Thursday, January 12, 2012

THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE - Susan May Warren - Free Book, Plus More

Susan May Warren has a new book release: The Shadow of Your Smile. Welcome, Susie. We're ready to party with you.

I know you speak at various conferences and meetings. What do you have coming up in 2012?
I love to teach aspiring novelists (and sometimes published novelists) how to write – so I’m thrilled to be teaching at a number of conferences this year!  I’ll start with our own My Book Therapy Deep Thinker’s Retreat – a specially designed 5-day intensive, intimate retreat where I help authors work on wordsmithing.  ( Then, in April 14-16, I’ll be teaching an intensive Advance Fiction Writing seminar in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild.  In May, I’ll be teaching at the annual Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, and then I’ll take a break until August, when I teach at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference.  I’m thrilled to have been picked to teach a Continuing Ed Session at the annual ACFW conference this year.  I’ll also be offering our Pitch and Promotion Seminar before the conference, (an MBT event), and then I’ll finish the year with the annual MBT Storycrafter’s retreat – where we spend a weekend learning how to craft a story.  (  Looking forward to teaching some new classes, meeting new writers and hanging out with friends.

If you were planning a women’s retreat, what would be the theme for it?
Embracing Grace: Discovering the transforming power of God’s love.

Who would you want as speakers and why?
Hmm… Susie Larson, a friend who is an awesome speaker, and who makes me thirst for the Lord when she speaks.  And I’d like worship and prayer to be lead by my writing partner, Rachel Hauck. I’ve done retreats with her before and always come away transformed.

Sounds wonderful. I’d sign up for it. Where would you hold the retreat and why?
Maybe Florida, in February, because that’s where I have the Deep Thinker’s Retreat, and I just love getting away. But I love Colorado and I wouldn’t turn down an escape to the mountains.

Do you read print books or ebooks? Or a combination of the two?
I read both.  And I have a Kindle and a Nook.  And too many books in my house. J

That sounds like my house as well. And sometimes I’m reading manuscripts for endorsement, but I’m careful which ones I accept because of my own book contracts. Your book has an interesting title. How did you come up with it?
The Shadow of your Smile is actually a song, and when I heard the song, and the title, I just knew it would make a great book.

So what is the book about?
The story is about a woman named Noelle who is struggling with the grief of losing her beloved daughter. As the book opens, she falls during a robbery and suffers memory loss, a complete wipe of the past 25 years. Because of her grief, her husband counts it as a blessing and determines not to tell her of the daughter they lost.  Noelle begins to put her life back together, but as she discovers her life, she realizes it’s vastly different than how it’s turned out.  Worse, she discovers that Eli is keeping secrets…and the loss of their daughter is just one of many.  Can losing her memory give them a second chance at love? 

Sounds intriguing. Please give us the first page of the book.
Eli Hueston would like to live alone forever in his ice house. He could, couldn’t he? At least for four months out of the year. The house, dragged out into the middle of McFarland Lake right before Thanksgiving, now accessible only by snowmobile, had all the trappings of home sweet home.

Without the icy, impenetrable chill.

About as big as his bedroom in their two-story cape cod, the ice house contained oak cupboards, a stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, and a new HD flat screen, not to mention his submergible camera capable of monitoring the bottom of the lake, the bait and fish.

If he wanted to, he could spend the night on one of the four bunk beds, the house turning so toasty warm from the propane heat that he’d on occasion had to open one of the vents near the ceiling for air.
Of course it had facilities. Oh, and six holes for catching fish.

Which, sometimes, he did. Like today. Four perch—one a keeper—and a northern who couldn’t escape the lure of a flathead chub head jigging in front of its wide, hungry mouth.

The pike Eli had cleaned and fried up in a batter of shore lunch. He downed it with a Coke. He wasn’t the type to haul a six pack out to the woods anymore. He’d been the alcohol route, found it empty when he woke to a worse fate every morning. Besides, he’d seen too many anglers toes up from hypothermia to tempt fate by bringing alcohol out to this lonely planet.

Indeed, the smooth white of the lake, marred only by the serrated tracks of his Polaris, seemed its own constellation, the surface crystalline and shiny under the blue sky now mottled by the twilight settling over the horizon. It spilled magenta over the ice like syrup.

He could stay here all winter. And, in the summer, pull the custom-made trailer onto land, park it on the Huestons’ little undeveloped plot of land, and fish from the shore, camping out, surviving on fresh walleye, northern pike, and bass over a crackling campfire.

If only life were as easy as fishing.

I know I must read it now. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you for having me on your blog today!

It’s always a pleasure to share time with you, Susie.

Readers: Enter 1/9 - 1/28. Come Back to Deep Haven and Win a $200 Visa Card from @SusanMayWarren! Sometimes love requires a little forgetting ... Come back to Deep Haven and find out what's been happening in your favorite quaint hamlet. If you're new to the Deep Haven series - this is the perfect book to start with - each book in the series is a stand alone story.

