Monday, August 10, 2020

The Buzz On SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES

The Sedona West Mysteries are a three book series detailing how a lovely young woman recovers from nasty divorce, how she handles being involved in not one murder but too many, and how she finally gets her happily ever after... or does she??

Here are the titles:

SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES--Book One

BREAKS AN EGG--Book Two

PUSHES UP DAISIES--Book Three

I started this series because I missed being able to spend more time with my characters as I did in my Minx Tobin murder mystery series. Watching Sedona recover and grow from her circumstances was very satisfying for me. She also becomes very resourceful. And here’s a secret... I had one man in mind for her when I began but it turns out she chose somebody else! Let me tell you, that was a surprise!

So here is the info on SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES.

SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES--Book One

Sedona gets more than she bargains for when she moves to the idyllic town of Cozy Haven. Her intention is to piece together her shattered life. But Fate decides to throw major roadblocks in her way. First, the hunky sheriff has his eye on her. Second, a celebrity psychologist tries to get her on his private couch. Third, her disreputable ex husband unexpectedly makes an appearance. And fourth, a Girl-Night party turns into an actual Murder party... with all the guests drugged by sedatives in the wine. Talk about a major hangover! And now, Sedona finds herself under the sheriff’s scrutiny as a possible murder suspect. She had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to kill the deceased so how can she convince everyone that she’s innocent?


After waking up with the hangover of the century, Sedona is shocked to learn she is a murder suspect! Can she actually be the killer?

 Available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

The print copy is also available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1797870319.

This book is part of the Intriguing Mysteries line.

Here are some fabulous reviews:

5 Stars! I adore Ms. Knight’s Minx Tobin Murder Mystery series so I was very excited to learn of this new one: the three book Sedona West Mystery series. Book 1: SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES tells of a newly divorced woman starting over. Will she get her second chance at love? Spoiler Alert: Not in this book, she doesn’t. But things look hopeful that Sedona will decide on her man in Book 2 or 3. As we soon learn, Sedona is in a “candy store” phase when it comes to men... and oh, what men to chose from! In this book, we have a very satisfying murder (!) that then comes with a satisfying conclusion. Looking forward to Book 2: BREAKS AN EGG.--Mystery Maven’s Reviews

5 Kisses! We first discovered this author in the 90s (!) and Ms. Knight keeps getting better and better. SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES is the first in a 3 book series, where, to be blunt, a murder victim sleeps with the fishes! Realistic characters, idyllic setting (except for the murder), and an evolving love story, this mystery novel has it all. Highly recommended.--The Romance Guide

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For my “Tidbit From Real Life” that I always like to include in my books, I’ll tell you about an inside joke. Dr. Harrison Oakdale is a celebrity psychiatrist with a little too much ego for his own good. When he sees what he thinks is an interloper on his vacation rental land, he assumes she, Sedona, is there to provide him with a night of pleasure--a celebrity groupie. Then he spots a book cover by her side that is identical to one of his bestsellers. I’ll let Harrison describe his first encounter with Sedona:

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“Of course, you’re reading the perfect book.” He gestured to the hardcover on the dock, next to her lounger chair, and then smirked.

But she didn’t get the connection. She glanced down at the book, and then up at him. Her eyebrows formed a vee of confusion. “This book?”

He’d forgive her for being obtuse. “Certainly. My book was on the New York Times best-seller list for thirty weeks in a row last year.”

Sure, he was bragging, but he was entitled to gloat every now and then.

“This is your book?” she asked.

He didn’t come out here to talk about his books. “Naturally.”

“You wrote The Creative Writing Workbook?”

“What? No, I...” He took a good look at the book and sure enough, the title was as she said, not his Grow Into Your Life best-seller. The Creative Writing Workbook was authored by a woman.

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The joke here is that the book in question is my book. Here’s the cover:


I certainly had fun with that one!

I hope you enjoy Sedona West’s first adventure in SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES! Next up is BREAKS AN EGG.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight

www.susanneknight.com

Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Buzz On SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN


SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN, my best-selling romantic suspense, is definitely a mystery, especially for the main character: Ali Kinedulay. Or is that her real name? Ali suffers from amnesia. And not only that, she has a deep-seated feeling that she’s in danger. As she goes into hiding, journeying across the country, she meets new friends and runs into some old ones... but who can she trust?

In SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN, as a writer I get to experience the rarified air of the extremely wealthy... to a degree, anyway! I also use a bit of astrology in this book, as one of the quirky characters has a matchmaking interest in uniting Ali and Mack.

SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER
Ali wakes up with a raging case of amnesia. Her New Hampshire hospital records state she’s Alabaster Kinedulay, age twenty-four, married to a professor who has a son the same age as Ali. She remembers none of that. The only thing she knows for certain is that she’s in danger. Her intuition tells her to run away. And so she does, ending up on the Pacific side of the country. Everyone she meets seems very helpful, but are they really? When she learns she’s a mega rich Regale heiress, more attempts are made on her life. Her heart is in danger, too, from hunky psychiatrist Mack McClanahan. But is he telling the truth? Who can she trust?

HE CAN’T FORGET HER

Security specialist Mack McClanahan is hired to protect a wealthy client, Alabaster Regale Kinedulay--without her knowledge. Trouble is, she has amnesia and doesn’t remember who she is, that she’s rich, or why she has no recollection of her past. Pretending to be a psychiatrist, he tries to help her while also insuring her safety. It’s a tough job, with a gaggle of suspicious characters hanging around--the inattentive husband, the devious relation and his henchman, the same-age stepson, even the patronizing attorney who hired Mack in the first place. Or is the perpetrator someone else? As he struggles to protect Ali, he breaks the number one rule in his job: never fall in love with the client.

After tying up all the loose ends, SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN was released in both print and electronic form. Here’s the info below:



 After a fall down a flight of stairs, Ali struggles to remember who she is
and why someone wants her dead.

Available on Amazon.com and smashwords.com

The print copy is also available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1980841799.

This book is part of the Intriguing Mysteries line.


Here are some fabulous reviews:


From the Dream Realm Award winning author of THE COMING, a fresh, new romantic suspense! 5 STARS. Ali is in a desperate situation. She’s lost her memory and she fears for her life. Penniless, she depends on the kindness of others. Her new friend’s psychiatrist takes too much of an interest in Ali’s business, a rich man offers to pay her way, and oh wait, she has a husband?? Ms. Knight weaves a tapestry of intrigue, danger, and romance. SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN is a highly entertaining read; don’t miss it!--Norwood Reviews

5 Stars! Who is she? Why doesn’t she remember? Ali is a classic “woman-in-jeopardy.” Someone wants her dead but she doesn’t know why. Who can she trust? Why does her new friend insist Ali’s a queen? Talented author Susanne Marie Knight explores the murky world of amnesia in her latest romantic suspense novel, SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN. Absolutely brilliant!--Twists on Romance Reviews

SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN is my kind of book! Brilliant!--Reader Comment

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One of the hallmarks in my novels is to use tidbits--just a nibble!--from real life or my life. SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN is no different. The hero of this tale, Mack McClanahan, and his grandmother, Nancy McClanahan are named after my great, great grandmother Nancy Clanahan. Mack’s partner, John Hacker, owes his name to another great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Hacker.

Also, I vacationed at a beautiful resort in California that then served as the location of the Rocky Vista Estates and Resort. I went on a “dolphin safari” tour and was treated to the sight of a fantastic stampede, as you see below.




I incorporated this scene of dolphin delight by first having the villain tell Ali of his foiled plans:


“My plan was to drive you outta here, outta the Resort and on over to the harbor. Rent a boat, zip out on the water... and then dump you with the dolphins. Yeah, it’s like you woulda took a little cruise by yourself, got disoriented, and fell overboard. It woulda looked like an accident.”

Then, dolphins need to have a happy ending, so here we have a scene with:

Earlier in the afternoon, the waters had been awash with dolphins, a vista of dolphins feeding, playing, jumping. 

For a modern day romantic suspense, I recommend SIGNATURE OF A QUEEN. I hope you enjoy Ali and Mack’s story.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!



