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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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3.5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Narration Rating - 4 Stars, Reviewed by Karen

Audio Review: Waiting for Rain by Susan Mac Nicol – Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Title: Waiting for Rain

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 10 hours and 17 minutes

At a Glance: The narration had me more invested in the story than I had been when I originally read it, and I am happy I gave it a chance.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate-box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.

Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough-guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain’s trust and Toby’s history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.

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Review: Just recently I have gotten more and more into audiobooks. Previously when choosing an audiobook to listen to, it was only books that I had already read and absolutely loved, those books that you can read over and over, and still find something new and amazing in them. Since audios were new to me, I was concerned that if I didn’t already love the story I would have a hard time staying interested and following along with the narration. Reviewing has changed this slightly. I still only get audios of books that I have already read, but now, as long as I at least liked the book, and have listened to the sample of the audio, and the narrator seems all right, I’ll give it a shot.

There have now been a couple books that weren’t my favorite, but the audiobooks made the story just that much better. Waiting for Rain is one of those books. I have really enjoyed all of Susan Mac Nicol’s books, and when I read Waiting for Rain, I enjoyed it. It just wasn’t a favorite. But Matthew Lloyd Davies’ narration, especially his voices for Toby and Rain, pulled me in and had me feeling more involved in the story and the love that developed between these guys.

Toby and Rain are super hot together, which, of course, I loved, but the story jumped around, I thought quite randomly at times, so it was the narration that had me more invested in this story than I had been when I originally read it. I’m happy I gave Waiting for Rain and Matthew Lloyd Davies a chance.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Stripped Bare Anniversary Celebration Tour with Susan Mac Nicol

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We are so pleased to welcome author Susan Mac Nicol today on her Two Year Anniversary Celebration Tour. It’s been two years since her first M/M novel, Stripped Bare, was published, and to commemorate it, Susan is offering a couple of ways for readers to win some great prizes. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win THREE e-books from Susan’s published work OR the runner-up prize of a set of Men of London magnets.

Good luck!

And now, here’s Susan.

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I have to say that although I published my first novel in 2012 – Cassandra by Starlight– an M/F romance that was well received but didn’t sell – I only really thought of myself as a proper writer when Stripped Bare was published in July 2013. It was the book that catapulted me into the genre through the support and generosity of a lot of people who helped me. It made a lot of sales (to me anyway) and became my first best seller and that’s when I thought I’d really achieved something, rightly or wrongly. It was also the book that got me PAN status with the Romance Writers of America.

The arrival and total acceptance of Shane Templar and Matthew Langer into the reading community at large gave me the appetite to continue in the M/M genre. I kept on writing the books I loved to read, and the books I’d already written as M/F were all changed to reflect two male lead characters instead. It took some doing but I did it. Saving Alexander, Love and Punishment, and the two Double Alchemy books were all written with female leads originally.

Matty and Shay JenI’ve honestly never looked back. I’ve only been writing in the genre for just under two years now and got to do some amazing things. I attended the UK LGBTQ Meet in Bristol in 2014 and met many of the authors that I’d read and loved as a reader. What a privilege it was to see those authors and interact with them. I’m off to Euro Pride Con in Munch in July to meet up with fellow authors, bloggers and fans. And I’m at UK GBTQ Meet this year as well.

I’ve been able to give something back to the LGBTQ community by donating proceeds of book sales to various charities and getting involved and contributing to projects like the Keith Milano Fund for Suicide Prevention.

I’ve become part of a mystical transformation project called Talliston all because I joined a writing circle run by a man who had a vision to transform his house into something incredible. I’ve officiated at his and his husband’s wedding, performing their Hand fasting ceremony. I’ve made incredible friendships, both virtual and face to face, people I could never have hoped to meet had I not written. I’ve gotten merry (well, okay rather more than merry) with two young gay pole dancers all because I wrote a book about a sexy pole dancing carpenter with a fear of sheep.

