Book Two of Sunset Rising series… “Worlds Collide”

I have to admit to being the world’s worst blogger.  If it’s any consolation, my every spare moment has been spent working on Book Two of the series… entitled “Worlds Collide” (I’d love to get your thoughts on the title!).  The cover has been created, the story is being proofed, and it will soon be ready to go out to beta readers (next week fingers crossed!).  I had originally hoped to publish by Christmas, but there was a section of the story I wanted to research and refine, so I did.  My editor’s appointment is now set for mid-January and I’m now looking at a release date of the end of January.  

Stay tuned for a cover reveal and excerpt!




Sunset Rising Giveaway and Author Interview!

I am excited to share with everyone my first blog-sponspored author interview and giveaway!  Working with Kaitlin has been a lot of fun.  I hope you can check out her blog, Reading is My Treasure, and my interview and give us both a shout-out about the giveaway.  And for anyone interested in Book 2, I gave her the scoop!


Smashwords eBook Reading Week – Sunset Rising on sale!

I am happy to be participating in the 5th Annual Smashwords eBook Reading Week!  This means that Sunset Rising (Book 1) will be available on Smashwords during March 3 – 9 for 50% off the cover price – that’s only $1.49!  There have been several 4 and 5 star reviews this week on Sunset Rising, so if you need convincing please go my Goodreads Author page and see what others are saying.

Smashwords eBook Reading Week is a great opportunity for readers and writers alike.  Many authors will be offering their books at greatly discounted prices or for free.  If you love to read, you won’t want to miss it!  Who knows – you could find your next favourite author 🙂   Click here to find out more about Smashwords eBook Reading Week.

Happy reading!

Sunset Rising Free on Smashwords

Since I’ve had a lot of readers ask about the free Smashwords coupon for Sunset Rising, I’ve decided to post it here:  CM85F     Expires:  February 28, 2013

If you don’t have a Smashwords account yet, setting up one is easy and free.  And the best part is you can download whatever format you need (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad, etc..).

Sunset Rising is the group read this month for the Goodreads group Addicted to Novels: YA and more and will be the group read for YA Apocalyptic and Dystopian group in March.    I love to hear what my readers thought of the book, so join in either of those groups (or both) and/or leave your comments here and on Smashwords.  As a debut author, reviews are gold and your support means the world to me!  Thank you!

Goodreads Groups Featuring Sunset Rising

I am very happy to announce that Sunset Rising will be a featured read on the Goodreads group YA Apocalyptic & Dystopian Fiction and I will be putting out another Smashwords coupon code for March.  Anyone interested in getting a freebie of Sunset Rising to read over the March Break can join in on the monthly read with this awesome group!

There is still time to join GRs Addicted to Novels: YA and More and participate in the February read of Sunset Rising for free with a terrific group of people!

And I encourage anyone interested Sunset Rising to contact me directly here on my blog.  I  always love hearing from my readers and enjoy any feedback you would like to leave me.  I have received some amazing support and reviews from readers and I thank each and every one of you!!  You rock!

Cheers – Susan

5 Star Review from Sarah

Sarah Canning‘s review

Feb 06, 13
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Read in February, 2013

Imagine not being able to feel the sun upon your face, or the wind caressing your skin. After World War Three in 2024,Nuclear Warfare forces 567 people underground – bringing a halt to a Democratic Government and forcing people to adopt a Dictatorial Government. Almost 283 years later, Seventeen year old Sunset O’Donnell has never been above ground and she’s never been free. She will never be free, unless she rises up for what she believes in. But, she can’t do it alone. One man, Jack Kenner, who has always lived freely, will take an extraordinary and unanticipated journey with her. They will, against all odds, fight for the freedom of an entire community of peoples, uniting them against an unjust and abusive Government.

I’ve always been a big fan of dystopian novels and have read a few interesting ones, but Sunset Rising is one of the best ones I have read. What makes it so remarkable is the realism illustrated in this story. It’s not incredibly far-fetched to anticipate Nuclear War and what that would mean for desperate people seeking shelter, fighting to stay alive. As a reader, I was hooked early on in the story because I kept on asking myself, “What would I do?” It’s almost too scary to think of in great detail because it isn’t an unfamiliar fear.

One of my favorite themes in this story is the possible love developing between the two main characters because, throughout the entire book, even as they are fighting to stay alive, the possibility of love overcoming all obstacles is always beautiful. I liked how the author, S. M. McEachern, didn’t allow the main character’s feelings for each other dominate the storyline. She tastefully and realistically evolved their relationship throughout the story, which not all authors have the ability to do. I’ve read too many books, where the main characters fall in love way too easily and have an unrealistic relationship, seeming forced and unnatural.

I am honestly glad that I gave this book a chance and look forward to reading more of what S. M. McEachern has to offer, including the next installation of this promising series.