Monday, December 5, 2016

The Buzz on COMPETITORS!

Dream Realm Award Finalist For Best Speculative Fiction
Re-Released!!!

Strangers in our midst--I’ve always been intrigued by that idea--whether the strangers were foreigners or aliens or... Neanderthals. What could be more fascinating than a story about ancestors of modern man--primitive by our definition--freely walking among us, escaping detection and thumbing their collective noses at us? Neanderthals are the ultimate underdogs. The very word has become synonymous with crude, boorish, and uncultured. So what would happen if a vulnerable young woman unexpectedly comes in contact with a mysterious tourist? What if she discovers the truth about his secret world? What if she falls in love with a Neanderthal?

Here you have the basis for COMPETITORS!, my popular paranormal romance. COMPETITORS! is a mystery too, with a serial killer on the loose--a killer who just happens to collects skulls.

AN IMPOSSIBLE MEETING!: Vivianne Quinn is staying at her brother’s apartment to recover from a personal tragedy. Her visit is anything but tranquil, for soon a serial killer targets her as the next victim, she has to “babysit” a valuable artifact, and she falls in love with a stranger, Max, who is unlike anyone she has ever met. How will Vivianne react when she finds out just how different he really is?

NEANDERTHAL’S NEMESIS: It’s common knowledge that Neanderthals are extinct, vanished from the face of the planet about 30,000 years ago. What remains a mystery is how or why this sudden disappearance occurred. Sometimes, however, common knowledge can be wrong....

COMPETITORS! was published by Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) and had been with them for many years.



Ebook Cover and Print Cover

I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. COMPETITORS! is the third to be re-released. It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!


NEW COVER!

Anthropology enthusiast Vivianne Quinn gets more than she bargained for when she makes a date to “meet” a Neanderthal!


*Limited* copies of the 2007 print book are available at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

This paranormal romantic suspense has appeared as #1 on the Fictionwise.com Best Seller List, gotten great reviews including 4 ½ stars from Once Upon A Romance Reviews, and was a Dream Realm Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Romance.


In addition, I was named as one of the best eBook authors on the Internet by NightsandWeekends.com because of COMPETITORS! (among other books, too!)

Plus, my book trailer for COMPETITORS! was honored as one of the Top Ten Favorite Romance Books. Here’s the review:

Competitors! by Susanne Marie Knight comes in the third spot for my favorites. If it had been in the form of a mini-movie I think it could easily have taken the first or second slot! I'm assuming the author created this trailer herself, and she did a fantastic job, I will be purchasing this book at the earliest opportunity. The pictures absolutely match the story, and the text frames that have been inserted before them. This doesn't always happen with book trailers that use static pictures and text frames. The creator also put outlines around characters, and objects in colors that really brought out what the pictures and text were trying to convey. A great book trailer and one I would love to see put into a mini-movie. You can view this book trailer here. --My Top Ten Favorite Romance Book Trailers from YouTube--Regina Paul

Here is a book trailer for COMPETITORS! 


Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Sinfonia3.

This book is part of the Uncanny Paranormals line.


For those of you who like to read reviews, here they come!

“Could Neanderthals still exist? And if so, would they look just like the rest of us? Susanne Marie Knight takes those questions and runs with them in COMPETITORS! and shows us that not everyone is what they appear to be. When readers first meet Vivianne, she is a tormented young woman who constantly wonders why she didn’t also die in the car crash. But as the book progresses, she becomes the strong woman she must have been before the accident. As for Max... Max, Max, Max. What a combination of alpha maleness and intelligence, which this reviewer believes will cause many women to swoon. He’s dominating, yet gentle, and treats Vivianne with great respect. An interesting and fun-filled romance, COMPETITORS! is the perfect read for those looking for something a little different in their love stories.”-- Romance Reviews Today

“Susanne's been chosen as one of the best e-book authors the Internet has to offer for COMPETITORS! ”--Nights and Weekend.com.
Susanne Marie Knight certainly has a diverse imagination, and she blends suspense with a haunting question--why did Neanderthals abruptly vanish 30,000 years ago--in COMPETITORS! But what if they’re not extinct? What if they walk among us? This is a plot that can easily sound farfetched in the wrong author’s hands, but Ms. Knight pulled it off, suspending my belief and wrapping me in an enthralling tale. You want an author with unique style? Susanne Marie Knight is your gal.--Nights and Weekends.com

“4.5 Books! “I liked COMPETITORS! I have read other books about Neanderthals and this species never came across as anything other than primitive. The Neos in this book are caring, gentle people who value their ancestors and want what everybody wants in life - to be loved and understood. I enjoyed the growing awareness and romance between Vivianne and Max. Despite their differences and the dramas they are living through, there is a bond between them that neither can deny. It was amusing to think that the Neo's consider Vivianne and her people savages. The derogatory term of calling someone a Neanderthal may not be so bad after all. It's always good to see history turned on its head. I also liked the fact that the killer is not known until the end. I thought I knew who it was but I was wrong. The book also got me wondering if there are Neos amongst us. There are weirder things out there. If you enjoy books that are beyond the normal, then I would recommend COMPETITORS! It's a fresh, unique romance that is kind of sweet and overwhelmingly passionate.--Once Upon A Romance

