Thursday, April 28, 2016

Magic, New Mexico Kindle World is coming soon



Launching May 5th, 2016


Magic, New Mexico Kindle World
Brings together 9 outstanding paranormal and science fiction authors to expand on the Magic, New Mexico series created by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, S.E. Smith.
Magic is a town where witches, aliens, vampires, werewolves, goblins and paranormal live. In Magic, being abnormal is the norm.
Curl up with each book now and discover all the action that is Magic, New Mexico.
Coming to Amazon US store only May 5th!
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Etched in Stone will be releasing as part of this amazing new Kindle World, and I couldn't be happier.  You can read more about the entire collection of hot new stories HERE. 
Blurb:
Stone has been alive for centuries but he’s never truly lived. Created by magic, he was duty bound to watch over the Drummond family and guard them with his life. Now, his last master is dead and there’s no one left to protect. Instead of gaining his freedom at last, Stone finds himself locked in his granite form, a living mind trapped inside a statue of a gargoyle. Lost in despair and on the verge of madness, the days blend together into one everlasting nightmare.
Until he begins to dream of her.
Adina Diggersby lives for her art. Sculpting stone is her passion, one that keeps her busy enough she rarely has time to mourn the one thing missing from her life, someone to share it with. She spends her days in her studio or walking among her personal collection of sculptures and statues gathered from all over the world. The last thing she ever expected was for her newest purchase to come to life and inform her he was her new protector.
Adina won’t rest until Stone is free of the spells that enslave him, but unravelling the dark magic that created him will come at a price. Are these two souls doomed to be forever alone, or is their love strong enough to be etched in stone?


Thursday, April 14, 2016

TNEE 2016 - Atlanta - The Wrap up

Required "stand by my banner" photo

What a whirlwind!


 TNEE 2016 is now nothing but a memory, but it's a memory I'm going to cherish for a long time to come. I got to see some old friends, make some new ones, and connect with some amazing readers. 

Atlanta was suffering from a "cold snap" while I was there, which meant I was in in short sleeves while the locals were huddled in their heaviest jackets and shivering. Yay for being Canadian. *laughs*

The flight down there was a little stressful. A malfunctioning steering light delayed my first flight by twenty minutes, which meant I was checking the time and fretting that I was going to miss my connection. Fortunately Seattle airport was quiet and I made my next flight without issue. The flight itself was a bit like being set in a tumble dryer for four hours of our five hour flight. Turbulence kept everyone in their seats and doing a good impression of James Bond's favorite drink. Shaken, not stirring.

From the moment I hit the lobby of the hotel, everything fell into place. There were friends everywhere, with everyone laughing and smiling and hugging. I took ten minutes to power unpack and then headed out. There were drinks in Fandangles, a little food, and then it was time for the welcome party down by the pool. 

I went back to my room with every intention of going to bed, only to see an invite to come back to the bar for drinks. Needless to say, I didn't stay in my room for long! And that was the theme of the whole weekend. I was on the go for four days straight, and by the time I left the hotel at the unholy hour of 4am on Sunday morning, I was exhausted but happy.

The panels let me get to know some fantastic new authors, the Villains Ball was a blast. (Where else would I ever get to have dinner with Loki, Smaug, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella D'eville and the three witches of Hocus Pocus?) 



And for those who are wondering, I went as Hades from Disney's Hercules...




 The events and parties were so much fun. I even got up the courage to do an erotic reading for an audience and only managed to trip over my tongue once or twice. 



I sold out at the book signing, and a few short hours later I was having "true" southern dinner of fried chicken, collard greens and blackeyed peas with one of my fellow Kindle World authors, Evelyn Lederman. While we were out, she talked me into coming to RomCon. Yes, I signed up for a convention while at another convention. Yes, it's possible I'm crazy, but I am coming to Denver at the end of September! I should have recovered from RTC by then. (Which is in a few short weeks. Egads!)

I spent my last few hours of the con in a blur of hugs, tears and goodbyes to everyone before I headed home with a suitcase full of books and a bunch of great memories. 

It was a great time, and well worth the three days it took me to get my jetlag cured, my laundry done, and my cat to forgive me for leaving her.

It's good to be home. 





Monday, March 28, 2016

Surprise Release day - Three new 3013 Novellas


Triple Release Day!





There are three new 3013 novellas releasing today. 

You can find all three of them at Amazon, All Romance ebooks, and Smashwords. They will be arriving soon at B&N, Kobo and other retailers.


