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Monday, April 14, 2014

Exciting news times three

Last year was exciting for me with three new releases in a year's time. This year I may manage three in the next couple of months. Really!

I'm hyper-excited about RAINBOW ROCK ROMANCES: THE MCALLISTER MEN, which should be available within the week. It's a box set including the first three books in the eight-book romance series and featuring Jim, Kurt, and Chris McAllister. I love the cover my friend, Alisa, designed for it. See?

Nice, isn't it? The cover for DANNY'S GIRL has been available for some time. My big news is this ... (drum roll, please), the manuscript just went in for that book as well and it should be available before the end of April. Woo-hoo!


The third book is a scheduled June release from Covenant Communications. EASTWARD TO ZION is historical, based loosely on the story of my great-great-grandparents. He, an English immigrant, and she, from Ireland, met in Sydney when Australia was still a group of loosely connected British colonies. There they met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined the "Mormons," and decided to move to be with other church members in the U.S. territory then known as Deseret.

While most European converts to the LDS church crossed the Atlantic and the plains, my Gale ancestors crossed the Pacific and the southwestern desert. In June's release, James and Eliza Martin make that same trip and do it much as Henry and Sarah did. I so enjoyed the writing and had great fun with the research. I don't have a cover for it yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing it in print. 

Stay tuned for more as information becomes available. Here's looking ahead to a great year in 2014.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 12 published novels. Her lucky 13th, EASTWARD TO ZION, is coming from Covenant Communications in June. Mother to seven, she is expecting her 23rd grandchild in May. She lives with Roger, her husband of nearly 44 years, and the two spoiled cats she serves in northern California. She loves to hear from readers. Contact her at www.susanaylworth.comsusan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth. You can also follow her on Pinterest and soon, on Instagram. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nice to be noticed!

Some days (okay, weeks) have passed since I jotted thoughts in this blog. The reason is simple: I'm on deadline! The 8th book in the Rainbow Rock Romance series, DANNY'S GIRL, is almost finished and due to my Beta readers next week. (P.S. - Anybody out there want to be a Beta reader? Just let me know...)  Danny Sherwood has met his match in the delicate, lovely lady who practically falls into his lap, but he's going to have a battle trying to win--and keep--her.


This book is dealing with some deeper, darker themes than I've taken on before: domestic abuse, co-dependency, sociopathic behavior, criminal histories . . .  I've had my work cut out with this one. As with other books in the series, the supportive community of Rainbow Rock and the topography of the Four Corners area both play critical roles in the story. I hope to have it available by Tax Day. (Don't we all need a chance to unwind after forking it over to Uncle Sam?). Stay tuned for further notice.


And speaking of being noticed, I have just learned that RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK, Marcie's story and the seventh book in the series, has been nominated for a RONE Award. RONEs (pronounced Ro-NAY, there's an accent you can't see) are given each year at the Romance Novel
Convention sponsored by InD'Tale Magazine, the e-zine for independent authors, editors and cover designers. This year's convention is in Las Vegas from July 9-13.


If you read and loved RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK (or even liked it a little), please sign up for InD'Tale at http://www.indtale.com/. Subscription is free and you can learn much about the current field of Indie publishing (as well as meeting some fine authors and other industry professionals) when you read each monthly issue. Now here's the kicker and my personal stake in your sign-up:


When you are a subscriber to InD'Tale, you are eligible to vote for last year's nominees. Voting begins this week and my friend, Heather Moore, has a nominee in American historical, her lovely HEART OF THE OCEAN. Here's the whole voting schedule:


2014 RONE Awards Week One (March 10 - 16, 2014) American Historical, Contemporary:Cops, Jocks & Cowboys, Young Adult
2014 RONE Awards Week Two (March 17 - 23, 2014) General Contemporary, Contemporary: Artists & Writers, New Adult
2014 RONE Awards Week Three (March 24 - 30, 2014) Historical: Post Medieval, Historical: Medieval, Mystery
2014 RONE Awards Week Five (April 7 - 13, 2014) Suspense/Thriller, Historical Novella, Erotica
2014 RONE Awards Week Six (April 14 - 20, 2014) Inspirational, Young Adult: Paranormal, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK will be available for voting in the category Contemporary General next week from March 17-23. Please pop in to give me your check mark. Many thanks.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels. Her 12th, EASTWARD TO ZION, is coming from Covenant Communications in June. Mother to seven, she is expecting her 23rd grandchild in May. She lives with Roger, her husband of nearly 44 years, and the two spoiled cats she serves in northern California. Contact her at www.susanaylworth.com, susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth. You can also follow her on Pinterest. She loves to hear from readers.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A little romance, a little mystery...

