Susan Mac Nicol – Double Alchemy Climax – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

Contains, in order: Karen’s review, Susan’s guest post, excerpt, links to tour and event pages, book trailer and Rafflecopter giveaway, author bio with links to her other books and social media sites.

Double Alchemy – Climax (Alchemy 02) by Susan Mac Nicol
Genre: MM Romance, Paranormal
Stars: 4 Stars

 

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Blurb:

Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.
A BLINDING LIGHT
It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.
Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy

Review:

To fully appreciate Climax, first one really should read Double Alchemy.

As I started with the Double Alchemy, and really enjoyed it, I looked forward to this sequel. Luckily, there were only a couple of weeks between the release of the two, so the characters and plot were fresh in my mind.

Within Double Alchemy: Climax, there are essentially two distinct plot lines: one a continuation from the first book with the Witch Finder, and the other, a new strand that centers around Cade’s non-human side and how this effects Quinn.

As this is a continuation, Quinn, the Withinner Taliesin, Cade the water sprite, Percy, and Daniel are all here present. But there are also a number of new character that provide new insight and interest.

I really enjoyed the carryover of the Witch Finder’s continual hunt of Warlocks. Finding the Book of Shadows kick starts the story and gives the plot real impetuous. Warlocks and Witches, although on the ‘same side’, appear to be at loggerheads with each other. As the leader of the Warlocks, Quinn needs to get the BoS from the Witch leader, Valensia, who just happens to have some fey in her as well. From the first book, we know Warlocks and fey have a strong attraction to each other, and there’s a bit of a subplot provided in that Valensia is also Quinn’s last female lover.

Despite Cade and Quinn now living together, there are a couple ripples along the path of true love, mainly provided by Valensia, who doesn’t hide her continued attraction to Quinn. This evokes some really strong feelings in Cade, and ramps up the sex between him and Quinn.

The combination of these two plot lines really worked for me, and the denouement of the Witch Finder strand snuck up on me a bit. I was getting lost in the world building and romantic elements and Bam! It was over.

The other part of the book concerns Cade, and the discovery of his true heritage and abilities. There is also the introduction of Cooper; a work colleague of Cade’s who is flirty and attracted to Cade.

This part didn’t work as well for me, especially the Cade/Cooper thing. I understand it’s introduced to show that Quinn, who is portrayed as very strong, is vulnerable when it comes to Cade, but that was proved much more effectively later on when Cade becomes more in touch with his non-human heritage.

Overall, I love the developing of the relationship between Quinn and Cade, the suspense of the Witch Finders plot, and the introduction of Valensia (who should have her own book). On the other hand, I feel as though too much was made to fit into one book, making it a little rushed. That said, Double Alchemy Climax is still a thoroughly enjoyable sequel, and a must-read if you’ve read the first.

Publisher and Original Publication Date: 22nd May 2014 Borroughs Publishing Group
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Length: 254 pages
Reviewed by: Karen
Author’s Website: Susan Mac Nicol

 

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From Susan, “Keeping Up the Writing Habit”

I think one of the most common questions I get asked is how do I manage to sit and write the stories I do, given the fact I used to have a full time job and managed to ‘churn’ out nine books in the period of just over sixteen months. People have told me I must be Superwoman, an accolade I would love to acknowledge but can’t with any real justification, or that perhaps there are two of me. While I’d love a clone of me to have a chat with I doubt that anyone who knows me would appreciate having another one of me J I think that might be over doing it. One of them would definitely end up pushing daisies. The world can’t cope with two Susan Mac Nicols.

The short answer is that I am very focused. I make up my mind to do something and nothing deters me from the goal. My mum tells me I was the same when I was a child. Stubborn, self opinionated and downright driven. So I knew what I wanted as a kid and when I started writing, and decided I wanted to be published one day, then it was easy enough to make sure I did what I could to make that dream come true.

When I had my day job, I simply worked during office hours (also writing in my lunchtime of course ) and often stayed an hour after work to have some quiet time before I made my two hour journey home by car. Think of that frustration. Four hours a day spent commuting and driving with no way to commit words to screen or paper, simply trundle along in endless traffic jams. That’s probably why I started dictating my books in the car, playing out scenarios and creating audible paragraphs that I itched to write down. Eventually I started dictating some of it, transcribing it once I got home and building on it. It was a way to pass the time…although I got some funny looks from people in the cars next to me as I basically acted a whole part of the book pretending to be two people and gesturing, frowning, smiling and making kissy-kissy faces. I’m sure they thought I was a crazy woman.

So when I got home, it would be time to make supper, say hi to the dog and husband (in that order lol) and then settle myself down with a cup of coffee, put in the headphones, let Muse belt out their noise and continue where I’d left off in the car. That would take me up until about midnight, sometimes one o’clock in the morning, when I’d go to bed, and wake up at six am to do the whole thing again.

That’s how I wrote all those stories. It’s how I still write them all although the past eight months I’ve had more time because I was made redundant. I’m now back in full time work so I have no doubt that I’ll be back to the old 1 am writing sessions again. It’s definitely worth it and this time I might even have a little time to write on the train on the hour’s journey from home into Stratford station. Every opportunity lends itself to getting a few words down.

 

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Double Alchemy: Climax Excerpt

Quinn’s eyes flashed violently at his uncle. “I am not fucking losing him to the depths of a bloody Hampstead Heath pond.”

He knelt down beside Cade again, closing his eyes as he tried once more to heal, but the wound just kept seeping blood, now at a much slower rate than before. Cade’s face was ash white, his dark hair standing out starkly against the deathly pallor of his face.

Quinn. Your Cade is nearly gone. You have to put him in the water now before it is too late. There is no time for your modern medicine. He will not survive unless you do it now. The Water Sprites will take him and heal him as long as there is still a spark of life left in him.