Monday, May 4, 2020

The Re-Buzz on HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL


EPPIE Finalist for Best Historical Romance

My time-travel Regency romp, HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL has now been re-released!
This popular time-travel Regency romance first started as a serial novel. The publisher envisioned twelve chapters total, posting one chapter online per week for subscribers to their service. Since twelve chapters were required, I came up with the idea of using the song: the Twelve Days of Christmas, and then focused each chapter on a stanza of the song. Thus, the first chapter, including the setup, dealt with a partridge in a pear tree. The title of my book was rather bland: THE 12 DAYS OF REGENCY CHRISTMAS.
Unfortunately, the publisher went out of business before the first installment could be uploaded (and before the author could get paid!). Fortunately, Uncial Press  picked up this novel with only a few alterations. The repetitions that occurred at the beginning of each chapter (to refresh the reader’s memory) were no longer needed, AND, the book needed a catchier title.
Hmmn. What to pick? I had a difficult time with this one. Nothing seemed to fit, so I reviewed what the plot was about: each day, a contemporary young woman, Meredith, receives a Christmas card featuring one of the stanzas of the beloved song. Each evening, she goes to bed in the present but during the night, wakes up in the past in Regency England. Each morning she wakes up back in her own bed in the present.
Voilà! The title was born: HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL.
Those of you who remember vintage television will recognize the homage to CBS’ wildly popular Western: Have Gun--Will Travel.

Here is the original cover:

This book was an EPPIE Finalist for Best Historical Romance.


HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL also been a best-seller at Fictionwise.com, and has garnered two 5 STAR reviews on Barnes and Nobles and 4 stars on Goodreads!

A magic Christmas card sends lonely Meredith back in time... then returns her to her own century each morning. A handsome lord proposes, and she accepts, but then finds herself attracted to her fiancé’s honorable brother. How can she find happiness when she has one foot in the past with the other in the present?

I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Uncial Press books--a total of five novels and three short stories. HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL is the last to be re-released. It’s now available on at at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!


Here’s the new cover:


Christmas magic sends Meredith back to Regency times to find true love. But what will happen when the twelve days of Christmas are over?


This book is part of the Elegant Regencies line.

Here are some wonderful reviews!

4 ½ STARS! Have Christmas Card... Will Travel by Susanne Marie Knight is a delightful time-travel romance that carries a lonely woman back to the regency era to find love. A creative story based on the Twelve Days of Christmas song, I found myself looking forward to seeing how each stanza of the song would be depicted. The characters in the story are fully developed and have very strong personalities. This is a sweet romance in which the settings come to life through the descriptions of the author. This is a warm-hearted story for the Christmas Season that will leave the reader happy and feeling good in the end. Have Christmas Card Will Travel by Susanne Marie Knight is a sweetly romantic time travel romance to warm the hearts of the readers.--The Romance Studio
5 STARS! I loved this book! It was a cute little love story with a Christmas bow tied around it. It was a quick read and I didn't want the story to end!--Reader Comment
4 Stars!--Goodreads
Just wanted you to know how I enjoyed HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL. The concept of the Twelve Days of Christmas was so much fun.-- Reader Comment
I got a misty-eyed feeling reading the last scene in HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD!-- Reader Comment
What an intriguing story!-- Reader Comment
I thoroughly enjoyed HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL.-- Reader Comment
I laughed out loud! Great story.-- Reader Comment
Your story was a pleasure!-- Reader Comment
I think this is a wonderful story!-- Reader Comment
HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL is wonderful!! It's perfect for the holidays, too.-- Reader Comment
Wow, a great read!-- Reader Comment.

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For those of you who enjoy reading about real life tidbits woven into my novels, here’s something from HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL. In this novel, although Meredith believes her Regency experiences are only dreams, she goes along with becoming engaged to one of the Larson brothers, William. After a few nights, she realizes she prefers his older brother, Jeffrey. Way back when, I dated a fellow who had an identical twin. Turns out, when I met the brother, I had more in common with him than my date!

Below is a short passage from the Six Geese A-Laying chapter. Meredith has just awakened in the morning.

Today, Meredith was so excited, surely she would burst. Last night Jeffrey had kissed her. Just a brief kiss, true, but she’d felt as if her soul was on fire. Was his taste still on her lips?
Running the tip of her tongue over her mouth, she came away disappointed. Oh well, there was always tonight.
She closed her eyes to relive the moment, then quickly blinked them open again. But she was engaged to William. She should’ve been daydreaming about kissing him, not his brother!

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I hope you enjoy Meredith and Jeffrey’s story, along with the twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dances, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree! 

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!





Monday, April 27, 2020

The Re-Buzz On TAINTED TEA FOR TWO--re-release!


A Gottawrite.com, Award Winner Favorite!

