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Celebrate! Another ‘The End’!

Time to celebrate folks!confetticlap

I just turned in the last novel in the Royals of Solana trilogy, Crown of Solana, into my publisher.

This puppy took way too long to finish, but it will be well worth the wait! On-the-edge-of-your-seat action and suspense doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Writing “The End” felt fabulous and heartbreaking at the same time. I love these characters. They have been a huge part of my subconscious for years, but I’m thrilled they see their happily ever afters.

I’m even more thrilled that I get to share it with you!

Crown of Solana is due to release May 22, 2017. We’ll have preorder links up before then, so keep checking back for that. The first 2 novels in the trilogy will be released before that as well.

Prince of Solana – releases Feb 20th, 2017

Jewel of Solana – releases Mar 20th, 2017

If you’d like to read a free ARC of Crown of Solana (or any of the other Solana novels) before release day, in exchange for an honest review, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/SusanSheeheyNL

Now, CELEBRATE!confetti

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

If you’re traveling, be safe!

Peace to you!

It's like a Christmas tree!

It’s like a Christmas tree!

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Massive Birthday Thanks!

Thank you all so much for those who attended my Facebook Birthday Party!

There were so many giveaways and prizes, not just from me but also from other great authors who love a party!spectacseptauthors

Special thanks to the participating authors, CA Szarek, JM Walker, Anne Conley, Marie Skye, Tanya Sands, Krystal Shannan, Marsha West, Jerrie Alexander, Kimberly Packard, Angi Morgan, Roni Loren, and CM Doporto. You are all rockstars!

And major congrats to all the winners of those sweet contests! Several of them made out with multiple prizes!

I feel so blessed, so loved, and EXCITED!

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I have recently signed a contract to rerelease AUDREY’S PROMISE with another publisher, and this should hopefully be released no later than the end of October. I’ve been pouring over images, models, backgrounds all trying to find that perfect picture for the cover. I’ve revamped a lot of it and changed a few things. You will not want to miss the new edition!

As soon as I have an official release date I will share it. I will also host a cover reveal party on my page as well. So please keep checking back on my website! Or you could always sign up for my newsletter, and receive those updates personally! *wink wink

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Shortly after that, the ROYALS OF SOLANA series will be released one novel at a time, but in quick succession. This one is so steamy and more intense than the first editions, you’ll need to turn on the fan in every room when you read it!

So many exciting things going on! I can’t wait to share them with you!

Until then, have a fabulous rest of September, and keep reading!

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Superheroes Have Invaded My Home: Today’s Reality of Heroes

HulksSuperheroes have invaded my home. Between my 7-year-old son with Autism, and my 2-year-old who loves anything his brother loves, the Avengers have overtaken our house as their new stronghold. My son refers to his bed as the Heli-carrier, a staging point for the fierce battles that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America wage over their enemies. Whether it be with the action figures Santa gave him for LegoIronManChristmas, the figurines he’s made out of Legos or Play-doh, or the paper ‘dolls’ he drew and cut out himself, my living room is a perpetual battlefield. Not to mention, a minefield of Legos (try stepping on one of those in the middle of the night!)

My son loves the idea of heroes. The good guys triumphant over bad guys. Because good always wins over evil. He aspires to save the day, both in his Xbox game and in the world around him. His imagination is vivid, all-encompassing, and beautiful. He wants to be liked, and loved for good deeds.

IronManHelmentThis daily immersion in the likes of superheroes got me thinking about the heroes in romance novels. Do the heroes in these novels want to be liked, and loved for their good deeds as well? Or are they the kind of men who merely want to live their own lives, but they’ve been thrust into a challenge they can’t avoid, and must do what they can?

At what point do little boys stop wanting to be heroes? Or does that desire fade at all? Deep down, do all men want to be that kind of superhero? Do they secretly put on their Batman capes when no one is

watching? Or listen to the Superman theme song as they drive to work. (Yes I know, I’ve mixed up Marvel heroes with DC Comics, but you get my point).