As a result of being involved in this industry, I’ve seen an opportunity to try and help authors do things slicker and better in their promotional activity and am in the process of designing some software which I hope will help. With said help of one of the aforementioned pole dancers. :)

I’ve learnt so much about the writing craft, and the publishing industry. I’ve also become Editorial Manager for an online LGBTQ magazine. This is another very rewarding area of my life, and I get to meet and speak to some diverse creative people across the globe.

My life has become richer and more rewarding with every day that passes because I’m involved in something special, something unique and quirky. The M/M community is one of the most supportive I’ve ever seen and continues to amaze me with their warmth and willingness to help everyone. Of course there are the bad apples, but we don’t dwell on that aspect. We move forward. And life seems to have become righter but a lot busier since that first M/M book was published. And I love very minute of it.

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Stripped BareBlurb — Stripped Bare: Now that Shane Templar has stripped the armour from Matt Langer’s heart, will either of them ever be safe again?

Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.

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Excerpt: “Oh no, I want you, pretty boy. You made my life a misery with those disgusting pictures you put on my phone. I know it was you. No one else could have done that. That and your complete lack of respect for me and my boss. This is payback time. I’ve been planning this a while. I even paid the bouncers to look the other way while I took care of business. They’re old friends, so they won’t say anything.”

Stripped Bare tiedShane righted himself and finally was able to face his attacker. He didn’t feel particularly strong, the drink and the three gut punches making him less than sharp, but he was damned if he was going to let this man beat him anymore. He intended to square up to Roy, and he clenched his fists at his side, ready to take a swing. He’d go down fighting if he had to.

What he wasn’t prepared for was the sudden swing of a baseball bat that connected violently with the left side of head, causing him to jerk to the side, driving him to the ground. He heard a crack in his ears, felt his cheek smack the pavement as his head exploded. His vision blurred. The pain in his temple was agonising.

He vomited up everything he’d eaten and drunk as lay on the cold grey pavement. His left hand had twisted awkwardly beneath him and he’d felt something snap when he went down.

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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, geek, 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 banish 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 people.

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

Find Susan At: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Tsu | YouTube | Pinterest | Blog | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks for popping in to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. We’re helping some authors do a little celebrating this week with anniversaries, cover reveals, and our next GayRomLit guest post, and, of course, we’ll have lots of reviews too.

Here’s what’s coming up!

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Monday – Author Susan Mac Nicol is back to kick off the week, as she celebrates the second anniversary of her first M/M publication, Stripped Bare

Tuesday – We have not one but two cover reveals coming your way today, the first an exclusive for Jordan L. HawkDangerous Spirits, the sequel to Restless Spirits

The second reveal is for the upcoming anthology Charmed and Dangerous, a collection of spec fic stories from some of the genres best paranormal/fantasy authors, one of which happens to be Jordan L. Hawk

Wednesday – We bring you another Countdown to GRL guest today, with a guest post from author Lissa Kasey

Thursday – Today we’ll welcome author Charlotte Ashe on the tour for her novel The Sidhe

Friday – And finally, authors Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau will close out the week on their Tin Man tour

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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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Cheers, everyone, and welcome! I’m so excited to share who and what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. We’ve got a fantastic lineup of authors and giveaways, a couple of cover reveals, and, of course, lots of reviews to share.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayMarie Sexton kicks off our week with a cover reveal of her novel Shotgun, the latest addition to her Coda series

Also joining us today is author Kate Fierro on the tour for her new novel Love Starved

Tuesday – Our second cover reveal of the week comes to us courtesy of Susan Mac Nicol and her latest novel in the Men of London series, Suit Yourself

A.F. Henley also stops by today with a guest post on the Baby’s on Fire blog tour

Wednesday – Today we have author Rick R. Reed joining us on his Dinner at Fiorello’s blog tour

Author Karen Stivali will also be here with the Moments of Clarity blog tour

ThursdayDebbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney drop by on their Leaving Flowers blog tour

Riptide Publishing and author Heidi Belleau will also be with us today to share the newly remade covers for the Rear Entrance Video series, and the story behind them

Friday – We have Amy Lane with us today to chat about fairy tales and her new novel Immortal

Joining her is Kate Sherwood with a guest post on the Sacrati blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’re hosting the blog tour for Wilde City Press’s new anthology Butt Riders on the Range

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Guest Post: Countdown to Euro Pride Con With Susan Mac Nicol

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The Novel Approach welcomes Susan Mac Nicol as our inaugural guest on the Countdown to Euro Pride Con. I asked Susan to tell us why she loves attending Cons and why she feels they’re important to both authors and readers alike. And please, if you’ve ever attended an author/reader convention, or would just like to attend one, feel free to share why you love them, or what makes you wish to go to one someday.

