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May 15, 2018

I almost never go back to read my own books because, by the time they’re published, I’ve been through them so many, many times. But this month I was re-reading a favorite old Mary Stewart romantic suspense novel, and it reminded me of my own book, Fly Close to the Sun. So I went back to it, and fell in love with the characters and the setting – Crete – all over again.

People often ask authors which of our books is our favorite, and writers talk about “the book of my heart.” Well, Fly Close to the Sun is that book for me.

It’s one of the first books I worked on, and it was inspired by Mary Stewart. When I was a teenager, she made me fall in love with romantic suspense and with Greece through her Greece-set novels The Moonspinners, My Brother Michael, and This Rough Magic. The one thing on my bucket list was to go to Greece – and I did. Then, later, when I began to write fiction, I was inspired to try writing a contemporary version of a Mary Stewart type of book. So I started on Fly Close to the Sun (which at the time I titled Beloved Stranger), and – oh bliss! – my partner and I went to Crete. I spent many wonderful evenings scribbling in my notebook after dinner while he read sci fi novels. Then, over the years, I kept working on the story, and I published it a few years ago.

Wouldn’t you know that, in re-reading it after so long, I found a few little things I wanted to tweak? I ended up doing an editing pass and I’ve now published a second edition in print and digital format. Here’s the blurb:

Can a logical, rational lawyer trust her instincts—and seize a unique moment of opportunity?

Lawyer Kieran Bridge’s carefully planned life has unraveled. Distraught, she travels to Crete—the island she and her deceased father had always been drawn to—in search of the key to her future. She finds far more than she’d bargained for: a country that awakens her senses and emotions, and a man who challenges her as she’s never been challenged before.

She feels an inexplicable connection to Dr. Stefanos Dimitrakis, a fugitive accused of murdering his uncle. When Stefanos insists he’s innocent, Kieran’s instincts tell her to believe him—but in the past her judgment has failed her. How can she now believe in a bond that defies reason?

I hope you’ll give it a try, and fall in love with Crete, not to mention with Kieran and Stefanos (and the engaging urchin, the mysterious British siblings, and the village witch!). You can read an excerpt here.

In other book news, the cover for Sail Away With Me has now been revealed! Isn’t it gorgeous? This Blue Moon Harbor Romance comes out on September 25 and is available for pre-order.

Other than that, I’ve taken on a couple of projects. One is outdoorsy and healthy, even if sometimes frustrating, and that’s tackling the mess that’s our garden. The other is more admin-type: I’ve agreed to be the new president of Vancouver Island Romance Authors. I figure the two projects will balance out nicely, and keep me physically and mentally exercised. :-)

Congratulations to the latest winner of my website opinion poll contest, Mary C from MA, who wins an autographed copy of her choice of my books plus a bar of violet/magnolia/amber soap from Via Mercato in Italy. A new contest is running.

All the best!

Susan

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