Goodreads M/M Group Member Choice Nominations

I’m really chuffed to announce that all of my M/M releases published from November 2013 to 31 October 2014 have been nominated in various categories in the Goodreads Member Choices Awards. It’s a wonderful thing to simply be nominated and as always, may the best man or woman, based on reader votes, win. There is some incredible competition and I for one am honoured to be in the listing.

Goodreads M/M Group Member Choice Awards

These are the categories and the books –

Worth Keeping   – Best Hurt/Comfort and Best Book of the Year

Waiting for Rain – Best Contemporary/Mainstream and Best Cover Art and Favorite All Time M/M Romance

Double Alchemy – Best Paranormal

Love and Punishment – Best Action/Suspense and Best Mystery/Whodunit

Love You Senseless – Best Contemporary/Mainstream

Favorite All Time M/M Author – ahem. Someone saw fit to add my name and I’m so thrilled.

 

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Here’s some wonderful fan art that readers made for these books…

 

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As I said, I’m hugely honoured to have my stories nominated and if you feel like voting for me or any of these titles, you need to be a member of Goodreads and also join the M/M Group which can be located here :

Goodreads M/M Group Member Choice Awards

 

Happy voting !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whimsy and Weirdness as Halloween approaches

I fancied doing a blog post that was a little tongue in cheek and fun. And in the process, who knows, you might come across one of these collective nouns that you haven’t seen before.

I was tickled pink to discover some recent examples. I thought the ones below were either a little writing related or applicable to the genre I write in.

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Kindle of kittens

Stud of mares

A ‘Knob’ of pintails (a kind of duck apparently)

Worship of Writers

Clench of sphincters

Plump of ducks

Pace of asses

Grind of blackfish

Shiver of sharks

Head of curlews (more birds…)

rooster

There was some controversy about the collective noun for cocks – and I mean the rooster-like birds that flock around the hens, you fowl minded people.

Some say ‘a Flock of cocks’ others suggest the right word is a ‘Brood’. And in case you really wanted to know, and don’t spend all your time Googling it (as I know you might) apparently it is a ‘Clutch of penes’ (plural for ‘penises’). Others have been suggested but I won’t go into too much detail here.

Then of course there are those that are more cooking related and as you know , I have a book series centred around a restaurant and two chefs. The restaurant is called Galileo’s and it’s in Soho, London.

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Some of these collective nouns may simply be someone’s fancy, while others seem to be the accepted use.

Hastiness of cooks

Glazing of taverners

Rope of onions

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Jam of tarts

An Accompaniment of condiments

Sproutness of mushrooms

Promise of barmen

I had a particular fondness for this one and for the rather amusing little anecdote I found online that accompanied it. You can read it here Fesnyng

ferrets

It’s a Fesnyng of ferrets – apparently this is the real, honest to goodness collective noun for these slinky creatures. I mean, who comes up with these weird names and what the hell were they smoking at the time because I want some.

And one last one I thought was rather clever…

Fraid of ghosts

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 Happy Halloween everybody!!

 

 

 

 

 

New and Recent Releases 2014

DOUBLE ALCHEMY – CLIMAX ( BOOK 2)

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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 their 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.

Buy it on Amazon.co.uk

Buy it on Amazon.com

 

 

LOVE AND PUNISHMENT

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On 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.

 

Buy it on Amazon.com

Buy it on Amazon.co.uk

 

LOVE YOU SENSELESS (MEN OF LONDON SERIES BOOK 1)

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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 ame 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.

 

 

Social Media Friends and Relationships

I want to talk a little bit about virtual friendships and making friends via social networks. Yep, those ones you make on Facebook and other social networking sites. Now some people have questioned the use of the word ‘friend’. They say, ‘How can someone you’ve never met be your ‘friend’, someone you only know over the ether waves and even then, you have no idea who they really are.  Man, woman, pervert, paedophile, priest, business man, serial killer….true, you have no idea who they really are. A lot of them you have no idea of their gender, and the number of nom de plumes abound. There are super heroes, book characters, film-stars and even cartoon characters.

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The dictionary as ‘a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.’ It’s a very broad and sweeping definition and in my mind, it certainly applies to those people with whom we strike up a relationship over the social airwaves. I talk to people every day who I consider friends. People who share their stories and their lives with me, their ups and downs, their successes and failures, their daily strife and their dreams and aspirations. I have people I know in ‘real life’ who are not as good as friends as these others.  I have people who know me personally and face to face yet have never bought or read any of my books and aren’t really interested in what I do because it’s out of their comfort zone.

And then I have people who private message me, sending me personal voice messages of support and whenever I’m down, seem to pick up on it and let me know they are thinking of me. Scott Burkett, honey, you know who you are.

