Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Two Authors One Great Series and a Giveaway


Mia London loves to write!      
She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.
She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).
Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.
She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up. 



Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey's Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she's a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn't take. When not writing, she's chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas. 
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Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?
Susan: I prefer to write romantic suspense and contemporary romance, mainly because those are 2 of my favorite genres to read. J
Mia: Contemporary and erotic romance. And like Susan, that’s what I also enjoy reading, plus historical.
Beverley: What prompted you to write in the genre/s you do?
Mia: I finished Principal’s Office by Jasmine Haynes, and my love of erotic romance was reinvigorated. I absolutely fell in love with that book and couldn’t wait to read more. That in turn activated my creative gene, and I let my computer do the rest of the work.
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
Mia:  On and off for a few years, but most-seriously in 2013. My first award was in the fourth grade for a short story. Maybe I should revise that date. J
Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work?
Susan: I am a full-time mother with two young boys on the autism spectrum. They require a lot of attention and supervision, so carving out time to write has been the biggest challenge. Because I’ve learned I can’t write when they’re in the house with me. My mind is always on my kids (and what trouble they are getting into). J I have to schedule my writing time when they are in school or their various therapies. Balancing that with the last-minute changes and issues that arise in their schedule and care is very challenging.
Mia: Time. Isn’t that what stands in the way for most of us in achieving our goals? I own another business, have one husband and two kids, and some days I feel stretched thin. Luckily the kids are getting older and more self-sufficient, and my husband is a great cook. ;)
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Susan: Reading, and being around my critique partners. Seriously, the writing rhythm is contagious!

Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest?
Susan: My kids. Or being stuck in traffic. Which is often!
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
Susan: At home. But I frequent a local coffee shop by my house, and get a lot of work done there as well. Change of scenery always gets my creative juices flowing, too.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Susan: Toss-up between plotting out a new series, or reading my TBR pile on my night stand.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Susan: A three-book contemporary romance series with Mia London, including a separate epilogue. This is by far the funniest series I’ve ever written. I love this romantic comedy genre!
Mia: As Susan mentioned, the Sweet Escape series. So let me tell you how it all started. J
Susan and I were traveling to a book signing 3 hours away. I was driving, and she’d just closed the lid to her laptop and said, “What a satisfying sound. Who would ever own a tablet when you couldn’t slam the lid shut?”
I agreed, and asked, “But is she slamming the lid because she’d mad or she’s happy? Like she just did something great and her boss was going to be proud.”
And there was the catalyst for the entire series.
As with any writer’s mind, once the creativity flows it’s hard to turn off. We talked, plotted, came up with characters, and plotted some more on the return trip. We met, texted, and called to chat and brainstorm. One person would write and the other would in turn edit that. We each had areas of expertise that definitely complimented each other, and created a well-rounded series—steamy, entertaining, funny. It was such a fun and rewarding experience!
Beverley: What books have you had published? And tell us a little bit about them, please.
Susan: Royals of Solana romantic suspense series
Royal life isn’t all luxury, glamour, and celebrity status—it’s a target for relentless attacks from those who lust for power. The Royals of Solana face vicious threats from both criminals and diplomats, all coveting the exotic prize that is their island nation. When the king and crown prince are brutally murdered during a cartel coup, Princess Alanna and exiled Prince Andre are forced on the run, desperate to save their own lives while trying to take back their country. Enemies emerge from all corners of the world, scrambling in the power vacuum. The last things the royal siblings need are limelight camera flashes, or steamy dalliances with common strangers. Except these strangers are impossible to ignore, and turn into would-be saviors.
Prince of Solana (Book One)
Jewel of Solana (Book Two)
Crown of Solana (Book Three)
Royal Wedding (novella sequel)
(Books One and Two can be read in either order, Book Three and the sequel should be read after the first two.)
Knights of Texas contemporary romance series
A luxury male escort agency devoted to their clients’ every need. Super steamy, heart-warming, and equally gut-wrenching. These men will leave you sated and simultaneously thirsting for more.
Tell Me What You Want (Book One)
Tell Me What You Crave (Book Two)
Tell Me What You Need (Book Three)
Tell Me What You Feel (Book Four)
(These books can be read in any order.)
Audrey’s Promise contemporary small-town romance standalone
A Thanksgiving story of second-chances and country-life, worthy of a touching Hallmark movie.
Mia: My first book is called Life to the Max. It took me a year to write, and it’s a fan favorite. I wrote and published the Perfect Series when I was asked to join Chickswagger for an anthology, the Hard Men of the Rockies Series. I loved collaborating so much that in 2017 I brought 5 other authors together to do the Blame It On Fate anthology. That was the springboard for the Undeniable Series. I fell in love with Brandon & Lily—one book was not enough. As an aside, Undeniable Fate is a finalist in the Readers’ Choice Award sponsored by the OKRWA. After the Sweet Escape series is released, I have a stand-alone called Accidental Tryst that will release in November.
Beverley: Where do you find your inspiration?
Mia: Almost anything can give me an idea. For instance, Susan and I were texting, and at one point she mentioned something about finishing a trip the glass shop. I immediately picked up the phone to ask her when our characters go to a glass shop. She was confused. Clearly, predictive text had taken control, but instantly I could visualize it. Beautiful pieces of art made from glass that our heroine could ooh and aah over. The next day, I wrote that scene.
Beverley: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Mia: Write and read and write some more. Don’t expect it to be perfect right off the bat (that’s what editing’s for).
Beverley: What, if anything, is the one thing that has caused you the most heartache in accomplishing your dream?
Susan: The amount of scammers and fraudsters in this community has exploded in the last 5 years. Greed has overtaken so much of what used to be such incredible opportunity and healthy competition. It’s been overwhelming, and tends to make an introvert who hates confrontation like myself consider throwing in the towel. But, I’ve also seen the most incredible support and rallying in the wake of such vicious tactics. The Indie community is one of the strongest I’ve ever been a part of.
Beverley: In what direction would you like to see your work take you? (print, movies, audio, etc.)
Susan: Of course, I’d love to see my series turned into movies. What author wouldn’t? But I think the next logical step for me may be audio and foreign translations. However, I still don’t see myself going down that road anytime soon. Those are massive undertakings I just don’t have the time for right now. Maybe when my kids get older.
Beverley: What is your philosophy of writing? (dogged determination until the wee hours; take a break and have a cookie then get back to it; write when the mood hits)
Susan: I tried writing when the mood hits, and I was sidetracked for years. Other things always seemed to take priority. I have to make my writing a priority. So, I’ve now switched to ‘finish the scene, then get a cookie. Or two. Or ten. Then go finish the next scene.’
Mia: I try and give my rewards for completing my writing goal. It could be a daily goal, and I’ll reward myself for a movie or a fave show on TV. Maybe it’s a bigger goal, like completing a series, and that could mean a massage or a trip to the Coach store. J
Beverley: Finally, name the one thing in life you do not at this moment possess, but wish to have with all your heart. How would you go about making your wish come true?
Susan: This is a very important question. Because raising two boys on the autism spectrum has taught me many lessons, but this one I think is the most important.
It is imperative not to dwell on what you don’t have. Otherwise, you’ll never be happy with your life.
There is so much stress and hardship in life already. Find the joy in what you have, and your life will always be blessed.
Yes, have goals and work to achieve them. But never let a missed goal define your happiness. Or steal it from you.
You have all you need within, to create a happy life.
Mia: I refuse to answer this because it would never be as good as Susan’s, and really the only thing that pops in my head right now is an endless supply of dark chocolate.
Beverley: How do you like your fans to contact you?
Susan: Either on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/SusanSheehey, email susan@susansheehey.com, or join my newsletter https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/p5b0i9.
I would greatly appreciate—with chocolate and peanut butter topping--also following me on Amazon and BookBub.
Mia:  I’m on social media, and I love it.
www.facebook.com/MiaLondonAuthor
https://twitter.com/MiaLondonAuthor
Instagram: @MiaLondonAuthor
Also, my website: www.MiaLondon.com or mia@mialondon.com, as well as Goodreads and Amazon.

Blurb for the series:
Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

 
 
Blurb for Hot Spell (released 9/5) and Final week at 99¢:
(Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy)

She never trusted love. He never believed he’d be worthy.

An emergency vacation at a luxury Mexican resort is a foolproof pick-me-up for Jordan Beck’s broken-hearted bestie. Former Olympic-hopeful, Jordan has planned a getaway worthy of a perfect score:nightly parties, exotic drinks, and sandy beaches. She never expected to find perfection in the resort’s emerald-eyed bartender.

Life’s a gift to Zac Durant, and he’s determined to live it to the fullest. Tending bar at a resort is a small price to pay if it means he can scuba and surf every day in paradise. He’s content—until a Latina beauty struts across his pool patio and orders his best drink.  Although Zac isn’t the kind to hook up with guests, he can’t resist the petite sexy woman who makes his world flip cartwheels.

This sensual interlude in paradise should be just a vacation fling, but sparks explode into fireworks, and they are tempted to believe it’s something real. When the illusion of perfection fades, Jordan must decide if love is worth a shot at the gold.
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