Hi guys, we have Susan Mac Nicol with Nicolas Downs popping in today with the tour for her new release Sight Unseen, we have a brilliant guest post from Susan, a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~
Susan Mac Nicol with Nicolas Downs
Sometimes we don’t see love coming ♡
Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked but was always meant to be deeper.
SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.
They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.
Based on an idea from L.A. producer and actor, Nicholas Downs, Susan and Nicholas have developed a story straight from the heart.
In a gripping tale of lovers fighting against the odds comes a story of universal appeal about rejection and acceptance and finally finding what is real and true.
Finding Life/Writing Balance
by Susan Mac Nicol
And just writing that first line had me hyper ventilating but lucky husband had a paper bag handy and I managed to control my breathing. I’m sure quite a few of you are still rolling around on the floor shrieking with laughter…
I confess it’s a difficult task. I’ve asked many an author how they achieve it and to be honest, none of them have an answer. Sarah Madison tackled this very insightfully in her blog a few years ago. I think what she’s experiencing is the classical ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ scenario where you tend to lose touch with where you need to be.
My dream is to be able to write and earn enough money that I don’t need a full-time job. But that’s still a long way away. I’m sure each one of us has this problem. Maybe you’re not an office worker like me but a painter, a volunteer, a full-time mother, a blue/white collar worker, a doctor, a nurse, a policeman who writes when they can find time. Some of you out there may be fortunate enough to find yourself in this position but that brings with it its own stresses. Like making enough money from sales to keep up the life you have, and the bills paid. It’s a full-time job like any other -it’s running your own business and that’s a challenge.
The bottom line is we all walk this tightrope, balancing the need to create words and still be social with the need to work, no matter what job you do. Children, after school clubs, being the taxi driver, hobbies, sport, visiting relatives, caring for someone – it’s a challenge we all face. The secret is being able to meet both needs while staying sane and that, my friends, is the tough bit.
I think perhaps these are some guidelines one needs to follow to at least try and ensure we don’t go mad and end up in the loony bin.
1.Work within expectations -yours and everyone else’s. Don’t let people force you into doing something through guilt or the need to always please everyone all the time. That’s a recipe for disaster.
2.When you do get into work mode OR social mode- give it your full attention. Nothing pisses my family off more than me allocating my time to them, only to spend half of the time on my smart phone answering emails and texts or checking Facebook posts. It’s tough but try. And if you can’t hold the anxiety at bay, then tuck your phone in your socks (I wear boots a lot of the time) and go to the toilet where you can cheat in peace. At least the family won’t see you sitting on the loo replying to your publisher’s email. Just don’t get caught because that will NOT be good 🙂
3. Make ME time. You’re important too and you need time to recharge your batteries. Again, if you’re like me, your writing time IS your ME time. But family sometimes don’t understand this, they don’t see this as being true relaxation and want to force you into something more useful like walking the dog in the field, going to a movie, meeting friends, or just chatting to the kids. And they are 100% right in this and I appreciate their concern for me more than words can say even if I don’t show it. So sit back, take a deep breath and consider your options. And try and find that balance, even if kills you…:)
How did this book come to be?
Nicholas and Susan got to know each other when she interviewed him for Divine Magazine . They kept in touch and Susan was thrilled when she learnt he was reading her books. In February this year, Nicholas messaged Susan and asked her to read a script he’d written. It sounded like something she’d love so of course she did. Things evolved to the point where they decided to collaborate to write a full story based on the film script, and then develop a screen play together with a view to getting it to screen.
Susan’s part in this project is to write the book, get it out there, and then help write the screen play. Nicholas, with his LA and Hollywood connections is the go to guy to see if they can get this book made into film.
It’s an exciting, heady venture that the pair have embarked on, and they are thrilled that you might choose to share the journey with them.
One of the best things about the week had been sharing our latest medical results and both having been given the all clear. With nothing between us, the sex was even more intense, if that was at all possible.
An hour ago, I’d walked into his beach house and been manhandled at the door. Cody had thrust his tongue halfway down my throat as he walked me backward to the sofa. It took mere seconds before I was lying flat, my trousers around my ankles while Cody straddled my body. Somehow, he’d gotten naked while I still had my shirt on.
