Sarah Granger – A Minor Inconvenience book tour


In A Minor Inconvenience, Hugh’s sister Sophia is rather taken with a gentleman whom Hugh scornfully dismisses as modelling himself after one of Lord Byron’s heroes. The gentleman in question bears all the hallmarks of being misunderstood, brooding and mysterious, with a disdain of social norms. To Sophia’s dismay, the whole concept of a darkly handsome romantic hero is quite lost on Hugh (at least, until Theo Lindsay turns up).

Although that reference to the Byronic hero is the sum total of Lord Byron’s connection to the book, I stumbled across some rather fun facts about him in the course of my more general research, which I thought others might find as interesting as I did.

As well as the whole tempestuous affair with Lady Caroline Lamb and suspected incestuous relationship with his half-sister, he had a more redeeming feature—his love for animals. Forbidden by college rules from keeping a pet dog in his rooms at Cambridge, Byron instead had a tame bear. When his favourite dog, Boatswain, was ill with rabies, Byron nursed him. Given that Boatswain was a Newfoundland—not exactly a small dog—and rabid dogs can become vicious, that seems to me to be taking affection to extremes. I suppose it might be accounted for by the ‘mad’ element of mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Byron intended that they be interred together. As it happened, they weren’t, and Boatswain’s tomb is larger than Byron’s.

Byron apparently travelled with a menagerie. Percy Shelley reported the following when visiting Byron in Venice:

Lord B.’s establishment consists, besides servants, of ten horses, eight enormous dogs, three monkeys, five cats, an eagle, a crow, and a falcon; and all these, except the horses, walk about the house, which every now and then resounds with their unarbitrated quarrels, as if they were the masters of it. . . . [P.S.] I find that my enumeration of the animals in this Circean Palace was defective . . . . I have just met on the grand staircase five peacocks, two guinea hens, and an Egyptian crane.

Lord ByronOn a slightly less whimsical note, there’s the enduring tale that Byron used to drink from a human skull that was found in the grounds of his home, the half-ruined Newstead Abbey, and thought to be that of one of the monks who had lived there. He celebrated the idea in his poem, suitably titled “Lines upon a cup formed from a skull”.

Byron engaged his valet, William Fletcher, after seeing him ploughing a field. Which is always a good skill to have in a valet, of course. One never knows when it might be necessary to leave off blacking boots and starching neckcloths and engage in some agricultural activities. One of Mr. Fletcher’s duties was to rub Lord Byron down after exercise. What with this and the shenanigans of Byron’s muscular young gondolier, I’m quite surprised more of his exploits didn’t end up finding their way into the book. Another time, perhaps!

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About Minor Inconvenience

  • Title: A Minor Inconvenience
  • Author: Sarah Granger
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date: 14th January, 2014
  • Genre: M/M Historical Romance

A_Minor_InconvenienceDuty, honor, propriety…all fall in the face of love. 

Captain Hugh Fanshawe returned from the Peninsular War with a leg that no longer works properly, thanks to a French musket ball. Now his fight against Napoleon is reduced to quiet, lonely days compiling paperwork at Horse Guards headquarters.

His evenings are spent dutifully escorting his mother and sister to stifling social engagements, where his lameness renders him an object of pity and distaste. But his orderly, restricted life is thrown into sudden disarray with the arrival of Colonel Theo Lindsay.

Theo is everything Hugh is not-a man of physical perfection and easy yet distinguished address. Surprisingly to Hugh, Theo appears to be interested in making his acquaintance. Lindsay turns out to be a most convivial companion, and Hugh finds great pleasure in his company. Their friendship deepens when they become lovers.

In spite of himself, Hugh falls desperately in love. But when a French spy is suspected at Horse Guards, Hugh discovers nothing is as it seems.and the paper he shuffles from day to day could be the instrument of his lover’s death.

Warning: Contains gallant English officers in love, dastardly French spies, skintight pantaloons (sometimes on the floor) and gleaming tasselled Hessians.


Hugh was so turned about by the time the next set of dances ended that he had lost sight entirely of Lindsay. He retreated to the edge of the room, seeking a wall to stand against, only to find a hand placed in the small of his back and Lindsay’s voice close against his ear. “Escaping already, Fanshawe? I cannot permit that. We must present a united front if we are to prevail.”

Smiling, he turned his head. Lindsay looked even more handsome than Hugh had remembered, the silver buttons on his uniform coat sparkling in the light and his grey eyes filled with warmth along with the lazy amusement they so often showed.

