Friday, April 10, 2015

MuseItUp Author Susan Royal Visits Today!



Susan Royal, a fellow author with MuseItUp Publishing, is a guest on my blog today. She discusses her time travel adventure series, It's About Time, which includes Not Long Ago and From Now On. Read on and learn more about Susan and her fabulous work.

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar. 

She is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. She heard about growing up in San Antonio in the depression from her father, and experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.
   
When she isn’t writing, she still has a day job working as a secretary in the public schools in east Texas. She also does her best to keep up with her grandchildren. Music and painting are two of her passions. Susan is a firm believer in getting what you want without breaking the bank. She loves to bargain shop anywhere there’s a sale and began repurposing long before it was popular. She paints, crafts and sews. Her office/craft/sewing room is littered with her latest projects.

Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. So far, she’s written two books in her It’s About Time series, Not Long Ago and From Now On. They are time travel adventures with romance about two people who fall in love despite the fact they come from very different worlds. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. You can also find Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.


Want to know more? Visit susanaroyal.wordpress.com or susanaroyal.moonfruit.com for a peek inside this writer’s mind and see what she’s up to. You never know what new worlds she’s going to visit next.


Not Long Ago was published in 2012. While writing it, I pictured a young woman in her twenties hurrying down a busy city sidewalk. One her way past a coffee shop, she notices a handsome stranger through the window. Their eyes meet and what she sees leaves her reeling. Not only does she recognize him, she knows things about the man…but how? Who is he?

From there, the story could have gone anywhere. Turns out it did. The idea of time travel has always fascinated me. Imagine getting up close and personal with history. Experiencing what life is really like in another time. My main characters, Erin and Griffin, meet and fall in love in a medieval world. I didn’t expect to be writing a series, but my daughter insisted the story wasn’t finished, and she was right.     

From Now On came out in June 2014, and it takes up where the first book left off. Some of my favorite characters are back. Arvo: the tall gangly young man with a disreputable shock of red hair who becomes Erin’s good friend and confidant. Sir Edevane: Griffin’s fellow knight and friend. Kat: Griffin’s fiesty little sister.

Sir Griffin travels across centuries to find Erin, the woman he loves. Before they can begin their new life together, he’s sent on a mission to a strange island. When he doesn’t return as planned, Erin assembles a group of his friends to search for him. Followed by his strong-willed sister, Kateryn, they travel to Swansea and secure passage with the notorious Captain Akin.
   
Erin discovers firsthand how the island has earned its dark reputation when she battles freakish weather, encounters a race of little people known as “Prowlies” and experiences ghosts of the long departed.  Even worse, she discovers there are “ley lines” crossing the island’s mountain peak, creating all sorts of strange phenomena.  Yet these obstacles pale in comparison to the secrets she uncovers while trying to rescue the man she loves.

If you love a time travel adventure with a twist (and a love story) and haven’t read Not Long Ago, please do. You can continue Erin and Griffin’s story with From Now On. As for what’s going to happen to them in Book 3? It’s too soon to tell, but here’s a hint. As the relationship between the two love birds grows, they’ll have more obstacles to overcome. In addition, you’ll likely see something about the caves in Wales, blood moons and ghost stories.

The It’s About Time series is available at MuseItUp, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads.

(Due out in Fall, 2015)
In My Own Shadow (fantasy, adventure, romance)
http://tinyurl.com/bqbxm41
Not Long Ago (time travel, adventure, romance)
http://tinyurl.com/85vgye3
Not Long Ago book trailer
All books available at MuseItUp, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
http://susanroyal.moonfruit.com
http://susanaroyal.wordpress.com

7 comments:

  1. Kevin, thanks for doing the blog swap with me today! It's always fun to meet new people, and you guys stop by over at my blog, https://susanaroyal.wordpress.com/ to find out more about Kevin.

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    1. I agree, Susan. Thank you for doing this.

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  2. What an interesting post about Susan's novels, time travel adventures. Susan, you're an incredibly busy woman, I don't know how do you find time for everything.

    This was enjoyable learning about Susan's history and the blurbs on her books. Thank you so much, Susan and Kevin.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan B. Let's see if we can get another Susan to comment. He-he. I seem to know several of them. :)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Susan. Have you ever heard the phrase "too many irons in the fire"? Guilty!

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  3. Susan, nice post. They both sound like intriguing books. How hard is it to write a series? Or maybe I should say how fun is it.

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  4. Hi Kyla and thanks. Funny thing is, I didn't start out to write a series. When my daughter finished Not Long Ago, she told me I wasn't finished. And she was right. The hardest thing about writing a series is having enough back story so a new reader won't get lost and fresh enough for a returning reader.

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