Much like William Shakespeare’s quote:

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Much of the historical heroes I’ve read are those who were ‘born great,’ Lords of their family lands and leaders of armies. A few have ‘achieved greatness’ by overcoming their humble beginnings and growing into legendary soldiers. A lot perf5.000x8.000.inddof the contemporary stories I’ve read have been about those that have ‘greatness thrust upon them.’ At least, that’s what the hero in my latest novel, Jewel of Solana was like. Flynn didn’t strive for greatness, or to be the hero. But when chaos crossed his path in the form of Princess Alanna running from evil, he did what he could to find his way back to a normal life, only to realize that life no longer existed. The damsel in distress needed help, and he accepted the challenge of being the hero to save her.

Of course, reality is never that simple, or straightforward.

HulkHeroes lose all the time. Damsels save themselves, more often than are saved by others. Little boys grow out of their capes and Iron Man costumes. It’s a sad reality. But I still think there are plenty of heroes out there, in their own small gestures. The good samaritans, the nurses, the teachers…the mothers and fathers who work tirelessly to raise the next generation of heroes.

But for now, I’ll continue to watch my boys playing the superheroes our world lacks. I like the idea of super strength, and a laser beam from my palm. 🙂

What kind of heroes do you like reading most? The born heroes, the ones who seek greatness,  or those that have greatness thrust upon them?

 

*This post originally appeared on Smart Girls Read Romance on 6/10/16

Now Freelance Editing!

Officially announcing I am now a freelance editor!

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Courtesy Tom Smarch Photography

If anyone is looking for an editor for their novels, short stories, or novellas, please consider my services.

Contact me for rates and specific services.

I registered on Outsource.

For those who are unaware, I’m a multi-published author in women’s fiction and romance novels. I have edited hundreds of manuscripts in multiple fiction genres, with well established, best-selling authors as well as newer writers with no publishing history. My edits focus primarily on content and developmental edits, with in-line editing as well.
I try to make every story the strongest it can be, while maintaining the unique voice of the writer. My edits are constructive in nature, and I provide suggestions to any issues in a respectful manner.

I offer sample editing up to 1st chapter (or 10pgs) free of charge to get a feel for my style of editing.

Please visit my Outsource profile for my author references and reviews.

Published Author Forum Video

I attended a Published Author’s Forum at Greater Fort Worth Writers Group back in March 2016. Here is the video clip of my portion. I had a lot of fun sharing my journey and interacting with other writers. There’s some useful pieces of advice for those of you who are interested in writing and trying to start your own journeys. If you want more information, come join one of our meetings, or send me a message on my Contact Me page. Enjoy!

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Prince of Solana Nominated for Coveted RONE Award

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As I was sitting in the lobby of the RT16 Convention waiting on my ride, I received an email from InD’Tale (one of the premier romance review companies) that the 1st in the Royals of Solana romantic suspense novel, Prince of Solana, was nominated for the coveted RONE Award!

Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award.  To achieve this award, a RONEAwardbook  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

  1. All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
  2. All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public.  The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
  3. The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!”

I’m so beyond excited! Prince of Solana had received a 5-star review from InDTaleInD’Tale this year. The next step is voting from the public! The romantic suspense category is open to voters starting April 25th, thru May 1st. Mark your calendars. Please, please, please vote for Prince of Solana!

I’m truly humbled to even have this beauty nominated!

http://www.indtale.com/2016-rone-awards-week-two

Jewel of Solana Blog Tour! January 19-27th, 2016

For Jewel of Solana‘s release on 1/22/16, come join me on the BLOG TOUR! Stop by and read the posts and enter contests!

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1/19 – Sunshine Reads Blog: https://sunshinereadsfl.wordpress.com/

1/20 – Reading Keeps Me Sane blog: http://readingkeepmesane.blogspot.com/

1/21 – Shey’s Book Cave: https://www.facebook.com/sheysbookcave/timeline

1/22 – Y&R Blog – Behind the Cover: http://www.yandrpr.com/#!blog/c3s

1/23 – Venture Galleries – http://venturegalleries.com/

1/24 – My Life One Story At A Time: http://mylifeonestoryatatime.com/

1/25 – Nice Ladies, Naughty Books: http://niceladiesnaughtybooks.com/

1/26 – My Girlfriends Couch: http://mygirlfriendscouchfb.blogspot.com/

1/27 – Slick Reads: http://www.guiltypleasuresbookreviews.com/

2015: A Look Back (Happy New Year!)