“Does your united front permit a strategic regrouping?” Hugh asked.

“Music to my ears, Fanshawe. What have you in mind?”

“I was thinking a glass of punch and perhaps some cool air in the hall.”

“With a tactical brain like that, I can’t think how you have not yet been gazetted as general.”

Procuring a glass of cold punch each, they escaped to the hall that ran the length of the house. It proved to be a busy thoroughfare, used by those seeking to move to the card room or the dressing room, or simply to take some cooler air. In unspoken agreement, they moved to the far end and the large window onto Grosvenor Square, where they would not be disturbed. As Hugh turned to speak to Lindsay, he spied a familiar and extremely unwelcome figure reaching the top of the stairs. Stanton was here, and although Hugh thought he cut a most peculiar character in his striped waistcoat, he was fairly sure Sophia would be less discriminating in her taste.

“Damn it,” he said, momentarily forgetting he was in company.

Lindsay followed his line of sight. “Ah,” he said. “I had the impression the other night that Stanton was dangling after your sister.”

“In a manner of speaking,” Hugh concurred grimly.

“I suspected as much. Perhaps what gave me the first clue was when he likened her eyes to the beauty of stars sparkling like bright diamonds in a sky of black velvet and her smile to the sunrise that graced the dew of Eden’s first dawn.”

Hugh turned a revolted eye upon him. “No,” he begged. “No, for God’s sake, even he would not be so—so—”

“Lost in the poetical throes of passionate romance?” Lindsay suggested.

“I was about to say making a cake of himself,” Hugh said. “But Sophia—I am sure that no matter how handsome she might think him, she would never hear such nonsense without succumbing to giggles.”

“It’s possible I exaggerated his words a little,” Lindsay confessed. “Perhaps he merely mentioned how prettily her eyes shone and that her smile could light the room.”

“Well, that’s bad enough,” Hugh said indignantly. “What sort of a fellow spouts such claptrap?”

“I take it you have never courted a lady,” Lindsay said. “At least, not successfully.”

Hugh choked on his punch. And then something, whether honesty or some inner demon, prompted him to answer. “No, I never have.”

Lindsay fastened his eyes on Hugh’s suddenly, and the look in them was such that Hugh found it difficult to breathe.

Praise for A Minor Inconvenience

“…this romance is one of the best period pieces I’ve ever read.” Rainbow Reviews

“Sense and Sensibility meets A Minor Inconvenience ~ I just loved the way this book read; like reading a gay Jane Austen.In the best tradition of a sweeping historical background, Sarah sets the scene for a great romance with all the trimmings and style of the regency era…. The story is intricate and beautifully written.” Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews  (A Minor Inconvenience was one of the site’s Hotpicks for January)

“The writing is beautiful, some of the wry, clever speeches laugh-out-loud funny, and throughout the whole there is such a sense of time and place that you forget that this mundane world of ours isn’t one of breeches and Almacks, Vauxhall gardens and opera dancers.” Anna Butler

“.the humor in this story is a treat!… I applaud the author for delivering a fresh, captivating plot and such wonderfully unique characters as Hugh and Theo. If you are fancying a highly entertaining historical story – you can’t go wrong here.” Live your life, buy the book 

“I loved this book..I think anyone who loves historical romance written in the style of its setting and who likes a plot based story will love it too.” Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books

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About Sarah Granger

Sarah Granger is a sucker for a happy ending. She believes, however, that characters will only fully appreciate their happy ending if they’ve suffered along the way.

Sarah lives in the Cotswolds, an idyllic part of the English countryside with gently rolling hills, dry stone walls of golden stone and fields dotted with sheep. She has shamefully broken with local tradition by not having a rose growing around her front door. When she isn’t writing, Sarah enjoys walking in the countryside with her elderly black Labrador.

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Sarah Madison: Boys of Summer Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Hello all! Welcome the lovely Sarah Madison who’s stopped by on her blog tour to answer some fun questions!


1. What do you feel is the best and worst part of being a writer?

Ah, the best part is that sizzling, buzzing feeling of joy when you create something you love. When you sit down to the keyboard and look up three hours and five thousand words later. When you read a sentence you wrote and think, “Damn, did I write that?”  I’ve been looking my whole life for my ‘passion’, my joy, envious of others who would sacrifice everything and work ridiculous hours to perfect their hobby or their sport. I kept shoving writing aside, thinking it was something I’d played around with as a child and not suited to my grown-up life. Boy, was I wrong! I’m so happy I opened the box where I’d caged my creativity and decided to let it go again. It’s getting that first lovely review that makes your heart sing in a Sally Fields Oscar-winning Speech moment where you realize “they really like me!”

