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?

Amazon.com Ebook Amazon.com Print

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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Re-Buzz on ALIEN HEAT

Today I’m writing about ALIEN HEAT, my popular science fiction futuristic romance. I got the idea for this novel when I came across a cover story in the magazine U.S. News and World Report. The feature was on global warming. I theorized: what if this warming was due to villainous extraterrestrial factors, not just because of manmade conditions like automobile exhaust? Then I researched the 1994 crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy into Jupiter. I proposed that this could happen to the planet Venus, with the force of impact sending fragments of Venus out into space which then eventually collided with Earth. In addition to a dramatic climate change, there’d have to be significant damage to civilization. With that kind of trauma, cultures and countries usually become divided, so now I had the “primitive” villagers clashing with the more technologically advanced people of the territory now known as Canusa. Throw in colonizing Venusian flowers and you have ALIEN HEAT!

AN ALIEN INVASION
A cataclysmic bombardment by meteorites drastically alter Earth's atmosphere... and bring strange alien plants that have a mind of their own. Because of “mutant” powers, only Glyneth recognizes the threat these Venusian flowers pose not just to humans, but to Earth itself.

AN HONORABLE DILEMMA
Major Lucas Jefferson reluctantly abducts Glyneth as a breeder for his country. But "Lady Bulldog" teaches him that might is not always right. Can he learn from this villager to fulfill the ancient prophecy of uniting the old ways with the new?

World-building in science fiction stories can be very difficult to write about. Creating and populating a believable world and culture from scratch takes some heavy research and imagination. For ALIEN HEAT, I had to propel myself into the distant future and envision a scenario where Earth is recovering from being bombarded by fragments of Venus. Climate and civilization, as we know it, has been drastically altered. 

In addition, since this novel is a romance, a major focus must be on a relationship between a couple... human or otherwise, while the science fiction portion explores the effects of science on some aspect of humanity. In ALIEN HEAT, the romantic conflict is between “uncivilized” villager Glyneth and Major Lucas Jefferson, an “Outsider” from a technologically advanced culture. The science fiction portion deals with the invasion by heat-producing plants intent on turning Earth into another Venus.

Wings ePress was delighted to read, and then publish ALIEN HEAT. Here’s what one editor says about it: “A good example of [crossing genres] is ALIEN HEAT by Susanne Marie Knight which is a Futuristic/SF book. It has appeal to both audiences because of the way Susanne has woven her story using a mix of both genres.”

High praise indeed! ALIEN HEAT has been a best-seller at Wings ePress and on Fictionwise.com. It’s garnered 5 and 4 star reviews on Goodreads, and 4 ½ and 4 stars at review sites: A Romance Review and Romance Junkies. ALIEN HEAT’s beautiful cover was also nominated for the 2005 Quasar Award!

I love this cover as well. I’d like to share with you the process that created this fantastic piece of art. On the cover art form to describe want I wanted, I wrote: Because my novel deals with heat, I envision the cover colors being in yellows and oranges--colors that give off heat. I picture a blazing sun beating down on parched earth.

I included these pictures to give talented artist mpMann a feel for what I had in mind.

 

I so loved the look of the above picture, I painted it (below)!


I also wrote to the cover artist: I’d love to have an image of the alien plant on the cover, but as I don’t have a picture of this Venusian flower (!) I realize this might be impossible. Below is a passage that describes the plant, plus an attached picture of a glass oval with bubbles suspended in it.

She reached down and plucked one. Its willowy stalk stood tall--about a foot high--and hard, almost like bamboo. Completely covering the stalk was a type of white “fur,” warm to the touch. Inside the gauzy white flower petals, she saw a clear oval, jelly-like mass, with tiny bubbles suspended within it. As she watched, bubble by bubble floated up to the top to be released into the air.


All women love these flowers... but the feeling's *not* mutual.

Here is the lovely... and eerie result! This cover was nominated for the 2005 Quasar Awards for Best Cover! 



What happens when an “uncivilized” villager matches wits with a handsome warrior... AND strange, heat-producing plants intent on turning Earth into another Venus?

Amazon.com eBook and Amazon.com Print


ALIEN HEAT was also featured at the 2006 Booklovers Conference in Wiesbaden, Germany!


