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52 First Dates and author A. Lusch

Algenon Lusch is a good, personal friend of mine. We met via Twitter one night when I saw a tweet he was going to visit his boyfriend in Canada, got chatting, found he lived in the UK not far from me and arranged, finally, to meet up. My husband was a bit wary because I have a habit of meeting strange people, either other authors or fans, and I think he’s worried that one day I will end up chopped up as sushi for some needy family. They could do worse – there’s enough of me to feed them for, like, a year. But I have rules. Always meet in public places, buy my own drinks and take a sneaky picture of them and upload to my Google Pictures account so if I do go missing, my family know what they look like and who I was last seen with.

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I’d like to think Algernon and I hit it off and we’ve been friends ever since. I went to his wedding this year when he married said boyfriend from Canada. True fairy tale ending. He had this crazy plan about finding a husband by dating different men one week at one a time and it certainly paid off. This plan is contained in his series of books called 52 First Dates. He’s just released the fourth one in the series, and I have just one clicked. I have no doubt I’ll enjoy it as I always do.

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It got me to thinking about how other gay men found their life partners. I wrote this post about a man called Ted Hayes and his partner Jack a while ago and this really brings home the power of love over all else.

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It was a beautiful story indeed and transcended all the bigotry and small mindedness to create a relationship that will filled with love until the day it ended.

But I digress. We were talking about Algenon. These are his other books in the series, and I can heartily recommend starting at book 1 and then working your way through them. They are funny, blunt, sexy and truthful account of one’s man plan to find that all elusive partner and having a lot of fun in the process. Do yourself a favour and try them out. They aren’t heavy reading, just a hot, light hearted and truthful romp through a gay man’s sex life and I’m sure they will keep you entertained.

 

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Here is the buy link for A. Lusch’s Amazon Author Page where you can buy the series.

A. Lusch – Amazon UK

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I’d like to wish him all the very best for this latest release and if you love me at all, you’ll support him too…*gives everyone big puppy dog blue eyes’. No pressure…unless…substitute me for Elmo and you’ll figure it out.

 

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Goodreads M/M Members Choice Awards 2014

I’m really chuffed to announce that all of my M/M releases published from November 2013 to 31 October 2014 have been nominated in various categories in the Goodreads Member Choices Awards. It’s a wonderful thing to simply be nominated and as always, may the best man or woman, based on reader votes, win. There is some incredible competition and I for one am honoured to be in the listing.

Goodreads M/M Group Member Choice Awards

These are the categories and the books -

Worth Keeping   – Best Hurt/Comfort and Best Book of the Year

Waiting for Rain – Best Contemporary/Mainstream and Best Cover Art and Favorite All Time M/M Romance

Double Alchemy – Best Paranormal

Love and Punishment – Best Action/Suspense and Best Mystery/Whodunit

Love You Senseless – Best Contemporary/Mainstream

Favorite All Time M/M Author – ahem. Someone saw fit to add my name and I’m so thrilled.

 

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Here’s some wonderful fan art that readers made for these books…

 

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As I said, I’m hugely honoured to have my stories nominated and if you feel like voting for me or any of these titles, you need to be a member of Goodreads and also join the M/M Group which can be located here :

Goodreads M/M Group Member Choice Awards

Happy voting !!

 

 

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Sex Positivity Blog Hop 9 November – 22 November

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This is what Grace had to say on this subject and I completely agree with her…

There is so much negativity surrounding sex. It’s used to sell everything from ice cream to cars and everything in between, but when it comes to discussing it, that’s a huge taboo. And yet, if it’s mentioned in a positive light, that it’s okay to like sex, that you want to have a lot of it (with or without multiple partners), it suddenly becomes the worst thing in the world. This hop is intended to counter that. Whether you write fiction and want to discuss how it works in your writing or if you are a blogger who reads about it. Maybe you’re just a person who’s been on the bad side of slut or kink shaming. Or you’ve been targeted because you like/watch/read/participate in porn. Whatever the case, this hop is meant to help give voice to these things, the problems they cause and what we might want to see different.

http://www.grace-duncan.com/sex-positivity-blog-hop/

The topic for this blog hop is sex positive. Now, there are all sorts of definitions out there as to what this means but I’m going to go with my own. It simply means that sex and having sex should be a positive experience and it should enjoyable. I don’t think it’s any more sinister than this.

