I’m going to be an Englishman in New York…!! Well not really, I’ll be in California but I couldn’t resist the title. I’m a huge Sting fan and love this […]
Sight Unseen by International Bestselling Author Susan Mac Nicol with L.A. producer and Hollywood actor Nicholas Downs
Based on an idea from L.A. producer and actor, Nicholas Downs, Susan and Nicholas have developed a story straight from the heart. In a gripping tale of lovers fighting against the odds comes a story of universal appeal about rejection and acceptance and finally finding what is real and true.
Author Susan Mac Nicol is going to the States!
Would you love to meet International Bestselling Author Susan Mac Nicol & L.A. producer and Hollywood Actor Nicholas Downs? Now’s your chance.
There is a very special signing event at The Abbey, an iconic gay club in West Hollywood. Nicholas and Sue will be there to enjoy the evening, meet fans of both their genres in film and publishing and be available to sign books, chat and have some fun. If you’re in the area, please pop down and see them, they’d no doubt love to see you. They’ll be signing books in the iconic Cabana Bar below. Check out The Abbey at http://www.theabbeyweho.com
It’s a dream come true for Sue and she’s also honoured to be signing Sight Unseen with Boroughs Publishing Group and actor Nicholas Downs at this conference from 25-26th March.
If you’re interested in attending this signing, either as an author or a reader, here’s the link.
https://caldreaminwriters.com/ The 2017 conference will be at : Embassy Suites in Brea, California.
To take part in the giveaway for one Reader Event ticket on Saturday 25th March, all you have to do is post a comment below, telling me WHY you’d really like to be there at the Reader Event, and a random winner will be chosen on the 17th March, 8 pm UK time when the competition closes.
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Susan Mac Nicol Author Page
Nicholas Downs Fan Page
A top rated and insightful Review by Amos Lassen
I believe that the most beautiful love exists when two lovers are also best friends. Nate and Cody share a friendship that began when they were children. They always had felt that they belonged together and after a weekend in Florida when they were teens, they understood that they were destined to be together forever. However for whatever reason, Nate stopped that. Nonetheless, their friendship did not suffer as a result, they stayed best friends with each going his own way and each found his own partner. They still lust after each other but secretly and when a tragic event occurs, they feel something is missing. Whatever had stopped the physical love that they once shared, hurt the two in ways only that they could know.
After a tragic automobile accident, Nate becomes blind and he knows that his life will never again be what it once was. Cody, his best friend has always felt great love for Nate but never really knew that Nate felt the same for him. Our story is told through the eyes of blind Nate and let me deviate from my review to add something personal here. I have a very close blind friend who has taught me so much about life as “seen through her eyes”. She feels things that I have always thought I was incapable of doing but I learned as I listened to and watched her.
The lives of the unsighted are very different from our own and I certainly feel so much better because I can experience blindness through her. She has opened me to look at those with physical and mental disabilities differently than I ever have before. Putting myself in Nate’s place was not that difficult for me because of this and I can tell you that author MacNichol has done an incredible job with Nate. I know the frustration that comes along with blindness and the very way that Nate deals with rejecting his sighted boyfriend shows this beautifully. We see that even though he is blind, his artistry remains and he maintains the ability to create beauty with the pottery he makes.
I feel myself wanting to say more about the plot but I am forcing restraint so as not to write any spoilers. This is a beautiful book and I want everyone to share in its beauty without my giving something away. I know that it is sometimes hard to see the forest because of the trees often is a true statement and it certainly is true for Nate and Cody.
Release Blitz, Sight Unseen by International Bestselling Author Susan Mac Nicol with L.A. producer and Hollywood Actor Nicholas Downs
Sometimes we don’t see love coming ♡
Based on an idea from L.A. producer and actor, Nicholas Downs, Susan and Nicholas have developed a story straight from the heart.
In a gripping tale of lovers fighting against the odds
comes a story of universal appeal about rejection and acceptance
and finally finding what is real and true.
Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked but was always meant to be deeper.
SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.
They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.
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Author Susan Mac Nicol is going to the States.
Would you love to meet International Bestselling Author Susan Mac Nicol & L.A. producer and Hollywood Actor Nicholas Downs? Now’s your chance!!
It’s a dream come true for Sue and she’s honoured to be signing Sight Unseen with Boroughs Publishing Group and actor Nicholas Downs at this conference from 25-26th March.
If you’re interested in attending this signing, either as an author or a reader, here is the link.
The 2017 conference will be at : Embassy Suites in Brea, California.
