Holiday Shopping with Romance Authors Ryan Jo Summers and Susan Hanniford Crowley

Hi everyone!  In the United States we have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving. We have parades and feasts, watch football, plunge into discount shopping, and just enjoy our time together with family and friends.  One this Saturday after, I’ve invited Romance Author Ryan Jo Summers on Nights of Passion with me. Here are some books, you may want to check out.  I asked Ryan what she loves about writing.

What do I love about writing? It is both an escape and therapy. When I need to get away from the stresses and pressures WCG Large (1)of the day or life in general, I can escape into a make believe world. It might be the short story or a full novel. Whatever the length, the characters and situations allow me to visit their world. Taking pen to paper, for poems and to my happy places inside me allow therapy in its purest form. Being able to later share these stories with readers, and hearing their feedback, serves as a sense of validation. Sometimes it’s as simple and pure as pouring a heartache into paper, sharing it with others and healing through their comments. It validates both the experience and the writing. Further writing is a challenge to constantly improve skills, master struggles and grow in abilities.

Bio: Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina writer who pens romances twisted in genre. Starting with a basic boy and girl love story, she blends paranormal, inspirational, time travel, mystery and suspense in any combination. Animals are frequent visitors in her books and water is a common setting. Beyond that, anything goes. When not writing, Ryan likes to spend time with her friends or out enjoying the beautiful vistas nearby. She shares her home with a menagerie of assorted pets. Hobbies include reading, painting, working bent and wiggly word find puzzles and caring for dozens of houseplants or pottering around in her yard.


Darby Adams has a happy life operating a Bed & Breakfast Inn at quiet Driftwood Shores, raising her son and caring for a menagerie of stray pets. Until she finds a dead guest in one of her rooms–murdered. Suddenly her home and business is turned into a crime scene and she is the number one suspect. Caught in a whirlwind, she needs a strong friend.
The surviving family wants to make sure Darby fully pays for her crime, so they hire new-in-town Private Investigator Sam Golden, to find the facts and have Darby put away for good. Sam begins his case in a dual role, acting as a friend for Darby. Between dodging disasters and riding out calamities, Darby begins to see a future with Sam and herself. As strange, scary, things happen around the B & B. Sam has to rethink his original opinions on Darby’s guilt or innocence.
Then the fateful day comes Sam has to confess his dual role to Darby, pulling them apart, tearing out her heart and destroying any chance for their developing romance. But when a larger, more serious danger threatens them all, Darby knows she has to trust Sam’s instincts once more. However, she isn’t so sure she can trust him with her heart.

Title: When Clouds Gather
Category: Romance suspense

“I am so sorry about all this fuss,” Tilly Mae apologized for the twentieth time. “If I had known you were planning to leave, I would not have come. I feel just terrible.”

Darby painted on another smile before turning around, hoping the thin thread on her composure held. By the time Tilly Mae had risen from her nap, Darby’s tears were all dried. She had hoped to hide her situation from her guest but it hadn’t taken the girl long to figure it all out. At first Darby had been amazed at her intuitiveness. Now she just wanted to get away. Nerves stretched taunt, she felt torn between her duties as an innkeeper and her feelings as a woman betrayed.

“Tilly Mae, please don’t be sorry,” she repeated for the twentieth time, her smile starting to hurt her face. “You are my guest here and that’s all there is to it. Don’t worry yourself over other things.”

Darby eyed Tilly Mae, just knowing she had to be trying to read her mind, wondering at her sincerity. There could be no other thought behind her strained expression. There was no doubt her expression mirrored Tilly Mae’s. Silently, they both acknowledged knew only Sam responsible for their current situations.

Finally, mustering a real smile, Darby patted the girl’s arm. “Honey, you just worry about yourself and the little one. I’ll take care of everything else.”

“What about Sam?”

Starting to walk away, Darby stopped short, her heart involuntarily twisting at the mention of his name. “What about
him?” she asked softly, beyond the pressure constricting her.

Tilly Mae’s silence finally coaxed Darby to turn back around. The look on the girl’s face made her almost cry again. Disappointment . . . uncertainty . . . fear. It was like holding a mirror to her own face. Then, she saw something else very clearly. She would have to stay and watch out for Tilly Mae, at least until Sam finished whatever it was he planned on doing to make her life safe.

Bitterness rose within her like a smoking flame. The girl, this child, trusted Sam with all the honesty and innocence of her heart. She may feel bad about being dumped here, but she still felt it was acceptable because Sam had said so.