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

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

5 Stars!--Goodreads

4 1/2 STARS! There are plots of revenge, attempted murder and hatred intertwined in ALIEN HEAT. There is also the blossoming of love between Lucas and Glyneth, and a few others as well. The interaction between the main characters, Lucas, Glyneth, Hawke, Will, and Sylvie was something to see. Will was a riot and the play between the three men was interesting... If you haven't read anything by Ms. Knight, you don't know what you are missing.--A Romance Review

I found Susanne Marie Knight’s ALIEN HEAT to be very imaginative. Knight’s plot is like no other I’ve read, which is really saying a lot considering that I deem reading the ultimate pastime. The villainous aliens in ALIEN HEAT come in an unexpected form, and the vastness of the futuristic detail was mind-boggling. ALIEN HEAT was very entertaining.--The Road To Romance

4 Stars! Susanne Marie Knight has an interesting take on the future of the world with aliens from Venus thrown in to heat it up. I really loved the way she pulled modern day facts into the story to put a realistic tint to it. Her characters grab you and pull you through the story not letting go until the last page. Once again Ms. Knight hits the jackpot with a compelling story and life-like characters. So much happens in ALIEN HEAT that I only touched on some of its aspects. What an incredible journey it is. ALIEN HEAT is not to be missed, in this reviewer’s humble opinion. Romance Junkies

Susanne Marie Knight has woven a story of a troubled Earth, invasion by an alien species, and the mysteries of some ancient lore to produce a captivating tale of romance and danger in a post-apocalyptic world. The devastating impact of a comet has left the word divided, and its people scattered. Small pockets of civilization remain in differing levels of civilization, and through them, the diversification of the populations survive. ALIEN HEAT is just that...it is alien, and it is heated. It takes you from the bride markets of Columont, to the vast stretches of desert that is slowly devouring the newly recovering earth. Treachery and death stalk the lovers, and the destruction of civilization, and even the world as they know it now hands in the balance. The premise in Susanne Marie Knight's story is no different than told in may a sci-fi thriller, but in the telling, we see the difference. ALIEN HEAT focuses on the powers of magic, love, and the intentions of honorable men and women to not only save their society, but the very world on which they live. After a bit of a slow start, the reader gets quickly wrapped up in the intrigue of the court, the plans on both sides of the battle, and can feel the thrill of the impending conclusion. The ultimate question is answered in the long run...[and] the reader is a winner.--Romance At Heart

I was totally intrigued by this book. When we think of aliens the first thought that pops into our heads is little green men that walk on two legs with big, bulging eyes. Susanne Knight shows in this book that our alien friends could be in the form of something innocent looking like flowers. Absolutely brilliant!--Paula Beaty Reviews

ALIEN HEAT is a remarkable example of science fiction romance. Ms. Knight has set her novel in Earth’s future, used much of its history and technology, but given it a special twist and then stayed within the rules of her world. Glyneth and Lucas are wonderfully dimensional characters, each bound to their own path, each aware of who and where they stand in the world. I especially loved the reason the women were infertile. It was so unexpected and different. Don’t miss.--In The Library Reviews

This is a good story with several plot lines that keep things moving. Good humor, fun characters, and playful dialogue. This would make a good science fiction film plot, particularly with the plants as enemies, able to release carbon dioxide gas in big enough quantities to kill a person or use their roots to cause earthquakes. The parts in the story where the plants conspired, “speaking” with each other were particularly well done. This was a good book, a fun read, and well worth looking for. Good job, Ms. Knight.--SFR Reviews

Once again Susanne Knight produces as interesting and thoroughly entertaining paranormal romance, one that fans of science fiction should enjoy, also. I appreciated that though there is plenty of action and evil intentions in this story, the violence is minimal. I also was impressed at the way the human villain reacted to his punishment. I felt the way the invaders were dealt with was justifiable. The story kept up its momentum to the very end, which was quite satisfying.--Paranormal Romance Reviews

Found on the Web: Science Fiction Romance's article with Wings Press editor Leslie Hodges. Here's what Ms. Hodges says about ALIEN HEAT: I am always looking for good, well-crafted stories, no matter what the genre. Here in my department, we love cross-genre tales, and all levels of romantic involvement. More and more authors are crossing genres and the result has been some wonderfully well-crafted stories that appeal to fans of both genres.  A good example of this would be ALIEN HEAT by Susanne Marie Knight which is a Futuristic/SF book. It has appeal to both audiences because of the way Susanne has woven her story using a mix of both genres [science fiction and romance]. 

