Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Buzz on A KARMIC CONNECTION

Second Chance At Love: that’s a topic that resonates with most romantic folks. If only you could have another chance to woo and win the man or lady of your dreams. Another chance, literally, is what happens for Elizabeth and Paul in my romantic paranormal novel, A KARMIC CONNECTION. Twenty long years have passed since they first dated as students. They don’t even consciously remember each other. One is divorced with a daughter. The other concentrated on his medical career.

Oh, I had fun with this book! Elizabeth and Paul are about as different in temperment as two people can be. And I combined Déjà Vu--meeting as strangers but knowing each other in the past with Déjà Woo-Woo--all sorts of metaphysical things that go bump in the night!


I’d heard so much about Sedona, Arizona, and wow, did I ever enjoy doing the research for this unusual locale! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.



DÉjÀ Vu--Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Williams had two suitors. She chose Allen over Paul. Now she is divorced and starting over with a new location and a new career. But instead of a new love knocking at her door, an old love seems destined to overwhelm her. Elizabeth’s path crosses with Paul’s, and once again she must make a decision that will change her life.

DÉjÀ WOO-WOO--Doctor Paul Jones, with his feet firmly planted on terra firma, has no patience for metaphysical matters. When a medical conference brings him to the New Age capital of the world, he keeps his distance from anything “woo-woo.” But when he’s attracted to a woman who insists they’d met before... Paul realizes he needs help--metaphysical help--to show him the way to win his Lovely Lizzie’s heart.


Artist’s rendering of a possible cover


Elizabeth and Paul went their separate ways twenty years ago. When their paths cross again, will they heed the psychic signs that they are meant to be together?


A KARMIC CONNECTION is available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com, in addition to other internet locations. It’s received great reviews including 5 Stars on Amazon!

Sample reviews:

Wow! I just love this book. Great second-chance-at-love story!!--S.K.

Second chance at romance with a paranormal twist. A great read!--M.T.

One of my all time favs!--P.L.

FIVE STARS for A KARMIC CONNECTION: A great read! Susanne Marie Knight creates relatable characters. You want to root for them all. May she continue to write and entertain us!--C.K. Amazon.com.

Here is a book trailer for A KARMIC CONNECTION:

This book is part of the Uncanny Paranormals line.


Here’s a real life tidbit. As does Elizabeth, I also went on a first date with a medical student way back when in Manhattan. The movie was not a good choice for a first date... or any date, to be truthful. But we were young, and we trusted the opinions of critics. To this day I still have NO desire to see that movie again. I wonder if you can guess the name of that movie?

Scene Setup: Elizabeth has another one of her psychic episodes. She opens her eyes and finds herself back in the past, on her first and only date with Paul.

A sudden rush of air tickled Elizabeth through her chef’s jacket, and then traveled up to her bare neck. She lifted her hand to steady her white hat.

Her chef’s hat was gone... and so were the conference attendees.

Instead of being in Sedona, she was in Manhattan, outside a glitzy movie theater. It was a winter evening, although no snow littered the sidewalks. Wearing a mid-calf length black coat trimmed with faux leopard fur, lace-up heeled boots, and a Russian style furry hat, young Elizabeth looked the epitome of fashion.

Her older self sighed. Why had that young girl vanished so completely?

Paul stood by her side. Beardless, young, and dressed in a bulky ski jacket. Admiration for her shone in his expressive green eyes.

He took her arm and walked away from the theater. “Truthfully, despite the blatant advertising, that movie wasn’t my idea of entertainment. What do you think, Lizzie?”

She blushed, and Elizabeth remembered why. This movie, about a criminally psychotic teenager, contained enough violence to turn her stomach. Not to mention the graphic nude scenes.

Certainly not the type of movie a couple should see on their first date. Or any date.

She wrung her gloved hands together. “I agree. It really disturbed me.”

I hope you enjoy Elizabeth and Paul’s karmic story.

Happy reading,

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


Monday, May 15, 2017

New Release: Contemporary Romance: THE TWO OF CUPS IS FOR LOVERS


TOUCHDOWN! A new release!

