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Two Man Red Release Prize Pack Giveaway (ends July 31, 2018)

Two Man Red, Book 2 in the Big Man Blue Series, releases July 12, 2018, and Nicole is giving away prizes in conjunction with her new release!

2 Grand Prize Winners Will Get:

  • 1 signed Paperback copy of Big Man Blue
  • 1 signed Paperback copy of Two Man Red
  • 1 Ebook copy of The Boss Series 1-3
  • 1 Big Man Blue/Two Man Red Limited Edition Post Card with a handwritten note from Nicole R. Locker.

5 Runners Up Will Get:

  • 1 ebook copy of Big Man Blue
  • 1 ebook copy of Two Man Red


This contest is sponsored by Nicole R. Locker, Author of Contemporary Romance. By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Contest expires July 31, 2018. See below for ways to enter. Winner will be randomly selected via KingSumo on August 1, 2018. Nicole R. Locker reserves the right to close down this contest at any time, and reserves the right to investigate any possible cheating or tampering before determining a winner. See Nicole R. Locker’s Privacy Policy for information on how your data is collected and stored. Your data will only be collected pertaining to the entries you opt to participate with, and Nicole R. Locker will not store your email or add you to a newsletter list unless you voluntarily subscribe.

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My Top 5 Romance Reads (so far) of 2018

We’ve already made it half way through 2018.  Can you believe it?  Where does the time even go?  I’ve had all these goals this year, many of which have been thwarted by various craziness like GDPR and #cockygate.  My goal to release 5 books this year is definitely behind schedule, with Big Man Blue being my first book of 2018, releasing at the end of April, and now my second, Two Man Red, coming out in just two short weeks on July 12!

What I have managed to stay semi on target with, though, is my 2018 reading goal.  According to GoodReads, I’m only one book behind schedule, which I’d say is pretty good, right?

So here’s a list of my Top 5 Romance Reads (so far) of 2018.

1. The Protector: Men of the North Book 1 by Elin Peer

the protector

When I read the blurb for this book … women rule the world and outnumber men 14 to 1, except for a group of strong, burly men who live in the North who refuse to be ruled by women… well, needless to say, I had to read this.  And I’ll tell you how much I liked this book.  I listened to it TWICE.  I nominated it for my monthly book club to read for the month of May, so I did another listen-through of the audio, and it was even better the second time.

I immediately followed this one up with Books 2 and 3, also awesome reads, and I eagerly await Book 4 to be released in audio ASAP! (Please?)

2. Rebel Heir and Rebel Heart by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

rebel heir - vi keeland penelope ward

As much as I thought this was going to be a book with a royal type character, Rush was far from royal, but he was super swoon-worthy and as bad-boy as they come.  Rush was that one guy that every girl next door has had her heart just completely massacred and shattered into complete and utter devastation by in her early and formative young adult years.  (Is that just me?)

And of course, Book 1 ends off on a cliffhanger, so you can’t read one without reading the other, but I swear, I was listening to this audio book every spare moment I could find.  It was that good.  But with wonder team Keeland and Ward, who would expect anything less?

3. Appion by Elodie Colt

appion - elodie coltThis story will surprise you because it’s going to come out of nowhere and snag you on a new one-click author you’ll never want to miss another book from, who you’ve probably never heard of. This book happens to be a prequel that leads into this author’s Jaylior Series, and if you haven’t read this PNR/UF gem, you’re going to be sorry you waited so long once you do.  The action, the steam, the conflict, all I can say is, try this little starter book out, and just see if you don’t need to devour the rest of the series.  Because this is just a tiny little taste of what’s waiting!

4. Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely

most likely to score - lauren blakelyI mean, come on.  If you don’t already know this book is going to be awesome just by the author name at the bottom of that book cover, then you must be hiding under a rock somewhere or something.  Lauren Blakely books are always an automatic one-click for me, and while I have a few still in queue to read that I haven’t gotten a chance to devour yet, this one was definitely a fun, flirty, super sexy rom-com with the teasing and torture you’re bound to get in typical Blakely fashion.  Will they?  Won’t they?  And the fact that the heroine in this book was a diverse ethnicity made it that much more lovable for me.  Bonus points for that!

5. Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

dirty exes - rachel van dykenIs it too early to say this book was kind of awesome?  This book happens to be this month’s pick for my Romance Book Club, and I finished it just this past week.  How fun is this book?  It definitely surprised me, in that it had me starting out thinking it was going to go one way, but ended up going in a completely different but infinitely better way.  And can I just say, that the entire book I spent thinking Colin probably looks like my secret man crush, Mr. Brock O’Hurn?  With the long, brown hair that he keeps in the man bun?  Yeah … Definitely a fun read, and the chemistry between Blaire and Colin was just so fun and kind of heart melting.  Yep, that’s right.  I said heart melting!

If you read and liked The Matchmaker’s Playbook by this same author, then you’ll probably like this book.  It has the same kind of feel to it with Blaire running her own business similar to Ian’s in Matchmaker.  Oh yeah, and Blaire happens to be Ian’s sister. 🙂

What’s Next?

