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Andrew Q Gordon – Purpose Blog Tour

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My great friend Andrew Q Gordon has this book. It’s called Purpose and it’s a phenomenal story and one I really enjoyed. It’s been re – launched by DSP Publications, having been re-written, re-edited and now has an most amazing new cover which really appeals to the eye. In my opinion, it’s sexy and mysterious all at the same time.There’s something about black and white photos…

 

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Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2013.

 

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When the train lurched forward, panic gripped him. He needed to get off the train. Now! Pressed against the window, he saw four thugs walking behind an oblivious Ryan.

What the hell was wrong with him? He was such an idiot! Ryan had let his guard down because Gar gave him that money.

The train started to pick up speed, forcing him to focus. By now, most everyone was ignoring him. Some watched, but he “suggested” they look away, and they did. Using the moment of pseudo-invisibility, Gar ran to the door between cars. Two from the end. Damn!

Forming a mental image of a Metro Transit cop, he touched the small box on his belt. When he emerged into the next car, he could tell from the reaction on people’s faces they saw an officer, not him.

Thankfully, this car was nearly empty, so no one stood in the aisles. Running as fast as he could, weaving around the poles, he quickly covered the seventy-five feet to the back door. Watching the platform disappear, he tried the door. Locked!

Of course it was locked. What had he expected? Too bad. His need was too great. Gar bunched his muscles, yanked with all his strength, and tore the door from its hinges.

Tossing the twisted metal aside, he ignored the screams of shock from those watching. The clarion ring of the alarm sounded throughout the car as the smell of brake pads filled the air. Not waiting for the train to stop, he leaped down, rolling once to break his momentum.

Behind him, he heard the car grind to a halt. Had he stuck around, he would have heard the angry shouts of people who realized their trip home had just gotten complicated. He didn’t care. Something bad was about to happen to an innocent kid. A little discomfort on their part was acceptable.

Sprinting, he covered the distance to the platform in less time than the train took to leave. Still too long. Ryan and the others were gone. He startled the few people milling about when he ran the length of the tracks, back to the escalator Ryan had used. The press of bodies was too thick. Too many would get hurt if he forced his way past them.

He leaped up from the tracks and ran faster toward the moving stairs. Bypassing the crowd, he used his momentum to jump toward the railing, fifteen feet above. Clutching the black metal tube, he swung himself over, nearly knocking over a half-dozen people.

“Police, move aside!” His shout took a moment to register, but people quickly moved from his path. After vaulting the fare gates, he made for the escalators leading out. Hopefully, he wouldn’t be too late. These were among the longest in the system, and if Ryan hadn’t walked up, he just might catch them.

Two escalators went up, one down. Both were packed.

“Fuck!” Moving toward the center stairs, he decided on his plan. “Police! Out of the way!”

As people answered his command, he spared a second to scan the two up escalators. If Ryan was on one of them, he couldn’t see him.

People quickly moved to the right. Most were already there, preferring not to make the overly long walk. Running up the stairs, Gar let the muted voices commenting on his burst of speed wash away against the only thought he gave attention to: find Ryan before they do.

Twice more, he shouted for people to move right before he made it to the top. Dozens, even hundreds of people milled about the entrance. He cursed himself for not trying to read Ryan’s thoughts. If he knew what Ryan’s mind felt like, he could have used it to locate the kid.

Drawing a deep breath to settle himself, he extended his senses. Maybe he could find his scent, hear his voice, something. Another new emotion struck him: fear. He found nothing. Not possible. How could he lose that ability now?

Nothing made sense. A night that had started out so simple was now turning his world inside out.

 

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Giveaway

 

Click on the Rafflecopter Link  for a chance to win one of the following.

First Prize: $25 Giftcard to Dreamspinner Press

Second Prize: Autographed Paperback copy of Purpose

The tour organizer will select a winner from entries received as of close of business 21 October.  Be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on each stop on the tour for additional chances to win.

