Writer Wednesday: Meet Susan Ann Wall!

susanannwallWelcome to Writer Wednesday! It’s September 21st – the first day of FALL! I am so excited, as this is my favorite time of year (now if only it’d cool down in Virginia enough to match the season).

I’m ALSO super excited to have with us today the delightful, funny Susan Ann Wall, author of racy, rule-breaking romance and women’s fiction. I met Susan when she and fellow romance author Cheri Allan invited me to participate in a Facebook party with them. They both are such a hoot, and I’m just thrilled to have Susan here today, sharing a bit about herself and her latest release, The Perfect Pairing

So read on, friends, and then leave Susan some love in the comments section! <3

A1What inspires you to write?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had voices in my head. Walking home from school, I would have complete conversations going on in there. Sometimes the conversations were with real people, other times it was soap opera characters (as I’m rushing home to watch General Hospital), and others it was make believe people who seemed to have a story to tell. I didn’t figure out how to do anything with those conversations until about seven years ago when I reconnected with someone I’d grown up with and found out she was a romance writer. She introduced me to RWA and NHRWA, and the rest is history.

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I’m a sucker for a fun contemporary romance. I love stories that I can relate to, that give you hope, and make your heart beat a little faster.

Female legs jogging on a trailName one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

The last book I finished is Mistletoe Marathon, the story of a woman who is training for a marathon to try and win the attention of the man who tops her “perfect husband material” list, but who ends up falling for her trainer instead. I’m not a runner…honestly, if you see me running, it is because I’m being chased by zombies. So I reached out to my runner friends for input on training for a marathon. The most interesting thing I learned (outside of smelly shoes and protein bars) is that your miles are supposed to get faster as you progress in the marathon, so your first mile is your slowest and your last mile is your fastest. Seems like quite a challenge.

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Name two things people don’t know about you:

I’m an open book, so there aren’t many things people don’t know about me, but I’ll share a couple lesser known things that maybe I haven’t shared on a blog before.

  1. My very first job was delivering newspapers to homes around my town. Lots of walking and bike riding, giving me plenty of time to let those voices in my head chatter away.

2. Zombies FREAK ME OUT. I can’t watch anything on TV that has Zombies in it. Hero Husband loves The Walking Dead, so if he watches that while I’m writing, I have to lift the computer up to block the TV screen during the Zombie scenes.

waitingonyouWhat’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins.

Colleen O’Rourke is a fun heroine and I love stories about second chance at love.

romancingthewineA Bit About The Perfect Pairingavailable in the Romancing the Wine set:

She thought she landed the perfect job, but what her sexy new boss offers is the perfect pairing.

Courtney Daniels thought she landed the perfect job, but instead of being the marketing specialist at a local winery, she’s hired by the cocky and cute owner as the front desk receptionist. Courtney’s determined to make an impression on Aiden Black and slide into the marketing role, but her attraction to her new boss sends her down a slippery slope. When Aiden kisses her, and kisses her again, and insists he take Courtney on a date, she breaks all the rules she’s lived by since her teenage years, knowing it is going to burn her in the end. With Aiden’s promise that he won’t fire her when their relationship goes south, Courtney finds the attraction growing into something she isn’t ready for but can’t live without, just like the foster dog who keeps humping Aiden’s leg.

After his father’s death, Aiden returns home to rescue his family’s winery from financial disaster. He needs to run things his way, and on his own to prove to his mother he is capable of keeping the winery afloat. His attraction to Courtney complicates matters, especially when her ideas and marketing savvy set the winery on a path to success. Aiden finds putting his ego aside to do what’s best for his business, and his heart, is a bigger challenge than getting the winery in the black, but he’ll do anything to prove to Courtney they are the perfect pairing.

Find The Perfect Pairing on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JVAZFZY

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A Bit About Susan:

Big dreamer and certifiable overachiever Susan Ann Wall embraces life at full speed and volume. She’s a beer and tea snob, can be bribed with dark chocolate, and the #1 thing on her bucket list is to be the center of a Bon Jovi flash mob.

Susan is a national bestselling, multi-genre author of racy, rule-breaking romance and women’s fiction. Her bragging rights include the Fighting Back for Love series, Puget Sound ~ Alive With Love series, Superstitious Brides Romance series, Sunset Valley Women’s Fiction series, and Devon Taggart Suspense series. She also likes to boast about her three perfect children, two amazing rescue dogs, and a happily ever after that started while serving in the U.S. Army and has spanned two decades (which is crazy since she’s not a day over 29).

In her next life, Susan plans to be a 5 foot 10, size 8 rock star married to a chiropractor and will not be terrified of large bridges, spiders, or quiet people (shiver).

