Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Scoop On AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLIANCE

The idea for AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLIANCE started when I re-watched the movie, “Notting Hill” with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. In this film, Julia is an actress, and is shooting a period piece--maybe late nineteenth century--in England. Hugh visits her on the set.

I thought, what if my heroine is an actress (or a would-be actress), in a Regency period piece, and then suddenly time-travels back to Regency England? At first she’d believe she was still on the movie set. Were the people she met actors or extras--actual folks living in twenty-first century England?

Or, in Willa’s case, the people turn out to be genuine Regency inhabitants.

Bingo!

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Eighteen-year-old Willa Berkeley lives in the shadow of her famous actress mother. Although Willa’s greatest hope is to be a ballet dancer, she agrees to her mother’s desire for her to journey to England and take a small acting part in a major film production. Once on-site at Highbridge Hall, she learns the horrendous reason behind her mother’s “request.” Distraught, she makes a wish for happiness at the Hall’s supposedly enchanted lake. When morning comes, Willa is still at Highbridge Hall, however the film’s crew are no longer around. What in the world happened?

WISHES CAN COME TRUE

Ian Laydon, the Earl of Wrexham, returns to his father, the Marquess of Dunhaven’s, estate, Highbridge Hall, after an exhausting tour of duty mediating at the Congress of Vienna. His father wants Ian to marry a neighbor’s daughter, Arabella. Ian is a dutiful son; he plans to propose but his heart is unengaged. He wishes he could have a marriage as loving as the one his parents have. Oddly enough, right after his wish, he comes across an enigmatic young woman sitting against the granite bridge in front of him. Can she possibly be the answer to his wish?

Lights, camera, action... time travel! Modern day Willa, on-site on a movie set in England, makes a wish and then wakes up in the year 1815!

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This book is part of the prestigious Elegant Regencies line.

Here are some fabulous reviews:

5 Stars! One of the things I love about Susanne Marie Knight’s time-travels is that she uses a different method of time-travel in each book. Here, the method is a lake enchanted by fairy folk. The protagonist is a contemporary young woman on the verge of adulthood who struggles to find her way in her unsympathetic world. Willa has very real concerns; she comes alive for the reader. The novel is filled with believable characters: from the consumed-by-duty hero; to the headstrong, flighty Regency miss; to the sullen cousin; to name only a few. For a magically different romantic read, head over to the enchanted lake and read AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLIANCE!--Regency Fiction World

5 Stars! AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLIANCE is a charming time-travel Regency, complete with vivid characters, an interesting plot, and set in 1815 with accurate historical details. The main character, Willa, is only eighteen. How she grows from an insecure teen to confident young woman took this particular reader back to her youth! I stayed up all night to read this one. Enjoy this trip back to the past!--Twists On Romance Reviews 

I eagerly awaited Ms. Knight’s newest time-travel Regency and oh yes, I love AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLIANCE!--Reader Comment

5 Stars! A wonderful time travel love story! This author keeps surprising me! I have all her books now and am eagerly waiting for the next one!--Reader Review 

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For my tidbit from real life, I’ll include this: My heroine, Willa, is just eighteen years old. So, I had to jump back in time myself to reconnect with the angst of an eighteen-year old. Yikes. I reread diary pages from that period in my life and discovered I was rather emotional (no surprise), sometime clueless (ah well!), and yep, insecure.

I made Willa conflicted in her feelings as she tries to figure out not only her path in life, but also the male of the species (good luck with that!)

Here’s a scene set-up showing some of Willa’s confusion.

Scene Set-Up:

Misunderstandings abound! Ian Laydon returns to his ancestral home and believes the woman he finds by the enchanted lake is his neighbor’s daughter--and soon-to-be his intended--Arabella Carswell. However, it’s Willa Berkeley who wakes up after a wish at the enchanted lake. She believes she is in the middle of a film shoot with actors rehearsing their lines.

EXCERPT:

Ian smoothed his fingertips over Arabella’s soft-as-velvet cheek, and then he moved in closer. He had no choice; he was drawn to the honey of her lips. Catching her gaze, he held it and sent her an unspoken message. He wanted to taste those lips. Would she allow him the privilege? In truth, they had never exchanged a kiss before.

She gasped.

His heartbeat quickened, and he leaned in to accomplish his goal. “There is no need to stand on ceremony, my dear.” He inhaled more of her floral perfume. “After all, we are almost engaged, are we not?”

