Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Bed Wife: A Novella reached #7 in Fantasy Romance on Amazon

Yesterday I decided to put "The Bed Wife: A Novella" free on Amazon just for a day.

Being the weekend before everyone is going to head out for their Fourth of July festivities, I thought they might want something short (but sweet) to read while laying in the hammock in the back yard, waiting for the burgers and hotdogs to cook on the grill.

Within 24 hours it climbed to number 7 under Fantasy Romance and number 392 in all of the Kindle Free books.

Not too shabby for a debut author!

 "The Bed Wife: A Novella" is now back to regular price, but you can grab it today for only 99 pennies!

Saying goodbye...

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I certainly have good reason.

Two and a half weeks ago, my father-in-law passed away unexpectedly.  I say unexpectedly because at first he was just supposed to have had a mild heart attack, then they decided he probably needed surgery. Yet, within days he went from something mild to something serious and they said "He's going to die."

It's still so very surreal to me.  A man, who was much more father than in-law to me, who I had seen as practically immortal, is not here anymore.

The day he died, I had to come home and tell my three children that Papa had died and gone to Heaven.  I knew it would be hardest on my son (in the picture with his papa when he was not yet 3... he's seven now).  When I told him the pain hit him all at once and he just wailed out in sorrow for nearly an hour.  As much pain as I was already in at loosing a man who I gladly called my father, I would have taken my son's pain too if I could have.

Yet, as pained as his passing has made me, I feel that I haven't yet come to terms with his death.  There is so much I didn't say, didn't do, to show him how much I loved him.

Death is not new to me.  When I was young the cycle of death started with my baby sister.  After that I lost aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends.  And though all those deaths rocked me hard as a young person, I think now, as a grown woman, death is even harder.  Perhaps it's because we realize our own mortality much more as adults than we do as children.

So why have I shared all this with you?  I guess you could consider this post more of a journal entry than an informative post. It's raw, it's unedited, it's just my feelings written out. However, it does give you a brief glimpse into my heart.

I will close by saying, love those you love while you still have them. Say the words you would want them to know, now, while they are still here.  Love and be loved.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Creatuers of Grasmere

This week I'm being featured on SupaGurl Books Blog!  Each day they will post a new bit of information about me as an author, as well as my debut book, The Bed Wife: A Novella.

Yesterday, they featured The Creatures of Grasmere.

I won't tell you all the juicy details, because I would rather you check out SupaGurl Books Blog for yourself!  Plus, with this blog post there is a giveaway!!




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Suzanna Lynn author interview with SupaGurl Books Blog

This week I'm being featured on SupaGurl Books Blog!  Each day they will post a new bit of information about me as an author, as well as my debut book, The Bed Wife: A Novella.

Yesterday, they featured 'Interview with the author.'

SupaGurl Books
Author Suzanna Lynn


What are you most looking forward to for UtopYA?
Meeting new people and getting together with friends is going to be great. I also really look forward to the informative workshops.  I am a true nerd, I absolutely love learning new things. So all the vast amounts of knowledge the speakers will have is very exciting to me.
 
Your book is AMAZING! What got you started writing it? 
Well actually chapter 4 was a dream I had!  I know, I'm naughty!  It was a very vivid dream and when I woke up I started writing it down.  Three days later I had most of the book completely written!
 
Do you have a "day" job? if so what?
Yes, actually I do.  Five years ago I started my own company called Serendipity Bridal.  I still run it to this day and have plans to open up an actual physical boutique within the next few months! That is so cool!! 
 
Who is Your favorite author? 
Jane Austen by far. She knew how to create a book boyfriend!  Sure, you don't get the super sexy scenes you have now days, but let's face it, she had the butterflies going when Mr. Darcy taking Elizabeth Bennett's hand. Mine of ALL time is the same :) Oh how I love Mr. Darcy! 
 
What is the genre you love to read?
I am a big fan of fantasy as well as romance (obliviously since my book is a fantasy romance).  Though I can be open to most any book as long as it grabs my interest. I don't like horror though, or anything super scary.
 
If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be.... and why? *pictures please*
I have a huge bucket list when it comes to wanting to go places.  I want to go to London, Italy, Australia.  I want culture and new things to see.  I live in the middle of the US with nothing really extraordinary to speak of. Though an absolute must for me is to visit a specific location in Australia where you get to cage dive with Great White Sharks. I'm completely obsessed with sharks. If it wasn't for my fear of all things in Australia killing you LOL this would be awesomeness!
 
 
 
Have you ever met anyone you FanGirled over? 
Well, it's actually kind of funny because it is book related a bit.  If you watch Days of our Lives, there are two characters on their named Doug and Julie. They are an older couple and they are actually married in real life!  They were in a town close to me and I ran into them.  I totally went fan girl because I have been watching Days since I was about 12 years old.  I have a picture for you to see. I totally knew who you were talking about without the pic! I've been a watcher my whole life bc my mom and babysitter were AVID fans.
 
 
Ok, So everyone knows *because I keep telling them* that I LOVE cheesecake... what's your favorite dessert? 
Anything with sugar?  Honestly, it's hard to pick a favorite because I do just love all kinds of things.  I'm a big chocoholic but I also love things like cobbler and pie.  This is so hard!  I guess I will just throw out there that I like chocolate cake, but then again I love blackberry cobbler... and coconut cream pie... I told you this would be hard!

Can you show us what your writing space looks like? if not tell us please....
I actually don't have a designated writing space.  I'm a pen and paper kind of girl, so I carry it around with me all the time.  I write in the middle of the night, or while in the car at the park. I do write during my daughter's gymnastics training (she's on the USA Gymnastics team).  Pretty much when an opportunity presents itself, I take advantage of it. Dude! How cool is that!!

I know these are seriously random questions... but I like to keep ya on your toes.... Who is your Famous Person crush? *Oh, we all have one at least LOL*
This is going to be very funny but I'm simply in love with British actor Richard Armitage.  I know he's ten years older then me (by the day... we share a birthday!), but he's just so handsome to me!  His role in the Hobbit actually inspired Baylin's look in the book. The long black hair, blue eyes.  But obviously Baylin is half his age! Umm... YUMMM... just sayin!
 
