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Review: Cross to Bare by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Cross To Bare (Men of London: Book Five)

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 197 Pages

At a Glance: OMG, she has done it again! Warning, I could get gushy…

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Tough in business but romantic at heart, fashion designer Lenny James isn’t hiding his masculinity behind his super successful female alter ego, but a vulnerability that only handsome financier Brook Hunter will be man enough to reveal…and worship.

TWO OF A KIND

It’s amazing what a little mascara and lipstick, a blonde wig, false boobs, and top-notch female fashion can hide. Not that Lenny James is hiding his masculinity. He uses his normal voice when he’s Laverne, and he’s not particularly camp as a man. His reasons for creating his alter ego are locked deep in his past. He is who he is: tough in business, and a romantic at heart. What he’s hiding is vulnerability. He wants a man to accept both sides of him.

Gorgeous, commanding, and dark as sin, Brook Hunter meets Lenny and knows nothing about Laverne until fate pushes her into his path. Cross-dressing is as far from Brook’s reality as fashion is from his world of diplomacy and high finance. Understanding and truth take time, and trust doesn’t come easy. But Brook is about to show Lenny that there are no sides to true love, just the place where they meet in the middle.

Cross to Bare is book five in the Men of London Series, and each can be read as a standalone.

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Review: I cannot say enough about Susan Mac Nicol.  When I am in a reading slump, I go and pull out a Men of London book from my archives, and suddenly my world is okay again. You would think that with each new book in the series, the author would have to finally hit one that just didn’t work – but NOPE!  This book is just as amazing as the rest of the ones in this series. Each book is so unique – yes, they have crossover characters, and the cameos these secondary characters play in the other books is like cinnamon sugar on your oatmeal: sweet with a hint of spice. (Yes, Leslie, you are still amazing!) Cross to Bare is a brilliant read with tight writing and a sharp dialogue that catches you from page one and doesn’t let you go until the HEA.

Lenny James bucks the stereotypes.  By day, at work, he is Laverne Debussy-Smith, a noted fashion designer of men’s and ladies’ furnishings. A transvestite, for sure, Lenny is very happy as a gay man and is one of the most secure people inside his own skin I have ever read about. He is who he is, and he came to terms with it years ago. He isn’t flamboyant and uses his own voice and mannerisms when dressed as Laverne. Unfortunately, finding your true love when dressed as a woman can be problematic… but that doesn’t stop the romantic inside him from wishing it could happen. I had to throw out all my drag queen stereotypes when relating to Laverne, and the author does a bang up job of breaking through them anyway. Lenny is a man. A gay man, but a man. Make no mistake. Susan Mac Nicol breaks it down to a romance between two very strong gay men, each with a commanding personality.

Brook Hunter works in high finance. The son of diplomats, he is a conservative in his beliefs and actions. As a highly reserved man, he fits in well at state dinners and knows which fork to use for each course served. He thought he met the man of his dreams when he fell for Lenny James, and doesn’t understand when Lenny breaks things off without a word as to why.  Then fate steps in, and Brook takes a meeting with Laverne, who is applying for a business loan, and Brook gets the shock of his life. Here is where we see the first hint that things are going to be okay with these two, as Brook is mad that Lenny didn’t trust him, not because he is dressed as a woman. Brook looks past the façade to the man beneath, and challenges Lenny to make him understand. It is not an easy journey for either man, Susan Mac Nicol has a challenge putting these two men together, but she accepted that challenge and writes it in a believable way that makes these characters come alive and off the page. There is a lot of acceptance on both sides of the fence for these men to overcome, and the author tackles it head on with her wit and clever writing style. The pacing of this book is spot on.

“I love you, you know that?” Brook whispered in his ear as he held Lenny’s face in between wet hands and gazed at him with such tenderness Lenny almost blubbered. “Every facet of you. Every sexy, manly, wig-wearing, dress-clad facet of you. I am so proud of you, being who you want to be. One day I hope to grow up and be like you.”

This is a story filled with humor, love, acceptance, hot sex, intrigue and twists. In short, you will not be bored. Read this book, read all the Men of London books, read all Susan Mac Nicol books… I know I warned you about the gushy, but you will not be disappointed!