She stepped away from his touch and took another gulp of air. “I-I haven’t read the script yet. Are you... are you supposed to be my fianc√©?”

What an interesting way to phrase their connection. He took her right hand and, delighting in the feel of her, kissed each of her fingertips. “I am if you say yes, my dear.”

“Oh!” She pulled her hand away, and then struck it against her delicate breast. “Goodness, I had no idea. I mean, no one told me what I’m supposed to do.”

She darted her gaze wildly about as if planning her escape. Indeed he was reminded of a trapped animal.

“So sorry,” she panted. “I-I’ve got to get back.” She quickly turned in the Hall’s direction.

He did not remember Arabella as being missish. Indeed, she had always seemed forward.

But that did not signify. People had a tendency to change. He blocked her path. “Stay, my dear. And please, forgive me. You are correct, of course. My apologies. I have not followed the proper procedures.”

Placing his arm through hers, he then headed for the lake, taking her acquiescence for granted. “Is Lord Carswell at the Hall?”

Her lower lip trembled. “I don’t know.” She looked skittish, but she did follow him.

“Never fear, I shall talk with him. Get his permission. Just a formality, I am assured. I daresay he has been longing for this event ever since you were born.” Ian lifted an eyebrow as he looked over at her. “I was under the impression that you were longing for it, as well.”

Even through the fringe of hair on her forehead, he could see her own eyebrows stretched high. She was puzzled. Why was that?

The beauty of the lake distracted him. Perhaps it would soothe her as well. Pulling her with him, he stood on the sandy shore and watched a family of mallards noisily float on the surface. As he did not have treats for them, they sailed past. Once the ducks were out of range, he picked up a stone and hurled it out onto the water. It skimmed and skipped on the surface, and then sank with a plunk.

“There.” He turned to her. “I feel better. Would you care to try it?”

She wrinkled her finely sculpted nose. “No. I don’t understand any of this. Is this part of the script? Are you and I suppose to--”

“Supposed to what?” She looked so desirable, he leaned over and nuzzled his chin against her well-formed ear. This close to her, he was lost indeed. “Supposed to kiss? I have been wanting to kiss you, my dear.”

He took a great liberty. He knew he did. But as he had told her, they were almost engaged. What would be the harm? Before she had a chance to slip away, he curved his arm around her and pulled her even closer, enjoying her feminine feel against his chest.

“Allow me the pleasure, my moppet,” he murmured. Then his lips touched hers.

So soft, so pliant, so wonderfully sweet. He tightened his hold and traced his tongue over the fullness of her lips.

For a moment, he had her. She did not move. She was his. The next second, she jerked away.

Her green eyes flashed fire. “No! You’re not that... that slimy goat of a director, are you?” 

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I hope you enjoy Willa and Ian’ love story.

Susanne Marie Knight

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Scoop On: QUANTUM KISSES

Here’s another unusual "gem" of a story... or gemstone as in labradorite! QUANTUM KISSES is a contemporary/fantasy romance, or as the cover states: A romance novel of random possibilities. The consequences of choices are explored; for example, the heroine, Annabelle, makes three life-changing choices that then help shape her into the person she is at the present time. We see Annabelle as a ninth grader, as a senior in high school, and as a junior in college... to then view her as... well, you’ll see!

In this tale, the properties of Quantum Entanglement are briefly explored. The actual Introduction to QUANTUM KISSES is as follows: 

Quantum Kisses--what in the world does this title mean? Kisses, of course, are self-explanatory. Quantum, as in “Quantum Physics” however, is another matter entirely.

 

Frankly, an explanation of “Quantum Physics” is beyond the scope of this novel. After all, Quantum Kisses is a contemporary romance, not a scientific textbook explaining the intricacies of how everything in the universe works!

 

However, the mysteries of “Quantum Entanglement” do play a part in this romance novel of random possibilities. In “Quantum Entanglement”, for some unknown reason, two particles of matter can become connected. The two particles--photons or electrons--are inexorably linked no matter the physical distance and no matter the time--past, present, or future. If one particle leaps from one subatomic state to another, the other one does as well, and at the same time.

 

So what does “Quantum Entanglement” have to do with Quantum Kisses? Well, it all started one day when Annabelle Wilcott found a pretty stone...


MEANT FOR HIM

As soon as ninth grader Annabelle Wilcott finds an unusual stone, she suddenly meets high school senior Sam Barnes. She’s immediately attracted to him, uncomfortably so, and this connection scares her silly. To protect herself, she gives him the cold shoulder. But over the years, Fate, or is it Quantum Entanglement?, keeps throwing Sam into her path. Three times she resists. Maybe, in Annabelle’s case, four times is a charm. 

