Archives For Susan May Warren

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. Continue Reading…

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will be announced on 1/1. (US and Canadian residents only.) You may enter once per day.

Enjoy the Ride!
by Susan May Warren

We sit poised on the top of a cliff, a near drop off before us, that falls to a rushing river. In the middle, a bridge of snow and ice hints at our destination. My husband guns the snowmobile engine. “Ready?”

Ready? For a face plant into a tree, maybe reconstructive surgery? To feel my stomach ripped from my body as we plummet down the mountain?

Let’s do it!

We live on five acres of woods in northern Minnesota that butts up to a national forest. Hence, our backyard is about a hundred thousand acres. Aside from harboring deer, lynx, fox, cougar and bear, it also makes excellent snowmobile terrain. And not long ago, Mrs. Claus gave her Santa a snowmobile for two.

I love snowmobiling. Flying over the snow, catching air over drifts. I love to drive, to be at the helm of the beast as I weave around trees and over hill and dale, my husband sitting behind me. I also love riding behind my husband as he drives, feeling those powerful arms as he’s muscling the snowmobile into the wilds. We follow unknown trails, driven by a Magellan spirit, hoping that we have enough gas to get us back to civilization. I love hanging on, simply trusting him, knowing that wherever he’s taking me, he’s going first. Continue Reading…

As a romantic suspense enthusiast from way back when, I jumped at the chance to check out Susan May Warren’s Love Inspired Suspense Series: Missions of Mercy. Susan’s a prolific author, but I’ve only read one of her books. So I was eager to see what she would bring to the table for the romantic suspense genre. Here are the pros and cons of what her LI series has to offer . . .

First, the pros:

  • Exotic locations: check
  • Heart-stopping suspense: check
  • Plucky, resourceful heroines: check
  • Tough heroes with big hearts: check
  • Just the right amount of romance and humor as befits the danger: check
  • Perfect length for me to finish while proctoring exams: check
  • Strong inspirational themes: check
  • For a bonus, these guys are ex-military: Two checks!

Now, the cons:

  • As far as I could discover, she’s only published three in this series.
  • Which definitely left me wanting more!

My favorite aspect of the Missions of Mercy Series is that the books are written from a Christian worldview. Kudos to Susan May Warren for making faith an integral part of her characters’ lives. And the spiritual issues they wrestle with are not superficial. They matter in the real world. As I wrote earlier this week, when the man with the gun facing down a relentless physical enemy can also operate in the spiritual realm–now that’s a great story!

The first book, Point of No Return, features Chet Stryker. Chet’s just your ordinary former Delta Force operative now running his own international security company, with a price on his head in Georgia—the country. His beautiful ex-flame Mae, a former military pilot, asks for his help rescuing her teenage nephew who’s been kidnapped in . . . Georgia, of course. And since Chet had been the one to dump Mae—totally to protect her from the dangers life at his side might hold—sparks fly when he decides to join her on her mission of mercy.

By the end of this book, Chet Stryker had become one of my favorite male characters. I loved his inner voice, sense of humor, and heroic spirit. Mae came across as both vulnerable and brave, a fascinating combination for a heroine.

The second book, Mission Out of Control, features Chet’s partner, Brody “Wick” Wickham, a former Green Beret turned security agent.

Wick’s mission is to protect the beautiful rock star Vonya, whose edgy performances shock his sensibilities. In spite of the animosity that springs up between them, Wick feels compelled to discover the real woman beneath the tawdry costumes—because Vonya has as many personas as she does names. Veronica is the proper senator’s daughter. Ronie is the humanitarian with a heart for children. And Ronyika is the vulnerable woman whose trust Wick seeks to win.

At the beginning of this story, I wasn’t sure I liked Ronie/Veronica/Vonya. So her character really brought home to me the theme that God’s acceptance is not based on the estimation of others but on how He sees us. No matter how wayward, we are His cherished children.

The third, and sadly last book, Undercover Pursuit, features Luke Dekker. Luke mistakes unassuming Scarlett Hanson for an undercover operative and drags her into his mission: to protect an agent named Lucia. Lucia is staging a wedding to quasi-criminal Benito in order to flush out his father, a ruthless human trafficker. Once Luke realizes Scarlett is not his contact, he tries to fix things, but complications soon abound.

I appreciated Scarlett the most of the three women protagonists. I enjoyed how she lost herself in the books she read and loosed the power of her imagination to help Luke out of a few tight spots. And the comedic elements of Luke and Scarlett’s story made me smile.

Follow this link to Susan May Warren’s Amazon Author’s page. (Maybe you can pick up all three books today!)

Now that you’ve read my review, you should definitely take the time to enter Susan’s giveaway. To celebrate the series, Susan is giving away a Missions of Mercy Prize Pack worth over $200! One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new FLIP HD Camera
* The entire Missions of Mercy series

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. You may enter once per email, facebook, and twitter. The contest ends on May 31st. Tell your friends! Winner will be announced on June 1st at the Litfuse Publicity site and at Susan May Warren’s website. (While you’re there, check out her rockin’ new website!)

