It’s almost here! Love and Punishment Release date 29 August

I’m pretty excited today. Not only am I going on a picnic in the woods, just like these cute little teddy bears, my new release, Love and Punishment is due out on August 29.

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I had a lot of fun writing this book. Well, I have a lot of fun writing all my books but in this one, it was a real challenge to create a vicious psychopath who I think everyone will love to hate, and pit him against his future nemesis, a tough Italian detective with balls of steel. That’s him below, looking all muscled and tough.

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Here’s a little bit about what it’s all about…

FROM DARKNESS
AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

Sound good? I hope so….my book tour starts on the 29th August too with Pride Promotions, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say, and having fun on the tour. Pop down, make a comment and you could be in to win copies of my books.

You can see a bit more about what this story is all about on my Pinterest board.

Waiting For Rain

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Here’s a wonderful review for Waiting for Rain from Gay List Book Reviews. Beans seems to have really enjoyed it and of course – the pole dancing scenes :)

Originally posted on GayListBookReviews:

WaitingForRainTitle:  Waiting For Rain

Author:  Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Length:  280 pages

Rating:  B List

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Blurb:  The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he’s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he’s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel’s new custom-designed bar.

Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn’t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby’s controlled tough guy façade coupled with his “find happiness where you can” optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may…

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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.

Diary dates, upcoming events and a bit of chit chat

There’s a lot going on in my world at the moment.

I have a new release on the 29th August called ‘Love and Punishment’, I’ve just finished the first book in my Men of London series (MOL) (five more to go!) and I also have the third book in my Starlight series, ‘Starlight and Promises’ coming out this year too. And I’ve already started writing the second book in the MOL repertoire. I also have this awesome book plot for something I’m going to write next year with a view to self publishing this one. So watch this space…I think I need to shut myself away in something like this beautiful room and focus on everything.

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In the meantime, here are some important dates for the diary. You can always find out more about them by keeping an eye on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77

UK Gay Romance writers book signing – September 6th 2014 – London. If you fancy coming along let us know by joining below. I’ll be there with my books and hopefully someone will ask me to sign one *grins*

To find out more information check out details here on the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/events/478879022255681/

Gay Rom Lit - October 16-19th 2014 – USA http://www.gayromlit.com. I won’t be at this years GRL conference but I am hoping to make it over next year.

UK MM Writer’s Retreat – May 2015 -check out the website for more details about a beautiful country hotel getaway.
Read more here: http://ukwritersretreat.weebly.com/

Euro Con (Munich) 10-12th July 2015 – further details will be made available by Marc Fleischhauer and the team putting the event together – Isa Brandt and Anna Martin.

europridecon@gmail.com, europridecon.weebly.com is the website, https://www.facebook.com/europridecon?fref=ts is the Facebook Page

So loads on the go for both authors and readers alike..we hope to see you at some or all of them !

The Equal Rights Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop

Welcome to the Equal Rights Queer Town Abbey Blog Hop. As always, it’s a pleasure participating in these, as they always seem to bring people together.

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The hop runs July 4th 12:00 am EST through 11th 11:59 pm EST and there are some fabulous prizes for the giveaway!
You can check the big prize list here: http://queertownabbey.com/the-equal-rights-blog-hop-july-4th-through-11th/

My first experience in the LGBT community.

Hmmm. That’s a wide reaching topic and could mean just about anything. I don’t really remember my first ‘experience’ – was it perhaps the first time I ever read an M/M book and thought, ‘Wow, I love this genre and I want more?’ Was it the first time I actively researched topics for my own books and got exposed to the wonderful world of Gayology 101 on Goodreads where frank, open discussions were the norm and a great source of information. Tongue piercings and blow jobs, shower action and the question of shaving all body hair formed a big part of one of the discussions I was involved with and was a real eye opener. Or was it the time I cheered when UK marriage for same sex couples became legal and shared in the joy of many of my friends who’d been tirelessly supporting this initiative.

It could be all of the above. I think though I’d like to talk a little about this past weekend, when I attended Pride in London. Yes, it pissed down like the proverbial London weather is imagined to do. I got wet and ate more than I’d ever planned as I was constantly ducking into coffee shops to get out of the rain. And of course, when you smell the coffee and see the pastries on offer, you just have to have one of each. But you know what – the bad weather didn’t matter. The spirit of this event was overwhelming, all encompassing to the point of sheer exuberance, and everyone participated with all their hearts and souls could offer. It was a proud event, an event where people can see the extent of the immense LGBTQ community we have, and gave them a chance to have their say and simply enjoy this day. I was proud to be a part of it and these pictures say a thousand words….even if it was a bit bleak and grey.