“Author Susanne Marie Knight has done a convincing job of making the exotic Max as hypnotic and flat-out irresistible as he needs to be, to accomplish everything he is called upon to do. Max isn’t only a sex hunk, he is smooth, educated, and well traveled. He can communicate mentally, and his sense of smell gives new definition to the word “intimate.” Knight will have readers knocking on her door asking where they can get their own Neanderthals. In addition to Max, Vivianne has a flock of friends to turn to in her tough times. Vivianne’s identical-twin brothers, her husband-hunting friend Fran, and Max’s cat Eins with his divided loyalties all contribute to the workings of fate – fate being the saving of Vivianne so she can be with Max. Her associates are amusing, even at their most irritating. Max’s friends, on the other hand, are Very Serious People. It isn’t easy for Max to have a personal life when The Mission is All. It keeps the other Neanderthals from having as much dimension as Max does. COMPETITORS! is well thought out. Knight has more than a superficial knowledge about Neanderthals, and she has used it to shape her what-if into a fun, original plot.”-- Reviewers-Choice.com

“4 Stars! This was a very creative look at what could have happened to the Neanderthals. All the characters provide a full array of personalities that keep the book interesting. The romance is based on the strong sexual tension and emotional pull between Max and Vivianne. While the physical aspects are primarily left to the reader's imagination, their feelings are openly demonstrated. The numerous subplots move the story and support the romantic plotline. But the originality of the story impresses me the most. Writers who can successfully finish the "what if" in a logical and fascinating way are few, but Ms. Knight succeeds here. COMPETITORS! is a great book for those who love a good suspense and a romantic twist, and those who enjoy a good romance with a well written paranormal base.--Coffee Time Romance Reviews

“A fun read I recommend to anyone who enjoys something different, something that offers a new outlook and new background for the characters. This tale fits into many genres and will provide hours of pleasant reading. Talented author Susanne Marie Knight gives us a multi-layered story and a new look at the mystery of the Neanderthal's disappearance. Or did they? Enjoy, I did.--Mysteryfiction.net

“COMPETITORS! is a fast paced read, with a very well written cast of characters that support and play up each other. Good attention paid to the details, so one can understand the differences between the characters and the races involved. Susanne Knight has granted her audience fantasy and mystery combined with a science fictional blend along with a romantic edge to satisfy most any readers taste.--TCM Reviews

I started reading [REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED]. The first few pages promise as much entertainment as your COMPETITORS! gives.--J.C.

Thank you for writing this wonderful work!--M.M.

A group of Neanderthals has a mission among the modern human civilizations. That rarity, an original romance plot. Entertaining, too.--J.C.

I couldn't stop reading! Great book!--C.K.

Another winner and a great read it is!--K.S.

Oooh, sounds wonderful. I love this kind of book. L.D.

Congrats on COMPETITORS!--D.G.

Congrats on the new release!! It sounds great and paranormal is really hot--may Competitors! be a best-seller for you!--D.T.

I enjoyed reading COMPETITORS! Good job!--F. M.

COMPETITORS! was great fun to read.--O.C.

I'm really glad to see you have a new novel out. I looove your books!--M.B.

Thank you for an enjoyable read.--J.C.

I really enjoyed this book. I think this is the best one yet!--D.C.

Thank you for an enjoyable read.--J.Y.

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Here are some real life connections in COMPETITORS! My major in college was anthropology; my area of interest: physical anthropology. This certainly helped with the premise of COMPETITORS! The book’s setting is in the Bronx, New York--my old neighborhood, in fact. And my apartment also was Number 17, same as Vivianne’s brother’s place.

The inspiration for Max’s cat in COMPETITORS! was my beloved Siamese kitty. He always liked to “sun” himself under the lamp on my desk and give advice whenever I got writer’s block.

Below is a passage from COMPETITORS! Scene Setup: Vivianne had just met a stranger, Max, and his “cousin” Nilda. He treats her to lunch and has a favor to ask.

The server returned and placed the charges on the table. Vivianne leaned over to get her bill.

"Nein. No, you must allow me." Holding out his hand for the bill, Max waited for her to obey. His eyebrows descended even further, almost hiding the color of his eyes. "You are my guest. I insist."

Nilda sat back down, transferring her gaze from Max to Vivianne. "Yes, you will quite insult him if you refuse."

