For The Love Of…Plant Something Day 2022 by Artemis Crow

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Today is National Plant Something Day. That’s a new holiday for me, but what are you going to do? Celebrate, that’s what to do! I realize the meaning behind the name – let’s take a day to plant a tree or a bush or flowers or corn. All fantastic ideas and ones my husband and I have already done for this year. 

So instead of planting plants, I decided to celebrate this day by planting ideas for my story garden. Now, I already do this by jotting down scene ideas, saving images to my Pinterest boards, creating mood boards, song playlists, etc. But today, I want to spend time creating lines of dialogue, anecdotes, brainstorm symbols and motifs, jot down quirks of personality, fears and dreams, and hopes and goals for the characters in my next book.

Make a list of what you love to see in a story so you can write the book you want to read. Let those lists and images percolate in your mind so you can plant a story garden and let it be transformed into magic on the page.

Do you make lists for your writing? Do tell!

Artemis

The Zodiac Assassins series
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Making it Through

I’ve spent the last few days researching moles, voles, chipmunks, squirrels and the like. If you couldn’t tell I’m clearly having some sort of pest issue and fortunately it isn’t in our home but they are in our garden, which doesn’t make it much better. On the home side, we’ve got bats and there is already a plan in place to relocate these lovelies to a nice new home. I know, my home sounds like a zoo.

Despite the start, today’s blog really isn’t meant to be about pests. It is simply to show how the unexpected knocks us off kilter in many ways. I can think of many more things I’d rather be doing than researching rodent feces. This week alone I spoke to two acquaintances of mine and asked them how they were doing. One head recently recovered from a horrible bout of Covid—turns out he spent a couple long weeks in the hospital. The other recently had a heart attack. Admittedly, these updates made me a little weary to ask anyone else how they were doing. They made my last few days seem like a walk in the park.

Where I’m going with this is that we are all living our lives. Sometimes for sailing along smooth as a breeze and the next moment we are riding rough seas with no end in sight.Either way, neither situation last forever—there is a beginning and an end. It is just a matter of making it through no matter how insignificant the situation or how big the situation.

Happy writing this week!

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Super Flower Blood Moon Paranormal-Scope

Things have been dramatic and will continue to be so because of the speed in which things in the world are changing.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
The Phoenix soars into new mysteries. New opportunities coming your way will help you soat.

Taurus:
Dragons are feeling all blissful having friends and family near. Plan a get-together with your friends and/or family.

Gemini:
Faeries dance on the night winds among the flowers. Add some new plants to your home.

Cancer:
Siren are silent. They want to be quiet to better catch what’s going on. Listening can get you far.

Leo:
Gnomes enjoy a good pampering. Practice self-care and relax.

Virgo:
Shapeshifters can easily move around in life, but even they need encouragement. Call a dear friend and be supportive.

Libra
Pixies are fun. Get together with those you enjoy!

Scorpio:
Pixies look cute but they bite. Not everything is as it seems. Consider first the inner person regardless of how they look on the outside.

Sagittarius:
Shapeshifters are easy going and problems rolls off their back. Don’t get stuck in a problem. Ask for help from someone you trust.

Capricorn:
Vampires are usually solitary but they cannot ignore a good feast among friends. Put on your party hat and have some fun.

Aquarius:
Werewolves love to learn new things. Considering taking a course on a subject you want to know more about.

Pisces:
Goblins are counting their pennies and taking extra time to make a choice. Be careful of your spending at this time.

Thank you and be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA sweet adventure novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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Writing Tools: Bread Crumbs! By Susan Hanniford Crowley

One of the things about writing from the seat of your pants or even for those that plot that suddenly finds themselves off course, you need to give yourself some way to get back to where you belong in the story or understand who your main character is talking to if you have more than three characters.

I called them Bread Crumbs. What are the tools?

  1. A Flip Chart – Use it to show who the characters are and any important traits or aspects they have.
  2. The Laundry List. – use a flip chart or white cardboard to write the series of events. Think of each chapter as being a big event and make your list
  3. Family Tree – Use it to keep keep track of your characters, how they are connected to each other and what they do.

So if you’re writing a tale, don’t get lost in the woods. Leave some bread crumbs. At least, these bread crumbs won’t be eaten by birds. Keep your story straight!

Truly,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

More detailed descriptions for all my books are on https://susanhannifordcrowley.com or https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG

New Release: (sweet romance) EverWarm is available in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon.

New Release: (sweet romance) Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Scribd, and a Paperback through BAM’s online store, paperback by ordering with Waterstones.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Paperback and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) is available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) is available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 is available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 is available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords,

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Life’s Languages

My kids seem to be learning another language. It isn’t really another language although sometimes it seems that way when they come home with all sorts of abbreviations or substitute words for what they want to say.Then falls upon me to learn these new words or abbreviations to understand what it is they are trying to say. Of course, this all has me thinking.