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Author Suzanna Lynn takeover at SupaGurl Books Blog

This week I'm being featured on SupaGurl Books Blog!  Each day they will post a new bit of information about me as an author, as well as my debut book, The Bed Wife: A Novella.

Yesterday, they featured 'A walk through Grasmere.'

Before I got deep into the Kingdom of Grasmere, I knew I was going to have to get my ducks in a row.  I sat down and sketched out the layout of the land, along with the roads and villages.  I made each village have a purpose, something they supply for everyone else in the Kingdom.  So Openshaw takes care of the livestock while Hillford handles the production of grain and veggies.  Doing this before diving deeply into writing the book helped to make sure I never messed up while writing. It also was just a lot of fun to bring my Kingdom to life! ~ Suzanna

And now for the cheesy tourist video of Grasmere! lol


Monday, June 2, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour #mywritingprocess

This week I’m participating in the #mywritingprocess blog tour.
I’d like to thank author, Marja McGraw, for inviting me on this blog hop. You can visit her blog here.

Here are the 4 questions every author must answer on this blog tour. I hope you enjoy reading mine:

Q&A

1.) What am I working on?

~ After just publishing my very first work, The Bed Wife: A Novella, which is a fantasy romance, first on my list is to finish up book two in the series. I am currently halfway done with it.  However, I am also in the middle of two other novels that I plan to get out during 2014.  One is a zombie/vampire drama, the other is a modern romance set in Hollywood!

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I guess I will do this from the point of view of my "The Bed Wife Chronicles" series.  I would say my work differs because, even though it is fantasy and there are a lot of fantasy aspects going on (trolls anyone?), the bare bones of the story is that there is a romance struggling to break free between our two lead characters.  They don't fall in love at first sight and they don't give into their urges as soon as they have them. They build ad hold back.  This can be frustrating to some people, but it is how love is supposed to develop.

Additionally, for some reason, I am really good at writing characters you love to hate.  Many stories have a villain or bad guy that you don't like, but having one that you truly loath makes the story all the more better.  I have been told by many that my villains are the icing on the cake of my stories.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write romantic stories because life needs more love and happily ever after in it.  We live in a truly frightening world where bad things happen to good people every day.  There is no caped crusader that will sweep in and save us from the evil that lurks out there.  Books are a way of escaping the reality that is screaming from the news on television and radio.  I want to give my readers a place they can escape and know that, even though there will be trails and tribulations, a happily ever after is sure to follow.

4) How does my writing process work?

I have a designated notebook for every story I work on (don't want to accidently cross notes!).  I fill out a short bio for each of my characters and include things like eye and hair color, build, age - those kinds of things. That way I can refer back to something without having to read through the story to find it.  I write out the bare bones of the story, scene I know I want to happen. Then I go back and add as the story progresses.  Once I'm reasonably satisfied, I send it to my Beta Reader and she tells me where the story needs to expand or be explained more.  I edit again and again, send it to her again.  Once I feel I'm done with the story aspect, it heads to my editor to get cleaned up.  This is done twice.  Writing the story is the easy part, editing is the part that makes you want to tear your hair out. But it's all worth it once you see that book in print!

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 Be sure to visit these authors on their blogs next Monday, June 9, 2014. I think you’ll be glad you did. I can see my 'To Be Read stack' growing already!

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Julie Morgan

Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap and began writing with encouragement from her family.

Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

Website/Blog:  http://juliemorganbooks.com
 
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Jen Cousineau

Jen is a chap stick and coffee addict that lives in the Badger State with her husband James, and their twin daughters Kaylynn and Lilly. She loves to bow hunt, kickbox, and is a food junkie. She’s an obsessive reader with a secret passion for writing. Jens always been a strong believer that dreamers live happier lives and decided to show her girls that hard work and dedication can make your dreams come true no matter where you are in your life.

Website/Blog: http://jencousineau.com/category/jencousineaublog/

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Nancy Straight

Nancy Straight is an author of impossible love stories, but doesn't every great love story sound impossible until you experience it?

Nancy grew up in Iowa. She spent ten years traveling the world with the US Marine Corps, and settled in rural South Carolina with her family. She has a undergraduate degree in education and an advanced degree in management, but her true passion lies in surprising readers with her unpredictable plot twists.

Contemporary romance becomes Paranormal Romance when her characters become intertwined with fables based in Greek Mythology in her Touched Series. Readers learn that not even a pesky shape-shifting demon can come between the true love of soul mates in her Destiny Series.

Nancy loves hearing from readers! You can find her on twitter, Facebook, or email her on her website. She responds to every message she receives.

Website/Blog: http://nancystraight.com/blog/

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Author Interview with 'Indie Booknerd Writes' book blog

Over the weekend, I was interviewed by the lovely Nancy from Indie Booknerd Writes Book Blog.  I can honestly say, I have never had such a fun time at an interview!  Here is the transcript of the interview (you can see her book review along with this entire interview here).

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Congratulations on your first book. How do you feel now that the day has arrived?
Honestly, I’m kind of exhausted!  I actually had to lie down and take a nap in the middle of the day.  I guess once everything was said and done, I felt like I could finally breath and relax and my body was like ‘sure, let’s do that!’

What was your inspiration for Baylin and Luana characters?
Well the story as a whole (which include Baylin and Luana) stemmed from a dream I had one night.  Now Baylin, he was inspired by actor Richard Armitage (I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that lol).  For Luana, I had an idea in my mind and when I encountered model Laura Witt-Deal (who is on the cover of the book) it was like I was staring into the face of Luana.  I never imagined I would find someone who was a reflection of who I imagined.

What advice would you give to new authors seeking to enter the Indie World… i.e what resources or books might you suggest?
I still consider myself very new, to be honest.  However, the love and help of many other authors was what brought me through it.  As a reference, reading Susan Kaye Quinn’s book Indie Author Survival Guide is a must.  Also, for helpful advice, there is a group on Facebook called Indie Author Group and they are just a wealth of knowledge and super nice.  My best advice is, don’t be afraid to admit you’re new and ask questions!

Having gone through the process, what do you think is the toughest part about self-publishing and being a first time author is?
Well I can tell you the easiest part was actually writing the book!  I would say the hardest part is the promoting aspect. I feel like a sleazy used car salesman, and I hate it.  I just want to write, but I know I also need to get my name out there.

I like the historical fantasy feel of this book. Was it hard to write?  Did you have to do a lot of research to get your facts first before writing?
I am big into research. I actually have three difference series’ going on right now and every one of them I am researching to make sure they feel authentic.  With a Fantasy, it’s a bit easier because you have creative liberties. However, I still wanted to feel authentic with the royal titles and addresses, proper names for weapons, armor and clothing.  It is make believe, but I want the reader to feel like it ‘could’ be real.

The title is The Bed Wife Chronicles. What plans do you have for this series and what do you anticipated the challenges to be?
This will be a three part series, and be warned, I like my cliff-hangers!  Mind you, the series itself will end well (no cliff-hangers, promise!).  This may be a spoiler but I do believe every story should have a Happily Ever After. We live in a world where bad things happen; reading is where we go to escape that reality. We (at least I) need that Happily Ever After.  The biggest challenge of that will actually be ending the series.  Making sure all the questions have been answered, all the twists have been turned and leave the reader feeling satisfied and happy.

As a first time author, I know writing can take you away from your family. In addition to writing what other “hats” did you have to juggle during the writing process?
I am a wife and a mother of three children who all have bigger social lives than I do!  My youngest is only five, yet she is on the USA Gymnastics team (Olympics here we come… hopefully), so her schedule alone has me going crazy. Then there is my son in boy scouts and then my eldest daughter who is already thinking about colleges (she’s only 12!) and has herself enrolled in extra-curricular activities (not to mention boys and school dances).

Besides being a mom, I’m also the owner and operator of my own bridal business that makes and ships items all over the world (literally, I have sold to every state in America and nearly every country in the world).
So needless to say, writing, right now, is a part time job!

This is a two part question.  One, is The Bed Wife the first thing you have written?  And, two, what were some of the challenges you had to overcome in the writing process?
I have written since I was pretty young. I wrote songs, poems and short stories; many of which received awards.  I also write a 111 chapter fan fiction about the Backstreet Boys when I was seventeen! It’s so embarrassing to say that!  So writing wasn’t new to me, but the idea of it being worth reading was.

I think my biggest challenge was my own self-doubt. I have this idea that people want to sugar coat things. They tell you its good when it’s not.  I don’t want to be that person that goes on American Idol and gets blindsided because they really thought they could sing, you know?  So I was definitely scared that my story wasn’t nearly as good as everyone was saying.  But then as more people read it and book blogs started reviewing it, I started to think “Yea, maybe it is a pretty good story!”
9.    What advice would you give to a new author when trying to research cover designers, editors, formatters as well as managing the cost of the writing process.

As around!  There is no shame in reaching out to a fellow author and saying “Who did your book cover?” “Who could you recommend for an editor?” 
Like I said earlier, author groups like the Indie Author Group and stocked full of information and recommendations. They will give you an honest opinion and help lead you in the right direction. Word of mouth recommendations are far more valuable than who pays the most for advertising so they show up in your internet search.

I love the nature of the relationship in The Bed Wife. How the friendship and intimacy goes beyond most adult romances. Explain a little bit of what you hoped your readers would get reading the book.
Though there are some very steamy adult scenes in my book, they are very limited.  I love the butterflies; the anticipation of love. That is what I wanted to write about. Not how two people fell in love at first sight, but about two people who had to learn to love one another.  My hope is that readers will feel those butterflies and get excited or even a little mad at me! Because when the result they have desired through the whole read finally comes, it will be worth the wait.

Do you think you will ever write in any other genres besides fantasy/historical/ romance and if so other genres interest you?
I think so. I don’t want to limit myself (especially with as many ideas as I have in my head!).  I have a modern romance in the works as well as a zombie/vampire tale that I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with it, but I like it so far!  I even have a few ideas for some other books (sorry, top secret!) that I have notes on.  I guess we will see. After all, I have just gotten my toes wet with this first book.

I am that person who cries over fictional characters like when Dobby dies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Was there any character or scene that was tough to write?
Dobby dies!?!  Call spoiler alert next time will ya!  Just kidding, yea, I cried too.

First thing first, I don’t believe in killing off the main characters.  I have been burned a lot lately with my book choices (the ones I read). Everyone keeps dying!  I need a Happily Ever After, so no ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tragic love deaths here. 
I think writing the battle scenes, the male interactions, is harder for me. I want to write it with a good balance of masculinity and femininity.  After all, I don’t want him to come off sounding like a gushing school girl, but I don’t want him to be a testosterone filled pig either. I would like the reader to feel like they are really hearing it from the guy’s point of view.

You have shared that your family encouraged you to write. Are there any you wish to acknowledge and mention now?
Well my husband has definitely been by my side from day one. When I brought him the first draft of The Bed Wife and said “I think I wrote a book” he didn’t even know I had been attempting to!  But, being the faithful husband, he grabbed it from my hands and began reading and editing it.  He has read it more times than I have!  I think of everyone in my family, he definitely has been the one constantly encouraging me and helping me. I couldn’t have done it without him.

What would you say your preferred style of writing is for example? I prefer to read books with a HEA (Happily Ever After) ending. Do you have a preference and if so what?
I definitely require a Happily Ever After.  As for a writing style, I prefer third person. I don’t writing “I ran across the room into his arms” as much as “she ran across the room into his arms.”  Third person is much more comfortable to write (at least for me).

