RAWY Chapter Excerpts

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I’m very excited to be able to tell you, my faithful readers, that each day, I am one step closer to releasing he third and final installment of the Running Series, “Running Away With You”.  Many of you know that I had hoped to release the book much sooner, but it’s more important to me to do it well than to do it quickly.  I hope you will agree.

Each day, I will be releasing a short excerpt from the third book on Facebook.  I can’t wait to hear what you think.  Thank you for all your letters of support and inquiry.  I promise to announce the release the moment it goes live.

~SS

Book 3 ~ Running Away With You

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July is just around the corner, and that means the clock is quickly ticking down towards the release of Book 3, Running Away With You.  I have had some difficult decisions to make, and I’ve decided to delay the release for now so that I can make some needed improvements.  This is, after all, the final installment in the Running Series and it’s very important to me to get everything just right.  I had chosen the July release date based upon my experience writing books one and two.  Each book took about four months to write and a month to publish.  I used that criteria when determining the release date of the third installment.  However, real life doesn’t work that way – it rarely does.  So rather than push out a book that’s not ready for publication, I’ve decided to slow down, step back, and listen to the voices in my head.  You see, my characters speak to me and if I slow down and truly listen, I can hear them.  They are as real to me as you, my readers, whom I’ve never actually met.  It’s important that I get it right for them, as well as for you.  So with that goal in mind, I am reviewing, revising, and editing – three things I tell my students to do all the time.  And when I’m done, I promise that I will have something I can be proud of, not just something that I pushed out to meet an arbitrary deadline.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

Giveaway Winner Revealed

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Congratulations to Julie L., who entered through Crazy Four Books.  She will be receiving a $25 Visa Gift Card.  And thank you to all the readers and followers who participated in my first book blog tour!

 

 

Raffle Winner

The Running Series Blog Tour

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I’ve long wanted to do a Book  Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to announce the start of a month-long tour.  Visit one of the blogs each day and take a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.  It’s my way of thanking my readers and showing my appreciation.  A special thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for putting this amazing tour together.

Running Back to You:

May 19: The Crafty Cauldron
May 20: Musings and Ramblings
May 21: Booklover Sue
May 21: Kinky Vanilla Romance
May 22: Rachel Brimble Romance
May 22: Long and Short Reviews
May 23: Books and Other Spells
May 26: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
May 27: Crazy Four Books
May 28: Room With Books
May 29: Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales
May 30: Beyond My Writing Space

Running Home to You:

June 2: The Crafty Cauldron
June 3: It’s Raining Books
June 4: Straight from the Library
June 5: Room With Books
June 6: Susana’s Morning Room
June 9: Crazy Four Books
June 10: Warrior Princess Romance Writer
June 11: All in One Place
June 12: You Gotta Read Reviews
June 13: Aly’s Miscellany

April Showers Bring May Flowers

When I look out my window, it still looks like winter.  In honor of the first day of May, here’s some information about the flowers that will be in full bloom soon.

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Time to finally meet Juliette’s Ex-Boyfriend

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Book Three, Running Away With You, will give everyone the chance to finally meet David Jorgenson, Juliette’s ex-boyfriend.  Here’s what we know about David so far:

“My ex-boyfriend David was a complete jerk and an imposter.  He pretended to care, but it was all an act.  David was a pretty package, but nothing more than an empty box.  I was immediately attracted to his good looks and forgot to look deeper for the qualities that matter the most.  It turns out I wasted a year and a half with someone who didn’t deserve my time.  I need a break from men.  That’s one of the reasons why I moved back to Jersey after graduation.  I could have easily started a life for myself in Colorado, but I had to put as many miles between that SOB and myself as I could.” ~Running Back to You

“My last boyfriend David didn’t really get along with my friends.  He preferred it when we hung out with his friends or with no one at all.  Now, when I look back, I can see that he was isolating me and causing me to become dependent on him.  My friends were getting frustrated with me and started calling less and less.  That’s why when he was unfaithful to me, the pain was nearly unbearable.”  ~Running Back to You