I’m delighted to announce the release of my new contemporary romance with a paranormal twist: The Two Of Cups Is For Lovers. This Tarot cards inspired romance is available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

Blurb:
Polar opposites--Drew Gavin, high-profile star quarterback, and Isabeau Delaney, low-key Tarot advisor, go head to head when the Tarot card of lovers and soul mates keeps reappearing in their readings.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN
Fame. Money. Booze. Women. It’s just another ho-hum day in the life of retired NFL star quarterback, Drew “The Cowboy” Gavin. But Drew’s one love is his young child, Elena. For months she’s refused to talk, and he’s in desperate need of help. He’s exhausted every avenue in conventional medicine; now he’s considering something different. Something unconventional, alternative. His manager sets him up with... what? A Tarot advisor? Not gonna happen! Can Drew put aside his prejudice against metaphysical matters and give his earth angel, Madame Laney, a chance?

NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
Isabeau Delaney, a.k.a. Madame Laney, has big expenses and responsibilities. A beautiful house, a beloved grandmother in a nursing home, and a slew of Tarot clients that depend of her to help them navigate the shoals of life. She has no time for a chauvinistic skeptic who turns his nose up at her life’s work. Drew Gavin just isn’t in the cards... Tarot or otherwise. Not going to happen! But if that’s the case, why does the persistent Two of Cups--the card for lovers and soul mates--keep reappearing in the readings she conducts for Drew?

Reviews:
5 Stars! THE TWO OF CUPS IS FOR LOVERS written by talented author Susanne Marie Knight is a fun contemporary romance with touches of the paranormal. This story is a delightful change from many of the paranormal romances out there. The heroine is a dedicated tarot reader; the hero is a macho football quarterback. Their interactions are explosive! I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys romance that’s not quite in the common way!--Twists On Romance Reviews

Perfect, perfect, perfect! I love how the Tarot cards are mixed into the story. Lovely!--M.G.

THE TWO OF CUPS IS FOR LOVERS is available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

Contemporary novels by Susanne include:

The Two Of Cups Is For Lovers
Love At The Top
One Wife Too Many
Grave Future (Paranormal)
Tainted Tea For Two (Mystery)
Past Indiscretions (Paranormal)
The Coming (Paranormal)
Competitors! (Paranormal)
The Wakefield Disturbance (Paranormal)
The Minx Tobin Mystery Series (Six Books)
Uncovering Camelot (Paranormal)
A Karmic Connection (Paranormal)

Hope you enjoy! Thanks!

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Re-Buzz on LORD DARVER’S MATCH

The premise for LORD DARVER’S MATCH, my popular Regency time travel romance, began one dark morning with me snuggling next to my husband. My eyes were closed and his arm held me against him. Suddenly, an idea for a new Regency popped into my head. What if a married woman realized that the arm curved around her wasn’t her husband’s? How would she react? Would she scream? Yell for help? Start pummeling the man? And then, here’s the kicker: what if somehow, she’d been transported back into the past... now vulnerable and alone and at the mercy of this stranger?

This idea developed into Hillary Logan’s plight... transporting her back to England in the early nineteenth century and the Marquess of Darver’s bed!

AN INNOCENT WISH--Little did modern day Hillary Logan realize when she made her innocent wish for a happy marriage, that she’d be waking up in bed next to a handsome nobleman--in 1815. Struggling to adjust to Regency England, she teaches the dashing marquess a thing or two about love and “a woman’s place.”

A PLEASANT DIVERSION--Seeking a diversion from the ongoing horrors of the Napoleonic Wares, Simon Altmont, looks forward to a liaison with the attractive woman in his bed. She would make a perfect new mistress! He soon learns just how different his mysterious Mrs. Logan really is. Has the Marquess of Darver finally met his match?


LORD DARVER’S MATCH was great fun to write. And to read! LIONHEARTED PUBLISHING offered me a contract and made this novel one of the first in their new publishing line.


What if a woman woke up next to a man who was not her husband?

Print book available (2001 edition) at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

FYI: The price for this 2001 edition of LORD DARVER’S MATCH
on Amazon.com ranges from $197.59 to $464.42.
WHAT?!!!
So, if you’re interested in a super bargain,
classic Regency Time-Travel for only $7.99 plus $4.00 S/H!
(Limited quantities)

A flurry of 5 star reviews soon followed including from Affaire de Coeur Magazine, Amazon.com, Goodreads, and Sime-Gen Reviews, along with a Love Romances Golden Rose Nominee for Best Regency and the winner of the Heart-To-Heart Award!


LORD DARVER’S MATCH became a reader favorite, won the Reader’s Choice Award, and achieved Best-Seller status! When the contract expired, I arranged my book to be available at Amazon.com along with other internet sites.


What happens when a modern woman’s wish for a happy marriage lands her back in time, in bed with a handsome nobleman?


This book is part of the Elegant Regencies line.

