The Holidays are hectic trying to shop for everyone one else, so myself and several other authors decided to get together and help make your Holiday brighter! To celebrate this festive season, I am bringing you several fabulous authors that are going to share how they celebrate and maybe a treat and decoration. We are also having a huge giveaway. One Lucky winner will get a Kindle fire 7 and some gift cards to help fill it. Then each author is offering an ebook as individual gifts! So not only one winner but lots! Read to the end to see how!
So grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and settle in your favorite spot with a warm throw and enjoy!
Cat: Today our guest is Susan Mac Nicol. Hello Susan. Are you ready for Christmas?
I’m ready for Christmas as much as I can be. I know what I’m getting everyone for Christmas, although I haven’t brought the gifts yet. I’m lucky enough to be spending Christmas and Boxing Day at my son and daughter in laws place, where I won’t need to cook anything myself 😊 Who could say no to that.
Christmas for me has always been a special time of year. I love the pomp and ceremony of it all, the lights, the shop window displays and the whole essence of festivity. I’m not religious, so for me, the season is more one of taking part in the holiday.
Here in the UK we have something unique called Pantomime. I am not a fan and I would need to be dragged kicking and screaming to any of them. It’s an event more for the children than anyone else, and the ones I’ve seen at a panto certainly seem to love it. Here’s a link to one if you fancy taking a look at it 😊
My favourite Christmas abroad was the time we spent in Austria in 2009. It was a coach trip we took as a family, with my mum. This was our hotel when we arrived. Snow everywhere and the village in the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut was simply gorgeous. It was a fairytale place, bright lights, beautiful views over the river and so picturesque. Our hopes of driving through the mountains, in snow, on a sleigh pulled by reindeer didn’t quite make it, as the snow melted too quickly, and the reindeer were horses instead. It was still one heck of an experience.
If you fancy your own excursion to this magnificent part of Europe, here you go
I think everyone has their own idea of what makes a great Christmas. For some, it’s the spiritual aspect, the beautiful hymns and carols, the feeling of peace one gets stepping inside a church all lit up for the season. For others, it’s the squeals of joy as young children discover the presents under the tree and look forward to family time. Sometimes it’s purely family and friends gathered around a crackling fire, sipping egg nog and enjoying each other’s company.
There is a dark side to the festive season though. It’s one where lonely people are left out on the frozen streets, with nowhere to go and no one to be with. If you want to make a difference to some homeless soul this year, then visit the website of my favourite charity, Crisis, and help keep people warm and dry and enjoying being part of the celebrations.
I hope you and your family and friends have a bright Christmas and that 2020 brings you everything you want.
Stay safe and enjoy the festive season.
Title: Not So Secret Santa
Series: Book 10 in the Men of London series
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: MM Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Cover Artist Boroughs Publishing Group
Blurb Leslie Scott couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended on it…and, this one’s a doozy. After years of blissful co-habbing, Leslie plans to ask the love of his life, Oliver Brown, for his hand in marriage. Leslie agrees to help with the Kissmas Drag Stravaganza at his dear friend’s nightclub, Club Delish, which is also the site of the impending proposal. Every detail is planned with Swiss watch precision: enjoy the show, bring Oliver back to a private room, seduce him then pop the question. But, as with all things Leslie, his scheme goes tits up. Never one to shy away from drama and public displays of affection, this proposal turns out to be one for the books.
Buy Link – myBook.to/NotSoSecretSanta
An hour later, Leslie was feeling much better. He stood with Chester on the stage at Club Delish and gazed in wonder at himself in the full-length mirror.
“Wow,” he breathed. “I look fantabulous.” He turned and regarded his skin-tight costume with delight. “Chester, this is utterly perfect.”
Chester nodded in excitement. “Sí, it is stunning. And you are so going to entrance that man of yours tonight when you wear it.”
Leslie swanned around the stage, getting used to the feel of the fabric and feeling the give and take. He had to admit there was very little give. His red heels added inches to his height and the Santa hat perched on his head with its glittery pom-pom added a distinctly cheerful air.
“The other day when Oliver came to see you so unexpectedly, I thought we would be caught. Thank God you locked the door when we did that fitting.” Chester walked over and examined his work with critical eyes. “It would have spoilt the surprise.”
“I’m shocked we’d managed to get me out of this so quickly.” Leslie blew up a puff of air to move a strand of hair from his eyes, all the better to see himself with. “I think he thought we were, you know….” He flapped his hand meaningfully.
Chester let out a peal of laughter. “I think so too. He had this crazy look in his eye that said he would break me in two if I was doing something naughty.”
“Do you think?” Leslie asked, a warm glow suffusing his body. “That’s so hot.” He fanned himself. “Talking of hot, I’d better get this off. The show is in a few hours and there’s still loads of drag queens to boss around.”
The official stuff
Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and hopefully always entertaining. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine and a member of The Society of Authors, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, and the Authors Guild in the US.
Susan is also an award-winning script writer, with scripts based on two of her own published works. Sight Unseen has garnered no less than five awards to date and her TV pilot, Reel Life, based on her debut novel, Cassandra by Starlight, was also a winner at the Oaxaca Film Fest.
The ‘unofficial’ stuff…
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert or the divine Cumberbatch) walks in the countryside, a good G and T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes stories like being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking) and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard 😊
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To help you have a happy Holiday season we are having a huge giveaway. Chek out all the fabulous prizes below!
Susan Mac Nicol is giving an e-book copy of Sight Unseen and *bonus* Soul of Discretion to one lucky winner
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