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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 :

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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.

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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 🙂

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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 –

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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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A little bit of fun at the fair…

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What’s this about you ask? Well, all six of my MC’s are at a funfair, having a drink at a local watering hole, pondering the various merits and perils of each of the rides. They’ve been at it a while and they can’t seem to agree on which ride to go on next….

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The men seated around the table regarded each other with a jaundiced air. It had been a long day out at Willy’s World of Adventure and the amusement park was beginning to empty. Empty Coke and beer bottles littered the table in front of them while they deliberated their next ‘adventure’.
Matthew sighed in resignation. ” I think we’re about done here. If you chaps can’t decide what you want to do next maybe we should give it a miss and go home.”
Shane blinked at him in dismay. “Matty, don’t be such a damn wet blanket. I for one still want to go on the Doomsday Death Trap ride but everyone’s a wuss and no one wants to come with me.”
Alex grinned and leaned back in his plastic chair. Shane had been harping on about this ride all day. “There is no bloody way you are getting me strapped into that death ride. Haven’t you read the stats on fairground fatalities? I did some research for a book.” He shivered. ” Or watched Final Destination?”
Nick chortled. ” That ride sounds more like your sort of thing, Shane. I confess I can’t see the attraction in falling fifty feet to my death in a metal contraption that looks like it’s seen better days.”
Owen smirked as he leaned forward and took his lover’s hand. “Nick, baby, you seem to like my metal contraptions. ” He winked at Shane who spluttered half of his Coke out of his mouth as he laughed.
Nick flushed. “Owen, keep your damn mouth shut. Hell, I wish I’d never encouraged with the whole sex toy thing. You’re a bloody animal.”
Owen laughed loudly. “But you love it.” He leaned forward and kissed Nick soundly as the other men around the table rolled their eyes.
“I wish I could get Matthew into one of those cock cages, he’d look real fine..” Shane leered at his boyfriend who scowled back at him.
“Shay… ” Matthew’s tone was a warning. Shane pouted but leaned back with a wicked grin.
Sage had been sitting back in apparent amusement listening to his friends’ banter. He sat back, taking his booted feet off the rickety round plastic table and standing up. “I’m not sure of everyone else but I fancy another beer. I think we might be here a while. Alex , honey, do you want anything to drink? Anyone else want anything?”
Alex shook his head. He’d imbibed enough liquid today to sail a ship. “Other than a respite from these idiots, no. I’m okay.” There was a chorus of No’s and head shakes to Sage’s offer. Alex watched Sage as he walked over to the vendor caravan . Some woman approached him with a piece of paper and a pen and Alex smiled. He loved seeing his boyfriend accosted by fans, and being asked to sign autographs. He took great pleasure in knowing the man was all his when they went home at night.
“Earth to Alex. Take that soppy look of your face and come with me on the ride.” Shane made puppy dog eyes at him. “I promise nothing is going to happen.”
Alex shook his head firmly. “Nuh-huh. You’re on your own, sunbeam. Off you go. You can risk your own life.”
Matthew sighed heavily. “Oh for God’s sake. I’ll go with you if it will shut you up.” He stood up as Shane bounced excitedly to his feet.
“I hope your stomach’s settled,” Shane said with a wicked smile. “I’d hate for those hotdogs you are to land all over the unfortunates in front of us. That would definitely not be a Matty thing to do.”
Alex grinned as he watched his two friends walk off in the direction of the ride, Shane tugging Matthew along like an excited child. Sage came back with his beer and lightly caressed Alex’s cheek as he sat down.
“So he managed to talk Matthew into going with him? ” he said with a snort of laughter.
Nick nodded. “Shane can be pretty persuasive. He’s probably promising Matthew the mother of all blowjobs as a reward for going with him right now.”
Sage chuckled. “That wouldn’t surprise me at all.” He took a large swig of his beer.
Nick looked at his boyfriend. “Fancy a ride on the haunted house ride with me again? I quite enjoyed the last time we went on there. I get to kiss you in the dark and maybe this time we can even do a bit more. If I recall, it was a long ride…” He wiggled his eyebrows suggestively. Owen’s face beamed as he stood up with enthusiasm, extending his hand to Nick.
“Bloody hell, that’s not an offer a man gets every day. Come on then, mister. Let’s see what havoc we can wreak in the Dastardly Dungeon of Horrors.”
Alex and Sage watched as the two lovers crossed the slowly emptying concourse towards the ride. Sage reached over and covered Alex’s hands with his. “It was a pretty good day today, being with friends like this. I had a lot of fun. It’s not often we get time like together, what with film schedules and book deadlines.”
Alex sighed. Life had indeed become much more hectic now that all the drama from the past had settled in but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I know. But it’s definitely worth the effort.” He caressed Sage’s hand idly with his thumb. “I can’t believe how far we’ve all come.”
Sage stood up. “Come on. I think the Love Boat ride is back at shore and maybe we can go for a last sail before the others get back and we start a debate again on what to do next. Maybe we can get in a little of our own canoodling seeing as how it seems to be the ‘thing of the day’.”
Alex stood up and they clasped hands. He knew neither of them cared what it looked like, two men together and anyone who didn’t like it could go to hell. He was proud to be seen with Sage; he knew it made him stronger. Alex smiled inwardly as they made their way over to the large swan like boats moored on the river ride that promised the ‘romance of the past and the love of the future.’
Together as couples, their little group of friends would be invincible.