MEANT FOR HER

Sam Barnes is an analytical physicist through and through, however he does have one superstition; he believes a certain gemstone that he carries in his pocket brings good luck. It might even bring the girl of his dreams. After encountering Annabelle Wilcott time and time again, he theorizes that they have a Quantum Entanglement... that they are inexorably linked. His job is to convince his reluctant Annabelle that she and he belong together. Maybe what is needed is a Quantum Kiss! 


Can an ordinary gemstone bring together two people clearly meant for each other? 

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5 Stars! QUANTUM KISSES delivers an intriguing twist on romance! The reader even learns about Quantum Entanglement in this fun and frothy tale. Following young Annabelle through “decision points” in her adolescence into adulthood, we watch her become the woman she’s meant to be. Her path crosses Sam’s, over and over again, until finally, she’s ready to take the next step with him. All it takes is a Quantum Kiss! Don’t miss this one!--Twists On Romance Reviews

5 Kisses! In this imaginative tale, Annabelle and Sam are made for each other, only Annabelle is, to use a word, skittish. And why not? They first meet when she’s only fourteen. I love how Ms. Knight takes us back to junior high, high school, and college, to then vault into Annabelle’s present day adult life. Is a sparkling gemstone responsible for uniting these two would-be lovers? Read QUANTUM KISSES to find out!--Just Imagine Fanzine

This book is part of the Romantic Contemporaries and Magical Fantasies line.

Some real life tidbits: Well, to be frank, there are A LOT of real life tidbits in QUANTUM KISSES. This book took me only seven weeks to write--less, really, because the Christmas holidays and New Year’s celebrations were in this time frame, too.

Anyway, back in my school years I kept a diary, so if you’re wondering if some of the crazy dialogue and situations were based on actual events, then the answer is probably yes! And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

 

The two Phiz Quips that Annabelle wrote in her Physics notebook are actually ones I wrote in my senior year of high school. As Annabelle says, these Quips were written with artistic license!

 

Yeah, artistic license with those two poems. Nope, no “valentine” for me at present, and I haven’t failed a quiz... yet, anyway. Then again, the Physics Final was just two days ago. I honestly don’t know if I’m going to pass or fail.

 

Well, enough grousing!

 

So, for a “taste” of what school life was like back in the day, and also for a true love romance, be sure to read Annabelle and Sam’s story!

Susanne Marie Knight

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The Scoop On: OFF THE GRID

Sometimes we all just want to escape. For me, I’m thinking that scenario was the driving force in my Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, THE AWAY PLACE, and also OFF THE GRID, my newest Romantic Suspense. This story involves the heroine, RJ Jones, changing her identity to Jean Walters to escape killers wanting her dead.

For Jean, instead of finding her remote “off the grid” location, she gets ensnared by the kindness of strangers wanting to help her. Here, in a small Missouri town, she feels a sense of community and family that she’d lacked before. However, there is still the matter of her mother’s murderer hot on her trail. How can she protect herself and these wonderful people she’s grown to love?

SHE’S GOT TO RUN

Up-and-coming New York fashion designer, Jean, discovers her mother has not only been murdered, but she had also been leading a life of crime. Whoever killed her mom is now after Jean. Changing her identity, Jean takes to the road, looking for a place to hide, a place she can be safe. Midway across the country, she stops to get gas, and instead gets a second chance. She’s taken under a kind stranger’s wing--Uncle Nick--and is offered sanctuary at an off the grid cabin. The hitch? Uncle Nick’s handsome nephew is the chief of police who’s interested in pursuing the intriguing newcomer.

HE’S GOT TO STOP HER

Chief of Police Lawrence Crenshaw is not only single, he’s sworn off women. With his family history, no good ever came from a marriage union. Then the mysterious Jean comes to town. She’s not only trouble, she’s in trouble, but she refuses to confide in him. Wooing her slowly, he tries to convince Jean that not only can he keep her safe, but that she belongs by his side. Does a small town cop stand a chance at love with a New York City gal?

Running from her mother’s killers, Jean goes into hiding.

A chance meeting with a small town’s chief of police upsets not only

her escape plans but also changes her life.