Susan is celebrating the release of The Shadow of Your Smile by giving away a prize pack worth over $200 from 1/9-1/28.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to rekindle a little romance, treat yourself to a spa day, snap up those shoes you’ve been eyeing, or purchase a few great books!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books 
The winner will be announced on 1/30/12 on Susan’s blog, Scribbles! Just click one of the icons below to enter and tell your friends about Susan's giveaway on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

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Thanks, Susie, for allowing us to celebrate with you.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven) - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Patty said...

I recently finished Susan's book 'Heiress', and am looking forward to more in the series. Would love to read another book by this great author!

Robyn said...

Susan--is that a new photo? I love it. I like the synopsis of the book and the first page was gripping. I can't wait to read it.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy! I live in Ohio :)

fredamans said...

Susan is one of my favorite Christian authors! Please enter me, thanks.

Freda from Ontario, Canada.

scottsgal said...

this is myu husband - he loves ice fishing and takes a trip each winter where they stay on the lake in those shacks
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Judy said...

This is going to be another great read! I would love to win "The Shadow Of Your Smile".

Judy B from Indiana

Sarah said...

I love all of Susan May Warren's books! They are all so good! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Sarah from Ohio

Marianne said...

i love Susan May Warren's novels. Actually just picked one up at the library. Would love to own more of hers. Thanks for the opportunity to win, Lena and Susan

Marianne from Arizona


Katie G. said...

Sounds awesome! I'm from NC.

God bless!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Sounds like a great read. Would love to be the lucky winner. :)

Pam K. said...

I've read a couple of Susan's books and really enjoyed them. It would be fun to win a copy of "The Shadow of Your Smile."


Susie May said...

thanks all for stopping by and for entering the contest - I appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm!!!

Jen said...

This series is one that I want to read so badly, it sounds so good and just what I would like :)

jen from florida

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

marybelle said...

The first page of THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE I found to be poignant. I know I will find the book to be very moving.

Mary P


CarlybirdK said...

I haven't read all of the Deep Haven novels, but the ones I have read have been fantastic. I look forward to reading this one too!
Carly in Burlington, NC

Mark said...

I'd like to enter
Ohio here

Sarah Elisabeth said...

Sounds very good!

Sarah from Texas

EJ said...

Love Susan's books - finished Sons of Thunder right before Christmas - great book. Looking forward to reading more of her books. Elaine from Iowa

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Krista said...

Oooh... she is one of my absolute favorite authors. Please enter me!!!

Krista from Gresham, OR

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Faith's Grandma said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, would love to win it and the $200.00....didn't see any place else to enter for the money !!Faith's Grandma/OH

Cindy W. said...

Thank you for the post on Susan's new book. Would love to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.


Sarah said...

Please enter me in the drawing!!
God Bless,

Courtney said...

Sounds great! Thanks

Courtney from WA state

Ingrid said...

Thank you for the Interview, Susan I love all your books and can't wait to read this one, please enter me in your contest.
Blessings to all.

I live in S.Illinois

RubyKat said...

Sounds like a interesting book. Would love the chance to win one.

Karen from Troy, NY

apple blossom said...

please include me thanks
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jo said...

This sounds like such a great read. I would certainly love to read this book. Please enter me!

Jo from Southern Arizona

Karen Sweeney-Ryall said...

This is a very interesting concept. Having worked in the field of memory loss I think I would really enjoy this book.

Aizess said...

Please enter me to win this book! It looks like it will be a very touching and emotional romance.

I live in New York

Bakersdozen said...

This is an interesting premise for a book. I want to read it. I live in S. CA.

holdenj said...

Would love to win! I enjoyed her PJ books!
Julie in MN

karenk said...

would love to read susan's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Rebecca said...

Loved the excerpt from the book. I'd really like to read more!

Mama Cat said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful! It has been a blessing to read many of Susan's books - and have added this to my Kindle wish list. Would really love to win it - thank you for the chance to win a copy! I live in Phoenix

Kristie said...

I have never experienced memory loss and can't imaine how that would feel. I know I would hate my husband keeping things from me. Even tragic things. Although if I suffered from dementia and would "lose" my memory every day I would hate to be told of a loved one's death time and time again. This would be the first book of Susan's that I have read and I'm definitely intrigued. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Merry said...

The Shadow of Your Smile sounds like another awesome book by Susan. Add me please!
Merry in TX

rubynreba said...

Can't wait to read this!
Beth from Iowa

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read "A Shadow of Your Smile!!" Deep Haven is a new series for me. I would enjoy reading this book of renewal and the best part, coming together truly after loss before Noelle's loss of memory.