Susanne Marie Knight has woven a story of a troubled Earth, invasion by an alien species, and the mysteries of some ancient lore to produce a captivating tale of romance and danger in a post-apocalyptic world. The reader gets quickly wrapped up in the intrigue of the court, the plan on both sides of the battle, and can feel the thrill of the impending conclusion. The reader is a winner. Look for ALIEN HEAT today.--Romance at Heart (Heartstrings)

I am not usually a futuristic romance reader, but I must admit to enjoying ALIEN HEAT. Susanne Marie Knight took a unique idea and created a fascinating novel. I loved her plant from Venus. I also enjoyed the twists Ms. Knight added to the storyline. ALIEN HEAT has several surprises that are revealed as the story unfolds.--Writers Unlimited

ALIEN HEAT is one of the most unusual after-the-world’s end novels I have ever read. The comet hitting Venus, and the Venusian fragments hitting Earth is terrific. The interplay between the characters is good and Gwyneth being a mutant is an excellent ingredient. I happily recommend ALIEN HEAT.--The Romance Studio

This book was a mix of romance and sci-fi. The author has many surprises in store for the reader. The book has many twists and turns involving the main characters. The author has woven an intricate tale of the futuristic Earth and the people who populate it.--Love Romances

ALIEN HEAT is well-written. Glyneth and Lucas are interesting characters with hidden depths and emotions. Susanne Marie Knight writes an interesting tale. Grab a copy of ALIEN HEAT.--Romance Reviews Today

I found Susanne Marie Knight's ALIEN HEAT to be very imaginative.--J.G.

I'm excited to read this title [Alien Heat]! I would like to use it for my book club that meets at Barnes & Noble Santa Barbara!--M.T.

Love time travel and your book Alien Heat--S.K.

This is a really good book. This story helped convince me that I wasn't the only person in the world that loved futuristics!--R.F.

Man, I just have to get this book!--A.V.

I enjoyed ALIEN HEAT.--R.F.

My favorite book of yours is ALIEN HEAT.--R.D.

ALIEN HEAT--What a fabulous read!--C.L.

I'm waiting for the time when I will read ALIEN HEAT. All books of Susanne are fantastic.--K.B.

ALIEN HEAT is getting great reviews!--M.B.

Extremely well-written story, good plot, and interesting read!--R.L.

ALIEN HEAT really surprises the reader!--R.R.

My friend and I really enjoyed your book. And we look forward to many more.--P.C.

ALIEN HEAT is a great read!--G.M.

Great read! I really enjoyed ALIEN HEAT. You're a great writer!--C.L.

What a fab read!--C.H.

I love this story!--L.H

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Now for a quick example from real life that I used in ALIEN HEAT. The secondary character, Lieutenant Will Flagg, was inspired by a boy I knew in seventh grade. Thinking of him, I generated this passage:

"There were two things Will Flagg hated above all else. The first was to be called 'short.' The second was to be a disappointment to someone he thought highly of. Unfortunately, the latter was just about to happen."

For plenty of ALIEN HEAT (!) I hope you read this out-of-this-world science fiction romance and enjoy Glyneth and Lucas’ story.

Happy reading,

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Buzz on REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED

Re-Released!!!

NEW: Now included: Serenity’s anthropological manuscript!

Time is catching up with my very popular time-travel Regency romance, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED. When I first began plotting the story, the start date for this near future book was 2010. As that year was too close to its release year in 2007, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED now begins in 2020. Before we know it, it WILL be 2020!

A bit of history on this genesis for this book: Back during the latter part of the last century (!), stories with actual time machines were frowned upon by traditional publishers. For some reason, it was felt that time-travel machines were too farfetched. So instead, walking through mirrors, having magic lockets, going to sleep and waking up in the past were some of the methods used as devices for time-travel. I ask you, aren’t those schemes even more farfetched than using science to create a machine?!

