All posts by Suzanne G. Rogers

Author of sweet historical romance, fantasy romance, and fantasy adventure.

Shortlisted for Book of the Month

TOCDRSGRUpdate: Tournament of Chance: Dragon Rebel didn’t win, but it came a close second! Thank you all for voting. 🙂

Tournament of Chance: Dragon Rebel has been shortlisted as Book of the Month at ReadFree.ly! If you’d like to help me win, please cast your vote:

If you’d like to read a sample of Dragon Rebel, click on the book cover, above. Thank you in advance for your vote!

Blurb: If Heather wins the Tournament of Chance, she’ll be the first commoner to earn a place at court. Instead of a glorious victory, however, she’s arrested and marked for execution. After a daring escape, she joins the Dragon Rebels, who seek to overthrow the despotic monarchy and restore the former kingdom of Ormaria. Amongst the rebels are three shape-shifting wizards who claim to be rulers from the past. On a perilous quest to free the wizards’ magic, Heather battles wild dragons, vicious predators, angry trolls, and unexpected traitors. When a horrendous accident sends her back in time to fulfill a mysterious prophecy, she must rely on her warrior skills, wits, and endurance to survive.

 

 

New Look • Second Edition • Jessamine’s Folly

JFcoveridea8Everyone needs a new look now and again! Please allow me to introduce my revised edition of Jessamine’s Folly, with a brand new cover. The story remains the same in its essentials, but I also added twenty pages of new material.

Blurb: After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale’s sister—even though she’s been warned her predecessors can’t seem to resist the earl’s exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold onto her job without losing her heart?

To honor a promise made to his dying father, Lord Kirkendale agrees to an arranged marriage to a woman he cannot love. Although he is resigned to a life without sentiment, the arrival of his sister’s new companion awakens a slumbering passion. Can he find a way to secure his own happiness without sacrificing his family’s honor, or will his broken promise result in the ruination of the person he loves most?

Jessamine’s Folly is a sweet Edwardian romance, with many twists to keep the pages turning! Although this revised edition is longer, the price remains $0.99. Go HERE to read a sample, and to buy a copy if you like what you see.

 

New Release • Rake & Romance

PhotoFunia-1453990546It may be winter, but you can still warm the cockles of your heart with a sweet Victorian romance. Today, Rake & Romance is making its debut! It’s a sequel to Ruse & Romance, of course, but since I needed to mix things up a bit, I brought in three characters from Texas. The book is set in 1845, when Texas was still a sovereign entity. By December 29, 1845, the annexation of the Republic by the U.S. took effect. Nevertheless, Texas had its own culture, and residents of the Republic were known as Texians (with an i).

These new characters, Lord Horatio, his son Cody, and daughter Stephanie, were all born in England. Because Horatio was the second son of a marquess, and therefore not in line to inherit the title, he traveled overseas and managed to amass a fortune. Although Lord Horatio’s title is merely a courtesy, he’s the white sheep of the family. His brother, William, lacks a moral compass, and has passed his values to his wicked son, Zachary Gryphon (introduced in Ruse & Romance).

By the time Rake & Romance takes place, Lord Zachary Gryphon has dropped out of polite society, but his scandalous reputation remains. When Horatio Gryphon and his family return to England to find a husband for Stephanie, the waters are muddied. Worse, Cody and his cousin Zachary bear an uncanny resemblance to one another, and he finds himself unfairly painted by the same brush.

Enter sweet Juliet Beaucroft, who is just finishing her first Season. She’s widely expected to announce her engagement to stately, steady Lord Elbourne, but instead faces disappointment. The earl’s father finds himself in financial difficulty, and must seek an heiress for his son. If Juliet doesn’t marry Lord Elbourne, however, society may very well laugh at the snub and assume she’s on the shelf forever. Could a ruse be the answer?