“My last year in college, I came dangerously close to living a life I swore I would never allow.  David was someone I thought I could build a life with.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  It happened slowly, so slowly that I didn’t even notice at the time, but I can see now how many similarities there are between David and my father.  To the outside world, David was fun-loving and an all-around nice guy, just like my father.  But behind closed doors, he became pensive, dark, and brooding.  My moods started changing based on David’s moods.  I stopped making decisions and instead let his frame of mind dictate our activities.” ~Running Back to You

“I’m reminded of my last boyfriend, David.  He thought the universe revolved around him and would often forget about plans and promises.  He’s so far back in my rear-view mirror, I’m always surprised when memories of him and our nearly two-year crappy relationship creep back up into my mind.” ~Running Home to You

“She supported me throughout my two-year relationship with the jerk, David.  When I finally opened my eyes and realized what a manipulative ass he was, she never once said, “I told you so.”  She just helped me pick up the pieces and move on.” ~ Running Home to You

All we really know is that David was a first-class jerk.  In Running Away With You, Juliette’s past comes back to haunt the couple in ways that even Juliette could not have imagined.  What do you do when someone you once loved turns into your worst nightmare?

Letters to the Author

7298756026_f6343d103b_zToday I received a lovely letter from a reader. I cannot express how much it means to me to hear from readers.  Every message, good, bad, or otherwise, helps me become a better writer.  And those like the one below give me the encouragement and reassurance I need to continue along my journey as a writer.  Thank you!

FROM READER: “I have read your first book and am just in the middle of the second, I just wanted to say that I think the books are brilliant, they keep you guessing and keep you engaged at every page. These are one of the best I have read. I just wanted to know when you think the 3rd one will be released?”

RESPONSE: Right now, I’m preparing for a Book Blog Tour. Once that’s over, I will continue writing the third book, “Running Away With You”. I’m still waiting to find out what the future holds for everyone at Rush Dessert Bar. Their futures generally reveal themselves while I’m driving or just as I’m about to drift off to sleep. Time will tell!  I’m hoping to be ready for release on July 4th.  Fingers crossed!

Cover Change?

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Attention All Readers!

Sales of Book One, “Running Back to You” have stalled.  It’s been suggested to consider a cover change in order to attract more readers.  What do you think of the above covers?  Will they attract more readers?  I’d love to hear what you think.

Running Home to You Release Day has arrived!

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Today, Running Home to You was released for sale at all major online booksellers.  Within hours of its release, it was in the top 100 of its genre on Amazon.  Incase you missed it, here’s a summary of book two from the Running Series:

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Running Home to You:  continues the journey of Juliette and Evan that began in “Running Back to You”.

Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach.  But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.

Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career.  He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried.  She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves.  Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series.

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Please help spread the word.  As an independent “indie” author, I do not have the advertising and publishing power that comes from having a publisher or literary agent.  I depend on word of mouth and feedback from  you, the reader.  You can find Running Home to You available for sale at the following online book sellers.  If you decide to download a copy, please post feedback for other readers.  As  you surely must know, reviews and ratings drive book sales.  Readers want to know what to expect.  Please take a moment out of your busy lives to share your thoughts about Running Home to You.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.

~Suzanne

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Amazon Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Running-Home-You-Suzanne-Sweeney-ebook/dp/B00IFR0XP2/ref=la_B00HK4SY16_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392415252&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-home-to-you-suzanne-sweeney/1118627275?ean=2940148211563

Available Valentine’s Day!

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Spread the word – Running Home to You will be available for sale on Friday, February 14, 2014.  Here’s the book summary:

Running Home to You:  continues the journey of Juliette and Evan that began in “Running Back to You”.

Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach.  But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.

Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career.  He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried.  She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves.  Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series.

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