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Title: Cross to Bare

Series: Men of London

Author: Susan Mac Nicols

Publishing Company: Boroughs Publishing Group

Release Date: November 10, 2015




Tough in business but romantic at heart, fashion designer Lenny James isn’t hiding his masculinity behind his super successful female alter ego, but a vulnerability that only handsome financier Brook Hunter will be man enough to reveal…and worship.


It’s amazing what a little mascara and lipstick, a blonde wig, false boobs, and top-notch female fashion can hide. Not that Lenny James is hiding his masculinity. He uses his normal voice when he’s Laverne, and he’s not particularly camp as a man. His reasons for creating his alter ego are locked deep in his past. He is who he is: tough in business, and a romantic at heart. What he’s hiding is vulnerability. He wants a man to accept both sides of him.

Gorgeous, commanding, and dark as sin, Brook Hunter meets Lenny and knows nothing about Laverne until fate pushes her into his path. Cross-dressing is as far from Brook’s reality as fashion is from his world of diplomacy and high finance. Understanding and truth take time, and trust doesn’t come easy. But Brook is about to show Lenny that there are no sides to true love, just the place where they meet in the middle.

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Brook smiled. “The chemistry is still there, though. No doubt about that.” His brows furrowed. “And if I remember from our last window encounter, you promised to return the favour,” he murmured as he reached out and removed the glass from Lenny’s hands. He put the whisky down on the table by the window then dipped his finger in the cool liquid. Brook’s finger came up, and he slid it across Lenny’s bottom lip, slowly. He thought he was going to shoot in his pants with the eroticism of that gesture. The whisky flavour burned into his lips and he slid his tongue out and sucked the finger caressing his mouth. Brook’s eyes widened in lust, the pupils expanding. His lips parted and Lenny wanted to thrust his tongue and his cock inside the hot, wet heat of that mouth.

“Let’s get this over with, shall we, because obviously neither of us can wait,” Brook whispered, as his tongue slid into Lenny’s ear. His hands slid under the red jacket, tugging the shirt from his trousers, and then caressing the heated skin beneath. “Otherwise we’ll not enjoy my wonderful Chicken Cacciatore that I slaved over all day. Let’s fuck first, talk later.”

Lenny agreed wholeheartedly. With a low moan, he mashed his mouth against Brook’s and took possession of it. Familiar and wanton in return, Brook’s questing tongue slid into Lenny’s mouth. The slippery sensation of that deliciously heated organ, currently on a quest to drive him crazy, took him back to those passion fuelled days when he and Brook had been together. The feel of strong fingers against Lenny’s skin and the heat of that body pressed against his – it was if they’d never been apart. Lenny wasn’t one for insta-love but insta-lust he could definitely understand.

“I’d forgotten how damn good you taste and feel,” Brook gasped as his hands fumbled with buttons, opening Lenny’s trousers. He cried out as Brook’s hand slid inside his silk boxers and slid fingers down his hardened and wet cock. “This – this is what I want, you inside me.”

That phrase made Lenny thrust his cock harder into the tight confines of Brook’s hand.

“You keep saying that and I won’t have anything to fuck you with because you’ll make me come,” he managed to get out. “Turn around, face the glass.” He didn’t wait for Brook to obey, simply spun him round hard and slammed him against the cold, silken wall. “You’d better hope this is one way glass, because otherwise your neighbours are going to see you being royally skewered this time.” Lenny kicked off his trousers and underwear, giving a sigh of relief as his cock sprung free.


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What advice would you give a new writer starting out?

When I remember back to my early years when I decided to sit down and write something publishable- nearly three years ago now- what I remember most is being eager and passionate. I was good at the story- telling, and putting the bones of the characters and their tales together. I was, however, not so good at the technical aspects. I was atrocious in fact. My first manuscript attests to this with its myriad red lines and comments. There wasn’t a bit really that wasn’t tainted with the dreaded ‘red’.