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To me these are the attributes of having a sex positive lifestyle for anyone -

Know what you want. Whether it’s a man, a woman, and whether you are a man or a woman, you have the right to determine who you want to have sex with or make love with, for yourself, regardless of gender. No one can tell you otherwise. While it might be difficult, it is your choice. Of course sometimes society will tell you otherwise. Family might tell you otherwise. Hell, complete bloody strangers may tell you otherwise! And I would never downplay the prejudice and bigotry that people who want to be different to the norm face every single day. It’s not easy. You have to believe though  in yourself, that you are not tainted, a freak or any other label people might throw your way. You are who you are.

Having sex is healthy but only if you want to. Not having sex is also good for you if that’s the way you feel. Don’t feel pressured into being sexual with anyone until you’re ready. You deserve to be able to decide when this happens.

Sex is not always the way you see in the movies or in porn films, or read about in books. Sex can be disappointing, painful and unfulfilling in the wrong circumstances, or with the wrong person. Even with the right person, it isn’t always ecstatic sex faces and mind blowing orgasms. Don’t believe that every woman gets an orgasm from penetration, that every gay man can give a blow job, that in every relationship there is a top and a bottom. Don’t believe that you should have a six pack, be a size 38DD bra size, or have a dick like an elephant. Sex is what you as a couple, or a threesome, or even a foursome, want it to be without it being idealised and compared to what you might see portrayed in the idealistic world of romance novels and television. If it feels good and you both, or all, enjoy it, that’s what counts. Don’t expect to be perfect.

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The things which are definitely not sex positive. I wouldn’t ever condone sex with animals or dead bodies or under age children or a myriad of other illegal and unethical and immoral practices. We have laws in place for a good reason to ensure the protection of others, even if it is a chicken. Having said that….

Consensual = sex positive. Kinks, BDSM, water sports, puppy play, fetishes of all types – whatever you and your consenting other/s want to do- as long as you’re all in agreement, anything could be possible. Keep it safe, consensual and of course, fun. Judging others on how they conduct their lives and in particular, their sex lives and who they have sex with, is what gets this old world of ours into trouble every day.

In short, be comfortable with who you are, respect the people you’re in a relationship with, don’t believe you have to meet the expectations of how sex and love making is portrayed in the media of books and film and above all – have fun, enjoy yourself and let your bodies, and your emotions, do all the talking. Life is too short for regrets and we only have one of them. Life I mean- we’re all realistic enough to know we’ll have more than a few regrets.

To check out what the other bloggers have to say, follow the link 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
Follow me on Twitter @SusanMacNicol7
Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77
You can find me here too – http://www.susanmacnicol.com/

Check out all my books on Amazon – Susan Mac Nicol’s Books

Once the blog hop is over, the random winners will be drawn and announced here on my blog. I’ll also contact you via email. In your comment, leave me the following -

Your email address -Very Important!
Preference for which one of my books you fancy if you have one
If you 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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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.

In case you missed it this is the link to follow the other wonderful bloggers on this hop -

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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
Follow me on Twitter @SusanMacNicol7
Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/susiemax77
You can find me here too – http://www.susanmacnicol.com/

Check out all my books on Amazon – Susan Mac Nicol’s Books

Once the blog hop is over, the random winners will be drawn and announced here on my blog. I’ll also contact you via email. In your comment, leave me the following -

Your email address -Very Important!
Preference for which one of my books you fancy if you have one
If you 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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If you missed it, you can check out the main event for this blog hop here :

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

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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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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!!