Whoa. Vivianne fingered her earring a little nervously. "I thank you, really but I would feel better if I pay--"

"No. This is my, how do you say, my treat." He snatched the paper, then reached into his pocket and removed two hundred dollar bills out of a money clip.

Gosh, he was awfully high-handed, wasn't he? But why fight about it? "Well, thank you, Max. I enjoyed lunch."

Nilda had a one-track mind. She stood. "Now we go."

Vivianne glanced at the two hundreds. The total charge had come to a hundred bucks plus tax. Surely he wanted change?

Max smiled again, but this time, he looked amused. "You are concerned about my finances, ja? Too much of a tip, is that it, Vivianne?"

He tugged on Nilda's arm, pulling her back into her chair. "We wait for change."

Nilda looked as though she was readying to snort fire at Vivianne, but the woman restrained herself.

"Besides," Max leaned over, this time grasping Vivianne's hand and sandwiched it between his two huge ones, "I have a favor to ask of Vivianne."

Now Nilda squirmed in her chair.

Omigosh! Vivianne must've blushed vivid scarlet. His body warmth traveled up her arm and down her chest to settle in the most indecent places! Just what kind of favor was he asking?

"It concerns my cat."

"Your cat," she repeated, taken completely off guard.

"Ja. My cousin is kindly letting me stay with her during my visit, but the problem is my cat, Eins. I am afraid he is not used to sharing space with other animals, and Nilda has a dog."

Nilda made a gurgling noise, then quickly drank from a glass of water on the table.

With her hand still trapped, Vivianne wasn't able to think. She removed it and placed both hands in the safety of her lap. "Eins? Doesn't that mean 'one' in German?"

"True, number one. Eins thinks a lot of himself."

She laughed. She couldn't help it. Who would've imagined this mammoth guy under the paws of a housecat?

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I hope you enjoy this intriguing tale and Vivianne and Max’s unusual story.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Buzz on PAGING MISS GALLOWAY

WINNER of the prestigious Awe-Struck Regency Award and
EPIC eBook Award Finalist for Best Historical Romance
Re-Released!!!

My award-winning Regency romance, PAGING MISS GALLOWAY, is my homage to a popular Regency theme: a lady who disguises herself as a boy or a man. Danielle Galloway has a most noble reason for this masquerade. She fears her beloved brother is dangerously ill, and yet her unfeeling father refuses to allow her to travel to Bath so that she can nurse her brother back to health. What’s a headstrong young lady to do?

The answer is obvious: do the unthinkable! Dress as a servant boy so she can safely travel the countryside with no questions asked. Alas! How good intentions often go astray! I really enjoyed the challenges of making Danielle/Danny act as the Earl of Tremaine’s page!

A determined young miss, a battle-weary lord, and a reckless masquerade.

More Than She Bargained For: Danielle Galloway is determined to visit her convalescing brother. She won’t let her father’s lack of permission stand in her way. Disguising herself as Danny, a servant boy, she takes to the road to begin her grand adventure...only to have her money stolen and her face battered by street ruffians. How will she get to the resort town of Bath now?


More Than He Bargained For: The Earl of Tremaine rescues a down-on-his-luck young lad. Against his better judgment, he takes Danny on as his page as he journeys to Bath. But this boy harbors a shocking secret. What’s the earl going to do when he discovers his latest act of kindness might hurl him into the parson’s mousetrap?


PAGING MISS GALLOWAY was published by Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) and had been with them for many years.

 

Ebook Cover and Print Cover

I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. PAGING MISS GALLOWAY is the second to be re-released. It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!


What will the Earl of Tremaine do when he discovers his page’s shocking secret?


*Limited* copies of the 2009 print book are available at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

This book has garnered an impressive list of awards and reviews including WINNER of the prestigious Awe-Struck Regency Award; EPIC Award Finalist for Best Historical Romance; Readers Top Pick Award at Romance Readers At Heart; and FIVE star reviews at Fallen Angel Reviews, Amazon.com, and Goodreads, in addition to being on the Awe-Struck and Fictionwise.com best seller lists.


For those of you who like to read reviews, here they come!

5 Angels! Regency fans will recognize the storyline. A lady disguised as a boy. A lord attracted to the disguised girl. The high jinx that ensues. Except there are enough twists and turns from the standard story to keep Paging Miss Galloway interesting... Paging Miss Galloway is a delightful Regency read.--Fallen Angel Reviews.

Top Pick Award! Danielle is a character that you can’t help but to be drawn to... Her drama along the way was amusing... Paging Miss Galloway was never boring... This was not a long story, which gave me more incentive to read it fast to see how the ending turned out. I was not disappointed.--Romance Reader at Heart

4.5 Books! “Paging Miss Galloway is a lighthearted novel of regency times... I found this book very entertaining and enjoyable. I could feel an invisible string drawing the characters closer to each other, while each fought to maintain the distance required by their positions in life... the writing was strong and easy to read. I would recommend this book to lovers of Regency, especially those with a sense of humor.--Fallen Angel Reviews

4.25 Stars! Susanne Knight does a wonderful job of weaving a story of two mis-matched lovers who quickly have readers hoping for them to find their way to each other. This is a wonderful romp through Bath that leaves the reader eagerly turning pages to see what Danielle and Edward will do next....this wonderful Regency romance...[leaves] us wanting more.--Night Owl Romance Book Reviews.

