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.

Where Does Time Go?

As the expression goes, I’m a day late and a dollar short–make that three days! I was supposed to post on Monday. As I stare at my calendar, I can see the notation to do so, but somehow the fact that this is the last week of July refused to imprint on my brain. Could it be because I turn a year older on Saturday? Maybe. The years ahead of me seem far fewer than those behind.

As we age, we all have regrets, things we should’ve done but failed to do. I wanted to see far more places than I have, but thanks to COVID 19, my plans were canceled. For how long is anyone’s guess. This summer has been a rather uneventful one. No vacations, no quick trips, not even any dinners out. To celebrate my birthday, I’ll be doing groceries and getting take out, maybe getting a newer car, but that’s still a wait and see. One thing I will never regret is being part of the Authors’ Billboard and getting to dialogue with great authors and readers.

While I stay safely at home, last week was an exciting one for me as two more box sets featuring my writing were released. So far, I have books in six box sets, each one different from the previous one, with more in the works for fall.

.The first box set was All That Glitters, Glitz, Glam, and Millionaires. It’s a collection of romance novels featuring Just For The Weekend, a story based on the old “What Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” When she agrees to help her friend at a sci-fi convention, Cleo gets far more than she expected! https://www.amazon.com/All-That-Glitters-Glitz-Billionaires-ebook/dp/B083QLFQPV .

Passionate Protectors is a romance suspense set that can pull you in and keep you reading. It features Sworn to Protect, a second chance at love story where a marshal will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves. https://www.amazon.com/Passionate-Protectors-Danger-Combust-Protect-ebook/dp/B08CD1H2FQ

If you like romance suspense, You’ll love Unforgettable Temptations, featuring On His Watch and Unforgettable Surrender, with In Plain Sight. Both novels feature a revenge theme.

You’ll be up all night reading these great sets.Unforgettable Temptations https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082XQV3QB and Unforgettable Surrender https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B4TCQC4

Of course summer isn’t summer without a trip to the beach, even if it is only in the imagination.

Summer Shorts features Tequila Sunrise a novella with my favorite trope, second chance at love.Writing this one, based on my experiences in Mexico in January, before the virus started, was a nice walk down memory lane. https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Shorts-Book-2-ebook/dp/B089RRCNDM

The other box set released last week was Fortune’s Favour, The Treasure.

The Blue Dragon is also a second chance at love romance, but for me, it was cathartic. I lost my father last fall, and I’m losing my mother day by day. She lives in a fantasy world of her own making, and while she still remembers me, there’s no telling how long that will last. Since she had to be moved into a nursing home both for her safety and to get the care she needed, we had to empty the house. Doing so gave me the plot of the story and awoke me to the fact that my parents were tidy hoarders. Not everything in the novel is 100 percent true, but there is far more truth there than you would expect. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CTGRW8K

Coming next month, I have two more box sets to whet your appetites.

Unforgettable Sweethearts, available August 7th, features my historical romance, The Captain’s Promise, about two people in love torn apart by class and pride, reunited when one person determines to risk it all for the woman he loves. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DCM9YWR/ Pre-order now!

Sweet and Sassy Summertime 2 releases on August 12th.

It features Wedding Bell Blues. The wedding might be canceled but the honeymoon is on and it provides way more than the bride expected. Mermaids. Quimbois. Treasure. Its all here along with–you guessed it, a second chance at love romance with an island wedding, too. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B45JD74

Finally, if you like a touch of realism in your historical romance, may I suggest Twist of Fate, one of the novels in The Golden Legacy Series? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087QJWMSM Three of the novels are available now!

That’s it. Here’s hoping August will be memorable with a few good surprises for everyone!

When Fiction Gets Real!

Have you ever had a dream that seemed prophetic? I mean you dream something happens and it does? That’s the way I feel these days with the Corona-virus pandemic.