The worst part of being a writer is that stage, usually about three quarters of the way through your story, in which you are convinced that everything you write is crap, that you will never be a successful writer, that you are wasting your time putting words to paper. It’s reading that lukewarm review and feeling the knife twist in your gut. It is acknowledging that you’ve put writing over other things in your life that are also important to you. It’s yelling at the dog to go lie down because you’re finally making some progress on your story. It’s dribbling out a couple of words at a time because you are too tired and drained from work to do anything, let alone something as difficult as breathing life into cardboard characters or fanning the embers of a neophyte story into something that can sustain itself.

Most days the good outweighs the bad. Most days.


2. Is there a genre you haven’t written that you would like to write?

I have a not-so-secret burning desire to write a heterosexual romance with a heroine that I don’t want to bitch-slap twenty pages into the story. One of the reasons I write M/M romance is that I identify more with male characters than most female ones. That doesn’t mean I don’t like rocking hot shoes or that I never wear makeup—just that when I was growing up, men got all the best roles and best lines. Every time I’ve tried to write a traditional romance novel, I’ve fallen into the same tropes and stereotypes that I loathe. Somehow I have to figure out how to write a heroine I can admire and respect who is still feminine. I do have female characters I adore, such as Peggy Carter from Captain America, and Brenda Leigh Johnson from The Closer. One day I’m going to create one all my own.


3. If you were given the chance to hang out with one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

Rodney, the philosophical gargoyle from Raincheck. I fell hard for this character, who expects so little from life and yet is insightful and compassionate. He wouldn’t pull his punches with me—he’d tell it exactly as he sees it—but he would be sympathetic and supportive all the same. I’d love to see the world through his eyes; to get a different perspective on things.


4. In five words, describe your book.

The Boys of Summer: heartbreaking, enlightening, sensual, intense, and satisfying.


5. What was the most challenging part of writing this particular book?

I didn’t want to batter the reader over the head with the historical facts. It was important to me to share what I’d learned while researching the novel but I wanted to bring it to life rather than present a dry recitation of too many facts. I knew, too, that some would object to such a long historical dream sequence in the middle of a contemporary novel. It was a risk I was willing to take in order to share both halves of the story and interweave the two the way I saw it in my mind.


6. What’s the most interesting bit of research you’ve come across while writing?

The part that flat-out staggered me was discovering that many of the young pilots in the Battle of Britain were sent into battle with less than eleven hours of flight time. Eleven seemed such a precise number to document—and such a precious little amount of time to learn how to fly an airplane, let alone do battle with it.


7. What’s a typical day like for you?

I usually get up around six to seven a.m. and take care of the various animals in my keeping before I go to work. My day job is emotionally and physically demanding (I’m a veterinarian) and I often put in ten to twelve hours at work before coming home at night. Sometimes I have several hours of emails to deal each evening, and then, if I’m lucky and I still have any energy left, I do some writing. My dream goal is to make enough money writing so I can cut back on my hours at work and write some more, but that is difficult when many days I am too exhausted to concentrate on the stories that have been teasing me all day long.

One of my goals for the coming year is less time yammering on social media and more time writing. I want to get back to what I love most, which is telling stories.


8. Describe your workspace.

I have several workspaces because I am in a different location every couple of days. My favorite workspace is covered with laminated copies of all my book covers, as  well as pictures of my favorite actors and things that inspire me to write: quotations, places I want to visit, pictures I use for inspiration to get fitter, my animals, and so on. I love being surrounded by images that make me happy.

My favorite quotation is from Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educate derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”


9. E-reader or print book?

Oh, that’s tough. I’ve been slow to embrace the e-reader, mostly because many of my old favorites aren’t available in that format and because I already own over a thousand books here at home. I do love the convenience of deciding to purchase a story and BOOM, there it is on the reader, but my heart sides with the book I can hold in my hand. The one I can read in the bathtub without fear of damage, the one whose bright backlight won’t interfere with my sleep cycle. The one I can read on a sunny day in the park without having to shade it with one hand and it never needs recharging.