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

5 STARS! A charming read filled with spirited characters and unusual situations. A delightful journey in time. Fast, fun, unpredictable and compelling. An unusually spirited heroine for a Regency romance.--Affaire de Coeur Magazine

5 STARS! Charming and such fun, LORD DARVER’S MATCH is a time-travel Regency filled with spirited and sprightly dialogue. Susanne Marie Knight offers believability coupled with unpredictability to make for a fast paced read. Her characters are diverse. Her situations are humor filled and unusual. All which make for one heck of a satisfying read.--Sime-Gen Reviews

5 STARS! Great Story! Another great story written by Susanne Marie Knight. She does it again with a wonderful time travel story. Love the characters and the whole plot, I think she did a great job and wished that it was longer. Another time travel book of hers that I recommend is "Timeless Deception."--Amazon.com.

5 STARS! I always love Susanne Marie Knight books and would recommend them above other. Please note I don't get paid by anyone to give this review nor related to any book writer... I am not gonna tell you the story line but definitely worth your time and money. Other books that I would recommend by this author: Regency Society Revisited, Sojourn Through Time, and Timeless Deception (my all time favourite.--Amazon.com (Please note: Also in the Regency time-travel vein is: Have Christmas Card... Will Travel, The Questing Box, and short story, “Lady Elizabeth’s Excellent Adventure)

5 STARS! This book is worth your time. Its a good story and one you will laugh with. I'm not one for a long review, I will just say if I think it's worth your time and that I enjoyed it or not. This book is a good escape, enjoy.--Amazon.com

5 STARS! I LOVED Lord Darver's Match. This book is utterly fantastic. Simon is instantly charming and the story is smooth, compelling, and skillfully written. It's a great introduction to the Regency era, too. I've recommended Lord Darver's Match to my friends.--Norwood Reviews

4 1/2 STARS. Susanne Marie Knight’s Regency is one of the best time travel novels I’ve read in years. Hillary’s final understanding and acceptance of what has happened to her is well written and very believable. This is often a stilted area of a time travel novel but Ms. Knight handles her characters and their reactions with the skill of an experienced writer. She also knows how to hold your interest and keep a story going. I read LORD DARVER’S MATCH in one evening and I’m definitely looking forward to more novels by Susanne Knight.--Scribes World Reviews

The plot is not necessarily a new one but Ms. Knight writes it extremely well. Ms. Knight has a penchant for creating realistic characters, even if Hillary is from the second millennium and Simon is from the middle of the first, they both fit will together. LORD DARVER’S MATCH is to be read with thirst as it speeds crazily from the beginning to the end, with dialogue reminiscent of William Powell and Myrna Loy in the Thin Man movies. This is a book to buy, to keep forever, and to take out once a year, blow the dust off and devour it all over again.--Word On Romance

Susanne Marie Knight as a writer is well seasoned and well spiced. A tale well told, LORD DARVER’S MATCH makes for a splendid read. The heroine is a thoroughly modern woman who has opinionated ideas about love, romance, and “a woman’s place.” The hero is charming, chivalrous, and a devil-may-care Regency rogue. When it comes to time and place, readers will be drawn in and hate to leave. An unpredictable, compelling plot makes for a fun and fast-paced read. Ms. Knight offers believability and reality, fantasy, and humor. What more can a reader ask?--Romance At Its Best

For those of us who like a dash of fantasy in our Regency (or other) romance novels, I can heartily recommend LORD DARVER’S MATCH. If not experienced with the Regency genre, then this is a great starting point. Of course, all will come right in the end, and there is a lot of plot not gone into here, but Susanne Marie Knight has created a delightful story that could and should appeal to any reader. She carefully and thoroughly marks the line between the twenty-first century heroine, and the nineteenth century hero. They each have their very own voice and vocabulary, very different from each other, yet the language of love wins over the marquis who thought he didn’t want to marry, and the sensible woman who changes his mind for him. Lord Darver has, indeed, met his match!--Word On Romance (2)

A fast-paced novel filled with sparkling dialogue and memorable characters.--Joan Overfield, award-winning author

Knight brings the Regency Era to sparkling life in DARVER. Regency and time-travel readers are in for a real treat!--Vicki Hinze, best-selling author

Recommended reading! LORD DARVER'S MATCH, A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE, and LOVE AT THE TOP. I thoroughly enjoyed these books.--M.T.

LORD DARVER'S MATCH is a masterpiece! I love it, I love it!!--E.R.