My classic murder mystery romance, TAINTED TEA FOR TWO has now been re-released!
Tainted Tea For Two is my homage to Agatha Christie and the English murder mystery genre. So, to get started on this insider buzz on my novel, why don’t you prepare a hot cup of delicious tea--not tainted, of course--and I’ll begin!
One of the genres that I always wanted to write was an English murder mystery, a la Ms. Christie. Before I start a project, I like to come up with a working title. Many of the mysteries I’ve read had menacingly playful titles, so TAINTED TEA FOR TWO just popped into my head. Naturally, this meant poison had to play a role in the novel! And not just poison... but injections, and, oddly enough, potatoes!
For my “What if” scenario, I proposed: what if having a nice spot of tea took on a sinister meaning? Hard Shell Word Factory loved the idea, and soon published TAINTED TEA FOR TWO, both electronically and in print.

Cover for 2001 edition
After a few years, TAINTED TEA FOR TWO was picked up by Uncial Press. Its new cover won an Ariana Award for Best Contemporary /Suspense /Mystery /Historical Romance. 



Cover for 2001 edition

After a few years, TAINTED TEA FOR TWO was picked up by Uncial Press. Its new cover won an Ariana Award for Best Contemporary /Suspense /Mystery /Historical Romance. 

Here is the popular book video for the Unical Press version: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdohSneG7I0 Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Scheming Weasel Faster.

I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Uncial Press books--a total of five novels and three short stories. TAINTED TEA FOR TWO is the seventh to be re-released. It’s now available on at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!
Here’s the new cover:

Someone wants Lord Embrey dead. Will the method of execution be by poison, or injection, or... potato??

This book is part of the Intriguing Mysteries line.

Here are some fabulous reviews:

5 HEARTS! TAINTED TEA FOR TWO is a delightfully creative romance that centers on a mystery that will keep the reader guessing until the very end. A colorful cast of characters go about each with their own reasons for wanting the viscount out of the way. Marty wishes she had never taken the job. The stress of being a suspect has her in tears. If that isn't bad enough, the men all want to get her in their beds and she ends up spending a lot of time fending off their advances. That is, all except for Gregory; him she does not fight... The settings are described in clear detail...TAINTED TEA FOR TWO by Susanne Marie Knight is a fast paced romantic mystery that is sure to be enjoyed by the readers.--The Romance Studio

Ms. Knight throws an independent American into the midst of a stuffy English family providing readers with a bit of humor in the middle of this riveting suspense. The characterizations add to the charm and character of TAINTED TEA FOR TWO. While clearly a contemporary suspense, there are moments when readers will feel a slightly historical feel through the “stiff upper lip” attitudes of the British aristocrats. Susanne Marie Knight uses unique plot points, while trying a few tried and true ones as well. This provides readers with a comfortable feel while trying to figure out “whodunit”. I was stumped until almost the end, a rare occurrence for this avid mystery buff. I give TAINTED TEA FOR TWO a solid “two thumbs up.--Word On Romance

This is a tale with plenty of suspense, intrigue and mystery mixed with the possibility of romance. Join Marty as she walks the halls of the  manor and finally walks into a murder. The intention by the killer is to make her the suspect, but will it succeed? A well written tale by talented author Susanne Marie Knight that will please the mystery fan or the romantic suspense fan. Is there something more to the viscount's illness? Why does he keep having recurring bouts? Will they discover what is happening in time? Recommended for a fun read to learn who the killer is and why he plotted such a complex crime. Is it about money or a title or revenge of some sort? Enjoy following Marty and the rest of the well drawn cast along the twisting paths of suspense and suspicion. I did.--Mysteryfiction.net

Ms. Knight has written a wonderful story. One full of mystery, romance, and even comedy. I couldn’t put it down, and read TAINTED TEA FOR TWO in one setting. Her description of the scenery brought back many wonderful memories of my trip to England. She even captured the musty smell of big manors, and the small shops in the village. TAINTED TEA FOR TWO is a delightful “who done it”, that I truthfully enjoyed very, very much. I recommend that everyone read this wonderful book. Ms. Knight has captured the true feelings of England, in a wonderful tale of love, and mystery. You will be absolutely delighted with your choice.--All About Murder Reviews

The charming English countryside, stately manner, and regional dialect embellish this murder romance into a cozy night’s read.--Affaire de Coeur

TAINTED TEA FOR TWO offers gentle humor as the family’s stuffy British attitudes and Marty’s easy going nature clash. This riveting and hard to solve mystery races to the conclusion.--Romance Reader’s Connection

FIVE STARS for TAINTED TEA FOR TWO: Excellent! I truly enjoyed this story. I had a small idea who did it half way through but was not completely sure until the end. I would recommend to those who enjoy a light hearted murder mystery romance.--Amazon.com.

