The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Welcome paranormal romance author, Susannah Sandlin...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?
Ha! Where to start? Maybe this: That we’re all—whether we’re young/old, rich/poor/, thick/thin—insecure about ourselves to some degree, and a kind word can go a long, long way. As women, we’re generally very hard on ourselves.

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?
Yes and no. I have several projects in various stages at all times, but, especially if I’m writing an early draft or doing heavy revision, I can’t jump from, say, my snarky urban fantasy series to my high-octane romantic thriller series without decompressing for a day or two in between. If I’m proofing or doing final edits, it doesn’t matter so much because the level of concentration isn’t the same.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?
Yikes! So many….I think either Bella and Zsadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood (other than Wrath/Beth, I haven’t thought any of the women were good enough for my men—LOL) or Jeaniene Frost’s Cat and Bones. Rawr.

4.    Favorite TV show?
Hangs head in shame. I would like to say something highbrow, but other than a couple of Food Network shows (“Cutthroat Kitchen”!) the only show I watch is “NBC Nightly News” and “Chicago Fire.” I really do work most of the time between the full-time day job and the full-time writing career. I sleep every once in a while but not nearly enough.

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
These days, I’m always writing to a deadline specified by my contracts, so I take the number of days in my deadline, divide it into the number of words I need for my book (usually 90,000 or so), and that’s my daily word count goal. I try not to have a goal of more than 3,000 words a day. Ideally, it’s about 1,500. If I fall behind, I have to make it up on the weekends when I don’t have the day job to muck up my plans. I do write every day, with a set word count goal, and use the Pomodoro app to keep myself on track.

6.    Who was the last person you hugged?
My mom. She’s 88 and moved in with me several years ago. Which has been…interesting.

7.    What are you working on now?
I just turned in the manuscript for the second book in my Collectors series (romantic thriller) as Susannah Sandlin—it comes out in December, and the first one, LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP, comes out June 24. Next week, I start revisions on PIRATE’S ALLEY, the fourth book in my Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series I write as Suzanne Johnson. So this is a case of taking a couple of days off to decompress and get my head ready to shift gears.

8.    Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it.
Allegiance, book four in the Penton Legacy series, is a steamy paranormal romance with a lot of smexy vampires and shifters and action, and has been picked as a June “Top Pick” with 4-/12 stars from RT Book Reviews magazine. It’s available in print and audio from Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, and other online retailers. Digitally, it is available exclusively for Kindle.

By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: June 10, 2014
Published by: Montlake Romance
Available in print, digital (Kindle only), and audiobook
British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.
Meanwhile, as a dangerous saboteur wreaks havoc in Penton, the ruthless Vampire Tribunal leader Matthias Ludlam has been freed on the eve of his scheduled execution. But by whom? And to what end? As war and chaos rage on, love isn’t something Cage is looking for, but will his attraction to Robin distract him from the danger living among them?

Buy Links to Allegiance:
Amazon (digital, print and audio)
Barnes & Noble (print and audio)

Author links

Susannah Sandlin is a native of Winfield, Alabama, and has worked as a writer/editor in educational publishing in Alabama, Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, with two rescue dogs named after professional wrestlers (it was a phase). She has a no-longer-secret passion for Cajun music, Canadian French pop music, and reality TV. She's single and is on the hunt for a longhaul Ice Road Trucker who also hunts gators.

* ABSOLUTION, book two in the Penton Legacy series, won the Holt Medallion for paranormal romance in 2013 and was a finalist for the 2013 Prism and Gayle Wilson awards.

* Penton book three, OMEGA, was nominated by RT Book Reviews Magazine for the 2014 Reviewer's Choice Award in paranormal romance.

* STORM FORCE is a finalist for the 2014 Prism Award for dark paranormal romance.

Susannah is a member of Romance Writers of America and the following chapters: Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, Southern Magic, Georgia Romance Writers, and Kiss of Death. She also is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Novelists Inc.

As Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series.


Susanna is hosting a giveaway of commenter's choice of books from her Penton Legacy series (Redemption, Absolution, Omega, Allegiance). International entries welcome from anywhere Book Depository ships.

Comments?? Questions?? Susannah is waiting to chat…


  1. Finished Allegiance and really loved Robin and her role in the story. Snarky little thing she is. Great banter between her and Mirren. Wonderful, violent, tough, scary story. Recommend you guys go buy the book, now.

  2. Nice interview ladies, thank you! I don't know if I could handle living with my mother again. I look forward to reading Allegiance soon.

  3. if men could understand that about us life would be so much better... but they have a long way to go for sure ( and i guess we can learn 1 thing or two ^^)
    for once i do know one of the tv show cited^^ i saw some of chigaco fire ( certainly one saison behind at leats since it must be translated) and also the first episode of the pilote chicago police

    i do hope you will have some time to relax soon ( really relax^^ not one minute here and there)

    Can't wait for the collector 2 ( and pirates' alley bien sûr^^)

    thank you for this interview and new giveaway

    The penton legacy series is really a must read without forgetting storm force to get more of Robin before her appearance in Allegiance

  4. Hi Susannah! Thanks for mentioning this giveaway site in your post today! I have all of your Penton books except for Allegiance! I love, love, love your Sentinels series. OMG... when I started it, I had to read all of them right away!!!!!! Thanks, Rachel Brimble, for the giveaway!

  5. Do you have certain things that help you write, or are you more of a "I can write anywhere, I just need 30 minutes" type writer?

  6. Thanks for the comments, everyone, and thanks to Rachel for the interview!

    Galena, I really don't need anything special to write. In fact, if I get stuck somewhere for a while and have a pen and paper, I can write in's just very, very messy!

  7. Definitely enjoyed the interview!

  8. Awesome interview!! Suzanne, you should definitely check out Supernatural on TV! I think you would like it. I'd love the first book because I only have it on my kindle but want to collect them for my shelves.

  9. I enjoyed the interview. Cat and Bones are a favorite couple for me, too.

  10. My mom and me are hooked on Chicago Fire too. :)

  11. I have to agree, most of the chicks in the BDB books are just pale shadows of the guys. I thnk that's one reason I stopped reading the books. Beth and Bella are the only ones that ever stood out to me.