Monday, March 13, 2017

The Buzz on Award-Winning Novel: THE COMING



Dream Realm Award WINNER For Best Speculative Fiction Romance

I’ve always been fascinated in paranormal/the occult/science fiction--you name it. Old TV shows like “One Step Beyond”, “Outer Limits”, and “Twilight Zone” were my staples, along with Creature Features and Chiller Theatre! So having this background, it was no surprise when I started writing that I tackled some of the unexplained mysteries on this planet. With THE COMING, my award-winning paranormal romantic suspense, I wanted to come up with a plausible idea to explain what was going on with the notorious Bermuda Triangle. This novel is not a typical time travel, because the hero, Jack Harrington, is a World War II fighter pilot stranded for what he believes is five years in the Bermuda Triangle. The modern-day heroine, Larissa Parish, becomes stranded there as well, and is astonished to find out that he’s her grandfather’s best friend.

IMPOSSIBLE LOVE: After scattering her beloved grandfather’s ashes in the Caribbean, Larissa Parish is swept overboard and washes up on a deserted island. She comes face to face with a man who, most impossibly, is her grandfather’s cohort from World War II. Can she learn to fully give herself to this mouthwatering 40s hunk… and also figure a way to leave this outpost in the Bermuda Triangle?

DIFFERENT GENERATIONS: Army Air Force pilot, Jack Harrington, can’t believe his good luck when he spots Larissa in the waters by his desert island. Stranded for what he believes is five years, he thinks her daft because she seems to have forgotten World War II. Can he come to terms with the news that he’s a “1940s retread” and convince himself that Larissa could love him, no matter how “old” he is?

Artist’s proof copy of cover

If you look at the angle of the B-17 Army Air Force bomber (above), you might question whether there would be any survivors in the crash. Since there most certainly are, I asked the cover artist to lessen the angle for the landing. This is the result:

Can logical Larissa find true love... in the Bermuda Triangle??

Previous Ebook Cover and Print Cover

THE COMING was published by Awe-Struck Books (Mundania Press) and had with them for many years. I recently decided to have the rights returned to me for all my Awe-Struck books--a total of twelve. THE COMING is the eleventh to be re-released. It’s now available on and!

Can logical Larissa figure a way out of the Bermuda Triangle and
take a hunky World War II pilot with her?

*Limited* copies of the 2004 print book are available at

I’m thrilled that my paranormal romantic suspense is the WINNER of the Dream Realm Speculative Fiction/Romance award!

Here is a picture of the lovely crystal trophy.

With such an honor, who wouldn’t want to party?! I set up a virtual Dream Realm Award party and, guess what? It’s still going on!!! If you’d like to stop by, just click on this link.

THE COMING has gotten wonderful reviews including many 5 Star reviews from Romance Junkies, Goodreads, and Happily Ever After. This novel has also appeared as #1 on the Best Seller List.

This book is part of the Uncanny Paranormals line.

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

Dream Realm Award WINNER For Best Speculative Fiction Romance

5 Slippers! The Coming just sucks you right in from the very first page to the last. It keeps you going 'til you're bursting from anticipation to get to the end. Larissa is an intelligent woman who can take care of herself and not one of those wimpy, needy girls. Jack is strong, handsome, filled with demons of his own, and a kind of alpha in his own way. Together they are two halves that make up a whole. Their hope, blooming love, and happiness shines through the book. Ms. Knight is the best!--Happy Ever After

THE COMING is a fun read. Ms. Knight is a delightful storyteller with a flair for crossing different genres and this book is no exception; it's time travel with a twist. There are a few minor threads that run through the story but everything is nicely tied up in the end. The secondary characters are well drawn and engaging. Larissa and Jack are immediately attracted to each other, and the pages turn quickly as the tale rolls through the excitement and mystery of different time periods. Jus one question burns brightest; can Larissa, Jack, and his crew get off the island together and back into the same time zone? And what will they do about the pirates and the young girl they kidnapped in 1873? THE COMING is a delightful romp and a thrilling love story all wrapped up into one. It's the perfect choice for your spring reading selection.--Romance Reviews Today