To continue, I’d already used electrical storms (SOJOURN THROUGH TIME), a magic Celtic moon (LORD DARVER’S MATCH), and a mystic’s spell (TIMELESS DECEPTION). Now I wanted something different: an actual, honest-to-goodness time-travel machine! Shocking! I invented the Time Displacement Wave (TDW) with science behind it... and rules. These rules helped to shape the story. For example:

          1. Only worthy projects--those that will enhance knowledge of the past--are selected for the honor of time-travel.
2. A span of no more than six hundred backwards is all that is allowed. Travel to the future hasn’t been invented yet.
3. In addition to the time-traveler, only forty pounds of material can be taken back to the past. These objects can remain in the past or be brought back to the present, however nothing created in the past can be brought back through the Time Displacement Wave into the present.
            4. The journey lasts one entire year. And, the only time the traveler can return to the present is one year to the day from when he or she left. The return time has a very small window of opportunity. If it is missed, then the traveler remains in the past.

Cool, right?

Duty or Love? In the year 2020, anthropologist Serenity Steele's research assignment is to travel back into the past--however, she doesn't count on the many attractions of a certain Regency rake. Should she ignore her obligations and stay in the past... or should she leave behind the man she loves?

An Enchanting Dilemma: In the year 1812, Nicholas Wycliffe, the toplofty Lord Brockton, has no desire to take a wife, especially a mysterious widow who doesn't live by society's rules. But what is he to make of the enchanting "Mrs." Steele, who not only refuses to discuss her past, she also has the audacity to turn him down when he proposes marriage?

REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was published by Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) and had with them for many years. This book was part of Awe-Struck’s prestigious Phaeton Regency line. I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED is the last to be re-released. Yay!!! It’s now available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!



Previous Ebook Cover and Print Cover

REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED also achieved #1 bestseller status at Fictionwise.com, 5 stars on Amazon.com, and multiple 5 star review on Goodreads.


Anthropologist Serenity Steele meets her heart’s desire in the form of a short-tempered Regency rake, Nicholas Wycliffe.


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

You can view REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED’s book trailer here. Music is by Kevin MacLeod, Sinfonia3.


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 for REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED: Wonderful time travel! If you love time travel, if you love romance, if you love regency, you will love this book! It even brought tears to my eyes at the end. A great read!--Amazon.com

4 ½ Roses! This well written love story comes special delivery for readers of historical romance and fans of time travel romance. The characters are likeable and the dialogue is clever as it speeds the plot along at an agreeable pace. Prepare for an exciting journey in Ms. Knight’s newest offering, Regency Society Revisited. The author has given the tried and true theme a twist that satisfies and entertains at the same time.--A Romance Review

REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED opens with an interesting concept and a couple of other futuristic or paranormal touches, but it's also a traditional Regency romance with parties and balls and an appearance by the Prince Regent. Serry makes good headway with her monograph of Society's attitudes toward the war with the French, however, and the class division of the times, thanks to characters of the serving class. Readers will enjoy the several passionate scenes, a villain, and two secondary romances. And there's the added heartbreak of the choice for Serry between giving up love in 1813 or her family in 2021 to further distance this novel from the ordinary. Regency lovers should enjoy this one.--Romance Reviews Today

4 Roses! I'm not a big fan of time travels or paranormals, but REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED is an exception to that rule. Well written, with interesting and likeable characters set amid a detailed historical backdrop, I found it to be a fast paced and very satisfying read... Without reservation, I recommend REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED, especially if you're looking for a quick read that has good interaction between enjoyable characters, excellent dialogue and a very good storyline.--Romance Reader at Heart

4 Stars. A fun read for any history or time travel fan. The romantic would also enjoy this story. Talented author Susanne Marie Knight opens the door for a peek into a time we can only speculate at. Written in an easy-to-read style the movement and characters will hold your interest to the last word. Enjoy. I did.
Reviewed by mysteryfiction.net

When I saw this story up for review, I pounced on it. I recently read another Regency romance by this author, and I enjoyed it so much I was eager to read another. I like time travel, too, so this was doubly interesting to me. ... kept me up at night reading far longer than I should have been... This was definitely an enjoyable read, and I look forward to more from Susanne Marie Knight.--Long and Short Reviews

Great read! I recommend it for Regency and romance fans!--K.K.

I love the concept. It's interesting, intriguing, and fun. You captured my interest. This is a hell of a book!--V.H.

Ambitious! An anthropologist's dream!--B.K.

REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was a pleasure for me. I have recommended it to my book club friends.--R.C.