Now, here’s Susan.

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You may have all seen from the various Facebook posts that I’m attending a couple of conference this year. I wanted to attend more but I’ve just started a new job and don’t want to scare them. :) My boss has been very good so far giving me all the Fridays off for the weekend events. My sister is also getting married in Cape Town in December, so the trip I’d originally planned potentially to GRL in 2015 had to take a back seat so I could afford this instead.

I’ll be at Euro Pride Con in July of course and then again at the Bristol UK LGBTQ Meet in September. I’ve just found out I’m actually on one of the panels- Mystery, myth and magiclegends and the like as inspiration. I’m just a little bit nervous about that….

I love these kind of cons and author meets for a number of reasons, both for the benefit of the author, i.e. moi, and the genre as a whole. We all know that writing can be a lonely existence. The writer sits, surrounded by empty glasses of wine, random pieces of chocolate and crisp wrappers, a dubious web site of sexual content *winks* playing out in a window in the corner of the screen, a plethora of social networking sites open for business, and a propensity to snarl at anyone that comes into this haven and wants to do anything menial, like tell you the house is on fire and You Need To Get Out! The writer ponders, mulls, swears and waves hands around while speaking in tongues, anxious to hear how the phrase just written on screen actually sounds like in real life.

So the opportunity to get away and meet other people of similar ilk who understand your thought and creative process and don’t think that suddenly spitting out the random phrase ‘I don’t talk to dead people, arsehole. That’s not how it works’ is anything to be concerned about. It’s about embracing that energy that flows through an event like this, where you can absorb passion, frustration, joy and even despair without blinking an eye. It’s talking to people who have been through the same writer’s block you have, experienced the same irritation at a plot line that just won’t fit even though you want it in the story, and also the sheer bliss when something just comes together the way you wanted it.

Of course, all of this melding of the minds and camaraderie is beneficial for the reading community too. They get to reap the rewards of these get togethers; bask in the sunshine that is the author who may have been given some great advice on how to progress; rapture in the words flowing off the page that a good glass of wine might have unleashed as the writer relaxes their mind and body; and wallow in the satisfaction of a job well done because inspiration just happened to be something the writer experienced (while drinking said wine.) Oh all right, so not all of us do the whole wine thing. Sue me. :)

I have other events planned for 2016 as by then the boss will be used to my whinging to take time off for my writing career. I’d love to make the US in 2016 too, so need to think which event will be best suited to this journey. If you have any suggestions as to the best one to attend, I’m all ears. I really need to meet my publisher Boroughs in San Diego, my friend Shanella Mc Beth in Baltimore, the wonderful Scott Burkett and Greg Meier in Florida and various others scattered around far and wide. I doubt I’ll fit them all in, but I’ll try. In the meantime, authors, do yourself a favour and arrange to come to a meet, and readers and bloggers, please keep attending these events. We need you, as you are the lifeblood of the promotional machine that keeps us writers in a never ending supply of coffee. :)

~Susan Mac Nicol

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Sneak PeekHappy Sunday, everyone, and welcome back to another peek at what we have in store for the week ahead. Not only do we have some great authors, giveaways, and reviews in store for you, but we have a special Countdown to Euro Pride Con kicking off this week right here at The Novel Approach, so be sure to watch for our first two guests, Susan Mac Nicol and Morticia Knight. And there’ll be much more to come!

Our Book of the Month picks are also being hosted at Mary Calmes’s blog right now, so pop on over for a chance to win TWO e-copies of any of our chosen titles

Here’s a look at what’s on tap.

