We’re so pleased to welcome author Susan Mac Nicol today, on the tour for Damaged Goods, book seven in the Men of London series. Enjoy Susan’s guest post, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below where you can enter for the chance to win a Susan Mac Nicol mug and an e-book of choice from the Men of London series.
Writing a New Adult Novel
The Men of London series features a variety of men in different professions and different parts of the city. They also vary a lot in age. From Leslie’s tender age of 23, to Clay’s older and more mature outlook as a man in his late thirties, it’s been fun to re-visit my own years and try instill the emotions and outlook I felt then into the characters I write.
When it came to Jax, I found it very easy to write about him and give him a character I believed would show his tender years and his lack of experience in all thing sexual, coupled with the horniness he’d feel when he finally found someone to discover it with.
You might not believe this but I was a teenager once. Yes, it’s true. I wasn’t always this silver haired fox you see before you J (btw I’ll share something personal with you about this. I used to dye my hair red, because I love being a redhead. Then I let it all grow out because, well, I couldn’t be bothered. When I decided to dye it again I saw my hairdresser and she said, “Sue, do you know how many people come in here asking me for silver and grey highlights? It’s the new season’s fashion colour, sweetie.” So I preened and left it as it was. She might have been lying to me, but now I prefer the ‘au-naturel’ look. I could be stingy and say it also saves time and money.)
Back to writing NA. I’ve had some experience writing this previously in my short story, ‘Out for the Holidays’ about two young men who are in love and it all goes a little wrong over Christmas. Samuel and Lucas, nineteen and eighteen respectively, were my first foray into the New Adult arena. Jax was a little different. He’s naïve, visually impaired, a virgin, completely inexperienced in dating, but with a heart as big as a lion’s and a temper to match. He’s really a typical, hormonal teenager, sometimes immature, sometimes showing wisdom beyond his years. It’s why I matched him with Dare. At twenty- five, Dare is older, wiser, more experienced and settled. He’s not a high flyer, or an Alpha male. He’s just a guy wanting to find another guy to share his life with.
I still remember what I was like when I was Jax’s age, full of angst, uncertainty, hope, dreams and desire. I tried to bring some of that back and it was bitter sweet, remembering my own days. From a writing perspective, I can only hope that the story portrayed Jax realistically, and made people think of either their own teenage years or those of their children.
About the Book
Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #7
Release Date: April 28th 2016
Genre: New Adult MM Contemporary Romance
BLURB: Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.
THE SWEETEST GIFT
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.
About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self- confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self-righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.