LORD DARVER'S MATCH is my absolute fave. Will you be writing anymore Regencies?--K.L. (Please note: Available are: THE MAGIC TOKEN, TIMELESS DECEPTION, THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD, THE CONTRARY CONTESSA, A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED, HAVE CHRISTMAS CARD... WILL TRAVEL, SOJOURN THROUGH TIME PAGING MISS GALLOWAY, A NOBLE DILEMMA, THE QUESTING BOX and short stories “Lady Elizabeth’s Excellent Adventure” and “A Very Special Christmas Present.”)

The seniors in the state-run nursing home where I volunteer already fight over who I have to read Lord Darver's Match to next, so maybe I'll get lucky and win this one and they can fight to have me read both books. LOL.--D.H.

I recommend LORD DARVER'S MATCH!--C.M.

4 Stars. This book is worth your time. Its a good story and one you will laugh with. This book is a good escape, enjoy.--The Main Book Lover

I LOVED Lord Darver's Match & Grave Future was a close second..just need to read more! :)--S.S.

I got hooked on the first page with Hillary waking up with an unknown man! My wife and I got a kick out of that one!--A.C.

I LOVED LORD DARVER'S MATCH!--S.S

I think this book is utterly fantastic. I loved this book and recommend everyone go out and get this book!--K.L.

I *LOVED* LORD DARVER'S MATCH!--J.S

Loved the book!--C.M

I really loved LORD DARVER'S MATCH. Simon is instantly charming and the story is smooth and compelling.--J.E.

Light and fun! An enjoyable read.--A.G.

Engaging and skillfully written. A captivating romantic story.--M.H.

I enjoyed LORD DARVER'S MATCH!--S.S.

A delightful tale.--B.D.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!--C.M.

I thoroughly enjoyed LORD DARVER'S MATCH!--M.C.

Couldn't stop reading. I absolutely love LORD DARVER!--N.W.

I've recommended LORD DARVER'S MATCH to all my friends!--K.P.

I’ve been looking for this book for some time. A great read!--R.F.

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As I’ve written previously, I enjoy using bits and pieces from real life to add realism and inspiration to my novels. So in addition to the genesis of the book as an experience from my life, I also had an “incident” with a rowboat. Happily for me, my rowboat didn’t overturn as Hillary and Simon’s did. The following passage describes what almost happened to me!

Feeling Simon’s hands on hers, Hillary jerked away and started rowing. Her spencer jacket ripped under the arms. Great. How had such a lovely day turned into such a disaster?

“Hillary, I apologize. Here, let me have the oars.”

Well, she could be stubborn, too. Concentrating on her strokes, she avoided looking at him.

“M’dear, the boat is going in circles. Let me....” He leaned over to her.

“No! You’ve done enough.”

To evade him, she thrust her weight to the side. Wrong move. The boat lurched. She just had time to cry, “Simon!”

The rowboat overturned, and dumped her and Simon into the cold waters of the Serpentine.

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Under a magic moon, two hearts can become as one, as Lord Darver finds out as he meets his match!

I hope you enjoy Hillary and Simon’s story.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Re-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!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Buzz on A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE

Golden Wings Award WINNER--Best Overall Historical Romance Read

My award-winning Regency romance, A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE, holds a very special place in my heart. When you view the cover, you’ll understand why! But before I get into that, let’s look at the genesis of the story. I wanted to try my hand at writing a Regency with an American heroine as a contemporary with her Regency peers. The idea of feisty American pitted against a proper Englishman intrigued me. No time-travel is involved here. Since this Regency is set in 1814, the War of 1812 is raging behind the scenes. This seemed a perfect background for the heroine, Nicolette Turner, and hero, Victor Kincaid (Lord Cushing), to be at odds with each other for their external conflict.

Nicolette is summoned to travel across the Atlantic by her English grandfather, Lord Eldridge--a man who disinherited her beloved father. This novel takes place in Long Melford, Suffolk, and London, with a honeymoon trip to Southwold. I also wanted to have some of the characters from another one of my Regencies, The Reluctant Landlord, make a brief appearance. So in addition to creating Nicolette and Victor’s story, I had to decide where to introduce Katrina Jones and Quentin Thornhill, revisiting their personalities, along with a few of the other characters.

An American Rose: American Nicolette Turner has a bone to pick with the British. Not only is her country’s maritime rights being violated, but her English grandfather, Lord Eldredge, demands that she travel across the Atlantic to visit him. What she doesn’t know is that he intends for her to marry, thereby staying in England and having lots of babies.

