Susan Mac Nicol: Worth Keeping & The Gay Male Romance Genre


I’ve been intrigued by the whole phenomenon of women both writing and reading gay male Romance novels. I started out reading this genre when I began writing my new detective thriller Born Human. One of the characters is a bisexual serial killer, a man who uses whomever he can to achieve his goals.

Since I needed to write sex scenes between two men, I needed to know how it was all done. That might sound a little disingenuous but honestly? I know the basics of gay man sex, but in order to do the best I could in making my two men enjoy themselves, I needed to know a little more than the basics.

So I researched the topic. My web browser has never seen such action, I can promise you. It certainly saw more than it ever had before. Gay chat sites, gay sex education sites, ‘How To’ YouTube videos, medical sites that dealt with the subject and of course, the occasional soft gay porn site.

It started out, I promise you, all in the name of research. I bought books by well know authors already established in the genre, such as Kindle Alexander, Josh Lanyon, Con Riley, L A Witt, Sue Brown, Liz Lister to name but a few. And the more I read, the more I wanted to read. Reading a smoking hot, sexy romance story between two men was becoming an obsession. I kid you not.

This genre, with all its different facets of BDSM, romanticism, involving macho professions like cops and fireman and others less so, such as authors and professors, are still stories of just plain honest to goodness men dealing with everyday life. It’s addictive.

I asked bestselling author Liz Lister what she thought the fascination for women was, wanting to both read and write these types of books. She said, and I quote:

I think that if you really like men and enjoy their bodies, there’s nothing like seeing them get it on together. And the tenderness that two men can show each other in this circumstance is so different from the macho posturing of straight guys that we usually see.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. There is something about two men getting to know each other that transcends the usual male/female relationship course, and I for one am completely in love with it.

I have more works in progress and of course I’ll keep you posted on the development of my next M/M series Double Alchemy and its publication date. Warlocks, witchcraft, supernatural battles, conflict and deception and an emotional struggle between two men who are like the proverbial chalk and cheese falling in love – I hope this sounds intriguing…

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About the Book

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

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

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

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


We have to re-iterate that this Author will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog

“The cast of supporting characters adds depth and color, and the subplot of impending danger is artfully woven into the fabric of two men learning to overcome their own limitations, to open to the possibility of love and to redefine who they are. … this is a novel… Worth Keeping.” – Beach Bum Books

“Susan has written what I found to be a truly wonderful story about two damaged men that fit together in a way that gives them a relationship that can be everything they never dared to dream of.” – T. Kurtz, Book Addict

…it is a beautiful story of survival. It is a story of two men who fought for their lives and there are times they can trip and fall, but somehow they do manage to pick themselves up and face life. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Love it.“ – Johanna Alba Bilbao

“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan. You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors


Tour Giveaway

Susan and her publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, will be awarding a copy of Stripped Bare and a copy of Saving Alexander to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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About Susan Mac Nicol



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

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

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

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

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

Worth Keeping Tour Dates

Monday 3rd February – Sid Love (review and interview)

Tuesday 4th February – Virtual Writers, Inc. (interview) & Mandie Foxylutely (review and guest post)

Wednesday 5th February – Gay List Book Reviews (review and guest post) & Pip Gilmour from Live Your Life, Buy the Book (review and guest post)                                                                              

Thursday 6th February – Charlie Cochet (guest post) & Sarah Madison (review and interview)

Friday 7th February – Kathryn Lively from All Romance (guest post) & Scuttlebutt Reviews (review and guest post)

Saturday 8th February – Beckey White from In the Pages of a Good Book (guest post)

Sunday 9th February – Twitter Interview with Susan Mac Nicol (6pm GMT) (hashtag #WorthKeeping)

Monday 10th February –  Twinsie Talk Book Reviews (review and guest post) & Shh Moms Reading (review and guest post)

Tuesday 11th February – Zipper Rippers (guest post) & Cup O Porn (guest post)

