Category Archives: Clean & Wholesome

RUMER HAS IT • NEW RELEASE

My latest book, Rumer Has It, has been released and it’s available in both ebook and paperback format at Amazon. KU reads FREE.

Jocelyn Rumer Conroy’s newspaper column allows her to write gossip about the population of Charleston while avoiding scrutiny of her own family secrets. She’s used to having her own way, but when arrogant and cosmopolitan Piers Wilde is brought into the newspaper, she chafes under his supervision. As they become writing partners in a new agony column, their relationship becomes fraught with tension…and an inconvenient attraction that cannot be denied.

Upcoming Release • Rumer Has It

Jocelyn Rumer Conroy’s newspaper column allows her to write gossip about the population of Charleston while avoiding scrutiny of her own family secrets. She’s used to having her own way, but when arrogant and cosmopolitan Piers Wilde is brought into the newspaper, she chafes under his supervision. As they become writing partners in a new agony column, their relationship becomes fraught with tension…and an inconvenient attraction that cannot be denied.

A sweet historical romance set in 1910 Charleston.

I became interested in Charleston, South Carolina when my son began to attend college there. Although the town has changed and grown since it was founded in 1670, due to the War Between the States, a horrific earthquake in 1886, and numerous hurricanes, it has retained a unique sophisticated and cultured charm.

Rumer Has It is set in an era when rapid technological advancements began to shape America into a more modern society. Electricity, automobiles, telephones, silent movies, and the typewriter were becoming common. Hemlines were rising a trifle and the use of cosmetics for young ladies was no longer taboo. Of course, human nature being what it is, gossip was ubiquitous and rumors flew as quickly as a redtailed hawk after a field mouse.

My headstrong heroine, Jocelyn Rumer Conroy, works for a local newspaper as a gossip columnist and in sales. She loves her job…until handsome, arrogant Piers Wilde is hired as the new senior editor. When they become writing partners in an agony column, fireworks ensue.

Rumor has it that a certain lady and a certain gentleman may be falling in love…if they can only stop arguing first.

Rumer Has It will be released on July 28, 2020. Reserve your Kindle copy HERE.

#Freebie • The Star-Crossed Seamstress

Skylar flees a family scandal in Boston, expecting assistance in society from her English relatives. Once her plans fall apart, however, she is obliged to earn money with her skills as a seamstress. Just when she’s given up on the notion of marriage, her path crosses that of a charming laborer who inexplicably sets her pulse racing.

When wealthy Joe Fiddick hits a patch of bad luck, he seizes the opportunity to do something meaningful by helping a neighbor and her pretty granddaughter with repairs to their cottage. As it turns out, he has more in common with the granddaughter than he realizes…and what they share spells disaster for their budding romance.

Will Joe and Skylar be star-crossed lovers or can the rift between them be mended?

The Star-Crossed Seamstress is FREE on Tuesday, June 23rd only. Download your Kindle copy HERE and don’t forget to tell a friend!

#Sale • The Star-Crossed Seamstress

The Star-Crossed Seamstress is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 from Sunday, April 19th until Saturday, April 25th in the U.S. and U.K.

Skylar flees a family scandal in Boston, expecting assistance in society from her English relatives. Once her plans fall apart, however, she is obliged to earn money with her skills as a seamstress. Just when she’s given up on the notion of marriage, her path crosses that of a charming laborer who inexplicably sets her pulse racing.

When wealthy Joe Fiddick hits a patch of bad luck, he seizes the opportunity to do something meaningful by helping a neighbor and her pretty granddaughter with repairs to their cottage. As it turns out, he has more in common with the granddaughter than he realizes…and what they share spells disaster for their budding romance.

Will Joe and Skylar be star-crossed lovers or can the rift between them be mended?

Go HERE to download your copy or read FREE with KU!

Featured Image by Michael Drummond from Pixabay

Quarantine #Freebies

With all the hardships people are enduring due to quarantines and shutdowns, I wanted to highlight the ebooks and audiobooks (the latter are limited in quantity!) I have available, absolutely free. Everything is clean & wholesome (no language or overt spice). Although the audiobook codes are usually reserved for readers who sign up for my newsletter mailing list, I’m going to make them available to anyone who wants them at this time. Take advantage of whatever pleases you, with my best wishes, and stay safe. ~ Suzanne

EBOOKS

MAGICAL MISPERCEPTION (Fantasy short story, suitable for all ages)

For one, magical summer, Jona is selected to be a companion to Prince Lee and help him practice social graces. Despite her joy, however, she is expected to follow the rules: never speak to the queen unless spoken to, never forget she’s merely a servant, and never, ever fall in love with the prince.