 

PurposeTourSchedule

 

6 Oct – Elin Gregory (https://elingregory.wordpress.com/)

6 Oct – Jessie G Books (http://jessiegbooks.com/)

7 Oct – Divine Magazine (http://divinemagazine.net/)

8 Oct – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com/)

9 Oct – Hearts on Fire Reviews (http://heartsonfirereviews.com/)

9 Oct – MM Good Book Reviews (https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/)

10 Oct – Author Susan Mac Nicol (http://www.susanmacnicol.com/blog/)

10 Oct – Wake Up Your Wild Side (http://galestanley.blogspot.com/)

11 Oct – The Purple Rose Tea House (http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/)

12 Oct – Love Bytes Reviews (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)

12 Oct – Queer SciFi (https://queerscifi.com/)

13 Oct – World of Diversity Fiction (http://wodfreview.com/)

14 Oct – Prism Book Alliance (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)

15 Oct – Diverse Reader (http://diversereader.blogspot.com/)

16 Oct – Loving Without Limits (http://lexiander.blogspot.com/)

17 Oct – Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents (http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/)

18 Oct – BFD Book Blog (http://bfdbookblog.net/)

18 Oct – Wicked Faeries Tales and Reviews (http://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/)

19 Oct – Molly Lolly (https://mollylollyauthor.wordpress.com/)

20 Oct – Drops of Ink (https://annebarwell.wordpress.com/)

 

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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting to the times, he now writes with a shiny new MacBook that he sets on the same desk as his manual typewriter and vintage adding machine.

Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and occasionally sleeping.

THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE: http://andrewqgordon.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dominic.andrews.7568

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I’d like to wish Andy all the very best with his newly launched book and may they fly off the virtual shelves with a purpose….

 

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The Last Grand Master Blog Tour – Andrew Q. Gordon

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When I was asked if I wanted to be part of Andrew’s blog tour I jumped at the chance.

I’ve hosted Andy before and he and I have some fun doing video interviews for each other and sharing a bit of nonsense. The link is right at the end of this post if you want to find out what we talked about.

I have to say that this book looks very intriguing indeed and I have no doubt it will find its way to my Kindle…the cover is simply eye catching and draws you into the book.

SERIES: Champion of the Gods

 RELEASE DATE: 10th February 2015

LENGTH: 370 Pages

BLURB: In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, god of evil. For three thousand years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin’s evil was nearly forgotten.

But then Meglar, wizard king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master’s will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.
Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.

Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell’s mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin’s evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost he and Miceral their lives.

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Klissmor increased speed, moving just behind his mate. Levitating off Klissmor, Farrell reached out for Nerti. Instead of sitting, he folded his legs under him and magically linked himself to the unicorn. He looked back at Miceral, giving him a wink and a smile before facing forward.

His wizard sight immediately found the threat. About seven hundred yards ahead, a score of wizards banded together, ten yards in front of a shield wall that radiated from inside the mountain. They had created a new barrier that would keep Nerti from reaching the gate. After a quick assessment of the shield’s strength, he decided on a plan using what weapons he had left.

Pointing his staff at the spot in the wall he estimated they would cross, he fired a stream of blue wizard’s fire at the barrier. Nine more lines joined his. All ten streams joined just before striking the wall. Farrell locked the energy copies into maintaining the assault, then stowed his staff.

When the enemy returned fire as he had hoped, he smiled. Focusing power from his right hand into his left, he created a multicolored sphere of swirling energy. He raised his left hand into the air, moving the sphere above and to the left of his head. Casting a second spell, he diverted the enemy attacks into the swirling globe in his left hand. He removed his hand, leaving the ball suspended directly above him. As more energy struck the ball, it expanded, getting brighter in the process.

Placing his hands in front of him, shoulder-width apart, he created a second multicolored sphere. He kept it hovering between his hands, siphoning energy from the globe overhead into it. Despite the influx of power, he refused to let the new globe expand. The pressure of containing that much force in a small space caused his hands and arms to shake. As he struggled to keep control, the energy whirled violently inside the globe.