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Review: Feat of Clay by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Feat of Clay (Men of London: Book Four)

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 156 Pages

At a Glance: Grabbed. I was grabbed by this book… Tate and Clay are amazing characters and they have an amazing story to tell.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.

TWO MEN.

TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.

Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.

Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.

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Review: Let me start by saying I love Susan Mac Nicol, and I have read and recommended all the books in the Men of London series. These books are so well written, and I didn’t think she could do better than Suit Yourself, book three, but yeah, she proved me wrong and I am so glad she did.

Tate is broken, suffering from severe PTSD from an undercover op gone bad, and because Tate is broken, part of Clay is broken also. How do two alpha males overcome a disease that is all in Tate’s head? Feat of Clay takes you on their rocky journey to their HEA. I couldn’t put this book down because I couldn’t leave Tate there – in that place – trying so hard to be strong for Clay while Clay is trying so hard to be strong for Tate. You will love these men, together as a couple, and individually, as they each fight their demons and come out stronger and more in love than they thought possible.

It is truly a “feat” for Clay to be the man Tate needs and for Tate to trust that love. There are cameos from the other Men of London, and plenty of laughter to balance the scales. We also get to meet some well written, interesting and endearing secondary characters who enhance the storyline. I highly recommend all the Men of London books and Feat of Clay, especially!

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Cover Reveal: Suit Yourself by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Suit Yourself
Series: Men of London #3
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Blurb: Scarred both physically and emotionally after a motorcycle accident, twenty-five year old ex fashion model and porn star Oliver Brown is about to be stripped bare by flam-boyant twink Leslie Scott—and they’ll rebuild love from the bottom up.

BARING THE BEAST

Twenty-five year old Oliver Brown is addicted. Two years ago, he was at the height of his career as “Nikki Star,” fashion model, porn actor, partier without peer. Then came the accident. Hiding his scars, both emotional and physical, he’s gone into hiding. But fine clothing is some solace. A new suit by Debussy? Better even than a ride on his mo-torcycle Hulk or all the things he used to give and take on camera.

Enter Leslie Scott, the flamboyant, dark-haired, heel-and-tiny-short-wearing twink sent to deliver Oliver’s newest fix. A firecracker, Leslie is dapper, generous, in touch with his feminine side but all man, and as gorgeous as any garment ever made. He makes Oliver dream of ending his reclusion, of recapturing a future forever denied him. But for that to happen, Leslie would have to strip him to the bone. Only then will they rebuild life from the bottom up.

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Excerpt: “Fuck, you look so hot,” Oliver said as he leapt onto the bed and straddled Leslie’s calves. “You have the perfect arse, you know that? Tight and just waiting for me.”

Leslie shivered, those words causing goose bumps to form on his over sensitive skin. “It could be the heel-wearing,” he mused. “I like to exercise my butt muscles when I wear them and dance. They say it’s a good way to tone up.” A hot body covered his and he closed his eyes in bliss.

“You wear heels?” Oliver’s tongue licked at his ear. “That is fucking sexy. I love that im-age.” His voice was husky, full of desire. “Will you wear them for me one day? Let me fuck you in them?”

Leslie’s heart filled with joy. He had a picture of himself on his phone in a corset, hat and heels. He’d have to show it to Oliver one day and get his engine even more revved up.

“Oh, God yes,” he exclaimed as Oliver’s tongue trailed down his shoulder blades and back. He gripped the bed sheets tighter at the sensation. “I have this pair of red ones you’ll like, and…oh, hell yes…” His voice tailed off in pure pleasure as Oliver parted his arse cheeks and lapped at his hole. Then the bliss of having fingers inside him, opening him wide, rendered him speechless. He gyrated and made little mewling kitten noises as Oliver proceeded to probe his hole, pushing his tongue inside him with wet, sloppy sounds that made Leslie’s cock throb.

He lost himself in the feeling of being explored, dominated and well and truly prepped. When he felt the cool dribble of lube at his hole and between his cheeks he sighed in relief and pushed his backside toward the man currently taking him to such pleasurable heights. When his hips were pulled up and Oliver’s cock nudged his entrance, Leslie pushed back and groaned as it sank deep inside him.

