Monday, August 6, 2012

New book release - THE CELEBRATED PEDESTRIAN

Please check out my latest Regency-era Romantic Comedy:  The Celebrated Pedestrian

Here's the blurb:

Faith Wentworth's father is a renowned sportsman and national celebrity, but Faith despises all sport and wants to be admired for herself, not her father's exploits. So when Sir Anthony and Lord Frederick begin to pay her marked attentions she's suspicious of their motives. Sir Anthony obviously cares more for her father than for her, but it seems as if Lord Frederick is worthy of her trust...

Or is he making sport of her, as well?

There's a giveaway running on Goodreads.com if you'd like to try for a free copy:



Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Celebrated Pedestrian by Suzanne Allain

The Celebrated Pedestrian

by Suzanne Allain

Giveaway ends September 04, 2012.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Mr. Malcolm’s List on the Big Screen…

For those of you who haven’t been following what’s been happening in Hollywood, there’s a new kid in town. Amazon.com has gotten into the movie-making business. In an effort to discover hidden gems, they’ve been sponsoring screenplay and test film contests on their site: studios.amazon.com. And the big news is that MR. MALCOLM’S LIST (The Screenplay) has been a semi-finalist for Best Script every month for the last 6 months.

Will they make it into a movie? Will Orlando Bloom, Jude Law or (insert sexy British actor’s name here) play Mr. Malcolm? Stay tuned, movie fans.

And if you want a sneak-peak, here’s a link to a trailer for your viewing pleasure:

My trailer on studios.amazon.com

My trailer is trailer #3. One of my fanbase (does one person constitute a fanbase?) posted a few other trailers, but be sure you watch mine first!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Release from LeMoyne House

I am very excited to announce the re-release of IN ANOTHER GIRL'S SHOES, written by Berta Ruck and first published in 1916.

Berta Ruck was a prolific writer who wrote almost 80 novels in the course of her rather long life (she was 100 years old when she died in 1978.) Her first novel, His Official Fiancée, was published in 1914 and set the tone for the books that followed. Many of her books were light, romantic fare with British protagonists. While they might be viewed as historical fiction by us, when she wrote them they were set in contemporary times and as such provide us with a unique insight into their era.

She was very much a product of her times, and as Britain was at war when she wrote many of her first novels these portray a very nationalistic, almost xenophobic, attitude on the part of her heroes and heroines. However, the romantic dialogue that she wrote is some of the best I've ever read. It will make your toes curl. And, in the words of a 1922 New York Times Book Review, "one can always depend on finding an interesting plot, strongly tinged with originality, in any novel by this author."

I wholeheartedly concur, and hope you will check out In Another Girl's Shoesand the other books by Berta Ruck that will be released by LeMoyne House in the near future.

Friday, September 18, 2009

INCOGNITO is now available...(again)


I was able to get the rights to my first book reverted back to me, and I re-released INCOGNITO at the end of July to much applause and fanfare. (At least, that’s how it happened in my head. I think most of the reading public were just counting down the days 'til they could purchase Dan Brown's latest book. Have you heard about it, by any chance?)

Isn't the cover art for INCOGNITO gorgeous? It's a hand-colored copperplate engraving from the early nineteenth century courtesy of George Glazer Galleries in New York. If any of you are in the market for antique maps, prints, etc, check them out at http://www.georgeglazer.com/.

And if anyone is in the market for a book various readers have described as “a great, witty, fun read” please check out INCOGNITO.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tweet, Tweet

In that collossal black hole of information known as the worldwide web, I somehow stumbled across a “tweet” about my book, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST. A college student from Dublin said regarding it: “Liked 'Mr. Malcolm's List'. A little too didactic perhaps, but a sweet story.”

My reactions to this tweet were many and varied. My first reaction was to look up the word “didactic” in a dictionary. I thought I knew what it meant, but felt I must be mistaken because I couldn’t imagine such an adjective applied to my novel. For those of you who have only a hazy idea what the word means, here’s a definition:

1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

I really thought I had written just an entertaining piece of fluff, and had no idea it was morally instructive. I wonder just what my message was? Don’t write lists? However, she wasn’t the only one to feel it had some sort of moral (someone on Goodreads said something similar) so I must have slipped one in there without even realizing it.

I was mostly excited that a student in Dublin had even heard of MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, had read it, and had liked it. It always amazes me when I stumble across people who have read my book. Of course, since I eagerly scour the internet looking for such people I guess it’s not too surprising that I’ve found a dozen or so.

