Saturday, April 11, 2015


Craves the Angst Welcomes
Author Susan Ward!

About Susan...
***Amazon top 100 Bestselling in Contemporary Romance/ Coming-of-Age/Historical Romance/Historical Romance Regency/ Erotica Humorous***

I'm addicted to writing. I've written 26 romance novels in 25 years, but I just started releasing them in May 2014 because frankly there are some things inside them I wasn't sure I wanted my daughters to read. The nest is empty, my girls all grown, so now I'm letting loose.

I believe in the adage; Don't judge a book by it's cover! Definitely the case with The Girl on the Half Shell. Perfect looking lives are not perfect. We all have our own challenges to overcome! It's a theme in the books I've written and I cover a wide range of contemporary issues in stories ranging from raw and steamy, to gut wrenching, to happy happily ever after.

My first release The Girl on the Half Shell is my most intense novel, the first in the Half Shell Series and the one I had to wait until I had no kids at home to release.

My Perfect Forever Series is definitely happy happily ever after. The first in this line of books was released June 2014 with The Signature.
My current releases include: The Girl on the Half Shell; The Girl of Tokens & Tears; The Signature; Rewind; One Last Kiss; One More Kiss; When the Perfect Comes; Face to Face; Love’s Patient Fury.

I've been in love with the Romance novel since I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss book, and it seems to me that beyond a steamy fun read, a good romance novel is so much more: it's women empowering women. We share. We learn.

So about me? I'm as eclectic as my books. A mom. A grandmother. A business owner. A writer of romance. An advocate for clean air and the environment. A wife and an animal lover. The best way to explain me is that once in a talent contest I played classical piano followed by a chopsticks duet with my toes. That pretty much sums up how I've lived my life!

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(The Half Shell #1)
Romance/Released December 14, 2014
Approx. 389 pgs.

People think Chrissie Parker has a picture-perfect life. She leads an opulent lifestyle in Santa Barbara, her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties, and she possesses a wealth of musical talent that will certainly lead to a promising future. But behind the fa├žade, everything is far from perfect. 

When Chrissie journeys from Santa Barbara to New York City for an audition at Juilliard, romance is the last thing on her mind. She never anticipated encountering British Superstar Alan Manzone, a musician fresh out of Rehab, tormented by his own weakness and troubled past. Alan's life is everything Chrissie's is not; exciting, glitzy, and an all-out train wreck. 

Chrissie is soon consumed by Alan's shocking pursuit of her, his dark secrets, and his desires. Determined to save Alan from himself, is it possible Alan, this beautiful and brilliant musician, is really rescuing Chrissie from her artfully concealed secret addiction that even her best friend is unaware of? 

Can two lost people find a love meant to last a life time in only three weeks?

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     His mouth closes over mine, swallowing my breaths as he covers my body.   I’m still quaking as I feel the head of his erection at the entrance of my femaleness. He is moving slowly, touching me ever so slightly in there, teasing me to drive me mad. But the pounding urge to feel him inside is overpowering. I arch up, pushing him deep inside of me, then a rip and a burn that makes me cry out.
     Alan stills, his eyes blazing, bright with question and something else I can’t identify. At the moment of penetration, Alan has stopped.
     “Jesus Christ, Chrissie.” His voice is breathy. Ragged. Intense. 
     His mouth is open slightly, his breathing is harsh and I can tell he is struggling to stay still. He doesn’t move. The way he’s looking at me, his intense stare and frozen posture, makes me collapse inside. It wasn’t that bad. Why doesn’t he just finish it? No guy stops. You hurt, they finish and then it’s done with. 
     I taste the salt and realize I am crying. The tears come harsher, thicker, in a steady stream. It’s almost as if by acknowledging the tears I’ve broken a pipe. 
     He closes his eyes. “Please, Chrissie, don’t cry.”
     The kiss he drops on my lips is sweetly tender. My eyes round and I stare up at him.
     “I’m going to start this very slowly,” he whispers, his voice quiet but urgent.      I feel his thumb, gentle, lightly brushing my cheek. The effect is calming and arousing.      
     I close my eyes, trying to keep my breathing and flesh under control, wanting to absorb the tenderness of his touch, his kisses, that drown the memory of the pain and make me acutely aware of his body filling me. 
     He eases in and then out with careful slowness. A gentle kiss. A quiet move of his flesh. A touch. The glide of his flesh out. His mouth, here and there, every part of me kissed, stirred and made chaotic. His fingers gentle in tending, knowing and cautious. My fingers, moved to touch him. His, erotic in my mouth.      And the feel of him, there, even when he is not there. 
     We move in a fluid rhythm and there is no pain. Every touch bringing me to the point where I could match his was patient, tender and arousing. Every kiss pulled me deeper into him. My body meets his in unforced perfection as my hands roam his flesh in wayward sureness. Ours bodies are soaring in a single glide and it is beautiful. It is giving. It is tender.  It is Alan.


(The Half Shell #2)
Romamce/Released February 28, 2015
Approx. 280 pgs.

“I should never had fallen in love with Alan. He is like a drug, my secret addiction, and I am trapped in the hold of him.” ~~Chrissie Parker

“When I call, you’ll come. You won’t be able to stop yourself. We’re spending the rest of our lives together in bed, Chrissie. Get used to the idea.” ~~Alan Manzone

“We’re both in love with people who are not good for us. People we can’t be with. I think that makes us perfect together.” ~~Neil Stanton

Chrissie Parker is not an ordinary college freshman. Her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties. She was raised in a sheltered world of privilege. Then a whirl-wind spring romance with British superstar Alan Manzone rockets her into a tabloid media frenzy. Some loves prove impossible to leave behind, even at UC Berkeley, though Chrissie is determined to live a normal life as a college girl.

Just when things start getting on track for Chrissie, Alan storms back into her world, desperate to reclaim the love of the girl he should have never have let go of and cannot forget. Chrissie must also contend with Neil Stanton, a guy from her hometown who she never wanted to see again, working as a campus janitor, and as irritating and unavoidable as ever.

Chrissie fast learns what it means to be a girl of tokens and tears: the clandestine girlfriend of a famous man, and the loved friend of a guy who is perfect for her, but unable to claim her heart.

As Chrissie fights to build her own future, she is caught between the love of a friend and the love of her life.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU


(The Half Shell #3)
Romance/Releasing April 2015

“Maybe this is love. Protecting the part of yourself most important to you and knowing when to let go so that you can keep a small piece of that person alive and real in your heart.”~~Chrissie Parker

“He will never need you the way I need you. He will never want you as I want you. He will never love you the way I love you. I don’t care if you are in love with Alan. I am in love with you.”~~Neil Stanton

“Just stay and be good to me.”~~Alan Manzone

Chrissie decides her fate by choosing the man she will marry. But which love does she pick? The love of a friend, or the great love of her life?

Does it matter the turns Chrissie takes? Or will her life be as it should? Can a woman fight her own fate? And is her perfect guy, as perfect as he seems? Does happily ever after come simply for Chrissie?

Secrets are revealed as The Half Shell universe collides with the Affair Without End series in a dramatic, unexpected, emotionally intense journey of a rich girl with dark secrets finding love with a troubled rocker.

Buy Links: Will be posted on author website when released.

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