The most eligible suitor is neighbor Victor Kincaid. Victor has severe money problems. Lord Eldredge offers to take care of the debts... if Victor marries Nicolette. At first Victor believes she’s a fortune-hunter, but soon becomes captivated by her. Can he convince her he wants more than a marriage of convenience?


Artist’s concept cover

A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE is published by Wings Press and has been from the beginning. Here is the book trailer:



Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Two Together.


Lord Cushing proposes and Nicolette accepts… only because her grandfather’s money sweetens the deal. Where does love fit into this financial transaction?

Electronically at Amazon.com and Wings Press, and also in print at Amazon.com and Createspace

This book has been on the publisher’s best-seller list and is a Golden Wings Award WINNER for Best Overall Historical Romance 2007. It has also been on the Fictionwise.com’s best-seller list and earned 5 Stars on Amazon.com and Joyfully Reviewed.

This book is part of the prestigious Elegant Regencies line.


Also, a fan’s husband very kindly sent me a unique gift. His wife loves A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE so he created this “First Day Of Issue” envelope to commemorate the book. There’s a bit of time-travel going on here, either that or precognition. In 1993, I hadn’t written this book yet; it was published in 2007!


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

Golden Wings Award WINNER--Best Overall Historical Romance Read

5 Stars! A story of misunderstandings and growing up is the easiest way to describe A Continental Marriage. It seems that Nicolette and Victor are never going to be able to be completely together due to one misunderstanding after an other, but the author does a very good job in showing how these misunderstandings are brought to light and reconciled. I think Ms. Knight has written a wonderful addition to the historical romance genre. She took the time to research how long correspondence would have taken as well as how expensive it might be etc… I was drawn into the story early on and I enjoyed the entire story. A Continental Marriage is a great addition to any historical romance fan’s library.--Joyfully Reviewed

5 Stars!--Amazon.com

4 Roses! Susanne Marie Knight just proved how talented of a writer she is with her new release, A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE. I thoroughly enjoyed this sweetly written Regency about a marriage of convenience. It is definitely going to please the historical romance reader! I just loved Knight's writing style and voice. Just by words alone, she was able to transport me back in time to Regency England. I didn't feel like a spectator when reading her book; instead, I felt like I was part of the story! I love when an author can affect me like that. I have to admit that I like a well-written story about marriages where both the participants slowly fall in love with one another. Nicolette and Victor are both very likable and you can't help but feel sorry for their unfortunate circumstances. Even the eccentric secondary characters are likable and add additional flavor to this charming romance. I thoroughly enjoyed Susanne Marie Knight's historical romance, A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE. It's a well-written story that this historical reader wouldn't hesitate to read again.--Romance Reader at Heart

4 Books! When Nicolette Turner is forced to travel across the sea into "enemy" territory, to England and the estranged grandfather she blames for her family's hardships, she has no idea what awaits her. Her cantankerous grandfather is the least of her problems. English snobbery...gossiping tongues... and worst, the handsome baron who lives next to her grandfather’s estate, who seems to think Nicolette is a money-grubbing, uncultured savage from the backwoods of America. From almost the first page of A Continental Marriage, I felt a connection with Nicolette. Though pretty and spirited, as any romance heroine should be, she did not come across as a cliche. I loved the way she thumbed her nose at a wealthy society who looked down on her merely because she was not English. But I also liked the way the author gave her a soft and vulnerable side. It gave her a well rounded believability which is all important for me, as a reader. I really felt I was there, living out this adventure, and I really enjoyed falling in love with the handsome Victor Kincaid. There were a few mild curses, but much less than you’d probably see in an hour of regular TV. And best of all, the focus was on the romance that developed between the two main characters, without the panting and groaning that make some romances feel more like a really bad prank call. The romantic tension was there without all that stuff, and a better story for it. A delightful read.--Long and Short Reviews

Susanne Marie Knight's romances have an imagination that sets them apart.--D.L.

Recommended reading! A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE, LOVE AT THE TOP, and LORD DARVER'S MATCH. I thoroughly enjoyed these books.--M.T.

I enjoyed A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE so much, I'm giving this book to my friend!--H.B.

Beautiful cover! Perfect for Regencies.--E.A.

This is a wonderful story! I truly enjoyed A CONTINENTAL MARRIAGE.--L.B.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story!--M.C.

I loved this one! Glad to see the characters for THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD. It's always nice to visit with characters we loved from past books.--L.H.