Eventually, the enemy stopped firing. Too late they recognized their mistake.

“Farrell, we draw near.” Nerti’s voice held a note of urgency. “If we collide with that wall, I am not sure we will penetrate it.”

“I’m working on it, Nerti,” he said tersely. “I’m working on it.”

Draining the first globe, he added more power from his own stores. By now, the energy raged inside its container, pulsing brighter and brighter. His entire body shook as he fought to maintain control. He never looked away from the ball, not even to check on the target.

Finally, he let the pressure force his hands apart. The sphere, now glowing white, skipped along the streams of energy from the escorts. As he had hoped, the enemy wizards appeared too absorbed defending against the steady attack to notice what he had been doing.

The globe covered the few remaining yards in a split second. When it struck, the ball detonated on contact, shattering the barrier in a brilliant burst of light. Force met force in a violent explosion, creating a shock wave in all directions.

Riding directly into the maelstrom, the wave struck the energy escorts protecting the small company. The images shielding the group shimmered twice, then disappeared with a flash of light. A grunt escaped Farrell’s lips when his spell dissolved.

The impact and explosion seared everything unshielded in its path, leaving only the charred remains of their enemy. A few wizards survived the shield being blown apart, but they died when the shock wave ricocheted off the shield defending Northhelm.

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The tour is being organised by the wonderful CREATIVE MINDS PROMOTIONS – see link below if you want to find out more about them

https://creativemindpromotions.wordpress.com/

The book itself is being published by DSP Publication and the buy link is below

BUY LINKS:

 DSP Publication – http://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-last-grand-master-by-andrew-q-gordon-53-b

Now here’s a little bit about Andy

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of nineteen years, their daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: www.andrewqgordon.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon

Twitter:  @andrewqgordon

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndrewQGordon

E-mail: andrewqgordon@gmail.com

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

There is a Kindle Giveaway as a part of this tour that is sponsored by the amazing DSPP to promote The Last Grand Master. Click the link below to enter and win this amazing prize.

“http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1d4d8afe297/”

TOUR SCHEDULE

2/10 – Cate Ashwood

2/11 – Susan Mac Nicol

2/12 – Tali Spencer

2/13 – Shira Anthony

2/16 – M.A. Church

2/17 – Charlie Cochet

2/18 – Raine O’Tierney

2/19 – RJ Scott

2/20 – Sue Brown

Want to check out Andy’s video interview ? Head over here..

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Queer Town Abbey ‘Is it Summer Yet’ Blog Hop

Hooray! It’s nearly Summer, or at least, the summer weather is almost upon us. So it was decided that a blog hop to celebrate and see the summer in was a great idea.

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I have to say I think one of my best summer holidays was time spent in Tunisia in 2008. We went to the El Hana Palace Hotel in Port El Kantaoui. I mean, how can having constant temperatures of 36 -40 degrees Celsius every day for two weeks, with only a little marginally less heat at night, be a bad thing? I’m not a heat person actually but I have to say, that as long as the pool beckoned, the gin and tonics were in plentiful supply and the sea breeze wafted over the amazingly azure beach and sea front, I was a fairly happy bunny.

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The hotel we stayed in was superb, with air conditioned rooms, a most luxurious bathroom, and a constant supply of chilled water so we didn’t dehydrate. The days were spent out by the pool or at one of the lovely restaurants in the complex. The nearby Marina was a complete treat to see, with all the rich and gob stopping yachts that cruised in and out regularly, really showing you how the other half lived. My husband spent his days with a permanently chapped chin from drooling so much. Hot desert nights were exotic and exciting and we even got to spend the night at a nearby Moorish type castle watching a fantastic laser light show showing the history of Tunisia, complete with real horses and men in tunics on horseback with swords.

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It was a simply beautiful place to holiday and I can highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

And the most important thing of course- the ‘in pool’ hotel bar 🙂

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Many a day was spent walking over the walkway from the shaded enclosure and then back out again with a cool beer or a frosty gin and tonic.