Want to connect further with Susan? Find her here!:

Website: www.authorsusanannwall.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/susanannwall.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@susanannwall

Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/susanannwall

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Ann-Wall/e/B007NZU7X0

Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/susanannwall

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/nQ7wH

Thanks so much for being here, Susan! It was grand! 

Writer Wednesday: Meet G.E. Taylor!

GloriaWelcome back to Writer Wednesday!

Today we have romance author G.E. Taylor with us, and I’m so delighted she’s here to answer a few short questions and tell us a bit about her latest work.

So grab that tall, cool glass of lemonade (well, it’s what I’m craving right now, at least), and settle in for a cool slice of this author’s life in the middle of this hot August (at least it’s boiling here in Virginia).

What inspires you to write?

First, I love reading. After I discovered the romance books published by Mills & Boon, I read all that I could find. I fell in love with the heroes and admired the heroines. Those stories inspired me. When I write my stories, I try to build a plot and characters the reader can sink into.

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

The genre romance that I’m most comfortable writing is contemporary. It lends itself to the time I’m living in. Dress, language, and the setting for my characters I handle through research on the internet.

What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Without a doubt, Sandra Brown. She is a marvelous storyteller. She has a special way of writing that I’m able to get into right away. Her stories are reflective of issues happening in real life.

GETaylor_SurrenderMyHeart_1400pxA Bit About Surrender My Heart

“Jesus Chr—!” David mutters in disbelief, while swerving to avoid hitting the dog that dashed in front of his truck and the young boy who chased after him. He hears a thump, feels it, and he prays to God it isn’t the child he’d hit. The dog he can fix; he’s a veterinarian. The child was a different story. Kneeling beside the boy and his pet, David breathes a sigh of relief. The child is all right. He turns his focus on the mother, and he knew this encounter would not be his last. Her fiery tongue leaves him with no doubt that he would be held responsible for the accident, and if he’d hurt her son, there’d be no place he would be safe from her wrath. But like a moth, he was drawn to the flame.

Priscilla Bradford has one goal—to build a successful psychotherapy private practice in a short time. There is no room in her life for a relationship. She doesn’t want it. She wants no distractions and no complications. Maintaining an aloof persona, she keeps off would-be admirers. Then she runs into David Alexander, a man she cannot ignore. Despite her best efforts to stay fully committed to her goal, she is drawn to him in a way she cannot explain. That did not sit well with her, being a person who likes to be in control and in charge.

TypewriterA Bit About G.E.:

I became hooked on reading romance novels during my teen years and my attempt at writing began in high school. All of my manuscripts were mailed under my bed. Eventually, I threw out most of them. That was painful especially since I’d written them by longhand first, then typed them on my old, dependable typewriter.

In college I majored in English but ended up with a Master in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Master in Education from Seton Hall University. Though I had these different career paths, I never gave up my passion for writing or my need to read. Now I’m more committed to my writing.

I live in New Jersey with my family; enjoy soul music, like dancing and the occasional glass of wine.

Books I have published include: The Lady Mentor, Desperate Decision and Surrender My Heart.

Find Desperate Decision here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Createspace

Find Surrender My Heart here: Amazon


Want to connect further with G.E.? 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getaylorauthor

Website: http://www.gloriaetaylor.com

Thanks so much for being here, Gloria! It was a pleasure hosting you. 🙂 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Rebecca Heflin

RebHefWahoo! It’s Writer Wednesday! That most marvelous day of the week in which a fellow author shares tiny teasers into her/his life, and the day on which your TBR pile grows even larger.

Today I bring you Rebecca Heflin, contemporary romance author. I met Rebecca via the fantastic, week-long Romance Writers Gone Wild party she organized on Facebook in May. She’s amazing, y’all – not to mention her books! (Plus, she liked the cookies I baked and sent to her, so clearly she has good taste.)

Settle in with your favorite drink (and maybe a cookie or two) and learn more about Rebecca and her latest work.

Dyslexia word formed with wooden blocks. Reading difficulties concept. Cross processed image with shallow depth of fieldName one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

Among other things, I learned that there are special fonts to assist dyslexics with reading. The font makes certain letters more easily recognizable to individuals with the reading disability. The hero in my last book, Dreams of Her Own, is dyslexic, but runs his own business, and must use a computer on a regular basis.


Ballet DanceName two things people don’t know about you.

  • I used to be a ballet dancer
  • According to my DNA, this White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) author is in reality an Ashkenazi Jew.


What fellow romance author do you recommend reading, and why?

Brenda Novak. I’m reading her Whiskey Creek series. She hits you with the characters’ conflicts from the first page, and keeps tightening the screws. I’ve learned a lot about how to “make the reader worry.” She certainly does a great job of doing just that.


austenWhat’s your favorite romance novel of all time, and why?

