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Book Review: Double Alchemy: Climax by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by JustJen

DA Climax-2Title: Double Alchemy: Climax
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Double Alchemy #2
Heroes: Quinn Fairmont/Cade Mairston
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.

Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy. Continue reading

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A Blogger Girl Q&A with Susan Mac Nicol + Giveaway

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TBG: Hi, Susan! So great to have you on the blog! We just have a few questions for you to answer 🙂

Where did you come up with the idea for a Withinner and will we see more real time with Taliesin? He was one naughty, but HOT, sorcerer.

Susan: Oh Taliesin is quite a character, isn’t he? Rough, tough and sexy…and dangerous and we all know we love a bad boy  To be honest, I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of each one of us having an alter ego, a dark and a light side, two halves of the same person. So when I started thinking about this book, I conjured up this dark man living in another time as Quinn’s very own ‘magyckal’ presence. The ‘Withinner’ name was simply how I thought of him-Taliesin always lived within another person and hey presto, the term ‘Withinner’ was coined.

TBG: Does Taliesin have the ability to love and live a real life in his world? With his being at Quinn’s beck and call, I can see how that might be an issue. He seems to like to share Quinn’s men (past tense, of course) so I wonder about his own love life, separate from Quinn.

Susan: Absolutely. He’s a bit of a hound dog, bisexual too, especially when it comes to the Fey attraction. He is a distinct real person in his own time in the sixth century, in the time of Merlin and King Arthur, and has his own life. He lives in an isolated stone cottage on the wild Welsh coastline, close to a village, enough to go down to the local tavern and find a willing bar maid or man to ravage. He has an extremely protective nature towards Quinn, and as such, he wants to share in his life and especially in his sex life 

TBG: Was the phosphorescent in the water with Cade a water sprite in disguise? If so, will they make themselves known to him? And will Cade have the ability to change forms once he understands his fey powers?

Susan: Ahh, you’re making me give away all my secrets in Book 2. But yes, there are Sprites in the Hampstead Heath ponds. And yes, Cade gets to know them although not in a way you’d expect and that bit may make you shed a tear or two. Form changing isn’t something I’ve factored into Cade’s story as Sprites are essentially human form but with powerful abilities. But you’ll see how that all works out when you read book 2 *grins syly*

TBG: I understand that Quinn is worried about Cade and his unknown fey powers and what other’s will do, but in what universe does he believe that hiding all that from Cade will work out in his favor?

Susan: Quinn is a typical, arrogant Alpha male. He thinks what he does is just cause, and his love and fierce desire to protect the man he adores above all else tends to colour his judgement. He does mellow though in Book 2 but it’s one event above all others that causes him pain and grief that makes him realise he needs to let Cade develop and that he can no longer keep him in the dark.

TBG: Are there more than two books in this series, or is this it?

Susan: This is it -for now. I have a burning desire to write Taliesin’s story, something more historical and saga driven, so that is always something for me to consider. I have a friend who is a Bard and a Druid and he studied Taliesin in depth as part of his studies, so I know where to go to when I need the history and fact bit. I’d love to see Talisin find his true love, and yes, it will be a man.

TBG: Double Alchemy is a total 180, a complete departure from the first book I’d read of yours, Saving Alexander. Where do you come up with your ideas and influences?

Susan: I have this strange yen to keep writing out of the norm, to constantly challenge myself to see what happens. I don’t write for the market, I write what feels good and what I enjoy. So yes, the paranormal genre is, as you say, a complete turnaround from my usual. I have this fascination with the occult and witchcraft in particular (being a Wiccan myself) and with the story of Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General, on my doorstep here in the county of Essex, I thought I’d combine my love with the M/M genre with the paranormal.

TBG: Have you written any of genres besides gay romance?

Susan: I have written two previous books in my Starlight trilogy, which were M/F. Cassandra by Starlight and Together in Starlight were the first two books I ever wrote. I loved it, and Bennett and Cassie’s story was simply something that had to come out and be told. It was written based on my fixation with a young British actor called Benedict Cumberbatch. Then I found the M/M genre and fell completely in love and that’s where I am now.

TBG: What exciting things do we have to look forward to in future, can you share?

Susan: I’m writing a six book series called ‘Men in London’ which tells the different stories of various men coming together in a restaurant called Galileo’s in Soho. Each story is unique but the restaurant, and the first two characters in the series, Gideon and Eddie, will be a common thread in all. Each book will set up the characters for the next.

Gideon and Eddie’s book is called me ‘Love Me Senseless’. Gideon Kent is an award winning chef and owner of Galileo’s on his way to cooking stardom. Then a house fire and tragedy leave him with the inability to smell and taste. He’s a purist when it comes to his craft and decides he can no longer cook and create signature dishes. Now he simply manages the restaurant. Then along comes Eddie Tripp, another younger and up and coming chef star on the horizon, lauded for great things. Of course there is conflict, passion, envy and lust and one by one, both of these men’s defences fall.

TBG: Thanks so much for coming on The Blogger Girls!

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About Susan Mac Nicol

SueSusan 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, Double Alchemy is her fifth m/m romance.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming 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.

You can reach Susan at WebsiteBlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads, & Pinterest

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About Double Alchemy

Double AlchemyPowerful yet tormented 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.

THE WORLD IN SHADOW

In modern London,, there lurks a warlock. Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured. Sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He also takes pleasure where he can find it.

In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: along with lust comes true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, though a man of the world, Cade knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning, and magyck, peril and passion await.

Available at: Boroughs Publishing GroupAmazon, All Romance eBooksSmashwords

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The prize in this blog tour is a chance to win an eBook copy of either Stripped Bare AND Cassandra by Starlight by Susan Mac Nicol! Just click the link below to enter!

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Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Double Alchemy to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Double Alchemy by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by JustJen

Double AlchemyTitle: Double Alchemy
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Heroes: Quinn Fairmont/Cade Mairston
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing Group, Amazon & Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Powerful yet tormented 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.

THE WORLD IN SHADOW

In modern London,, there lurks a warlock. Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured. Sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He also takes pleasure where he can find it.

In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: along with lust comes true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, though a man of the world, Cade knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning, and magyck, peril and passion await.

Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments