Monday, January 16, 2017

The Updated Buzz on LOVE AT THE TOP

EPPIE Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Romance
Re-Released!!!

LOVE AT THE TOP, my trendy contemporary romance novel, gives a modern-day twist to a fairytale setup: Millionaire Marries Working Girl. Nowadays I would use: BILLIONAIRE Marries Working Girl, but what’s a few extra million in today’s economy?!

The characters, Alex and Cassidy had to meet without her knowing his true identity and that she would soon be working for him. This was an intriguing challenge. What needed to be in place so that Cassidy wouldn’t recognize Alex when she first saw her boss Mr. Hayden-Smith? What kind of person did she need to be for Alex to fall in love with her? All these factors add spice to the story.

New Cover for LOVE AT THE TOP!!



I truly enjoyed writing LOVE AT THE TOP, and imbuing the book with New York City’s living pulse, along with experiencing the joys and sorrows Cassidy and Alex face, plus laughing at the antics of the comedic characters. Novel Books, Inc. soon picked up this frothy tale.

UNWILLING TO LOVE AGAIN: Ever since her divorce, Cassidy Romanelli is reluctant to trust another man. A chance meeting with a bearded stranger, Alex Smith, causes her to have second thoughts. But when she finds out Alex is really her new boss, multi-millionaire A.E. Haydon-Smith, can she learn to trust her heart instead of her head?

THE WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS: On holiday before assuming his new position, A.E. Haydon-Smith meets the woman of his dreams only to discover she prefers his riffraff personae rather than who he actually is. Will he be able to win over the reluctant Cassidy and heal her wounded heart?


What if a lonely woman's dream man turned out to be her arrogant, new boss?

Print book available (2002 edition) at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

LOVE AT THE TOP earned Best-Seller status on several sites including 5 star standing on Amazon.com. My book was also selected as a finalist in the prestigious EPPIE Awards (now EPIC eBook Award) for Best Contemporary Romance.


After the publishing house closed, Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) picked up LOVE AT THE TOP. I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. LOVE AT THE TOP is the fifth to be re-released. It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!



Print book available (2002 edition) at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

This book is part of the Romantic Contemporaries line.


Here are some fabulous reviews:

EPPIE Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Romance.

5 Stars!--Amazon.com

4.5 STARS!! Susanne Marie Knight has written a wonderful feel good story with LOVE AT THE TOP. Even the secondary characters are amazingly endearing. I loved the idea of a wealthy man living as a commoner. Cassidy's openness and obvious concern for others makes her a wonderful character. She was so willing to go out of her way for a complete stranger. Alex and Cassidy make the perfect couple. Alex just has to convince Cassidy of that. You could almost hear Alex's mind whirling as he tried to figure out how to get through to Cassidy. This book was a pleasure to read, and I'm sure I'll read it many times over in the near future.--Romance Junkies

LOVE AT THE TOP is a surprisingly romantic tale of two strangers meeting in the park and a relationship developing quickly. Alex and Cassidy are both strong, in-depth characters that are a joy to get to know. I found myself cheering for them as they struggled with secrets, past hurts, and demanding jobs to discover love. Their rollercoaster relationship reminded this reader of normal everyday people, who struggle daily with problems. A true Cinderella fairy-tale romance, LOVE AT THE TOP brings tears and laughter to all romance readers. Ms. Knight captures romance perfectly from first glance to the finish line so to speak. For an outstanding romance, order your copy of LOVE AT THE TOP. I highly recommend it.--Word On Romance

Romantic and sweet, LOVE AT THE TOP is a truly heartwarming romance that plays up a romance between people who at first seem like total opposites but quickly, both the reader and the characters see that it is what is beneath the surface that truly makes them compatible. Alex is a charming rogue who aches for Cassidy. readers will enjoy his pursuit of her because he is so tenacious about it, while at the same time being funny and sexy and very much in love. Susanne Marie Knight has written a humorous and tender love story that will please all romance fans.--Fallen Angel Reviews

LOVE AT THE TOP is a fairytale of a romance with an old fashioned hero. My heart fluttered when I met Alex. I melted when I met Mr. Hayden-Smith. Ms. Knight has penned a delightful romantic romp. LOVE AT THE TOP is a short, fast-paced read, and I highly recommended this charming story be read on a spring day while sipping iced tea.--Romance Reviews Today

I had so much fun reading LOVE AT THE TOP. The storyline of a rich man and working girl is hard to resist. I loved Alex’s character, even though he wasn’t honest with Cassidy. Cassidy is stubborn because of her past experience but I fell in love with her character also. The secondary characters and the wonderful dialogue made this a book that kept you laughing until the last page.--Scribes World Review

Ms. Knight has taken a familiar premise and created an enjoyable fast read. Warm-hearted characters with legitimate concerns and carrying familiar baggage take this book out of the ‘cutesy’ range and into the realm of warm tenderness that leaves the reader with the warm fuzzies.--Road To Romance

LOVE AT THE TOP is a light-hearted romantic story that you could read within one day. A nice tale of “Millionaire Marries Working Girl” and somehow a fairy tale comes true.--Love Romances

LOVE AT THE TOP is a nice tale. The hero, Alex, is attractive. I am looking forward to reading more of Susanne Marie Knight’s work.--A Romance Review

5 STARS! Amazon Reader

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

I really enjoyed LOVE AT THE TOP--J.T.

LOVE AT THE TOP: I read your book and really enjoyed it.--B.W.

Due to my work I am very often in the states, waiting sometimes hours for connection flights back to Europe. In December 04 I bought your book LOVE AT THE TOP, started to read it and finished it during the flight back to Bologna Airport. Afterwards, impressed from this novel, I gave the book to my wife and she enjoyed your book too.--U.H.

LOVE AT THE TOP is a great story. I enjoyed it.--J.G.

Thank you for books like LOVE AT THE TOP--E.E.

I started reading LOVE AT THE TOP and stayed up all night to finish it. Loved it!--E.L.

Recommended reading!--L.B.

I enjoyed reading LOVE AT THE TOP!--J.D.

Susanne, Great Job, made a smile come to my face even though the day has been exceptionally bad. :)--N.P.

This book is fantastic! I've recommended it to all my friends.--K.P.

I loved the characters and truly enjoyed reading LOVE AT THE TOP.--R.P.

A modern day Cinderella story. I couldn't put the book down!--E.T

Thank you! I read your book while recuperating from surgery and it helped me to forget I was in pain!--L.B.

I was so engrossed in the story! LOVE AT THE TOP is wonderful!--L.M.

Emotional punch and excitement!--L.B.

Strong emotional appeal, realistic characters, believable compelling conflict, and an engaging writing style.--S.B.

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For those of you who enjoy reading about tidbits from my life that appear in my books, I also worked in downtown Manhattan as Cassidy does, and in addition, one of my jobs there was in a personnel (now Human Resources) department. I would often wander the streets on my lunch hour, usually eating a pretzel or a knish.

Walking down Broadway to the park by City Hall, Cassidy shielded her eyes from the bright sun. She was glad she’d changed her mind about lunch. Her office's four walls had seemed to close in on her. She had to escape to the outside, to the sunlight.

Her stomach rumbled, so she stopped at a street vendor's stand and bought a steaming hot pretzel and a Coke. Not much of a lunch, but it was better than being stuck in her office.

One of the wonderful benefits to writing is that I can indulge my imagination and travel wherever my story takes me. With LOVE AT THE TOP, I traveled back home to New York and I also got to “visit” Denver!

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A side note: I first conceived LOVE AT THE TOP when the World Trade Center towers were standing tall, majestically silhouetted against the other Manhattan skyscrapers. Symbolically, the towers stood for LOVE AT THE TOP, just as Denver the mile-high city stood for LOVE AT THE TOP. I dedicate my novel to all of us who have lost loved ones on September 11th, and to future generations who can never experience the beauty of the towers firsthand.


Artist’s rendering of an early possible cover pre-9/11/2001

Now that you know the buzz on LOVE AT THE TOP, I hope you enjoy Cassidy and Alex’s story.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Updated Buzz on TIMELESS DECEPTION

PEARL Award Nominee for Best Time Travel Romance!
Re-Released!!!

TIMELESS DECEPTION, my time-travel Regency romance, has been a reader favorite for many years. I’m often asked what gave me the idea for this novel. Easy! I’ve always loved time-travel, and I was intrigued by a different type of plot. A contemporary woman, Alaina Sawyer, somehow finding herself not only being transported back to the past, but switching places with a Regency “twin” so that she is now “married” to the man of her dreams. The additional dilemma here is that the Regency husband, Richard, the Earl of Saybrooke, despises Alaina because he believes his wife is unfaithful. Ouch! What an unusual predicament!

The twist to TIMELESS DECEPTION is that Alaina experiences visions before her time-travel. The reason for this is to allow her to have a brief “heads-up” to see what she’s going to be getting into. She’ll understand what type of woman her double was, and also she’ll be “introduced” her to the hero, who will now be her husband. This creates the interesting conflict of being in love with someone who absolutely *does not* return the affection. In addition, I wanted to explain a bit how the heroine could end up across the Atlantic and back in time without dwelling on the details too much. Alaina is also aware that the only way she can get back to her own time is to find the mystic woman her double used. Once that turns out to be a dead end, she knows she’s trapped back in time.