Because I work to understand the language evolution today I can’t help but think of the language of our past. What made writers like Jane Austin so timeless?
I thought about it quite a bit and realized that perhaps it had nothing to do with the language at all but more the issues that remain the same throughout time. We have a different way of going about it but courtship is courtship and love is love. We still aim to be wooed and the game of playing hard to get is still the same. It is a different language altogether.

Happy writing this week!

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A Blooming Paranormal-Scope

In many ways, we like the lilacs are blooming.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Gnomes are having a spot of luck this week and building new gardens. New opportunities are coming your way.

Taurus:
Elves record the past for their archives but then let it go. They walk steadily into the future. Let the past be behind you. Walk into the future.

Gemini:
Mermaids know when to float with the current. Do the same. Be easier on yourself this week and enjoy some leisure time.

Cancer:
Vampires have lived so long because they keep secrets secret. Keep what is sacred and important to you secret. This is not a week for sharing.

Leo:
Goblins get where they are by being focused. Focus on work and be as productive as you can.

Virgo:
Shapeshifters can easily move around in life, but even they need encouragement. Call a dear friend and be supportive.

Libra
Pixies are fun. Get together with those you enjoy!

Scorpio:
Werewolves love to exercise! Consult with your physician about your health regimen.

Sagittarius:
Sirens love to sing. Consider expanding your music collection.

Capricorn:
Faeries love organization! This is the week to go through your home and get organizes. You will feel better afterward.

Aquarius:
Dragons love learning new things. It’s time to take a course or buy a book on a subject you’ve always wanted to know.

Pisces:
The Phoenix is a creature reborn. This week will be lucky and filled with opportunities.

Thank you and be safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA sweet adventure novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

EverWarm for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback. More to come.
Lady Fallon’s Dragons for ages 13-113 is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, BAM online bookstore sells the paperback, Scribd, and in paperback in the UK at Waterstones, also in Amazons around the world.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks (on Apple devices).

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National Free Comic Book Day and More By Susan Hanniford Crowley

What’s coming up:

National Free Comic Book Day is this Sat., May 7th at participating stores. I love comics and graphic novels. I usually look for superheroines and vampires! This year I am looking for Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, and what’s good in graphic novels. I get a free comic book or two but always I buy things too. I want my local comic bookstore to stay! Support your local Comic Bookstore!

AJ’s Comics, 167 Lebanon Ave, Colchester, CT is a great store if you’re looking in Eastern Connecticut. They really know their comics. They are participating in National Free Comic Book Day! That’s a photo of me standing in their store.

Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day! I’ve already received flowers. I love spending time with family most of all. There’s still time to get your mother, mother-in-law, or grandmother flowers a gift. The best gift is sharing time with them. A visit, going out together, a call, or video chat are all treasured.

Friday, May 13 is my day at the Facebook Group I Love Romance Books! I will be there from 10-5. Be sure to join me for fun and giveaways. You do have to join the group to participate but joining is easy and you can leave afterward. It is a group to consider keeping as they are so much fun.

Truly,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

More detailed descriptions for all my books are on https://susanhannifordcrowley.com or https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG

New Release: (sweet romance) EverWarm is available in Kindle and Paperback at Amazon.

New Release: (sweet romance) Lady Fallon’s Dragons is now available at Kindle and Amazon Paperback, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Scribd, and a Paperback through BAM’s online store, paperback by ordering with Waterstones.
The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is available in Amazon Paperback and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print! Walmart Bookstore Online
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) is available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) is available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 is available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 is available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords,

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For The Love Of…May 5th Snippets by Artemis Crow

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May 5th is commonly known as Cinco de Mayo (Mexican food is a real fav in our house), but there are other historical happenings on this day. In particular, on this day in 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby is an exciting finish. “Big Red” as he was called, then went on to win the Triple Crown.

May 5th also includes the zodiac sign Taurus. Here’s an unedited passage about Taurus from my August release, book 9 in my Zodiac Assassins series, Aries On Fire.

“Go find Allie and Georgie,” Libra said. “And thank you for everything you’ve done, especially staying when you were dying to leave.”

Taur stopped and turned around, returning to Libra. He stuck out a hand and they shook. “I’ve never been prouder of what we’ve become than now, Li. Thank you, brother, for what you do each day. I love you, man.” He pulled Libra into his chest and gave him a bone-crushing hug.

“If you really love me, don’t break my ribs,” Libra managed to squeak out.

Taur dropped him and laughed.

Libra staggered back and rubbed his aching ribs. Then he snorted and pointed to the compound. “Go.”

