I’m delighted to be hosting Susan Mac Nicol today as part of her Double Alchemy book tour! Double Alchemy is just the latest M/M romance release from this bestselling author, so if you haven’t yet discovered her work, you’re in for a treat!
If you’re looking for the “Is it Summer Yet?” blog hop, check it out here. But do come back and read the rest of Susan’s release debut and interview!
Be sure to read the entire post to catch Sue’s interview, as well as find out where she’ll be next on the tour and how to enter her Rafflecopter Giveaway!
• Title: Double Alchemy
• Author: Susan Mac Nicol
• Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
• Release Date: 25th March, 2014
• Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
THE WORLD IN SHADOW
In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await.
Praise for Double Alchemy
“I love Paranormal stories & I’m a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol’s M/M books. In this book, she brings both genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches, Warlocks, Withinners & Feys. A world where danger lurks in the shadows.” – Maria Recchia
“I stayed up all night reading this story. Susan has a way of writing that is different than anyone else. She’s uniquely brilliant at weaving a tale that brings out my emotions. I have laughed in every one of her stories. That’s incredible for me. Not just a smile, but a laugh. I love that. This book needs to be read. You won’t be disappointed.” – Author Kindle Alexander
Praise for Susan Mac Nicol
“We have to re-iterate that this Author will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog
“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan. You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors
About Susan Mac Nicol
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy is her fifth m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.
Hello, Susan! Welcome to my blog! You’ve said elsewhere that Double Alchemy is a bit of a departure for you. Can you tell us what you mean by that, and what inspired you to write it?
Double Alchemy was something that was seething in the back of my psyche and I decided to act upon it. I love magic and mystery and have a lovely book collection on all thing witchy and wizardy. I wanted to write about something a little personal, as I’m a Wiccan myself, and I loved the idea of being to take some of the things I’ve learnt about and put them in a story. Of course, the uber man witch to me is a Warlock and Quinn was born. Then (and I have no idea where it came from) I decided I wanted him to have a ‘Withinner’ another being that co-existed with him. Taliesin was an easy choice as I’ve always been fascinated by him and his story fitted in so well. Then Quinn needed a mate and I wanted someone that loved water because of some future plot elements – and Cade came into being as a Water Sprite.
What part of the world do you call home? Can you tell us a little about where you grew up and where you live now? I know that you live in the UK now (in what sounds like the quintessential English village!) but that you lived for many years in South Africa. What was the biggest culture shock for you on returning to the UK?
I was born in Leeds in Yorkshire and moved to South Africa when I was about eight. My dad was in construction and he was sent to Johannesburg to help build the Carlton Centre. We lived there for nearly 30 years. I lived in Johannesburg, now called Gauteng, on what we called the East Rand-the eastern part of the city. The crime got a bit much to bear – we had break in after break in, even thought we had six foot walls, guard dogs, panic buttons around our necks to the local security service, and steel doors in the house separating the bedrooms from the living rooms, as an extra precaution. With two young children we decided to move to the UK. We’d never been back again and we took the plunge. We arrived, hubby, me and two kids, with £3000, no jobs, a few boxes of clothes, and stayed with a friend while we got settled. Luckily life was good to us and we managed to get sorted. And we’ve remained ever since.
What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?
The perfect vacation to me is one in the mountains, with forests and trees, a lake you can swim in, warm weather (not too hot), a beautiful mountain wood cabin, with all the amenities (I’m not into slumming it lol) and a wireless connection so I can use my phone and laptop. (Sorry, that’s a not-negotiable for me..) I want a village nearby, quaint and picturesque, like something in Switzerland, or Austria, where you can get a decent, home cooked meal and a variety of local beers. Friendly residents, beautiful scenery and walks, castles and haunted mansions. Sheer bliss.
Do you see your writing as a hobby or is it your goal to be a full time writer at some point in the future?
It started out as a hobby, a creative desire to do something about the ideas that were whirling around in my head. I even said to my husband (something he throws back at me when I moan about the bad book sales) that I didn’t care about the money, I just had this dream of being published and people reading my books. Well, I was lucky enough to have that dream realised and of course, meeting one goal means one has to set another. So now the goal is to write books that sell well so I can make a lot more money to give up the day job and focus on being a full time writer. Actually, having lost my job seven months ago due to redundancy, that’s kind of where I am now but without the ‘enough money’ lol.
What advice would you give to someone who aspires to be a published author?
