Newsletters and Other News–And Win a Box o’ Books!

Time to unload some more books so I have room for my current obsession with art supplies. It’s confession time. My name is Suzanne, and I’m a marker whore. Who knew? And did you know that cigar boxes make the perfect storage for different kinds of markers? And they’re cool looking, and relatively inexpensive.

Yeah, it’s a sickness. I should be banned from eBay for my own good. Absolutely banned.

Moving along….I haven’t checked yet, but the new episode of Lovely, Dark, and DeepΒ should have downloaded yesterday. Hope you’re enjoying it! The serial format is really strange. I’m still finishing up Episode 8 (the last one), and Episodes 1 and 2 are already out. So if you find a character really annoying let me know and I’ll see if I can kill ’em off. Ha. I’m kidding. Wait. Actually, I’m not kidding :-). Don’t ask me to kill off Shane or Gillian, though, because, well, that would be just awful and I’d think you were extremely mean! (Below, you’ll find the REAL Shane, giving me the official Terrier Stare of Death, aka “you will feed me chicken.”)

CHANGES ARE COMING! The work is apace to create a consolidated website, bringing Suzanne and Susannah and the Preternatura blog all together in one place. Think of it as integrating someone with multiple personality disorder. I’ve found it impossible to maintain three websites. The Preternatura blog will continue to be the flagship but sometime around the first of February if not sooner, everything will migrate. Hopefully, you’ll be automatically forwarded from this URL to the new one, which will probably all be living at If the unholy trinity of Blogger, GoDaddy and WordPress don’t play nice, however, it could be something different.

Next thing is, yes, I’m finally starting a newsletter–again, probably in February. So that’s how you win my mystery box o’ books today. Leave a comment with your preferred email address to sign up. Β Easy peasy! Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with stuff more than once a month. There will be special giveaways for newsletter subscribers, and other goodies. Maybe bonus stories, or audio, or video “tours” or sneak peeks at covers….

So that’s the other part of today’s equation: What would you like to see in an author newsletter? News about books is a given, but what kind of bonus stuff would make you value the newsletter most? What would you want to read as opposed to, you know, hitting the delete button immediately?

And because I’m an old softie, if you really don’t want to be a charter newsletter subscriber but still want to win the box o’books, that’s okay.

And that’s it for today. I’m off to get Shane (the big, sexy blond, not the short, bossy, four-legged redhead) and Gillian out of their latest mess and, next weekend, will be turning my undivided attention to everybody’s favorite pirate. Mais oui!

63 thoughts on “Newsletters and Other News–And Win a Box o’ Books!

  1. Lovely, Dark, and Deep was on the Kindle when I got up today. Nice cliffhanger!!! Cigar boxes are fun for storing all kinds of stuff. When I travel and take my Zentangle supplies I use a cigar box. I use Micron black pens and Sharpie ultra fine point colored pens. Sign me up for the newsletter please. I would like to see more snippets in the newsletter, miss those, always fun for a teaser peak at upcoming stories. And or missing scenes from your books. Would like a chance to win signed bookplates. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Roger! Yes, the stakes are about to get racheted up again πŸ™‚

      I love the Micron Black Pens, although I’ve decided the 02 is a better fit for me than the 01. I have the Micron colors but LOVE the Sakura gel pens. I’ll have to try the Sharpie fine points.

      You don’t have to win bookplates. I know I owe you some–let me know how many and which name (I have two different plates for Suzanne and a separate plate for Susannah) and I’ll send them your way..

      That goes for anyone who’d like bookplates!

  2. Sign me up!

    And I love upcoming releases, character interviews, sneak peeks, teasers, giveaways, etc… Anything about your books that’s interesting.

    • Thank you! I’m thinking about some more annotations, which could be fun. I’m going to be in New Orleans for a week in April and again in May, so I see lots of chances to collect bonus items and giveaways!

  3. of course i want to sign up and what i love in newsletter, bonus short story, deleted scene and all important info about new books


    i do love pens etc too^^;:; next time i will send you one from a belgian brand^^

  4. Definitely sign me up!


    I love all kinds of writerly stuff in newsletters – all stuff that’s been mentioned above and other extras like background on where the ideas come from and research and stuff (which you do on the blog already – I loved the post on Cedar Key!).