I had a not-so-pleasant experience with a review today. I’ve gotten such great, unsolicited reviews (no, I didn’t bribe these people) on Amazon.com and other sites that I was surprised how painful it was to get a less than glowing review. However, it was only one person’s opinion, and opinions are always subjective and, in this person's case, wrong.

At least, that's my opinion.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Panama Canal Trip - At least it begins with a "P"

I realize that this blog is supposed to be about my adventures in publishing, but I took two weeks off to go on a cruise through the Panama Canal, so today’s post will be about those adventures instead.

Not that we had many adventures. When I’ve taken cruises in the past I usually gather up as many friends and family as I can and then spend my entire vacation telling them where to go and what to do. It was quite disappointing to someone of my maternal/herding instincts (I think one of my ancestors was a sheep dog) to only have my husband to tell what to do and where to go for two weeks. Really, I could have just stayed home and done that. I did manage to find four people from Switzerland on our ship who didn’t speak much English and I persuaded them to let me arrange their transportation in Cartagena, Columbia. We all shared a cab from the port and got off in the Old Town. I had a map and had done research and started showing them some great Baroque architecture, and they asked me if I’d mind if we separated and just all met back at the taxi. So it was back to leading my husband around. Since I got lost several times (it wasn’t my fault, the streets in Cartagena are CRAZY) he mutinied and stole my map. The other problem I had was I was working off a travel article from The New York Times that had suggestions about where to eat, and of course none of the restaurants mentioned in the article even existed anymore, so that made it kind of difficult to find them.

We had more success in Antigua, Guatemala. Actually, it was a near perfect day. I got a little turned around at the beginning, and Jonathan kept proposing that we hire a local for a walking tour, but I vetoed that suggestion and eventually we got our bearings. We found a great French restaurant and had crepes and tarts overlooking the ruins of an old Cathedral. Later we stopped at a beautiful courtyard café for one of the best cups of coffee we’d ever had. Life was good.



But the next day the ship docked in, horror of horrors, Mexico. Not that Mexico is horrible, but we had no idea it was in the midst of a Swine Flu epidemic. So in blissful ignorance we got off the ship and exposed ourselves to a dreaded illness. It wasn’t until we docked in California early last Sunday morning that I spoke to my mother on the phone and she told me about the news reports. This week none of the cruise ships are even docking in Mexico. I don’t think either of us caught the Swine Flu, but I am feeling kind of achy so my family refuses to see me. After envisioning a joyful reunion after a long absence, it’s a bit anticlimactic. Oink. Oh, excuse me.




Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Picture Is Worth 60,000 Words

Apparently I’ve been going about this book-selling business all wrong. I thought it was the writing that was important, but it turns out the author photo is of at least equal importance in getting anyone to read your book in the first place.

National Public Radio reported yesterday that publishers were told: “If you have an attractive-looking author, there’s a better chance that your book will get reviewed.” Knopf’s publicity director Nicholas Latimer said the implication was “you have to have an attractive author first, and then if they’ve written something interesting, they might review it.”

I would really like to get my book MR. MALCOLM’S LIST reviewed, so I would like your help in determining which of my photos would most likely get me that starred review in Publisher’s Weekly or Romantic Times. (Or get me reviewed, period. Right now, none of the reviewers will even reply to my e-mails.)

You would think I would have a distinct advantage over many other authors as my husband is a professional photographer. However, in our house we have the same problem exemplified in the old proverb: “The shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot.” My husband is always shooting photos of other people, so I don’t have as many photos of myself as you might think.

But I have managed to scrape together some of the photos he’s shot over the years (I mean, as long as they’re attractive, right? Who cares if the photo is ten years old? I WANT A REVIEW! I WANT A REVIEW!)

Now I need your help. Which is the winning shot, the one that will tell all prospective readers and reviewers: “This woman is one serious writer. But she’s witty, playful, and entertaining, too. With one look into her eyes you can see deep into her soul, and you know she’s someone you’d like to spend a few hours with in sparkling conversation. But she’s not too deep; she’s not one of those literary snobs who think they’re smarter than you and are out to prove it. She’s not out to change the world; she just wants to enable you to escape it for a short while.”

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a reach. So just tell me, which picture would make you want to read and review my book?



The first picture is my author photo for INCOGNITO, which did get reviewed. Maybe they like long hair? The second picture is my current author photo for MR. MALCOLM'S LIST. Apparently it's not generating much interest. Here are some other choices:



Personally, I think I make a hot Mona Lisa. (Don't I look a little like Neve Campbell?)

For more information about me and my book, please visit http://www.suzanneallain.com/. (Warning: My book is about as serious as my doctored photo of Marie Antoinette. Tolstoy it is not.)

Click here to listen to the story on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102821440