The ending of The Bed Wife was so tough for me because I wanted to know what happens next. When might fans expect book two to be released?
Yea, call me the cliff-hanger Queen (though I try to end mine so you feel like you have had some satisfaction). I know a lot of people aren’t big into cliff-hangers, but I ask you, why do you watch certain television shows? Many of them end with a cliff-hanger type ending so that you will get excited for next week!
It’s hard to say too much without giving spoilers away to those who have yet to read book one. I can tell you that there are still some trials and tribulations to be had for the couple. There will be an introduction of a new character that will throw a wrench in Baylin and Luana’s life.

I don't often see trolls used as villains what prompted you to choose them?
I don’t know if they are villains so much as ‘bad guys’. Villain implies intelligence, and these things certainly do NOT have that! Haha!

I’m a lover of fantasy; Lord of the Rings is definitely one of my inspirations. I love the idea of worlds with elves, dwarves, trolls and dragons. It was a very natural place to go in my mind.

17.    Before I ask my final question I want to thank you for taking a moment to sit down and talk with me. Thank you! My question are: What signings do you plan to do in the next year? Where might fans go if they want to meet you? How might new fans follow you through social media?
Thank you for having me!  This has been fun!

As of this year, being so new, I don’t have any conventions that I will be attending as a signing author (though I will be attending some to get to know other authors and take advantage of informational seminars and such). In 2015 I am signed up as a guest author for Penned Con in St. Louis!
I live in Southwest Missouri, so if anyone is out this way and wants to have coffee, they are more than welcome to drop me a line!

There are numerous ways to keep in touch via social media.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSuzannaLynn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Suzanna_Lynn
Blog: http://catonthelap.blogspot.com

One final question, just for fun. If you could have anything in the world what would your perfect day include?
Oh, well, if you promise not to tell my husband! I would have to say spending the day listening to actor Richard Armitage read a book to me. Have you heard that man’s voice?!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pride and Prejudice - A whole book on the wall?

Anyone who knows me, knows that my favorite story of all time is Pride and Prejudice.  Mr. Darcy is the original book boyfriend, in my humble opinion.

So, while reading a magazine the other day, I came across a short article about these wall prints that boast to have every single word of a story (they have numerous classics to choose from) on a single large wall print.

I ran to the website, and behold, there was my all time favorite story!

Needless to say I bookmarked it and told my husband that it was definitely on my 'gift list' (yes, we have gift lists... it's just easier than asking what each other wants for any given holiday).

The company, called Spineless Classics, also features great stories for kids (Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and James and the Giant Peach) as well as classics that would be the perfect wall art for your book nook (Moby Dick, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Great Gatsby).

I just wanted to share this little tidbit with my readers, because I figure we all could find a Spineless Classic that speaks to us.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Release Weekend Giveaway

Who doesn't love free stuff?

In celebration of the release of "The Bed Wife: A Novella," I am holding a giveaway on my Facebook Fan Page!

Now, until Monday, May 26, you can enter yourself and a friend to win one of the following prizes:

1) A signed paperback copy of "The Bed Wife" and a $5 Amazon gift card.
2) A Kindle copy of "The Bed Wife" and a $5 Amazon gift card.

To enter, you must be a fan of the Author Suzanna Lynn Facebook page.

For full details, check the page and the contest will be the first post (pinned to the top).

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thank You!

It's been a long journey to say the least, even though it took place in a short amount of time!

In three days I had written "The Bed Wife: A Novella,"  which is the first book in The Bed Wife Chronicles series.  Now, just under three months later, it's published!

Many people may think my main goal is to get on the New York Times Best Seller list and become a millionaire.  While that would, of course, be wonderful, it's not really my goal.

My main goal from the beginning was to write a story that others would enjoy.  Even before I hit 'publish' I had a dozen different reviews that proved I had already achieved that goal.

Thank you!

I thank God for giving me the talent and the strength to make this dream happen.  He has heard many a prayer coming from me during this time.  He gave me the peace in my heart and my mind when I needed it.

I want to thank my husband, who has probably read the book more than I have.  His dedication and support is priceless and I know I wouldn't have been able to do this without him.

Thank you to my mother, who meticulously proofed my book.  If not for her, there would have been a scene referencing Baylin's long back hair, instead of his long black hair!

Thanks to my mother-in-law.  She was one of the first people to read this story and she called me the next day cursing me because she had stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just to finish it.  She pushed me in the 'publishing' direction, and for that I am thankful.

I want to thank my brother-in-law, Shawn.  He's been researching the publishing world so much longer than I have and he was always there with advice and information to answer any questions I might have.

Thanks to my friend Kelsey. You're not just an amazing cover art designer/photographer. You are a dear friend who guided me.  You introduced me to people who would help me and gave me advise when I was seeking answers.

Thank you to my very first Beta Reader, Tara H.  She didn't even know me when I first approached her to get an opinion on the book.  She gave me guidance and support along the whole journey.

I want to thank my dear friend, Nancy.  You are my best friend and have always been there to talk me up when the stress of everything began to wear me down.  I love you dearly and couldn't have done this without you.

I have to thank my editor and friend, Hollie.  She had her work cut out for her to be sure!  She was so kind and wonderful.  Giving me advice and guiding me in the right direction. 

Thank you to my formatter, Sharon.  She worked tirelessly, even last night before the big release, just to make everything perfect.  She was completely dedicated to making my book perfect and I couldn't have done it without her!

A big thank you to my two stunning models, Chris Coon and Laura Deal-Witt.  They truly became Baylin and Luana.  The book would not be the same without them.

I want to thank all my friends who have put up with the emotional rollercoaster called ME. lol.  The emotions that come with publishing a book were something I was not entirely prepared for. I am glad to know my friends can love me through my highs AND my lows!

Thank you to all the wonderful book blogs who have promoted me and guided me on the journey.  Your blogs are what makes the Indie Author World thrive and I can't thank you enough!

And, of course, I want to thank you, my readers.  When you look at the source, the point of writing a good story is to entertain your reader. I hope that I have (and will continue to) done that for you.  Thank you so very much!

