Anyway, she's an awesome romance writer who understands what makes a romance a romance. And she's most deserving of the good news she's about to share.
Welcome, Susan! We're so happy you're here...
Greetings to all Bella Babes of the world!
First, thank you, Michelle, for inviting me to stop in for a visit. Now that the kids are back in school, I have promised myself that I’m really going to get back into the swing of my writing career, doing such things as updating my website, completing my proposal, and generally living by the rigid schedule of self-discipline for which I am famous.
Or, I could just take a really good nap.
In the meantime, I have excellent news to share – my latest novel, THE KEPT WOMAN (St. Martin’s Press, July 2006), has officially made me a best-selling author!
I made the USA Today list plus Bookscan, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, and Ingram’s. Everyone is telling me that I might want to capitalize on this success by writing another book. So perhaps I should skip the nap and just keep plugging away at my proposal. (I’d tell you more about what I’m working on but even my editor is in the dark at the moment, and I should really tell her first. I can tell you it will be out sometime in the summer of 2007.)
Next up for me is a novella entitled “Bed and Breakfast,” for the January 2007 erotic romance anthology entitled REAL MEN DO IT BETTER. This St. Martin’s anthology is a sequel to the popular HONK IF YOU LOVE REAL MEN from the summer of 2005.
I have to tell you, writing these “real men” novellas has posed quite a challenge for me because all I could think was, “Who the *^%@ wants to read about real men?” But upon reflection, I realize I’ve toyed with that question each and every time I sat down to create a hero for one of my contemporary romance novels, whether I knew it at the time or not.
As a reader myself, I know what I like in a hero – a man whose struggles have made him stronger, someone who has a sense of humor despite everything he’s seen, a man who can make a girl hyperventilate just by walking across the room.
But for me, this man has to be rooted in the real world enough that I can believe he might just actually exist out there somewhere. That’s what I try to give my readers – a combination of flaws and fantasy, real and real hot.
I hope I’ve succeeded with my latest creation – Jorey Matheny in “Bed and Breakfast.” He’s a 40-something architect who ditched pressurized city life after a heart attack and a divorce, and now owns a retreat lodge in the remote Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico.
He is introspective, funny, and more ready for love than he realizes. Jorey’s quiet existence ends abruptly with the arrival Los Angeles businesswoman Kate Dreyfuss, who shows up in the wrong month for a retreat and then gets stuck by the rains.
Well, it’s back to the proposal for me! I look forward to sharing thoughts with those of you who stop by today.
Encore! I don't think Susan will mind -- in fact, I think she'll join right in -- if we wish Bella Vivi Anna Happy Birthday. Buon Compleanno, Bella!