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Nachos and Hash Blog Tour with Brandon Witt

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I am delighted to host Brandon on his blog tour for Nachos and Hash. I’ve read it and loved every minute. I will be posting a review shortly, I simply didn’t have the time to prepare it in time for today, more’s the pity. It’s a five star read anyway.

Brandon did a lovely post below, where you can read all about this book and how it started. Before we start, though, I know Brandon loves his corgis so these pictures are for him. Aren’t they the cutest.

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Nachos & Hash, and the entire novella series of Mary’s Boys is a different sort of project for me.  First, it’s novellas.  Second, they are the most strictly romantic stories I’ve written.  Obviously, I’ve written a lot of romances by this point, but there are always other storylines going on within the romance, at times even taking center stage over the romance.  With these stories, the romance is front and center at all times.

Because of this, we also wanted to play with the covers. Due to it being Hamburger Mary’s, it needed to be loud, fun, and over-the-top.  I specifically asked for glitter.  It also needed to be a little bit more romantic than my typical covers.

For this collaboration, AngstyG drew the short straw in getting to design the covers for me.  She was wonderful, even though I had to keep telling her how sorry I was that I kept asking for changes.  She was so patient that you’d think she was auditioning to be my boyfriend.   Literally, down to the capitol letters, I was like, can we try this now? And every time, she did.  She is my hero for the Mary’s Boys series.

Personally, I LOVE behind the scenes stuff, on nearly any topic.  I love seeing how things came to be.  So, I thought you might like to see the evolution of the Nachos & Hash cover.  The danger of this is you might like some of the early versions better.  But that’s okay.  You can pretend the one you like is the actual cover.

  1. Notice Cody’s ear. He’s not written with ear plugs, but when I saw the first version of the cover, I totally wished I could go back and write them in.  Cody would TOTALLY get ear plugs.  They fit him.  Alas, the cover comes at the end of edits.  But, from now on, I will see Cody with the plugs, in my mind.  But, I’m just amazed how seamlessly Agnsty G took care of the issues.  Cover artists are magic, I’m telling you!

One random person who comments will receive a $5 Amazon gift card!

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Jan 5- The Novel Approach

Jan 9- Tam’s Two Cents

Jan 12- SusanMacnicol.net

Jan 19- Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Jan 23- Joyfully Jay

Jan 24-Love Bytes

Jan 25 – (Release Day!)

Jan 26- Prism Book Alliance

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Brandon Witt’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about….

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Boys of Summer Blog Tour- Sarah Madison

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I’m thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour for my wonderful friend and fellow author, Sarah Madison. I loved this book when I first read it and its’s the one that introduced me to Sarah’s writing. Since then, I’ve ready everything she’s written and let me tell you, it’s worth every word. I wish Sarah all the best on her blog tour and I hope she gets the exposure she deserves.

 

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BoysofSummer[The]LGTITLE: The Boys of Summer

AUTHOR: Sarah Madison

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante

LENGTH: 200 Pages

RELEASE DATE: December 21, 2015

BLURB: 2nd Edition

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 Rick Sutton, the hot, ex-Air Force pilot who is flying him around.

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 mean David has to step up to the plate and play hero. While his days are spent fighting for survival, and his nights are filled with worrying about Rick, the two men grow closer. David’s research for his next movie becomes intertwined with his worst fears, and events on the island result in a vivid dream about the Battle of Britain. On waking, David realizes Rick is more than just a pilot to him. The obstacles that prevented a happy ending in 1940 aren’t present today, and David vows that if they survive this stranding, he will tell Rick how he feels.

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“I don’t think we’ve got much choice.” Sutton’s voice was grim. “We’re lucky to have that much. Hold on, these trees are coming up faster than I’d like.”

Still fighting to keep the nose of the plane up, Sutton guided the recalcitrant aircraft toward the so-called clearing, the ground rising up to meet them far faster than was comfortable. David found himself leaning back in his seat, bracing his hands on the console as the tops of trees scraped the underside of the plane. Branches swiped at the windshield, and David had the sudden impression of being in a car wash scene as written by Stephen King.

“Duck your head!” Sutton barked. “Wrap your arms around your legs!”

“And kiss my ass goodbye?” David shouted, raising his voice over the increasing noise as he obeyed Sutton’s orders.

Incredibly, Sutton laughed. It was an oddly comforting sound. Like everything was somehow going to be all right because Sutton was at the controls.