Amazon's Listmania: for TAINTED TEA FOR TWO--recommended cozy mystery!--Reader Comment

TAINTED TEA FOR TWO is so good!-- Reader Comment

Love your Brit-lit: Regency, Time-Travel & Contemporary (Tainted Tea). All are terrific!-- Reader Comment

I love TAINTED TEA FOR TWO!-- Reader Comment


I couldn't figure out who the intruder was. What a surprise!-- Reader Comment

Very English, very funny, with interesting character interplay. Kept me laughing and guessing, laughing and guessing...-- Reader Comment

I read TAINTED TWO FOR TWO with a good deal of pleasure. It's a neat idea, and I liked the characters. This is a very clever concept. Your opening is great! One couldn't help to read the book on that basis and basis alone. Cheers to you!-- Reader Comment

I kept guessing all the way to the end and I thought someone else was the murderer. Wonderful!!-- Reader Comment

I loved TAINTED TEA! What a wonderful homage to Agatha Christie!-- Reader Comment

Now that TAINTED TEA is in paperback, I'm ordering another copy!-- Reader Comment

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As always, there are small snippets from my life embedded into this novel. The heroine, Ms. Marty Jackson, is a personal fitness trainer. Her name is Marty because her father--a former Mr. Universe--wanted a son to carry on his name. Although I’m not a trainer, I do have a fitness background, having worked for thirteen years for an exercise program shown on public television.
Marty also has a cherished possession similar to one that I have... or had, given to me by my daughter.

Marty took out her most prized possession: a paperweight in the shape of a giant, clear crystal. She held it upside down, and the colorful pearls suspended inside gently floated to the bottom. A kid's toy, of course, but she never went anywhere without it. It was the last thing her father had given her.
She gave it a place of honor on the nightstand...

This isn’t an actual picture of the paperweight, but it’s close enough. As with Marty’s diamond, mine also fell to its doom.

"No!" Marty raced to the window and watched her beloved remembrance of her father shatter into a zillion pieces. Part of her shattered with it.

For a classic English murder mystery, I recommend TAINTED TEA FOR TWO. I hope you enjoy Marty and Gregory’s story.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Re-Buzz on THE MAGIC TOKEN


2003 EPPIE Award Finalist for Best Historical Romance Novel
Re-Released! New Price!New Cover!

My classic Regency Romance, THE MAGIC TOKEN has now been re-released!
The idea for THE MAGIC TOKEN, a reade-favorite Regency romance, came from a desire to combine a Regency tale with a touch of magic--the kind of magic where you might wonder, is this a coincidence or is it magic? Coincidentally (or was it?!) during my research for this book, I came across this sentence in a biography on Charles Darwin:
“[Charles’] friends enjoyed his tall stories:
he claimed to one that he owned a Roman coin.”
While his friends didn’t believe him, I did! THE MAGIC TOKEN soon took shape.
For my “What if” scenario, I used: What if a golden coin had the power to change one's fortunes?



A MAGICAL TOKEN--When Amanda Barclay receives a magic token as a gift from a stranger, she is more than skeptical about whether this gold coin can change her fortunes. But then the very man who captured her heart years ago suddenly appears. Is it destiny or cruel fate? Does he even remember her? She desperately needs the position he offers as governess, but how can she endure being near to a man so beyond her reach?
A DIFFERENCE IN RANK--Marcus Hamilton, Duke of Yarborough, is a man burdened by family and political responsibilities. He does not have the time nor the inclination to dally with women beneath his station. But a chance meeting throws him together with Mandy, the engaging young sprite from his past, causing him to reevaluate his beliefs. For once in his life, the call of love beckons far stronger than the duties and obligations of his position. 

THE MAGIC TOKEN was quickly picked up by a now defunct publishing house where it grew to best-seller status, along with earning 5 star reviews from Amazon.com, Visionary Insight Press, and The Romance Studio. My novel also was an EPPIE Finalist for Best Historical Romance.