The Bed Wife - Available Now on Amazon

It's official!  I'm a published author!

The Bed Wife: A Novella (The Bed Wife Chronicles Book One) is up on Amazon Kindle right now! The print version will follow in a week or so.

The Bed Wife Chronicles: Love brought them together. Would tradition tear them apart?

Once inseparable childhood friends, Luana and Baylin are now grown and in two separate worlds. Luana, the daughter of the town drunk, overlooks her family's goat farm to make ends meet. Baylin, Prince and future King of Grasmere, is off combatting the veils that lurk in the Kingdom.

However, fate intercedes with a time-honored tradition that has been custom for the past five hundred years. Luana's life is now forced into the hands of her long-lost childhood friend. Will resentment, hurt, and duty consume them? Or will Luana and Baylin find love and rekindle their friendship?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

One day left until publishing The Bed Wife

I must say, today has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

I received the paperback 'proof' of "The Bed Wife: A Novella" today in the mail.  It was quite amazing to see something I created as a tangible item.  Before it had been a thought, a plan - now it was in my hands. The slick cover between my fingers, the smell of freshly printed paper.

I have spent most of the day preparing to get everything finalized so that tomorrow, is in fact, the release day. Though there is always that little voice in the back of your head saying "Something could go wrong." The system could hold up my release, my computer could freeze up while trying to upload the files.  Doubt is an evil and vile little man that sits in the back of your mind and gives you thoughts that keep you up at night.

However, I refuse to let doubt and nerves still defeat from the jaws of victory!

That being said, I plan on being able to say tomorrow that I am a published author!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Teaser Trailer for "The Bed Wife"

The new trend in book promotions is making 'teaser trailers' for them.  Generally it's a simple, one to one and a half minute 'movie' trailer about the book.

Not one to miss out on an opportunity to make a mini movie (I simply love technology!), I decided that I needed to honor the story of Luana and Baylin by also making a trailer for The Bed Wife.

Enjoy!


Friday, May 16, 2014

The Bed Wife - Cover Art Reveal

The day has come!  I have been fighting myself not to reveal this cover before it's promised day!  I now present the cover art for "The Bed Wife: A Novella (The Bed Wife Chronicles Book One)"

A big thank you to K Keeton Designs for creating this amazing cover. Also thank you to models Laura Witt Deal and Chris Coon for bringing Luana and Baylin to life!

Monday, May 12, 2014

A bit of a fan girl moment

So, most who know me, know that I'm pretty much in love with actor Richard Armitage. 

What many don't know, is that he actually inspired me to start writing.

I have always been a writer of sorts, but I never felt worth of doing anything with my work.  So I would write and then either throw it away, or shove it in a drawer never to be seen again.

It wasn't until recently, after seeing an interview with him, that I started to believe in myself.

He said that, for every character he portrays, he always sits down and writes a biography for that character. Giving the person a backstory allows him to draw emotion that is, otherwise, not there.

So I started thinking that, if this man could take the time to do something like that for his characters, I should honor my own characters and let their stories be heard.  So I sat down and wrote "The Bed Wife" in three days!

After that, I sat down and wrote something else.  I felt a bit silly, but I decided to write some 'fan mail' to Richard Armitage by sending it through his agents in the hopes that he might receive it.  I wanted to let him know how he had inspired me.  Now, I couldn't tell you if Richard himself has read my letter.  However, I did received this autographed photo in the mail!

Yea, so after I got done screaming and jumping up and down, I was able to sit still long enough to take a picture of it :)

So, I will close by saying this:  Thank you Richard for inspiring me. :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Bed Wife book blog tour sign up underway

The book has been written and edited twice. 
The cover-art is designed (and I will tell you it looks nice)!
The formatters formatted,
the reviewers are reviewing.
The beta-readers read it,
and they were cooing!

Yea, I'm no Dr. Seuss but really, who is? lol

It's time for book blogs to sign up to help spread the word on my debut book, The Bed Wife (The Bed Wife Chronicles #1).

I have an easy to use form that allows you to sign up for only what you want to participate in (I'm not picky, any help is appreciated).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Bed Wife to release in mere weeks!

"The Bed Wife: A Novella (The Bed Wife Chronicles #1)" is officially set to release on May 22, 2014.

Why the 22nd you ask?  Because 22 is my lucky number of course!

The book has been edited twice, it has been sent off to the formatter to be converted properly for both eBook as well as print.

The cover art has been shot and is being designed as I type this. 

In two weeks I will officially be a published author!   So mark your calendars for May 22!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone!  Hope everyone has a beautiful and fun day today! 

I took this picture this morning after my daughter opened up her peeps. I felt it was befitting of a meme at this point. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mother Nature can be a moody cow sometimes

Pic from National Geographic
Even though the cover art was supposed to be shot this past Sunday, mother nature had a different idea.

Imagine, standing in a beautiful field. Luana's (or the model playing Luana) flowing dress blowing softly in the wind as Baylin (again, the model portraying Baylin) holds her close.

Sounds wonderful doesn't it?  Well it will be, but not during a horrible thunderstorm!

All winter I have been making the joke that Mother Nature is going through menopause (I mean, Saturday it was nearly 80 degrees, Sunday was full of horrible thunderstorms and Monday we had snow!).  I guess the joke was on me this time!

Needless to say, the photo shoot got rained out.  However, it has been rescheduled for the 27th and I'm very excited.  Hopefully mother nature will be kind to us this time!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Preparing for cover art

This Sunday I meet with the amazing Kelsey of K. Keeton Designs to get the cover art photographed for all three books in The Bed Wife Chronicles.

Being a fickle pickle, and having a crafty side, I sat down and decided to make a few headpieces for the photo shoot (after all, what is a future King without his crown?).

Here you will see a picture of Luana's headpiece.  Baylin's (which I may post pictures later) is more simple (no swirls and chains, and the jewel doesn't have all that filigree).