 

 

Grand prizes for this blog hop

1. iPod shuffle

2. Queer as Folk Box, Music from the ShowTime original series Seasons 3,4,&5 donated by Tommy Boy Entertainment

and 11 other great prizes

For blog readers to enter the fabulous Grand Prize Giveaway you need to visit the blog hop page http://queertownabbey.com/is-it-summer-yet-blog-hop/ and leave a comment (Share YOUR best summer memory)

Enter the Rafflecopter to win great prizes! Head down to http://queertownabbey.com/is-it-summer-yet-blog-hop/ and join in the fun or click on the link below

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6d41b99/

Of course, if you’re feeling partial to a perusal of any of my best selling books, please feel free to mosey on down to my Amazon Author pages here and see if you find anything you like.

http://amzn.to/1i8KeYS

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My latest release is called Double Alchemy and is a rather sexy and suspense filled paranormal novel about magyck, Warlocks and Water Sprites.

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My Rogues Gallery

I am proud to say that I think I have some of the hottest men in my stories. In order of appearance, I have a cheeky hacker cum escort and a serious lawyer – Shane Templar and Matthew Langer from ‘Stripped Bare. In ‘Saving Alexander’ I have Alex Montgomery and Christopher Sage –  Alex is a romance writer just like me 😉  and Sage is an actor. ‘Worth Keeping’ boasts Owen Butler, an estate agent, (I know, not so sexy) and Nick Mathers, light house keeper. Then my latest release ‘Double Alchemy’ features Cade Mairston, a Water Sprite, and Quinn Fairmont, a Warlock. Quite a mixed bunch indeed. I think my Rogues Gallery is rather tasty.

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Cade and Quinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course let’s not forget Taliesin, the dark and brooding sixth century Welsh sorcerer, the ‘other’ man in Quinn’s life…

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And finally, here’s Toby Prentiss and Rain Engel from ‘Waiting for Rain’. Hotel Manager and carpenter, and I make no apologies for the fact they are both shirtless…

 

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You can get to know them all intimately if you fancy by taking a little trip down to my Amazon Author page and seeing all my books.

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I mean this is simply such a smorgasbord of delectable men and I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting them. 🙂

Next time I may well introduce you to some of the gorgeous, talented and oh so sexy men of the Male Pole Dancing Group I run on Facebook with fellow admin, Shanella McBeth. We have such fun don’t we *winks*

Here’s a little teaser pic…

 

The incredible Kenneth Kao
The incredible Kenneth Kao

 

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Guest Interview – Rory Ni Coileain and review of Deep Plunge

Today I have the pleasure of hosting the lovely Rory Ni Coileain on my blog. Rory is here to tell us more about herself, her books and her Muse, or Muses….

Welcome Rory.

How would you describe your latest book ‘Deep Plunge’ in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
A Fae healer discovers how much he will risk, how far he will go, to save his human SoulShare’s life.

How would your friends describe you in 20 words or less?
Big-hearted cat-loving Irish lawyer with a wicked imagination and an encyclopedic memory missing a few volumes.

Sue – errm, a bit like this then? *chuckles*

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State a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I have arthritis in my tailbone, as the result of an injury sustained while demonstrating a tango move in the Irish dance class I was teaching. (I think that’s about as random as it’s possible to get in a single sentence.)