3013 SCARRED - by Susan Hayes: http://amzn.to/1LT6AUo
3013 SYNERGY - by Laurie Roma: http://amzn.to/1RvPs3O
3013 ASYLUM - by Kali Argent: http://amzn.to/1LT6wUF



3013: SCARRED


Laesa Fen left her home planet, Tartarus, in search of a new life. A recently freed harem slave, she is finally traveling the galaxy and visiting the places she could only dream of while she was the property of a Tarin warlord. On her own for the first time, she is finally free to pursue her art and to discover who she is and what she wants out of life.

Helios brothers Rhen and Sabar Torven are merchants with a knack for finding new markets. The twins came to Alliance Station X21 with hopes of expanding their business, but once they meet Laesa, their plans change. Deals come and go, but a female like Laesa comes along once in a lifetime, and they’re not leaving the station without her at their side.

Can Rhen and Sabar help Laesa find the closure she needs to move on with her life, or will she let the scars of her past deny her the happiness they know she deserves?




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Welcome to the Magic - Cover Reveal for Etched in Stone




Coming May 5th to Amazon's Kindle World 

S.E Smith's Magic, New Mexico Series


Hot stories from a group of amazing authors 
all set in one magical town.


Etched in Stone



Blurb:

Stone has been alive for centuries but he’s never truly lived. Created by magic, he was duty bound to watch over the Drummond family and guard them with his life. Now, his last master is dead and there’s no one left to protect. Instead of  gaining his freedom at last, Stone finds himself locked in his granite form, a living mind trapped inside a statue of  a gargoyle. Lost in despair and on the verge of madness, the days blend together into one everlasting nightmare.
Until he begins to dream of her.

Adina Diggersby lives for her art. Sculpting stone is her passion, one that keeps her busy enough she rarely has time to mourn the one thing missing from her life, someone to share it with. She spends her days in her studio or walking among her personal collection of sculptures and statues gathered from all over the world. The last thing she ever expected was for her newest purchase to come to life and inform her he was her new protector.

Adina won’t rest until Stone is free of the spells that enslave him, but unravelling the dark magic that created him will come at a price. Are these two souls doomed to be forever alone, or is their love strong enough to be etched in stone?


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Scheduling Crisis - Or why I need there to be an extra day in every week

I had a plan.

It was a good plan, too. I sat down in December and mapped out my goals and deadlines for 2016. There were highlighted bits, carefully calculated deadlines, and even some buffer space to accommodate the dreaded "reality factor." 

It's March now, and my schedule is already shot to hell. The poor thing is whimpering in a corner, tattered, weary, and covered with crossed out bits and fresh scribbles. The part of me that likes to be organized wants to reschedule everything and make a fresh, new plan.  The part of me that knows that doing such a thing will only invite the wrath of dragons, chaos demons, and the general ire of the universe is resisting doing any such thing.

Chaos Dragons are notoriously cranky creatures

So what happened? Reality, new opportunities, and possibly the slightest bit of insanity. You know, the usual suspects.

My schedule from December-May included writing 3013: FURY, and not one but two special projects. (Yes, two!)  3013: FURY is due out around the beginning of May, and I can now tell you that Fury won't be the only book I have releasing around then.  Etched in Stone will be releasing in early May as well. Etched is part of S.E Smith's Magic, New Mexico, world and I am one of the authors invited to take part in her new Kindle World!  I'm so excited about this and I cannot wait to tell you more about it. Details are coming (along with a cover reveal.) 

My other secret project? Still a secret! I can tell you more about that in about two weeks. It's worth the wait, I promise. 

While I've been busy writing, I've also been organzing myself for TNEE in Atlanta and RTC in Ottawa, my two spring convention appearances. There's packing, ordering, books to send and swag...sooo much swag. I may have over-ordered. 

This is most of what I'm bring to TNEE... I see overweight luggage charges in my future
I've also finished my costume for TNEE and I'm working on my RTC outfits. Cowboys and 80's night. Man, my luggage is going to contain some very odd things, and all of it needs packing!

TNEE's villian ball has been a fun costume to put together. For those who are curious, here's a hint:




And so, this is why my schedule for 2016 is in tatters. It's also why I've been absent from this blog for far too long. I thought it was time for an update! Now, I'm heading back into my writing cave. If you don't hear from me in a week, send sexy firefighters or EMT's. 










Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What do you mean, it's already the end of February?

I swear I blinked twice and suddenly it's Spring. 