Address: 900 E Birch St, Brea, CA 92821
There will also be a very special signing event at The Abbey, an iconic gay club in West Hollywood. Nicholas and Sue will be there to enjoy the evening, meet fans of both their genres in film and publishing and be available to sign books, chat and have some fun. If you’re in the area, please pop down and see them, they’d no doubt love to see you.
This is the room they’ll be signing in, isn’t it fabulous. It’s the Cabana Bar.
CONNECT WITH SUSAN & NICHOLAS
Susan Mac Nicol Author Page
Nicholas Downs Fan Page
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.
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.
- 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!
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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
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….
I’m very excited! I’m going to the States in 2017, from 22nd to 30th March. It’s a dream come true for me and I’m still in shock. I’m honoured to be signing Sight Unseen (and other books of course) with Boroughs Publishing Group and actor Nicholas Downs at this conference in Brea, California from 25-26th March. If you’re interested in attending this signing, either as an author or a reader, here’s the link. We’d love to see you all there!
There will also be a very special signing event at The Abbey, an iconic gay club in West Hollywood, in the beautiful Cabana Bar. Nicholas and I will be there to enjoy the evening, meet fans of both our genres in film and publishing and be available to sign books, chat and have some fun. If you’re in the area, please come down and see us, we’d love to meet you. It will be a fabulous event, and The Abbey is being a most gracious host.
You’ll see more about this in weeks to come, as we have a full promotional event planned. Any bloggers wishing to take part and spread the word for us – we’d welcome your participation in telling everyone. Let me know and we can give you material to share.
To coin a phrase from the UK Meet – is it March yet?
So the New Year has arrived with a shy kiss and a gentle caress. It’s the start of something fresh, new beginnings that let us plan and decide how our future may look. I for one have a lot planned this year and I mean to make the most of it. Top of my list though (no, not a New Year’s Resolution, as I don’t believe in those, this is more my To Do list) is getting back into writing. You may not have known this, but the last year to eighteen months has been tough for me. There’s been an insecure demon sitting on my shoulder who has led me down a dark path and made me doubt myself and my abilities to bring stories into the world.
And I still don’t know why. I simply lost my passion for my craft and that in itself triggered a huge backlash, a sense of failure which fed on my own insecurities. 2017 is my chance to get back that writing passion and try and immerse myself once again in words.
And boy, 2017 is looking like a great year for me. So without further ado, let me tell you a bit about it.
Firstly, Sight Unseen comes out for release on January 26th. This book is the result of a partnership between me and my wonderful friend and collaborator, the amazing Nicholas Downs. In life, we are meant to meet people who come to mean something to us. I had no idea when I first interviewed Nicholas for Divine Magazine (at the bequest of the Divine CEO who thought Nicholas was hot and sexy and wanted to feature him) that it would form a lasting relationship that led to us to this point. I mean, you can see why he thought this, right? This is Nicholas. Sigh. The man looks so good in a suit. And a cowboy hat. And a plaid shirt…
Bottom line, we had respect for each others’ talents – me for writing and Nicholas for acting – and decided we’d create a medium to bring both of these to bear in that of a potential film creation.
Nicholas provided the story line in the screen play he’d already written, I developed it into a novel and together we’re writing the screen play to potentially bring it to the screen. It’s been an amazing journey for both of us, learning about each other’s industries and melding them together to where we are today. And not only are we doing this but -SQUEEE! I get to travel to LA in March next year to attend a conference with my publisher, Boroughs and do a series of book signings with Nicholas, even get to stay with him and his husband Nick for a couple of nights. I am so damned excited. And not only do I get to hob-nob with Nicholas and Nick, I get to meet my publisher for the first time.
Boroughs are quite simply, amazing. They have treated me with absolute respect, compassion on the bad days, and LOVE. Yes, it’s tough to say this about someone you’ve never met but the CEO, Michelle Klayman, has been a rock for me. Not only is she a fantastic editor, making my stories flow better and offering advice and support, but she’s also there when I need to vent or talk to someone. She’s like a big sister, only tougher. Smarter lol. Boroughs’ faith in me when I have floundered myself and had doubts has been heartening and welcome. I am so looking forward to giving Michelle the hug she deserves when I arrive to stay with her at her home with her husband Miguel. Bless him, he even asked her whether he was expected to make me Bubble and Squeak! I told her an emphatic No, I’m in his country now so anything other English food is what I want. Mexican sounds good…
I’ll be at the California Dreamin’ Conference and at various other locations in Los Angeles with Nicholas and Michelle but more to follow on the itinerary once we get it all confirmed. And another SQUEE! I’m hoping to catch up with the supremely talented voice over artist and actor Jason Frazier ( we owe each other a drink at Chateau Marmont, it’s a long story…) and *sigh* hoping to finally meet the most awesome and fabulous of writers Cody Kennedy. This particular coming together of souls has been a long time coming.