I will say that almost all my *new* purchases, however are in the e-format. I do worry about losing the reader though. If you leave the reader behind on the bus, you haven’t just lost one book, you’ve lost your library…


10. Coffee or tea?

My lower lip quivers as I answer this because in the last year I’ve had to give up ALL caffeine. I’d become increasingly sensitive to it over the years and at the beginning of 2013, my blood pressure began shooting through the roof whenever I had anything with caffeine in it. Prior to that, I was a huge tea drinker though. Hot green tea by the pot at my favorite Chinese restaurant. Earl Grey with a little bit of milk the way the British take it. I was a big Pepsi drinker too. Now it’s water for me. I have to be careful how much chocolate I have and how late in the day I eat it too.


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About the Book

Title: The Boys of Summer

Author: Sarah Madison

Genre: M/M Romance

Excerpt: Rated R for language

Bookseller Links: Amazon US (paperback), Amazon US (Kindle), Amazon UK (paperback), Amazon UK (Kindle)

David McIntyre has been enjoying the heck out of his current assignment: touring the Hawaiian Islands in search of the ideal shooting locations for a series of film company projects. What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, great food, sunny beaches…and a secret crush on his hot, ex-Air Force pilot, Rick Sutton. Everything changes when a tropical storm and engine failure force a crash landing on a deserted atoll with a WWII listening post. Rick’s injuries, and a lack of food and water, make rescue imperative, but it takes an intensely vivid dream about the war to make David see that Rick is more than just a pilot to him. Will David gather his courage to confess his feelings to Rick—before it’s too late?

The Boys of Summer has recently been given an Honorable Mention and is one of the finalists in the 2013 Rainbow Awards! The winners will be announced sometime in December.

“Settings are used wonderfully here, becoming so vibrant that they played out like a movie in my mind as I read.” Jessewave

“I devoured it and it has moved into my top ten books of all time.” Josie Goodreads

“Ms. Madison writes with a wonderful, flowing style, her words effortless and magical, drawing you into her story.” Susan Mac Nicol

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Boys of Summer and based on this book I have already earmarked several more Sarah Madison books to read.” Kazza K

“If you’re headed to the beach and can only take one book with you, it should be this one. Highly and delightedly recommended!” Jessewave


FinalistSMThe Boys of Summer has recently been given an Honorable Mention and is one of the finalists in the 2013 Rainbow Awards! The winners should be announced sometime in December.

“Settings are used wonderfully here, becoming so vibrant that they played out like a movie in my mind as I read.” Jessewave

“I devoured it and it has moved into my top ten books of all time.”Josie Goodreads

“Ms. Madison writes with a wonderful, flowing style, her words effortless and magical, drawing you into her story.” Susan Mac Nicol

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Boys of Summer and based on this book I have already earmarked several more Sarah Madison books to read.” Kazza K

“If you’re headed to the beach and can only take one book with you, it should be this one. Highly and delightedly recommended!” Jessewave

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About Sarah Madison

Like most writers, Sarah Madison was a story-teller as a child. She couldn’t help herself! She carried a grubby spiral notebook with her everywhere she went, filling it with stories about dogs and horses. When she reached the end of high school, however, she packed up all her creativity in a box and placed it on a shelf, to be stored with other childhood memories. She worked hard at her job and thought that being passionless was just what growing up was all about.

One day she woke up. She opened the box on her shelf and discovered much to her surprise, her passion was there, just waiting to be claimed again.

Now, writing sometimes takes precedence over everything else. In fact, when she is in the middle of a chapter, she usually relies on the smoke detector to tell her when dinner is ready.

To learn more, visit Sarah on her website, on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

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The Boys of Summer Tour Dates

Monday 9th December – Virtual Writers, Inc. (interview)

Tuesday 10th December – Charlie Cochet (interview)

Wednesday 11th December – Kathryn Lively from ARe Cafe (guest post), Annette Gisby from Zipper Rippers (interview) & Jessica Bell from The Alliterative Allomorph (guest post)

Thursday 12th December Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (review and interview)

Friday 13th December – Tammy Middleton from Tams Book Blog (also posted on MM Good Book Reviews) (review & guest post)

Saturday 14th December – Kirsty Vizard (review)

Sunday 15th December –  Sid Love (guest post) & Twitter Interview with Sarah Madison (1pm EST)

Monday 16th December – Kathy from Book Reviews and More (guest post)

Tuesday 17th December – Joyfully Jay (guest post)

Wednesday 18th December – Sophie Sansregret from Evolved Books (review and guest post)