Taur whooped and ran all the way to his home. He showered quickly, a real sacrifice with his love of water, then dressed and grabbed his packed bag. He headed downstairs whistling a sea shanty then came up short when he saw Taryn’s face. 

Crap, what fresh hell is this?

“Is Libra still at the caves?”

Taur looked from her to the front door, longing to slip past the woman and run away from her tears and to Allie. But Taryn was a quivering mess, and he couldn’t abandon her. He took her arm and steered her to the front door. “Come on, I’ll drive you to him.”

He helped her into his truck and ran around the front. He threw his duffle bag into the second-row seat, climbed into the driver’s seat and started the engine. A fresh spat of crying started; he glance at her uneasily before putting the truck in gear and driving. “Did someone die?”

Taryn’s face screwed up and she wailed.

Stupid wrong thing to say.

He zipped it and drove as fast as he dared down the gravel road that would take her to Libra. They quickly reached the base of the foothills and slid to a stop, Taur honking his horn, desperate to pass off the blubbering female.

Libra appeared, he saw Taryn in the passenger seat, and started running down the hill. 

Damn, the man’s going to break his neck.

“Taryn,” Taur said, pointing out the front windshield.

“Ahhh,” she wailed even louder when she saw Libra.

Taur escaped the truck, shaking his hands to get rid of the heebie-jeebies. “Hurry, Libra,” he yelled, not caring at this point if the man broke something, as long as he got the incoherent woman out of his truck. Damn it, there was something about a crying woman that tore him up. Serious flaw, that.

May your words, and the margaritas, flow freely,

Artemis

The Zodiac Assassins series
Available on Amazon Kindle and Print, Nook and Kobo

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Free Your Mind

I consider myself a very blessed person. I’ve a good job, a wonderful family and my health—at least so far. That doesn’t always mean life is a breeze. The job can be demanding, children are a lot if work but rewarding nonetheless, and like many folks these days, I try my best to manage life’s stress.

I spend a lot of time speaking with folks about their future and what they want out of life. Most of them want to speed forward to the part of life when they don’t have so much responsibility and stress. It’s a nice thought but we’d miss a lot along the way, not to mention we can’t just skip around life to the parts we like even if we knew when they would happen. Life doesn’t work that way.

Instead, with life, we take the good and the bad. And those of us who move forward learn how to cope and manage the bad to a point it is bearable. So lesson to learn here? Teach yourself to deal, learn to manage the stress and free your mind to enjoy the good. Happy writing this week!

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Let’s Get Real Interview with Author Michelle Miles! By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Welcome to let’s get real with Author Michelle Miles today!

Susan: Tell us a little about you, your background, and what is fun about you!

Michelle: Hi! First, thanks for having me! I’m excited to be here.

A little about me: I write fantasy, paranormal and urban fantasy all with an action/adventure twist. I’ve been writing for a couple of decades and published since 2006. I love to write series, so you will see a lot of them from me.

After many years of trying to write to the market, trying to break into the big publishers, trying to stay published with smaller publishers, I decided to go full indie. I have been writing what I want and what I love for a few years now. I love the entire process from start to finish (creation to publication).

I’m married and have a college-age son and a black cat named Sir Dexter.

I think what’s fun about me is I can remember movie lines better than what I did yesterday and love quoting them! 🙂

Question: What are your favorite color, food, and music?

Color: BLUE!

Food: Mexican or steak and potatoes

MUSIC: I love classic rock!

Susan: Tell us about your book.  Where does your book take place? Why did you choose that time and location?

Michelle: My current book (releasing May 31) is the fourth book in my Dream Walker urban fantasy series. It takes place in the near future, all over the world, and is about a relic hunter searching for Holy Relics while trying to fight demons. I LOVE this book and this series. I didn’t really pick the setting or time period; my main character did.

Book 4 is called Smoke and Ashes and follows Anna, my dream walking main character, through her quest to find the Holy Grail. She is hunted by a gang of vampires, threatened by Lucifer, and tormented by her unresolved feelings of the love interest.

You can read each of these books as a standalone, but you really get a better sense of the story if you read them in order.

Here is the blurb for SMOKE AND ASHES, Book 4 in the Dream Walker series:

Anna begins her quest for the Holy Grail, the most sacred of the Holy Relics promising eternal life.

But as with all divine pursuits, nothing is ever easy for her. Lucifer has a score to settle with her and sends every weapon in his malevolent arsenal to impede her. He demands Anna hand over the Relics, including the grail cup, if she wants her adopted mother to live. To make matters worse, vampiric religious zealots track Anna down insisting she return their property, and she is branded an international cultural thief, hunted by Interpol.