4 Stars! You Need to Read! Paging Miss Galloway by Susanne Marie Knight is an irrepressibly fun comedy of hidden agendas and mistaken identities all done in the tradition of the late, great Georgette Heyer... Ms. Knight does an exceptional job of keeping the tension uppermost in her readers‘ minds as she keeps Danny from revealing her true identity to Edward while we watch her feelings for him grow deeper. The multiple subplots embedded within the story are a great literary technique. Rather than detracting from the main theme of love recognizing its match in spite of life’s obstacles, the subplots only add to and bolster the story even more. I found Paging Miss Galloway to be a very entertaining and enjoyable romance, just the right book to read when you want to relax for a few hours, and escape in the past.--You Gotta Read Reviews

4 Shamrocks! ... this was rather cute with a couple of twists that made it quite interesting. This was a light read with what seemed two mismatched leads making for some very humorous moments. It was shored up with the addition of Tremaine’s best friend Xavier Raleigh whose sometimes ribald comments put the blush on Danny’s cheeks, a clue which Tremaine figure out just what seemed off about his page. Bottom line: This was a wonderful romp through Regency England complete with mild sensuality that was fun and leaves the reader thoroughly entertained.--CK2sKwipsandKritques

“Paging Miss Galloway is a cute Regency tale of disguises, deception, and unexpected love... A fun, quick read!”--Joyfully Reviewed

5 Stars! A fun read! I chose this book because the heroine was dressed as a boy, and no one knew it! This was a fun book to read. I would recommend it to anyone who loves regency stories!--Amazon.com

5 STARS! This is super.--Goodreads

Hell of a story!--K.M.

I read PAGING MISS GALLOWAY and loved the story!--G.M.

My copy of PAGING MISS GALLOWAY arrived on Saturday. I immediately started reading it. I love it!!--C.K.

I loved every minute of PAGING MISS GALLOWAY! I had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish reading this delightful book!!--N.W.

The book is as clever as the trailer!--T. M.

Just wanted you to know how I enjoyed PAGING MISS GALLOWAY. I finished PAGING MISS GALLOWAY yesterday. That twist at the end was so unexpected. And I loved Edward!--G.B.

This is just fabulous! You are a very talented writer.--J.R.

For PAGING MISS GALLOWAY: YOU are good!--K.S.

I've got this book on my ereader. Can't wait to read it. It's first on my list.--R.C.

PAGING MISS GALLOWAY has THE magic!!--D.C.

There's no substitute for a truly traditional regency, with a plucky (and sometimes naive) heroine, gender disguises, on-the-road adventures, and a great deal of comedy just from the situations the heroine finds herself in. I very much enjoyed...Paging Miss Galloway. C.G.

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Here is the book trailer:


Music is composed by Franz Schubert, The Fantasie In C major, Op. 15 (Wanderer Fantasy).

This book is part of the prestigious Elegant Regencies line.


 Also, a fan was very kind to send me this picture of her with her paperback copy:


Here’s an excerpt from PAGING MISS GALLOWAY that was inspired from real life, I’m sorry to say! Many years ago I wasn’t much of a wine drinker, just like our heroine, Danielle. And because I wasn’t used to the intoxicating power of wine, I forgot an important rule: never drink on an empty stomach. Two glasses of the stuff at an afternoon gathering proved my undoing: I had to “cast up my accounts” just as Danielle did!

Scene set-up: During a picnic nuncheon with her employer, the Earl of Tremaine and his friend Lord Raleigh, Danielle, in her disguise as Danny the page, drinks her first glass of potent Madeira wine.
The Earl of Tremaine held up his wine goblet. "Let us not concern ourselves with business. Fill my glass, Danny, and keep it filled. The same for Raleigh and you."

Danielle did as she was bid, with Lord Raleigh holding the third glass for her. Sitting as the men sat, with one knee up and the other resting on the ground, was a very liberating sensation. As was the sweet, fortified wine.

Soon her head swam in an agreeable haze. The men engaged in conversation that didn’t interest her, so she allowed her mind to wander. She gazed out at the peaceful countryside. A plentitude of tiny wild daisies dotted gentle slopes of unruly green grass. The horses took their fill of the grass, stopping only to quench their thirst at a nearby babbling stream.

Leaning back to rest her weight on her right hand, she sipped at the wine with her left. She smiled, in harmony with one and all. "This is so lovely."