A TANGLED WEB--Her identity switched against her will, Alaina Sawyer wakes up in the year 1818 as the Countess of Saybrooke. Can she convince the man of her dreams that she is cut from an altogether different cloth than his adulterous wife Alicia?

Richard Cransworth, the Earl of Saybrooke, must come to grips with his wife’s sudden descent into virtue. Is her new behavior wishful thinking on his part, or can it possibly be that she is now his, and his alone?

TIMELESS DECEPTION was first published by Novel Books, Inc., and then Awe-Struck Publishing (Mundania Press). This unique novel has garnered several awards including the 2002 PEARL (Paranormal Excellent Award for Romantic Literature) Nominee for Best Time-Travel, and Golden Rose Nominee for Best Time Travel.

  

TIMELESS DECEPTION has also achieved bestseller status on lists including Fictionwise (#1 for over three months!), Novel Books, Inc., and Awe-Struck. In addition, it has been awarded 5 star reviews by Sime-Gen and Amazon.com.


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


Waking up in 1818 as the Countess of Saybrooke, Alaina must convince her new “husband” that she’s cut from a different cloth than his unfaithful wife Alicia.


Print book available (2002 edition) at www.susanneknight.com/orders.htm

This book is part of the Elegant Regencies line.


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

5 STARS!! Ms. Knight’s book is charming, with wonderful characters, an interesting plot and sub-plots, and vividly accurate historical details. She makes Alaina’s quandary believable, and the way the character reacts to the situation has one admiring her moxie. This is certainly a keeper, and a refreshing approach to the same old time-travel piece. I highly recommend this for an enjoyable read and re-read.--Sime-Gen Reviews

5 STARS! A very different and original time travel! TIMELESS DECEPTION is a very different and original time travel than any I've seen before. It's a creative endeavor that is a wonderful keeper. I love time travels and Regencies, and this book is a perfect blend of both genres. I drooled (!) over Richard, and I enjoyed rooting for Alaina as she tried to convince Richard that she was a "changed" person. I highly recommend this terrific example of Brit-lit: TIMELESS DECEPTION!--Amazon.com

4.5 Blue Ribbons! S.M. Knight has created a time travel romance that is sure to please. Two strong and likable main characters and a host of wonderful secondary characters make for an enjoyable read. Alaina and Richard make the story come alive. Alaina is smart and brave. She is willing to risk anything for a chance to win her “husband’s” love. Richard is an extremely appealing hero and his son is sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings. TIMELESS DECEPTION blends the paranormal and well-crafted characters and a blossoming romance. With vibrant details and complex personalities, Ms. Knight pens a tale that keeps you rapidly turning the pages until the heartwarming end.--Romance Junkies

4 1/2 Stars! [TIMELESS DECEPTION] is ten cuts above any Regency read before. Could it be the time-travel element, the mood, the skill of the author--or all three? Perhaps that and more, for it is an up-all-night, stay-in-the-tub-til-the-water-is cold, entrancing read. Part of what makes it so readable is the juxtaposition of thoroughly modern Alaina's observations on 1817 manners and mores. natural humorous insights pop up throughout, a leavening that rarely appears in most Regencies. The author has an engaging way with her lead characters. Though finding themselves in awkward, even impossible situations, they respond genuinely. Born centuries apart, Alaina and Richard are oh, so likable--and made for each other if they could only see it. The supporting cast adds even more interest and color to the tale, all without overshadowing the hero and heroine. Read TIMELESS DECEPTION. Just make certain you have a long, lazy afternoon and evening ahead of you to enjoy it fully.--Love Romances

4 1/2 Roses! TIMELESS DECEPTION is about being able to judge someone for their actions today and not past mistakes, a love that is being built from sparks that are between the hero and heroine, even though the hero does not want to feel anything towards the heroine. There is a passion in what Alicia believes is right or wrong and she is vocal in her opinions, even helping out others in need.
Ms. Knight was able to draw me into the story, make me feel like I was right there along with the hero and heroine. I was able to feel their pain, mistrust, joy, and a love that spanned over two centuries.--A Romance Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this romp into the past. Ms. Knight has done a superb job of portraying truly delightful characters. The well-researched Regency setting and unique plot will have fans of time-travel romance begging for more! TIMELESS DECEPTION was such a joy to read that I simply couldn't put it down. Ms. Knight promises 'Romance Writing with a Twist' and she certainly delivers with this wonderful Time-Travel Regency I highly recommend this book.--Road To Romance

