An Author’s ThanksGIVING


The Turkey Trot Blog Hop is a great time to thank the real heroes – READERS. If you comment here between 6am CST on 11/22 and 11:59pm CST on 11/24 (or already did on my Common Christmas giveaway post between 6am CST and now) you are entered in the giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! If you participate in the Common Christmas giveaway there are even MORE prizes.

Visit ALL the authors for more chances to win the $50 Amazon gift card! You can get the links at the Turkey Trot Blog Hop home page.

My favorite memories of Thanksgiving are playing football in the front yard, my mom’s angel rolls (sooooo fluffy and buttery), and dozing during the football game on TV because of all that turkey. And is there anything better than the turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches the next day? Yum.

Let’s share some favorite food and/or recipes! Here’s the salad that hubs and I take to all the family events, like Thanksgiving. You’ve probably seen a million variations on it, but this one is ours (adapted from one given to my mom from her friend Carol). In the comments mention a favorite food or give us a favorite recipe. Thanks for playing!

Seven Layer Salad

We always make it in a large plastic container so it is super portable. If you make the night ahead and put in the fridge it also gives all the flavors a chance to mix and mellow. As a typical old married couple we each make it a little differently…

  1. Layer of iceberg lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  2. Layer of sliced celery – this is a layer of controversy, as hubs prefers to slice it super thin and I prefer a chunkier slice
  3. Layer of peas – in our household that means one small can of Le Seur, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
  4. Layer of purple onion – another controversy as I like onion and hubs thinks a very light scattering is preferable (also, I like rings and he chops)
  5. Another layer of lettuce
  6. Even coat of mayonnaise – you can sprinkle with a bit of sugar if you like
  7. A layer of grated cheddar cheese – we prefer sharp
  8. Garnish with crumbled bacon (or, if hubs, A LOT OF CRUMBLED BACON)

This makes a nice savory and sweet salad. Yes, there are 8 lines there, but you can either not count the second layer of lettuce or consider the bacon a garnish, right? I have no idea. ANYWAY, this is always a winner in our families.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! And maybe next time I can tell you how to make Broccoli Garbage.

A Common Christmas Audiobook

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Along with FIVE copies of the Common Christmas audiobook I will give away TWO Sue London ebooks (winner’s choice) and one $5 Amazon giftcard. IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS IS COMING EARLY!

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The Mad Clan

Last year I was invited to participate in a collection of Regency retellings of fairytales. From my afterword in the book:

When invited to write about a fairytale or myth, my mind went to Ireland. It had been some time since I’d read any of the tales, so I flipped through looking for something to catch my eye. The first time I read through The Enchanted Cave from the Fenian Cycle I actually misread a portion of it, but thought my mistake would make for an interesting twist. In the original tale, Finn McCool and his men fall afoul of dark fairies and are trapped in a cave by magic. They aren’t able to free themselves, but fortunately Goll Morna hears of their plight and comes to save them. He battles the four dark fairy women and upon defeating them is offered one of Finn’s daughters to marry. See, when I read it, I thought when he finally defeated the biggest, baddest fairy he actually married her. And I thought that was a lot more interesting. Change ancient Ireland for Regency England, dark fairies for bare knuckle boxers, and presto, we have an Irish myth updated for Regency romance.

Now you can get The Enchanted Cave as a stand alone story for only 99-cents! Hope you enjoy it.

Kindle || coming to other formats soon ||


On the Road Again

“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” ~ wonderful misquote of Mark Twain

Hell I even thought I was dead, till I found out that It was just that I was in Nebraska.” ~ delightful Gene Hackman quote in Unforgiven

“Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do.” ~ Ricky Ricardo

So. Finally committed to a publication date for Taming Chiron… only 1 year and almost 4 months after the original plan. Finalizing formatting for the paperback Saving Persephone. Preparing to post The Enchanted Cave, first book in the Mad Clan series.

Guess I’m back from the dead?

Don’t get too excited. I’m still far too over-committed with my day job and other responsibilities to crank into high gear again. Given my druthers I’d have at least two novels and three novellas out every year. I did the math and that won’t be happening for awhile. But with some reshaping of my time I might be able to do one novel a year plus finally meet my Patreon story commitments, so I’m gonna shoot for that.

