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.
Guest Post: Top Five Films
by Susan Mac Nicol
I’m a pretty big film goer. I love to take myself off to the cinema, with or without family- I’m quite happy being alone- and sit back with my bag of wine gums or jelly babies (or Maltesers), a huge Coke or coffee depending on my mood and settle back to watch a good film. I remember one time I went to the local Cineplex to see Halle Berry in ‘Gothika’ (Good film by the way). I was merrily striding my way up the wide aisle stairs to get to the back when I fell. I literally tripped over my own feet. I went flying, the popcorn went flying and by some amazing strok of luck, my Coke stayed put in my right hand. But my left hand …aaah. I went down on the stairs, and twisted the fingers really badly. I spent most of the film with my fingers in my Coke, swirling them among the ice, trying to abate the pain and reduce the swelling. I drank it once it got warm though. No point in letting it go to waste.
Right now that little anecdote had been told let’s move onto my Top Five Films of all time. I won’t say too much about them, just what I really enjoyed about them. I’m going backwards and building up to my number one.
5. The Ninth Configuration aka Killer Kane.
This film starred Stacey Keach in what I think was such a tormented and haunted role. To some it might have seemed a little cheesy but some of the scenes from this movie I still remember as being chilling -and I saw it in the early 80’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlI0thZ1ZHs
4. All of the Lord of the Rings films
I love fantasy, I love Tolkien, I love big, rich scene-scapes of green hills and mysterious mountains and doors, and the sheer beauty of the cinematic range of scenery and imagination in all of these versions.
3. The Fifth Estate
Notwithstanding the fact that this film had my very own wet dream Benedict Cumberbatch in the star role as Julian Assange, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I thought it was under rated, under promoted, and under fulfilled at the box office. The story gripped you, the acting was incredible, the story fascinating. It deserved more. I think it was suppressed by the powers that be. That’s all I’m sayin’…
2. Five Dances
A truly beautiful and epic film about men loving men and dancing together. A film that epitomises love and tolerance and the ability to be oneself. One of my all time favourites. Men together + graceful and breath taking dancing – what’s not to love.
1. The Stand
Based on the novel by Stephen King, this was a TV series not a film. So I might be cheating here but it’s my blog post so I’m allowed. It’s no secret that The Stand is one my favourite books and I simply loved the series. I’m a big Gary Sinise fan as well as Rob Lowe so it wasn’t difficult to enjoy. So there you have it. Nothing earth shattering but at least now you have a little bit of an idea what I like in a film. Oh by the way, I do love comedies too and one of my all time best ones is The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. This was an incredibly funny, beautifully written and just glorious. It would be up there with third place actually…
” 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. ”
About the Author & Links:
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 Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight, Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander, Worth Keeping, Waiting for Rain and Double Alchemy.
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