Tuesday, September 17, 2019

RaeAnne Thayne's New Christmas Story. #Giveaway.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments

I received a paperback ARC of NYT and USA Today Bestseller RaeAnneThayne's new Christmas story. Coming Home for Christmas will be on sale September 24. If you like Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies I suggest you pre-order this one. I really don't want to give mine away.
I interviewed  RayeAnne several years ago and she told me one of her family traditions was to add a new Christmas book to their family collection every year. I want to Keep Coming Home for Christmas and add it to mine.
This heart-twisting story about why a woman disappeared from the small town of Haven Point seven years ago picked me up and wouldn't let me go.
When Elizabeth Hamilton walked out of her home one stormy night and disappeared many townspeople believe her husband had murdered her. Left alone to raise two small children there was nothing  Luke could do to dispel the whispers. When his FBI brother-in-law traced Elizabeth to a small town in Oregon, Luke had every intention of letting her stay lost. Until a hot-shot DA decides she's going to charge Luke with Elizabeth's murder.
Now, a week before Christmas, Luke has no choice but to bring Elizabeth back to Haven Point. He doesn't want to hear why she left or why she stayed away. He only wants to clear his name and end their marriage with a divorce.
Nothing is as simple as it seems. The woman  Luke finds who calls herself Sonia doesn't even look like his wife anymore. And that's as far as I am going with telling you the story. But it kept me reading for six hours straight. RaeAnne writes lovely Christmas stories and this is her best so far.
The thing is I always do a giveaway of the ARC. So here it is.  US Only, Sorry. Happy reading.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Meet Rhonda Frankhouser and her Award Winning Ruby's Ranch Series. #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

Rhonda Frankhouser's Ruby's Ranch series has had a lot of critical acclaim since the first book in the series came out.
Escape from Ruby’s Ranch was runner up in the 2019 Raven Award for Best Contemporary. Her latest entry in the series, Legacy of Ruby’s Ranch came out last month and is listed under paranormal ghost stories. I’m interested!
Rhonda is giving away two ebooks of Legacy of Ruby’s Ranch at the end of the post.
And Book one of the award-winning Ruby’s Ranch Series, Return to Ruby's Ranch (RONE  Finalist) will be FREE September 14-16!!!! Follow the intrigue from the beginning. CLICK this link SEPTEMBER 14th to get the deal.
 Rhonda, please tell us a little about yourself.
About me…it’s not too interesting a story, but I love it.
I was raised on a small alfalfa farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley. We had horses, and dogs, and rabbits and chickens, and the random pack of cats that kept the mice away. My father had a HUGE garden, with every sort of vegetable you can imagine. Our front pasture had all sorts of fruit and pecan trees.
     Dreamy right? I’ll admit, as the baby in the family being stuck with all the chores as my older siblings moved away, it kind of sucked back then. Now I cherish the memories and lessons learned. I wouldn’t change a thing.
     My life so far has been an interesting journey. Athlete to scholar, stockbroker to hospice worker, I’ve seen a few things. My love for reading, and subsequently, writing, came from hours of alone time growing up. I read to my animals and journaled about becoming a rich and famous author.
     It was only after I was diagnosed with Cancer in my twenties, did I realize just how short our time on Earth really is. I was lucky and caught it early, but that disease taught me to reach out and try things, even if I’m afraid of rejection.
     Overall, I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve been married to my soulmate for nearly 15 years, and I’m living in the gorgeous state of Georgia, writing full time. I’m not sure how much more blessed I could be, but I’m looking forward to finding out.
I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
I’m not exactly new to the writing game, though my first published book didn’t come out until 2016. I’ve had an agent for two decades, but it wasn’t until I really did my own research, did I find the perfect editor fit at SoulMate Publishing. My husband and I had just come home from a bucket list trip to Boston, when I opened my email and saw a contract offer for my debut novel, Return to Ruby’s Ranch. It was hilarious actually, I sat back in my chair, and thought I must’ve read it wrong. I read it again, then finally handed the phone to my husband and asked, “Does that say what I think it says?”
He hollered first, which kind of scared the crap out of me, but then we both started jumping around like we’d won the lotto. We opened a bottle of Jordan Cab that had been saved for a special occasion and toasted to new beginnings, and dreams coming true.
If it isn’t too nosy. How about the first time you kissed your true love?
This one’s easy. The sappy descriptions romance writers use about kissing your soulmate for the first time, are dead on target. It wasn’t wicked or nasty, it was just right. Easy, gentle, yummy. I kept him. 
Sounds like an excellent decision. 
What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
There are several, but one of my all-time favorites is when the darling cable installer recognized me after seeing book stuff all over my office. He said, “You’re Rhonda Frankhouser? You wrote Return to Ruby’s Ranch? Oh my God, my wife LOVES that book. She’s read it like five times. She’s not gonna believe this.”
Imagine me, looking like a rag doll who looked like I hadn’t bathed in days (it was the day after we moved in). I would’ve hugged him or at least have taken a selfie with him, if I wasn’t so gross. No need in scaring good readers away.
That was a great memory for sure.
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
I love to read, obviously, binge watch Outlander and Downton Abbey, play golf with my gorgeous husband, and explore our new state. Moving to the East coast has been one new adventure after the other. There is so much amazing history everywhere. Yes, I did two years of high school in Atlanta and then came back and went to the University of Georgia. Beautiful state.
How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
Motivation usually comes in the form of dreams, or people watching, or the random news article. If I’m not feeling the writing urge, I don’t waste my time. When the light bulb strikes, however, I might not come out of my room for hours at a time.
Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Put your self-doubt in a box and bury it in the yard. Don’t expect perfection with your first try and don’t read the reviews. This is a subjective business, someone will love your work. Leave the haters to their own devices.

