Writer’s Log

The 2176 Freedom Series Complete Boxed Set is Here!

Woo hoo! The revolution begins…The 2176 FREEDOM SERIES the complete boxed set is now available!

Get swept away into a dangerous and thrilling world of the future in this romantic and action-packed series… The revolution begins…. While flying a peacekeeping mission over North Korea, Air Force fighter pilots Bree “Banzai” Maguire and Cam “Scarlet” Tucker are shot down and captured. Put in bio-stasis, they awaken 160 years later to a world at the brink of revolution. Once their job was to protect democracy, now they must bring it back—with the help of a determined, decorated SEAL and one sexy emperor.

Download your copy today! 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Cover Reveal! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Anthology

 

Cover reveal! Hot off the press from the talented Fiona Jayde, presenting…the cover for a project near and dear to my heart…the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Anthology! 

The pets are back!

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

ABOUT The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy (A novella in The Star Series world) by Susan Grant 

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh had learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartache.

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passion both in the air and on the ground. He decides being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him!

Everything Rornn tries appears to push Trysh further away – that is until they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup on the surface of an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her.

Can Rornn convince Trysh that he is nothing like her father and that she is just the right woman for him before the terrorists discover their furry little companion?

“Puppy”

Want to know more about my story and the other 11? Visit the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 page to find out more. You can also stay up to date on all Pets in Space news by signing up for the Pets in Space newsletter. Everyone who signs up for the PISA2 newsletter will receive an Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 animated desktop wallpaper

EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 coming to your favorite online retailer October 10th.

 

 

The Champion of Barésh is a RITA® finalist!

I received the most exciting news! My feel-good, girl-power, dream-big, sci-fi sports romance, redemption novel The Champion of Barésh has been named as a finalist in the paranormal romance category of the 2017 RITA® awards. The RITA, the romance publishing industry’s highest award of distinction, recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. It’s like the Oscar in the Academy Awards, an industry honor judged by my peers. Up to 2000 romance novels and novellas from 13 different categories are judged each year in the RITA competition. After the first round of judging by fellow published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists.

This is such a special honor. It’s been 16 years since the first time I got THE CALL letting me know my book had finaled in the RITA contest, and this was my 4th time to have that honor. It never gets old, you still get shaky and flustered and crazy excited, and can’t believe it’s happened. Like with lightning striking twice in the same spot, there is so much chance involved to final in the RITA. It takes more than a good book, it’s timing, it’s pulling the judges of all the many judges who will love your story. The stars really have to align to final. You can go years between one final and another, decades even, or it may never happen again…or it happens twice in a row. There’s no telling. Lightning striking. It’s why that phone call you get is the best. In a business where one’s author self-worth and perceived storytelling ability can often be trampled by sales numbers and needing to making the bestseller lists and how many folks subscribe to your newsletter, THIS was for me, this fills up my writer’s heart and soul. This is validating and lovely and pure joy that keeps me going with my crazy stories that don’t ever seem to fit neatly in any one genre/sub-genre. It’s so wild that whenever I feel ready to cave in and write what sells versus the books of my heart, something like THIS happens and gives me confidence in my abilities and that I *am* a good storyteller, even though I don’t top the bestseller lists or have legions of fans. And you know what? For me it’s always been quality over quantity anyway. 

My book that finaled, The Champion of Barésh, is my first as an indie author. Seeing “self published” under my name on the list of RITA finalists was the most surreal thing. (When I left publishing 6 years ago not knowing if I’d ever return, this was not a thing, being able to enter the RITA with a self-published book.) On purpose, I didn’t make note of the date the calls would go out, but knew it always was around the time of my birthday. Yesterday morning I was on the road before dawn on a 3.5 hour rush hour slog to the airport when I got a call from some random city across the country. Telemarketers, i thought. Ugh! Calling at 7 am! I let it go to voicemail. My “Voicemail to Text” app gave me this: “Hi Susan…I am one of the directors on the board directors for our gonna be way and I was trying to give you a call this morning I know it’s early to give you some news….” I puzzled out “our gonna be way” for all of 2 seconds. It was “RWA” (Romance Writers of America). AAAAAAAAHHHHH. I so wished I didn’t have to work. I had to wait until I flew all the way across the Pacific Ocean before I could celebrate…in Seoul, Korea, with the other pilots who had no idea who RITA is but were happy for me all the same and more than willing to lift a glass in a toast.

Winners of the awards will be announced Thursday, July 27, 2017, at an Awards Ceremony to be held at the 37th Annual RWA Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

A complete list of finalists and author photos can be found on the RWA web site at www.rwa.org in the Contests and Awards section. 

–Susan