Wise women of past generations have always advised younger women to keep a little mystery in their romantic relationships. I thought of that recently as I observed an interesting phenomenon: Of all the genres available "out there" for the reading pleasure of the general public, the two that seem to have the most cross-over are romance and mystery. Perhaps that explains why my one foray out of relationship books (romances and family stories) is MAGGIE RISING, my first-ever mystery, also my first Young Adult, paranormal, and detective novel. Here's the blurb:
Maggie (a.k.a. Eastern Star Rising) is a 17-year-old who grew up learning the art of psychic reading from her Great Aunt Betty. Now in her senior year, she works part-time as a psychic, hoping to put herself through college, but it’s just for fun. There’s no such thing as true psychic awareness . . . or is there? When Maggie befriends a ghost and is arrested for her new friend’s murder, the two girls—one dead and the other in jail—have to solve an ugly crime and persuade the police to believe them when they discover the truth. And Maggie thought calculus would be tough! 



A paranormal mystery with sass, MAGGIE RISING asks all kinds of fascinating questions—and even answers a few.
I had great fun writing this story. I've often wished I had some sort of magic power that could help the police find missing children or bring an evildoer to justice, so putting myself into Maggie's shoes started out as a lark. Once my imagination got going, I realized there'd be problems for Maggie as well, especially if the police began feeling she knew too much . . .




MAGGIE RISING is on sale at the end of next week. Between Feb. 28 and March 6, the price drops from $3.99 to 99 cents for a digital copy. Share the info with friends; tell everyone you know! And please, if you enjoy Maggie as much as I have, give her a nice review. Thanks, friends.







Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels now available for ebook readers. A 12th, titled EASTWARD TO ZION, is scheduled for publication in June 2014. She lives in northern California with her husband of 43 years, a devoted old dog and two quirky cats. Her 22nd and 23rd grandchildren are expected this spring. She loves to hear from readers. Find her at www.susanaylworth.com (sign up for the newsletter too)susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth










Monday, February 3, 2014

Anticipating Valentine's Day

It's one of those days that some people adore and others love to hate. If you are comfortably paired up, you may be anticipating romance. If you are not, you could be planning an evening for staying in, ironing clothes, washing your hair, doing your taxes . . .

May I suggest that you get a dose of romance either way? The Rainbow Rock Romances all have new covers that feature portraits of the couples along with the painted landscape. As an example, here are Chris and Sarah on the cover of DON'T PROMISE ME RAINBOWS, book #3, as well as Eden and Logan from A RAINBOW IN PARADISE, #book #5.



My cover designer and I are so much into the Valentine spirit that we already have a cover for Book #8, the one I'm still writing. If you read book #4, you met Danny Sherwood as a boy. In book #7 you met him as a grown man and trooper for the Arizona Highway Patrol. You probably wondered what kind of woman could capture Danny's heart. Meet her in DANNY'S GIRL, coming by mid-March or maybe a little before.


While I'm here let me express my love for all the good people in my life: for family, friends, good folks in the publishing industry, and especially for you. You, the readers, are the ones who make it all happen. So from everyone in Rainbow Rock, let me wish you a very


Love and romance to you all.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels now available for ebook readers. A 12th, titled EASTWARD TO ZION, is scheduled for publication in June 2014. She lives in northern California with her husband of 43 years, a devoted old dog and two quirky cats. Her 22nd and 23rd grandchildren are expected this spring. She loves to hear from readers. Find her at www.susanaylworth.com (sign up for the newsletter too)susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Always Go Home

The Rainbow Rock Romance series has been my writing "home" for the past couple of decades. Though I occasionally step outside the series to write something else (and some of these books may actually be better stories; my sister likes MAGGIE RISING best of all), I always seem to come back to that fictional small town in northeastern Arizona where everyone finds a home. Like Marcie in Book #7, I always RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK.

Why? It's what my imagination has conjured as the best of American small towns. People care about each other and take care of each other and yes, that sometimes expresses itself as gossip, but even the gossip is never mean-spirited as folks reach out to help their neighbors. The high desert has a natural beauty that becomes a character in its own right as the people of Rainbow Rock learn to adapt to this rugged, harsh, wild but beautiful landscape. Add in the other neighbors, the Navajo and Hopi cultures with their ancient traditions, and you have a lovely mix for comedy, drama and romance.

Occasionally folks ask me about the order of the Rainbow Rock books. Here you have the authoritative word. 

1. Ride the Rainbow Home, the story of Jim and Meg
2. At the Rainbow's End, about Alexa and Kurt
3. Don't Promise Me Rainbows, Sarah and Chris
4. A Little Night Rainbow, Max and Cretia
5. A Rainbow in Paradise, Eden and Logan
6. The Trouble with Rainbows, Angelica and Joe
7. Return to Rainbow Rock, Ryan and Marcie

Coming Soon! #8, Danny's Girl, the story of Danny Sherwood and ??? Find out soon!

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Yes, in the end, I always go home. I invite you to join me there.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels now available for ebook readers. A 12th is scheduled for publication in June 2014. She lives in northern California with her husband of 43 years, a devoted old dog and two quirky cats. Her 22nd and 23rd grandchildren are expected next spring. She loves to hear from readers. Find her at www.susanaylworth.com (sign up for the newsletter too)susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth