Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

A big welcome today to Nic Starr as part of her blog tour for Patick’s Savior.

Writing a Series
Thanks so much for having me visit today, Anne. I’ve taken on board your suggestion and I’m talking about writing a series. My latest release, Patrick’s Savior, is the third book in a series, so it’s a very appropriate topic.

First off, it’s important to note that there are different types of series. For example, there are true series where each book follows on from the other, continuing the story and often telling the tale of one main couple (if it’s a romance). I haven’t written any series like this – all my boys have received their HEA (happily ever after) within the one book. My series are books written in the same ‘world’. There are elements, including locations and the same characters, that continue through the series, but often the books can be read stand alone. Although reading the series optimises the enjoyment.

In Patrick’s Savior you’ll get the story of Patrick and Simon, characters who were introduced in Charlie’s Hero (first book of the series), but you’ll also see some of the characters from Charlie’s Hero and its follow up, Andrew’s Promise.

There are a couple of critical considerations when writing a series. Most important are consistency and continuity. You don’t want readers to come across mistakes – things like forgotten details, misnaming people, or altered place descriptions, from book to book, – or issues with the timeline. Readers also fall in love with characters and the world you have created for them so have expectations for the next book in the series. They want the comfort of the familiar and to spend time with characters who they love. Therefore, I feel I owe it to my readers to produce a follow-on book that has the same ‘feel’ as the first book, and the same quality.

Often authors keep ‘series bibles’. These are basically reference documents and I’m sure there are many ways of going about it. For me, I use a combination of things. I write using software called Scrivener. This application stores lots of information including character profiles and my research, along with the full manuscript. It also has clever features to pull out all references to specific characters when you want to use them in the next book. I also have family trees that show how all my characters are involved with each other, and another piece of software that manages the overall timeline of the series and each book. I’m also a big fan of Pinterest and keep an inspiration board for each book so I have visual reminder of my characters and the places they live.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into the background of writing a series, and I hope you enjoy Patrick’s Savior.

Happy reading,
Nic xx

How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.

Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.

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

Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she 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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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher and a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

  1. Nic Starr says:

    Thanks for helping me celebrate my release. 🙂


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