Happy Thoughts- Yay! ~ Outside the Margins with Susan Mac Nicol

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I’m going to do something completely different for this blog post today. I’m feeling jaded and frustrated by all the crap going on in the genre at the moment. I want to forget all the petty stuff and focus on the good stuff for a change. The good things we as authors bring to the table. Or at least, hope we do J This is written very much tongue in cheek so please – could no one create another fuss if anything in here offends them? I think I might cry if it they do. Also, none of the things I say below are actually formally substantiated, all assumptions are my own…

Coffee sales are up


Yep, the sales of coffee to keep the exhausted and needy writer nourished in their endeavours to write their next story is at record levels. And that’s just based on my consumption. I know I’m English and should be drinking tea, but coffee is my poison of choice. A Flat White at Costas is sheer heaven.

The sale of sex toys is booming

Oh crap. That’s just in my house, is it? As you were…


Gay Porn sites are enjoying record membership levels

Don’t you think so? Heh. I would love to see a study on how the membership has grown since gay romance books came onto the scene and people starting using porn stars on the book covers. I’m pretty sure it would look like this – off the charts actually. I think there should be a ceremony just for we gay romance authors, honouring our contributions to the porn industry and giving us all medals.


Sometimes, our stories help someone

I can only talk about a personal experience here. After reading Double Alchemy I struck up an online friendship with a young fan in the US. As we got chatting, I got to know more about him. He self- harmed and one day, a few months after we’d established a relationship, he sent me a message to say that because I believed in him, he’d stopped. He recently celebrated his first anniversary of not cutting and sent me a message saying thank you. We chat every day still. So sometimes, we have the power to simply listen and be there for someone in their time of need. His story is below.


We meet the most amazing people

I’ve met people I’m truly blessed to call real life friends now through the power of Facebook and the internet. My friend Geoff and I met over Twitter when he was flying out to visit his then boyfriend. They’re married now and I was fortunate enough to be invited to the wedding. I met my very good friend John through writing and joining a writing circle John managed. I’ve met people like my friend Karen, who does the most amazing teasers for me, had a beer in a London pub with Susan from the Blogger Girls, dinner with Fiona, attended events with Tracy, and become face to face friends with countless others. It’s been a joy and a blessing to have all of these people in my life and I count myself lucky. I wouldn’t have met any of them had I not written that first book.

And most importantly-


Readers are smiling, crying, laughing, squirming, cursing and bleary eyed from too many nights reading books they can’t put down

This is a given reading what I see every day in Facebook groups, online comments and even private messages sent to me about mine. We’re bringing stories to people that are being appreciated and soaked up, and making readers feel something. And that’s what writing is all about, isn’t it? Letting a reader escape for a few hours into a world that exists in their imagination and taking them out of real life for a bit. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that somewhere, someone is reading one of my books and hopefully having a good reaction. In many ways…

So remember the good things when the internet and Facebook go pear shaped and you think it’s all doom and gloom. Have a cup of coffee and rejoice in being part of the wonderful world of writing.
~Susan Mac Nicol


Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Publication Date: 04/28/2016
Cover Artist: Chris Keeslar-Boroughs
Genre: Gay Romance


Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.
Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.


Damaged Goods on Goodreads
Boroughs Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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