It took a very willing and patient editor to see through the inexorable formal ‘creative writing ability’ to the treasure beneath. For that I will always be thankful. Since then I’ve come along in leaps and bounds with my ‘on the job training’ at Boroughs and now my edits are minimal. So in the interests of stopping a potentially good story getting out there to the world for the lack of grammar and the correct point of view with no head hopping, I’d suggest a really useful creative writing course which will strengthen your tale, make it more attractive and stop a potential editor from getting grey hair.

What are you reading now?

Third Solstice by Harper Fox. It’s the most recent book (#6) in her Tyack and Frayne series which is simply a-may-zing… I treated myself by reading from book one again (Once Upon a Haunted Moor) and familiarising myself with the series. I loved reading it again for the third time so I could immerse myself in Lee and Gideon’s story ready to read this latest instalment in their very action packed lives.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

I talk in tongues and I visualise my books playing out as a film in my head. I tend to use accents when I talk to myself and it’s not uncommon for my family for to find me muttering in a Russian accent. For some reason I find this whole Russian thing very sexy. Read too many James Bond books when I was young J The strange thing is I have no Russians in any of my books, I simply like reading aloud like this. As for the film thing- I’m sure I’m not the only writer that does this and sees the scenes enacted movement by movement. scene by scene in their heads before they commit words to paper/screen. I’m my very own porn channel.

What are in your opinion the most important elements of writing?

Character development first, then story. I find I create my characters and their quirks first, with perhaps the inkling of a story, then build the story around them. I think if a writer can build a wonderful story with characters that leap off the page, get into your head and demand to be seen, and leave you with that feeling of ‘Oh, I feel like I know them!’, they’re onto a winner. Of course, if the story is one that takes this step further and makes you want to be that character, or absorbs you into their world, where you just have to find out what happens in the end, again – it’s good writing.

In producing a book, a lot of emphasis is placed on editing and grammar and proper use of the English language- and of course this is extremely important because if badly done, it pulls you out of the story. I’m the first to get antsy when a book hasn’t been edited properly.

On this topic and as an aside, for the self-appointed Grammar Queens or Kings out there keeping their beady eye on things – all the fuss and hype around being oh so correct in everything to the point of being anal about it gets my goat. Yes, authors make mistakes and so do editors. Please allow us the occasional slip up when we’re bringing you a great story. Sit back and look at the error -did it really mean that much that the author used ‘elevator ‘instead of ‘lift’ in a book set in England? Used ‘sidewalk’ instead of ‘pavement’? Sometimes we writers blur the line between continents, it’s where our audiences are and we might get mixed up– please don’t penalise us for it unduly.

What are you working on now that you’d like to tell us about?

I’m working on a number of books at the moment. I’m writing the eighth and last book (for now anyway) in my Men of London series. This one is called ‘Hard Climate’ and is about Mango Munroe, an eco-warrior, and Ryan Bishop, nightclub owner and part time drag queen. You’ll have met these two men in Cross to Bare.

I’m drafting my next stand-alone book, ‘Living On Air’ which is set in a circus, with a love story between an aerialist and a photographer. This one is a dark, emotional and possibly uncomfortable read, (it contains elements of child abuse by priest, family murder, religious outlooks, self- harm, psychological trauma, suicide and clowns).

I’m also looking at plotting out a book about a rock star stuck in an abusive yet loving relationship, but looking for real love outside of this. It’s not a ménage and the way I plan to write it, there won’t be any ‘cheating’ as such, but it’s still in the old noggin, simmering.

I’m also looking at writing a Victorian steampunk horror/love story involving some rather unusual elements of an old classic tale dating back to 1886 but I can’t say too much about this at the moment. This one will really require a lot of thought and planning to bring to life. It was my son’s idea and I rather like the concept.

I’ll be focusing on stand-alone books going forward rather than a series.




Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. She is never happier than when sitting scribbling down words and making two men fall in love.

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 member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She lives in the quaint village of Bocking in Essex, set in the countryside and not far from the sea should she get the yen to eat crab or oysters on the Cromer Pier.


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