Personally, I have made some of the best friends ever via Twitter and Facebook. People who are now face to face friends and where the relationship has developed to such an extent that it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Take my friend Geoffrey Wakeling for example. We met one night about eighteen months ago on Twitter. Geoff was off to visit his boyfriend, Saad in Toronto and I saw something in one of his tweets about being a writer. I tweeted him telling him to have a good time and enjoy his time there, just randomly. He replied, we started chatting, I found out he lived not too far away from me and we planned a get together, a cup of coffee at Westfield Mall in Stratford. Of course, my family were a bit worried, asking me how I could meet a random stranger, a man, all by myself and of course, they had a right to be worried. Geoff could have been anyone despite the fact he probably wasn’t after my body because he was gay. However, my husband travelled with me to Westfield and then after meeting Geoff, and seeing he wasn’t that scary, he left us alone to natter for a few hours. We got on like a house on fire. Since then we’ve met a few times, spoken on Facebook, texted and this whole relationship has culminated in me being a guest at his wedding to Saad next week. Geoff has read my books, been a beta reader for me and is a great source of support. He’s epic (my new buzz word) This was taken at the shopping mall we met at. Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy :)

Me and Geoff
Me and Geoff

I then have a great buddy in Baltimore, called Shanella McBeth. She’s a bundle of fire, energy and sass and although I’ve never met her, I feel like I’ve known her forever. We met when I was doing research into pole dancing for my book Waiting for Rain. She introduced herself to me and then introduced me to Steven Retchless – yummy. I found out she was a writer too, we started chatting and now Shanella is the trusted co-admin of the Male Pole dance facebook group. We plan to meet up sooner or later too. She’s read my books, loved my writing. And I know when I’m down, as does she, we can talk to one another, commiserate, swear like troopers and share pornographic pics to cheer each each other up. No I won’t post any here, it’s more than my life’s worth. :(

I have wonderful fellow authors who give me advice on areas they are more expert in and others, professionals in their field, who do the same and give up their time to make a meaningful contribution to something I’ve written. I have other best -selling authors who give me their time and knowledge and expertise and counsel to try and make me a better and more marketable writer despite the fact they have their own books to promote and their own businesses and lives to live. She knows who she is.

So the next time someone face to face says’ You and your stupid Facebook and Twitter friends, why don’t you get a proper life’, just look them in the eye, and say ‘Have you read my books, the ones I slave over? Have you helped me out recently when I was feeling down, sent me a funny message to cheer me up? Have you heard my tales of woe and actually listened instead of telling me all yours?”

If the answer is No, then don’t feel guilty for having this world of virtual friendships. Whatever keeps you going and happy, it’s worth it if it means something to you.

Keep calm

My latest release, ‘Worth Keeping’ is out 23rd December

Hooray!! It looks like I have a confirmed date for the release date of my new book, ‘Worth Keeping’. It’s the 23rd December so Nick and Owen (and Socks the monkey) will be here in time for Christmas. (Owen’s the dark haired one -sexy isn’t he?) And Nick’s yummy too. And even more exciting is that there will be an exclusive *Cover Reveal* with Shh Mom’s Reading on the 12th December with an Excerpt and Giveaway too.

Oh and don’t forget the bonus scene from ‘Saving Alexander’ with Alex and Sage with http://shhmomsreading.com/ on the 17th December along with their review as well. Wow, that’s lots to look forward to. It must be Christmas lol.

This is what ‘Worth Keeping’ is all about.

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…

WORTH KEEPING

The Lighthouse on the coast

The Lighthouse on the coast

Nick Mathers

Nick Mathers

Owen Butler

Owen Butler

See all the pictures for this book on my Pinterest Board

http://www.pinterest.com/susiemax777/worth-keeping/

 

What do YOU find funny?

I’m known to have a fairly sharp and sarcastic sense of humour. I tend towards being dry and droll, saying something that perhaps sounds polite at first and yet, when you examine it, it could be construed in a number of ways.

 

Humour

For me, the best wit and repartee is the quick comeback, the ‘something said’ with a deadpan face and which leaves the receiver in doubt as to whether something funny is even being said. But those of us who appreciate this type of laugh are definitely in the know and snigger behind our hands at the look of consternation and puzzlement on the unfortunate recipient’s face….

