Susan Rae, Romantic Suspense Author

Romance and Suspense…The Best of Both Worlds!

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Top 10 Guilty Indulgences For Writers–or The Catch 22 of Writing!

Hello all!   I’m on the Ndulgent Bloggers Blog Hop this week and this is going to be fun.  Read on and in the end, leave a comment and you will automatically be entered into my giveaway for a free e-copy each of Heartbeats and Freefall.  But don’t stop there!  Ndulgent Bloggers are hosting a GRAND PRIZE of $100 Gift Card from the WINNER’S CHOICE of Barnes & Noble or Amazon, so click the button after the post to enter the Grand Prize giveaway and continue on with the Hop for some more great giveaway opportunities!

Now let’s get on with it.  What are my Top 10 Guilty Indulgences?

Right now, as I work toward the deadline of my new romantic suspense novel, ICE Blue, everything I do feels like an indulgence!  Writers write because some masochistic thing inside us tells us we just love to create characters and stories, then sit for untold hours at a computer (thank God for computers, it makes it easier to do all those rewrites!) and hash out the words.  Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes it’s like pulling a stubborn elephant out of a pool of quicksand…not that I’ve ever done that…but I can imagine…the thick, oozing, sucking sand…the gray, wrinkled elephant bleating in protest…oops, sorry, going astray.  Ah, yes, that is one of the indulgences, letting the mind stray from the task at hand.  So what are my top ten ways to indulge myself as trudge toward that deadline?

#10.  This is the easy one.  Ice Cream.  I try not to have it every night!

#9.   Chocolate.  It’s a great reward after I complete a scene.  Not only does it taste good, but the combination of sugar and caffeine gives the mind a boost to help it create that next scene, especially when it’s a love scene!

#8.  Did I say love scene? Read more…

Announcing the Freefall Virtual Book Tour!


Come along and join me on my virtual tour celebrating the release of freefall.  You’ll get to know a little more about me, my writing, and the inspiration for the story.   You also might win something along the way.  Enjoy!

Virtual Book Tour July 15 – September 2

Tour Schedule:

My first review and it’s a good one!  July 15 – Forget the Housework, I’m Reading – Review/Excerpt
And two more 4 Star Reviews! July 17 – Rea’s Reading and Reviews – Review/Interview/Giveaway;July 18 – Beth Art From the Heart – Review/Excerpt
July 31 –Paulette’s Papers – Review/Giveaway
And the good reviews just keep coming!  Plus more giveaways!  And some more interviews where you can find out a little more about my inspiration and the writing life!
August 2 –Taking it One Page at a Time – Review/Giveaway
August 2 – Book Review’s and More – Review/Giveaway
August 6 – My Cozie Corner – Review/Interview/Giveaway
August 13 – A Date with a Book – Review/Giveaway
August 14 – The Story of a Girl… – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 15 – The Adventure’s Within – Review/Excerpt —4.5 stars here!!
August 16 – Good Family Reads – Review/Excerpt
August 20 – Nastasja’s Book Blog – Review/Excerpt
August 21 – Booklovin Mama’s – Review/Interview/Giveaway
August 22 – Sweeping the USA- Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 29 – Reader Girls – Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
August 29 – Bunny’s Reviews – Review/Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt
To read some review excerpts and get more info on freefall and heartbeats, click here.

About my publisher, Musa Publishing

Many people have asked me why I have chosen to go with an e-pub for the release of Freefall.  Good question!

First: I was very impressed with their upfront, full-disclosure attitude–their contract is published right on their site for all to see!

Second: I heard from fellow authors how supportive Musa is with their authors, from the creative end, through the book formatting, and especially into the promotion.  The directors at Musa believe in helping to build an author’s career.  I have to say, those fellow authors are right!  I get great support from the Musa family.

Third, why an e-pub?  Because I truly believe that the future of publishing is already here in e-publication.  I see people everywhere reading on their ipads or nooks or kindles.  They tell me how easy it is to read on them, and to get another book when they’re done with that one.

Fourth:  Musa is into acquiring some really good books!

So, there you have it!  To read more about Musa Publishing, please click HERE.

And, happy reading!

Susan Rae

Freefall Has Arrived!

I  am very excited to announce that freefall, my second novel with Musa Publishing, has just been released.  As I write this, I am gazing at the two dozen red roses my husband gave me—not for the release, but for our anniversary. It would seem after all these years, he still likes me!

Yes, I am a romantic at heart, and that’s why I love writing romance novels; but not just any romance novels, novels with gripping stories that give you lots of suspense and intrigue with a good deal of spice mixed in—novels that explore our relationships with family, friends, and lovers.

With that being said, I’d love to introduce you to freefall, the book I always wanted to write. The inspiration came from my Read more…

Interview with Kate and Everett from Freefall

Freefall is now available from and on!   On the eve of it’s release, Kate and Everett were interviewed on the Musa Blog.  I’m reposting here for my fans to enjoy!

 Buy Links: Musa  Freefall  freefall

Thank you both for coming to chat with us today. Why do you think Susan Rae chose you to represent her?
Everett: Honestly? She had a golf date. She said something about a league she was in. She’ll probably drop by later, though; I believe she’s off the course by noon. Then I’m heading out there!
Kate: She also said she’d already done her job and now it was up to us to tell our story.
Well, that makes sense. Why don’t we start by you telling us a little about yourselves?
Kate: Not much to tell, really. I’m a computer geek, I guess. I own my own software design company in San Francisco. I’m

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Character Interview with Elizabeth and Drake from Heartbeats

Recently I had the chance to interview Elizabeth and Drake from heartbeats for the Musa Publishing Blog.  I donned my BahBahwahwah hat and this is what happened.   Lot’s of tension between these two, to be sure!  Enjoy!