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Question- Where was the recent PRIDE Day I was at held – in which city?

To enter the giveaway head down here and answer the simple question I posed above. There are some wonderful prizes on offer.

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Saving Talliston -Escape the Ordinary. Become Extraordinary.

I have the privilege of being part of something called the Talliston Writer’s Circle. It’s run out of a house in Great Dunmow which is, surprisingly enough, called Talliston. I’ve been there just under two years now and every minute spent at this unique venue has been a pleasure and an inspiration. My good friend John Trevillian, together with his partner Marcus Cotton, have spent the best part of twenty years transforming this simple, three bed roomed, semi-detached house into the incredible and unique place it is today. The website is below and I strongly suggest you take a look. It’s breath taking and simply out of this world.Talliston 3

Here are just a few pictures to show the beauty and majesty of the place. You can see more on the website.gilesg-the-watchtower-sofassmall

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We have had our writer’s meetings here, spent numerous wonderful evenings at themed supper club events, socialised and drunk coffee and tea whilst having a chat and just generally delighted in the company of good friends.

And now this wonderful venue needs help. I’m not going into details but you can listen to the story here. The house is in trouble and I would like to do everything I can to help them save this timeless and precious house.

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The project is also detailed on the Talliston website, link above. There is currently an Indigogo project to try raise the necessary funds to complete the project. The link is below should you feel you wish to contribute.

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Saving Talliston Indigogo Project

I’m not the only person trying to save this house. My fellow writers Duncan Swallow and Michelle Garrett are also passionate about the venue and you can read their blog posts here.

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Even the newspapers have got involved….they see the solace and perfection of this place as we do.

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We have people from all walks of life getting involved. Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has been leading the Order for over twenty years. He too supports this project.

http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/save-talliston-house-and-gardens

I ask you all to take a look at this wonderful place and I dare you not to want to save something that is so magical and special. Even if you don’t feel you wish to contribute money-wise, then please share this message and get the word out. That will count as a lovely gesture towards saving this remarkable place. Thanks for reading this blog post and I hope you feel inspired enough to do something to help.

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Sigh. I’m in lust -I mean love- with a fictional character

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Or even worse, lusted after them so much that all else pales in comparison? I’m sure if you have, you’re not alone. At some stage of our reading or film and television experience, I think we all find that special someone who truly appeals to us and whom we wish was in our lives for real.

Fan Fiction

I did a bit of an experiment. I typed ‘unhealthy obsession fictional characters’ into Google just to see what happened. And boy, did I get a lot of responses. It seems a lot of people out there are worried about their crushes and love affairs which people who don’t even exist. There are forums dedicated to the subject, and plenty of whacky questions and answers flying around. See for yourself.

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I guess this is evidenced by the love people have for writing fan- fiction. This is a fascinating glimpse into the world of make believe that has actual roots in the characters and situations created by TV and film and expounded upon by lovers of the genre. There is all sorts of fan-fiction out there. I wrote some myself actually, a short, poignant story based on the TV series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch (of course) and I found it very a very enjoyable endeavour.

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My daughter has a total girl crush on Ziva David, the Israeli Mossad agent from NCIS. She writes fan fiction for this, as well as the Stargate Atlantis series, the one with the strong warrior woman persona of Teyla Emmergan. Of course Sherlock, Twilight, Star Trek, all have a base of very strong fan fiction aficionados who write some really good stuff, and I’m sure one day their hope is that some of it might be picked up the TV studio itself. I’m not really talking about the slash fan fiction here but the stories that generally lead themselves to perhaps one day becoming an episode in the series. Slash fan fiction is another topic all together and may well be discussed in a further blog post….

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Here are some links to some fan fiction sites in case you’re curious enough to take a look and see what you think…

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I couldn’t resist popping a little bit of slash fan fiction in this post and this is one of my personal favourites…I love the Winchester boys..

Supernatural Slash ‘Wincest’

Have fun drooling over these images of Dean and Sam together….if you know what I mean.