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Soul-Stirring Fiction

Hello faithful reader! Before I launch into this month's newsletter, I wanted to let you know about the Heiress giveaway happening right now at my website. Visit the Contest Page or click on the banner to enter to win a Gilded Age Prize Pack fit for an heiress! 


Heiress Giveaway  


In This Issue
My Book Therapy Retreat!
Heiress Giveaway
2 new eBooks for $1.99!

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My Book Therapy - Storycrafters Retreat!  

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Friday, October 29 - 31

Riverwood Inn & Conference Center
Otsego, MN 55362

Come with an idea...leave with a story!

How do you take your ideas and turn them into a story?
How do you know if your idea will sell?
Where do you start?

This working writing retreat, set just outside of Minneapolis during the beautiful fall season is designed for a writer who has an idea...but needs help putting it together into a plot.

Come with your idea, leave with a game plan. We'll teach you story structure, and then go step by step in the character creation and plotting process, explaining how to determine each step, and then show you how to apply it to your story.

We'll brainstorm your ideas with you, share essential secrets of storytelling, and finally, you'll take home a filled-out workbook that will act as a map as you write your novel.

For beginners to advanced writers who just want a guide along the way, the Storycrafter's Retreat will jumpstart your novel further onto the road to publication.


I'm holding on to the ones I love ...

I have two children in college now.  My house is as loud.


I am the only female. 


I am surrounded by football, buffalo wings, boys wrestling in the kitchen, piles of smelly laundry and never seem to have enough food in the fridge.


I miss my daughter. 


And, of course my oldest son, but he's  junior.  I'm somewhat (sadly) used to his absence. 


The day my daughter left for college, I applauded myself on the fact that I did not:

  1. Throw myself on the hood of her car and beg her to say.
  2. Duck tape her door shut
  3. Follow her down the road weeping. 

Boy, did I want to hold on.  But she has to make her own way, live her own life, find her own path, and she can't do that with me holding onto her coat tails. Therefore, I've had to be creative with my clinging.  E.g. I stalk her on facebook.  I text her messages, leaving off the last part so she'll have to text me back to get the rest of the message.  Sometimes I call her up and offer her free coffee, shoes, dinner if she'll hang with me.  And through it all, continually, I'm praying for her, thinking of her, rooting for her. 


I was driving the other day, listening to Christian radio, and Casting Crowns came on.  I love their song, East to West, and these lyrics caught my heart:


I can't live by what I feel

About the truth Your word reveals

And I'm not holding onto You

But You're holding onto me, You're holding onto me


The song is about the fact that sin can overwhelm us, make us feel unworthy, keep us away from God.  And how God casts our sins as far as the east is from the west.  But the part that caught me was that through it all - our shame, our mistakes, even our joys and triumphs...He is holding ME.  See, so much we hear admonition about reaching out to God.  Striving after God.  Holding onto Jesus' hem. 


But the truth is...He is holding me.  He doesn't want to lose me.  Like I am trying to stay connected to my daughter, God longs to stay connected with me.  Like reminding me that He is loves me in a kind word, or encouragement from readers.  Or reminding me of his protection in my life as I am driving long hours to speaking events.  Over and over, if I look for Him in my day, or even focus inward, into my spiritual journey, I see him right there.  Holding me. 


Just like I'm holding my daughter, even through her busyness.


God is holding onto you.  Steadying you, believing in you, rooting for you.  Loving you.  I pray you see Him holding onto you today, and, as the song says, may you find rest in His arms of mercy.


I have a number of books hitting the stands, or e-reader right now!  It's a busy time - I just returned from the ACFW conference, am in the middle of writing a book, and gearing up for the My Book Therapy Storycrafter's Retreat October 21-23.  (- if you're a writer and would like help crafting a novel, check it out!)  I have a blog tour and a contest going on - free stuff!  Check it out.


Meanwhile, I'm cheering on my football players (we're 3-0 in the conference!)  and rooting for my college kids as they dive into their studies and extra-curricular activities (my son David landed the role of Capulet in his college production of Romeo and Juliet, and Sarah made the women's choir at her college!)  I'm holding on to the ones I love. 



Thank you for reading my books.

Susie May

Win a Gilded Age Prize Pack fit for an Heiress ...


I"m thrilled to announce the release of my historical book, Heiress!

Heiress, a richly complex historical romance, is the first in my three book Daughters of Fortune series. In honor of Heiress' debut, I'm hosting a FABULOUS Gilded Age Giveaway and giving away an opulent prize pack fit for an heiress!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift certificate to
  • A sleek silver iPod™ Shuffle
  • A beautiful strand of Pearls
  • Titanic DVD
  • Speakeasy Compilation Music CD from Starbucks™
  • Heiress by Susan May Warren
Click one of the icons below to enter. But do so soon - this giveaway ends 10/5/11. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 6 on m Scribbles blog.

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2 new eBooks ...

I'm so excited to announce that Tyndale has released two of my novella's as eBooks this month for ONLY $1.99 EACH!


This first is a Deep Haven Novella:HL&S


Hook, Line & Sinker


The annual Deep Haven fishing contest draws professional and amateur anglers from across the country, but this year, Ross Springer is determined to win the top cash prize. In fact, he has no choice. It's his last chance to leave a lasting legacy at Bethel College. He just never imagined his fundraising scheme would hook Abigail Cushman, the grad student who reminds him of all they'd had-and lost-every time she glances his way.


Abigail Cushman may not know the difference between a bass and a trout, but how hard can it be to catch a fish? She's a quick learner, and she's certain her smarts can net her a win over Ross Springer, the handsome charmer she's tried to forget since grief tore them apart.


In the ultimate showdown between brains and heart, will Ross and Abby reel in more than they bargained for?


The second is a Team Hope NovellaWFD


Waiting for Dawn

In this prequel to Flee the Night-the first book in Susan May Warren's critically acclaimed Team Hope series-Lacey Galloway leads a rather predictable life as a contractor for the Department of Defense. But news that Sergeant First Class Jim Micah is missing in action leads her on a dangerous trek overseas to rescue the man who secretly captured her heart. 
Although her DOD connections quickly cut through the red tape, she also enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend and Micah's best friend, Lieutenant John Montgomery. As they hatch a covert plan to find and rescue Micah, Lacey's feelings are once again torn between the two men. 
Filled with romance and adventure, this twisty tale will hold you captive to the very last page.

Thank You

Thank you for reading my newsletter.  I wouldn't be sad if you forwarded it to a friend who might enjoy my novels! 


Blessings on your fall!
Susie May