Are the differences between a prince and a commoner too large to overcome, or are they just a matter of magical misperception?

To download, use this universal link HERE.

A GIFT FOR LARA (A Victorian short story, suitable for teens on up)

Lara Robinson wrote a love letter four years ago, but received no reply. Now the man to whom she gave her heart will visit Blythe Manor for Christmas. How can she enjoy the holidays knowing Miles Greystoke must despise her for revealing her feelings in such an unguarded fashion?

To download, use this universal link HERE.

AUDIOBOOKS

(Available at Audible, for US and UK markets only, with COUPON. These coupons are very limited in quantity, and will be given out first come, first served. Send an email request for your code(s) to suzannegrogers@gmail.com, specifying whether or not you are in the US or the UK. If the code is still available, I will send it to you, along with directions on how to redeem it.)

RUSE & ROMANCE • The Beaucroft Girls Series, Book One (Victorian romance, narrated by Helen Taylor)

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?

RAKE & ROMANCE • The Beaucroft Girls Series, Book Two (Victorian romance, narrated by Helen Taylor)

Juliet’s plans to wed Lord Elbourne come to naught when she discovers he’s obliged to wed an heiress from overseas 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.

When Cody Gryphon first arrives in London, everyone seems to confuse him with his wicked cousin, Lord Gryphon, whom he hasn’t seen in years. His uncanny resemblance to the man doesn’t make it easier to establish himself. Nevertheless, Cody will do anything to see his sister Stephanie wed to Lord Elbourne, including entering into a temporary engagement with her romantic rival, Juliet. 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?

THE DRAGON RIDER’S DAUGHTER (fantasy romance, narrated by Tara-Louise Kaye)

After Minna’s father loses his career, health, and wealth due to a rogue wizard, he forbids his daughter from studying magic. She carries on in secret, all the while plotting revenge against the man who ruined her father’s life.

Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he’s cleverly managed to conceal the fact from everyone. He’s on the fast track to success—until he discovers he owes a debt that can never be repaid.

Minna and Evan don’t realize it yet, but their destinies have been intertwined for years. Once the truth is known, they’ll be forced to choose between vengeance…or each other.

WHIMSICAL TENDENCIES (fantasy romance, narrated by Tara-Louise Kaye)

Although Cypher has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, she holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now occupying the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection–until she discovers the Cauldians plan to desecrate the ruins of nearby Castle Augur. She stumbles on a key that she hopes will unlock her memories…but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Featured Image by monicore from Pixabay

LEAP DAY RELEASE • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS OF THE WEST #historicalromance

Happy Leap Day! Today is also the day I release my first book of 2020, An American in Paris of the West. This novel is a slight departure from my usual stories about lords and ladies of England, but it has all the romance and manners you’ve come to expect…with an American flair.

Blurb: On the cusp of a new century, Asa and his childhood sweetheart, Katherine, are breathlessly swept up in love. After she is unwillingly betrothed to another man, heartbroken Asa takes a job in San Francisco to start anew. When disaster strikes, Kat strikes out across the country to seek Asa’s help. To her shock, she discovers he’s in a legal fight for his life–and she must put herself in mortal danger to save him from a horrible miscarriage of justice.

Download your Kindle copy HERE or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

Leap Day Release • An American in Paris of the West

On the cusp of a new century, Asa and his childhood sweetheart, Katherine, are breathlessly swept up in love. After she is unwillingly betrothed to another man, heartbroken Asa takes a job in San Francisco to start anew. When disaster strikes, Kat strikes out across the country to seek Asa’s help. To her shock, she discovers he’s in a legal fight for his life–and she must put herself in mortal danger to save him from a horrible miscarriage of justice.

My new historical romance will be released on February 29, 2019, but you can reserve your Kindle copy now at a special pre-release price HERE.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One!

Love Denied

Staunton, Virginia

May, 1899

Asa Ballard grinned as he urged Fancy Dancer into a trot. When the gig surged forward, Kat Inverness shrieked with delight and clutched his arm. If he hadn’t been driving so fast along the narrow country lane, he would have stolen a kiss from those delicious lips. Of course, he had good reason to believe such a liberty might be freely given, judging by the way Kat clung to him. The thrilling thought made his pulse race along with the gig.