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True love and Hummingbirds

I came across a gentleman called Ted Hayes recently. We are both friends of Kindle Alexander and Ted mentioned he had read Stripped Bare and enjoyed it and was about to read Worth Keeping. Ted discovered M/M Romance novels shortly after the death of his long time partner Jack. The picture below is Ted and Jack- Ted is on the left.

Ted and JackWe talked and I found out that Ted has a remarkable story to tell, a really beautiful tale of love between two truly deserving men which I believed needed to be shared. There are some heartfelt wishes expressed in Ted’s missive at the end, which perhaps everyone in the world could sit up and take notice of. If they did, no doubt the world would be a much better place.  Ted tells me that Charlie Cochrane, Jake Wells and Ilene Cutler have been incredibly supportive about Ted telling his story because of its unique nature and tenderness so I thought I would do my bit for Ted too.

All about Ted and Jack

Ted is the oldest founding member of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Centre in Kingston, NY, which is arguably the largest rural Centre of its kind in the US.  This organisation began in 2005 with an exploratory group of 28.  At the close of 2013 it had a membership of over 1,800. Ted was also part of the Harvesting a Lifetime Project where teens and seniors met and recorded interviews- keepsake interviews in the effort of preserving stories and learning from their “elders.”

Hudson ValleyBefore Ted’s retirement in early 1995 he had a varied work life.  He was a chemist, minister, college professor and human resources counsellor.  Yet in all this time he says he did not come out until he was 47 years old—celibate all the years before. His Jack was his only partner.

Jack lived in New York and was coming back into the world after a 4-year period of mourning the death of his first partner, with whom he had 39 years of togetherness.  Ted was living nearly 2,000 miles away in Santa Fe and coming into the world after 52 years—47 in the closet—with the help of two long time friends.  Jack had placed an ad in the personals in a national gay newspaper, The Advocate, and when they still ran personals, and it caught Ted’s eye (along with 199 other men—Jack chose four with whom to carry on further correspondence) since Ted was planning on relocating to New York where there was a greater possibility of him finding a job calling for his training and skills.  They “courted” for about 6 months by letter and by telephone and with the exchange of photos.  They knew they loved each other before they met face to face.  I find this such a romantic story, it brings out the softy in me. Like a romance film…

man-i-love-trailer-titleTed says that those 199 other men have no idea what they missed and still marvels that Jack chose him but in doing so, it meant that Ted was privileged to be his primary caregiver the last year of his life—the most intimate of their time together. Sadly, Jack passed away at the age of 95 on May 2nd 2009 leaving a void in Ted’s life that will remain with him.