As you can well imagine, there’s plenty of conflict to keep the pages turning! Rake & Romance is specially priced at $0.99 for its release weekend, and Ruse & Romance is free on Friday, January 29th! If you enjoy the series, please leave a few kind words on Amazon for me! Good reviews always buoy my spirits and make me feel like writing even more. ~ Suzanne

 

 

#FREE Victorian Romance

sgrR&R6x9seriesTo celebrate Friday’s upcoming release of Rake & Romance, I’m giving away copies of Ruse & Romance, the first book in the Beaucroft Girls series. This sweet Victorian romance is free from Wednesday, January 27 through Friday, January 29. Pick up your copy HERE

Blurb: Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. With no intention of following through, Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?

At the same time (1/27 – 1/29), I’m giving away copies of my fantasy romance tale, Whimsical Tendencies. Whimsical Tendencies has nothing to do with Victorian romance, but it does need reviews! Even if fantasy isn’t your usual genre, if you enjoy my writing style, why not give it a read?

Blurb: Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Cypher, however, she’s too beautiful to ignore. After a Cauldian contingent arrives in her hometown, a chance encounter leaves her repulsed by the arrogant Prince Ewan and attracted to his distant cousin, Lord Joss.

When she learns Prince Ewan plans to tear down the ruins of nearby Castle Augur, Cypher vows to stop him. Although handsome Lord Joss tries to protect her from his vindictive cousin, Cypher can’t bring herself to trust the enemy. At the same time, nightmares and dreams nudge her toward reclaiming childhood memories. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

Pick up your free copy of Whimsical Tendencies HERE. Happy reading, and if you enjoy it, please consider leaving a few kind words about the story on Amazon.

Writing a Series

dreamstime_xs_12523211I’d just finished writing a sequel to Ruse & Romance (Rake & Romance) when I began to get requests for a sequel to The Mannequin. I had plenty of story material to go on, and so broke ground. As I was writing, I was turning over in my mind a subject for my blog. I decided a post about writing sequels and series might be interesting, and how I keep track of all the characters. In a television series, the creators keep what’s called a show bible. This bible contains information about the characters that’s already been established. That way, if the staff writers want to bring in a brother for “Rachel,” and she’s already mentioned in Episode Two she’s an only child, the writers would have to bring in the character as someone else…a cousin perhaps.

For me, I keep a character list, with names, physical descriptions, and any other established information about the players in a manuscript. Keeping a character list is a good idea, even in a standalone manuscript, because writers often change things like names and hair or eye color as they write. If a hero has blond hair and blue eyes in Chapter One, by Chapter Fifteen, his eyes shouldn’t magically change to hazel just because the author either forgot what he or she wrote, or neglected to revise what had come before.

So, around 10,000 words into “Mannequin Two,” I began to compose a post about sequels. Idreamstime_xs_13228376 pulled up my character list for The Mannequin, opened the manuscript to make sure the list was up-to-date, and low and behold, I discovered a critical problem. An offhanded mention in book one that a certain character only had younger brothers threw a wrench in the motor of my sequel. I’d neglected to put that information into my character list, and so began to write the sequel with three sisters and one brother.

What to do? A rapid sex change for the siblings was in order, but I needed the female character to remain. So, she became a cousin. Problem solved, but what if I hadn’t caught the casual reference? My mistake cost me a great deal of time, since I had to greatly revise what I’d written, and annoyed me to boot.

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So, now I keep my character list document open as I write, revise it as I go, and make notations of any information (even offhanded) about the players. With a sequel, I begin with my character list for book one, rename it for book two, and continue to add new information. Live and learn, I suppose.

Happy reading.

~ Suzanne

Rake & Romance will be released on Friday, January 29th! To pre-order your copy at the pre-release price, go HERE.

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Blurb: Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress instead. To salvage her dignity, she enters into a ruse with the heiress’s brother, whom she views as a rake. Unfortunately, he’s also the most attractive man she’s ever met.

Cody Gryphon will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival. Although he intends to return to Texas as soon as his sister is wed, he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Juliet’s charms.