The moment of humor was gone in a flash. The plane screamed with the sound of tearing metal and the sharp, explosive crack of tree limbs and breaking glass. David kept his head down and his eyes closed, praying to a God he was pretty sure had more important things to do than to keep up with the well-being of one David McIntyre. Despite being strapped in his seat, his head and shoulder thumped painfully against the passenger side door as the plane thrashed wildly. There was a moment of eerie, blessed silence, and for an instant, the assault on the plane seemed as though it had lifted. Eye of the storm, David thought, just before the plane hit the ground.

Someone had left the window open and it was raining on him. How incredibly annoying. He shifted, intent on reaching for the offending window, when a jolt of pain ran through his shoulder and he gasped. When he opened his eyes, nothing made any sense at first. Then he remembered the crash, and realized that his side of the plane was pointing up at the sky. The rain was coming down in a steady stream through the broken windshield. The sound of the rain on the metal hull of the plane was nearly deafening.

He winced at the pain in his neck when he turned to look over at the pilot’s seat. Sutton was slumped to one side in his chair, unmoving. His sunglasses were hanging off one ear.

“Oh God, oh God, oh God,” David murmured, hastily undoing his seatbelt so he could reach across to Sutton. His skin was cold and damp where David touched it, and adrenaline pounded through David’s veins as though he could jumpstart Sutton’s heart by sending his own pulse beating through his fingertips. “Sutton! Rick!”

David fought to free himself of his seat, twisting for greater access to the other side of the cockpit. When the seatbelt came open, he fell half across Sutton. Sprawled practically in his lap, David could now see the nasty cut on the left side of Sutton’s temple. The pilot’s side of the plane had taken a lot of damage, and David yelped as he encountered a sliver of glass. Bits of the windshield and console were scattered like confetti over Sutton’s jacket. “Sutton!” The lack of response was unnerving. He tossed aside the sunglasses and worked a hand down into Sutton’s collar, feeling frantically for a pulse.

He could have kissed the man when Sutton suddenly groaned.

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AuthorBio

Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she’s not out hiking with the dog or down at the stables, she’s at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.

Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and is the winner of Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards.

If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories.

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WHY CHARACTERS RULE THE WORLD by Sarah Madison

I won’t kid you, I’ll forgive a lot for characters I love. You know what I mean. I bet you feel the same. If you have a set of characters you love, you’ll accept almost any story about them because you’re dying to have more stories in their universe, you want to spend more time with them. It scarcely registered that the story had plot-holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through, or that the story was fairly implausible, even insipid. As long as you adore the characters, as long as their dialog is snappy and full of chemistry, you’ll forgive them almost anything.

If I love something, I’m usually incapable of seeing its flaws until the third or fourth exposure. In fact, a sure sign that a story or movie hasn’t properly engaged me is if I begin nit-picking right away. Sadly, once a story has lost me, it’s hard for me to enjoy it fully again. If I feel the author or producers are taking the characters away from my impression of who they are, it’s upsetting, to say the least. Character love is why we adore series, and keep coming back for more, long past when we feel the series has grown tired. Character love is what keeps people reading stories they know aren’t well-written and sing the praises of an otherwise mediocre tale.

Frankly, the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries were not all that well-researched or written. Even the most ardent fan will admit the ridiculousness of the idea of training a snake to do its master’s bidding by rewarding it with a saucer of milk. A recent re-read of these treasured stories surprised me in how much of the action is passive, and takes place off-stage. But what we find so compelling about the Arthur Conan Doyle legacy is his creation, Sherlock Holmes. As a character, he leaps off the page, transcending the level of the prose, and becoming one of the most enduring fictional characters of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists him as being the most portrayed movie character, and that’s not counting all the plays, novels, and television series that have been built around this character. As an ardent fan, I can tell you I’ve seen and read almost every incarnation of Holmes that exists.

In the same way, the Star Trek franchise stayed alive because of the love of three men: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and their starship, the Enterprise. There are Browncoats and Firefly conventions honoring a show that only made thirteen episodes. We quote Ivanova from Babylon 5 (and are convinced the show went downhill when they eighty-sixed her character), imagine ourselves at an Impression on Pern, desperately want to bond with a treecat from Sphinx like Honor Harrington. We write fanfic for our loves because we just can’t get enough of them.

Most of us will never light upon a character that will capture the public imagination the way Holmes or Spock have done. But we authors fall in love with our own characters time and time again, and we share that love with our readers. It’s why it’s so hard to say goodbye to them at times, and why we find ourselves spinning more tales about them when we thought their stories were done. So don’t be surprised if I bring back beloved characters from time to time. It’s because I love them.

