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Short stories present a special challenge: bringing the characters to life and touching the reader’s heart, in just a few words.

Sweet Indulgences: heartwarming short romances

These sweet short stories are designed for the busy woman who deserves a few minutes of self-indulgence – on the bus or train to work, during coffee or lunch break, while waiting to pick the kids up, sitting in the doctor or dentist’s waiting room, sinking into a bubble bath before bed, or . . . well, I’m sure you get the picture.

Each volume contains two or three stories. A new volume will be published each month during 2014. Earlier versions of many of the stories in theSweet Indulgences series were published by The Wild Rose Press, by Freya’s Bower, and in the magazines Woman’s World, The People’s Friend, New Love Stories, Woman’s Weekly, and Woman’s Day.

The Sweet Indulgences covers feature photographs taken by the author.

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Volume 1 (January 2014) contains three stories. Sarah’s plans to celebrate her newly single state alone on New Year’s Eve are thrown awry, but the Dawn of a New Year offers something even better. In Movie Thrills, Samantha discovers that the sweetest romance isn’t the one on the movie screen. And in Evening in Paris, Leslie not only dispenses with a ghost but finds the courage to trust her heart.

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Volume 2 (February 2014) contains three Valentine’s stories. In Lady in Red, Anne feels as if Valentine’s Day is for everyone other than her – until an unexpected encounter proves otherwise. In Like Father, Like Daughter, Margo plots to matchmake her widowed father on Valentine’s Day – and discovers that he has a similar plan. Many years ago, Carol’s husband proposed to her on Valentine’s Day – but is there any hope of a romantic Valentine Anniversary?

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Volume 3 (March 2014) contains three stories. In Cruise Into Spring, Theresa’s holiday plans go awry—which turns out to be the very best thing that ever could have happened. In Gender Benders, Tim finds love—and the courage to commit even when times are tough. When photographer Nick has Belinda In the Frame, he helps her overcome her camera-shyness—and proves his own date-worthiness.

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Volume 4 (April 2014) contains three stories. In Easter Treasure, Ian has a new job and a new home in a new city—but the best treasure of all is getting to know his new neighbor Sandy. All year, Heather and Justin have resisted their moms’ matchmaking—but when the two college students finally meet, they have to admit that Mother Knows Best. In Knit Two Together, what more could Melissa want than a family-oriented guy who’ll admit when he’s wrong—and is willing to learn how to knit?

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Volume 5 (May 2014) contains two stories. Lexie’s faith in humankind is restored when she meets Kevin. The guy who goes out of his way to help his elderly neighbor is, most definitely, A Man Mom Would Love. In Do You Miss Me? it takes months apart and a number of “just friends” e-mails before Tara and Ryan figure out the truth: the way they feel about each other is way more than friendly!

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Volume 6 (June 2014) contains three stories. In Enchanted Reunion, Alison hopes her transformed self will charm the boy she once had a crush on—but instead her heart is drawn in the most unexpected direction. When Cass finds herself In the Arms of the Law during a fund-raising pseudo arrest, it leads to a mutual confession—of romantic interest. It takes a summer’s worth of holiday postcards from friends to make Annie realize that for her there’s No Place Like Home.

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Volume 7 (July 2014) contains two stories. In Fireworks Forever, the Fourth of July fireworks have always been special for Jess and Aidan: their first kiss, his proposal of marriage, their wedding day, the day she told him they were having a baby. Now, after all these years, is her increasingly distanced husband really not going to make it home for this year’s fireworks—or will he arrive with the best gift of all? In City Slicker, Jackie, a dude ranch wrangler is skeptical about city boy Kit, though it turns out there’s more to the guy than first meets the eye. Can a city boy truly have a “country” heart—and win the heart of a country girl? This story, which was first published in Woman’s World magazine, was the seed that eventually sprouted into the novel Home on the Range, one of Susan’s Caribou Crossing Romances published by Kensington Zebra.

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Volume 8 (August 2014) contains three stories. When recently widowed Tessa accepts her mother’s invitation for a family holiday at the beach, Tessa begins to heal—and, to her surprise, reconnects with her first Summer Love. Summer Heat (inspired by a song by Gary Fjellgaard) shows that even if you’ve been married for decades, and even when life involves a lot of hard work, you don’t have to lose the romance. In Young at Heart, Nikki’s practical but heart-wrenching decision to part with her classic sports car leads her to the perfect man—for her car, and maybe for herself as well!

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Volume 9 (September 2014) contains two stories. Will a seriously sprained ankle ruin Lia and Christopher’s holiday in Greece—or will it be the key to discovering that love is really “A Matter of Balance”? In “Finders Keepers,” the treasure at the end of the rainbow brings a very special man into the lives of single parent Marcy and her son.