 

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Here are some wonderful reviews:

Another winner from author Susanne Marie Knight! Jean Walters, a young woman in trouble, must hide from her mother’s killers. She plans to “go off the grid” to keep her whereabouts secret. Well, I can tell you, if going off the grid means bumping into police captain Lawrence Crenshaw, then sign me up! The chemistry between these two had me fanning my face!! This novel is a perfect escape from today’s busy world. OFF THE GRID is definitely a keeper!--Norwood Reviews

5 Stars! In today’s world, can anyone truly go “off the grid?” City girl, Jean, fearing for her life, changes her identity and looks for an out-of-the-way place where she can be safe. But Fate has something else in store for her. Her first day on the road and she runs into a police chief, Lawrence, who decides she’s the one for him. She’s as skittish as a colt, but he knows how to tame a wild filly. Who’s seducing whom here?! Be sure to scoop up this one!--Twists On Romance Reviews

5 Stars! Mystery and Romance. A girl full of dreams has her life turned upside down by events out of her control. She doesn't know who to trust, or where to go, but she must keep herself off the grid. Running for her life she finds refuge in an unlikely place. Losing everything, she finds love and happiness within her reach, but she can't put her friends at risk. What a dilemma! I love this book!--S. A. Santos Reviews

This book is part of the Romantic Contemporaries and Romantic Suspense lines.

For my real life tidbit, I thought I’d talk about OFF THE GRID’s dedication to my Great, Great Uncle Nick. Yes, Great, Great Uncle Nick is real, and I’m so very blessed to have met him and have memories of him. When my father said Uncle Nick was his great uncle, I didn’t really understand the relationship. I was young and frankly couldn’t put two and two together too much! If Uncle Nick was my father’s great uncle, then that meant he was my Grandmother’s uncle. Huh?!!

But that was true. There was a twelve years different between Uncle Nick and my Grandmother.

Uncle Nick had a farm, which was an amazing place to a city girl like me. He had cows, and I had my first and only experience of sort-of-milking one. Ooh! The milk came out warm and in a spurt! I also found out about cow patties! He also had turkeys and chickens. I learned that when a person gave a whistle, the turkeys actually gobbled! Uncle Nick had huge pigs. I remember one particularly HUGE one lying in the mud. This pig was supposed to be seven hundred pounds. And yep, Hoggen Harry is modeled after this pig.

Here are Chief of Police Lawrence Crenshaw thoughts about Hoggen Harry:

That was all the excitement in the big city, except for the sudden return of the stolen pig, Hoggen Harry. Harry, weighing in one hundred pounds less than his usual fighting weight of seven hundred pounds, had been found back in his pen, getting reacquainted with some of his female oinkers.

Maybe Harry had escaped on his own and had a month long vacation, seeing the sights. Officer Hammond was in charge of interviewing the bystanders, and that turned out to be four-legged ones. No one at the station envied him!

 

For a glimpse into small town living and a slow-to-percolate romance between Jean and Lawrence, give OFF THE GRID a chance to win your heart!


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Monday, April 15, 2024

The Scoop on: MY FAVORITE GHOST

Where do I begin? Well, I wanted to write something fun, something fluffy and cute. Somehow, the title MY FAVORITE GHOST came my way. Of course I was reminded of the sixties television show, “My Favorite Martian”, but that’s where the similarity ends!

So I was left with a dilemma: how can I have a love story with a billionaire and a ghost? Hmmn. I put my thinking cap on and came up with:

HIS DREAM COME TRUE

Billionaire Timothy Bolland Carter is having a very interesting day... and night. First he finds out that he has a previously unknown great grandmother, Emaline, who is not only turning one hundred years old, but who also practices Appalachian Granny Magic. Then, he receives a wake-up call--literally. A very friendly... and passionate ghost visits his bed in the dark of the night. He doesn’t know the woman and she doesn’t let herself be seen. When morning arrives, not only is she gone but there’s absolutely no way she could have entered or departed from his penthouse apartment. She says she’s a ghost, but is she really? How can Carter find her again?

HER WORST NIGHTMARE

Doctor Gabrielle (Gabby) Rossi has her life on track. So what if she’s twenty-nine, single, with no special man on the horizon? When billionaire Timothy Bolland Carter arrives at her medical office to handle a cyber attack, she ignores him as if he had the plague. This man was responsible for “knocking up” and abandoning her best friend. But even though she gives him the cold shoulder, she can’t help but fantasize about indulging in some late night aerobics... in the privacy of her mind, of course. A couple of intense dreams later, and then... Wait a minute! How did she get pregnant?

 Is it possible to make love to a ghost?

