Banner300x250Love You Senseless, by Susan Mac Nicol.

Please welcome Susan Mac Nicol back to my blog. Today she is here to talk about senses, and more specifically how many senses do we have. This ties in nicely with her new release, Love You Senseless, which deals with – you guessed it – human senses.  So please take a moment to read on and then enter the contest at the end.

How many senses do you think we really have?

I know we talk about the main five- sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, but I think we have more than these. In William Shakespeare’s time, these were also called ‘the five wits’. I think that’s a really quaint term to describe them.

What about our sixth sense? Doesn’t everyone have that little prickle of awareness down their spine that tells them something is up, without even really knowing what it is? The forewarning that the phone is going to ring, the feeling you get when you just know you should stop without really knowing why, and then a truck plows into the place where you might have been standing or placed in the car if you’d continued. This has happened to me more than once.

What about our sense of time? That annoying habit of waking up every morning on the dot at arse o’ clock, without needing an alarm bell. It might be a good thing in some instances but on a weekend- Grrr. I want to be able to sleep in just a little. Sometimes you don’t need to look at a watch or a clock to know what time it is.

And there’s our sense of balance….no, not when you fall over when you’ve had one too many, but the sense that keeps you upright, feet placed firmly on the floor (except of course in aforementioned drunken situation) and also allows you to judge when you might fall of the top of a cliff.

And then there’s the sense of something scientifically called thermoception, which is the sense and absence of heat. It might be argued that this is linked to touch, as our skin comes into contact with external factors like fire or ice.

Lastly, there’s our sense of the wonderfully named nociception. This is the experience and sense of physiological pain, signalling nerve or tissue damage. It intertwines with all of the other senses, including of course, touch.

So there you have it. There are more, but I won’t list them all here. That’s what Wikipedia is for. We humans are a complex creation of physical, mental and sentient factors that make each one of us into the extraordinary physiological beings we are today.

There’s a really interesting article on the subject of senses below, which makes some entertaining reading.

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/07/humans-have-a-lot-more-than-five-senses/

Blurb:

MoL_Love You Senseless_coverLondon’s saucy up-and-coming chef, Eddie Tripp has just the right recipe to drive tragedy from the mind of Gideon Kent—and leave him senseless with desire.

From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

 

A TASTE OF FOREVER

An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since.

Until Eddie Tripp. Fun-loving and vivacious, the Norfolk redhead’s a real up-and-comer in Gideon’s kitchen—and other places. Slim where Gideon’s broad, easy-going where Gideon is growly, he and Gideon seem polar opposites, and yet Eddie conjures flavors that would tempt anyone with a taste for perfection. The sauce of love is already simmering, and this pair is about to dine on the most delicious dish they’ve ever prepared. Because Eddie’s been Gideon’s missing ingredient all along.

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

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Excerpt:

Eddie kissed back, wanting nothing more than this moment, this man in his body and his lips on his. Somewhere a bell rang and for a minute Eddie thought it might be the sound of his own passion translated to tinkling sleigh bells and fireworks like in the cartoon movies when two people kissed. He smiled at that thought then as the bell got more insistent and irritating, he turned to Gideon only to find he was no longer there. Eddie scowled and reached across to where the annoying bell sound was….

He woke from his dream upright, sweating, sticky with come and tangled in musty smelling sheets that had seen their fair share of jack off action lately and needed washing. His hand rested on his mobile phone as it trilled incessantly with his Big Ben alarm. He blinked owlishly for a minute, wondering where he was, then as the dream faded, he fell back in a loose heap with a sense of loss.

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