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Book Review: Suit Yourself by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Suit Yourself
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #3
Heroes: Oliver Brown/Leslie Scott
Genre: MM Contemporary
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Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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 flamboyant 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 motorcycle 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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Honorary Blogger Susan Mac Nicol: Reasons Why My Story Is Different + Giveaway!

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Reasons Why My Story Is Different

by Susan Mac Nicol

Oh yes, there are a few books out there with this theme. I’ve read Harper Fox’s ‘Tyack and Drayne’ mysteries and love every one of them. I think the reason my story is different is because it’s not so much about helping the police with formal investigations, but rather Taylor trying to ease his pain over a friend’s death and unravel the mysterious circumstances around it for his own peace of mind. He also wants to bring closure to a man who is on the edge trying to retain what’s left of his family.

This is less about the police work and the investigations and more about a man (Draven) who is a real sceptic coming face to face with someone he doesn’t believe in (Taylor) and having everything he thought was true in his grounded world come apart. It’s about the frailty of the human psyche in managing a gift like this and the loneliness that ensues as a result. It’s about someone with a special gift telling you something you really don’t want to hear but knowing it’s the right thing to do.

As it was in Love You Senseless, this is about Taylor bringing peace to other people using his talent and at the same time, causing havoc within himself. And of course, the fact there is a hot investigator with a past tragedy in his own life just makes it that little bit more interesting.

I think Taylor sums up the whole raison d’être of a psychic in these words.

Taylor swallowed. “I’m sorry you feel that way.” His throat was dry, his stomach roiling at Draven’s harsh words. “I’m just a messenger, believe me, it’s no fucking fun for me either. I didn’t ask for this gift, I was cursed with it, and sometimes it seems more heartache than it’s worth.”

And

Taylor’s temper flared. “I’m sorry that I’m not able to switch it on and off like a fucking light switch, Dray, just to stop you hurting. I’m just passing on a message from a boy that thinks you’re holding onto him for your own needs, not his.”

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About Sights and Sinners

SMSight and Sinners_4THE 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.

Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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About Susan Mac Nicol

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.

Find out more about Susan on her WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedIn & Tumblr.

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As part of this blog tour, Susan is giving away 2 copies of Double Alchemy and Double Alchemy: Climax!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out Susan65’s review of Sights and Sinners to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Book Review: Sights and Sinners by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by Susan65

SMSight and Sinners_4Title: Sights and Sinners
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #2
Heroes: Draven Samuels/Taylor Abelard
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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.
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Honorary Blogger Susan Mac Nicol: Recipe for Love + Giveaway!

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Recipe for Love

by Susan Mac Nicol

I didn’t start off to write a story about chefs. I wanted to write a story set around a central place where people could meet. So I thought a restaurant would be a really good place. A place with character where people felt welcome. I also wanted to write about a man who had lost everything-in his eyes anyway -and felt himself to be half the man he used to be. So a chef who had lost his sense of taste and smell sort of fit in with the idea of the restaurant.  So Love You Senseless came to be.

Recipes- as I don’t cook much, I can’t really claim to have a recipe to share. I’d feel a bit like a fraud. I guess if I wanted to be cheesy, I could make a recipe for Love ?

Take two men, one seasoned with tragedy and another one flavoured with compassion

Throw them into a mixing bowl of cosmopolitan influence, warm and inviting seasoning, and mix well.

Add a soupcon of supporting ingredients, some intense moments, flares of passion, and a pinch of red head, and place in an oven that’s been turned up to scorching…

Bake for a while, while enjoying a nice glass of Rioja, then remove dish, sit back and relax and enjoy.

I can’t think of anything better I’d rather do myself ☺

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About Love You Senseless

MoL_Love You Senseless_coverLondon’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

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.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Available at: Smashwords, Amazon & All Romance eBooks

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About Susan Mac Nicol

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.

Find out more about Susan on her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn & Tumblr.

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As part of this blog tour, Susan is giving away copies of Saving Alexander & Stripped Bare!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out Susan65’s review of Love You Senseless to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Book Review: Love You Senseless by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Love You Senseless
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #1
Heroes: Gideon Kent/Eddie Tripp
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 160 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

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.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.
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Honorary Blogger Susan Mac Nicol: 5 Things You Never Knew About Susan Mac Nicol – Excerpt + Giveaway!

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5 Things You Never Knew About Susan Mac Nicol

by Susan Mac Nicol

Now you’re asking me to tell you my deep, dark secrets….let me have a think about this one…. *gazes into space and grins*

Rightio then. Some of you who follow my blog may know this already, but if not, it’s quite a cute little story.