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5 Stars!! A great way to start the New Year! Carter is a billionaire with a problem in bed. No, it doesn’t have to do with women... then again, maybe it does. After he visits with his long-lost great grandmother--who tells him she practices Appalachian Granny Magic--his sleep problems get worse... or better, depending on how you look at it. Carter is a wonderfully appealing character who treats everyone with respect. He is interested in his nighttime ghost, but also feels a connection with a Doctor Gabby, who won’t give him the time of day. Getting these two together was fun to read. Their delightful banter made me keep turning the pages. I had no idea how this unusual situation would resolve itself. Ms. Knight delivers once again!--Just Imagine Fanzine

5 Stars! Romantic and Sexy! My Favorite Ghost is a mix of contemporary romance and paranormal romance, showing that there are more mysteries in the universe than meets the eye. And when the desire is strong enough, even the impossible can happen. I recommend it!! S. A. Santos Reviews

This book is part of the Romantic Contemporaries and Magical Fantasies line.

Real life tidbit: I dedicated this novel to my Great Grandmother Emaline. Emaline happens to be the sister of my Great Great Uncle Nick, and if you’ve read my OFF THE GRID, then you know I dedicated that book to him. Unlike with Uncle Nick, I never met my Great Grandmother Emaline. She was born in Paducah, Kentucky and she and my Great Grandfather William Joseph had a passel of kids including my Grandmother, Elva.

Anyway, William Joseph was born in Tennessee, however my Knight Great Grandfather, Newton, was born in Ten Mile, Meigs, Tennessee, the location for Carter’s great grandmother, Emaline Jones.

 

Emaline Jones practices Appalachian Granny Magic, and because of that, strange things begin to happen. I can’t say if my Great Grandmother Emaline also did Granny Magic, but I sure do love the idea, don’t you?

 

This except is about Carter’s mother, Tabitha, complaining about his great grandmother:

 

Two seconds later came his mother’s shrill voice. “Wait! Timothy, wait. I... I’ll tell you. It’s just that Emaline Jones, well, how can I say this? She practices mountain magic, superstitious nonsense. She’s a certifiable hillbilly, for goodness sake, Timothy. Honestly, she and the Carter family couldn’t be more different.”

Carter pinched the bridge of his nose between two fingers. Listening to his mother was giving him a headache.

Perhaps Tabitha didn’t like the silence between them because she continued, “That trip, Timothy, all those years ago, changed you. When you came back, I could hardly recognize my respectable little boy. I couldn’t have that hillbilly influence on you, Timothy. You belong here in Denver society, not out in the wilds of the mountains, doing rain dances and such.”

Hell. Rubbing his forehead, Carter blew out a troubled breath. Not only was his mother a narcissist, but a snobbish narcissist. An insufferable narcissist.

Maybe it was the memory of her cold damn hands that woke him up in the night. Woke him up those nights before... before yesterday’s passionate, friendly ghost.

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 One other tidbit: My granddaughter calls me Gabby! ;-)

 

I hope you enjoy Gabby and Carter’s story!

 

Susanne Marie Knight

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Revisiting: REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED Review

I’m still in alt over this fantastic literary analysis for my Regency time-travel novel, REGENCY SOCIETY REVISITED. What a top-of-the-trees honor! My thanks and gratitude to Colin, Amazon Reviewer, for this delightful review.


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

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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?

*****

Destination: Regency England, February 4, year of our Lord 1812. Resort town of Bath, county of Avon.

“Are you ready, Dr Steele?” a technician asked from behind the glass-enclosed tomb.

“Yes, ready.” Serenity’s voice was lost in the vastness of the Time Displacement Wave chamber. In the center of the apparatus, her portmanteau waited.

Meet Anthropologist Serenity D Steele. She must be the unluckiest girl alive. Unlike her first name, her love life has been anything but serene. An ego battered and bruised from a bad romance with endogamous, upper-class, modern-day rake, Sir Clyde; she must now steel herself for a time travel trip to the Regency Ton of old, which in her view abounds with similar bounders like her ex. If that wasn’t bad enough, she has to embed herself for a whole year in a society which in her own words is where “women led narrow, restricted lives,” and where “men’s thoughts were of nothing more earthshaking than how to tie their cravats”!