Cover for 2002 edition

In 2012, THE MAGIC TOKEN was republished by Uncial Press, republished THE MAGIC TOKEN. In fact, one reader posted this comment about my Regency on a blog: “The book THE MAGIC TOKEN by Susanne Knight would also make a good musical.” Wow! I’m still flattered!

After receiving a gold coin, Amanda suddenly becomes governess to the sister of a duke. Is her good fortune a coincidence, or is it Fate?


I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Uncial Press books--a total of five novels and three short stories. THE MAGIC TOKEN is the sixth to be re-released. It’s now available on at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!
Here’s the new cover:


An old woman gives skeptical Amanda a magic coin. It couldn’t possibly work, but how else can she explain her sudden good fortune?

This book is part of the Elegant Regencies line.
Here are some fabulous reviews:

* 5 Hearts! The supporting characters are very good. I love Dona Inês weaving in and out of the story along with Pritchard, Nannette, Gregory and most especially Duca di Maggiore. Ms. Knight has given us a truly fun story! I enjoyed how she wove the magic into this, and that coin was just great! Another thing I liked about her story is the little pieces of history she added, like the line about the Marquess of Londonderry… of course, I’m a complete period geek and had already looked this up years ago. This is such a good read! I especially liked the epilogue where we see who Amanda passes the coin to for its next magic turn! Oh, and yes, I have read at least one other story by Ms. Knight (which I liked) and now I have to find her other work since I loved this story!--The Romance Studio
* 5 Stars! Another fine book from Ms. Knight! Her meticulous research into this period piece shines throughout this wonderful story. From beginning to end, her words paint the scenes with rich visuals which enrich the story line of the two main characters. You will be invested in this story after just a few pages and will not want to put it down. This book deserves its place among the other novels of Ms. Knight.--Visionary Insight Press
* THE MAGIC TOKEN is gloriously magical and loads of fun! Susanne Marie Knight has taken a magical plot device and whipped up a charming tale in THE MAGIC TOKEN. Her characters are full blown and interesting, while the minor characters add spice. Ms. Knight’s writing is bright, and full of that Regency flavor readers enjoy. A sprightly romp with makes for a blast of a read!--Sime-Gen Reviews
* 4 Roses! Ms. Knight weaves a tale of magic. The golden coin is suppose to bring the person good fortune but seems good fortune for the book as well! This was a very lighthearted read and very easy to finish in one sitting--so be prepared to spend time with this story from beginning to end!--A Romance Review
* THE MAGIC TOKEN is an enchanting take on the Cinderella fairytale, complete with an evil stepmother and fairy godmother. This is a well-researched, well-written story with wonderful characterizations. The duke, who has overcome his abusive childhood, is a great hero and Amanda is a caring and compassionate heroine. There was also a very pleasing secondary romance between the squire’s son and the Portuguese woman’s granddaughter. THE MAGIC TOKEN was a great Regency read, with some magical elements. If you like fairytales, give THE MAGIC TOKEN a try.--PNR Reviews
* Susanne Marie Knight is a talented, versatile author whose books run from this light traditional Regency with a magical element, to time-travel, sci-fi romance, paranormal romantic suspense, mystery, and contemporary romance.--Romance Reviews Today
* THE MAGIC TOKEN has Knight’s usual boisterous extended family, lonely child with a flighty mother and spunky heroine who wins the hero’s heart without even trying to. The characters are vivid and sympathetic, and the story rolls along nicely. There are hints of true magic in the story--the good luck charm is depicted as a token with real power--but the romance and most of the story itself rests on the usual day-to-day lives of the characters. Knight writes Regency romance well, her language and the concerns of the characters clearly reflect the culture they are living in.--PNR Reviews
* 5 Stars!! A Real Page Turner! My family loved THE MAGIC TOKEN. It's a charming Regency imbued with magic and lots of wonderful characters. Once I opened the book, I left all my troubles behind and had a lively adventure with Amanda, Marcus, and company. Isn't that what reading is all about? My heartfelt thanks to Ms. Knight. I'm one of her fans!--Reader Comment
* OH … MY … GOSH!!! I just finished The Magic Token! I loved it! LOVE LOVE LOVED it! You are such a gifted writer … l love how you wove the story in and out of all the different real historical facts. And the coup de grace was Charles Darwin--and how you read about his mentioning he had a gold coin… wow, too cool! And I loved the comeuppance of Nanette… LOL… I just loved the book… and Gregory! I loved your line about how she looked in Marcus’s eyes, then they became the eyes of a stranger! It was great! Love love loved it!--Reader Comment
* Enjoyed it very much. This is a page-turner!--Reader Comment
* Fans of Susanne Marie Knight will enjoy THE MAGIC TOKEN!--Reader Comment
* Leave all your cares away and enter an exciting new world. Live the dreams and enjoy all that you read--problems are forgotten and love, romance, excitement and live a life not only different, but one you could never believe you could. Reading is in fact another world--it affords you an escape and entertainment too easily left behind because of television and movies. They can never give you the true entertainment and excitement a good book does. Read one of [Susanne Marie Knight's] books and compare--you will not be sorry.--Reader Comment
* A charming Regency with the intrigue of magic twisted with the fortunes of fate played out with wonderful characters.--Reader Comment
* A lovely story! I really enjoyed it.--Reader Comment.