My heated skin was all about the naked man on top of me whose hands were running down my flanks while his ass ghosted against my cock. My arms were pinioned to my sides by his strong legs, curtailing my mobility. The heady scent of his cock, frustratingly not close enough to touch with my lips, caused my mouth to water with the anticipation of getting it near enough to swallow down.
“Come on,” I wheedled. “No fair. For God’s sake, bring that cock here so I can taste you.”
He shuffled closer, and I opened my mouth. Instead of the velvety smooth skin of his erection, I found something sweet and wet being pushed into my mouth. Strawberries. I knew I’d smelled fruit. I closed my mouth around the juiciness of one large piece, chewing down on it, moaning a few seconds later when his mouth found mine.
The remains of the strawberry mixed with the taste of Cody was intoxicating. He placed another piece between my teeth, except this time it was his to swallow. I couldn’t say how many times we devoured the sweet fruit, or each other. The sensation that stayed with me was Cody’s sweating, lithe body, slick and smooth, hands rough when they touched me in places I ached to have him fill even more.
My brain short-circuited, and when he finally whispered to me that he was ready, I could only mumble in dazed obedience. When he lifted himself up, his hands on my shoulders, and lowered himself onto my hardened and aching cock, I wondered dimly whether this was what heaven would one day be for me.
To have the man I loved riding my cock with such passion and fervor, his pants and sighs a symphony to my senses. My own moans and entreaties tantamount to the clash of heavenly cymbals that made a love serenade, an orchestral movement in the sunshine; two men joined in that most intimate of acts, the soft whispers and touches against heated flesh that made the world dazzling and stupendous.
Being inside Cody was a climactic event that made me shudder. I wanted nothing more from this life. Not even my sight. And when I exploded inside him with a surge of lust and desire, knowing my come was flooding his most secret places, I made him mine in a way no one could ever question. I knew I’d found my heaven on earth.
I smelled and felt Cody’s orgasm as he jetted over me, coating me with his come and mashing his mouth against mine in a heady cocktail of strawberries and hope.
“Happy birthday, baby,” he whispered and I smiled.
Susan Mac Nicol is going to the States in 2017, from 22nd to 30th March
Would you love to meet International Bestselling Author Susan Mac Nicol & L.A. producer and Hollywood Actor Nicholas Downs? Nows your chance!!
It’s a dream come true for Sue.
She’ll be signing Sight Unseen with Boroughs Publishing Group and actor Nicholas Downs at this conference from 24-26th March. If you’re interested in attending this signing, either as an author or a reader, here’s the link.
The 2017 conference will be at: Embassy Suites in Brea, California.
Address: 900 E Birch St, Brea, CA 92821
There will also be a very special signing event at The Abbey on the 23rd March. The Abbey is an iconic gay club in West Hollywood. Nicholas and Sue will be there to enjoy the evening, meet fans of both their genres in film and publishing and be available to sign books, chat and have some fun. If you’re in the area, please pop down and see them, they’d no doubt love to see you.
Top 5 snacks
1. Biltong (a South African sort of jerky)
2. Droewors (a South African dried sausage)
3. Any type of crisps but my favourite is cheese and onion
4. A hot sausage roll
5. A bacon sandwich
We’re closing Susan’s Blog Tour in style with a Facebook Party March 18
About Susan & Nicolas!
Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self-confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never-Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is also a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of their Rainbow chapter as well as a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.
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Nicholas Downs is a successful film, television and stage actor, who has also appeared in many national television ads. Originally from a small town in Iowa, Nicholas is one of ten children. He fell in love with acting the moment he first discovered a stage and has been working on his craft ever since.
His feature film roles include both Hollywood blockbusters Pearl Harbor, The Girl Next Door, Constantine, The Holiday as well as award-winning indie features 16 to Life, The Awakening of Spring and Anderson’s Cross. Nicholas can be seen on hit television shows including NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle, Cold Case, Boston Public, The Young and the Restless, The Guardian, Make it or Break it and the recent Lifetime Movie, Beautiful and Twisted.
This has been a busy few years for Nicholas, who was cast in leading roles in the feature films, Is It Just Me? (winner of numerous festival awards) – and The Apocalypse… According to Doris. He has traveled internationally to promote Is It Just Me? and 16 to Life at several film festivals (Palm Springs International Film Festival, Polar Lights International Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival). In Detroit, Is It Just Me? won Best Feature at the DIFF and in Hawaii it won the prestigious Rainbow Award.