AUTUMN DREAMS IS HERE!

I am so excited to announce that Autumn Dreams, book two in my Seasons of Love Series, is now available.  This book was so much fun to write (and it had its difficulties), but it is dear to my heart as I overcame a lot of personal difficulties during this book.  I enjoyed the paranormal world I created, which was both challenging and fun. I feel that as a writer, I did a lot of growing.

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Here is a short blurb:   

Kangee is a SpiritWalker, haunted by dreams of her mother held prisoner by an evil spirit.  She turns to Night Warrior, a young shaman, for help. Together, they explore the dream world and come face to face with the father of evil.  Autumn Dreams  takes them into a world filled with beauty and terrifying darkness.

This book follows Summer of the Eagle, which is the first book in the series. Winter’s Heart follows and is slated for release November 2014. The hero and heroine are going to be so fun to write and the villain truly evil.

You can go to my website to read more:  Http://susanedwards.com   Click to the Autumn Dreams Page to read the first chapter. For fun, here is the link for the book trailer:

I also had a lot of fun creating a movie trailer for the SpiritWalker Legend. Part One. 

You can purchase Autumn Dreams for your Kindle, Nook, other E-readers, Tablets Computer and Smartphones at:

Smashwords:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/379813     
Amazon:               http://tinyurl.com/ne3qtfm
B&N:                      http://tinyurl.com/mv832w2
 
Contest: Win a T-Shirt & 2 free e-books: Summer of the Eagle & White Wind and a little something special. Enter here:
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Visit my the contest page on my website and you can also enter the current contest there.

Party Time!:     To celebrate Autumn Dreams, I’m also hosting a Facebook Party November 25-27th.  Should be lots of fun!   I hope you can make it!    https://www.facebook.com/events/1396209007287363/

Here is a longer blurb:

Evil lurks in the shadows, just a dream away….

Night Warrior is destined to become a great shaman but it is an honor that he will not accept. He is a Dreamer, and no one knows better than he that power can easily be misused.

Kangee is a SpiritWalker, a child of the gods, whose mother disappeared during an attack. Her nights are haunted by dreams of her mother being held prisoner by a monster. She turns to the young shaman for help.

Together, Night Warrior and Kangee explore the dream world, searching for answers. They get more than they bargained for when Kangee learns that her mother is trapped with the Father of Evil, a monster believed to be only a myth . They embark on a dangerous quest to save not just her mother, but the world from the evil spirit.

Autumn Dreams is a story about love, passion, courage and acceptance as Kangee and Night Warrior find in each other a strength that neither knew they possessed before Autumn Dreams took them into a world filled with beauty and darkness.

I look forward to hearing what you think of this book!

Magic & the Writer

Magic & the Writer
(originally posted at http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/ )
When I first started writing historical romances, there wasn’t any magic or paranormal in my stories. After all, I wrote straight historicals. Right? Wrong! In keeping with Native American elements and beliefs, my hero’s mother had the gift of sight (White Wind Nov 2011). Okay, that was part of their world, this connection to the land, animals and spirits. In looking back, my second book also had this aspect and my third…. See a theme growing here?
In each book, I was pulling in more of the Native American spiritual/mythology into a non-paranormal world. Up to this point, I still hadn’t really considered those type of traits or gifts as magical or paranormal.
But a funny thing started to happen by the time I was writing my tenth and eleventh book. I was now ACTIVELY seeking more of the mystical elements to include in my world yet what I used still fit into the historical/Native American world. I was just using more of it, going deeper with it and expanding it. My books were immersed in paranormal and yep, might as well say it, magic! I was towing a fine line between Native American and Paranormal–and loving every minute of it for it was truly a creative process.
By the time I finished book eleven, I was hooked. I loved what I was doing within my boundaries and now I wanted to really write using paranormal and magic freely. I did so with book twelve, Summer of the Eagle (April 2012) which features a race of people who could DO cool things.
What changed from my early books? Well, the internet certainly opened more doors and with it, more possibilities! Then came the world of internet and the wealth of information at my fingertips! Suddenly I wasn’t just writing about characters in a historical setting but about the magic of living with an open mind to possibilities.
And possibilities is where I believe magic truly lies. The magic in my writing spilled over into my life as I discovered the magic that surrounds each of us, each day if we only open our eyes and mind.
Don’t believe me? Go for a walk and don’t just look at your neighbor’s houses or cars. Focus in on the beauty of the neighborhood trees, the flowers, the tiny blooms we seldom pay attention too. Lift your eyes as you walk to your car from the asphalt to the sky. Maybe you’ll see the faint shape of the moon looking down at you.
Spend a few moments gazing out your kitchen window. Can you see the birds perched on a tree or bush? How about that tiny hummingbird sitting on that very thin branch? What about the fact that we wake up to a new, bright day. Everyday. And that new day is filled with possibilities: a caring word, a child’s hug and kiss, a long awaited phone call (The Call)? So much is possible yet we seldom give it thought. The freedom to just be.
And if you are a writer, how about the magic of sitting down at your computer to write, doing something that we love (even if it is work at times). We create worlds that whether or not there is magic or paranormal elements, there certainly is magic. Connecting with even one reader in a meaningful way (even to just give that reader time away from the mundane world) is magic. And in the true style of connecting back to the Native American world that I love, I bring you back full circle: to your books and mine and the magic they contain.
So even if you do not write in the paranormal or magical genre, you have the chance to write magically. And if you are not a writer, you can live magically. Smile at a stranger, offer a few kind words. Who knows, you might bring magic into the lives of others. And you know what? It just keeps going. The magic we call life.
What’s magical about your life? Your writing? If you could do anything, be anything, write anything, what would it be, why and what is magical about it to you? Inquiring minds want to know .
Coming November 2011, Carina Press (no new covers yet) look for White Dawn, White Dusk, White Shadows and White Wind. Check out my website at http://susanedwards.com for updated news and excerpts along with a member only area for my readers. You can also sign up for my newsletter. Note: New covers should be available for view during August!
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Are You Harboring a Writer Within?