Ted shared this lovely story with us – I agree with him. There are things far stranger in life that we can sometimes dream about in fiction.

hummingbird When my Jack and I relocated to the Kingston, NY area in 1995, two of our friends owned and operated a delightful business—The Bird Watchers’ Country Store—in High Falls. Not too long afterward they got us hooked on hummingbirds and we always placed a feeder with nectar outside our screened-in back porch in early May. Our friends encouraged us to put it out the first week in May. We followed their advice even though we never saw hummingbirds at our feeder prior to the second week in May. Never!

On May 1, 2009, less than 24 hours before Jack died he “reminded” me to get the feeder ready. At first, I suggested that we wait until the following week because of our record with the little ones. But he insisted and, of course, I could not say no to him. So I set it up so he could know we were ready.

During the night Jack died. Early morning on May 2, 2009, as two friends and I sat out on that porch putting the finishing touches on his obituary, not one, not two, but three hummingbirds came to taste that year’s “crop” of nectar. The next year, and each one since, I prepared the feeder on the first of May. Since that day in 2009 no hummingbirds have appeared at the feeder prior to the second week in May. 

Try to convince me that the ones that visited that morning in 2009 weren’t there simply to pay their respects.

Ted was privileged to officiate at the wedding of the two long time friends—mentioned above—on December 14, of 2013, four months AFTER they had celebrated their 40th year together as a couple.   They knew and loved Jack since they had travelled together on a couple of occasions and they wanted to come to New York from Tennessee to be married in the room at the Centre which was named after Jack and Ted.

What a wonderful emotional moment that must have been.

This is something Ted wrote about Jack which I wanted to share with you as I think it encapsulates a tenderness and understanding that perhaps sometimes get lost in the fast pace of the world we know today.

The love of my life has died at the age of 95.  You probably didn’t know him.  Truly, truly that was your loss.  He was the kindest, gentlest, most loving person I have ever known.  All who knew him loved and respected him for who and what he was.   As for me, my life is a thing of greater beauty and purpose simply because he was a part of it.  In all our years together I was truly able to say every day, “I love him more today than I did yesterday.”

 He was one of that rapidly diminishing group of veterans of World War II.  He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Fortunately, he never had to kill anyone.  He was a great lover of all life.  And, oh, how he loved animals. And he generously supported those organizations whose purpose was their protection.

 He supported the community in many ways both culturally and socially.  He supported organizations that were developed to advocate for the disenfranchised, the minority, and the poor.  He never was in trouble with the law and never shunned his responsibility as a tax-paying citizen nor did he ever shirk any other responsibility expected of the citizens of our country.  

 A truly model citizen you might say?  Indeed!  Yet, many who never met him nor ever came in contact with him – mostly people who identified as Christian — demanded that he be both condemned socially and be denied equality of citizenship.  Some even clamored for his death!  Why?  It was simply because he was gay.   

He was not raised in a home where he was exposed to any religion.  But I will tell you one thing: I saw in him a person much more like Jesus than many, many of those who sought to condemn him in the name of Jesus.

 We were life partners for decades and there is a great void in my life because he is gone.  Although known as a loving person, I never knew I could either love or be loved as deeply and completely as I experienced with him.  As we prepared for his death, we talked about many things.  One that broke his heart more than any other was the “Christian” attitude toward us.  He never hurt one of them — ever!.  So he could not understand why those “godly” people so despised us and demanded that we be relegated to no better than second-class status in the country of our births.  He never could grasp how our being married would have harmed another’s marriage in the slightest, especially since many of those who condemned us experienced three or more spouses during the time we were a loving, monogamous couple.  And so we were separated without our loving relationship ever having been recognized legally as a family.