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Want to find out more about the book and the characters? Head down to www.nickystarr.co.uk to visit his website and have a truly visual sexperience. Meet Nicky in all his glory and see what he has to say about the porn industry, love, and life in general. This is a website intended for over eighteens only and if you are easily offended, we suggest you stay away…

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Susan Mac NicolAbout the Author: Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and ba-nish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good
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Connect with Susan at: www.susanmacnicol.com | Twitter  | Facebook | My Blog | Dreamspinners Press LLC | Boroughs Publishing Group  | Linked In

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love You Senseless by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Love You Senseless

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 160 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: THE MEN OF LONDON
From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

A TASTE OF FOREVER
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since. Continue reading

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love You Senseless by Susan Mac Nicol

Susan Mac NicolQ. The Novel Approach is so pleased to have Susan Mac Nicol with us today on the Love You Senseless Blog Tour. Susan, you have to choose one of your books to make into a movie:

1.) Which book would you choose and why?

Susan: Oooh, what a leading question…I’d obviously love to see ALL my books made into films so I could sigh over the gorgeous leading men and maybe get to meet each one of the yummy actors portraying them in person.

If I can only have one *pouts* then I’d choose Love and Punishment. It’s gritty, erotic, thrilling, with a crazy serial killer, a hot love story and some rather disturbing violent scenes which always seem to attract viewers. :) Continue reading

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Love and Punishment
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Length: 245 Pages

Blurb: On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.

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Review: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

Title: Love and Punishment

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 245 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him. Continue reading

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Susan Mac Nicol’s “Double Alchemy: Climax” Is A Great End To A Great Beginning


“Well. I think it’s safe to say that, in my absence, the power grabbing and backstabbing and political intrigue has officially reached an all-time Otherworld high.”― Lesley Livingston


Title: Double Alchemy: Climax

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

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Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
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The Recipe For A Great Night? Susan Mac Nicol Shares Hers, And There’s A Giveaway


My recipe for a great night in….if I had the opportunity to choose a night at home to enjoy myself and was able to choose the time, place and what I’d do, then this is my idea of heaven. I’m a simple soul, who enjoys her own company, and likes nothing better than to indulge myself in this way.

The setting

A log cabin in the woods, surrounded by swaying trees and lofty mountains. There’d be a lake too, with a pier, so in the morning, when the sun rose and the day got warmer, I could run down the pier and jump into the waters of the lake to cool off. The dark would surround the cabin, the crickets would chirp, the night birds would sing and all the serial killers, Tommyknockers and shit-weasels (if you read Stephen King you’ll know this one) and other freaks would stay away. This is my safe haven. No villains allowed.
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What’s Really Under The Bed And Other Everyday Fears – A Guest Post And Giveaway by Susan Mac Nicol


unnamed (1)We’ve all seen the movies. The ones where the directors and producers scare the bejesus out of us when they drag unsuspecting children kicking and screaming in terror under the bed, or into the closet, or the dark room where something lurks..I mean everyone knows, You Do Not Get Out Of The Bed And Look Underneath It!!!
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Painstakingly written, beyond beautiful, “Worth Keeping” by Susan Mac Nicol leaves you changed forever

“I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him but what he thinks of himself.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Title: Worth Keeping

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 256

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much.
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Susan Mac Nicol’s “Worth Keeping”, And She’s Offering A Giveaway!


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About the Book:

Title: Worth Keeping
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Bookseller: Boroughs Publishing Group
Excerpt: Worth Keeping Excerpt

Nick Mathers pulls Owen Butler from the freezing waters off the Norfolk coast, but Owen’s love can carry Nick back from the edge of oblivion.

Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.

On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man…



About Susan Mac Nicol:

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Worth Keeping is her third m/m romance.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.

To learn more, visit Susan on her website and blog on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight, Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare and Saving Alexander.

The Giveaway:

An e-copy of two of Susan’s books – Stripped Bare & Saving Alexander

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Susan Mac Nicol Is Here Today With Giveaways Galore!



