Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Have you ever stood on your head? It seems simple enough. Select a spot close enough to the wall to offer you some support. Grab a pillow for your head since the floor is hard and, with your head in the center of the pillow, launch yourself upwards, working work your feet along the wall until you’ve reached a pseudo-standing position.

Now, once you’ve done this, you’re in the perfect position to look at the upside-down world around you. But a cautionary word. Stay like that too long, and you’ll get a headache.

I’ve always believed that life is an ongoing learning process. And while there were times that I felt as if I had to literally stand on my head to do so, recently I’ve found myself figuratively doing so one more.

What has me so bemused? Change and the constant need for more change. I hate to admit it, but I’ve reached a point in my life where change seems harder and harder to accept. Today, I attempted a new skill. I put together a Table of Contents for one on my eBooks on Amazon. In the past, I simply skipped over that suggestion, but since I wanted to put some of my books in a series into a box set, I had to learn how to do it. Believe me, teaching this old dog that new trick wasn’t easy. Thankfully my son is home for a few days and in his best Computers for Dummies and Parents patient voice, he managed to guide me through it. Was it easy? No. Were there raised voices and frustration? Yes. Did I get it done? I did!

The reason I had to learn to do this is because my wonderful cover artist, Melinda de Ross made me all new covers for my Cocktails for You series, and I decided to update the blurbs along with the new vector covers. The second thing I needed to relearn was how to write blurbs. Let me make this perfectly clear. I despise writing synopses and cover blurbs, so having to go back and do them again was akin to root canal. But Melinda knows best, and figuratively kicking, screaming, and standing on my head, I got to work. Here are the results. All of these books are available in Kindle Unlimited.

She left him in stitches before pulling a Cinderella and disappearing. Ten years later, she wants a second chance.

Kelly Winters, an up-and-coming recreational facilities designer, is thrilled to be part of Conway Enterprises’ latest resort reconstruction in Mexico.

Discovering Liam Conway, a blast from the past and sexier than ever, will be her seatmate on the flight thrills her, especially when he’s willing to forget parts of their first encounter and start fresh.

When Liam shows up at the Mexican restaurant where she and her coworkers are enjoying lunch, she can’t believe her luck. Sun, sand, and sex. Who could ask for more?

But when she realizes Liam is Conway’s CEO and her new boss, her hopes plummet. Can they make their renewed attraction work, or will it be another short-lived office romance?

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She wrote a nasty letter to Santa, not expecting he would send a life-sized elf to her door with an offer she can’t refuse.

All Ronnie Daniels wants this year is to give her daughter Dottie a memorable Christmas. Unfortunately, she can’t find the special doll she needs to make that happen and blames the toy company for the shortage.

When the company’s new CEO takes her letter seriously and shows up at the bar where she works, Ronnie is mortified to discover he’s none other than the boy she humiliated herself in front of in high school.

Can she give her daughter the Christmas she deserves and have all of her own dreams come true, or will this be a blue Christmas for them both?

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She’s determined to control her own destiny and not be a bargaining chip in her father’s business empire.

Jewel Wellington, leaves home and masquerades as Jess Wells, a singer with the Silvertones. The honky tonk band expects a three-week gig at The Squawking Tomcat, a bar on the outskirts of Alice, Texas. Unfortunately, the bar’s owner, Lance Corcoran, doesn’t hire women and wants to send them away. Jess makes a deal with the bar’s owner—pick any song by any artist, and let her prove she and the Silvertones can do the job as well as any men could

Unfortunately, the bar’s crusty cowboy owner is none other than the surfer she spent one steamy night with eight years ago, one she left without saying goodbye. If Lance recognizes her, will it cost them the gig and force her back home to a marriage she doesn’t want?

Get your copy of Buck’s Fizz here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y65XT1D

A socialite, a lone wolf, a snowstorm, and a pig with a taste for dandelion wine—the perfect recipe for disaster or romance?

Dreading publicity over her recent divorce, her ex-husband’s arrest, and her upcoming 40th birthday, Sahara Larson escapes from Toronto with her cat hoping to hide at a friend’s rustic cabin near Algonquin Park.

Among her unusual neighbors is handsome Hiram Colson, a recluse who rescues discarded pets and has his own reasons for avoiding the press.

When the truth comes out, will it bring them closer together or force them apart for good?

Get your copy of The Tipsy Pig here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099LVMH4C

What’s an author to do when she’s hopelessly stuck and the deadline is eight weeks away?

Bestselling author Sydney Sanders, aka Robin Langford, is stumped. On impulse, the thirty-three-year-old introvert decides to immerse herself in her story by assuming her heroine’s identity. She heads to Manhattan determined to live out the plot and finish the story.

What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the handsome stranger on the train and have the best sex of her life.

When he discovers her real identity, will it destroy their fantasy romance?

Get your copy of Make Mine a Manhattan here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09M4WDLG7

You don’t always get what you want, especially when a typo can spell disaster.

Photographer Lee Andrews has sworn off men and hopes this assignment with travel writer Sasha Fedorov will bring her the recognition she craves. She’ll be sharing a room with the author for the duration of the trip.

Discovering Sasha is male changes everything, especially when he didn’t expect to be working with a woman. Both are determined to be adult about the situation, keep their distance, and complete the contract. But that may be easier said than done, especially when the attraction she feels for him is magnetic.

Can they keep their hormones in check and get the job done or will her heart be broken along with the contract if they can’t?

Get your copy of Emerald Glow here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PRPZBKZ

What do you do when your family disappoint you? Run away, of course.

Eva Malone wants two things out of life: her freedom and answers about her past.

When she inherits a resort from an uncle she didn’t even know existed, she heads to the seaside town where she was born, eager to uncover old secrets. When she arrives, the old resort is a disaster, the sky’s about to open, and there isn’t a room to be had anywhere in town.

Mysterious and handsome Callum Doyle emerges from the darkness and offers her a bed for the night. But the oh-so-hot tour boat captain, carpenter, and chef may have an agenda of his own. He’s determined to keep his promise to Eva’s uncle, no matter the cost.

Fighting her attraction to the man is impossible, but when she learns the truth, will it drive Eva into his arms or make her run away again?

Get your copy of Sea Breeze here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XY11W43

You can pick up the first five books in a box set that saves you 50% off buying the Ebooks individually..

A delicious smorgasbord of romantic comedies designed to make you laugh and brighten your day.
Meet Kelly, Ronnie, Jewel, Sydney, and Robin, five women at a crossroad in life, each one searching to redefine themselves as only they can. Follow them as they blunder their way to falling in love and finding their own happily ever after.

Why not pick up the set today. Alos available in Kindle Unlimited! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BN9DWJSJ

So, that was my lesson for today. Don’t forget to check out all of the ABBs wonderful Christmas box sets including Unforgettable Christmas Miracles featuring Forever in my Heart.

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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

3 Replies to “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks”

  1. I have a few more of your books to read. I love your stories. They are definitely page turners with great description and ambiance. The characters are fun to get to know. Keep writing please!

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