Tell us about  Legacy of Ruby’s Ranch


Legacy of Ruby’s Ranch is the third book in my award-winning Ruby’s Ranch Series. It goes back two generations from Book 1 (Return to Ruby’s Ranch), to tell the story of the original matriarch of a mystical village. Rube Gautier is a romantic who doesn’t want to be ruled by duty. When she meets Mackenzie Adams’, a war hero/village outsider, Ruby’s life takes a completely new path than an age-old legacy had in mind for her.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this heroine. She has far more guts than I ever would. Her goals are clear as she steadfastly pursues them. Her hero, well, he’s everything any woman would ever want. Honest, sexy, strong and willing to do whatever it takes to have a future with his heroine.

I wasn’t sure where my writer’s brain was taking me with this story, but I’m glad I sat back and let the story come to me. It has intrigue, with a little mysticism, and a lot of heart. I hope readers will start from the beginning on this series, to experience the full build-up of why Rube’s story really matters.

What’s your current WIP?
I actually just finished a fun novella for this same series. Christmas at Ruby’s Ranch, gives a beloved secondary character some much deserved lime light. Writing a Christmas story and writing a novella, were both curiosities to me, and I’m here to say. I loved it. It will be out in October, if all the stars align.

There will be a final full-length novel in this series, coming out next year and then I’ll move back into my other WIPs. Revenge at Ruby’s Ranch will bring all the matriarch’s together to solve some final mysteries, and avenge some final wrongs. I will start work on that, probably before Thanksgiving.

And finally, where can we find you?
Readers and friends can follow me on any and all of these links. I’d love to have lots more subscribers, so please click the buttons. 
Thank you for being here, Rhonda. The giveaway is below. Happy reading. all.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Gold medal and #giveaway.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 6 comments
On September 1st. Readers Choice awards were announced and Maybe This Time won the Gold Medal in Time Travel fiction.
I have an article in InD'tale September issue about making audiobooks.  https://www.indtale.com/
 My gold medal arrived in the mail on Friday along with a roll of shiny stickers to put on the books. Walter really loved the gold medal and I was happy to share it with him.
Happy September.  
This is my favorite month of the year. I never lost the feeling that a new year started with the school year.
 Autumn leaves. New Clothes. New books, And best of all, my birthday.
Next best was my sister Kelly's birthday. She was my birthday present. We are eight years and eight days apart. It only took a few days for me to forgive her for not being the pony I thought I was getting. She was so cute. Still is.