What started you on your journey to be a writer?
That journey’s had several starts. The first one was when I was about six years old, and first realized that books didn’t just appear on shelves; someone had to write them, and I decided I wanted to be one of the someones, someday. I never really took my writing seriously until college, though, when I decided to major in creative writing. The only problem was, back then hardly any colleges offered it as a major, so I had to design it myself. I ended up with close to a triple major, in English, social sciences, and medieval history. I had a wonderful major advisor, a graduate student by the name of P.C. Hodgell, and if you want to see where my prose style comes from, pick up any of her books. But right out of college, still very much wet behind the ears, I submitted a short story to Marion Zimmer Bradley, for one of her “Sword and Sorceress” anthologies. I was nineteen years old, and I’m sure my story was very… well, nineteen years old. And fangirl to boot. Plus, I’m not sure I really read the submission guidelines. But the rejection letter I got from her totally crushed me. She told me that she couldn’t understand why anyone who wrote as badly as I did even wanted to try to be a writer. So for the next thirty years or so, I wrote for my own amusement only. Then, about two and a half years ago, I happened to see a manuscript call for an anthology of BBW stories. I’d never had any interest in writing in that genre, but something whispered in my ear that it would be a fun challenge to write something completely “to spec.” Not to mention an interesting challenge to see if this Irish girl could meet a deadline and a word count! I did it, and I sent it off… and it was funny, suddenly after all these years, I was thinking of myself as a writer again. NaNoWriMo that fall was just the icing on the cake.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Several of them, actually. Kevin Almstead, in HARD AS STONE, is a lawyer, as much because I wanted to redeem my own profession as for any other reason. And he gets in trouble as a lawyer for the same reason I did at his age, he’s not a shark. Josh LaFontaine, in GALE FORCE, shares my tendency to put pretty much everyone in his life ahead of himself, only I think he’s less neurotic about it than I am. But I think the character I identify the most with is Garrett Templar, from DEEP PLUNGE. He’s a dancer, which I was for years, and he has my childhood and my general outlook on life. Once I had a dream where I looked in a mirror, and saw his face looking back at me.

Why did you choose the genre you write in?
I think it chose me. Seriously. Two years ago, I was doing a lot of adult role-play writing, purely for the fun of it, but I’d never written m/m. In fact, I was absolutely certain I couldn’t. But a dear friend asked me to try it, as a favor to her. So I created a character, and I found an amazing writing partner who challenged me to go places I’d never gone. And I fell in love. Completely. And I stay here because I love it here. When I sent my first book off to a gay friend of mine for, um, fact-checking – as in, “Is that even physically possible?!?” – he came back with “Have you been a gay man in drag for the last 20 years and you just never told me?” There are wonderful stories to be told here, and I hope I’m doing something good for the LGBT community as well, by showing that those stories are as compelling as any other.

Which genres do you prefer to read?
I would give any nonessential body part to have time to read. But when I can steal time for it, I love to wallow in fantasy and science fiction. They were my first loves – I should probably have listed DUNE as one of those journey-starting moments, I think I was in seventh grade when I started in on Frank Herbert. I tend not to read my own genre, though – which is probably very bad of me, but I swear I’m a sponge for writing styles and I would hate like hell for anyone to think I was cribbing from them on purpose!

What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?
My current work in progress is the second in a series of novellas I’m doing for Ellora’s Cave. The series is called Tales of the Grove, and it’s about tree spirits out of Scots legend, called the Gille Dubh. The first one, HEART OF THE OAK, is due out as part of Ellora’s Cave’s “Boys Will Do Boys” release, the first or second week of December; it’s set on the shore of a loch on the Isle of Skye. (Yes, I know which loch it is, and the names of all the hills around it, and the nearest town, and how long it takes to drive from that town to Glasgow and the route one takes. I’m a little retentive that way.) The work in progress, TEMPTED FROM THE OAK, is set in the Highlands, not far from Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in Great Britain. In Scots legend, the Gille Dubh are something like male dryads, and in my books they live in certain ancient and magickal oak trees. And when a Gille Dubh encounters a human male, a whole different kind of magick happens. After that? I’ve just finished the first four Fae books, and I have another set of four planned, though I don’t have titles for them yet. The first four were the SoulShares; the next four are the Broken Pattern.

When choosing the title for your book(s) do you have a process or do you wing it?
I pretty much wing it. The Fae books have an elemental theme, because the Fae are of four Demesnes, or Houses, Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. The Grove stories, I’m trying to stay with the Oak theme. Other than that, it’s mostly a matter of waiting for the right title to hit me over the head.

Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or are you a lone wolf?
I have several friends I turn to when I’m stuck. My Muse is stubborn as hell, but he (or she, I was told in a tarot reading recently that Brigid is one of my Muses) can’t stand it if I start complaining about how stingy he’s being with me, and usually starts giving up the goods at that point.

Sue – I rather like this idea myself…

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If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?
I’d be sorely tempted to hunt down the Tenth Doctor… but if I had to pick just one time and place, I think it would probably be Washington, D.C. in 1860. My ‘random fact’ could just as easily have been the fact that I’m a thorough student of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and I would purely love to have the opportunity to get to know him.

Do you have any favorite writers of gay literature? Tell us what draws you to these authors, or what in general you admire in other writers.
I’m having a really hard time answering this question. But it’s a GOOD hard time. Like I said before, I don’t read in my own genre. Maybe after I have a couple of dozen books under my belt, and am a little more secure in my own voice (well, hopefully it won’t take a couple of dozen…), that will change. Also, frankly, I have a very bad tendency to measure myself against other authors, and to see myself as coming off worse, every time. I think a lot of authors struggle with that – the insidious voice in the back of the head, whispering “You’re only playing at this, you don’t belong at the table with the grownups, it’s just a matter of time before everyone finds out what a fraud you are.” The only way I’ve ever been able to shut that wench up is to smother her with a pillow—not give her any grist for her mill. But as for what I admire in other writers… Diane Duane, Jane Yolen, Ursula K. LeGuin, David Brin, Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Hand… they all have a gift both for seeing the wonderfully fantastic in the everyday world, and for making even the most fantastic world seem so normal that I’m surprised I don’t wake up in it after I fall asleep reading. The trouble with a lot of “high” fantasy is that it’s just that—high. As in removed, out of reach. Their gift is a quality I strive for in my own writing, to make it both fantastic and real. I think it’s just as important in erotic fiction as it is in any other kind of fantasy, and I hope I pull it off.

Where can readers find your books?
I’m on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, ARe, and Ravenous Romance’s own Web site (which sells in all three of the major e-formats). If you’re a Kindler, the easiest way is probably to go through my Author page,
http://www.amazon.com/Rory-Ni-Coileain/e/B009M8XQP2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 .All three of the novels are there, plus a couple of great anthologies I had the pleasure and honor of contributing to.

Thank you so much for being here, Rory and giving us some wonderful insight into what makes you tick as a writer. I can identify with your comment about reading other author works in the same genre, and finding yourself thinking you don’t measure up. It happens to me too more times than I can count on one hand. But the answer to that is what Neil Gaiman said below- each of us has a unique voice that no one else in the world can imitate so we need to revel in that as an individual and do the best we can with it.

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And so you can get an idea of exactly how great a writer Rory is – here’s my review of ‘Deep Plunge’, a definite 5 star read in my book.

Deep Plunge

I’ve read each SoulShares book avidly, salivating at the interaction between the strong, sexy men that they feature, marvelling at the intricate world building and snorting in amusement at the banter and snarkiness between the characters. I’ve hissed at the Marfach – tried to boo it out of existance, (it and its horrible decaying human host Janek)- and wished for the combined army of Tiernan, Conall and Lochlann to blast the damn thing out of existence so these guys and their soulshares, or their ‘scair-anams’ can live happy, danger free and fufilling lives. But no, Rory keeps bringing the damn monster back to wreak havoc on their lives. But it does mean we hopefully get more SoulShare books so in my view the damn boogeyman is a double edged sword I have to live with.
And once again in the story of Lochlann Doran- a Fae who’s lived a long time without his magic- and his soulshare, the damaged, beautiful Garrett Templar, dancer extraordinaire, Rory weaves a tale of magic, lust, romance, love and endurance, all spun together within the inextricable pull of the human and Fae love dance, each man unique in their own way yet bound together so tightly in each other’s hearts. I loved the character of Garrett, so noble, brave and steadfast even in his darkest moments. And believe me, it doesn’t get any darker than what he suffers. We should all have a Garrett in our lives and I love the way Lochlann gives him hope, embraces him so fully that Garrett can’t possibly resist.
The book blurb tells you everything you need to know about the basic story. What it doesn’t tell you is about the wonderful writing, the humour and the passion between the lovers, the friendships between the Fae and their human SoulShares and the emotional voyage of discovery as each brings their own special talents and emotions to bear on the story. It’s a magical tale of escapism, fantasy and pure, feel good emotions as you live and breathe with each and every character.
I simply can’t wait for the next one, as I find each time I read one, Rory brings yet another breath taking level to her work that leaves me breathless and impatient to turn the next page.
If you love the paranormal genre and want to read something that plucks at both your heart strings and your nether regions with warm, fluid sexy scenes and romance, then the SoulShares series is a must read.