She turned at Lord Raleigh’s laughter.

"Look at the red cheeks on the lad. Pure scarlet! I believe the dear boy’s a bit bosky." He grinned. "I will wager your head is spinning, Danny."

Her smile widened. "Maybe. Only a bit."

His laugh deepened. "No? Not three sheets in the wind yet? Just wait!"

Before she could blink, Lord Raleigh set her glass aside and grabbed her hands. He pulled her up and out from the elm tree’s shade. Still holding her hands, he ran with her in a tight circle, humming a tune and laughing at the same time.

At first she enjoyed the sensation, then her head really did start spinning. She tried to pull away, but he didn’t release her hands.

The next thing she knew, Lord Tremaine had wrenched her free from Lord Raleigh. But she still spun. Wide-eyed, she stared at the moving images of the earl. Then her stomach revolted. She clapped her hand over her mouth. Good heavens, she was going to do the unthinkable: cast up her accounts right in front of him!
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I hope you enjoy my take on this popular Regency theme, and also Danielle and the Earl of Tremaine’s story!

Happy reading,

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Buzz on SOJOURN THROUGH TIME

Re-Released!!!

Way back when... last century, late eighties... I began writing my first novel. I know it’s hard to believe but at that time the genre of Time-Travel Regencies wasn’t invented yet! I had a yen to see how a modern heroine would handle the society constraints of the early nineteenth century, so I wrote one myself. The result is this blog’s latest topic: SOJOURN THROUGH TIME.

As with many authors’ first novels, this book remained stashed away for quite a while. Friends and family enjoyed this tale, but I knew it wasn’t ready for prime time. Many books later, I dusted it off, re-edited it to bring it “up-to-date” for today’s audiences, and then submitted it to a small publishing house. Very soon, a contract was signed.

SCARRED BY LOVE: As recently divorced Alexandra Stanford waits for her flight to London, she has no idea her actual destination will be in the past. Will she be able to overcome her culture shock and learn to entrust her future to a most persistent duke?

DROPPED ON THE DOORSTEP: When Malcolm, the Duke of Milcaster, finds Alex on his estate, he immediately intends for her to be his new mistress. Alex, however, has other ideas on the subject. Can he overlook her peculiar ways and convince her that they are meant to be as one?


Artist’s concept cover

Alas, the historical line of the company folded, and once again I shopped SOJOURN THROUGH TIME around. Awe-Struck Publishing very happily picked this book up.


I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books. SOJOURN THROUGH TIME is the first to be re-released. It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!


What happens when a nearly betrothed duke discovers an unexpected “package” delivered to his estate?


*Limited* copies of the print book are available at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

SOJOURN THROUGH TIME has become a reader favorite and has earned a “Recommended Read” from Simply Romance Reviews, and multiple FIVE star ratings from Amazon.com, Goodreads, and Euro-Reviews.

For those of you who like to read reviews, here they come!

5 Stars! Clever, fascinating and highly entertaining! Susanne Knight breathes life into endearing characters in unusual situations that give emphasis to the word UNUSUAL. A must read.--Euro-Reviews.

5 Stars! Could not put it down! A perfectly delightful Regency time travel novel, I enjoyed every page without stopping. I like the way Ms Knight does time travel. It serves the story, the story does not serve it. Her plot unrolls in a natural, seamless manner. Loved it!--Amazon.com

Recommended Read! Alex was a joy to read. The Regency era of London is so stuffy. Alex was not, and made no bones about it. She wasn’t a brainless wonder dropped into a situation. She’s a smart, resourceful woman who defines her situation, and moves on. No hysterics. No “who is going to save me?” Sit back and enjoy this “clean” romance. You won’t be sorry.--Simply Romance Reviews.

5 Stars! Loved it! I have enjoyed several of Susanne Marie Knight's time travel books and this one did not disappoint. I eagerly await her next one.--Amazon.com,

4 Stars for SOJOURN THROUGH TIME: A time travel worth the time! Sweet, that is what Alex is! She makes a fine heroine. A very quick, enjoyable read. Would like to read Tony's story. Hope she writes one!--Amazon.com

I loved it! Read it all in one day. Such a delightful story!--N.W.

Looking forward to A Sojourn Through Time--D.B.

Wow! What an exciting read.--P.S.

SOJOURN THROUGH TIME sounds fantastic. Congratulations on the great review. I can't wait until it comes out. Have a relaxing summer.--O.L.

Good writing and the book--Wow!--T.R.

I really like SOJOURN THROUGH TIME--P.A.

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This time-travel Regency also achieved bestseller status on the Fictionwise.com list! And, this book is part of the prestigious Elegant Regencies line.


