong? Or is everything finally going right?

After catching her fiancé lip-locked with the wedding planner an hour before their vows, Hailey Miller hikes up her wedding dress and runs. The last person she expects to chase her down is her ex’s sexy but aloof business partner who’s kept her at arm’s length for years. He offers her a lifeline, but his help comes with a catch. Does she dare say yes?

Jace Hartman doesn’t believe in love. And he doesn’t believe in giving up. He won’t let his company’s event planner walk away from their biggest launch—even if she has a broken heart. Business comes first, so he makes Hailey an offer she can’t refuse. But it’s her counter offer that has him worried. She needs a place to live for the month, and he has an extra bedroom.

Jace has spent the past few years trying his best to bury his attraction to Hailey. Now she’s everywhere and making him forget all the reasons he should never mix business and pleasure.


Home to the Outback by Nicole Flockton (Holiday)

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Welcome to Bunya Junction, Book 1

Coming home isn’t always easy…

Three years ago, nurse Sindy Carruthers returned to Bunya Junction wounded, wary and shamed by a relationship gone wrong. Welcomed home by her family and supportive community, she now manages the local medical practice and enjoys her newfound confidence. She’s perfectly happy on her own, until a blast from the past in the form of Ryan Flanagan appears.

Dr. Ryan Flanagan—renowned plastic surgeon to the stars—heads to Bunya Junction to pay his last respects to the man who opened his heart and house to an abandoned boy. Ryan’s no fan of Bunya Junction or the harsh judgments of some of the townsfolk, so he’s stunned to discover that his old mentor has bequeathed him half a general medical practice—hoping he’ll stay on and serve the community. The other half of the practice now belongs to the beautiful Sindy Carruthers, his closest friend’s twin sister.

Sindy knows Ryan will never stay in Bunya Junction and become her business partner, and that’s a good thing. Otherwise she might just lose her heart to him.


Assigned by Paris Wynters (American Heart)

Release Date: July 22, 2021

Navy SEALs of Little Creek, Book 3

How can she become a new version of herself when she’s married to her past?

After two of his buddies found love through the military’s matchmaking program, Lucas Craiger decides to give it a shot. He’s not necessarily looking for love, just companionship and a kind, reliable stepmom for his young son. When he’s assigned to his high school sweetheart who shattered his heart, his plan for an uncomplicated relationship becomes acutely complicated.

Riley Thompson signed up for the matchmaking program because she needs a fresh start—and the health insurance. She desperately wants to build a life with a man where her autoimmune disease doesn’t define her and she can prove herself. But being matched with Lucas isn’t the new beginning she wanted. He’s the love of her life she let go when she was first diagnosed.

Lucas is determined to make the most of this second chance with Riley, but when his custody battle heats up, his new marriage isn’t the only relationship in jeopardy.


A Slice of Summer by Melissa McClone (American Heart)

Release Date: July 26, 2021

Silver Falls, Book 2

First, he ghosted her. Now, he has a proposition…

Taryn Lawson needs more customers in her bakery to prove she’s capable of taking over the family business. The summer fair is the perfect opportunity to jump-start her vision with a specialized booth showcasing her creative desserts. Despite her fierce work ethic, she needs help to build her booth in time. Unfortunately, the only person available is the handsome attorney who played with her heart last Christmas.

Trial attorney Garrett Andrews regrets not contacting the pretty baker he dated during his last holiday vacation. But he had his reasons and is finally ready to make amends. When he returns to town for his sister’s wedding, Garrett gets his second chance when Taryn needs help building her booth.

Working together reignites the spark, but Taryn is aware the clock is ticking. Will they realize what they have is special before it’s too late, or will their second chance at love once again slip through their fingers?


The Ranger by Julia Justiss (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 27, 2021

The McAllister Brothers, Book 3

He can’t resist a puzzle…

When Texas Ranger Brice McAllister spies a sexy woman in short shorts gardening in her backyard, he can’t help but flirt. She shuts him down hard, and Brice is astonished when he realizes this alluring woman is also the aloof and dowdy librarian—complete with thick-framed glasses and a shapeless dress—who helped him research land deeds earlier that day. He’s instantly intrigued and sets out to discover more—namely, why she’s clearly hiding herself.

She can’t attract attention…

After one side of her crime family is involved in her fiancé’s death, Maria Giordano puts half a continent between herself and her L.A. home and family. She moves to Whiskey River and reinvents herself as “Mary,” a serious and plain librarian. Her only indulgence is her garden and cooking with her neighbor’s young daughter. And then she meets Brice.

Maria has every reason to avoid and resent a man with a badge, but when she needs protection, the last man she thinks she can trust is the first one she turns to.


The Rancher Risks It All by Debra Holt (Texas Born)

Release Date: July 29, 2021

The Tremaynes of Texas, Book 2

She’s on the run…

On a storm-ravaged night, Texas rancher Truitt Tremayne is trying to make it home before the road floods. Years ago he lost his parents, fiancée and youngest brother in a flash flood on the same country road, so it seems like déjà vu when he nearly hits a stranded car with a beautiful woman and her sister trapped inside.