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show it off to you (sorry for the bad pictures, I took them with my phone :P)!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Sometimes you just need a hug

The process of going from writer to author can be a very stressful thing.  You are constantly second guessing yourself.  Sometimes it's done from fear, other times we do it to intentionally stall the publishing process.

As the publication of my very first book nears, I am constantly second guessing myself with these questions:  "Is it good enough?"  "What if no one likes it?"  "Do I have more than just this book in me?"

So I decided to sit down and write out the answers, even if, perhaps, I didn't completely believe them.  Consider it an accountability task.

Question:  "Is it good enough?"
Answer:  It was good enough to sit down and write. It was good enough to get people to ask you when the second book was coming out. So yes, it is good enough.

Question: "What if no one likes it?"
Answer: The first question answered this already. You have sent the book out to several people and every one of them is asking when they can expect book two.  You will not make everyone happy, and that was never your goal.  You said if your book touched even one life, you would be happy. So be happy, because you have touched so many already with this book.

Question: "Do I have more than just this book in me?"
Answer: Yes.  They are swimming around in your head, but you have been too scared to write them down because you feel they not be good enough (refer to question one for answer).

So, was that me having a conversation with myself?  Yep. But it also a way of being accountable to myself and to all of you.

At the end of it all, sometimes the best thing you can do to shut these horrible thoughts out of your head is to get a big hug from someone you love and then get back to writing.  So here is my hug to all of you (writers and readers both).

I'm going to go back to writing now :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Overcoming fears - from spiders to writing

"Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life." ~ Donald Miller
I think fear is something that, we humans, can all agree we share. We all fear something (in some cases, multiple something's). Some people have common phobia's: Fear of heights, dark, water, snakes, small spaces, etc.  Other's have less common ones: fear of feathers, chop sticks... did you know that Koniophobia is a fear of dust?  That must be horrible... this planet is a bit dirty.

As a writer, there is a lot of fear involved. Fear that, what you write, will not be seen as 'good'. Fear of the investment of publishing. Fear of no one wanting your book once it's published. I would say that I have lot of fear with that.  However, if my past has shown me anything, it is that I have never let fear stop me from doing something I love.

For example, I have a great fear of spiders.

Now, sure, some people will say "everyone is scared of spiders."  And yes, a lot of people can agree they don't like spiders. But have you ever been held hostage in nothing but a towel in your bathroom for two hours because one was on the door handle?  No?  Well I have!

You can stop laughing now.

This is a fear that I have dealt with my whole life.  I am fearless in almost every situation. I have handled numerous snakes (which, by the way, I love), I have jumped into a car that was overturned in a flooded ditch to pull the people (total strangers) inside to safety before the car filled up with water.  Never once did fear ever take me.  But a tiny little spider can cause my body to seize up in a terror that can only be described as misery.

I am a very stubborn person, and I don't like the idea of anything being out of my control. But when it came to spiders, I was just out for the count.  So last summer, while doing volunteer work for a local zoo, I encountered my nemesis, the spider.  For weeks I avoided volunteer room that the aquarium that she (yes, she) had been kept in.  When I was in the room, I found myself continually glancing at it, to make sure the lid was on the enclosure. I handled lizards and snakes and all sorts of creatures, but I would not go near the tarantula.

One night, after most of the volunteers had left, I ask the zookeeper if it would be at all possible to let me hold this eight legged, fuzzy ball of evil that they call a spider.  Much to my terror, the zookeeper agreed!

Not one to back down from a challenge, I held out my hands and let the zookeeper place her (the spider) in my trembling hands.  The spider began to walk so I had to place my hands, one of the other, to allow it to pace my palms.

Now, as you can tell from the picture, I am rather tense.  But the point is, I did it. I faced my fears and literally, had them in my hands for the world to see.  Would I do it again?  Yes. Mainly because I do not wish for anything to define me, especially something that hinders me.

The same is true with preparing to become an official 'author'. I go through rollercoaster highs and lows. Excitement to terror.  However, I do not think this fear needs to be a negative.  More so, I see it as a challenge.

As I near the publish date for my first book (sometime in May), I will relish in this fear because it serves as a reminder that I am challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone and share my story with the world.  Whether succeed or fail, I will have a tangible piece of me in my hands. I can say "I wrote this. This story was in my heart and now it is out there for all to read."

I challenge all of you to do something that scares you, even a little.  Keep it safe, obviously (I don't want to hear a report of someone saying they were scared of sharks so they dove in a shark tank), but challenge yourself to step out of that comfort zone. You will come out of it a better person, trust me.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saying goodbye to a beloved teacher

Most of my blog posts are silly and fun, which is really just a reflection of me.  However, today I’d like to take a moment to be real because the emotions I am currently feeling are genuinely mournful.  Do forgive any ramblings or even misspellings, because in all honesty, I write this with teary eyes.

Last night the world lost a very precious person. No, you probably didn’t know him; you didn’t even know he existed.  But to me, to his past student, he left an imprint on our hearts.
I woke up this morning to learn that my high school math teacher, Mr. Bertoldie, passed away from a heart attack last night, he was only forty-one years old.

Now many of you might think, “Well that’s sweet, but he was just a high school math teacher.”  However, to this small town girl, it wasn’t the case.  When you go to school in a town where your graduating class is 44 students, teachers don’t just teacher, they nurture, they guide, they imprint on your lives.  That was what Mr. Bertoldie did for me. 
When Mr. Bertoldie first arrived at my school, we students didn’t exactly make his life easy.  We were loud and rambunctious to say the least.  He would get angry with us and frustrated to the point of having to leave the room for a moment just to cool off.  Looking back on those days, I smile but feel guilty at the same time.