I was once picked up for being a prostitute. By a punter, thank God, not the police.  There I was minding my own business and this happened…. http://www.susanmacnicol.com/the-time-i-was-mistaken-for-a-prostitute-honestly/

I once dated a man, a red head with lovely green eyes and freckles. I definitely have a thing for red heads –gingers, auburn, carrot tops-I love them all. That’s why I created the character of Eddie in my new series, so I could showcase the much forgotten attributes of a red headed man. Said red headed boyfriend ended up in a psychiatric facility (not because of me though) but that’s a story for another day…

I have a murderer in my family tree. Now you might think this statement is a little blasé but I can assure you, it’s an attention getter. My mum’s cousin killed his wife (she was involved with some sort of cult) and then killed himself. It was an absolute tragedy and the story was well covered in the Yorkshire news but still, very tragic indeed. We still don’t know exactly what happened and probably never will.

My aunt Delia was once engaged to Cliff Richard. Yep, it’s completely true. She was a dancer in an old UK variety show called the Black and White Minstrels and she met Cliff when she was in the show. They were together quite a while and then he dumped her. Apparently his mother told him he had to concentrate on his career. She was devastated. I have a lovely picture of the together in a garden, looking really happy. And no, I’ve never met Sir Cliff … I wouldn’t mind though.

I have a bit of a phobia about what we in South Africa call ‘goggas’. (Pronounced with a real guttural feel and sounding like you’ve just hawked up a pile of spit.) These are what are commonly known as insects. I’m not fond of flying insects, like beetles and the like, as when I was younger, they used to get stuck in my really curly hair. (I was a Shirley temple lookalike when I was a kid). They would fidget about in my hair with their little scrawny legs and give me the shivers. Very icky.

Well, I hope that’s entertained you all a little and that you have a little bit more insight into the ‘me that is me’. Be warned though -I’ve kept all the really juicy bits for my memoirs….

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About Love & Punishment

Love and Punishment2SMOn 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.

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.

Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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An Excerpt from Love & Punishment

Anthony walked down the hall. He reached the bedroom and gently pushed the door open. He saw Flynn framed in the light of the lamp shining from the lounge. He lay, apparently asleep, on the leather and wood divan Anthony had brought over from Italy. Its dark burgundy colour contrasted with what Flynn wore, which was nothing but a black thong lying stark against his pale skin. The divan was under the window. The bed covers were rumpled, as if Flynn had been sleeping. His robe was draped across the foot of the bed. Anthony moved towards the gleaming body of his supine lover.

Flynn’s face was turned away towards the back of the sofa. His dark hair was tousled and his arms stretched above his head to the right. He wore a blindfold. Anthony felt a stir in his groin seeing those lean, hairy legs stretched out wantonly, inviting him to run his hands up and over his groin. Even appearing asleep, Flynn had the power to excite him, to make Anthony hard and ready. He stepped towards him, watching the rise and fall of Flynn’s chest with their already hardened nubs. Anthony wanted to run his tongue over that chest, with its smattering of fine hair, to take Flynn’s nipples in his mouth and suck them until Flynn groaned in pleasure. As he got closer in the dim light he saw the hands with their bonds of silk. Green bonds lay dark against Flynn’s wrists, fastened to the wooden struts of the upright chair arm. His hands were tight fists. Anthony chuckled softly, a noise that sounded loud in the stillness of the room.

“Been waiting long?’ he whispered as he took off his jacket. ‘I tried to get home as soon as I could.”

Anthony knew the bonds would be loose so Flynn could break free if needed but he also knew he wouldn’t. It was the way the game was played.

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About Susan Mac Nicol

Susan 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. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.

Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.

You can find out more about Susan on her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Tumblr.

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As part of this blog tour, Susan is giving away one copy of each of Double Alchemy and Double Alchemy: Climax! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Love & Punishment to see what she thought of it!

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Book Review: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

Reviewed by JustJen

3Title: Love and Punishment
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Heroes: Anthony Parglietto/Flynn Parker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 261 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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.
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Honorary Blogger Susan Mac Nicol: Susan’s Perfect Man + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Susan’s Perfect Man

By Susan Mac Nicol

I’m often asked what my ideal man would look like. What type of personality would he have and is there a specific profession that might leave me drooling.

