I am a member of what I think is a very unique writing circle. I believe that if I want to get better at the writing process and find new ideas and inspirations, and a few new tricks, what better place to be than in the company of other aspiring or published authors. Just as they can perhaps offer something to me, I can offer something to them.
The circle I’ve joined is fairly unique. Run by a published author of dystopian science fiction, John Trevillian, the Talliston Writing Circle is set in an old house in a part of Essex called Great Dunmow, not far from where I live. The house, called Talliston, (old English, meaning ‘the hidden place’) is currently being renovated into a series of thirteen different rooms, each living area with its own unique design. The house is being modelled within the elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Shadows and each room will be unique. It is an incredible undertaking by what seems to be a very unusual man and I am looking forward to seeing how his project progresses.
Oh and did I mention that John is a Bard and Druid, one of a very old initiate of an ancient practice? Interesting times ahead for our Writers Circle indeed…it’ll be a fascinating experience I think.
Having said all of that, this seems to me, being Wiccan and loving anything to do with the paranormal, the occult and magic, a truly inspirational place to meet like minded people, have a chat, share ideas and generally try and come up with new ideas. The creativity will simply flow out of us all like foam in a dish-washing machine when you put Fairy liquid in it….I’ve done this before and believe me, wading knee deep through suds on the whole bottom floor of my house was not something my husband liked…
To those of you are hissing in horror at the words above and perhaps making the sign of the cross at this blog as you read it – I’m truly quite rational and very down to earth. I just like to believe in things a little differently, that’s all. I believe it’s what makes us unique and my overall ambition in life is to be someone who is different and hopefully, interesting…
You can see the house here http://www.talliston.com/ and get an idea for the sheer scope and magnificence of John’s dream. Can you imagine me sitting in the Voodoo Kitchen and debating sex scenes with my fellow writers (as somehow, when I pitch up, the talk always turns dirty and sex related…)
I just love this whole writing lark.
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About the Book
Title: Stripped Bare
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Now that Shane Templar has stripped the armour from Matt Langer’s heart, will either of them ever be safe again?
Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to fall for him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far he’s already fallen. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who has broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
“Sexy, warm and funny. Dirty. And heart-wrenching.”— Bestselling Author Kindle Alexander
“LOVED it. Matthew stole my heart…but Shane OMG. I want one of him.”— bestselling author of ‘Grand Slam’ JT Cheyanne
“Unashamedly strong and sexy, this story shows just how fast and fierce love between two men can be. And, boy, does Ms. Mac Nicol know just how to turn up the steam!”— John Trevillian, The A-Men trilogy.
Susan and her publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, will be awarding a five-book subscription to their Lunchbox Romances, two of which will be Susan’s stories, Confounding Cupid and The Magick of Christmas, plus a copy of Cassandra by Starlight, the first book in her Starlight trilogy to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
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 earlier this year by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US. Sue’s latest story, Stripped Bare is her first m/m romance.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being 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.
Stripped Bare Tour Dates
Friday 30th August – Virtual Writers, Inc. (interview)
Saturday 31st August – Sophie Sansregret from Evolved Books (review and guest post)
Sunday 1st September – Charlie Cochet (guest post)
Monday 2nd September – Kathryn Lively from ARe Cafe (guest post)
Tuesday 3rd September – Twitter Interview with Susan Mac Nicol (12 noon – 1pm GMT)
Wednesday 4th September – Hearts on Fire (review and guest post)
Thursday 5th September – Dianne Bylo from Tome Tender Book Blog (review)
Friday 6th September – Joyfully Jay (review and guest post)
Saturday 7th September – Kathy from Book Reviews and More (guest post)
Sunday 8th September – Annette Gisby from Zipper Rippers (interview)
Monday 9th September – Sarah Madison (review and guest post)
Tuesday 10th September – Piper Vaughn from Babes in Boyland (guest post)
Wednesday 11th September – Mrs Condit from Mrs Condit Reads Books (review and giveaway)
Thursday 12th September – Susan Mac Nicol’s site