 A democracy is defined as the “practice or principles of social equality.”  That he, who loved, was loyal to and served his country — allegedly a democracy — was not granted equality during his lifetime, is an indictment against that claim.  I will never forgive my country for that.

Ted campaignTed was awarded the Founders Award from the LGBTQ Centre in 2012 where he’d worked so tirelessly to support others. This is the video from the event and thanks to Ilene Cutler for allowing me to share this here with you today.

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Thanks so much to Ted, Irene, Charlie and Jake for their contributions to this post and I hope that some of Jack and Ted’s words and views might give you an insight on the world from their perspective.

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Gay Dating Success and Mr Michael Alvear

I’ve been show cased today on the blog of Michael Alvear. To me, this is quite a coup considering who Mike is. Michael Alvear co-hosted HBO’s The Sex Inspectors, the first sex makeover series on television. He is the author of Sex Inspectors Master Class: How to Have an Amazing Sex Life (based on the TV series) and Men Are Pigs But We Love Bacon, a “best of” collection of his nationally syndicated sex advice column.

He’s been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and his culture critiques have appeared in Newsweek, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other dailies. He runs his extremely successful blog, http://www.gaydatingsuccess.net and offers gay men everywhere advice on the dating scene as well as other topical and usefully entertaining posts on things like bottoming like a porn star.

You can find my appearance here – http://www.gaydatingsuccess.net/2014/01/20/excerpt-stripped-bare-gay-romanceerotica-best-seller-sue-mac-nicol/

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So I think I’m in esteemed company appearing with him. He was kind enough to offer me the opportunity and like any self promoting author I grabbed it with both hands and salivated at the very thought. I knew this was a great way to reach out to thousands of gay men everywhere and perhaps entice them to see my work and the work of the M/M genre in particular. It’s no secret that it appears that most gay fiction is read by straight women

Josh Lanyon, one of the M/M fiction gurus and leaders, has his own views and you can read about them here http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/06/08/straight-womengay-romance/

And this was a great article that appeared on the Heroes and Heartbreakers Romance blog site. http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2011/05/why-do-straight-women-read-gay-male-erotica

So the opportunity to appeal to gay men and try and attract them to this genre was a definite YES. We write stories about gay men in relationships, some driven by angst and torment, some by sheer lust, some by emotional need and others just because they are tarts and like to put another notch on the belt. But you know what – this could be heterosexual sex as well, so there is no difference other than we write about two men in love instead of a man and a woman. The feelings, the emotions, the trauma, the romance- everything is the same. They go to work, they go to dinner, they have sex, make love, argue, make up, visit family, have hobbies – they are simply people going about their lives the best way they know how. So if you’re enticed by this whole M/M Romance thing, why not give it a try and see how you like it?

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Winter Wonderland Blog Hop- Jan 16th to 19th

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This blog hop post is all about asking, “What makes a hero in movies and books wonderful to the point your toes curl?”

That’s a bit of a leading question for me. It doesn’t take much to make my toes curl and give me a warm feeling in the pit of my stomach. And believe me, I see a lot of pictures of gorgeous, sexy half and fully naked men in various states of undress and arousal. In fact ‘man poker’ has become a bit of thing on my Facebook page when the urge strikes. You know, I raise you one man picture, then someone comes along and bets me a picture of two men together, then another posts three men doing God knows what and …well, you get the idea.
I digress. Whether it be a book or a movie, I like my men dark, confident, and intelligent. Gerard Butler material, or the gorgeous Craig Olejnik from the TV series, ‘The Watcher.’ I like them tough, with great eyebrows, mesmerising eyes and a tight backside. I like cheek and wit, compassion and tenderness and a little bit of pure attitude.