Oh, I fell in love with Victor and Nicolette! Thank you for a great read.--S.C.

I've been waiting for this book. Love the cover!--B.K.

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Now for the big reveal... and a tidbit from real life! Nicolette is referred to as an American rose. In one of my daughter’s high school graduation pictures, she’s in a country setting and is holding a red rose. I couldn’t resist; I submitted the photo to the Wings cover artist. She agreed with me that this picture would make a perfect cover for A Continental Marriage. As you see the result, it’s a beautiful fit!

Scene set-up: The following shows the first instance where Nicolette--or Lady Nicolette as she is now known--is referred to as an American rose. The scene is in Victor Kincaid’s (Lord Cushing’s) point of view. He meets her for the first time and disapproves of her. The Duke of Devonshire (actual person) and the Earl of Eldridge (Nicholette’s grandfather) also are included.

Nicolette now sat next to the Duke of Devonshire, looking as attentive as any of the debutantes hungrily eying the bachelor duke. Perhaps her previous consternation had been all a ruse. Was she angling to become a duchess?

Victor joined in their conversation.

“Oh, hallo, Cushing.” The duke scratched at his auburn hair. “I was just telling Lady Nicolette that I regret I must take my leave tomorrow and return to London. Lord Liverpool has requested my presence.”

“Blasted politics,” Lord Eldridge chimed in. “Congress of Vienna just opened, you know. Castlereagh’s there to represent British interest against those Frenchies.”

Victor winced. Did Lord Eldredge forget his granddaughter was half French? “Lord Castlereagh’s our foreign secretary, Lady Nicolette,” he explained. “Now that Bonaparte has been banished to the island of Elba--”

“I’m knowledgeable on current affairs, Lord Cushing.” She sent him a freezing glare. “And Lord Liverpool is your prime minister. I do try to read the newspaper every day. After all, your country is still at war with mine, isn’t it?”

The Duke of Devonshire clapped his hands together. “Touché, Cushing, touché! Our American rose has got you dead to rights.” He inclined his head. “I do hope, my dear, with all my heart that we can also be done with this war as we are now through with Emperor Bonaparte.”

She extended her small hand. “I hope as you do, your grace, and I also hope you have a pleasant journey tomorrow.”

After the duke shook her hand, she stood and raised her voice to carry through the room. “Good night, everyone. It was very nice to meet you all.” As she glanced down at Victor, her expression hardened. Obviously she had not enjoyed meeting him.

Victor sat back and watched the enticing sway of her figure as she walked out of the drawing room. This American rose might be a beauty, but she also showed she carried a few thorns.

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I hope you enjoy Nicolette and Victor’s story!

Happy reading,

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Re-Buzz on THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO

Breaking news! THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO in ebook form is now FREE at many internet sites including Amazon.com. Click on the link for Amazon.

Back to the Buzz: Writing a series had been on my to-do list for a while. But what kind of series and what would it feature? After some thought, I decided to do a murder mystery series with romance mixed in, along with the character solving a murder. Voilà! The Minx Tobin Murder Mystery Series was born with THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO as the first case.

Who is Minx Tobin, you ask? 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!

For the Minx Tobin series, I like to plot a story on the basis of the title. I also enjoy the challenge of creating a meaningful title with the two words starting with the same letter. Strange but true! Beginning this series is The Bloodstained Bistro. Naturally, the bistro location figured prominently in the book.


Artist’s rendering of a possible cover

TO LIVE... AND DIE IN L.A.
Newly relocated Minx Tobin likes to help her friends. She also has a knack for solving puzzles. A huge puzzle in the form of a dead body soon gets dropped into her lap. Did waitress Brandi Evans murder her ex-boyfriend? Minx doesn't think so, but can she crack the Case of the Bloodstained Bistro?

Overworked homicide lieutenant Gabe Harris has his fill of women... and dead bodies. The women he can handle. The dead bodies -- unfortunately they keep piling up. But on this particular case he meets a young woman that not only impedes his investigation, but she also has no interest in him. A healthy ego like his can't handle that. He'll have to keep an eye on Ms. Minx Tobin.

Here’s a picture of me conferring with the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes on Minx Tobin’s latest case!


Desert Breeze Publishing has published all six (to date) Minx Tobin novels which have received great reviews including 5 stars from Single Titles Reviews, 5 and 4 stars from Goodreads, and 4 stars from Amazon. The books are available both electronically and in print.




Eating at Valentin's Bistro can be hazardous to amateur detective Minx Tobin's health, so why does she continue to dine at this restaurant?

