Hello, and welcome here today author Susan Mac Nicol as part of her Double Alchemy: Climax book tour! As most of you know, Susan is the author of such bestselling M/M romances as Stripped Bare, and Saving Alexander. She recently released Double Alchemy, the first of a two-part series dealing with warlocks and magic! In Double Alchemy, Susan created a unique world where warlocks are paired at an early age with a ‘Withinner’, an ancient sorcerer from a different time period. The two can feel and communicate with each other–but not exist in the same place at the same time. They can, however, trade places–and times–when the need presents. In the first book, someone is killing the warlocks, hunting them down one by one. In the midst of this turmoil, one of the most powerful warlocks, Quinn, falls hard for Cade, who is not quite what he seems. The attraction between the two men is instantaneous and powerful–and not without its bumps in the road. There are unanswered questions at the end of Double Alchemy, thus paving the way for Double Alchemy: Climax! Readers are saying that Climax is the perfect sequel to the first book, and though Susan states this is the last in the series, the readers are clamoring for more from Cade and Quinn!
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About Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)
• Title: Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)
• Author: Susan Mac Nicol
• Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
• Release Date: 22nd May, 2014
• Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.
Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy.
Praise for Double Alchemy (Book #1)
“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
“Susan Mac Nicol has created a complex and fully realized fantasy world…. Quinn is the star of this novel, taking out the bad guy and learning how to trust in Cade’s love enough to share his unsavory past.” Library Journal
“I completely loved this beautifully and highly detailed written Paranormal story! This wasn’t a predictable story by any means. How Susan Mac Nicol takes us on a ride through this very creative and engrossing world that you will not forget, anytime soon and will be wanting more and more of it. I am a huge fan of this author and Double Alchemy, doesn’t disappoint by any means at all. I highly recommend this hot, steamy, love, paranormal and so beautifully written story!” Paul Berry
“Susan Mac Nicol brings us another sexilicious m/m romance but also takes us into a magyckal world of Warlocks, Withinners, Fae, Witchfinders and Witches… I loved the combination of the magyck and the m/m romance storyline. I am so glad Ms Mac Nicol is not keeping us waiting as the second book in the series will be released 22nd May 2014. I highly recommended this book to read and is an absolute five star rating from me.” Foxylutely Book Reviews
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
Double Alchemy: Climax Excerpt
Quinn’s eyes flashed violently at his uncle. “I am not fucking losing him to the depths of a bloody Hampstead Heath pond.”
He knelt down beside Cade again, closing his eyes as he tried once more to heal, but the wound just kept seeping blood, now at a much slower rate than before. Cade’s face was ash white, his dark hair standing out starkly against the deathly pallor of his face.
Quinn. Your Cade is nearly gone. You have to put him in the water now before it is too late. There is no time for your modern medicine. He will not survive unless you do it now. The Water Sprites will take him and heal him as long as there is still a spark of life left in him.
“I can’t. Don’t ask me to do that. I can’t.” Quinn’s voice was strangled as he struggled to compose himself. His body was cold, his mind sluggish and he had never felt so desperate.
Daniel strode forward and despite his small and wiry frame, he picked Cade up in his arms. He looked at Quinn, his voice resolute. “He’s dying. This may be the only way to save him.”
Quinn growled and reached out with a hand to hold him back. Daniel sidestepped him and looked at him with a resolute expression. “You can hurt me if you want but it won’t help Cade. This is all we have left to try before he dies.”
Quinn’s hand still gripped him tightly and the older man winced.
“If anyone is going to do this, it’s going to be me.” Quinn’s voice cracked and he held out his arms. Wordlessly, Daniel placed Cade in Quinn’s outstretched arms and Quinn pulled his lover closer to his body. He walked down to the water’s edge and waded in as Daniel watched helplessly from the bank, his face stark. Quinn gently laid Cade down in the water. He seemed to float for a while, hair spreading about in the water like black smoke. His face was still, eyes closed as Quinn held tightly onto his cold hand, rubbing his thumb over the engagement ring. Quinn’s vision blurred as tears filled his eyes.
You need to let Cade go. Let him join his kind below the water. Trust me.