I just finished this book this morning. I really enjoyed Regency Society Revisited. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.--K.L.

I got thoroughly hooked!--R.C.

I enjoyed REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED!--N.D.

I've gotta get this book! I love this time period along with the time travel.--T.T.

Thanks again for another terrific story!--R.C.

Oh, I had my fingers crossed for this one! Thanks to Ms. Knight for the chance to try it like this!--M.M.

Add a dash of the future/a trip to the past, and you have a most interesting look at this already complex and intriguing period in history. This is a delightful romance story!--A. S.

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

Fast-paced. Hustling!--L.C.

I have absolutely no suggestions for making this story better. It's already a well-told story. Why mess with perfection? I think your fans will love this story. I'm a fan and I love it.--D.C.

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Real life tidbit: As I wrote in my blog: The Buzz on COMPETITORS!, my major in college was anthropology, and while my area of personal interest was physical anthropology, my actual major was cultural anthropology like REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED’s protagonist, Serenity Steele. And like Serenity, I also wrote monographs on anthropological topics.

Originally, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED was to be the name of Serenity’s research on the Regency period. The actual name of the novel was to be REFORMATION OF A RAKE. The completed book was huge; it was a very ambitious project that, eventually, was whittled down. But now, it is re-released to include Serenity’s manuscript notes. Bonus!

As a side note, I’m thinking of creating a separate, companion booklet for Serenity’s study on Regency England. The ebook copy would include all of Serenity’s notes, indexed by the major topics. This information IS included in the 2017 ebook version of REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED, but some readers tell me they’d like a companion book as a reference copy. I’ll let you know if (when?) I release this Booklet!

Included in Serenity’s notes are these major topics:

Aggression and Conflict
Family and Kinship
Heath Care
Social Organization, Rank, and Inequality

Below is an excerpt on Aggression and Conflict, subtopic Political Assassination so that you can get a feel for what the booklet would include.

AGGRESSION AND CONFLICT (Dr. Steele’s manuscript)
          Political Assassination

Assassinations have run rampant throughout history. From ancient Rome’s Julius Caesar to England’s Prime Minister Burton Haydorp in the twenty-first century, elimination of political rulers represents a strong fiber interweaving humankind’s past, present, and, in all probability, future. When individuals or groups go beyond their culture’s due process of law and take matters into their own hands, then anarchy, for a time, results. As the author states in “Jalè War Practices,”
From an anthropological perspective, [assassination]
is an individual’s personal method of declaring war.1
Though some assassins do achieve their goal, fortunately, most fail. The Regency period and surrounding eras are no exception. George III numbered several attempts, including--
1.  a 1786 near-stabbing outside St. James’ Palace,
2.  a 1800 shooting at Drury Lane, and
3.  a shooting in Hyde Park. 
In all attempts, the King escaped without injury, however in Hyde Park, an onlooker received a musket shot to the thigh. 
The unpopular Prince of Wales also can boast of being a target for deranged people with grudges. Countless times the future George IV’s life has been threatened by the populace. But, as all attacks have failed, to date, one wonders whether these individuals are after his life--or his money.
Even the young Queen Victoria had some close calls at the beginning of her reign. Having acceded to the throne in 1837, three years later an attempt was made on her life--another in 1842, and again in 1849. Public life does have its drawbacks.
One Recent Assassination:
The most recent case of assassination in this year of 1812 has been successful. The prime minister, Spencer Perceval, holding his post since the fourth of October, 1809, was shot and killed because of a personal complaint, by John Bellingham in the House of Commons on the eleventh of May, 1812. Perceval is survived by wife Jane and children. As a side note, in later years, son Spencer Jr. took to fire and brimstone religion.
Lord Liverpool is slated to become the next prime minister--just ten days before the United States declares war against Britain. Not an enviable assignment.

1Serenity Steele, “Jalè War Practices,” United Anthropology Report, February 2017, p. 86.

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As you see, these notes combine the past with the present and the future. To my knowledge, luckily, Great Britain never had--or will have--a Prime Minister by the name of Burton Haydorp, destined to be assassinated past, present, or future!

I hope you enjoy Serenity and Nicholas’ story, and also, the soon-to-be-released anthropological booklet that goes along with REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED.

Happy reading,

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