A third-person multi-character POV story, it is clear from the outset Serenity is a true heroine in the classical Homeric sense of Grecian antiquity. We open with a typical day in university; a meeting with her mentor, Dr Axel Rhinehart, whose surname means “wise counsel” in German and excellently mirrors the Hanoverian dynasty on the throne at the time of Jane Austen’s iconic work ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The setting is the present day where temporal displacement technology is in its infancy. The Homeric action call is to go back in time and study periods in history as part of an academic research project. Axel reveals in a later discussion how Serentiy’s colleague, who was to go back to 1812 England, has aserendipitously broken his leg. This means Serenity, as one of the best anthropological researchers in the university, must go in his place.

With a preference for studying pre-industrial and hunter gatherer societies, as well as her less-than-sympathetic views of the Regency Ton, Serenity is initially and quite understandably reluctant to go. However, she soon changes her mind and makes her necessary preparation for (what is to her at least) a journey into the Homeric ‘underworld’ that is high society Georgian England. I won’t reveal any spoilers on how the story unfolds but Susanne Knight’s sense of metaphor and wordplay in the prose was both a delight and privilege to behold. I particularly loved, for example, her description of how the overhead, sparkling chandeliers swayed with the abundance of energy flowing throughout the room in the Lydon Ballroom–the artistic carte blanche mirroring its modern meaning was, I thought, pure literary genius! Oh, one other thing, too. It is a Regency Romance and of course, any book in this genre would not be complete without its own Darcey-esque handsome hero. He comes in the delightfully dapper figure of Nicholas Wycliffe, the aloof and eminent Lord Brockton. No spoilers as to what happens, though!

What I really enjoyed about reading 'Regency Society Revisited', nevertheless, was how Serenity’s character mirrored in so many methods and mannerisms that of Austen’s classical character Elizabeth Bennet. Just like Liz, she is clever and well-spoken with a sharp rapier sense of wit and repartee which carries her above the prejudices pervading her class-restricted subjects of study. Nowhere is this more well placed than her research notes and hilarious comments dotted at different points across her study year which not only help cement the story but also give the book its own extraordinarily powerful and unique voice. Juxtaposed on this is her own hurt vanity and preconceptions of the historical Ton influenced by her own ill-fated present-day dalliance with dastardly dapper rascal Sir Clyde. The contrast makes for a positively potent pride and prejudice mixture and dynamically drives the story line through countless plot twists and turns to a very unexpected but for me at least, extremely satisfying conclusion.

Some other positive points about the story. Like every good science fiction novel on time travel, the laws of temporal displacement are spelled out clearly and concisely from the outset. However, with the technology being in its infancy that does not mean to say there might (or might not) be surprises on the way! What really makes the story stand out however, is the sheer volume of research Susanne has put into the book. References to Lord Castlereagh, Almack’s Assembly Rooms, John Gay’s ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ and Anne Radcliffe’s gothic classic ‘The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne’ all add a sense of autenticit√† senza compromessi to the story and make it a real stand out, cross-genre Regency Romcom.

In conclusion, Susanne Knight has delivered a ding-dong debonaire delight of a novel that both entertains and educates the reader and will leave you crying out for more. It is no exaggeration when I say Susanne Knight is one of those writers who really puts the ‘awe’ into author and the “right” stuff into her writing – so go out there and buy this book because you will be doing yourself a colossal disservice not to. Enjoy!--Colin, Amazon Reviews

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

New Review for: Science Fiction Romance--THE XENON ADVANTAGE

 


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A dangerous interstellar assignment to colonize a nonterrestrial world forces Naressa to butt heads with a powerful alien leader and a stubborn Terran crewmember.

OUT OF HER ELEMENT

Naressa, a native of the Earth colony on Alpheratz 3, is chosen at the last minute be the communications officer on an exploratory mission to a planet in the Southern Cross sector. Her hidden ability to receive and translate alien thoughts is the reason for this decision. Now aboard the Nautilus, she’s met with hostility... and something else... by Kurt Stone, the starship’s CO who is annoyed that she replaced his on-again-off-again lover. She also receives messages from a powerful... and amorous alien leader, Mavolian, telling her to “come to him.” Naressa has no interest in forming a love connection with anyone, however Mavolian is determined and Kurt is smitten by her. Will she be able to give up her freedom for the boundaries of love?

OUT OF HIS ELEMENT

Years ago, Kurt Stone left the endless routine of his homestead in the Greater Dakotas for the excitement and danger of interstellar space. He excels at his job and pursues his goal of obtaining a captaincy. On a treacherous mission to explore a uninhabited planet, Acrux 4--a twin of Earth--he meets an unusual female, Naressa, native to an Earth colony that has an excessive amount of the element Xenon in its atmosphere. As it turns out, Acrux 4 also is abundant in Xenon. As Kurt fights his attraction to her, he has to endure watching as the powerful alien leader, Mavolian, makes a play for Naressa. Can Kurt set his jealously aside and convince her to be with him for always?