Wednesday 12th February – Tammy Middleton from TTC Books & More (review and guest post) & Scott Burkett from Gay. Guy. Reading (guest post)

Thursday 13th February – Susan Mac Nicol’s site & Sophie Sansregret from Evolved World (review and guest post)

Friday 14th February – Hearts on Fire Reviews (review and guest post) Joyfully Jay (original excerpt)

Saturday 15th February – The Novel Approach (review)

Sunday 16th February – MM Good Book Reviews (review and guest post)


Cover Reveal: Holding on to Hope by Sid Love

The Purple Rose Tea House is thrilled to present Sid Love as he reveals the absolutely stunning cover for his upcoming release. From its beautiful, intricate art to its rich hues, this is a gorgeous cover.

Holding on to Hope

by Sid Love


BLURB: Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine’s Day, he finally finds him. It’s love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn’t make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he’s putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

AUTHOR: Sid Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 68 Pages
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond


RELEASE DATE: 14th February, 2014

AUTHOR BIO: Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics from his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back in time, he has always had an ambitious mind. In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author some day.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word. He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

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Dawn Kimberly Johnson – Button Down & Giveaway!

Thank you, Charlie for inviting me to guest post on your blog today. I greatly appreciate it, and I’d like to give your readers an opportunity to win an autographed print edition of my new novel, but that comes later.

Today I’m talking about family. In Button Down, family is important, both family by blood and family by construction. We all need people who have our backs whether we’re coming out or coming out as an author of gay romance, or both.

When I was first published, my mother was excited for me but wanted to know when I was going to write something she could brag about. I told her to brag about my gay love story, because that’s what I’d written. She didn’t. I can’t really fault her because I didn’t exactly rush to tell every member of my extended family about being published way back in 2009. However, I eagerly told my friends, both here in West Virginia and in Oregon.

But I feel sort of bad now for not giving my family the chance to cheer me on. One of my cousins found out a bit more than a year ago and was upset with me for not telling her sooner that I had been published. She belongs to a reading group, and she told me how proud and excited she felt for me. Another cousin asked where she could purchase my stories. She wanted something to read on the beach during her vacation. Both women admit the subject matter gives them pause or maybe some of the love scenes are a bit explicit for their tastes, but they read my work and enjoyed it. I don’t know that I could ask for more than that.

Then there are members of my family, like my siblings, who may never read my work, but still cheer me on when I sign another contract, and may even recommend my stories to friends they think might enjoy them, which I greatly appreciate.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for every author of gay romantic fiction. One reason some authors write under pen names is to avoid losing their jobs or being harassed or shunned by their friends and relatives. I considered a pen name, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I couldn’t stand the idea of not having my name—my full name—on a novel I had written. I wanted to shout, “Mine!”

Five years later, it just looks obnoxious, but what’s done is done.


Now for my giveaway. Please leave a comment below this post between today and January 21, and be entered into a drawing to win an autographed paperback of Button Down as well as a bookmark featuring my original artwork. The winner will be notified no later than Wednesday January 22.



Blurb: When he finds himself captivated by a movie-star handsome stranger he meets in a bar, lawyer Ford Reilly watches a simple one-night stand develop into a taste of what living honestly might bring him.

Out and proud Gus Hansen has built a small architectural firm from nothing, but could lose it all as he tries to break a contract he signed before knowing about the project’s antigay ties.

After Ford discovers he spent a passionate night with the man on the other side of the dispute he’s handling, he finds himself in more than one quandary. He can either maintain the status quo, enforcing the contract to the letter, or he can defy his overbearing father and break free of the closeted life he’s built for himself in order to be with Gus.

Gus has his own choices to make. He knows the sting of loving a man who hides himself, but the longer he lingers in Ford’s presence, the more difficult it becomes to deny their attraction.


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A native of West Virginia, Dawn earned a BA from the Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and worked as a copy editor at The Charleston Daily Mail for eight years.

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