“We’re flying, Miss Inverness.” He chuckled. “Only the fastest chariot will do for the most beautiful creature of my acquaintance.”

Kat gave him a sidelong glance. “I’ve missed your flattery, Mr. Ballard!”

“I speak the truth.”

The corners of her mouth turned up. “If that’s the case, why have you stayed away so long?”

“Learning to be an architect takes time…like wooing a lady.”

“Let us hope that a proper courtship does not take four years.” She tossed her head. “A girl could turn to dust as she waits.”

“No man would be foolish enough to delay overlong and let a girl like you slip through his fingers.”

Kat snuggled even closer and he caught a whiff of her intoxicating fragrance. Life was truly a wonderment as long as she was by his side. When the gates of Hawthorn House came into view, he slowed his horse to a walk. Nevertheless, Kat kept her hand firmly around his arm—and her presence felt as necessary to him as the air in his lungs.

He nodded toward the hedges surrounding the property. “If the hawthorn is in bloom, it must be May.”

“Indeed, it must.” She giggled. “We shall have to run three times around a hawthorn tree and make a wish.”

“Before or after our picnic?”

“It had best be beforehand.” Kat’s nod was decisive. “I won’t be able to run on a full stomach.”

He chuckled. “You’ll run faster if I’m chasing you.”

“Will I?” Her expression turned coy. “And what if I prefer to be caught?”

Asa gave her a mock frown. “Miss Inverness, I believe you’re flirting with me.”

“I might be.” She paused. “Then again, I might not.”

“Minx.”

Asa drove the gig up the long drive, past the great house, and to the stables. After he relinquished the horse’s reins to the stable boy, he lifted Kat down to the ground.

“You’re lighter than a thistle.” He made no effort to remove his hands from her tiny waist. “I shall have to feed you cake.”

Her expression brightened. “I adore cake.”

Asa leaned over to whisper in her ear. “I adore cake, too.”

“Oh, you made me shiver.” When she stepped back, a mischievous twinkle lit her exquisite eyes—one the color of lapis and the other an emerald green. “Where are we to have our picnic?”

He pointed. “In the corner of the estate, between that hawthorn tree and the hedge. After I retrieve the hamper from the gig, I’ll escort you.”

“Last one there is a bullfrog!” Kat darted off across the rolling lawn.

“Hey—that’s not fair!”

Chuckling, Asa grabbed the wicker hamper from underneath the seat, along with a brown leather tube on a strap. After he put one arm through the strap, he loped off after Kat at a slow speed, enjoying the pursuit more than he would have thought possible. He’d been fond of her ever since he could remember, but four years of faithful correspondence had fixed his affections permanently. If the day unfolded like he had planned, perhaps he would shortly be able to call Katherine Inverness his own.


Credit: Featured Image is courtesy of Booth Kates from Pixabay

A Chance of Rayne • #Sale

For the first time, ever, A Chance of Rayne is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon. Although it is part of The Mannequin series, it can be read as a standalone.

Blurb: Although the Harrison daughters look almost like twins, one was born on the right side of the blanket while the other was not. Rayne is tasked with drawing in a suitable husband for her sister, Garnet, but soon discovers her quarry is a kindred spirit from her past. When Rayne refuses to deceive Lord Finch any longer, her father makes good his threat to exile her overseas, to New York City. Although Rayne is determined to survive, she is quickly ensnared in a web of vice.

What Reviewers are saying:

5-Stars: “[A]n absolute pleasure” – Vibliophile (Vine Voice)

5-Stars: “I love stories about a poor, down on her luck girl getting a happy ending.” – Amazon Reader

A Chance of Rayne will only be on sale from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1st, so don’t wait! Click HERE to download your copy.

THE BENEFITS OF SELF-PUBLISHING

In the last episode, I talked about the benefits of signing with a publisher. This week, I detail why I like to publish my own novels. Enjoy! ~ Suzanne

Professional Reviewers: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/indie-r…

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The Benefits of Publishers •Diary of a Mid-List Author

Should you sign with a publisher or self-publish? In this episode, I’ll talk about the benefits of signing a contract with a reputable publisher. ~ Suzanne

Links:

Bowker: http://www.bowker.com/authors/

D2D FAQ: https://www.draft2digital.com/faq/