“I can’t. Don’t ask me to do that. I can’t.” Quinn’s voice was strangled as he struggled to compose himself. His body was cold, his mind sluggish and he had never felt so desperate.

Daniel strode forward and despite his small and wiry frame, he picked Cade up in his arms. He looked at Quinn, his voice resolute. “He’s dying. This may be the only way to save him.”

Quinn growled and reached out with a hand to hold him back. Daniel sidestepped him and looked at him with a resolute expression. “You can hurt me if you want but it won’t help Cade. This is all we have left to try before he dies.”

Quinn’s hand still gripped him tightly and the older man winced.

“If anyone is going to do this, it’s going to be me.” Quinn’s voice cracked and he held out his arms. Wordlessly, Daniel placed Cade in Quinn’s outstretched arms and Quinn pulled his lover closer to his body. He walked down to the water’s edge and waded in as Daniel watched helplessly from the bank, his face stark. Quinn gently laid Cade down in the water. He seemed to float for a while, hair spreading about in the water like black smoke. His face was still, eyes closed as Quinn held tightly onto his cold hand, rubbing his thumb over the engagement ring. Quinn’s vision blurred as tears filled his eyes.

You need to let Cade go. Let him join his kind below the water. Trust me.

Taliesin’s voice was soft, compassionate. Quinn heaved a shuddering sigh as Daniel joined him in the water, laying a comforting arm on his.

“I can’t—” Quinn shook his head in grief, his heart breaking.

His uncle took hold of his shoulders, firmly holding him back. “There’s no other way, son. Let him go.”

Quinn relinquished his grip on Cade’s hand, standing there as he heard a soft splash and saw the water rippling around them. As they watched, two sets of pale hands emerged out of the water, and slowly, lovingly, Cade was dragged gently beneath the dark waters of the pond. Quinn saw the hand with his ring on it slowly disappear under the water. It was the last glimpse he had of the man he loved.

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About Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)

  • Title: Double Alchemy: Climax (Double Alchemy Book #2)
  • Author: Susan Mac Nicol
  • Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
  • Release Date: 22nd May, 2014
  • Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.

A BLINDING LIGHT

It begins with a Book of Shadows discovered by a London coven. The grimoire is as dangerous as it is rare, which is why it evokes modern-day warlock Quinn Fairmont’s desire. He collects objects of great power and beauty—like his lover, Cade Mairston.

Against all odds he and Cade found each other, but their perils have just begun. First is the ex-lover who once held Quinn in thrall. And, someone has been killing warlocks. Could it be one of his own kind? There are those too who would challenge Quinn’s power in their quest to overthrow him as Grand Master. Or is the danger something darker, something invoked inadvertently, rising from the shadows, building from the very inside of a man until it brings an end with a quick flash of light? Of the truth, the surface has only been scratched. Now Quinn and Cade must go deeper and find both answers and an end. They must learn what lurks in the hearts of men…and whether it seeks to love or destroy.

Praise for Double Alchemy (Book #1)

I love Paranormal stories & I’m a huge fan of Susan Mac Nicol’s M/M books. In this book, she brings both genres together & gives us this amazing story. With her master storytelling, she takes us into the mystical & magical world of Witches, Warlocks, Withinners & the Fey. A world where danger lurks in the shadows.” – Maria Recchia

“I stayed up all night reading this story. Susan has a way of writing that is different than anyone else. She’s uniquely brilliant at weaving a tale that brings out my emotions. I have laughed in every one of her stories. That’s incredible for me. Not just a smile, but a laugh. I love that. This book needs to be read. You won’t be disappointed.” – Author Kindle Alexander

“Susan Mac Nicol has created a complex and fully realized fantasy world…. Quinn is the star of this novel, taking out the bad guy and learning how to trust in Cade’s love enough to share his unsavory past.” Library Journal

I completely loved this beautifully and highly detailed written Paranormal story! This wasn’t a predictable story by any means. How Susan Mac Nicol takes us on a ride through this very creative and engrossing world that you will not forget, anytime soon and will be wanting more and more of it. I am a huge fan of this author and Double Alchemy, doesn’t disappoint by any means at all. I highly recommend this hot, steamy, love, paranormal and so beautifully written story!” Paul Berry

“Susan Mac Nicol brings us another sexilicious m/m romance but also takes us into a magyckal world of Warlocks, Withinners, Fae, Witchfinders and Witches… I loved the combination of the magyck and the m/m romance storyline. I am so glad Ms Mac Nicol is not keeping us waiting as the second book in the series will be released 22nd May 2014. I highly recommended this book to read and is an absolute five star rating from me.” Foxylutely Book Reviews

Praise for Susan Mac Nicol

We have to re-iterate that this Author will always be an automatic one-click for us. Her writing is flawless and her flawed characters are completely lovable. There’s always something quirky and fun in her stories as well as drama, angst and heaps of passion! We can highly recommend!!” – Gitte & Jenny – Totally Booked Blog

“Susan has been hailed as a genius writer of male/male literature. Her Saving Alexander has been nominated for several awards and has been reviewed widely. Congrats on all your success, Susan. You have earned it.” – Gay Lit Authors

Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY (Book #1)

Boroughs Publishing Group | Amazon: US, UK, CA, AU

Purchase links for DOUBLE ALCHEMY: CLIMAX (Book #2)

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About Susan Mac Nicol

susan mac nicol Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published last year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Double Alchemy: Climax is her sixth m/m romance.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself becoming a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.

Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of ChristmasConfounding Cupid, Cassandra by StarlightTogether in StarlightStripped BareSaving AlexanderWorth KeepingWaiting for Rain and Double Alchemy.

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