Real life trivia: I’ve always had an interest in art, and graduated from New York’s School of Music and Art. Alexandra Stanford, who is an art broker, also has a passion for art... and history, as I do. When she visits the British Museum (in 1802 located in Montagu House, home of the first Duke of Montagu), I also get to experience the wonders of the museum. The following scene is with Alex and Malcolm, the Duke of Milcaster, where Alex views the famous Rosetta Stone.

Wrangling male voices broke through Alex’s concentration, disturbing the quiet atmosphere. In the corridor a short distance from her, a group of well-to-do men gestured wildly at each other while French and English words volleyed back and forth as in a championship game of tennis. Always curious, she unobtrusively slipped nearer to find out what the fuss was about. Craning her neck, she spotted the black rock on display. Her mouth couldn’t help dropping.

"Oh my," she gasped. "It’s the--"

"Catching flies, Alex?" Malcolm suddenly appeared by her shoulder.

Two surprises at once! She patted at her heart to keep it from escaping. "Ah, hi, Malcolm, where on earth did you come from?"

"A rather technical question, my dear." As he straightened the lace on her collar, he smiled. "I believe the fourth Duke and Duchess of Milcaster were responsible for my entrance into this world."

Alex flushed. "No, silly!" She turned back toward the stone. "Do you know what this is?"

He rubbed his chin. "An oddly shaped slab of basalt rock?"

What a character! "The Rosetta Stone; the Rosetta Stone! These men say it’s newly arrived at the museum. Did you know it’s inscribed in three scripts--Greek, Demotic, and Egyptian hieroglyphs? Once this is deciphered, it’ll provide a key to understanding hieroglyphs."

"And this is good news to me?"

She made a face at him. "Honestly, Malcolm, this is big, really big. Imagine. I just overheard these men saying the stone was confiscated by the British from the French, after they surrendered in Egypt last year. So that would make the year...um..."

He firmly gripped her upper arm and led her away from the stone. "’01, to be exact. I find it peculiar how the year eludes you. I am, to be sure, elated at this news. However, my aunt and my daughter grow restive peering at moldy paintings, Aunt Olivia’s word, not mine."

Alex quietly enjoyed the touch of his hand around her arm. Delicious daydreams teased her as she wondered what it would feel like if he allowed his hand to wander.

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I hope you enjoy Alex and Malcolm’s story.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Buzz On THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK


NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM!

THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK: get the hands-on approach to the adventure of writing from award-winning author Susanne Marie Knight. A wonderful resource to begin your writing adventure! Updated!

Learn by doing: plotting, characterization, point of view, dialogue, and much more. Stretch your imagination with writing exercises and examples from Susanne’s Romance Writing with a Twist!

THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK is your own personal passport into the joyful world of writing. Also including is the top-rated family-favorite short story romance “Happy Anniversary” to use as a guide as you analyze the topics. Take advantage of Susanne’s unique spin on the creative process.

Remember, writing is not just a job, it’s an adventure!


Print cover of 1999, 2006 edition
A few copies of this print edition are still available at www.susanneknight.com/orders


THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK:
A Hands-On Approach To The Adventure Of Writing

Exclusively at Amazon.com

Keywords: Reference, Writing, Creative Writing, Research, Publishing Guides, Fiction Writing, Genre Fiction, Writing Skills, Publishing and Books, Start Writing Fiction

Praise for Susanne Marie Knight and THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK:
A Hands-On Approach To The Adventure Of Writing

Susanne Marie Knight has been described as a formidable talent, a rare gem, and a talented, versatile author. For unprecedented adventure, turn the pages of THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK to see if you agree.
--Regency Fiction World

A wonderful reference resource for the beginning creative writer. The simple yet effective exercises included in THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK will entice anyone who might suffer from writer’s block.
--Norwood Book Reviews

THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK contains advice for writers at all levels. A must-have reference book. I’ll be referring to this again and again.
S. Girard, poet, author of Expressions... The Journey Continues

THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK is a writer’s best friend!
--C. Wiley, prepublished author

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

Ms. Knight captures romance perfectly from first glance to the finish line so to speak.
--Word On Romance

Ms. Knight [does] a superb job of portraying truly delightful characters. Ms. Knight promises “Romance Writing with a Twist” and she certainly delivers.
--Road To Romance

If you would like to receive two of my dynamite pdf handouts from my appearance at Wal-Mart’s Words Are Your Wheels (Getting Started and Four Writing Exercises To Help You Get Started), email info@susanneknight.com, subject line: THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKBOOK Handouts, for the two pdf files. Thank you!

Happy writing!

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Buzz on THE DUPLICITOUS DIVORCE

THE DUPLICITOUS DIVORCE is case number Three in my popular Minx Tobin Murder Mystery Series. For those of you not familiar with this series, click on the link for my Author Notes on THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO, case number one, and my Author Notes on THE ILL-GOTTEN INSURANCE, case number two. Breaking news! THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO in ebook form is now FREE at many internet sites including Amazon.com. Click on the link for Amazon.