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Here is a popular book trailer for THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO:


This book is part of the Intriguing Mysteries line.


Here are some fabulous reviews:

4 Stars! Minx stirs the pot in a romantic suspense that will have you turning the page. Knight's story is a delightful feast for the suspense lover's soul. The writing is crisp, and the cast of characters are entertaining. [She] has created a vibrant and dynamic cast of characters. Each character has a distinctive voice... The novel is sweet for romance readers with Gabe and Minx sharing a tender touch. THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO takes the reader along for the ride with Minx in the driver's seat.--Sally Pink Reviews.

4 Stars! Knight's story is a delightful feast for the suspense's lovers soul. The writing is crisp, and the cast of characters are entertaining. The novel is sweet for romance readers with Gabe and Minx sharing a tender touch. "The Bloodstained Bistro" takes the reader along for the ride with Minx in the driver's seat.--EZine Articles.

Minx Tobin is caught in the middle of a murder when a customer of the Elite Exercise Emporium is arrested. She is sure the young woman didn't do it and begins to ask questions. However, her sleuthing brings her to the attention of Lieutenant Gabe Harris and there is something about him that annoys Minx. And Gabe deliberately bugs her by using her first name, something she considers bad manners. This is the first in the Minx Tobin series by talented author Susanne Marie Knight and you'll be waiting for the next one, just to see what happens next. The hint of romance blended in, promise sparks will fly. I'm pleased to recommend The Bloodstained Bistro to any mystery fan. The interesting settings and characters will keep you reading. Enjoy. I did.--Mysteryfiction.net.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed THE BLOODSTAINED BISTRO--it's fantastic! And I'm so excited to read the next book in the series. All the characters are wonderful!--N.W.

4 Stars! This book is one that is a good way to spend a few hours on a cold winter day. Not a cliffhanger.--Amazon.com Reviews

Minx and Gabe are a match made in heaven. I love mysteries. Combined with romance, they are irresistible. Luck in all you do.--P.A.

Your mystery series is great!--C.K.

Susanne's new book is 'GREAT'!! VERY interesting! Congratulations to Susanne!--M.T.

I have been wanting to read this book, Susanne. I can't wait!--T.D.

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Now for the slices of real life. Inspiration for Minx came from my own fitness background; I worked for an exercise program shown on public television--behind the scenes. This experience also came in handy when I wrote my English murder mystery TAINTED TEA FOR TWO. I always admired personal fitness trainers who made exercise look so easy!

And speaking of personal, Minx Tobin’s stomach tends to talk when she’s hungry. I confess; mine does too! This can be embarrassing, but does serve a purpose when advancing the story line. Here’s an example. Minx is getting ready to leave L.A.P.D Headquarters when Homicide Lieutenant Gabe Harris walks over to her car in the parking lot.

Harris nodded. "What are you doing at headquarters?"

"Leaving." Minx’s actions weren't any of his business, thank goodness.

He folded his arms across his chest, and for some reason, she reconsidered her answer. Maybe he subtly intimidated her. "I thought I'd visit Brandi Evans to cheer her up, but she's at the medical clinic."

There. Minx fulfilled her duty as obedient citizen, didn't she? As she extended her arm with the key toward the car lock, her stomach growled. Loudly. Loud enough to be heard. She felt herself flush.

"Hungry?" he asked with a touch of humor lightening his voice.

Why bother answering the obvious? She turned the key in the lock. Her stomach spoke again.

From out of the blue, Harris said, "I'll take you to dinner."

She bristled. "Will you?" The nerve of the man! He just assumed she would acquiesce, that she'd be grateful. He didn't ask her, he told her. Well, he had another thing coming.

"I'm not that hungry, Lieutenant." Unfortunately, her traitorous tummy denied her words. She finished unlocking the car door, looking for a swift escape.

He leaned closer, and she could smell his masculine scent. Her heart beat faster. Why? Anticipation?

"Look, Ms. Tobin, I'm off duty. I need dinner and so do you. Why don't we eat together?"

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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 Two is THE ILL-GOTTEN INSURANCE.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Buzz on AN ALIEN PARADISE

NEW PRICE!! $3.99.

My newest science fiction romance, AN ALIEN PARADISE, has a unique history in that this book is the only one of my novels that first started out with another title. XANADU FOR ALIENS was my first pick.