I am constantly amazed at the charity and support of people on the various Social Networking groups that I use for promotion and to build my ‘author platform.’ Not only is it a lot of fun building these blocks on which an author steps her way up the ever increasing competition ladder to try to get the sales for her stories, but it has shown me the innate goodness of people I don’t even know face to face.

The whole concept of ‘online and virtual friends’ was alien to me only sixteen months ago. In fact, I pooh-poohed the idea of being able to make friends on the internet, thinking it was only teenagers talking to each other because they couldn’t communicate face to face, and lonely people looking for something to do in the evenings. My bad. Because what I have discovered has been breathtakingly, overwhelmingly, AMAZING. And yes, there are the perverts out there who are trying to get into my virtual pants, offering me wonderful deals on moving money with a percentage for myself, and even the occasional pervert offering things I can’t talk about on a family show. But overall, the response has been positive and my fellow authors and bloggers have been nothing but kind.

I’m not going to mention individuals as there are too many to thank and I may miss someone, leaving myself open to threats of dismemberment and cyber voodoo doll activity when someone sticks pins in me :)

I mean honestly. Where else can you discuss these sorts of things openly with people with no fear of being thought as a pervert or a sociopath?

 The impact of a tongue stud on a blow job recipient

 The merits of bottoming, topping or being versatile

 The facets of BDSM and whether you’re a sub or a Dom by nature (I’m not going to tell you my preference :) Maybe that should become my next Facebook poll on my page…

 101 uses for a dildo and whether it should vibrate or not while being used

 The best way to plunge a knife into someone’s chin in a way that they die instantly

 Using a rolling pin to torture a man

Uh huh. You see where I’m going with all this? It’s a world of discovery out there for a writer doing research. I absolutely LOVE it and sharing it with people of like ilk makes my little heart pitter-patter with joy.

And seeing another author, blogger or reader share my news, talk about me, send me good wishes for a new release, make me amazing pictures depicting scenes from my book, post their thoughts about my book on my wall, and generally express an interest in what I’m doing is heart warming. Having bloggers approach me asking me to do something special for them as an exclusive because they enjoy my work is fulfilling to say the least. I hope I can keep their faith in me and continue to give them books they enjoy.

If you’d like to see a short excerpt, Worth Keeping was featured recently on the Gaylitauthors blog.

Blurb: Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.

On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man… worth keeping.

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New author bio:

Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000.

Apart from her M/F Starlight trilogy series, she has written two M/M Romances, Stripped Bare and Saving Alexander, which became best-sellers. Sue currently has five further novels in the pipeline and has also contracted with Boroughs Publishing for a six-book series called Men of London. She loves writing the element of gay male romance, and this thread runs through all of her books.

Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group called the Talliston Writers Circle. She lives in the quaint village of Bocking in Essex.

THE GIVEAWAY:

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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Susan Mac Nicol Has Dropped In For A Visit Today – Prepare To Be “Stripped Bare” While “Saving Alexander”, Then Enter Her Giveaway!



TNA: Hi, Susan, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, interests, odds and ends things that make you, you.

SM: Let me see… Some of the more interesting things about me…

I was a nerd at school. I was kicked out of a church Youth Group for being a ‘bad influence’ – I suppose I did sneak off in the middle of a solar eclipse with a boy. I had to rescue a friend from her mother who was running after her with a knife, down the streets. My Dad and I ‘saved’ her then he ran over her foot with the car. Not his most glorious moment. I turned down a prestigious placement as a trainee journalist with a major South African newspaper -The Star – because I didn’t think I was hard enough for the job. I got picked up by a punter in Hillbrow when he thought I was a prostitute (you can read this whole thing on my website). I lived in a commune in Hillbrow with a whole load of gay men who looked after me like a little sister but ate all my bloody food. Greedy bastards. I ate gherkins for a week and I got pneumonia. I’m known for being unorthodox, stubborn, creative, a good friend but a bad enemy.

TNA: Have you always written M/M Romance, or is that something that came along later in your writing career? If you gravitated to it later, what drew you toward wanting to explore gay relationships in your writing?