Can a rake and a debutante find their happily ever after?

 

 

 

Excerpt from THE MANNEQUIN

sgrmannequin6x9“Before I introduce you to my grandson, let’s chat for a few moments.” The Dowager Duchess crossed over to a seating arrangement and gestured toward a chair. When they were both comfortable, the duchess continued.

“I asked Mr. Preston if he knew of a girl with courage and indomitable spirit. Are you such a person?”

“I believe so.”

“Yes, you very well may be.” She took a deep breath. “My grandson, the duke, is lost in a very dark prison of his own making. Although I’ve tried everything, I’m completely helpless to reach him.”

“I understand there was a tragic accident?”

“A ferry boat carrying my son and his family capsized en route from Dover to Calais. Most passengers drowned, but among the survivors was my grandson, Aubrey. He lost not only his dear parents, but his beloved younger sister, Elise.”

As she spoke, the woman’s voice cracked, and her eyes filled with tears. Rosamund found her own eyes brimming with tears as well.

“Oh, no. I’m so terribly sorry.”

“Thank you.” The duchess blotted her eyes with a lace-edged handkerchief, and then nodded toward the oil painting hung over the fireplace. “That’s my son and his family, in happier times. It was painted about five years ago.”

Rosamund gazed at the painting of a handsome couple posing with a strapping young man of perhaps sixteen or seventeen, and a pretty little girl around ten years of age. They appeared to be so vibrant and full of life, it was difficult to imagine anything calamitous could have befallen them.

“I haven’t given up hope that Aubrey may go on to live a normal life someday, which is why none of our acquaintances know the extent of his condition,” the duchess said. “If they did, they would think him mad.”

“I’m eager to meet His Grace.”

“He spends his daylight hours in the music room.” She stood. “Come with me.”

The woman’s stiff satin skirts rustled as she walked. Rosamund followed her from the drawing room and down a long hallway until they reached a pair of arched double doors. The duchess put her hand on the doorknob, and paused.

“You’ll be shocked at Aubrey’s appearance. Please don’t let it disturb you.”

“I won’t.”

As the doors swung open, however, Rosamund shivered with apprehension. The velvet curtains had been drawn over the windows, and the darkened room beyond resembled a tomb. The dowager duchess smiled serenely as she escorted the visitor inside.

“Aubrey, dearest, allow me to introduce Miss Ashfield. She’s a neighbor.”
Rosamund could barely discern the outline of a man sitting in a chair, but he neither stirred nor made any response.

“Miss Ashfield, why don’t you and my grandson have a nice long visit? Someone will fetch you in an hour.”

“Y-Yes. Thank you.”

The duchess sailed from the room with her head held high. Rosamund’s eyes were slowly adjusting to the darkness, but she nearly tripped over a footstool as she walked further inside.

“Forgive me, Your Grace, but this won’t do. I simply must have a little more light.”

She moved over to a window, opened the curtains, and tucked each fabric panel behind the drapery holdbacks. As illumination flooded the space, she turned back toward the duke.

And recoiled.

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Intrigued? The Mannequin is available at Amazon HERE.

#1 Bestseller • The Mannequin

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 4.53.23 PMThe Mannequin was a featured BookBub deal on December 28th, 2015, and it’s been a #1 Bestseller on Amazon since then. BookBub sent me a follow-up questionnaire, asking how I’ve publicized my bestseller status and it occurred to me I should at least announce it on my blog, right?

I’m so pleased readers have discovered my work. A great many reviewers have drawn comparisons to Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, and The Secret Garden, and indeed, I reference fairy-tales within the work itself. I didn’t start writing the novel with those stories in mind, however. I began writing The Mannequin with the scene in the library, where Rosamund sees a debilitated Aubrey for the first time, and is overwhelmeCatherine_Walters00d by the task of trying to reach him. From there, I let the story unfold.

