4
Mar
Congratulations to the fabulously talented Makiia Lucier. Her debut novel, A Death-Struck Year, is out today!
Two summers ago, I convinced Sarah Goldberg to be my assistant. It was just for the summer because she had to go back to Columbia in the fall for her doctorate (that slacker). I definitely got the better end of the deal. 

Sarah read the query for A Death-Struck Year and new she needed to request it for me. Then she read the novel and told me that I had to read it. She was, of course, right.

This novel is truly amazing. It’s beautifully written and incredibly poignant. 

Here’s the description:
In the grip of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, not even the strong survive.The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast—but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic. Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out? Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history, and leaves readers asking: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?

Congratulations to the fabulously talented Makiia Lucier. Her debut novel, A Death-Struck Year, is out today!

Two summers ago, I convinced Sarah Goldberg to be my assistant. It was just for the summer because she had to go back to Columbia in the fall for her doctorate (that slacker). I definitely got the better end of the deal. 

Sarah read the query for A Death-Struck Year and new she needed to request it for me. Then she read the novel and told me that I had to read it. She was, of course, right.

This novel is truly amazing. It’s beautifully written and incredibly poignant. 

Here’s the description:


In the grip of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic, not even the strong survive.

The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast—but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic. 

Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out? 

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history, and leaves readers asking: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?

3
Mar

I have two fabulous sequels coming out tomorrow!

Mindee Arnett’s The Nightmare Dilemma, which might be even better than her debut (The Nightmare Affair) is out tomorrow.

As is Kara Taylor’s Wicked Little Secrets the follow up to the fabulous Prep School Confidential (and let me say that Anne Dowling is my fictional best friend.

20
Feb
Happy release day to MAPLE by Lori Nichols! 

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.
When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Pick up your copy at B&N, Amazon, or IndieBound!

Happy release day to MAPLE by Lori Nichols! 

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Pick up your copy at B&N, Amazon, or IndieBound!

4
Feb


I’m so excited to share this book with you. Rebecca Behrens’ debut novel, When Audrey Met Alice, is out today. 


Now, Rebecca queried me with Fumped several years ago and I loved her writing style and humor. We didn’t sell that manuscript, but after working together, I suggested she write middle grade. 





She had a great idea that I felt would be well suited for that audience. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. When Audrey Met Alice is a beautifully written blend of historical and contemporary settings joined together by two girls who have so much in common even though they lived in completely different times.

I’m so excited to share this book with you. Rebecca Behrens’ debut novel, When Audrey Met Alice, is out today. 

Now, Rebecca queried me with Fumped several years ago and I loved her writing style and humor. We didn’t sell that manuscript, but after working together, I suggested she write middle grade. 

She had a great idea that I felt would be well suited for that audience. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. When Audrey Met Alice is a beautifully written blend of historical and contemporary settings joined together by two girls who have so much in common even though they lived in completely different times.

21
Jan
Avalon by Mindee Arnett is finally here!

This book is as fabulous as its cover. 

When I first signed Mindee, one of the questions I asked her was what she was working on next. She said she was working on a YA sci fi that she’d describe as Firefly meets White Cat. I was immediately hooked, because I love all things Joss Whedon and I’m a huge fan of Holly Black. So I said, “Please keep working on that!”

She did. And let me tell you it lives up to my expectations. 

Avalon by Mindee Arnett is finally here!

This book is as fabulous as its cover. 

When I first signed Mindee, one of the questions I asked her was what she was working on next. She said she was working on a YA sci fi that she’d describe as Firefly meets White Cat. I was immediately hooked, because I love all things Joss Whedon and I’m a huge fan of Holly Black. So I said, “Please keep working on that!”

She did. And let me tell you it lives up to my expectations. 

7
Jan
Happy Release Day to Jennifer Rush and her heart-racing ERASED! And if you’re looking for a chance to win a copy, check out the giveaway on Mundie Moms!