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MondayAmy Lane kicks off the week on the Vulnerable blog tour, the first book in her newly re-released Little Goddesses series

We’ll also welcome Mickie B. Ashling today on the Chyna Doll blog tour

TuesdayJoseph Lance Tonlet stops by to discuss the first book in his edgy new serial, Brothers LaFon

We’ll also have Susan Mac Nicol joining us with a guest post to kick off the Countdown to Euro Pride Con

Wednesday – It’s going to be a Brad kind of day today. First, Brad Vance joins us on the Have a Little Faith in Me blog tour

Then, we’ll have an exclusive excerpt from Brad Boney and his newest release from Dreamspinner Press, YES

Thursday – Today we’ll be hosting Kirby Crow and the Hammer and Bone blog tour

Morticia Knight will also be joining us with our second Euro Pride Con Countdown post for the week to talk about her new release The Fear of Surrender

Friday – Author Anna Lee stops by today on the His Soldier blog tour

SaturdayMargie Church is our guest today to talk a little bit about her new book Boston Boyfriend

Sunday – And finally, Trina Lane closes out our week on the Turkish Delights blog tour

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Interview and Giveaway: The Sight and Sinners Blog Tour With Susan Mac Nicol

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The Novel Approach is happy to welcome Susan Mac Nicol today on the Sight and Sinners blog tour. Enjoy the short interview we did together, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for the chance to win an e-copy of any TWO of Susan’s books, winner’s choice.

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Q: Welcome, Susan, it’s lovely having you here with us today. Let’s start out talking about a big part of Sight and Sinners’ storyline: do you believe in the sixth sense? Have you ever known anyone personally who’s exhibited a talent for second sight?

A: I do believe in it. I don’t know anyone that actually has demonstrated it like Taylor has but I have had experiences where something has happened, without knowing why, and it has reaped benefits. My husband and I were driving down a road one night. It was a road we drove every single day. For some inexplicable reason, instead of continuing to turn right at the traffic lights like we would normally have done, he turned right directly into someone’s driveway. We sat and looked at each other for a minute, and he said, “I don’t know why I did that.” He pulled out and as we started to drive down the road again, a huge truck shot the red traffic light ahead of us and sped away. If we hadn’t been ‘distracted’ we probably would have been hit. So – guardian angels or my husband having a premonition – who knows. It probably saved our lives.

Q: Given its long and storied history, do you believe there are parts of London that have a strong ghostly vibration, as you’ve called it?

A: I’m a big believer in the unknown, the occult and the balance of the Universe between living and dead. My bookcase collection and my very own Witchbox and wand attests to this. :)

Sight and Sinners

One of the most amazing things about being able to travel London is the history and the atmosphere and ambience you find everywhere you go. It’s a vast city, with cobbled streets, houses that lean at weird angles, and mystery and intrigue seep out of the walls and entrances like fog. The stories and the tales that are told are fascinating pieces of the human sub culture of death and survival, of hope and love. It has it all. With all that emotion over the centuries, there is simply no way that the remaining energy and passion left behind after someone moves on, is simply dissipated. It has to go somewhere. Take a look at one of London’s ghost walks…

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Q: What was the most enjoyable part of writing Sight and Sinners? And specifically about bringing two characters like Draven and Taylor together?

A: To see two such varied characters coming together and falling in love – Taylor with his sense of the ‘otherworld’ and his unswerving devotion to it and his emotions and feelings -and Draven, hard-nosed investigator, firmly ground in Earth and all that he can see, touch, taste, and hear – that was wonderful to write. To try and get someone to see another point of view, that which can’t be seen with the human eyes and take a leap of faith in both the person they love and the fact something else exists out there other than the physical – it’s very rewarding to create such a situation. To make two completely different individuals with not much in common fall in love – I loved it. I hope the readers do too.

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91zP9thY5PL._SL1500_Blurb: THE MEN OF LONDON: 
From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.

SEEING THROUGH…

28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.

THE DARKNESS

Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.

Categories: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE

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Susan Mac NicolAuthor Bio: 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 banish 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 people.