  5. I love authors newsletters, so sign me up with auriansbooks at gmail dot com please.
    I love to be informed about upcoming books and projects, perhaps special offers to subscribers. Some of the bigger authors have shops with book related merchandise, and they offer special prices.
    But I do love bookplates and especially magnets.

  6. I love markers too! As far as the newsletters go I love reading book research about location or time period. I also love your character interviews.

    • Markers…I think I must have owned an office supply store in a former life. I love all kinds of office supplies, but especially markers πŸ™‚ Thanks, Bonnie!

    • Boy, do I have a lot of deleted scenes, especially from River Road and Royal Street and Redemption. Those were also my first three books, so maybe the lack of deletions in later books means I’m figuring it out a little better!

  7. I think you should give a certain pirate his own column. Just sayin’…
    livrancourt (at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. would like to see release dates, cover reveals, upcoming blog tours

    don’t want to receive multiple emails about book price changes and a newsletter only filled with reviews (especially only the 5 star ones)

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Love cigar boxes! I have one old (not wooden) box that I’ve had since I was a child…many, many years. I also have an old tin candy box, but I don’t keep anything in it.
    Sign me up for the newsletter!

    • Aren’t cigar boxes cool? I have one from when I was a kid, too. I think I kept jacks in it. Of course I’m dating myself here–most people these days don’t even know what jacks are!

  10. I love exclusive stuff pertaining to characters, locations, etc that can only be found in the newsletter. Excerpts are great, but back story/detail is priceless πŸ™‚

    • Backstory is a great thing to include, Erin! And I definitely will have stuff exclusive to the newsletters. Tomorrow’s giveaway will be an example–it’s something of which I have only one πŸ™‚

  11. Sign me up please! I really like the tidbits of research you share or the research books you found interesting. Favorite recipes, places you visited or want to visit and of course, your book news!

    lizsemkiu at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Liz! Yep, one thing Louisiana books always have in them is food, although seems like with the addition of Glory to the Penton books, they have a lot of food in them for vampire stories πŸ™‚

  12. I’m not familiar with the markers on the left side of your photo. So many different lovely colors. I can see the appeal. I have a few really old cigar boxes which are so handy. Please sign me up for the newsletter too please. I like to know about upcoming releases, teasers, deleted scenes, bonus scenes, character interview etc.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

    • Hi Jess–the markers on the left are DecoColor oil-paint markers made by Marvy Uchida. I like the colors but it’s like painting with real oils–the fumes will make you dizzy. I have you down for the newsletter–thanks!

  13. It would be interesting to hear writer/agent/editor/illustrator interactions and issues. r33dme (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Please sign me up for your newsletter. I would be interested in character interviews, sneak peeks, deleted scenes, flash fiction, background research, and giveaways. I also think Jean Lafitte should have a column of his own. If possible, I would love to have some signed bookplates for your Sentinel series.

  15. Book release dates, excerpt of the book, and recipes (especially from books that have recipes in the stories).

  16. I use cigar boxes for all kinds of things. My daughter loves to decorate them before I store stuff.
    Yay, for the newsletter and site merger. I would love to see your book recommendations, sneak peaks and maybe craft ideas.


    • I keep thinking I could decoupage them, but I like the stamps on them, so I’m not sure. (I used to be a decoupaging fool. I’ve used my dog’s weight in mod podge!). Craft ideas…oh, that could be trouble!

  17. I would love to receive your newsletter Suzanne. I like just about anything in a newsletter, news about upcoming books, what you’re working on, what inspires you, personal tidbits you want to share, what you’ve been reading, etc.

    Barbed1951 at aol dotcom

  18. Would love to read excerpts and deleted scenes in the newsletter. I’d love to sign up πŸ™‚

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  19. Would love to be a subscriber to your newsletter!

    littlelamblst at yahoo dot com

    I really enjoy the basic info on books, deleted scenes, silly things like recipes your book characters would likely favor, playlist while author is writing a book, favorite silly/useful item of the month that author wants to highlight, etc.

  20. Hi Suzanne – work has been kicking my butt lately, and I’m finding it hard to keep up with my favorite blogs, but definitely sign me up for the newsletter. As others have mentioned, I love snippets, behind the scenes info, and deleted scenes. Plus, anything from Jean is a fabulous idea.