I'm thrilled the weather is improving, I'm even happy to trade in my need for cold and flu remedy for antihistamines to deal with the pollen that is now filling the air outside. What am I not happy about? This means I have only few more weeks before convention season hits and I find myself on a plane to Atlanta! 

Victoria, Canada's version of a white out.


Yes, this means fun, sleepless nights and crazy days of laughter and making new friends but it also means I have to get myself organized. I need lists. Then I need master lists of all my lists. I need this because today I opened a document labeled "things to do before Atlanta" and discovered it's BLANK. Which means a) I brilliantly cut and pasted this somewhere instead of copy and pasting, or b) I made the document and then never actually entered anything on it. Either way, I need a new list. And a plan. And possibly a personal assistant to handle all this adulty stuff, because I am clearly not adept at it despite forty-five years of practice. 

3013: FURY is progressing and is on track for a late April release date, and I have a new project that is coming out the first week of May. (Yes, I know those are very close together. I did mention I'm not doing so well with planning so far this year. *grins*) S.E Smith has invited me to be part of her new Kindle World of the Magic, New Mexico, series!  Etched in Stone will be my first foray into this world, and I am over the moon excited to be part of this project along with a number of other amazing writers. 

Add into that mix my need to do my taxes, organize the boxes of swag that have taken over part of my condo, keep up with the day job, and relearn the fine art of eating lean and healthy. Can one eat healthy in Atlanta? Fried green tomatoes and fried chicken are good for me, right?  (please, just nod and let me cling to that fantasy a little longer.) It's going to be a crazy busy couple of months. 

What do you do to keep yourself organized? Or you just go with the flow and try to keep up? 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Writing romance and why it isn't wise to try and teach a pig to sing

My name is Susan Hayes and I'm a published romance novelist. 

It's a simple statement, isn't it? My name, a quick mention of my credentials, and the genre I write in. What I have come to realize is that not everyone takes away from the same information from what's written above. Some people focus on the word published. Some on the word novelist, and then there are those who hear the word "romance" and dismiss everything else I said. After all, romance isn't a real genre and those who write it aren't real writers. As if the time and energy I expend crafting a tale is somehow devalued by the fact that my book contains a love story. 

**There's another subset that hear/read the word romance and assume that I am clearly a hedonistic hussy living a lifestyle Hugh Heffner would envy, but that's a topic for another blog.**

I didn't notice how often I found myself defending my genre choice until I went to my first romance reader's convention last year. It was the first time I'd been surrounded by people who all had a passion for romances in their infinite variety. No one had to hide their book covers or blushingly confess that yes, they read romance. The sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm was addictive and quite unforgettable. It wasn't until I was flying home afterward that I could put my finger on one of the reasons it had been so amazing. Not once in my time there had I felt the need to defend my genre as either writer or reader. No one assumed anything about my IQ or education based on my reading choices. No one asked why I was wasting my time writing in a genre that is constantly dismissed as "trashy." On the last leg of my journey home, I found myself talking to one of my fellow passengers and the moment she asked me where I'd been and what I'd been doing, reality came crashing through the bubble I'd been living in for the past few days. The conversation went something like this: "You write? That's fascinating. What have you written? I'll have to look up your books--oh. Romance. I see. I don't read those sorts of books. Have you written anything that's not a romance? No? That's too bad. Have you thought about it. Surely you'd like to write a real book someday?"

I get the same reactions everywhere. Even from fellow writers. I write sci-fi romances, but I wasn't welcome to attend a local sci-fi writer's coffee group because I don't write real science fiction. Just last week a writer I'd recently met asked if I ever intend to write in a different genre so I could be taken seriously as a writer. No, I didn't smack him upside the head with a copy of my latest book. (though I was sorely tempted.) Three years into what I intend to be a lifelong career, I've finally learned not to defend or apologize for what I choose to write. (I'm Canadian, so apologizing is something of a default setting.) I've discovered the hard way that there's nothing I can say or do to change the minds of those who believe that romance is a lesser genre. In the wise words of Rober Heinlein  "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig." 

Instead of wasting my time trying to instruct proverbial pigs in the art of serenade, I'm packing my bags and heading to a couple of romance reader conventions instead. I know who my tribe are, and I can't wait to be in the company of those who share my love of romance. If you love romance books and have never been to a convention, I recommend you try it. You'll make friends for life, find new authors to read, and maybe even run into one of your favorite writers. 

If you're ready to spend a weekend with your fellow romance lovers, I invite you to join me at TNEE in Atlanta  April 7-11, 2016  or Romancing the Capital in Ottawa May 6-17, 2016.