January 2019 TBR List

Happy New Year! Let’s do some reading. 🙂

Ok, so I have to admit, my TBR list seems a little ambitious for January. At least for me, it does. I usually read about one book per week, usually in the form of audio books. However, there are a couple books on this list that I’ll be reading in ebook format because audio is not available.

Here’s the full list for starters, and then I’ll talk a little about why each of these below.

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8 Best Books of 2018

With a caveat: these are the 8 best books I have personally read during 2018, and most of them are romance, but a couple of them will surprise you. This year, I have read some pretty amazing books. From my own book club, to a local book club I was thankfully invited to be a part of, to the Hello Sunshine Book Club, and books I’ve just stumbled across from pure luck… I hope you enjoy this list, and I hope you’ll read every single one of them.

Comment below if any of these surprised you, or if you’ve read them – what you thought of them, and let me know what your favorite books of 2018 have been.

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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

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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

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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

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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!)

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Happy reading!

Nicky (circle)
Nicole R. Locker

Indie Author Day 2017 – Surprise!!

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Today is a day to celebrate. Why is that? Because it’s National Indie Author Day, and as an Indie Author myself, I thought I’d ask myself what makes this day so special for me?

Well, I’ll tell you.

  1. Because I get to do something I love, that I grew up believing was a hobby or a pass-time, but not something that would ever pay the bills, so why waste your time on it.
  2. Because having freedom to write what I want, write what YOU as a romance reader want, and having full, creative control of that feels amazing.
  3. Because I have met so many amazing people I am happy to now call friends, who I never would have met had it not been for my role as an Indie Author and all that entails.
  4. Because as a romance writer, I get to put more love in the world!
  5. Because creating something out of nothing is just really, really cool.
  6. Because I feel a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction when I look at a finished work and say… I wrote that!
  7. Because there’s more than one path up the mountain, and the journey is amazing.
  8. Because I can do things like making Tragedy and Desire completely FREE this weekend, just because I feel like it!
  9. Because I don’t have to wait on a publisher to maybe once or twice a year release my new books!
  10. Because I can get together with, say, 54 other authors, and give you 40, highly rated romance books for only $0.99 each for a limited time and 16 (also highly rated) FREEBIES, because Indie Authors are cool like that! (Oct 14-16, 2017)

Yea! So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!


#FlashFiction – June 23, 2017 #UF #PNR

Flash Fiction 1Lizbeth emerged from the shadows of the dock, looking down into the depths of dark, murky waters below.  The lights of the city burned in the distance, and a temporary calm settled inside her knowing she was miles away from the chaos that had come to define her everyday life.

She crouched at the edge of the lift and watched as the waters swayed beneath her, light dancing off the oscillating ripples. It reminded her of the lights that danced in a pair of smiling, jade eyes that had come to frequent her thoughts in quiet moments such as these.

“Where are you?” she muttered into the night.

Of course, the night didn’t answer.  It was a fickle bastard like that. The night only served to hide, trick, and deceive what the light wanted to reveal, and it was all she knew, all she would know of the world.

The hope was a useless one, she knew, because finding him would have meant disastrous implications.  He’d been gone for over a year now, and this was how it had to be.  It’s what she wanted for him and what she knew he had to do.  That didn’t make the ache inside her, the constant reminder of his absence, any easier to endure.

Did he ever long for her in quiet moments like this, or wonder where she was, what she was doing, or if she was safe?  Alive?

Her fingers went to the hidden locket she wore that hung close to her heart.  She felt the warmth of it as she rubbed its smooth surface, and the memory of the way her fingertips had smoothed over the soft flesh of his tender, languid lips in just the same way intruded into her mind.  Her eyes closed as she let the rays of moonlight penetrate her skin and comfort her.

The slightest rustling sound behind her set her senses on alert.  She tucked the locket back beneath her shirt as she cast a quick glance over her shoulder in the direction of the nearly inaudible disruption, scanning the shore and the single, center console boat that bobbed and thudded against the wood it was anchored to. Her eyes scanned her surroundings, but saw nothing out of place.

Uneasiness swept over her, and she moved with stealth, backing away from the ledge to take cover in the shadows.

“I thought I’d find yeh here,” a familiar, rugged voice with an Irish lilt called from the boat, startling her.

She gasped, and her arms went up in front of her as she took a defensive stance.

“Brick!” she blurted as recognition set in.  “What are you doing here?”

He leaned casually on the ledge of the boat, and the breeze coming off the water sent the overgrown waves of his hair ruffling across his forehead in a messy array.

“Charles is lookin’ for yeh,” he called as he climbed up over the edge of the boat and jumped down onto the dock, landing with a muted thud.

Lizbeth emerged from the darkness to meet him.

“I told Charles I’m done.  Tell him to find someone else.”

Her arms folded across her chest as she stood with her feet planted widely apart.  She was taking a stand, once and for all.

Brick scoffed.  “Come on, Lizbeth, we both know that’s not the way this wurks.”

He closed in toward her and reached to grasp her arm.  She jerked her shoulder away and out of his reach.

“I’m sorry, did I stutter?  I’m not going,” she reiterated through gritted teeth.

Brick shifted back a few inches to keep from setting her off even further.  His dark eyes grew serious and he rubbed his rough, masculine hand over the dark stubble of his jaw.

“Okay, far be it fer me teh force yeh… but I tink yer going to want to be there fer this one.”

His flippant tone wasn’t fooling her.

“Doubtful,” she muttered, keeping her eyes trained firmly on him.

He shrugged.  “Suit yerself.”  He turned his back to her and retreated unhurried up the path of the dock.  He was still within hearing range when he called over his shoulder.  “By the way, we’ve found Remy.”

Jade eyes flashed through her mind, intruding on her thoughts for the second time that night, but this time it brought a sense of panicked urgency.

“Remy,” she whispered, then bolted into a sprint to catch up with Brick.  “Wait!” she shouted.

If they’d found Remy, there was only one thing for certain.  He was either already dead, or he wanted to found.  She didn’t like either implication, but there was no question, she had to find out what was happening.  More than that, she had to see him.