It all started in 2015, when I got the idea for a series of books. At the time, I was following the news about women who’d been kidnapped and kept prisoner for years. I was appalled that such a thing could happen. It got me thinking about cults and people like Jim Jones and Adolf Hitler –people with the power to persuade others to do unspeakable things. With all this churning in my head, I began writing The White Carnation and created the Harvester. But, as the story progressed and grew inside my head, I realized that the Harvester was just a puppet, following orders. Thus, I created the Prophet, a leader whose ideas were so far-fetched, no one in their right mind could follow him. More horrific news convinced me that there was far more evil in the world than I’d ever imagined. That was when I realized that the Prophet couldn’t be contained in one book.

I moved on to book two, The White Lily, and with each page I fleshed out this monster I’d created, a megalomaniac, with people as equally deranged at his beck and call, people ready to do anything for him, no matter how many would suffer because of it. This Prophet fancied himself on the same level as Biblical prophets from the Old Testament, doing the creator’s bidding. He concluded that the creator wanted him to punish the sinners, much the way the Lord had when Noah had built his ark. So how would I have him wreak his vengeance?

That led to book three, The White Iris, written in 2016 and re-released in 2019. I decided with all the talk of bio-terrorism, that the Prophet would unleash what he called a plague on those who didn’t follow him. Hours and hours of research led me to the Spanish Influenza epidemic one hundred years earlier. At the time, one third of the world population was infected and an estimated 50 million people died. There had been no vaccine and no cure. Well, I wasn’t about to kill off so many, but my research gave me a new respect for the annual flu shot.

Fast forward to 2020 and COVID 19. Now you know what I mean when I say fiction becomes real. Fast work on the part of my heroes and heroines averted my plague, but the one we’re facing is way too real and all but out of control.

So for the last few months, I’ve been working on other dreams, some more real than others, but trying to stay upbeat and lighthearted, like my newest release, Tequila Sunrise, based on the last vacation I’ll have for some time. Tequila Sunrise is part of the new Summer Shorts box set. Sixteen novellas to help you pass the time as you stay safe. Enjoy!

When Things Go Wrong…

I’m sure most of you will agree that as far as having things go wrong, COVID 19 takes the prize, but this week things got really crazy around here when the modem for my Internet service died. Considering we are still under stay home orders for the most part, that spelled disaster!

I had no idea how vital the ability to surf the net and send and receive messages had become in my life. Suddenly, I was cut off from my research, from my e-mail, from any and all social media. I couldn’t tweet or copy information to Facebook, and while I had my cellphone, and while I could do some things with it, I was severely limited. Anything in my computer was inaccessible, and while I could certainly use the computer and work, I couldn’t move anything from my computer to anyone or anywhere else.

Since I have Fibe, when the modem dies, so do the house phones, which means I lose contact with vital information. My mother is in a long term care facility and they send messages to my home phone. Thankfully, my sister still had service and could message me the required information.

But, today we should be back in business. The Internet is up and running thanks to a new modem, delivered within 24 hours, and a technician will be coming today to fix the phones–which still aren’t working. Ain’t technology grand?

Losing the Internet made me realize how much we depend on instant access to the world and got me thinking again how difficult it must’ve been for our ancestors, waiting months for a letter to reach someone and for them to reply. As a multi-genre author, I write historical romance where the answer to a letter can mean life or death. You have no idea how grateful I am to have my instant communication back.

Overton and Anneliese didn’t have the same good fortune. So how did they manage when things went wrong?

Can a cursed treasure unite two lonely outcasts?

Overton Stafford, shunned by his family because of a birthmark on his face, made a life for himself as Second Mate on The Golden Fleece. In a battle with pirates, Overton loses his left arm, ending his career. Knowing he will be a wealthy man makes the pain easier to bear, especially when he discovers he can repay a moral debt and help an old friend. When he meets Anna, Overton realizes he wants more from her than a financial partnership.

Anneliese Van Stubel lost her sight at nine as a result of Smallpox. Now eighteen, a ward of the crown because of the Danish Age of Majority law, she lives in limbo, uncertain what will happen to her. When Overton approaches her with the proposition to help her rebuild the plantation, she’s excited with the idea of returning to her home. But her joy fades when her caregiver makes it plain that he has a different future in mind for her, one that will profit him.