I had always been passionate about math (to this day, I still).  My junior year, I wanted to go further into more advanced math, but my desire to stay with my friends trumped that aspiration. So I went on to Mr. Bertoldie’s algebra class.  A few months into my junior, Mr. Bertoldie approached me and asked me to help tutor some of his students who were struggling.  This was a first for me, I never felt I was really good at anything, but here I was, being told I was good enough to teach.  So I helped a few of his students and received A’s on everything I turned in (they would have been A+ but I was bad about showing my work because I could do it in my head. I can’t help but smile at how frustrated he would get with me “I know you know how to do it, but you have to show your work” he would say).
He encouraged me to skip his class my senior year and move on to more advanced math classes with some of the other teachers. However, my fondness for his teaching skills had me return for algebra two.  Again, he put me right to work helping tutoring students (and me still getting A-‘s because I refused to show my work).  Then one day he approached me and told me that he would really like for me to go to math contest and represent him and my school. I was floored; no one had ever showed such faith in me before. But, again, I let the feelings of a so-called friend (who I later found was jealous) determine my actions and I so declined the offer.

Later, after the math competition, after I had finished a tutoring session with one of his students, he asked me why I hadn’t gone to math contest.  I revealed to him the anger I received from my ‘friend’ when she heard the news of the offer.  He sat me down and explained to me (which, as high school teenagers, is hard to realize) that I was made for bigger and better things than that small little town.  That I was smart and I would go far in life; but only if I stopped worrying about making others happy and instead focusing on my own happiness.
It has been 15 years this may since I walked across that stage and got my high school diploma, and to this day I remember his words. I went on to go to college and every one of my math professors would say “You must have had a really good math teacher in high school to know what you do.” And I would tell every one of them, “Yes, I most definitely did.”

I went on to build my own company, which I use my math skills every day to budget, and do the taxes for.  Skills I never would have possessed without the knowledge that Mr. Bertoldie instilled in me.  My biggest regret is that I didn’t tell him, and now I will never have the opportunity to do so. 
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bertoldie’s family. And if, by chance, God allows those that have gone to be with Him the opportunity to hear those thoughts and prayers, I would say this, “Thank you, Mr. Bertoldie, for having faith in me when I did not.  Your knowledge and kindness will be forever carried in my heart, and the hearts of your many students.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another 5 star review for "The Bed Wife"

I have sent out several early copies of "The Bed Wife", hoping to get some feedback from avid readers as well as blogs.

I am especially concerned about a sex scene in the book. I have my moral issues with this, but feel it is important to the story. So I battled the fine line between a 'love making' scene and a 'sex' scene.

Having only sent out the ARC (advanced reader copy) to this person just two days ago, I was not expecting to get a review so quickly. 

However, this afternoon I was greeted with this email (and I must say it made my day!).


"So, I started reading your book during nap time yesterday and stayed up until I finished it last night!!! OMG!!!

Haven't read anything this gripping in a long time. I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness dinner was leftover night, lol.

Didn't think the sex scene was raunchy, I think it was very tasteful and very well written. Let's just say, my husband wants me to read it again tonight, if I would behave the same after reading it, lol (TMI?).

Can't wait for the next book! Now you got me hooked. Love it!!!" ~ V. Turner

"The Bed Wife" is back from the editor!

Oh my goodness it's happening!  I'm just one step closer to getting "The Bed Wife" published!

Now I will spend the next few days going over the edits and fixing what needs to be fixed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Continued Writing in The Bed Wife Chronicles: Book Two!

Is it wrong to get excited and goose bumps over something you have written?

I spent the day writing a very intense scene/chapter today. Nearly 4,000 words later and I feel like my story has taken just the turn it needs to.

So this is my tribute to giving myself goose bumps... I'm sure I wore this expression while writing today.  Smiling to myself while I think 'oh this is so good!' haha

 (Yes, I'm crazy about actor Richard Armitage. I suppose you could say, at this point, he is kind of my muse... You will probably see a lot of his pictures... I regret nothing!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Bed Wife getting formatted for eBooks!

I'm still waiting for The Bed Wife (The Bed Wife Chronicles, #1) to come back from the editors (I figure this will take a while).  But that doesn't mean I can't play a little with my formatting right?

With a little help from my brother-in-law, who also is a writer (see his Facebook page), I now have a program that will allow me to format and save my work for ePublishing and .mobi files. This means I can now send out ARC's to various blogs who would like to review the book!

So, if you are a book blog, and are interested in reviewing my novella, please contact me at catonthelap@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

International Happiness Day!

So, it has come to my attention that today is International Happiness Day (who knew?).

So, I created a little happy of my own, with my favorite International actor, Richard Armitage.

Yea, this is pretty random, but that's the beauty of running your own blog.  hehehe  Plus, he inspires me to write!

*hint* My next book is about a British actor who sweeps a young woman off her feet (purely coincidental of course... obviously not about Richard himself) hehehe

Another Bed Wife Teaser

I promised my Facebook Fans that, once we reached 500+ fans, I would release another teaser for The Bed Wife.

My fans did not let me down and now we are over 500 strong!

So here you go!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amazing Giftcard Giveaway!



 
Yesterday was a HUGE day for me. I sent my book off to the editor (the amazing Hollie), I booked my photographer/cover art designer (the fantastic Kelsey) and Goodreads.com approved me as an author and put "The Bed Wife" in the system! HUGE DAY!

So I want to celebrate!... So head over to my Facebook Page!

 From now until Friday evening (winner will be drawn at 9pm CT), when you share the post pinned to the top of my Facebook page and tag a loved one, you will get an entry to win a $5 Amazon gift card for both of you! (That's at least an eBook each, if not more!)





 How it works:

First, you MUST be a fan of the Author Suzanna Lynn page.

Second, 'like' and 'share' the post pinned to the top (it says ~*~ GIVEAWAY ALERT ~*~ and has this picture in it) .

Third, comment and tag one friend in the comment box. You can tag multiple friends, but to make the drawing possible, I need you to only put one friend in each comment (that way if/when your number is drawn, the friend in that comment with you will be the other winner).

Your friend will need to 'like' the page as well (and they can tag you, so that is like getting two entries for both of you!).

Hope those rules make sense! Now head over to my Facebook Page and get to liking, sharing and tagging!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Bed Wife is off to the editor!

