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Book Villains – as they prepare to be wicked….

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

You can check out the main event here :

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

Villains and Darkness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GIVEAWAY !!

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

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

Follow my blog at http://susanmacnicol.wordpress.com
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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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The Fascinating author Susan Mac Nicol writes “Loving You Senseless”

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Kristy from Kristys Brain Food blog gives a lovely review for Love You Senseless.
‘This book has proven once again to me that Susan deserves all the success she receives. She is an amazingly talented writer with a flare for taking a subjects that would make some cringe and turning it into a beautifully written piece of art. I will continue being a Susan Mac Nicol fan and cant wait to read more from the Men of London series. Make sure you get them, you definitely don’t want to miss out!’

Originally posted on Kristy' s Brain Food:

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Title:Loving You Senseless

Author:Susan Mac Nicol

Series:Men of London #1

Hero:Eddie Tripp/Gideon Kent

Genre:M/M ,Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance,

Length: 160 pages

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Release Date: October 9, 2014

Available at:Boroughs Publishing Group, Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks

*I received a copy of this book from the Susan Mac Nicol in return for a fair and honest review*

Blurb:

London’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

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My Self-Epiphany…and how to cope with high expectations of oneself

Is there such a thing as a self-epiphany? Because I think I had one over the weekend. I woke up on Saturday morning and things suddenly seemed clearer to me. I’ve been moaning and groaning about my life for a while, probably to the complete boredom and eye rolling of people around me. I decided to sit down and do a Pros and Cons of My Life list and this is what I came up with. You might like to do it yourself and see where you end up.

Pros Cons (mostly Tongue in cheek)
I enjoy good health. Yes, I’ve had a little scare recently but I think it’s all good now I’m middle aged and want to be twenty five again.
I have a supportive husband who lets me be as quirky and miserable as I need to be sometimes He’s not Benedict Cumberbatch –but he’s mine.
I have fabulous children, polite, healthy, and people to be proud of They aren’t millionaires yet and can’t support me in the lifestyle I want to be accustomed to – get a move on, kids J
I have a job- yes, I moan about the travel but I am at least working where others aren’t Said travel. Train delays suck.
I have other family – a mother and sister -who are proud of what I have achieved. Mum is convinced I write ‘man-porn’ for a living…her words. She’s a little put off by that. But I simply tell her not to read it.
I enjoy the company and the people I work with – a bonus in my book They always want me to go out drinking and partying with them- oh, the horror of spending time with the cute younger guys!
I write books as a part time thing, and said books actually have *gasps loudly* READERS!! Wonderful, supportive readers who are my world and my success. I don’t have enough time to write- but I think every writer will say the same thing so I can’t claim this one for my own.
Talking about success, I’ve had some in my writing endeavours, and made money out of it, in a very short time, for doing something I love. I’m not a millionaire yet, still have to work for a living. I want that damn country house, damn it! With a butler who looks like the one in the picture.
I know some incredible people and have made some wonderful friendships. I have nothing on this one. People, you all ROCK like Bon Jovi.
I’ve got to do things I’d never have dreamed of before taking up writing, like going to conferences and meeting fellow authors, some of whom are my idols. I’v been on the radio and been interviewed for local newspapers. Nope-nada on this one too.  They may be crazy, some of them, but I like it. Craziness is SO underrated.
I still have all my teeth. Yeah-nothing really.
I still have my hair. It’s too damn curly and my daughter calls me Poodle Hair.
I get to talk about sex, porn stars, blow jobs, BDSM practices and the 101 uses for bananas – and no one bats an eyelid. Well, perhaps some do. It’s not really the correct topic of discussion in the local Costa Coffee house as Daughter and I recently discovered.

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So what’s the consensus? I told myself to man up and just try and take each day as it comes. I’m very much the profile of a classic ‘perfectionist’, I think, wanting to get to good places quickly and feeling like a failure when I don’t.

While not all of the traits in the link below apply to me, I think some of them are me to a T. I did the quiz and this was the result. No surprise there.

You’re A Perfectionist

You probably already know that your perfectionist tendencies cause you stress and complicate your life in some ways, but you probably don’t realize the extent of perfectionism’s negative effects on your lifestyle and stress level. The resources below can explain more about perfectionism, and give you resources for changing. I highly recommend you begin the journey now. Don’t worry if it takes a little time to change your patterns; any progress made can benefit you from now on!

You can take the quiz too if you like here -

http://stress.about.com/od/understandingstress/a/perfectionist.htm

So, in hindsight, some things I am going to ‘fail’ at, and not meet my own expectations. I have to tell myself that it doesn’t mean I’ve actually ‘failed’. I need to start taking a deep breath and look at my achievements (see Pros) as opposed to the areas I don’t feel I’m succeeding in –  (Selling enough books. Increasing my readership. Making more money out of book sales. Seeing my Amazon overall store rankings in three, double or single digits.) I need to keep writing and enjoying what gives me fulfilment, and hope that perhaps one day, I’ll meet all my own personal goals and if I don’t quite reach them – then at least be satisfied that I tried my best.

