Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Celebrating September #giveaway.

Posted by Susan B James on 1:22:00 AM with No comments
Happy September.  
Even in COVID lockdown, I have so much to be thankful for.
On September 1st, 2019 Readers Choice awards were announced and Maybe This Time won the Gold Medal in Time Travel fiction.
IN September 2020, I have an article in Uncaged Magazine http://uncagedbooks.com/which begins on page 34.
My Susan b James website is revamped. https://susanbjames.com/
My children’s book website is alive and I have two new children’s books coming out in 2020. 
I have a lovely role in Looks That Kill, currently available on Amazon Prime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hTapR_IjZY
On September 25th Kajillonaire is due to hit the theatres. https://youtu.be/xiMPCevu8Wk Really?
The AP Bio episode I did earlier this year Season 3 Episode 1. Tiny Problems dropped on NBC's new streaming service Peacock last week. It was great fun to do.
September 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. This year I will be 77/ Double sevens. That feels very lucky.
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

Chris with his sons, Walter and Eugene. Jim with his daughter, Ella

Since Maybe This Time won three awards, (2019 Gold Medal for Time Travel in Reader's Favorite, 2019 Raven for Best Contemporary and runner up for the 2019 RONE in the Audiobook General Category) I am offering three free audio codes and three eBooks. Please leave a comment here with your email, or better still, subscribe to my website. https://susanbjames.com/
I get your email address for my very infrequent newsletters and you get a free ebook or audiobook code.
Tell me, dear ones, I know this is a crazy year, but what do you normally like best about September?

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hope Malory's An Inconvenient Attraction and #Giveaway

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

 Please welcome Hope Mallory who is celebrating her new release by giving away a copy of her last release. See the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Thanks, Susan, for having me on your blog today. I’m so excited to announce my newest release, An Inconvenient Attraction, launching tomorrow! This is a contemporary romance, the fifth in my Azalea Valley Series, and can be read as a standalone.

How Difficult is it to get notice for a new release during a pandemic
An Inconvenient Attraction will be my third release during the pandemic. The first launch this year was mid-March at the beginning of the shut down. Although I have been home more which gave me ample opportunity to write, it has had its challenges. The stress at times zaps the creativity, but conversely, as reading often does, writing helps authors counteract the stresses by transporting us into a different place—one without Covid. I enjoy book signings and look forward to them again which hasn’t been possible this year. 

Has it changed your writing?
Not really other than I might have been overambitious releasing four books in 2020. My next book, Christmas Chances, will launch in December. Since this has been such a busy year, I will take a few weeks break and continue to write, but maybe at a slower pace. This time has been a reminder for me to do ALL the things I enjoy and not only writing.

Tell us about An Inconvenient Attraction.

In this return to Azalea Valley, readers will find small town charm, single parents with bruised hearts, and challenging decisions. Escaping the heat of New Orleans turns into a dangerous floodwater rescue for Dr. Lilly Barnesworth. Meeting the handsome Derrick May, father of a rescued boy, interrupts her self-prescribed remedy of a retreat with her young daughters to heal wounds from her recent divorce.

Derrick is on a “not interested” basis with women after his ex-wife ditches him. Seeing Lilly in action saving his asthmatic son forces a crack in his resolve. Both single parents fight their mutual skyrocketing attraction and neither expects Azalea Valley’s small-town magic to fuel their relationship. The question is, can they overcome Lilly’s ex disturbing her newfound peace and Derrick’s rich, aggressive client demanding his personal attention?

This sounds like a great premise. Hope, tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in a small Tennessee town. My husband and I live near Nashville and travel as often as we can while still trying to make time for our family including two precious grandchildren. Sometimes settings and experiences from our travels make it into my novels. I write both contemporary romance and romantic suspense. My first novel in the series, Wildfire and Roses, recently won runner-up in the contemporary category of the Raven Awards.

Congratulations! I love the Raven Awards. 
We can we find your books?

For An Inconvenient Attraction, go to https://amzn.com/B08FMR33XL  On pre-order today and releases tomorrow.