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Wicked Warriors Halloween Blog Hop

Wicked Warriors

This is the link to follow to see everyone participating in the hop and to see the next blogger on the list-

http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/wicked-warriors-halloween-hop-october.html

There is a Grand Prize up for grabs here too – 1 Kindle Paperwhite and 5 autographed copies of Unbound…so there will be 6 winners!! So make sure you enter the Rafflecopter…

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WICKED WARRIORS INDEED.. don’t we all just love them?

I’m sure we’re going to see all kinds of deliciously decadent and wicked warriors on this blog hop. Vampires, Werewolves, Devils, Angels, supernatural beings that tantalise our senses, drain our bodies of emotions and make our loins flutter in sheer, heavenly pleasure….so why should I be any different?

I’ve got a two book supernatural series in the works called ‘Double Alchemy’. It’s about Warlocks, Water Sprites, Witches and dastardly villains intent on destroying our hero and a lot of others in the process. It’s also sexy man on man romance, filled with conflict, magyck and plenty of hot action, both in and out of the bedroom. This is a little bit about it….

Quinn Fairmont is a warlock, a remnant from an ancient family just trying to forget about it and live in the 21st century. But he’s not averse to using a little warlock magyck when it suits him. Inside him dwells his Withinner, an alter ego called Taliesen, his dark, magyck side. Cade Mairston is an anthropologist, passionate about his work and career. Their attraction to each other is sparked from their first chance meeting. As things heat up between them, they form an uneasy alliance to fight off the evil that threatens to harm them and at the same time come to terms with each other in a way they would never have envisaged.

Oh yes. Quinn is a Warrior indeed – ruthless, single minded, tough, dangerous and not just to Cade’s senses and sanity. Quinn is a man on a mission, with a terrible responsibility to a whole race, let alone his partner. Being a Warlock, Quinn has to do things that are not particularly socially acceptable in the real world. He has death on his hands. But he’s also loyal, fiercely protective and fair and will go to the ends of the earth to keep Cade and his friends safe from harm. And of course, Quinn’s dark alter ego, Taliesin, a sixth century Welsh Bard and Sorcerer, is a force to be reckoned with too. Dark and brooding, imbued with a power even beyond Quinn’s, Taliesin is the very definition of a mighty warrior.

You can see all the pictures for this book on my Pinterest boards


The character of Quinn takes inspiration from the sexy and tough looking Daniel Craig. I confess, I love him as James Bond and next to Sean Connery, he’s been the best one yet in my opinion.

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In case you missed it, follow this link to find the other bloggers on the hop –

http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/big-cocks-and-broomsticks-giveaway-hop.html?zx=531f3a6f5f261aed

GIVEAWAY !!

To celebrate this blog hop, I’m giving away two e-book copies of my recent release, ‘Stripped Bare’, and my new release, ‘Saving Alexander’, which is out on the 29th October. Two lucky winners, drawn at random, will win either one of these books.

Stripped BareSaving Alexander

You only have to leave a comment to enter but if you’d like to increase your chances of winning one of the books, then you can do one or all of the following – these are optional and if you only leave a comment, you’ll still be entered into the giveaway –

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/

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 followed or connected, which one of the above?
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.