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It’s all anyone can do.

 

 

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Whimsy and Weirdness as Halloween approaches

I fancied doing a blog post that was a little tongue in cheek and fun. And in the process, who knows, you might come across one of these collective nouns that you haven’t seen before.

I was tickled pink to discover some recent examples. I thought the ones below were either a little writing related or applicable to the genre I write in.

A Kindle of kittens

A Stud of mares

A ‘Knob’ of pintails (a kind of duck apparently)

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A Clench of sphincters

A Plump of ducks

A Pace of asses

A Grind of blackfish

A Shiver of sharks

A Head of curlews (more birds)

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There was some controversy about the collective noun for cocks – and I mean the rooster like birds that flock around the hens, you fowl minded people.

Some say ‘a Flock of cocks’ others suggest the right word is a ‘Brood’. And in case you really wanted to know, and don’t spend all your time Googling it (as I know you might) apparently it is a ‘Clutch of penes’ (plural for ‘penises’). Others have been suggested but I won’t go into too much detail here.

Then of course there are those that are more cooking related and as you know , I have a book series centred around a restaurant and two chefs. The restaurant is called Galileo’s and it’s in Soho, London.

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Some may simply be someone’s fancy, while others seem to be the accepted use.

A Hastiness of cooks

A Glazing of taverners

A Rope of onions

 

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A Jam of tarts

An Accompaniment of condiments

A Sproutness of mushrooms

A Promise of barmen

 

I had a particular fondness for this one and for the rather amusing little anecdote I found online that accompanied it. You can read it here Fesnyng

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It’s a Fesnyng of ferrets – apparently this is the real, honest to goodness collective noun for these slinky creatures. I mean, who comes up with these weird names and what the hell were they smoking at the time because I want some.

 

And one last one I thought was rather clever…

A Fraid of ghosts

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Happy Halloween everybody!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Love You Senseless

I was very excited (obviously) about the recent release of my new series called Men In London. The first book is called ‘Love You Senseless’ and there’s a little bit about it below, along with my gorgeous cover.

This is my Pinterest board for the book.

 One of London’s up-and-coming chefs, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

THE MEN OF LONDON

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

A TASTE OF FOREVER

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

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Book Trailer Love You Senseless if you fancy a great tune, some real romantic images and to see Eddie and Gideon being all lovey dovey..

I’ve give you the links in case you fancy a further peek..it’s also available on All Romance E-books and Smashwords and of course my publishers site – Boroughs Publishing Group

Love You Senseless Amazon UK

Love You Senseless Amazon US

I’m currently just over 40 000 words in the second book, which is Taylor’s story. You’ll meet him in Book 1 along with Leslie. And it seems that everyone is waiting for Leslie’s story ; he seems to be fairly popular :)

I have two Book Review blog tours coming up for Love You Senseless in November. One is with Will Parkinson from Pride Promotions (we just had a book blast with him, which was fun, you can see the posts here : Book Blast ) and another tour is being run by Scott Burkett from GGR Promo Group – GGR Promo Group.

Tour dates

Pride Promotions – Nov 3 – Nov 28

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GGR Promo Group – Nov 24 – Dec 5

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Please pop along on the tour and say hello. It would be lovely to see you all ! And if you don’t, well, that’s okay too. Instead you can take a look at my Man Candy board on the left and drool a little at the gorgeous and sexy images..

 

 

 

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Interview with Author and Poet Joey Renee -by James Landrith

My friend James Landrith recently asked me if I’d showcase a young and upcoming author and poet on my blog. Of course, I said yes, because that’s what friends are for :)  James had met this young woman and was very impressed with her writing and character so he decided to interview her.

The interview is below, and it’s a really lovely thing to read, with a lot of personal insights and observations from Joey. So, without further ado, here she is, talking to James….

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James: I’d like to open up by asking you a few questions for the readers. Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

Joey: I was born and raised in Washington DC. I grew up in South East and Northeast where I attended public schools. I grew up with four sisters in a house where my parents were together, they still are. We weren’t rich or anything in fact now that I’m much older I realize that we were more than likely poor but my parents did a fantastic job of keeping that out of our sights. They taught me love and survival. I’m most appreciative of that. I am second to the youngest and have always been very protective of the people I love. I began writing at 11. That was the age I began writing poetry but my relationship with the written word began much earlier in life. I always loved reading and being read to. I always was the kid with their hand up ready to read aloud to the class. Whenever the teacher or my mom would read to us I’d be the kid interacting and smiling from ear to ear with excitement.