5 Blue Ribbons! Susanne Marie Knight does a wonderful job of plopping a World War II vet in the middle of the twenty-first century. The sense of awe and wonder at the technologies, and the old-fashioned moral code came together in a strong and moving story. From the first paragraph I was hooked and couldn't wait to find out how [Jack and Larissa] overcame the barrage of obstacles laid in their paths.--Romance Junkies

4 Roses! A unique twist on the time travel idea, THE COMING treats us to the possibility that the strange happenings in the Triangle are real. Both Jack and Larissa are open minded enough to believe in the reality of the moment. We are treated to wonderful characters and a story that moves swiftly even on island time. Grab this book and see if a man from the past and a woman searching for a hero can find their place in the world.--A Romance Review

To begin with, this is the best book I've read in a long time. I won't give the ending away. Even if you ply me with peanut butter cookies, I won't tell, so don't ask! I loved the beginning. It was different and interesting. Bermuda Triangle? Hurray! I'm into sci-fi, so this book was particularly interesting to me. During WWII, while flying on a mission, Jack Harrington goes down into the triangle in his bomber. I like the way this book is written, especially her, `When death was as close a companion as his sweaty regulation undershirt?' Then it introduces Larissa Parish and her granddad, a man who was dying. Even with death so close, he was still able to joke. He promised to walk her down the aisle when she married. Was he able to hold on? Unfortunately not. Gramps wanted his ashes thrown in the ocean right where the Sweet Revenge disappeared. He passes away and she takes his ashes. She falls overboard into the Triangle... and promptly vanishes. Jack... who is still thirty-three, safe on an island, catches sight of Larissa in her life jacket and pulls her out of the ocean. Despite the indications, she refuses to believe he's from WWII. Yesterday man meets tomorrow woman. Bound to be some disagreements and there are. Are they rescued? Do they stay on that island for the rest of their lives? Do they fall in love and get married? There! That's all I'm going to say... Well, maybe I'll add, read it! You won't regret it.--eBooklove

The latest by Ms. Knight is one romance that proves that with love and trust, anything can happen. She has created a woman who is not worried about finding true love. She's independent and knows that if she were to be married then it would happen one day. What she didn't count on was that her life would change one man's life extremely. Now as leading men go, Jack is different from every man. Knight has somehow created a man who is not only old-fashioned but also still stuck in the 1940's persona. He believes that a woman should be at home waiting for their men. However, with larissa he thinks differently and can't figure out why she has such a strong hold on him. This reviewer has never read such a story that benefits every reader's reading style. Ms. Knight has created such loving characters in Larissa and Jack. The other characters in this story were also great, wondering if they will have their own story. Great read and creative background to the newfound love they feel for each other.--Fallen Angel Reviews

THE COMING just sucks you right in from the very first page to the last. It keeps you going till you're bursting from anticipation of the end. Larissa is an intelligent woman who can take care of herself and not one of those wimpy, needy girls. Jack is strong, handsome, filled with demons of his own, and even alpha in his own way. Together though they are two halves that make a whole. Their hope, blooming love, and happiness shine in the book. Ms. Knight is the best!--Romantic Interludes

Susanne Marie Knight has written a story with a wonderful premise. The idea that Larry would go dump her Grandfather's ashes and wind up in the same place as her Gramps' best friend is terrific. It hooked me from the first page. Will they be able to get back to the present or will they be stuck on the island paradise forever? It intrigued me and I really enjoyed the story.--Writers Unlimited

THE COMING is a time-travel romance with an interesting twist that I would love to see used in future books. The 1940s was a new time period for me and I really enjoyed meeting the characters, so much so that I will be looking out for similar books in the future. THE COMING was a highly entertaining read offering a tantalizing glimpse into a very near past. -ParaNormalRomance Reviews

In THE COMING, the Bermuda Triangle is once again the basis of a fantastic story of the disappearance of a WWII bomber and its crew. The book is peopled with interesting characters and a storyline that keeps you glued to the pages, and those who enjoy tales that include inexplicable happenings with satisfactorily happy endings will certainly enjoy THE COMING as I did.--Sime-Gen Reviews

In THE COMING, Susanne Marie Knight takes us back in time to 1945. The dialogue is done exceptionally well with the change of times and the characters are strong. The plot pulls us into the story immediately and the reader will enjoy the experience.--The Romance Studio

Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed THE COMING--N.G.