SM: I started out writing M/F Romance, because I had a huge fan crush on Benedict Cumberbatch, a British actor, and I wanted to write a book where I could create a character like him. I know. Sad. It was the only way I could think of where I could create sexy scenes with him in my mind. The female protagonist and Bennett’s love interest in this book, Cassie, is ten years older than Bennett – about my age…*grins* Think what you will, you’d probably be right :)

Then I wrote a book where I had a bisexual serial killer. I needed to know more about gay sex so started reading M/M books. I got hooked, then decided I wanted to try my hand at it.

TNA: What was your first published M/M title? Do you remember the precise moment you came up with the story idea and knew you wouldn’t rest until it was told?

SM: My first M/M title is Stripped Bare and I have no idea where the story came from. I decided I want to write one, sat down at my PC, typed the lines,

All tied up with nowhere to go
Shane Templar watched the man standing by the bed. Shane had no idea how he’d gotten himself into this situation, but he had to admit that this wasn’t the first time.

then had a think about what I was doing, decided Shane was an escort, made him a hacker because I’ve always had a fascination with this profession and I’m rather a geek and hey presto. It just grew like Topsy.

TNA: Let’s chat a little bit about your new book Saving Alexander? How did you come up with the idea for the book?

SM: I’m fascinated by the psychology of people, and the human psyche. I was going to study Psychology at University in South Africa but unfortunately family finances didn’t allow this when I finally left school. Over in RSA you have to pay for everything yourself.

I’m also a big advocate of the rights of sexual abuse victims, it’s rather a passion of mine. So I wanted to write a story that combined this in a very different way. I liked the idea of a cult victim, a theme I tackled in one of my earlier books, so it seemed natural to write this into the tale.

TNA: Would you say you’re an author who likes to torture her characters more than a little bit before giving them their happy ending?

SM: Oh definitely. Poor Bennett Saville was raped by a psycho female stalker in my debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight. In Stripped Bare, Shane is badly beaten by a homophobic bully. In Saving Alexander, Alex is sexually and mentally abused. In my anticipated release Worth Keeping (Dec 2014), Nick is subjected to child prostitution and self harms as a result.

So I have this rather perverse need to make my characters suffer. But the one thing they can count on is that there will always be someone there to help them get over their ordeals and that eventually, love and compassion heal everything.

TNA: What would you say is your favorite thing about writing a tortured/flawed character?

SM: The ability to be able to research the given circumstances, learning more about the conflicts and experiences they have faced and, unlike real life, give my poor tortured soul a happy ending. I’m a Romantic at heart and a believer than good can triumph evil. So this is the kick I get – making my characters able to find happiness and absolution.

TNA: Have you ever written a character so damaged you were afraid you wouldn’t be able to redeem him believably before the end of the book?

SM: I haven’t written such a character before so the answer is no. But I have written villains with absolutely no redeeming qualities that end up getting their come- uppance. I really enjoyed this as I believe whole heartedly in bad people getting their just desserts. I’m a ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ kind of gal.

TNA: What’s the one message you hope readers will take away from the book?

SM: That with the right motivation anyone can triumph over adversity. That might be looking at the world through rose coloured glasses, but I truly believe that self strength and the help, love and support of people around you can get you over a bad time. You simply need to bring it into the open, talk about it and trust someone.

TNA: Did either of the main characters give you fits as you were writing, not wanting to cooperate with where you saw their story going?

SM: No, my characters were very accommodating in helping me get their story out. There were the occasional whispers in my ear as they tried to direct me on a different path, but the chaps were true gentlemen, and once I growled they backed off.

TNA: I know this is sort of like asking you to name your favorite child, but of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite? If so, who and why?

SM: I do have a favourite and strangely enough, it’s not one of the characters from my M/M books. Bennett Saville was my first male MC and I had such fun creating him. The fact that he’s modeled on my fan girl crush (some would say obsession), Benedict Cumberbatch, puts him close to my heart. He’s sarcastic, witty, passionate, loyal, a talented actor, wealthy and just plain sexy. In my head he will always be my first love. :) Oh and he likes the ladies, so as a lady myself, that’s a real bonus.

TNA: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received with respect to writing?

