Live and Let Live ~ Outside the Margins with Susan Mac Nicol

Join Prism Book Alliance® as Susan Mac Nicol goes Outside the Margins today.

There’s been a lot in the Facebook news stream lately about sites like Patreon, Go Fund Me and the like, and authors using them to promote themselves and do a bit of income generation. Let me firstly say that I don’t support authors using their fan base for purely personal reasons.

My laptop died and I need a new one or I can’t write the books you’re so fond of

My second cousin once removed requires surgery for xxx but can’t afford it, could you help me out?

I need to pay my rent and I’ve fallen on bad times, could you please contribute to my rent for me?

I understand the situation behind these appeals and believe me, I sympathise. I’m not a monster. I just don’t believe a fan base is the way to raise the money. Some will disagree and that’s their prerogative.

However, when it comes to an author using a bon fide site like Patreon to promote their art, giving subscribers something back in return for a small stipend each month, who are we to judge? Writing is a craft, just as art or music is, and why shouldn’t authors use their talent to try and make their own business self-sustaining and keep a roof over their head. Writing for most of us does not generate enough money to do it as a full-time job. I myself work four days a week at a day job to keep my head above water. I’d truly rather be writing and building my brand, but right now, that’s not to be.

So let’s try not be judgemental about authors who choose to try and eke out an existence offering their talent in return for that little bit of cash in the bank. Its’ what a business does – service and demand, one has something that someone else wants. It’s their decision to buy it, or participate and as long as both parties get what they want out of the deal, I say live and let live.

~Susan Mac Nicol

Title: Sight Inseen
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Publication Date: 01/26/2017
Cover Artist: Boroughs Group Publishing
Genre: Gay Romance


Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper.


SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.

They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, and when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are…which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.


The house was oddly quiet, which was worrying. Nate was nowhere to be seen; there was only a strange, rhythmic sound emanating from down the hall—Nate’s bedroom.

I frowned at the noise and started toward his bedroom door. A sudden sense of fear that he’d fallen and hurt himself, perhaps misjudged a step—made my skin tingle and my step quicken.

I knew I should call out, warn him I’d invaded his space, but I was scared if I did, I’d startle him and make things worse. He could be shaving and I’d hate for him to cut himself. So, taking the middle ground, I said nothing and gently pushed open his bedroom door, fully expecting him to grin and tell me he was Daredevil and he’d known I was there.

The sight that greeted my eyes is one I’ll remember as long as I live. Nate lay on the bed, legs spread wide, knees up, feet planted over the covers. His lithe, sun-kissed body glistened with sweat as he grasped his cock and jacked himself off. He had his ear buds in, and his eyes were half closed, lips parted and the look on his face…

I nearly came there and then.


Sight Inseen on Goodreads
Boroughs Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About Susan Mac Nicol

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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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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