Friday, February 19, 2010

Author Susan Blexrud (Guest Post & Giveaway)

When I interviewed paranormal romance author Susan Blexrud last November, she had just released Real Men Have Fangs, the third novella in her 'fang' vampire series and was about to release the fourth, Mistletoe Fangs, in ebook format. Now these novella's and the first two in the series, Love Fang and Fang Shui, have been collected into a single volume and are available in print as Love Fang!

Susan has written a guest post to share her love of reading and some of the special books and authors that bring her joy. Comment to tell Susan about yours and you could win a free download of her first novella Love Fang.

Don’t Postpone Joy
by Susan Blexrud

I love the popular slogan (and bumper sticker), “Don’t Postpone Joy.” It reminds me that life is short. I need to grab the gusto.

I’ve experienced full-blown joy, from the wonder of a newborn babe to a child graduating from college. But there are everyday moments, though not as profound, that are nonetheless joyful. As a reader and writer, I experience little joys through the written word. Among them is the exhilarating feeling I get when I’ve written a paragraph or two that really sings. And then there are those moments when, as a reader, I come across a passage that makes me want to get in touch with that writer and tell him or her that they’ve made my day.

In the spirit of writers who’ve provided me joy, following are six authors that have moved me, whether by making me laugh out loud or run to find my husband for some afternoon delight. Here, in random order, are some of my favorite joyful reads.
  1. I love just about anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, though she keeps getting better and better so I like her more recent tomes best. Her smoldering sex scenes are a turn-on.
  2. I started reading the Harry Potter books when they first debuted. I believe my son was 12 years old at the time, and we had great fun reading the books simultaneously and discussing them. Books 1, 4 and 6 remain my favorites.
  3. Jennifer Cruisie, particularly in collaboration with Bob Mayer, is a stitch. Agnes and the Hitman is one of my favorites.
  4. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven are delightful. Though she’s more celebrated for The Poisonwood Bible, I prefer the first two books. Her duo of Taylor and Turtle are so joyful, they make me cry.
  5. Charlaine Harris’s Southern vampire series snared me from book one. I really don’t have a favorite, through number four (Eric with amnesia) was engrossing. I’m rooting for him to capture Sookie in the end, and I can’t wait for Ms. Harris’s final book of the series. Even if Eric doesn’t prevail, I know I won’t be disappointed with whatever she concocts.
  6. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series had me so hooked that I had to ration myself. My daily 50 pages of any of her books was my decadent treat, sometimes for writing my allotment for the day, but more often for dragging myself to exercise class . Twilight and Eclipse are my faves.

So, what authors have brought you joy? I’m always in the market for a new book. I’ll provide two commenters with a download of the first story in my series of fang novellas.

Susan Blexrud’s first print book, Love Fang, is now available online through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. She welcomes visitors to her website,

Love Fang
Dental drills whir and hearts pound as a sexy vampire with an infected fang falls in love with his dentist. Will he come to terms with his 500-year-old guilt and grief? Will she trade her fear for a set of fangs?

Fang Shui
Can life become more complicated for Dr. Lauren Marsh? She's dealing with the learning curve of being undead while avoiding a jealous vampire hell-bent on killing her, sidestepping the Italian Mafia, and sustaining her dental practice.

Real Men Have Fangs
John's handsome partner-in-justice, Luc, is back to torment Lauren's best friend. Luc's an ultra-sexy, immortal vampire, but he's stubborn as any ordinary man. Will he surrender to the love invading his stone cold heart?

Mistletoe Fangs
Recovering from the trauma of kidnapping, Lauren seeks professional help from a creepy vampire doctor who may have more than her well-being in mind. Can she sustain a trauma even more horrendous than the first?
Book Trailer for Love Fang (1st novella)


  1. Doug, you're amazing. I can't believe you added all those book covers and other bells and whistles to my little blog. It looks fantastic! Thank you so, so much! Susan

  2. Excellent blog Susan, Susan Elizabeth Phillips new one should be coming out soon. The featuring the adopted daughter from First Lady and Ted from Fancy Pants and Lady Be Good

  3. Hi Susan and Doug!

    Great post Susan and excellent picks, at least one new author for me to look up.

    Don't entry me though, I already have Love Fang and loved it!

    Dottie :)

  4. Hey Susan I like my guests to look their best :)

    NOTE Proper cover for the book is up now. Wrong image was posted originally.

  5. @ Veronica, Oh, a new SEP coming out? Thanks for the heads up!

    @ Dottie. Thanks for the support, sweetie. Keep that pixie dust floating. Love your blog!

    @ Doug, Thanks for the cover switch out. I don't know how you do the stuff you do. Just promise you won't stop.

  6. Susan and Doug, great blog. I am so pleased to know SEP's Ted is all grown up and getting his own true love. LOL Susan, your series sounds like fun.

  7. Awesome post and your book Love Fang looks like an awesome read!
    Nalini Singh and her Guild Hunter series has brought me tons of joy and addiction!

  8. An author that always give me joy and happiness is Karen Marie Moning. I love both her fae series and her highlander series. You'll love them!

