Susan Rae, Romantic Suspense Author

Romance and Suspense…The Best of Both Worlds!

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!

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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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Tasty Tuesday–Easter Bread (calzone) with Susan Rae and the DeLuca Family

Tasty Tuesday— I recently had the chance to share this recipe on the Musa Publishing blog.  I thought I would repost it here for my followers to enjoy!

The DeLuca’s are the strong Italian cop family in my novel, heartbeats. Like most Italian matriarchs, Mama DeLuca is an excellent cook.  Easter Bread is just one of her specialties.  Easter bread is actually a special family size calzone that is called Easter Bread because it is baked and served mainly at Easter.  This takes a bit of time to put together, but it is well worth it.  The aroma alone while it is baking will make your mouth water. Enjoy!    Want to know more about the DeLucas?  Please check it out at or

(I have seen a couple of different versions of Easter Bread recipes, but this is the old family recipe that my husband’s Read more…

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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