Scene-Snippet Sunday (and Weekly Winners): Lovely, Dark, and Deep Edition

Happy Sunday and almost New Year’s!

It’s been a great week away from my day job–I’m still working but at least it’s from home. And the release day for Lovely, Dark, and Deep is TOMORROW! Thanks to all of you who’ve preordered–that makes a big difference to publishers and important people like that. (And, yeah, you can click on that link and preorder!). I have a scene snippet below, and some photos of locations over at my Susannah Sandlin website.

So, here’s how it works. You purchase LDD for $1.99. Each week, at no additional charge, you’ll get a new episode (about 3-4 chapters, or 40 pages) downloaded to your Kindle or the free Kindle app on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There are eight episodes. After the eight-week serial run, the book will be released in print and audio, BUT the price will go up, even for Kindle. So if you don’t like serials and don’t want to read the book in episodes, you’ll still save money by ordering the serial and just letting the episodes download to read once they’re all in. Sneaky, eh?

Here’s the official blurb for 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.”

And here is a little taste, from a scene in Episode Two, when Gillian is trying to convince Shane to take her dive job:

“When do you think you can get started?” Gillian had come back to life, losing the haunted look as she leaned over the table, brown eyes warm and twinkling. “What can I do to help?”

This question, Shane was prepared for. “We’re going into the winter season now, so I figure we can get The Evangeline’s work done here while we research Duncan’s story and ship. Then we can sail her up the East Coast, do our business in Louisbourg or wherever we decide’s the best place to set up a base…”

He counted on his fingers until he reached nine. “We should be able to do our test dives by the end of May, first of June. Then we’ll hit prime diving season in July.”

Shane had expected Gillian to be excited by that timeline—it was fast, but realistic. Instead, she’d gone all pale again, with eyebrows knit in a worried line. She bit her lip so hard he was surprised not to see blood gushing out.

“That won’t work,” she said, taking a quick glance at the bar. “We have to be finished by the end of September.”

He stared at her. “Tell me you mean September of next year.” 

Gillian shook her head. “We have twenty-seven days.”
And there you have it!
Now…did you win a book this week? Thanks for your patience as I took a few days off for the holidays. But we did have a Reader’s Choice contest and the winner is….
REBE, who chose Jennifer Estep’s Spider. Email me with your mailing info and choice of format and I’ll get it on its way.
Come back tomorrow for the super-duper New Year’s edition of Reader’s Choice!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

2 thoughts on “Scene-Snippet Sunday (and Weekly Winners): Lovely, Dark, and Deep Edition

  1. Loved the last serial novel from you, Storm Force, am sure I will love this one also. Will still by the print version for my collection when released. Thanks for the snippet, am anxiously awaiting Monday’s episode. Could use some bookplates for the collection though.