Saturday, January 17, 2015

Susan Stephens: Why be a hybrid author?

Writing for Harlequin Presents is a wonderful privilege. Meeting readers and my fellow authors around the world, is a pleasure I could never have imagined when I started out 12 years ago.

How could this get better?

Self-publishing has opened the door to so many opportunities. Breathing life into stories I have stored up in my head—stories that don’t quite fit the glitzy, glamorous world of Harlequin Presents, is now possible and the immediacy of getting those stories to the reader is its own reward. I write the story, and then a team of highly talented professionals help me to present that story in the best possible light—and fast! What’s not to like!

I have so many stories swirling around that I write under another pen name: Xandra King. Xandra caters for those quirkier tales, sometimes featuring an older heroine, or a touch of magic, or even a historical erotica tale such as Celestina And The Sultan, and Celestina, Warrior Queen, both of which can be found in eBook format under the collective title, Xandra King Erotic Romance Collection. The one thing all these stories have in common is a strong alpha male, a stand-up heroine—however young or mature she might be—and always always passionate love and romance.

Xandra’s latest contemporary series features 6 sexy shorts with more explicit action and language than my books for Harlequin Presents. The 1st book in this series, Christmas Nights At The Ladies Club, is available now as an eBook, with the 2nd book, Valentine’s Night At the Ladies Club, available for pre-order now, with a release date of 23rd January 2015.

I do hope you enjoy following the exploits of my 6 friends, Jane, Jewel, Miranda, Arabella, Tracey, and Veronica, as they help each other to emerge from unhappy, or frustrating situations, to find the happiness they so richly deserve.

To spread a little sunshine in celebrations of stories I loved writing, I am running two monthly contests side by side with some fabulous prizes at Susan Stephens Author on Facebook.
All you have to do, is either ‘Like’ that page, or subscribe to my newsletter, which you can also find top right on my web site.

It only remains for me to send my warmest good wishes to all of you,  and to wish you a happy and healthy New Year, full of happiness, true friendship, good fun, and every success!

Your friend and author,


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