With enemies old and new hot on her trail, she must place her faith in Kincade, the one and only person who can keep her out of the dark lord’s hands. Their quest forces the two of them to acknowledge the long-burning desire smoldering between them.

Kincade must use every power within him to keep her soul from Lucifer’s control. He enlists the help of an unlikely ally—a dream walker with the gift of foresight and divine power. But will it be enough to keep Anna alive or will she be lost to him forever?

Susan: What makes your hero/heroine fascinating so we can’t put the book down? Spoilers are not allowed.

Michelle: Anna is the main character. Kincade is the love interest that has been with her since book 1, almost page 1.

Anna is such a fun character to write. She tends to make bad decisions, but her heart is in the right place. Plus, she’s a bit of a mess. She’s sarcastic and cusses a lot. She has a lot of inner conflicts she has to overcome to become who she truly is. She’s faced a lot of loss, dealt with grief, and yet she still picks herself up and keeps going. She has a deep connection to Kincade, though she doesn’t know why or how, and yet rolls with it. She will put her life on the line for her friends; she will do whatever it takes to keep the people she loves safe and out of harm’s way. Sometimes she succeeds at that. Sometimes she doesn’t and she has to deal with the consequences of her choices.

I wrote Anna’s character arc knowing where I wanted to go from Book 1 to Book 5: from orphan and nothing to savior of mankind. She has really grown over the series.

Susan: What do you love most about your book? What was the toughest part?

Michelle: The part I love AND the toughest part is writing all the locations and figuring out her quests, the twists and turns for each book, where she will find the hidden relic. It involves a lot of research—geography, history, and archeology. It’s hard, because I want to make sure I get the details right but also not bombard the reader with too many details, info dump, or be preachy when it comes to the Christian overtones.

Susan: Please, share a two-paragraph sneak peek.

Michelle: I’ll share the opening paragraphs of the book. It will give you a sense of who Anna is.

I am not a particularly elegant person. I’m a mess on a good day. I’ve walked around in clothes soaked in black demon blood smelling like a sewer and looking like something the cat dragged in off the back porch. I’ve had blood crusted under my fingernails and never blinked an eyelash. I’ve been to Hell and back—literally. I’ve killed more demons with my jade-handled dagger than I can count.

The fact I was at a glitzy gala in Spain dressed in an elegant ball gown and upper length satin gloves with my black hair done in a fancy chignon and makeup on my face, well, it made me question a lot of things about my life.

Susan: Why did you write your book?

Michelle: This is a great question! I felt I had a calling to write this book. I got the idea in one flash one day. When the book first came to me—actually the character of Anna showed up and demanded attention—I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I knew it would be a difficult series to write, and I wasn’t wrong. But the idea, and Anna, would not leave me alone. So, I wrote the first draft of the first book in a journal. I think I rewrote that book a dozen times before it finally felt right to me. I wouldn’t say this is the book of my heart, but I will say this is a series that I felt I needed to write.

Susan: What do you love to do when you’re not writing?

Michelle: Nothing. LOL! Seriously, though, I run an Etsy shop as well as write journals under a different pen name. I watch a lot of hockey during the winter and baseball during the spring/summer. Mostly, though, I don’t watch a lot of TV unless there is a show I can’t live without. I’m currently loving Picard on Paramount+. I also like to read when I have time.

Susan: What is next for you in writing? Sequel? Different book?  Research? Traveling?

Michelle: My next book will be the final one in the Dream Walker series, but I am also planning a new 8-book series that will be fairy tales and other story retellings. I’m super excited about that series and cannot wait to get started.

Susan: What is your favorite line in the book?

Michelle: Great question! There are so many… hard to pick just one! Here it is: “Our destinies lie within our own hands, Ronan. Not visions or prophecies.”

Susan: Where can we find out more about your books?

Michelle: At my website: https://michellemiles.net/ where you can also sign up for my newsletter.

Here are all my social media links:

Website: https://michellemiles.net/

Email: contact@michellemiles.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMilesAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michellemiles

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellemilesauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/MilesOfRomance/_saved/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/michelle-miles

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/michellemiles

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/477915.Michelle_Miles

You can buy SMOKE AND ASHES here: https://books2read.com/SmokeAndAshes

Susan: Do you have any parting words for our readers or aspiring authors?

For aspiring authors: Writing is hard work but worth it. If you truly love it, don’t give up. Find the genre that speaks to you and write those books you want to read.

For readers: I hope you’ll check out my books, sign up for my newsletter, and connect with me on social media!

Thank you for having me!

Susan: Thank you for getting real with us today at Nights of Passion!

Truly,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

More detailed descriptions for Susan’s books are on https://susanhannifordcrowley.com or https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG

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