Romance By Catherine: Help me welcome Susan Macatee

Friday, July 17, 2009

Help me welcome Susan Macatee

Today's guest, Susan Macatee is a fellow WRP author and lover of time travel romance. Everyone posting a comment today will be entered in a chance to win a free download of Erin's Rebel. So post away and be sure and tell your friends to come over to play.
Thanks for coming today, Susan.

Tell us about your new book out now:

First of all, I’d like to thank you, Catherine, for inviting me to your blog. My book, Erin’s Rebel is my first romance novel and a Civil War time travel. I started work on the manuscript nearly ten years ago, when I first envisioned a modern day heroine being thrust into a Confederate army camp during the Civil War. The hard part for me was getting the time travel to work so the reader could suspend belief and go along for the ride. It took a lot of revising, but I finally got it right. It has sort of a time travel, reincarnation theme.

Here’s the blurb:

Philadelphia newspaper reporter, Erin Branigan, is engaged to marry an up-and-coming lawyer, but dreams of a man from the past change those plans and start her on a journey beyond time. After a car accident, Erin wakes to find herself living in the 1860s in a Confederate army camp.

Captain Will Montgomery, the man of her dreams, is now a flesh and blood Rebel soldier who sets her soul aflame. But the Irish beauty holds a secret he needs to unravel before he can place his trust in her. Can she correct a mistake made long ago that caused his death and denied her the love she was meant to have? Or is she doomed to live out her life with nothing but regret?

And here’s a short excerpt:

The sound of her name on his lips made her skin tingle. She tore the paper off the package. At the sight of the brooch, her breath caught.

“Do you like it?” he asked anxiously. “I had it made just for you.”

Eyeing him, she had a hard time finding her voice. This was Erin O’Connell’s brooch, the very one that had sent her back in time. It shone in her hands, new and unworn from time and wear.

What did this mean? She must be following Erin O’Connell’s footsteps. As far as she knew her being here hadn’t changed anything. Will was still destined to die this year.

“I didn’t mean to upset you, Erin. If you don’t want the brooch—”

“No.” She clasped the brooch against her chest as the meaning of his gift sank in. “It just means so much to me.”

His look of concern softened into a lopsided grin. “I’m happy you feel this way.”

“Thank you, Will.” She slipped the brooch into the pocket of her wrapper, then stood on her toes, lifting her arms to circle his neck. She kissed his cheek, inhaling his musky scent.

His mouth was on hers, hot and urgent. The softness of his moustache and chin beard tickled her lips. She opened to him, her tongue slipping inside to taste him thoroughly. He groaned, pressing the length of his body against her.

How do you respond when someone says… “Oh, you write THAT kind of book?”

Actually, I’ve never had that experience. Everyone seems impressed when I tell them I’m writing romance novels, and while Erin’s Rebel is a spicy romance, my stories vary from sweet to spicy. I don’t write hot, not because I think there’s anything wrong with that, but I just don’t feel qualified. I’ll leave hot to the expert writers, who do it very well. But if I were confronted with someone asking why I write romance, I’d have to say I write stories of adventure and love and they always have a happy ending. Who could ask for anything more than to be entertained, thrilled and to have a book end on a satisfying note?

What are your goals as a writer?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and my biggest ambition is to have people read my stories and be entertained. I have lots of stories swirling in my head and plan to write for as long as I can sit at my computer and type. It’s fun!

How many books to you read in a month?

I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure, but I do make it a point to set aside time each weekend to read. On average, I’d say one or two complete novels in a month.

Do you have anything new in the works?

Right now, I’ve got four releases coming out this year, one full-length historical, Confederate Rose, and three short stories, two of which will be included in historical romance anthologies. The first is called Northern Roses and Southern Belles, the other An American Rose Christmas. I also have a short vampire story, Sweet Redemption, that will be a stand-alone e-book. I’m also working on two new projects. One’s a post Civil War romance that is an offshoot of a young adult novel I had published years ago and is now out of print. The other is my first ever science fiction romance.

Where can we find you?

My website:
My group blog:

Where can we find your books?

The Wild Rose Press:

I’d like to add that anyone who posts a comment today, will be entered
in a drawing to win a pdf copy of Erin’s Rebel.

Thanks for having me today, Catherine!
You're welcome, Susan. Thanks for coming.


Emma Lai said...

Congrats on all of your 2009 releases, Susan!

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Emma! And thanks again, Catherine for having me!

Catherine Bybee said...

Looks like you're on everyones blog today, Susan. Congrats once again...

Anonymous said...

Do you ever get that feeling that we're just following each other around? *snort*

Great job, great interview guys! Susan, I'm learning lots about you today! :)


Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Ashley! Thanks for stopping by!

Emma Lai said...

You know what they say...Great minds think alike. :)

Dayana said...

Hello Susan and Catherine!

Great interview:) Susan I've personally read your paranormal, Eternity Waits and loved it. This one sounds wonderful as well. I'll have to put it on my TBR list:)



Cate Masters said...

Congrats on your release, Susan! Erin's Rebel sounds like a fantastic read. I love a feisty heroine, and the Civil War setting intrigues me (I live very close to Gettysburg).

Susan Macatee said...

Hey, Dayana and Cate! Thanks for stopping by!

And I'm jealous, Cate! Gettysburg is one of my favorite places to visit.

Cate Masters said...

Well come on over, Susan! You can stay with me! :)

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Cate! LOL.

Mary Ricksen said...

Time Travel is my favorite genre. Keep um coming!

Catherine Bybee said...

Oh, gee... thats right I have Eternity in my hard drive too. Good Lord I'm behind on my reading. UGH!!!

Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Mary! I actually have sort of a time travel story coming out on July 31st in the Northern Roses and Southern Belles anthology already on the TWRP site in print as an early bird special.

My story is about a modern day Civil War reenactor who sees the ghost of a Civil War nurse at a reenactment.

Isabel Roman said...

OOh, I missed a blog! Susan, I said it before and I'll say it again: Congrats on this release, and all your 2009 future ones! Erin's Rebel is such a great concept. Time travel is a long loved genre, I can never get enough of it.

Christina Phillips said...

Congrats again, Susan! I read Eternity Waits last year and loved it, looking forward to reading Erin's Rebel!!

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Isabel and Christina! And Christina, I have another vampire story coming out as an e-book this November, also from TWRP, called Sweet Redemption.

Shelley Munro said...

Great to meet you, Susan, and all the best with your new release.

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Shelley!

Kaye Manro said...

Congrats Susan!