My daughter and I have an ongoing disagreement. She is very fond of overly large muscle bound men with huge pecs, washboard stomachs, arms like hocks of hams, and hair. She likes hirsute men. I don’t. I’m not overly fond of too much hair on my blokes, I certainly don’t mind a treasure trail, or a finely tasteful smattering on the chest, but I draw the line at hairy backsides and I certainly don’t like my men looking like grizzly bears.

I definitely prefer a man to have the body of a swimmer, tall, lean, muscled, smooth skinned, muscles playing under skin and a tight, round arse. Flat stomach is preferred, if it’s a six pack, all the better. My idea man is probably Cade Mairston. He’s gorgeous and not one I would say no to. For anything he might want. I love dark men, strong eyebrows, quirky smiles, warm eyes and thick hair. I’m not averse to blonds or dirty blonds (the dirtier the better I hear you murmur?) if they look like Shane Templar or Quinn Fairmont.

My men have to have a sense of humour and intelligence. They don’t have to be Mensa members by any means because I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them but they need to be great conversationalists and entertaining. I’d prefer a man that reads, and if he wears sexy designer glasses when he gets into bed at night in his silky boxers, all the better. I don’t mind boxers or briefs. Either will do me until it’s time for them to come off. Then of course the measure of the man underneath the underwear is important. Size is important -don’t ever let anyone tell you different *grins*

Then when he sits in bed and smiles at me across the top of those sexy spectacles with that glint in his eyes that says’ ‘Be there soon, wait for me’, as he then turns his attention to the geeky process of being a hacker, a software developer, a computer games creator -yep, that’s my secret, I like ‘em geeky- I can give a satisfied grin , lay back on my satin pillows and wait for him to finish what he’s doing in the knowledge that later, he’ll be all mine.

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Excerpt

Quinn’s eyes flashed violently at his uncle. “I am not fucking losing him to the depths of a bloody Hampstead Heath pond.”

He knelt down beside Cade again, closing his eyes as he tried once more to heal, but the wound just kept seeping blood, now at a much slower rate than before. Cade’s face was ash white, his dark hair standing out starkly against the deathly pallor of his face.

Quinn. Your Cade is nearly gone. You have to put him in the water now before it is too late. There is no time for your modern medicine. He will not survive unless you do it now. The Water Sprites will take him and heal him as long as there is still a spark of life left in him.

“I can’t. Don’t ask me to do that. I can’t.” Quinn’s voice was strangled as he struggled to compose himself. His body was cold, his mind sluggish and he had never felt so desperate.

Daniel strode forward and despite his small and wiry frame, he picked Cade up in his arms. He looked at Quinn, his voice resolute. “He’s dying. This may be the only way to save him.”

Quinn growled and reached out with a hand to hold him back. Daniel sidestepped him and looked at him with a resolute expression. “You can hurt me if you want but it won’t help Cade. This is all we have left to try before he dies.”

Quinn’s hand still gripped him tightly and the older man winced.

“If anyone is going to do this, it’s going to be me.” Quinn’s voice cracked and he held out his arms. Wordlessly, Daniel placed Cade in Quinn’s outstretched arms and Quinn pulled his lover closer to his body. He walked down to the water’s edge and waded in as Daniel watched helplessly from the bank, his face stark. Quinn gently laid Cade down in the water. He seemed to float for a while, hair spreading about in the water like black smoke. His face was still, eyes closed as Quinn held tightly onto his cold hand, rubbing his thumb over the engagement ring. Quinn’s vision blurred as tears filled his eyes.

You need to let Cade go. Let him join his kind below the water. Trust me.

Taliesin’s voice was soft, compassionate. Quinn heaved a shuddering sigh as Daniel joined him in the water, laying a comforting arm on his.

“I can’t—” Quinn shook his head in grief, his heart breaking.

His uncle took hold of his shoulders, firmly holding him back. “There’s no other way, son. Let him go.”

Quinn relinquished his grip on Cade’s hand, standing there as he heard a soft splash and saw the water rippling around them. As they watched, two sets of pale hands emerged out of the water, and slowly, lovingly, Cade was dragged gently beneath the dark waters of the pond. Quinn saw the hand with his ring on it slowly disappear under the water. It was the last glimpse he had of the man he loved.

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About Double Alchemy: Climax

DA Climax-2Powerful 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.

Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble & All Romance eBooks

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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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The prize in this blog tour is a chance to win an eBook copy of Double Alchemy AND The Gift of Magic by Susan Mac Nicol! Just click the link below to enter!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above.  Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway but will be welcome anyway.

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

Good luck!

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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
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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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