2015ReflectionWow. Just wow.

Writing-wise, 2015 was a pretty stellar year. I sold the sequel in the Royals of Solana trilogy, went to my first RT Convention and met some incredible authors/friends, attended six book signings, finished half of the 3rd novel in Royals of Solana trilogy, wrote a new short story in its entirety (with ideas for 2 more in the series), and plotted a brand new Young Adult novel. For extra kicks, I finished the first 3 chapters of it, and invested in my public relations and marketing brand with a kick-a** PR company (Y&R PR).

2016 is lined up to be just as big, if not bigger! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to NewYear Clockstart on those lofty goals!

In the personal side of my life, intense highs balanced some vicious lows.

First and foremost, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary! I’m so blessed to have this man as my companion in life. He took me to the Bahamas, where we spent four incredible days scuba diving! Several wreck dives, huge schools of fish, even a shark sighting! Water is a major place of peace for me, and allowed me to recharge with the one I love. Boy did we both need it! (And a huge thank you to my parents, who watched our two angels, despite everyone getting sick while we were gone!)

We also moved into a new house, an seven-year-long savings effort that we finally achieved!

Our seven-year-old started first grade in a new school, and those changes don’t mesh well for someone with Autism Spectrum disorder. Adjusting and acclimating to new surroundings, teachers, and friends was a tremendous challenge for him, and many days were extremely rough. Combine with major hassles with health insurance, including a still ongoing legal fight, my stress was at an all time high in 2015.

Despite all these, there are still so many things for which I am thankful. Our youngest had his cranial helmet removed and learned to walk (actually, went straight to running!) He started part-time daycare and made new friends. A billion more things with my hubby, family, and friends, and all their tremendous support that I cannot thank enough!

2016 is going to have some significant challenges as well. Goes with the territory, but I’m well prepared.

2016 Goals:Remember WhereYouve Been

Continue “Go With the Flow

New mantra: “When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you’ve
come.”

No more soda 🙂 (already 2 days into that one!)

I wish everyone a peaceful and happy New Year. Here’s to a phenomenal 2016!NewYearChampagne

Playlist for Prince of Solana – Enjoy!

I finally got around to finishing the playlist for Prince of Solana.

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These are a list of songs that I either listened to while writing the scene, or captures the tone I tried to convey.

I hope you enjoy!!

Spotify playlist link here, or individual songs listed below.

Chapter 1 –  On The Long Way Down by Robert Delong

Chapter 2 – Vide Cor Meum by Patrick Cassidy

Chapter 3 – RedHands by REVO (Walk Off the Earth)

Chapter 4 – Who You Love by Katy Perry & John Mayer

Chapter 6 – Howl by Florence & The Machine

Chapter 7 – My Fault by Imagine Dragons

Chapter 8 – Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap

Chapter 13 – I’m Sending You Away (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 16 – One Last Night by Vaults

Chapter 19 –Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 20 –Demons by Imagine Dragons

Chapter 21 –Insatiable by Darren Hayes

Chapter 22 –When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector

Chapter 24 – Fearful Odds (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 25 –New Mexico by Edward Shearmur

Chapter 26 –Iridescent by Linkin Park

Chapter 27 –Raven Rock (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 28 – Cut by Plumb

Chapter 30 – Sail by AwolNation

Chapter 31 –Secret by Ocean Lab

Chapter 32 –Waking Up (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 33 – You Can’t Save Her (Oblivion Soundtrack)

Chapter 34 –Heart of Courage by Two Steps From Hell

Chapter 35 – Warriors by Imagine Dragons

Chapter 37 –Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Chapter 38 – Kissing by Bliss