I so appreciate Susan's time to talk about her profession!
Susan's new book, "Already Home," is destined to be the favorite book of the spring/summer reading season!
About The Book:
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.
Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents—aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.
Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love.
Set in Georgetown, Texas (a charming town near Austin), "Already Home" is the story of coming home in more ways than one.
Susan's character, Jenna Stevens, has come back home, licking her wounds, so to speak. Her self-confidence has been stolen by her ex-husband, and it's time for Jenna to learn how to be her own woman again. She has a strong family support system with her adoptive parents, and thankfully, meets Violet, who's business sense and abilities help her store become a huge success. But when her birth parents show up, their sudden presence gives Jenna a whole new dimension of her life to consider!
I loved how Susan handled the wide variety of sensitive subjects with this book - adoption, birth parents, spousal abuse, even relationship abuse - while keeping the storyline light and fast-paced! Plus she has the delightful town of Georgetown portrayed to a T!
Readers will find this tale hearwarming, as well as heart-wrenching at times, but I guarantee - it will be a story that is remembered long after the final page is turned.
About the Author:
Susan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romances and women’s fiction novels, and she has yet to run out of ideas! Her funny and sexy family stories consistently appear on the USA Today bestseller list and have landed as high as #5 on the New York Times list. She has won many awards, including the prestigious National Reader’s Choice Award. Her books have been named to the Top 10 Romance Novels lists of 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association, and she was the only author on the list all three years. Because her degree in Accounting wasn't very helpful in the writing department, Susan earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction.
Susan makes her home in the Pacific Northwest where, rumor has it, all that rain helps with creativity. Susan is married to a fabulous hero-like husband and has a six pound toy poodle...who is possibly the cutest dog on the planet.
Be sure to check out Susan's incredible website at http://www.susanmallery.com/!
She also has a fabulous contest running in connection with the release of "Already Home."
Win the Way to Your Man's Heart Contest
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach… but I believe that seducing his taste buds is the real secret. What would you cook to win a man’s love?
Submit your original recipe between March 1 and April 24, 2011 for a chance to win a $300 gift card to Williams-Sonoma, possibly the most fabulous cooking store on the planet. Imagine what fun kitchen toy you could buy for yourself with $300! I (Susan) will choose the top three recipes, make each of them, and serve them to my personal taste tester (aka, her husband). Keep in mind that I’m (Susan) not a gourmet cook, so I will choose recipes that are fairly uncomplicated. The winner will be notified on May 1, 2011.
Send your recipe to email@example.com with a note verifying that the recipe is original, created by you. The recipe must come in the body of the email (no attachments).
- No purchase necessary.
- Void where prohibited by law. Otherwise open to fans around the world.
- Entries accepted from March 1 until April 24.
- Recipe must be original, not from a cookbook.
- Winner will be notified by email on May 1. One prize of a $300 gift card to Williams-Sonoma will be awarded to the creator of the winning recipe.
- Winning recipe will be published on http://www.susanmallery.com/.
My thanks to Eric Glover at PlannedTVArts for his assistance with this interview and for arranging for a review copy of Susan's book. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Check out this adorable video that ties in with "Already Home!"