TIMELESS DECEPTION is one of the best time travel books that I have read. I love the Regency period and TIMELESS DECEPTION captures the feel of this time. This is a well-written book with great characterizations. Richard, who has been greatly wounded and is afraid to trust, must overcome his fear in order to find happiness. Alaina, a kind and intelligent woman, must adapt to this new time and help Richard to see her true self. Richard's family, who has been affected by Alicia in a detrimental way, must learn to trust Alaina and accept her good intentions. If you are looking for a great time travel book, give TIMELESS DECEPTION a try.--ParaNormalRomance Reviews

4 Angels! TIMELESS DECEPTION is a terrific time travel romance. With two very strong leads and a whole host of supporting cast members, it makes for a fulfilling read. The story moves at a nice pace with enough action to keep the reader glued to the pages. If you enjoy time travel romances, TIMELESS DECEPTION fits the bill!--Fallen Angel Reviews

4 1/2 Roses! Ms. Knight has written a wonderful love story, about a man who loved with all his heart, and had to face that the woman he loved was not what she appeared to be. Seeing Richard go from the hard, brittle man he has become, to a loving man, was truly wonderful, and Alaina aka Alicia was a treat of a heroine, thrilled with her newly acquired husband, family and friends... Seeing Richard and Alain fall into love was definitely the focus of the story, and will make for wonderful reading for Regency lovers!--Love Romances (2)

TIMELESS DECEPTION is an intriguing and original Regency time-travel. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a modern day woman pulled back in time to Regency England and meeting the man of her dreams. Mystery, suspense, and romance abound in this novel that readers will be hard put not to devour in one sitting!--AOL Books Community

Richard and Alaina are likable characters. The Saybrooke family and their staff are well drawn and add much lively interest to the story. I found the concept of doubles being exchanged through time very intriguing. I recommend TIMELESS DECEPTION as a fast, entertaining read from a versatile author.--Romance Reviews Today

TIMELESS DECEPTION is an excellent time-travel romance. Ms. Knight seamlessly combines the modern mentality of her heroine and the glitter of Regency England in a marvelous tale built around two women who look exactly alike--but act very much distinctly. Excellent characterization and a delightful romance leave the reader finishing the book and missing not only Alaina and Richard, but the entire family that the heroine had adopted. TIMELESS DECEPTION is an attention-grabbing, stay-up-all-night read. Readers who enjoy time-travel romances and those who enjoy Regency-period stories should definitely check TIMELESS DECEPTION out.-- ParaNormalRomance Reviews(2)

TIMELESS DECEPTION is a lovely Regency story. Susanne Marie Knight has written what I refer to as a comfort book. I don’t usually like Regency era novels but I really enjoyed this one. Ms. Knight does not dwell on the numerous social rules of the Regency Period, nor is there any silly, stressful tension between the hero and heroine. When you need a break, I recommend relaxing with this book.--Word on Romance

TIMELESS DECEPTION is a very different and original time travel than any I've seen before. It's a creative endeavor that is a wonderful keeper. I love time travels and Regencies, and this book is a perfect blend of both genres. I drooled (!) over Richard, and I enjoyed rooting for Alaina as she tried to convince Richard that she was a "changed" person. I highly recommend this terrific example of Brit-lit: TIMELESS DECEPTION!--Amazon.com.

I read TIMELESS DECEPTION straight through. Ms. Knight’s light touch and sense of humor pull you along. Her secondary characters are well developed and add dimension to the story.--MyShelf.com

4 Stars! For those of you who enjoy a nice little time travel story - you won't be disappointed in this one. A Regency romance for those who both love the period, and dream about living through an experience like that of the heroine. A very quick, fun read.--Amazon.com

4 Stars! TIMELESS DECEPTION has an interesting premise, and the way the time travel is introduced is fresh and innovative. I look forward to seeing other works from this author.--Joyfully Reviewed

4 Stars! This is a great story and could've been twice the number of pages...  recommend it for time-travel junkies and look forward to seeing more from this author.--Amazon.com

I LOVE YOUR BOOKS, ESPECIALLY TIMELESS DECEPTION!--D.L.

This is a very unique novel, combining elements of historical romance with time-travel and a suspenseful plot--and add in a Regency-like quality! This one is hard to categorize! And Susanne Knight is hard to beat!--K.S.

TIMELESS DECEPTION is one of my all-time favorite books!--K.T.

I love Susanne's books. She is the reason I am trying to write my first book. I love her work so much especially in Timeless Deception.--A.D.