Take Bob Newhart for example. He is one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. His timing, his delivery and the complete lack of expression on his face when he delivers some of his lines is awesome. This was a fairly funny skit I enjoyed about air traffic control.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD1MW-nyhxg

And then when he appeared in an episode of the Big Bang Theory, one of my favourite shows- it was such fun to watch him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMj6AuycRfE

I am NOT fond of slapstick or toilet or sexual innuendo humour that doesn’t know when to stop. I’m not a fan of the Adam Sandler type film, the Jim Carey or the Hangover movies. I really prefer my humour to be a little understated. Not for me the antics of Dumb and Dumber, or Bill and Ted. OR (shock horror) -Monty Python. Yes, I’ve chuckled at the occasional line but it isn’t my first choice of movie. I love dark humour or gallows humour, or black comedy.

I have to say though there are some sit coms that I love to watch. ‘Rules of Engagement’ is one of them, and the two characters that get the greatest lines are Patrick Warburton and Adhir Kalyan. Warburton delivers his lines with the wry congeniality of a shark circling the blood stained water water for laughs, and Kalyan with his quintessentially British sarcasm is hard to beat. And of course, I mentioned ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with its whacky characters, it’s offbeat humour and Sheldon of course, who is just too adorable.

Will and Grace was so flamboyant a series that all Sean Hayes had to do was open his mouth and I’d fall around laughing. He was classic and had the skill of delivering his lines at the right time with incredible flair.

My dad was a great fan of the Three Stooges and I could never understand why. He would roll around laughing at their antics and I would gaze at him in stupefaction, not really knowing what the hell he found so funny. The same for Laurel and Hardy. They were Dad’s heroes and again, I didn’t see the point, even as a child.

 

Three Stooges

So perhaps I’m missing out on something truly hilarious by having this specific liking for offbeat and dry humour. But in all sincerity I cannot bring myself to watch films like Airplane, Scary Movie 1,2,3 (sequels ad nauseum) and other parody films. I’ll stick with my bad ass super delivery of sarcasm and quick wit. Bob Newhart, you rock.

For the next stop in the book tour, head over here and you’ll find all the details as well as the Rafflecopter to enter the giveway.

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

http://authoressentials.virtualwritersinc.com/2013/08/on-tour-saving-alexander-by-susan-mac-nicol/

 

 

Happy Release Day to me. ‘Saving Alexander’ is alive…..

Happy Release Day to me! And I’ve had my first 5 star review on Amazon for ‘Saving Alexander’ only released today.

When a writer sits down to write a story, I’m betting that he/she has no real idea exactly how it’s going to turn out. So when I said to my editor, ‘Jill, I fancy writing a bit of S and M,’ she didn’t even flinch. Her words were, ‘Go for it, see where it takes you.’ I’m glad I did write this story. It has a lot of my own wishes and desires in it (no, not the S and M bits per se), more the one where you wish your book becomes a NYT best seller, you get an offer for a TV series and get to choose who’ll play the characters. That’s my deep and dark desire.

Ermm, as for the S and M stuff- that’s a discussion for when we know each other a little better *winks*

 

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But in writing Sage and Alex’s story, I found a new appreciation for the elements of story telling that I love- the angst, the emotion, the coming together of two souls by karmic means, as in other circumstances, they may never have found each other.

It might sound cliched but I have a firm belief that things are meant to happen the way they do. Things happen for a reason for the most part even if we don’t quite understand them at the time.

Here’s the buy link for Amazon US. I’ll post more links as I get them.

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Alexander-Susan-Mac-Nicol-ebook/dp/B00G9QP6DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383034840&sr=8-1&keywords=saving+alexander+susan

The book is also available in All Romance Ebooks.

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-savingalexander-1332606-147.html

 

I received a wonderfully insightful and powerful review and here’s the link to the blog. Hopefully there are more to follow.

http://headouttheoven.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/arc-review-saving-alexander-by-susan.html?zx=702177bf7aab6778

The book is on Goodreads too.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18658060-saving-alexander

Book Trailer for ‘Stripped Bare’

Starring Shane Templar and Matthew Langer.

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 care about 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 gone he already is. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who’s broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.

This is the book trailer for my first Male/Male Gay Romance book.  Once again, my talented daughter Ashley made this one. It’s very retro and modern.

Stripped Bare 

 

My wonderful blog tour company, Virtual Writers Inc, made this one for me

 

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Stripped Bare

 

Matthew Langer, one of the lead men in my new MM novel

Matthew Langer, one of the lead men in my new MM novel

 

Shane Templar, Matthew's lover and boyfriend in my new MM novel

Shane Templar, Matthew’s lover and boyfriend in my new MM novel

 

 

 

 

 

Book Trailer for ‘Together in Starlight’

This is the book trailer for the second book in my Starlight series, ‘Together in Starlight’. This leads on from ‘Cassandra by Starlight’ and continues the story of Bennett Saville and Cassie Wallace.

Again, this is one made by my daughter Ashley.

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