Powerful yet tormented modern warlock Quinn Fairmont must initiate the silver-eyed Cade Mairston into the world of witchfinders, Withinners, and what can happen when two men fall truly, madly, deeply in love.
THE WORLD IN SHADOW
In modern London there lurks a warlock, Quinn Fairmont. Dangerous, powerful, tortured, sharing his body with the soul of an ancient Welsh sorcerer, Quinn is never alone—and never wholly himself. He fights against all those who would exploit his kind. He takes pleasure where he can find it.
In the forest of Hampstead Heath, Quinn’s hometown, Cade Mairston appears to him like a waking dream. Lithe, lean and silver-eyed, he evokes feelings in Quinn unlike any other: lust with true affection, immediate and shocking. Cade is clearly more than he seems. And yet, if a man of the world, Cade is innocent. He knows nothing of warlocks, witchfinders or Withinners. He knows nothing of what he is, what he might be, or what he might feel. For him, the story is just beginning. Magyck, peril and passion await.
Susan’s Guest Post
I might surprise you all with this post but one of the things that I adore reading about and collecting is books about the occult, the supernatural, the phenomenon that is the incredible world we live in. I also dabble in Wicca. Now I know that the purists out there will be saying in scandalous disapproval ‘Dabble? One doesn’t dabble in Wicca, one lives it!’ and that’s fine. They have their view. I dabble. I take what I need out of the tenets and beliefs that this life has and I use them to enrich my own life with their beliefs. The belief of self. The belief that nature is all around us and Mother Earth is really the one tangible thing we have that gives us awe and makes us see the world around through new eyes every time we see the tide coming in, the latest strange frog to be discovered in the Amazon basin, the way everything fits together. The moon and the sun, the way nature just keeps making us lose our breath with every beautiful discovery we make.
So through this passion for this way of life, I developed a healthy respect for the things that perhaps wecan’t see. Ghosts, aliens, witchcraft, secret spells, the existence of unicorns, whether dragons existed, the majesty of alchemy, the debate between science and religion. I started collecting books that I read avariciously, seeing other people’s point of views and learning a little more about the hidden world around us.
I love mystery and intrigue. I love being able to read about how other people saw the world before us, how they perceived things and what made them do that. I enjoy finding out more about lost religions and cities and places like Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster, Yetis and whether life exists on other planets. I think it’s a healthy way to live, not to be close minded about these alternatives, even if they do seem a little out there. It’s fun to think there might be some truth to it all.
So in Double Alchemy, I delved into the world of Warlocks, witchcraft, Feys, spells, magyck powers and also a healthy dose of reality – Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, truly existed and I actually have a copy of my very own Malleus Maleficarum, the so called bible of the Witchhunters that condemned countless people to death. This was no fairy tale. This witch-hunt actually happened in the sixth century and history bears this out. I live in an English county, Essex, tainted by these events and only twelve miles away from where Matthew Hopkins is rumoured to be buried, deep in the marshlands of Mistley in the town of Manningtree. It fascinates me that this is on my doorstep and I’ve often visited Mistley and roamed around in the hope that I might one day find his burial place- as well as countless others do I might add.
So my wonderful collections of strange and eclectic books is my refuge when I need to escape the real world for a while and delve into the unknown. There are a couple of pictures that show you some of my collection….
Praise for Double Alchemy
“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 & Feys. 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
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