That’s an easy one: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Even today, 203 years after it was first published, it still resonates with readers. It’s the perfect novel, with, to my mind, the perfect [sexy, brooding] hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy.


dreamsofherownA Bit On Dreams of Her Own

If the Guinness Book of World Records had a category for the world’s most boring life, Millie Stephens knows she would hold the record. After the plain, strait-laced personal assistant is saved by a total stranger from becoming New York City’s latest traffic fatality, she has a disheartening epiphany: her life’s highlight reel was nonexistent. Determined to step out of the shadows and take a walk on the wild side, she starts Millie-style—by making a list.

That total stranger, bad boy Ian Brand, could help Millie with one very important item on her list: sex. But Ian is more than the sum of his parts—and he’s got some really great parts. Beneath that sexy, tattooed exterior is a man with a painful past who’s desperate to both hide and overcome his disability in the pursuit of his dreams.

Will Millie and Ian look beneath the surface and see there’s more to each other than meets the eye?

Buy link: http://amzn.to/29Fy6pP

writingA Bit on Rebecca:

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Want to connect further with Rebecca? Find her here:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads

Thanks so much for being here today, Rebecca! You’re always so delightful! 

Writer Wednesday: Meet Merritt Kelly

Merritt KellyWelcome to Writer Wednesday, where we serve up tiny tidbits about fellow writers and their works.

We’ve got Merritt Kelly with us today, writer of foodie/chick-lit romance (two things I adore!). Wahoo!

So settle in, maybe grab some chocolate (because I’m hungry), and read on for a snack-size interview about Merritt and her novels.

TypewriterWhat inspires you to write?

Sometimes I’m inspired by a news story or an article I’ve read. Sometimes the idea comes from inside. Maybe I have an issue I’m working on grief, depression or aging, something that needs expressing and writing is cheaper than therapy.

Which type of romance do you love most, and why?

I love a funny contemporary romance. It’s fresh; it’s different. Who doesn’t love seeing a dorky couple or a clumsy man find love? My husband makes me laugh, so I have a soft spot for a hero who doesn’t take himself serious and loves a good laugh.

SoupName one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:

My last two books have been about chefs and cooks. I really learned about molecular gastronomy and more about soups and chili than I ever thought I’d learn.

Luv's Life A Bit About Luv’s Life

Sexy widower/restaurateur, Rick Markham, and his darling daughter have relocated to rural eastern Washington to start fresh after suffering a tragic loss. The only problem is neither one is able to move on. The second funny, fiery, fierce, redhead Luv Sullivan crosses the threshold of his restaurant everything changes. Their attraction is powerful and palpable.

Former talk show host turned psychologist, Luv Sullivan, returns home with dreams of starting her own counseling practice. When she meets the adorable duo she’s convinced she can help them heal. It won’t be easy. Hannah is precocious, headstrong, and used to getting her way, and her overworked, fatigued father is in denial. Then, there’s the crazy chemistry between Rick and Luv, which poses and ethical dilemma for Luv. She can’t be personally involved someone she’s treating.

Though enthralled with each other, they agree to put aside their personal feelings for Hannah’s sake. Yet, circumstances, and even Luv’s own mother conspire to push them together again and again. The results are hilarious. It’s a rollicking romantic comedy full of fun.

writingA Bit About Merritt:

Merritt Kelly has been in love with the written word as long as she can remember. She’s a freelance writer, author, and columnist whose articles have appeared in the Colfax Gazette, Palouse Journal, and the Moscow/Daily News. Her work on the web can be seen on Paperdriods, DigiYoo, LexiYoga and HaveHeart Magazine, Home & Harvest websites under her real name Carol Traulsen. She has written on a variety of topics including the war in Kosovo, the death penalty, grief, coping with a cozy kitchen and cooking.

Merritt Kelly is a pen name she chose to honor her late mother, who always believed in her writing ability. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, walking or reading. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her son and her cat.

She loves to laugh, all the music in the Guardians Of The Galaxy, trying new foods, a good glass of wine and almost anything chocolate. Her first novel, Culinary Seduction, a foodie/Chick lit romance, was released through Soul Mate Publishing in February of 2015. Luv’s Life, her second novel, debuted April 30th, 2016.

Want to connect further with Merritt? Find her here!

Website: http://www.merrittkelly.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/merrittkelly1

Thanks so much, Merritt – it was a tasty treat having you visit today! 


Writer Wednesday – Meet Angela Scavone!

Retriever puppyIt’s Writer Wednesday, and you know what that means! We’ve got an amazing author – in this case, romance writer Angela Scavone – with us to share a bit about themselves and their latest book.

Because we love authors! They give us their hearts on a page, and we soak it up and come begging for more.

Angela has no author photo to share with us, so I’m giving you this cute doggy. But she DID have stuff to say about writing and her newest release, A Journey Home, so read on! Continue reading Writer Wednesday – Meet Angela Scavone!