I finished Susanne Marie Knight's TIMELESS DECEPTION.  While I'm not usually into period pieces, this one was great. Both the hero and the heroine were likeable, understandably confused and deliciously tortured! The way cool-headed Alaina dealt with dealing thrust back in time 200 years was spot-on. Again, a great work, definitely worth the read if you like Regency stories.--T.S.

Recommended reading: TIMELESS DECEPTION. Love your Brit-lit: Regency, Time-Travel and Contemporary (Tainted Tea). All are terrific!--A.S.

For TIMELESS DECEPTION and GRAVE FUTURE: The story plots were different from what I have read in the past. Wonderfully written-out dialogues and plot descriptions had quickly pulled me into the reading.--J.S.

I was totally sucked into the plot. And the characters were very real. The story and the characters were extremely entertaining and well drawn. I was just enthralled by it!--R.C.

I couldn't put TIMELESS DECEPTION down! Best book of yours that I've read.--D.C.

I really like this story.  I nearly missed my train stop (twice!) reading TIMELESS DECEPTION.--K.T.

Highly recommended!--L.B.

I *loved* TIMELESS DECEPTION! Can't wait to read more of your Regencies.--C.A.

I Loved TIMELESS DECEPTION. Looking forward to reading more of your books.--P.P.

I was captured from the very first page. I loved this book!--R. A.

Highly recommended!--A.Z.

4 Stars! For those of you who enjoy a nice little time travel story - you won't be disappointed in this one. A Regency romance for those who both love the period, and dream about living through an experience like that of the heroine. A very quick, fun read.--Amazon.com

I give this book five stars!!--P.M.

A creative endeavour! A wonderful keeper.--M.C.

I've really enjoyed this story! TIMELESS DECEPTION is a very different time travel than any I've seen before!--K.T.

I was captured from the very first page!--A.C.

This is a sweet love-transcends-time story, that I very much enjoyed. It was really straight forward, avoiding all the complexities of time travel that you see in other books. It was refreshing... The book was a good light read. If you are looking for a quick, simple time travel romance, then this is your book! Keep up the good work!--Goodreads

I really enjoyed TIMELESS DECEPTION!--P.C.

A delight to read.--G.D

Highly recommended!--I.K.

4 Stars! This is a great story...  recommend it for time-travel junkies and look forward to seeing more from this author.--Amazon.com

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Here’s a bit of real life trivia for TIMELESS DECEPTION. I have a floor-length, silky robe that I love. It also has a really long zipper. Alaina wears that robe when she time-travels, only hers is rose-pink and mine is sky-blue. The robe serves a double purpose: it’s proof that Alaina isn’t from the nineteenth century since zippers weren’t invented back then. When Richard grows suspicious of his wife’s behavior, he questions her maid, Dana, who tells him about the robe. The follow passage describes what happens when he finds it.

Richard finished his survey of the wardrobe in the dressing room without finding the object he was looking for: the mysterious pink robe.

Entering his wife’s bedchamber, he scanned the room with an eye for possible hiding places. If he could but challenge her with this robe, she would surely then reveal the truth. Dana’s description of the robe intrigued him. And he was completely at sea as to what the magical fastening of the robe might mean.

After a thorough examination of the bedchamber without results, he sat dejectedly on the bed. Where might she have hidden it? The cupid statues surrounding the bed seemed to leer suggestively at him, mocking his current failure. Where the devil could she have cached a blasted robe?

He ran his hand through his hair. A robe was a bulky object but perhaps... just perhaps this one was skimpy. Dana had mentioned it was silky. Perhaps it could be folded upon itself and occupy the smallest compartment.

In a flash, his gaze rested on the Sheraton writing table in the middle of the room. Yes, of course. A piece of furniture designed for secrets! Moving his large hands deftly over its surface, he discovered its false facade and the lock behind it. Regardless of the damage, he used a knife to break the mechanism.

With a quick inhalation of breath, he pulled the drawer open. Inside the small space, a rose-pink fabric reflected back at him. It had been ruthlessly stuffed within the container.

For several minutes following the discovery, the large ornamental clock on the fireplace mantle ticked away. Richard sat, inanely opening and closing the wonder robe. As he pushed the tab upward, tiny teeth interlocked together. Just as unbelievably, when he pulled the tab down, they were pulled away.

Nowhere in England, or indeed anyplace in the world that he was aware of, could boast of such a fastener, so finely and meticulously made.

The mystery grew deeper and deeper.

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I hope you enjoy Alaina and Richard’s story, and how, against impossible odds, she manages to restores happiness Richard’s family. Remember, when faced with an overwhelming situation, you can see it as a predicament, or an opportunity. As Alaina quotes from Ann Landers: “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”

Happy reading,

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

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!