It’s WEEK TWO of ICE blue’s release and I’m over on MUSA’s blog with a recipe for these scrumptious almond macaroons. Check out the recipe HERE, then come on back and enter my drawing for a free download of heartbeats or freefall and your very own ICE blue coffee mug. It’s perfect for curling up with your coffee and your e-reader on these blustery spring days. Leave a comment at the end of this post and you will be automatically entered into the drawing which runs through Friday, April 12th.
For excerpts of ICE blue, please click HERE.
Also, we have winners from my first two drawings. Rich and Kim M., Congratulations! I will be contacting you by email regarding delivery of your mugs, and free eBook.
Happy Reading to you all!
I hope you all had a great Easter. Now, after all that family time, you might want to indulge in a little pleasure reading. Here’s a tease from my new release. Enjoy! And, if you leave a comment at the end of this post, you’ll be automatically entered into my contest running through Friday, April 5th to win an ICE blue mug AND a free e-B00k of heartbeats or freefall. Your choice! Both received excellent reviews.
EXCERPT: ICE blue by Susan Rae
She’d finished her glass and set it down on the table.
“No, thank you. It’s getting late and I have to be up early. I’m taking on an extra shift tomorrow.” She slid her chair back. He stood and came around the table to help her.
“I’ll drive you home. Then I’ll grab a cab and come back and retrieve my own car.”
“Really, that’s not necessary.”
“But, given the wine we drank…as a matter of fact, maybe we both should take a cab.”
She tested her bearings as she rose. She knew her limits and she was definitely not drunk. If she was, she wouldn’t think twice about calling a cab. She’d seen far too often the results of drinking and driving.
“Trust me, I’m fine.” She met his gaze straight on.
“All right,” he said at last, “but I’m taking a rain check.”
Her pulse throbbed in her neck at the look in his eyes. It was a challenge. Where did they go from here? Read more…
It’s ICE blue’s release day. Before I get down to business, I just want to say, in celebration, I’m giving away another ICE blue coffee mug! Leave a comment at the end of this post and you will automatically be entered into the drawing. If you’re a writer, please tell us about your most insistent character, the one that wouldn’t let go of you until you wrote their story. If you’re a wanna be author, tell us about the character that keeps nagging you to get to it. Or readers, please tell us about your favorite character from your favorite author. You have until Friday, April 5th to enter. Good Luck! For more info on ICE Blue, including the first chapter please click here.
Now, about those insistent characters… I think it’s safe to say all of us authors have them. It’s the red haired girl with the freckles who crosses the street and suddenly we’re developing a whole story around her in our head, or the pregnant checker at the grocery store who looks definitely frazzled, or, for romantic suspense writers, the guy in the airport who looks sophisticated and sexy all at the same time, and looks like he’s on a mission. Or it can be the character who starts to take form when we read a newspaper article and it sparks a story idea and we try to think of the character or characters who will bring the story to life.
Yes, the author can have many characters inhabiting her head at one time. In most circles, we would be considered not quite right if we told people about them. But in writer’s circles… Let me just say, I did a program at the local library recently for young adults and I asked them if they were authors. Most weren’t sure, but I explained that indeed they were all authors because they had already written a book for the young authors program that all students from their school participated in. One girl in particular took it even further, though, telling me she had a couple of ideas for some other stories, that the characters were in her head and she just needed to figure out where she was going with them and get them down on paper. I looked at her and smiled. Yes, that is an author. I welcomed her into the fold and told her that as an author, I totally understood. Read more…
I am thrilled to announce the March 29th release of my new novel, DeLuca Family 2– ICE blue. Only fourteen days away, it is now available for preorder direct from my e-publisher, Musa Publishing. In honor of the occasion, I am giving away an ICE blue coffee mug. Leave a comment at the end of this post and you will be automatically entered into the drawing! You have until ICE blue’s release date to enter. MUSA BUY LINK
So, what’s the story behind ICE blue you ask? Before the TV series Blue Bloods, there was my novel, heartbeats, a romantic suspense tale involving The DeLucas, a Chicago Cop Family. Before Chicago Fire, there were one-hundred and fifty pages of heartbeats’ sequel, ICE blue (working title, The Fire Within.) I had the idea for ICE blue when heartbeats came out originally in paperback. So why so long before its release? All I can say is that sometimes when life (and death) happens, the writing doesn’t come so easily.
Before heartbeats’ release and barely seven months after my father passed away from cancer, my mother was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer. Through multiple surgeries, including a triple heart bypass, chemo and radiation treatments, I was her primary caregiver and support person. During that time I would try to work on the manuscript, but eventually, as she became sicker, it grew more difficult to concentrate on the writing. Having already lost one parent, I knew that spending time with her was more important than sitting at my computer writing, especially when it became apparent that she would eventually succumb to the disease. Read more…
I can’t believe it’s February already. It seems like we just celebrated Christmas!
My time shrink probably has a lot to do with spending so much time in my office getting ICE blue all pretty and ready for release. The last few months have been very hectic in the writing cave. Okay, I admit, it wasn’t all work and no play. There was Christmas, and the birth of our new family member, and that vacation to Disney World. And now, all this February snow to clear away! Granted, it’s only been a few inches at a time, but every day?
All set for a March 29th Release. You met the DeLuca Family in heartbeats. Now get to know them even better in ICE blue.
The action starts quick in this spicy suspense story. Here’s a taste to get you started. Preorders will be available in March. Until then, while the ice falls outside, stay cozy indoors!
