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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Back from the Dead...

So I have to be honest: I didn't die. I just felt like it for a few weeks there. Blame it on heredity or misusing my good health when I was younger or whatever you like. The fact is I have weak, crumbly joints getting weaker by the day.

Last February I went to see the best knee doctor in the world (I hope!) for joint replacement surgery on my right knee. It was cake. I sailed through and was back to my normal exercise regimen within a month. That meant the left knee was going to be a cakewalk too, right?

Not so. It's now been six weeks and I probably have a couple more to go before I can even start rebuilding the old exercise regimen. Who knows why this one has been so much more difficult? If I complain about it to the surgeon or my physical therapist, the only answer I get is, "Every knee is different. Who knows why this one is tougher?"

It wasn't until today that I got up the energy to notice it's actually been a month since my last blog. My sincere apologies, folks. I may not be fully back in the saddle, but I'm calling myself 'back from the dead.' That makes for an interesting coincidence since one of the major characters in my newest story is literally back from the dead.

MAGGIE RISING has just recently gone live on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, Smashwords, and a variety of other ebook platforms. Here are some of the rave reviews it has already received:

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Pat
A great fun read, hard to put down. Maggie is believable as a mature-beyond-her-years high school senior who is trying to make tuition money as a psychic who doesn't believe in psychics. Until she starts getting visits from ghosts! When she tells the police what she knows, SHE gets arrested. What follows, and the different reactions of all the people around her, show a lot about human nature. In many ways the relationships are more important than the visits from the ghost. A fun and thoughtful read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! August 25, 2013
I've enjoyed all of the Susan Aylworth's books I've read, and MAGGIE RISING is no exception. Maggie is a psychic, at least as much as anyone can be--she knows a few tricks. But when she's faced with real danger and a false murder accusation, she realizes she's much closer to the other side than she could have ever believed. The only problem is that it's pretty much impossible to tell the cops that a ghost has been talking to her. MAGGIE RISING is intriguing from the start, and I read it practically straight through (I did have to get some sleep at one point). Great characters, suspenseful plot, and Aylworth's talented writing makes for one fabulous read!

I'd love to see many more stars in Maggie's galaxy. In the meantime, the newest Rainbow Rock book is almost ready to go live . . . but more about that next week. Stay tuned: Like our former governor, I'll be back.  ;-)
Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels, ten of which are now available for ebook readers. The 11th will be available before the end of September and a 12th is under contract. She lives in northern California with her husband of 43 years, a devoted old dog and two quirky cats. Her 22nd grandchild is expected next spring. She loves to hear from readers at www.susanaylworth.com, susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or @SusanAylworth.