For the first four in the series:
  • The first, Wildfire and Roseshttps://amzn.com/B07J55F9RN features Beasley and Will’s outdoor adventures and long-distance relationship.
  • And, the fourth, Catching a Curveball, https://www.amzn.com/B0874VCC1Y spotlights a romance between Benjamin and Michelle when they meet on a Caribbean cruise.
An Inconvenient Attraction sounds like an excellent Labor Day read. I find that right now I relax better with books promising an HEA.

Hope is offering a copy of her last release, Catching a Curveball to one lucky reader. You can use this link to Look Inside https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0874VCC1Y/ Scroll down for the Rafflecopter.

Thanks for being here, Hope. I know Hope, like all of us authors, loves to hear from readers. (I got two notes from readers last week and it made  my month.) Her links are below. 
Website: www.hopemalory.com 

Like my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HopeMalory  

Happy reading,my friends. Stay safe. Avoid news as much as possible. Laugh three times a day. Read a Romance.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Free on Kindle August 30-Sept 1 Maggie's Way

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

 Link to Maggies Way on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZSOX4BA

Reminder. It is only free August 30-Sept 1 AND It's a BookBub selection on August 30th. 

That's a big deal. Hop on over and get your copy. I already own it. Happy Reading.

PS I hope you got to my blog through my redesigned website. https://susanbjames.com/ If not, please check it out,

Maggie’s Way is book 1 in Linda’s Montana Bound Series. She wrote this book after being diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. Writing about Maggie provided solace and spurred (pun intended) Linda to venture west to explore her own Montana Bound adventures with her family. She is cancer free and happily writing at home with her husband and rescue dog.

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Free Forgotten Short Story by Frank Sullivan

Posted by Susan B James on 10:20:00 PM with No comments

I want to share with you a short story called the Ugly Mollusk written by Frank Sullivan in 1938. I have loved this story for years and I think we all need some fun about now. Here's the link

The Ugly Mollusk by Frank Sullivan

The Ugly Mollusk

 Any of you who want, to please do download it. It was written for the Saturday Evening Post and published April 1, 1938. My daughter in law typed it up from a treasury of Saturday Evening Post book for a Christmas gift. I uploaded it to Scribed so I could share the fun.

Frank Sullivan was a humorist, a member of the Algonquin Round Table and is a largely forgotten literary figure.

Frank’s fame began in the Roaring Twenties and it is this part of his life that I know will provide some keen biographer with the core of an excellent book. Simultaneously writing for The World and The New Yorker, while contributing to the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, Frank Sullivan also became an “unofficial” member of the Algonquin Round Table. A daily luncheon gathering at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel, the Round Table included newspaper reporters, columnists, and humorists, as well as Broadway playwrights, producers, directors, and actors. Its“official” (charter) members were:  Franklin Pierce Adams, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, Ruth Hale, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Brock Pemberton, Harold Ross, Robert E. Sherwood, John Peter Toohey, and Alexander Woollcott. Harold Ross, not coincidentally, was the founder and editor of The New Yorker.

Frank Sullivan had been “invited to the table” as an intellectual compatriot and would become a lifelong friend to many of them. But, before you think of the Round Table’s “unofficial” members being minor players in that scene, consider just some of those who held that rank with Frank:  Noël Coward, Harpo Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Jane Grant, and Edna Ferber. Ferber, you’ll recall, wrote Saratoga Trunk, later made into the musical Saratoga by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Frank’s period of greatest fame spanned from the 1920s through the 1940s. Beyond the Algonquin Round Table, Frank’s friends also included noted writers, actors, playwrights and producers. For example, there was his dear friend and drinking companion Monty Wooley—Yale professor, Broadway producer and actor, and Hollywood movie star. Also, Frank counted the acclaimed novelist and short story writer John O’Hara as a friend. And there were many more friends from every walk of life. That was the gift he had.

You can read more in the post from which I culled this.post. https://pipingrock.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/saratoga-springs-humorist-frank-sullivan-is-honored/