Thursday 19th December  – Eden Winters from Magnolias and Men (promo) & Gay List Book Reviews(interview)

Friday 20th December –  Iris Pross from Smexy Fab Four (review), Mrs Condit from Mrs Condit Reads Books (promo)  &  Jesse Kimmel-Freeman (promo)

Saturday 21st December –  Beckey White from In the Pages of a Good Book (guest post)

Sunday 22nd December – Sarah Madison

Susan Mac Nicol: Stripped Bare Book Tour & Giveaway


I am a member of what I think is a very unique writing circle.  I believe that if I want to get better at the writing process and find new ideas and inspirations, and a few new tricks, what better place to be than in the company of other aspiring or published authors. Just as they can perhaps offer something to me, I can offer something to them.

The circle I’ve joined is fairly unique.  Run by a published author of dystopian science fiction, John Trevillian, the Talliston Writing Circle is set in an old house in a part of Essex called Great Dunmow, not far from where I live.  The house, called Talliston, (old English, meaning ‘the hidden place’) is currently being renovated into a series of thirteen different rooms, each living area with its own unique design. The house is being modelled within the elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Shadows and each room will be unique. It is an incredible undertaking by what seems to be a very unusual man and I am looking forward to seeing how his project progresses.

Oh and did I mention that John is a Bard and Druid, one of a very old initiate of an ancient practice? Interesting times ahead for our Writers Circle indeed…it’ll be a fascinating experience I think.

Having said all of that, this seems to me, being Wiccan and loving anything to do with the paranormal, the occult and magic, a truly inspirational place to meet like minded people, have a chat, share ideas and generally try and come up with new ideas. The creativity will simply flow out of us all like foam in a dish-washing machine when you put Fairy liquid in it….I’ve done this before and believe me, wading knee deep through suds on the whole bottom floor of my house was not something my husband liked…

To those of you are hissing in horror at the words above and perhaps making the sign of the cross at this blog as you read it – I’m truly quite rational and very down to earth. I just like to believe in things a little differently, that’s all. I believe it’s what makes us unique and my overall ambition in life is to be someone who is different and hopefully, interesting…

You can see the house here and get an idea for the sheer scope and magnificence of John’s dream. Can you imagine me sitting in the Voodoo Kitchen and debating sex scenes with my fellow writers (as somehow, when I pitch up, the talk always turns dirty and sex related…)

I just love this whole writing lark.


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About the Book

Title: Stripped Bare

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance, Suspense

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group


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.



“Sexy, warm and funny. Dirty. And heart-wrenching.”— Bestselling Author Kindle Alexander


“LOVED it. Matthew stole my heart…but Shane OMG. I want one of him.”— bestselling author of ‘Grand Slam’ JT Cheyanne


“Unashamedly strong and sexy, this story shows just how fast and fierce love between two men can be. And, boy, does Ms. Mac Nicol know just how to turn up the steam!”— John Trevillian, The A-Men trilogy.

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Susan and her publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, will be awarding a five-book subscription to their Lunchbox Romances, two of which will be Susan’s stories, Confounding Cupid and The Magick of Christmas, plus a copy of Cassandra by Starlight, the first book in her Starlight trilogy 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 earlier this year by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US. Sue’s latest story, Stripped Bare is her first 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 and Pinterest.

Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight and Together in Starlight


Stripped Bare Tour Dates

Friday 30th AugustVirtual Writers, Inc. (interview)

Saturday 31st August  – Sophie Sansregret from Evolved Books (review and guest post)

Sunday 1st September – Charlie Cochet (guest post)

Monday 2nd September Kathryn Lively from ARe Cafe (guest post)

Tuesday 3rd September Twitter Interview with Susan Mac Nicol (12 noon – 1pm GMT)

Wednesday 4th September  – Hearts on Fire (review and guest post)

Thursday 5th September – Dianne Bylo from Tome Tender Book Blog (review)

Friday 6th September Joyfully Jay (review and guest post)

Saturday 7th September Kathy from Book Reviews and More (guest post)

Sunday 8th September  – Annette Gisby from Zipper Rippers (interview)

Monday 9th September – Sarah Madison (review and guest post)

Tuesday 10th September  – Piper Vaughn from Babes in Boyland (guest post)

Wednesday 11th September  – Mrs Condit from Mrs Condit Reads Books (review and giveaway)

Thursday 12th September  – Susan Mac Nicol’s site