Social Media Links: website | blog | facebook | twitter | pinterest | linkedin | tumblr

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekCheers, everyone, and welcome back for a wee peek at all the fun and fantastic guests we have in store for you in the coming week. Articles, interviews, release day celebrations and giveaways galore will accompany another week of reviews here at The Novel Approach, and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondaySkylar M. Cates kicks off the week on the Here for You blog tour

Cardeno C. joins us today as well, on the Home Series blog tour

TuesdayJordan Castillo Price is here today to celebrate the release of the third and final book in the Mnevermind trilogy, Life is Awesome, with an interview

Wednesday – Today, Silvia Violet stops by on the Burning Up blog tour

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol joins us on the Sight and Sinner blog tour

FridayMia Kerick drops by today on the Inclination blog tour

We’ll also have author JT Cheyenne with us on the Ansleigh’s Grotto blog tour

SaturdayRJ Scott is our guest today with an interview on the Max and the Prince blog tour

Sunday – And finally, to close out a busy week, we have author Eli Easton with us on the Howl at the Moon blog tour

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4 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Susan Mac Nicol

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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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

TNA BadgeCheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up this week at The Novel Approach. 

As we head into this holiday week here in the states, I want to take a moment to say thank you so much for your support of what we do here each day. Without the encouragement of readers, authors, and publishers, we wouldn’t be here.

I also want to extend a special word of gratitude to my team of reviewers: Tina, Jackie, Lynn, Lana, Kim, Sammy, Jules, Kathie, Chris, Rena, and Taz. They are the foundation upon which I’ve been able to build TNA into what it is today, and I’m humbled and honored to work with each and every one of them, so thank you!

And now, here’s what’s on tap in the week ahead.

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MondayCharlie Cochrane kicks off the week today on the Best Corpse for the Job blog tour.

Susan Mac Nicol’s Love You Senseless review blog tour also hits TNA today, with a giveaway

TuesdayGregory Jonathan Scott’s Take to the Sky blog tour stops in with a steamy little excerpt and a giveaway

Talia Carmichael is also here with a guest post on the Best Laid Intentions blog tour

WednesdayRhys Ford is with us today with “State of the Rhys” and a cover reveal of the upcoming DSP Publications release Black Dog Blues

Jane Davitt also makes us a stop on the Lucky Strike blog tour

ThursdayIt’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, so we’ll give thanks to John Goode for stopping by on his Going the Distance blog tour, with a giveaway

FridayRJ Scott joins us today on her Texas Fall blog tour, with a giveaway

Saturday Renae Kaye is our closing guest this week on her Safe in His Arms blog tour and giveaway

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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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4 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Reviewed by Tina, Susan Mac Nicol

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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Susan Mac Nicols’ “Double Alchemy” Is Witches, and Warlocks and Sprites–OH MY! – Reviewed by Sammy


“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling


Title: Double Alchemy

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Burroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 353 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
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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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Here’s A Sneak Peek At A Busy Week!


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. We’ve got loads of good stuff coming up in the week ahead, including a couple more guest posts to celebrate the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia and another Countdown to GayRomLit guest visit. Watch for some great articles, interviews, giveaways, and reviews.

But first, I have an introduction to make. As all of you know by now, the LGBT reviewing community is about to lose one of its staunchest supporters, Becky Condit. Mrs. Condit Reads Books will be closing its virtual doors on May 31, 2014, and though it will be a great loss, The Novel Approach is making an equally great gain. Jules Lovestoread will be joining our crew, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her with us, so, without further ado, here’s a little intro to our very own Jules:

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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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Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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2.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Sammy, Susan Mac Nicol

Waiting For Rain by Susan Mac Nicol Teaches Us To Look Beyond Our Fears And Find Love.


”Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.” – Erica Jong


Title: Waiting For Rain

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 280 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss.

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Susan Mac Nicol’s “Waiting For Rain”, With A First Kiss And A Giveaway!


The Novel Approach is thrilled to welcome Susan Mac Nicol back on her Waiting for Rain Blog Tour. Read on for an excerpt, watch the gorgeous trailer, and see how you can win an e-copy of Worth Keeping or Waiting for Rain!

