Susan Mac Nicol, My thoughts about New Year Resolutions… (A New Years with the Authors Special Guest Post)

I’m not one to do New Year Resolutions as I’m the sort of person that thinks you should always evolve, adapt and review your choices throughout the whole year, not just one day when some culture has evolved that says it the time to do it.
Having said that though, I have a few ‘life style changes’ I’m going to be making. These are themed with animals, birds and insects just to make it interesting. These are in no particular order.
#1 Stop flogging dead horses
Now by this I mean I’m not going to chase people to be friends and be the one to always make the plans to meet up, have coffee, be a good buddy. It’s annoying and one sided and I’m fed up with it. (This is going to be a tough one as I’m a natural friend  and I like other people’s company)
It also means those relationships that are even the slightest bit toxic are going to be axed, both virtual and real life. I really don’t need that sort of negative energy in my life.
#2 Stay out of cat fights
Yep, 2015 has been chock full of various negative elements and bitchiness, some valid, some not. I’m going to be a good pussycat and not piss anyone off. If I can’t say something nice about someone, my mouth stays zipped. Not that I do it much but I have been known to let my guard down. I generally stay out of debates and the latest scandals to hit the M/M genre, apart from where I feel really strongly about things. Then, you have your short say and, as the lady sings, you ‘Let It Go’. Not beat it on the head with a blunt stick until everyone is sick and tired of hearing about the damn event.
#3 Be a wise owl
Now some may read that as a ‘wise ass’, and I can promise I’ll always be that. What I am aiming to be is someone that perhaps listens to other people (my hubby’s jaw just dropped clear to the floor but of course, he’s the exception), takes counsel when it’s given, tried to accept compliments in the grace they are given as I’m terrible at this, and just being cleverer about what I do and how I do it. It’s a tall order but somebody has to do it.
And lastly…
#4 Focus on being a beautiful butterfly and less of an emerging moth struggling and flapping its wings against the odds, which sometimes appear insurmountable.
I need to stop comparing myself to others and their successes and rejoice in my own achievements, no matter how small or insignificant they may appear. People who know me will know my mantra, one I’ve tried to stick to.
Comparison is the death of joy – Mark Twain.
I want to be a moth that emerges from the chrysalis and spreads its wings to be a gorgeous Blue Morpho butterfly. It might be short lived, like the butterfly. But at least a butterfly enjoys a short, intense time of simply ‘being’ and that’s what I need to focus on. Being me.
I have a new release due out on 28th January, part of my Men of London series. It’s called ‘Flying Solo’ and this will be book six in this series.
This is the book trailer for the fourth book in the series, called ‘Feat of Clay’.

Feat of ClayF (2)Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.
Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.
You can see the full series to date at the links below. Various of these titles, including Feat of Clay, have been nominated in the M/M Romance Goodreads Members Choice Awards and I’m very proud of that. ‘Suit Yourself’ has been particularly commended in these awards.
Men of London -Amazon US
Men of London – Amazon UK
I have a lot of contact links (sorry about that) but this is where you can find me …
Susan at the front desk2_resized2My Bio
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.
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.
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