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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nice to be noticed!

Some days (okay, weeks) have passed since I jotted thoughts in this blog. The reason is simple: I'm on deadline! The 8th book in the Rainbow Rock Romance series, DANNY'S GIRL, is almost finished and due to my Beta readers next week. (P.S. - Anybody out there want to be a Beta reader? Just let me know...)  Danny Sherwood has met his match in the delicate, lovely lady who practically falls into his lap, but he's going to have a battle trying to win--and keep--her.

This book is dealing with some deeper, darker themes than I've taken on before: domestic abuse, co-dependency, sociopathic behavior, criminal histories . . .  I've had my work cut out with this one. As with other books in the series, the supportive community of Rainbow Rock and the topography of the Four Corners area both play critical roles in the story. I hope to have it available by Tax Day. (Don't we all need a chance to unwind after forking it over to Uncle Sam?). Stay tuned for further notice.

And speaking of being noticed, I have just learned that RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK, Marcie's story and the seventh book in the series, has been nominated for a RONE Award. RONEs (pronounced Ro-NAY, there's an accent you can't see) are given each year at the Romance Novel
Convention sponsored by InD'Tale Magazine, the e-zine for independent authors, editors and cover designers. This year's convention is in Las Vegas from July 9-13.

If you read and loved RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK (or even liked it a little), please sign up for InD'Tale at Subscription is free and you can learn much about the current field of Indie publishing (as well as meeting some fine authors and other industry professionals) when you read each monthly issue. Now here's the kicker and my personal stake in your sign-up:

When you are a subscriber to InD'Tale, you are eligible to vote for last year's nominees. Voting begins this week and my friend, Heather Moore, has a nominee in American historical, her lovely HEART OF THE OCEAN. Here's the whole voting schedule:

2014 RONE Awards Week One (March 10 - 16, 2014) American Historical, Contemporary:Cops, Jocks & Cowboys, Young Adult
2014 RONE Awards Week Two (March 17 - 23, 2014) General Contemporary, Contemporary: Artists & Writers, New Adult
2014 RONE Awards Week Three (March 24 - 30, 2014) Historical: Post Medieval, Historical: Medieval, Mystery
2014 RONE Awards Week Five (April 7 - 13, 2014) Suspense/Thriller, Historical Novella, Erotica
2014 RONE Awards Week Six (April 14 - 20, 2014) Inspirational, Young Adult: Paranormal, Fantasy/Sci-Fi

RETURN TO RAINBOW ROCK will be available for voting in the category Contemporary General next week from March 17-23. Please pop in to give me your check mark. Many thanks.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 11 published novels. Her 12th, EASTWARD TO ZION, is coming from Covenant Communications in June. Mother to seven, she is expecting her 23rd grandchild in May. She lives with Roger, her husband of nearly 44 years, and the two spoiled cats she serves in northern California. Contact her at, or @SusanAylworth. You can also follow her on Pinterest. She loves to hear from readers.

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