Want to know what I’m reading next?  You can always follow me on GoodReads to see, or you can join my Romance Book Club, and keep up with our romance read of the month.

I am looking forward to a few books coming out soon or just recently released, and those include:

Perfect Vision - LM Halloran Reckless Love - J Saman

What about you?

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above?  What have your favorite reads been so far this year?  Which romance reads are you looking forward to reading that you haven’t gotten to sink your teeth into yet?  Be sure to let me know in the comments!


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#BookReview – Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

rebel heir - vi keeland penelope ward
Rebel Heir
by Vi Keeland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!

Darn it if I didn’t love this book. In classic Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward style, it draws you in and keeps you turning those pages, eager and anxious to know what happens next.

Rush is this uber sexy, James Dean style bad boy, and you know you’re relating this guy to that one guy in your early twenties who ripped your heart out and stomped it into a million pieces. Now you get to relive that story, only you’re the girl you wished you had been at the time – the one he wanted to change for.

Oh yes, Gia is very relatable, down to earth and telling it like it is.

And I cant’ help but wonder if Gia’s thoughts about writing might give us a tiny glimpse into the world that is Keeland and Ward???

At any rate, yes, there is a cliffhanger ending on this yummy book, but don’t worry – Book 2 (Rebel Heart) is ready and waiting to be devoured the moment you read the last word of this five-star story.

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My Ebook Store is Now Live! #Romance

Guess what! I finally bit the bullet at started an online ebook store. Now, in addition to finding my ebooks on retailers like Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, you can also get them right here on my website, and probably cheaper than you can on the other sites!

Online Store

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Payments are securely processed with PayPal
  • Books are immediately (after purchase) emailed to you by Bookfunnel
  • Bookfunnel will provide their renowned support if any issues arise in downloading your book.
  • Ebooks are each available in MOBI and EPUB formats. (MOBI is for viewing on your Kindle while EPUB is for viewing on basically everything else.)

More of my books will be added as they become available and out of exclusivity with Amazon.



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Vlog Episode 01: New and Upcoming Books + Project on #Diversity

Hey Romance Readers! I’ve got a Vlog up today with some new and exciting stuff I have going on at the moment. Take a minute or two to check out the video (see above). Below is a little more info to go along with it.


Latest Book: Big Man Blue

Big Man Blue - Kindle
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Big Man Blue came out about a month ago now on April 26, 2018. Lots of great reviews on this book so far! People are saying how emotional and captivating it is, how relatable the characters are, and how realistic the dialogue is between the characters.

Tropes in Big Man Blue: 

  • Cowboy
  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Return to Hometown
  • Second Chance Romance
  • Girl Next Door
  • Best Friend’s Brother
  • Older Woman/Younger Man

Next Release: Two Man Red

Two Man Red
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Of course, as the title and cover suggests, Two Man Red is a sequel to Big Man Blue. This book can be read as a standalone.


Of course, as the title and cover suggests, Two Man Red is a sequel to Big Man Blue. This book can be read as a standalone.

Two Man Red follows Blue’s sister, Blake, as she explores a budding new romance with Chase Charleston, her brother’s fun loving farm hand. A second attractive option presents itself in the form of Hunter Haley, an old flame who’s moved back to town and is taking over for the now-deceased Realtor who Blake had previously relied on for income in her Interior Design business as her primary contract. She’ll have to choose between the two men, who are very different, but who each fulfills different longings within her. She hopefully won’t lose them both in the process.

#Diversity in Romance

Something I’m working on at the moment is a new project on Diversity. This has been a hot topic in the Romance world lately, and personally, I’m really glad it’s finally being talked about. I think everyone should be able to open up a book and find their own races, ethnicities, and cultures represented in the stories they love.

Black Hero Trilogy

This past Friday night, I sat down and designed 3 new covers for a special series I would like to help write. The biggest thing about this, though, is that I don’t plan to be the only one writing in the series. I’ve found one, possibly two other authors who have jumped on board to each write one book, and I’ve presented the idea to a group of Authors of Color to see who else I can get to “buy in” to the series.

The fine details are still being worked out, but the idea is, all the books in this series will be set in a fictional city we currently call “Obsidian Heights.” Each book will have at least one Main Character as a Person of Color (POC). They will each be Contemporary Romance and range in heat level depending on the author.

I look forward to hearing what readers think about the inception of this series idea! I also hope you guys will let other authors know about it if you think they would be interested in writing one of the books!

The Ultimate Romance Readers Survey

Great love of young couple

The last item on the agenda in the video was the updated version of my Ultimate Romance Readers Survey. I first created an earlier version of this survey last year, and sent it to my Newsletter Subscribers as they signed up and joined my mailing list.

This survey has been so instrumental in shaping what books I write, what content I send (or don’t send) in my Newsletters, and how often. They shape the type of characters I write, especially based on the average age of readers, I noticed, being older and in different stages of life than the twenty-somethings of a lot of books we see written in Romance Books.  (I’ve gotten away from doing that, and I can tell you guys have appreciated it!)

Take the Survey

Happy reading!

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Nicole R. Locker