Meanwhile, you guys have been great. The comments, questions, and especially personal stories from readers have been amazing over the last three years. Yes, I read all that stuff and usually respond. The reviews, too. ‘They’ tell you not to read reviews, but those are great. It helps to see the stories from a lot of different perspectives and understand what people connect to and get annoyed by.

Thank you very much for being a reader, for stopping by to check in just now and/or over the years, and, if you’ve been waiting for Taming Chiron, thank you VERY MUCH for your patience. I won’t go in to all the “woe is me” reasons that nothing worked out as planned, we will just file it all under “Girl plans, God laughs.”

Hangin’ with Deanna!

Today I’m hanging out over at Deanna Raybourn’s blog! Come over and check out my post about having fun in December. Or if you’ve come over HERE from her blog, feel free to leave a comment, look around, and have a good time.

To enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card, drop a comment about your favorite December memory. Winner will be chosen randomly on December 23rd and gift card will be delivered via email.

*please note that comments are moderated/approved so it may take some time before your comment appears on the blog*

Once Upon a Regency: Timeless Tales & Fables!

Once upon a time nine historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world…

We hope you’ll join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance in our limited edition box set Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables! Read on to learn more about the authors involved, more about my individual story, and for your chance to win all kinds of prizes. We’d love for you to join us for the virtual launch party we’re throwing. Consider this your personal invite!

First, let’s reveal the cover. I hope you find it as magical as I do. Introducing Once Upon A Regency: Timeless Tales And Fables!


Our fabulous lineup:

  • Resisting Romeo by Samantha Grace
  • Enchanted By The Earl by Amanda Mariel
  • Wish Upon A Kiss by Meara Platt
  • A Duke Worth His Salt by Allison Merritt
  • Masquerading as a Miss by Ari Thatcher
  • Searching for my Rogue by Dawn Brower
  • The Enchanted Cave by Sue London
  • Taming Beauty by Lynne Barron
  • Stealing a Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen

I want to tell you a little bit about my story. The Enchanted Cave is a retelling of a story from the Fenian Cycle, an Irish heroic epic. To ‘modernize’ it to the Regency Era I replaced the dark fairies with bareknuckle boxers, making one of them our heroine!

The Enchanted Cave

With his four friends under the spell of the Irish ’sisters’ at The Enchanted Cave, it falls to Galen Mornay to save the poor idiots. Although ostensibly lady boxers, he knows the sisters have a more prurient background. Galen dangles the opportunity to become his mistress and the sisters predictably turn their attentions to him. All except the beautiful Maeve O’Malley, who insists she will be no man’s play thing. Can Galen save his friend Finn before the fool offers to marry her? Or will Maeve prove to be too much for Galen himself?

The good news is that this entire boxed set is on pre-order right now! Yep, that’s right. You can pre-order TODAY and for only .99 cents. In fact, if you pre-order TODAY we’ve got a ton of bonuses for you.

If you pre-order today then…

So I hope you won’t delay. Grab your copy right here:

Don’t forget to join the party! I’ll see you there and see you soon.

Authors for Cats

A Common ChristmasHave you seen the fundraiser I’m donating the royalties from this month’s sales of A Common Christmas to one of my local shelters, Caring for Creatures. There’s only about 24 hours left and I will MATCH all the sales. That means you spend 99-cents and cats get 68-cents out of it! (The rest goes to the retailer.)

Buy Links: Kindle || Nook

Want prizes for donating to YOUR local shelter? You could win a bag of books or the fun of naming a cat in one of our books! Ava made it easy for you to find a shelter to donate to online. Make a donation to your local shelter (and if you don’t know how to find your local shelter, just click HERE to locate local no-kill shelters and HERE to locate local Humane Societies). Then forward a copy of your donation receipt to along with your name for the drawing! Easy peasy.

Thanks for helping us help cats!

Sue's cat Solitaire often inspired artwork

Sue’s cat Solitaire often inspired artwork