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About the author: Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of thirty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you! She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

For more about Susan and her other books, please follow this link to visit her website.

***Thanks to Litfuse Public Relations for sending me these books to review for Susan’s blog tour. You can read what other reviewers are saying about the books here.


What have I been up to lately? Finishing the school marking period and squeezing in moments to write. Writing has become such a joy to me over the past few years. Actually, I’ve always been interested in writing but didn’t get serious about it until I lost my job. When the Christian school I’d ministered in for nineteen years closed in 2008, I found myself at loose ends and began to read books on the writing craft to pass the time. Within a few months, I’d written a mystery novel. (Not a good one!)

Reading my finalist info from the contest coordinator

I began to explore the possibilities writing had to offer, started this blog, and joined American Christian Fiction Writers. After taking an online class, I revised my mystery novel and turned it into Inspirational Romantic Suspense. In March, I entered the first pages of my novel in the ACFW Genesis Contest–a competition for unpublished writers of inspirational fiction. Now I’m a finalist in the Inspirational Romantic Suspense category!

I plan to attend the ACFW Conference this September in St. Louis, where the contest winners will be announced. However, whether I win or not, being a Genesis finalist is one of the most encouraging signs I’ve received on my writing journey. And now that God has provided me this open door, I’m working to refine my manuscript so that I’ll have something exciting to share with the editors, agents, and publishers who attend the conference.

Why do I write?

Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell

Once someone asked me why I write when I could be doing other “more worthwhile” things. All I could think of was Eric Liddell’s explanation. When asked why he took time from Bible study and missionary work to run races, he said: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

I do feel a special communion with the Lord when I’m creating stories. So even if I never improve enough to be published, I’ll never stop writing—it’s too much a part of who God made me.

True love on display in The Best Years of Our Lives. She's determined to marry him in spite of his crippling war wounds.

Why write stories which include a romantic thread? God, Himself, celebrates romance. He calls Christians His bride. He created courtship and marriage as way of wearing His heart on His sleeve. Each time we read of a noble man wooing his pure-of-heart bride, I believe we’re to be reminded of the One who pursues us. And God recorded romances in the Bible. I love the stories of Ruth and Rahab and the good men who loved and claimed them.

Suspense, humor, romance in Rear Window.

Why focus on suspense? I think I’m drawn to romantic suspense because when done well, the books present everyday, ordinary people rising to extraordinary challenges. Just like the background of war gives a male character a chance to prove himself a hero, a classic romantic suspense gives a young woman a chance to become a heroine. These stories show us at our best.

What I especially love about my genre: The Inspirational Romantic Suspense genre highlights the relationship between the two spheres Christians function in every day–the physical and the spiritual. These books showcase how the good vs. evil battle plays out in both worlds.

When the man with the gun facing down a relentless physical enemy can also operate in the spiritual realm—now that’s a great story!

Later this week, I’ll be reviewing a romantic suspense series by Christian author Susan May Warren. Be sure to come back and enter her blog tour contest!

Do you enjoy romantic suspense or comedic romantic suspense in your books and movies? What are your favorites? Here are a few of mine . . .

Digitalis

Point of No Return

Casablanca

Moonraker's Bride

Nine Coaches Waiting

Random Harvest

The Mountains Bow Down

Rebecca

Stars in the Night

Some days more than others, I hunger and thirst for the things that are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy.” I long to soak them in and make them a part of me. Where do I find these sources of beauty? In any person, movie, story, or song that reflects the attributes of my Lord.

Without a doubt, My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is one of those sources. This story of healing and second chances reminded me of what God can do in the lives of hurting, damaged people . . . people just like you and me.

I loved the main characters: Isadora, who wants desperately to escape the trauma that haunts her; Caleb, a warrior who is fighting his way back from a debilitating injury; Lucy, whose bad choices have led her far away from the woman she thought she’d become; and Seb, a former athlete who is certain his best years are behind him. Oh, and I can’t forget the Coach, whose fragile body belies the powerful faith within him.

I rooted for the characters as they worked through their troubles and found some scenes incredibly touching. The sweet romance was a breath of fresh air. In fact, elements of the plot brought to mind one of my favorite old movies, The Shop Around the Corner–where two people who rub each other the wrong way in daily life are unaware that they’re secretly anonymous pen pals who are falling in love with each other.

If I had to choose one word to describe this novel, it would be Refreshing. And the key verse? Philippians 4:23: “Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves.”

I’d love to see this story turned into classic Hallmark–one of those movies that shows people at their best, living in faith, taking risks for love, and honoring one another with thought, word, and deed.

My advice? Treat yourself to this story. You can follow this link to pre-order a copy of Susan’s beautiful book!

Susan’s bio: Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, Susan learned to love city life, although she’s a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe she’s an adventurer–having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia, Russia, as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why her characters can’t sit still and seem to get into one scrape after another. They’re too much like her! Susan loves God, her family, her country, her church, and feels privileged every day to be able to write stories that inspire and entertain!

**Thanks to Tyndale, who sent me a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.