Here is a blurb from one of my press releases:

What if UFO reports are true? What if extraterrestrials are not only here, but they’ve been visiting Earth for countless millennia? XANADU FOR ALIENS, my newest science fiction romance novel, explores the possibility of alien sightseers to our planet. But there's no need to be concerned; these tourists are harmless.

Or are they?



What if there was a travel agency that catered to extraterrestrial lifeforms?



XANADU FOR ALIENS is still available at Smashwords.com.

The cover (above) even won an internet award. So you’re probably wondering why I changed the title to AN ALIEN PARADISE. Simple. Reader input. When I first conceived of the idea for this novel, I wanted the title to begin with the letter X. Why was this? Because I have book titles for all the letters in the alphabet except X. And Xanadu fit my purpose for the story. Historically, Xanadu was the summer capital of Chinese conqueror Kublai Khan. Marco Polo’s description of Xanadu inspired British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous work, “Kubla Khan” in which the city was identified as a pleasure dome. 

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree: ...

That was exactly what I was looking for: Earth as a pleasure dome or playground for alien tourists. Some readers, however, took issue with the word Xanadu, linking it to the movie and the song of the same title. As for why that’s a negative, who knows? So alas, I changed the book title to AN ALIEN PARADISE. Same meaning, but without the baggage.

PARADISE LOST--Teacher Petra Richardson receives a mysterious summer job offer. If she tutors a young boy, Traynor, all her expenses will be paid during her stay in the Galápagos Islands. Although she has misgivings, she agrees. Her new employer is the Taurus City Travel Agency, run by Traynor’s hunky Uncle Kelvin, whom she’d met and fantasized about when she was a teen. While romance simmers between Petra and Kelvin, there’s also danger. Who sabotaged their kayak? What happened to Traynor’s poomba? Why do some travel clients seem to flicker? Just what is going on at this sleepy outpost in the South Pacific?

PARADISE FOUND--Kelvin Lacertus has a full plate. CEO of the Taurus City Travel Agency, he oversees alien and extraterrestrial Human tourists to Planet Terra. He’s handling the most important diplomatic conference in the galaxy. And he’s babysitting his nephew, Traynor. Kelvin arranges for a tutor, little Petra, whom he remembers from his Grand Tour of Terra years ago. She’d impressed him then. The grown-up version is even more irresistible. How can he protect his Petra when a terrorist group targets all Lacertus family members including his would-be bride?

As for changing the cover, I decided a new title deserves a new cover. Here it is below:


Science teacher Petra Richardson receives the shock of her life when she learns her new employer is a travel agency that caters to extraterrestrial lifeforms.


 AN ALIEN PARADISE is available at Amazon.com and, as XANADU FOR ALIENS at Smashwords.com, in addition to other internet locations. It’s earned a 5 star review from Norwood Reviews: “Aliens on Earth? A travel agency for extraterrestrials? A Human male from Tau Ceti 3 falling in love with an Earth female? [AN ALIEN PARADISE] delivers all this and more! Ms. Knight gives us a very plausible scenario of galactic intrigue and a wonderful variety of characters. Fall in love with this fast-paced science fiction romance. This novel is definitely a keeper!”

Here are some of the Taurus City Travel Agency’s staff:



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


Now for the snippet from real life. Our heroine, Petra Richardson, attended the same junior high that I did. That’s not really a surprise, is it? “Write what you know” is a well-known rule of writing. So some of young Petra’s experiences were my experiences. I’m certainly not the only one who had less than happy times in junior high or middle school (!) but when I came across a nonfiction book on my school written by a student, I did a double take. It was from her account that Petra refers to “Hell on Earth” or rather “J.H.S. is almost like an earthly version of hell.” Fortunately, as time passed, my feelings for junior high improved enormously!

Petra looked around at the putrid color of enamel paint covering the hallways. She’d read somewhere that junior high school could be considered a version of Hell on Earth. She agreed. Not as a teacher but as a former inmate of these very same two-tone green walls.
This school in the New York City borough of the Bronx was technically a middle school--grades six through eight--but it had been once a junior high, before junior highs had fallen out of favor. Her first few months as a new recruit, a new seventh grader, had been hellish. To walk through these corridors had meant she took her life into her hands. She never knew if she would pass through unscathed. Or get beaten up. It had been a role of the dice.
Thankfully, way back when, after Christmas break, the eighth and ninth grade students had tired of dishing out torture. For her, at any rate. After that, she’d come to tolerate this school....

Eventually, later, as a teacher, she’d grown to love this weathered old building.

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I hope you enjoy Petra and Kelvin’s unusual love story!

Happy reading,

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