Happy Book Birthday (and win) Lovely, Dark, and Deep!

First off, I’m at Sara Walter Ellwood’s blog today, with an interview, answering such questions as “boxers, briefs, or nothing at all?” Stop by and say hello!

I’m also at (thanks, Roger!) the Urban Fantasy Investigations site today, or rather Cage Reynolds is. He’s analyzing his fellow Penton residents…and boy is he wrong about some of them (looks at Robin). You can enter for the tour-wide prizes here.

Also, The Avid Reader has a review of Allegiance today (thanks!) and you can enter again to win the tour prizes.

Okay, I know Lovely, Dark, and Deep came out as a serial back in January, but today–finally–the book makes its audio and print debut! Lovely, Dark, and Deep marked a couple of departures for me.

It was my first non-paranormal book, it kicked off my first non-paranormal series, and it was my last serial novel. You can write it down here.

I loved this book. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like writing a book without any paranormal elements, but because of the type of stories I write–lots of tension, lots of action–I found it wasn’t much different except I had to rely on my characters’ human skills to get them out of trouble instead of their powers. It’s sort of like the Penton series without fangs 🙂

But it hasn’t done well despite getting great reviews. People don’t like serials, so after its serial run the book sort of just….dies. So I was over the moon when my publisher said the second book in the series, Deadly, Calm, and Cold, will be coming out in December as a frontlist title–like a real book, in other words. Yay!

So here’s a little about my newish book baby. And respond to the question at the end to win your choice of a print, digital, or audio copy! I might pick more than one winner!

LDD-FinalABOUT LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP: From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes a heart-pounding romantic thriller that pits a quick-witted scientist and a scarred ex–combat diver against a ruthless billionaire treasure hunter with ties to the White House.  When biologist Gillian Campbell makes an offhand comment about a family curse during a TV interview, she has no idea what her words will set in motion. Within days, Gillian finds herself at the mercy of a member of the C7, a secretive international group of power brokers with a dangerous game: competing to find the world’s most elusive treasures, no matter the cost, in money or in lives. To save her family, Gillian teams up with Shane Burke, a former elite diver who’s lost his way, navigating the brutal “death coast” of the North Atlantic to find what the collector seeks: the legendary Ruby Cross of the Knights Templar, stolen by Gillian’s ancestor and lost at sea four hundred years ago.

I know most of my peeps here read paranormal. Here’s the question: Do you read paranormal almost exclusively? Or are there other genres you enjoy?

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24 thoughts on “Happy Book Birthday (and win) Lovely, Dark, and Deep!

  1. I’m trying to find the time to start on this pearl.
    I read anything that sounds interesting no matter what genre it is.
    Please enter me in the giveaway even though I already have the book: if I win I can pester my friends into reading your book as well 😉

  2. I read for characters more than plot, so as long as the characters get me hooked I’ll read anything!

    This sounds perfect!!

    Hopefully the sequel will do much better, because your writing totally deserves awesome sales 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  3. I read mostly paranormal/urban fantasy, probably about 75%. The other 25% is historical romance with the occasional fantasy romance thrown in

  4. So happy the second book will not come out first as a serial. I prefer the whole thing at one time! Happy book bday!

  5. Received my paper copy of Lovely, Dark, and Deep in the mail today, thanks, Amazon. Read the story when it was released as a serial. Needed the paper copy for the keeper shelf. Will do a re-read now. Great story.

  6. oh i must have it on my shelf and i’m so glad book 2 will be released this year^^ * finger crossed for it to have a HUGE success*

    i love paranormal and urban fantasy so at the moment i read a lot about those but i always enjoyed good suspense romance ( where the suspense is as important if no more than teh romance so lovely, dark and deep was really a pure pleasure )so regulary i go back to those and a few stealmpunk or fantasy ( i should read sc-fi again it has been a long time since i read one)

  7. Oh I read several different genre of books. Erotica, Paranormal, Historical, YA. LOL, A lot depends on the mood I’m in.

  8. I bought it as a serial but waited for all the chapters to start to read it. I read what looks interesting. There are a few time periods that I don’t care to read about (The Civil War and Hitler’s Germany) but if it looks good enough I will read it anyway. (I read The Book Thief and loved it.)

  9. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I’m all over the place when it comes to reading. Paranormal is definitely my favorite (both pnr and urban fantasy), but I also like historicals and some sci-fi (not so much space opera), mysteries, thrillers. I used to say I didn’t like contemporary romance…until I made myself sit down and read one for a workshop and found myself laughing all the way through it. That’s the one genre when humor’s still okay–the wackier the better. I’m still not a big fan of epic fantasy, I’m afraid, although usually if I can make myself wade through the first hundred pages I’ll end up enjoying the book. (Eyes the full Songs of Ice and Fire series, sitting there and staring at me.)

  10. Goodness! I read lots of fiction: picture books, middle grade, YA, New Adult, contemporary adult, and the flavors of romance from “normal” through paranormal and supernatural. Even LGBTQ books suck me in, and I’m a straight. The story must grab me.

    I must say, I don’t like biographies, political books or non-fiction, and I almost exclusively avoid platform books unless they have to do with healthy eating or cooking.

    In terms of serials, I’ve purchased five of these this year alone. I often get the first episode, and, if I like it, I wait until the whole set is available and buy it all at once. They are handy for quick reads–what I call “lunchtime” reads. I am sometimes irritated by “short” serials–segments that are only 20-30 pages. It’s barely long enough to set the scene and plot before the cliffhanger comes. That said, I don’t hate the format, only (occasionally) it’s execution.

    Best of luck in the sequel–even if it’s a regular book. I hope one of these days you’ll get to that “writing is my day job” part. You are certainly prolific, at any rate! 🙂

  11. I go through cycles. I’m currently in a romance and UF cycle, and I try to switch between them to keep from burning out on either.

  12. Paranormal. SciFi and Fantasy are my top genres. I love the escape from reality you get reading them , The thrill of the possibilities of the the dangerous and unknown. It allows me to step out of the stress and drama of life and get lost in a good booj for a bit.

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