Blog Tour, & Guest Post – Susan Mac Nicol’s 2nd M/M Birthday Bash


How do I begin with the story of why I wrote Stripped Bare. I’ve never thought about reading books about men loving men. It had never even been a glimmer in my mind. So when I was researching about man-sex for an M/F book I was writing, which had a bisexual killer who used sex to control his victims, I was gob smacked to find there was a whole genre devoted to this. The first books I ever read were Shawn Lane because they were free and I had to start somewhere. I loved them –they were sexy, hot, and sometimes dirty but a real turn on. I bought more- Kindle Alexander, Brad Boney, K A Mitchell and by the time I’d finished I’d discovered this…this was what I wanted to write.

My son had been toying with the idea of working with an escort agency so we were researching them on the internet. I quite liked the idea of having one of these sexy escorts as a main character in a story. So I mused about it, bit the tip of my metaphorical pencil, and wrote the first paragraph.

I mentioned it to my publisher Boroughs. “How do you feel about me writing raunchy novels about gay men?”

Their resounding reply. ‘Bring-it-on’. I am their first and only M/M writer so far that I’m aware of.

Stripped Bare surpassed my expectations and was an instant best seller. It helped a lot that I’d had support from Kindle Alexander in getting this book to market, and her name appears on the front of it with an endorsement. She was a trooper, giving me the confidence to write this book and take it to publication and no doubt, help it sell, and for that I will be forever grateful to her.
It also helped that I role played in certain groups, introducing Shane and Matthew to the role-players, and they were loved by many. Shane especially with his potty mouth, sarcasm and joie de vivre approach to life was a hit.

And that’s it really. After Stripped Bare I wrote another book and then another and found myself immersed in this world of M/M fiction with some of the most incredibly supportive fans, fellow writers, reviewers and bloggers ever. I treasure each and every one of them and just hope I can keep entertaining them all.

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2015NewAbout the Book

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.


“Oh no, I want you, pretty boy. You made my life a misery with those disgusting pictures you put on my phone. I know it was you. No one else could have done that. That and your complete lack of respect  for me and my boss. This is payback time. I’ve been planning this a while. I even paid the bouncers to look the other way while I took care of business. They’re old friends, so they won’t say anything.”

Shane righted himself and finally was able to face his attacker. He didn’t feel particularly strong, the drink and the three gut punches making him less than sharp, but he was damned if he was going to let this man beat him anymore. He intended to square up to Roy, and he clenched his fists at his side, ready to take a swing. He’d go down fighting if he had to.

What he wasn’t prepared for was the sudden swing of a baseball bat that connected violently with the left side of head, causing him to jerk to the side, driving him to the ground. He heard a crack in his ears, felt his cheek smack the pavement as his head exploded. His vision blurred. The pain in his temple was agonising.

He vomited up everything he’d eaten and drunk as lay on the cold grey pavement. His left hand had twisted awkwardly beneath him and he’d felt something snap when he went down.

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2015NewAbout the author

susanmacnicholSusan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, 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.

Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.

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 a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.


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  1. That’s a fascinating insight into the evolution of your storytelling–I had no idea! I remember when Stripped Bare came out–has it only been two years? I loved it then and you’ve since become a major force in the genre! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  2. Thanks for the great post!

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