Blog Tour, & Guest Post – Susan Mac Nicol’s 2nd M/M Birthday Bash

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How do I begin with the story of why I wrote Stripped Bare. I’ve never thought about reading books about men loving men. It had never even been a glimmer in my mind. So when I was researching about man-sex for an M/F book I was writing, which had a bisexual killer who used sex to control his victims, I was gob smacked to find there was a whole genre devoted to this. The first books I ever read were Shawn Lane because they were free and I had to start somewhere. I loved them –they were sexy, hot, and sometimes dirty but a real turn on. I bought more- Kindle Alexander, Brad Boney, K A Mitchell and by the time I’d finished I’d discovered this…this was what I wanted to write.

My son had been toying with the idea of working with an escort agency so we were researching them on the internet. I quite liked the idea of having one of these sexy escorts as a main character in a story. So I mused about it, bit the tip of my metaphorical pencil, and wrote the first paragraph.

I mentioned it to my publisher Boroughs. “How do you feel about me writing raunchy novels about gay men?”

Their resounding reply. ‘Bring-it-on’. I am their first and only M/M writer so far that I’m aware of.

Stripped Bare surpassed my expectations and was an instant best seller. It helped a lot that I’d had support from Kindle Alexander in getting this book to market, and her name appears on the front of it with an endorsement. She was a trooper, giving me the confidence to write this book and take it to publication and no doubt, help it sell, and for that I will be forever grateful to her.
It also helped that I role played in certain groups, introducing Shane and Matthew to the role-players, and they were loved by many. Shane especially with his potty mouth, sarcasm and joie de vivre approach to life was a hit.

And that’s it really. After Stripped Bare I wrote another book and then another and found myself immersed in this world of M/M fiction with some of the most incredibly supportive fans, fellow writers, reviewers and bloggers ever. I treasure each and every one of them and just hope I can keep entertaining them all.

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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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18138740-stripped-bare

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“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.”

Shane 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.

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stripped-Bare-Susan-Mac-Nicol-ebook/dp/B00E2YJYSY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stripped-Bare-Susan-Mac-Nicol-ebook/dp/B00E2YJYSY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Boroughs Publishing: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/stripped-bare

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-strippedbare-1247139-149.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stripped-bare-susan-mac-nicol/1116264166?ean=9781941260111

BOOK TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2C6Qz8C34c

2015NewAbout the author

susanmacnicholSusan 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.

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Scoop.it: http://www.scoop.it/t/romance-and-sex
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6472959.Susan_Mac_Nicol

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The winner will get 3 ebooks of their choice by Susan and the runner up will receive a set of MOL magnets.

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

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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…

Official Tour Page:

http://authoressentials.virtualwritersinc.com/2013/12/worth-keeping-book-tour-with-susan-mac-nicol/

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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…

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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

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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.

Tour-Wide Rafflecopter:

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Tour Event Pages (Facebook and Goodreads):

https://www.facebook.com/events/202803816578033/

https://www.goodreads.com/event/show/917002-worth-keeping-online-book-tour-giveaway

About Susan Mac Nicol

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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)

 

Susan Mac Nicol: Saving Alexander Blog Tour – Choosing a Title

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I think choosing a title for your book is one of the most difficult things to do. In just a few words, you need to sum up the essence of the book while keeping it catchy. The title has to draw the eye, entice the reader to pick it up,  read the blurb, browse the book and hopefully,  buy it.

That’s where I’m lucky to have the creative talent of the Boroughs team, who came up with the titles of Cassandra by Starlight (originally called Reel Life), Confounding Cupid (Valentine Cupid) and The Magick of Christmas (Pas de Deux). I’m proud to say I came up with the title for Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander and Waiting for Rain. I’m learning :)

I mean, can you imagine looking at books like ‘The Great Gatsby’, knowing that Scott F Fitzgerald nearly called this book The High Bouncing Lover? I kid you not. George Orwell’s ‘1984′ was originally called The Last Man in Europe. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ was originally called The Dead-Undead. Not very catchy at all. Ayn Rand’s book ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was called ‘The Strike’ before she thought it gave away too much of the plot so she changed it. And Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, was titled Atticus.

I have to confess though. I came up with the title for Stripped Bare by using one of those title generators you get online. This is a pretty good one. I kept asking it to generate titles and eventually I got the word Stripped in one of them and ‘Bare’ in another and immediately thought ‘ Stripped Bare’.

http://www.kitt.net/php/title.php

I also found some really weird ones, male oriented and very sexual in their creation and I’ve shared a few of them here –

Pleasure in the Sex

Silky Boyfriend

Delicious Boy

The Smooth Husband

Hunter in the Lover

The Licking Flying (?)

The Hustler in the Hustler

Entwined Men

 

Can you imagine picking up any one of these books with a title like that?

There are plenty of lists around with ‘Books with the Worst Titles’ and one of my favourite titles on this list is ‘Knitting with Dog Hair’ with the tag line ‘Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet.’

 It’s a classic. There are plenty more funny and side splitting titles here..

http://www.worldwideinterweb.com/item/4508-worst-book-titles-ever.html

Goodreads also has a great list of titles you can browse through…

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/276.Best_Book_Titles

Book Trailer (click below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7a-KKV7voM

About the Book

Title: Saving Alexander

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Bookseller: Boroughs Publishing Group

Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.

Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet Mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.

Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s last best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.

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Tour Giveaway

Susan and her publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, will be awarding a five-book subscription to their Lunchbox Romance line, plus a copy of Stripped Bare to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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About Susan Mac Nicol

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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 earlier this year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Saving Alexander is her second 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 and the best-selling Stripped Bare.

Saving Alexander Tour Dates

Saturday 2nd NovemberSid Love (guest post) & Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (review, guest post and giveaway)

Sunday 3rd NovemberCharlie Cochet (guest post)

Monday 4th NovemberAnnette Gisby from Zipper Rippers (guest post) & Kathy from Book Reviews and More (guest post)

Tuesday 5th NovemberDianne Bylo from Tome Tender Book Blog (review) & Scott Burkett from Gay. Guy. Reading (review & guest post)

Wednesday 6th NovemberVirtual Writers, Inc. (interview) & Hearts on Fire (review)

Thursday 7th NovemberMrs Condit from Mrs Condit Reads Books (review and giveaway)

Friday 8th NovemberSusan Mac Nicol’s site

Saturday 9th November –  GraveTells (promo)

Sunday 10th November – Twitter Interview with Susan Mac Nicol at 3pm GMT

Monday 11th NovemberSarah Madison (interview)

Tuesday 12th NovemberSophie Sansregret from Evolved Books (review and guest post)

Wednesday 13th November – Twinsie Talk  (review)

Thursday 14th NovemberKathryn Lively from ARe Cafe (guest post)

Friday 15th November – Kirsty Vizard from All in One Place (review)