Minx is a fitness instructor newly relocated to Los Angeles, California, who has a knack for solving puzzles--puzzles concerning dead bodies. For fun, romance, and... unexpected corpses, follow her adventures in this murder mystery series!

Things are heating up between our favorite fitness instructor and homicide lieutenant in THE DUPLICITOUS DIVORCE. As the title indicates, there’s something going on with a divorce or marriage. Some of the characters may or may not have been legally separated. Whatever’s going on, Minx finds herself embroiled in another dangerous case.


Artist’s rendering of a possible cover

DIVORCE... L.A. STYLE
Minx Tobin's latest client, Magda Boswell, complains that her new husband wants her dead. But maybe it's the old husband Magda should worry about. Or perhaps the old husband's new wife harbors murderous thoughts. Then again, Magda's longstanding boyfriend isn't too devoted, either. Minx gets mixed up in convoluted marital problems that just might end up in death... for her.

Los Angeles homicide lieutenant Gabe Harris can't believe his good luck. Not only does he win twenty thousand dollars, but more important, he persuades Minx to take a chance on him. But when Minx gets involved in another murder case, he finds the odds for her survival are not in her favor.

Desert Breeze Publishing has published all six (to date) Minx Tobin novels. THE DUPLICITOUS DIVORCE has received great reviews including 5 stars from Goodreads! All books are available both electronically and in print.



Divorce takes a deadly turn when Minx tries her hand at marriage counseling.

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Here is a book trailer for THE DUPLICITOUS DIVORCE:



This book is part of the Intriguing Mysteries line.


Here are some fabulous reviews:

More books from my stash on Kindle. The Ill-gotten Insurance and the Duplicitous Divorce are both cozy mysteries/romances by Desert Breeze author, Susanne Marie Knight. There is a first in this series, but I haven't had the opportunity to read it, yet. Minx Tobin, our heroine and amateur sleuth, is a personal trainer and aerobics instructor moved to CA from the east coast. She's not too interested in getting into another relationship (recent break) until she meets Lieutenant Gabe Harris (police force). And even after three books, they are still dancing around their emotions — but getting closer. I doubt it will take them five seasons as it did for Laura and Remmington Steele... The next in the series, The Virtual Valentine, comes out this month. I like Minx. I like Gabe. I'm routing for them and wondering what sort of trouble Minx will stumble upon next.--Gloria Reviews

Minx is my favorite detective! I need my Minx fix!!!--S. M.

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Real life tidbit: I enjoy going to Las Vegas. What a great place to unwind! Minx, new to Los Angeles, hasn’t taken the drive over to Las Vegas until she receives tickets to a show given to her by one of her clients.


For my first visit, I stayed at the New York New York Hotel. I also tried the roller coaster, just as Minx and her good friend Sadie does. All I can say is--Wow! Below is a scene where you can experience how Minx and I felt!

The trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World took about five hours. Sadie had insisted on driving and Minx gladly took her up on her offer. Once they arrived in Las Vegas, Minx was even more glad. Traffic on that hugely wide and famous Strip was absolutely insane.

By the time they reached their hotel, New York-New York, it was two o’clock. They’d requested early check in, dropped off their suitcases, and were ready to play tourist and see the sights.

First up was the Roller Coaster that circled the familiar skyline of New York. Strapped into the seat with Sadie by her side, Minx coasted up high in the air, dropped back down, then turned and twisted one hundred eighty degrees--to make for the longest few minutes of her life.

After the ride was over, Minx walked on wobbly legs. Good thing she hadn’t eaten lunch. Her stomach would’ve been hard pressed not to eject its contents.

Sadie, on the other hand, took the coaster ride like a pro. “That was fun. Wanna go again?”

“Um, no.”

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I hope you enjoy Minx and Gabe’s adventures. There are lots more surprises in store for them as the series progresses. Case Number Four is THE VIRTUAL VALENTINE.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Buzz on “The Convert”

The inside scoop on the science fiction short story, “The Convert” is that it’s about 4,700 words or 19 pages (according to Amazon.com) The story was selling for $1.99, and has now been reduced to $0.99.

Back in 2002, there was a publisher’s call for short stories to be included in a Christian Science Fiction anthology. I was intrigued with the idea of combining Christian fiction with science fiction. While I’ve written science fiction and also written about faith, I’d never merged the two. I really enjoyed creating this thought-provoking story.

The idea for "The Convert" started with the phrase "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." If this was to be the beginning of my story, I then wondered why the speaker needed God's forgiveness or blessing. To give the tale a science fiction twist, I created an unusual dilemma for the main character, Father Wren. The question "The Convert" asks is: who is the real convert in this story?