Interview with Elizabeth Iverson and Drake McGuire from heartbeats, by Susan Rae  

 Elizabeth and Drake, thank you for coming to chat with us today. We don’t often get both the hero and heroine together for these chats.  This should be fun.  Can either one of you tell me why you think Susan Rae chose the two of you to represent her today?

 Elizabeth:  I think she just felt that since it’s our story, we would be the best ones to present it.  She chose both of us, I’m sure, because we come at it from different angles.  You see, when the novel begins, it’s been six years since we have seen each other.  We met once in college, and then briefly a few years later, but since then, we have both gone our separate ways. 

 Drake:  Briefly, Elizabeth?  That’s how you’re describing it now?

 Elizabeth:  Well…

 Do I detect some sarcasm there, Drake? 

 Drake:  Let’s just get on with it.

 Okay.  Elizabeth, can you tell us a little about yourself?  You’re a doctor, right?

 Elizabeth:  Yes, I am.

 Did you always want to be a doctor?

 Elizabeth:  Honestly?  As long as I can remember.  You see, I grew up on a farm about forty-five miles from here, in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Thinking back, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t dream about becoming a doctor. When I was little, my Barbie dolls didn’t wear clothes; they wore bandages and tourniquets.  I was always pretending to try out the latest medical procedure on some poor, unsuspecting farm animal—with some very interesting results, as you can imagine.  My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but I made it to the university on a scholarship.  When my dad died of a heart attack while I was in med school, I decided to specialize in cardiology.  That’s my passion, cardiology—both intervention and prevention.  That, and of course, my daughter, Allison—the light of my life.

 I understand you’re a single mother. Read more…

Down Time–Top 10 Reasons Moms Love Their eReaders!

Hi, author Susan Rae here.  Welcome to my blog and the Mother’s Day Book Blast Blog   Hop.  Leave a comment below and you will automatically be entered to win a free download of Heartbeats or Freefall!

Mommy down time—we all need it.  Unfortunately it often comes in fits and spurts and we have to make the most of it when we get it.  What is the one thing that helps Moms get a quick break now and then in this hectic world we live in?  Their eReaders. Here is my highly scientific survey on the top ten reasons why moms absolutely love their e-readers.  Okay, I admit, it’s not all that scientific–I simply asked a few mothers what they love about their eReaders and this is what we came up with!

1o.  On The Go:  eReaders are lightweight and fit easily into the diaper bag.

9.  The Forever Nursing Baby:  Easy to hold the baby in one arm/hand and your eReader in the other. Super easy to turn the page with a touch of the button.  Doesn’t disturb baby. Read more…

Heartbeats eBook release is today! Partying at CN Spring Fling Conference.

Yes, it’s finally here, the eBook release of Heartbeats and Chicago North RWA is throwing a party!  Okay, the party isn’t actually for me, but I can pretend. 🙂 Heartbeats is up and ready for download at Musa Publishing.

It will take a few more days before it is available on all the eReader download sites;  but it is very exciting and with Freefall due out in less than two months, it just sweetens the pot.  It’s been awhile since I have been able to enjoy the feel of having a book out.  A lot has gone on in my life in the last few years, some good, some not so good; but now, I guess, persistence has paid off.  I’m looking forward to enjoying the day.  We have to celebrate the successes!

And for all those in the area tomorrow, Saturday, April 29, Spring Fling is in the air!  Read more…

Guest Blogging Today at Dawn’s Reading Nook…

In honor of heartbeats eBook release on Friday, I’m the guest interviewing Imageat Dawn’s Reading Nook

Giving some insight into my creative mind (It’s a scary place, I know!), my characters, and where the ideas and inspiration come from. If you have a few minutes today, please come over and visit!

heartbeats : Musa Publishing

heartbeats : Musa Publishing.

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover? Really?

 Okay, you probably can’t tell how expertly plotted a book is, or how deft a writer is with a phrase by the cover, but you can or should be able to glean a heck of a lot from it. In today’s increasingly visual/on-line society it is more important than ever to have covers that are not only eye-catching, but convey the genre, mood, and texture of the story. The cover art is what grabs the browser first, then hopefully they read the tag-line, then the blurb, then take a peek inside at the writing. Read more…

Hello world!

Welcome to my new WordPress Blog/Web site!  I am very excited to start this new adventure.  With this new site, I hope to be able to keep in better touch with fans and fellow writers.  It will be easier for me to post instant updates on the status of my books on this site, give some insight into the creative process, and perhaps a window into the writing life itself.

I have to admit, I came into this whole blog thing with a bit of hesitation. All the instant info available in cyberspace now is almost debilitating.  I like writing.  I like writing novels.  I like sitting at my desk, at the computer, by myself, uninterrupted as I plug away at a scene or two.  But, I’m not truly by myself, and I’m not really sitting at the computer–I’m in a world with characters who are busy living interesting and hopefully exciting lives in settings which are sometimes idylic, sometimes frightening as the storyline requires.  When the writing is going well, sometimes the husband will come home and I look up and realize it is 6pm already and I’ve written the entire day away.  Okay, it doesn’t happen that often, but sometimes… Read more…

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