BLURB: The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.

Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain’s trust and Toby’s history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.

Excerpt: a scene from Rain’s POV- their first kiss…

The next couple of hours were spent dragging equipment from the van into the bar room. Lucas and I were sweating like the condensation on an ice-cold Coke by the time we’d finished. I’d just finished straining to put down a particularly big saw blade. As I let it drop to the floor, there was a loud ripping sound, and I felt a cool breeze where no breeze should blow. Lucas broke into peals of laughter as he pointed at my back.

“Fuck, Rain, you’re showing your skin, mate. Your bloody shirt has just ripped in two right down the middle!” His hilarity was not only off-putting, it was also really not on. I was standing in the middle of a swanky hotel with a shirt on my back that was ripped in half, flapping like wings.

“Christ, what do I do now?” This denim shirt had definitely had its day. “I don’t have anything else to bloody change into.” I looked at Lucas in dismay. He was laughing so hard now the tears fell down his ruddy cheeks. I was going to get no help from him.

I growled at him. “I suppose I’d better see if I can find the manager or someone and see if they have a lost property section. Maybe they can loan me a shirt, or it’ll mean driving home to go get one. I don’t fancy that much.”

I walked to the door and down the corridor, shrugging my shirt off as I did so. I rolled it up into a ball, about to throw it in a rubbish cart in the corridor on my way to reception, when I heard a soft cough behind me. I turned to find a man about my age staring at me. His right eyebrow was raised questioningly, and his face was very polite. He was well dressed in a suit and tie, his mid-length dark-blond hair artfully mussed and gelled. He was lean and wiry and very bloody sexy. My groin twitched in interest. I gazed at him, and he gazed back warily.

“Sir, we don’t generally allow people to wander around the hotel shirtless. It’s hotel policy. May I ask what’s wrong?” His voice was quite deep, a mix of Cambridge posh and something else. I scowled.
“I don’t usually make a habit of walking around half-naked. Not in public in hotels, anyway.” The other man’s eyes narrowed slightly, and his nostrils flared. “I can assure you that if I had a choice, I’d still be wearing a shirt. It ripped in half, so it was no bloody good to man or beast. I was going to ask the management staff if they had an overall or something I could put on. Maybe something from lost property—I assume you have one of those?” I raised an inquiring eyebrow at him. He licked his lips. He had very nice ones, I noticed distractedly. Full and pouty, definitely good for kissing.

Christ, Rain, get a grip, man! Stop ogling the staff. I was twenty-eight years old, but I was acting like an adolescent kid.

“I see.” He moved forward and extended a hand. “Toby Prentiss. I’m the general manager here. I’m sure we can find you something to wear, Mr.…?” He raised his eyebrows again, looking very alluring, and I gave a mental groan.

It has definitely been too long since I’ve gotten laid.

“Rain Engel. I’m here to build the new bar you guys ordered.” I shook his hand. A slight electric current ran through my palm as he touched it. He pulled his hand away quickly. He tried hard not to stare, but his gaze seemed hypnotically drawn to my hairy, bare chest. I suppressed a grin. This could be fun. I felt the thrill of the chase. My instincts at spotting other gay men were normally spot-on.

“Rain? That’s an unusual name.” He swallowed as I moved a little closer to him. I wanted to test my theory.

“It’s a long story. My name is Reinhardt. It was shortened to Rhine, mostly. But my last boyfriend didn’t like it. He said it was too Germanic. So he called me Rain, and the name stuck.”

I knew I smelled rank, but I could still see his pupils dilate slightly. He nodded. He’d definitely noticed the word “boyfriend.”

“You have a slight accent too. Where’s that from?”

I moved a little closer, watching his lips. He seemed mesmerized by my slow dance forward. “South Africa. I was born in Durban, then moved over here when I was ten. Eighteen years ago. I never seem to have lost some of the accent, though.” I cocked my head at him. “Are we done with the inquisition? I’m getting a little cold.” I looked down pointedly at my nipples, which were indeed hardening—but not from the cold. He cleared his throat as his eyes were drawn to them, and his pale cheeks grew rosy. He looked absolutely fucking adorable. I felt the stirring in my groin and smiled slightly.