James:  From speaking with you on a few occasions, I know you are passionate about writing. Can you tell me what inspired you to become a writer?

Joey:  A lot of things aided in the idea to become a writer but what made me decide to make it a career was an incident that happened one night I was upset. I always would write poetry to express myself so I was ritual. So I sat at my old fashioned box screen computer and I received an upsetting phone call. In reaction to the call I threw my binder across the room, the same fan that cooled my small room that at the time had no air. The binder opened and the fan blew pages from that binder across the room. At that very moment I realized I had so many poems; enough to write a book. It was the beginning of everything that has come to pass and everything soon to come.

James:  Let’s talk about poetry for a moment.  Poetry has always been one of my favorite types of writing to experience. I write myself and read it often.  I’ve recently read your first book, Love’s Untold Story: Book 1 and really enjoyed it.  You’ve previously told me that you’ve been writing poetry for years.  Poet to poet, can you tell me what is it that attracts you to poetry?

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Joey:  Poetry is my first love. I like the freedom of it. It has a few platforms but it doesn’t have to be categorized and placed in a refined box.  I love the expressiveness of it. To me poetry is real its emotions at its most raw and unscripted place. Poetry makes you feel alive in many ways its romantic, it’s raw, it’s cunning, it’s whatever you want it or need it to be. Poetry is the one form of writing that not only gives to the world it gives to the writer. It gives the writer a chance to put it all on the table and all on the line. It’s writer’s therapy

James:  Tell us about your favorite authors and books.  What about those books and authors make the special to you?

Joey:  Oh I love a lot of authors and books. One of my favorite books is called Genesis Code. It is a great book. The plot starts out as simple as a homicide and builds to an explosive plot regarding a conspiracy to kill children that were conceived by fertility clinics that used Jesus relics. It is one of my favorites because it was a great book even at the beginning which gave the plots twists and turns worth every page turned. Another good read of mine is a science fiction book called the masque. It is an older book but to me it still holds up to technology standards of today which is quite epic considering it was written perhaps twenty years ago. I love all genres of fiction. From urban novels to fantasy, graphic novels I’m a huge comic book fan. I love thrillers, erotica. You name it’s a good chance that I have or will read it. Currently I’m reading a series called The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A Barron. I’m currently reading book three. I’ll have to say that is my favorite author at this time. I’m sure I’ll have another name to add when I move on to my next series of books. I’m a fan of Maximum Ride as well. It’s a good action packed fantasy series; each book adding to the prior book’s awesomeness. The two books in my life that are special to me are childhood classics. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “The Hungry Caterpillar”. I made my mom read them over and over. I will always love those books

James:  Let’s talk about Blurr.  I’ve been enjoying the book and the metropolitan DC setting for a good portion of the story.  As I’ve lived in the area since 1992, I can truly feel the city within the pages.  What motivated you to tell this story?

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Joey:  Well my idea started as me wanting to write a book about super heroes. Then I was like no I don’t want to go to war with Marvel. So I decided that they could have that. Plus I wish I could draw like the artists they have. Then I went with a fantasy novel concept. I drew up an entirely different first draft. It was okay, but it was mostly random concepts and ideas. It wasn’t until I went into research mode that I found a website full of mythical creatures that an idea started to form. My main goal was to steer away from clichéd monsters and creatures. I wanted something unique, something that had a story to be told. I came across these creatures called Blurrs. They were said to be demons but no one could get a picture of them to honestly give them clarity as to what they truly were. It was then that I decided it would be fun to take a creature with little information or research for an origins story. This aided in my decision for them to be neutral beings.  And thank you! I threw a lot of that DC flavor in there for my fellow Washingtonians.

James:  Is there an underlying theme or message you are conveying in your writing?

Joey:  The message is that no matter how damaged or lost you think you are you can find your way back.  Keep believing and you will be granted favor to find that which is lost. No one is ever too gone or too lost. Ever….

Joey’s website can be found at: http://www.joeyrenee.com/

She can be found on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/joeyreneexoxo

Her goodreads Author Page is at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7837267.Joey_Renee

You can purchase her books online via Amazon.com from her website at: http://www.joeyrenee.com/#!books/cnec

An excerpt of Joey’s fantasy novel “Blurr” is reprinted below with the author’s kind permission.  I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have since picking it up!

Excerpt from ‘Blurr’

My ride home from work was awkward. I always fall asleep on the train but I never have dreams. Even when I go to sleep for as far back as I can remember. I’ll drift off to sleep and wake up with no recollection of a dream. When I sat down in the corner seat and got comfortable that is when the weirdness began.