Current book that I'm reading is THE COMING. Recommended!--E.E.

I really enjoyed THE COMING and recommended it to my Reading Club!--L.K.

Highly entertaining!--S.B.

Just finished THE COMING and thoroughly enjoyed it!--M.C.

Loved THE COMING and hated to see it end.--L.B.

What a unique concept!--J.N.

THE COMING sounds fascinating.--G.G.

I really enjoyed THE COMING!--C.K.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE COMING and now my husband is reading it too.--J.G.

THE COMING sounds fascinating!--C.C.

I just recently read THE COMING. I thought this was really, really good. Involves the Bermuda Triangle.--F.B.

I really liked THE COMING!--C.N.

THE COMING sounds like my kind of book!--B.M.

What a story!--R.D.

THE COMING was really, really good! I recommended it to all my friends. :-) --F.B.

I really enjoyed THE COMING. Very interesting concept.--J.G.


And here’s a *little* something from my life experiences. I had the great good fortune to go to the 1965 New York World’s Fair--not once but many times. It was a fabulous opportunity for fun and for learning. A once-in-a-lifetime event for me multiplied by however many times I went. Twelve, maybe? Anyway, in THE COMING, Jack Harrington actually went to the 1939 New York World’s Fair where he was fortunate enough to view one of the first television sets.

The Official Guide to the 1965 New York World’s Fair--in less than pristine condition!

Below is a passage from THE COMING. Scene Setup: Larissa is stranded on a desert island along with Jack and his crew, including Danny and Ian, from a B-17 bomber that crashed in 1943. She has an idea to escape and is trying to convince the men to give her plan a try.

Larissa hurried to explain. “You see, very often, the solution to a problem turns out to be right under our noses. We all arrived on the island after going through peculiar storms in the sea, right? Most likely those were magnetic storms. If maybe we could wait until conditions were the same, until a storm appeared again, then we could just go back into the sea the way we came. And maybe, fingers crossed, we’d then come out on the other side of wherever this place is.”
Phew! A grueling twelve hour day at work wasn’t as hard as convincing this audience.
For some reason, Jack frowned. A terrible frown. It curled her toes, causing her to shudder.
“I guess you don’t think much of my idea, Jack. But it’s the only way out for us that I can think of.”
He almost grunted. “Why do you think it’s your job to come up with an escape?”
Danny punched his captain’s arm. “What difference does that make? Hey, I’m tired of waiting. It might work. It might be a real chance to go home. I can’t wait to see my family!” His Adam’s apple bounced up and down. “Is there anything we can do to bring on a magnetic storm?”
Sadness filled Larissa’s heart. She didn’t understand Jack. He should’ve been ecstatic at such a simple plan. Sure, it had risks, but wouldn’t he rather try to escape than continue on here... indefinitely?
She started cleanup duty to busy her hands. “Well, every now and then, the sun goes through a cycle which affects the magnetic field on earth. Sometimes the ‘sun storm’ that’s created is carried by solar wind, hitting our planet and disrupting electronic transmissions. We’re in such a cycle now, so maybe we should be on the lookout for that eerie fog.”
Danny furrowed his brow. “Electronic transmissions? You mean like our radio dispatches?”
Nodding, she then washed her hands in the lagoon. “And phone calls, and television signals, you know--”
Ian crinkled up his face. “What’s television?”
Oh goodness. She bit her lower lip. How could she have forgotten television was in its infancy in 1943? In fact, it only was officially “born” in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair.
Jack rose to his feet. “It’s no big deal. Television is just a big wooden box with about a seven-inch viewing screen showing moving images and sounds. Kind of like a miniature motion picture theater.”
Ian made a low whistle and stared at his captain.
Jack continued, “Yeah, I was at the ’39 World’s Fair, at the RCA exhibit, and watched the president...” He darted his gaze to Larissa. “... Roosevelt, you know, give a speech at the opening ceremony.” Then he slid his gaze away.
Something very odd was going on, but whatever it was, she had no clue.

I hope you enjoy this Larissa and Jack’s intriguing story.

Happy reading,

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