InD’Scribe Author & Reader Con A Success!

As many of you are already aware, a couple of weeks ago, I attended the InD’Scribe Author & Reader Conference in Palm Springs, California. I had a blast!

The conference was well run, the workshops for authors were amazing, the food and company was excellent. I had the opportunity to meet some very talented authors as wells as some exceedingly nice readers.

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That’s Anne Perry sitting right next to me. The brunette just over my right shoulder!

I was able to sit next to one of our keynote speakers, the talented author Anne Perry. Kind, gracious, and quite witty! I am always inspired by this woman. Yes, I fan-girled for a few minutes.

By the time her speech was over, I wanted nothing more than to go back to my room and begin writing. She talked about backstory, plotting, outlining, how to write great characters, self-doubt (can you believe SHE has moments of self-doubt?)

At our author luncheon the following day, I sat with her and her friend, Victoria Zackhiem!

 

 

I dressed as the Menopausal Scarlet O’Hara for our Costume party.

The Guardians! Ceci Giltenan, Lily Baldwin, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Me, Sue-Ellen Welfonder & Tarah Scott

The Guardians! Ceci Giltenan, Lily Baldwin, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Me, Sue-Ellen Welfonder & Tarah Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardians of Cridhe sisters and I hosted a wonderful party on Friday night! Lots of authors and readers attended, as well as some very handsome and beautiful cover models. The Scotch Eggs were a hit!

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Author Catherine Bybee gave a fantastic and inspirational speech. I just adore this woman!

Just me and Catherine Bybee being silly!

Just me and Catherine Bybee being silly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Guardians of Cridhe Anthology – Highland Winds, Won the RONE for Best Anthology!

The Guardians!

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Me and my little sister from another mister, Victoria Zak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow authors Kathryn Le Veque, Victoria Zak, tooled around Palm Springs together. We went shoe shopping at the Palm Springs Payless Shoe Store. Somehow, I doubt the rich and famous of Palm Springs shop there.

So many beautiful authors that I know I’ll forget to mention at least a handful. The guardians: Ceci Giltenan, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Kathryn Lynn Davis, Victoria Zak. Anne Perry, Catherine Bybee, Hildie McQueen, Victoria Vane, Amy Jarecki, Ev Bishop, Janna Shay, Beth Carter, April Holthaus… the list of women I got to hug or hang out with is a mile long!

Every luncheon, every workshop, every event was spot on fantastic! Readers could hang out with their favorite authors, either at the book signing room or in classes or even at night. Reader Sarah Renaud joined us for the RONE’s. She was our good luck charm!

I have to give 2 thumbs up and 10 gold stars to the girls from InD’Tale Magazine for hosting such a fabulous event. Seriously, they did a great job! Thank you to TJ Mackay, Tonya Smalley, Julie York, Stevie, Janna, all the InD’Tale women, Sebastian, all the people at Period Images, VJ Dunraven, Arline, Rosa, Foster, Brandon, Jax, the makeup and hair kids…

InD’Tale: you really hit this one out of the park! I’m already looking forward to next year!!

The King’s Courtesan Cover Reveal!

It’s a busy day here! I just sent out my newsletter which revealed the cover to The King’s Courtesan (among other things!)

When I asked the cover artist to blend my covers with HM Ward’s, I did not think she’d surpass my expectations on the first attempt. But she did!

The King’s Courtesan will go live on October 20, 2015 as part of HM Ward’s Kindle World, The Arrangement Series.  Please note that we do not have pre-order links at this time.

My story takes place in 18th century Italy, more specifically in Turin and the House of Savoy. The story, while completely fictional, does contain some real-world characters from that time. Hours and hours of research went into this book and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about that time period and the country.

On October 20th, I will be hosting a very different kind of Book Release Party. I think you will enjoy how we’re going to change things up! I’ll have more details for you as the time draws nearer to release day.

So without further ado, I present to you, the cover for The King’s CourtesanThe-Kings-Courtesan-1-Kindle

And We Have Our Winners!

A few weeks ago, I blogged about “The Gift of Reading” wherein I decided to give away 5 6-month Kindle Unlimited subscriptions and a Kindle. I talked about where my love of reading evolved from and asked readers to tell us why they love reading and who gave them that gift. The responses were overwhelming in both number and in content. Some of you reduced me to tears.

It took me more than two days to choose the winners. But before we get to that, I want to thank each and every one of you for responding and for sharing. A few of the responses made me cry, a few made me laugh, but each and every one of you brought a smile to my face. Reading, for many of us, is like breathing or food; we can’t survive this big world without it.

I have contacted each winner by email but I will also list their names here.

Winners of the 6-month Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions are:

Annette N.

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Deborah D

Lisa J

Bev M

Danniell H.

Yes, I chose six winners instead of five for a wide variety of reasons.

The winner of the Kindle is:

Crystal S.

Again, thank you to all of you who participated and congratulations to the winners! May you all have a great weekend!

Hugs,
Suzan

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Exciting News!

A few months ago, I hired Book Candy Studios to create a book trailer for me. I received the final files today. I cannot express to you just how much I love this video! I think it is stunning, but I’ll let you be the judge.