PRAISE FOR THE  XENON ADVANTAGE:

* Ms. Knight poses an interesting dilemma in THE XENON ADVANTAGE, her latest science fiction romance novel. A prosperous Earth is determined to expand to other planets. A near-duplicate, uninhabited world is discovered, and SolSpace sends an exploratory ship, the Nautilus, to pave the way for future colonization. But wait, is the planet truly without intelligent lifeforms? Is SolSpace secretly aware that the planet is inhabited, and sends a starship anyway? What about the ship’s crew, do they know what awaits them on Acrux 4? The intrepid Nautilus crew must deal with gut-wrenching wormholes and powerful, hostile aliens, in addition to circumventing the differences between Earth natives and Earth colonies around the solar system, as well as a telepathic native from an Earth colony on the distant planet Alpheratz 3--Naressa. Far from her distant home for the first time, Naressa has her hands full dealing with an amorous alien leader and a jealous Earth commander, along with the trials and tribulations of life aboard a tin can ship. Definitely a 5 star read!--Twist On Romance Reviews

* 5 Stars! What in the world is a Xenon Advantage and how can I get it? The easiest way is to read THE XENON ADVANTAGE and enjoy your journey into the vast expanse of interstellar space. Be sure to wear your “blocking cap” to ensure complete privacy! I loved watching our heroine, Naressa, learn how to not only handle her crewmates’ inappropriate thoughts when she doesn’t have her blocking cap on, but also how she grows into the mature woman she’s destined to become. A thoroughly enjoyable read!--Decatur Reviews.

THE XENON ADVANTAGE is now available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com and in Print at Amazon.com.

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Science Fiction romance novels by Susanne Marie Knight include:

The Xenon Advantage--SF

The Entitled--Alien Abduction

Stopping The Enemy--Dystopian SF

Alien Heat--Dystopian SF

Janus Is A Two-Headed God

Janus Is A Two-Faced Moon

ForEvver

An Alien Paradise

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

New Release--THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

 
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The “one that got away” catches up with twice divorced Chris Chambers twenty six years later. Is it too late to have a happily ever after?

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwoods.com and Print.

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RUNNING FROM LOVE

Twice divorced Chris Chambers doesn’t believe in a second chance at love... or rather, another chance. She definitely isn’t looking for love... or even a quick hook-up. She’s very happy where she is at this stage in her life. But at a business convention in Tampa, she comes across an intriguing man she just can’t say no to. He seems so familiar. When she realizes Eric is the one that got away twenty-six years ago, or rather her nineteen-year-old self ran from him all those years ago, she does the predictable thing: she runs again. But sometimes, Fate won’t be denied. After all, as the old saying goes: third time’s a charm.

RUNNING TO LOVE

Widower Eric Paulsen has it all: successful career as a medical doctor, two prospering adult children, a gorgeous house overlooking Tampa Bay... what more can he want? True, his nights do get lonely; his assistant, Hildi, imagines herself to be his next wife; and his daughter goes out of her way to help Hildi accomplish that goal. But when he takes a romantic dinner cruise, a birthday present from the smitten Hildi, he spots a woman who peaks his interest on every level. Turning on the charm, he decides Chris is to be his birthday present. The morning after, he discovers Chris is Christine, his first love from so long ago. Living all these years without her, without true love, he’s determined to convince Christine to finally become his, and his alone.

Praise for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY:

* I’m a sucker for second chance romance stories. Ms. Knight delivers once again in this new contemporary, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. We have a couple in their forties who had a bit of a history when they were teens, to finally find themselves together again. Should they take the next step? Will Eric’s adult kids give their blessing? Can Christine overcome her two previous failed marriages? Should she and Eric finally commit? Grab your copy and enjoy the ride! 5 Stars!--Norwood Reviews

* A cute meet at a roller skating rink? A romantic dinner cruise? A possessive office assistant? A persistent medical doctor? All this and more in this poignant love story: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Sometimes our soul mate comes along and we’re just not ready for him or her. I could feel Christine’s pain at being burned by her two ex-husbands. I teared up at reading about Eric’s unfaithful wife. Can these two put aside their fears and become a loving couple? Do yourself a favor: don’t let this book get away!--S.G. Reviews

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwoods.com and Print.