Taliesin’s voice was soft, compassionate. Quinn heaved a shuddering sigh as Daniel joined him in the water, laying a comforting arm on his.
“I can’t—” Quinn shook his head in grief, his heart breaking.
His uncle took hold of his shoulders, firmly holding him back. “There’s no other way, son. Let him go.”
Quinn relinquished his grip on Cade’s hand, standing there as he heard a soft splash and saw the water rippling around them. As they watched, two sets of pale hands emerged out of the water, and slowly, lovingly, Cade was dragged gently beneath the dark waters of the pond. Quinn saw the hand with his ring on it slowly disappear under the water. It was the last glimpse he had of the man he loved.
Now let’s hear from Susan on stepping out of your comfort zone, making the most of social media, and going for it when it comes to going for the job you want!
As I was out of work for so long, I decided to change my focus a little and apply for jobs outside of my comfort zone. One of this jobs was a ‘Social Media Manager’ for an ad agency in London. They asked me to write a short intro as to why I thought I might be suitable for the job. This is what I sent them, and I thought you might find it interesting.
Why YOU and US was the question…
The best way to start this is to tell you a bit about me because only then can you understand why I think ‘you and us’ might work. I started writing a book in Feb 2012, managed to find a publisher and now have nine novels to my name and plenty more in the works. I was one of those people who pooh-poohed social media, thinking it was for angst driven teenagers and people who had nothing better to do with their time. Then I became a published author of digital books and found out the hard way that I meant nothing out in the world without it. I went on a crash course, learning all I could how about to promote myself. I drove myself hard to become good at it as to me, not being the best isn’t good enough. I worked damn hard, developed my ‘author platform’, my ‘reader base’, my street teams, my networks, aligned myself with people who could help and mentor me, all the time developing my skills and trying to understand how social media and the internet worked to get me the results I needed.
To some extent it worked. I now have 5 best- selling books, have a reputation for being among some of the big names in the genre in which I write, which is gay male romance. I’m told I’m a damn good writer. I think I have a long way to go still but the reviews I get for my writing prowess I guess are somewhat proof that perhaps I do have a talent somewhere 🙂 I even have my own company www.theravencrestagency.com which helps other authors promote themselves. I also edit other writer’s books, using what I’ve learned. It’s a fledgling business and I haven’t done much with it yet but it’s a start. I give talks at local writing circles to other budding writers on the power of social networking and how it can pay dividends if you work hard at it. I even managed to convert one retired curmudgeon to try it against a lot of resistance and now he hates me because I was right:-) It works. (He doesn’t really hate me, we’re very good friends)
And in the race against the extremely tough competition out there one of the things you need to develop and grow your business and make people notice you is the content you put out on social media and in any promotions that you do.
I see your website, see what you have achieved, see the passion and humour behind the company and admire you for how far you have come. I love the fact that you are ‘ fascinated by the fluid frameworks that define human relationships, and the role that innovation and technology can play in shaping them.’ As a writer trying to grow my business, I can appreciate that and it’s only by developing these frameworks of human relationships, that I can develop my reach.
So many people do not get the aim of social media. It’s not to tweet out a thousand times a day ‘buy my book’ or keep putting Amazon links to your book on your Facebook page. It’s not about sending out copious emails to your subscribers telling them about your next release. It’s about engaging with people on a human level, appealing to their baser instincts, letting them know you find them as interesting as hopefully they find you. It’s about giving them what they want, not what you need.
It’s why when I wrote a book with a male pole dancer as one of the main characters, I started a Facebook group called Male Pole Dancers and Groupies, because readers became so enamoured with the concept, it made sense to draw them in on another level. I now have over 90 world class pole professionals as members who regularly stop by, encourage the novices and tell us all about their latest competition or routine. Some of them are reading my book and promote it.
That’s how you get to people. By being good at what you do, being a social animal and being their friend, their provider of entertainment and in between, letting them know what you are doing with your books and letting them find their own way there. It’s a slow, sly creep into their lives, keeping them interested and feeling you are a human being. Enough said. Thanks for listening no matter what the outcome is.
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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: Climax is her sixth 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.
Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight, Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander, Worth Keeping, Waiting for Rain and Double Alchemy.