Chalk one up to me.

“Of course. Let me try and find you something to wear. I don’t think we have any overalls, but I do have a lost property section with some tee shirts and such. But if you’re worried about wearing someone else’s clothes, perhaps I might have something that will fit you….” Toby’s voice trailed off as I shifted my shoulders. His face fell, and he shook his head in resignation as he realized we really weren’t a match.

Not in that way, anyway.

“No offense, but I’m not sure your clothes would fit.” I shrugged. “Lost property will do just fine. Let’s see what you’ve got.” I wasn’t sure whether he took the double entendre in my words, but I think he did. He stared at me, nodded, and motioned at me to follow him. It was a good move. His arse was a really great fit in his fancy pants, tight twin globes that moved with every step he took. I enjoyed the view. I spotted his face in the mirror as we passed down the hall. He was smiling.

My first thought was, shit, he’s seen me watching. My second one was, God, he has a great smile.

“Are you ogling my backside?” Toby asked in amusement. “I kind of think you were.”

I gave the only comeback I could think of. “It’s a nice backside. Who wouldn’t?”

He looked back at me and grinned as he reached a wooden door in the hallway. He took a bunch of keys off his belt, chose one, and inserted it in the lock. The door swung open. The room was dark and musty. He flicked on a light switch and entered, muttering to himself as he checked shelves.

“I know there was a sweatshirt and a bunch of tee shirts that some guy left from the wine-tasting convention we had here about a month ago. And then there was a suitcase that was left behind which had some really good stuff in it.” He sounded envious. “It was all Pierre Cardin and designer wear. I don’t know how anyone could just leave that behind. Where the hell is that bloody stuff?”

I listened to him ramble, thinking I’d never heard anything so completely cute. Although Toby might have boxed my ears for describing him as “cute.” He gave a sudden exclamation of satisfaction and pulled out what looked like a dark-green tee shirt and a large red hoodie, turning to me with a flourish.

“Eureka. I thought….” His voice trailed off as I moved forward, closer to him, and breathed in his ear.

“Toby, you are the sexiest thing I’ve seen in months. And I really want to kiss you.” I hoped my gaydar was right, or I could be about to get decked or arrested for sexual harassment. His breathing deepened. Toby was about six foot and I was six three, and I found him looking up at me a real turn-on. His lips parted slightly, and I took that as a yes. I moved in quickly, pressing my mouth against his, feeling the warmth and softness as he sighed slightly and leaned into me. I forced my tongue against his lips, parting them roughly, sliding my tongue in to touch his, slicking it against the underside of his as he slicked back. In that small room, with the smell of unwashed clothing, my sweat, and his cologne, time seemed to stop, and there was only the taste of this man in my mouth and the hardness of his cock against my groin. I felt like exploding. It had been too long.

Toby tasted like coffee and warmth and pure sex. His breathing into my mouth drove me crazy with sheer want, and the movement of his lips and tongue on mine was expert, teasing. I cupped his backside in my hands, pressing him against me, feeling his body shudder against mine. Lost in the moment, I groaned when he pulled away, his lips wet, his eyes unfocused. I reached out a hand to pull him back, and he moved away.

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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. The first year Sue was back in the UK, it snowed on her birthday, as it did the day she was born in 19*coughs* and she swears this was England welcoming her back.

Sue’s career has mostly been in the financial services area and she specialises in what she calls ‘boring’ compliance and regulatory work. That’s why she escapes into the world of writing and fantasy where she chats to her characters ad nauseum and is overjoyed when they reply. It beats the monotony of legalese, contracts and legislation and let’s face it, writing hot scenes between men can only be rewarding.

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, whose ‘creator’ is a man who is both a Bard and a Shaman. It makes for a really interesting evening and dinner conversation. She lives in the quaint village of Bocking in Essex, set in the countryside and not far from the sea should she get the yen to eat oysters.

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