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Susanne Marie Knight

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Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing with a Twist!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The Scoop on The One That Got Away

Maybe it was the blues of winter. Maybe I was still reminiscing about the days of yore. In any event, I decided to “escape” to the warm climate of Florida, a U.S. southern state I lived in for three years--Miami, to be specific. In this novel however, it’s the city of Tampa that is the scene of the crime!

For this contemporary romance, I used the “Haven’t I seen you someplace before?” scenario. In Christine and Eric’s case, the “before” was twenty-six years ago. The question here is, can two people, who loved each other before, set aside the baggage in their lives to accept a golden opportunity: a second chance at love?

RUNNING FROM LOVE

Twice divorced Chris Chambers doesn’t believe in a second chance at love... or rather, another chance. She definitely isn’t looking for love... or even a quick hook-up. She’s very happy where she is at this stage in her life. But at a business convention in Tampa, she comes across an intriguing man she just can’t say no to. He seems so familiar. When she realizes Eric is the one that got away twenty-six years ago, or rather her nineteen-year-old self ran from him all those years ago, she does the predictable thing: she runs again. But sometimes, Fate won’t be denied. After all, as the old saying goes: third time’s a charm.

RUNNING TO LOVE

Widower Eric Paulsen has it all: successful career as a medical doctor, two prospering adult children, a gorgeous house overlooking Tampa Bay... what more can he want? True, his nights do get lonely; his assistant, Hildi, imagines herself to be his next wife; and his daughter goes out of her way to help Hildi accomplish that goal. But when he takes a romantic dinner cruise, a birthday present from the smitten Hildi, he spots a woman who peaks his interest on every level. Turning on the charm, he decides Chris is to be his birthday present. The morning after, he discovers Chris is Christine, his first love from so long ago. Living all these years without her, without true love, he’s determined to convince Christine to finally become his, and his alone.


The “one that got away” catches up with twice divorced Chris Chambers twenty six years later. Is it too late to have a happily ever after?

 Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

In print at Amazon.comTHE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is available for purchase electronically at Amazon.com and Smashwoods.com and Print.

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Check out this wonderful reviews:

I’m a sucker for second chance romance stories. Ms. Knight delivers once again in this new contemporary, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. We have a couple in their forties who had a bit of a history when they were teens, to finally find themselves together again. Should they take the next step? Will Eric’s adult kids give their blessing? Can Christine overcome her two previous failed marriages? Should she and Eric finally commit? Grab your copy and enjoy the ride! 5 Stars!--Norwood Reviews

A cute meet at a roller skating rink? A romantic dinner cruise? A possessive office assistant? A persistent medical doctor? All this and more in this poignant love story: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Sometimes our soul mate comes along and we’re just not ready for him or her. I could feel Christine’s pain at being burned by her two ex-husbands. I teared up at reading about Eric’s unfaithful wife. Can these two put aside their fears and become a loving couple? Do yourself a favor: don’t let this book get away!--S.G. Reviews

 This book is part of the Romantic Contemporaries line.

Real life tidbit: Hmmn, this novel is rife with real life tidbits. Yep, that was me roller skating and then forgetting my orthotic inserts in the rented boots. Alas, there was no Rick or Eric around to be my knight-in-shining-armor! Yep, that was me attending a writer’s conference in Tampa, Florida, and omigosh, yes, three of my novels were finalists for international awards: Best Contemporary Romance, Best Historical Romance, and Best Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction Romance. As for getting pregnant at the tender age of forty-five... no. Thank heavens, no! However, my dear grandmother had that honor at the *very* tender age of forty-seven, giving birth to my close-in-age aunt! Strange but true!

Here’s Christine’s take on her first encounter with her knight-in-shining-armor, helping her find her shoe inserts:

Yuck! A mountainous stack of heavy, smelly roller skates and roller blades waited for me to sort through them. Instead of the workers putting the skates back into their boxes, the boots were thrown into a pile, one on top of the other.

And I had to stick my hand in each boot... one at a time.

Mentally holding my nose, I did put my hand in, over and over again. Then, unexpectedly, standing by my side was my knight-in-shining-armor, asking if he could help. Rick had no idea what I was looking for, but he gamely inserted his hand into the foul smelling mass of skating rink boots.

Even then I knew that Rick was a keeper.

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I hope you enjoy this whimsical second chance at love!

Susanne Marie Knight

http://www.susanneknight.com

Read outside the box: 

Award-winning Romance Writing with a Twist! 

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