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

Happy Release Day to Jennifer Rush and her heart-racing ERASED! And if you’re looking for a chance to win a copy, check out the giveaway on Mundie Moms!

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

3
Dec


The first novel in Mindee Arnett’s fabulous new science fiction series, Avalon, comes out in the new year. And it is amazing! Of course, you have to wait for it, but you’re in luck because Mindee has a prequel novella that’s out today!

Proxy is an action-packed introduction to a world like nothing readers have seen before, and it sets a spark to the powder keg that will explode in Mindee Arnett’s sci-fi thriller Avalon.

And you’re in luck because it’s only $0.99!

Here’s the official description:

If you need something stolen from any star system in the Confederation, you need look no further than the Shades. Jeth Seagrave and his band of teenage mercenaries have been making a name for themselves for being able to steal anything—and for disappearing before anyone is the wiser. 

Their latest job, a jewel heist on Grakkus, should be no different. But when Jeth’s boss replaces a key member of his crew just before takeoff, and Jeth discovers a betrayal within his own ranks, he begins to suspect that not everyone is going to be coming back from his job alive.

The first novel in Mindee Arnett’s fabulous new science fiction series, Avalon, comes out in the new year. And it is amazing! Of course, you have to wait for it, but you’re in luck because Mindee has a prequel novella that’s out today!

Proxy is an action-packed introduction to a world like nothing readers have seen before, and it sets a spark to the powder keg that will explode in Mindee Arnett’s sci-fi thriller Avalon.

And you’re in luck because it’s only $0.99!

Here’s the official description:

If you need something stolen from any star system in the Confederation, you need look no further than the Shades. Jeth Seagrave and his band of teenage mercenaries have been making a name for themselves for being able to steal anything—and for disappearing before anyone is the wiser. 
Their latest job, a jewel heist on Grakkus, should be no different. But when Jeth’s boss replaces a key member of his crew just before takeoff, and Jeth discovers a betrayal within his own ranks, he begins to suspect that not everyone is going to be coming back from his job alive.
31
Oct

Bitter Pill Writing Contest! 

First Happy Halloween!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk books!

This is a little bit of a different kind of release day, but Stacey Kade’s adult novel, Bitter Pill, is officially available on Amazon and B&N.

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This is a novel that Stacey actually wrote several years ago.  It’s a mystery with a little bit of romance and trust me, the main character, Rennie, she’ll make you laugh too. It’s like a grown-up Nancy Drew if Nancy didn’t quite have her life together. 

I adored reading this book and I was so happy to be able to help Stacey make it widely available to more readers. 

To celebrate, I propose a contest!

How about another 100 word writing challenge. 

You need to write a short story using these five words:

Sheriff

Bitter

Pill

Misunderstanding

Criticize

Bonus points if it has a mystery element!

Post your story in the comments of Suzie’s Confessions Blog by 11:59 pm 11/3 EST

The winner will receive a paperback copy of Bitter Pill and my undying appreciation. 

Oh and a query or first page critique that you can use for yourself or give to a friend. 

15
Oct
Cora Carmack’s next novel is out today. 

And guys, Finding It is my favorite so far.

I know you hear this from me a lot, but wow I love this book. Kelsey is such a great character and I have absolutely fallen in love with Jackson Hunt. If you’re looking for a good book boyfriend, let me tell you, Look no further.

If you’re a Cora Carmack fan (if you’re not, you’re clearly delusional), Target will have a special signed edition that also has an extra scene in it. 

Cora Carmack’s next novel is out today. 

And guys, Finding It is my favorite so far.

I know you hear this from me a lot, but wow I love this book. Kelsey is such a great character and I have absolutely fallen in love with Jackson Hunt. If you’re looking for a good book boyfriend, let me tell you, Look no further.

If you’re a Cora Carmack fan (if you’re not, you’re clearly delusional), Target will have a special signed edition that also has an extra scene in it.