I’ll be back from the US at the end of the March then jetting off again to Cape Town, RSA to visit family at the beginning of May. The wonderful thing about this holiday is that my whole family is going over, my husband, my kids, and my daughter in law. It’s going to be wonderful seeing my mum and sister again and touching base with my brothers in law.
I’m signing at the fabulous event in Birmingham in July, the ShiMMer Author Event, which promise to be a great day out seeing old friends and readers. If you haven’t already made a plan to attend this, you should. It’s going to be awesome.
In August I’m at Brighton Pride with friends and in September, my best pal and author friend John Trevillian and I are off to Dublin for a creative few days, writing, gaining inspiration and drinking wine no doubt.
Oh and did I mention I’m also a trustee for the Being Me Campaign which I’m hoping will see a busy and fruitful year, as well as taking back my old position as Editorial Manager for Divine Magazine, because I really missed this. This particular role has bought with it many opportunities, not least of which was meeting Nicholas.
Heh. Luckily I have a very understanding boss at the day job who simply rolls his eyes and says ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever, Sue. You do what you need to do.’ I’m blessed to be where I am with such lovely people who really care about my ‘other life’ and encourage me. Eunisure, you rock !!
So busy, busy, busy…oops, sorry in all the excitement I forget to tell you about the writing plans. *Facepalms* In between all this I’m co-writing a screenplay, have to finish writing Living on Air, (my ‘circus’ book) and possibly carry on writing the ninth Men of London book as well, Survival Game which is Kyle and Eric’s story from Hard Climate. I have so many other books planned, and some truly exciting ideas and I need to get cracking if I want to bring them all to life. I need lots of coffee and mince pies and a healthy dose of ‘slap me silly when I lose focus’.
So that’s me for this year and no doubt there’ll be a lot more happening and I’ll let you know as it does. To those people who helped and encouraged me over the past years and no doubt will continue to do so because that’s the kind of people they are- Joanne Swinney, Val Degeorge, Kirsty Bicknell, JP Bilbao, Rita R, Janice Birnie, Petra Andrea, Karen Jones, Anders Rodskar, Isa Jones, Ann Alaskan and myriad of others (forgive me if I haven’t mentioned you specifically but you are legion lol) who kept me sane and also indulged my girlish passion for Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Lambert – thank you. You are all the spokes in my wheel without which, there would be no turning and moving forward.
To the bloggers who’ve ever allowed me space on their blogs to promote or share something, you are truly the other wheels of this industry that keep it turning. And to my fellow authors who give so much of themselves in many ways without expecting anything in return- you have my eternal gratitude and appreciation.
May 2017 be everything you want, need and deserve and if I can help you in any way to reach your own goals and dreams, all you have to do is shine this bat signal and I’ll be there.
SYNERGY IS BETTER THAN YOUR WAY OR MY WAY. IT’S OUR WAY.
So – what’s your idea Christmas gift? I confess I was looking through a list of the most wanted gift ideas and I was a little taken aback. It’s everything from expensive tequila, to virtual reality glasses, a lot of techno geek gifts like Google Home and even a WonderWoof activity monitor for your pet. I must confess I’m a tech-geek myself so anything like this would do for me.
Of course, all I really want for Christmas are some Amazon Gift vouchers. I ask my family every year for these because I buy a lot of books there, and other bits and bobs as well. Yet every year, I get something else. The family don’t think the provision of gift vouchers is a ‘proper’ gift even it’s what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. This year I got a gorgeous Bluetooth radio for my car so I can play my Google and Amazon music library through my speakers. I love my music so this was a combined Christmas and Birthday present (the 28th December) from my lovely husband.
But why ask me what I want and then when I tell you, you buy something else? Sigh. Either way I’m grateful for what I get, even if it means I then spend my own money on buying books the One-Click way, because I simply can’t resist a good story. Yep, we all have the same problem no doubt. One-Click-Aholics indeed.
Hope you get what you want for Christmas and enjoy a fun filled seasonal time with the ones you love.
You can see the full report of the ‘must have’ gifts at the link below
And here you can read the sizzling hot bonus scene for Saving Alexander
Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self-confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never-Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is also a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of their Rainbow chapter as well as a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.
And why not keep following the blog tour for other great giveaways……http://www.ttcbooksandmore.com
I’m taking part in the Christmas Blog Hop 2016 hosted by Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group
We were asked to write a bit about what Christmas means to us. And share a favourite recipe but as you all probably know, I don’t cook much so don’t have one…
To be honest, in the words of Natalie Imbruglia, I’m a little torn. There’s good and bad aspects and I’m going to tackle them both. Because I’m nothing if not a realist. I love the vibe and hype of the season, shopping for presents for people and seeing all those sparkly lights. I’m not religious so Christmas for me has never been about Jesus or anything remotely biblical. Especially as Jesus wasn’t born in December. But I digress.
Christmas for me is the shiny season. It’s the vibrancy of coloured lights and tinsel. It’s the silky sheen of wrapping paper and the twinkle of baubles on the tree, the smell of spruce, and orange chocolate, and mulled wine. It’s a sensual time when everything meshes together into a festive package of scents and sights that stirs the senses and brings families and friends together.
It’s a time for kindness, when soup kitchens are manned by volunteers willing to give up their time to contribute to making someone’s else life a little bit happier for a while. It’s a time for smiling when kids open their gifts to see the thing they’ve always wanted right in front of them. It’s also the time you can get your own back on grumpy Aunt Mabel, who insists on giving you socks each year. The dildo you bought for her will go down a treat. She may even find a unique use for it, ‘stirring’ the Yorkshire pudding mix perhaps. *sniggers*
It’s also the time of a high suicide rate, a plethora of homeless people on the streets, watching with jaundiced eyes as those more fortunate than them strolled past in laughter and merry cheer, while carting presents that would probably have bought a week’s shelter and food for one of these street people. The time for TV adverts of misty eyed children with sad faces, as charities lamented over the fact that for some children, there was no such thing as Christmas. This season is a time of extremes-—one parent buying their kid a Ferrari or a football team, another just managing to scrape together enough money to buy their child a football or a toy truck; of one-upping the Joneses, of making sure things are bigger and better than the other person’s offerings; of corporate companies growing rich and rubbing their hands in glee like Scrooge at the clinking of the money in the coffers. It’s time people abandon their pets because they have better things to do with the money and their time.
So, like a piece of tinfoil, there’s a dull and shiny side to the season. It’s a pity we can’t find it within ourselves to bring the season of goodwill to all men to people the whole year around instead of just a few short-lived days. That as a species we can’t simply adopt an attitude of love and acceptance to all mankind as we work together to keep this world of ours from spiralling into decay.
Yes, this might depress you, and as blog posts go about Christmas, it’s not all glitter and glamour and I’m not going to apologise for that. Putting on the rose-coloured glasses and ensuring that your own Christmas bubble is untainted with the bad things of Christmas is not cool. In the true spirit of giving, buy a homeless person a cup of coffee. Drag out those old blankets you have in the cupboard, give them a wash and let the people suffering the cold have them. Donate to a deserving charity, like one that teaches people about respecting diversity. Show a starving pet some kindness. You don’t have to give much – just a little. It would mean the world to someone like this.
It’s about making a difference to someone else, or something and that, to me, is the true essence of Christmas.
You can come out from under the blankets now. I’m finished with my sermon and the soapbox has been tucked back into the cupboard.
Merry Christmas everyone and may it bring everything you deserve.
Here’s a chance to win a little something for Christmas too. There’s a RAFFLECOPTER and a Grand Prize.
3D fun face Charms Bracelet
18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set
$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group
5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions
Dreamspinner Press Vouchers
$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing
Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray
Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)
Ebook of your choice from Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)
Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena
$15 gift voucher from Susan Mac Nicol
Below you’ll find all the blogs taking part
🎅🏻 Alpha Book Club – http://alphabookclub.org/2016/12/08/divine-promotions-christmas-blog-hop-2016/
I’ve one clicked already…congrats to Chris on his new release, and may he enjoy many sales.
It’s Out! It’s Out, I tell you.
Jingle Spell, my Christmas novella is now out. Today is a special day for me, not only because I publish another title as Chris Ethan, but because it’s also my one year anniversary of being with my fiance, who inspired this book, hence the publication date. Without further ado, here is the final blurb and the Amazon link:
It’s the most horrible time of the year.
Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations.
Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy ever afters. Those are for movies.
And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?
Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?
A sweet romance by Chris Ethan, author of The Guy With The Suitcase.
Another great story coming our way!
Title: Painted On My Heart Author: Kindle Alexander Genre: M/M Romance Release Date: Coming Soon Artist Kellus Hardin let love and loyalty cloud his past decisions, a mistake he definitely won’t make again. Now, lost and alone, he’s left to pick up the shattered pieces of his broken heart while facing the truth of his reality. …