TourSchedule

January 4: The Novel Approach :: Gay Media Reviews

January 5: Elisa – My reviews and Ramblings

January 6: Louise Lyons

January 7: Diverse Reader

January 8: Prism Book Alliance :: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

January 9: Susan Mac Nicol

January 10: Loving Without Limits

January 11: Kathy Mac Reviews :: Love Bytes Reviews

January 12: Divine Magazine

January 13: BFD Book Blog

January 14: The Purple Rose Tea House :: Man2ManTastic

January 15: Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words

January 16: TTC Books and More :: Sue Brown

January 17: Bayou Book Junkie

January 18: Drops of Ink

 

 

 

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Goodreads M/M Members Choice Awards 2014

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 :

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Happy voting !!

 

 

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Book Villains – as they prepare to be wicked….

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Welcome to the Spooktacular Blog Hop event from 31st October to 2nd November 2014

You can check out the main event here :

http://powerofgaylove.blogspot.com/p/the-main-event-page.html

Villains and Darkness

As it’s Halloween and the scary things tend to come out of the closets and attack at night, I thought I’d write a little something about the villains featured in my books.

I’ve featured homophobic arseholes like Walter Debussy and Roy Parsons in ‘Stripped Bare’. They give poor Shane Templar a very hard time and not in the way he likes. Shane ends up in a coma in hospital thanks to Roy and his basebell bat. In ‘Saving Alexander’ we have flame haired Eric Rossi, who starts out as an alright guy, then becomes a little too possessive of Alexander Montgomery and causes him a lot of pain -physical and emotional. Eric literally wields that whip with a little too much personal pleasure and Alex suffers with pain far more than he envisaged. Especially when he has to tell the man he loves to leave him from fear he will be hurt too.

In Worth Keeping, tormented Nick Mathers has to cope with a stalkerish ex-boyfriend, Brad, coming after him and his lover, Owen, at the lighthouse he lives in. Luckily they manage to turn the tables and Owen is pretty handy with a paperweight, but not until Nick has been reminded of his horrific past as threats of physical and sexual harm come back to torment him.

And then of course there is Blair Malcolme in Love and Punishment, probably the most charming and dangerous of them all. Seemingly normal and an attentive boyfriend to Marshall, he is nothing more than a psychopathic killer who uses and abuses people before he slits their throats. What he does to the man he supposedly cares for, Marshall, is sick and twisted and I’ve been told many people wince and clench their bum cheeks together when reading this scene. Sorry, all 🙂

I love the introduction of a villain, the person we love to hate as we cheer the lead men on to defeat them and help the villains get their come-uppance. It’s a great ending to a story when those who cause suffering and harm are dispatched in whatever way the author deems fair.

So tell me – who is YOUR favourite villain? Leave a comment below letting me know and I’ll choose two random winners for the giveaway I’m offering below.

In case you missed it this is the link to follow the other wonderful bloggers on this hop –

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GIVEAWAY !!

To celebrate this blog hop, I’m giving away an e-book copies to two lucky participants –  one of my M/M books – Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander,  Worth Keeping, Double Alchemy, Double Alchemy-Climax, Waiting for Rain, Love and Punishment or Love You Senseless. Two lucky winners, drawn at random, will win their choice of a book.

You only have to leave a comment with your choice of villain to enter this giveaway. If you wanted to follow me around on my travels and book writing endeavours, then my links are below. It’s entirely up to you 🙂

Follow my blog at https://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
Follow me on Twitter @SusanMacNicol7
Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77
You can find me here too – http://www.susanmacnicol.com/

Check out all my books on Amazon – Susan Mac Nicol’s Books

Once the blog hop is over, the random winners will be drawn and announced here on my blog. I’ll also contact you via email. In your comment, leave me the following –

Your email address -Very Important!
Preference for which one of my books you fancy if you have one
If you want to tell me what e-book format you’d prefer if you win, feel free.

And most of all – thanks for stopping by, participating and making contact. I really appreciate you all taking the time to pop in.

Oh and you might like to check out my Man Candy section on the right. I’m sure you’ll find something there to take your fancy 🙂

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If you missed it, you can check out the main event for this blog hop here :

http://powerofgaylove.blogspot.com/p/the-main-event-page.html

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Susan Mac Nicol books 50% discounted at All Romance Ebooks

To celebrate Earth Day, All Romance E Books are running specially discounted prices on their books, and all of mine are included in this special promotion. So you can now pick up copies of all my books for prices ranging from $0.49 -$3.50 – Stripped Bare $2.00, Saving Alexander $2.00, Worth Keeping $2.50, Waiting for Rain $3.50 and Double Alchemy $2.50, Cassandra by Starlight $2.00, Together in Starlight $2.00 – all feature in this discounted special. So if there was ever a good time to buy my books, it’s now  My short M/F stories, Confounding Cupid and The Magick of Christmas are only $0.49.

Psst…Don’t trip yourselves up on the run down to buy them all 

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