Set in a time when brutality against women and slaves was the norm, Overton seeks to change things as he falls in love with the girl who has lost so much.

Twist of Fate is the first book in the new series The Golden Legacy. It’s available from all Amazon distributors and free to read in Kindle Unlimited. http://bookShow.me/B087QJWMSM

Now, something good has finally happened here. Two weeks ago, we had snow. Today, we have heat and sun. I’m going out to sit in the sun and enjoy my time at home in the yard. And you? What will you do? Stay safe!

Twist of Fate: Who Could Have Guessed?

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Do you believe in fate? Some call it destiny, others karma, and still more refer to it as fortune. Who hasn’t pulled a slip of paper out of a fortune cookie and read it? Not that I usually set much store by them. Interestingly, I opened a fortune cookie last night and my fortune read, “Enough is as good as a feast.” Rather cryptic. but then, most fortunes are.

When I started to think about it though, I realized how apt it was, especially at this moment in time. As I begin my seventh week of social distancing and staying home, I realize that I do have a feast of blessings. I have enough food and toilet paper to see me through, not that I hoarded it. My daughter shops for me. I have enough beer and wine to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, even if I don’t get to go to my favorite bar. I have enough friends on Facebook to keep me entertained and in the loop. But most importantly I have enough free time with my husband to make me feel loved and appreciated. In truth, my life is a feast of blessings right now, and God-willing I won’t get sick,so that I can enjoy my unexpected bounty.

The one benefit of this COVID 19 pandemic is that I have plenty of time to write. Thanks to the wonderful ladies in the ABB, I was given the opportunity to write a book introducing a new series. The Golden Legacy.

Each book in the series is based on the same premise, although the books are not sequential in terms of time. Some will be historical, while others will be contemporary. As well, they will come in different genres, since the series may contain suspense as well as fantasy and paranormal.

About THE GOLDEN LEGACY

In the early 1700s, a pirate brigantine attacked a merchant ship, The Golden Fleece, in the Caribbean. Although smaller, the merchant ship bested the pirate craft that contained a treasure trove of gold and jewels. A dying pirate claimed the Incas had cursed anyone who misused the treasure, hence the reason the merchant crew was victorious. The treasure would also bless anyone who used it for good. The greedy merchant captain, James Carlson, was killed during the battle, but his eighteen-year-old daughter, Sarah, survived in her cabin. Mindful of the curse and to thank God for their salvation, she asked the crew members to split the treasure equally, but to make a binding pledge that they would keep only twenty percent for their own use, and give ten percent to help others. With the rest, each was to buy something of great value that could be passed down to their descendants, with the curse passing onto anyone who broke the line and used it selfishly. If used selfishly, the treasure would be lost, but reappear in some form after skipping a generation. Every three weeks a new book will tell you what happens to other Golden Legacy descendants.

Here is the blurb for Twist of Fate

Can a cursed treasure unite two lonely outcasts?

Overton Stafford, shunned by his family because of a birthmark on his face, made a life for himself as Second Mate on The Golden Fleece. In a battle with pirates, Overton loses his left arm, ending his career. Knowing he will be a wealthy man makes the pain easier to bear, especially when he discovers he can repay a moral debt and help an old friend. When he meets Anna, Overton realizes he wants more from her than a financial partnership.

Anneliese Van Stubel lost her sight at nine as a result of Smallpox. Now eighteen, a ward of the crown because of the Danish Age of Majority law, she lives in limbo, uncertain what will happen to her. When Overton approaches her with the proposition to help her rebuild the plantation, she’s excited with the idea of returning to her home. But her joy fades when her caregiver makes it plain that he has a different future in mind for her, one that will profit him.

Set in a time when brutality against women and slaves was the norm, Overton seeks to change things as he falls in love with the girl who has lost so much.

Twist of Fate is now available for pre-order for the special price of 99 cents. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087QJWMSM or from http://bookShow.me/B087QJWMSM The book will be live May 16, 2020, when the price will be $3.99. At that time, the book will also be free to read in Kindle Unlimited.