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Volume 10 (October 2014) contains two stories. In “Taking the Alleys,” Jeff has always told Bear to trust his instincts—but does he dare trust them to bring him all the way from Alberta to Vancouver to ask her to share his future? When widowed Lynne and divorced Paul both turn up dressed as hippies for their Halloween blind date, it’s a sign that it’s going to be “One Magical Halloween Evening.”

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Volume 11 (November 2014) contains three stories. When Kari accepts her friend’s invitation to Thanksgiving dinner, she says “Thanks, But No Thanks” to a blind date. So when she meets Steven, she did it all on her own—right? In “Jasmine,” widowed David summons the courage to visit the cottage where he and his beloved wife shared so many wonderful times—and there he discovers that true love never dies. When Zoe puts herself “In the Driver’s Seat” of a chauffeured limo, little does she realize that her client’s bad date may just turn out to have a happy ending—for her!

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Volume 12 (December 2014) contains two stories. In A Christmas Wish, Carrie’s daughter asks Santa for a new daddy—and that’s a wish that just might come true, in the most unexpected way! In The Woman in His Picture, photographer Lucas has always had a crush on Tory, but he has considered her to be unattainable—until a crisis in her life leads her to reveal the truth.

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Erotique

I’m delighted to have sold three erotic romances to Harlequin’s e-published Spice Briefs.

At the exclusive sex club, Erotique, three women find the erotic adventures they’re seeking – and much more!

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Normally Carrie is a very responsible person...but she still likes to walk the line every now and then. That's when she visits Erotique, a private club where members don costumes and use false names to explore their secret fantasies. For Carrie, it's a chance for the suburban mom to feel like a sex goddess--especially when a certain masked man is waiting for her....!

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Jillian had been careful not to combine her personal and professional lives...even if that meant turning down a date with her sexy colleague Sandro Rodriguez. Still, she was in the mood for some fun and couldn't resist a guest-pass to the private sex club Erotique from her boss, Carrie. Jillian hoped to relieve her cravings with a hot guy who understood how to tease and arouse her—but she never expected that man to be Sandro! And he was determined to show her just how fun mixing business with pleasure could be....

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The best inspiration for Alex Blake's erotic novels used to be her forbidden – and unfulfilled – lust for Lincoln Wolf. But years later Lincoln, and her muse, are long gone. To rekindle her imagination, Alex takes up an invitation to visit Erotique, a private sex club that guarantees anonymity...and a chance to act out one of Alex's most ravishing desires. While Alex expects one fantasy, Erotique has another surprise for her: satisfying her ultimate fantasy of a night of passion with Lincoln himself....

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Cover of the book Piccole Voglie 4 by Susan Lyons Susan’s three Erotique stories are included in Piccole Voglie 4, an Italian anthology that also includes stories by Megan Hart, Saskia Walker, Tiffany Reisz, Lisa Renee Jones, Eva Cassel, Pamela Johnson, Alison Tyler, and Anne Calhoun.

Northern Heat: best Canadian erotic romance stories

I am delighted to have contributed a story to Northern Heat, edited by Opal Carew and published by Quarry Press.

Featuring some of the best examples of Canadian erotic romance, this anthology includes stories by Opal Carew, Kayla Perrin, Sharon Page, Bonnie Edwards, Kate St. James, Sasha White, Anara Bella, Leah Braemel, Christine d'Abo, Cathryn Fox, and Jan Springer, and by me writing as Savanna Fox. Long before the success of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Canadian women were writing erotic romance stories that are brazen, seductive, and sexually liberating. This collection of stories will leave you yearning for more... and dispel once and for all the myth that Canadians are as frigid as the northern climate.

These delightful stories show the broad range of eroticism and romance in stories that publishers label as "erotic romance". Some focus on the burgeoning romance between a couple, whereas others focus more on the erotic situation that hints at a romance to build in the future. Yet others are simply a celebration of sexual intimacy. In all, however, the characters are challenged by some aspect of their sexual desire for each other.

Note: This book is available in print only, not in digital format.

“NORTHERN HEAT is a wonderful anthology showcasing the talents of some of Canada’s romance authors. You’ll be treated to several different genres and heat levels but all the stories in this book are positively delightful. Honestly, I knew we had talented authors who lived in Canada since I’ve read all of them before but somehow having their writing displayed under one cover just amps up the wow factor. What I especially love about this anthology is there’s no hype and no scandal (ok, maybe a little scandal), but we’re not going to have to be bombarded with it on the nightly news. It’s simply deliciously naughty fun &emdash; and isn’t that the best kind?” (Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies &emdash; blue ribbon review)

“All of those long, cold Canadian nights are certainly good for something, and this anthology is the result. Really, what could be better than snuggling up with your honey and swapping some very sexy stories with each other? Several of these stories, in fact, just make the reader want to beg for more. You will also wish you could be part of the action as these authors get right to the heart of the matter.” (Lototy, Coffee Time Romance)

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