I love when I get to turn the spotlight on an author and *cough cough* grill them good...hehe
Please welcome Susan Mac Nicol to my blog today! She's been kind enough to agree to answering a few questions and giving us some goodies—both in the form of reading material and Rafflecopter!
So let us begin...oh Susan, did I mention this is a round of strip interviewing? *waggles and starts unbuttoning shirt* (and I wonder why no one ever likes visiting? lmao)
Tell us something we don't know about Love and Punishment.
This story was originally written with Flynn as a female. His name was going to be Elaine (which is my middle name by the way, a little bit of useless info for you). I had the whole book written as M/F and then as I wrote my first M/M, Stripped Bare, and saw how that went down, I just knew I didn’t want to write another M/F. So I changed all the work I’d currently produced into being gay male Romance. So Flynn once had a vagina :)
What taboo topics are you skittish about but secretly would love to tackle in a future book?
My taboo topics ? I guess anything with religion would be something I’d tackle, as I’m not in the least religious and have some fairly strong views on the topic. If I had the chance, I might write about something along these lines. However, as much as I’d like to tell people how I feel, I’m respectful of their own beliefs and think that everyone has the right to their opinion. There are caveats on this statement as well, which leads me into my forbidden topic so we’ll just leave it there.
What would your ideal man look like and what characters—if any—have you based on him?
Physically, I’m very into the slim, muscular build, with minimal hair, tight arse and wide shoulders. Hair, eye and skin colour isn’t an issue. I do have a thing for red heads of any sort though. And one of the features I love is eye brows. Strong, clean lines above gorgeous, knowing eyes…now there’s an image to make me want to pounce on a guy. My men have got to have a wicked sense of humour and be intelligent. I’m also into power, not physical but mental and emotional, and this whole combination to me is my ideal man. I think I may have created a few in my books just like this :)
Tell us about the hardest scene in Love and Punishment for you to write and why.
I think the scene that caused me the most angst was the torture scene between Blair and Marshall. It wasn’t the actual physical actions that got me, although my backside did clench in sympathy when Blair did what he did, but rather the rationale itself for that scene. I’m not into gratuitous violence or rape and I did have to think long and hard about what I wanted that scene to portray. It was a testament to Blair’s sociopathic nature, to the fact he’d actually be able to do what he did to a man he’d spent time with. Of course his trademark ‘something stuffed’ in the victim had to come into play and voila! The poor rolling pin got used to some rather nefarious purpose. I also wanted to show the compassion in Anthony towards a man he hardly knew, to give Marshall some dignity and empathy and build the trust in Marshall towards him that would eventually lead to Marshall supporting Anthony in their version of what went down in that room..that’s pivotal to the story line.
Five words to describe Love and Punishment.
Gritty, tender, erotic, controversial and sexy.
About Susan: Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.
Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.
Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
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Love & Punishment
Cover Artist: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
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On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.
FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.
Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.
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Anthony walked down the hall. He reached the bedroom and gently pushed the door open. He saw Flynn framed in the light of the lamp shining from the lounge. He lay, apparently asleep, on the leather and wood divan Anthony had brought over from Italy. Its dark burgundy colour contrasted with what Flynn wore, which was nothing but a black thong lying stark against his pale skin. The divan was under the window. The bed covers were rumpled, as if Flynn had been sleeping. His robe was draped across the foot of the bed. Anthony moved towards the gleaming body of his supine lover.
Flynn’s face was turned away towards the back of the sofa. His dark hair was tousled and his arms stretched above his head to the right. He wore a blindfold. Anthony felt a stir in his groin seeing those lean, hairy legs stretched out wantonly, inviting him to run his hands up and over his groin. Even appearing asleep, Flynn had the power to excite him, to make Anthony hard and ready. He stepped towards him, watching the rise and fall of Flynn’s chest with their already hardened nubs. Anthony wanted to run his tongue over that chest, with its smattering of fine hair, to take Flynn’s nipples in his mouth and suck them until Flynn groaned in pleasure. As he got closer in the dim light he saw the hands with their bonds of silk. Green bonds lay dark against Flynn’s wrists, fastened to the wooden struts of the upright chair arm. His hands were tight fists. Anthony chuckled softly, a noise that sounded loud in the stillness of the room.
“Been waiting long?’ he whispered as he took off his jacket. ‘I tried to get home as soon as I could.”
Anthony knew the bonds would be loose so Flynn could break free if needed but he also knew he wouldn’t. It was the way the game was played.
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