In September 1982 my wasband Barry Corbin finished filming on The Thornbirds on a Friday and started filming War Games on my birthday. Out second son Christopher was born two days later. I have so many blessings in my life and my sons are two of my best. And they keep giving us more.

Barry, Jim, Sue, Chris, Gingerbread Party 1986
Walter and Chris July 2019
Jim and Ella 

Since Maybe This Time is also a finalist for the 2019 RONE in the Audiobook General Category I am offering three free audio codes and three eBooks. Please leave a comment here or on my Facebook author page - https://www.facebook.com/SusanJames/

What do you like best about September?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Free audiocodes, Free recipe Two hilarious videos.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments

Thanks to all of you who voted in The Raven Awards. Maybe This Time won in Contemporary.  Maybe This Time is also a finalist for the 2019 RONE awards in Audiobooks General. Stephanie Bentley is a wonderful narrator. Another reason I feel blessed.
I have free audiobook codes for Time and Forever and Maybe This Time for anyone interested in leaving a review.You can email me at sueberger3@gmail.com
Irish Magic released last week. Its up to 40 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.2 stars. 18 reviews on Goodreads and five recommendations on BookBub.
Buy for 3.99 What a Bargain!
A romantic comedy with a touch of magic.
What do you do when everything goes wrong?
Make a wish on a four-leaf clover, right?
There’s no other logical way out of it!
But a clover wish is a heart wish. Everyone knows that.
When part leprechaun, Bradley Flynn, is charged with finding Kate’s true love, he calls on retired matchmaker, Essie O’Callaghan, who happens to have a mission of her own.
Dr. Michael Walshe had a ring in his pocket when he walked in on his girlfriend sleeping with her costar. He wants no part of Essie’s plan to find him a wife.
Fate – or something more leprechaun-shaped – has Kate and the doctor both heading to Cluhalaugh, home to Ireland’s most famous matchmaking festival. And somehow their paths keep crossing. The more they see of each other the harder it is to resist exploring their reluctant attraction. Will Kate realize that Michael could be far more than the cure to her writer’s block?

Pavlova Recipe

 Pavlova is one of my favorite summer desserts. It was created for Anna Pavlova, the Russian ballerina during her 1926 tour, either by a hotel chef in Wellington, New Zealand, or a by a chef in Australia. Both countries claim the credit.I claim it's delicious and easy to make.

Pavlova Re

A Pavlova is a baked meringue covered with unsweetened whipped cream and the fruit of your choice.
 I like to use raspberries, blueberries, Kiwi fruit and apricots.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
The Meringue
4egg whites
2 cups Confectioner’s sugar
1tbs cornstarch
1tbs vinegar
Pinch of salt
Beat egg whites until stiff
Add sugar one tablespoon at a time
Fold in vinegar, cornstarch, and salt
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a spatula, free-form a plate or platter sized circle on the baking sheet
(Or you could draw a circle pattern on the parchment. Better idea,)
Bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees. Then leave in the oven to dry for another hour.
Step 2 Whip 1 ½ cups heavy cream (Add 1 tsp Vanilla. Optional).
Move the meringue to your serving plate.
When ready to serve, cover the meringue with the whipped cream and decorate with fruit the fruit of your choice.

 I wanted to leave you with some laughter.
The first video is one of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches. Alexa for Seniors. I definitely relate to this one.

The second video was written by Billy Crystal's son in law and it is so funny. 4 minutes and 37 seconds.
Live long. Laugh often. And love always.
And maybe read my books?