I like men who respect themselves, who are professional and committed to their profession and yet able to laugh at themselves. I like a man to be emotional and show his feelings just a little bit. That wet gleam in the eye as tears threaten, the swallowing of the throat, the flicker of the eyes – it makes me shiver all over. I’ve read books where my own throat swells and tears appear as a hero shows his vulnerability, his hurt and you feel it deep inside, feel his pain because a scene has been so well written and you get so immersed in it.
So this is what makes my toes curl. What floats your boat?

GIVEAWAY !!

To celebrate this blog hop, I’m giving away one e-book copies of each of my M/M books, ‘Stripped Bare’, ‘Saving Alexander’, and ‘Worth Keeping’. Three lucky winners, drawn at random, will win one of these books.

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
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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 –

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Preference for which one of my books you fancy if you have one
If you followed or connected, which one of the above did you pick?
If you want to tell me what e-book format you’d prefer if you win, feel free.

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And most of all – thanks for stopping by, participating and making contact.

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Grand Prize!

In addition to the giveaway at each blog, one commenter from the tour will win at least a $35 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

$35 Barnes & Noble or Amazon Gift Card, winners choice.

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Susan Mac Nicol Is Here Today With Giveaways Galore!

The wonderful site of the Novel Approach featured me with my views on research for my books and some saucy topics that needed to be covered…I mean, someone has to do it right?? If you fancy a bit of a chuckle, head on down and have a read.

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I am constantly amazed at the charity and support of people on the various Social Networking groups that I use for promotion and to build my ‘author platform.’ Not only is it a lot of fun building these blocks on which an author steps her way up the ever increasing competition ladder to try to get the sales for her stories, but it has shown me the innate goodness of people I don’t even know face to face.

The whole concept of ‘online and virtual friends’ was alien to me only sixteen months ago. In fact, I pooh-poohed the idea of being able to make friends on the internet, thinking it was only teenagers talking to each other because they couldn’t communicate face to face, and lonely people looking for something to do in the evenings. My bad. Because what I have discovered has been breathtakingly, overwhelmingly, AMAZING. And yes…

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Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards

I’m overwhelmed to see that my two books, Stripped Bare and Saving Alexander have been nominated in a number of categories for these awards. I’m awed by the fact I’m included in such august company with such talented authors as Rhys Ford, Sarah Madison, Josh Lanyon and Kindle Alexander to name but a few. I’m humbled that someone chose to nominate my books in the first place.

These are the categories the books are nominated in :

Favourite All Time M/M Romance book – Stripped Bare
Best BDSM – Saving Alexander
Best Book of the Year – Stripped Bare
Best Contemporary -Stripped Bare
Best Hurt/Comfort- Saving Alexander
Best Mystery – Saving Alexander.

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It’s wonderful to get this far considering I’m fairly new to the game. I will always be thankful for the people who’ve read the books and the wonderful authors who have supported me in my strive to create stories for people to read.

So as a reward to everyone out there, here’s a wonderful Christmas greeting. My editor just told me she watched it -twice. If you like cute, sexy guys with bare butts, singing as they wiggle them at you – this is for you. If not- carry on with what you were doing…

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Winners of the Big Cocks and Broomsticks Blog Hop

Well, the blog hop is officially over and it was great while it lasted. To everyone that participated, swung by and left a comment – thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

And as a reward, of course there are winners to be announced! So without further ado, here are the winners of the copies of Stripped Bare or Saving Alexander. Rest assured if I know what format you wanted, an email would have been sent to you already with the requested book. If not, you’ll see an email asking what format you fancy. Oh by the way, this is a virtual hug for all of you 🙂

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And the winners are

Jill – jillprand@outlook(dot)com A copy of Stripped Bare
Lisa – lisahelo@outlook(dot)com A copy of Saving Alexander

I did a bonus draw too and the winner of a copy of Saving Alexander is : *drum roll*

Elise – eliseanstegan@gmail(dot)com

Congratulations to the winners ! If you’d like another chance to win a book, then pop on over when I take part in the Hot Autumn Nights Blog Hop from 25 November to 2 Dec.