(this post originally posted at Romancing the Past–07/27/2011)
“What made you decide to write Native American Historical books?”

This is a question I am often asked. I always smile, simply because I never wanted to write anything! At least nothing more than chatty letters to friends or my great-grandmother (who loved receiving letters).

Okay, I’ve surely dated myself somewhat here because I grew up without computers, emails, social media or text messages! I also skimmed by high school English, actually, school period! It just wasn’t my thing.

But, I had two things going for me that led to my current writing career. First and foremost, I was, and still am, an avid reader of romance (write what you know). Second, I am a natural storyteller.

I remember stories I told as a child, a teen, and even a young adult. However, they were not written on paper or told to others. They were in my mind and I lived them. I created them, rewrote them, went back to scenes and rewrote them. Once a “story” was perfected, I went on to a new story. I called myself an incurable daydreamer. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s and had already sold my first book that I discovered that my daydreaming was actually storytelling! All the elements we writer require in our books were in my dream worlds.

Does all that sound like a writer? Yep. So this little story starts when I was married with two young children in the late 80’s. My current passion during that time was Native American Historical genre. I consumed these books about strong heroines and handsome warriors like an ocean swallowing a beach! One day, in my typical “daydreaming” or “story creation mode”, I came up with a heroine who meets a young, virile hero at stream. Hero was Native American and this “story” kept intruding on my thoughts–more so than normal.
I could see these two characters so clearly: she was running away from an evil uncle, and my hero was a troubled young warrior. Before I knew it I had a nice little scene going of these two people so in love and so right for each other. And so insistent that I do something I’d never done before: take them out of my head and give them life on paper (good thing I had a computer by this time). Okay, I thought. I’ll write a nice, steamy love scene. I could see it, feel it, so no problem, right?

Wrong! Before I could write about these two people, I had to know more about them.

  • Why was my heroine alone in the wilderness?
  • Why was she fleeing her uncle? What did he want and how bad did he want it?
  • What troubled my warrior and why was he in the same vicinity as my heroine?
  • Why was he drawn to my heroine aside from her blonde hair? Why her and only her?
  • Was he willing to risk it all for her?

Before I knew it, I had back story, and four chapters! Several people read it and told me I had to finish the story. The rest they say is history! The writer within was born!

I choose this topic for my first blog here at Romancing the Past because I never, ever considered writing to be a hidden talent. I figure my old English teachers if they ever found out had to have been shocked to their core! It was only when I listened to that inner voice telling me to step out of my comfort zone that I made an amazing discover about myself.

The path from that first time of committing a story to paper has not been easy. It took 7 years of writing and rewriting and learning the craft of writing and submitting and rejections before an editor asked for a full manuscript. Add another year before I had my first offer, then yet another year before that first book, White Wind was on the bookshelves in 1996. Nine years total!

15 years later and once again I’m anticipating seeing my first book hit the shelves with a new cover in its new digital format with Carina Press. The excitement and anticipation is the same, as is the worry–will readers like my baby! Some things do not change!

So in retelling this story, it is my hope that someone reading this makes a self-discover of their own. Are you harboring a writer within? If so, what are you doing about it? I’d love to hear your “writer within” stories.

Coming November 2011, look for White Dawn, White Dusk, White Shadows and White Wind. Check out my website at http://susanedwards.com for updated news and excerpts along with a member only area for my readers. You can also sign up for my newsletter. Note: New covers should be available for view during August!

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