LYLBTB Advent Event 2013 : Sue Mac Nicol

LYLBTB are delighted to welcome Sue Mac Nicol. Sue’s two books Stripped Bare and Saving Alexander have been massive hits this year; and she is here to share a character interview from her new book out in December. Thanks for stopping by Sue! Now let’s get to know these boys…

A Character Interview Worth Keeping

Interview with Nick Mathers and Owen Butler from ‘Worth Keeping’ Release date 23rd December. The interviewer is a young lady called Carla from ‘Keep it in the News’ magazine.

Carla: Hey chaps, good to have you here with me on this cold, misty English evening. I see you’re all fortified with the mulled wine and gingerbread reindeer, Owen..

Owen: *nodding*-Uh huh. I have a bit of a thing for gingerbread men. When I was kid I used to consume them slowly, one bit at a time *grins slyly at Nick who gives a long suffering sigh* I like to make my men suffer when I’m nibbling away at them.

Carla: *snorts with laughter* Right, I’m glad we got that out of the way. So tell me, what can we expect to see in this latest book that Susan Mac Nicol’s written? BDSM and dark like ‘Saving Alexander’, or more fast paced and spy-techy like ‘Stripped Bare?’

Nick: *leans forward* This book has its darker moments, more around what happened to both Owen and I in our pasts, but I think on the whole it’s a lighter read, with some funny bits. I mean with him around *jerks thumb at Owen* what would you expect? The man has a mouth on him.*Glances warningly at Owen* Don’t even got there, Owen. Let’s try keep it at least a little bit clean..

Owen chuckles and chomps away at his half eaten reindeer cookie.

Carla: Nick, you live in a lighthouse, as a Keeper, on the Norfolk coast. Didn’t you find it a bit lonely before Owen came along? And what’s the story with the light house anyway. Do you get to shine the light down at the sea and warn ships about the rocks and dangers?

Nick: No, the lighthouse is a non functional one. It’s automatically controlled from a centre in Harwich and the light will only be switched on if there’s a major coastal emergency. I look after the place, take around tours in summer, show school kids how it all used to work. That sort of thing.

Carla: Owen, you told me this story is about redemption, about someone who has demons finding a way to live with them and love again. Owen nods.  I know it has its dark moments, but it’s basically a true love story about two men learning to live with each other and finding they need each other.  Nick, you’ve had a traumatic childhood and I know that you have a personal interest in a charity called the NSPCC -National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children?

Nick *leans forward, takes Owen’s hand*Yeah. This particular charity do a lot of good to help abused and damaged kids. In fact, part of the proceeds from the sale of ‘Worth keeping’ are being donated to them by Sue. So it’s a great cause to be involved with and perhaps by doing this, some children might get a better start in life.  It’s a cause very close to both my heart and Owen’s.

Carla: That’s truly great news. I wish you all the best in that endeavour. *glances at Owen* And is it true Owen that you have a rather interesting collection of sex toys that were ‘seized’ during a smuggling operation along the coast?

Nick bursts into laughter as Owen goes beet red. He scowls at his boyfriend.

Owen: I wouldn’t say a bloody collection. Just a few items we confiscated when we met up with some guys in the middle of the night. Nick has a damn big mouth to mention that part…. *Grins widely* Seeing as how we’re being so frank with each other, I don’t suppose Nick mentioned that time we pulled over into a lay-by and I gave him-

*Nick swiftly puts a hand over Owen’s mouth and frowns darkly. Owen’s eyes glint with mirth*

Nick: Not for other human consumption, Owen. Hell, you really have no damn shame, do you?

Carla: *Struggling to contain laughter* -Well, I think we should start to wrap this up, guys. It’s been a pleasure having you here and I’m certainly looking forward to reading the book and finding out more about the smuggling and the ‘whatever it was’ you gave Nick, Owen….It sounds like a great story and I hope it’s piqued the reader’s interest as well.

I understand the book is only being released on the 23rd December, but there’s an excerpt you can read HERE.

And the book will be available to purchase via Boroughs Publishing Group, and of course on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo and All Romance e-books. (Purchase links to follow)

Thank you so much for coming along, Nick and Owen, and I wish you and Susan every success with the book.

About the book

Expected publication : December 23rd, Boroughs Publishing

Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.

On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man…


Some of Sue’s books

About the Author


Susan Mac Nicol (Sue to most people) was born in Headingly, Leeds in the United Kingdom. When she was eight years old, her family emigrated to Johannesburg in South Africa, where she remained until her and her family’s return, with husband and two children, to the UK in December 2000.

Sue’s career as a professional business woman was mainly in the operational side of the Financial Services and Vehicle Leasing markets. Currently her responsibilities have evolved to being the Regulatory Compliance Officer at a financial services company in Cambridge.

Having written all her life, since her first short story was published in a local youth competition when she was just eleven, in between the day job and daily life, the inspiration for the Starlight series of romance novels was born. Her characters, Cassie and Bennett, finally made their debut on the flickering screen of a laptop. The character of Bennett was inspired by someone very special and perhaps one day, if you get the chance to ask her or meet her, over a cup of good coffee, Sue might just explain who this was. She will probably smile wryly and say, ‘Hopefully without sounding like a teenage groupie.’

Her first novel was submitted to various publishers and one of them, Boroughs Publishing Group in the US, liked what they saw. Sue was offered a contract for her novels and that, as they say in the classics, was that.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK. She lives in a town house in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her husband, two children and a mixed collie mongrel called Blu, so named because of his two different colour eyes –blue and brown. Sue is a voracious e book reader and a self confessed geek and Android phone fan. Her office is in her bag most days and without all her gadgets, she confesses she could barely function.

Feel free to drop Sue a line anytime using the Contact Me details and she promises to respond personally wherever she can.

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