Happy Wednesday! If you want to skip all the mumbo-jumbo and get to the part about winning a book, go ahead and scroll toward the bottom…go ahead…I’ll never know 🙂
So, once again, THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. I have now closed it out, but have a lot of information and feedback to think about. I have some winners to announce below.
I plan to blog from Authors After Dark next week (yay!), then take a one-week blog holiday to regroup and plan.
The thing that surprised me the most from the survey results were that, well, you want to hear more from me. That was the overwhelming message I got. Which kinda got this face from me:
LOL. I don’t think I’m terribly interesting and always have worried about sounding too self-absorbed or boring. That’s something I obviously need to rethink. So I’ll find a way to talk more about my books and characters and behind the scenes stuff…EASTER EGGS!…without getting boring and self-absorbed. If i go too far the other way, feel free to email me and tell me I’m being boring and self-absorbed, m’kay?
One thing I wanted to talk about that came up or that occurred to me as I read your comments….
The whole two-name thing is confusing. Yeah, it surely is. In fact, it’s so confusing that I began working several months ago with a group of branding experts to untangle my tangled identity crisis, and this dual website is one of the steps in that process. Those of you who come to the blog directly from email probably don’t notice, but there’s a static front page that will always feature the newest books from Suzanne on one side and Susannah on the other. As soon as DARK SECRETS comes up for preorder, for example, I’ll change the image on the home page.
You’ll also see the phrase “Smart Heroines, Hot Heroes, Cool Stories” on this site and on my Facebook author page. I’m also starting to use it in promotional materials. Those three things, after we studied my books under both names, are the common elements no matter what name I’m writing under.
So, how did the whole Suzanne/Susannah monster come to be? It’s complicated, but basically, the Sentinels and Penton series started the same year, when I was a debut author in 2012, and at the time it seemed to make sense; one was urban fantasy and the other paranormal romance. Of course, my voice is my voice, and Sentinels turned out to have more romantic elements than I’d planned and Penton turned out to have more urban fantasy elements than I planned. But once the dual name thing was done and both Penton and Sentinels developed followers, it became impossible to undo even though I think it has hurt me as an author.
Currently, “Suzanne” has five books out (counting one short, with three books in the wings) while “Susannah” has eight (counting one short, with two book in the wings).
Holy crap, Batman, that’s a lot of books in three years with a full-time day job. No wonder I’m so tired–LOL.
Anyway, for the foreseeable future, this is your one-stop shop for Suzanne and Susannah. All I can say is that I’m the same writer and my voice doesn’t really change from series to series, or name to name. So if you like the books by Suzanne, you’re probably going to like the books by Susannah, and vice-versa. Eventually, one name might edge out the other, or Suzanne might take the paranormal reins while Susannah takes the thriller/suspense. It’s too early to tell that, however, while I have active series under both names.
So bear with me and my split personality!
Okay, enough about all that. I have a couple of rare mid-week contest winners to announce:
—JANIE PRATER is the winner of this month’s newsletter giveaway of one of my Authors After Dark gift bags. If you want to win one for yourself (cool stuff, I promise!), I’m giving away another for my August blog giveaway–just click on the Contest tab at the top of this page to enter.
If you haven’t subscribed to the monthly newsletter, I always have the latest book news and a cool giveaway. Click on the Newsletter tab at the top of the page to get added in time for the August 15 edition. What will be in there? Well, the Table of Contents for the upcoming Sentinels Story Collection #1, PIRATESHIP DOWN, for one thing. And a blurb for “The Consort,” my Sentinels-world novella about the fae that will be in the DARK SECRETS anthology. Woo-hoo!
Now, another winner:
—REBECCA won the $25 gift card for participating in the survey (if there is more than one Rebecca, this is the one who responded on Sunday’s blog comments). I don’t have your email, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info.
AND since this is still 30 Books in 30 Days, leave a comment below to be entered for a mystery book from my TBR pile or one of my books.
Just ask me a question–anything’s fair game. Well, almost anything. LOL. If I won’t answer it, I’ll make something up!