The latter part of the book was inspired by the courtesan Catherine Walters (“Skittles”), whose wardrobe and trendsetting style drew the avid interest of aristocrats. Understandably, her perfectly tailored riding habits created a demand for the garments, and drew custom (business) to their designers.

I’m especially pleased with the reviews thanking me for writing a book without the overt sexuality and harsh language that’s frequently found in romance books these days. Although there’s certainly a great demand for those often marvelous stories, I made the decision as an author to take a different path. I believe my work is finally beginning to find its market, and I plan to keep writing stories with plucky heroines, dashing heroes, dastardly villains, and a cast of supporting characters who lend warmth and humor.  ~ Suzanne

P.S. YES, I’m thinking about the sequel!

sgrmannequin6x9Blurb: When she was a poor country girl in a hand-me-down dress, Rosamund saved the Duke of Swanhaven from the brink of despair…only to fall in love with him. Now a celebrated mannequin for an exclusive London dressmaker, her glamorous life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever find a fairy-tale ending?

Available at Amazon HERE

 

New Year Resolution • Must. Write. Faster

Got Resolutions? It’s that time of year to assess goals and set new ones. Want to hear mine? One of my favorite moments in Jurassic Park is the scene where Jeff Goldblum is sitting in the back of a Jeep, being chased by a T-Rex.

These days, I’m in the back of the Jeep, being chased by a huge bipedal monster telling me I must write faster. Why? My statistics show a distinct drop-off in new release interest at about six weeks. I suppose you could call the hungry carnivore Six Weeks, and I’m the tender morsel behind the keyboard.

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Unfortunately, unless I’m seized with inspiration, the story ideas don’t flow on schedule. Maybe that’s why the creature chasing me is a monster and not an adorable kitten.

RAKE&ROMANCE

Nevertheless, my goal is to write faster this year. I’d like to have an engaging new release every two months. First up (January 29th) is a sequel to Ruse & Romance, entitled Rake & Romance.

Blurb: Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress instead. To salvage her dignity, she enters into a ruse with the heiress’s brother, whom she views as a rake. Unfortunately, he’s also the most attractive man she’s ever met.

Cody Gryphon will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival. Although he intends to return to Texas as soon as his sister is wed, he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Juliet’s charms.

Can a Texas rake and an English debutante ever have their happily ever after?flourish

Next, onDCOYCOVERSGRFinal4 March 29th, will be the re-release of Children of Yden, with a new cover and title (Dragon Clan of Yden)…but a re-release doesn’t really count, does it?

I’m also working on the third book in the Graceling Hall series, featuring Josie Wilkes and her HEA. After that, I’ll have to see what floats to the top of the pile.

So, my resolution is to tame the beast next year. How about you?

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  ~ Suzanne

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#Freebie • The Mannequin

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The Mannequin is a Kindle freebie from Sunday, December 27, through Tuesday, December 29. Although the novel is a sweet Victorian romance, I took inspiration from Beauty & the Beast and Cinderella, as well as classic literature and fairy-tales.

Blurb: When she was a poor country girl in a hand-me-down dress, Rosamund saved the Duke of Swanhaven from the brink of despair…only to fall in love with him. Now a celebrated mannequin for an exclusive London dressmaker, her glamorous life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever find a fairy-tale ending?

Pick up The Mannequin HERE, and tell a friend!

 

Pre-Order Rake & Romance

RAKE&ROMANCEMy sequel to Ruse & Romance is officially coming soon and is available for pre-order HERE!

Blurb: Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress instead. To salvage her dignity, she enters into a ruse with the heiress’s brother, whom she views as a rake. Unfortunately, he’s also the most attractive man she’s ever met.

Cody Gryphon will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival. Although he intends to return to Texas as soon as his sister is wed, he finds it increasingly difficult to resist Juliet’s charms.

Can a rake and a debutante ever have their happily ever after?

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Rake & Romance will be released on January 29, 2016!