I’m sure they’ll have heard this before. Two things. 1. Bloody well write and don’t just talk about it! So many people I meet say ‘Oh, I’m a writer’ and when you ask them what they’ve written they tell you, ‘Well, nothing yet. I’m still thinking about it and oh my God, I just can’t find the time.’ Well you can guess what I tell them. Put that damn pen to paper and write something. Then you’re a writer. 2. Don’t give up. Ever. It’s tough for me to say this as I’ve thought about it countless times. The whole ‘why the hell am I putting myself through this’ argument that no doubt every writer can identify with. I’m lucky to have a supportive publisher who keep telling me my time will come and I just need to keep writing and producing books. It can be tough but you need staying power. I pinched that from my Editor in Chief, Chris Keeslar. (Oh dear, is that plagiarism?)
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world (real life, celebrity, fictional, etc.) who would you choose to dine with and why?
Oh goodness me, Sarah, really? You already know the answer and I’m going to be abso-bloody-lutely predictable and say Benedict Cumberbatch. My fan girl crush, my adult dirty secret. He’s erudite, has a voice like melted chocolate, is easy on the eyes, funny, sweet and adorable. Who wouldn’t want to lunch at The Ivy with this man?
*gigglesnort* Yes, I could have guessed you’d answer the question that way–but then who wouldn’t? 🙂
If you could pick one of your stories to become real, one world which you could be part of, which would you choose and why?
I’d choose Double Alchemy. I want so much to be a real witch and be able to cast spells, throw energy bolts from my fingers like Quinn can, swim like a fish as Cade does, breathe underwater and get sucked into that whole fantasy world where real life takes a back seat and I’m able to do things that a normal person can’t. I’m such a dreamer, and I live in worlds that aren’t really anyway, being a writer and creating them for myself with every book I write. Being able to have special powers would be the icing on the cake.
Intelligence and a sense of humor are paramount, but what’s your favorite physical characteristic on a man or woman? What do you check out first? What makes you decide if someone’s good looking or not?
I have a thing for two areas of a man’s anatomy that make my little heart skip a beat. Backside and eyebrows. The sight of a man’s naked bum is delight to behold as long as its tight, firm and you can bounce a penny off it. There are times when I really want to be a gay man *winks* And eyebrows, thick and dark, like Robbie Williams’ are such a turn on for me. I don’t like bushy, I like sexy. They need to be neatly trimmed and well shaped but oh my goodness, I love them.
What is your favorite genre to read, and is it different from the one(s) in which you write?
I have two favourite genres to read. One is M/M Romance obviously. I have become addicted to this genre and I’m constantly looking for different books in this genre, whether it be historical, contemporary, or to a small extent, paranormal. I’m not a fan of werewolves and shape shifters, but don’t mind the vamps. I love historical novels like The Spanish Captain by Robyn Elliot. The other genre is horror. I’m a big Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan, Phil Rickman (although his books aren’t strictly horror more supernatural psychological suspense) and Joe Donnelly. A good, well written story of ghouls and demons and evil beings always goes down well with me.
Thank you so much for dropping by, Susan! As always, it’s a delight to hear what you have to say and what new story you have in store for us!
Susan’s tour schedule main page is here.
Monday 21st April, 2014– Virtual Writers (interview) & Serendipity Reviews (review and character interview)
Tuesday 22nd April, 2014– Charlie Cochet (interview) & Robin Kalinich (guest post)
Wednesday 23rd April, 2014– MM Good Book Reviews (review and guest post) & Kirsty Vizard (interview) & The Blogger Girls (interview)
Thursday 24th April, 2014– Gay List Book Reviews (review and guest post) & Mandie Foxylutely (guest post and review) & Sarah Madison (interview)
Friday 25th April, 2014– Mrs Condit & Friends (review and guest post) & Janet Wrenn (guest post)
Saturday 26th April, 2014– Zipper Rippers (guest post) Kathryn Lively All Romance Café (guest post)
Sunday 27th April, 2014– In the Pages of a Good Book (promo post)
Monday 28th April, 2014 – Scott from Gay Guy Reading (guest post and review) & Joyfully Jay (original excerpt)
Tuesday 29th April, 2014 – Cup o Porn (guest post) & Scuttlebutt Reviews (guest post & review)
Wednesday 30th April, 2014 – Melanie from Fangfreakintastic (guest post) & A Reader Review (guest post and review)
Thursday 1st May, 2014 – Tracey’s Vampy and Racey Book Blog (review and guest post) & A Novel Approach (guest post) & Smile Somebody Loves You (promo post)
Friday 2nd May, 2014 – Susan’s Site & Lynda K Scott (guest post)
Saturday 3rd May, 2014 – Sophie Sansregret (review and guest post) & Andrew Q Gordon (interview)
Sunday 4th May, 2014 – Tammy Middleton (review and guest post) & I Smell Sheep (guest post and review) & Twitter Interview at 6pm UK time