SM: Tighten up, re-read your work, cut out the excess words and then go back and do it again. It’s one of my cardinal sins, being verbose, and my editor Jill takes delight in telling me patiently that I’m not being paid by the word. So hearken to these words, and look at your work with a critical eye to tighten up each sentence.

TNA: If you could sit down to dinner with one person, past or present, who would that be, and what’s the one question you’d love to ask that person?

SM: Well, I’d want Benedict, of course, and the question would be – ‘So your place or mine?’ But that makes me a slut and my husband wouldn’t like it. So I think it would be another idol of mine, the rapper Eminem, and I’d ask him how he managed to rise above his past to become the person he is today. I have great respect for how he’s managed to hold his life together in the circumstances he lived in.

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs?

SM: Sure. I’ll try not to wax too lyrical. They are all M/M.

My next release will be Worth Keeping and it’s the story of a man who survived an abusive childhood as a child prostitute. He lives in a lighthouse rescues a man called Owen who is washed up on the shore. Things steam up from there.

I’m also working on a two book paranormal series called ‘Double Alchemy’ which involves Warlocks, witches and water sprites….danger, sex and mayhem.

Then I have a book due out with Dreamspinner in Feb 2014, called Waiting for Rain. Pole dancing boyfriends, sheep phobias, sheep stealing, haystacks, old English hotels. It’s a much sweeter, romantic story than what I’ve written so far.

You can check out all my WIP here on my Pinterest boards and get an idea of what they’re all about. And you can ogle the pictures of the lovely men I write about.

TNA: Where can readers find you on the internet?

SM: Susan Mac Nicol can be found here –

http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/susan-mac-nicol

http://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com

http://www.susanmacnicol.com

http://www.facebook.com/susiemax77

http://www.goodreads.com/Susiemax777

TNA: Would you like share an excerpt from Saving Alexander with us?

Alex had just taken a sip of coffee and at Sage’s words he laughed and spluttered his coffee all over his chin and the keyboard in front of him.

Sage came over to him, chuckling at his predicament, taking his shirt out of his jeans and offering it to Alex as a cloth. “Sorry about that.”

Alex accepted the oddly intimate gesture and dabbed his mouth with Sage’s shirt tail and glimpsed Sage’s naked torso as he wiped his mouth.

Alex definitely liked what he saw.

Taut stomach muscles and the indentation of Sage’s hip bones in their V shape as they disappeared into the waistband of his jeans, a line of hair down to his groin that looked very inviting for either his hand or mouth to trail down. The man had an amazingly sexy torso. Alex’s cock moved in his pants like a small animal trying to get out. He was glad he was sitting down, hidden from view.

Sage said teasingly, “I can take the shirt off if you like and you can wipe down the computer?”

God, had he seen him looking?

Alex found his voice. “Sage, I think that might be taking it too far, as much as I’d like that. I’ve got tissues somewhere in the drawer; I’ll use those.”

He scrabbled around in the desk drawer, becoming aware Sage had gone quiet. Alex looked at him and saw Sage regarding him with eyes that suddenly looked quite sultry.

“Really?” Sage’s voice was now an even more pronounced soft Irish lilt that turned Alex’s bones to jelly. “You’d like to see me with my shirt off? Is that an invitation?”

Alex swallowed, not sure what to say. This sudden openly uber sexy and flirtatious Sage was someone he wasn’t sure about although he was causing havoc with his nether regions.

Sage moved around to Alex’s side, taking the tissues from his clenched hand and slowly wiping the keyboard free of coffee. Alex leaned back in his chair, breathless. The pressure between his legs grew in intensity. Sage was so close to Alex he could smell his aftershave and see the dark hairs on his arms at his wrists. Alex could also see the hardened ridge of Sage’s own erection lying against his leg in his tight jeans.

God, he must be able to smell how bloody aroused I am. And he feels the same about me, obviously, if that monster in his pants is anything to go by.

They were both aware of the effect they was having on the other. Alex saw it in the slight smile on Sage’s face and the way he deliberately moved closer to him as he used the last of the tissues.

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TNA: Thanks again for being here with us today, Susan, it’s been a pleasure getting to you know you a bit better.

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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