Wow, I have to say it feels a little crazy to say this, but The Bed Wife is off to the editor!  I can't believe it, I have officially taken that huge step from 'writing a story' to 'publishing a book.'  They sound the same, but in my heart they are much different.

Do I have a release date yet?  Nope, not yet.  But I will know more once I hear back from my editor.  I still have my fingers crossed for a May release.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New 5 Star Review: The Bed Wife

"This was a definite FIVE star read for me.
 
The way Suzanna Lynn draws you in to a world of fantasy is terrific and not easily done. I will admit when I first started reading I was not 100% sure because the genre of fantasy had never appealed to me and I haven't read it. But by the end of the first chapter my mind had been changed.
 
The gentle but sure build up with Baylin and Luana was beautiful and inspiring and you could not help but root for them and keep turning the pages and hoping. There were times I was frustrated because I am that "instant gratification" persona, but you won't be sorry you took a chance on this new author and "The Bed Wife". 
 
The plot never lagged and the pages weren't filled with fluff; it was true grit and awe-inspiring writing.
 
She is definitely an awesome author. She writes like a seasoned author but not so formal and stiff that she makes a reader feel like they have to read between the lines! Great job! Bravo Ms. Lynn."
 
~ Leigh Ann Lunsford

Steamy "The Bed Wife" teaser

In an attempt to get people interested (and in the case of this teaser, slightly excited) about my upcoming book release of "The Bed Wife," I have created many teasers to get everyone in the mood.

To view other teasers, just click on the tag below that says "Teasers" or "The Bed Wife".

With that being said, enjoy!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm geeky and I know it!

So, I will happily admit, I'm a bit of a geek.  Ok, a lot of a geek.  I grew up watching Star Trek with my parents, I love anything Marvel, and I'm definitely fans of things like Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Lord of the Rings and so much more.

I'm also a bit of a fan girl.  I have developed a huge fan girl crush on British actor, Richard Armitage.  He plays Thorin in The Hobbit (though he's also known for roles in movies like North & South as well as BBC shows like Robin Hood).

That being said, Richard has become a bit of an obsession for me, which I'm sure my husband is not thrilled out.

However, last night I came home to find a gift my husband had ordered for me.  It was a piece of Hobbit History so to speak.  It was a collectors, framed, film-cell from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  When he ordered it, the film cell actually showed a picture of Legolas and it stated "No Guarantee of specific film cell".  But since the picture, itself, had Thorin in it, my husband thought I would still like it.

However, when we held it up to the light, low and behold, it was a Thorin film cell!

I screamed (like I said, I'm a geek). I screamed like a 15-year-old fan girl, not a nearly 33-year-old woman.

So now, my husband has no one to blame but himself.  He has officially fed my obsession with Richard Armitage.

Yes, this is not a book related piece of information. But it certainly gives you a glimpse into this author's life.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"The Bed Wife" Review


5 out of 5 Star Rating

Review of "The Bed Wife" book one in The Bed Wife Chronicles by Author Suzanna Lynn.

"The Bed Wife is a heartwarming tale between two people whose friendship from their youth blossoms to true love as adults.

This novella also shows how one girl’s courage to go against abusive traditions and her determination to stand up for her beliefs is a story that will warm your heart. 

It is hard to believe this is the author’s first book. Her ability to draw you so completely into the story is amazing. I honestly didn’t want to put it down because I wanted to know what would happen. 

I felt my heart clench when there was suspenseful parts and then my heart would ache in the more passionate scenes.

Readers don’t lose heart. The end will seem a bit unfinished, but I this novella is just an appetizer for more books to come!" ~ Tara Huffman

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Blurb and Teaser regarding The Bed Wife.

The choosing of a bed wife has been a time honored tradition in the Kingdom of Grasmere, and the time is now upon the kingdom for there to be a selection.

As children, Prince Baylin and Luana were inseparable friends; titles and protocols meant nothing.

However, years later, fate intercedes and Luana is forced into a situation where she only sees a loveless, lifeless existence for herself. All at the hands of her long lost friend.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Amazon Gift Card giveaway!

While leading up to the release of my first book in The Bed Wife Chronicles, I decided that getting my name out there was key.  After all, the more people hear your name and about your book, the more response you could possibly get when it's released (it just makes sense right?).

So I decided to hold a little giveaway!

When my Facebook page reaches 300 fans, I will give away two $5 Amazon gift cards (that's at least two ebooks for your Kindle!).

For all the details, check out my Facebook Page.

But hurry!  We are already nearing 300, and if you want to be part of this giveaway you need to act quickly!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Facebook fans are flowing in

Such an amazing amount of support in the Indie community.  Eighteen hours ago I had a mere (but faithful) 50 fans on my Facebook page.  Just now, I received my 200th fan!

In 18 hours the authors and readers of the Indie community banded together and started sharing me with their friends and family. 

The support is, truly, heartwarming and so very touching.

Thank you!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pen names or real name, who can choose?

I was recently approached and had it suggested to me that now is the time to start thinking about a pen name.

What is a pen name?  Well, long story short, it is an alas name you use when you write.

Many authors will do things like use their initials (eg: J.K. Rowling) instead of their full name.

However, with a name like Smith, what can you do to it to make it distinguishable from any other Smith out there?

My maiden name is Patterson, and at first I thought that could be an agreeable alternative.  Though, when you search on Amazon, you get "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson."  I can assure you I do not want to be competing with him! (on a side note, I read that book!  It was good but I cried like a baby... but we'll leave that for another time)

So the alternative is to change my last name completely. 

For some reason I'm not comfortable with this.  I have written down various versions of my name using different last names and, though the ones I have narrowed down sound pleasing enough, it makes me feel as though someone is taking my work and putting their name on it.

Obviously this is silly.  I wrote my story, it will belong to me, but to put a name other than Suzanna Smith on it feels as though I'm selling out.  Why is that?  Well, mainly because, I am Suzanna Smith. 

So now I am stuck trying to decide what to do about my author name.  Who knew writing the book was the easy part?