Annie Sims and her sister Jessie are running from their past. She’s headed to San Antonio where they can disappear, but bad luck follows them. With her funds depleted and her car useless, Truitt’s offer of a temporary sanctuary with no questions asked seems too good to be true. Soon Annie finds herself falling under the spell of the kind, silent rancher. But can she let her guard down and still keep her sister safe, or is she courting more danger?

Truitt knows Annie has a secret. He wants her trust, but can he give his heart to another woman after he’s already lost so much?

Tule Author Q&A: Nicole Flockton gushes about wine and tropes!

Nicole Flockton stopped in to discuss the second book in her Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge series, Falling for the Texan!

 

Close-up Photo of Two People Toasting With Red WineIn Falling for the Texan, your hero Tyler is opening up a winery. Are you a big wine fan? Red or white?

I’m more of a bubbles fan than a straight wine fan. Got to have that fizz. But if I’m going to drink wine, I do prefer white over red. The wine Tyler makes, a Sauvignon Blanc, is one of my favorites.

 

 

 

This is a fun fish out of water romance. What drew you to this trope? What’s your favorite trope to write?

I don’t think I’ve ever written a fish out of water trope before so it was fun to try something a little different. One of my favorite tropes is marriage of convenience or fake relationship. I just think you can go in so many directions with those tropes.

 

How is Tyler different from his brothers, Tate and Trey? How is he the same?

The similarity between the brothers is their looks and the love they have for their father. Tyler is the middle child so he suffers a little from middle child syndrome. Trey excelled at his sports. Tate had a close relationship with his father and the mutual love of peaches (the family business). Tyler had a close relationship with his mom, but as she died when he was young, he kind of lost his way and, on occasion, doesn’t feel like he belongs in the family.

 

Gray Laptop Computer Beside Green Ceramic MugWhere and when do you get most of your writing done?

Recently I was working at a desk cabinet in the far corner of our family/tv room. It’s worked for years, but with the pandemic my husband has begun working from home. He came up with the suggestion that we get rid of the dining room table and convert the space into an office for the both of us. Seeing as we don’t use the dining room table I was on board with that. I got a new desk and I’m really loving working in this new space. I liked my little desk cabinet but this is a much better set up. 

I find I get more work done in the mornings. So I try and get all the words before I break for lunch – although lately, that hasn’t been happening and it’s been taking me a little longer to get the words down.

 

What are you currently reading?

Baby Lessons by Teri Wilson

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

Tule Author Q&A: Nicole Flockton discusses fake marriage and adorable kittens

Nicole Flockton stopped by to talk all about the second book in the multi-author Sweet Texas Secrets series, Sweet Texas Fire!

 

 

Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

Being part of a continuity with Robyn and Monica was a lot of fun and we brainstormed ideas about our characters. Who they were and what their backstories would be. I knew I wanted to do an Australian heroine and I loved getting the youngest brother, Gage. A lot of who Charlotte is and things she likes is based on me and my experiences. I’m an ex-pat Aussie living in Houston. My husband’s job is in Oil & Gas and he’s a Health and Safety Analyst, so I played a little on that for Charlotte’s career. Being in Texas I knew Gage was going to have to high school play football. I decided that I wasn’t going to use the ‘injury wrecking his football career’ storyline that is done a lot. And he wasn’t going to be a quarterback. If you want to find out what position he played and why his football career went nowhere, you’ll have to pick up the book! LOL ;)

 

Black And White CatTell us about the adorable kitten on the cover, Oil Slick!

Ohh I love Oil Slick. She popped up in Monica’s book as the little kitty that Macy ran over. We all decided that Gage needed to have the cat. It was fun to come up with a different name than what Monica had given the cat, to make the kitty uniquely Gage’s. By renaming it, it really gave Gage a sense of ownership of the bundle of fur. Oil Slick was a lot of fun to write, and as I’m a cat lover it was easy to include her in the book. I may have squealed out loud when I saw the cover with Oil Slick on it.

 

 

 

Gage and Charlotte have to accept a fake marriage in the book. Would you have ever considered doing this?

Ohh that’s an interesting question. I’m not sure that I would have, even though I love the Marriage of Convenience trope and was so happy I could write it in this book. I really do love the idea of two strangers getting married for one reason, but then actually finding out that they really are soul mates.

 

Midsection of Woman Making Heart Shape With HandsWhat was your favorite scene to write and why?

Hmm can I say all of them? No? I have to choose one? Well, I think it would be the wedding scene. I may have watched a reality TV show set around a Las Vegas Wedding chapel at some stage and decided I needed to write a Vegas wedding. The wedding really suited who Gage and Charlotte are as people. It became a lot more personal than either one of them thought it was going to be, too. I also have a secret desire to renew my wedding vows in Vegas.

 

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Defending Zara by Susan Stoker.

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Now with over 20 books published she hasn’t looked back.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.