But he wasn’t worthy of such devotion and trust. He didn’t care about trust. He worked it to his advantage with no thought to the hearts he was going to shatter. He was a liar and worse.

Heart wringing out like an old washrag, she pushed the angry thoughts aside, wishing the pain would go with it. “I don’t know,” she finally admitted, answering the girl’s question. “He’ll be back for you when the time is right. Only he can know when that will be.”
Tilly shook her head. “No, I mean, what about you and him?”

Damn! Hot tears stung her eyes once more. Quickly, she wiped them away. She wasn’t going to cry over him anymore! Chin quivering, she searched for an answer. The truth hit her hard across the heart, slapping sharply.

“Our time will never be right.” Spinning around, she fled the room.

Other available titles:
*Whispers in her Heart
*Shimmers of Stardust
*Sizzle in the Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection (anthology)
*Chasing the Painted Skies
*Glimpse Eternity (coming early 2016)
*Upon the Tide (Coming mid-late 2016)

Now it’s my turn. What do I love about writing? Everything. I love the dreams that blossom on the paper. I love the research to expand on the details. I love meeting people that tell me interesting things or correct my French. I love the excitement of a book appearing like magic on Kindle, and the smell of new print books in the box.  Here for your pleasure is a peek at A Vampire for Christmas, Book 3 in the Vampires in New York Series.

Bio: Susan Hanniford Crowley is a Connecticut Yankee who lost her heart in San Francisco, Ireland, and Scotland. I’ve been married for 35 years and have two grown daughters, and two adorable granddaughters. I’m a webmaster for a college by day and an author by night and weekend. I love books and collect dragons and sea shells. I love Muay Thai Kickboxing. I’m also an associate editor for the prestigious Space and Time Magazine (not a romance venue), and I love going to conventions and meeting readers and discussing the various kinds of paranoramal romance.

Title: A Vampire for Christmas
Category: Vampire romance (with a few laughs)

Georgia doesn’t know she’s a Harmony. Jobless and about to be homeless, her heart sinks when a hand snatches the coat of her dreams from the storefront window. Then she sees him staring at her reflection . . . the stalker.Trevor Stenwood, a vampire and Arnhem Knight, is handsome, sophisticated, and tongue-tied every time he sees her. Sworn to protect the supernaturals of the city, he’s fallen for a woman marked for death by demons. How can he save her when she’s afraid of him?   At Christmas time in New York City, will love bloom in the snow?

When the waiter arrived with menus, Georgia was dizzy with expectation. She looked at her menu. There were no prices and it was hard to choose from so many delicious sounding meals.

“What are you having?” She leaned toward Trevor.

“I was going to start with the lobster bisque and move on to the shrimp scampi.”

“That sounds good. I’ll have the same.”

When the waiter returned, Trevor gave him the orders. He waited until the man was out of hearing range.

“Georgia, you know you could have ordered anything.”

“I know.” She gazed out the window. Snow danced over the waves. Then snowflake and wave would touch as in a kiss and the snow would be gone forever, absorbed into the water.

“May I move my seat so I can sit next to you?”

She thought about saying no, but the truth was she was ready for him to be closer. “Okay.”

He moved the chair so he was exactly next to her and they could see the same thing out the window. “It’s sad, isn’t it?”


“The snowflake is so exquisite, but its life is so short. The ocean is eternal. It loves the snowflake and when they meet. . .”

“The snowflake dies.” Georgia sighed.

“No, not at all. The snowflake changes into water and becomes immortal.”

Georgia turned to face him. They were so very close, his mouth above her lips, his eyes gazing deeply into hers. She could feel him searching for some answer. Then his lips possessed her mouth so gently, sweetly, as if to caress. Georgia felt herself melting like the snowflake touching the ocean wave. She kissed him back. Every kiss led to another. She felt his arm steady her. Her eyes were closed, as his finger brushed her cheek.

Other available titles:

When Love Survives, Book 1 of the Vampires in New York series

The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Book 2 of the Vampires in New York series
Vampire King of New York, Book 1 of the Arnhem Knights of New York series
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance)
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) – Coming soon!

Vampire in the Basement, Book 4 in the Vampires in New York Series – Coming soon!

Thank you, Ryan, and everyone for visiting us.  Happy Shopping!

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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1 Response to Holiday Shopping with Romance Authors Ryan Jo Summers and Susan Hanniford Crowley

  1. summersrye says:

    Susan, thank you for inviting me to your blog. I was hungry once I joined your characters for lunch in the Christmas Vampire blurb. I love bisque and scampi! Snowflake meeting the ocean was poetic, lovely. Wishing you a cheery holiday season.

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