The daydream took place in a dank and dark, shadow casted forest. It was hard for me to pinpoint a time and location of where I stood. Everything I’d laid eyes upon was unfamiliar. The fragrances in the air were alluring. Large rolling hills held tiny shack like buildings. Everything seemed of older times but had an almost modern twist to it. The air smelled like fresh baked bread. Natives of the land were roasting chicken and other livestock on an old school turnstile made of tree branches. Their clothes were scraggly, torn, and made of natural materials. It almost appeared as though they made their garments themselves. I walked to the top of one out of several dirt hills. The dirt hills trailed through an exotic forest. The trees and bushes were unlike anything I’d ever seen or read about. I was no expert but they were rare and beautiful.  Natives had many small stands where they sold crafted items. There seemed to be a whole lot of handcrafting going on in this town. I was almost certain that I was in some kind of Amish town. Their skin tones were a variation of colors but every person looked as if their skin was kissed by the sun. I walked through a path that led to a large wooden house within the woods. The trees were tall and peculiar. They were fruitiferous and umbriferous offering much exotic fruit and shade. It was paradise like. Some of them looked like a mix between palm, pine and oak trees. While others I couldn’t discern. The bark looked like sturdy bamboo. The trees were so tall and the leaves were only at the top of the trees. I could not help but to wonder what kind of furniture they could make from such exotic looking trees. The plants were interesting as well. They were vivid and multicolored. Each flower and plant glistened and glowed like they were watered with pure liquid gold.

As I walked down the brick red stone and dirt path staring at the most unique collection of botanical gardening I’ve ever seen, I walked into a mysterious woman of slender build. She appeared to be in her late twenties, with long, wavy, brown, tresses. Her eyes were so hazel they seemed almost transparent. And her skin was a flawless caramel complexion. She was beautiful. She looked as though she was in a hurry or running from someone. Before I got the time to ask if she was okay she told me to follow her. I was reluctant at first but she appeared to be harmless so I went with it. Plus, she could have snuck up on me if she really meant me harm.

The woman led me to the old rustic house I saw from the top of the dirt path. The beauty of the gardens perished as we grew closer to the area surrounding it. Trees and plants were limp and lifeless in appearance and color. Even the house had a creepy and shadowy cast over it.

I looked to the woman and said “What is this!? Where am I!?”

Before she could respond I was awakened by an announcement of the next stop over the train’s speaker system. “Eastern Market, Doors Opening” I sprang to my feet and ran off the train before the automated voice said “Doors Closing”.

Later on that night I couldn’t shake the feeling of that daydream. Everything about it felt so real. One minute I’m completely aware of my surroundings. Then the next minute I was completely engulfed in another world. So many things stood out and felt so real. The smell of the fresh bread and roast was unlike anything I’ve ever smelled, and I’ve smelled a lot of fresh bread. Every sandwich shop and bakery makes fresh bread, especially downtown where I work. However, the fragrance was different. It was so sweet and light. It didn’t smell strong and heavy like it does in the city. It was so tantalizing I wanted to taste the air. I could not only smell the bread cooking I could smell the grains and oats they were made from.

Thinking about the bread got me nowhere. I needed to get it together. It was difficult finding some kind of meaning to the dream. Being as though I never had one before, I didn’t really know what to make of it. My curiosity led me to thoughts of that house. What was up with it? It seemed so dark and shadow casted. Why would that woman try to take me there? She didn’t seem like she wanted to hurt me, but that house was so creepy I wasn’t too sure. The hairs on my arm stood up at the mere thought of it. I needed to shake the chills off and relax. I was sitting in the house freaking out about nothing. I washed my worries away in a steaming hot shower and nestled in my bed for some much needed rest.

Sue: Thanks for the great interview, James, and I certainly hope, Joey, that your writing gains followers and recognition. It’s something we all strive to as writers and while it’s tough going, the journey to get there is very rewarding.

 And if anyone wants to take a look at Jame’s blog too, as he is a rather interesting person (in my opinion anyway but then I’m biased) then this is the link

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Video Interview with Andrew Q. Gordon

You may remember I recently had the wonderful  Andrew Q. Gordon on my blog where he told us a bit about his latest release, ‘A Closed Door’.

Well, he’s back today with a video interview that we had a lot of fun doing. I got to ask him a lot of stuff about both his writing career, his books, and of course -the man himself. So without further ado, click the link below and have a chuckle at us chatting away and sharing some quite personal details with each other…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VA0mKBQB64

And then after you’re done, you can scroll down and fins out even more about the book itself and Andrew’s other novels.

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Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can’t run away from.

Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett. Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.
As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death. In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you’re looking for behind.
Cover Artist: Lily Velden and Jay Aheer
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing.

Buy Links:

Author Contacts:

Website: http://www.andrewqgordon.com,
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,
Twitter: @andrewqgordon,
Email: andrewqgordon@gmail.com
Other Books:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
Purpose
(Un)Masked
Ashes of Life

I’d like to say a Big thanks to Andy for being such fun in his online interview. I’m sure you join me in wishing him all the best of luck with his new release.