  9. @ Caroline, Nice to meet you. Thanks for commenting. My vamps are fun...and funny. They're not the "we're so bad, baby" variety.

    @ Jeannette, I haven't read Nalini Singh, but I keep hearing wonderful things about her books, so she's on my TBR list.

    @ Rosie, Thanks for the recommendation. I'm doing fae research now, so I'll check out Karen Moning.

  10. I am a reader of series and by that I mean I must have 4 or 5 in the series before I'll start it. I like not feeling like I'm starting all over every time. I like being familiar with the setting and to some extent the characters. It's like going to a family reunion. JD Robb's "In Death" series seriously messed with my reading as at 30 plus the novellas,this series dominated my reading for a full 9 months. After reading book 1, I set out to get the rest of the series, reading 5 or 6 in a row(and they MUST be in order) then I'd take a break and read a standalone and then repeat. I finally got to book 29 and realized that in a matter of hours I was going to be "In Death" withdrawal. I would limit myself to no more than 30 minutes of reading at a time. Often I would walk by the coffee table and pick up the book and just hold it. I was able to make it last three whole days. Now I would have to wait 9 months for the next one. After getting it, I left in it's Amazon cardboard cover for weeks. Just knowing that I had it and could read it anytime I wanted was enough. Finally I gave in and I was like an addict that hadn't had a fix in days. My hands shook as I carefully unwrapped it, stoked the cover, "pretty" I crooned to it, and then I pounced, and several hours later I sat back, satisfied cause it was just as great as I thought it would be. But now *&%@@ I'm going to have to wait again.
    While I have to say only this series effects me quite like this, I won't start a series until I have several of the books and I'll read nonstop till the last book which I'll dole out in small bites until I'm done. Thank you all you writers of series. I LOVE YOU!

  11. I agree Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series was awesome. I had to know what the fuss was all about & when I got to the end of Twilight I just had to get the next book. I cried most of the way through New Moon. I also agree that the story of Taylor & Turtle in The Bean Trees was wonderful. I also loved loved loved The Last Noel by Michael Malone & Where The Heart is by Billie Letts. OMGoodness I could go on and on but those are some of my memorable reads off the top of my feeble brain.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam Keener in PA

  12. @ Lisa, It's nice to know I'm not the only series addict out there, and the good news is...there's always another series to devour. Never give up!

    @ Pamela, Sounds like you enjoy the same books I do. I'll have to look into Michael Malone and Billie Letts. Thanks for the recommendations!

  13. Greetings Susan - aside from Phillips (haven't read) and Meyer (not a fan), I felt a deep kinship with your list. I was especially pleased to see somebody give Kingsolver's early work some praise. I think those books are amazing too, and while I like her latest stuff, I secretly wish she'd go back to this earlier style too.

    I love too many books to list here, but the latest book to bring me joy was Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder. Her new urban fantasy is a fantastic adventure and it's FUNNY. I wasn't expecting that, so every time the heroine set me off laughing it was a huge treat.

  14. @ Rebecca, A friend of mine is reading Kingsolver's latest, The Lacuna, and she's having a hard time getting into it, though it's received rave reviews. I just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It knocked my socks off. Brutal at times, but so poignant. Sounds like we enjoy many of the same authors. I've just added Spellbent to my TBR list. Thanks so much!

  15. Hi Susan - I raved about The Lacuna myself, but I'm the first to admit that it's not an 'easy' read. I cried through several parts, and it left me feeling tired. By comparison, Kingsolver's earlier works had me feeling peppy and hopeful.

    It's funny you mention Sara Gruen's book, because I've had it in my TBR pile for a year now, but I can't quite work up the courage to read it. I will eventually, but it will almost feel like taking a dose of medicine. I'm sure it's good for me, but the bitter aftertaste is a killer. I can admire those books, but they don't stay on my Keeper shelf. I reserve those places for books like Agnes and the Hitman and Harry Potter.

  16. @ Rebecca, Guess I'll need to give The Lacuna a try. The thing about Water for Elephants is that I have a real soft spot for animals, and I can't abide abuse, so that was rough for me. However, the ending is so redeemable that it's well worth a couple of cringes. That said, I couldn't finish Edgar Sawtelle. Every time I picked it up, I'd start to cry. I even skipped book club that month because I couldn't talk about those special dogs without getting all blubbery.

  17. I love Maryjanice Davidson's Undead series. I love Betsy, the sassy vampire.

  18. I love Maryjanice Davidson's Undead series. I love Betsy, the sassy vampire.

  19. Hi Susan! Great post! I have sooo many favorites now a days & there are so many fantastic authors out there. Some of my favorites are Cynthia Eden, Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark), Larissa Ione (Demonica series) Jeanniene Frost (Huntress series) and Shiloh Walker (The Hunters). That is just a few of the many. Your book sounds great, can't wait to read it.

  20. @ Gwen, I've heard so much about MaryJanice Davidson. I really need to get started on her series. Since my vamps are humorous, too, I'm sure I'll feel a kinship with hers.

    @ Barb P., Thanks for the recommendations. I just discovered Lisa Kleypas. I'm reading Sugar Daddy, now. Where the heck have I been? She's great.


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