Guest Author Spotlight — Susan Page Davis with her son, James S. Davis

Today we welcome Susan Page Davis to our blog. Susan is the author of more than 60 novels. We’ve asked Susan some tough questions, which she graciously answers below. Please leave a comment and your email address to be entered into a free drawing.

  • What can your readers expect from you next?

I am writing a historical romance called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains. It will release next year. I also write cozy mysteries for Guideposts Books, and book 1 in the Tearoom Mysteries series is coming out very soon! It’s called Tearoom for Two.

 

  • What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Of course, positive reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or your other favorite book sites are very helpful. Readers can also help by telling their friends about the book, suggesting it for a book club read, or mentioning that they liked it on their social media. One other thing that can be a huge help—pray for the author!

 

  • What is your favorite part of writing?

I really enjoy the planning and plotting process. I love brainstorming and mapping out various directions the story could take.

This week I’m giving away a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. The winner can choose a paperback or an e-book. (Paperback restricted to USA only).

Here’s the first page of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.:

June, 1854

Port Phillip Bay, Australia

 

The ship was too quiet. Alice Packard knew something was wrong as they approached the Vera B.

The brig lay anchored in the shallow waters of Port Phillip Bay, off the village of St. Kilda. They had left four men on board with her husband’s second mate, Mr. McDarby, while Gypsy Deak, who served as boatswain and steward, accompanied Alice ashore for her husband’s burial. But no watchman hailed them from the deck as they approached. The brig, with its masts stripped of canvas, rode the gentle waves too quietly.

Alice glanced at Gypsy. The old man had sailed for more than thirty years and knew every timber and crack of the Vera B. Did he sense the same peculiarity she did?

“Ahoy the Vera B.,” Gypsy called.

No one responded.

They reached the side where the rope ladder hung down, but still no one leaned over to greet them or offer a hand.

“I don’t like this,” Gypsy said. “Let me board first, ma’am.”

At fifty-nine years, the old boatswain tended to stiffness, and an old injury gave him a pronounced limp in his gait. Alice watched anxiously as he slowly climbed the ladder. She thought she heard muffled voices and laughter, but it could be from one of the other vessels anchored nearby.

The gate in the bulwark was closed, and Gypsy had to clamber over the rail. Alice couldn’t wait any longer, wondering what he had found on deck. She hoisted her skirts and stood in the bow, where Gypsy had tied the dinghy to the bottom of the ladder. She loathed the stunt in full skirts, but years of sailing with her husband had taught her how to conquer ladders quickly and modestly. She made the ascent swiftly and clambered aboard.

Gypsy was several yards away, his back to her, walking past the mainmast toward the captain’s cabin at the stern. The door stood wide open, and noise of movement and voices came from within.

Alice’s heart lurched. The men were never allowed in the cabin, unless invited by the captain. Had outsiders overrun the handful of men they had left and begun to pillage the brig?

Four men burst from the cabin, their arms laden with guns and other plunder.

“Hey!” Gypsy yelled. He strode toward the ruffians.

Alice caught her breath. The leader was one of their sailors. Where was the mate? She shrank back toward the rail. She wanted to call out to Gypsy, to tell him to be sensible rather than to confront four large, strong young men bent on mischief.

“What do you think you’re doing?” Gypsy roared.

 

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

 

Co-author James Samuel Davis is Susan’s son. He’s a writer who has traveled in Australia, China, Micronesia, and Alaska. He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children.

Find us at:

Website: www.susanpagedavis.com

Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

Jim’s page: https://www.facebook.com/authorJamesSDavis/?fref=ts

 

Buy Links:

Buy the paperback from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LHmvoe

Kindle e-book: http://amzn.to/1SqaViY

Nook e-book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seafaring-women-of-the-vera-b-susan-page-davis/1123295970?ean=2940158050534

Kobo e-book: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-seafaring-women-of-the-vera-b

 

 

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Posted on April 7, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 94 Comments.

  1. Carol Woodruff

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looking forward to it.

  2. Paperback for me, please 😀 ~ and… I haven’t read tearoom mysteries ~ sounds fun! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    • Thanks, Kathleen. The Tearoom Mysteries are brand new–I don’t think the first one has quite gone out yet, but very soon! From Guideposts–I’m trying to get a link about it from my editor for you.

  3. Hello Susan, this book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  4. What a fascinating and original premise! I truly enjoy historical fiction, and Ithis novel is very intriguing.

  5. From what i have read it sounds like a pretty good book…Hope to win

  6. Barbara Thompson

    I enjoyed reading the small part of the book you gave us. It sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity of this great giveaway.

  7. This sounds like a good book that I would enjoy reading. I will be sure to pray for you and your son also.

  8. Sounds like a good book to read on a stormy night.

  9. A fabulous interview thank you. Loving this cover.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • Oh, thank you, Mary! We have designer Lynette Bonner to credit for the lovely but “brooding” cover.

  10. Hi Susan, Loved the first page. So different from your other books I have read. I am looking forward to your cozy mysteries ! Must have been fun to have your son as co author. I enjoyed the interview. Blessings.

    • Jackie, you’re right, this one is a bit different from my others, and some of that is Jim’s influence, of course. I might add that the hand-to-hand fighting in the book is a tad more violent than what I usually write, but not sickeningly so. Just a heads-up for those who like gentle stories. This one is not.

  11. This sounds like a good book! I read and enjoyed The Outlaw Takes a Bride! Thank you for writing.

  12. This book sounds exciting! It must have been so much fun being able to work together with your son.

    Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

    Kathy Anderson
    phoneticpanda@gmail.com

    • It really was a lot of fun, Kathy, and a real challenge for us both. We had some moments of disagreement, but we were able to work through them, and I have to say this experience has brought us closer.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway and the teaser. I look forward to reading 😉

    • I like visiting this blog because of the way Donna handles it. She gives a lot of information here.

  14. Looks Great Thanks for sharing with us

  15. I would sure love to win Susan’s book. Can’t go wrong with her books. Maxie

  16. Great

  17. Love all of Susan’s books. This one looks exciting!

  18. I always love Susan’s books. This looks like an exciting one!

  19. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Debbie Clatterbuck

    This book sounds interesting. Can’t wait to read it. Putting it on my TBR list.

  21. Susan, I think you must like the organizing and planning part of authoring a book, by what you said, I don’t write books but I think the organizing and planning of my travel adventures are one of my favorite parts. I would love to read and review your book. It sounds very adventurous as a tale from the sea. This is a new blog to me. Thanks.

    • You’re right, Sharon, the plotting and brainstorming are some of my favorite parts of the writing a book. You can email me at susan(at)susanpagedavis(dot)com and I’ll tell you how you might qualify to review this book for me. Thanks!

  22. Sounds like a fantastic book!

  23. Dear readers, please remember to leave your contact information if you’re not a regular here at HiStory Thru the Ages. You can leave your email like this: susan(at)susanpagedavis(dot)com. Thank you all for your encouragement today!

  24. Just informed that the winner has been drawn. Congratulations, Yvette, and thank you all! I can’t tell you how uplifting it is to see all your comments here. I’ll be back to visit the blog in early May with a new book to discuss and give away. See you then!

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