A rush of adrenalin shot through Angela as she approached the accordioned car where a cop stood, adamantly motioning her over.
“What’ve we got?” she asked the officer. Another man, not a cop or rescue personnel, she presumed, as he wore no uniform jacket—hell, he wasn’t wearing a jacket at all—stood beside the officer, his back to her. His head and arms disappeared into the opening where the driver’s window should be. Blood, bright red and vibrant against the white snow, trickled from beneath the door at the man’s feet…
She touched the shoulder of the man leaning through the window.
“Hey, it’s okay, we’ll take it from here.”
The guy didn’t seem to hear her. More rescue vehicles were arriving on scene, sirens blaring.
She called more loudly. “Hey, I said we’ve got it!”
Finally he turned and gave her a quick assessment. She could swear she saw a touch of amusement in those blue-green eyes he flashed at her.
“Listen, lady, if I ease up on this,” he said smoothly, “this guy’ll bleed out.” Turning his back to her, he said to the driver, “Hang in there, buddy. I’ve got you covered…
Angela squeezed her arm in beside the man-in-the-window’s shoulder and pressed her fingers against the driver’s throat. He was tachy. His skin cold and clammy. Read more…
On this Christmas Eve, 2012, I think back over the year and what an exciting and busy time it has been. heartbeats was released by Musa Publishing in e-book in April, and freefall in June. What a crazy time of learning about promotion and blogging and how to keep writing while also doing the promotion and spending time with family and friends. It has been a while since I posted on this blog (okay, three months :-)), but I have been very busy. We had a new baby born into the family in October, little Elyse Ann–naturally, she is adorable ( I’m her Grandma, but she really is very cute!); a family Orlando vacation in November complete with visits to Disney World and Sea World; and somehow, I managed to sit myself down in the chair and finish writing ICEblue. Whew!
And that is what is so difficult about writing. I truly enjoy thinking up the stories and getting to know my characters, but family time is so precious that it is sometimes hard to force myself to sit my butt in the chair and get the work done when I Read more…
The Musa Publishing 1st Anniversary Blog Hop is ON! Read on, leave a comment, and you will automatically be entered into my drawing for a free download of Freefall! Then continue with the Hop and enter for the opportunity to win Musa’s Grande Prize Giveaway of a KINDLE FIRE!
First, some business: the Blog Hop Rules!
In Freefall, my hero and heroine travel to Door county to track down a lead in the attempted murder plot, and they find much more than they bargained for. I set the novel in Door county, because it is one of my favorite places to vacation—great big blue skies, cliffs of the Niagra Escarpment overlooking the sparkling waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, wonderful lighthouses, and, yes, golf courses. I thought the idylic setting a perfect place for murder.
Going back on vacation, I knew I needed to use some of the time to promote Freefall, but, since it is an ebook, it was a bit challenging. You can’t exactly schedule book signings when you don’t have the physical book to sign. So I went back to the basic principle of promotion, or what I call, Promotion 101—talk the book up, not necessarily myself. Tell just two people, then two more people, then two more people, and if you get them excited about it, perhaps they will tell two more people and so on and so on. Read more…
The Ndulgent Blog Hop is over, and we have a winner–Yvette!
Thanks to all of you for participating. For those who didn’t win a free copy of Freefall or Heartbeats, both are available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and all other major e-book retailers!
To read more about Freefall and Heartbeats, and to get the links, please check out My Books page.
I hope you enjoyed the Hop!
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…
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
Hi, the independence day Day Blog Hop is over. And the winner is….Mac! I hope you all enjoyed the hop. I’ll keep these recipes on for anyone who wants them.
The 4th of July Holiday is upon us, and let’s face it–this summer is hot and steamy—much too hot and steamy to spend time slaving away in the kitchen over some crazy convoluted recipe. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer spending time by the pool, or at the beach, reading a sizzling hot summer romance!
But it’s also time for family gatherings and parties. So, I’ve put together some of my super simple recipes that will wow your guests and still leave you plenty of time and energy to enjoy your company or get through your summer reading list. Suzi’s Super Simple Wow Recipes are inspired by my trips to Door County, Wisconsin and feature Door County Cherries, but you can substitute any cherry pie filling in them if you like—they just won’t taste quite as tartly sweet and delicious!
Ahh…Door County…very beautiful and inspiring—so much so that I feature the setting in my own new sizzling hot romantic suspense novel, freefall. (You can click HERE to find out more about freefall and read an excerpt. I highly suggest it for that poolside or beach read! Buy Links: MusaPublishing.com ; Amazon.com ; Barnes and Noble.com)
From the panoramic vistas of Green Bay looking out from the bluffs on the western side of the peninsula, to the quaint little towns and shops hugging the inlets and bays, Door County forms an idyllic yet dramatic backdrop for the intrigue in freefall—as well as a great place to spend a vacation. My husband and I make it a point to spend at least a few days up there each year, and on our way home, we always stop at one of the roadside farm markets and stock up on pie filling, dried cherries, and many of the other cherry goodies offered. If you can’t get to Door County, don’t despair! The good news is, they are available on-line. The bad news is, this year’s crop is expected to be just 5% of normal, due to the extreme heat in early March, then the following freeze which killed the early blossoms. So, if you want some of these delicious cherries, you may want to order them now while some of last year’s crop is still available. I’ve included two of the links at the end of the blog.
Now, onto the recipes—and remember, I said they were super easy! Read more…
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!
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…
Freefall is now available from MusaPublishing.com and on Amazon.com! 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 Publishing.com: 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