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Stepping Outside the Zone

For an independent author, marketing my work is challenging and often perplexing. In the early days of BookBub, if an author could snag a featured deal, the exposure would be enough to buoy him or her into the stratosphere for months or longer. These days, however, even the magic of BookBub can flag, and marketing books has become increasingly hit and miss.

Reader expectations are always on my mind when I’m writing a new book. I try not to stress about bad reviews, but I do often glean insight when readers say what they did or did not enjoy. My latest release, The Prettier Sister, seemed to satisfy readers who liked a certain measure of snappy repartee between the hero and heroine as well as a happy ending. The book has been well received and I’m glad.

Since I don’t like to get caught writing the same story over and over again, I will occasionally step outside my zone. I usually set my historical romance in England, but I have written two historical romances set entirely in America.

How did those books sell?

They fell flat.

I’m referring to Rumer Has It (set in Charleston, SC) and An American in Paris of the West (set in Virginia and San Francisco). Both books were liked by the readers who left reviews on Amazon (4.5 rating for RHI and 5.0 rating for AAIPOTW), but neither book performed to my expectations sales-wise.

So, what is an author to do?

Shall I stay in my lane or continue to try new things? Can an author ever tempt her readers into trying something different? Let me know what you think. ~ Suzanne

Happy Thanksgiving • Black Thursday!

Today and through the rest of November, ALL of my titles are $0.99 at Amazon. Every. Single. Book. Newer releases and back list. Both historical romance and, if you like fantasy, all of those titles as well.

Follow the link to my author page on Amazon or go to the individual book you want by clicking on the title below. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget to pick up one of my ten audiobook titles while you are shopping! Audiobooks are great when you want to “read” while traveling, exercising, or doing chores around the house.


The Mannequin Series

The Mannequin*Grace UnmaskedThe Star Crossed SeamstressA Chance of Rayne

The Beaucroft Girls Series

Ruse & Romance*Rake & Romance*

Graceling Hall Series

Larken*Lord Apollo & the Colleen

Standalone Titles

Spinster* Duke of a Gilded AgeMy Fair Guardian*The Ice Captain’s Daughter*Rumer Has ItA Gift for Fiona (includes the prequel A Gift for Lara) • An American in Paris of the WestCourtship on Eaton SquareLady Fallows’ SecretsJessamine’s Folly*


Yden Series

The Last Great Wizard of YdenDragon Clan of YdenSecrets of YdenKira (Prequel to the Yden Trilogy)

Standalone Titles

Something Wicked in L.A. Dani & the ImmortalsRoyal PromenadeTournament of Chance: Dragon RebelWhimsical Tendencies*The Dragon Rider’s Daughter*

*Available in audiobook format

Music by Lesfm from Pixabay

Dance of the Books

Three of my titles (Duke of a Gilded Age, Jessamine’s Folly, and Lady Fallows’ Secrets are now back in the KindleUnlimited program:

Two titles, Rumer Has It and American in Paris of the West are now in wide distribution.

If you like fairy tales, my fantasy short story, Magical Misperception, has a new cover and is free in wide distribution.

In other news, The Mannequin and Spinster are both available in hardcover format. If you would like to see any of my other titles in hardcover, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll be rolling out hardcover versions as time permits.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

#FREEBIE • A Chance of Rayne

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.

A Chance of Rayne is a FREE Kindle download on Tuesday, April 14th through Thursday, April 16th. Go HERE to download your copy.

But wait, there’s more!

An American in Paris of the West is only $0.99 on Tuesday, April 14th through Tuesday, April 21st.

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 fight for his life—and she must put herself in mortal danger to save him from a horrible miscarriage of justice.

Go HERE to snag the sale before it’s too late!

I hope everyone is doing well in these trying times. ~ Suzanne

The 20K Word Graveyard • Diary of a Mid-List Author

Have you ever had a project you couldn’t make work and you were furious you’d wasted your time? In Episode Fourteen of Diary of a Mid-List Author, I tell you how I pulled the fat out of the fire. ~ Suzanne

Links: An American in Paris of the West:Amazon @ https://amzn.to/33y2UCy

Duke of a Gilded Age: Universal Link @ https://books2read.com/u/bP5MrY at GooglePlay @ https://bit.ly/2WzI4kV or Amazon @ https://amzn.to/2QxxYNz

A Chance of Rayne: Amazon @ https://amzn.to/2UgrGms

Graveyard Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay: https://bit.ly/39aDJr2

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.”


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