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As for a real life connection to this book, along with Amanda Barclay, I too have an interest in healing. Although I don’t use healing remedies on people in my “village” as Amanda does, I do have a Masters of Science degree in Natural Health.
Here is a passage from the beginning of THE MAGIC TOKEN where a young Amanda first meets Marcus--inadvertently and unexpectedly--in the woods on midsummer night’s eve.

Marcus must have noticed her melancholy. A strange, hungered expression overtook his face. “Don’t ever change, sweet Mandy. I can tell you are one in a million.”
Clearing his throat, he gave her the basket. “Well, my moppet, you best be getting home. Shall I escort you?”
“No, thank you kindly, Marcus. I should return by myself. But what about you?”
“Ah, I am doomed to wander the woods ‘til sleep comes to claim me. You see, dear Mandy, I suffer from insomnia. That is why I happen to be out at this ungodly hour.”
He took a step away from her, then bowed. “‘Tis of no import. My thanks for a diverting evening.”
An unfamiliar ache settled over her heart. She did not understand it; nor could she explain it. For some unknown reason, she did not want Marcus to leave. “Wait! I have something that might help you.”
Reaching into her basket, she pulled out a small linen pouch filled with the herb chamomile. “Here, steep this in boiling water to make chamomile tea. It will let you sleep.”
Marcus’ grin made him appear younger than his years. Laughing, he shook his head. “What’s this? Are you a traveling apothecary? My wondrous Mandy.”
She liked being his wondrous Mandy, but his admiration made her uncomfortable. “I want to heal people when I grow up,” she mumbled at her bare toes. Her friends usually laughed at her when she told them her ambition.
He accepted the pouch, then lifted her chin. “A noble aspiration. However, I do believe you are already grown up, while I, on the other hand, have a long way to go.”
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Once again, two strangers meet by chance. Or is it something more, is it... destiny?
I hope you enjoy Amanda and Marcus’ story.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Re-Buzz on THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE

Re-Released! New Cover!

Here’s the scoop on my popular paranormal romantic suspense, THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE, now released!
Since I write in quite a few different genres, I alternate between those genres so fans for that particular genre can look forward to a new book. When I was due to write a romantic suspense, I started thinking about this particular book. First, I had to think of a topic. I wanted to write a paranormal about ghosts this time because many readers love ghost stories like my popular paranormal romantic suspense GRAVE FUTURE.
Now I was ready to begin. I like to come up with a title before I start writing. Sometimes that’s impossible, but usually I’m able to think of one that suits the project. To think of a title, I brainstorm, writing down whatever comes to mind. THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE just wormed its way in. I have no idea why Wakefield; Wakefield happens to be the name of a location and also, a last name. I chose it to be a last name. Now I had a name for one of my characters, but which one?
Setting that thought aside for a while, I deliberated about what kind of a Disturbance could be called The Wakefield Disturbance. I came up with the idea of the heroine having a psychic ability that causes a shimmer around her when she receives communication from the dead. Her last name would be Wakefield. Now I had a heroine, Lara, who can hear messages from the dead. From there I built the story and the hero, private investigator Stuart Manning, around Lara’s needs. That’s about it in a nutshell!

A GIFT... OR A CURSE?
Lara Wakefield receives messages from the dead. Her latest “client” is a murdered young girl who wants to be put to rest. The girl’s killer, however, objects. Can Lara find the girl’s body without becoming the next victim?
MONEY OR LOVE?
Private investigator Stuart Manning wants nothing to do with supernatural phenomena. A retainer of $50,000 overcomes his reluctance. Lara’s innate ability, integrity, and beauty cause him to have second thoughts about psychics, while deadly occurrences cause him to believe the little girl’s murderer is still hanging around. How can Stuart protect Lara when the killer is always one step ahead?

THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE was published by Uncial Press and had been with them for many years. Here is the original cover.



Communicating with the Dead: a gift or a curse??

THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE has been on the best-seller list and also a #1 best-seller at Fictionwise.com. In addition, this book is a 2008 Dream Realm Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Romance.

The book video trailer has received a “Spine-tingling!” recommendation from The SavvyClick.com. Here is the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tTLQySlNAk

Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Jackhammer.
I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Uncial Press books--a total of five novels and three short stories. THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE is the fifth to be re-released. It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!

Here’s the new cover:

Psychic Lara Wakefield is tasked by a murdered young girl to find her killer.

This book is part of the Uncanny Paranormals line.

Here are some fabulous reviews:

* 5 STARS!--Barnes and Noble
* This is an interesting suspense tale with three good main characters. The rest of the cast... add a bit of comic relief. The plot itself is fun to read with elements of suspense, romance, and the paranormal. The dialogue is engaging... There is a good amount of suspense and fine love scenes also in this very enjoyable story.--Coffee Time Romance
* Fantastic! Couldn't put THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE down!--Reader Comment
* Hauntingly good, spine-tingling!--Reader Comment
* I found THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE exciting and interesting--when I got home from work, I read the last chapters instead of doing my chores!--Reader Comment.
* I enjoyed THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE!--Reader Comment
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A Real Life Tidbit: The locale of the murdered girl’s summer home is based on a popular resort in Montana. This resort also has a petting zoo. Below is a photo of the llama that was the inspiration for an important part of THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE’s mystery. In the book, you’ll find resting on the grass can be very relaxing... or can serve another purpose!


Here’s a passage from THE WAKEFIELD DISTURBANCE that features the llama. Scene Setup: A member of the houseparty has just been found murdered. Lara and her young friend Chrissy take a break from the investigation to lunch outside.

Unseasonably warm sun beat down on Lara’s shoulders. Mmm, she couldn’t help but enjoy it. Good thing she and Chrissy had decided to leave the unhealthy atmosphere of the mansion for a while. Taking a picnic lunch by the petting zoo was an excellent idea.
Sitting on the grass, Lara munched on a sandwich and watched her young friend propped up against the fence as she fed the animals. The family of ducks swam to the pond’s edge to furiously peck at the bits of food Chrissy threw to them. The three mountain goats also moseyed over to graze on animal crackers. Only the llama remained where it was, still resting under the shade of a birch tree.
“Why won’t she come over and eat?” Chrissy grumbled. “I want to pet her.”
“Your hands are grubby from the goats. Maybe that’s why.” Lara couldn’t help joking. Despite the morning’s horrible experience, she actually was having fun, and was glad Chrissy was, too.
Instead of being scared or disgusted by the news of the murder, the girl had been delighted. Her own murder mystery to solve, she had said.
Lara shook her head. Shades of Agatha Christie! What a gruesome reaction.
But she couldn’t think about that. It was so peaceful outside, under the wide open sky. The only sounds she could hear were the nibbling from the ducks and the gentle breeze rustling through the trees.
And Chrissy’s complaints.
“The llama must be hungry. She hasn’t been fed yet. That’s what the older lady told me--Rose, Tawnie’s mother. So why doesn’t this darn beast come here?”
The llama couldn’t have been too hungry for the animal sat with all four legs folded under it, with no intention of getting up.
Chrissy stomped over to Lara and pouted. “She looks at me but doesn’t move!”
“Maybe it wants room-service,” Lara offered.
“Huh?”
“Maybe you should climb over the fence and bring the food to the llama.”
“Cool beans!” The girl rushed to the post-and-lintel fence, then paused. “D’you think I’m allowed to go in?”
“I don’t see why not. Just keep your hands away from the llama’s mouth, okay?”
“Sure.” Chrissy hopped over the fence and slowly walked the distance to the animal. It watched her progress, but didn’t budge. Only when Chrissy placed some crackers in front of it, did it bend its wooly neck and chew on the treat.
Another satisfied customer!
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To find out more, read The Wakefield Disturbance! I hope you enjoy Lara and Stuart’s story.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!