Although a short story, this little science fiction gem has a long history and has garnered lots of awards. It first appeared in a digital anthology, LEAPS OF FAITH, where it was a Dream Realm Award Finalist in the Anthology category.



Then “The Convert”, was also included in a print version of LEAPS OF FAITH, published by TheWritersCafe.com, and was a finalist in the prestigious EPIC Awards (now EPIC eBook Award) for Best Anthology.


LEAPS OF FAITH also was voted a Top Ten Finisher in the prestigious Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.



Here is a book trailer for LEAPS OF FAITH, which includes “The Convert”:


What ties all these Christian science fiction stories together in LEAPS OF FAITH including “The Convert” is the theme of faith depicting challenging times or ethical dilemmas.

Once the contract expired, I offered “The Convert” by itself on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and other internet sites.


When one of his congregation wants to marry an alien who is more flora than fauna, what's a priest to do??


This book is part of the Fascinating Sci-Fi line.


“The Convert” also was voted one of the top seven stories of LEAPS OF FAITH. Here are some wonderful reviews:

The Convert takes an entirely different angle and addresses a person's faith versus human prejudice and the role it might play if there is every close contact with races who differ from us in very obvious ways. Susanne Marie Knight [short story] is an interesting tale about an indigenous alien who wishes to marry a human colonist to his planet. In this tale a priest must decide if he has the right under God to marry this alien to a human. He goes through a lot of psychological struggle, but when he hears the story from the alien, he begins to look at the situation with his heart. Also included in this story is how abusive we can be, simply because we don't understand, or do not seem to have the capacity to understand things that do not fit into our little spectrum of understanding. A wonderful story that is beautifully told.--Christian Science Review.

FIVE STARS! Quantum physicists, amazed by the symmetry of the universe, have said that the more they delve into the quantum mechanics, the more convinced they become of an existence of a higher power. Karina and Robert Fabian merge science and faith in an anthology of fifteen Christian science fiction stories that ignites our imaginations... In Susanne Marie Knight's 'The Convert,' Father Wren has an equally awesome decision to make. He's the only priest on the Ophiuchi 4 colony and must decide the marital fate of Chloe and Ping. She's a deaf human; he's a telepathic tree.--Scribes World Reviews

Highly Recommended! ... the stories engrossed me from the beginning. Though SF/religious in nature (as stated by the publisher), each story managed to be more than that. They cover the gamut of human experience--doubt, faith, adventure, and conflict. I found the juxtaposition of futuristic story elements and inspirational elements compelling. Each aspect blends seamlessly into a unique collection of stories. Regardless of your faith or reading preferences, don't miss this collection of stories from FrancisIsidore Electronic Press, including such authors as Leslie Brown, Peter Bell, Michael S. Poteet, Susanne Marie Knight, Greg Beatty, and many others. It poses intelligent questions and offers honest answers. This is a book designed to make you think, and it achieves its goal.--Dog-eared Webzine

Leaps of Faith contains fourteen stories by twelve authors. The stories delve into different aspects of space exploration, time travel, hard science, evangelism in space, robot rights, and contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms. Though much of the work deals with Christian (and often Catholic) concepts, belief and general faith also drive many of the stories. Some of the stories are pure adventure. Others are deep, philosophical works that struggle with science and belief. And, still others are humorous looks at our human selves. "The Convert" by Susanne Marie Knight and examines how far Christianity can be extended to alien species.--Myshelf.

Leaps of Faith will undoubtedly go down as one of the best collections of Christian science fiction in this new century. Katrina and Robert Fabian have pooled together some incredible talent... This book will certain entertain and challenge the reader. If you enjoy short stories, this is for you.--Yellow30 Sci Fi

The book was a real delight to read, and the authors wrote their stories well. It was easy to become immersed in each tale as they followed one common theme. I give LEAPS OF FAITH two thumbs up!--Midwest Book Review

This is a collection of stories from authors who explore many different aspects of science and faith, and what that all means when science makes another discovery, or when we reach out to alien races... I found the collection over-all thought provoking and a good read. --Author's Choice Book Reviews

I highly recommend this book. It not only entertains, it makes you think.--MyShelf.com

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My snippet from real life: I was born under the sign of Pisces, and am a self-confessed incurable romantic. So, to me, love can conquer all. I couldn’t resist writing a story of two people from dissimilar circumstances who overcome their differences. In “The Convert” one of the strangest pairings I created was with a human, Chloe, and a being who was more flora than fauna, Ping. They bridged the gap separating them with beautiful music. And who doesn’t love beautiful music?

Ping’s voice reflected ecstasy. He then started singing.

Breathtaking rapture inundated Father Wren’s senses, almost overloading them. This melodious song was fairly bursting with supreme love and beauty. 

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Love is an extremely powerful emotion--physically, mentally, and spiritually. I hope you enjoy this unusual science fiction story with Father Wren, Chloe, and Ping.

Happy reading,

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